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Jennifer

White Bear Lake, MN, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Innocence: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1014)
    Performance
    (905)
    Story
    (922)

    He lives in solitude beneath the city, an exile from society, which will destroy him if he is ever seen. She dwells in seclusion, a fugitive from enemies who will do her harm if she is ever found. But the bond between them runs deeper than the tragedies that have scarred their lives. Something more than chance - and nothing less than destiny - has brought them together in a world whose hour of reckoning is fast approaching.

    Michael says: "Among Koontz’s Best Slow Interesting Books"
    "I really wanted to like this book"
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    Would you try another book from Dean Koontz and/or MacLeod Andrews?

    Normally I really like Koontz. I have read all of his books. The narrator was fine, it was the book that was disappointing


    Would you recommend Innocence to your friends? Why or why not?

    The book was very enticing in the beginning and really got me wanting to find out more about the characters, but in the last third, it just lost steam and it just couldn't end fast enough. There was no real ending, just way too many coincidences as Koontz was trying to wrap up the book. Normally he ties things up neatly......the protagonist is wealthy, knows how to use guns, can escape from hand cuffs, that sort of thing. But this time around he tied everything together too neatly and it just made the entire ending of the story ruin the entire book.


    What about MacLeod Andrews’s performance did you like?

    The narrator was fine. Although his female voices leave a bit to be desired


    Was Innocence worth the listening time?

    Unfortunately not really. But if bad endings are your thing and you enjoy having no real plot then give it a whirl.


    Any additional comments?

    I think that this was the worst Koontz book I have ever listened to. Go back to Odd Thomas or Christopher Snow, Mr. Koontz. Those characters are enjoyable and likeable, the ones in Innocence just made me what to scream in frustration.

    21 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Boxed

    • UNABRIDGED (54 mins)
    • By Bryan Cassiday
    • Narrated By Rich Crankshaw
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Seven characters find themselves trapped inside an elevator during a zombie apocalypse. The narrator, the last passenger to occupy the elevator, tells them that his wife, who was murdered by a zombie, told him as she died in his arms that she saw one of the passengers get bitten by a zombie before the person ducked into the elevator, but she died before she could describe the victim to him. The terrified passengers know that the victim will soon turn and attack them. They must determine who it is and kill him or her before it is too late - if they don't kill each other first trying to find out.

    Jennifer says: "waste of a credit"
    "waste of a credit"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    a different author. The whole process of the story was so disjointed. He bring in characters and then never mentions them again. Nothing connected, it was as if he was struggling to take an ok idea and turn it into something that would never meet expectations


    What could Bryan Cassiday have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Gone back to journalism school


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Rich Crankshaw?

    He was fine, I have no issues with him. Unless he gave writing pointers to the author, then he should be shot


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Total and utter disappointment. Waste of time and credits


    Any additional comments?

    Don't bother, everyone dies.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Haunted

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Bentley Little
    • Narrated By Dan Butler
    Overall
    (516)
    Performance
    (470)
    Story
    (477)

    The Perry family's new house is perfect - except for the weird behavior of the neighbors, and that odd smell coming from a dark corner in the basement. Pity no one warned the family about the house. Now it's too late. Because the darkness at the bottom of the basement stairs is rising.

    Jessica says: "Scarier Than I Thought it Would Be"
    "Not a bad story"
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    If you could sum up The Haunted in three words, what would they be?

    check the bathroom


    What other book might you compare The Haunted to and why?

    The Haunting of Hell House. Same kind of story line, this one has a modern day twist.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    He needs to work on his female voices.


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

    See my three words above.


    Any additional comments?

    Normally, I have had trouble getting through Bentley Little's books. This one started slow, but built up speed and kept it there. I enjoyed this and made my husband check the bathroom for about a week. The narrator is not the worst I have heard, but not everyone can be Scott Brick. Any way, I did like this book. Once it got going, it kept you there till the end

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Living

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Glenn Bullion
    • Narrated By Mark Nelson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (76)

    It didn’t take long for the world to die. The dead rose with no explanation and only one purpose...to eat living flesh. Born on the day everything died, the world of the living dead is the only world that Aaron knows. Kept in relative isolation from the walking corpses, his family teaches him how to read and write, how to survive on his own. After a tragedy hits close to home, he discovers he is different than any human left alive. The undead want nothing to do with him....

    Mike Naka says: "better than expected"
    "Worth a listen"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator. While he isn't as horrible as some out there, he does have the inability to use different voices/inflections/cadences for each character.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dead Living?

    Probably at the end, something happens to the main character Aaron. It made me pause and think "Is this was going to be like every zombie novel out there?"


    What didn’t you like about Mark Nelson’s performance?

    See above about what I would change


    Was Dead Living worth the listening time?

    Yes, but keep in mind that the narrator is not the best


    Any additional comments?

    If you are a zombie fan, the book and plot are fairly enjoyable.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kill You Twice: Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Chelsea Cain
    • Narrated By Christina Delaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (143)

    Nothing makes Portland detective Archie Sheridan happier than knowing that Gretchen Lowell - the serial killer whose stunning beauty is belied by the gruesome murders she’s committed - is locked away in a psych ward. Archie can finally heal from the near-fatal physical and emotional wounds she’s inflicted on him and start moving on with his life. To this end, Archie throws himself into the latest case to come across his desk: A cyclist has discovered a corpse in Mount Tabor Park on the eastern side of Portland. The man was gagged, skinned, and found hanging by his wrists from a tree....

    Elle in the Great NorthWest says: "Great improvement in Cain's writing"
    "The Best So Far!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Kill You Twice to be better than the print version?

    Since I don't have the print version, I can't say. But since I joined Audible, it is hard to "read" a book, I love having them read to me. I like how the narrators try to have different voices for the characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Susan and Archie are my favs. Susan because she is just plain awesome. She is smarter than the average bear. I like Archie because is just a normal guy. No super powers to get the job, he has faults (some that cost him dearly), and he is just one of those likeable guys.


    Which character – as performed by Christina Delaine – was your favorite?

    Not sure, she does pretty good with all of them. Altough I really liked the way Caroline McCormick would have Gretchen say "Archie" and "Darling" and "Sweetheart". Kinda breathy Marilyn Monroe-ish.


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

    Parts or it were funny and parts were can't stop reading because I gotta find out what happened


    Any additional comments?

    You really have to listen to these in order, they do follow a story line and characters from the other books make appearances. I really liked this series and can't wait for the next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Already Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Charlie Huston
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (522)
    Performance
    (239)
    Story
    (237)

    From the Battery to the Bronx, Manhattan is crawling with Vampyres. Joe Pitt is one of them, and he's not happy about it. Yeah, he gets to be tough as nails and hard to kill. But spending his nights trying to score a pint of blood to feed the Vyrus that's eating at him isn't his idea of a good time.

    Flavius says: "A Pleasant Surprise"
    "Overall, not a bad book"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes. The story is pretty good. It gives yet another twist to the classic vampire tale and one that could actually be plausable in this day and age


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I think it would be right at the end when Joe is in the school basement. to say anymore would give away part of the story.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Sure, I would love to see who would play Joe Pitt


    Any additional comments?

    The series itself is pretty good. The last two were a little tough to get through, but I think that had to do with me really wanting there to be a happy ending with Joe and Evie. Scott Brick is one of my favorite narrators and he does not disappoint on these books. I would give them a listen, if for nothing else than to learn some slang, hear a white guy try to sound black and have a good chuckle at the sarcasim that is throwm around in the series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Child 44

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Tom Rob Smith
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1804)
    Performance
    (685)
    Story
    (684)

    It is a society that is, officially, a paradise. Superior to the decadent West, Stalin's Soviet Union is a haven for its citizens, providing for all of their needs: education, health care, security. In exchange, all that is required is their hard work, and their loyalty and faith to the Soviet State. But now a murderer is on the loose.

    Melvin says: "Terror from all sides."
    "Better than I thought it would be"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Child 44 to be better than the print version?

    Having never read the print version, I have no clue. However, I did like this book. It was a little slow to start, but it picked up speed and I found myself really liking the characters


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked the main character and his wife. They both started off as not being so interesting, but then they took off and became people that I wound up rooting for and really identifying with them.


    Which character ??? as performed by Dennis Boutsikaris ??? was your favorite?

    All of them


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

    Yes and no. There were parts that I just couldn't stop and I really had to find out how things were going to turn out. Then there were others that seemed like a good point to take a break


    Any additional comments?

    Not a must read, but worth a credit!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Stand

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6551)
    Performance
    (5793)
    Story
    (5846)

    This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides - or are chosen.

    Meaghan says: "My First Completed Stephen King Novel"
    "Favorite King Book Ever!!!!!!!!!!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Stand to be better than the print version?

    I love this book. I got it in paperback years ago for Christmas. The TV version was ok, but this digital version is awesome. Having someone else read it to me allowed me the opportunity to pick up on things that I had missed and interpret characters and situations differently. This is by far King's best work. Great adaptation on the battle of good vs. evil. A must listen!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I think that my favorite characters are Stu Redmond and Larry Underwood. Stu is down to earth and Larry proves that people can learn and change.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The whole book


    If you could take any character from The Stand out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would love to take Nick Andros. It would enable me to be more creative in getting my point across


    Any additional comments?

    Best book ever in my opinion

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Let Me In

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By John Ajvide Lindqvist
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (464)
    Performance
    (288)
    Story
    (289)

    Let Me In is the horrific tale of Oskar and Eli. It begins with the grizzly discovery of the body of a teenage boy, emptied of blood. Twelve-year-old Oskar is personally hoping that revenge has come at long last - revenge for all the bad things the bullies at school do to him. While Oskar is fascinated by the murder, it is not the most important thing in his life. A new girl has moved in next door. They become friends. Then something more. But there is something wrong with her, something odd.

    neil says: "Not for everyone"
    "Ok, but not really scary!"
    Overall

    I got this book because I love horror. The pretense is good, a nice little take on vampires, however there are extra characters that aren't needed, graphic sex scenes that really don't need to be in the book (perhaps the author gets off on grossing people out) and other scenes in the book just act as useless filler. The book moved slow, made no sense in parts and was very tough to get through. I was really hoping that I would enjoy this book and would be able to write a great review, but I can't. Just listening to the book makes me feel very disjointed and scratching my head as to what was just said and why. It was as if the author had trouble transferring his thoughts for the book to paper, somewhere in between the connection got lost.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Birthing House

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Christopher Ransom
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    In this psychological thriller with supernatural overtones, a young couple, Conrad and Joanna Harrison, attempt to save their marriage by starting anew in a rural turn-of-the-century former birthing house.

    Mary says: "roller coaster"
    "Good idea that ends badly"
    Overall

    had the author taken just one more day to think through this story, the ending would have made sense and the reader (listener) would not be left scratching their head wonder just what the hell was meant by the ending that really wasn't an ending by I have to stop writing this book because I need to get it to the editor because I am at my deadline and I need the money ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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