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Lisa

Lynnwood, WA, USA | Member Since 2004

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  • Step on a Crack

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge
    • Narrated By John Slattery, Reg Rogers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (899)
    Performance
    (350)
    Story
    (350)

    NYPD Detective Michael Bennett is about to take on the most sinister challenge of his career. The nation has fallen into mourning after the unexpected death of a beloved former first lady, and the most powerful people in the world gather in New York for her funeral. Then the inconceivable occurs. Billionaires, politicians, and superstars of every kind are suddenly trapped within one man's brilliant and cold-blooded scenario.

    TEDDET says: "Classic good Patterson"
    "AWESOME!!!!!"
    Overall

    I fell in love with Mike and the all the kids!! I laughed, I cried, it moved me ;-) The villians are interesting and the heroes are people you would love to have over for dinner. The story has a good pace and the narration is well done. ( even the second voice was good it just took a minute or two to get used to.)The balance and insight into Mike's professional and personal life is well done.
    Overall, good story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • T Is for Trespass: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Sue Grafton
    • Narrated By Judy Kaye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1072)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (213)

    In what may be her most unsettling novel to date, Sue Grafton's T Is for Trespass is also her most direct confrontation with the forces of evil. Beginning slowly with the day-to-day life of a private eye, Grafton suddenly shifts from the voice of Kinsey Millhone to that of Solana Rojas, introducing listeners to a chilling sociopath. Rojas is not her birth name. It is an identity she cunningly stole, an identity that gives her access to private caregiving jobs.

    Marcia says: "kellysmom"
    "T is for Terrific!!"
    Overall

    Sue Grafton has got her groove back!!

    After being somewhat disappointed with "S" I was skeptical about "T". I was so pleased to be proven wrong!!

    T is for Trespass satisfies on every level. We get more information about the characters we have grown to love (yes, Henry is still kickin' at 89) find out more about Kinsey's motivations, and get justice in the end. More than that though, Ms. Grafton's novels make it fun to go back to the 80's and remember what the times were like when I was a teenager.

    There are a couple more gruesome scenes than usual in this book but not in a distracting way by any means.

    If you have enjoyed the Kinsey Millhone series you won't be disappointed. If you have never read a Sue Grafton story you will still enjoy this as your first. You may find yourself starting the series at A and working through them one by one after you get a taste though...be forewarned ;-)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Quickie

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge
    • Narrated By Mary Stuart Masterson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (868)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (142)

    Lauren Stillwell isn't your average damsel in distress. When the NYPD cop discovers her husband leaving a hotel with another woman, she decides to beat him at his own game. But her revenge goes dangerously awry, and she finds her world spiraling into a hell that becomes more terrifying by the hour.

    Sarah says: "Implausible plot"
    "The Quickie"
    Overall

    The narration was enjoyable, and by that I mean Ms. Masterson's voice did not distract from the story at all making it a very enjoyable listen.

    My 3 star rating comes from the story end of the book. Some pieces seemed rather contrived to me. Like the author really had to make a stretch to keep the story on the track he wanted. I thought the "reveal" didn't work well with what she had been given as a profession. (can't give away the book....) I guess the author wanted to point to the fact that we all see what we want to see.

    I did enjoy the book on many levels and would recommend spending the credit for the book if you want a mystery with a couple twists.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Last Man Standing

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Jason Culp
    Overall
    (1395)
    Performance
    (379)
    Story
    (388)

    With vividly realized characters and a breathtaking pace, Last Man Standing is another spellbinding title from David Baldacci, best selling author of Wish You Well. When the FBI Hostage Rescue Team is ambushed, it is up to sole survivor Web London to find the killer.

    Chad says: "Great book"
    "Web London - Man of my Dreams"
    Overall

    Okay, so I think I'm in love...Is that bad? Okay, so he's a fictional character and truth be told it would probably never work out, but a girl can have her dreams can't she. By the way, my husband thinks he's in love too. Call it a man-crush. Web London has it all. He is a man's man, and a woman's dream. The ultimate action hero. He's got brains, brawn, oozing machismo, and a sensitive vulnerable side too.

    The writing in this book was very engaging. I was hooked from the first 5 minutes. I looked at the running time and thought I might prefer the Abridged version but I am really glad I chose to go the long route. You know it's a good book when 22 hours fly by and you're still wanting just a little bit more.

    I sing the praises of this book but I can only give it 4 stars ( I would give it a 4.5 but I can't) because the plot gets a little contrived in parts. But, as any seasoned reader knows, sometimes you just have to roll with it a little bit.

    Can't wait to meet up with Web again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Colony: Artemis Fowl, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Eoin Colfer
    • Narrated By Nathaniel Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1073)
    Performance
    (430)
    Story
    (441)

    Thousands of years ago, fairies and humans fought a great battle for the magical island of Ireland. When it became clear that they could not win, all of the fairies moved below ground, except for the 8th Family, the demons. Rather than surrender, they used a magical time spell to take their colony out of time and into Limbo. There they have lived for decades, preparing to exact their violent revenge on humans.

    Nicole says: "Artemis Unbound"
    "Artemis Does it Again!!"
    Overall

    I have missed Artemis! The gang is all back in this installment of Artemis' adventures. With the added element of a girl interest for Artemis, we get to witness him growing up a bit and experience life out of his control. (Those dog-gone hormones do it everytime.)I hope there will be another "episode" in this line of novels. I enjoyed this one very much.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kill the Messenger

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Tami Hoag
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (638)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (121)

    At the end of a long day battling street traffic, bike messenger Jace Damon has one last drop to make. But en route to delivering a package for one of L.A.'s sleaziest defense attorneys, he's nearly run down by a car, chased through back alleys, and shot at. Only the instincts acquired while growing up on the streets of L.A. allow him to escape with his life, and with the package someone wants badly enough to kill for.

    Bethany says: "An entertaining read"
    "Kill the Messenger"
    Overall

    Good story. I liked the plot line a lot. The Messenger is a character you root for the entire time as he weaves and dodges both the good guys and the bad guys. Wonderful narration, and terrif pacing. I was left feeling very satisfied at the end.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • City of Bones: Harry Bosch Series, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Jay Fernandez
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2169)
    Performance
    (905)
    Story
    (907)

    On New Year's Day, Detective Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch fields a call that a dog has found a bone - a bone that the dog's owner, a doctor, feels certain is human.

    Pamela says: "A good read"
    "I Love Harry!!"
    Overall

    I have listened to all of the Harry Bosch books with Lou Cariou as the narrator and couldn't imagine Harry with any other voice so I out it off for a looonnngg time. I was pleasantly surprised with Mr Fernandez. He did a terrific job. The story was good with enough twists and turns to keep me tuning in. If you like Harry Bosch you will enjoy this story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Husband

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1000)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (195)

    With each and every new novel, Dean Koontz raises the stakes, and the pulse rate, higher than any other author. Now, in what may be his most suspenseful and heartfelt novel ever, he brings us the story of an ordinary man whose extraordinary commitment to his wife will take him on a harrowing journey of adventure, sacrifice, and redemption to the mystery of love itself, and to a showdown with the darkness that would destroy it forever.

    David says: "Excellent read!"
    "What would you do for love?"
    Overall

    I was hooked in the first 10 minutes of this book. I liked the narration, the pace and the idea of this novel. Are there some plausibility issues....sure, but I think the overall storyline deals with them and as a reader you can immerse yourself into this story and they won't even bother you. I am a very "by the book" kind of personality and I enjoyed this audio immensely.

    I am lucky enough to be married to a "Mitch" and the way he thinks and is motivated by his deep love for his wife is very moving and touched my heart.

    Not a Pulitzer winner, but a fun, good read nonetheless...and truthfully, isn't that what we are really looking for anyway?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ten Commandments: The Significance of God's Laws in Everyday Life

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Laura Schlessinger, Rabbi Stewart Vogel
    • Narrated By Laura Schlessinger Ph.D., Rabbi Stewart Vogel
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Can you name the ten commandments? That's all right...you're not alone. More people claim to live by the ten commandments than those who know what they are, let alone what they mean. In this audio program, Dr. Laura Schlessinger, author of the best selling How Could You Do That? and host of her own internationally syndicated radio program, and Rabbi Stewart Vogel, spiritual leader of Temple Aliyah in Woodland Hills, CA, collaborate to read their modern application of God's laws, incorporating lively discussions on the Bible and the Judeo-Christian values derived from it.

    Lisa says: "The Ten Commandments"
    "The Ten Commandments"
    Overall

    This book should be mandatory reading for anyone delving into Judeo/Christian studies. My one wish is that Audible had the unabridged version.

    The research and clear explanation of the Ten Commandments is wonderful. This is not just a book on what the commandments are, but rather why they are, and how the imapct of each one reaches far and wide into everyones' lives whether they are a Christian or a Jew.

    The content of this book is 5 stars...the reason I gave it a 4 star rating is because I found the Rabbi's voice to be distracting because of his lisp. Dr. Laura and the Rabbi trade off every other commandment and I found myself bracing inside when I realized Dr. Laura's segment was coming to an end.

    Please do not let that change your mind about this book though. The quality of the information inside is too good to pass up.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Da Vinci Code

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6954)
    Performance
    (1706)
    Story
    (1748)

    While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

    Alexandra says: "Incredibly entertaining"
    "Better Book than Movie"
    Overall

    I had looked at this book a few years ago when it first came out and promptly put it back on the shelf because it just seemed so ridiculous to me. In the interest of being able to participate intelligently in the ongoing dialouge pertaining to this book, I downloaded it. The truth, in my opinion, is that this a fun murder mystery book. The ending gets a bit silly but you can stick with it. The uproar around the "facts" that are presented in this book can easily be researched by anyone with access to the internet and a good library. Obviously this is a book of fiction, and the weaving of personal opinion, creative license and some historical facts make a good read. Unfortunately the leap from the page to the screen was not that great...too many intricacies and explanations are lost in pursuit of presenting the book in a tidy one and a half hour movie. But, this is an audio review not a movie review.
    Bottom line, a good fun read, by far not a waste of time, but not a story to hang your theological hat on.





    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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