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Kim

BROOKSVILLE, FL, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Bonnie

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Iris Johansen
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (291)
    Performance
    (239)
    Story
    (247)

    When Eve Duncan gave birth to her daughter, she experienced a love she never knew existed. Nothing would stand in the way of giving Bonnie a wonderful life - until the unthinkable happened and the seven-year-old vanished into thin air. Eve found herself in the throes of a nightmare from which there was no escape.

    Johanna says: "painful"
    "I listened to 14 books for THIS conclusion?"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A less whiny Eve and a completely different ending.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Iris Johansen again?

    I'm unfortunately invested. I've already purchased thru the end of the Taking Eve Trilogy, so yes, I'll listen. But I truly don't expect my reviews to get any better.


    What didn’t you like about Jennifer Van Dyck’s performance?

    She can't do accents worth a damn. If she wants to hear a fake actor Cajun accent, she should listen to movie The Big Easy. She's too melodramatic. I just can't like her narrations.


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

    I realize that this book was a history compilation, but there was SO much repetition from previous books. But I also know it's necessary if someone unwittingly comes in to a series this long in the middle ....


    Any additional comments?

    I can't believe I've waited with bated breath for the resolution to what happened to Bonnie. I'm so disappointed with the ending. It was such a let down.

    0 of 0 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
    (15)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    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.

    Kim says: "He Just Isn't Joe Ledger"
    "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
    (16)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    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
    (10980)
    Performance
    (9960)
    Story
    (9982)

    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
    (1051)
    Performance
    (437)
    Story
    (446)

    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
  • Material Witness: A Joe Ledger Bonus Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 16 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (91)

    This short thriller takes Joe Ledger into the mysterious, troubled town of Pine Deep, Pennsylvania, the setting for Maberry’s chilling Pine Deep Trilogy. In Pine Deep, nothing is what it seems.

    kms86 says: "get The Missing Files instead"
    "I may have to read Pine Deep"
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    What did you love best about Material Witness?

    I love the fact that all of these "Joe Ledger" stories blend. I actually had to go back and write a timeline, including all of the shorts, so I could better follow everything. Material Witness happens early in the series. Follows Zero Tolerance.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character is always Joe. Does anyone say anything else?


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

    Moved me? Not emotionally in the way you'd think. Creeped me out? Yeah, Jonathan did that to me in this one.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Extinction Machine: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1213)
    Performance
    (1147)
    Story
    (1136)

    The president of the United States vanishes from the White House. A top-secret prototype stealth fighter is destroyed during a test flight. Witnesses on the ground say that it was shot down by a craft that immediately vanished at impossible speeds. All over the world, reports of UFOs are increasing at an alarming rate. And in a remote fossil dig in China dinosaur hunters have found something that is definitely not of this earth.

    Karen says: "Another Amazing Entry in the Series"
    "Crop Circles at the White House"
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    Where does Extinction Machine rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    All audiobooks? Gah! That's not fair. Okay. Right up there in the top 1% for two reasons - Jonathan Maberry and Ray Porter.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Again, REALLY? Okay. Don't make me choose between Church, Joe, Bunny and Top. Just don't make me. Who do I hate? VP Bill Collins. He can't go down soon enough.


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

    Everything. Literally. Drama. Suspense. Humor. Everything.


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

    Yeah, but it would be a teaser and that's not fair. Let's just said it was the last couple minutes of the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joe Ledger: Special Ops

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (247)
    Performance
    (232)
    Story
    (230)

    Captain Joe Ledger - former cop, former Army Ranger, and currently the top-kick of Echo Team, an elite squad of first-class shooters who roll out to face down the world's most dangerous terrorists. Not fanatics with explosive vests or political hostage takers. Joe and his team square off against terrorists who have the most advanced and exotic weapons of mass destruction, designer bioweapons, cutting-edge transgenics…real mad-scientist stuff.

    Tracy says: "If you have already read Missing Files"
    "Ahhhh - the more Joe the better"
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    What did you love best about Joe Ledger: Special Ops?

    Joe Ledger, of course


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's a bunch of shorts. Let me help everyone. Chapter 1 is a prequel to the entire series. Chapter 2 is several week after Patient Zero. Chapter 4 takes place after Zero Tolerance. Chapter 3 is a Prequel to the Dragon Factory. Chapter 6 is after the Dragon Factory. Chapter 8 is after Assassin's Code. Chapter 11 between Assassin's Code & Extinction Machine. Chapter 9 is after after Code Zero. Chapter 10 is after Code Zero. The only short NOT in this complication is Dog Days.


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

    I have not. But since I'm finished with Mr. Ledger until the next one comes out, I've just ordered and am downloading another book solely because Ray Porter is narrating.


    Who was the most memorable character of Joe Ledger: Special Ops and why?

    Really? Don't make me choose between Church, Joe, Bunny or Top. Don't make me do it.


    Any additional comments?

    Ray Porter brings these books to life. That being said, ALL of these shorts tell huge stories between the full Ledger books. You learn ALOT. Don't pass them up.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Zero Tolerance

    • UNABRIDGED (44 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (112)

    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.

    Noah says: "Good but not worth using your credit, just buy it"
    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Countdown: A Prequel Story to Patient Zero

    • UNABRIDGED (19 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (62)

    Meet Joe Ledger, Baltimore PD, attached to a Homeland task force … who’s about to get a serious promotion.

    John says: "Unnecessary"
    "Yay. A Prequel."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Countdown to be better than the print version?

    I have no idea. I haven't read the print version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Joe's really the only character in the book. As it should be.


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    Every. Word.


    Any additional comments?

    Even though a lot of this happens in the first chapter in Patient Zero, I enjoyed this very short short alot. Joe makes me smile.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dragon Factory: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2125)
    Performance
    (1864)
    Story
    (1866)

    In The Dragon Factory, Ledger and his team from the Department of Military Sciences square off against two separate groups of corrupt scientists. The beautiful but twisted Jakoby Twins are creating transgenic monsters and genetically enhanced mercenaries for sale to the highest bidder. Their father, who takes evil to an entirely new level, is using cutting-edge science to complete the Nazi master-race program.

    crazybatcow says: "Without the lectures, it's a decent action novel"
    "Let Me Just Put On My Tinfoil Hat"
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    If you could sum up The Dragon Factory in three words, what would they be?

    Where's Book Three?


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

    Until the very last minute. This whole series could be called The DMS Conspiracy Theory.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All of the little critters in the Dragon Factory made me happy - and damn scared (note Tin Foil Hat above)


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

    TIN. FOIL. HAT.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Joe Ledger. This series could go on forever, as far as I'm concerned. As long as NO ONE in Echo Team gets hurt.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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