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Linda

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  • Mistress

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By James Patterson, David Ellis
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (267)
    Performance
    (236)
    Story
    (236)

    James Patterson's scariest, sexiest stand-alone thriller since The Quickie. Ben isn't like most people. Unable to control his racing thoughts, he's a man consumed by his obsessions: movies, motorcycles, presidential trivia - and Diana Hotchkiss, a beautiful woman Ben knows he can never have. When Diana is found dead outside her apartment, Ben's infatuation drives him on a hunt to find out what happened to the love of his life.

    gerald says: "If you enjoy JP don't waste time with this one"
    "Don't bother"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Mistress?

    First of all, the narrator had a whiny adolescent voice. That, along with the narrative that was overloaded with referrals to movie and presidential trivia, drove me nuts. I almost turned off the audiobook after five minutes, but kept listening and hoping that it would get better. The story is not too bad, but it certainly would have been better without the annoying verbal tangents.


    What could James Patterson and David Ellis have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Leave out most of the trivia.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Whiny voice. I found him hard to listen to.


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

    The story was alright. Could have been shorter.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The String Diaries

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Stephen Lloyd Jones
    • Narrated By Gemma Whelan
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    The String Diaries opens with Hannah frantically driving through the night - her daughter asleep in the back, her husband bleeding out in the seat beside her. In the trunk of the car rests a cache of diaries dating back 200 years, tied and retied with strings through generations. The diaries carry the rules for survival that have been handed down from mother to daughter since the 19th century. But how can Hannah escape an enemy with the ability to look and sound like the people she loves?

    Spinnaker says: "An awful muddle in need of an editor"
    "I really loved this audiobook!"
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    Performance
    Story
    What would have made The String Diaries better?

    I don't have any real suggestions. I found the Hungarian names a bit difficult to follow from the audiobook at first, but rapidly caught up.


    Has The String Diaries turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I'd like to try more of them.


    What didn’t you like about Gemma Whelan’s performance?

    I liked her very much.


    What character would you cut from The String Diaries?

    None, really. Of course I hated Jakab and Vass, but that is what the author wanted.


    Any additional comments?

    I will probably buy the paperback. I would like to review the genealogy of Hannah's family to follow the story more accurately.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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