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Cheryl

All mysteries all the time, that's what I read. I joined Audible when I started having a long commute. Now I listen everywhere!

Long Beach, CA, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • 39 reviews
  • 142 ratings
  • 1005 titles in library
  • 15 purchased in 2015
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  • Dreamland: Dale Brown's Dreamland, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Dale Brown, Jim DeFelice
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (80)

    Dreamland is the place where the nation's top minds come to develop artillery and aircraft that push beyond the cutting edge. And where the Air Force's top guns come to test them, on the frontlines of a new era in warfare. The fiasco of a spy's infiltration has the Pentagon looking for an excuse to close Dreamland down. To clean up the mess, and save Dreamland from the congressional chopping block, Lt. Colonel Tecumseh "Dog" Bastian is sent in.

    Cheryl says: "Really boring!"
    "Really boring!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Dale Brown and Jim DeFelice and/or Christopher Lane?

    No


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dale Brown and Jim DeFelice again?

    No


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

    Performance was fine.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Dreamland?

    I don't care for this type of book. I thought it was going to be a mystery.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't get this book unless you're into a LOT of technical detail about piloting a jet. Blehhhh.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hush Hush: A Tess Monaghan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Laura Lippman
    • Narrated By Jan Maxwell
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    On a searing August day, Melisandre Harris Dawes committed the unthinkable: She left her two-month-old daughter locked in a car while she sat nearby on the shores of the Patapsco River. Melisandre was found not guilty by reason of criminal insanity, although there was much skepticism about her mental state. Freed, she left the country, her husband, and her two surviving children, determined to start over.

    Julie says: "Tess is back."
    "Super Satisfying"
    Overall
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    They may be far between, but I so enjoy a good Tess Monaghan! My only complaint was being sorry it was over. :(

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Alan Bradley
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1869)
    Performance
    (1300)
    Story
    (1301)

    It is the summer of 1950 and a series of inexplicable events has struck Buckshaw, the decaying English mansion that Flavia's family calls home. A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath. For Flavia, who is both appalled and delighted, life begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw.

    Midi says: "Terrific story...spot-on narration"
    "Thoroughly entertaining"
    Overall
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    This would be a great book to listen to on a family car trip!

    Flavian is really enjoyable, I might have to purchase and listen to the next one right away.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9185)
    Performance
    (7698)
    Story
    (7703)

    Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    L. O. Pardue says: ""Rear Window" Meets "Gone Girl""
    ""All the Fuss" was right!"
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    This was a gripping book! I kept wondering what all the fuss was about, it is well worth your listening credit!

    I kept thinking I had it figured out, then more was revealed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deeper Than the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Tami Hoag
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1665)
    Performance
    (1021)
    Story
    (1012)

    Three children, running in the woods behind their school, stumble upon a partially buried female body, eyes and mouth glued shut. Close behind the children is their teacher, Anne Navarre, shocked by this discovery and heartbroken as she witnesses the end of their innocence. What she doesn't yet realize is that this will mark the end of innocence for an entire community, as the ties that bind families and friends are tested by secrets uncovered in the wake of a serial killer's escalating activity.

    John Wayne Tucker says: "A pleasant surprise"
    "Creepy, somewhat predictable, but thoroughly enjoy"
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    Story

    I did figure out who the killer was, but still thoroughly enjoyed the story! I liked it being set in the not-too-distant past as well. Surprised me that it brought back so many little memory details for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black Widow: Elemental Assassin, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jennifer Estep
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    Overall
    (258)
    Performance
    (245)
    Story
    (243)

    There’s nothing worse than a cruel, cunning enemy with time to kill - and my murder to plan. With wicked Fire elemental Mab Monroe long gone, you’d think I could finally catch a break. But someone’s always trying to take me down, either as Gin Blanco or my assassin alter-ago. Now along comes the Spider’s new arch-nemesis, the mysteriously named M. M. Monroe, who is gleefully working overtime to trap me in a sticky web of deceit.

    Felicia The Geeky Blogger says: "Fun!"
    "Good, getting a bit formulaic"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I suppose it can't be helped, after so many books in a series like this. It was fairly predictable. I did enjoy the story in spite of that, and Lauren Fortgang is always great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brownies and Broomsticks: A Magical Bakery Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Bailey Cates
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (552)
    Performance
    (489)
    Story
    (493)

    Katie Lightfoot's tired of loafing around as the assistant manager of an Ohio bakery. So when her aunt Lucy and uncle Ben open a bakery in Savannah's quaint downtown district and ask Katie to join them, she enthusiastically agrees. While working at the Honeybee Bakery - named after Lucy's cat - Katie notices that her aunt is adding mysterious herbs to her recipes. Turns out these herbal enhancements aren't just tasty - Aunt Lucy is a witch and her recipes are actually spells!

    Kathryn says: "A Little Mystery with your Magic"
    "Tedious and Juvenile"
    Overall
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    Story

    Sorry, the reader is not at fault. This was just not well-written. Dialogue was terrible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Eye: A Gray Man Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2615)
    Performance
    (2335)
    Story
    (2357)

    Ex-CIA master assassin Court Gentry has always prided himself on his ability to disappear at will, to fly below the radar and exist in the shadows - to survive as the near-mythical Gray Man. But when he takes revenge upon a former employer who betrayed him, he exposes himself to something he’s never had to face before. A killer who is just like him. Code-named Dead Eye, Russell Whitlock is a graduate of the same ultra-secret Autonomous Asset Program that trained and once controlled Gentry.

    Julius Butcher says: "Fits well into the series"
    "Wow, how could a spy novel be so tedious?"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I guess I have to agree with the other reviews I saw. This definitely didn't live up to the potential of the first book. So disappointing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hundredth Man: Carson Ryder/Harry Nautilus #1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jack Kerley
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (55)

    When bizarre and cryptic messages are found on a pair of corpses in Mobile, Alabama, junior police detective Carson Ryder and veteran cop Harry Nautilus find themselves in a mysterious public-relations quagmire pitting public safety against office politics. With the body count growing, Ryder must confront his family's terrifying past by seeking advice from his brother, a violent psychopath convicted of similarly heinous crimes.

    Cheryl says: "Definitely a case for Matthew McConnaghey"
    "Definitely a case for Matthew McConnaghey"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I'm not sure when this book was originally published, but after watching True Detective recently, could not get Matthew McConnaghey out of my mind as the lead character. He would be great casting, Hollywood! Excellent story, good twists. Slightly predictable in some ways, but I didn't mind.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • After I'm Gone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Laura Lippman
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (375)
    Performance
    (330)
    Story
    (337)

    Dead is dead. Missing is gone. When Felix Brewer meets nineteen-year-old Bernadette "Bambi" Gottschalk at a Valentine's Day dance in 1959, he charms her with wild promises, some of which he actually keeps. Thanks to his lucrative - if not all legal - businesses, she and their three little girls live in luxury. But on the Fourth of July in 1976, Bambi's comfortable world implodes when Felix, facing prison, vanishes. Though Bambi has no idea where her husband - or his money - might be, she suspects one woman does: his devoted young mistress, Julie.

    C. Vincent says: "Cannot rate this highly enough!"
    "Laura LIppman never disappoints!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Always fully-fleshed out characters, a great storyline, and satisfying--if not exactly happily ever after--definitely a well-thought-out ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lucy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Laurence Gonzales
    • Narrated By Abby Craden, Kim Mai Guest
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (18)

    Laurence Gonzales’s electrifying adventure opens in the jungles of the Congo. Jenny Lowe, a primatologist studying chimpanzees—the bonobos—is running for her life. A civil war has exploded and Jenny is trapped in its crosshairs...She runs to the camp of a fellow primatologist. The rebels have already been there. Everyone is dead except a young girl, the daughter of Jenny’s brutally murdered fellow scientist—and competitor.

    Nicole says: "Wasted Potential :("
    "QUITE a book!"
    Overall
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    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I thought several times that I knew where the plot was going, then it took a twist. I was very happy with the ending, I didn't see it ahead of time, but it was quite satisfying.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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