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Kim

BROOKSVILLE, FL, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Zero Tolerance

    • UNABRIDGED (44 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (119)

    Zero Tolerance picks up a few weeks after the close of Maberry’s action-thriller Patient Zero. Dropping back into the world of former Baltimore cop Joe Ledger, the Department of Military Sciences, and flesh-eating zombies, fans of the series will finally see the tying up of a few loose ends.

    Kim says: "I Love These Shorts"
    "I Love These Shorts"
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    Where does Zero Tolerance rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right Up There in the TOP TOP TOP.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Zero Tolerance?

    Amira in the caves.


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    Every. Moment.


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

    No movies. They'd probably put someone stupid like Tom Cruise as Joe and I'd have to vomit.


    Any additional comments?

    I love the fact that this short ties up Book One.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Out of the Shadows: Shadows Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Kay Hooper
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (62)

    The small, friendly town of Gladstone, Tennessee seems the ideal place to raise a family - until two teenagers are found tortured to death. Sheriff Miranda Knight will do anything to make her small town safe again, even if it means calling in Noah Bishop, the FBI’s psychic profiler. The last time she and Noah combined their psychic powers, she was almost destroyed. Now she must learn to trust him again, or she will most certainly die at the hands of the monster who’s stalking her town.

    David says: "Yuck."
    "Great Story, Horrible Narration"
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    What made the experience of listening to Out of the Shadows the most enjoyable?

    The end of it. The narrator was just horrible.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Out of the Shadows?

    Bishop coming up over the hill into Gladstone. Makes me smile.


    Would you be willing to try another one of C. J. Critt’s performances?

    Not if i can help it.


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

    The interplay among Bishop's team is always good. These books (despite their usually depressing subject matter) usually make me smile.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hiding in the Shadows

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Kay Hooper
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (69)

    Accident victim Faith Parker has done what her doctors feared she never would: awakened from the coma that held her prisoner for weeks. But she has no memory of the crash that nearly killed her - or the life that led up to it. Nor does she remember journalist Dinah Leighton, the steadfast friend who visited her in the hospital...until she disappeared without a trace.

    Chris says: "Good performance"
    "Good Story, Another poor narrator"
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    What made the experience of listening to Hiding in the Shadows the most enjoyable?

    This is my third go thru for the entire series and I still find myself wanting more of Bishop.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I must say I liked Faith and Dinah just as much as I did Bishop in this book. The interplay between them throughout the book was excellent.


    How could the performance have been better?

    It could have been read by someone else.


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


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stealing Shadows

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Kay Hooper
    • Narrated By Cristine McMurdo-Wallis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (245)
    Performance
    (224)
    Story
    (223)

    From best-selling author Kay Hooper comes a thrilling tale with a paranormal bent and a touch of romance. Cassie Neill has a powerful but troubling gift. She can see inside the minds of serial killers as they are planning their crimes. Tormented by her ability, she takes refuge in a secluded North Carolina town. But there’s no escaping her visions, and when a body surfaces just where she predicted, Cassie is suddenly a suspect.

    anmaree says: "Fantastic "read""
    "Gotta Go With Great Story, Horrible Narration"
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    What did you love best about Stealing Shadows?

    Meeting Bishop. This is my third time thru the series and I must say I still found myself smiling.


    What other book might you compare Stealing Shadows to and why?

    Probably the Sherlock and Savich FBI series by Catherine Coulter, but I confess I like Bishop and crew better.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She was annoying. She made Bishop sound like a lispy little girl. It was horrible.


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

    I always do wanna listen to Bishop all the way thru .....


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 360-Degree Leader: Developing Your Influence from Anywhere in the Organization

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By John C. Maxwell
    • Narrated By Wayne Shepherd
    Overall
    (490)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (109)

    In his nearly thirty years of teaching leadership, John Maxwell has encountered this question again and again: How do I apply leadership principles if I'm not the boss? It's a valid question that Maxwell answers in The 360-Degree Leader. You don't have to be the main leader, asserts Maxwell, to make significant impact in your organization. Good leaders are not only capable of leading their followers but are also adept at leading their superiors and their peers.

    Amazon Customer says: "Leaders will want their employees to read this"
    "Sigh. A leadership book I liked."
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    What made the experience of listening to The 360-Degree Leader the most enjoyable?

    From the first chapter, I could identify with who he was talking about in my own company. He helped me better understand "leading from any chair" .... I didn't wanna like this book - but I did.


    What other book might you compare The 360-Degree Leader to and why?

    I have no idea. I hate leadership books.


    What three words best describe Wayne Shepherd’s voice?

    Eh. I got no words. I didn't care that much. It was an educational training book.


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

    WHAT?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 5 Levels of Leadership: Proven Steps to Maximize Your Potential

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By John C. Maxwell
    • Narrated By John C. Maxwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (538)
    Performance
    (461)
    Story
    (444)

    True leadership isn't a matter of having a certain job or title. In fact, being chosen for a position is only the first of the five levels every effective leader achieves. To become more than "the boss" people follow only because they are required to, you have to master the ability to invest in people and inspire them. To grow further in your role, you must achieve results and build a team that produces. You need to help people to develop their skills to become leaders in their own right. And if you have the skill and dedication, you can reach the pinnacle of leadership....

    Stephanie says: "Relevant and Applicable"
    "I really don't WANNA like this guy"
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    What did you love best about The 5 Levels of Leadership?

    Let's not get CRAZY. I'll never "love" a leadership training book. But Mr . Maxwell helps me see more clearly the management where I work and what I need to do to work with them or get around them.


    What other book might you compare The 5 Levels of Leadership to and why?

    I have no idea. I read the 360 degree leader and liked it just as much as this one. Both my Maxwell.


    What three words best describe John C. Maxwell’s voice?

    Aging. Irritating. Slurry.


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

    Really? It's a LEADERSHIP book. It was educational.


    Any additional comments?

    Listening, I can pick out the people in my company who will never rise above Level 1 Leadership. I'm glad I don't work for them any more. Mr. Maxwell's books are eye opening if you can get past his voice. He sounds like he's wearing false teeth and they don't fit right. He should have let Scott Brick or Ray Porter read these.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • White Fire: Agent Pendergast, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2001)
    Performance
    (1777)
    Story
    (1792)

    Special Agent Pendergast arrives at an exclusive Colorado ski resort to rescue his protégée, Corrie Swanson, from serious trouble with the law. His sudden appearance coincides with the first attack of a murderous arsonist who - with brutal precision - begins burning down multimillion-dollar mansions with the families locked inside. After springing Corrie from jail, Pendergast learns she made a discovery while examining the bones of several miners who were killed 150 years earlier by a rogue grizzly bear.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Grand Slam Tale of Terror"
    "Another Page Turner Featuring AXL Pendergast"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of White Fire to be better than the print version?

    I have no idea, I don't do print any more. I don't have time.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Always Pendergast. Although I love D'Agosta and Mime.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    As much as he can. I MUCH prefer Scott Brick.


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

    I would have loved to. But it was very long. And this is the second listen of the entire series that I'm doing since a new book is out in a month.


    Any additional comments?

    I remembered being irritated with Corrie the last time I listened. But I REALLY don't like the girl. At all. And since she was the main character in this book, she was truly annoying. She hasn't grown at all since Pendergast first met her. Screws up and does lip service apologies. Over and over. Ungrateful little monster.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Voodoo Ridge: A Cordell Logan Mystery, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By David Freed
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    In 1956 a plane bearing mysterious cargo takes off from a small airport outside Los Angeles and disappears into a raging storm. Nearly 60 years later, while flying over the Sierra Nevada, retired military assassin turned civilian flight instructor and would-be Buddhist Cordell Logan catches a glint of sunlight on metal and spots what appears to be an aircraft wreckage. His life will never be the same.

    Stephanie says: "you don't guess his endings"
    "He Just Isn't Joe Ledger"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Voodoo Ridge to be better than the print version?

    I have no idea. I haven't used print in a while now.


    Would you recommend Voodoo Ridge to your friends? Why or why not?

    Probably not. I just couldn't get invested enough.


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

    Everything. If Mr. Porter hadn't been narrating, I wouldn't have listened/read.


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

    By the time I finished book 2 I hated Savannah so much I couldn't stand it. And I hated Logan for his dependence on her and her love. This book didn't change either one of those things.


    Any additional comments?

    The lame main characters aside, the STORY was good -- I didn't figure it out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fangs Out: A Cordell Logan Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By David Freed
    • Narrated By Keith Szarabajka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    Moments before he is executed, the killer of the daughter of Hub Walker, a famous Vietnam War pilot and hero, makes a startling allegation, claiming that the real murderer is a close friend of Walker’s, a prominent U.S. defense contractor. Walker wants to hire somebody willing to spend a few days digging up information that will refute the convicted killer’s groundless but widely reported claims and will help restore his friend’s good name. That somebody, as fate would have it, is Cordell Logan....

    Kim says: "It's just not the same without Ray Porter"
    "It's just not the same without Ray Porter"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Sure, Book 2 will tie into Book 3. I had to listen to it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The end of it.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Keith Szarabajka?

    Ray Porter.


    Was Fangs Out worth the listening time?

    Sure, like I said, I needed to get to Book 3


    Any additional comments?

    I'm sure Book 2 was as good as Book 1, but I wanted to be listening to Ray Porter. I just simply couldn't wait for it to be over so I could listen to Mr. Porter narrate Book 3.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12132)
    Performance
    (11020)
    Story
    (11046)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "I really loved this book"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of 14 to be better than the print version?

    I have no idea. I don't read books any more.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 14?

    The random comment comparing someone in the book to "Dr. Walter Bishop" ... I still giggle over it.


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

    Everything. I bought this book solely because Ray Porter narrated it and because I'd already re-listened to the Joe Ledger series three times in a row and there still isn't another Joe Ledger book to listen to. I just now ordered another unknown to me author - narrated by Ray Porter.


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

    The Control Room. That whole thing. The visualization of it. Moved me in a hugely creepy way.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book. I came into it blind. I did not know Peter Clines although the synopsis sounded like something I'd like. I was very correct. I will go look for more of Mr. Clines' books - hopefully narrated by Ray Porter.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • From the Corner of His Eye

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1101)
    Performance
    (485)
    Story
    (494)

    Bartholomew Lampion is born on a day of tragedy and terror that will mark his family forever. All agree that his unusual eyes are the most beautiful they have ever seen. On this same day, a thousand miles away, a ruthless man learns that he has a mortal enemy named Bartholomew. He embarks on a relentless search to find this enemy, a search that will consume his life. And a girl is born from a brutal rape, her destiny mysteriously linked to Barty and the man who stalks him.

    Ric says: "Great Book"
    "Longest 21 hours I've spent in a long long time"
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    What made the experience of listening to From the Corner of His Eye the most enjoyable?

    I totally engaged with the characters, all of them.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of From the Corner of His Eye?

    Wouldn't this be considered a spoiler? It's too late in the book and too important to mention.


    Which character – as performed by Stephen Lang – was your favorite?

    Probably Angel


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

    Extreme, oh boy. Junior's character made my lips curl in disgust. Vanadium made me smile. The entire last hour made me sob.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Dean Koontz. I doubt that there are six of his books that I haven't read. While I liked the book well enough, it took well over 3 hours to get to the meat. The next 16 hours were entertaining and sometimes nail biting. He ended it well, since it spanned so much time, but I have to say, I won't re-listen to it. It was just too disturbing all the way around. I'd rather re-listen to Frankenstein or Odd Thomas or even Moonlight Bay with its missing third book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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