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Mina Brown

Coach Mina

Dallas, TX United States | Member Since 2003

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  • The Girl Who Played with Fire: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19705)
    Performance
    (9457)
    Story
    (9485)

    Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered.

    David says: "irritatingly engrossing"
    "Worth every minute"
    Overall

    This is a long book, but worth every minute. I couldn't wait to get back into my car for more. The characters are SO interesting, especially LizBeth. The narration is impeccable. Loved it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sunset Limited: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (132)

    The 40-year-old crucifixion of a prominent labor leader named Jack Flynn remains an unsolved atrocity that has never been forgotten in New Iberia, Louisiana. When Flynn's daughter, Megan, returns to the site of her father's murder, it quickly becomes clear that her family's blood-stained past will not stay buried. Megan gives her old friend Dave Robicheaux a tip about a small-time criminal named Cool Breeze Broussard, scarcely suspecting that the seemingly innocuous case will lead Robicheaux and his partner into the midst of a deadly conspiracy.

    Mer says: "Narrated by Mark Hammer AND Will Patton?"
    "Confusing & tedious--recommend listening at 1.25x"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from James Lee Burke and/or Mark Hammer?

    I generally love Burke's books, and the Dave Robicheaux character in particular. He's flawed, interesting, good cop, and completely likeable. I don't know if I can put my finger on it, but I thought this book was particularly confusing, hard to follow the various threads, and implausible in some areas. Difficult to keep the relationships between the characters straight. I was so disappointed in the narrator--there wasn't quite enough distinction (or any) in the voices of the characters. So I couldn't quite tell who was talking in various dialogues. It was just a struggle--I'm not sure I'll get another Robicheaux novel if it's narrated by Mark Hammer.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Reasonable. Eventually tied up all the loose strings.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mark Hammer?

    Absolutely. Hated the narration. I had to put the speed up to 1.25x Couldn't bear it. Every other Robicheaux novel I've listened to was narrated by Will Patton, and I thought it was great. So before I hired a cast, I'd probably go back to Patton. But a cast would most definitely be better than Hammer.


    Did Sunset Limited inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Love You More: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter, Katie MacNichol
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2429)
    Performance
    (1297)
    Story
    (1295)

    One question, a split-second decision, and Brian Darby lies dead on the kitchen floor. His wife, state police trooper Tessa Leoni, claims to have shot him in self-defense, and bears the bruises to back up her tale. For veteran detective D. D. Warren it should be an open-and-shut case. But where is their six-year-old daughter? As the homicide investigation ratchets into a frantic statewide search for a missing child, D. D. Warren must partner with former lover Bobby Dodge to break through the blue wall of police brotherhood, seeking to understand the inner workings of a trooper’s mind while also unearthing family secrets.

    Molly says: "Keeps you guessing all the way through!"
    "You really don't know until the very end"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Love You More in three words, what would they be?

    Suspenseful, complicated, Captivating


    What about Kirsten Potter and Katie MacNichol ’s performance did you like?

    The duel narrative voice was excellent. Outstanding.


    Any additional comments?

    I let this book keep me up past my bedtime way too many times. Just couldn't turn it off.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Creole Belle: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1762)
    Performance
    (1532)
    Story
    (1490)

    Creole Belle begins where the last book in the Dave Robicheaux series, The Glass Rainbow, ended. Dave is in a recovery unit in New Orleans, where a Creole girl named Tee Jolie Melton visits him and leaves him an iPod with the country blues song “Creole Belle” on it. Then she disappears. Dave becomes obsessed with the song and the memory of Tee Jolie and goes in search of her sister, who later turns up inside a block of ice floating in the Gulf.

    Suzn F says: "YES!!! Dave and Clete back in Louisiana once again"
    "What a "page turner"!"
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    Where does Creole Belle rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very high on the list.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Interesting characters, great narration, twists and turns in the story. Loved the back story about the Gulf oil spill and the impact on that area of the country.


    Which character – as performed by Will Patton – was your favorite?

    All of them, the narration is great, but probably my favorite is Clete Purcel.


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

    No way. . It's 18+ hours, but I made time to listen to it.


    Any additional comments?

    Just loved this book. I've listened to a couple of other Burke/Robicheaux books, but now I'm going to get several more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6631)
    Performance
    (5720)
    Story
    (5712)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....

    Bill says: "Not the best audio book in the series"
    "So disappointing, even irritating"
    Overall
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    What would have made Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13 better?

    I am such a big Dresden/Butcher fan, but this book fell far short for me. The ghost situation was just plain annoying, and the characters seem to gone off the rails. Some of my favorite characters weren't even likable in this book.I got through it so that I won't be missing something for the next book, but I wish I had that time back again. Glover, the new narrator was fine, but I miss Marsters. I guess I've just gotten used to him being Dresden, and Glover is okay but not Marsters.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jim Butcher again?

    Of course. Love the Alera series


    What about John Glover’s performance did you like?

    He was fine, but sometimes exaggerated the voices a bit much.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13?

    Nearly all of them. Didn't like the book at all.


    Any additional comments?

    I just hope the next one is better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • White Night: The Dresden Files, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6020)
    Performance
    (4696)
    Story
    (4704)

    In Chicago, someone has been killing practitioners of magic, those incapable of becoming full-fledged wizards. Shockingly, all the evidence points to Harry Dresden's half brother, Thomas, as the murderer. Determined to clear his sibling's name, Harry uncovers a conspiracy within the White Council of Wizards that threatens not only him, but his nearest and dearest, too.

    Donna says: "Intrigue in The White Court"
    "Captivating & fun, Marsters' narration much better"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I continue to love these crazy books. It moves along nicely and the twists and turns are compelling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On Target: A Gray Man Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3339)
    Performance
    (2754)
    Story
    (2755)

    Four years ago, assassin Court Gentry was betrayed by his handlers in the CIA. Now, an old comrade returns to haunt him - and to force him on a mission against his will. With his ruthless employers on one side, his former friends on the other, and a doomed mission ahead, Court Gentry would kill to get out of this one alive.

    Clayton says: "really impressive"
    "If you like combat themes, you'll like this book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story was okay, but the extensive descriptions of combat and military strategy was tiring. Not my thing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cemetery Dance

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1749)
    Performance
    (969)
    Story
    (966)

    Captain Hayward leads the official homocide investigation, while Pendergast, D'Agosta, and Nora undertake a private quest for the truth. Their serpentine journey takes them into a part of Manhattan they never imagined could exist: a secretive and deadly hotbed of Obeah, the West Indian Zombii cult of sorcery and magic. And it is here they find their true peril is just beginning.

    J. says: "Not for the faint of heart OR animal lovers"
    "Tedious"
    Overall

    Just awful. No shortage of adjectives and adverbs, but big shortage of compelling drama and action. It was trite and boring. I wish I had counted the number of times the words "shambling" and "pate" were repeated. I want my time back.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Saving Ceecee Honeycutt

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Beth Hoffman
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2920)
    Performance
    (1601)
    Story
    (1616)

    Laugh-out-loud funny and deeply touching, Beth Hoffman's sparkling debut is, as Kristin Hannah says, "packed full of Southern charm, strong women, wacky humor, and good old-fashioned heart." It is a novel that explores the indomitable strengths of female friendship and gives us the story of a young girl who loses one mother and finds many others.

    A User says: "Saving CeeCee Honeycutt"
    "Unexpectedy Entertaining"
    Overall

    My typical book choice is mystey, thriller, etc. However, this audiobook got great reviews and I thought I'd try it for a change of pace. I wish I could give the narrator 10 stars. The book is poignant, and the narrator makes it come alive. I love to read and I love audiobooks too. But this recording is so much better than reading it, I can't even believe I'd say that. Enjoy.

    32 of 33 people found this review helpful
  • Child 44

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Tom Rob Smith
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2201)
    Performance
    (1022)
    Story
    (1022)

    It is a society that is, officially, a paradise. Superior to the decadent West, Stalin's Soviet Union is a haven for its citizens, providing for all of their needs: education, health care, security. In exchange, all that is required is their hard work, and their loyalty and faith to the Soviet State. But now a murderer is on the loose.

    Melvin says: "Terror from all sides."
    "DEPRESSING!"
    Overall

    This book depicts the horrendous and despicable conditions of post-War Stalinist Russia. Part I, the first 6+ hours, were especially agonizing. The living conditions, saturated with mistrust and corruption, were almost more than I could take. My curiosity about the murders and Leo's evolution/survival kept me listening, but I would not necessarily recommend it over so many other books.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Neighbor: A Detective D. D. Warren Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card, Kirby Heyborne, Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1498)
    Performance
    (819)
    Story
    (824)

    It was a case guaranteed to spark a media feeding frenzy: a young mother, blond and pretty, disappears without a trace from her South Boston home, leaving behind her four-year-old daughter as the only witness and her handsome, secretive husband as the prime suspect. But from the moment Detective Sergeant D. D. Warren arrives at the Joneses - a snug little bungalow, she senses something off about the picture of wholesome normality the couple worked so hard to create.

    KSK says: "Listen to "Say Goodbye" first"
    "Outstanding"
    Overall

    This book is riveting. You are captivated throughout. The various voices for narration is superb. Highly recommend it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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