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Kristine

ROWLETT, TX, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Still Missing

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Chevy Stevens
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1312)
    Performance
    (691)
    Story
    (701)

    On the day she was abducted, Annie O’Sullivan, a 32-year-old Realtor, had three goals: sell a house, forget about a recent argument with her mother, and be on time for dinner with her ever-patient boyfriend. The open house is slow, but when her last visitor pulls up in a van as she’s about to leave, Annie thinks it just might be her lucky day after all.

    Richard Delman says: "A singular voice; a horrendous story."
    "Could not put down my headphones!!!"
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    What did you love best about Still Missing?

    The unique storytelling device of presenting the main character's one-sided conversation with her "shrink" drives this book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved following Annie's thought processes as she dealt with her life after her abduction while also slowly drawing out the details of the experience. I admired her honesty and self-awareness.


    Which character – as performed by Angela Dawe – was your favorite?

    Annie's voice was perfect. The pacing was just right for every circumstance. You could totally feel her every emotion from fear to defiance, confusion to sadness, anger to optimism.


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

    This book moved me to tears several times, but I can't share the details without giving away plot points.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't give out five stars easily; this book deserves every one for both the story and narration. I'll definitely be looking for this author and narrator in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Running Blind: Jack Reacher, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Jonathan McClain
    Overall
    (1191)
    Performance
    (1058)
    Story
    (1049)

    Across the country women are being murdered by a killer who leaves no evidence, no fatal wounds, no signs of struggle, and no clues to a motive. They are, truly, perfect crimes. In fact, the only thing that links the victims is the man they all knew: Jack Reacher.

    Jack says: "Good Story But Surprise Narrator"
    "Figured it out one-quarter the way in"
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    What disappointed you about Running Blind?

    Not believable. Obvious outcome. Stereotypical characters. Lots of plot filler. And Jack wasn't very appealing, doing and saying things that seemed not his style.


    What was most disappointing about Lee Child’s story?

    Jack finally figured it out but then the author seemed to drag out the telling to fill a few more pages.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes. Narration was fine, although it wasn't the reader we're used to for Jack.


    What character would you cut from Running Blind?

    Just about any of the stupid FBI agents.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4093)
    Performance
    (3648)
    Story
    (3646)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "Dogs, cops and suspense. How can you go wrong?"
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    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I couldn't wait for my next listening session. The plot was helped along by the occasional switches in perspective from the main character, to the dog, to others.


    Which character – as performed by MacLeod Andrews – was your favorite?

    Loved them all! Especially when the big, gruff cops and soldiers would talk to their dogs in the dogs' language. Maggie's voice also helped me believe I was hearing exactly what that girl was thinking.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Eyes Wide Open

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Ted Dekker
    • Narrated By Philip Hodges
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (81)

    Who am I? My name is Christy Snow. I'm 17 and I'm about to die. I'm buried in a coffin under tons of concrete. No one knows where I am. My heart sounds like a monster with clobber feet, running straight toward me. I'm lying on my back, soaked with sweat from the hair on my head to the soles of my feet. My hands and feet won't stop shaking. Some will say that I'm not really here. Some will say I'm delusional. Some will say that I don t even exist. But who are they? I'm the one buried in a grave.

    Ronda Snyder says: "Horrendous story - makes me angry I wasted money"
    "Fast forwarded through a bunch of this one"
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    What disappointed you about Eyes Wide Open?

    If you like books that make no sense and take forever to explain themselves, this one is for you. I think I picked it out of the wrong section, or maybe it was filed wrong. It belongs in sci fi or fantasy. So if that's your thing...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9881)
    Performance
    (8955)
    Story
    (9031)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "Well written, performed and produced!"
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    Would you listen to Inferno again? Why?

    No, I just never re-read or re-listen to books. But if I did, this would be a good one. The interesting history alone would make it worth it. And the performance had so many nuances that it would almost seem new.


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

    It definitely kept me interested and surprised! But "edge of my seat"? I don't tink that's possible with the book's pacing and educational elements.


    Which character – as performed by Paul Michael – was your favorite?

    There were so many intersting voices that that's hard to say. He did a great job distinguishing between the various accents -- Italian, French, German; between men and women; and even secondary characters.


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

    It was no comedy, but I definitely laughed out loud a few times.


    Any additional comments?

    Have heard all the hype, but this was my first Dan Brown book. I wasn't disappointed.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hostile Witness: The Witness Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Rebecca Forster
    • Narrated By Tara Platt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (139)

    Josie Baylor-Bates returns to the practice of criminal defense when her friend's sixteen-year-old daughter, Hannah, is arrested for the brutal slaying of her step-grandfather-a California Supreme Court justice. Although all evidence points to Hannah's guilt, her family's disturbing relations may play a more significant role than anyone could guess. As Josie unravels a circle of secrets, she discovers a shocking truth that could save her client-or destroy them all...

    Kristine says: "Naration ALMOST spoils good story"
    "Naration ALMOST spoils good story"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Narrator's inexperience is obvious. Many times it's like she's reading a line for the first time, so it doesn't come out with the right emphasis. Even worse, though, are the attempts at speaking each character with different tones and accents. I muddled through the breathy mother and too-deep male voices only because the story kept me intersted.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The main character and her relationship with the accused.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Tara Platt’s performances?

    No.


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

    I liked the main character and might read another book about her.


    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1174)
    Performance
    (352)
    Story
    (354)

    Julia Hamill has made a horrifying discovery on the grounds of her new home in rural Massachusetts: a skull buried in the rocky soil � human, female, and, according to the trained eye of Boston medical examiner Maura Isles, scarred with the unmistakable marks of murder.

    Book and Movie Lover says: "Back and forth through time"
    "Great (for those who like historical mysteries)"
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    Any additional comments?

    I'm not a fan of historical fiction, so this book spent a bit too much time in the past for my tastes. However, the characters were interesting -- especially real historical figures such as Oliver Wendell Holmes -- and the variations in the voices and accents was fabulous! I may not read another Gerritsen, but I'll definitely look for narrator Susan Denaker again!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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