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  • Cape Refuge: Cape Refuge Series #1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Terri Blackstock
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (149)

    When Thelma and Wayne Owens are found murdered in the warehouse where they held their church services, their son-in-law, Jonathan, is arrested for the crime - but his wife, Morgan, and her sister, Blair, as well as Thelma and Wayne's daughters, are confident that he didnt do it and set out to find the real killer.

    Nancy says: "I'd love to say I loved this.. but..."
    "Bad writing, overwrought performance and accents"
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    What disappointed you about Cape Refuge?

    Lousy writing, too many adjectives, too much angst, too much overreaction, little restraint, whiny embarrassing southern accents plus pious christianity. There may have been a plot but no way I could listen past the 5th chapter. Life is too short to listen to such drivel.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something better than this, I hope.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Renee Raudman’s performances?

    Oh, God no, please spare me.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I didn't find any


    Any additional comments?

    An excellent reader with a better regional accent using more restraint emoting couldn't save the writing. This is the first. Maybe they improve. Maybe.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Big Brother: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated By Alice Rosengard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (140)

    When Pandora picks up her older brother Edison at the airport, she doesn't recognize him. In the four years since the siblings last saw each other, he has gained hundreds of pounds. What happened? Imposing himself on Pandora's world, Edison breaks her husband Fletcher's handcrafted furniture, and entices her stepson to drop out of high school. After the brother-in-law has more than overstayed his welcome, Fletcher delivers his wife an ultimatum: It's him or me.

    Jacqueline says: "Well worth the credit--"
    "Interesting but ultimately disappointing"
    Overall
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    Story

    Interesting: the possibility and the process of dedicating over a year of your life to saving your brothers life. If he is dying or disabled we tend to think its noble. Does obesity meet our criteria?
    Disappointing: the ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Violets Are Blue

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Daniel Whitner, Kevin O'Rourke
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (519)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (164)

    Detective Alex Cross confronts his most terrifying nemesis ever - and his own worst fears - in this electrifying new thriller from the master of suspense, James Patterson.

    Doctor Steven says: "Overrated by the Author"
    "Doesn't to stand the test of time"
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    I have read several of patterson's Alex cross books. After the third one, the stereotypes are just tiring. Alex is the best psychological profiler. He is so good he makes enemies who stalk him. Alex is a down to earth guy who loves his kids and gosh he worries about them and goes on hyper alert when they are threatened, so naturally they do get threatened. Alex has a salt of the earth Nana who convieniently is available 24/7 to talke care of his kids while he is out chasing monsters. Alex has a classic car he drives. Alex is a cardboard character. The stories can be a good read, if it's one off and you have nothing better to do but there are much better writers out there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Get-Back Boogie

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (64)

    Released from prison after two years for manslaughter, Iry heads to Montana for a fresh start on a ranch owned by a prison buddy's father. He also hopes to nail down a song he's been working on, unable to get quite right. But soon new troubles bring tragic consequences, and it will take a lot more than a soulful tune to ease the pain.

    Richard says: "A bit lost"
    "Alcohol is the protagonist"
    Overall
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    Set in the early sixties, behavior is fueled by alcohol, no doze, and stupidity. Even the environmentalists are dumb. Too bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dog Says How

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Kevin Kling
    • Narrated By Kevin Kling
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    Kling's autobiographical tales are as enchanting as they are true to life: hopping freight trains, getting hit by lightning, performing his banned play in Czechoslovakia, growing up in Minnesota, and eating things before knowing what they are. In the comical yet poignant title story, Kling straddles the world of the ordinary and one rivaling Dante's inferno as he learns how to use voice-recognition software after a life-threatening motorcycle accident.

    Barbara says: "Not for moms with kid dead in motorcycle accident"
    "Not for moms with kid dead in motorcycle accident"
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    so if your son died at 17 in a motorcycle accident, you might not get past the first 20 minutes. The narrator wasn't good either. so no clue how the story developed. They should have warnings: Motorcycle accident: brain and body damage central to story. Or Rape victims may find plot distressing. Or Caution! Gruesome Home Invasion detailed. Beware! Explicit Torture scenes. You get the picture.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood: Outlander, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5182)
    Performance
    (4817)
    Story
    (4806)

    Hurtled back through time more than two hundred years to 1743 Scotland, Claire Randall finds herself caught in the midst of an unfamiliar world torn apart by violence, pestilence, and revolution and haunted by her growing feelings for a young soldier, James Fraser.

    G. House Sr. says: "Eloquent Fabulous Historical - Grand Continuation"
    "Hooked on Diana Gabaldon and Davina Porter"
    Overall
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    Story

    The continuing story of Jamie, Claire, their daughter Bree, Roger, Fergus, Marsallie, et al. I really do not like the romance genre but this is a story of generations, historical fiction and great writing and an outstanding narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elegance of the Hedgehog

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Muriel Barbery
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat, Cassandra Morris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2333)
    Performance
    (1285)
    Story
    (1308)

    An enchanting New York Times and international best seller and award-winner about life, art, literature, philosophy, culture, class, privilege, and power, seen through the eyes of a 54-year-old French concierge and a precocious but troubled 12-year-old girl.

    Pyles says: "It surprised me"
    "Good story, exasperating narration"
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    Mom is a recluse, famous architect whose only building is no longer standing, dad works for Microsoft, daughter is brilliant, it is set in Seattle. Daughter wants to go to Antarctica when she graduates from junior high before going off to boarding school. This is a challenge for mom, the recluse. So interesting characters, interesting background and the conflicts are set up. My only problem with the book was the emoting of the narrator. When a character was upset she had to put that emotion in the voice where the writing should suffice. Daughter upset; upset voice. Neighbor crazy angry unreasonable; weird breathless voice with tension. Really, you are meant to read the text and do it well. You aren't meant to act it out.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21856)
    Performance
    (19579)
    Story
    (19746)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Hunger Games knockoff"
    Overall
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    Story

    I was hungry for more Hunger Games so I bought this but it did not satisfy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Highway

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By C.J. Box
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (316)
    Performance
    (273)
    Story
    (278)

    When teenagers Danielle and Gracie Sullivan take a clandestine car trip to visit their friend in Montana, little do they know it's the last time anyone will ever hear from them again. The girls and their car simply vanish. Cody Hoyt, who's just lost his job and has fallen off the wagon after a long stretch of sobriety, is in no condition to investigate. But his son Justin, who the girls were going to visit, and his former partner, Cassie Dewell, convince him to drive south to their last known location. As Cody makes his way to the remote stretch of Montana highway where the girls went missing, Cassie discovers that there have been scores of similar disappearances in the state.

    Barbara Ganahl says: "The dark side"
    "I wanted to like it more than I did"
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    I like books set in Montana where place plays a prominent role. I thought the kidnapped girls might develop into detailed gross gore. That didn't happen. It must be part of a series but I'm not inspired to read the one that came before, nor do I want to read the next one.

    Authenticity demerits: the detour described over Beartooth Pass in the third week in November is highly improbably. That pass closes in mid October and to the best of my knowledge, has never been open in November. Global warming may change that sometime in the future but it has not yet happened. IF the pass were open, it has an elevation of almost 11,000 feet and has hair raising hairpin turns that would either scare the bejesus out of a high school driver or send her over the edge when she hit black ice. Even a teenage driver can't text and stay alive on that road.

    No native Montanan would route anyone over that pass in October much less November. I've seen it closed (for days) by snow in July.

    No trucker would detour over Beartooth Pass because, not only is it closed in November, I don't think large semi trucks are allowed.

    Authenticity points: the road through Yellowstone Park from Cooke City to Gardiner IS kept open all winter. There is a religious group that bought a lot of land near Gardiner.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moonrise

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Cassandra King
    • Narrated By Jennifer James Bradshaw, Willow Hale, Elle Newlands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (114)

    When Helen Honeycutt falls in love with Emmet Justice, a charismatic television journalist who has recently lost his wife in a tragic accident, their sudden marriage creates a rift between her new husband and his oldest friends, who resent Helen's intrusion into their tightly knit circle. Hoping to mend fences, the newlyweds join the group for a summer at his late wife's family home in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.

    Philip Miller says: "Not sure what all the complaints are about..."
    "A southern accent that doesn't make me cringe"
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    I am from Tennessee. We have different accents than Atlanta, Mississippi or along the southeastern coast. Most people have to use the overdone accents from Clampets of Beverly Hills fame. It is sooo annoying. The narrators for this story have Atlanta and Florida accents wrong but that's okay cause they don't over do it. How they think the Blue Ridge mountain native caretaker can have a Scottish accent (because her ancestors were from Scotland?) is kind of nuts but I just let that one go. The story was pleasant, the characters were a mixed lot, just like in life, full of quirks and contradictions. There was a bad person but it was well hidden and revealed in a series of believable encounters.

    This was an enjoyable listen. While I didn't find it as engrossing as other reviewers, it was a pleasant story set in the south that was modern and showed admirable self restraint by depicting the southern characters as modern people living in contemporary United States while giving the usual trite southern woman stereotype a welcome rest.

    Plop, plop, fizz fizz oh what a relief it is when we are not caricatures.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4728)
    Performance
    (4216)
    Story
    (4218)

    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!!"
    "boring and predictable"
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    I was pretty sure I'd enjoy a mystery with a dog-cop partnership but it followed the formula of damaged goods struggling with ghosts of that which damaged them but Yeah! it all turns out okay. Boring.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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