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Denise

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HOUSTON, TX, United States | Member Since 2015

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  • 270 titles in library
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  • Tell No One

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Ed Sala
    Overall
    (818)
    Performance
    (687)
    Story
    (688)

    Tell No One is an irresistibly suspenseful thriller infused with nail-biting tension and packed with shocking plot twists. It has been eight years since Dr. David Beck’s wife, Elizabeth, was murdered by a serial killer. When Beck receives a message containing a phrase only Elizabeth should know, he is tormented to tears. Either someone is playing a sick joke, or the wife he’s never stopped loving is still alive. He’s been warned to tell no one, and as the desperation of his search for the truth intensifies, he heads straight toward a deadly secret.

    Patricia says: "Great Fun"
    "Only Average"
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    What did you like best about Tell No One? What did you like least?

    I liked how the story began but how it came together and ended was ridiculous, how he was allowed to be pursued by the police was disgraceful. The story ended up being kinda stupid.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I actually listened to this many books ago, I don't remember what I read next.


    What aspect of Ed Sala’s performance would you have changed?

    Nothing, he was fine.


    Do you think Tell No One needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Heck No, one was enough.


    Any additional comments?

    I like stories that make sense and this one just didn't do it for me.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Miss Julia Lays Down the Law

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ann B. Ross
    • Narrated By Cynthia Darlow
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    It's November, and Miss Julia is looking forward to some quiet time before the holidays. That is until snobby Connie Clayborn and her rich husband move to town. At first Miss Julia and the other ladies are pleased to be invited over for coffee, but the afternoon turns into a slap in the face when their hostess spouts nonstop criticism about Abbotsville. Why, how dare she? Days later Miss Julia decides to confront Connie woman to woman, but when she arrives Connie is lying on the kitchen floor - lifeless in a pool of blood.

    Unknown says: "Love Miss Julia!"
    "I like the story but!"
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    I love Miss Julia but I was really disappointed with Ann B Ross not keeping to the storyline of her characters. Throughout all the books Miss Julia's long time friend and neighbor Mildred Allen was also her fellow church member, who in one book was mentioned as leading the Sunday school class but knowing she would only read from the lesson book they could miss that Sunday with no guilt. In this book Mildred all of a sudden is not her fellow Presbyterian church member. Mildred is referring to Pastor Ledbetter as Miss Julia's pastor. Mildred doesn't know the Ledbetters only of them. Also in another previous book it was also mentioned when the pastor preached on moderation on something but it hit on Mildred's weight problem and she left in the middle of a sermon and the pastor was doing all he could to get back in Mildred's good grace because she is old money wealthy and contributes mighty to the church. I can reference more and more but this just ruined my rating for this book. Is Ann b Ross going senile and can't keep track of her own storyline?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sweet Surrender: Sweet Series #1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Caroline Wintour
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (756)
    Performance
    (672)
    Story
    (679)

    Dallas cop Gray Montgomery is on a mission: find the guy who killed his partner and bring him to justice. So far, he's found a link between the killer and Faith - and if Gray has to get close to her to catch the killer, so be it. Faith is sweet and feminine, everything Gray wants and desires in a woman, but he suspects she's playing games. No way would she allow a man to call the shots in their relationship. Or would she? Faith sees in Gray the strong, dominant man she needs, but he seems determined to keep her at a distance.

    Katheryne says: "Spicy hot!"
    "DID NOT LIKE THIS AT ALL!"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Only if this was a completely different story or if the story truly had a story. This was a book of sex with words in between hoping to disguise itself as a story.


    What could Maya Banks have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    nothing, it just wasn't for me and I have another that I bought that I don't want to even try because of this book.


    Did Caroline Wintour do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I guess, I don't remember


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Sweet Surrender?

    the entire book


    Any additional comments?

    I hated this book

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Keeping Promise Rock (Gay Romance)

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Amy Lane
    • Narrated By Sean Crisden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (152)

    Carrick Francis has spent most of his life jumping into trouble with both feet. The only thing saving him from prison or worse is his absolute devotion to Deacon Winters. Deacon was Crick's sanity and salvation during a miserable, abusive childhood, and Crick would do anything to stay with him forever.

    Donald says: "Excellent Story!"
    "Loved this Book!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Honestly I doubt it because I don't have any friends that read gay romance as I am a straight woman and only recently took a chance on something new and different.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Deacon and his devotion and love to everyone in his circle.


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

    yes and he was great as always, at least with the ones I have listened to so far.


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

    Yes, but more than one. When Deacon broke down and cried in the hotel after Crick left. When Deacon lost it when Crick mentioned he wanted to leave to visit his friend's family that died in the Army.


    Any additional comments?

    If only everyone could have a Deacon in their life!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Murder Most Frothy

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Cleo Coyle
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gibel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (163)

    Clare Cosi's new friend, millionaire David Mintzer, has an offer no New York barista could turn down: an all-expenses-paid summer away from the sticky city. At his Hamptons mansion, she'll relax, soak up the sun, and, oh yes, train the staff of his new restaurant. So Clare packs up her daughter, her former mother-in-law, and her special recipe for iced coffee for what she hopes will be one de-latte-ful summer.

    Ronna says: "Great coffee based cozy mystery!"
    "It was OK!"
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    Would you try another book from Cleo Coyle and/or Rebecca Gibel?

    Yes, it was a nice lite mystery and I like all kinds so I will try another.


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

    Less coffee talk, the same as with the authors that have too much recipe talk for food. It gets nauseating after a while.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    yes, the narration was well done.


    Do you think Murder Most Frothy needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I can't say.


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Murder of a Wedding Belle: A Scumble River Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Denise Swanson
    • Narrated By Christine Leto
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (165)

    School psychologist Skye Denison reluctantly agrees to act as maid of honor in her California cousin's over-the-top platinum-style wedding - and is also expected to assist the control-freak wedding planner. But when Skye discovers the planner dead, just one week before the big event, Skye is suddenly working double-duty.

    deanna says: "One of my favorite in the Scumble River Series"
    "Overall OK"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The setting! There are a few writers that I come upon that I really like their work and want to read more but when they are all set in little one horse towns where everyone knows one another; it loses variety and then starts to become stale with a lot to be desired. And with a murder in each one they would be the murder capital of the US.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Denise Swanson? Why or why not?

    Yes but I seriously doubt if I will ever pay for another one. The small town setting is not a draw for me.


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

    Nothing


    Could you see Murder of a Wedding Belle being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Heck No, BORING!


    Any additional comments?

    none

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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