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Cynthia

Abilene, KS, United States | Member Since 2000

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  • Broken Harbor: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan
    Overall
    (2275)
    Performance
    (1942)
    Story
    (1928)

    In Broken Harbor, all but one member of the Spain family lies dead, and it’s up to Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy to find out why. Mick must piece together why their house is full of cameras pointed at holes in the walls and how a nighttime intruder bypassed all the locks. Meanwhile, the town of Broken Harbor holds something else for Mick: disturbing memories of a childhood summer gone terribly wrong.

    Amazon Customer says: "Best in the Series"
    "Wow! Not Your Typical Murder Mystery"
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    Story

    The author really gets into the heads of all the characters. The narration was excellent, even the female characters were believable, which some male narrators don't do well. One part of the story was particularly disturbing. I want to read more by this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Case of Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Adam Mitzner
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1472)
    Performance
    (1268)
    Story
    (1280)

    A high-profile attorney in the middle of a leave of absence following a personal tragedy is drawn back into the legal arena amidst a media firestorm when he agrees to represent a popular rap artist accused of brutally murdering his pop star girlfriend. With its powerful voice, pause-resisting tension, and strong cast of characters, Adam Mitzner’s novels are reminiscent of such best-selling authors as Scott Turow and John Grisham.

    cristina says: "Excellent"
    "Good Story and Great Narrator"
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    Performance
    Story

    Story is good, solid. Good courtroom scenes. Keeps your interest. Moves along at a brisk pace. Waiting for the next shoe to drop - good suspense. A judge who doesn't care for the defense and is somewhat of a showboat keeps it interesting. A rapper-star-hopeful and a dead superstar singer. All with some romance thrown in - not too much. Interesting book. I like it and recommend it. Am going to listen to his other book on Audible to see if it's as good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Whiskey Beach

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1182)
    Performance
    (1031)
    Story
    (1034)

    For more than 300 years, Bluff House has sat above Whiskey Beach, guarding its shore - and its secrets. But to Eli Landon, it’s home.… A Boston lawyer, Eli has weathered an intense year of public scrutiny and police investigations after being accused of - but never arrested for - the murder of his soon-to-be-ex wife. He finds sanctuary at Bluff House, even though his beloved grandmother is in Boston recuperating from a nasty fall. Abra Walsh is always there, though.

    Kim Venatries says: "Not So Good"
    "UGH!"
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    This story is so boring. Romantic mystery? Hardly. It's a redundant misfire. I've been listening and listening and no action, nothing developing, barely a plot. The author keeps rehashing what we already know. And the narrator - boy does he need help! - half the time he it sounds like Ely's character is talking baby-talk to Abra. The next he's whining. Whichever he's doing, it's just annoying.
    The Abra character, supposedly a strong female character comes off as a controlling nag all in the name of getting Ely healthy and she verges on the point of being bitchy because she doesn't know when to stop.
    There might be a decent story under all of the boredom and repetition but I can't find it.
    I do like Bluff House and Barbie. I'm not finished with the book yet and if the bad guy ends up poisoning Barbie, I definitely will never listen to another Nora Roberts book again.
    I keep waiting for some suspense or excitement but it's just more of the same crap, for lack of a better word.
    I read Northern Lights and really enjoyed it so thought I would try her latest. What a bust. I'm pretty sure I won't listen to any more of her books. And for sure won't listen to any with Peter Berkrot as the narrator. One other reviewer noted that he did no accents for Massachusetts natives. Seems like he tried with a couple of characters but failed miserably. All he can do is whiney baby talk. He's just an annoying narrator, no doubt.
    I'm only sorry I didn't read the reviews. Sadly I assumed this one would be light, a little romantic, a decent mystery, like Northern Lights. Hardly! It's like the author didn't have enough of a story so she repeated what had happened several times, having the Ely and Abra characters rehash it in detail over and over - for filler - like she need something to fill the pages. And then we get to hear Ely's sad story over and over but I don't care.
    I could go on, but I think you get the idea - the story is tedious and we don't really care about the characters except or Barbie. And Bluff House.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5737)
    Performance
    (4965)
    Story
    (4959)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "An Original Fabulous Story"
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    Story

    I loved, loved, loved this story - for several reasons. The character development. The narrator - fabulous narrator, makes me want to learn Italian and go to this quaint little village in Italy (although I believe it's fictional and doesn't exist). The characters - each with a great story. The surprises - characters and back stories were brought in that I was not expecting.
    No murders (well sorta - read it and you will see what I mean). No violence (other than that one time but. . . . ). No sex. NOT ONE cuss word. (How refreshing - not that I couldn't watch my language a lot more!) No politics. A story that didn't relay on any of those things or gimmicks. A love story. A story about family. Lost love. Hollywood. Italy.
    I don't really know what I was expecting but not something of this caliber. It's a story you want to to not stop listening to yet you don't want it to end. It's one of those stories where you feel personally involved with all the characters and it's a story that stays with you.
    The narrator is superb. Because of him, and the story, this is one I know i will listen to again some day. The story is so pleasant and enjoyable. It was what I was looking for because I'd grown very tired of all the murders and gratuitous violence and sex. Usually I like a good murder mystery with a some sex, I'm not a prude, but I was just tired of bullets through the eye, back of the head blown off, detailed sexual encounters, you get my drift.
    Read it before Hollywood ruins it with a movie cause you know they will make a movie out of it. It's that kind of great story.
    It's never dull and has you waiting for what happens next.
    Listen to it. I think you will love it. Now I have to buy it in hardcover because it's one I want on my bookshelf too!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Shot: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2412)
    Performance
    (1681)
    Story
    (1698)

    Six shots. Five dead. One heartland city thrown into a state of terror. But within hours the cops have it solved: a slam-dunk case. Except for one thing. The accused man says: "You got the wrong guy". Then he says: "Get Reacher for me". And sure enough, from the world he lives in - no phone, no address, no commitments - ex-military investigator Jack Reacher is coming. In Lee Child's astonishing thriller, Reacher's arrival will change everything - about a case that isn't what it seems, about lives tangled in baffling ways, about a killer who missed one shot - and by doing so gives Jack Reacher one shot at the truth.

    Carol says: "Reacher said..."
    "It's Jack Reacher"
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    Story

    I'm a huge Jack Reacher fan. And Dick Hill is a great narrator. Great escapism reading and Lee Child's writing does keep you very interested so you don't want to miss a word. It's action packed although Jack is a little violent. So if violence isn't our thing, this probably isn't the book for you. The bad guys are very violent. Jack only does what is necessary.
    Jack Reacher is a big man - Tom Cruise isn't the picture of him I ever had in my head and all through listening to this, he still wasn't. I like Mark Valley - Harry's Law, Christopher Chance. But that's neither here nor there.
    Jack Reacher is so smart and so skilled. I love how he is homeless, survives on his wits, hitchhikes, prefers buses. He's attracted to some of the female characters but not much sex, just enough to keep him going. He's a very interesting guy. Learn something new about him in every book.
    Very enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Telegraph Avenue: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Michael Chabon
    • Narrated By Clarke Peters
    Overall
    (298)
    Performance
    (245)
    Story
    (246)

    As the summer of 2004 draws to a close, Archy Stallings and Nat Jaffe are still hanging in there - longtime friends, bandmates, and co-regents of Brokeland Records, a kingdom of used vinyl located in the borderlands of Berkeley and Oakland. Their wives, Gwen Shanks and Aviva Roth-Jaffe, are the Berkeley Birth Partners, a pair of semi-legendary midwives who have welcomed, between them, more than a thousand newly minted citizens into the dented utopia at whose heart - half tavern, half temple - stands Brokeland Records.

    Darwin8u says: "26,784 sq in (and 4.5 miles) surrounded by REALITY"
    "Messy Story"
    Overall
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    Story

    I don't know - too many characters, he goes off on tangents. Nothing of interest so far. Nothing to keep my interest cause I can't follow the story, if there is one. Or is it just a bunch of characters? Entertainment Weekly gave it a B+ - fairly good review but I can't figure out a plot if there is one. I re-read the review to get some insight into what is supposed to be happening but I've given up. The only good thing - and it is great is Clarke Peters' narrative. His voice is very warm and sexy. I like to listen to him before bedtime because his voice is deep, soothing, and relaxing. I'll listen to it at night to help me sleep cause I really don't care about the story. When I was listening to it, I couldn't keep focused on it. One minute he's in present time, then he jumps to to the 70's then it's the midwives (they were at least interesting) and now it's back with the main character. I give up.

    7 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Mourn Not Your Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Deborah Crombie
    • Narrated By Michael Deehy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (120)

    Scotland Yard Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and Sergeant Gemma James are sent to suburban Surrey to investigate the murder of a high-ranking police officer. Alastair Gilbert was bludgeoned to death in his kitchen, and the list of potential suspects is long--the man's arrogance earned him widespread enmity both in the village where he lived, and in police circles. But Duncan and Gemma must put aside their personal feelings--for the victim, as well as for each other--to solve the most troubling case either has faced.

    Sharon says: "Great listen!"
    "OK Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Not one of my favorites but I did listen to all of it. Mystery - who done it. British. OK but forgettable. I didn't really care about any of the characters.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Corduroy Mansions: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (342)
    Performance
    (225)
    Story
    (225)

    In London’s Pimlico neighborhood lies a tenement described in architectural guides as “a building of no interest whatsoever.” But the residents of Corduroy Mansions—including a literary agent, a wine merchant, a thoroughly unpleasant member of Parliament, and a vegetarian dog—are a rather fascinating lot.

    connie says: "Oedipus Snark, MP"
    "Ugh!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Someone said it was funny. It's not funny. Somehow I got the impression it would be cute and light hearted. It's not. It's boring. Boring. Boring.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Explosive Eighteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1893)
    Performance
    (1660)
    Story
    (1646)

    Before Stephanie can even step foot off Flight 127, Hawaii to Newark, she’s knee deep in trouble. Her dream vacation turned into a nightmare, and she’s flying back to New Jersey solo. Worse still, her seatmate never returned to the plane after the L.A. layover. Now he’s dead, in a garbage can, waiting for curbside pickup. His killer could be anyone. And a ragtag collection of thugs and psychos, not to mention the FBI, are all looking for a photograph the dead man was supposed to be carrying.

    HappyMom says: "to quote Lula 'I really expected a better story'"
    "Laugh Outloud Fun!"
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    What did you love best about Explosive Eighteen?

    Lorelei King brings the characters to life. I can picture them in my head because of the voice she gives them. She's superb at portraying all of them, even sexy Ranger. And Morelli. She makes him sound so sexy. No wonder Stephanie is in a quandary. Oh, to have her quandary. My personal fantasy.
    And then she's out there catching bad guys and weird guys and pitiful guys. Almost makes one want to move to the Berg to get to meet these characters! It's fun, it's escapism. And Lorelei King is the best reader of any and all the books I've listened to and I've listened to a few. Richard Freone is my next fav reader! Lulu is her best character. And Janet Evonovich doesn't do a bad job of putting them on paper. No, this is not Pulizer Prize material (although I think it should be). The movie they made from One for the Money won't win an oscar but I had a terrific time watching it. I've listened to all 18 books. I've laughed out loud at each one. Yes, we didn't get much on the Hawaii trip. But that's ok. I am not ready for Stephanie to settle down with either Morellie or Ranger. Keep the 3-some going as long as you can. One day, one of them will demand more. They are young. What's the rush. I don't think Morellie or Ranger were reduced to whatever one review said in this book. I think some readers might expect too much. I don't listen to the Stephanie Plum series for seriousness. I listen to see what Lulu's too small top or bottom Lulu squeezed herself into. I listen to see where they are going to eat next. Or what Lulu will shoot with her gun. Thank God they eat and don't worry about their weight. And we cant forget Grandma Mazur. I would love a Grandma Mazur. The funeral home is as much a character as any of them. These stories are so entertaining. I really don't care if Joe or Ranger doesn't have that much depth or whatever in one story. Janet Evonovich has a series of well developed characters, each with a story. I just listened to the first one. I had never heard it. And the stories have really evolved. I may have to go back to the beginning, or at least start with the 2nd one. Great summer listening. Fun, fun, fun! Laugh out loud. I love Stephanie Plum and worship LuLu! The movie didn't portray her the way she's since evolved. I am ready for more movies of this series. To hell with the critics. I like having fun and that is exactly what Janet Evonovich provides in each and every book. Don't let the wahwahwah reviews get to you. Just listen for fun. Don't expect depth or anything serious. Theses books are great fun. Lorelei brings the characters to life. Between Janet and Lorelie I want to move to Trenton and hang with these fabulous characters. But dang, they aren't real. And eat the meatball subs and pizzas cause I know they have the best in New Jersey! And the donuts. Cluck in a Bucket - maybe. I do love fried chicken. Is there a real Cluck in the Bucket in Trenton?
    So in closing, if you want something that's just laugh out loud fun, with a mystery-who done it, a little danger, no serious violence, if it gets serious, Joe or Ranger come to Stephanie and Lulu's rescue, romance, just enough to keep you interested, no hard core here, then the Stephanie Plum series are for you. Trust me, Lorelei King is a fabulous narrator. Each character is different. The books are just plain enjoyable. And I've gone on too long.
    I read the other reviews and I can't disagree with them - totally- it's just that the Stephanie Plum series is so damned much fun that I can't get bogged down with issues like Morellie and Ranger being reduced to something - I don't know some reviewer said it. True we don't really find out all the details of Hawaii but Lulu's handling of it was serious fun. Just listen to the book for fun. If you don't want fun, if you want serious fiction, pulitzer prize winning fiction, then this isn't the book for you. I loved it. And I think I will start back at 2 for the Money and go all through them this summer. It's been awhile and I don't need depressing stories where the dad ran over a kid, hit and run, went to jail, screwed up the family. Nope, I'm sticking to the lighthearted, fun, fun, fun stuff for the summer!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Imperial Bedrooms

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Bret Easton Ellis
    • Narrated By Andrew McCarthy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (27)

    Clay, a successful screenwriter, has returned from New York to Los Angeles to help cast his new movie, and he’s soon drifting through a long-familiar circle. Blair, his former girlfriend, is married to Trent, an influential manager who’s still a bisexual philanderer, and their Beverly Hills parties attract various levels of fame, fortune, and power.

    Catherine says: "Andrew McCarthy: LOVE IT"
    "Ugh!"
    Overall

    Herky jerky story line. Not even sure what the story was supposed to be. Thought I was listening to the abridged version. Thank goodness Andrew McCarthy was the narrator because he was the only saving grace to this book. And he's not all that great. All the characters sounded the same. It's not a good book done in poor taste relying on lots of pitiful sex scenes to try to keep you interested.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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