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Carole

Temple Hills, Moldova, Republic of | Member Since 2005

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  • Casanegra: A Tennyson Hardwick Story

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Blair Underwood, Tananarive Due, Steven Barnes
    • Narrated By Richard Allen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    In this hot and steamy mystery, Tennyson is an actor struggling to hang on to his career and redeem his sex-for-pay history, which estranged him from his family, especially his father, a decorated LAPD captain who raised Tennyson to call him "Sir". Now, in the wake of his father's sudden stroke, Tennyson has to save himself from taking the fall for a murder. In the process, he discovers his hidden talents - the hard way.

    James Gordon says: "What's The Beef?"
    "Skeptic"
    Overall

    It's a bit hard to believe that a policeman's son is as naive as Tennyson appears to be, so I had a hard time dealing with the fact that the events depicted in the story actually could happen. To believe that Tennyson was a former pimp and then believe that he would pick up a stray kid, play hero, etc. stretches the imagination. Parts of the story was interesting but for the most part, it was a bit of a joke to listen to this pitiful story. Also the narrator was a little too exaggerated in his story telling even down to the sex scenes. I would recommend not wasting one's time nor money listening to this drivel.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cop Town

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Kathleen Early
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (542)
    Performance
    (451)
    Story
    (462)

    Atlanta, 1974: It's Kate Murphy's first day on the job, and the Atlanta Police Department is seething after the murder of an officer. Before the day has barely begun, she already suspects she's not cut out to be a cop. Her male uniform is too big, she can't handle a gun, and she's rapidly learning that the APD is hardly a place that welcomes women. Worse still, in the ensuing manhunt she'll be partnered with Maggie Lawson, a cop with her own ax to grind.

    Ronna says: "Women cops in bigoted 1974 Georgia"
    "poocat's review"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Cop Town to be better than the print version?

    Don't really know as I've only dealt with the audiobook. However, audio is very descriptive and allows me to follow along the story with images in my head. It also allows me to undertake other things while listening to the story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Cop Town?

    When the niece confronts the Uncle with the fact that the suicide note lays out the reality of the situation the brother had been living with for years and the Uncle unable to cope with the revelation.


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

    She made the book come to life. She was able to take me inside various characters, their thinking and why they took a certain approach to a happening. I was able to understand that one really is what they where, when. In other words, you're shaped by your environment, culture, beliefs, and teachings as you make your way through life. One resists change because their comfort zone is challenged. Also you begin to examine what impacts your life and why.


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

    Yes, the stark brutality of various situations when faced with change.


    Any additional comments?

    Yes, thoroughly enjoyed the story. Look for many more to come by this author. This was the first time I listened to her. She took me on a willd ride and I loved it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Return of Tarzan

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Edgar Rice Burroughs
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (52)

    Tarzan had renounced his right to the woman he loved, and civilization held no pleasure for him. After a brief and harrowing period among men, he turned back to the African jungle where he had grown to manhood. It was there he first heard of Opar, the city of gold, left over from fabled Atlantis. It was a city of hideous men - and of beautiful, savage women, over whom reigned La, high priestess of the Flaming God. Its altars were stained with the blood of many sacrifices. Unheeding of the dangers, Tarzan led a band of savage warriors toward the ancient crypts and the more ancient evil of Opar.

    Nelson says: "Amazing Book"
    "Old Story/Varied Plot"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Edgar Rice Burroughs and/or Robert Whitfield?

    No particularly....the British accent rather turned me off and I didn't find myself waiting for another boring descriptive scene. The narrator's delivery was a turn-off..


    What was most disappointing about Edgar Rice Burroughs’s story?

    The delivery of the age old story - even the dangerous scenes did not elicit any emotion.


    What three words best describe Robert Whitfield’s voice?

    monotonous, boring, unexciting


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Too uneventful protrayal of what should have been breathtaking scenes for me. I was disappointed.l

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Family Business 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Carl Weber, Treasure Hernandez
    • Narrated By Ezra Knight, Diane Luke, Lisa Smith, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (269)
    Performance
    (253)
    Story
    (255)

    Momma drama takes over the Duncan clan, as there is still uncertainty about who has fathered the Duncan sisters' new babies. Meanwhile, Orlando Duncan, the family's new CEO and a man with his own baby momma problems, has just developed a new product that may make the millionaire Duncans into billionaires. Orlando only has one obstacle in front of him, and it's not law enforcement or one of his family's many rivals. It's his mother, because she's making the family take sides. Can a civil war within the Duncan family be averted before it tears them apart?

    Ronald says: "Good read but....."
    "What a Family Business"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Love reading Carl Weber's books. The plots are tightly woven, building the interest to its peak. As the author brings the reader down, he does it with such smoothness. I find myself wanting to read his books more and more. Yes, I highly recommend this book


    What other book might you compare The Family Business 2 to and why?

    Similar authors which leaves one entranced is Patterson. I just finished reading "Paris With Love" and found that the ride was well worth it. Jonathan and Faye Kellerman's books do the same as does JR Ward.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Niles, Paris, and Rio were my favorites although all of the family portrayals were good.


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

    Yes, such a love story between Niles and Paris. I felt Paris' excitement and pain right up to the end. Also the loyalty angle to the family's other business was very mysterious yet unsetteling.


    Any additional comments?

    Well, I probably missed the story of Paris and her baby's father (The Family Business by Carl Weber)...I would like to think it was Niles but I don't recall it being mentioned...I remember that Paris and London (her sister) were pregnant at the same time. I would like to listen to how LC and his wife got together along with stores about the rest of the family, they're encounters and how they fit into the "family business."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Affair: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3498)
    Performance
    (2902)
    Story
    (2907)

    Everything starts somewhere. For elite military cop Jack Reacher, that somewhere was Carter Crossing, Mississippi, way back in 1997. A young woman is dead, and solid evidence points to a soldier at a nearby military base. But that soldier has powerful friends in Washington. Reacher is ordered undercover - to find out everything he can, to control the local police, and then to vanish. Reacher is a good soldier. But when he gets to Carter Crossing, he finds layers no one saw coming, and the investigation spins out of control. Local sheriff Elizabeth Deveraux has a thirst for justice - and an appetite for secrets.

    Melinda says: ""All Aboard!""
    "Poocat"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Lee Child and/or Dick Hill?

    Yes, perhaps this experience was a fluke.


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

    No. I did not get a sense of excitement from the narrator even during the fight scene near the end


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Kinda dragged, as though it was hard to move through the events happening in the story. The main character, as well as the rest, did not present a moving performance throughout the story from the beginning to the end.


    Was The Affair worth the listening time?

    No, I was left with a unsatisfied feeling. Felt it was a waste of time. Now it could have been because of the narrator 's handling of the characters. Very lackluster.


    Any additional comments?

    none

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beach Road

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Peter de Jonge
    • Narrated By Billy Baldwin
    Overall
    (918)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (80)

    Tom Dunleavy has a one-man law firm in America's wealthiest resort town: legendary East Hampton. But his job barely keeps him in paper clips. His clients make a living serving the rich. The billionaires and celebrities swarming the beaches already have lawyers on their payroll.

    K. Jacob says: "Why??"
    "Beach Road"
    Overall

    Initially, I thought this book was not going to hold my interest especially since it covered sports. Boy was I wrong. This book was good. It kept me in suspense wondering just who is the killer! After many turns and twists, I'm finally learn the killer (which is a total surprise) and I am still held in suspense when the killer is apprehended and the brought to justice. How it's done and by whom is just great. The plot weaves in many characters, who all have a story to tell, and all of whom play an intricate part to play. I loved it--so much so that I listened to it again.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    Overall
    (3433)
    Performance
    (1158)
    Story
    (1169)

    The cause of the devastation is a phenomenon that will come to be known as The Pulse, and the delivery method is a cell phone. Everyone's cell phone. Clay and the few desperate survivors who join him suddenly find themselves in the pitch-black night of civilization's darkest age, surrounded by chaos, carnage, and a human horde that has been reduced to its basest nature...and then begins to evolve.

    chris says: "Entertained"
    "Cell"
    Overall

    Leave it to Stephen King to write a chilling story about what could happen using cell phones. It chilled my bones to think one's behavior could be controlled though cell phone use! What's so upsetting is cell phone use is so prevailing. Just about everyone has one and uses it. This story kept me spellbound yet repulsed to think that perhaps it could happen?
    I recommend this book if you like living on the edge.



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black: Book One, The Birth of Evil

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Ted Dekker
    • Narrated By Rob Lamont
    Overall
    (916)
    Performance
    (307)
    Story
    (316)

    Fleeing assailants through alleyways in Denver late one night, Thomas Hunter narrowly escapes to the roof of an industrial building. Then a silent bullet from the night clips his head and his world goes black. When he awakes, he finds himself in an entirely different reality, a green forest that seems more real than where he was. Every time he tries to sleep, he wakes up in the other world, and soon he truly no longer knows which reality is real.

    Andrew says: "Narrator speaks at double speed without pauses…"
    "Black"
    Overall

    For the life of me, I could not get into this storyline. It was fantasy and reality mixed and the character was so, so boring. I simply could not finish it and am sorry I used a book credit to purchase it. The characters are unbelievable, false and too simple. I would not recommend this book to snyone for fear they would resort to suicide.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Gone

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated By John Rubinstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (442)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (95)

    It's a story tailor-made for the nightly news: Dylan Meserve and Michaela Brand, young lovers and fellow acting students, vanish on the way home from a rehearsal. Three days later, the two of them are found in the remote mountains of Malibu, battered and terrified after a harrowing ordeal at the hands of a sadistic abductor.

    Barbara says: "Good but not great..."
    "Gone"
    Overall

    I really liked this book. It grabbed my attention from the start and I found myself anticipating what would happen next. The plot involves a series of want-to-be actors who seek stardom quickly by circumventing hard work, reputable people and companies and what can happen when one meets with unscrupulous people. Through numerous interviews, I was kept guessing the identity of the real killer. In addition, the book mixed romance, mystery, comedy and seriousness and I began to ride along with the Dr. Deleware and Milo as they pursued the killer. Dr. Delaware and Milo complement each other and make a great team. Together, they take you through a maze of dark and unique characters while moving you towards the ultimate climax - catching the killer. I am waiting for Kellerman's next book--I know I won't be disappointed.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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