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  • Baby Talk: Books 1 & 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Mike Wells
    • Narrated By Karin Allers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
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    (11)

    In this creepy horror novel, Neal Becker is convinced that his 5 month old baby daughter can talk. But that's impossible...isn't it? Except that Neal didn't really want to get married in the first place - the pregnancy was the result of a one-night stand, and he preferred an abortion. Now, Baby Natasha knows it, and she's out to get him! Or so Neal believes...join the two in a terrifying battle for survival that will make your blood run cold.

    coreybeth says: "won't look at a baby the same way again!"
    "Baby Talk: Books 1 & 2"
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    What did you love best about Baby Talk?

    I loved the story from the first time I read it. It's beautifully eerie and suspenseful, exactly what I look for in a good horror story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Baby Talk?

    In the audiobook, it would be the first time Natasha spoke, because it was just so creepy.


    Which character – as performed by Karin Allers – was your favorite?

    Absolutely Baby Natasha.


    If you could rename Baby Talk, what would you call it?

    Gosh, I probably wouldn't rename it. Baby Talk is what the author intended it to be, I think it would be best left that way.


    Any additional comments?

    Great story, Karin did a fantastic job narrating it, I would love to hear more from both Mike and Karen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Passion, Power and Sin: Books 1-5

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Mike Wells
    • Narrated By Karin Allers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
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    (12)
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    One spectacular financial scheme. One woman alone against the world. Young, beautiful, and yearning for love, Heather Bancroft meets the "perfect" man...and is lured into a game in which she begins to make more money than she ever imagined. Betrayed by her own innocence, she loses all that is dear to her and discovers that she has been mercilessly used. Defeated and broken, but surviving with sheer persistence and ingenuity, Heather emerges from her trying ordeal, determined to punish the ruthless man who destroyed her life.

    BC says: "Fantastic Story and Audiobook"
    "Fantastic Story and Audiobook"
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    What did you love best about Passion, Power and Sin?

    It's just so fast-paced! Seriously, I've read every book from Mike, and I absolutely love his ability to surprise the readers by giving them things that nobody ever could've predicted would happen. This is a writer who goes with the flow, it seems, with his stories, and the format works extremely well.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Passion, Power and Sin?

    It's nearly impossible to pick a single moment from Passion, Power and Sin that was particularly memorable for me, because the entire novel had me absolutely enthralled, from the first to the end. There were literally no dull or slow moments; it picked right up at the beginning, and it continues at the same satisfying pace throughout.


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

    Well, considering I did read the book before listening to the audiobook, I will say this:
    I've heard Karin reading Baby Talk (also by Mike), and absolutely loved it. So, I looked forward to hearing her narration on this book, and I must say that I don't regret a single moment I spent listening to her.
    Karin has a gift of storytelling, and she does it in such a way that one wouldn't even consider speeding up the narration (as is possible with the Audible mobile application) because it's just so perfectly paced.
    I loved listening to it particularly because she makes each character distinct to the readers; she does a very good job with each different character.


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

    I think my blood pressure shot up when I first read it. When I was listening to the audiobook, it was just like getting the chance to re-visit characters I haven't visited with in quite some time, and to pick up some details that I might have missed the first time. I mean, the story was the same, but through Karin's narration, I feel as though I have a depth to the story that I haven't had before, which was a fantastic experience for me.


    Any additional comments?

    Would I recommend you read this book or listen to the audiobook? Absolutely. Not just this book, but all of Mike's books have been wonderfully written, and each one reads in much the same way: the fast-paced, well-developed plot with wonderful characters. Some parts can be seen in my head particularly, as if straight from a Hollywood movie.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Drive-By Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Mike Wells
    • Narrated By Mark Torres
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    In this explosive psychological thriller, Allen and Cynthia Hunt are a well-educated, upper middle-class San Francisco couple who experience the ultimate domestic nightmare. A deranged, seedy truck driver barges into their lives, blackmailing Cynthia into becoming his "drive-by" wife. Billy has led a lonely, bleak existence on the road and has always dreamed of "having him a beautiful, lovin' woman to come home to". Unable to go to the police, Allen and Cynthia desperately try to fight off the twisted stalker, who will stop at nothing to get what he wants.

    Gypsy Wife says: "Good Try, Misses the Mark"
    "The Drive-By Wife"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Drive-By Wife the most enjoyable?

    Listening to this book was similar to listening to Mike's other books as well. I find a number of audiobooks too slow with the narrations, so much so that I play them at 2x, sometimes even 3x their recorded speeds just to get the listening satisfaction. With Mike's audiobooks, the pacing seems more reader friendly for me, they aren't too slow but they aren't too fast, either. Mark Torres is a perfect example of this.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It painted a lot of pictures in my head when I was reading. The characters are SO deep and well-developed that you really truly care about the characters and what happens to them, as opposed to a number of books being produced today. Mike has written a number of books now, and it's obvious that he loves writing the stories, he has a lot of fun with the work, and these stories are the ones that will get bigger by word-of-mouth and eventually earn Mike a spot with the best authors ever.


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

    It is evident by listening to this story that Mr. Torres enjoyed himself when he was reading the book. There's a kind of excitement (if I can call it that) in his voice that was appealing to me as a reader. He did an A+ job of telling the story, and doing the voices of the characters. It only took me a short time to fall in love with his narration, and he handled the character of Billy [the antagonist of the story] absolutely perfectly.


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

    Not really, because the whole thing was amazing in my opinion. It held my opinion for the entire novel and left me wanting a sequel, which I still hope Mike one day returns to. The whole story kept me on the edge of my seat, and I sometimes still go back to think of Billy, Allen and Cynthia and wonder where they would be at this very moment.


    Any additional comments?

    A lot of this review has been taken from my book blog, although I have written a few extra things in. You can check out my book blog at baileycrawly.blogspot.ca

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lust, Money & Murder: Books 1, 2, & 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Mike Wells
    • Narrated By Sue Sharp
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (87)

    Born in the worst suburb in Pittsburgh, Elaine Brogan is bright, beautiful and bold. When her father is falsely arrested for passing counterfeit $100 bills, Elaine vows to become a Secret Service agent and track down the man responsible. After barely surviving the arduous Secret Service Training Academy in Laurel, Maryland, she is transferred to bleak and blustery Great Falls, Montana. But things do not go as planned, and Elaine soon finds herself betrayed and thrown into an adventure that takes her halfway around the world, from dark and mysterious Sofia, Bulgaria, to Moscow Russia, and finally, to Milan, Italy.

    Parajunkee says: "Great Mystery!"
    "Lust, Money and Murder Books 1, 2 & 3"
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    Would you listen to Lust, Money & Murder again? Why?

    I absolutely would. Each novel written by Mike Wells is very fast-paced; with lots of plot twists cliffhangers that leaves you begging for more.
    Lust, Money and Murder, being the first thing I read by Mike Wells, was extremely faced-paced, and hit the mark dead on of "Unputdownable Thriller."
    Sue Sharp is an amazing voice for the story she's reading, and you can tell that she very much enjoyed doing it. It is a joy to listen to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the speed at which the story takes off, and how it keeps you hooked on until the very end, trying to figure out what's going to happen next and how Mike is going to tie up "all that stuff" in the end.


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

    She brings a lot of expressions that I didn't have when I first read the book on my own; personally, I read rather monotonously, so Sue's voice added depth to the characters, which is something I greatly appreciated.


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

    There is so much that happens in the book that there really isn't one particular part that "moved" me. I guess you could say that at least 75% of the book amazed me, and the other 25% surprised me with the way the plot would take sudden turns that are unexpected, but very much welcomed.


    Any additional comments?

    Sue Sharp is, in my opinion, a perfect voice for the novel. She really brings Mike's work to life, giving it depth and expression that would not otherwise have been there. I really enjoyed reading the book for the first time, and had just as good of an experience out of the second time, as I was listening to it.
    After I finished this book, I felt obligated to try out some of Mike's other work, just to see if he could match the enjoyment I got out of this book, and what I found from my experimentation that I enjoyed all of Mike's books.
    I would highly recommend this book, especially if it's your first Wells novel: it's the perfect introduction to a great author I'm sure you'll love.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bag of Bones

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2529)
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    (1126)
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    (1132)

    Even four years after the sudden death of his wife, best selling novelist Mike Noonan can't stop grieving, nor can he return to his writing. He moves into his isolated house by the lake, which becomes the site of ghostly visitations, ever-escalating nightmares, and the sudden recovery of his writing ability. What are the forces that have been unleashed here - and what do they want of Mike Noonan?

    Amazon Customer says: "My Favorite King Novel"
    "Awesome Story!"
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    If you could sum up Bag of Bones in three words, what would they be?

    Oh. My. God.


    What other book might you compare Bag of Bones to and why?

    I don't really think any other books compare to Bag of Bones. I really think this book is unique. I wasn't really reminded of any other books when I was reading this, because Stephen King writes so uniquely. It wouldn't be a good Stephen King book if it reminded me of another book I'd recently read. So, in short, there are no other comparison books.


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

    Stephen King does some pretty awesome accents that I really enjoyed, ones that helped me get "into" the characters.
    He gave me a certain feel for the characters I wouldn't have got if I was reading the book on my own.


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

    YES!!!! This book starts out rather predictably, I'll admit that the ending had a lot of different twists that made me feel very emotional. Some parts made me laugh hysterically, while others made me cry uncontrollably for a while.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed spending time with Mike Noonan, and the story really held me from start to finish. If you're a fan of classic ghost stories, this one is great for you!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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