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Jill

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  • Bad Twin

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Gary Troup
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (360)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (36)

    Bad Twin is the highly-anticipated new novel by acclaimed mystery writer Gary Troup. Bad Twin was delivered to the publisher just days before Troup boarded Oceanic Flight 815, which was lost in flight from Sydney, Australia to Los Angeles in September 2004. He remains missing and is presumed dead.

    mkral says: "good book"
    "Bad Omen"
    Overall

    I think that the title for this book is inadvertently a clue as to its nature. Although it kept me entertained enough to pass the time at the gym, I felt that the characters were either not very well developed or very unoriginal and thus kind of "cheesy" ... the oversexed wife married to clueless older man, the perfect-seeming yet ultimately less than admirable rich boy, the wise old Jewish friend. Actually I liked him. He had at least a few interesting things to discuss. And the very best part was the narration by Scott Brick, who I have unintentionally listened to in 3 of my last 5 books.
    Unless you are a rabid "Lost" fan and must absorb any and all things associated, I would not recommend this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The King of Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By John Hart
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (662)
    Performance
    (217)
    Story
    (212)

    John Hart creates a literary thriller that is as suspenseful as it is poignant, a riveting murder mystery layered beneath the southern drawl of a humble North Carolina lawyer. When Work Pickens finds his father murdered, the investigation pushes a repressed family history to the surface and he sees his own carefully constructed facade begin to crack.

    Scott says: "Better than a Grisham novel"
    "King of Melodrama"
    Overall

    Very mild spoiler alert ...

    I was encouraged to listen to this after all the positive reviews, and perhaps having such high expectations was the problem. I think that the basic storyline is good, and the characters are well developed, but I will reiterate what another listener said and say that the similes and metaphors and attempts at being creative in his prose were corny and melodramatic and got to be ... annoying. The only real problem that I had with the story was the incessant emphasis on who "Work" thought was the perp, and once it changed he obsessed over the next alleged perp.

    The narrator was totally unconvincing and unpleasant to listen to. I guess I am not used to listening to swallows and inhalations and almost no differentiation between characters voices, except for Max, who I am disappointed was not more developed. In addition, his voice had no sublety or nuance - he always sounded like he was speaking to someone hard of hearing.

    Good enough to want to hear what happens at the end, but not recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Prior Bad Acts

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Tami Hoag
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (578)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (117)

    It was a crime so brutal, it changed the lives of even the most hardened homicide cops. The Haas family murders left a scar on the community nothing can erase, but everyone agrees that convicting the killer, Karl Dahl, is a start. Only Judge Carey Moore seems to be standing in the way. Her ruling that Dahl's prior criminal record is inadmissible raises a public outcry, and puts the judge in grave danger.

    mary says: "maybe a 3 1/2"
    "New Tami Hoag Fan"
    Overall

    Like many others, this was my first Tami Hoag book, and I was not disappointed! It had an array of well developed characters, a very human and likeable main character, and a suspenseful storyline sprinkled with bits of humor that kept me perpetually interested despite its length. I look forward to listening to more of her work, hopefully with a different narrator. This would have received 5 stars if not for the staccato, Captain Kirk-like delivery of Holter Graham (I think I have been spoiled by Scott Brick).

    In short, a highly recommended book, especially for those who have not been introduced to Tami Hoag.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Innocent

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (754)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (267)

    Some mistakes can change your life forever. For Matt Hunter, that mistake came in one terrible moment when his attempt to help a friend and stop a fight resulted in an accidental death. Matt was convicted of manslaughter and sent to prison. Time that his peers spent in college, Matt endured behind bars.

    Amber says: "Exciting!"
    "I'm Guilty!"
    Overall

    Guilty of being sucked in from the start and seldom turning off my ipod. This grabbed my attention and never let go, despite its length. Scott Brick now feels like an old friend and it is a pleasure listening to anything that he narrates. There were a couple of scenes that were emotional by themselves, but with his added compassion and understanding of the characters, I was actually almost moved to tears, which makes me feel quite silly, but also is a testament to how deeply the characters are developed and how we get to know them and feel for them.
    In addition, I am most certainly not good at predicting what will happen or who the "bad guy" is, but the ending made my mouth drop and a little gasp escaped me. All this while at the gym.

    Most definitely and very highly recommended!!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Eat This Book: Fast Food and the Supersizing of America

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Morgan Spurlock
    • Narrated By Morgan Spurlock
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (19)

    Can man live on fast food alone? Morgan Spurlock tried to do just that. For 30 days, he ate nothing but three "squares" a day from McDonald's as part of an investigation into the effects of fast food on American health. The resulting documentary won him resounding applause and a worldwide release that broke box-office records. Audiences were captivated by Spurlock's experiment, during which he gained 25 pounds, his blood pressure skyrocketed, and his libido all but disappeared.

    Jeff says: "A must-read!"
    "A Necessary Read"
    Overall

    Sure this book reiterates many of the facts and figures in SuperSize me and Fast Food Nation. Sure it is not especially scientific nor does it necessarily provide solutions to the problems it presents. Sure, it is sensationalistic and in-your-face. But considering the epidemic that is obesity, and what seems to be a "treat the effect and not the cause" attitude that far too many people hold, a book like this is what we need in addition to the others mentioned to open our eyes just a bit to what is certain to be a long uphill climb to some degree of healthiness and longevity.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In a Sunburned Country

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2207)
    Performance
    (763)
    Story
    (760)

    Every time Bill Bryson walks out the door, memorable travel literature threatens to break out. His previous excursion on the Appalachian Trail resulted in the best seller A Walk in the Woods. Now, we follow him "Down Under" to Australia with this delectably funny, fact-filled, and adventurous performance that combines humor, wonder, and unflagging curiosity. More from Bill Bryson.

    Larry says: "Laugh out loud funny"
    "Fantastic Voyage!"
    Overall

    I LOVED THIS BOOK! I was so disappointed, knowing it had to end. Initially Bill Bryson's narration seemed not quite right, but in no time at all the dryness of his voice matched that of his humor. This was interesting, amusing, informative, upbeat, even historical, full of little tidbits of information you'd be hard pressed to find anywhere except in someone's private journal. I am currently in Australia and it is so fun to actually see and experience the things he is describing. But this is certainly not a requirement to enjoy this book. I look forward to reading some of his other travel narratives.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cell: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    Overall
    (3436)
    Performance
    (1161)
    Story
    (1172)

    The cause of the devastation is a phenomenon that will come to be known as The Pulse, and the delivery method is a cell phone. Everyone's cell phone. Clay and the few desperate survivors who join him suddenly find themselves in the pitch-black night of civilization's darkest age, surrounded by chaos, carnage, and a human horde that has been reduced to its basest nature...and then begins to evolve.

    chris says: "Entertained"
    "I love the premise ..."
    Overall

    And am therefore giving this a 4. I love the idea of this pervasive and invasive bit of technology being the instrument of such destruction and chaos. I haven't read a Stephen King book in a long time, but felt like this was worth a listen to. There are moments that it drags on and seems a bit repetetive as to the themes being examined, as well as not examining thoroughly enough other themes ... but interesting enough to hold my attention, although I felt somehwhat ... cheated at the end. Many questions go unanswered. Perhaps that is part of SK's appeal?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lincoln Lawyer

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6816)
    Performance
    (3101)
    Story
    (3117)

    Haller is a Lincoln Lawyer, a criminal defense pro who operates out of the backseat of his Lincoln Town Car, to defend clients at the bottom of the legal food chain. It's no wonder that he is despised by cops, prosecutors, and even some of his own clients. But an investigator is murdered for getting too close to the truth and Haller quickly discovers that his search for innocence has taken him face to face with a kind of evil as pure as a flame.

    Steven says: "Great Legal Thriller, Great Reader"
    "Couldn't put it down"
    Overall

    I enjoy the legal thrillers but I haven't read a Michael Connelly book so I didn't know what to expect ... this had my attention from beginning to end! I thought the characters were well developed, the narration was good, it was suspenseful, and a very good introduction to this author. I will definitely listen to more of his books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Self-Made Man: One Woman's Journey into Manhood and Back Again

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Norah Vincent
    • Narrated By Norah Vincent
    Overall
    (246)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (52)

    Following in the tradition of John Howard Griffin (Black Like Me) and Barbara Ehrenreich (Nickel and Dimed), Norah Vincent absorbed a cultural experience and reported back on what she observed incognito. For more than a year and a half she ventured into the world as Ned, with an ever-present five o'clock shadow, a crew cut, wire-rim glasses, and her own size 11 1/2 shoes, a perfect disguise that enabled her to observe the world of men as an insider.

    Holly says: "Abridged"
    "Interesting and Insightful"
    Overall

    I wasn't sure what to expect; a male-bashing monologue or a feminist bandwagon lecture or ??? What I discovered was unexpected and surprisingly humbling, or so it seemed, from what the author described. Although her narrative is a bit monotonous, the book is well written, funny, and at times sad and touching. It takes what are our (women's) pre- and misconceptions and blows them out of the water ... it's like an intro to behavioral psychology and gender roles, albeit not very scientific. I think there is a lot to be learned from this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Everyone Worth Knowing: A Novel

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Lauren Weisberger
    • Narrated By Eliza Dushku
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    On paper, Bette Robinson's life is good. At 26, she's got a great deal on an apartment in Manhattan, and she's on target to become an associate at the prestigious investment bank where she works with her best friend. Her 80-hour workweeks might keep her from socializing or dating outside her office walls, but she's paying her dues on the well-trod path to wealth and happiness. So when Bette quits her job like the impulsive girl she's never been, she has no idea what to do next.

    Susan says: "Agonizing"
    "Read the book instead, if you must"
    Overall

    I cannot emphasize enough how horrendous the narration was for this story. It was emotionless, amateur, and difficult to distinguish from one character to the next, except perhaps when some type of accent was attempted (but butchered). I was looking forward to it because of all the praise showered on this author for the Devil Wears Prada. Even so, I was not impressed and felt it was overly contrived. I am fairly new to the "chick lit" genre (I apologize for calling it that but don't know what else to name it!), so maybe I am being unfair ... but I did read and thoroughly enjoy Sophie Kinsella's "Can You Keep a Secret?". Try that one instead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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