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Janie

I am an artist, living in Cairns, Queensland, Australia right next to the Great Barrier Reef. I listen to audiobooks everyday while making art and on into the night. I really like mysteries with a good serving of suspense on the side that keep you wondering right to the end. However, I won't say no to any entertaining and well written book which has been read by an excellent narrator.

CAIRNS, Australia | Member Since 2012

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  • Pines

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3176)
    Performance
    (2851)
    Story
    (2855)

    Wayward Pines, Idaho, is quintessential small-town America — or so it seems. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrives in search of two missing federal agents, yet soon is facing much more than he bargained for. After a violent accident lands him in the hospital, Ethan comes to with no ID and no cell phone. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into his colleagues’ disappearance turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he make contact with his family in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what’s the purpose of the electrified fences encircling the town? Are they keeping the residents in? Or something else out? Each step toward the truth takes Ethan further from the world he knows, until he must face the horrifying possibility that he may never leave Wayward Pines alive…

    Linda B says: "Well done story"
    "Refreshingly original story - well told!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Pines the most enjoyable?

    A most intelligently and well written book,performed by an excellent narrator, hooked me in the first couple of paragraphs. I had just ditched the 2 previous audiobooks because they had NOT hooked me within the first 40 minutes; finding I had wondered off and not payed attention to these supposed best sellers. Then along came this little known book by a writer I was not familiar with and, bam, within the first 5 minutes I knew I had a keeper!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The denouement; the moment towards the end of the book when Ethan finally discovers 'the truth.' For me this came as a complete surprise. The story in itself, thus far, had been a very satisfying mystery and thriller and with Ethan being a Secret Service Agent, I was bargaining on something a lot less apocalyptic than the actual truth of the story. It injected me with pure adrenaline the premise being so exciting and terrible. I also loved the very ending; as if Ethan in many ways had come full circle.


    What about Paul Michael Garcia’s performance did you like?

    The narrator did not simply read the book, instead he performed it with an unnatural skill. He, too, must have enjoyed the book, and seemed to be taken over by it and become a part of the book himself. I will be looking at his other work with interest.


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

    Forward, to the past.


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoyed Peter Clines 14, then you will love this this too. Absolutely recommended.

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Motive

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated By Jeff Harding
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Alex Delaware returns in a thrilling new case, featuring one of the most devious murderers ever conceived by New York Times No.1 bestseller Jonathan Kellerman. Even hundreds of closed cases to his credit can't keep LAPD police lieutenant Milo Sturgis from agonising over the crimes that don't get solved - and the victims who go without justice. Victims like Katherine Hennepin, a young woman strangled and stabbed in her home.

    Janie says: "Reliable and predictable........"
    "Reliable and predictable........"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of Motive?

    The lack of memorable moments.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Anything with Milo the detective in it. He's the only character with a fleshed out personality and Dr Alex Delaware acts as an good foil for the detective.


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

    everywhere and nowhere


    Any additional comments?

    Not up to the standard of Kellerman's past stories in the series. Too much going on that was never developed and seemed to be added just for padding. Maybe Dr Delaware is due for retirement.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Under Your Skin

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Sabine Durrant
    • Narrated By Tracy-Ann Oberman
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Gaby Mortimer is the woman who has it all. But everything changes when she finds a body on the common near her home. Because the evidence keeps leading back to her. And the police seem sure she's guilty.... Under Your Skin is an unpredictable, exquisitely twisty story, which proves that there are only three rules in life that mean anything: Assume nothing. Believe no one. Check everything.

    Janie says: "IT BUILDS & BUILDS & GETS BETTER & BETTER !!"
    "IT BUILDS & BUILDS & GETS BETTER & BETTER !!"
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    What does Tracy-Ann Oberman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    At first I wasn't sure I could listen to hours of her sort of gushy semi whispered fast speech, but it grows and grows on you until she seamlessly becomes the character and protagonist, Gaby Mortimer. By the end of the book, I could not imagine it being narrated successfully by anyone else.


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

    I purchased this book about six months ago, and like most audiobooks I buy, I did not re-read the summary to remind myself why I purchased it. The main character, Gaby, spent a lot of time in the early ⅓ of the book doing a lot of navel gazing about herself, her career as a TV daytime host, and her love life with her husband. One day, while out running she finds the body of a murdered young woman on the common and from here the story starts to build and become really interesting. By the time I was half way through the book, I found it hard to put down, not having any idea where it was heading.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a first class mystery suspense story which is extremely well written; the prose, intelligent and descriptive. The main characters are very well fleshed out and totally believable. This book is so much more that just a murder mystery; it explores the relationship between a husband and wife and how it changes over time and many other themes are explored as well; friendship, loyalty and the meaning of life. I thoroughly recommend this book to those you enjoy well written prose and multilayered themes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Want You Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Peter James
    • Narrated By Daniel Weyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    Virtual romance becomes a terrifying obsession in Want You Dead.... Single girl, 29, smouldering redhead, love life that's crashed and burned. Seeks new flame to rekindle her fire. Fun, friendship, and - who knows - maybe more? When Red Westwood meets handsome, charming, and rich Bryce Laurent through an online dating agency, there is an instant attraction. But as their love blossoms, the truth about his past, and his dark side, begins to emerge.

    barry says: "Great read"
    "Top Thriller"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I rarely give 5 stars which I save for the very, very best. This did not quite deserve 5 stars but was better than my normal 4 star reads; wish you had ½ star ratings Audible. Yes, I would definitely recommend this book to a friend who enjoyed a good thriller. It was an all rounder; a well fleshed out book and the ending was perfect.


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

    Yes, the plot did keep me 'on the edge of my seat' so to speak. James, cleverly built up the suspense from one chapter to the next, but interspersed each heart thumping moment with a bit of softness and love to do with our policeman's personal life which was a wonderful contrast to the crazy protagonist who stalked nearly every page.


    Which character – as performed by Daniel Weyman – was your favorite?

    Pretty well all of them, but he did Detective Inspector Grace pretty well, and also his yankee accent wasn't too bad with the Bryce character either.


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

    Don't date on line and die......


    Any additional comments?

    Well written tight plot, terrifically narrated by Daniel Wyman. Character development was excellent, this book contained all the necessary elements of a good and very satisfying thriller suspense novel. Absolutely recommend!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sleep Police

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jay Bonansinga
    • Narrated By Paul Heitsch
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    When Detective Frank Janus falls asleep, people die. Either a killer is playing mind games with him - or he's a killer himself. Now, as the body count rises, so do Frank's deep-rooted nightmares - his inexplicable blackouts - and the fear that he's become the number one suspect.

    Angela Fitzgerald says: "Loved It!"
    "Didn't keep me awake...."
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    What did you like best about The Sleep Police? What did you like least?

    I kind of liked the plot, but it wasn't really taken anywhere. The writing was passable but not fantastic. I didn't think the final scene between Frank & Dr Pope would ever end. It went on far too long and on the other hand he plot development lacked and comprised fragmented bits which for me never really came together that well.


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

    I doubt if I will invest in any more of his writings, unless I really become desperate.


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

    Paul Heitch did an admirable job and possibly improved this book's readability overall.


    Could you see The Sleep Police being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Theo James looks just perfect for the role of Frank, while Donald Sutherland would make an excellent Dr Pope.


    Any additional comments?

    If your looking for an average suspense novel that has some good and some ordinary moments then this is for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night Film

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Marisha Pessl
    • Narrated By Jake Weber
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Cult horror director Stanislas Cordova hasn't been seen in public since 1971. When his daughter Ashley is found dead in a believed suicide, journalist Scott McGrath is not convinced. For McGrath, another death connected to the legendary director seems more than a coincidence. Driven by revenge, curiosity and a need for the truth, he finds himself pulled into a hypnotic, disorientating world which begins to threaten his grip on reality.

    Janie says: "literary masterpiece mystery"
    "literary masterpiece mystery"
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    What did you love best about Night Film?

    It wasn't until the book was finished that I truly appreciated it for what it was: a literary masterpiece. The prose was sublime, never overblown with self importance, but succinct and perfect in it's short descriptive phrases. It was not a thriller or a suspense novel but it was a true mystery which in itself was really never resolved except in it's telling, so beautifully by the author and brilliantly told by Jake Weber.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favourite character was Cordova who changed in the telling from horrific murderer, to loving father and back again and was always a mystery, remaining so.


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

    I was transformed by this book, rather than moved, much like the main character, McGrath, who the story was narrated through, and everybody who came in contact with Cordova. The story hooked me, more and more, as I listened until the end, which, although unresolved was nevertheless complete.


    Any additional comments?

    I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys really good writing and an intelligent mystery. Not your everyday paperback thriller !!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deceived: Private Justice, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Irene Hannon
    • Narrated By Kate Baldwin
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (74)

    For four years, Kate Marshall has been grieving the loss of her husband and their three-year-old son in a boating accident. But when she spots a familiar-looking child on an escalator in the mall, she is convinced it is the son she thought was dead. With police skeptical of her story, she turns to private investigator Connor Sullivan. The former Secret Service agent is dubious but agrees to investigate. Digging into the case he discovers that the incident may have been no accident at all.

    Janet says: "Wonderful!"
    "A nice ride"
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    Any additional comments?

    I must say that I quite enjoyed this book. The story was well crafted and the characters well drawn. The only negatives for me, were the religious references and the character of the kidnapper who was on one hand portrayed as a nice guy and good father figure and on the other as a murderer and child stealer who was intent on murdering again. I think a more interesting and evil character could have been developed, which would have made the story more interesting, rather than the Mr "ordinary nice guy" that had simply lost the plot when his own son died. I'm not sure why this book commanded so many 5/5 scores. I have read far better mystery/thrillers that commanded this type of score, but alas they don't come by that often. In summary, an OK read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Accident

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Linwood Barclay
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Glen Barber isn't the only person in the small town of Milford with things on his mind. The recession has been bad for his construction business, especially after a mysterious fire destroys one of his buildings. But everyone else in Milford seems to have problems too, as the financial pressures begin to pinch. Glen's troubles, however, are about to escalate to a whole new level.

    Janie says: "so many bad people?"
    "so many bad people?"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Accident the most enjoyable?

    Linwood Barclay's excellent writing skills being decently performed by Peter Berkrot.


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

    Oh, yes, it certainly did; very hard to pull the earplugs out to sleep. The story moved from one exciting moment to the next in this who dunnit.


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

    Yes, I suppose it was but it was almost too exciting and had my adrenaline coursing late into the night while the plot changed from one suspect to the next.


    Any additional comments?

    A really good mystery suspense thriller with so many bad characters, from Mr & Mrs next door to major crime figures all living in this small town. It moves along at a decent pace until the denouement which is a real surprise. Great book, highly recommend; can't go wrong with this writer.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Needful Things

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (35)

    There was a new shop in town. Run by a stranger. Needful Things, the sign said. The oddest name. A name that caused some gossip and speculation among the good folks of Castle Rock, Maine, while they waited for opening day. Eleven-year-old Brian Rusk was the first customer and he got just what he wanted, a very rare 1956 Sandy Koufax baseball card. Signed. Cyndi Rose Martin was next. A Lalique vase. A perfect match for her living room decor. Something for everyone.

    Toni says: "Hang in there."
    "Need or Greed"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you like layers in your books, this is the one for you. Murder & mayhem prevail throughout the book, but if you can get past this it's a winner. It's is a story about human weaknesses and needs to provide comfort in lives but goes horribly wrong with each satisfaction of that need. Everybody's response and need will be different and this book portrays us all at our very worst.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Needful Things?

    The tale of Nettie Cobb, with her 'carnival glass lampshade" obtained from Gaunt and her fear and hate for "that Polish woman over the back," Wilma Jerzyck was most memorable for me. It almost took on a cartoonish quality in my mind as their story within the larger story unfolded.


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

    Given that the book was some 25 hours long, no, I did not want to listen to it until the end. Also, I must say, the book was pretty heavy going in parts and having a rest occasionally was heavenly relief. Although I enjoyed the book, I partook in smallish slices of a few hours a day here and there and it took about 5 days to fully consume.


    Any additional comments?

    yes, the music was off-putting and the book would have been better without it. Perhaps the book was a little bit too long. I know I was somewhat relived when I had finished it. I'm not sure why; relief at the end of the shop Needful Things or relief that 25 hours had come to an end? Stephen King is a top class story teller and not a bad reader, too. All in all, a top shelf book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Floor: Jack Reacher 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (137)

    Jack Reacher jumps off a bus and walks fourteen miles down a country road into Margrave, Georgia. An arbitrary decision he's about to regret. Reacher is the only stranger in town on the day they have had their first homicide in 30 years. The cops arrest Reacher and the police chief turns eyewitness to place him at the scene. As nasty secrets leak out, and the body count mounts, one thing is for sure: They picked the wrong guy to take the fall.

    Ian C Robertson says: "A Surprising First Look"
    "My first Jack Reacher, but not the last !!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Killing Floor to be better than the print version?

    silly question; I don't read.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jack, a compelling character with wit, intelligence and an interesting past.


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    Dick Hill brings Jack Reacher to life. I could not imagine anyone else performing Jack Reacher.


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

    all the above, albeit mildly.


    Any additional comments?

    Exciting plot, exciting character and the story moved along nicely and was nicely unpredictable for a change. I have held back on reading this series, and I know not why. I think I had a feeling it was about spies and international intrigue, which I'm not much of a fan of and associate this sort of reading as 'boys.' If you haven't tried a Reacher before either, perhaps it's time for you too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death Never Sleeps

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By E. J. Simon
    • Narrated By Josh Goodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    The problem with Alex Nicholas is he won't stay dead. Death Never Sleeps is a unique crime thriller featuring artificial intelligence; a story of two very different brothers, Michael Nicholas, a corporate CEO, and Alex Nicholas, a major NYC illegal gambling figure. When Alex is murdered, the deeper mystery unfolds as Michael struggles to close down his brother's business, instead becoming enmeshed in it. As he becomes the target of his brother's killers, he discovers that Alex left a duplicate of himself on a hidden laptop computer.

    Janie says: "good but underdeveloped story"
    "good but underdeveloped story"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    it could have been a far more exciting book than it was; the basic premise was quite good but needed a lot more development of the characters whom I felt I never really got to know in this story. Alex in the computer especially needed far more to do within the story.


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

    the most interesting aspect of the story was the basic premise that our minds - if not our souls - could live on after our bodies have ceased to exist. The least interesting aspect of the story was the main character, Michael. He was supposed to be a dynamic worldly man but instead came over as being vapid.


    Which character – as performed by Josh Goodman – was your favorite?

    no favourites here.


    Do you think Death Never Sleeps needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, round one was enough.


    Any additional comments?

    recommend purely for the unusual premise. Not badly written and quite interesting, but not really an addictive page turner.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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