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C. Byrnes

Christine

Kissimmee, FL United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Safe Haven

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Nicholas Sparks
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2108)
    Performance
    (1226)
    Story
    (1237)

    When Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children; and another with her plainspoken single neighbor, Jo. Despite her reservations, Katie begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community..

    Ruth Adamson says: "Not Nicholas Sparks best, but ok"
    "This Was My First Nicolas Sparks Novel"
    Overall

    I am not much into sappy love stories and this is what I expected when I decided to buy Safe Haven. I thought something easy on the ears would be a good choice to do housework by. However, I was pleasantly surprised. The characters had depth and substance and it wasn't pages and pages of verbal and physical love making. The twist at the end was enough to make me consider trying another Sparks novel. Recommended for the love story lovers as well as someone just interested in a good listen sans much sap.

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Four Feet Tall & Rising: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Shorty Rossi, S. J. Hodges
    • Narrated By Shorty Rossi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (33)

    Luigi Francis "Shorty" Rossi, the tough-talking, fedora-wearing star of Animal Planet's hit show Pit Boss, may stand only four feet tall, but that hasn't stopped him from living large, becoming a successful businessman and an outspoken advocate for pit bulls, the most misunderstood dog breed in the world.

    Judy says: "PitBoss is Boss"
    "If You're A Fan of Pit Boss, You'll Enjoy It."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I've watched the show so I decided to listen to the audio book to get more background information. I felt like Mr Rossi touched on many things but nothing was in depth. I really felt like this was put out to make some money (for the charity maybe? I am not sure where the proceeds go) but not much soul searching was done to explain bad choices.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bedbugs

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ben H. Winters
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (330)
    Performance
    (299)
    Story
    (299)

    FOR RENT: Top two floors of beautifully renovated brownstone, 1300 sq. ft., 2BR 2BA, eat-in kitchen, one block to parks and playgrounds. No broker's fee. Susan and Alex Wendt have found their dream apartment. Sure, the landlady is a little eccentric. And the elderly handyman drops some cryptic remarks about the basement. But the rent is so low, it's too good to pass up. Big mistake.

    Barbara says: "Fantastic narration! Good, creepy story."
    "Didn't care for it at all, and it wasn't the bugs"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    So, we have a main character that is lazy, self centered and mooching off her husband while she ignored her kid by having a baby sitter daily. And people found this woman likable? By the end of the third chapter, I was wishing she'd get eaten alive and let her husband and child have a new decent person in their lives. Ben, if you can't write female protagonists that aren't needy and useless, perhaps you shouldn't try.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Alyson Richman
    • Narrated By George Guidall, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1440)
    Performance
    (1283)
    Story
    (1288)

    In pre-war Prague, the dreams of two young lovers are shattered when they are separated by the Nazi invasion. Then, decades later, thousands of miles away in New York, there's an inescapable glance of recognition between two strangers. Providence is giving Lenka and Josef one more chance. From the glamorous ease of life in Prague before the Occupation, to the horrors of Nazi Europe, The Lost Wife explores the power of first love, the resilience of the human spirit, and the strength of memory.

    Sara says: "Love, Strength & Survival"
    "Terrible"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Was the author trying to win an award for cramming the most metaphors in a single book? It really had the potential of being a half way decent story should the author been better. I felt like I was listening to someone who just read, "Writing Novels for Dummies".

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Scarlet: The Lunar Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Marissa Meyer
    • Narrated By Rebecca Soler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1250)
    Performance
    (1154)
    Story
    (1153)

    Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the best-selling Lunar Chronicles. She's trying to break out of prison - even though if she succeeds, she'll be the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive. Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn't know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life.

    Jennifer says: "Not sure if fault lies in performance or story"
    "Just As Good As Cinder"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I think people got attached to Cinder and wanted the book to be just like the last once but continued. It is not. It introduces a new "fairy tale" into the mix with new characters that I thought added to the story and made it more enjoyable. Cinder is still front and center but Scarlet is likable and strong. I can't wait to see how they both evolve and which fairy tale is rewritten in book 3.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Visible Man: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Chuck Klosterman
    • Narrated By Annabella Sciorra, Scott Shepherd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (111)

    Therapist Victoria Vick is contacted by a cryptic, unlikable man who insists his situation is unique and unfathomable. Vick becomes convinced that he suffers from a complex set of delusions: Y__, as she refers to him, claims to be a scientist who has stolen cloaking technology from an aborted government project in order to render himself nearly invisible. Unsure of his motives or honesty, Vick becomes obsessed with her patient....

    Amanda says: "Hillarious & Disturbing In (almost) Equal Measure"
    "Interesting Entertaining Listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story grabbed me from the first moment and held me through the end. The narration was perfect for the characters. It isn't the type of book I will not likely spend a moment thinking about now that it is finished but it was very entertaining and past my commuter hours pleasantly. That is all I expect of a good audiobook to make it worth the credit.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • When She Woke

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Hillary Jordan
    • Narrated By Heather Corrigan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (270)
    Performance
    (233)
    Story
    (232)

    Hannah Payne awakens to a nightmare. She is lying on a table in a bare room, covered only by a paper gown, with cameras broadcasting her every move to millions at home. She is now a convicted criminal, and her skin color has been genetically altered. Her crime, according to the State of Texas: the murder of her unborn child, whose father she refuses to name. Her color: red. The color of newly shed blood.

    Amy says: "A Thoughtful Dystopia"
    "Meh X 2"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    While I think the premise was a good one, it could have been so much more than a woman growing into herself type book. I did finish it but barely as by the last hour or so, I didn't really care what happened to the main character. Maybe buy it if it gets to the 3.99 bin but don't waste a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • City of Women

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By David R. Gillham
    • Narrated By Suzanne Bertish
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (281)
    Performance
    (245)
    Story
    (247)

    It is 1943 - the height of the Second World War. With the men taken by the army, Berlin has become a city of women. And while her husband fights on the Eastern Front, Sigrid Schröder is, for all intents and purposes, the model soldier's wife: She goes to work every day, does as much with her rations as she can, and dutifully cares for her meddling mother-in-law, all the while ignoring the horrific immoralities of the regime. But behind this façade is an entirely different Sigrid, a woman who dreams of her former Jewish lover.

    Susianna says: "Just Fine But My High Expectations? Foiled Again!"
    "WONDERFUL Narration."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I believe a good book can become a great book simply with the right story teller. Thus is the case here. The story was very good although done before but the narration was the best I have heard in a while. I recommend City of Women for both.

    19 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Mudbound

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Hillary Jordan
    • Narrated By Ezra Knight
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (466)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (250)

    Hillary Jordan's mesmerizing debut novel won the Bellwether Prize for fiction. A powerful piece of Southern literature, Mudbound takes on prejudice in its myriad forms on a Mississippi Delta farm in 1946. City girl Laura McAllen attempts to raise her family despite questionable decisions made by her husband. Tensions continue to rise when her brother-in-law and the son of a family of sharecroppers both return from WWII as changed men bearing the scars of combat.

    Betty says: "May this South never rise again."
    "I wish there more more audiobooks like this!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Mudbound grabbed you from the beginning and kept you enthralled and engaged until the end. While I wouldn't compare it to "The Help' which was done below, I would say the pace of this book and the great story is well worth the credit or even paying in full.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Conflict of Interest: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Adam Mitzner
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2095)
    Performance
    (1702)
    Story
    (1719)

    Alex Miller is a criminal defense lawyer leading the life he always imagined. At thirty-five, he is the youngest partner at New York City's most prestigious law firm, with a beautiful wife and a perfect daughter. When Alex's father suddenly passes away, Alex is introduced to Michael Ohlig, a rich and powerful man who holds an almost mythical place in his family lore. But Alex is surprised when Ohlig admits that he's in serious legal trouble, accused of crimes involving hundreds of millions of dollars.

    Melinda says: "My 2 Cents"
    "Great New Author."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I'll admit I give up on so many audiobooks due to my tendency to allow my mind to wander. If a story doesn't grab me in the first 10 minutes, I am done with it. Not so with A Conflict of Interest. It got me right away and held my attention until the very end. The narrator was great but it is the author that deserves the praise. I look forward to Mr. Mitzer's future work.

    18 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17870)
    Performance
    (15888)
    Story
    (15845)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "A Terrific Story and Pretty Good Narration."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I purchased the book and was surprised to see the audio version being released concurrently. While waiting for my credit day, I read the first quarter and alternated reading at home and listening during my commute.

    While the story is five stars with an exclamation point or two, the narration gets a 4. The minor character voices were imitations of people like John Wayne and Jimmy Stewart and while, probably not intentional, was very distracting. While I appreciate the effort to act out characters, when they are exaggerated it becomes almost cartoonish. I found myself missing Frank Muller's narration.

    Nonetheless, if you'd rather listen than read, don't miss this one.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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