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Heather L. Koranteng

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Jersey City, NJ | Member Since 2012

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  • Tuesday's Gone: A Frieda Klein Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Nicci French
    • Narrated By Beth Chalmers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (158)

    In Tuesday's Gone, a London social worker makes a routine home visit only to discover her client, Michelle Doyce, serving afternoon tea to a naked, decomposing corpse. With no clues as to the dead man's identity, Chief Inspector Karlsson again calls upon Frieda for help. She discovers that the body belongs to Robert Poole, con man extraordinaire. But Frieda can't shake the feeling that the past isn't done with her yet. Did someone kill Poole to embroil her in the investigation? And if so, is Frieda herself the next victim?

    Katherine says: "I like this series but..."
    "One of the best voice performances"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, this was a great story and well performed. The mystery aspect is solid, intriguing, and comes together well for resolution.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The main character, Frieda Klein is very interesting and likable, yet flawed enough to seem real.


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

    No, but this was very good. She does the main character wonderfully, and differentiates the female voices well. The accents do not make you cringe, and the male voices are not bad at all. She really makes it a performance.


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

    Yes, it was very hard to put it down for a while!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Cold, Cold Ground

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1330)
    Performance
    (1149)
    Story
    (1144)

    Adrian McKinty was born in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. He studied politics and philosophy at Oxford before moving to America in the early 1990s. Living first in Harlem, he found employment as a construction worker, barman, and bookstore clerk. In 2000 he moved to Denver to become a high school English teacher and it was there that he began writing fiction.

    Alan says: "What a stunning book"
    "Like the Dublin Murder Squad - but a bit less dark"
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    If you could sum up The Cold, Cold Ground in three words, what would they be?

    good characters and plot


    What other book might you compare The Cold, Cold Ground to and why?

    Anything from the Dublin Murder Squad. It's a little lighter in mood, but still a good sense of the time and the people involved.


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

    This is a first- but he is excellent- there were a lot of male characters with different accents- and you could always tell what character was talking. He is really excellent with the accents. He also does not make all the female voices high whispers- something that I think ruins a narration. He does the wry humor of the main character perfectly and it really adds to the story.


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

    Not exactly- but the humor of the main character kept it interesting all around.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm glad I started with the first in the series. I'm definitly going to listen to the rest of the set.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Purity of Vengeance: A Department Q Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (611)
    Performance
    (520)
    Story
    (532)

    International superstar Jussi Adler-Olsen, with more than fourteen million copies of his books sold worldwide, returns with the fourth book in his New York Times best-selling Department Q series, about a perplexing cold case with sinister modern-day consequences. In 1987, Nete Hermansen plans revenge on those who abused her in her youth, including Curt Wad, a charismatic surgeon who was part of a movement to sterilize wayward girls in 1950s Denmark.

    Charles Atkinson says: "It's a 5 Star Story of Revenge"
    "If you like Tana French/ Dublin Murder Squad"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Purity of Vengeance rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the better ones- good performance, strong story and character development


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters are well developed- that's really the most enjoyable thing about the the story. You want to keep knowing the people you meet.


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

    This was the first, but it was very good. You could always tell what character was speaking, the womens voices were not just a high whisper.


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

    There’s a very good twist to the ending- had to listen to that part twice!


    Any additional comments?

    It's a lot like Tana French and The Dublin Murder Squad - in mood, character development- and the way that not everything is neatly tied up but also not unsatisfying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Camel Club

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (3049)
    Performance
    (1222)
    Story
    (1227)

    It exists at the fringes of Washington, D.C., has no power, and consists solely of four eccentric and downtrodden members whom society has forgotten. Their simple goal is to find the "truth" behind their country's actions.

    Alex says: "The Good, Bad, and the So-So"
    "Lame."
    Overall
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better dialog between the main characters, less expounding of the painfully obvious.


    Would you ever listen to anything by David Baldacci again?

    Probably not, I'm starting to think that he's like Paterson where he just writes lame, formula based action movies.


    What about Jonathan Davis’s performance did you like?

    He was good- there's a lot of male characters, and you can easily tell them all apart. The accents didn't make me cringe, and the female voices are not just high whispers.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Camel Club?

    Half of the the dialog - just a waste of time. It's not like it gives you insight into the characters because thier background is just overplayed the whole time anyway.


    Any additional comments?

    Disappointing. I was looking for a good adventure/espionage story and this was just a really bad action movie script.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rose Under Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Wein
    • Narrated By Sasha Pick
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (64)

    Rose Justice is a young pilot with the Air Transport Auxiliary during the Second World War. On her way back from a semi-secret flight in the waning days of the war, Rose is captured by the Germans and ends up in Ravensbrück, the notorious Nazi women's concentration camp. There, she meets an unforgettable group of women. These damaged women must bond together to help each other survive.

    Lulu says: "A Compelling and Disturbing Read"
    "The narrator didn't do this story any favors"
    Overall
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    Story
    What did you like best about Rose Under Fire? What did you like least?

    The story is good. If you liked Code Name Verity, this is another great blend of history, a characters experience, friendship - and a solid story


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narration- there's one character- the Polish girl Rose, that is so grating I had to turn it down and miss some of the dialog. It's that hard to listen too. How did anyone think that voice was sucessfull?


    Would you be willing to try another one of Sasha Pick’s performances?

    No. The male voices were comical- so over the top. I'm guess it's difficult to voice so many female characters and make them distinct, but I can’t believe anyone could hear that voice for Rose and not cringe.


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

    Yes. It's a good story and it was nice to see some of the characters from Code Name Verity and follow up with where they are now. I would definitely want to see more of their story. The narrator for Verity was spectacular- it's too bad she wasn't part of this story as well. It would have been great for the continuity.


    Any additional comments?

    I look foward to the next story with these characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sharp Objects

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3181)
    Performance
    (2484)
    Story
    (2503)

    Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker's troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital, Camille's first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

    Kelley says: "I agree with Stephen King"
    "It's a Lifetime Movie- that you've probably seen."
    Overall
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    What did you like best about Sharp Objects? What did you like least?

    It's just a lifetime movie with every stereotypical female issue- mother/daughter friction, Munchausen by Proxy, cutting, mean girls, rich girl/poor girl, fat girl/ popular girl- all rolled into one sad story. But- it's at least a well put together story and it's entertaining enough that you listen to the whole thing.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The main character figures things out too slowly, but there's enough going on that you are not bored as you figure them out.


    What three words best describe Ann Marie Lee’s performance?

    Lazy, cringe worthy. Any dialect is way overdone- all the "girls" sound like cartoon characters, and the men are ridiculous. The main character is so flat- I'm sure if it's supposed to be a reflection of the characters personality- or she just got tired in between character voices, but it doesn't help the story.


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

    It's made to be a Lifetime movie - I'm sure Merideth Baxter will be cast as the mother and Hillary Swank as the main character, with Lindsy Lohan as the pscho little sister.


    Any additional comments?

    If you read Gone Girl- and liked it- you will not find this nearly as clever. If you like Lifetime Movies and feel like you haven't seen this one yet- enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (6477)
    Performance
    (6005)
    Story
    (6028)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "It’s exactly what you get from King- predictable b"
    Overall
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    Where does Doctor Sleep rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Not great, but I enjoyed it as a good story and listened to it quickly.


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

    It’s almost like he didn’t know where to end it- there were at least three scenes before the actual ending- that could have resolved everything nicely. The actual ending was satisfying.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Every old man in the story-and there’s a few- sounded like a cartoon character. A little too much on the accents. Still- you can tell all of the other characters apart well, and female voices aren’t bad- not horrible whispers like some narrators.


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

    The chapters moved from character to character well, and there were very few slow spots.


    Any additional comments?

    It’s not a bad listen, but if you’ve read a lot Steven King, you’ll recognize a lot of rehash. Even some of the dialog. It’s like he tore chunks from Salem’s Lot, The Green Mile and maybe a little of The Stand –and pasted them all together, but it’s not as epic as any of those stories. You expect some repeat because it’s a follow up on Danny from The Shining, but it’s like he keeps telling the same story over and over. Not that you mind if you’re a fan, it’s a story you like- but be honest about and tie it all together instead of putting it out there and pretending it’s new. It's almost like he's too tired to write something really new.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Sparrow: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jason Matthews
    • Narrated By Jeremy Bobb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1156)
    Performance
    (1037)
    Story
    (1041)

    Drafted against her will to become a "Sparrow" - a trained seductress in the service, Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a first-tour CIA officer who handles the CIA's most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young intelligence officers, trained in their respective spy schools, collide in a charged atmosphere of tradecraft, deception, and inevitably, a forbidden spiral of carnal attraction that threatens their careers and the security of America's valuable mole in Moscow.

    Melinda says: "Sexy Saucy Spies"
    "Suspenseful and great narration"
    Overall
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    Where does Red Sparrow rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best, hits all the marks w/ great storytelling and narration.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Red Sparrow?

    It's not really a life changing book w/ memorable moments, but there are great moments of anticipation - it's a novel about spy’s and adventure. It’s not boring or overcomplicated in trying to figure out who’s good and who’s bad- just the right balance.


    What about Jeremy Bobb’s performance did you like?

    He does not go high and whisper when he does a female voice- and he's got enough range with the male characters that you are never confused about who's speaking.


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

    No, but I found myself going around the block one more time to listen a little longer before ending my commute!


    Any additional comments?

    It's hard to create a good spy story- I think- without it being all about technology or clichés - and this was about the characters, but there was still enough fast paced adventure to make it interesting. I'm looking foward to this being a series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Harbor: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2376)
    Performance
    (2031)
    Story
    (2019)

    In Broken Harbor, all but one member of the Spain family lies dead, and it’s up to Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy to find out why. Mick must piece together why their house is full of cameras pointed at holes in the walls and how a nighttime intruder bypassed all the locks. Meanwhile, the town of Broken Harbor holds something else for Mick: disturbing memories of a childhood summer gone terribly wrong.

    Amazon Customer says: "Best in the Series"
    "Another great addition the series"
    Overall
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    Story
    Where does Broken Harbor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best, another moody, creepy mystery from Tana French.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It was great to get a more in depth look at “Scorcher” in this story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When ever he was giving advise to Ritchie.


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

    I don't know...something about gothic horror


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, it was a great addition to the Dublin Murder Squad series. Not as much humor as “Faithful Place”, and there were some parts of Scorchers brooding that dragged a little. The creepy mood, with the desolate house by the sea, and the family slowly going mad, was well set.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Faithful Place: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3633)
    Performance
    (2021)
    Story
    (2024)

    New York Times best-selling author Tana French has won the prestigious Edgar, Barry, Macavity, and Anthony awards. As her third novel featuring the Dublin Murder Squad opens, 19-year-old Frank Mackey is waiting in vain for Rosie, who he’s supposed to run away to London with. But when she doesn’t show, Frank leaves Dublin without her—thinking never to return.

    Buffalogal says: "Incredible"
    "Great performance and engaging story"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to Faithful Place again? Why?

    Once was enough- but it was a great story.


    What other book might you compare Faithful Place to and why?

    If you liked any of the Dublin Murder Squad stories, this fits right in and is the best so far. Excellent series, if you liked the Pedergast series, you'll like this as well.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any scene with the family is riveting and hilarious.


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

    Not sure.


    Any additional comments?

    It’s surprisingly funny, which fits in well with the character of Frank, if you’ve gotten a glimpse of him in the prior books. Very witty. Also, the performance is excellent. One narrator, who manages to make every voice distinct. He’s great on the female characters as well and manages to make them all unique without sounding like a raspy whisper.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lexicon

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Max Barry
    • Narrated By Heather Corrigan, Zach Appelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (605)
    Performance
    (545)
    Story
    (552)

    At an exclusive school somewhere outside of Arlington, Virginia, students aren't taught history, geography, or mathematics - at least not in the usual ways. Instead, they are taught to persuade. Here the art of coercion has been raised to a science. Students harness the hidden power of language to manipulate the mind and learn to break down individuals by psychographic markers in order to take control of their thoughts. The very best will graduate as "poets": adept wielders of language who belong to a nameless organization that is as influential as it is secretive.

    Tango says: "Fasten your seat belt..."
    "Good Story, Good Performance"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to Lexicon again? Why?

    I really don’t’ listen to books twice, once is enough- but that’s not to say this wasn’t very enjoyable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It’s a new premise, I haven’t encountered a story like this before. Very clever. You really can’t guess where it’s going, but the plot turns are not so bizarre that it seems like the author was just trying to get write themselves out of a corner. It was very enjoyable.


    What about Heather Corrigan and Zach Appelman ’s performance did you like?

    They were both very good, able to distinguish between a multitude of characters. The only thing that grated a bit was the female Austrian accent, it just did not seem right, and it was distracting. The male accent was perfect, not overdone, but very distinguishable.


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

    No, but I did finish it in record time because it was very interesting.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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