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Patricia

COLUMBUS, OH, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Submerged: Alaskan Courage, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Dani Pettrey
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (106)

    When her aunt dies in a mysterious plane crash, Professor Bailey Craig returns to Yancey, Alaska. She soon learns that her expertise is desperately needed in the investigation of a string of local murders—so she works with her ex, Cole McKenna, to ferret out the truth. As they become reacquainted, old feelings rekindle—but do Bailey and Cole have a future together?

    Renate says: "Excellent! Kept me engaged throughout the book!"
    "Painful"
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    What disappointed you about Submerged?

    I am nine chapters in and I'm stopping now. I only got this far because I was listening while I cleaned out an old filing cabinet. The story itself might turn out to be fine. It does have some unusual features, like the setting and the diving and the fact that the female protagonist was formerly the town slut. But the writing is trite and the author insists on stating the obvious.

    As an example, two characters in the search and rescue business are talking and one says to the other something like, "The NTSB -- National Transportation Safety Board -- will be here tomorrow." Okay, maybe you need to clarify the acronym for the reader. But guys who work together don't talk to one another this way. There's a more elegant way to accomplish the same end, but it has eluded this author, time and time again. Painful.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Writing this clichéd has to be hard for a narrator, but this one does the book no favors. In particular, her male voices sound strained.


    2 of 3 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
    (7378)
    Performance
    (6811)
    Story
    (6814)

    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!!!"
    "Great story, but the narration. . ."
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    It's StephenKing. What's not to like? Not "horror" but the bad guy is actually a real horror. Plot is suspenseful. The team of good guys is unlikely and thus original.

    The narrator drops his voice, especially when a character is whispering or muttering, which happens often. It's to the point that it's hard to hear. I backed up several times to catch what he said.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Plainsong

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Kent Haruf
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (122)

    A high school history teacher in a small Colorado town, Guthrie is raising his two young sons alone. Thoughtful and honest, he is guiding them through a world that is not always kind. Victoria, one of his students, is pregnant, homeless, and vulnerable to the scorn of the town. When Guthrie helps two elderly ranchers take the young woman into their home, an unlikely extended family is born.

    MAUREEN says: "A beautiful read"
    "Hemingway redux"
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    What does Tom Stechschulte bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Seriously, the author channels Hemingway in several respects. For starters, he never met a compound sentence he didn't like. Maybe this is more obvious listening than it would be reading, but the cadence sounds an awfully lot like For Whom the Bell Tolls. Then there are the inexplicable plot detours. At one point, for example, the boys get on a horse and take a long (at least the description is long) ride whose point is never really clear. Maybe it's just me, but I felt like that often reading Hemingway.

    That said, the story itself is kind of nice. The characters are clearly defined and the narrator does a good job of distinguishing them. The nature of a small town and the interactions therein are well handled, but this is not Mayberry by any stretch. The plot line about the pregnant teenager and the elderly bachelors is especially charming.

    This was different than the books I usually read/listen to, but I'm glad I did.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Every Reasonable Doubt: Vernetta Henderson Series No. 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Pamela Samuels Young
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (104)

    When attorneys Vernetta Henderson and Neddy McClain are tapped to take on the biggest case of their careers, they are less than thrilled about working together. Their strained relationship, however, is the least of their problems. Their socialite client - charged with the brutal murder of her husband - is demanding an immediate dismissal of the case. But a ruthless prosecutor is determined to make sure that doesn't happen.

    Amazon Customer says: "loved Special"
    "Unexpected, not in a good way"
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    How could the performance have been better?

    I just could not get past the fact that the female lead character was voiced by a male narrator. One without a great range of female intonations, too. The writer explains a little too much, a little too obviously. And the premise is a little thin -- a lawyer with no criminal experience is assigned by her firm to a case of O.J. proportions. Really? I might have pushed past any one of those things, but in combination, they made me quit listening about an hour in.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25821)
    Performance
    (22909)
    Story
    (22978)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    FanB14 says: "Amazing Amy"
    "Great up to a point"
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    Any additional comments?

    A friend of mine told me this is a great book, but she didn't like the ending. I decided to be my own judge. And indeed, most of it is a great book, as evidenced by its popularity. The characters are well drawn. Nick is sympathetic but not perfect. Amy is a big surprise. The twists and turns keep your attention. But just when it's clear who we should be rooting for, Flynn seems to run out of gas. The ending is indeed unsatisfying -- it's like she got tired of writing and just stopped.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Switchblade: An Original Story

    • UNABRIDGED (50 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    Overall
    (390)
    Performance
    (347)
    Story
    (354)

    An anonymous tip puts Bosch on a case that has remained unsolved for decades, the vicious stabbing of a teenage boy whose body was found in an abandoned Old Hollywood restaurant. Cold cases are often the toughest: With no body, no murder scene, and no fingerprints, Bosch nevertheless gets lucky when DNA evidence from the murder weapon points to a known killer. But the DA insists that science alone is not enough - he needs the case to be bulletproof before he'll take it to court.

    L. O. Pardue says: "Good for a short Short Story by a Favorite Author"
    "That's it?"
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    Would you try another book from Michael Connelly and/or Len Cariou?

    Yes, because I am a Michael Connelly fan. I've read all his full length novels.


    If you’ve listened to books by Michael Connelly before, how does this one compare?

    This is essentially a short story. It lacks the depth and complexity one expects from a Harry Bosch tale. It's clearly marked as short by both the listening time and the price, but I guess I just expected a little more. I just never got engaged.


    Could you see Switchblade being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No. There's barely enough story here for 50 minutes of listening, much less a series. A Harry Bosch series, on the other hand . . .


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Professionals

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Owen Laukkanen
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (257)
    Performance
    (225)
    Story
    (228)

    Four friends, recent college graduates, caught in a terrible job market, joke about turning to kidnapping to survive. And then, suddenly, it's no joke. For two years, the strategy they devise - quick, efficient, low risk - works like a charm. Until they kidnap the wrong man. Now two groups they've very much wanted to avoid are after them - the law, in the form of veteran state investigator Kirk Stevens and hotshot young FBI agent Carla Windermere, and an organized-crime outfit looking for payback.

    Sharron says: "Painful"
    "Somebody wins, somebody loses"
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    Where does The Professionals rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right up there with the best. The thing is, all the characters are sympathetic, both the good guys and the bad guys. But they are on a path where they can't all get what they want. If you can live with a likeable character not getting the happy ending, it's a good book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Professionals?

    There are several points at which the story takes a turn you don't expect. But I'm not gonna be a spoiler!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Prostitutes' Ball

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen J. Cannell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (293)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (178)

    It’s a few days before Christmas when Detective Shane Scully and his wife, Alexa, respond to a call in the Hollywood Hills. The crime scene is the pristine backyard swimming pool of a once immaculate mansion on Skyline Drive, the site of an infamous murder decades prior, in which a family was killed in cold blood on Christmas Eve. In the ensuing years, the house has been shuttered and left exactly as it stood on that terrible night.

    Zoe C. Johnson says: "The best of the Shane Scully series"
    "Classic Shane Scully"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Prostitutes' Ball the most enjoyable?

    I've read several of the Shane Scully novels, but this was my first audiobook. The story translates well to this format. The dedication is significant -- can you catch Stephen Cannell poking fun at himself as Scully checks out the male victim's background?


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Shane Scully is his usual rule-breaking, end-justifies-the-means self in this book. The surprise is his new partner, a seemingly lightweight Hollywood type. He's funny in spots and confronts Shane with a different kind of ethical dilemma.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    He brings tension/urgency to the narration in just the right parts.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Serpent's Tooth: A Walt Longmire Mystery, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1967)
    Performance
    (1762)
    Story
    (1758)

    In this ninth installment in the award-winning and New York Times best-selling Walt Longmire mystery series, the Wyoming sheriff follows his cowboy code of ethics in a religious range war that strikes a little too close to home.

    Dave says: "Craig Johnson's best!"
    "Too many bad guys"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. Maybe if you were reading the book, it would be easier to keep track of the many characters. But listening to it, especially in short stretches in the car, made it difficult to remember who's who. The plot includes not one but two compounds of religious zealots who become kind of interchangeable.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Craig Johnson? Why or why not?

    Maybe. I like the Longmire TV series, so I could perhaps be persuaded to try an audiobook one more time.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably not.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4595)
    Performance
    (3923)
    Story
    (3926)

    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    Kelli N. Perkins says: "Still Thinking About This Tale Weeks After"
    "Best book this year, hands down"
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    Would you listen to Defending Jacob again? Why?

    Yes. It's a really good story, well narrated.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way the story line challenges the main character gives the story depth and complexity. He's a prosecutor whose son is accused of murder. The book raises the obvious question of whether Jacob actually committed the crime, along with the competing loyalties of the father/prosecutor if in fact he did. There's also the element of what's going on in the parents' marriage, and the prosecutor's relationship with his own father, and some nature/nuture issues. Very interesting.


    What does Grover Gardner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He gives a real "voice" to the dad/prosecutor, a little ironic at times.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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