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Midwest | Member Since 2011

  • 5 reviews
  • 7 ratings
  • 572 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2015

  • The Highway

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By C.J. Box
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When teenagers Danielle and Gracie Sullivan take a clandestine car trip to visit their friend in Montana, little do they know it's the last time anyone will ever hear from them again. The girls and their car simply vanish. Cody Hoyt, who's just lost his job and has fallen off the wagon after a long stretch of sobriety, is in no condition to investigate. But his son Justin, who the girls were going to visit, and his former partner, Cassie Dewell, convince him to drive south to their last known location. As Cody makes his way to the remote stretch of Montana highway where the girls went missing, Cassie discovers that there have been scores of similar disappearances in the state.

    Barbara Ganahl says: "The dark side"
    Would you try another book from C.J. Box and/or Holter Graham?

    no thanks

    What do you think your next listen will be?

    more Wally Lamb

    What didn’t you like about Holter Graham’s performance?

    too monotone

    What character would you cut from The Highway?

    all of them

    Any additional comments?

    not my sort of story; nothing but awful, negative people, leaves you feeling icky.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Boy Who Could See Demons: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Carolyn Jess-Cooke
    • Narrated By Bruce Mann, Carolyn Jess-Cooke
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Dr. Anya Molokova, a child psychiatrist, is called in to work at MacNeice House, an adolescent mental health treatment center. There she is told to observe and assess Alex Connolly, a keenly intelligent, sensitive ten-year-old coping with his mother's latest suicide attempt. Alex is in need of serious counseling: He has been harming himself and others, often during blackouts. At the root of his destructive behavior, Alex claims, is his imaginary "friend" Ruen, a cunning demon who urges Alex to bend to his often violent will.

    Mary says: "HOLY COW!!! Give me more, please!!!"
    "The story draws you in, surprises in the end"
    Where does The Boy Who Could See Demons rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    in the top 40%

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved Alex. I really enjoyed the accents of the narrators, such pleasing voices to listen to. As a mother my heart went out to the boy, I felt an instinctual need to protect him.

    Which character – as performed by Bruce Mann and Carolyn Jess-Cooke – was your favorite?

    I also really enjoyed the dialog that came from Rowen. The perfectly-formed grammatically complicated sentences that no young boy could ever utter by himself were performed very well by the narrators and of course, written very well by the author.

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

    No. I don't sit still for very long, I'm a mover!

    Any additional comments?

    While the overall premise/subject was quite sad, I have to say I LOVED the ending. Can't say anything else without spoiling so that is all I'll say!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First Love

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Emily Raymond
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Axi Moore is a "good girl": She studies hard, stays out of the spotlight, and doesn't tell anyone that what she really wants is to run away from it all. The only person she can tell is her best friend, Robinson - who she also happens to be madly in love with. When Axi impulsively invites Robinson to come with her on an unplanned cross-country road trip, she breaks the rules for the first time in her life. But the adventure quickly turns from carefree to out-of-control....

    Jennifer L. Phillips says: "James Patterson where are you?"
    "Childish and boring"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I normally don't read or listen to books like this - it's been on the bestseller list for a while now so I thought I'd give it a try. Reminded me of a Jodi Picoult-style story but I was so disappointed, I couldn't even finish it. In order to make a 4 or 5 star rating the characters have to have some depth and not be cliche; I've read Judy Blume books that were more interesting than this book.

    Has First Love turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes. Won't make this mistake again.

    Would you be willing to try another one of Lauren Fortgang’s performances?

    No thanks.

    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your money or time!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Circle

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Dave Eggers
    • Narrated By Dion Graham

    When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world's most powerful internet company, she feels she's been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users' personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company's modernity and activity.

    Darwin8u says: "A solid, just not great social network dystopia"
    "A glimpse of the future? Entertaining narration!"
    Where does The Circle rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    in the top 30%

    What did you like best about this story?

    I love Dave Eggers stream of consciousness writing…and Dion Graham narrates Eggers' novels so perfectly….nails it! The story makes you think about the permanent nature of the internet, the transparency of social media, and the future. What if Google swallowed up Facebook, merged with Apple and acquired Twitter? Then took over the world ;)

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

    He also narrated Eggers' "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius" and so many times I'd be listening and I'd laugh out loud..prompting my husband to look at me quizzically ;) Graham's voice so perfectly embodies Eggers writing - they seem to be one in the same inside my head!

    Who was the most memorable character of The Circle and why?

    May was memorable as the main character... in the sense that she was so incredibly spineless…sad to see a character who is so easily manipulated. I kept thinking "in this next chapter she is going to have an independent thought"….

    Any additional comments?

    I'm sure the purpose/intent of the novel is satirical in a way….a dark comedy where Eggers shows what could happen if we don't get a grip on this internet/information overload thing. To be honest, I just love the style of Eggers' writing…I'm a fan no matter what he writes about - and the same goes for Graham's narration. Whatever they do together - I'm in!

    2 of 2 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

    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?

    FanB14 says: "Amazing Amy"
    "Sad. Left me feeling sick, sad and empty."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you enjoy stories involving shallow, ice-cold sociopathic characters, then this is the book for you. Me? I have better things to do with my time. Dont get me wrong, I love a good thriller or mystery...but the sociopathic mind of the main character was too over the top for me. I've enjoyed reading crime novels in the past but this one rubbed me the wrong way because there was absolutely no closure or justice, if you will.

    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I've been way into Hemingway recently; next up is "In our Time".

    What about Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s performance did you like?

    Well, I didnt like the tone of the female narrator but that wasn't her was the character I didnt like. They did a good job of reading the book, were easy to follow.

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

    Too many treasure hunts and letters to read/listen to; too many diary entries.

    Any additional comments?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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