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Annabelle

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • The Last Precinct

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (306)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (153)

    We enter The Last Precinct through the reverberating aftershocks of Black Notice, inconceivably finding Virginia's Chief Medical Examiner, Kay Scarpetta, an object of suspicion and criminal investigation. The nightmare on Scarpetta's doorstep continues as she discovers that the so-called Werewolf murders may have extended to New York City and into the darkest corners of her past.

    Kathleen says: "Another great Scarpetta novel"
    "The Last Precinct - The Last Cornwell"
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    This was unbearable to get through and will probably be my last Cornwell book or at least my last Scarpetta book. I book read the one after this and half way through it I think I threw it at my wall I was so disgusted with the turn it took so I may try some of her other characters, but I've moved on to other authors for now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Walking Dead: The Road to Woodbury

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Robert Kirkman, Jay Bonansinga
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (580)
    Performance
    (532)
    Story
    (537)

    The zombie plague unleashes its horrors on the suburbs of Atlanta without warning, pitting the living against the dead. Caught in the mass exodus, Lilly Caul struggles to survive in a series of ragtag encampments and improvised shelters. But the Walkers are multiplying. Dogged by their feral hunger for flesh and crippled by fear, Lilly relies on the protection of good Samaritans by seeking refuge in a walled-in town once known as Woodbury, Georgia. But Lilly begins to suspect that all is not as it seems....

    coreybeth says: "Buy it NOW awesome series!! More please!"
    "Kirkman & Bonansinga Excellent Storytellers"
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    I know the series. I know the comic books. I had originally purchased the hardcover and became spoiled with audio books, so I purchased this in audio and started listening and could not "put it down." Walking the dog, sitting on my porch, before I feel asleep. It's a fantastic story, a great back story to the series and a phenomenal story even if you don't ever pick up a comic or watch the series. The narrator is fantastic!!!! One of the best I've ever heard, his range of voices is astounding. Once I'm done with this one, I'm on to the Rise and the Fall of the Governor (books 2 & 3). But I suggest you start with this one, where it all began.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Whispers

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (279)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (112)

    Hilary Thomas knew terror as a child, but never anything like this. He is hunting her with a sick desire more terrifying than hatred could ever be. And he is in her house again.

    SA Shay says: "Turn on the lights!"
    "This was my first ..."
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    and it started a lifelong love affair with Dean Koontz. That's probably why I bought it as an audible. I recently listened to his Watchers, which was another favorite. But by far, Whispers was my first favorite. The performance was excellent and had you on the edge of your seat at all the right moments. Even though I knew everything about this book, it was like I was experiencing it for the first time. If you've never read anything by Dean Koontz, or looking to expand your library, this would be the book for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • As the Crow Flies: A Walt Longmire Mystery, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1527)
    Performance
    (1343)
    Story
    (1335)

    Craig Johnson has won multiple awards and earned starred reviews from Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, and Kirkus Reviews for his New York Times best-selling Walt Longmire mysteries. Embarking on his eighth adventure in As the Crow Flies, Sheriff Longmire is searching the Cheyenne Reservation for a site to host his daughter’s wedding, when he sees a woman fall to her death. Teaming up with beautiful tribal chief Lolo Long, Walt sets out to investigate the suspicious death.

    B.J. says: "Simply one of my favorite series."
    "Guidall + Johnson = Another great Longmire Read!"
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    Guidall really does Craig Johnson's novel justice. He's perfect for these books. I particularly enjoyed this one. It's like going on vacation without leaving your ... in my case ... desk. It's especially nice when you're interrupted and don't return for weeks at a time, which in this case was 3 weeks. But I could pick it up and it was like an old friend. Longmire's second in command isn't around much in this story but his daughter is planning her wedding which leads to some interesting plans of her own. Plus the new chief of the tribal police, especially the way Walt describes her, seems to be a tantalizing distraction. But the wedding finally comes off without a hitch, in such vivid detail you almost feel like you're an invited guest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Serpent's Tooth: A Walt Longmire Mystery, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1827)
    Performance
    (1631)
    Story
    (1628)

    In this ninth installment in the award-winning and New York Times best-selling Walt Longmire mystery series, the Wyoming sheriff follows his cowboy code of ethics in a religious range war that strikes a little too close to home.

    Dave says: "Craig Johnson's best!"
    "4+4+5 Equals Longmire Enjoyment"
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    I really miss Longmire on A&E but season 3 is due back "sometime in the summer of 2014" is all that's being said. Thank goodness I still have season 2 saved on my DVR so if I'm really desperate I can watch it. But listening to George Guidall read a Craig Johnson Walt Longmire Mystery is way more satisfying. For one thing, the characters have much better roles than on the A&E show and it's almost like listening to an entire season. I enjoyed it so much, I just downloaded another Walt Longmire mystery. Guidall is perfect for his books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Psycho

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Bret Easton Ellis
    • Narrated By Pablo Schreiber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (718)
    Performance
    (603)
    Story
    (612)

    Patrick Bateman moves among the young and trendy in 1980s Manhattan. Young, handsome, and well educated, Bateman earns his fortune on Wall Street by day while spending his nights in ways we cannot begin to fathom. Expressing his true self through torture and murder, Bateman prefigures an apocalyptic horror that no society could bear to confront.

    Russell says: "Makes Dexter look like a boy scout."
    "I'm really trying to listen & get something out .."
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    I'm listening to this book when I walk my dog, which is about 45 minutes per day. I'm about 7 chapters in and this guy is so into designer clothes and accessories and furniture and fine dining. I saw the movie and that didn't impress me much either. So I'm going to keep listening for a few more days and if he doesn't start killing soon, I'm going to pull the plug. The guy reading it is fantastic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unquiet: A Charlie Parker Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Connolly
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    In The Unquiet, private detective Charlie Parker returns to untangle a horrifying story of betrayal, unclean desires, and murder -- a story of never-ending evil whose conclusion is still unknown.

    Annabelle says: "Another excellent Charlie Parker Mystery."
    "Another excellent Charlie Parker Mystery."
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    I read other reviews of this book but I was not bothered at all by the narration, nor the story. I have enjoyed other narrators but I couldn't find any flaws at all in Guidall's telling of the story. Yes, the book is about a sensitive subject but it wasn't like it was full of court testimony. I think you need to "read" as many Charlie Parker books as possible to understand the character and this was just one in the fabric of him.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Watchers

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By J. Charles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2023)
    Performance
    (1254)
    Story
    (1276)

    From a top-secret government laboratory come two genetically altered life forms. One is a magnificent dog of astonishing intelligence. The other, a hybrid monster of a brutally violent nature. And both are on the loose....

    Katie says: "Great book; so-so narrator"
    "One of Koontz's Best! Great Dog Story!"
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    Where does Watchers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the top of My List.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Watchers?

    The scrabble tiles and the system's they rig up for Einstein.


    Which character – as performed by J. Charles – was your favorite?

    Einstein, and the lawyer friend.


    If you could take any character from Watchers out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The young couple. They're faced with so much. Nora, she's so brave and full of life once she starts to trust Travis.


    Any additional comments?

    This was one of the first Koontz books I read. It's one of his earliest and I searched it out to listen to it through Audible because I was very depressed and needed something to cheer me up. I couldn't believe how much I had forgotten and was in such a great mood by the time it was concluded. If you love dogs, you should listen to this book. It's a great story and you'll love it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Green Mile

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (1806)
    Performance
    (870)
    Story
    (877)

    At Cold Mountain Penitentiary, the convicted killers on E Block await their turn to walk the Green Mile and keep a date with the electric chair. Paul Edgecombe has seen his share of oddities in his years working as a guard on the Mile, but he's never met anyone like John Coffey.

    Orita says: "Both the book and the reader were just plain great"
    "One of King's Best Made Better by Narration"
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    Where does The Green Mile rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best. Stephen King isn't one my favorite authors, but after seeing the film, I felt I had to read the book and was happy I did. Frank Muller sounds so much like the actor who "narrates" the story in the film. Dabbs Greer plays the old Paul Edgecomb.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    John Coffey, like the drink, but spelled different. I think this was Michael Clarke Duncan's breakout role. Percy Wetmore is a close second.


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

    No, this is my first book read by Frank Muller. He was considered to be one of the best audiobook narrators in the world and he has recorded over 200 of them since 1979. On Nov. 5, 2001 he suffered a serious brain injury from a motorcycle accident in Los Angeles, CA. He did make a partial and miraculous recovery. Unfortunately he died in 2008 from his injuries at age 56. He has 2 children.


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

    This is already a film. It has 15 wins and 23 nominations. Seeing the film made me want to read the book.


    Any additional comments?

    This is truly one of Stephen King's best books. One of his earlier ones as well. You gain a lot of insight of him because he talks about how this was going to be a serial story, done in parts, like Charles Dickens had talked about. It's great as a audio book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Max Brooks
    • Narrated By Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, and others
    Overall
    (5545)
    Performance
    (3796)
    Story
    (3806)

    The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of 30 million souls, to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet.

    Steve says: "Good but Too Short!"
    "Excellent Accompaniment to the Upcoming Film"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely. This was an excellent "read." Thrilling, suspenseful, sad, heartwarming. Since I work in an entertainment industry, I've been anxiously awaiting for World War Z to come to the screen. I remember seeing the first trailer before it was ever in the theaters (as a trailer). With Brad Pitt attached to it, you can almost bet this will be done well.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of World War Z?

    The early part of the book when someone from China or an Asian country is being interviewed and he believes he may have encountered patient "zero."


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

    Because many "voices" are narrating their accounts - it's almost like listening to the actual telling of their stories. Very effective, very moving.


    If you could take any character from World War Z out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Why Max Brooks of course, this was really a silly question. Wouldn't you want to take the author of the book to dinner?


    Any additional comments?

    Even if you see the movie, this is a great book to read before or after.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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