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  • Sarah Woods Mystery Series: Books 1-3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jennifer L. Jennings
    • Narrated By Erin Coleman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    If you enjoy suspense, romance, humor, exotic locations, and intriguing mystery, then follow amateur sleuth Sarah Woods on an exciting ride with three different adventures in this audio collection. This series is intended for mature audiences and may contain objectionable behavior.

    lillybet says: "Robotic narration and stilted writing."
    "A book for middle achool children, not for adults"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend this to a friend. This book is sophomoric and simple to the point of boredom. The whole book ends with the simple explanation of who done it. No shock, no wisdom no reality check.


    What was most disappointing about Jennifer L. Jennings’s story?

    Her stories get slow in the middle.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She was unable to credibly and consistently switch between characters.


    Could you see Sarah Woods Mystery Series: Books 1-3 being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes, these books are on the level of a TV sitcom. Sandra Bullock as Sara for sure. The others are a bit of a stretch for my mind.


    Any additional comments?

    Book had a certain flow that showed the author could write clearly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Metamorphosis

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Franz Kafka
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (445)
    Performance
    (403)
    Story
    (403)

    “One morning, as Gregor Samsa was waking up from anxious dreams, he discovered that in bed he had been changed into a monstrous verminous bug.” With this startlingly bizarre sentence, Kafka begins his masterpiece, The Metamorphosis. It is the story of a young traveling salesman who, transformed overnight into a giant, beetle-like insect, becomes an object of disgrace to his family, an outsider in his own home, a quintessentially alienated man. Rather than being surprised at the transformation, the members of his family despise it as an impending burden upon themselves.

    Patrick Weldon says: "Kafka-esque terrific"
    "A must read for literary fans."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, for the historical exposure to Kafka and his mentality. The story is not that interesting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Its subtle tone concerning hatred and the ease of hatred.


    What about Ralph Cosham’s performance did you like?

    Yes, very Russian/European in his tone.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    This book needs to be explained to most readers to get the significance from the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cherry Bomb: A Jacqueline 'Jack' Daniels Mystery #6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By J. A. Konrath
    • Narrated By Susie Breck, Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (141)

    Jack Daniels thought she could rest easy once she locked up the nefarious Alex Kork in prison for life. However, she hadn't counted on Kork's incredible ability to get out of any situation. Now the insane serial killer is again on the loose - and once more, Jack has to make Chicago safe from this deviant woman's evil ways. Her longtime partner, the Krispy Kreme-loving Herb, is on the case with Jack, as is her former partner and nemesis, Harry.

    Larry says: "Boy did I learn a lesson"
    "Predictable, repetitive and boring"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I'd like to see unexpected twists and turns that are reasonable. The ending and all the killings were so uneventful. I could see them a mile away and they were uninteresting.


    Has Cherry Bomb turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No completely, but I have not bought more crime stories.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, it was adequate and did not interfere with the comprehension.


    What character would you cut from Cherry Bomb?

    The serial killer Alex because she was too unbelievable. So other villain would have been better.


    Any additional comments?

    Even the ending was lame and apparent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 7th Month: A Detective D. D. Warren Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 47 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    Overall
    (2520)
    Performance
    (2127)
    Story
    (2133)

    In Lisa Gardner’s first-ever short story following thirteen bestselling novels, The 7th Month takes listeners between the books and into a day in the life of Boston Detective D. D. Warren. In her seventh month of pregnancy, D.D. should be taking it easy. Instead, she accepts a small consulting role on the set of a serial killer film shooting in Boston.

    Kristi Richardson says: "A great short detective mystery!"
    "What a waste of time, no twists, no excitement"
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    Would you try another book from Lisa Gardner and/or Kirsten Potter?

    Nope.


    What could Lisa Gardner have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Plot twists, connect and enhance the characters, and have a meaningful plot.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Kirsten Potter?

    Maybe.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No, not really. Even the love story was thin and unmoving.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killer: A Jack Rhodes Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Stephen Carpenter
    • Narrated By Noah Michael Levine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (227)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (214)

    Jack is an author who was on his way to literary success when his life was blown apart by the horrific suicide of his fiancee. Devastated, Jack went on a fifteen-month alcoholic spiral into near oblivion before eventually working past his demons and becoming best-selling crime novelist. Just as Jack is finishing his fourth book, the LAPD interrupts his routine with news of what appears to be a copycat murder from his first book. There's just one problem - the murder took place before Jack's book was published.

    Steve Specht says: "Scary"
    "Nothing new here and a bit confusing"
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    Would you try another book from Stephen Carpenter and/or Noah Michael Levine?

    Yes, the plot was interesting, but the way he moved back and forth through the character's histories was distracting. I would have preferred and more logical and easily followed narration. In the end it was all clear even though a bit simplistic. I won't spoil it, but no way would the FBI or any other agency be so easily fooled at the end.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I was disappointed and I saw it coming.


    What does Noah Michael Levine bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He made the main character live in his tone of voice and tempo.


    Could you see Killer being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes. The flaws in this book could be remediated in a movie. Bruce Willis, Micky Rourke,


    Any additional comments?

    It was OK and I am glad I read it, but I wanted more from the ending. In fact I wanted more from the book. Even the love interest and the tying up of lose ends was too little to late. He could have given us a hint to the girlfriend's trauma and made it more meaningful.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1361)
    Performance
    (814)
    Story
    (820)

    Author of the National Book Award-winning All the Pretty Horses, Cormac McCarthy is one of the most provocative American stylists to emerge in the last century. The striking novel Blood Meridian offers an unflinching narrative of the brutality that accompanied the push west on the 1850s Texas frontier.

    Colin says: "Existential leavings"
    "A book of the violence inherent in the early West"
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    What did you love best about Blood Meridian?

    The violence seems natural for the characters even if it makes little sense. That is the genius of this book; a book that has an illiterate character who somehow lives through the early Western expansion shown through his travels.


    Which character – as performed by Richard Poe – was your favorite?

    The kid made sense as a child born in hopelessness. He is a child of an expanding and growing country, yet he experiences none of this. The horrors he experienced are as normal to him as bible study is to religious community.


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

    Judge Holden, but I am sure he would never tell me anything honest or forthright.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked this interesting and enjoyable book about violence in the west. The narrator was amazing as he switched between character with subtle, yet clear, voice tones. I loved the narration best of all. It was very western. It felt so right to hear the voices of the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2786)
    Performance
    (1292)
    Story
    (1297)

    Mma "Precious" Ramotswe sets up a detective agency in Botswana on the edge of the Kalahari Desert, making her the only female detective in the country. At first, cases are hard to come by. But eventually, troubled people come to Precious with a variety of concerns. Potentially philandering husbands, seemingly schizophrenic doctors, and a missing boy who may have been killed by witch doctors all compel Precious to roam about in her tiny van, searching for clues.

    Gene says: "Transcends its Genre"
    "Fun story line/narration is uniquely African"
    Overall
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    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    An African Detective and her client's.


    Which character – as performed by Lisette Lecat – was your favorite?

    The Detective


    Who was the most memorable character of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency and why?

    The Detective, I can't spell the name.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a good book for Jr. High students.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Michael Scott
    • Narrated By Denis O'Hare
    Overall
    (2420)
    Performance
    (1281)
    Story
    (1306)

    Nicholas Flamel was born in Paris on September 28, 1330. Nearly 700 years later, he is acknowledged as the greatest alchemist of his day. It is said that he discovered the secret of eternal life. The records show that he died in 1418. But his tomb is empty. The legend: Nicholas Flamel lives, but only because he has been making the elixir of life for centuries. And Sophie and Josh Newman are about to find themselves in the middle of the greatest legend of all time.

    Allison says: "High Fantasty in a modern world setting"
    "I actually enjoyed this book"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Alchemyst to be better than the print version?

    I like the audio better because the monsters and action tend to be seen through hearing and not through written text. It works better because the narrator seems to have the author's sense down pat.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Alchemyst?

    None


    What does Denis O'Hare bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Just a good narration


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

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lessons of History

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Will, Ariel Durant
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (299)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (163)

    The authors devoted five decades to the study of world history and philosophy, culminating in the masterful 11-volume Story of Civilization. In this compact summation of their work, Will and Ariel Durant share the vital and profound lessons of our collective past. Their perspective, gained after a lifetime of thinking and writing about the history of humankind, is an invaluable resource for us today.

    Brad the Dad says: "This is a must for every Educated Person"
    "Very Interesting and brilliant perspective"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to The Lessons of History the most enjoyable?

    The point of view of the author. Quite brilliant and reasonable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It gives one perspective on what reason is and what experience has taught us.


    Did Grover Gardner do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    There were no characters. Just question and answer.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    The raspy voice of the author was unpleasant.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Glass Rainbow: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (2290)
    Performance
    (898)
    Story
    (902)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: When it comes to author/narrator pairings, nobody tops James Lee Burke and Will Patton in the Robicheaux thrillers. Beloved Burke hero Detective Dave Robicheaux here returns to New Iberia to solve a series of grisly murders. Seven young women in neighboring Jefferson Davis Parish have been brutally murdered. While the crimes have all the telltale signs of a serial killer, the death of Bernadette Latiolais, a high-school honor student, doesn’t fit.

    Gardner says: "Best Yet... Almost"
    "I like his style and I believe in his Dave"
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    What did you love best about The Glass Rainbow?

    The plot was reasonable and the characters made sense. The people who came and went in the story were easily understood as part of the story line. They all made sense.


    Any additional comments?

    I like this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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