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K. Shaw

Atlanta, GA | Member Since 2012

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  • Touch & Go: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2255)
    Performance
    (1897)
    Story
    (1913)

    Justin and Libby Denbe have the kind of life you’d find in the pages of a glossy magazine: A beautiful 14-year-old daughter. A gorgeous brownstone on a tree-lined street in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood. A great marriage, admired by all. A perfect life. When investigator Tessa Leone arrives at the crime scene in the foyer of the Denbes’ home, she finds scuff marks on the floor and a million tiny pieces of bright green Taser confetti. The family appears to have been abducted.

    lisa says: "Wait for it to go on clearance!"
    "Oh what tangled webs we all weave"
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    What other book might you compare Touch & Go to and why?

    Love You More by the same author and some of the same characters


    Any additional comments?

    Oh what tangled webs we all weave! Wow this was a great thriller that kept you guessing and if you think your family is screwed up just wait until you read about the Denby's. In this book the Denby family, mom, dad and 15 y/o daughter are taken hostage out of their own home. Tessa Leoni, from Love You More (which is a great read too), is hired by Denby Construction to investigate what happened to the family. Tessa works with the FBI and local law enforcement to find this family. What on the surface appears to be a large construction family run by a close knit group, ends up being anything but. About the time you think you have figured out who kidnapped them there is another wrench thrown into the mix to keep you guessing and trying to figure out the who and why. You don't need to read Love You More before this book even though some of the same characters play a role but the storyline is not effected either way.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Taken: An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (616)
    Performance
    (535)
    Story
    (533)

    When Nita Morales hires Elvis Cole to find her missing adult daughter, she isn’t afraid, even though she’s gotten a phone call asking for ransom. She knows it’s a fake, that her daughter is off with the guy Nita will call only “that boy,” and that they need money: "Even smart girls do stupid things when they think a boy loves them." But she is wrong....

    R. Conley says: "One of the best"
    "A great Joe & Elvis thriller"
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    What made the experience of listening to Taken the most enjoyable?

    love Joe & Elvis stories


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Taken?

    Love Elvis's sense of humor even when he was in a bad situation


    Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

    John Stone....and I really did not like his Joe voice


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

    The violence by the cartel/human smugglers was frightening and on a good note I loved Joe's loyalty to finding Elvis.


    Any additional comments?

    A great Joe and Elvis story! Yes, it is a very gruesome story and really makes you think (and be thankful our relatively safe life we live here in the US). The story starts out with Joe looking for Elvis who has been kidnapped. Elvis was looking a a college student who is missing and he figures out that she had been kidnapped by some very nasty drug cartel/human smugglers. Eventually he was taken too and Joe sets out to find him. If you are looking for a great read that will keep you on the edge of your seat, check this one out. And of course you still get Elvis's great sense of humor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 16 Lighthouse Road: Cedar Cove, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Debbie Macomber
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (749)
    Performance
    (441)
    Story
    (449)

    "You don't know me yet, but in a few hours that's going to change. You see, I'm inviting you to my home and my town of Cedar Cove, because I want you to meet my family, friends, and neighbors. Come and hear their stories - maybe even their secrets!"

    Rio Delta Wild says: "whatever happened to Dan???"
    "An OK book but didn't care for the narrator"
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    Would you try another book from Debbie Macomber and/or Sandra Burr?

    I might try another book by Macomber if it is on sale but would shy away from the audio by the same person


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Sandra Burr?

    please use males for the male voices next time


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    not such whiny, wishy washy women would have made it better


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18474)
    Performance
    (16491)
    Story
    (16545)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "a painful book I couldn't even finish"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book had great reviews but I found it just annoying. I would not recommend it to anyone.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    an good thriller or romantic thriller


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    the narrator was OK...I just did not care for the story at all.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    boredom......I could care a less about any of the characters or what happened to them. I finally gave up a little over half way into the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Where do I start? This was a book for a book club at work and I just could not finish it. I don't know if it was the writing style or the story itself but I could not get into this book or care about what happens. I have read books where I love to hate the hero or heroine but here I just did not care. None of the characters had anything to care about or like and the whole thing was way to melodramatic for my taste.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bared to You: A Crossfire Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4336)
    Performance
    (3928)
    Story
    (3943)

    "Gideon Cross came into my life like lightning in the darkness… He was beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white-hot. I was drawn to him as I’d never been to anything or anyone in my life. I craved his touch like a drug, even knowing it would weaken me. I was flawed and damaged, and he opened those cracks in me so easily…Gideon knew. He had demons of his own. And we would become the mirrors that reflected each other’s most private wounds…and desires."

    CAROLYN says: "TOUCHING & EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER OF PASSION"
    "Where do I start?"
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    Would you try another book from Sylvia Day and/or Jill Redfield?

    Jill Redfield did a great job of narrating bu the story itself was just bad! I might try and Silvia Day book but just not in this series.


    What was most disappointing about Sylvia Day’s story?

    Not much of a plot and the heroine Eva was way too much of a drama queen


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Bared to You?

    about half the sex and half of the over the top descriptions of EVERYTHING


    Any additional comments?

    Where do I start? I have heard so many good reviews for this book but I just don't get it. Eva, the "heroine" is a whiny, self centered DRAMA QUEEN. The whole story is basically Eva and Gideon having sex, Gideon saying/doing something she perceives as wrong, then she runs, Gideon comes after her, they have "amazing" sex, then she runs again. Even the sex (endless) scenes got boring. There was really NO plot, except Eva being a total drama queen. Yes, this book was similar to Fifty Shades but at least in that book I could feel the authors love for the characters and what story she was trying to tell.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Agnes and the Hitman

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie, Bob Mayer
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    Overall
    (612)
    Performance
    (330)
    Story
    (334)

    Agnes Crandall's life goes awry when a dognapper invades her kitchen one night, seriously hampering her attempts to put on a wedding that she's staked her entire net worth on. Then a hero climbs through her bedroom window. His name is Shane - no last name, just Shane - and he has his own problems.

    Sharon11675 says: "Ditzy Agnes?"
    "This book is a hoot!"
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    If you could sum up Agnes and the Hitman in three words, what would they be?

    a total hoot!


    What did you like best about this story?

    a great mix of mystery, humor and romance!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Agnes and her frying pans!


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

    yes I would love to have the time to do that!


    Any additional comments?

    I had previously read this book and then listened to it. This is one of my favorite books when I need a laugh. And I'm sure we all can relate to Agnes and her frying pans! I know there have been times I wish could have slapped someone upside the head with a frying pan. No, the book isn't super realistic but is a fun read that will make you laugh. But if you listen to it with earbuds you might get funny looks when you are walking around giggling to yourself!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2848)
    Performance
    (2463)
    Story
    (2476)

    Will Robie is a master of killing. A highly skilled assassin, Robie is the man the U.S. government calls on to eliminate the worst of the worst - enemies of the state, monsters committed to harming untold numbers of innocent victims.No one else can match Robie's talents as a hitman...no one, except Jessica Reel. A fellow assassin, equally professional and dangerous, Reel is every bit as lethal as Robie. And now, she's gone rogue, turning her gun sights on other members of their agency.

    Rodney says: "I couldn't Stop Listening"
    "Another great Will Robie adventure!"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    I really like Will Robie's character! He is a great assassin who really care about those he let's get kind of close, while trying not to get close to anyone.


    Any additional comments?

    Another great story by Baldacci. This is the second book about Will Robie. Great action and storyline. Robie is a great character that is great at his job as a CIA assassin but struggles to have a real life and feelings outside of his job. FBI Agent Vance and teenage Julie were both back in this book but with a less part than in the first book (that was my only complaint with this book). The action was great with Will trying to track down a traitor(s) within the government and CIA. I will definitely be looking for another book featuring Robie.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Three Sisters: Blackberry Island, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Susan Mallery
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (150)

    After Andi Gordon is jilted at the altar, she makes the most impetuous decision of her life - buying one of the famed Three Sisters Queen Anne houses on Blackberry Island. Now the proud-ish owner of the ugly duckling of the trio, she plans to open her own pediatric office on the first floor, just as soon as her hunky contractor completes the work. Andi’s new future may be coming together, but the truth is she’s just as badly in need of a major renovation as her house.

    Mary says: "Don't expect Fool's Gold"
    "learning nobody's life is perfect"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I don't know if I would recommend as an audio book as I did not like the narrator but I did like the story. This was a great story about learning not to judge a book by its cover. In this story we have three women who live in historic houses that set next to each other, call The Three Sisters. As the women get to know each other they see that they each have issues and their own "skeletons" they are dealing with. The 3 women's friendship grows as they learn to see each other in a different light.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Natalie Ross’s performances?

    no, I really didn't care for her voice and really didn't like her men's voices.....she sounded more like a 3 pack a day 90 year old smoker.


    Any additional comments?

    good story but didn't care for the narrator

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • You're Next

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2737)
    Performance
    (2331)
    Story
    (2316)

    Mike Wingate had a rough childhood  —  he was abandoned at a playground at four years old and raised in foster care. No one ever came to claim him, and he has only a few, fragmented memories of his parents. Now, as an adult, Mike is finally living the life he had always wanted  —  he’s happily married to Annabel, the woman of his dreams; they have a precocious eight-year-old daughter, Kat.

    Janice says: "Edge of my seat."
    "Wow...a great thriller!"
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    What did you love best about You're Next?

    not knowing why the bad guys were after Mike and his family until the 1/4 of the book


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kat, Mike's daughter


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Mike leaving his daughter at the foster mom's home---so sad


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

    I would have loved to but didn't have the the time


    Any additional comments?

    Wow, this was a great book! This is the first book I have read by Hurwitz and I will be adding more of his books to my "to be read" list. A great thriller with a lot of excitement and great characters. You knew right away who were the good guys (Mike Windgate and his family)and who were the bad guys but not until the last quarter of the book do you find out why the bad guys are are after Mike and his family. And the bad guys are very evil. This was a great read (or audio book as I listened to it) that is what we all look for in a thriller.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Wanderer: Thunder Point, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (845)
    Performance
    (748)
    Story
    (755)

    Nestled on the Oregon coast is a small town of rocky beaches and rugged charm. Locals love the land’s unspoiled beauty. Developers see it as a potential gold mine. When newcomer Hank Cooper learns he’s been left an old friend’s entire beachfront property, he finds himself with a community’s destiny in his hands. Cooper has never been a man to settle in one place, and Thunder Point was supposed to be just another quick stop. But Cooper finds himself getting involved with the town. And with Sarah Dupre, a woman as complicated as she is beautiful.

    Music Lover says: "Good new series by Carr"
    "Great story about friendship, love and small town"
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    What did you love best about The Wanderer?

    the location and the characters


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

    When the women in Mac's life tell him how clueless he is when it comes to women was a hoot.


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

    Life, Love and Friendship in a small town


    Any additional comments?

    This was a fun light book after reading/listening to several intense thrillers. The writing is great and characters were likeable. There is a small mystery but mostly this is a cozy read about friendship, love and a small town. After an old Army buddy dies Cooper goes to pay his respects to his friend at his home on the Oregon coast and finds more than he ever expected. I will have to read the next book in the series when it comes out later this year.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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