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Janine

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Sioux Falls, SD, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Highway

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By C.J. Box
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (273)
    Performance
    (236)
    Story
    (241)

    When teenagers Danielle and Gracie Sullivan take a clandestine car trip to visit their friend in Montana, little do they know it's the last time anyone will ever hear from them again. The girls and their car simply vanish. Cody Hoyt, who's just lost his job and has fallen off the wagon after a long stretch of sobriety, is in no condition to investigate. But his son Justin, who the girls were going to visit, and his former partner, Cassie Dewell, convince him to drive south to their last known location. As Cody makes his way to the remote stretch of Montana highway where the girls went missing, Cassie discovers that there have been scores of similar disappearances in the state.

    Lorrie says: "No, No, No!!!!"
    "Wish I'd stopped with "Back of Beyond""
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    I loved all of the books in the Joe Pickett series and was really excited about being introduced to Cody Hoyt. "Back of Beyond" was great so I started reading "The Highway" immediately afterwards. I wish I hadn't.

    While the first half of the book showed the same CJ Box promise, the second half of the book seemed to have been written by someone else. Cassie was a weak character and I simply could not buy how she solved the case. With the end of the story leaving us hanging about the 3rd bad guy, I definitely will not listen to a sequel. Didn't like Cassie from the beginning.

    I've pre-ordered the next Joe Pickett book and am looking forward to that but I'm now a little hesitent about other Box books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • End Game

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By John Gilstrap
    • Narrated By Basil Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Assassins have eliminated a Chechen scientist who's been working as a double agent for the U.S. government. The feds know who to call: Jonathan Grave and his elite rescue team. Their mission: Find the dead man's teenage son, who's on the run - and off the grid - with crucial information that must not fall into the wrong hands. There's one problem: The boy's bodyguard is a security specialist with unusual talents, and she's not giving up without a fight.

    shelley says: "End Game - Best In the Graves series"
    "Not really part of the series"
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    I've read all of the Jonathan Graves books so I was excited when I found there was a new one in the series. While it was an OK story, with a couple of interesting characters, Jonathan Graves played just a minor part of the plot for most of the story. He really only took part in the last hour or so and that definitely wasn't up to Gilstrap's previous standards. The weak ending was disappointing. Still waiting for the next Jonathan Graves mission.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Marriage Bargain: Marriage to a Billionaire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jennifer Probst
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1463)
    Performance
    (1303)
    Story
    (1309)

    To save her family home, impulsive bookstore owner Alexa Maria McKenzie casts a love spell. But she never planned on conjuring up her best friend's older brother - the powerful man who once shattered her heart.

    Billionaire Nicholas Ryan doesn't believe in marriage, but in order to inherit his father's corporation, he needs a wife and needs one fast. When he discovers his sister's childhood friend is in dire financial straits, he offers Alexa a bold proposition....

    SandyH says: "Funny, heartbreaking"
    "Adult fairytale"
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    I was spending a couple of days driving & wanted something fun and easy to listen to, without the need for a lot of concentration. I got this one because it was free with my Prime membership and ended up listening to the next 2 books as well.

    Not a lot of realism going on here but adults need fairytales, too. Glad I got them! Made for a quick trip.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alone

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (921)
    Performance
    (529)
    Story
    (527)

    As a sniper with the elite Massachusetts State Police SWAT Team, Bobby Dodge saved a woman and her young son by shooting her armed husband. But vicious rumors begin to circulate the next morning when Bobby loses his gun and his privileges. It turns out the dead man was the son of a prominent Boston judge and had accused his wife of poisoning their son.

    Sherry says: "I know I'm not Alone . . ."
    "Fast, fun read"
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    If you're looking for something quick and light-hearted, this is a good choice. Janet Evanovich does it again. And the narration really fit the style of the book. Not a deep, complicated story but it was just what I was looking for a the time. A little escapism.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Card

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Lora Leigh
    • Narrated By Clarissa Knightly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (398)
    Performance
    (362)
    Story
    (361)

    It was supposed to be simple. All Navy SEAL Nathan Malone had to do was rescue three young girls from a Colombian drug cartel, then allow himself to be captured just long enough to draw out a government spy. That was before his mission went disastrously wrong… and before his wife, Bella, was told that Nathan was never coming home. Bella’s mourned her husband’s death for three long years, having no idea that he was still alive....

    CAROLYN says: "15 HOURS OF PURE PLEASURE"
    "Only 1 star because you can't choose zero!"
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    Don't waste a credit on this one . . . and definitely don't pay $19.++ for it. The name of the series is Elite Ops so, with some romance thrown in, I was looking forward to it. What a mistake.

    If you read the synopsis, you've got all the story there is. With almost 16 hours of running time in 2 parts, I couldn't make it through the first one. There was absolutely no believeable mission going on and the supposed "romance" was nothing but graphically descriptive pornography . . . page after page after page.

    I can't believe that this was written by a a woman and I'm not sure what she was trying to accomplish but she failed on every measurable level. The narrator had a soft, calm voice which made it even harder to listen . . . the voice DID NOT match the words coming out of her mouth. If they put the real book in the sample, it would be a non-seller.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadow Patrol

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Alex Berenson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (527)
    Performance
    (451)
    Story
    (454)

    In 2009, the CIA's Kabul Station fell for a source who promised to lead it to Bin Laden, but instead he blew himself up, taking the station's most senior officers with him. Now, more than two years later, the station is still floundering, agents are dying, and at Langley the CIA's chiefs wonder if the unthinkable has happened, if somehow the Taliban has infiltrated the station.

    Bonnie-Ann says: "John Wells -- A new American Hero"
    "Keep them coming!"
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    Another great story. I was bummed when I finished this one. Hope the author is coming up with more John Wells adventures.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Faithful Spy

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Alex Berenson
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2235)
    Performance
    (873)
    Story
    (866)

    John Wells is the only American CIA agent ever to penetrate al Qaeda. Since before the attacks in 2001, Wells has been hiding in the mountains of Pakistan, biding his time, building his cover.

    Margaret says: "Faithful Spy"
    "Love John Wells"
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    I read The Faithful Spy and loved it so I read the entire series in a week. Great characters and a timely story line. Hope the author is going to write another one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Soldier

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Alex Berenson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (1020)
    Performance
    (597)
    Story
    (596)

    John Wells may have left the CIA, but it hasn't left him. A mysterious call brings a surprise meeting with the aged monarch of Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah. "My kingdom is on a precipice," he tells Wells. "Powerful factions are plotting against me, and my own family is in danger. I don't know who I can trust, but I'm told I can trust you."

    Book and Movie Lover says: "Curses! Islamists foiled again!"
    "Love John Wells"
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    I've read the entire John Wells series and they are all wonderful. Alex Berenson has created a hero that we can't stay away from.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Persuasion

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Brenda Joyce
    • Narrated By Angele Masters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Amelia Greystone was deeply in love when the Earl of St. Just abruptly ended his courtship and left Cornwall ten years earlier. So she is stunned when Simon returns, recently widowed. Now she must forget the past they shared and his betrayal and console him as any neighbor would. Simon has changed - he is dark and haunted now - but he can still make her reel with a single look. When he offers her the position of housekeeper, Amelia knows she must refuse. But for the sake of his children, she throws all caution to the wind….

    CAROLYN says: "Better than the first but......"
    "Not persuaded"
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    Would you try another book from Brenda Joyce and/or Angele Masters?

    Probably not.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Brenda Joyce again?

    The writing would have to improve A LOT!


    How could the performance have been better?

    The voices seemed to be set up with the wrong characters. The Earl sounded like an old man.


    Any additional comments?

    The story was weak and implausible. The heroine was too much of a do-gooder to be believed and the hero seemed too weak to be believed. I wouldn't have thought of him as a spy.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Darkwood Manor

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jenna Ryan
    • Narrated By Liz Bieler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    An estate haunted by over a hundred years of tragedy - and Donovan Black stood at the heart of it. Like Darkwood Manor, Donovan was an utter mystery. An FBI sharpshooter who couldn't break away from his past, he only wanted to make sure that history didn't repeat itself - especially now that the manor had a lovely new owner. Isabella Ross had either discovered the perfect vacation spot or her final resting place. Now her only hope for survival is a man who doesn't want her around - a man she can't seem to resist.

    Rocky's Mom says: "Good story...better narration."
    "Totally Unbelievable"
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    Would you try another book from Jenna Ryan and/or Liz Bieler?

    Probably not


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jenna Ryan again?

    Probably not


    Did Liz Bieler do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The voice she used for the main female character sounded weak and whiny


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Darkwood Manor?

    Most of them


    Any additional comments?

    This story was completely unbelievable. No one who had her cousin go missing would fail to call her family and on what planet would a deputy sheriff refuse to look for a missing person? The story was so bad it was like the author just mixed up a bunch of words and stuck some sex in the middle.

    I never stop reading a book in the middle, just in case it's a slow starter but this one was a complete waste of time. Throughout the whole book I just wanted to slap some sense into the characters. Juvenile attempt at writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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