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Denise

Addicted to Audible - I listen to at least three books a month while I'm out walking. I'm a motivational speaker based in North Carolina.

Raleigh, NC, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Informationist: A Vanessa Michael Munroe Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Taylor Stevens
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1383)
    Performance
    (781)
    Story
    (795)

    Vanessa “Michael” Munroe deals in information - expensive information - working for corporations, heads of state, private clients, and anyone else who can pay for her unique brand of expertise. Born to missionary parents in lawless central Africa, Munroe took up with an infamous gunrunner and his mercenary crew when she was just fourteen. As his protégé, she earned the respect of the jungle's most dangerous men, cultivating her own reputation for years until something sent her running. After almost a decade building a new life and lucrative career from her home base in Dallas, she's never looked back. Until now....

    John C. says: "Strong premise & character descend into melodrama"
    "UGH!!!"
    Overall

    I kept waiting for this character to have a personality! Completely unbelieveable - she's superhuman, super sexy and super smart and honestly, super boring. Comparison to Lisabeth Salander? Please! That's an insult to a great character and a truly good book. After the impersonation of a man, I finally quit listening. I have no idea what happened and I don't even care. Wish I had my money and my time back.

    36 of 38 people found this review helpful
  • The Sun Is God

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (37)

    Colonial New Guinea, 1906: A small group of mostly German nudists lives an extreme back-to-nature existence on the remote island of Kabakon. Eating only coconuts and bananas, they purport to worship the sun. One of their members, Max Lutzow, has recently died, allegedly from malaria. But an autopsy on his body in the nearby capital of Herbertshöhe raises suspicions about foul play.

    Carrie Arnold says: "Fascinating story!"
    "Loads of potential, then things went to hell"
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    I love Adrian McKinty. I liked the premise of the book. I enjoyed parts of it. But the ending? Are you kidding me? So lame and unbelievable you will wish you never started the book. Don't say I didn't warn you.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Switching Time: A Doctor's Harrowing Story of Treating a Woman with 17 Personalities

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Richard Baer
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (353)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (189)

    Switching Time is the first story centering on multiple personality disorder to be told by the treating physician. It is the incredible saga of a young woman stranded in unimaginable darkness who, in order to survive, created 17 different versions of herself. One by one, Karen's "alters" began showing themselves: men, women, young boys, a toddler, black, white, vicious, nurturing, prim, licentious. And their "stepping out" confronted Baer with the challenge of a lifetime.

    Casey says: "Couldn't help myself"
    "Harrowing is Listening to this Audiobook"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I could no longer listen. So much horrible childhood abuse, so many completely random personalities. No real interest in the patient - more a self aggrandizement of the "boyishly good-looking" shrink. I grew so bored with these endless sessions and the detailed descriptions of childhood abuse (real? pretty far out there). No insights to be gained here - a vast, vast waste of time. Harrowing is indeed the word for it. Save yourself!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Place: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan, Lara Hutchinson
    Overall
    (1017)
    Performance
    (909)
    Story
    (902)

    "The Secret Place", a board where the girls at St Kilda's School can pin up their secrets anonymously, is normally a mishmash of gossip and covert cruelty, but today someone has used it to reignite the stalled investigation into the murder of handsome, popular Chris Harper. Stephen joins forces with the abrasive Detective Antoinette Conway to find out who and why.

    Jim says: "CAN NOT UNDERSTAND HALF THE BOOK (AUDIO)"
    "I wanted this to last forever"
    Overall
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    I confess - I LOVE Tana French - all her books are tremendous. This one was spectacular. The narration might be the best ever. And the story and the lushness and quality of the writing - I wanted to be able to listen forever. Completely engaging, excellent, excellent story. Don't let the teen girl thing turn you off - it's terrific (if scary). This is no fluff work - it's a fantastic mystery with writing that makes you realize how much junk is out there. Tana French - we are lucky to have you!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Return: An Inspector Van Veeteren Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Håkan Nesser
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (64)

    While on a field trip through the woods on the outskirts of Behren, a young girl stumbles upon a decomposing body wrapped in a carpet and lying in a ditch. The body has no hands, feet, or head, but this was not the work of wild animals. A brutal killer is on the loose, but who is the victim? From the hospital bed where he is recovering from surgery, Chief Inspector Van Veeteren begins to piece together the fragmentary clues that involve a nun who hides a secret, a crippled woman, the murders of two other women, and a missing former track star who served two sentences for murder....

    gypsy999 says: "Scandi Procedural"
    "So boring!"
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    Okay, so I though this might be another Jo Nesbo - NOT! I am a couple of hours into it and after a promising opening, I am bored out of my mind. The narration is flat - I can't tell the characters apart and at this point, I don't even care. It might get better, but I'm not chancing it - there are too many other great books out there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Alfred Lansing
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2712)
    Performance
    (2006)
    Story
    (2014)

    In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

    Jennie says: "Unbelievably riveting!"
    "Wow!! I Never Expected This to be So Amazing!!!"
    Overall
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    Story

    I've listened to hundreds of audio books and typically go for great mysteries. But this was one of the most gripping stories I have ever heard - I was gasping and cheering out loud! Simon Prebble's narration was truly magnificent and the story is beyond fascinating and incredible.

    This is a book I think everyone should listen to - for the lessons in leadership, loyalty, and the amazing human spirit. I don't know how this would play out if it happened today - far worse I suspect.

    If you are considering this one - please, please get it - you will not be sorry.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Monday: Frieda Klein, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Nicci French
    • Narrated By Beth Chalmers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (487)
    Performance
    (432)
    Story
    (433)

    Frieda Klein is a solitary, incisive psychotherapist who spends her sleepless nights walking along the ancient rivers that have been forced underground in modern London. She believes that the world is a messy, uncontrollable place. The abduction of five-year-old Matthew Farraday provokes a national outcry and a desperate police hunt. And when his face is splashed over the newspapers, Frieda cannot ignore the coincidence: one of her patients has been having dreams in which he has a hunger for just such a child.

    William says: "Terrific!"
    "????? Subpar - much better choices out there."
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    I saw all these great reviews and snagged this one, excited to find a new series. I love Tana French, for example. But this is brutally boring. I've been listening for a couple of hours and am already ditching it to go to my Harry Hole and Dept. Q series. There are so many better books! If I get crazy and return to it, I'll update my review, but so far - a deep disappointment. I gave it two stars to be fair to the narrator who doesn't deserved to be punished for poor material.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night Film: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Marisha Pessl
    • Narrated By Jake Weber
    Overall
    (1350)
    Performance
    (1206)
    Story
    (1225)

    On a damp October night, beautiful young Ashley Cordova is found dead in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. Though her death is ruled a suicide, veteran investigative journalist Scott McGrath suspects otherwise. As he probes the strange circumstances surrounding Ashley’s life and death, McGrath comes face-to-face with the legacy of her father: the legendary, reclusive, cult-horror-film director Stanislas Cordova - a man who hasn’t been seen in public for more than thirty years.

    Jacqueline says: "A M A Z I N G"
    "I didn't want this one to end!"
    Overall
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    This is one of those audio books that I hated to put down. In fact, when I was traveling and didn't have my iPod, I downloaded the e-book so I could read it on my laptop. It's that good. Haunting, beautiful, deadly. For days afterward I was still thinking about it.

    I don't want to say too much because I don't want to give anything away. The characters are fascinating. If you like good, dark mysteries, you'll love this. And make sure you download the accompanying PDF - the pictures there add to the story. I LOVED this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kings of the Earth: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jon Clinch
    • Narrated By Andrea Gallo, Ken Marks, Alan Nebelthau, and others
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    Author of the award-winning novel Finn, Jon Clinch has drawn favorable comparisons to William Faulkner. With Kings of the Earth, he takes listeners to an upstate New York farm where the three Procter brothers live in stasis. When one dies in his sleep, the other two are soon suspected of murder.

    Carolyn says: "Insightful"
    "Depressing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Clearly I'm no learned critic. I found this story of poverty and filth and death terribly depressing. There were few characters to like and no excellence to be achieved. Lots of plodding through a painful and dreary existence. Ugh. No light at the end of this tunnel.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Cabinet of Curiosities: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Jonathan Marosz
    Overall
    (870)
    Performance
    (770)
    Story
    (771)

    In an ancient tunnel underneath New York City a charnel house is discovered. Inside are 36 bodies all murdered and mutilated more than a century ago. While FBI agent Pendergast investigates the old crimes, identical killings start to terrorize the city. The nightmare has begun. Again.

    Nancy says: "Enjoyable, but not my favorite"
    "Fascinating (and who doesn't love Pendergast?)"
    Overall
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    I thought this book was a great story as well as a tour de force of the imagination. The images were vivid and luxurious - I loved it. I only have one complaint - there were several passage the narrator read twice. What the heck? Annoying and something I haven't had happen before.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hold Tight

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1447)
    Performance
    (623)
    Story
    (616)

    Tia and Mike Baye never imagined they'd become the type of overprotective parents who spy on their kids. But their 16-year-old son, Adam, has been unusually distant lately, and after the suicide of his classmate, Spencer Hill they can't help but worry. They install a sophisticated spy program on Adam's computer, and within days they are jolted by a message from an unknown correspondent addressed to their son: "Just stay quiet and all safe."

    Meanwhile, Betsy Hill is struck by a photo that appears to have been taken on the night of her son's death...and he wasn't alone.

    Ed says: "Will hold your interest till the end"
    "What Might Have Been"
    Overall
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    I really liked the premise of this book - kids and parents and computing. How worried the parents are and the moral choices they must make. But I found the unrealistic intertwining of the lives of all the characters too contrived. At the end I remember thinking, "Are you kidding me? This could have been so good!!!"

    That said, it will probably be made into a movie. Isn't that why we all read? Most movies these days stink.

    This book could have been great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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