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Janie O'brien

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  • Killer: An Alex Delaware Novel, Book 29

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated By John Rubinstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (538)
    Performance
    (472)
    Story
    (471)

    The City of Angels has more than its share of psychopaths, and no one recognizes that more acutely than the brilliant psychologist and police consultant Dr. Alex Delaware. Despite that, Constance Sykes, a sophisticated, successful physician, hardly seems like someone Alex needs to fear. Then, at the behest of the court, he becomes embroiled in a bizarre child custody dispute initiated by Connie against her sister and begins to realize that there is much about the siblings he has failed to comprehend.

    Amazon Customer says: "good"
    "Good series"
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    I like the Alex Delaware series and especially like reading them between 5 star reads which don't come often enough. John Rubenstein performs them admirably and has grown to be an expected and intrinsic part of the books. The regular characters are always enjoyable and never deviate from their personas. Plots are always well constructed and interesting. These are rarely suspenseful reads and I enjoy them because they are a relaxing read which won't keep the adrenaline pumping into the wee hours of the morning.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Big Little Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1059)
    Performance
    (976)
    Story
    (973)

    Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

    Marci says: "Great story. Genius writing"
    "Brilliant"
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Madeline was my favourite character. She told her story with wry humour and insight. While she put on a carefree face, she was deeply sensitive to others feelings and cared for her children and husband with whole heartedness while holding a deep hurt for being abandoned by her former husband.


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

    She must have enjoyed the book immensely too because she brought to her performance an empathy which only a deep understanding of the characters could; what a brilliant depiction of voices.


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

    It made me feel almost every emotion one can possibly feel. I smiled most of my way through the book as Liane Moriarty and Caroline Lee brought us - you and me - everyday people, to life and showed us at our best our worst and as everything imbetween.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not normally a reader of these kind of books. How would you classify it? A story about relationships? My normal consumption of audiobooks are good police procedurals and thrillers but I bought this because of the numerous accolades it received and they were certainly well deserved. I cannot imagine a group of readers whom I would not recommend this book to. Irrespective of your 'normal' taste in books; read this !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zodiac Station

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Tom Harper
    • Narrated By Piers Wehener
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (65)

    "An extraordinary thriller set at the frozen edge of the world, perfect for fans of Kate Mosse, Michael Crichton and Dan Brown.In the Arctic Ocean, the US Coast Guard icebreaker Terra Nova batters its way through the pack ice. There shouldn't be anyone near them for hundreds of miles. But then a lone skier, half-dead with cold, emerges out of the snow. His name is Tom Anderson, and he is the only survivor of a disaster at Zodiac Station, a scientific research base deep in the Arctic Circle.

    Richard Delman says: "Starts very well...and then bores."
    "Fire or Ice !?"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the way the story was told by a number of characters from their journals & other paper works. It created mysteries within mysteries that kept my attention and interest all the way.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The very end of Tom's journal; I won't say anything else here, or it will be a giveaway.


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

    the final chapters of the book as they unfolded, gave resolution to the to the previous chapters in a most unexpected way.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is not a simple thriller, where what you see is what you get. Rather it's quite the opposite.The writing of Tom Harper, was nicely achieved and gave gravity to an excellent performance by, Piers Wehener. I have not heard of this narrator before, but will be looking out for his other works. The story weaves this way and that, told from a number of viewpoints until you're at a loss as to who the protagonist might be. It kept my interest all the while with each character shedding some light on the situation and each other. However it's not until quite near the end until the whole story comes together in a most unexpected way that almost left me gasping. I liked the ending which left as many questions unanswered as those that had been answered. I recommend this book for those who enjoy a wonderful mystery suspense but where your ability to collate facts and your own mental creativity is not put on hold and becomes an intrinsic part of the denouement and final resolution - especially. Highly recommended\

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bombproof

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (92)

    Sami Macbeth is not a master criminal. He's not even a minor one. He's not a jewel thief. He's not a safe-cracker. He's not an expert in explosives. Sami plays guitar and wants to be a rock god but keeps getting side-tracked by unforeseen circumstances. Fifty-four hours ago Sami was released from prison. Thirty-six hours ago he slept with the woman of his dreams at the Savoy. An hour ago his train blew up. Now he's carrying a rucksack through London's West End and has turned himself into the most wanted terrorist in the country.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Abobsolutely Stunning! I Was Up All Night!"
    "Compelling & entertaining"
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    Would you listen to Bombproof again? Why?

    Absolutely, because Michael Robotham is such a good writer and fully understands how to bring a character to life. Sean Barrett's performance is fantastic and always a pleasure to listen to. Robotham's books are always multilayered and more and more is gained with each listening/reading.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Well, Sami, of course. He's a born loser, or is he? We have to listen to the very end to find this out. Sami's trevails seem unending and insurmountable, but Michael Rothbotham draws this character so finely that we believe Sami and his life and barrack for him all the way to win over adversity.


    What about Sean Barrett’s performance did you like?

    Everything; what a polished performance. I epsecially loved his rastafarian voice.


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

    The ending.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it; get it. I can't imagine anyone not enjoying this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All Day and a Night: Ellie Hatcher, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Alafair Burke
    • Narrated By Andi Arndt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    When psychotherapist Helen Brunswick is murdered in her Park Slope office, the entire city suspects her estranged husband - until the District Attorney's office receives an anonymous letter. The letter's author knows a chilling detail that police have kept secret: The victim's bones were broken after she was killed. Her injuries were eerily similar to the signature used 20 years earlier by Anthony Amaro, a serial killer serving a life sentence for his crimes. Now, Amaro is asking to be released from prison, arguing that he was wrongly convicted, and that the true killer is still on the loose.

    Janie O'brien says: "terrible narrator"
    "terrible narrator"
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    What disappointed you about All Day and a Night?

    so far, there's only been a couple of books, I've been unable to finish, and this is one of them. Not because the book was badly written, in fact is was probably quite good, but because the narration - I call it that over performance - was so bad. Her voice grated on me; her emphasis was all in the wrong places and she sounded like a 15 year old that was attempting to read a book to her young siblings. What a pity, Alafair! I have enjoyed all of your books to date and previous performers have all been fine. Why on earth did you change narrators.


    What other book might you compare All Day and a Night to and why?

    Sorry, I found it impossible to concentrate on the story due this awful narration that I only got 1/3 into it before I gave it away completely.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Andi Arndt’s performances?

    NO, emphatically.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from All Day and a Night?

    Don't know, didn't finish it



    Any additional comments?

    If you're like me and require a good performance to enjoy a book; don't buy this !

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Animosity

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By James Newman
    • Narrated By James Fouhey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Andrew Holland is a best-selling horror writer. While none of Andy's neighbors has any interest in reading his macabre books, they're pleased to have a celebrity author living among them. Then, one morning, Andy finds the body of a child several hundred feet from his front door. A little girl who has been raped and murdered. And everything changes on Poinsettia Lane. Andy's neighbors turn on him. Their animosity is subtle at first: a dirty look from across the street, a friendly wave that is not reciprocated.

    Edward Lorn says: "A powerful story enhanced by a talented narrator"
    "DON'T PROVOKE ME !!!!!!!!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Animosity to be better than the print version?

    How in the heck should I know? If I'd read it, I wouldn't have listened to it and vica versa.


    What other book might you compare Animosity to and why?

    Absolutely none !


    Which character – as performed by James Fouhey – was your favorite?

    Obviously, Andy, the main character who is really the only one we get to know well. We see the world through his eyes as his neighborhood changes around him after certain events happen.


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

    Love thy neighbour, not!


    Any additional comments?

    I don't know what I was expecting when I purchased this book; some sort of mystery suspense because that's the category I usually buy from. This, however, is no ordinary mystery thriller. Yes, there is murder, if fact there are two, but they are only incidental to the real story. The story of how the public can be whipped into a frenzy - to be more concise - a killing frenzy, by the press and other media that unmasks all the hidden prejudices that live within all of us. I found this book a very disturbing examination of the group human psyche. If you like psychological thrillers then this book is for you; it's very frightening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Three: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Sarah Lotz
    • Narrated By Andrew Wincott, Melanie McHugh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (63)

    The world is stunned when four commuter planes crash within hours of each other on different continents. Facing global panic, officials are under pressure to find the causes. With terrorist attacks and environmental factors ruled out, there doesn't appear to be a correlation between the crashes, except that in three of the four air disasters a child survivor is found in the wreckage.

    Lisa says: "Different"
    "Don't waste a credit"
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    unfortunately there had not been any reviews when I purchased this book, or I would not have made the purchase. I do take note of reviews, if they are intelligently written....this book is all over the place and goes nowhere....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Resistant

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Michael Palmer
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (107)

    They fight without conscience or remorse. Their only job is to kill. They are the most ruthless enemy we have ever faced. And they are one millionth our size. When Dr. Lou Welcome fills in last minute for his boss at a national conference in Atlanta he brings along his best friend, Cap Duncan. But an accident turns tragic when Cap injures his leg while running. Surgeons manage to save the leg, but the open wound is the perfect breeding ground for a deadly microbial invader committed to eating Cap alive from the inside out.

    Janie O'brien says: ""Reasonabley Resistant""
    ""Reasonabley Resistant""
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    Certainly not a literary masterpiece, in fact, far from it. I reads along at a fair pace and is written in a straight forward workmanlike manner, which does not excite one for its skills in prose. Nevertheless, it was an OK book in it's genre, without getting too excited about it. I occasionally enjoy these types of semi medical sci fi stories about killer bugs, and if you do too, you will probably enjoy this well performed book as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5972)
    Performance
    (5181)
    Story
    (5171)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    ""Enter Richard Burton""
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    I really can't say it any better than the publishers review. The writing was superb and eloquently read by Edoardo Ballerini, an excellent choice to perform this work. I thoroughly enjoyed the entangled plot between characters and times, and yet; would I say it was the best book I've read, or the most engrossing book: no, it was not. If you enjoy wonderful writing, interesting characters and the interplay and relationships between humans beings, then you will love this book. I highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When Shadows Fall: Dr. Samantha Owens, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By J. T. Ellison
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    If you are reading this letter, I am dead and I would be most grateful if you could solve my murder… Forensic pathologist Dr. Samantha Owens thought life was finally returning to normal after she suffered a terrible personal loss. Settling into her new job at Georgetown University, the illusion is shattered when she receives a disturbing letter from a dead man imploring her to solve his murder. There's only one catch.

    Janie O'brien says: "Good chic lit"
    "Good chic lit"
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    hate to say it but JT is getting formulaic....a sprinkle of this and a spoonful of that, stir up the plot and you've got another JT Elliison romantic mystery thriller....; not too hot, not too cold, but just right for those who adore her.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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