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Gayle Wayne

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  • 33 reviews
  • 47 ratings
  • 203 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2015
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  • Heart of the Matter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Emily Giffin
    • Narrated By Cynthia Nixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (864)
    Performance
    (233)
    Story
    (239)

    Tessa Russo is the mother of two young children and the wife of a renowned pediatric surgeon. Despite her own mother's warnings, Tessa has recently given up her career to focus on her family and the pursuit of domestic happiness. From the outside, she seems destined to live a charmed life. Valerie Anderson is an attorney and single mother to six-year-old Charlie - a boy who has never known his father.

    Liatris says: "Tough Listen"
    "HoHum"
    Overall

    While the characters are nicely developed and the reader does a good job, the book is formula all the way. No plot. Once I realized nothing was going to take this book out of the rut, I was really disappointed. Trite.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Big Little Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7237)
    Performance
    (6351)
    Story
    (6351)

    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.

    horslovr says: "Very entertaining!"
    "<Making whiny trivia rather interesting"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It's way too long.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Shorten it and add something to give it life


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

    SHe's quite scratchy but I got used to it, and she did a good job


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Be prepared for a book about Australian "mums" who might well be in an American suburb, and whose lives revolve around day to day issues. There is no plot, just an unfolding of real life, and a thread of "murder" that is over wrought for the action.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Watching You

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (500)
    Performance
    (458)
    Story
    (457)

    Marnie Logan often feels like she's being watched: A warm breath on the back of her neck, or a shadow in the corner of her eye that vanishes when she turns her head. She has reason to be frightened. Her husband Daniel has inexplicably vanished, and the police have no leads in the case. Without proof of death or evidence of foul play, she can't access his bank accounts or his life insurance. Depressed and increasingly desperate, she seeks the help of clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin.

    Jacqueline says: "Chilling, Suspenseful, Well Done!"
    "Couldnt "Put it Down!""
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Watching You rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I was hooked into this book in the first five minutes. It's right up there with top 20 of thrillers I have listened to and I can't wait to download another one by this author. So many twists and turns - keeps you guessing, and was well written besides.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Professor Joe...He is part humanitarian, part psychic and part psychologist. I can't vouch for all his theories, and wonder if "real" detectives would follow the leads of such an expert,. but in this case, they did, and they panned out, and the story moved forward. He was the glue.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The very very end...and don't read ahead!!!


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

    It just made me want to go on long rides in the car, where I do most of my listening. I hated it to be over!


    Any additional comments?

    Bravo to all - the author, the reader, and the production company.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anthony Doerr
    • Narrated By Zach Appelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8372)
    Performance
    (7331)
    Story
    (7351)

    Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

    Annie M. says: "Time well spent"
    "Great Story - but not a Five Star"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to All the Light We Cannot See the most enjoyable?

    The character development was exceptional and the overall story brought a unique perspective to the horror of WW2.


    What did you like best about this story?

    What I liked best - but what caused it to NOT get my Five Star rating -- the chronology. The unfolding of the story was compelling, but at the same time, confusing. Perhaps this was because it was audio. I might have been more excited had I read the written version. THe jumping around of the timelines had me rewinding on this book more than I have ever needed to do in other audiobooks.


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

    He was fine...no complaints.


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

    The unresolved ending.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Heist

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1471)
    Performance
    (1302)
    Story
    (1306)

    Master novelist Daniel Silva has thrilled listeners with 16 thoughtful and gripping spy novels featuring a diverse cast of compelling characters and ingenious plots that have taken them around the globe and back - from the United States to Europe, Russia to the Middle East. His brilliant creation, Gabriel Allon - art restorer, assassin, spy - has joined the pantheon of great fictional secret agents, including George Smiley, Jack Ryan, Jason Bourne, and Simon Templar.

    Brian says: "If new to Daniel Silva, great book. Otherwise..."
    "Sounding a Lot like the last one"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really, because I felt like I was listening to his prior books


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    No surprises


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    He's the best - and the only reason I finished it


    Could you see The Heist being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    If you are new to Silva, you will undoubtedly find this an unusual and interesting read. However, if, like me, you have read them all, this is just an amalgam of everything that came before it, with some new rogue countries currently in the news that allows the settings to be different.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • In the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    Overall
    (5586)
    Performance
    (3552)
    Story
    (3554)

    As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

    Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.

    Dottie B. says: "Very mixed feelings (semi-spoilers included)"
    "A terrific book that held me captive"
    Overall
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    I don't know what impressed me more, the narrator or the story!. Clever plot turns and interesting characters. I am going to get the next book right now!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silkworm

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5973)
    Performance
    (5423)
    Story
    (5420)

    When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.

    H James Lucas says: "A well-worn genre enlivened with fresh characters"
    "Boring and Grotesque"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I see the five star ratings here and the best selling status of this book on the NYT weekly list, and I wonder what all these folks get from a book that I believe was peopled with trite characters, shockingly, even sickening, evil deeds, and pedantic writing that went on too long for me. I finished it as I was stuck in the car, not because it riveted me. I found the Strike character unlikable, the subplots unnecessary and banal, and the tone of the writing very high-brow for such a genre. Count me among the few people who would never recommend this book to anyone and who will leave this author on the shelf. It's a wonder I didn't fall asleep while driving.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4724)
    Performance
    (4212)
    Story
    (4214)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "IF you love dogs and mysteries, this is your book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book really hooked me because I am both dog person and mystery lover. The reader was brilliant, always adding to the experience, never overpowering it. The story was both touching and real. The book offers edge of your seat drama, pathos, and clever resolution. The inner voice of the dog was so believable. At one point I had to turn it off (first time ever!) because I was sure the next scene would be a disaster for the dog and I had to prepare myself. See for yourself...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Target

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3422)
    Performance
    (3027)
    Story
    (3008)

    The president knows it's a perilous, high-risk assignment. If he gives the order, he has the opportunity to take down a global menace, once and for all. If the mission fails, he would face certain impeachment, and the threats against the nation would multiply. So the president turns to the one team that can pull off the impossible: Will Robie and his partner, Jessica Reel. Together, Robie and Reel's talents as assassins are unmatched. But there are some in power who don't trust the pair.

    L.W. says: "Several Stories in One Book..So Good!"
    "Done with Baldacci"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was overpowered by the readers. The contant shifting of voice distracted me. They were talented readers - no doubt about that - but the attempt to turn this into a stage-type reading was hampered by the way the dialogue was written.
    Meanwhile, the story was choppy and full of flashback references I didn't get (undoubtedy a prior book) , the plot contrived and unbelievable. Bring back "The Camel Club!"

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Between Love and Honor

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Alexandra Lapierre
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (169)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (149)

    In 1839, after decades of conflict, the Russian army and the Muslims of Chechnya are on the verge of a truce. To prove his commitment to peace, warrior chief Imam Shamil offers a hostage: his son, Jamal Eddin. But once the truce is signed, the Russians spirit Jamal Eddin back to Russia, where Czar Nicholas “adopts” the boy. Immersed in imperial court life, Jamal Eddin matures into the consummate courtier. Still, he maintains his Muslim faith - until he falls in love with a beautiful Russian aristocrat.

    ssomers says: "Don't bother!"
    "I gave up"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Keep a notebook by your listening device for this one. I got so lost in the odd names and the convoluted histories that it became a chore to listen. So I gave up by the 6th chapter. Be warned: lots of details, and many characters, unlikeable as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • And the Mountains Echoed

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini, Navid Negahban, Shohreh Aghdashloo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2745)
    Performance
    (2416)
    Story
    (2411)

    Khaled Hosseini, the number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.

    FanB14 says: "Does the End Justify the Means"
    "Disappointing and Confusing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I had a tough time with this book because the variety of timezones and the odd narrations left me having to rewind and wonder if I missed something. The main thing missing, other than the needed continuity in the story, is a plot...This was a story of a family over time, and the timezones jumped around to add to the confusion, and while the setting is unusual, and some of the components are troubling, it really lacked punch and I wound up disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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