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Johni

Draper, UT, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Six Years

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2774)
    Performance
    (2391)
    Story
    (2404)

    Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. Six years of hiding a broken heart by throwing himself into his career as a college professor. Six years of keeping his promise to leave Natalie alone, and six years of tortured dreams of her life with her new husband, Todd. But six years haven’t come close to extinguishing his feelings, and when Jake comes across Todd’s obituary, he can’t keep himself away from the funeral. There he gets the glimpse of Todd’s wife he’s hoping for...but she is not Natalie....

    Richard Delman says: "Mr. Coben has gotten waaaay too popular."
    "Don't Waste a Credit on This One!"
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    Like many other reviewers, I've read all of Coben's books and this is the worst. Dr. Jake sounded more like a ditzy high school girl than a highly educated professor. I agree with Malia that Scott Brick made the character sound worse--sorry Scott, you are one of my favorite narrators. Archer is a master at character development and story telling. Have I given up on Coben? Probably not, but I'll wait to read the reviews and not pre-order. A good way to get beyond this experience would be to listen to the first two volumes of Jeffrey Archer's series--Only Time Will Tell and The Sins of the Father. Part three is due out next month.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art Forger

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By B. A. Shapiro
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (689)
    Performance
    (597)
    Story
    (602)

    Making a living reproducing famous artworks for a popular online retailer and desperate to improve her situation, Claire is lured into a Faustian bargain with Aiden Markel, a powerful gallery owner. She agrees to forge a painting - a Degas masterpiece stolen from the Gardner Museum - in exchange for a one-woman show in his renowned gallery. But when that very same long-missing Degas painting is delivered to Claire's studio, she begins to suspect that it may itself be a forgery. Her desperate search for the truth leads Claire into a labyrinth of deceit where secrets hidden since the late 19th century may be the only evidence that can now save her life.

    Cynthia says: "The Art Forger"
    "Couldn't Get Past the Horrible Narration"
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    The book rated one star across the board because I couldn't write this brief review without rating each category. I can't rate the story because the narration was so bad. Probably won't buy the paper or kindle versions--my book "reading" takes place in the car.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Natchez Burning: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By David Ledoux
    Overall
    (516)
    Performance
    (466)
    Story
    (469)

    Raised in the historic southern splendor of Natchez, Mississippi, Penn Cage learned all he knows of honor and duty from his father, Dr. Tom Cage. But now the beloved family doctor has been accused of murdering Viola Turner, the African-American nurse with whom he worked in the dark days of the 1960s. Penn is determined to save his father, but Tom, stubbornly invoking doctor-patient privilege, refuses to even speak in his own defense.

    Carolyn says: "Can't get past reader"
    "Giving the Narrator One Star is Generous!"
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    I couldn't listen for more than 30 minutes because the reader is HORRIBLE! Why would anyone choose him over Dick Hill? I recommend buying the Kindle edition for a more enjoyable experience.

    18 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • If You Were Here: A Novel of Suspense

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Alafair Burke
    • Narrated By Roxanne Hernandez
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (60)

    Magazine journalist McKenna Jordan is chasing the story of an unidentified woman who heroically pulled a teenage boy from the subway tracks. When McKenna locates a video snippet that purportedly captures the incident, McKenna is shocked to discover that the woman in the video bears a strong resemblance to Susan Hauptmann, a close friend who vanished without a trace 10 years earlier. What might have been a short-lived Metro story sends the former-prosecutor-turned-reporter on a twisting search to dark secrets buried dangerously close to home....

    Jean says: "Twisty plot--great story"
    "Horrible Narrator"
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    This is the first book by Alafair Burke that I've read and looked forward to it after reading favorable reviews on Amazon.com. Perhaps if I had read the book, this review would be more favorable. The narrator is absolutely horrible and ruined Ms. Burke's book for the listening audience. A woman the age of McKenna Wright, the main character, would not sound like someone fresh out of high school or college. Every female character sounded the same, as did each male character. I forced myself to listen to the end, even though the much anticipated "The Cuckoo's Calling" by J.K. Rowling alias Robert Galbraith was next in my queue (finished it today--a fabulous read). Where could the author improve most? Character development and fewer sub-plots.

    Will I try another of Alafair's books? Yes, but I'll read the Kindle version.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Drop: Harry Bosch, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3122)
    Performance
    (2546)
    Story
    (2516)

    Harry Bosch has been given three years before he must retire from the LAPD, and he wants cases more fiercely than ever. In one morning, he gets two. DNA from a 1989 rape and murder matches a 29-year-old convicted rapist. Was he an eight-year-old killer, or has something gone terribly wrong in the new Regional Crime Lab? Then Bosch and his partner are called to a death scene fraught with internal politics....

    Joanne says: "A completely satisfying listen"
    "What Happened to Harry?"
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    The characters in this book sound like they're 80 years old. A younger narrator would have been a better choice--Craig Wasson would be terrific (listen to Stephen King's 11-22-63 and you'll see what I mean). How many times do we need to be bored with the politics and pecking order of the LAPD? What happened to the Harry Bosch we've known for fifteen years? Connelly has moved on to Micky Haller (a terrific character) and Harry has indeed become the neglected step-brother. This one is boring, pedantic and a waste of time and an money. I'm looking forward the the next Haller book and will let Harry rest in peace.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17658)
    Performance
    (15702)
    Story
    (15654)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "The Best of the Best"
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    The combination of Stephen King and Craig Wasson is amazing. I've listed to veteran narrators like Scott Brick, Dick Hill and others, but none of them could have matched Wasson's performance. Bravo!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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