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PJPackwood

I really enjoy a good 'Mystery/Thriller' but the narrator can cause me, at times, to not listen to what might have been a really good story.

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  • 55 purchased in 2015
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  • Midnight Bayou

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By James Daniels, Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1384)
    Performance
    (1156)
    Story
    (1163)

    Declan Fitzgerald had always been the family maverick, but even he couldn't understand his impulse to buy a dilapidated mansion on the outskirts of New Orleans. All he knew was that ever since he saw Manet Hall, he'd been enchanted - and obsessed - with it. So when the opportunity to buy the house comes up Declan jumps at the chance to live out a dream.

    Phyllis S. Mike says: "Not the Norm"
    "Cajun accent?"
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    The story was pretty good. A little too "romantic" for me but it was okay. The only problem, to me, was when the narrator attempted to speak with a Cajun accent it sounded more like an Irish accent :)

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • High-Rise

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By J.G. Ballard
    • Narrated By Tom Hiddleston
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (105)

    When a class war erupts inside a luxurious apartment block, modern elevators become violent battlegrounds, and cocktail parties degenerate into marauding attacks on "enemy" floors. In this visionary tale, human society slips into violent reverse as once-peaceful residents, driven by primal urges, re-create a world ruled by the laws of the jungle.

    Loretta J Johnson says: "TOM HIDDLESTON NEEDS TO READ EVERYTHING"
    "Depressing."
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    This story was kind of like Lord of the Flies set in modern times with adults instead of young boys. I found it rather disturbing but had to finish it to find out the final results. I took a chance on buying this book because it is not the 'usual' kind I buy. I am glad I did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The After House

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Michael Phillip Cash
    • Narrated By Dan McGowan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Remy Galway and her daughter Olivia are rebuilding their life after a failed marriage in a 300 year old cottage in historic Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island. Little do they know, another occupant is lurking in the haven of their own home. Will the After House be their shelter or their tomb?

    PJPackwood says: "Old Story?"
    "Old Story?"
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    This book was not what I expected at all. In all fairness I did not make it all the way throught it. The story was not what I expected at all. I thought I was getting a good old fashioned ghost story, scary. In fact, what I heard reminded me very much of an old movie that I believe was called "The Ghost and Mrs. Miniver".

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A House in the Country: A Tale of Psychological Horror

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Matt Shaw
    • Narrated By Wayne Farrell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Dean and Jess knew the house had a tragic past but it did not stop them from making the move with their young daughters. It was supposed to be a new - and bigger - home with which they could continue to build upon their already established happy memories but as the house's past begins to haunt them they realize it is not the dream they first hoped it to be.

    Kate says: "Fantastic ghost story 😉"
    "Ending?"
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    I guess that the end of this story is left up to each individual reader because there certainly wasn't one in the final chapter!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Edge of Eternity: The Century Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3820)
    Performance
    (3360)
    Story
    (3365)

    Throughout these books, Follett has followed the fortunes of five intertwined families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they make their way through the twentieth century. Now they come to one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the enormous social, political, and economic turmoil of the 1960s through the 1980s, from civil rights, assassinations, mass political movements and Vietnam to the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution - and rock and roll.

    Elisa says: "Some good, some bad"
    "Not what I expected."
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    I waited so long for this book. Practically counted the days until it was released because I so enjoyed the first two books in this trilogy. I have loved every book Ken Follett has written, except this one. Far too much of this book was dedicated to fairly recent politics. The entire book seemed to be a 'hodgepodge' of different stories, very loosely related. To say I am disappointed in this finale to the trilogy is a definite understatement.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Some Luck: A novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jane Smiley
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (146)

    From the winner of the Pulitzer Prize: a powerful, engrossing new novel - the life and times of a remarkable family over three transformative decades in America. On their farm in Denby, Iowa, Rosanna and Walter Langdon abide by time-honored values that they pass on to their five wildly different children: from Frank, the handsome, willful first born, and Joe, whose love of animals and the land sustains him, to Claire, who earns a special place in her father’s heart.

    Sara says: "Takes Times To Develop But Is Really Worth The Effort"
    "Ho Hum."
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    This book is well written. The narration was pretty good. I just found it somewhat boring. If you enjoy books about average families this will be perfect for you.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Neverland

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Douglas Clegg
    • Narrated By David Stifel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (76)

    For years, the Jackson family has vacationed at Rowena Wandigaux Lee's old Victorian house on Gull Island, a place of superstition and legend off the southern coast of the U.S. One particular summer, young Beau follows his cousin Sumter into a hidden shack in the woods - and christens this new clubhouse "Neverland." The rundown shack in the woods is the key to an age-old mystery, a place forbidden to all. But Neverland becomes the place where children begin to worship a creature of shadows, which Sumter calls "Lucy."

    Sharron says: "WOW! Creeped out for weeks!!!--New favourite!!!"
    "Accent"
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    The accent was too much 'work' to understand easily. Plus, I discovered there were supposed to be parts in the story with 'extreme' animal cruelty. I do not read or listen to anything concerning animal cruelty. A waste of a credit for me.

    1 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • McFall

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Scott Nicholson
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    When wealthy developer Larkin McFall moves to the small Appalachian Mountain community of Barkersville, generations-old tales of supernatural phenomena, sudden deaths, and odd disappearances resurface. Larkin laughs off the stories as superstition, while promising to bring a bright new future to the dying town. Sheriff Frank Littlefield senses a diabolical motive in McFall’s good intentions.

    PJPackwood says: "Ending?"
    "Ending?"
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    Was the author in a hurry to finish this book? Very strange, unfulfilling ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Storm: The SYLO Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By D. J. MacHale
    • Narrated By Andrew Bates
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    After a harrowing escape from the SYLO occupied Pemberwick Island, Tucker Pierce and his surviving friends have finally reached the mainland, only to find that no one is left. The once bustling seaport city is deserted.From the bowels of a Portland hospital where they encounter their first fellow survivor to the abandoned stores they must raid for supplies, Tucker, Tori, and company set off on a quest for answers and, for Tucker, vengeance. Tucker soon realizes that “trust no one” doesn’t just mean the U.S. military.

    Page says: "Excellent! A lot of action & plot well executed."
    "Sylo 2"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Good follow-up to the first in the series. I know these are meant for 'younger' listeners but I enjoyed this one as much as the first. My only question is, when is the third in the series being released?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Mercedes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8769)
    Performance
    (8033)
    Story
    (8043)

    In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

    Joyce says: "Love this style of King!!!"
    "Stephen?"
    Overall
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    This did not seem like a Stephen King book to me. It could have been written by many 'mystery/thriller' authors. I am not sure what was missing, maybe that slight hint of something supernatural? I just don't know. The story was okay but I found it to be more than slightly predictable. I was looking forward to this book but must admit I was a little disappointed.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shady Palms

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Allen Dusk
    • Narrated By Rose Caraway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (406)
    Performance
    (365)
    Story
    (367)

    A sleazy motel, burrowed on the edge of town, is haunted by rumors of dead hookers found between mattresses and peep holes drilled through walls. When Special Agent Daniels targets the motel during an investigation, the nefarious owner, Sanjay, must scramble to conceal evidence of his own dark deeds. Just when he believes things can't get any worse, motel guests begin to vanish without a trace.

    PJPackwood says: "Okay."
    "Okay."
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    There was a little too much explicit gore and sex in this story for me to really enjoy it. Apart from that the book was quite good, but too much of the afore-mentioned things for me to give it a higher rating.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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