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Anna

I love mysteries, action, thrillers, supernatural.... in general I just LOVE a great story!!

East Palo Alto, CA, United States

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  • Buying Time: Angela Evans Series No. 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Pamela Samuels Young
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (52)

    Waverly Sloan is a down-on-his-luck lawyer. But just when he's about to hit rock bottom, he stumbles upon a business with the potential to solve all of his problems. In Waverly's new line of work, he comes to the aid of people in desperate need of cash. But there's a catch. His clients must be terminally ill and willing to sign over rights to their life insurance policies before they can collect a dime. Waverly then finds investors eager to advance them thousands of dollars - including a hefty broker's fee for himself.

    Amazon Customer says: "crazyness"
    "A REAL LIFE FICTION!!!"
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    What did you love best about Buying Time?

    Where do I begin.....
    Firstly, the controversial topic of focus represents situations that many people are currently facing. The decision making of all of the characters are underscored by power, greed, money, and morals. It's not only about survival, but also about the ways by which people choose to survive, and what they think they need to survive. All of those thoughts are challenged in this book.

    Just when you think you know what's going on, the author drops another bone in the pot! The storyline is full circle and the ending is not rushed. The pace never slows.

    The author had done her researched and is well equip to illustrate the complexities through her words.

    I love the narrator's voice...

    I just loved this book...


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character is Waverly Slone.... talk about the king of misfortunate events. He is challenged through out the book, he is not depicted like a superman. He experiences the ebbs and flows of life and learns his lesson in the end.


    Have you listened to any of R. C. Bray’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have never listened to R.C. Bray before, but I would definitely listen to him again!


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

    YES! Matter of fact, I usually work slowly through audio books, but not this one; I usually give myself a week or two, but this one I finished in three days.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Good House

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Tananarive Due
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1768)
    Performance
    (1110)
    Story
    (1102)

    Tananarive Due, author of The Living Blood won the American Book Award and is praised as Stephen King's equal by Publishers Weekly. In The Good House, Due sets a story of ancient powers and modern retribution in a small Pacific Northwest town. When a young woman returns to her grandmother's empty mansion, she is pitted against demonic forces that have poisoned her family for generations.

    Rebecca says: "FABULOUS!"
    "Tananarive Has Done It Again!!!"
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    Would you listen to The Good House again? Why?

    Yes, but not so soon after listening the first time. This story is heavy and the listening to the book is like traveling on a long trip. Enjoyable but It can tire you out! But I would definitely take that journey another time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author succeeded with being able to make sure that each character's perspective is understood. There was no room for judgement. The mystery and suspense was in balance with the love and family.


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

    Robin Miles.... awesome. Natural cadence and flow throughout.


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

    it would be.... "do you believe?"


    Any additional comments?

    No lies, I ran away from this book plenty of times. But when I was ready for it, it was ready for me. You will not be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Echoes of a Distant Summer

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Guy Johnson
    • Narrated By Peter Jay Fernandez
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    The son of Maya Angelou, Guy Johnson is a critically acclaimed author and poet in his own right. Echoes of a Distant Summer is the story of Jackson St. Clair Tremain, a San Francisco civil servant who thought he had left his old life far behind. In 1982, Jackson is summoned to Mexico to confer with his dying grandfather, the brutal hustler King Tremain. When King dies, Jackson inherits $50 million - and the unwanted attentions of a malevolent bayou crime lord named Pug DuMont.

    Wilhelmina says: "Echoes of a Distant Summer"
    "I Won't Say Joe, 'Cause Now I Know!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! Especially after reading the first book, Standing at the Scratch Line. Guy Johnson sure does know how to put together a story. Well written plot and spending much time on character development allows the reader to truly understand the actions the characters choose to take. Well done Mr. Johnson, Well done!


    What other book might you compare Echoes of a Distant Summer to and why?

    None. (Except for the first book Standing at the Scratch Line).


    What about Peter Jay Fernandez’s performance did you like?

    One of my favorite narrators, he has yet to prove me wrong, I love his pace, delivery, and how he draws you into the story.


    If you could rename Echoes of a Distant Summer, what would you call it?

    I would not. It fits.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Standing at the Scratch Line

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Guy Johnson
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (46)

    Raised in the steamy bayous of New Orleans in the early 1900s, LeRoi "King" Tremain, caught up in his family's ongoing feud with the rival DuMont family, learns to fight. But when the teenage King mistakenly kills two white deputies during a botched raid on the DuMonts, the Tremains' fear of reprisal forces King to flee Louisiana.

    Kim Venatries says: "Excellent! Four Stars Plus"
    "Just what I needed to hear!"
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    What did you love best about Standing at the Scratch Line?

    This is a story that has never been told, and told so well. It takes on stereotypes and challenges them, especially in regards to how African-American families do not support each other. This story is all about family and one man's quest to create a successful legacy for his lineage. Its sincere, cut-throat, thought provoking, challenging, and just damn good!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Of course, King Tremain. Strength, family values, passion, reciprocity, don't take no mess from nobody...


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many to choose one!


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

    You 'best say Joe 'cause you sho' don't know!"


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait to start and finish Echoes of a Distant Summer... the legacy lives on!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sleeping with Strangers

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Eric Jerome Dickey
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (162)

    A powerful hit man, Gideon is the master of the game in a jet-setting world dominated by money, women, and violence. Living off the grid, making love on the run, he makes his living as a contract killer by enacting the revenge of the brokenhearted...for a price.

    Shonda says: "Great Suspense & Comical!"
    "I DON'T KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON!!!!"
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    What did you like best about Sleeping with Strangers? What did you like least?

    I like the character development. The author takes his time creating the backdrop of the characters which underscored their actions through out the story. I did not like the general pace. I felt some areas were drawn on too long, and some elements rushed. Also, the story was somewhat predictable. I was also upset about the ending and have not rushed to listen to Waking with Enemies, which is the sequel.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    It was enjoyable, but..... I it could have been better. Yes, this is a fiction, but it seemed unrealistic at times and overly sensationalized.


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

    Dion Graham is the reason why I did not stop the story.


    Was Sleeping with Strangers worth the listening time?

    It helped me to pass time; it wasn't a book that I sought out to listen to quickly. I had to take breaks from it.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Within the Shadows

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Brandon Massey
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    In this spine-tingling thriller, mystery author Andrew Wilson is blessed with a life most would envy, but he has no one to share it with. And then he meets Mika Woods, a woman of otherworldly beauty. After a night of passion, Andrew regrets his decision and wants to take things slow. But slow is not Mika's speed, and soon Andrew is combating the advances of an obsessed, supernatural woman.

    Lyndenia says: "Wow, great story"
    "OOOOOWEEEEE That Woman is Crazy Creepy!!"
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    If you could sum up Within the Shadows in three words, what would they be?

    Chilling, Mysterious, Unpredictable


    What did you like best about this story?

    The action never stops!! I never knew what was going to happen next. Mr. Massey did an excellent job laying out all of the elements providing enough detail to keep me intrigued through out and wanting more!

    This story takes stalking to a whole different level. And its so awesome that in the midst of all of the trials and tribulations of the story, there are additional levels introduced that makes you understand why she is the unrelenting stalker that she is.


    What about Dion Graham’s performance did you like?

    Dion Graham, I would love if he called me on the phone every night to read stories to me! He performed all of the characters with poise and style.


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

    Not really because its not that type of book..... only thing moving for me was my craving to move to the next piece of the story


    Any additional comments?

    I LOVE IT!!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Brown Girl in the Ring

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Nalo Hopkinson
    • Narrated By Peter Jay Fernandez
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    It is the late 21st century, and due to the economic breakdown and rising crime rate, nearly every citizen has fled Toronto. The city is a slum, populated by the homeless, the poor, and criminals like Rudy, who uses the power of voodoo to help him control the booming drug market. But also left behind are people like Ti-Jeanne, who hope to use voodoo to help rebuild the city, even as Canada's privileged population turns to Toronto to begin harvesting human organs.

    Stef says: "Fascinating, unique story deftly narrated"
    "Heavy Heavy!!"
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    What did you love best about Brown Girl in the Ring?

    I appreciate the story on all of its levels. It presented so many issues. Social and Political, modern practice of ancestral practices, connecting with spirits, poverty, crime.... all exist in this story centered around one woman's quest to find herself.

    This story was colorful, heartfelt. Warm and cold.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story definitely has elements that challenge the western approach to healing and living. It does so in a way that does not demonize those who practice it.

    I love the Author's descriptive writing style, I can connect to the story and all my senses are activated.


    Have you listened to any of Peter Jay Fernandez’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have never listened to Peter Jay Fernandez, and he is amazing! The story is written in a patois and he performs it in a way that is still understandable.


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

    The line in the sand has been drawn.... which side are you on?


    Any additional comments?

    I actually picked up this book a few years ago at the library and I was distracted by other books; I couldn't get through it. I'm glad I found it in this form because it is truly enjoyable.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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