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Debbie

Winter Springs, FL, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Evil at Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Chelsea Cain
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (232)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (140)

    Here Gretchen is still on the loose and Archie is still hospitalized after his ploy to catch her went spectacularly wrong. They've entered a detente of sorts: Archie agrees not to kill himself if she agrees not to kill anyone else. But suddenly there's something else to contend with that might be worse - a zealous fan of Gretchen's, paying homage to the Beauty Killer by luring Archie and reporter Susan Ward to the scene of a grisly murder.

    Elle in the Great NorthWest says: "Average novel with irritating music thru-out"
    "Another good listen!"
    Overall

    This series just keeps getting better and continues to be interesting and maintain in depth character development. Narrator is good.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Gentleman's Wager

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Madelynne Ellis
    • Narrated By Betsy Garden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (65)

    When 18th-century young lady Bella Rushdale finds herself fierely attracted to handsome landowner Lucerne Marlinscar, she does not expect the rival for her affections to be another man. However, the handsome and decadent Marquis Pennerley has desired Lucerne for years, and when they are brought together at the remote Lauwine Hall for a country party on the Yorkshire Moors, he intends to claim him.

    Meg says: "Risque Period Romance"
    "Refund!!!!"
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    I gave it an hour just to see if it would get better, it did not, it got worse. There is nothing redeeming about this book at all. I have recently listened to the pride and prejudice zombie books and enjoyed them thoroughly and thought it would be interesting to take a turn on those period pieces in an erotice fashion. What a disappointment. I am not a prude and will listen to books with steamy sex, Lora Leigh, the shades of grey books etc are all in my wheelhouse and do not offend me, but this book had no redeeming qualities. The characters would just bump into each other and engage in sex, and the descriptions of the act where not even erotic or intriguing to listen to. Not worth a credit, I just lost an hour and I can't get it back. I have listened to hundreds of books and this is only the third book I have given up on.

    The narrator managed to do a good job with horrilbe material which is the only reason I hung in there for an hour.

    Stay far away from this one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Man: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3526)
    Performance
    (3073)
    Story
    (3054)

    The four dead guards didn’t concern Mitch Rapp as much as the absence of the man they’d been paid to protect. Joe Rickman wasn’t just another foot soldier. For the last eight years Rickman had ran the CIA’s clandestine operations in Afghanistan. It was a murky job that involved working with virtually every disreputable figure in the Islamic Republic. More than a quarter billion dollars in cash had passed through Rickman’s hands during his tenure as the master of black ops and no one with a shred of sense wanted to know the details of how that money had been spent.

    K says: "Couldn't be better...except"
    "Mitch Rapp for President!! Just kidding, I think?"
    Overall
    Performance
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    There is something about this series that just appeals to me and it has managed to maintain originality and not become formulaic and predictable. I love the political intrigue and action. On some level you wish that people lilke this really existed, someone that could just dismiss the political agenda and get to the heart of the issue in a very direct and sometimes violent manner, which is what makes this series such a pleasure to read or listen to. I am always sad when the book ends especially since I always finish it in a day or two. I find things to do so I can just continue to listen and then can't wait for the next installment.

    The narrator as always is perfect, he adds just the right amount of drama without going overboard and is the real voice of this series.

    It was refreshing to see Mitch get a little loopy in the hospital and let his guard down, it was a very interesting turn of events.

    If you like the series, this entry is definately worth the credit once again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Drink of Me

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Jacquelyn Frank
    • Narrated By Adam Alexander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (90)

    Jacquelyn Frank’s sensual prose and deft storytelling have made her a New York Times best-selling author. Drink of Me features a fanged tribe of warriors led by Reule, who boasts telepathic powers unmatched among his people. But when his pack comes upon an outlander named Mystique, the woman’s enticing beauty drives Reule toward the breaking point—and toward ultimate release.

    kathy says: "Loved It!"
    "Used this one to help me go to sleep at night."
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    I took my chance on this one since there were no written reviews, only star ratings. I was disappointed and that is why I am writing this review. The world the author creates is not highly developed, the canvas is blurry and painted with broad strokes, which does not hold my interest. The books I enjoy are filled with unique details about the universe and have charismatic characters that make me want to return for more when you finish the book, this was not the case at all with this book. I basically just struggled to get to the end to find out what happened, which was very predictable.

    The narrator's voice was flat and you could hear him swallowing and wetting his lips constantly through the narration when he got tired. Would not have been too much of an issue if the book wasn't so boring too.

    There are worse books out there that I could not even finish, but if I could go back and get the credit for something else I would.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades Darker: Book Two of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9084)
    Performance
    (7902)
    Story
    (7916)

    Daunted by the singular tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house. But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist.

    Tracy L says: "I CAN'T LISTEN ANY LONGER! I'M BUYING THE BOOK."
    "New narration is dull and uninspiring!"
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    I didn't understand the reviews of the original narration being to young sounding. The original production sounded like a college student, the new production has no character and feels shallow. Male voices are HORRID. I think the people who reviewed the original narration as bad had it so wrong. If there are two separate productions already done they should offer listeners a choice of version to download. I am choosing to read the 2nd and 3rd book because this new version is so bad. Love the story though so I will take time to read instead of listening to these new horrid versions.

    36 of 41 people found this review helpful
  • Heart-Shaped Box

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    Overall
    (2057)
    Performance
    (948)
    Story
    (946)

    Judas Coyne is a collector of the macabre. But nothing he possesses is as unlikely or as dreadful as his latest discovery, a thing so terrible-strange, Jude can't help but reach for his wallet. For a thousand dollars, Jude will become the proud owner of a dead man's suit, said to be haunted by a restless spirit. But what UPS delivers to his door in a black heart-shaped box is no imaginary or metaphorical ghost. It's the real thing.

    Lesley says: "Yikes! Five stars for fright"
    "Awesomely Creepy!!!"
    Overall
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    This is by far one of my favorite books. It is a creepy, intelligent, nail biting thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat and makes you just a little scared to turn the lights off at night. The performance is awesome and actually adds to the intensity of the plot. The character development, action scenes and plot are very well developed. The story is a very original play on taking a character you normally would not like so much and finding yourself rooting for him to win against the evil that is terrorizing him. This is one of those books you keep handy to listen to again and again. I can't wait for his next book, Joe Hill is going on my list of favorite authors.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fall: Book Two of the Strain Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan
    • Narrated By Daniel Oreskes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1521)
    Performance
    (974)
    Story
    (976)

    Last week they invaded Manhattan. This week they will destroy the world. The vampiric virus unleashed in The Strain has taken over New York City. It is spreading and soon will envelop the globe. Amid the chaos, Eph Goodweather - head of the Centers for Disease Control's team - leads a band out to stop these bloodthirsty monsters. But it may be too late.

    James says: "The Bar is Raised"
    "Good writing and wonderful performance!!!"
    Overall
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    This is truly what a great audiobook is all about. This book is just simply entertaining and draws you into this dark and scary world. A well developed story and a stellar performance, I only wish more books were done this well, it makes it hard to go back and I find myslef listening to these books when I can't find anything else and I am bored with the same old formula books that are so predictable. I can't wait for the third installment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Coyote's Mate

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Lora Leigh
    • Narrated By Brianna Bronte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (193)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (170)

    For six years Anya Korbin worked with Del-Rey Delgato—the genetically altered rebel known as the Coyote Ghost—to free a group of coyote women kept in her father’s lab. As Anya matured into a woman, she and Del-Rey grew close…but then he broke his promise and killed her father. Now she must deal with her animalistic desire for the one who betrayed her.

    Debbie says: "One of the best breeds novels"
    "One of the best breeds novels"
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    This book in the series was by far was the most emotional and well developed love stories of the breeds stories. I felt and believed the emotion and agony of the main characters. Some of Leigh's books just contain filler between the sex scenes, this one was far better written and the erotic scenes were an evolution of the story and as always the love scenes are well written although very graphic, for those who enjoy the more subtle romance stories, this may not be your cup of tea.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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