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  • The Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6231)
    Performance
    (4975)
    Story
    (4967)

    Twenty years ago, four teenagers at summer camp walked into the woods at night. Two were found murdered, and the others were never seen again. Four families had their lives changed forever. Now, two decades later, they are about to change again.

    Barry says: "Coben's worst I've read"
    "Card holding-Official-Coben Junkie"
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    I have had a few of Coben's audio books stashed in my library for a while.

    His quirky zig-zag style for plots and dialogue means I have to be on my best game to keep up and I know when I start one I need to have time to stay with it as uninterrupted.


    Events in my life over the last week or so meant I needed the very distraction that Coben would bring. I needed to tune out of the real world and just hibernate for a while, but I don't hibernate so well without some kind of jagged mind candy...Coben fits that bill.

    I have to admit I kinda saw the ending coming...but that didn't mean I wasn't hanging on every word.





    And as always...Scott Brick....wish I could give the guy 10 stars!!

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  • Crash & Burn

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Christina Traister, Mikael Naramore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2285)
    Performance
    (2002)
    Story
    (2008)

    Nicole Frank shouldn't have been able to survive the car accident, much less crawl up the steep ravine. Not in the dark, not in the rain, not with her injuries. But one thought allows her to defy the odds and flag down help: Vero.

    Kerry says: "Terrible!"
    " If this is your first Gardner"
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    Don't start here! You will be lost.

    Go back to the first Tess Leoni !


    This story is the S.O.P. of Ms. Gardner's theme but it's not the exact formulaic standard. It's her with some new method in the mix and this isn't a --Tess story line. Yes Tess is in the mix and an important part of the plot......but...the book is as mush if not more about Wyatt's methods and that a good thing.



    I was thrilled to get to know the other half of Tess and look forward to more of this series, soon.


    If you are a Lisa Gardner fan, then you know that most all her story lines involve children being abused---in many horrid ways----you need a strong constitution to be a fan. She's not graphic in her description of the abuse, her ability to convey the theme without graphic blow by blow..... is deft and tempered.

    She uses her words it in a way that your own mind will fill in what needs to be fleshed out....thus needing a strong constitution....... to go where your own mind may lead you...... while hearing her words. Disturbing and haunting. I always walk away from any of Ms. Gardner's stories wondering if people are really capable of being the monstrosities she paints and having worked in the social services system as a volunteer over a 30 year span...my gut says......yes-yes they are.

    I didn't care for the narration, not so much the voices of the narrators, more the method the producers chose to use.

    There's no established voice for the characters and the swapping back and forth from male to female back to male then to female and both male and female narrators voicing all the characters was annoying. It's always easier for me to stay invested in the story and the characters when they have the same voice consistently...be it male or female.

    The story line is a solid five stars, the production method of the narration tho..is a fubar double negative five star massive mess.

    I do hope in the future the producers will consider keeping the narration consistent as in all female cast, all male cast or assign the gender to the characters gender and leave it be!

    D.D. Warren makes a fast appearance here and the producer should be ashamed of how they mangled her character the credence Ms.Gardner has established for her in many, many D.D. Warren past novels.


    The bit of narration for D.D. was just flat out B-A-D!

    Please don't let that happen again!!

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  • Mississippi Mud: Southern Justice and the Dixie Mafia

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Edward Humes
    • Narrated By Alex Paul
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (46)

    Biloxi, Mississippi: After the fatal shooting of one of the city’s most prominent couples - Vincent Sherry was a circuit court judge; his wife, Margaret, was running for mayor - their grief-stricken daughter came home to uncover the truth behind the crime that shocked a community and to follow leads that police seemed unable or unwilling to pursue. What Lynne Sposito soon discovered were bizarre connections to the Dixie Mafia, a predatory band of criminals who ran The Strip, Biloxi’s beachfront hub of sex, drugs, and sleaze.

    JustS says: "Good Book, Terrible Narration"
    "Fact is always stranger than fiction"
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    It is worth the credit and the time if you are a true crime fan. If you know the area and the story from being in the area in the time frame it happened, you might learn some things you didn’t know.


    My husband is from the area and we both recall when the events were unfolding, the gossip and guessing as to what really happened.


    Can’t say we learned much new but it was interesting to get a chronological unfolding of the events and my heat broke for the Sherry kids. The story is weighted heavily toward Vince being more victim than a co-conspirator.

    What the family thought---- back then ------inside the family I married into------ was Vince was playing fast and loose with some dangerous people and his wife and kids paid for it.

    Once all was said and done…..no one I know was surprised by the end result of who was guilty.

    The narration…yep…..it is pretty bad.

    Not the narrator so much as his voice and cadence style is wrong for this story line. He reads it as if he is reading for something out of the 40’s…the many news reels or class room film strips that had narration with them very monotone.

    I don’t know where Mr. Paul hails from, but my guess would be from the upper north east. His attempts at a southern dialect sounded like an Up-Easterner doing a bad impression of Beau and Luke Duke from Hazzard county.

    I do wish the producers for these audible stories would keep that in mind when they hire the narrators!

    Producers, please!

    Check to make sure the narrator has some sense of the accent and cadence and the correct pronunciation of vital words in the story line.

    I cringed every time Mr. Paul referred to Kessler AFB as Key-zuh-lur.

    I live in a suburb of New Orleans, I have lived with a whole family of this local dialect speaking folk for almost 40 years and this was hard on my ears at times! I'm a born and bred Okie so twangs are my thang! The accent and cadence is just so wrong it is distracting.

    That said, I did get past my vexation with Mr. Paul’s reading and stayed with the story pretty much none stop…all 17 hours.

    I felt it was worth the money and effort.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Wrinkle in Time

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Madeleine L'Engle
    • Narrated By Hope Davis, Ava DuVernay, Madeleine L'Engle, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11794)
    Performance
    (10512)
    Story
    (10520)

    Meg Murry, her little brother Charles Wallace, and their mother are having a midnight snack on a dark and stormy night when an unearthly stranger appears at their door. He claims to have been blown off course and goes on to tell them that there is such a thing as a "tesseract", which, if you didn't know, is a wrinkle in time. Meg's father had been experimenting with time travel when he suddenly disappeared. Will Meg, Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin outwit the forces of evil as they search through space for their father?

    Marsha L. Woerner says: "Winderful, captivating, story"
    "The power of a book and the impact it can have."
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    I'm not reviewing the book, the reviews previouse to mine are all one needs.

    I am talking about the power of a book and how it can change a life and how this one changed mine.

    I am 57 years old

    The first time I heard this story was in 1970 when my fourth-grade teacher read it to my class the last hour of every Wednesday.

    I was a kid who was riddled with learning disabilities and back then, we were al labeled slow, remedial and sometimes retarded. This book gave me the will power to find a way to work around my dyslexia since waiting for Wednesday was like waiting for Christmas for me as a kid. I checked it out of the library that year and then begged my mom for weeks to buy it for me at the school book fair.


    No, that’s not a review of the book but it is a statement how a book can impact a child and change things in their lives give them a motivation to work past being labeled slow, remedial and retarded.

    (Remember, it was a different time!)

    It taught me then, at age 10 there are many ways to skin a cat and to this day when I find out a child is having trouble focusing when it comes to reading, I buy them a copy of this book. I have lost track of how many I have passed along but I do know the majority of kids who got the book and had an adult help them read it, fell in love with reading and discovered they can read on their own.


    The trick….was in finding something they WANTED to read! And this book so many times…was THE TRICK!


    The story was a magical journey, so cuddle up with a kiddo you love, suspend rationality for a bit and be a kid with your kid.

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  • Last Man Standing

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Jason Culp
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3086)
    Performance
    (1885)
    Story
    (1901)

    With vividly realized characters and a breathtaking pace, Last Man Standing is another spellbinding title from David Baldacci, best-selling author of Wish You Well. When the FBI Hostage Rescue Team is ambushed, it is up to sole survivor Web London to find the killer.

    K. Lewis says: "I liked it, but not for everyone"
    "Web London"
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    And Joe Pike…twins separated at birth?


    I finished a Joe Pike novel (Robert Crais/author) right before I started listening to this story and man did it ever mess with my mind!

    LOL.

    Not in a bad way, I just had to keep reminding myself that Web isn’t Joe, the similarities are so much the same!

    Just don’t do this listen and a Joe Pike listen back to back!

    I thought I’d read/listened to all of Baldacci books but this one somehow missed hitting my library. It was published in 2001 so some of the technology is a bit dated, but it doesn’t take away from the story over all.

    The four-star rating is really a 4.5…but nope…just couldn’t bring myself to give it five stars.

    The story theme is a good one and will keep you on the edge of your seat and the true villain(s) in the story was a bit of a shocker.

    The story tends to drag for the first few chapters, so you will have to work to stay with it. Push past the first hour and it will be worth your time.

    The major problem with the story line is it is way to over told:

    Too much needless fleshing out and detailing, which is a Baldacci trait.

    It’s 22 hours of listening, could have done just as well in 12, that’s how much filler there is.

    But don’t let that stop you, it is true to the core Baldacci.

    The character of Web London is an intriguing and interesting one and I am surprised to find it does seem he is a one-shot character for Baldacci. Web London is right up there, personality wise with Will Robie and John Puller. Same ---down to earth, give it all I got to save the ones who count--- glory, guts and grit hero.

    Maybe some day Baldacci will see fit to bring Web.
    I’d love to know more about his mother, Charlotte and there’s maybe an inside joke there when you factor Web’s mother’s name.

    The narration, meeeehhh, wasn’t impressed.

    The narrator didn’t do a great job with accents nor inflections and his feminization of dialogue was.... at best.... iffy. It was hard to differentiate the characters at times.

    The meeeeeehhhh comment……could be based on my fondness (partiality) for Ron and Kyf and missing Orlagh.

    They would have made this listen worth 22 hours instead of 12.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Marine One

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By James W. Huston
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1422)
    Performance
    (1135)
    Story
    (1129)

    After the presidents' helicopter, Marine One, goes down in a brutal thunderstorm, the government blames the European manufacturer of the helicopter, accusing them of killing the president. Senate investigations and Justice Department accusations multiply as Mike Nolan, a Marine Corps reserve helicopter pilot and trial attorney in civilian life, is hired to defend the company from the criminal investigations and a wrongful-death lawsuit brought by the most notorious lawyer in America.

    R. Pontiflet says: "Political Conspiracy or Accident? Courtroom Drama!"
    "Rough execution in the writing and the narration"
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    I was intrigued by the story line and hooked from the first chapter—right up to about chapter six then it got hard to want to stay with the story line and the narration.

    The writing is so-so and made almost intolerable by the repetitive nature the author uses.

    He writes the same thing two or three times. By this I mean too much of the story line and dialogue tends to come out as:

    --We ate dinner and then watched TV. We knew after dinner we would be watching TV. We finished and moved to the Living room to watch TV. --


    Same thing said, three times, in different words and there was way too much of that style of writing. It felt like the author needed to achieve a minimum amount of words and was struggling to get there.

    At points I wanted to scream:
    OKAY! I GET IT.....once was enough!!

    I tend to be a –go at it all in one shot—type listener, but couldn’t do it with this after chapter six.

    The narration wasn’t grand from the start and it got worse as more characters got into the mix. I listened to chapters 7 through 27 in chunks….off and on…over a week or so.

    Last night I gave up and skipped to chapter 37 to get it over with.

    I didn’t feel like I had missed anything that would keep me from getting the full gist of the ending.

    A good lot of the story line is formula style and predictable.


    The ending was great, it all wraps up quite well.

    I wasn’t surprised by the ending but there was a twist I didn’t anticipate…that could be due to the fact I skipped 10 chapters.

    Over all...chapters one through six…..parts of seven through 27 and then 37 on to the ending made for a fresh type storyline to the S.O.P. of this genre.

    It was a very solid plot line, just to wordy and the narration gets harder and harder to listen to.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Learn in Your Car: Spanish, the Complete Language Course

    • ORIGINAL (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Henry N. Raymond
    • Narrated By uncredited
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (60)

    Listeners learn pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar of Spanish without the need of a textbook. Level 1: Key words and phrases, basic grammar skills, emphasizes travel needs; Level 2: Expands vocabulary, new grammar concepts, more day-to-day activities; Level 3: Broadens vocabulary base, more advanced grammar skills, enriches conversational ability.

    Dean E. Robertson says: "STILL MY FAVORITE COURSE IN SPANISH"
    "I flunked out of Spanish class back in '74"
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    And man am I ever paying for it now days.

    The ability to use this audio in a -stop and go-format on my phone has been a boon to my ability to commit the language to memory.

    One thing to keep in mind, just like the US.....the dialect of Spanish speaking countries is going to have different slang and ways of saying/speaking what is local to their area..even in the US.

    This course has helped me work my "Spanglish" skills a little better to get my point across and understand native Spanish speakers better when their English is broken.

    It is a good way to find a half way point in each language when trying to sort thru directions, questions at market places and restaurants down around Miami and over around El Paso....the two places I really find myself needing to be able to at least sort of non-mangle my way thru the language.

    I have been able to teach myself certain phrases that aren't mangled....such as asking if the other person speaks English, and understanding common phrases in Spanish.

    The PDF that is included is a huge help also in being able to read Spanish not just speak it.

    It's a life time book, not a fast read. Don't expect to pick it up and be speaking fluent Spanish 48 hours later.

    You need to invest the time but it isn't that hard to do when I listen to is as I go thru my daily rote chores...it is a process like all learning.

    And now .....
    I get a huge kick out of saying(and writing):

    Puedes enseñarle a un perro viejo trucos nuevos!!

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  • Angels Flight: A Harry Bosch Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4677)
    Performance
    (4269)
    Story
    (4289)

    An activist attorney is killed in a cute little L.A. trolley called Angels Flight, far from Harry Bosch's Hollywood turf. But the case is so explosive - and the dead man's enemies inside the L.A.P.D. are so numerous - that it falls to Harry to solve it. Now the streets are superheating. Harry's year-old Vegas marriage is unraveling. And the hunt for a killer is leading Harry to another high-profile L.A. murder case, one where every cop had a motive. The question is, did any have the guts?

    Janels says: "Suffers from poor narration"
    "A new to Bosch friend"
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    made the comment sometimes it felt like there were gaps in Harry's story in the Amazon series.

    I told her it is because she hasn't read the books, the goof!

    She is now working her way thru the series on Audible and going back and watching the seasons of the series again.

    She a little wigged out by the fact it not Titus narrating but she said she gets past that cuz she wants the back story and to be able to fill in some blanks in the Amazon series.

    She called me last night and started with
    HOLY CRAP! I listened to this one in one sitting.....and the watched season one and two again......and did you know -----

    *nothing here so it isn't a plot spoiler*


    ha-ha-ha.

    I told her yes I did know....the first time...cuz I was with Harry when Harry was a beat cop!!

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  • The Concrete Blonde: Harry Bosch Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7176)
    Performance
    (5479)
    Story
    (5479)

    The Dollmaker was the name of the serial killer who had stalked Los Angeles ruthlessly, leaving grisly calling cards on the faces of his victims. Now, with a single faultless shot, Harry Bosch thinks he has ended the city's nightmare.

    Barry says: "Wow! Excellent Bosch thriller!"
    "Dick Hill was the original ...but"
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    We all know..nobody does Harry like Titus!

    That said...Dick did a great job as Harry in the beginning and as long as you can get past the narrator not being Titus....this is an awesome investment in getting back story that will have you spotting new things if you go back and watch the series again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Poet

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7801)
    Performance
    (6002)
    Story
    (5989)

    Our hero is Jack McEvoy, a Rocky Mountain News crime-beat reporter. As the story opens, Jack's twin brother, a Denver homicide detective, has just killed himself. Or so it seems. But when Jack begins to investigate the phenomenon of police suicides, a disturbing pattern emerges, and soon suspects that a serial murderer is at work.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Great Villain Mystery"
    "Not one of his best"
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    But worth the time if you are a fan of the Amazon series since it will fill in some back story that time constraints won't allow for in the series.

    As others have stated...if this is your first Connelly...then just don't do it. Head for Bosch or the Lincoln Lawyer.

    Honestly..... this one might be for die hard Connelly junkies only.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Darkness More than Night: Harry Bosch Series, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Richard M. Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4681)
    Performance
    (3249)
    Story
    (3258)

    A movie director is charged with murdering an actress during sex, and then staging her death to make it look like a suicide. In a seemingly unrelated case, a loner is murdered, leaving the sheriff's department with no clues. One unsettling revelation after another leaves a retired FBI agent and an L.A. detective thinking they've unmasked a most frightening killer with almost inconceivable calculation.

    Keith says: "Narrator is the worst ever"
    "Get to know Harry in the book series"
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    And you'll enjoy the Amazon series even more.

    This one didn't have the best narration but it wasn't intolerable.

    But do it for the back story.

    I have been a Bosch fan from day one (way back in the 90's) and I find myself explaining things in the series to family and friends who binge with me with the new series..... that were fleshed out in the many, many books in the series over the years.

    I have taken to offering them my paperback copies of the series from eons past and telling them to get in gear and get informed!

    It makes the series all that much better.....and I know..like...who would have thought it COULD get better?


    This one has some of the most fascinating back story that will really make you go
    "OH WOW..so that's why that happened that way" when you go back and watch the series again.

    And you'll want to....go back and watch...you will be looking for the connections, I promise!!

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