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Cecilia

Sauk Rapids, MN, United States

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  • An Uninvited Ghost

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By E. J. Copperman
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (338)
    Performance
    (310)
    Story
    (310)

    Alison and her resident gumshoe ghost are on their next case when the deceased Scott MacFarlane floats in worried that he accidentally killed a prominent local woman. Turns out she's still alive...that is, of course, until she's murdered - in Alison's house. Now, between the demands of her guests and the arrival of a reality television crew, Alison must find the killer before she sees reality from the other side.

    Beatrice says: "Great follow up"
    "A positively funny book!"
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    If you could sum up An Uninvited Ghost in three words, what would they be?

    Hilariously funny follow-up!


    What did you like best about this story?

    It builds on the series, while adding new mysteries to solve. The ending was definitely a surprise because the villain of the story isn't who you would assume it was.


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

    She brings the characters to life with different voices for each character and in each book, the character's voice doesn't change. I like that in a narrator.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A guest house to run and I have a ghost who wants me to play Sherlock Holmes!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Vincent Bugliosi, Curt Gentry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1618)
    Performance
    (1418)
    Story
    (1422)

    Prosecuting attorney in the Manson trial Vincent Bugliosi held a unique insider's position in one of the most baffling and horrifying cases of the 20th century: the cold-blooded Tate-LaBianca murders carried out by Charles Manson and four of his followers. What motivated Manson in his seemingly mindless selection of victims, and what was his hold over the young women who obeyed his orders? Now available for the first time in unabridged audio, the gripping story of this famous and haunting crime is brought to life by acclaimed narrator Scott Brick.

    Larry says: "What a great book."
    "A frightening account of a real life case!"
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    If you could sum up Helter Skelter in three words, what would they be?

    Amazingly true story!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Helter Skelter?

    The trial phase of the book. After all of the evidence and the ups and downs prior to the trial, the trial brings to light the final moments of the victims.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not yet, but I will if he performs any other book I'm interested in hearing.


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

    If it hadn't been so long, I could have easily have listened in one sitting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night of the Living Deed

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By E.J. Copperman
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (600)
    Performance
    (554)
    Story
    (553)

    Newly divorced Alison Kerby wants a second chance for herself and her nine-year-old daughter. She's returned to her hometown on the Jersey Shore to transform a Victorian fixer-upper into a charming-and profitable guest house. One small problem: the house is haunted, and the two ghosts insist Alison must find out who killed them.

    Felicia The Geeky Blogger says: "Had a blast listening to this one!"
    "A very funny listen!"
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    Where does Night of the Living Deed rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book, and indeed the whole series, ranks at the top of my funny mystery books! I love a good mystery but this book include a lot of laughs also.


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

    It definitely held my attention and kept me guessing as to what would happen next. There were enough plot twists that, when I thought I knew who the murderer was, I was proven mistaken.


    Have you listened to any of Amanda Ronconi’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Before this book series, I had never hears Amanda Ronconi's performance.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Who knew a bump on the head could turn life upside down in a hilariously, funny way!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Harlequin: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Laurell K. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Cynthia Holloway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (459)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (275)

    Malcolm, head of the vampire Church of Eternal Life, is no particular friend to Anita Blake. So when he shows up in her office, to ask for her help against creatures so feared that no vampire will willingly speak their name, Anita is surprised. But she believes him. Malcolm may not be a Master of the City, but he's an old and powerful vampire, a leader of men, and he does not easily ask for help - especially from Anita and Jean-Claude, whose power Malcolm considers corrupt.

    Lou says: "*sigh*"
    "Great book! Not so great narrator!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Harlequin to be better than the print version?

    With the exception of the narrator, I loved them both equally.


    What other book might you compare The Harlequin to and why?

    I don't think any book can compare to The Harlequin.


    What didn’t you like about Cynthia Holloway’s performance?

    Holloway gives no life to the characters. She changes her voice so minimal between each of the characters and without Jean-Claude's accent, it doesn't even come close to what Kimberley Alexis brought to the books. If it wasn't for the fact that I am low vision impaired and I love Anita Blake, I would have passed up the narrator.


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

    Most definitely, if the narrator was better.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • It

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4949)
    Performance
    (3664)
    Story
    (3690)

    They were just kids when they stumbled upon the horror of their hometown. Now, as adults, none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them all back to Derry, Maine, to face the nightmare without end, and the evil without a name.

    Parola138 says: "I thought I was desensitized"
    "A edge of the seat horror novel!"
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    If you could sum up It in three words, what would they be?

    Oh My Suspense!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of It?

    The final fight with "It" and how it flashbacked between 1958 and 1985; entwining past with present as the main cast of characters fight for their lives and the lives of all children in Derry.


    Have you listened to any of Steven Weber’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I have not listened to any other of Weber's performances, with the exception of "The Shining" movie, I had never heard of him.


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

    If it had not been over 40 hours long, I very easily could have listened to this in one sitting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cabinet of Curiosities: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Jonathan Marosz
    Overall
    (862)
    Performance
    (763)
    Story
    (764)

    In an ancient tunnel underneath New York City a charnel house is discovered. Inside are 36 bodies all murdered and mutilated more than a century ago. While FBI agent Pendergast investigates the old crimes, identical killings start to terrorize the city. The nightmare has begun. Again.

    Nancy says: "Enjoyable, but not my favorite"
    "Preston and Child does it again!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Cabinet of Curiosities to be better than the print version?

    I have not had the opportunity to read the print version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Smithback. I loved William Smithback's character since he was introduced in The Relic. Even though the books center around Agent Pendergast, Smithback has a tendency to steal the limelight with all of his crazy antics. He is always managing to get himself into scrapes that Pendergast has to get him out of.


    What about Jonathan Marosz’s performance did you like?

    I like all of the performance. Marosz does a very good job staying true to the voices he gave to each character. Not all narrators are able to do that.


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

    If it had not been so long, I could very easily have listened to this book in one sitting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Guilty Pleasures: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Laurell K. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Kimberly Alexis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1267)
    Performance
    (762)
    Story
    (769)

    Published almost 10 years ago, Guilty Pleasures marked the debut of a writer who was destined to grow from cult favorite to a major bestselling author. Now, for long-time Anita Blake aficionados and newfound fans, Guilty Pleasures makes its debut in downloadable audio

    Jeanette says: "In the beginning"
    "A really great listen!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Guilty Pleasures the most enjoyable?

    The narrator. Kimberly Lexis does such an amazing job with the accent of Jean-Claude, the voice of Edward and Anita. The accents are so dead on accurate that it really brought the book alive.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Guilty Pleasures?

    Whenever Anita came up against Jean-Claude. He loves to call her his ma petite as much as she hates to hear it. A close second is the final fight with Nickolaos. Can't help but love a book that has a variety of preternatural creatures that you either love or love to hate.


    Which character – as performed by Kimberly Alexis – was your favorite?

    Jean-Claude. Her performance of his character was made so much better by the fact that she does a French accent very well. You can almost picture him standing there, speaking to Anita.


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

    Actually, it was a book I listened to all in one sitting. I brought it along during hunting opener and with no deer in sight, I listened to my book. Enjoying every minute of it!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Circus of the Damned: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Laurell K. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Kimberly Alexis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (797)
    Performance
    (487)
    Story
    (499)

    In Circus of the Damned, a rogue master vampire hits town, and Anita gets caught in the middle of an undead turf war.

    Jeanette says: "Vampires, Werewolves and Snake gods...oh my"
    "Listening is so much better with this series!"
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    If you could sum up Circus of the Damned in three words, what would they be?

    What a start!


    What other book might you compare Circus of the Damned to and why?

    I am a huge fan of the Anita Blake series in book form but in all honesty, it cannot be compared to any other. Other then Stephen King, I rarely deviate from my favorites. Neither author can compare with the other and I cannot even begin to explain why.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The final fight with Mr. Oliver. Even though Anita could have died, she still managed to kill her master by force-Alejandro, kill Mr. Oliver and save Jean-Claude.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The last thing Anita Blake, the Executioner of bad vampires wanted, is to be tied to Jean-Claude,Master of the City.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Demonologist: The Extraordinary Career of Ed and Lorraine Warren - The True Accounts of the Paranormal Investigators Featured in the film 'The Conjuring'

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Gerald Brittle
    • Narrated By Todd Haberkorn
    Overall
    (580)
    Performance
    (549)
    Story
    (544)

    If you think ghosts are only responsible for hauntings, think again. The Demonologist reveals the grave religious process behind supernatural events and how it can happen to you. Used as a text in seminaries and classrooms, this is one book you can't put down. For over five decades, Ed and Loraine Warren have been considered America's foremost experts on demonology and exorcism. With over 3,000 investigations to their credit, they reveal what actually breaks the peace in haunted houses. Don't miss the Warrens in the new blockbuster movie The Conjuring.

    Cliff says: "Scary fun."
    "An astounding true account of the Warren's cases!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. After watching "The Conjuring" and knowing who Ed and Lorraine Warren were, it was really interesting to hear more about their lives and the cases they were involved in. In the telling of their work, it really opens a persons eyes and reminds the listener that good can overcome evil.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The most compelling aspect was how Haberkorn relayed the story of the Warren's and how he used his voice to create an edge to the telling at the intense parts of the story.


    Have you listened to any of Todd Haberkorn’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, not yet.


    If you could give The Demonologist a new subtitle, what would it be?

    I don't think I could capture the content any better.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10549)
    Performance
    (5437)
    Story
    (5479)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Russell says: "Glad I Listened to 11-22-63 First"
    "Very Stephen King!"
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    What did you love best about Under the Dome?

    The fact that it stayed focused on the characters and their plight.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Actually, I enjoyed all of the characters; however, there were several characters that were very easy to dislike (if only because they were just plain evil).


    What about Raul Esparza’s performance did you like?

    I am new to Audible and enjoyed how Esparza was able to change his voice just enough to distinguish that it was a different character speaking.


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

    I really enjoyed it. It did seem to slow down towards the end of the book, briefly, and I was completely stunned by the ending. Though, I must admit, that rarely has Stephen King failed to keep a reader/listener hanging until the end. There were a lot of funny parts and the death of several of the younger characters did make me cry. I was rooting for them to all make it to the end.


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