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Jenna

Gardiner, ME, United States

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  • Loitering With Intent: Stone Barrington

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Tony Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (361)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (116)

    Dumped by his glamorous Russian girlfriend during dinner at Elaine's, and running low on cash, Stone Barrington is having a bad week. So his luck seems to be improving when he's hired to locate the missing son of a very wealthy man - lucky because the job pays well, and because the son is hiding in the tropical paradise of Key West. But when Stone and his sometime running buddy Dino Bacchetti arrive in the sunny Keys, it appears that someone has been lying in wait.

    Sandra says: "Great Listen/Great Narrator"
    "Good Story, Terrible narrator"
    Overall

    This is my second Stone Barrington novel, the first one I read in an afternoon. I find the characters to be very enjoyable and likable. The plot isn't what I would call "thick" but I think it does enough to keep you interested. Some good twists and turns, it makes you suspect everyone.
    I will never purchase another novel read by this horrible narrator. My first impression of Stone was mid to late 40s, he sounds more like 65 when read by this guy. Which makes the sex scenes even more cringe-worthy! Dino sounded like Oscar the Grouch, and the rest of the cast had very odd British accents ?!
    Overall, worth a read, not a listen.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • I'd Know You Anywhere

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Laura Lippman
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (994)
    Performance
    (313)
    Story
    (317)

    In the summer of 1985, when she was fifteen, Eliza was kidnapped by Walter and held hostage for almost six weeks. He had killed at least one girl and Eliza always suspected he had other victims as well. Now on death row in Virginia for the rape and murder of his final victim, Walter seems to be making a heartfelt act of contrition as his execution nears. Though Eliza wants nothing to do with him, she's never forgotten that Walter was most unpredictable when ignored.

    Susan says: "I found the reason compelling"
    "Well read, terribly slow plot"
    Overall

    I was very disappointed in this book. It starts out very powerful, well read, characters well developed. But somewhere in the middle, the plot is lost to a mom dealing with everyday mom struggles. ( *yawn* boring ) I kept anticipating this BIG ending with a huge surprise- It was a huge letdown. No surprises, no twists, no turns. Do not read this if you are expecting a mystery.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Partner

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (948)
    Performance
    (443)
    Story
    (446)

    From a short distance away, Patrick watched his own burial. Then he fled. Six weeks later, a fortune was stolen from his ex-law firm's offshore account.

    Reg says: "Movie material"
    "Great read!!"
    Overall

    I'm not usually a huge John Grisham fan, but I was looking for somthing different to keep my attention for a long trip. The narrator is fabulous and very easy to listen to. The characters are phenomonal and very likable. Just when you think you've heard it all, Patrick Lanigan comes up with more twists. The last few hours were slightly drawn out, but not painfully so. I had guessed the ending, but hoped I wasn't right! Worth the listen and drawing your own conclusion about the ending!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dog on It: A Chet and Bernie Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Spencer Quinn
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    Overall
    (1328)
    Performance
    (839)
    Story
    (839)

    In this, their first adventure, Chet and Bernie investigate the disappearance of Madison, a teenage girl who may or may not have been kidnapped, but who has definitely gotten mixed up with some very unsavory characters.

    Maggie says: "Great entertainment!"
    "Great concept, slow delivery"
    Overall

    I absolutely loved Chet! The idea of the story being told by him was very cute. Some of the sidelong detail was annoying, but I suppose, in true form of dog thoughts. Bernie was a little numb, but fairly likable. It was not very mysterious, hope the author keeps a few details secret next time.
    Looking forward to #2, but I'll go for print this time. I thought the narrator was a little dry.
    All in all, very enjoyable and worth the time.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Cutting

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By James Hayman
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Detective Sergeant Michael McCabe moved from New York City to Portland, Maine, to escape a dark past: both the ex-wife who'd left him for an investment banker, and the tragic death of his brother, a hero cop gone bad. He sought to raise his young daughter away from the violence of the big city . . . so he's unprepared for the horrific killer he discovers, whose bloody trail may lead to Portland's social elite.

    Eileen says: "Can't wait for more from this author!"
    "Good listen"
    Overall

    Very enjoyable read. McCabe is an extremely likable lead character. The plot is not terribly mysterious, but it is well written. I think the storyline draws together very well at the end. I am from Maine and was intrigued at the thought of the book being based in Portland. I think the author did a great job with accuracies, but hope nothing like this actually happens here!
    The narrator does a great job with McCabe and other male characters. Very smooth and cop-like. Thankfully there was not a lot of female dialogue, as they tended to sound like gay men.
    I would reccommend and hope to see a McCabe series soon.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The 6th Target: The Women's Murder Club

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (791)
    Performance
    (228)
    Story
    (231)

    When an attack leaves one of the members of the Women's Murder Club struggling for her life, the others fight to keep a madman behind bars before he hurts anyone else. And Lindsay Boxer and her new partner in the San Francisco police department try to stop a series of kidnappings: children and their nannies are being plucked off the streets.

    David says: "disappointing at best"
    "Good, but not great"
    Overall

    This was a pretty easy listen. I enjoy the women characters and was glad to catch this installment of them. There were actually a few different stories going on that made it interesting. I thought all the court room chapters(testimonies and arguements) were very drawn out. This one didn't seem to have the usual JP suspense...we'll hope for that in #7

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Crazy School

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Cornelia Read
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (20)

    Madeline Dare has traded in the drudgery of life in backwoods Syracuse, New York, for work as a teacher at Santangelo Academy, a boarding school for emotionally disturbed teenagers in the Berkshires. Behind the ornate gates of the academy, she finds a disturbing realm where students and teachers must follow the dean's bizarre therapies.

    Molly says: "Great narration"
    "Terrible narrator and terribly boring..."
    Overall

    First, I would rather listen to nails on a chalkboard than ever hear anything by this narrator again! Worst I have ever heard. If you can make it through the first 3 hours, the story develops into something. It's not fabulous, don't waste your time listening, go to the library and flip through it, you'll be done in about 2 hours. I'm glad I didn't read the first one, and now I definately won't bother.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Rage: An Alex Delaware Novel

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated By John Rubinstein
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Troy Turner and Rand Duchay were barely teenagers when they kidnapped and murdered a younger child. Troy, a remorseless sociopath, died violently behind bars. But the hulking, slow-witted Rand managed to survive his stretch. Now, at age 21, he's emerged a haunted, rootless young man with a pressing need: to talk - once again - with psychologist Alex Delaware.

    Jenna says: "Good Book"
    "Good Book"
    Overall

    First J. Kellerman novel. enjoyed the characters and the narration. Best male voice I've heard in awhile. I found a lot of similarities to James Patterson books. good flow, never boring. I'll definately get another.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pandora's Daughter: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Iris Johansen
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (45)

    For as long as she can remember, successful young physician Megan Blair has tried to silence the voices in her head - voices that bring her to the edge of madness and terror. Megan possesses psychic powers that have been dormant for years, hidden deep in the past she's tried so desperately to forget. But now everything has come to a boiling point - someone is trying to kill her, and others are trying to use her, including the deadly and seductive Neal Grady.

    Paula Beck says: "Enjoyable"
    "Very enjoyable"
    Overall

    Characters were very likable, narration was okay, story was fast paced and very interesting. Good ending, nothing surprising or twisting, but satisfying. I always enjoy Iris Johansen, and this was no exception! Worth a listen!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Brass Verdict: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    Overall
    (4374)
    Performance
    (1915)
    Story
    (1907)

    Things are finally looking up for defense attorney Mickey Haller. After two years of wrong turns, Haller is back in the courtroom. When Hollywood lawyer Jerry Vincent is murdered, Haller inherits his biggest case yet: the defense of Walter Elliott, a prominent studio executive accused of murdering his wife and her lover. But as Haller prepares for the case that could launch him into the big time, he learns that Vincent's killer may be coming for him next.

    Jeff says: "Five Star Book; Three Star Narration"
    "Good, not great"
    Overall

    I have never read Michael Connelly prior to this novel. I'm usually not interested in court dramas, too confusing. I was pleasantly surprised to find it flowed nicely. The narrator was very lackluster. Keeping up between characters was more diffictult than understanding legal jargon. The main character was likeable. The bulk of the story was entertaining, the twists at the end were good. Nothing I would consider jaw-dropping, but overall it was a nice way to end the story.

    I think the next Connelly I try will be abridged. I think I could have given this four stars if it had moved at a faster pace.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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