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Michele

Santa Clarita, CA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 11 reviews
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  • 283 titles in library
  • 37 purchased in 2014
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  • Bad Things Happen

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Harry Dolan
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    The man who calls himself David Loogan is leading a quiet, anonymous life in the college town of Ann Arbor, Michigan. He's hoping to escape a violent past he would rather forget. But his solitude is broken when he finds himself drawn into a friendship with Tom Kristoll, the publisher of the mystery magazine Gray Streets - and into an affair with Laura, Tom's sleek blond wife. What Loogan doesn't realize is that the stories in Gray Streets tend to follow a simple formula: Plans go wrong.

    Fritz says: "Potential, but too mechanical"
    "Entertaining but not stellar"
    Overall

    Erik Davies did a respectable job on narration. The story took a bit to get into but ended up holding my attention. Not the best book I've ever written but it was entertaining.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Pleading Guilty

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Scott Turow
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (65)

    When Gage & Griswell's star litigator suddenly disappears - along with $5.6 million of its most important client's money - the assignment of locating both goes to Mack Malloy, a 50ish ex-cop, almost ex-drunk, and partner-on-the-wane at G&G. Mack's search takes him into the inner sanctum of his firm and through the shadowy heart of the city itself, on a path that soon runs him up against his longtime nemesis as he plucks the threads of a dangerous web of corruption, deceit, and murder.

    Marian says: "Great novel"
    "Save your money!"
    Overall

    Great narrator but an extremely boring story. Very disappointing; I've been a fan of his other books but this one was painfully slow and dull.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Cypress House

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Koryta
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (489)
    Performance
    (226)
    Story
    (227)

    Arlen Wagner has an awful gift: he can see death in the eyes of men before it strikes. He's never wrong. So when Arlen awakens on a train one hot Florida night and sees death's telltale sign in the eyes of his fellow passengers, he tries to warn them. Only 19-year-old Paul Brickhill believes him, and the two abandon the train, hoping to escape certain death. They continue south, but soon are stranded at The Cypress House - an isolated Gulf Coast boarding house run by the beautiful Rebecca Cady - directly in the path of an approaching hurricane.

    Michele says: "Great book read by a great narrator!"
    "Great book read by a great narrator!"
    Overall

    I generally stay away from supernatural books; not my thing. However, this one piqued my interest and I decided to give it a try. It's a great book!!!! Fantastic story development, it moves at a good clip and the narrator is amazing. I'll definitely look for more books narrated by Robert Petkoff; he managed to make the characters distinct without any of them sounding like caricatures. I absolutely loved this book!!

    35 of 35 people found this review helpful
  • The Ice Limit

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2988)
    Performance
    (1705)
    Story
    (1707)

    The largest known meteorite has been discovered, entombed in the earth for millions of years on a frigid, desolate island off the southern tip of Chile. At four thousand tons, this treasure seems impossible to move. New York billionaire Palmer Lloyd is determined to have this incredible find for his new museum. Stocking a cargo ship with the finest scientists and engineers, he builds a flawless expedition. But from the first approach to the meteorite, people begin to die....

    Lyn says: "Wonderful, Well researched, Page Turner"
    "Intelligent, well-paced, fascinating!!!"
    Overall

    I LOVED this book!!! LOVED it! The premise isn't something that would normally appeal to me but I bought it based on the reviews. I disagree with a previous reviewer regarding Scott Brick; I think he did a fantastic job as narrator and because he didn't use silly character voices, there were no distractions from the story. It was brilliantly written, it was fast-paced and kept my attention the entire time. Definitely makes you want to learn more about the scientific theories that are the basis of the plot.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Spellmans Strike Again: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Lisa Lutz
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (99)

    At the ripe old age of 32, former wild child Isabel "Izzy" Spellman has finally agreed to take over the family business. And the transition won't be a smooth one....The uproarious fourth and final installment in this New York Times best-selling, Edgar- and Macavity-nominated series about a kooky detective family.

    JNB says: "Bad Narration"
    "Narration is AWFUL"
    Overall

    I wish I had read the reviews before I purchased. I agree with a previous reviewer...the narrator sounds like a grandmother. And she makes many of the characters sound like they have downs syndrome. Serious bummer because I absolutely adored the first 3 Spellman novels. I think the writing was still good but the narration ruined it for me. Bring back Ari Graynor and re-record this mess so we can enjoy!!!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Spellman Files: A Novel

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Lisa Lutz
    • Narrated By Ari Graynor
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (54)

    Isabel Spellman's life consists of 24-hour surveillance, routine investigations into her acquaintances, and listening devices planted in her deadbolt-locked room. For a 28-year-old in a family composed almost entirely of private investigators or former cops, the tools of the trade turn typical family dysfunction into commonplace espionage.

    Marsha says: "the spellman files"
    "LOVED the Spellman books!"
    Overall

    Extremely entertaining! Kooky characters, crazy family relationships and a mystery or two. The narrator's dead-pan delivery was perfectly suited to the tongue-in-cheek tone of the book. I ended up listening to the first 3 Spellman books in a row...couldn't get enough! If you like the Stephanie Plum novels, you're definitely going to love the Spellman family antics.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of Betrayal

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Brett Battles
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (356)
    Performance
    (233)
    Story
    (234)

    The meeting place was carefully chosen: an abandoned church in rural Ireland just after dark. For Jonathan Quinn--a freelance operative and professional "cleaner" - the job was only to observe. If his cleanup skills were needed, it would mean things had gone horribly wrong. But an assassin hidden in a tree assured just that. And suddenly Quinn had four dead bodies to dispose of and one astounding clue - to a mystery that is about to spin wildly out of control.

    virginia says: "absolutely wonderful"
    "Can't go wrong with Brett Battles!"
    Overall

    Another phenomenal suspense book from Brett Battles. Jonathan Quinn and his team face off against another foe...this one a familiar character from The Cleaner. Taut plot, lightning pace, edge of your seat suspense. Enjoy!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Deceived

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Brett Battles
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (351)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (218)

    Anonymity. Trust. Professionalism. In his world, Jonathan Quinn has a few rules. He'll get rid of bodies that have to disappear; nothing ever gets traced back to him. But when Quinn is called to a busy Los Angeles port where a shipping container has just come in from the sea, it's clear his rules have been violated. Inside the crate is a dead man - a man who once saved Quinn's life.

    Michele says: "Brilliant!"
    "Brilliant!"
    Overall

    Intelligent, fast paced and excellent narration. This book kept me interested from the opening sentence to the last. I can't wait to get Brett Battles other books!!!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Crime Writer

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (359)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (158)

    Drew Danner, a crime novelist with a house off L.A.'s storied Mulholland Drive, awakens in a hospital bed with a scar on his head and no memory of being found convulsing over his ex-fiancee's body the previous night. He was discovered holding a knife, her blood beneath his nails. He himself doesn't know whether he's guilty or innocent. To reconstruct the story, the writer must now become the protagonist, searching the corridors of his life and the city he loves.

    Kelbey says: "Excellent"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    Scott Brick did a good job on the narration, maintaining the noir vibe. However, Gregg Hurwitz's story was thin...ultimately unsatisfying. Too much time spent describing LA and very little time spent developing a richer story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Bodies Left Behind

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (376)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (114)

    The Bodies Left Behind is an epic cat-and-mouse chase, told nearly in real-time, and is filled with Deaver's patented twists and turns, where nothing is what it seems, and death lingers just around the next curve on a deserted path deep in the midnight forest.

    Deb says: "very disapointing"
    "Horrible writing and narration!"
    Overall

    This was unbearable. The only audible purchase I never finished. The narration was horrific....Holter Graham made every female character sound like a weak caricature. The chase through the state park was drawn out, way over blown, and the trickery was beyond ridiculous. Save your money!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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