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GW

I enjoy mysteries, science fiction, Stephen King, and some fantasy novels. Now and again I like a biography and a bit of history. No romance!

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  • Total Control

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Jonathan Marosz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (703)
    Performance
    (585)
    Story
    (599)

    Sidney Archer has the world. A husband she loves. A job at which she excels, and a cherished young daughter. Then, as a plane plummets into the Virginia countryside, everything changes. And suddenly there is no one whom Sidney Archer can trust.

    Rachel says: "Go back to your old narrator!!"
    "More twists and turns than a country road!"
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    Where does Total Control rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would put Total Control in the top twenty audiobooks that I have listened to at this point. The author is one of my favorites and the story is exciting and well thought out.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Total Control?

    There are many, but one that I can mention without spoiling the story for others is the moment when you begin to realize that one of the characters in the story is not who you have been led to believe they are. The reveal is very well done. The character's loyalty and their alliance is a nice twist.


    What about Jonathan Marosz’s performance did you like?

    There is a lot of action in this book and Jonathan Marosz is able to convey that with his reading. You feel like you are there rather than like someone is retelling it. He captures the excitement, suspense, emotion, and energy of what would be big action sequences if this were a film.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    What lengths would you go to in order to secure a fortune and how many people would you consider expendable?


    Any additional comments?

    There is a character in this book who is entirely too self-sufficient, considering the description of their life prior to events in this story. While I enjoyed the action and the events in the story, I found it hard to believe that this particular character was able to do the things that he/she did during the course of the book. It made the story less entertaining once I realized that the author was going to allow this character to be so very kick-ass in spite of his/her background. It just didn't fit well with the events. Something in the character's background to make this possible for the read would have been nice, but it is still a very entertaining read.

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  • Bred in the Bone: Jasmine Sharp and Catherine McLeod, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Christopher Brookmyre
    • Narrated By Hilary McLean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Private investigator Jasmine Sharp's father was murdered before she was born, and her mother went to self-sacrificing lengths in order to shield her from the world in which he moved. Since her mother's death, all she has been able to learn is his first name - and that only through a strange bond she has forged with the man who killed him: Glen Fallan. But when Fallan is arrested for the murder of a criminal her mother knew since childhood, Jasmine is finally forced to enter his domain: A place where violence is a way of life and vengeance spans generations.

    GW says: "One of my favorite authors!"
    "One of my favorite authors!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Bred in the Bone the most enjoyable?

    Christopher Brookmyre's characters are never dull. His dialogue is wonderful and I love the little details in his books that make them seem real. He writes normal people in abnormal circumstances flaws and all. Even if the story is a dark one, the wicked sense of humor that this author has always comes through. I laugh out loud when I read his books.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There are too many great ones in this book to pick just one. Besides, I don't want to give anything away.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh many times. The author has a talent for making people see the amusing side of even the darkest moments.


    Any additional comments?

    I am thrilled that Mr. Brookmyre's books are becoming more available in the US. It was difficult to locate the audiobooks for his earlier works.

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  • Doc: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Dwight Gooden, Ellis Henican
    • Narrated By J. D. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (92)

    A brutally honest memoir of talent, addiction, and recovery from one of the greatest baseball pitchers of all time. As a shy 19-year-old, Dwight Gooden swept into New York, lifting a team of crazy characters to World Series greatness and giving a beleaguered city a reason to believe. Then he threw it all away. Now, with fresh and sober eyes, the Mets’ beloved Dr. K shares the intimate details of his life and career, revealing all the extraordinary highs and lows: The hidden traumas in his close-knit Tampa family. The thrill and pressure of being a young baseball phenom in New York.

    William says: "...Doctor K, delivers another strike"
    "An Honest Man"
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    If you could sum up Doc in three words, what would they be?

    Honest, Straightforward, and talented.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Naturally, I enjoyed Dwight Gooden. This was his story after all. But his father was a very interesting part of his life and his character was a very close second for me. If Dwight Gooden has been raised by anyone else, I wonder if he would have had the career that he did.


    What about J. D. Jackson’s performance did you like?

    I like the performance very much. The emotional tone was just right throughout the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Often you pick up a book by a famous person and you are treated to a tale of their successes and the good things they have done. This book was a combination. Dwight Gooden didn't make excuses for his life. He was very honest about it. He didn't lay blame on others or try to rationalize his actions. I respect him for taking responsibility for his life and for telling his story. I enjoyed his skill as a pitcher and I'm a baseball fan but for me the most impressive thing the man has done is be open about his problems with drugs and alcohol. I respect that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shatter

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (358)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (216)

    Psychologist Joe O'Laughlin fails to stop a confused woman from jumping off a bridge to her death. Joe knows she had been talking on a cellphone. Now he needs to find out who - or what - was on the other end of the line.

    Old Hippy says: "First rate suspense story, great narration!"
    "Something fresh!"
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    Would you listen to Shatter again? Why?

    Yes, I would listen to this one again. I enjoyed the performance, the twists in the plot, and the characters. Very well written.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the lead character very much. He has his own problems with his health, his family and his work. He isn't a one-note person. He is very well fleshed out and seems much more real because of it all. I feel that it makes the story more interesting because this mystery isn't the only thing in this guys life.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm glad this is an established series and that there are already several books out with this characters in them. Now, I don't have to wait for the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lost

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Ray Lonnen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (599)
    Performance
    (248)
    Story
    (253)

    Michael Robotham's Suspect, hailed as "a lightning-paced debut" by Entertainment Weekly, was an international best seller that raised the bar for thrillers. Now two characters from that acclaimed novel, Detective Vincent Ruiz and psychologist Joe O'Loughlin, return for the electrifying Lost. When Detective Ruiz is pulled from the Thames, he has a bullet in his leg, a photograph of a missing (and presumed dead) girl in his pocket, and absolutely no memory of what happened.

    Lauren says: "EXCELLENT"
    "Emotionally involving"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Lost to be better than the print version?

    I couldn't say as I have not read the print version. I enjoyed the audio very much though.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, I didn't have an extreme reaction to this book at all. I enjoyed it and I was hoping all the way through for a certain outcome so I was involved as I read. It kept me guessing.


    Any additional comments?

    Great characters and it was fun to listen to this second book because the author turns things around and we get the perspective of another character rather than his main character in the series. It was fun to see things through his eyes. A nice twist.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Let the Devil Sleep

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By John Verdon
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (65)

    >The most decorated homicide detective in NYPD history, Dave Gurney is still trying to adjust to his life of quasi-retirement in upstate New York when a young woman who is producing a documentary on a notorious murder spree seeks his counsel. Soon after, Gurney begins feeling threatened: a razor-sharp hunting arrow lands in his yard, and he narrowly escapes serious injury in a booby-trapped basement. As things grow more bizarre, he finds himself reexamining the case of The Good Shepherd.

    karen says: "Ending disappoints, but...."
    "Another enjoyable read from this author"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would. Anyone who enjoys a good mystery should enjoy this.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    It did. I didn't put all of the pieces together on this one for quite some time so naturally, I was on the edge of my seat nearly all the way. Also, because of the involvement of one of the characters in the plot, I was constantly waiting for the author to kill that person off. It seemed like something that was going to happen. I kept waiting for it as I listened.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There is a nice Father-son moment in this book that is very well written and I found it moving. To say more would spoil things though.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the development of the main character in this book. He seems to come to terms with a few things that have been bothering him in the previous two stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bleed for Me

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (276)
    Performance
    (241)
    Story
    (236)

    A teenage girl - Sienna, a troubled friend of his daughter - comes to Joe O'Loughlin's door one night. She is terrorized, incoherent-and covered in blood. The police find Sienna's father, a celebrated former cop, murdered in the home he shared with Sienna. Tests confirm that it's his blood on Sienna. She says she remembers nothing....

    Beverly says: "Outstanding Thriller"
    "Not his best and a bit disturbing"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If a person is reading the series then naturally, this book would be something you'd want to read but if I were to recommend this one to a friend I would do so with a word of warning about the animal scene in this one. I found it very upsetting.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I plan to continue with this series. I like the characters and the author and I have enjoyed the performance in each book. There was just one element of this book that put me off. Unless it becomes a continuing theme then I plan to read his others.


    Was Bleed for Me worth the listening time?

    It wasn't as much so as his prior books. This one seemed less realistic to me in some ways and a bit of a retread of some things that happened in a previous book. How many times can this lead character put someone in danger by sleeping with them?


    Any additional comments?

    If you are an animal lover, be warned that there is a portion of this book involving a dog that is very heart-breaking. Also, as the book progresses, the lead character's reaction to the event isn't at all what I expected. He fails to properly report it and in spite of the fact that the dog is depicted as being loved by the character's children, there is no mention of its loss by the children. The lead character doesn't ever explain its death to his family during the book. No, this is not the full plot of the story, but I found it unrealistic in light of his original reaction to the event and the torture element involve.
    Also, he is asked to help, nearly forced to do so, by one of the detectives and later she discards his opinions and pushes him aside. She does this after putting him into this situation in the first place. She, in my opinion does not react realistically.

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  • Time for the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (467)
    Performance
    (388)
    Story
    (392)

    Travel to other planets is now a reality, and with overpopulation stretching the resources of Earth, the necessity of finding habitable worlds is growing ever more urgent. There’s a problem though—because the spaceships are slower than light, any communication between the exploring ships and Earth would take years.

    Tom and Pat are identical twin teenagers. As twins they’ve always been close, so close that it seemed like they could read each other’s minds.

    DJM says: "My First Heinlein"
    "Memories!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Time for the Stars the most enjoyable?

    I had read this book back when I was in school and the author was a favorite of mine. I went through the school library hunting all of his books and read each one so it brought back great memories for me to sit and listen to this story again as an adult. I was pleased to find that it has held up very well over the years.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Time for the Stars?

    There is a moment in the story where the characters believe they are safe from harm and are enjoying what they consider to be a victory of sorts and thinking about a job well done. They are completely caught off guard by what happens next and for me, that is a defining moment in the story.


    Which character – as performed by Barrett Whitener – was your favorite?

    My favorite character was Tom. The story centers around his life and his adventures and it is through his eyes that you see everyone else in the story.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There is a moment when you realize that some of what you've thought to be true about the main characters, Tom and Pat, isn't exactly so. For me that is the most emotional part of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Great Science Fiction from a master.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Big Little Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (480)
    Performance
    (445)
    Story
    (443)

    Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

    Marci says: "Great story. Genius writing"
    "Way too much fun!"
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    Would you listen to Big Little Lies again? Why?

    I certainly would. The characters are so rich and warm and it is as if they have walked out of real life and into this book. I recognized elements of people that I knew when my child was in school and I even recognized myself in there a few times.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the friendship of the main characters. They were each very different people, different ages, different social standing, and different backgrounds, yet they just meshed together perfectly and supported one another.


    Which character – as performed by Caroline Lee – was your favorite?

    Jane was my favorite character. It was very entertaining to watch her grow throughout the book and thanks to Caroline Lee's performance, Jane's worries, emotions and joys came through as clear as if she were in the room with me. Caroline Lee is a brilliant audiobook performer and I am always thrilled when I select a book that she is reading.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    The author writes woman and their concerns wonderfully well. Her plot twists are amazingly well done and I didn't figure out where this was going until I arrived at the end but I enjoyed every moment of the journey.

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  • The Memory Game

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Nicci French
    • Narrated By Harriet Walter
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    When a skeleton is unearthed in the Martellos' garden, Jane Martello is shocked to learn it's that of her childhood friend Natalie, who went missing 25 years ago. Encouraged by a therapist to recover lost memories, Jane hopes to find out what really took place when she was a child - and what happened to Natalie. But in learning the truth about her and Natalie's past, is Jane putting her own future at terrible risk?

    Candice says: "Boring"
    "Surprises with every turn of the page"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Memory Game the most enjoyable?

    I would just think I had things figured out and then suddenly I would get a surprise. Great plotting!


    What other book might you compare The Memory Game to and why?

    The look into the past and the surprises make this one a bit like reading a Kate Morton book.


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

    This is the only one I have listened to but I enjoyed it very much. I would like to hear more from her.


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  • Waiting for Wednesday: A Frieda Klein Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Nicci French
    • Narrated By Beth Chalmers
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (124)

    Ruth Lennox, housewife and mother of three, is found dead in a pool of her own blood. Detective Chief Inspector Karlsson can’t piece together a motive and calls in Frieda, hoping her talents will offer a new angle on the case. When it emerges that the mother was hiding a scandalous secret, her family closes ranks. Frieda herself is distracted, still reeling from an attempt on her life, and struggling with her own rare feelings of vulnerability. Then a patient’s chance remark sends Frieda down a dangerous path that seems to lead to a serial killer who’s long escaped detection.

    RAMON says: "A well written , well performed name mystery."
    "Can't get enough of Frieda!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Waiting for Wednesday the most enjoyable?

    The main character is very refreshing. She is very no nonsense and very practical. I also love the way the author holds back details of the main character's life and slowly reveals them in each new book. I have read all three available books with Frieda Klein as the main character and am looking forward to the next one.


    What other book might you compare Waiting for Wednesday to and why?

    Well, naturally, I would compare it to the first two books in the series, but perhaps because of the lead character's profession and her relationship with the police, the story reminds me slightly of the Alex Delaware novels by Jonathon Kellerman. The setting and the personalities of the characters are naturally, different, but the books are the same in that they are through the eyes of someone working with the police but not a police office.


    What does Beth Chalmers bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She brings the feel of London. I dislike it when a story with characters that are British or Scottish or German is read in an American accent. I like the flavor of hearing the story in the accent that the characters are supposed to have. Also, she has a wonderfully expressive voice and the difference between characters and who is speaking is instantly apparent.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did laugh in sections of this one and I also found myself holding my breath a time or two.


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