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Karen

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Swansea, MA | Member Since 2010

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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
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (98)

    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.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "AWESOME!"
    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • State of the Union

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (921)
    Performance
    (722)
    Story
    (722)

    The most unlikely terrorist enemy of all now holds a knife against the country’s throat. With both diplomatic and conventional military options swept from the table, the president calls upon Navy SEAL turned Secret Service agent Scot Harvath to disable a brilliantly orchestrated conspiracy intended to bring the United States to its knees. Teamed with beautiful Russian Intelligence agent Alexandra Ivanova and a highly trained CIA paramilitary detachment, Harvath embarks on an adrenaline-fueled search that spans the world.

    Tomas says: "Thrilling!"
    "Reader Was Too Big a Change For Me"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of State of the Union?

    It was an ok book, hard to listen to the reader.


    What didn’t you like about George Guidall’s performance?

    I really didn't like the reader, couldn't listen to him on my jambox, he sounded like he had marbles in his mouth and then on my computer, changing the EQ to spoken voice it was a bit better, he just wasn't the right reader for me. I've read other people love him, count me out. I am enjoying the series, but have to suffer through 3 more of Guidall's performance to stay on track - ack what an awful reader for these books.


    Any additional comments?

    Other than why they used this guy as the reader - it was ok.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Critical Conditions: A Dr. Alan Gregory Mystery #6

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Stephen White
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (58)

    When an emergency call brings Dr. Alan Gregory to an ICU, he finds 15-year-old Merritt Strait recovering from a suicide attempt. Her stepsister, Chaney, already lies near death - after her managed care provider turned down an experimental treatment that could save her life. When a wealthy executive with the family's HMO is shot to death, Alan discovers shocking evidence linking Merritt to his killing. As time runs out, he searches for answers and discovers the truth about a family that will stop at nothing to save one of its own.

    Snoodely says: "This book kept me up all night!"
    "Good Story but Reader was tough"
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    What did you love best about Critical Conditions?

    I have enjoyed all the Alan Gregory Mysteries, but in this one the reader, Dick Hill, read the female teen's voice so low and I really had trouble hearing those parts and they were key to the story. I tried turning the volume up and down but it was always a bit difficult to hear when he was doing her voice.....


    Did Dick Hill do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    He made it hard to hear the teen girl's voice.....


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

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fire and Ice: A Liam Campbell Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (323)
    Performance
    (279)
    Story
    (274)

    In this mystery series by Dana Stabenow, the Edgar Award-winning author returns to the Alaskan setting she's famous for, with a wonderful character - state trooper Liam Campbell. Liam's just been transferred from Anchorage to the small fishing village of Newenham, Alaska - where a local pilot seems to have lost his head.

    Daniel Chapman says: "A quick heads up!"
    "Couldn't Get Into it.."
    Overall
    Performance
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    What disappointed you about Fire and Ice: A Liam Campbell Mystery?

    I seriously had no interest in finishing the book. I usually make myself finish, but I just couldn't. The main character is a man and the woman does a poor job trying to sound like a man....for some reason this really bugged me...sorry.


    Has Fire and Ice: A Liam Campbell Mystery turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yep - will never purchase another


    How could the performance have been better?

    Different reader


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

    Nothing - couldn't stand it


    Any additional comments?

    Wasted a credit on this for sure....don't bother

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Irreparable Harm

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Melissa F. Miller
    • Narrated By Karen Commins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (23)

    There's a smartphone app capable of crashing a commercial jet. And it's for sale to the highest bidder.... Attorney Sasha McCandless is closing in on the prize: After eight years of long hours, she's about to make partner at a prestigious law firm. All she has to do is keep her head down and her billable hours up. Then a plane operated by her client slams into the side of a mountain, killing everyone aboard. She gears up for the inevitable civil lawsuits. But, as Sasha digs into the case, she learns the crash was no accident.

    Linda says: "Good story, a little unbelievable, bad reader"
    "Ok Story, Really Disliked the Reader"
    Overall
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    What did you like best about Irreparable Harm? What did you like least?

    Not too much


    Would you recommend Irreparable Harm to your friends? Why or why not?

    I wouldn't recommend this to friends, the reader was just awful and the story was trite. I found that I had figured most of it out not long into the story, so not captivating.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Get a different reader with more inflection in the voice


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

    Not a good one...


    Any additional comments?

    I wanted to like this book and the main character was likable but just had a horrible time with the reader.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Overlook: Harry Bosch Series, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    Overall
    (1694)
    Performance
    (422)
    Story
    (417)

    A body has been found on the overlook near Mulholland Drive. The victim, identified as Dr. Stanley Kent, has two bullet holes in the back of his head, from what looks like an execution-style shooting. LAPD detective Harry Bosch is called out to investigate. As soon as Bosch begins retracing Dr. Kent's steps, contradictions emerge. While Kent doesn't seem to have had ties to organized crime, he did have access to dangerous radioactive substances from just about every hospital in Los Angeles County.

    JoAnn Marcon says: "Good thriller"
    "Almost didn't listen"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I found the saxophone at the beginning very irritating and hard to hear the reader as the music came through louder, it went on for longer that I felt was necessary and I figured it there was the music the whole time then I couldn't have listened. It did stop and I don't mind hearing music between the chapters but not when the reader is speaking, too much.

    Story was ok - not my favorite Bosch book.


    Which character – as performed by Len Cariou – was your favorite?

    Len Cariou is Bosch - he is great.


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

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fire and Ice: A Beaumont and Brady Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By J.A. Jance
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber, Erik Davies
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (83)

    Not since Partner in Crime have New York Times bestselling author J. A. Jance's beloved series characters shared a stage. But now, in a pair of cases that cross state lines, Beaumont and Brady are back! Seattle investigator J. P. Beaumont is working a series of murders in which six young women have been wrapped in tarps, doused with gasoline, and set on fire. Their charred remains have been creating a grisly pattern of death across western Washington.

    Patroo says: "Not a barn burner, but a nice way to pass the time"
    "Good Story"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to Fire and Ice the most enjoyable?

    The story was interesting and kept me going.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way the stories wove together.


    Did Hillary Huber and Erik Davies do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I thought Erik Davies did ok, but Hillary Huber didn't have spark or personality to me. This was the part of the book I didn't care for. Bring back Gene Engene....


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Failure to Appear: J. P. Beaumont Series, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By J. A. Jance
    • Narrated By Gene Engene
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (52)

    J. P. Beaumont's teenaged daughter has run off. Her tracks lead to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and a case of murder.

    Karen says: "Bad Decisions"
    "Bad Decisions"
    Overall
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    Where does Failure to Appear rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'm really enjoying this series, but this was the most disappointing one for me. Beau made some decisions that just didn't make sense to me. It wasn't awful, but just wondered why he made several decisions that just didn't follow suit for me.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Beau make some better decisions when he was thinking of family...


    Have you listened to any of Gene Engene’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He's grown on me and I really like him, it would be hard to hear anyone else read as Beau - he does a good job.


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

    Yes - but not going to give anything away.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden: A Bone Secrets Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kendra Elliot
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (544)
    Performance
    (484)
    Story
    (481)

    Eleven years ago, the Co-Ed Slayer murdered nine female college students on the Oregon State University campus. Lacey Campbell barely survived his attack, but he killed her best friend, Suzanne, whose body was never found. Now a forensic odontologist analyzing teeth and bones for the state medical examiner, Lacey is devastated when she identifies Suzanne’s remains at a crime scene. She finds comfort in the arms of ex-cop Jack Harper, and sparks fly between them.

    English Teach says: "Okay"
    "Well...."
    Overall
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The story was ok, but not great. Also the author leaves out some logical behaviors of the characters, which bugs me personally. The chapter on the sex scene was way too long and ridiculous to me.

    I did like that the reader just read, and didn't try to sound like a man......


    Would you recommend Hidden to your friends? Why or why not?

    Not really


    Have you listened to any of Kate Rudd’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Don't think I'll continue with this series, first one was enough for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Killing Hour

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (520)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (218)

    A serial killer watches and waits. Each time, he takes two victims, preparing the first's body with all the clues the police need to find the second, who is still alive. The clock ticks, and the second one can still be saved. But the police never make it in time. The second one dies. For years, the killer has plagued the city with the same pattern, but the police never pick up on it quickly enough.

    Mina Brown says: "Captivating--it hooks you!"
    "Enjoyed the Story, Not the Reader"
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    What did you love best about The Killing Hour?

    Story kept me going, and I enjoyed it very much.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mac - he kept me guessing


    How could the performance have been better?

    Get a reader with some inflection in her voice. She speaks in a monotone much of the time and the few times she doesn't - seems overdone. I really didn't enjoy hearing her, but the story was good.


    Any additional comments?

    Get a different reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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