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  • Say Goodbye

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee, Lincoln Hoppe
    Overall
    (541)
    Performance
    (321)
    Story
    (322)

    For Kimberly Quincy, FBI Special Agent, it all starts with a pregnant hooker. The story Delilah Rose tells Kimberly about her johns is too horrifying to be true; but prostitutes are disappearing, one by one, with no explanation, and no one but Kimberly seems to care.

    KSK says: "Not for the faint of heart"
    "Not for the faint of heart"
    Overall

    This book is an engrossing listen ~ well written and very well narrated ~ but be warned: if you have children, especially if you have a young boy, parts of this book will break your heart. Certain passages are very hard to listen to, and might just make you frightened enough never, ever to let your child out of your sight for a single moment.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Zomblog, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By TW Brown
    • Narrated By Erik Bryon, Emily Dane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    Samuel Todd is a regular guy: ...Failed husband... ...Loving father... ...Dutiful worker... ...Aspiring rockstar. He had no idea if anyone would care, or take the time, to read his daily blog entries about his late night observations. But what started as an open monologue of his day-to-day life became a running journal of the firsthand account detailing the rising of the dead and the downfall and degradation of mankind...

    rene says: "A decent story"
    "Mediocre with a capital "M""
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Zomblog better?

    This book would have been greatly improved if it had been written by a vastly more talented author, and narrated by a far superior voice actor.


    Would you ever listen to anything by TW Brown again?

    No. Nope. N.O. Never. Not ever. I may actually bill Mr. Brown for the precious hour of my life that I spent attempting to listen to this dreck.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Erik Bryon and Emily Dane ’s performances?

    Nooooo. The male narrator is bad; so, so bad.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Zomblog?

    All of them?


    Any additional comments?

    Please save your credit for a better book than this one. It's truly, deeply mediocre. The writing is sub-par, and so is the narration. I couldn't possible recommend it less. I'm returning the book the moment I finish writing this review. It's BAD; trust me.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4285)
    Performance
    (2446)
    Story
    (2447)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

    Zachary says: "Matterhorn"
    "Very powerful"
    Overall

    I don't know what made me download this book, since it's such a departure from my usual listening fare. But I'm SO glad I stretched from my comfort zone. This book was flat-out incredible: the writing was engrossing, the characters were finely drawn, and the narration was excellent. There were a lot of people to keep track of, which initially almost put me off the book, but there came a point, an hour or 2 in, when I realized that I was completely and utterly engrossed, and from then on the book never let go of me. It was by turns heartbreaking and uplifting, and I became invested in the fate of each and every character. I thought I knew about the Vietnam War, but after listening to Matterhorn I realized that what I thought I knew barely scratched the surface. I can't recommend this book highly enough.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Neighbor: A Detective D. D. Warren Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card, Kirby Heyborne, Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1376)
    Performance
    (712)
    Story
    (715)

    It was a case guaranteed to spark a media feeding frenzy: a young mother, blond and pretty, disappears without a trace from her South Boston home, leaving behind her four-year-old daughter as the only witness and her handsome, secretive husband as the prime suspect. But from the moment Detective Sergeant D. D. Warren arrives at the Joneses - a snug little bungalow, she senses something off about the picture of wholesome normality the couple worked so hard to create.

    KSK says: "Listen to "Say Goodbye" first"
    "Listen to "Say Goodbye" first"
    Overall

    I really liked this book, so much so that immediately after finishing it I downloaded and listened to "Say Goodbye", also by Lisa Gardner. "Say Goodbye" is well written and well narrated, so I recommend it with a caveat: it does deal with child sexual abuse, and includes some truly horrible and heartbreaking scenes, so the listener should be forewarned.
    One thing I didn't see mentioned in the overview of "The Neighbor" or in any of the other reviews, is that one of its key plot points is a continuation of one of the key plot points of "Say Goodbye". I figured this out pretty early on while listening to "Say Goodbye", so parts of the book weren't as suspenseful or surprising as they might have been otherwise. Bottom line, I recommend both books, but definitely recommend listening to "Say Goodbye" first. Just know what you're getting into, because it can be hard to take!

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Duma Key: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By John Slattery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5052)
    Performance
    (1753)
    Story
    (1742)

    A terrible accident takes Edgar Freemantle's right arm and scrambles his memory and his mind, leaving him with little but rage as he begins the ordeal of rehabilitation. When his marriage suddenly ends, Edgar begins to wish he hadn't survived his injuries. He wants out. His psychologist suggests a new life distant from the Twin Cities, along with something else.

    Amazon Customer says: "Play the Book and Let the Book Play You"
    "Wow. Just ~ wow."
    Overall

    I was completely, totally caught up, sucked in, taken up with this book. I listened at every possible opportunity ~ made excuses to wash dishes, do laundry; any mindless activity where I could rationalize putting on my iPod. I loved the characters, loved the story, loved the narration, just loved everything about this book. If you're a Stephen King fan ~ or even if you're not ~ get this book. You won't regret it.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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