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  • 16 ratings
  • 467 titles in library
  • 24 purchased in 2014
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  • Chasing the Night: An Eve Duncan Forensics Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Iris Johansen
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (230)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (121)

    A CIA agent’s two-year-old child was stolen in the night as a brutal act of vengeance. Nine years later, Catherine Ling’s instincts - maternal and professional - tell her that her son is still alive, but she needs the help of someone as driven and obsessed as she is to find him - and that person is Eve Duncan. Eve has walked this same path and shares Catherine’s nightmare, having endured the disappearance of her own daughter, Bonnie. Now Eve must raise her game as a forensic sculptor to another level, using the science of age progression to unite mother and son.

    Malia Nash says: "Iris Johansen is BACK!"
    "Waste of Credits & Time"
    Overall

    I think this is maybe the worst book I've ever listened to. If I could give it a negative star I would. The storyline is not believable, the characters unreal, accents bad and dialogue written at a grade school level. The characters have to say everything out loud because the author appears to be limited in conveying feelings or emotions through the written word - causing one reviewer to state "show, don't tell". This is the first book I've listened to by this author so maybe that is why it seems worse to me than to others. My husband tried to listen to it and just gave up.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Hidden Man

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By David Ellis
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (61)

    On a hot summer night in 1980, two-year-old Audrey Culter was snatched from her bedroom and never seen again. Twenty-six years later, her brother, Sammy, fatefully crosses paths with the man the police failed to convict for her abduction and murder. A few weeks later, that man is dead, murdered. Private attorney Jason Kolarich is engaged to defend Audrey's brother. But can he trust the people who hired him?

    Michael says: "Love this guy"
    "Narrator Made Me Zone Out Often"
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    What did you like best about The Hidden Man? What did you like least?

    The storyline was good; but the narrator was very monotone and I kept finding myself zoning out. I had to "go back 30 seconds or more" so many times, that after hallway thru, I stopped doing it. I just wanted to get the book over and done.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Luke Daniels?

    Any narrator that adds emotion and doesn't put me to sleep.


    Do you think The Hidden Man needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I am not sure I care for the main character and I am not sure if that is do to the author or the narrator. I am not left wanting a follow-up book or would look forward to a series.


    Any additional comments?

    I like other books by David Ellis, so I will read another of his - as long as it is another narrator and I listen to a long excerpt.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Broken

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1017)
    Performance
    (700)
    Story
    (698)

    When the body of a young woman is discovered deep beneath the icy waters of Lake Grant, a note left under a rock by the shore points to suicide. But within minutes, it becomes clear that this is no suicide. It's a brutal, cold-blooded murder. All too soon former Grant County medical examiner Sara Linton - home for Thanksgiving after a long absence - finds herself unwittingly drawn into the case.

    Kara says: "SERIES IN WRONG ORDER!!!!!!"
    "Difficult to listen through to end"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who was desperate for an audible book


    Would you recommend Broken to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. Character development is all over the place. You can't tell who is a good guy and who is a bad guy. I found the two main characters not very likable. I had read another of Karin Slaughter's books "Criminal" and I thought that was good and made me want to read more of the Will Trent series. He sounds like a wimpy immature guy in this book and Sarah, the main character, comes across as shallow, a totally different person than she is in Criminal. I liked the character, Lena, more than I liked Sarah and I'm not sure where the author was going with these characters.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Natalie Ross?

    Someone who wasn't as overdramatic and smaltzy. When she did the laugh of Sarah, she sounded like a witch cackling. I will avoid listening to books with Natalie Ross as narrator.


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

    I felt it was written in the genre of a romance novel, very corny at times.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm disappointed in the second book I've read of the Will Trent series and am not sure if I will try to listen to any more. A lot will depend on who the narrator is.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bride Collector

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ted Dekker
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (407)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (202)

    FBI Special agent Brad Raines is facing his toughest case yet. A Denver serial killer has killed four beautiful young women, leaving a bridal veil at each crime scene, and he's picking up his pace. Unable to crack the case, Raines appeals for help from a most unusual source: residents of the Center for Wellbeing and Intelligence, a private psychiatric institution for mentally ill individuals whose are extraordinarily gifted.

    Holly Helscher says: "Everyone is the Favorite"
    "Weak story; weak characters"
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    What would have made The Bride Collector better?

    Stronger main characters; less soul-searching self-analysis of the characters. The first half of part 1 was decent; the second half of part 1 began to wane. It just got worse with part 2. My husband and I were in the car traveling and it made the trip seem to last forever. It was an unbelievable storyline and has to have one of the dumbest and least capable FBI agents I've ever encountered in a book; not a likable lead character.


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

    Not from this genre because mystery/thrillers are my favorite. However, this is my first book by Ted Dekker. Since almost all other reviews thought this was a great book from the author, I assume this is representative of his work. We won't be getting any more of his books.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Narrator was fine.


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

    Disappointment, boredom and "seriously?"


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • As the Crow Flies: A Walt Longmire Mystery, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1450)
    Performance
    (1277)
    Story
    (1269)

    Craig Johnson has won multiple awards and earned starred reviews from Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, and Kirkus Reviews for his New York Times best-selling Walt Longmire mysteries. Embarking on his eighth adventure in As the Crow Flies, Sheriff Longmire is searching the Cheyenne Reservation for a site to host his daughter’s wedding, when he sees a woman fall to her death. Teaming up with beautiful tribal chief Lolo Long, Walt sets out to investigate the suspicious death.

    B.J. says: "Simply one of my favorite series."
    "I Liked Longmire before it was on TV"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you listen to As the Crow Flies again? Why?

    I seldom listen any book twice since there are so many good books and so little time.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I always have like Henry Standing Bear. He has a way of putting everything in perspective with a great dry humor.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Of course in this book, Katie's marriage is forefront so the image of her at the wedding ceremony sticks in my mind. I don't want to spoil it for those who haven't read the book yet.


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

    The series is on TV,so no tag line comes to mind.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a great series, especially if you are looking for a good story and just a good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fadeaway Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Martha Grimes
    • Narrated By Kim Mai Guest
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Martha Grimes returns to her twelve-year-old heroine, Emma Graham, in this suspenseful sequel to the bestselling Belle Ruin. Emma continues her investigation into the strange disappearance of the four- month-old Slade baby from the Belle Ruin Hotel more than twenty years before. The sudden appearance in town of the baby's father, Morris Slade, makes her even more determined to learn the truth.

    Internet Shopper says: "Take a listen before you buy"
    "Take a listen before you buy"
    Overall
    Performance
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    I just started listening to this book and am disappointed in the narration. The narrator tries to sound like a whimsical young girl. The audio is very high pitched and I found myself trying to increase the bass just so I could understand the narrator. It is very difficult to understand what is being said. I wish I had sampled it. I normally do, but I have always been a fan of Martha Grimes and that clouded my judgement. Maybe after I get farther than five chapters, I'll change my mind.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Scarpetta

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (879)
    Performance
    (242)
    Story
    (243)

    Leaving behind her private forensic pathology practice in Charleston, South Carolina, Kay Scarpetta accepts an assignment in New York City, where the NYPD has asked her to examine an injured man on Bellevue Hospital's psychiatric prison ward. The handcuffed and chained patient, Oscar Bane, has specifically asked for her, and when she literally has her gloved hands on him, he begins to talk - and the story he has to tell turns out to be one of the most bizarre she has ever heard.

    Becky says: "Don't waste your money"
    "Better off with another choice"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It has been a while since I read a Patricia Cornwell novel. I really liked her books when she first appeared on the scene. Somewhere along the line her writing changed and I stopped reading her books. I thought I would give her another chance. This was the first I tried her book as an audio book and was disappointed. I didn't care for the narrator and "hearing" the characters destroyed my image who I thought they were when I first read them. My mind wandered often during the book and sometimes I backed up to see what I missed. At some point, I stopped doing that thinking it really did not make a difference. I don't plan on reading another. I find it hard to believe it rated 4 stars overall from other readers when most of the reviews were similar to mine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 212: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Alafair Burke
    • Narrated By Eliza Foss
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (36)

    When a student is murdered following a series of threatening messages posted on a college gossip site, NYPD detectives Ellie Hatcher and J.J. Rogan are assigned the case. As they dig deeper, however, they discover the victim was only one of many—and the killer isn’t finished.

    Internet Shopper says: "Was it the writing or the narrator?"
    "Was it the writing or the narrator?"
    Overall

    I was disappointed listening to this book and couldn't help but wonder if I would have enjoyed the book more just reading it, or if a different person had narrated it. This is my first book by the author (someone else selected it) and I wasn't sure who the main character was for quite some time. The narrator was a little too melodramatic and syrupy much of the time. I received a Kindle for Christmas so I will get a Kindle book by the author to see if reading it myself makes a difference. I'm a fan of James Lee Burke and I'm sure in some way, I compare Alafair to her father, which isn't fair and I'm willing to give her another chance.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Deep South

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Nevada Barr
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (95)

    Nevada Barr's award-winning mystery series captivates fans with vividly drawn wilderness settings and the resourceful sleuth, middle-aged park ranger Anna Pigeon. Deep South portrays Anna boldly confronting hostile teenagers, suspicious locals, and a resentful "old-boy" network as she struggles to solve a gruesome murder. Anna leaves behind her beloved Mesa Verde to take on a position as district park ranger of the Mississippi Natchez Trace Parkway.

    Andy says: "Great sense of place"
    "Narrator'w Swallowing Very Distracting"
    Overall

    I like the Nevada Barr series. They are easy listening and don't compare to Michael Connelly or John Sandford, but if you know this, you don't expect the same level of plot and characters. Unfortunately this book is set in the south and since I am a recent transplant to the south, unfortunately I find it fairly accurate. What really bothered me, though, was the narrator's constant swallowing and breath intakes. It sounded like her throat was very dry and she needed water. It was distracting, especially the swallowing which bordered on grossness. It was an effort to continue to listen to the book to the finish. I will certainly sample the audio of any books Rosenblat narrates before purchasing.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Shanghai Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By S. J. Rozan
    • Narrated By Samantha Quann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (19)

    In Shanghai, excavation has unearthed a cache of European jewelry dating back to World War II. The jewelry was immediately stolen by a Chinese official who fled to New York City. Hired by a lawyer specializing in the recovery of Holocaust assets, Chin and Pilarsky are to find any and all leads to the missing jewels. But Lydia soon learns that there is much more to the story than they've been told.

    Kathryn says: "Don't pass up this one!"
    "Hard to follow"
    Overall

    I found this book very difficult to listen to and follow. The narrator was mediocre and a number of her characters' voices were amateurish and irritating to me. I did a lot of backing up and repeating many sections of the book as my mind kept drifting and I lost track of what was happening. Characters are similar and I had difficulty following who was who and who did what. Many times I lost the train of thought and went back and repeated many sections, but eventually just went on to get through the book. Two other reviewers really loved this book, so it may just be me. I recommend listening to a portion carefully before selecting this book. I doubt I will choose another book by this author or narrator.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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