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Joy Gissing

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  • 76 purchased in 2014
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  • Beyond Bad

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Sandra Lee
    • Narrated By Kate Hood
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    Here is the shocking, true story of Australia's most horrific crime. Katherine Knight showed no mercy when she butchered her lover in a crime that put her behind bars in an Australian prison for a record life sentence. Knight, a 44-year-old abattoir worker, had stabbed father-of-three John Price 37 times, skinned his body, cooked his head, and served him up as a meal for his children.

    Vikki says: "Oh Boy...."
    "Don't miss this one!"
    Overall

    This book was extremely interesting and Kathleen is quite fascinating. I work with woman who are victims of Domestic Violence and Kathleen has ALL the key traits of a DV offender. The relationships she entered were also with men that could themselves be violent but Kathleen took violence to a new level. She was all about "Power & Control". I would not want to be sharing a cell with her I don't think I would sleep a wink.
    The book was well written and well read. Highly recommend.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Pines

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2015)
    Performance
    (1838)
    Story
    (1831)

    Wayward Pines, Idaho, is quintessential small-town America — or so it seems. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrives in search of two missing federal agents, yet soon is facing much more than he bargained for. After a violent accident lands him in the hospital, Ethan comes to with no ID and no cell phone. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into his colleagues’ disappearance turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he make contact with his family in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what’s the purpose of the electrified fences encircling the town? Are they keeping the residents in? Or something else out? Each step toward the truth takes Ethan further from the world he knows, until he must face the horrifying possibility that he may never leave Wayward Pines alive…

    Linda B says: "Well done story"
    "A real nerve wracking read."
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    What made the experience of listening to Pines the most enjoyable?

    Pines, had a great story and plot, it kept you guessing right to the end, I have not been so- on-the-edge of my seat with a good book for a long time.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Pines?

    I am so glad I stumbled across Pines, I had purchased it for the full price but see it is on special at the moment, you would be mad to not snap up a great read for that small price. Back to the topic, there were many memorable moments but one that had the adrenalin pumping was when Ethan was about to be wheeled in for surgery and Bev rescued him just in time, he had been given the injection and was due to pass out any second as they struggled to elude Nurse Pam. They had to try and escape from a place where there is no escape and they are under surveillance at all times. It got quite scary.


    Have you listened to any of Paul Michael Garcia’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Have not listened to any before but will be listening to book 2 of this series and have pre-ordered book 3. He did a great job of narrating this story.


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

    It all moved me as it was a fascinating book to listen to, I got the e version for my girls to read.


    Any additional comments?

    I think I have found my new favourite auther, it is a great read as it encompasses so much, mystery, sciencefiction, horror, thriller, spy and crime. A book that has it all, I look forward to reading book two and can't wait to see what that brings to the table.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Croak

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Gina Damico
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (540)
    Performance
    (496)
    Story
    (499)

    Fed up with her wild behavior, 16-year-old Lex’s parents ship her off to upstate New York to live with her Uncle Mort for the summer, hoping that a few months of dirty farm work will whip her back into shape. But Uncle Mort’s true occupation is much dirtier than shoveling manure. He’s a Grim Reaper. And he’s going to teach Lex the family business. She quickly assimilates into the peculiar world of Croak, a town populated by reapers who deliver souls from this life to the next.

    Marjorie says: "Love. Love. Love. Love."
    "All 3 Gina Damico Books are FABULOUS."
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    What did you love best about Croak?

    Hmm that is hard I loved the story line and the different spin from the one I have always associated with reapers which made it way more interesting. The narrator is simply amazing and pulls all 3 books of with such aplomb you almost forget she is not the author or the actual character.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Croak?

    I can't choose just one, because the whole book in fact all 3 were memorable. I can't believe one of the reviews went MEH and only gave it one or two stars, was she oxygen deprived when she was listening to this book.


    What does Jessica Almasy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Jessica brings these books alive, I have certainly become a Jessica Almasy groupie and intend to stalk every other audio book she has read. I pray they are all as good as Nancy Damico's wonderful stories. Jessica pulls of ever character in the book flawlessly.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    If you loved Dead like Me you will love seeing the amazing Croak, Scorch and Rogue bought to life on our screens.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope and pray there is a 4th book in the pipeline. I think this young author has done a brilliant job, she is funny, imaginative and she hooks you in from page one. Please don't let anyone other then the amazing Jessica Almasy read them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Zombie Fallout: Zombie Fallout, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3000)
    Performance
    (2803)
    Story
    (2813)

    This is the story of Michael Talbot, his family, and his friends: a band of ordinary people trying to get by in extraordinary times. When disaster strikes, Mike, a self-proclaimed survivalist, does his best to ensure the safety and security of those he cares for. Book one of the Zombie Fallout Trilogy follows our lead character at his self-deprecating, sarcastic best. What he encounters along the way leads him down a long dark road, always skirting the edge of insanity.

    Mike Naka says: "bucket full of zombie juice"
    "My favourite book in years."
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    If you could sum up Zombie Fallout in three words, what would they be?

    A Must Read.


    What other book might you compare Zombie Fallout to and why?

    I can't compare it to any other Zombie Book as this was my first Zombie Story, I purchased the first series as audible had a special and thought I would give it a try. I absolutely fell in love with the book and the Talbot family and read the next 5 books of the series in quick succession. After reading number 6 and reaching the end of the series, I felt like I had lost a member of the family as there is no series 7 on the horizon. I actually emailed the author to beg for another Zombie Fallout book but was told that he had no plans for one anytime soon. Totally devastated, how can he let us fall in love with this family only to take them away. I have not enjoyed a book so much in years.


    What does Sean Runnette bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Sean was brilliant, I am really fussy with narrators, and tend to prefer the UK readers as I sometimes find the US ones can be too TV Soap and sometimes just plain mind numbingly bad, when you find a good one though they are fantastic. When I first started listening to Sean I was a bit wary as I don't warm very quickly to the narrators, but it did not take long at all to view Sean as Mike Talbot and I think he really bought Mark's story to life. If this was made into a movie or TV series I would want the part of Mike to go to Sean as he is Mike Talbot to me, he knows every part of his character and does him to perfection. He also brings his talent to the other characters in the book and you get a real sense of them individually, you know each one and they remain separate, they don't blend it to each other as they sometimes do in other books I have read.


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

    Most definitely! I would listen every spare moment I got and would turn up at work listening to it, and my colleagues would be saying hello and I would not want to take my ear plugs out as I wanted to know what was going to happen next.


    Any additional comments?

    I love watching The Walking Dead on TV and it is hugely popular in our home, it is a great show that Australian's have fallen in love with, but I think Zombie Fallout has a better storyline. Mark brings more to the story then just mind numbing flesh eating Zombies, he brings, well I guess you are going to have to buy the book to see what else he brings to a Zombie story which makes it head and shoulders superior to the rest. I have started to get more into Zombie books after this series, but Mark has a knack of bringing humour, sarcasm, love, family, camaraderie, fear, hopelessness, hope and many more things to his book that I don't think others do.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: The Way through the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Una McCormack
    • Narrated By Meera Syal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (24)

    England, today. Between the housing estate and the motorway lies an ancient wood. The motorway bends to avoid it. Last week, teenager Laura Brown went missing. Tonight, Vicky Caine will miss her bus and take a shortcut through the wood. And she will disappear too. England, 1917. Between the village and the main road lies an ancient wood. The old Roman road bends to avoid it. Tonight Emily Bostock and a man called Rory Williams will go to the woods.

    Joy Gissing says: "A mystery that keeps you riveted till the end ."
    "A mystery that keeps you riveted till the end ."
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    What made the experience of listening to Doctor Who: The Way through the Woods the most enjoyable?

    Meera Syal is another of my favourite DW narrator's, she is great. I have been really impressed with the female narrators of the DW audio books. I think every female narrator I have listened to that reads DW audio is able to read the male characters more naturally then a lot of male narrators. I have also been impressed with the great accents some of them are able to give each of the characters again so effortlessly.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Doctor Who: The Way through the Woods?

    I enjoyed the beginning with Rory when he goes back in time to meet Emily Bostock and their trip into the woods despite Rory's best endeavours to keep them clear of the woods Emily soon wrecks that well planned intention. I found it good to see a strong female character of that era portrayed and could see Emily in her time being a companion as she has no fear and is quite calm and brave.

    She also had strong views on supporting conscientious objectors in the war and was willing to stand up to the older men in the village to defend Rory who the locals give a hard time by giving him a white feather which Rory did not really understand the purpose of at first. As we near the end of the story this was obviously another touching and memorable moment as we arrive closer to finding out what the mystery of the woods is. Your heart strings are pulled and you feel anger, sadness and happiness in the end, even though some people can never go back to their lives but make a decision to make the most of their lot and prepare to explore the unknown.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I think all of the above were favourites scenarios of mine.


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

    Yes I was eager to keep reading not wanting to stop at all because I was consumed with curiosity to see what was going to happen next.


    Any additional comments?

    Not really just that I loved the book and would recommend it to anyone to read even if you don't normally read Doctor Who but like a little mystery and suspense then you will enjoy this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: Nuclear Time

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Oli Smith
    • Narrated By Nicholas Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    ‘My watch is running backwards.’ Colorado, 1981. The Doctor, Amy and Rory arrive in Appletown - an idyllic village in the remote American desert where the townsfolk go peacefully about their suburban routines. But when two more strangers arrive, things begin to change. The first is a mad scientist - whose warnings are cut short by an untimely and brutal death. The second is the Doctor... As death falls from the sky, the Doctor is trapped. The TARDIS is damaged, and the Doctor finds he is living backwards through time.

    Andy says: "What A FInd!"
    "Not really my style and storyline."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would not


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

    I was not really involved in the outcome as I struggled to maintain much interest in the storyline. It may be because I hate any war type story where armed forces are involved especially as I feel counties would utilise this kind of science for gain and world domination which could end in catastrophic results. It is kind of how one feels toward the scientist's that discovered the atom bomb.


    What does Nicholas Briggs bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Nicholas Briggs was a good narrator and it was through no fault of his that the story did not really engage me. It is very rare that I have not really loved a DW audio book.


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

    Of course I would see the movie if this book was turned into a DW movie, things change when you start casting actor's, actress's in the roles and you identify with them and of course you hopefully have your regular beloved cast members of DW. There is no way in the world I would ever say


    Any additional comments?

    Don't be turned off by my review read the book for yourself because as I mentioned there could be a number of reasons for feeling the way I did about the book, it could be as simple as my mood on the day. Everyone is entitled to have a different view of the book so jump in and do your review so you can have your chance to tell our community of DW readers and Audible your own take on the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Torchwood: Long Time Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Sarah Pinborough
    • Narrated By Indira Varma
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    Cardiff Bay. The government has ordered the excavation of the wreckage of a secret underground base. DCI Tom Cutler is watching from a distance, fascinated by the process. There are people in his dreams. People he feels he should know. The disbanded Torchwood Institute spent a century accumulating non-terrestrial artefacts and catching aliens. Who knows what - or who - might still be intact down there. But by the time they find the first body, Suzie Costello is long gone. Based on the hit series created by Russell T. Davies, Long Time Dead is a prequel....

    Kindle Customer says: "Solid narration and an interesting expansion of"
    "Long Time Dead brings back an old Torchwood Member"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Torchwood: Long Time Dead to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the printed version but I could not be any happier with the audio version and think Indira Varma is one of the best narrators I have ever listened to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed getting to know more about the character of Suzie Costello who I felt was a truly a psychotic personality but the story was able to let you see a softer side to her so that in the end you did feel sad that she could not relive her life and change the decisions she had made in the past.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I think it was DCI Tom Cutler and his courageous decision to do the right thing despite the cost to himself.


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

    The reality that Torchwood was destroyed and the Torchwood Team were no longer operating in Cardiff and were on the run with most of our favourite members dead. I was also touched by the books conclusion.


    Any additional comments?

    Even though Torchwood has gone and our beloved TW team is no longer around in the present timeline this story was still captivating and interesting giving a glimpse into the history of Torchwood and how one of their members went so completely bad and operated without the team suspecting anything for a long time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Torchwood: First Born

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By James Goss
    • Narrated By Claire Corbett, Kai Owen, Joe Jameson, and others
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    Gwen and Rhys are on the run. Rhys was hoping this meant a windswept cottage on a cliff top, but he’s had to settle for a miserable caravan in the isolated village of Rawbone. With the locals taking an unhealthy interest in their daughter, Gwen and Rhys start to realise that something is very wrong. As they uncover the village’s terrible past, Gwen discovers that Torchwood will never leave her behind, and now she and Rhys stand alone in defence of the Earth. And the children of Rawbone can only bring her closer to the secret forces that want her out of the way.

    Jason says: "Torchwood live on"
    "Great Read!"
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    What did you love best about Torchwood: First Born?

    I really enjoyed the fact that the story was read by various narrators, each did a great job of telling the story and held my interest throughout the book. The story by James Goss was very well thought out and I felt connected to all of the characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love Rhy's because he is always fun and is very dependable and loyal to Gwen, he has adapted really well to each twist and turn of Gwen's journey with Torchwood.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the children made a stand and became more independent and less like stepford children, also when the locals and children were compensated for what had been done to them so in the end I was able to feel that justice had prevailed. I also thought Gwen and Rhy's reactions to becoming first time parents was very authentic and at times funny.


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

    I could easily listen to this story in one sitting and would actually remain seated in the car having arrived at work or home, not wanting to press the stop button and get out of the car as the story was so engaging.


    Any additional comments?

    I did not expect to enjoy the book as much as I did given that there is basically no Torchwood team and Captain Jack does not appear in the story that much, he does make a brief appearance when the story goes back in time to the history of the town but his character and involvement in this story is not very likeable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Erased: Missing Women, Murdered Wives

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Marilee Strong
    • Narrated By Deb Thomas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (59)

    Based on five years of investigative reporting and research into forensic psychology and criminology, Erased presents an original profile of a widespread and previously unrecognized type of murder: not a hot-blooded, spur-of-the-moment crime of passion, as domestic homicide is commonly viewed, but a cold-blooded, carefully planned and methodically executed form of erasure.

    Dave says: "A Fascinating Barrage of Painful Truth"
    "An interesting read! well narrated."
    Overall

    I thought this an interesting audio book which was well read by the Narrator. I work in Domestic Violence and admit to cringing every time I heard the term erased but the book was insightful and worth listening to. One that I would recommend spending your dollars on. The author states that these offenders behave in a manner contrary to their nature and there is no reported history of DV in most of the cases of these so called "erased women" but I would suggest there would be as most woman that I assist confide they don't talk about it even to their most loved ones.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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