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Janie O'brien

US | Member Since 2013

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  • 52 reviews
  • 100 ratings
  • 613 titles in library
  • 14 purchased in 2015
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  • A Reason to Live (Marty Singer Mystery #1)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Matthew Iden
    • Narrated By Lloyd Sherr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (498)
    Performance
    (424)
    Story
    (424)

    In the late 90s, a bad cop killed a good woman and DC Homicide Detective Marty Singer got to watch as the murderer walked out of the courtroom a free man. Twelve years later, the victim's daughter comes to Marty begging for help: the killer is stalking her now. There's just one problem: Marty's retired...and he's retired because he's battling cancer.

    William says: "This book was a distraction"
    "A Reason to Read"
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    What did you love best about A Reason to Live (Marty Singer Mystery #1)?

    I loved the fact that Marty, our hero, was a real live - well partially - person. Of, course, the book was well written otherwise or I wouldn't have given it 4 stars. The character development was very good and I enjoyed the pace of the book which although did not have me sitting on the edge of my chair, interested me and entertained me all the way. I liked the ending which did not feel contrived and had a 'realness' about it. I look forward to the next books in this series.


    Any additional comments?

    Thoroughly recommend this crime series to all those who enjoy them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Intervention

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Robin Cook
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (65)

    New York Times - best-selling author Robin Cook returns with another ripped-from-the-headlines medical thriller, where DNA science, biotechnology, and religion collide.

    Kirk says: "Intervention"
    "Corny plot; silly book"
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    What would have made Intervention better?

    If it had not been written.


    What was most disappointing about Robin Cook’s story?

    everything


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    why George Guidall ever lowered his standards to narrate this book, we will likely never know.


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

    patheticness


    Any additional comments?

    if you're an intelligent person, don't be tempted to buy this, you will regret it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Desert Places

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (71)

    Greetings. There is a body buried on your property, covered in your blood. The unfortunate young lady's name is Rita Jones. In her jeans pocket you'll find a slip of paper with a phone number on it. Call that number. If I have not heard from you by 8:00 P.M., the police will receive an anonymous call. I'll tell them where Rita Jones is buried on your property, how you killed her, and where the murder weapon can be found in your house. (I do believe a paring knife is missing from your kitchen.)

    General Zod says: "Hooked from the beginning"
    "A REAL HORROR!!"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, I don't think so. All my friends are nice people.


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

    in one respect please; I was please it was finished, on the other hand I don't appreciate cliffhangers, but, at least, I had the triology.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Eric G. Dove?

    Yes, he was excellent.


    Did Desert Places inspire you to do anything?

    mmmmm, yes, quickly read the next books.


    Any additional comments?

    Quickly paced suspense thriller in the truest sense. There's always something - awful - happening; murder and mayhem abound. If you're into torture, pain, and death, this is the book for you. If you're a tad squeamish, don't buy it. Nothing like the Pines series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Place: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan, Lara Hutchinson
    Overall
    (1466)
    Performance
    (1299)
    Story
    (1289)

    "The Secret Place", a board where the girls at St Kilda's School can pin up their secrets anonymously, is normally a mishmash of gossip and covert cruelty, but today someone has used it to reignite the stalled investigation into the murder of handsome, popular Chris Harper. Stephen joins forces with the abrasive Detective Antoinette Conway to find out who and why.

    Jami E. Nettles says: "totes idiotic"
    "Unique & most satisfying book !!"
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    Would you listen to The Secret Place again? Why?

    oh, absolutely, I will certainly listen to this book again. I found it a thrilling and intriguing listen and, possibly, one of the best books written by Tana French so far. It had me all the way. Tana French is possibly one of the best novelists writing today. The way she can twist and turn the English language is a delight and this book is no exception. The dialogue between the teenage proponents is fascinating and it's interesting to see the English language evolve from one generation to the next. This psychological drama illustrates how idealized things which are important to us in our youth stagnate and fall away as we become older and more cynical, things like loyalty, friendship, trust, and love. The teenage girls on one hand illustrate these ideals and the police force and Hollie's parents depict the contrast to these teenage ideals.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is far more than a murder mystery. It is a very rich book full of ideas about the world through the young's eyes and how our world view changes as we grow older. It is beautifully written, as all Tana French's books are. Although not many of the reviews here are flattering, I, luckily, read none before I listened to this book. I hope you only read mine.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Wicked Girls

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Alex Marwood
    • Narrated By Anna Bentinck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1340)
    Performance
    (1188)
    Story
    (1182)

    On a fateful summer morning in 1986, two 11-year-old girls meet for the first time. By the end of the day, they will both be charged with murder. Twenty-five years later, journalist Kirsty Lindsay is reporting on a series of sickening attacks on young female tourists in a seaside vacation town when her investigation leads her to interview carnival cleaner Amber Gordon. For Kirsty and Amber, it's the first time they've seen each other since that dark day so many years ago. Now with new, vastly different lives - and unknowing families to protect - will they really be able to keep their wicked secret hidden?

    Tina says: "Really my rating is 4 1/2 stars."
    "Not your average HORROR story....."
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    Where does The Wicked Girls rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top 100. I've listened to thousands.


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

    Anna Bentinct's performance is faultless. She is a talented actress who can foil you into believing you are listening to a number of different narrators. She is so good, I will look out especially for her other books.


    Any additional comments?

    I have labeled this book a horror story in my heading because it is, but not one you're used to reading in that genre. It's a horror story because it is so believable and by a quirk of fate could happen to any of one us, as illustrated by the two girls who come from extraordinarily different backgrounds. It also depicts how most of us take things at face value without really questioning facts. We believe what the newspapers and TV news tells us. We make judgements, we condemn, and in effect we may, too, kill. Brilliant story, brilliantly read. Can't recommend more highly. Thanks Alex Marwood for this great read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Stranger You Seek: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Amanda Kyle Williams
    • Narrated By Anne Marie Lee
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (28)

    In the sweltering heat of an Atlanta summer, a killer is pushing the city to its breaking point, preying on the unsuspecting, writing taunting letters to the media, promising more death. Desperate to stop the Wishbone Killer before another victim meets a shattering end, A.P.D. Lieutenant Aaron Rauser turns to the one person he knows can penetrate a deranged mind: ex-FBI profiler Keye Street.

    Cheryl says: "Great Listen"
    "whining voice"
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    What disappointed you about The Stranger You Seek?

    everything


    What was most disappointing about Amanda Kyle Williams’s story?

    i just couldn't get into it


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    absolutely


    What character would you cut from The Stranger You Seek?

    all of them


    Any additional comments?

    don't waste a credit unless you love 'from down south' whiny narrators

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Not a Serial Killer: John Cleaver, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Dan Wells
    • Narrated By John Allen Nelson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (446)
    Performance
    (330)
    Story
    (330)

    John works in his family's mortuary and has an obsession with serial killers. He wants to be a good person but fears he is a sociopath, and for years he has suppressed his dark side through a strict system of rules designed to mimic "normal" behavior. Then a demon begins stalking his small town and killing people one by one, and John is forced to give in to his darker nature in order to save them.

    G. Mott says: "Great, if visceral book, terrible narrator."
    "MAYBE I AM, MAYBE I'M NOT !!"
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    If you could sum up I Am Not a Serial Killer in three words, what would they be?

    A nice romp!


    If you could rename I Am Not a Serial Killer, what would you call it?

    I have these strange and dangerous thoughts !!


    Any additional comments?

    I quite enjoyed this book and would classify it as lighted hearted. I did not find this book horrifying at all; maybe occasionally a little grotesque. Perhaps I have become desensitised by watching the likes of CSI on the tele, but the mortuary scenes scenes were not at all shocking the way they were portrayed in such an everyday manner. In fact, I found the book rather amusing, especially when the supernatural elements appeared in the form of 'the demon' disguised as the old neighbour. What this demon serial killer did to his victims I read in the same humorous vein as the demon himself was described. I will buy the second in the series and again look forward to a nice light hearted 'horror.' Perhaps I'm a psychopath too (hehehe)!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eyes on You: A Novel of Suspense

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kate White
    • Narrated By Abby Craden
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    After losing her on-air job two years ago, television host Robin Trainer has fought her way back and now she's hotter than ever. With her new show climbing in the ratings and her first book a best seller, she's being dubbed a media double threat. But suddenly, things begin to go wrong. Small incidents at first: A nasty note left in her purse; her photo shredded. But the obnoxious quickly becomes threatening when the foundation the makeup artist uses burns Robin's face. It wasn't an accident - someone had deliberately doctored the product.

    Janie O'brien says: "DON'T WASTE A CREDIT"
    "DON'T WASTE A CREDIT"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No one, The narrator, Abby Craden, should do jail time for most awful job I have ever heard. Please don't give up your day job Ms Craden. It was almost satirical, the way she read this book. It was so bad it was almost funny, almost !!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Kate White again?

    No


    How could the performance have been better?

    A gifted performer may have improved the book a lot, but would have needed to be exceptionally gifted, but I'll never know!!


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

    No - luckily I should get my credit back


    Any additional comments?

    Please, please please, don't waste a credit unless you want to give as a gift to someone you don't like.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Truth or Dare: Brennan and Esposito, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Tania Carver
    • Narrated By Martyn Waites
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Darren Richards opened his eyes to find himself duct-taped to a chair with a crossbow pointing at him. Behind the crossbow is a hooded figure wearing a black-faced, round-eyed gas mask. The figure tells him what Darren knows: that he stole a car, drove it recklessly while under the influence of drugs and killed a woman and her baby. His solicitor managed to get the case thrown out of court on a technicality so he has not paid for his crime. That, says the figure, cannot be allowed to happen.

    Janie O'brien says: "Best of British to DI Brennan"
    "Best of British to DI Brennan"
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    What made the experience of listening to Truth or Dare the most enjoyable?

    Apart from the fact that the book was well written and the characters well developed, Martyn Waites' performance was sublime; one of the best readers of audiobooks, he really brought this book to life.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Cleverly written, to keep the reader/listener on the edge of their seat. This was accomplished by telling different stories from the personal points of view of the various characters who played pivotal parts, in two separate criminals' murderous deeds, which cleverly come together in the end.


    Any additional comments?

    Absolutely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good thriller, suspense.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The City

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Korey Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (604)
    Performance
    (551)
    Story
    (551)

    There are millions of stories in the city - some magical, some tragic, others terror-filled or triumphant. Jonah Kirk’s story is all of those things as he draws listeners into his life in the city as a young boy, introducing his indomitable grandfather, also a "piano man"; his single mother, a struggling singer; and the heroes, villains, and everyday saints and sinners who make up the fabric of the metropolis in which they live - and who will change the course of Jonah’s life forever. Welcome to The City, a place of evergreen dreams where enchantment and malice entwine.

    kimberlee says: "Dean Koontz is back!"
    "Rich Reading Rewards"
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    What did you love best about The City?

    I loved the way the story, for the most part, was told through the eyes of a musically gifted 9 year old boy. I also loved the way the characters were portrayed though his eyes, particularly the Japanese gentleman who lived in the upstairs flat who become Jonah's surrogate father.


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

    Korey Jackson was 'the book.' He performed it so well, his reading became seamless with the story itself. His slight African American accent suited the story perfectly.


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

    good ultimately defeats evil


    Any additional comments?

    Loved this sensitive book. Koontz just gets better and better with age, like a good wine. He no longer needs heavy servings of the supernatural to smack you in the face and gets his message across now with smaller, more delicate helpings which are far more satisfying. I rate this one as his best so far.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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