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Georgia

Little Rock, AR, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 8 reviews
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  • 168 titles in library
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  • The Search

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3134)
    Performance
    (1844)
    Story
    (1854)

    To most people, Fiona Bristow seems to have an idyllic life — a quaint house on an island off Seattle’s coast, a thriving dog-training school, and a challenging volunteer job performing canine search and rescue. Not to mention her three intensely loyal Labs. But Fiona got to this point by surviving a nightmare.

    amyjh98 says: "Not very exciting"
    "The F Word is EVERYWHERE"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    No need for the F word CONSTANTLY. NONE!


    Has The Search turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not from other books int he genre, but definitely from this author. This was my last time to purchase her books.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Tanya Eby?

    ANYONE WITHOUT A LISP! Who hires these PEOPLE who have lispssssss????? HOW STUPID. The woman has a LISP!


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    I have no answer for this question.


    Any additional comments?

    There are times when the F word is appropriate, but 90% of this could have been left out or used another word. They even had the dogs thinking the F word. SERIOUSLY?! The male character used it constantly in just every day speak ... it had no place whatsoever. The sex scenes were just too harsh, unloving and disgusting. Many have complained about all the dog training info, but I found that interesting ... the rest of the book, not so much. This will be my last purchase from this author. I did just finish WITNESS from this author and it was very good, but I won't buy any more of hers due to the language. It's just not necessary to use that language CONSTANTLY.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Big Little Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2978)
    Performance
    (2728)
    Story
    (2727)

    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.

    Joanne M. McGowan says: "I didn't want to press the stop button!"
    "Definitely worth a credit"
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    What made the experience of listening to Big Little Lies the most enjoyable?

    The story is very good and the narrator made it so enjoyable! I could not stop listening.


    What did you like best about this story?

    You don't know how it all ties together until the end of the book. This author is excellent and although toward the end, I was able to put together two and two, there were still aspects that I did not know until the very end.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can't possibly name a favorite. The author does an exceptional job with description and I can see the scenes in my mind with no problem. I am hooked on this writer.


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

    Intriguing!


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to two of the books by this author. The Husband's Secret was a little better than this one, but completely different. The narrator bought both of these books to life. I'm going to try another one by this author, but the narrator is different ... I hope it is as good!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • If I Can't Have You:: Susan Powell, Her Mysterious Disappearance, and the Murder of Her Children

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Gregg Olsen, Rebecca Morris
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington, Kevin Pierce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (168)

    The tragic story of Susan Powell and her murdered boys, Charlie and Braden, is the only case that rivals the Jon Benet Ramsey saga in the annals of true crime. When the pretty, blonde Utah mother went missing in December of 2009 the media was swept up in the story - with lenses and microphones trained on Susan's husband, Josh. He said he had no idea what happened to his young wife, and that he and the boys had been camping in the middle of a snowstorm.

    Kippoe says: "The Coward and the Angels"
    "I gasped several times; I didn't see THAT coming!!"
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    If you could sum up If I Can't Have You: in three words, what would they be?

    Fascinating. Gripping. Shocking.


    What other book might you compare If I Can't Have You: to and why?

    This is by far the best true crime book I have ever read. I don't know of any book that compares. You won't be disappointed.


    What about Laural Merlington and Kevin Pierce ’s performance did you like?

    At first I though Kevin Pierce's reading was not going to be to my liking, but I adjusted to his rhythm quickly and enjoyed his voice. Laural had very little reading, but what she did was good.


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

    ABSOLUTELY! I would get to my destination and sit in my car and listen to three more chapters before MAKING myself stop! It's a long book, but I didn't want it to end. I plan to listen to it again.


    Any additional comments?

    Although this book is a true story and contained some sexual portions, it was told in a way that was not vulgar with basically no profanity. I sat shaking my head many, many times as I listened, wondering why this woman stayed with him and also shocked that such evil exists in our world? It was a well-written book and I'm now looking for others from this author.

    5 of 5 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
    (1422)
    Performance
    (600)
    Story
    (592)

    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"
    "Confusing ... Unbelievable ... Horrible Narrator"
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    What disappointed you about Hold Tight?

    The narrator was the first disappointment. I will never buy another book that he reads. He is FAR too dramatic and he did not take a break when scenes changed. Left you wondering what was going on? You finally realize he has started talking about other people and other places. Just a little break would have helped make that transition.


    What could Harlan Coben have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Leave out at least 10 of the characters. At least.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Scott Brick has a good voice, but he is overly dramatic and I can't believe the police speak to suspects with such distain/hatred ESPECIALLY when they are interviewing a doctor. At the first of the book he was so overacting ... it got better, but it was still so over the top ... about 3/4 of the way through I wasn't sure I could finish it. His over enunciation and "attitude" just drove me to distraction ... made it hard to concentrate on the words he was reading.


    What character would you cut from Hold Tight?

    There are so many, I don't know where to start. Moe would be one. He had a small part, so why have him? Honestly it would not matter who you cut out, the story was still so unbelievable. This was my first Harlan Coban book ... and probably my last.


    Any additional comments?

    Before I bought, I read the reviews ... "You'll be sitting in your garage listening to this one." No, you won't. Save your credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hornet Flight

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1097)
    Performance
    (450)
    Story
    (453)

    It's June 1941, and the low point of the war. England throws wave after wave of RAF bombers across the Channel, but somehow the Luftwaffe is able to shoot them down at will. The skies, indeed, the war itself seem to belong to Hitler.

    C. McCoy says: "An Outstanding Spy Novel"
    "John Lee is the best narrator ever! Great Book Too"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Hornet Flight to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely! The narrator somehow knows exactly how the book is to be read.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hornet Flight?

    I don't want to say without spoiling it for others.


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    Everything! He is a master at changing his voice for each character! How he does it is a mystery! Beautiful jog!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mortal Fear

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (291)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (167)

    By day, Harper Cole trades commodities over the internet from his isolated Mississippi farmhouse. At night, he is systems operator of E.R.O.S., an exclusive, sexually explicit on-line service that guarantees total anonymity to its rich and famous clientele.

    Char says: "Sick but Great"
    "I gave up after 14 hours of listening ..."
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    Would you try another book from Greg Iles and/or Eric G. Dove?

    I have read others by Greg Iles and will again.


    What could Greg Iles have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    This book was SO SLOW ... NOTHING HAPPENS. NOTHING. I just kept listening thinking surely something was going to happen. If you are a tech geek, you might like hearing about how computers operated in the 80's because that is ALL THEY TALK ABOUT, except sex chat on line ... all of which is just un-interesting. There is also a lot of "poor taste" comments and dialogue. I have read two others by Greg Iles, Black Cross (which was excellent) and Devil's Punchbowl (which was mediocre). I have another one by him ready to load ... I hope it's good ... if not, this will be my last Greg Iles book. I was very disappointed in this book ... so much so that I deleted it from my library with about 14 hours left to listen. I just couldn't do it ...


    Which character – as performed by Eric G. Dove – was your favorite?

    None


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Do not waste your credit on this one. You will wish you hadn't.

    2 of 3 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
    Overall
    (20862)
    Performance
    (18704)
    Story
    (18771)

    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?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "HATED IT!"
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    Would you try another book from Gillian Flynn and/or Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ?

    I will never get another book by Gillian Flynn. The narrators were fine, in fact, excellent, but the book was SUCH a disappointment.


    What was most disappointing about Gillian Flynn’s story?

    This could have been an excellent book, but there was no justice. The idea was a good one and the layout of the book was good. In fact, I was enjoying it up to near the end and then it just fell flat. I was SO disappointed.


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

    Both were excellent! I would be happy to listen to either of them again.


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

    The last several chapters. They needed to be rewritten with an ENDING. Just left me hanging ... I hate that.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your time. I was left feeling completely disappointed and unsatisfied.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4355)
    Performance
    (3728)
    Story
    (3728)

    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    Kelli N. Perkins says: "Still Thinking About This Tale Weeks After"
    "A complete waste of time"
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    What would have made Defending Jacob better?

    Having a clue who actually killed the people.


    Has Defending Jacob turned you off from other books in this genre?

    It has only turned me off on this author.


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

    No, but the narration was fine, it was the story that was pitiful.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    It was a good book up to a point, but you were left not knowing anything.


    Any additional comments?

    Skip this ... it was just pitiful.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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