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Karen

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Swansea, MA | Member Since 2013

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  • Killing Sarai: A Novel (In the Company of Killers)

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By J. A. Redmerski
    • Narrated By Stephen Bel Davies, Kate Reinders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (265)
    Performance
    (242)
    Story
    (246)

    Sarai was only fourteen when her mother uprooted her to live in Mexico with a notorious drug lord. Over time she forgot what it was like to live a normal life, but she never let go of her hope to escape the compound where she has been held for the past nine years. Victor is a cold-blooded assassin who, like Sarai, has known only death and violence since he was a young boy. When Victor arrives at the compound to collect details and payment for a hit, Sarai sees him as her only opportunity for escape.

    laura says: "I LOVED being in their company"
    "Surprisingly Good Read"
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    If you could sum up Killing Sarai in three words, what would they be?

    Good suspense and characters.


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

    Yes, wondering what Victor would do next with Sarai - would her save her or kill her...good suspense.


    Have you listened to any of Stephen Bel Davies and Kate Reinders ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No -


    Any additional comments?

    This book grabbed me right away and kept me entertained. Is it excellent prose, no, but a good action and intrigue book - kept me going.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cherry Bomb: A Jacqueline 'Jack' Daniels Mystery #6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By J. A. Konrath
    • Narrated By Susie Breck, Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (209)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (151)

    Jack Daniels thought she could rest easy once she locked up the nefarious Alex Kork in prison for life. However, she hadn't counted on Kork's incredible ability to get out of any situation. Now the insane serial killer is again on the loose - and once more, Jack has to make Chicago safe from this deviant woman's evil ways. Her longtime partner, the Krispy Kreme-loving Herb, is on the case with Jack, as is her former partner and nemesis, Harry.

    Larry says: "Boy did I learn a lesson"
    "Taking A Break"
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    What did you love best about Cherry Bomb?

    Nothing to love really -


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Same old same old, really tired of Alex and felt like this was beaten to death, really sick of the whole story line.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Can't read anymore right now. I find the author has created some good characters, but is very sophomoric with some, it gets old and ridiculous, maybe he thinks it is funny, but it isn't and I'm tired, not sure if I'll read the last two or not. I am done for now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fuzzy Navel: A Jacqueline 'Jack' Daniels Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By J. A. Konrath
    • Narrated By Susie Breck, Dick Hill
    Overall
    (262)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (159)

    Chicago policewoman Jack Daniels is back, and this time she's locked up in her mother's home, along with her fiancé, her mom, and one of the scariest psychos ever to escape from prison.

    They're being held hostage by a group of vigilantes on a murderous spree, who have gone from killing bad guys to wanting to take down a cop. And the suspense is killing everyone.

    Kathy says: "Audible! Get more Konard stories!"
    "Tired of the Same Villains"
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    What did you like best about Fuzzy Navel? What did you like least?

    I really am tired of the same villains over and over - I am bored with her. I think the same one is in the next book, so taking a break for now.


    If you’ve listened to books by J. A. Konrath before, how does this one compare?

    It is ok, not great - tiring at some points.


    What about Susie Breck and Dick Hill ’s performance did you like?

    They did a great job.


    Could you see Fuzzy Navel being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Please, no.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anthony Doerr
    • Narrated By Zach Appelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8792)
    Performance
    (7675)
    Story
    (7697)

    Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

    Annie M. says: "Time well spent"
    "Lovely Story"
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    What did you love best about All the Light We Cannot See?

    The way you got to know the characters and how they coped with the war.


    What about Zach Appelman’s performance did you like?

    I liked his reading - he captured my attention.


    If you could take any character from All the Light We Cannot See out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I think her Great Uncle Etienne would be fascinating to meet. He was a thoughtful and intelligent man and with all his troubles, his relationship with Marie-Laure brings him out of his issues and he blossoms, seems like an interesting chap.


    Any additional comments?

    Beautifully written - I really enjoyed it. I normally hit the mysteries and adventure and while this book had those things the writing was ethereal and yet so beautifully descriptive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Code Within: A Thriller: Trent Turner, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By S. L. Jones
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (34)

    For years, Trent Turner has worked in the shadows using his vigilance and determination to covertly defend his country. His anonymous days dispatching of the world's dark realities are interrupted when the unthinkable happens and sends him on a path that could destroy him. He finds himself embroiled in a conspiracy where political and financial powers collide when members of a hacktivist group are strong-armed into helping a sworn enemy of the United States rise to power once again.

    M. Sterkel says: "Good book a lot going on."
    "Good Storyline but Disjointed"
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    What did you love best about The Code Within: A Thriller?

    The storyline was interesting, but this book was hard to follow, I had to keep re-listening to make sure I hadn't missed something. I hadn't but the leaps were odd and I wondered how they got from point A to point D without hitting B and C. There were many characters and it took a while to understand who was who - once I got it the book was interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    I may try another book, but hopeful the author doesn't jump so much.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood with Britain in Its Darkest, Finest Hour

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Lynne Olson
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (629)
    Performance
    (362)
    Story
    (377)

    Here is the behind-the-scenes story of how the United States forged its wartime alliance with Britain, told from the perspective of three key American players in London: Edward R. Murrow, Averell Harriman, and John Gilbert Winant. Drawing from a variety of primary sources, Olson skillfully depicts the dramatic personal journeys of these men who, determined to save Britain from Hitler, helped convince a cautious Franklin Roosevelt and a reluctant American public to support the British at a critical time.

    Susan says: "If we are together nothing is impossible"
    "Great Book!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Gives a detailed history of what was going on during WWII and made me feel like my history classes cheated me out of so much history!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Citizens of London?

    There are to many to count - this book was so informative, interesting and brought so much to light. London during the war had so much to contend with and this book really digs into the relationship between key figures from the US and UK.


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

    Yes - but don't want to spoil it if a reader doesn't know the facts.


    Any additional comments?

    Good read - all Americans should read this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • State of Emergency

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Marc Cameron
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (91)

    Two agents, Russian and American, are brutally murdered. College students, working as drug mules, die gruesome deaths from radiation poisoning. Powerful dirty bombs explode minutes apart in San Francisco and St. Petersburg, Russia - slaughtering citizens and spreading blind panic throughout the world. But this is only a warning. The next attack will be nuclear.

    Jason says: "The series matures"
    "Fun Story - Narration a Disappointment"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    The action is always fun and interesting.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    His voice for Zamora was awful, he squealed to the point that it hurt my ears. Tom Weiner was much better in my opinion.


    Any additional comments?

    Do the authors listen to the books before they are released? I struggled with the high pitch yelping - it hurt my ears and I had to turn the volume way down. If he does another book I hope he goes back to Tom Weiner.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bodyguard of Lies: The Cellar Series

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Bob Mayer
    • Narrated By Diane Havens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    Two women become inextricably involved in a dangerous web of lies, intrigue, and betrayal as they fight for their lives and the safety of their country. Neeley is the lover and protege of Gant, a Cellar operative, and is trying to pick up the pieces of her life after Gant's death and unveil a mystery that Gant always held close to his chest. Hannah, a housewife, is equally lost after her husband simply disappears.

    Steve says: "Packed with Action and Intrigue"
    "Interesting Story - Not so great reader"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was ok, at first, as others noted, the editing was bad, jumped around in the beginning and with no pause or break it could be confusing, once the story settled in I was intrigued and enjoyed it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked both female lead characters quirky and different but they melded well.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She was hollow and lifeless and the voice of Nero was awful, I had visions of her holding her nose and talking. While her voice was clear she was emotionless and it was odd to hear action parts of the book so bland.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Needed a better reader and maybe some better editing, but the story is good and kept me interested, I enjoyed the story. Would be interested in hearing the book with someone else reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Invisible

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Andrew Britton
    • Narrated By J. Charles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    Tensions between Pakistan and India are at an all-time high. To complicate matters, 12 American climbers have disappeared in the snow-capped peaks of Pakistan's Hindu Kush range. The president is demanding answers, but neither government is supplying them. In the wake of an unprecedented attack, Ryan Kealey's operation goes into high gear.

    Kathryn says: "Best to skip this one"
    "Not Sure I Like the Author's Portrayal of Women"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was ok, not my best listen, not the worst.


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

    It was ok, a bit slow at times, too much explanation of what people were wearing when it had no real impact on the story and just seemed to fill space with some details that just weren't worth knowing.


    What didn’t you like about J. Charles’s performance?

    I didn't like his performance - Christopher Lane does a much better job. I found the J. Charles didn't hold my attention as well, I had to rewind and listen to several parts as my mind wandered away from his narration.


    Do you think The Invisible needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Sure, I do like the main character for the most part. I enjoy getting to know them and watch them mature and change.


    Any additional comments?

    I feel this author does a good job of plot writing, but I take issue with how he portrays women in his books, we aren't all nuts. I feel that he makes the women seem trite and in this one a bit crazy and too emotional at times. I would like to see him portray a strong and confident woman in a role with the main character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The English Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1139)
    Performance
    (678)
    Story
    (670)

    Israeli art restorer and occasional secret agent Gabriel Allon has a problem. He finds a prominent Swiss banker dead in front of his Raphael, and he's the prime suspect. After some diplomatic intervention, Allon is freed. However, the banker's daughter tells him that her father's French Impressionist paintings, acquired under dubious circumstances during WWII, have been stolen by the murderers. Once Allon knows about the wartime misdeeds, he is pursued by a shadowy killer known only as "the Englishman."

    Oxi says: "I'm hooked..."
    "Good Story, But Slow"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed the story, but sometimes too much explanation and I would lose the momentum of the action. The reader is ok, but again slow.......


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Understanding the intriguing plot was fun, because of excessive explanations I tended to lose interest at times and would have to replay a segment as I just knew I missed something.


    What aspect of John Lee’s performance would you have changed?

    Read a bit more upbeat


    Was The English Assassin worth the listening time?

    Could have been a bit shorter.....


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kill Artist

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1079)
    Performance
    (937)
    Story
    (944)

    After the assassination of his wife and son, Gabriel Allon retires from his brutal anti-terrorist career and loses himself in his previous cover job: art restoration. But when Tariq al-Hourani, the Palestinian terrorist responsible for his family’s death, begins a killing spree designed to destroy Middle East peace talks, Gabriel once again slips into the shadowy world of international intrigue. In a global game of hide-and-seek, the motives of Gabriel and Tariq soon become more personal than political.

    Snoodely says: "Reluctant Assassin"
    "Story was Ok - slow to move"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Get another narrator, I know many people like George Guidall but he sounds like he has a mouth full of saliva all the time and he can be difficult to understand.....don't think I can listen to this series - too much spit!


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of George Guidall?

    Someone with a clearer voice and younger. I find that many of these books I like are read by him and I just can't get through another series with him reading.


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

    Probably not.


    Any additional comments?

    I feel like this series may be good from other reviews I've read but as I stated before I can't get through the series with this narrator, it is to laborious for me to listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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