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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 2009

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  • The Doll: A Vanessa Michael Munroe Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Taylor Stevens
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (110)

    On a busy Dallas street, Munroe is kidnapped by an unseen opponent and thrust into an underground world where women and girls are merchandise and a shadowy figure known as The Doll Maker controls her every move. While trusted friends race to unravel where she is and why she was taken, everything pivots on one simple choice: Munroe must use her unique set of skills to deliver a high-profile young woman into the same nightmare that she once endured, or condemn to torture and certain death the one person she loves above all else.

    Janie says: "Michael's Intriguing heroine."
    "Michael's Intriguing heroine."
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    Vanessa Michael Munro is not just a superb physical specimen who can fight better, run better and handle weapons better than any man, she also has brains and can speak almost every language on the planet. Of course she uses all her superb talents in this latest book on her life and deeds. It somewhat helps, but it's not necessary, to have read all Steven's books in the series to get and understanding of how all the characters in the book relate to her and neatly fit into all the layers of the story. I found this an excellent and exciting read and I'm looking forward to see what Michael gets up to in the future.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Irene Hannon
    • Narrated By Kate Baldwin
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    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.

    Janie says: "A nice ride"
    "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
    (34)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (33)

    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
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (112)

    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
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    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
  • McNally's Risk: Archy McNally, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Lawrence Sanders
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    The unbeatable master of suspense returns, in a wickedly wayward case of artists, models, and murder. If larceny is good for the soul, Palm Beach must be confidence heaven - so discovers Lawrence Sanders's sleuth-about-town Archy McNally in his third boffo baffler, McNally's Risk. Hired by a formidable matron to investigate the shadowy bona fides of her bubble-headed son's beloved, Archy is wowed by the enigmatic innamorata's purity and pulchritude. But when the artist for whom she posed is killed, McNally's job takes on a decidedly dangerous turn, and he begins to suspect the demure damsel might be both a poser and a poseur.

    Brad says: "Fun, Light-Hearted Romp Among the Palm Beach Elite"
    "I really like Archy McNally"
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    If you could sum up McNally's Risk in three words, what would they be?

    Very relaxing book for a mystery...


    What other book might you compare McNally's Risk to and why?

    The JP Beaumont series by JA Jance - also a very relaxing mystery series with lots of humour and tongue in cheek.


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

    only in this series, I think.


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

    Not an EXTREME reaction but a somewhat pleasant one. I fancy Archy McNally.


    Any additional comments?

    For mystery readers who don't mind their books a little bit dated (no mobile phones or internet here!!!) and who likes lots of sprinklings of humour, a very laid back central character and style of writing taken even further by the excellent performance of Victor Bevine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kraken Project: Wyman Ford, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (257)
    Performance
    (239)
    Story
    (240)

    NASA is building a probe to be splashed down in the Kraken Mare, the largest sea on Saturn’s great moon, Titan. It is one of the most promising habitats for extraterrestrial life in the solar system, but the surface is unpredictable and dangerous, requiring the probe to contain artificial intelligence software. To this end, Melissa Shepherd, a brilliant programmer, has developed "Dorothy", a powerful, self-modifying AI whose true potential is both revolutionary and terrifying. When miscalculations lead to a catastrophe during testing, Dorothy flees into the Internet.

    Jacqueline says: "Kraken Project? Not Really!"
    "Fun Read"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Kraken Project to be better than the print version?

    Wouldn't have a clue.....Why would I bother reading it, now I have listened to it?


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Kraken Project?

    When Dorothy becomes Charlie.


    What about Scott Sowers’s performance did you like?

    Excellent performance. Gives all the characters life and their own individual personality.


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

    Definitely a feel good book. At times I felt sad and at other times it made me smile.


    Any additional comments?

    I would re-classify this book as a young readers book, although suitable for all those who are young at heart. Don't expect your usual Douglas Preston in this book, it's a much lighter story than his other works. It does however contain important messages for humanity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Under a Silent Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Haynes
    • Narrated By Lucy Price-Lewis
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    In the crisp, early morning hours, the police are called to a suspected murder at a farm outside a small English village. A beautiful young woman has been found dead, blood all over the cottage she lives in. At the same time, police respond to a reported female suicide, where a car has fallen into a local quarry. As DCI Louisa Smith and her team gather the evidence, they discover a link between these two women, a link which has sealed their dreadful fate one cold night, under a silent moon.

    Janie says: "I LOVE BRITISH POLICE MYSTERIES - 4.5"
    "I LOVE BRITISH POLICE MYSTERIES - 4.5"
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    What made the experience of listening to Under a Silent Moon the most enjoyable?

    One of my favourite genres, possibly because I used to watch them with Dad on the tele when I was quite small and there was often one at the picture theatre as an accompaniment to the main feature which we often enjoyed more than the main. Elizabeth Haynes books are believable, probably because of her background, and she is a good writer who fleshes out her characters well and makes them very human, indeed. I loved the duel plots here and kept me wondering whether they were linked or not all the way until the end.


    What other book might you compare Under a Silent Moon to and why?

    I don't particularly like comparing authors with each other as they all have something different to offer the reader, however, I feel I can compare other books written by the same author and with Elizabeth Haynes, I feel she's just getting better and better.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    well, I guess the most memorable one was when Inspector Andy Holland was seduced by the sinister but beautiful Susan and made to perform graphically detailed S&M with her; "oh my" a step above even Shades of Grey......!


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

    "steamy"


    Any additional comments?

    thoroughly recommend to those who enjoy British Detective murder mysteries; a good thriller with condiments of erotica...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Spree

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Michael Morley
    • Narrated By Ian Porter
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    A madman is on the rampage in the Los Angeles streets. The City of Angels has become The City of Fear. And everyone from the Oval Office down wants a quick result. The heat is on Jake Mottram, head of the FBI's new Spree Killer Unit, and psychological profiler Angie Holmes to find the madman responsible. Until now, they've been great together. Both at work and in bed. But a killer is about to come between them, in ways that could cost them far more than their careers.

    Janie says: "4.5/5 = great thriller"
    "4.5/5 = great thriller"
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    Where does Spree rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    pretty high; not quite a 5, but I only give that for truly outstanding and unfortunately it doesn't happen often enough. But this, very nearly, ticked all the boxes.


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

    most of the time; I certainly did not wonder off, as sometimes happens with a lesser book. I did listen well into the mornings early hours - just another chapter


    Which character – as performed by Ian Porter – was your favorite?

    well, Jake, but I suspect I'm supposed to say Angie. They were both well drawn characters and I empathised with both.


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

    Almost, but not quite. It took me 3 sittings.


    Any additional comments?

    If you love thrillers in the police procedural genre with a bit of romance and a personal relationship sub plot sprinkled in, then you will really enjoy this. I'm looking forward to the next Michael Morely offering.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Collector

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2248)
    Performance
    (2007)
    Story
    (2026)

    From #1 New York Times-best-selling author Nora Roberts comes a novel of a woman who needs nothing, a man who sees everything, and the web of deceit, greed, and danger that brings them together - and that could tear them apart… As a professional house-sitter and freelance writer, nothing ties Lila Emerson down - not her work, not a home, and definitely not a relationship. She spends her life moving from one job to the next, sometimes crashing at a friend 's Manhattan apartment. And though she can appreciate her clients ' extraordinary homes, their expensive collections, and their adorable pets, Lila has never longed for possessions of her own. Everything she has, including her heart, is portable.

    Joan says: "Good author and good narrator"
    "Stupid Story"
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    Would you try another book from Nora Roberts and/or Julia Whelan?

    Comparing this to another book by the writer, The Witness, you would not think it was written by the same person??? She pushed out a good book with her mystery/thriller the Witness and I was hoping for similar quality with this. Alas, it was not meant to be. However, it did meet the parameters of her chick lit books, of which there are many. I doubt if I will try another. It would have to have fantastic write-ups for me to put my toe into the water again. As for Julia Whelan. I'm not sure whether it was the annoying characters or whether she gave them annoying voices but right from the start it irritated me. I think I would have to listen to a decent size sample of her performing another book before I would jump into the water with Julia again, as well.


    Has The Collector turned you off from other books in this genre?

    This was portrayed as a romance/suspense by Audible and The Witness as Thriller/Suspense. I will steer clear of romance/suspense in future, yes. Perhaps, the 'romance' should be in emboldened typeface.


    What didn’t you like about Julia Whelan’s performance?

    The characters dialogue tainted her performance for me. I'll give her a second chance.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Collector?

    All the treacly romantic stuff, except there would only be about 10% of the book left.


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoy a good thriller/mystery/suspense, this book IS NOT FOR YOU. However, if you enjoy happily every after romantic clap trap you will enjoy this book.

    40 of 43 people found this review helpful

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