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Julie G. Degroat

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  • The Body

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (517)
    Performance
    (283)
    Story
    (284)

    Made into the acclaimed film Stand By Me, The Body is a mesmerizing tale of four young boys and their quest to find a dead body, never realizing how much death will affect their lives and their friendship.

    Richard Delman says: "An immensely talented author"
    "So Good!!!"
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    What did you love best about The Body?

    The way it ended--I did not see that 'solution' coming. It left me with more questions!


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

    when the lightening flashed and they saw the hand.


    Which character – as performed by Frank Muller – was your favorite?

    Probably the dump guy. He was too much!


    Any additional comments?

    ANY Stephen King book is good! This one, though short, is great!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Mercedes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6004)
    Performance
    (5596)
    Story
    (5597)

    In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

    Joyce says: "Love this style of King!!!"
    "Excellent book, but no Stephen King."
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    Would you listen to Mr. Mercedes again? Why?

    Yes--I loved the story, and the man reading is has a fantastic voice.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The pace! Fast and yet detailed.


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

    It was and I would have if I could have!


    Any additional comments?

    Although this was written by Stephen King, if I hadn't known this, I wouldn't have known this by listening to it! This book is not his style at all, which honestly is I why bought it in the first place. I am a fan of King! But there is no horror, no ghosts, no unworldly beings or events. Darn it all! I was disappointed. However, as a thriller, I was quite pleased with it! Interesting, funny and sad and everything I love in a book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mountain Man

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Keith C. Blackmore
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (386)
    Performance
    (370)
    Story
    (371)

    Boomstick. Samurai bat. Motorcycle leather. And the will to live among the unliving. Augustus Berry lives a day-to-day existence comprised of waking up, getting drunk, and preparing for the inevitable day when "they" will come up the side of his mountain and penetrate his fortress. Living on the outskirts of a city and scavenging for whatever supplies remain after civilization died two years ago, Gus knows that every time he goes down into undead suburbia could be his last.

    Adnan says: "Zombie thriller that is more about living"
    "Excellent Book!"
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    Which character – as performed by R. C. Bray – was your favorite?

    It has to be the Mountain Man himself!


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

    It was--I had to break it into three days, and it was torture!


    Any additional comments?

    This is a well-written and interesting story of survival (or not surviving) in 2025, 2 years into the zombie Apocalypse. Told with humor and drama and zombie bashing and the joys of finding toilet paper. Oh, and there is a serial killer on the loose in this new blasted wasteland!

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Face of Fear

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (102)

    Don’t look down.... Because you’re trapped on the 40th floor of a deserted office building by a psychopath called "The Butcher". Don’t look down.… Because you’re an ex-mountain climber and a fall from Everest left you with a bad leg and a paralyzing fear of heights. Don’t look down.… Because The Butcher hasslaughtered the guards an.d short-circuited the elevators - the stairways are blocked, and for you and the beautiful woman with you, there’s only one escape route. Don’t look down.… Because 600 feet of empty space are looking back at you.

    Abstractchick says: "Some good surprises in store..."
    "Good enough for some light entertainment."
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    Would you listen to The Face of Fear again? Why?

    Probably not, as it just wasn't Dean Koontzy enough for me.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    No.


    What about Patrick Lawlor’s performance did you like?

    His voice is lovely!


    Any additional comments?

    this is an ok book, but it just didn't do it for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hospital: The FREE Short Story: The First Mountain Man Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 37 mins)
    • By Keith C. Blackmore
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1014)
    Performance
    (917)
    Story
    (931)

    "Mountain Man" Augustus Berry is a survivor in undead suburbia. He scavenges what he can from what's left over. He is very careful in what he does and where he goes, taking no chances, no unnecessary risks, and weighing every choice...until he decides to visit the hospital at the edge of town, and experiences terror the likes he's never encountered before.

    Ian says: "Kind of Undersells Book 2"
    "I want more by this guy!"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hospital: The FREE Short Story: The First Mountain Man Story?

    What wasn't? Ok--narrowing it down, I really liked that crazy lady in the hospital.


    What does R. C. Bray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His reading brought the characters to life.


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

    yes, and I did--and I plan to listen to it again!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Common Fallacies: Falsehoods, Misconceptions, Flawed Facts, and Half-Truths That Are Ruining Your Life

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Phillip Ward, Julia Edwards
    • Narrated By Traber Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    Everything you thought you knew was wrong! Long before Snopes.com and Wikipedia, The Book of Common Fallacies set out to debunk popular beliefs and set the record straight. By tracking down the facts and citing experts in a multitude of fields, Philip Ward points out the senseless ideas that we have come to accept as fact. Newly updated with today’s common misconceptions, The Book of Common Fallacies exposes the truth behind hundreds of commonly held false beliefs.

    Julie G. Degroat says: "You will never believe how dumb you really are."
    "You will never believe how dumb you really are."
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    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    It is riveting! I never knew there were so many things I thought were true that aren't true!


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

    It makes me incredulous. I kept saying "What! You're kidding!"


    Any additional comments?

    The reader is a bit dry, but don't let that put you off. The book is a lot of fun!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shady Palms

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Allen Dusk
    • Narrated By Rose Caraway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (387)
    Performance
    (345)
    Story
    (347)

    A sleazy motel, burrowed on the edge of town, is haunted by rumors of dead hookers found between mattresses and peep holes drilled through walls. When Special Agent Daniels targets the motel during an investigation, the nefarious owner, Sanjay, must scramble to conceal evidence of his own dark deeds. Just when he believes things can't get any worse, motel guests begin to vanish without a trace.

    John Grigas says: "Not for the timid - delicious graphic content!"
    "No matter what genre you like--it's in here!"
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    If you could sum up Shady Palms in three words, what would they be?

    Way Too Complicated


    Would you be willing to try another book from Allen Dusk? Why or why not?

    sure--it wasn't badly written and made me laugh a few times.


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

    dimension!


    Who was the most memorable character of Shady Palms and why?

    Sonjay--he was the one thread that held it all together.


    Any additional comments?

    No matter what genre you like, it is in this book. No, seriously! Do you like intrigue? Ok--terroists! and Homeland Security. Do you like sci-fy? Giant bugs! and not just giant bugs, but giant MUTATED BEDBUGS! And how did they get mutated? How about leaking radiation! woot! Science! We also have an FBI sting (police procedural), prostitutes (sex and cops), video cameras and live streaming (of porn), bikers, wife-beaters and low-life scum of every sort, plus a secret hidden room with secret hidden cash and secret hidden bodies. Oh! Horror is represented too--those giant bedbugs can liquify a body within minutes. LIQ-QUI-FY! AS in MELT your into a puddle of goo. And then the chambermaids get to clean it up. Lucky lucky them. We have a woman released from prison two years before she is even eligible for parole--and frankly, I never did learn exactly why for that. Oh, there is just so much more, so much much more! Listen to it closely, because it is so chock-full of stuff you might have to (as I did) backtrack to figure out what the heck is going on.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • This Body of Death: An Inspector Lynley Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Elizabeth George
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (433)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (181)

    Thomas Lynley is called back to Scotland Yard when the body of a woman is found stabbed and abandoned in an isolated London cemetery. His former team doesn't trust the leadership of their new department chief, Isabelle Ardery, but Lynley may be the sole person who can see beneath his superior officer's hard-as-nails exterior to a hidden and possibly attractive vulnerability.

    Rebecca says: "Interesting Mix for Elizabeth George Fans"
    "George is ALWAYS excellent!"
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    Would you listen to This Body of Death again? Why?

    Yes, I sure will! I love the characters--Barbara, Lynley, all of them!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of This Body of Death?

    When poor Barbara had to go shopping!


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend ANY of George's books--but this one was really great on a pile of great books!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Haunting Season

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Michelle Muto
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (74)

    Siler House has stood silent beneath Savannah’s moss-draped oaks for decades. Notoriously haunted, it has remained empty until college-bound Jess Perry and three of her peers gather to take part in a month-long study on the paranormal. Able to talk to ghosts, Jess quickly bonds with her fellow test subjects, who have their own “gifts.” One is possessed. Another just wants to forget. The third is a guy who knows how to turn up the August heat, not to mention Jess’s heart rate…when he’s not resurrecting the dead.

    Heather says: "One of my favorite YA reads of ALL time!"
    "Interesting to a point"
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    Where does The Haunting Season rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    around the middle.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    None of them--couldn't really engage.


    Any additional comments?

    sort of 'meh' The reader tried too hard and it intruded on the book itself, at times. The story was fairly interesting, but I doubt I'll listen to it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • NOS4A2: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Kate Mulgrew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3311)
    Performance
    (3074)
    Story
    (3077)

    Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

    Jacqueline says: "Finish to Start Excellent is Novel This"
    "Excellent! Scary! Plan to list to more than once!"
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    Where does NOS4A2 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Probably in the top 20.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the children in Christmas town!!


    What about Kate Mulgrew’s performance did you like?

    She doesn't try to inject drama, and she does a great job on both men's and women's voices.


    Who was the most memorable character of NOS4A2 and why?

    Oh, for sure Mr. Christmas!


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book to anyone--lovely to listen to, excellent story, and just plain edge of the seat!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Snow White Must Die

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Nele Neuhaus
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1365)
    Performance
    (1184)
    Story
    (1180)

    On a rainy November day, police detectives Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein are summoned to a mysterious traffic accident: a woman has fallen from a pedestrian bridge onto a car driving underneath. According to a witness, the woman may have been pushed. The investigation leads Pia and Oliver to a small village, and the home of the victim, Rita Cramer. On a September evening eleven years earlier, two seventeen-year-old girls vanished from the village without a trace.

    C. Vincent says: "Great narrator, unbelievable, never-ending story"
    "Entertaining, but too long"
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    Any additional comments?

    this book was way too long. every time I thought the story was wrapped up and over--it just jumped on to more. It could have been way shorter and more entertaining.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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