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Carmen

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Mulvane, KS, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Bait of Satan: Living Free from the Deadly Trap of Offense

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs)
    • By John Bevere
    • Narrated By John Bevere
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (139)

    Escape the enemy's deadly trap! The Bait of Satan exposes one of the most deceptive snares Satan uses to get believers out of the will of God - offense. Most people who are ensnared by the bait of Satan don’t even realize it. Don’t be fooled! You will encounter offense, and it’s up to you how it will affect your relationship with God. Your response will determine your future. If offense is handled correctly, you will become stronger rather than bitter. John Bevere shows you how to stay free from offense and escape the victim mentality.

    shannon says: "Forgiveness is the KEY"
    "A Topic We All Need to Listen to and Understand"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bait of Satan?

    This book tells about a very important doctrine from God's Holy Word and explains how God expects us to deal with offenses when they happen. John Bevere uses stories from his own life and from the Bible to illustrate the points of this doctrine so that we can understand how choices we make when we become offended can affect ourselves and others.


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

    Some parts of this book are difficult to listen to and will evoke emotions that the listener will need to deal with after listening. I don't recommend listening in one sitting. I think it's best to take this book in pieces and deal with the emotions a little at a time.


    1 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
    (1445)
    Performance
    (1253)
    Story
    (1247)

    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"
    "1981 in Ireland and Murder is Afoot"
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    This gritty police detective novel starts out with a murder in near Belfast, Ireland in 1981 and leads you through the life of one detective as he desperately tries to put the pieces together and solve the murder. He is foiled over and over and the closer he gets to the killer, the more danger he is in. There are twists and turns in this novel that keep you guessing about how connected two deaths might actually be or whether they are connected at all. The author explores the effects of the violence of Northern Ireland in the early 1980's on the police and people who live there where justice isn't always guaranteed and sometimes a policeman will have to go to great lengths to solve a crime.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sleeping Doll: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By Anne Twomey
    Overall
    (1035)
    Performance
    (392)
    Story
    (392)

    Ten years ago in California, Daniel Pell, a self-styled Charles Manson, was sentenced to life in prison for murdering an entire family: husband, wife, and two children, plus one of his young male followers. He is brought to Salinas, California, to interview with Kathryn Dance after he is implicated in yet another killing. Things go terribly wrong during an interview break, and Pell escapes, intent on killing again.

    Paige says: "A decent listen"
    "Twists and Turns Throughout This Book."
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    Sleeping Doll tells the story of a very evil man and his escape from prison. The twists will keep you guessing and Kathryn Dance is very intuitive. Excellent descriptions of both mood and affect are given and most of the loose ends are tied up, though not all. This is a well thought out chase and you really hate Daniel Pell and you really feel for the good characters. The narration is excellent and you will enjoy this story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Informationist: A Vanessa Michael Munroe Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Taylor Stevens
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1392)
    Performance
    (787)
    Story
    (801)

    Vanessa “Michael” Munroe deals in information - expensive information - working for corporations, heads of state, private clients, and anyone else who can pay for her unique brand of expertise. Born to missionary parents in lawless central Africa, Munroe took up with an infamous gunrunner and his mercenary crew when she was just fourteen. As his protégé, she earned the respect of the jungle's most dangerous men, cultivating her own reputation for years until something sent her running. After almost a decade building a new life and lucrative career from her home base in Dallas, she's never looked back. Until now....

    John C. says: "Strong premise & character descend into melodrama"
    "Gender Bender. Couldn't even listen to it."
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    I started this book, but I didn't enjoy the story line. You have the gender bending operative and the gay connection. I really didn't enjoy that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Innocence: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1218)
    Performance
    (1096)
    Story
    (1110)

    He lives in solitude beneath the city, an exile from society, which will destroy him if he is ever seen. She dwells in seclusion, a fugitive from enemies who will do her harm if she is ever found. But the bond between them runs deeper than the tragedies that have scarred their lives. Something more than chance - and nothing less than destiny - has brought them together in a world whose hour of reckoning is fast approaching.

    Michael says: "Among Koontz’s Best Slow Interesting Books"
    "Dean Koontz Explores a Topic with His Reader"
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    Any additional comments?

    This book is an attempt to communicate a very interesting idea that I have never heard expressed by any other writer. Dean Koontz, in his usual fashion, fleshes out this idea with intriquing characters and a fight between good and evil that takes you through a world turning upside down. It is a thrill ride and you won't guess the secret to Innocence.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Chronoliths

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Robert Charles Wilson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (325)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (241)

    Scott Warden is a man haunted by the past-and soon to be haunted by the future. In early 21st-century Thailand, Scott is an expatriate slacker. Then, one day, he inadvertently witnesses an impossible event: the violent appearance of a 200-foot stone pillar in the forested interior. Its arrival collapses trees for a quarter mile around its base, freezing ice out of the air and emitting a burst of ionizing radiation. It appears to be composed of an exotic form of matter.

    M. Stephenson says: "A haunting, beautiful work..."
    "Fascinating Look at Possible 21st Century"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes and I have. Robert Charles Wilson gives us a walk through a future world where lives have been shattered by the coming of the Chronoliths. Mr. Wilson is not only able to imagine that reality and the physics surrounding such events, but he shows us his characters growth and change throughout his lifetime and looking into the future from there. This is one journey you don't want to miss.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ritual Bath: The First Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Faye Kellerman
    • Narrated By Mitchell Greenberg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (725)
    Performance
    (357)
    Story
    (353)

    Detective Peter Decker of the LAPD is stunned when he gets the report. Someone has shattered the sanctuary of a remote yeshiva community in the California hills with an unimaginable crime. One of the women was brutally raped as she returned from the mikvah, the bathhouse where the cleansing ritual is performed.

    Eva Gannon says: "Good Read"
    "Love, Affection and Loyalty are Challenged"
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    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The Ritual Bath is a novel that is exceptionally well thought our and researched. You learn about the life of Rina inside the Jewish Torah Community which Peter Decker must understand in order to solve this mystery. You want the evil doer to be caught and justice to be dispensed. The romance between Peter and Rina is growing and a rapist is close to Rina, but unknown. Can Peter figure out who is threatening Rina before it is too late?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lightning

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4079)
    Performance
    (2472)
    Story
    (2490)

    A storm struck on the night Laura Shane was born, and there was a strangeness about the weather that people would remember for years. But even more mysterious was the blond-haired stranger who appeared out of nowhere - the man who saved Laura from a fatal delivery. Years later - after another bolt of lightning - the stranger returned.

    Barry says: "One of Koontz' best, entirely enjoyable."
    "Action, Adventure and Romance with Dean Koontz"
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    Would you listen to Lightning again? Why?

    This story kept me coming back every chance I could just so that I could be with the characters in their world again. The humor and the sadness of this book really grip the reader and you wonder, could this really play out in real life. It's a fun look at "what if" and Dean Koontz is the master player.


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

    I couldn't stop listening. It was a joy to take in.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Creole Belle: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1700)
    Performance
    (1477)
    Story
    (1435)

    Creole Belle begins where the last book in the Dave Robicheaux series, The Glass Rainbow, ended. Dave is in a recovery unit in New Orleans, where a Creole girl named Tee Jolie Melton visits him and leaves him an iPod with the country blues song “Creole Belle” on it. Then she disappears. Dave becomes obsessed with the song and the memory of Tee Jolie and goes in search of her sister, who later turns up inside a block of ice floating in the Gulf.

    Suzn F says: "YES!!! Dave and Clete back in Louisiana once again"
    "Dave Robicheaux and Clete are in the fight."
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    Where does Creole Belle rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I loved Creole Belle as a man's man of audio books. This police procedural is gritty and fun while tackling the questions of how honest men should deal with evil in their midst and growing older in a world that is often violent. I enjoyed the depth of description of the characters and the plot twists that keep you guessing all the way to the end.


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

    The plot of Creole Belle is complicated and there are plenty of bad guys. You don't know who Dave and Clete should trust and who they should take down. This book is very well done and there is constant action. I love Clete Purcell and his daughter Gretchen and hope to see more of them in future books.


    Which character – as performed by Will Patton – was your favorite?

    Clete Purcell was my favorite character. He reminds me of someone that I know and who was profound in my life. A great bigger than life character.


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

    This book kept me riveted until the end. I was sad to see it finish and am sure that there is more coming in the next Dave Robicheaux book. Can't wait.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Watchers

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By J. Charles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2079)
    Performance
    (1303)
    Story
    (1326)

    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"
    "This is a Very Special Story"
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    Would you listen to Watchers again? Why?

    Of course. I got this book for my eighteen year-old son and he loved it. The plot is well done with action and suspense. You are immediately transported to within this story and you won't want to stop until the end. My son wishes for a sequel.


    What other book might you compare Watchers to and why?

    This book is pure Dean Koontz at his best. I can't really think of a book to compare it to, but it is so enjoyable that I highly recommend it.


    Have you listened to any of J. Charles’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I don't believe that I have heard J. Charles perform any other books, but he excelled at this performance. Watchers was an awesome book.


    Who was the most memorable character of Watchers and why?

    Einstein is the most memorable character of Watchers. What a wonderful idea that you could have a dog with human like intelligence. Such a fascinating concept.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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