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Ava

Albuquerque, NM, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • A Little Night Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Lucy March
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1163)
    Performance
    (1068)
    Story
    (1059)

    Olivia Kiskey needs a change. She’s been working at the same Nodaway Falls, New York, waffle house since she was a teenager; not a lot of upward mobility there. She’s been in love with Tobias, the cook, for the last four years; he's never made a move. Intent on shaking things up, Olivia puts her house on the market, buys a one-way ticket to Europe, and announces her plans to her friends - but then she meets Davina Granville, a strange and mystical Southern woman....

    Elizabeth says: "Not quite Molly Harper, but not bad.."
    "A little disappointing"
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    I almost did not buy this book but wanted some light reading. Quite disappointed and should have paid more heed to the reviews. The author has promise but needs to tighten up her writing. I plan to watch for more of her books and see how they do.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Deep Blue Good-By: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1205)
    Performance
    (1011)
    Story
    (1021)

    He's a self-described beach bum who won his houseboat in a card game. He's also a knight errant who's wary of credit cards, retirement benefits, political parties, mortgages, and television. He only works when his cash runs out, and his rule is simple: he'll help you find whatever was taken from you, as long as he can keep half.

    Michael Cavacini says: "An Entertaining Start To A Classic Series"
    "Classic just got better"
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    Where does The Deep Blue Good-By rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Nostalgic favorite from my teen years and enjoyed the narrator


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Deep Blue Good-By?

    The rescue on the boat


    What about Robert Petkoff’s performance did you like?

    He captured the young but old-souled Travis.


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

    The good guy doesn't always win


    Any additional comments?

    I plan to listen to the rest of the series if the Robert Petkoff is the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You're Next

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2636)
    Performance
    (2239)
    Story
    (2226)

    Mike Wingate had a rough childhood  —  he was abandoned at a playground at four years old and raised in foster care. No one ever came to claim him, and he has only a few, fragmented memories of his parents. Now, as an adult, Mike is finally living the life he had always wanted  —  he’s happily married to Annabel, the woman of his dreams; they have a precocious eight-year-old daughter, Kat.

    Janice says: "Edge of my seat."
    "Dont let the beginning of the book get you down"
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    What did you love best about You're Next?

    The surprising plot. I was guessing some kind governmental experiment gone bad affecting Mike and his family. I enjoyed Shep's character he was quietly funny, wry, and very matter of fact.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes but only when I was about a third of the way through the book. I almost stopped listening after the first couple of chapters but the reviews of the book had been good so I continued on.


    What three words best describe Scott Brick’s voice?

    The voice of the narrator was the weakest part of the book. It was grating, whiny (instead of angry), and annoying. I put my audio speed on 1.5 to take the edge off.


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

    In the despair, anger, and frustration that the characters suffer in much of this book I loved the "not a hallmark moment" line. My only extreme reaction was the beginning of the book and being frustrated that I paid money to listen to bad narration.


    Any additional comments?

    Greg Hurwitz must think publishers pay by the word When I read a book I can skip over the "extras" but that's not an option with an audio book. I did bump up the speed of the reading just to get things moving. When I got to the scene when Dodge and William have Mike I increased the speed to 2.5 just to get past the never-ending scene.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    Overall
    (7275)
    Performance
    (6338)
    Story
    (6321)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    Amazon Customer says: "A great book"
    "Surprisingly enjoyable read"
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    Would you listen to The Witness again? Why?

    I might, just to hear the narration by Julia Whelan.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Abigail/Elizabeth. She didn't have sloppy emotions, didn't whine, and did what she needed to do without getting wordy about it. I like her matter of fact and logical way of thinking.


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

    Her voice for Abigail and the tones and inflections to reflect her "Mr Spock" way of speaking was wonderful and realistic without being annoying. I could not have done it as well "in my head".


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

    When I get ahold of a book with a interesting plot and a good narrator I would go all day listening if I get the opportunity. This was one of those books.


    Any additional comments?

    Norah Roberts books can be a little foo-foo for me but after reading "The Witness" I will check out the plots on her past and new books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • So Cold the River

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Michael Koryta
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (419)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (199)

    It started with a documentary. The beautiful Alyssa Bradford approaches Eric Shaw to unearth the life story of her father-in-law, Campbell Bradford, a 95-year-old billionaire whose childhood is wrapped in mystery. Eric grabs the job, even though the only clues to Bradford's past are his hometown and an antique water bottle he's kept his entire life. In Bradford's hometown, Eric discovers an extraordinary past.

    Vicki says: "Incredible!"
    "Interesting but a disappointing end"
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    Would you try another book from Michael Koryta and/or Robert Petkoff?

    The narrator did a very good job. It's interesting how some of the male narrators are able to pull off the female voices. I don't know when Michael Koryta wrote this book, he needs a little more seasoning.


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

    The book kept me interested. I would get up early in the morning to listen as I got ready for work but was disappointed toward the end. It became a little repetitive and the ending was abrupt and not very satisfying.


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

    I haven't heard his other perfomances but he's a plus for audible books.


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

    Yes, if only to hear the violin music.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    Overall
    (26912)
    Performance
    (13543)
    Story
    (13591)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "A must read"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Help to be better than the print version?

    Absolutley. The narrations by different people nailed it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The glorious unfolding of the story. The feeling being in Mississippi and being a part of history. The story line wasn't a "pity me" but how women, good or bad, did what had to be done.


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

    Stuart's dad. I think he could be saved.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is so much better and richer than the movie.

    0 of 0 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
    (14941)
    Performance
    (12302)
    Story
    (12936)

    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"
    "Oh my, what false advertising"
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    What disappointed you about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    Bad narration and an adolescent, immature plot. There were many good reviews about the book and I listened to the first five hours thinking it would have to get better. If the author was hoping to flatter the author of the "Twilight" by imitating the characters, Bella and Edward, she miserably failed. This was fifty shades of bad.


    Has Fifty Shades of Grey turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Becca Battoe?

    A teenage Helena Bonham Carter


    What character would you cut from Fifty Shades of Grey?

    All of them. It would have made for a better plot


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Cold, Cold Ground

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1297)
    Performance
    (1122)
    Story
    (1117)

    Adrian McKinty was born in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. He studied politics and philosophy at Oxford before moving to America in the early 1990s. Living first in Harlem, he found employment as a construction worker, barman, and bookstore clerk. In 2000 he moved to Denver to become a high school English teacher and it was there that he began writing fiction.

    Alan says: "What a stunning book"
    "Good read"
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    What did you love best about The Cold, Cold Ground?

    Story kept me guessing and involved. Date of setting had me looking information about Ireland for this time period


    What did you like best about this story?

    Accent of narrator, description of scenes, historical references. Good tight plot.


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

    My first book, I would read more from this author.


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

    A good man in a bad situation


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One for the Money: A Stephanie Plum Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2070)
    Performance
    (1802)
    Story
    (1799)

    You’ve lost your job as a department store lingerie buyer, your car’s been repossessed, and most of your furniture and small appliances have been sold off to pay last month’s rent. Now the rent is due again. And you live in New Jersey. What do you do? If you’re Stephanie Plum, you become a bounty hunter. But not just a nickel-and-dime bounty hunter; you go after the big money. That means a cop gone bad. And not just any cop. She goes after Joe Morelli, a disgraced former vice cop who is also the man that took her virginity....

    Pat H. says: "NOT THE GREATEST."
    "Tried it and did not like it"
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    I read this series about 4 years ago and laughed out loud through the first 3 or 4 books. After that it became the same plot and stopped at number 8. I saw the move and thought I would give the audio version a try and was very disappointed. The voice for the narrator was just not right and did not fit the description of the main character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Neon Rain: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2975)
    Performance
    (1783)
    Story
    (1776)

    New York Times best-selling author James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux novels began with this first hard-hitting entry in the series. In The Neon Rain, Detective Robicheaux fishes a prostitute's corpse from a New Orleans bayou and finds that no one, not even the law, cares about a dead hooker.

    S. Sand says: "The perfect combination of author and narrator"
    "Richly done"
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    I have always enjoyed reading James Lee Burke's novels, this is the first of his that I have listened to and it increases the appreciation I have for audio books. This story paints a picture over and over with with each line, rich in color, design, and emotion. The narration is well done with the characters unique in voice, timbre, and inflection. I would find myself slowing down on my drive home from work to continue listening to narrator weaving his story like a blanket filled with texture, dark threads, and heat. You are there in New Orleans, the dark wet humid heat and cool relief of the rain. The colors and vibrations of this story are vivid and alive. Not a book for a sunny day on the beach, carve out time when you can truly enjoy Mr. Burke's story and Mr. Patton's telling of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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