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R. J. Melton

I read too much, like most genre, & am picky about narrators. I like strong characters, great dialogue, & quirky bits!

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  • Coreyography

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Corey Feldman
    • Narrated By Corey Feldman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (407)
    Performance
    (376)
    Story
    (379)

    In this brave and moving memoir, Corey Feldman is revealing the truth about what his life was like behind the scenes: His is a past that included physical, drug, and sexual abuse, a dysfunctional family from which he was emancipated at age fifteen, three high-profile arrests for drug possession, a nine-month stint in rehab, and a long, slow crawl back to the top of the box office.

    R. J. Melton says: "Heartrending Loss of Innocence"
    "Heartrending Loss of Innocence"
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    Any additional comments?

    I don't like a guided review, so here are my thoughts...I always thought he was a talented actor. I enjoyed the chemistry between the two Coreys, I never gave one thought to what life was doing to those boys and I feel guilty that this happens over and over again in 'Hollywood'--but really throughout the world. Corey does a fine job of telling his story and highlighting Corey Haim's...his voice rings true in the telling. He also comes across as a survivor, a hero in his own lifestory--as he should. He stole a piece of my heart along the way. The mother in me wants to comfort the child he was, the lost boy he became, and the wounded man he is...but the woman in me knows this is unnecessary, he's all grown up. Scars and all, this man has found his way and does not need my comfort. I admire his fighting spirit and I wish him all the best, it takes real courage to strip away your defenses and expose yourself to the light.

    BRAVO Corey!

    I found the book to be well written, no cloying self pity clouding the storyline, just a glaringly honest accounting of his life to date. I do recommend the book.

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Heat: Alpha and Omega, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    Overall
    (1517)
    Performance
    (1380)
    Story
    (1380)

    For once, mated werewolves Charles and Anna are not traveling because of Charles' role as his father's enforcer. This time their trip to Arizona is purely personal, as Charles plans to buy Anna a horse for her birthday. Or at least it starts out that way....

    Nikki says: "It can't get any better!!!"
    "Paranormal Love Story does no justice to this read"
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    Any additional comments?

    I love both Series, Mercy and Alpha/Omega...I don't think you'll find better character development, world building, or plotting...read the books chronologically and you can't go wrong. Patricia Briggs is in a class by herself!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fair Game: Alpha and Omega

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2174)
    Performance
    (1966)
    Story
    (1978)

    Now that the werewolves have revealed themselves to humans, they can't afford any bad publicity. Infractions that could have been overlooked in the past must now be punished, and the strain of doing his father's dirty work is taking a toll on Charles. Nevertheless, Charles and Anna are sent to Boston when the FBI requests the pack's help on a local serial killer case. They quickly realize that not only the last two victims were werewolves - all of them were.

    David says: "Best of the Best"
    "I love Charles and Anna"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    These are not stand alone books...You really need to read the Mercy books and then follow the two chronologically...I love these characters and this world. Such a lovely escapist series. Bravo Patricia Briggs! May the Goddess of Inspiration continue to bless you!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hunting Eve: An Eve Duncan Forensics Thriller, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Iris Johansen
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (125)

    She’s broken free. But danger is in hot pursuit. And rescue is nowhere in sight.... Eve Duncan is on the run. Kidnapped by Jim Doane, a mysterious man who wants her to complete a sinister forensic sculpture, she now has no time to savor the victory of escaping from him. He’s back on her trail and closing in fast. At the mercy of the Colorado wilderness, she struggles to outwit and outrun him, but the odds are stacked high in his favor.

    Amanda Brand says: "Excellent Story"
    "Way too much running the wildwoods..."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    There were hours too many of running through the wildwoods, the ending was an abrupt cliffhanger and some of these characters are just unbelievable. So difficult to stay engaged. If you are invested in Eve's world, you need some closure and this was not it...I feel Iris is just milking the series now.


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

    Humph...what ending? Not a single one.


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

    No, but I thought she did a fine job. No complaints there.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vanished

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Joseph Finder
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (902)
    Performance
    (389)
    Story
    (390)

    Nick Heller is tough, smart, and stubborn. And in his line of work, it's essential. Trained in the Special Forces, Nick is a high-powered intelligence investigator - exposing secrets that powerful people would rather keep hidden. He's a guy you don't want to mess with. He's also the man you call when you need a problem fixed. Desperate, with nowhere else to run, Nick's nephew, Gabe makes that call one night.

    Earl says: "Excellent weaving and unexpected"
    "Twists right to the end!"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I liked the pacing, the plot twists, the character development...Nick Heller is a hero for today. The voice actor is really good and an easy listen. I recommend this for a drive, a lazy sunny day, a sleepless night...anytime you can devote some hours to it. I couldn't put it down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Rock: Skindancer, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Anthony Francis
    • Narrated By Traci Odom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (139)

    Dakota Frost is back, and the ink is about to hit the fan-again. Graffiti comes to life in the dark heart of Atlanta's oldest cemetery, slaying one of the city's best-loved vampires before the eyes of his friend Dakota Frost. Deadly magick is at work on the city's walls, challenging even the amazing power of Dakota's tattoos to contain it. The hungry, graffiti magick loves to kill, and the Edgeworld is no longer safe from its own kind.

    Dakota begins a harrowing journey to save those she loves and to discover the truth behind the spreading graffiti....

    Tracey says: "Uneven but fun 2nd volume in Skindancer series"
    "Please QUIT whispering!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Blood Rock to be better than the print version?

    No, the narrator thinks it adds veracity to the character to whisper his evil vile words so that they are completely incomprehensible. WTH are you thinking? It's an AUDIBLE it should be audible!


    Did Traci Odom do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    No! She is an idiot whispering an Audible book!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, it angered me enough to take the time to write this review. Common Sense people, no background sounds and no whispering and no heavy incomprehensible accents...puhleeze!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daughter of the Forest: Sevenwaters, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Juliet Marillier
    • Narrated By Terry Donnelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (531)
    Performance
    (479)
    Story
    (476)

    Lovely Sorcha is the seventh child and only daughter of Lord Colum of Sevenwaters. Bereft of a mother, she is comforted by her six brothers who love and protect her. Sorcha is the light in their lives and they are determined that she know only contentment. But Sorcha's joy is shattered when her father is bewitched by his new wife, an evil enchantress who binds her brothers with a terrible spell, a spell which only Sorcha can lift - by staying silent.

    B. Reid says: "My gratitude for this work of art!"
    "Another telling of the cursed swans...well told."
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    What did you love best about Daughter of the Forest?

    The closeness of the family and the well developed distinctive characters. I have read this tale many times in many guises...this is one of the better ones. I liked both the tale and the telliing, the narrator is excellent.


    Would you recommend Daughter of the Forest to your friends? Why or why not?

    yes


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

    no, but I will.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: Rethinking Our Past: Recognizing Facts, Fictions, and Lies in American History

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By James W. Loewen
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (116)

    Nationalist history by textbook authors and the descendants or biographers of the famous and infamous have given history students a very skewed vision of our true history - indeed, the true history of mankind. This course is designed to enlighten and encourage you to consider the factual basis of many of our most-cherished yet glossed-over stories and the real-life characters who populate them.

    Nicholas says: "More than a retelling of history"
    "Bias, Semantics, and an IRRITATING Reader..."
    Overall
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    This is written and performed by a Black man, his perspective and historical points may be valid...but his presentation is all about the evil, greedy Caucasian versus the ever downtrodden Black peoples and Native Americans. I listened to the entire piece and am so disappointed. I am not a prejudiced person, but I am sick of the race card and the continued harping on something no one alive suffered and no one alive perpetrated. Get a life, own it, live it to the best of your ability. People of all colors suffer hardships and persecution, they overcome, they succeed. I can't recommend it.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Eighty-Dollar Champion: Snowman, the Horse That Inspired a Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Letts
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (643)
    Performance
    (572)
    Story
    (569)

    November 1958, New York. Into the rarefied atmosphere of wealth and tradition at the National Horse Show in Madison Square Garden comes the most unlikely of horses—a drab white former plow horse named Snowman—and his rider, Harry de Leyer. They were the longest of all longshots—and their win was the stuff of legend.

    eddie says: "When will this story become a movie"
    "Winner! Winner!"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    This horse story started just a bit slow, but by the second hour I was enthralled. I listened to the book in one marathon listen! This true story seems a metaphor for the American 'family and community spirit' rebuilding following the first World War. I thought the pacing was excellent. I was impressed with the work ethic of the Flying Dutchman and his jumper. I thought the ending was perfect. The reader was excellent, he never hit a sour note irritating me out of the story. The rich man, poor man thread was handled with dignity. Societal and Political details were sprinkled in without bias and bring a sense of credibility to an otherwise amazing story. Overall, I think this book about a horse is destined to become a classic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moloka’i

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Alan Brennert
    • Narrated By Anne Noelani Miyamoto
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (864)
    Performance
    (666)
    Story
    (665)

    The powerful debut novel from Alan Brennert, Moloka’i tells the story of Rachel Kalama, a seven-year-old Hawaiian girl who contracts leprosy and is quarantined on the island of Moloka’i during the 1890s. Separated from her family and forced to grow up in the leper colony of Kalaupapa, Rachel experiences intense isolation. But she remains strong, finding moments of joy, and even love. Rich in Hawaiian history, this novel proves itself a stellar piece of historical fiction.

    Blaine says: "Unexpected Jewel"
    "Beautiful tragic tale of 1860-1960 Hawaii!"
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    Where does Moloka’i rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    High, this is well written, historically correct, and characters are well developed.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There are so many, Rachel, Henry, Kenji, Katherine


    Have you listened to any of Anne Noelani Miyamoto’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I love her voice and the natural cadence of her voice, just beautiful to listento.


    If you could take any character from Moloka’i out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Uncle Pono, he was so funny and so loving...if I could include Henry we'd have a party!


    Any additional comments?

    This book will engage you, educate you, introduce you to Hawaiian Culture, make you laugh out loud, cry through a box of tissues and leave you wrung out. I loved every word.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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