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Amanda

Riverside, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Northern Lights

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Gary Littman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1168)
    Performance
    (852)
    Story
    (863)

    Lunacy was Nate Burke's last chance. As a Baltimore cop, he'd watched his partner die on the street - and the guilt still haunts him. With nowhere else to go, he accepts the job as chief of police in this tiny, remote Alaskan town. Aside from sorting out a run-in between a couple of motor vehicles and a moose, he finds his first few weeks on the job are relatively quiet. But that's about to change.

    Michele says: "Makes you want to see Alaska for yourself"
    "Best of Nora Roberts..."
    Overall

    Great story with very well written characters and a wonderful discription of the beauty of Alaska. This and Montana Sky are absolutly my favorites!!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dust: Kay Scarpetta, Book 21

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (783)
    Performance
    (680)
    Story
    (675)

    After working one of the worst mass killings in U.S. history, Scarpetta returns home to Cambridge, Massachusetts. Exhausted and ill, she's recovering at home when she receives an unsettling call. The body of a young woman has been discovered on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's rugby field. The victim, a graduate student named Gail Shipman, is oddly draped in ivory linen and posed in a way that is too deliberate to be the killer's first strike.

    MARRILEE says: "Part Great, Part Tired"
    "Not Her Best"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I felt like there was a lot of stale time in the book, There was too little time spent in the lab where we all know Scarpetta is at her best.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I'm not very fond of Patricia Cornwell's new stuff. Scarpetta does't have the same drive and spunk and the stories aren't as detailed. I'm moving on for now.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The male voices are a bit forced, but not cad otherwise.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Eye: A Gray Man Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2368)
    Performance
    (2121)
    Story
    (2141)

    Ex-CIA master assassin Court Gentry has always prided himself on his ability to disappear at will, to fly below the radar and exist in the shadows - to survive as the near-mythical Gray Man. But when he takes revenge upon a former employer who betrayed him, he exposes himself to something he’s never had to face before. A killer who is just like him. Code-named Dead Eye, Russell Whitlock is a graduate of the same ultra-secret Autonomous Asset Program that trained and once controlled Gentry.

    Julius Butcher says: "Fits well into the series"
    "Don't let this be the last Gray Man Book!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Dead Eye to be better than the print version?

    Yes! Jay Snyder is so incredible! He captures every accent, every emotion, male, female, etc. You always know whos talking and can feel the excitement!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dead Eye?

    There were so many. The scene on the lake had me gripping my seat!


    What about Jay Snyder’s performance did you like?

    EVERYTHING! He didn't miss a beat as usual.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did laugh, no crying but it did make my heart race a more then once.


    Any additional comments?

    This series is exceptional! I seriously hope there is more to come.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4311)
    Performance
    (3836)
    Story
    (3836)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "Great read"
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    What did you love best about Suspect?

    Loved the vivid detail from human and animal perspective


    What did you like best about this story?

    You begin to root for the characters as the story progresses. Maggie steals your heart


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There are too many good scenes to name but watching the realationship between animal and human was very compelling.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Mans best friend


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Whiskey Beach

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1327)
    Performance
    (1154)
    Story
    (1158)

    For more than 300 years, Bluff House has sat above Whiskey Beach, guarding its shore - and its secrets. But to Eli Landon, it’s home.… A Boston lawyer, Eli has weathered an intense year of public scrutiny and police investigations after being accused of - but never arrested for - the murder of his soon-to-be-ex wife. He finds sanctuary at Bluff House, even though his beloved grandmother is in Boston recuperating from a nasty fall. Abra Walsh is always there, though.

    Kim Venatries says: "Not So Good"
    "Middle of the road for N.R."
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    Would you try another book from Nora Roberts and/or Luke Daniels?

    I would. He did a surprisingly good job of the men and women's voices and making sure you always knew who was talking.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Nora Roberts? Why or why not?

    I love Nora Roberts but this book could not compare to the Witness or Montana Sky which I consider her bests.


    What does Luke Daniels bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He captures the unique voices and feelings if each character.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No. There really isn't that much action. This is just an easy listen if you're looking to pass the time.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope Nora Roberts gets back to her greats like northern lights. This book didn't feel very well thought out to me. I enjoyed it but would not listen to it again like I've done with many of her books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ladies' Night

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Mary Kay Andrews
    • Narrated By Kathleen McInerney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (448)
    Performance
    (378)
    Story
    (393)

    Grace Stanton’s life as a rising media star and beloved lifestyle blogger takes a surprising turn when she catches her husband cheating and torpedoes his pricey sports car straight into the family swimming pool. Grace suddenly finds herself locked out of her palatial home, checking account, and even the blog she has worked so hard to develop in her signature style. Moving in with her widowed mother, who owns and lives above a rundown beach bar called The Sandbox, is less than ideal. So is attending court-mandated weekly "divorce recovery" therapy sessions with three other women and one man for whom betrayal seems to be the only commonality. When their “divorce coach” starts to act suspiciously, they decide to start having their own Wednesday "Ladies' Night" sessions at The Sandbox, and the unanticipated bonds that develop lead the members of the group to try and find closure in ways they never imagined. Can Grace figure out a new way home and discover how strong she needs to be to get there?

    JenniferandSteveLandeau says: "Man I thought my divorce was the worst!"
    "Divorce at it's worst!"
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    Where does Ladies' Night rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    For light and easy reading, it was a great book


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the little decorating and cooking ideas from the blog thrown into the storyline of her terrible divorce


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Probably when they were all sitting around teliing what they did to their exes


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Can't Win


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ballistic: A Gray Man Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2843)
    Performance
    (2497)
    Story
    (2507)

    Ex-CIA assassin Court Gentry thought he could find refuge living in the Amazon rain forest. But his bloody past finds him when a vengeful Russian crime lord forces him to go on the run once again. Court makes his way to one of the only men in the world he can trust - and arrives too late. His friend is dead and buried. Years before, Eddie Gamboa had saved Court's life. Now, Eddie has been murdered by the notorious Mexican drug cartel he fought to take down. And Court soon finds himself drawn into a war he never wanted.

    Jean says: "Action Packed"
    "Incredible Action!!!!!!!!"
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    If you could sum up Ballistic in three words, what would they be?

    Ballistic, thrilling, action


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Grey Man of course. He is a rough and rugged killer with a kind heart. Also, in my head he is sexy as hell :)


    Which character – as performed by Jay Snyder – was your favorite?

    Gentry. He has an amazing voice and is able to put the proper inflection on the more humorous parts in the book


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I think Ballistic would be the perfect movie title


    Any additional comments?

    This is by far the best of the 3 Grey Man books. Court Gentry doesn't dissapoint

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fat Tuesday

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Jack Garrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (215)

    A cop with nothing left to lose, Burke Basile is out to get revenge. Corrupt lawyer Pinkie Duvall has cost him his best friend’s life and his job. Kidnapping Pinkie Duvall’s trophy wife seems the perfect way to get even. There’s just one problem. He doesn’t foresee the electric attraction he’ll feel for this lonely, desperate woman from New Orleans. Sandra Brown’s flair for concocting just the right blend of passion and mystery has made her one of America’s most popular writers.

    bluebelle says: "More of a Mystery than a Romance"
    "Could not stop listening"
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    Where does Fat Tuesday rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    at the top. I was hooked from the beginning


    What other book might you compare Fat Tuesday to and why?

    I really can't compare it to anything. It's a great book, the story gets you from the beginning and keep you interested. The ending is something you don't see coming ang doesn't let you down.


    Have you listened to any of Jack Garrett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first I've heard of his. He nailed every accent.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bared to You: A Crossfire Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4523)
    Performance
    (4103)
    Story
    (4119)

    "Gideon Cross came into my life like lightning in the darkness… He was beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white-hot. I was drawn to him as I’d never been to anything or anyone in my life. I craved his touch like a drug, even knowing it would weaken me. I was flawed and damaged, and he opened those cracks in me so easily…Gideon knew. He had demons of his own. And we would become the mirrors that reflected each other’s most private wounds…and desires."

    CAROLYN says: "TOUCHING & EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER OF PASSION"
    "At Least its better than 50 shades"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    If you are looking for a book in this genre then yes, it was a good choice. I just decided half way through that I was over erotic books


    Has Bared to You turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I'm turned off from other books in the genre but not because of this book. Its actually one of the better ones


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The reading was great.


    Was Bared to You worth the listening time?

    Yes, if you are into this genre, this book is a good listen


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 2nd Chance: The Women's Murder Club

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Andrew Gross
    • Narrated By Melissa Leo, Jeremy Piven
    Overall
    (1061)
    Performance
    (352)
    Story
    (357)

    Master of suspense James Patterson continues the Women's Murder Club series with this nail-biter of a sequel to 1st to Die. Four women - a police detective, an assistant D.A., a journalist, and a medical examiner - combine their efforts, risking everything, to catch a serial killer. "As with Patterson's best novels," Booklist says, "the surprises keep coming until the final pages."

    Jean says: "Painful pastime"
    "Missed the prior narrator, good story though"
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    Where does 2nd Chance rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Not at the very top but this story really kept me interested. Different clue took different twists through the story.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting was when she visited the prison. That really kept me on edge. The least interesting was Cindy's dating life,


    What about Melissa Leo and Jeremy Piven ’s performance did you like?

    Jeremy Piven was born to do this. His voice was entrancing and I thought fit the character very well. Melissa Leo was OK but I could never tell which woman was speaking. I wish they would have used the first narrator again.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I can't tell, it would give too much away


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16275)
    Performance
    (13534)
    Story
    (14158)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "What is all the fuss about??"
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    If you could sum up Fifty Shades of Grey in three words, what would they be?

    Erotic, Fantasy, Sexual


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fifty Shades of Grey?

    The fist "Love" scene


    What aspect of Becca Battoe’s performance would you have changed?

    Less valley girl inflection


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but this is because I was waiting for something super exciting to happen, and it never did! This book was on Dr. Phil for crying out loud. I just don't understand what all the hype is. It's no different or more discriptive then any of erotic fantasy book.


    Any additional comments?

    I will not be downloading the next two books. I really don't care what happens, Now that I've discovered that there is nothing extremely special about this book. Kudos to the publicist for all the media hype!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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