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JRM

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  • The Haunted

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Bentley Little
    • Narrated By Dan Butler
    Overall
    (501)
    Performance
    (455)
    Story
    (462)

    The Perry family's new house is perfect - except for the weird behavior of the neighbors, and that odd smell coming from a dark corner in the basement. Pity no one warned the family about the house. Now it's too late. Because the darkness at the bottom of the basement stairs is rising.

    Jessica says: "Scarier Than I Thought it Would Be"
    "More Bentley Little!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! I loved it and when I finished it, I purchased it for a friend as a gift.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Julian was my favorite character. He evolved completely from start to finish, but one thing was constant - his desire to protect his family.


    Which character – as performed by Dan Butler – was your favorite?

    Julian again, although Dan Butler did a fantastic job with every character.


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

    Julian's actions at the end of the book. You'll have to experience that for yourself to find out if you agree with me.


    Any additional comments?

    Why can I not find more Bentley Little on Audible? I hope Audible is working feverishly to make all his books available for download.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Likeness

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Heather O'Neill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2723)
    Performance
    (1634)
    Story
    (1643)

    Tana French's debut, In the Woods, hit the New York Times best-seller list and drew rave reviews from the Times (London) and Booklist. Picking up six months later, this riveting sequel finds Detective Cassie Maddox still scarred by her last case. When her boyfriend calls her to a chilling murder scene, Cassie is forced to face her inner demons. A young woman has been found stabbed to death outside Dublin, and the victim looks just like Cassie.

    Michael says: "Really on a Different Level"
    "Better, but...."
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    What did you like best about The Likeness? What did you like least?

    This was a very intricate plot, and a superb story. The only caveat - the author asked us to take a giant leap in believing a girl who happened to look exactly like Cassie just happened to stumble into one of her old undercover identities. I struggled with this and the fact that once again, the book was just too long.


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

    The most interesting thing about the story was the house, it's occupants, and all their combined secrets. The least interesting was all the time spent at college. I just didn't care.


    What does Heather O'Neill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Heather has a brilliant accent and as always, a narrator brings you into a story in a way that reading it on your own just can't match.


    Was The Likeness worth the listening time?

    I think so. I'm looking forward to seeing what unfolds in the next book.


    Any additional comments?

    I was confused when, near the end of the book, Cassie mentioned her trip to England. It caught me off guard and took me a few minutes to recognize exactly what she was talking about. Just another subject I'd like to see hashed out in the next book.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4565)
    Performance
    (2621)
    Story
    (2622)

    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.

    Barbara says: "A near-flawless audiobook (but for one thing...)"
    "Good, but not great"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not. I enjoyed the book, but it had some fatal flaws.


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

    First of all, it's too long. The author could have cut whole hours out of it and it wouldn't have made a bit of difference. Further, the ending wasn't what I hoped for. Maybe I'll find what I wanted in the remaining books in the series.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were two - the final conversation between Cassie and Rosalind, and the middle of the night phone call made by a drunk AND sobered Rob.


    Did In the Woods inspire you to do anything?

    I bought the rest of the series and I intend to carry on with it.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Say You're Sorry

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (228)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (204)

    When pretty and popular teenagers Piper Hadley and Tash McBain disappear one Sunday morning, the investigation captivates a nation but the girls are never found. Three years later, during the worst blizzard in a century, a husband and wife are brutally killed in the farmhouse where Tash McBain once lived. A suspect is in custody, a troubled young man who can hear voices and claims that he saw a girl that night being chased by a snowman.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Robotham is the real deal!"
    "The Best of the Bunch"
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    What did you love best about Say You're Sorry?

    It was an excellent book with a number of solid twists. It also tied up some lose ends nicely. I would say it is the best book in this series.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    As always, it was Vincent Ruiz. Smart, tough, funny, and sympathetic, I always wanted to know more about him and his life.


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

    Yes. He performs consistently well.


    Any additional comments?

    It would appear that this series is over. I hope that's not the case, but if we're not to see Joe again, I'm glad the book ended the way it did. I could also read a whole series based around Vincent Ruiz and would love it if the author was leaning in that direction.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Shatter

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (342)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (202)

    Psychologist Joe O'Laughlin fails to stop a confused woman from jumping off a bridge to her death. Joe knows she had been talking on a cellphone. Now he needs to find out who - or what - was on the other end of the line.

    Old Hippy says: "First rate suspense story, great narration!"
    "Another Excellent Proffering"
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    What made the experience of listening to Shatter the most enjoyable?

    The narrator’s delightful accent.


    What other book might you compare Shatter to and why?

    All of the books in this Michael Robotham series are near equally terrific.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The final exchange between Joe and his wife before the book ends.


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

    Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Amityville Horror

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jay Anson
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (213)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (150)

    In December 1975, the Lutz family moved into their new home on suburban Long Island. George and Kathleen Lutz knew that, one year earlier, Ronald DeFeo had murdered his parents, brothers, and sisters in the house, but the property - complete with boathouse and swimming pool - and the price were too good to pass up. This is the shocking true story of an American dream that turned into a nightmare beyond imagining for the Lutz family, who were forced to flee their new home in terror.

    JRM says: "Maybe, Maybe Not"
    "Maybe, Maybe Not"
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    Where does The Amityville Horror rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was a fast, creepy read. The happenings at the Amityville house have been hotly debated for many years, but I couldn't care less. I loved it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Amityville Horror?

    The sick priest and all that befell the colleagues who tried to help him.


    What does Ray Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Absolutely. The narrator brings you into the events like reading alone never could.


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

    Yes, and I think I managed it in 4 or 5.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Absent One

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (784)
    Performance
    (677)
    Story
    (681)

    In The Keeper of Lost Causes, Jussi Adler-Olsen introduced Detective Carl Mørck, a deeply flawed, brilliant detective newly assigned to run Department Q, the home of Copenhagen’s coldest cases. The result wasn’t what Mørck - or readers - expected, but by the opening of Adler-Olsen’s shocking, fast-paced follow-up, Mørck is satisfied with the notion of picking up long-cold leads. So he’s naturally intrigued when a closed case lands on his desk: A brother and sister were brutally murdered two decades earlier....

    Judith Baker says: "New favorite author"
    "Carl Mørck is the next best thing to Joona Linna"
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    What did you love best about The Absent One?

    The plot was spectacular.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Absent One?

    Kimmie's every display of TLC when she was with her most treasured possession.


    What about Steven Pacey’s performance did you like?

    He did a very good job making the voices sound different.


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

    It made me feel sad for Kimmie. I knew full well what she was, but it was largely the fault of the people who'd damaged her throughout her life. A pitiful creature who did AND didn't deserve her fate.


    Any additional comments?

    Really looking forward to the next book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Keeper of Lost Causes: Department Q, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1449)
    Performance
    (1253)
    Story
    (1250)

    Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's premier crime writer. His books routinely top the bestseller lists in northern Europe, and he's won just about every Nordic crime-writing award, including the prestigious Glass Key Award-also won by Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, and Jo Nesbo. Now, Dutton is thrilled to introduce him to America.

    Ted says: "Dark, Cold, and Danish"
    "Carl Mørck is the next best thing to Joona Linna"
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    Would you listen to The Keeper of Lost Causes again? Why?

    No, I never listen to anything twice. There is just too much to choose from.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Carl was my favorite. He's a deeply troubled man, crippled with survivors guilt who still manages to hold on to a little shred of the brilliant and shrewd detective he once was. I was also very fond of his assistant Assad, who I think is much more than he pretends to be.


    Which character – as performed by Erik Davies – was your favorite?

    Assad, for sure. He did such a good job with the accent, the timing, the incorrect use of various words that it all made him seem more real.


    Any additional comments?

    The first book was very good. The second book was outstanding!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mickey Cohen: The Life and Crimes of L.A.'s Notorious Mobster

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Tere Tereba
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    When Bugsy Siegel was executed, ruthless Mickey Cohen, a former pro boxer and cunning provocateur, took over criminal activity in L.A., a move sanctioned by Meyer Lansky and Frank Costello. Attaining immense power and dominance, from the late 1940s until 1976 the semi-literate Angeleno became an above-the-fold newspaper name, accumulating a remarkable count of more than 1,000 front pages in Los Angeles papers alone, and hundreds of articles in national and international periodicals.

    PHIL says: "Fun, colorful, with perfect pitch"
    "Good Prep for Ganster Squad"
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    What did you like best about Mickey Cohen? What did you like least?

    Mickey was not your average gangster. He didn't discriminate; he ran with a very diverse crowd. He wasn't a womanizer, (largely due to germophobia), and he didn't kill at random, not people who weren't in the life and certainly not women and children. He was old fashioned, and that's what I liked best about him. What I liked least - I'll have to get back to you on that.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Tere Tereba? Why or why not?

    Sure. This book was informative but not overly long.


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

    The narrator did a fair job with this book, but I really think a man should have done the reading. I found it distracting to delve inside the minds of male gangsters when a woman was communicating their thoughts and feelings.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Creatures: Beautiful Creatures, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    Overall
    (3225)
    Performance
    (2713)
    Story
    (2727)

    Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

    FanB14 says: "Adequate for Adults"
    "Twilight for Witches"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I loved it and I've already purchased it for a friend.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ethan. I found his sensitive, funny young Southern gentlemen in love and unwilling to give up very appealing.


    Which character – as performed by Kevin T. Collins – was your favorite?

    Kevin Collins did a superior job narrating this book. He did a fantastic Ethan, but his Amma was truly magnificent.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish Lena would have stood up for herself more. The character was young, confused, and troubled, yes, but her near constant need to be saved from everyone and everything grew tiresome quickly. (It didn't stop me from buying every other book in the series this afternoon.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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