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L. Brown

Sacramento, CA USA | Member Since 2013

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  • 88 titles in library
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  • Murderville 3: The Black Dahlia

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ashley & JaQuavis
    • Narrated By Cary Hite
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (116)

    New York Times best-selling authors Ashley and JaQuavis have returned with the much-anticipated final installment in the epic Murderville series. Taking up where the previous book left off, we're thrown back into the international street chronicle. Lives and money are on the line, and tough choices will have to be made between love and loyalty. In the final installment of this breath-taking trilogy, the characters will have to learn that, in this game of power, sometimes you have to give up the glory to survive.

    KB says: "What a Trilogy!!!"
    "Don't waste your money...or credit"
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    Would you try another book from Ashley & JaQuavis and/or Cary Hite?

    NO more Ashley & JaQuavis, yes for Cary Hite.


    What was most disappointing about Ashley & JaQuavis’s story?

    Liberty falling in love with Rocko. I mean really? And not seeing what Dahlia was up to. How does this girl not know how to read people after all this time? How?


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

    Yes and he is amazing. His performance was great, the content was bad.


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

    Pure sadness that I wasted a credit.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20422)
    Performance
    (16985)
    Story
    (17594)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Susan says: "Fifty Shades of Bad Writing"
    "Hated it"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If the story was better. It wasn't a shocker. Not very sexy either. Also Christian is a former molested for 6 years (until about 21). Is 27 now. Has had 10+ live in sumissives in 7 years. Is a billionaire who is curing world hunger and can fly a plane. It reminded me of Twilgiht. Like a child wrote it.


    Has Fifty Shades of Grey turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. But I will not be getting the rest of the 50 Shades books.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She read it with a whine. And it annoyed me after a while.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Nope


    Any additional comments?

    Don't understand the hype.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Baltimore Chronicles: Volumes 1 - 4

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Treasure Hernandez
    • Narrated By Jules Williamson
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (98)

    From the same author that brought you the Flint series, comes a new town...a new drama. Treasure Hernandez is back with her second street series chronicling both sides of Baltimore's black market. Derek Fuller is the head detective of the Baltimore Narcotics Division. His team has been assigned to take down the biggest drug operation in the city. There's only one problem...the head of the operation is his twin brother, Scar Johnson.

    LaRena says: "2 thumbs up"
    "Overall: enjoyed it"
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    Would you try another book from Treasure Hernandez and/or Jules Williamson?

    Yes I would try another book with both.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Baltimore Chronicles?

    When Scar says something of the effect of "how the b-word gonna think I would wife her after she gonna cheat on my own brother with me!" I died laughing.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were so many. When Scar got off and when Tiffany got hers.


    Was The Baltimore Chronicles worth the listening time?

    Yes. I look forward to the new direction of the next volume.


    Any additional comments?

    I felt like this could have been only 2 volumes not 4. But I liked it.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By David Morse
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3026)
    Performance
    (2755)
    Story
    (2775)

    In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs - including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession.

    Thug4life says: "Not fit for a King"
    "Absolutely Terrible"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If there was a story to tell. A plot. A purpose.


    What could Stephen King have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Wrote a story with a plot. A purpose. There is no point. The last hour and 40 minutes was the whole book. This should have been a short story. Not 19 hours of nothing. I just kept waiting and waiting but nothing. The ending was lame! The book wasn't even remotely scary.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was great. I like this narrator.


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

    Disappointment and annoyance


    Any additional comments?

    Have you ever talked to that old man or woman that tells you a long long story and at first you think, "this has to be a great story" but then they keep talking and talking and talking and by the time they get to the end the climax is kinda lame.

    That's this book. If you wanna call it that.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Case of Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Adam Mitzner
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1732)
    Performance
    (1494)
    Story
    (1510)

    A high-profile attorney in the middle of a leave of absence following a personal tragedy is drawn back into the legal arena amidst a media firestorm when he agrees to represent a popular rap artist accused of brutally murdering his pop star girlfriend. With its powerful voice, pause-resisting tension, and strong cast of characters, Adam Mitzner’s novels are reminiscent of such best-selling authors as Scott Turow and John Grisham.

    cristina says: "Excellent"
    "Good until the end"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The ending. There was so much that didn't make any sense. I think the author was either at a loss on how to end this book or was pressed for time and had to end it because the ending sucked.


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

    The plot did keep my attention. It was an interesting story until the end.


    What about Kevin T. Collins’s performance did you like?

    He was good. I just liked him.


    Was A Case of Redemption worth the listening time?

    Yes, until the end...then I was mad.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not sure if I can recommend this book. I was really upset how it ended. It was like a different person wrote the last few hours.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14345)
    Performance
    (13083)
    Story
    (13159)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "Touched my heart"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Fault in Our Stars to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version. I loved the narrator. She was amazing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Augustus. He was so kind, Funny, Strong, Loving, Awesome.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When they egged the car.


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

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    I can't get over this book. I cried and literally laughed out loud! Over and over. I have a book hang over from this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8008)
    Performance
    (7387)
    Story
    (7407)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "WOW. My first Stephen King Novel"
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    Performance
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    Where does Doctor Sleep rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10


    What did you like best about this story?

    I stayed interested the entire time and ever lost my attention. I like Danny and listening to all that he went through in his life. I loved his connection with Abra. Momo was awesome. Rose was something else.


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

    He was amazing. I made each character have a personality of their own. I would listen to this again.


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

    Those nice RV driving people aren't always who you think they are...


    Any additional comments?

    This was my first Stephen King novel. I have listen to his short stories or seen the movies that were adapted from his books. But wow, this was worth it and I am now hooked. He is an amazing story teller. I was not scared from this book. It was creepy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Other Side of Goodness

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Vanessa Davis Griggs
    • Narrated By Shari Peele
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    A luminous figure in both Christian and African American fiction, Vanessa Davis Griggs pens gripping faith-based tales eagerly anticipated by fans. In The Other Side of Goodness, 50-year-old Alabama Congressman Lawrence Rudolph Simmons is facing an uphill battle in his bid for re-election. His chances are further jeopardized when a woman from his past resurfaces with terrible news: the love child they gave up for adoption needs a bone marrow transplant. Helping the child could ruin Lawrence’s career, but that may be the only right thing to do.

    Arlena says: "The Other Side of Goodness"
    "Pretty interesting"
    Overall
    Performance
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    What did you like best about The Other Side of Goodness? What did you like least?

    It was an interesting story for a "church" book. I liked Gabrielle and her strength. I didn't care so much how it ended with Paris doing what she was trying to do.


    Would you recommend The Other Side of Goodness to your friends? Why or why not?

    Maybe


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Shari Peele?

    No, she needed a little work...a little more practice


    Was The Other Side of Goodness worth the listening time?

    50/50


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cartel 2: Tale of the Murda Mamas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Ashley & JaQuavis
    • Narrated By Cary Hite
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (189)

    The Cartel runs Miami, and loyalty to their organization runs deep, but when someone breaks the rules, things may be beyond repair. A snitch in the crew has dismantled the notorious Cartel, and now disloyalty threatens to tear the family apart. Young Carter is in the fight for his life as he faces drug kingpin charges due to the treachery of his best friend, Ace. Kidnapping, murder, deception, and seduction fill this thrilling sequel. Will Zyir find out that Breeze is still alive? Will Mecca be exposed as his brother’s killer?

    Martha says: "Love it..."
    "Just bad"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you ever listen to anything by Ashley & JaQuavis again?

    No


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

    He's awesome. He does his thing.


    What character would you cut from The Cartel 2: Tale of the Murda Mamas?

    The crazy man who kidnapped Breeze.


    Any additional comments?

    So many things don't make sense. Like it was 6 months later and Breeze is just now waking up in the man's house. What was she doing for 6 months? Was she in a coma? What? Why wasn't the Grandfather who was the actual Cartel the main character in the book? It was bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cartel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Ashley & Jaquavis
    • Narrated By Cary Hite
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (320)
    Performance
    (280)
    Story
    (281)

    The port of Miami brings in millions of dollars worth of cocaine every year, and the Cartel controls 80 percent of it. The Diamond family is a force to be reckoned with, but all hell breaks loose when they lose their leader. The most ruthless gangster Miami has ever seen, Carter Diamond, leaves behind a wife, twin sons, a daughter, and a secret - his illegitimate son, Carter Jones. When young Carter learns of his father’s death, he comes to town and is introduced to the legacy of the Cartel.

    Dream says: "Entranced and ready for more"
    "Great Start"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Ashley & Jaquavis and/or Cary Hite?

    No - Ashley and Jaquavis and yes for Cary Hite


    Would you recommend The Cartel to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, I could not finish #2 and I would not recommend this series because of it.


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

    No, they should have rapped it up in this one. It just didn't need one.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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