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Natasha Zar

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  • Bad Blood

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Linda Fairstein
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (70)

    Assistant D.A. Alexandra Cooper is deeply involved in a high-profile homicide case against defendant Brendan Quillian, a prominent young businessman charged with the brutal strangulation of his beautiful young wife. His conviction is not a certainty: Quillian was conveniently out of town on the day of the killing, and his defense attorney seems to be one step ahead of Cooper's effort to prove Quillian paid a hit man to commit the crime. But halfway through the trial, a major catastrophe alters the course of Cooper's case.

    Natasha Zar says: "Wasn't Impressed"
    "Wasn't Impressed"
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    Would you try another book from Linda Fairstein and/or Barbara Rosenblat?

    No, I would not. The story was not original and the author went to great, far fetched lengths to throw in twists and turns to keep the reader interested. She even branched off with other, random characters that had nothing to do with the plot at all.
    I was bored listening to the story and often found myself switching off all together.
    The narrator, though expressive and able to narrate the voices of several different characters well, ruined it all with her loud, wet swallowing noises and gasping, It actually made me cringe and wrinkle in my nose in disgust every time I heard it, which was often.


    Has Bad Blood turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes and no. I can deal with a story that may use the "same ol, same ol" idea of a murder, who did it, was it x, was it z. As long as the characters are real and I can relate to them I am happy. The characters in Bad Blood were all one dimensional, I couldn't relate to any of them, I didn't care about any of them.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Barbara Rosenblat’s performances?

    No!


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

    None for me, no.


    Any additional comments?

    I really regret buying Bad Blood. It was a waste of money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Undeniable: Undeniable, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Madeline Sheehan
    • Narrated By Tatiana Sokolov
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (408)
    Performance
    (380)
    Story
    (387)

    Eva Fox is the princess of the Silver Demons Motorcycle Club. Growing up with the bikers in the club, this is the only lifestyle she knows. Deuce West is the sexy biker bad-ass of the Hell's Horsemen Motorcycle Club. Like Eva, he was born and raised in the club. Their first meeting is innocent, but as Eva matures into a woman, their chance reunions evolve into a fit of lust and love. Fate continues to bring them together time and time again, but their twisted journey is filled with pain, betrayal, and bloodshed that could tear them apart.

    Jordy says: "Sons of Anarchy on Steroids"
    "Intense and Enthralling But Not for All"
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    If you could sum up Undeniable in three words, what would they be?

    Intense, enthralling, repulsive.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I have listened to a few MC books now and this one is by far the best, as it is the most realistic and tackles hard topics such as rape and dysfunctional relationships. In saying this, however, the woman in me cringed every time a woman (the heroine, most often times) was referred to as a bitch. Even when expressing love ("I love you, bitch.") it made my hackles raise and shake my head in disgust. Deuce beat down a bunch of punks for disrespecting women, but he has no respect himself. Towards the end of the book I got a bit sick of the 2 steps forward, 5 steps back and come closer, go away BS that was going on. As much as Eva is portrayed as a strong woman (and it parts I was so damn proud of her), she ate a lot of sh*t from a man who should have been protecting and loving her.


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

    I have listened to another of Tatiana's performances and I have to say she is quite good. She sometimes sounds a bit whiny and ditzy when portraying women, but she is very good at narrating for the men.


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

    I found it hard to stop listening to.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a really enjoyable book and I will listen to another of Madeline's books.I don't want to be "that person" but, with every MC "romance" I have read, the deep rooted disrespect for women, really, really pisses me off. The role women have to play to be part of the club - be sexually aggressive and open to please your man, change who you are for your man, cook and clean for your man, keep your mouth shut if your man cheats on you and don't ever, ever open your mouth and speak up if you don't like something. I don't get why women dig this type of romance so much where the woman pretty much gets used up, disrespected and dismissed if she does not accept this sh*tty treatment. JR Ward knows how to make her men sexy, tough and complex but they treat their women like Goddesses and that is real romance!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Worth Forgiving

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Vi Keeland
    • Narrated By Stephanie Rose
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (78)

    They say men like a lady in the living room and a whore in the bedroom. I never knew the sentiment was reciprocal. Until I met Jax Knight. A gentleman in public, a commanding, dirty talking rogue in the bedroom. Daughter of legendary fighter "The Saint," Lily St. Claire knows firsthand how fighters can be. As the owner of a chain of MMA gyms, she's no stranger to aggressive, dominating, and possessive men. That's why she's always kept her distance.

    Britni says: "Loyal Alpha male! Wonderful story! LOVE LOVE LOVE!"
    "Boring, One Dimensional Characters and Plot"
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    What would have made Worth Forgiving better?

    Giving the characters more personality, particularly Lily, the boring, sweetie pie push over. Both main characters were as interesting as natural yogurt served at room temperature. Also, having a tighter story line. The story seemed to just drone on and on without any purpose or direction.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Vi Keeland again?

    No, I wouldn't. Her writing is amateur and her characters yawn-inspiring. The "steamy" parts were not steamy at all. Between the monotone of the narrator and the badly written love scenes, I was not moved in the slightest.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Stephanie Rose?

    I don't know. I don't think a good narrator would redeem this waste of time.


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

    None. I had to force myself to listen to it to the end and was enraged by the loss of credit for this rubbish.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your credit!

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Mary Kubica
    • Narrated By Lindy Nettleton, Johnny Heller, Tom Taylorson, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (734)
    Performance
    (658)
    Story
    (662)

    Born to a prominent Chicago judge and his stifled socialite wife, Mia Dennett moves against the grain as a young inner-city art teacher. One night, Mia enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn't show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. With his smooth moves and modest wit, Colin Thatcher seems at first like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia's life.

    RayRay1974 says: "Very conflicted about this book."
    "Boring and Predictable"
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    What would have made The Good Girl better?

    The Good Girl would have been better if it was shorter. So much of it could have been cut out and made more succinct. So many times I caught myself totally zoning out with boredom and even when I rewound back to where I had drifted off from I found it made no difference anyway.


    What was most disappointing about Mary Kubica’s story?

    It was so predictable! **Spoiler Alert** I knew as soon as Mia was kidnapped that she and Colin were going to become romantically involved and I knew that Mia was behind her own kidnapping. The book was not smart enough to pull off the "twist".


    Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrators?

    The narrators were ok. Lindy Nettleton was rather good, she portrayed the mother's emotions rather well, though when she put on an American accent when portraying other characters it was jarring.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Good Girl?

    I would have made a lot of the chapters - particularly the chapters between Mia and Colin - far shorter. Their chapters seemed very long with little substance.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fear Nothing: Detective D. D. Warren, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (852)
    Performance
    (736)
    Story
    (735)

    The last thing Boston Detective D. D. Warren remembers is walking the crime scene after dark. Then, a creaking floorboard, a low voice crooning in her ear… She is later told she managed to discharge her weapon three times. All she knows is that she is seriously injured, unable to move her left arm, unable to return to work. My sister is Shana Day, a notorious murderer who first killed at fourteen. Incarcerated for thirty years, she has now murdered more people while in prison than she did as a free woman.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Fascinating look at a killer family!"
    "Very Engaging"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend the book to a friend, as I found the story line and characters fascinating. This was my first Lisa Gardiner book I listened to and I started listening to it on a 4.5 hour drive and was engaged right from the beginning. The main character's horrific family background got me interested immediately.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked the psychopath sister. She was very creepy and mysterious. The power she had to murder a grown man in such a brutal manner and to be able to manipulate another man into killing himself gave me shivers!


    What three words best describe Kirsten Potter’s performance?

    Great, solid performance


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Hmm... not really.


    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
    (2302)
    Performance
    (1191)
    Story
    (1189)

    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!"
    "Not Quite Believable"
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    Would you try another book from Lisa Gardner and/or Kirsten Potter and Katie MacNichol ?

    I have since bought another two book by Lisa Gardiner, but both purchases were reluctant. Lisa's books are good at getting you interested in the beginning, but then when the "twist" is revealed I find myself wrinkling my nose at it and thinking "really?" I don't mind Kirtsen Potter's narrating, she is quite good, though she sometimes annoys me with her over the top "toughness" when portraying D.D. though I think she is only following how D.D.'s character has been written. I don't like Katie MacNichol, her voice had an annoying, whiny tone to it and I cringed when she narrated the little girl.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Lisa Gardner again?

    Same answer as above.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kirsten Potter and Katie MacNichol ?

    Kirsten Potter is fine. I think Rebecca Lowman would do a great job. I listened to her narrate Dark Places by Gillian Flynn and I thought she did a great job.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Love You More?

    ****SPOILER ALERT**** to be honest, I think I would have sent the whole book back and asked Lisa to rethink the entire story. D.D. and Bobby are supposed to be the best detectives/ investigators, switched on, smart, on the ball, yet from the beginning they weren't able to work out the husband had a gambling problem and that he owed money to some bad people? That's usually one of the first things cops tend to look at in a case of murder/ kidnap. They're supposed to be such great cops, yet they were left floundering and falling into every trap set out by the main character? I didn't find it very likely and it disappointed me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Man

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Cody McFadyen
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (52)

    Once, Special Agent Smoky Barrett hunted serial killers for the FBI. She was one of the best, until a madman terrorized her family, killed her husband and daughter, and left her face scarred and her soul brutalized. Turning the tables on the killer, Smoky shot him dead, but her life was shattered forever.

    Lee says: "Horrifying, excellent"
    "A Book Full of Cliche Characters"
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    What disappointed you about Shadow Man?

    I was disappointed by everything in the book. There was nothing at all believable in it, it read like a Hollywood blockbuster - and I don't mean that as a compliment. The characters, most of all the main character were pure cliches of what we "expect" FBI agents to be - tough talking and patronising, with witty one liners spat out as often as possible. The story line in the book has been done a million times over, it even included the revelation of a secret love child! Give me a break.
    I also have to mention that the amount of times "honey love" is uttered in the book made me want to puncture my eardrums with a pair of chopsticks. Enough already!


    What could Cody McFadyen have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Cody McFayden could have done more research on law enforcement procedure and a hell of a lot more character development to make the entire book more believable and not such a laughable cliche.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kate Reading?

    The problem wasn't with the narrator, though Michael Kramer has got to be my favorite.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Shadow Man?

    I would have cut every scene out until it was nothing!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Waste of my credit and time listening to this drivel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silent Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By A. S. A. Harrison
    • Narrated By Karen White, Donald Corren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (664)
    Performance
    (593)
    Story
    (597)

    Jodi and Todd are at a bad place in their marriage. Much is at stake, including the affluent life they lead in their beautiful waterfront condo in Chicago, as she, the killer, and he, the victim, rush haplessly toward the main event. He is a committed cheater; she lives and breathes denial. He exists in dual worlds; she likes to settle scores. He decides to play for keeps; she has nothing left to lose. Told in alternating voices, The Silent Wife is about a marriage in the throes of dissolution, a couple headed for catastrophe, concessions that can’t be made, and promises that won’t be kept.

    Emily says: "Good... but not quite like the description..."
    "Waste. Of. Time."
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    Would you try another book from A. S. A. Harrison and/or Karen White and Donald Corren ?

    There is not one thing I liked about this audiobook. Not one. I am asking for a refund.


    Has The Silent Wife turned you off from other books in this genre?

    It is hard to determine what the subject matter was - how to be a doormat all your life? How to be an incredibly immature, narcissistic cliche of a middle aged man? This book was utter nonsense that had one dimensional, boring characters and a plot that went absolutely nowhere.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Both narrators were rubbish. They had completely wrong tones for the characters. The male narrator made the character sound like a petulant college boy and I had to constantly remind myself that the character was a 46 year old man. The female narrator was all over the place, speaking in an annoyingly breathy voice and pausing at odd intervals (not following proper punctuation) which made it very hard and jarring to listen to.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Silent Wife?

    If I could play editor, I would have deleted the book altogether. There is no redemption for this book.


    Any additional comments?

    SAVE YOUR MONEY AND/ OR CREDITS AND STEER CLEAR OF THIS DUD!!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fallen

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Shannon Cochran
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1676)
    Performance
    (1322)
    Story
    (1323)

    There's no police training stronger than a cop's instinct. Faith Mitchell's mother isn't answering her phone. Her front door is open. There's a bloodstain above the knob. Her infant daughter is hidden in a shed behind the house. All that the Georgia Bureau of Investigations taught Faith Mitchell goes out the window when she charges into her mother's house, gun drawn. She sees a man dead in the laundry room. She sees a hostage situation in the bedroom. What she doesn't see is her mother.

    Nancy J says: "Gripping Story, Revelations of the Past"
    "Not Karin's Best"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think a person who would enjoy this more would be someone who does not like the grittier, more shocking style of Karin's writing. This was a bit vanilla for me and I found myself rolling my eyes at times, mostly at the horrendous narration, but also at the nonsensical "twists and turns" that seemed to be thrown in just because.


    What could Karin Slaughter have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I don't want to bag out Karin's writing - I love her and I love her writing! But to make this book more enjoyable for me, Karin would have had to change the entire plot.I found the whole plot of the book ridiculous, especially once you found out what really happened and why. I actually groaned out loud "Gimme a break." when the "villain" was exposed. It was totally predictable and ludicrous, it actually upset me.
    Though it was only a small part of the book, I found the way that Karin portrayed Faith's interaction with her brother, Zeke incredibly immature and irritating to listen to. It has been made clear in other books that Faith and Zeke were never close and why. But their arguments were downright immature and embarrassing to listen to - especially when you take into account that Faith is a Special Agent and not actually 13 years old. The acrimony seemed contrived and lacking any real substance but for petty put downs.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Shannon Cochran?

    The narrator grated on me something awful! She did nothing for Will Trent's character, whom I adore. She made Faith's 20 year old son sound like a total imbecile with the low, slow, dopey sounding voice. Listening to her narrate the Mexican characters actually made me cringe.
    I am a huge Michael Kramer fan. He narrated Triptych and I think he should narrate all of Karin Slaughter's books, as he really captures the mood and characters perfectly.


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

    Sorry, Karin! There were none.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Criminal

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Kathleen Early
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1752)
    Performance
    (1476)
    Story
    (1480)

    Will Trent is a brilliant agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Newly in love, he is beginning to put a difficult past behind him. Then a local college student goes missing, and he is inexplicably kept off the case by his supervisor and mentor, deputy director Amanda Wagner. Will cannot fathom Amanda's motivation, until the two of them literally collide in an abandoned orphanage they have both been drawn to for different reasons. Decades before - when Will's father was imprisoned for murder - this was his home....

    Melinda says: "Heart Pounding, Gripping Thriller"
    "Finally Find Out About Will's Past"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was time well spent listening to this book.
    Since the very first Will Trent series book (Triptych) I was so enthralled by him as a character and his obviously messed up background, so it was good to find out where he came from and who his parents were. It was heartbreaking to listen to the events surrounding his conception and birth.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Karin Slaughter? Why or why not?

    Absolutely. I love Karin Slaughter's books, she is a brilliant writer.


    What aspect of Kathleen Early’s performance would you have changed?

    I did not like the way Kathleen Early portrayed Sarah in the book. She gave Sarah a whiny tone that made me dislike her character.


    Did Criminal inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, to keep reading Karin Slaughter.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unseen: Will Trent, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Kathleen Early
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (813)
    Performance
    (702)
    Story
    (700)

    Bill Black is a scary guy: a tall ex-con who rides to work on a Harley, and trails an air of violence wherever he goes. In Macon, Georgia, Bill has caught the eye of a wiry little drug dealer and his cunning girlfriend. They think Bill might be a useful ally. They don’t know that Bill is a Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent named Will Trent. Or that he is fighting his own demons, undercover and cut off from the support of Sara Linton - the woman he loves, who he dares not tell he is putting himself at such risk.

    Kim Venatries says: "Another Win!"
    "Not Bad."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I thought that listening to this book was time well spent, as I enjoy Karin Slaughter's books. I love all the characters in the Will Trent Series and enjoy understanding the methods and motivations the characters use to solve a case.
    However, I found this book a bit far fetched and also not in line with the rest of the Will Trent Series. Will going under cover as a biker struck me as odd, as he has always been described as looking like an undertaker or an accountant, and yet he seemed to fit in under his cover just fine. I also did not like that Faith wasn't really part of it all. I also really disliked that Amanda Wagner - kick ass extraordinaire, takes no BS from no one - was suddenly depicted as a bumbling, computer illiterate fool.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I wouldn't want to change anyone's story ever.
    The only suggestion I could make as a regular Audio Book listener and Karin Slaughter fan is that all her books should be narrated by Michael Kramer. The first Karin Slaughter book I ever listened to was Triptych, narrated by Michael Kramer, and he absolutely blew me away with his performance. His voice really captured the gritty and horrifically violent tone of the book, and his portrayal of all the characters - male and female - was flawless. I also liked how he managed to perfectly capture the Georgian Southern accent.
    I have found that all the other narrators of Karin Slaughter's books, in comparison to Michael Kramer, really lack the right tone for these books that have such dark violence in them.


    What three words best describe Kathleen Early’s voice?

    Expressive but boring.


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

    No, I do not think Unseen needs a follow up books. For reasons stated above, I wasn't totally sold on this book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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