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Critter Mama

Married "mom" of 3 crazy dogs and 1 cat! I developed a love for reading just after college & only recently for audio. Loving it so far!

Huntsville, Al USA | Member Since 2013

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  • Creep

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Jennifer Hillier
    • Narrated By Talmadge Ragan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (37)

    Dr. Sheila Tao is a professor of psychology, an expert in human behavior with her own hidden past. But she's not the only one keeping secrets. When Sheila began an affair with her sexy graduate assistant Ethan Wolfe, she knew she was playing with fire. Consumed by lust when they were together, she was riddled with guilt when they were apart. Now she's finally engaged to a good man, and it's time to end the dangerous liaison. But Ethan has something different in mind. He intends to make her pay for rejecting him.

    Critter Mama says: "Psychological tease, but not a thriller!! "
    "Psychological tease, but not a thriller!! "
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    I was expecting an "up all night" read/listen based on the reviews of this book. Unfortunately, I didn't lose any sleep!! It was pretty tame, and pretty cookie cutter. Boy obsessed with girl, girl moving on, boy wigs out, etc.... throw in a little twist, an editor, and a publisher, and voila!! A book is born. I am not usually so harsh in my reviews.... but I am so disgusted that I can't seem to find a read that is actually unique & exciting!! I'll keep trying.

    As for the narrator of the audio book.... oh my!! I wonder if she is not what ruined the story for me! It seemed like she was reading with her finger guiding her line by line. The flow was off!!! The Texas accent she portrayed for "Morris" was absurd - bordering on comical. I can't stand the way narrators make Southern characters sound so ridiculous. It was like a REALLY BAD "Dallas" skit! Her "regular" voice was ok most of the time... but she seems to slur badly around "s" and over pronounces "ed" before the next word. Quite often, she sounded like Sylvester the cat with peanut butter on the roof of his mouth!! Sssssssuffferin' Succotash!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Scream

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Wendy Corsi Staub
    • Narrated By Jorjeana Marie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (54)

    In a remote, heavily wooded area near the Berkshires of Massachusetts, Rachel Lorant died on her birthday. But she didn't die alone. That night, her four sorority sisters make a solemn, trembling pledge. They will never reveal what has just happened in those woods - ever. Instead, they will take their terrible secret to their graves.

    Lesa says: "Happy Birthday to You will never be the same!"
    "Spine Chilling Moments!"
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    The quote on the cover says, "If you like Mary Higgins Clark, you'll love Wendy Corsi Staub."
    -Lisa Jackson

    Well, I do love Mary Higgins Clark, especially her earlier novels! I "cut my 'reading' teeth" on her, so to speak. Through the years, I continued to read MHC's books, but my reading taste evolved a bit, partly because after years of MHC, she seemed to become more and more predictable. So, after seeing that quote, I was a little skeptical of this book... I am so glad I continued on anyway!!

    I see how Ms. Jackson came to the comparison... WCS's writing style is similar to MHC - in that she ends chapters with the suspense that keeps you reading "one more page", until you are up all night. She also features the voice of the person "who done it" and offers enough suspects to keep you guessing.

    The story held my attention and there were several spine chilling moments & a nice twist, without being overly predictable. I listened to the audio version and I felt the narrator did a great job. I really enjoyed this book, more than any I have read or listened to lately. I recommend it!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Memory

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (556)
    Performance
    (323)
    Story
    (328)

    Catherine "Cat" Ferry is a forensic odontologist, a specialist in bite marks and the clues they provide. But while Cat's colleagues know her as a world-class scientist, she secretly attempts to manage her fragile psyche with alcohol, delving into the minds of rapists and murderers yet never allowing her own frightening past to creep into the foreground.

    Corinne says: "Well-researched, sensitive and a good story"
    "LONG story and annoying narration!!!"
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    I wanted to like this book more. I didn't hate it or love it. It was "ok". The story was interesting enough and the plot had many twists. It seemed to me to be two very separate stories oddly woven into one. They had something in common, but it didn't seem to flow well to me. I "figured out" Cat's story, but not the New Orleans murders. That conclusion seemed forced and odd to me, like it was solved because it had to be to finish the book, but it was not interesting or shocking. The book was MUCH longer than it needed to be... 18 hours in audio format! Several scenes and descriptions didn't really add to the story and could have easily been omitted.

    The narration of the audio book, by the very popular Joyce Bean, was like nails on a chalk board!! Was her accent supposed to be Mississippi or New Orleans?? What it turned into was Old South... Georgia or South Carolina, where all the "er"s turn into "A"s, like "whatta", & everyone sounds either incredibly pretentious or incredibly stupid. As a native Alabamian, both annoy me. One character pronounced murder as "MUWEDA". I can't even accurately describe it. It was so bad!! Not only that, but the 31 year old character sounded like she was 50+. Joyce Bean is a good narrator - but this was a fail.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17022)
    Performance
    (15145)
    Story
    (15187)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Even Better in Audio Format!"
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    I read this book last year, but with the movie being released in October 2014, I wanted to refresh the story in my mind. It was just as "amazing" as I remembered. Even though I knew the ending, I still found myself sitting in the car listening, when I should have been going into the grocery store, or work. It is dark and disturbing and enraging and I hate the ending.... but that's what makes it so good!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cecilian Vespers: A Collins-Burke Mystery, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Anne Emery
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    Lawyer and bluesman Monty Collins is used to defending murderers - and occasionally investigating murders himself - but he's never come up against anything like the case of Reinhold Schellenberg, a world-renowned German theologian who has been found dead on the altar of an old church in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Saint Cecilia's Day. The controversial priest, once a top insider in the Vatican, was known to provoke strong feelings in Catholics, and now those feelings have overflowed with horrifying results.

    Reader says: "Intensely Catholic"
    "Too Many Characters!"
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    I *LOVE* the Collins-Burke Series!! I can't buy the next one right away due to the budget - and I think I am having withdrawals!! That said, this was not my favorite... while I like the story/plot, there were so many characters - I found it hard to keep up with all of them. I think if I had been READING instead of LISTENING, maybe it would not have seemed so overwhelming? Not sure! Still love the characters and the series! The narrator is remarkable! This makes me want to learn more about the Catholic faith!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Judas Child

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Carol O'Connell
    • Narrated By Erika Leigh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (50)

    It is three days before Christmas, and two young girls have disappeared from the local academy. This hasn't happened for 15 years, since Rouge Kendall's twin sister was murdered. The killer was found, but now Rouge, 25 and a policeman, is forced to wonder: was he really the one? Also wondering is a former classmate named Ali Cray, a forensic psychologist with scars of her own. The pattern is the same, she says: a child called out to meet a friend.

    Lea says: "Good book, bad narrator.."
    "I am still confused! Is is over?"
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    I have the strange feeling I have already read this book... but can't be sure. It's not in my Kindle library - so maybe not?!? I digress... I find myself at a loss. I am not really sure what to say. I liked the plot, but it all seemed a bit too shallow for me. You never really got deep into anything... things were just left dangling - like say David, mono-zygotic twins, the "shadow" under the bed, the whole story about the scar... and did they say they "buy" kids for scholarships?? It all seemed to be explained, but in a way that left you wondering if that was all there was to it. I feel like I missed A LOT about this book that should be important. It's like something evil this way comes, then bibbity, bobbetiy, boo! It's all fixed or just disappears all together - not to be mentioned again.

    I did get the last twist... I had that pegged. Again, that feeling I had read this before. I do not really understand the dynamic between all the doctors or the doctors and Allie. Now, I did listen to this book - so maybe I just zoned out and missed something crucial, but after reading this in other reviews, I tend to lean toward my first instincts about the book. I think I may need to listen to the last few chapters again.

    As for the audio version... the narrator verged on annoying, especially in the presentation of the "doctors".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fear Nothing: Detective D. D. Warren, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (777)
    Performance
    (670)
    Story
    (670)

    The last thing Boston Detective D. D. Warren remembers is walking the crime scene after dark. Then, a creaking floorboard, a low voice crooning in her ear… She is later told she managed to discharge her weapon three times. All she knows is that she is seriously injured, unable to move her left arm, unable to return to work. My sister is Shana Day, a notorious murderer who first killed at fourteen. Incarcerated for thirty years, she has now murdered more people while in prison than she did as a free woman.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Fascinating look at a killer family!"
    "I'm not really sure how I feel about this book...."
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    I am a dedicated Lisa Gardner fan. I have read (or listened to) every book! I am just not sure how I feel about this book. The characters were interesting, even if disturbing, and it held my attention - starting with a bang!! But, it just became too contrived. The relationship between the sisters, what occurred between them... it was just too hard to find any grain of plausibility in that, for me. Not to mention the fact that D.D. was on suspension/leave - not only because of an injury - but also because of a pending investigation re: discharging her gun. I seriously doubt ANY member of "her team" would risk the consequences of letting her be such a large part of an active case. It would have been more believable for me, as a reader - and more challenging for D.D., as a character to see her struggle with the challenges of working the case from a desk.

    That said, the narration is excellent!!! Kirsten Potter is a favorite!!

    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
    (1402)
    Performance
    (794)
    Story
    (788)

    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 says: "A pleasant surprise"
    "Even better the 2nd time!"
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    I started listening to this book and soon began to think I had read this book already! I checked my Kindle and I was right.... I read it about 2 years ago. I remembered the premise and that I liked the book, but I didn't remember "who done it". So, I decided to go ahead and listen. I am so glad I did!!

    Kirsten Potter is AMAZING in her performance! She brings Tami Hoag's great characters and story to life!! She is the best I have heard so far!

    I would be surprised if you regret this buy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Two Little Girls in Blue: A Novel

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Mary Higgins Clark
    • Narrated By Jan Maxwell
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    Hours after throwing a third birthday party for their twins Kathy and Kelly in their Connecticut home, Margaret and Steve Frawley return home from a dinner in New York to discover the police in the house, their daughters missing, and an eight million dollar ransom note. The Frawleys meet the kidnapper's demands, but the abandoned car they're led to contains only Kelly, the body of the driver, and a suicide note, saying he had inadvertently killed Kathy and dumped her body in the ocean.

    Critter Mama says: "Short... but not short enough!"
    "Short... but not short enough!"
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    I cut my "mystery/thriller" teeth on Mary Higgins Clark's books. When I first started reading, she was certainly my "go-to". I have evolved, I suppose, and I am not sure if I have changed that much or if the book was that bad - but I did not like this book! The idea was ok... the twin telepathy thing, etc., but the story falls flat. Not to mention, for a while I wondered if this was the work of a well loved author - or a missing excerpt from "World's Dumbest Criminals"!! It may have been the narration, it made the entire thing just pretentious!! The performance of the mom was laughable!! If you just have to add this to your library... I recommend the text version, not the audio!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Broken

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (998)
    Performance
    (684)
    Story
    (683)

    When the body of a young woman is discovered deep beneath the icy waters of Lake Grant, a note left under a rock by the shore points to suicide. But within minutes, it becomes clear that this is no suicide. It's a brutal, cold-blooded murder. All too soon former Grant County medical examiner Sara Linton - home for Thanksgiving after a long absence - finds herself unwittingly drawn into the case.

    Kara says: "SERIES IN WRONG ORDER!!!!!!"
    "Narration made me mad!"
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    I liked the story, and I liked most of the characters - the narration needs work!! I am from Alabama; I get that the accent in the South can range from charming to completely backwoods... but come on! Natalie Ross' interpretation was insulting! I'm pretty sure these characters were written to, in fact, have teeth - but you'd never know it based on her attempt of the accent. It was unnerving & I had the story not been interesting, I would have stopped listening! To digress, I've learned a bit more about the relationship between Sarah and Jeffrey after listening to this book and feel that some pertinent information was omitted! It doesn't really change THIS story, but since I was meeting these characters mid-series, it's something I would consider "good to know".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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