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Janie O'brien

US | Member Since 2013

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  • 54 reviews
  • 102 ratings
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  • Desperate

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Daniel Palmer
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Gage Dekker still blames himself for the car accident that claimed the lives of his first wife and young son. Then he meets Anna, who understands grief all too well. Within a year, Gage and Anna are married. After a heartbreaking miscarriage, they begin the long adoption process, until fate brings Lily into their lives. Young, pregnant, and homeless, Lily agrees to give her baby to Gage and Anna in exchange for financial support. But something isn't right once Lily enters their lives.

    Leslie says: "First half was very good - then enter Roy"
    "Very Nearly There"
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    Yes, Daniel Palmer is developing along nicely as a thriller writer; just a little bit more investment in the development of believable and intelligent heros would be a welcome move. With the exception of Gage Dekker, all the other character remained ghostlike and underdeveloped. Upon reflection, perhaps this was intentional and the writer just wanted the whole story to be totally directed by his main character, Gage. If this, indeed was the case, then Gage's character needed further development and given more insight, less hysteria, and more intelligence than the present character appears to have. Having said that, I enjoyed the book thoroughly. The suspense was strung like a tight wire throughout the book and it was hard to put down. Peter Berkrot's performance as Gage Dekker was excellent and he brought the character to life. I look forward to Daniel Palmer's next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Second Chance

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (842)
    Performance
    (440)
    Story
    (446)

    Marc Seidman awakens to find himself in an ICU, hooked up to an IV, his head swathed in bandages. Twelve days earlier, he had had an enviable life as a successful surgeon, living in a peaceful suburban neighborhood with his beautiful wife and a baby he adored. Now he lies in a hospital bed, shot by an unseen assailant. His wife has been killed, and his 6-month-old daughter, Tara, has vanished. But just when his world seems forever shattered, something arrives to give Marc a new hope: a ransom note.

    Jon says: "You're going to like this experience !"
    "Sub Plots Galore !!!"
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    What made the experience of listening to No Second Chance the most enjoyable?

    Scott Brick's narration was enjoyable. He's either really, really good, or so so, but in this case it was the former, thankfully.


    If you’ve listened to books by Harlan Coben before, how does this one compare?

    I have enjoyed other Harlan Coben books more. In this one the author played with a lot of sub-plots purely as a devise to act as red-herrings and put you off-track. Although, in the end an OK attempt was made to bring them altogether. However, on a number of occasions I did find myself becoming a little confused and had to re-trace my footsteps, something which is a bit harder to do in audio.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Scott Brick is a master and performed all characters extremely well. He's one of the best narrators around, and even mediocre books come alive if he's the narrator.


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

    The scene towards the end when the adoptive parents were sharing a moment in the garden with the child, Tasha, while our protagonist and hero Marc watches on.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Harlan Coben books; there always seems to be an additional layer to them that make them all the more readable and satisfying. Keep them coming, Harlan Coben and I'll be first in the queue! Highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unwind

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Neal Shusterman
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1439)
    Performance
    (1233)
    Story
    (1244)

    Conner's parents want to be rid of him because he's a troublemaker. Risa has no parents and is being unwound to cut orphanage costs. Lev's unwinding has been planned since his birth, as part of his family's strict religion. Brought together by chance, and kept together by desperation, these three unlikely companions make a harrowing cross-country journey, knowing their lives hang in the balance.

    SoCalBonnie says: "It won me over completely"
    "HOOKED"
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    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It wasn't until I started listening to it and realised the characters were all teens that I checked Audible again only to find this was book written with teens in mind. Well, I must have reached my second childhood because I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am really glad I chose not to return it. I think, like the Harry Potter series, anybody of any age age would enjoy this book. The book's premise - an examination of what constitutes being human - was interesting and explored well by the writer, without making too many moral and religious dictates of his own.


    Any additional comments?

    I thoroughly recommend this most engaging book. In fact, I look forward to savouring the rest of Neal Shusterman's series which are superbly narrated by the ever faithful Luke Daniels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (507)
    Performance
    (432)
    Story
    (432)

    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
    (202)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (69)

    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
    (85)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (78)

    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
    (1556)
    Performance
    (1375)
    Story
    (1365)

    "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.

    Diane says: "Incredibly disappointing"
    "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
    (1404)
    Performance
    (1244)
    Story
    (1238)

    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
    (41)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (30)

    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
    (454)
    Performance
    (337)
    Story
    (337)

    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.

    Kathi says: "Good mystery with many suspects to choose from!"
    "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 2 people found this review helpful

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