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Rhonda

Sarasota, FL, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • The Unsung Hero: Troubleshooters, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Suzanne Brockmann
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (800)
    Performance
    (414)
    Story
    (409)

    After a near-fatal head injury, Navy SEAL lieutenant Tom Paoletti catches a terrifying glimpse of an international terrorist in his New England hometown. When he calls for help, the Navy dismisses the danger as injury-induced imaginings. In a desperate effort to prevent disaster, Tom creates his own makeshift counterterrorist team, assembling his most loyal officers, two elderly war veterans, a couple of misfit teenagers, and Dr. Kelly Ashton - the sweet girl next door who has grown into a remarkable woman.

    Melissa says: "The first of many"
    "The reader tortured the story."
    Overall

    The reader verbally dragged out all the sex scene descriptions to the point that I was feeling this is what phone sex is all about. It was too distracting! How slow can sssssllllllllloooooooowwwww be? And the story was unrealistic; two successful people just could not be so unable to express their feelings so inadequately to another.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Personal: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2273)
    Performance
    (2046)
    Story
    (2044)

    "You can leave the army, but the army doesn’t leave you. Not always. Not completely," notes Jack Reacher - and sure enough, the retired military cop is soon pulled back into service. This time, for the State Department and the CIA. Someone has taken a shot at the president of France in the City of Light. The bullet was American. The distance between the gunman and the target was exceptional. How many snipers can shoot from three-quarters of a mile with total confidence? Very few, but John Kott - an American marksman gone bad - is one of them...

    Jeffrey says: "Lee and Dick seem tired"
    "Good story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Personal the most enjoyable?

    Good story, nice suspense


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator tried hard to differentiate the characters. However in doing so, he made his voice to soft to hear. I listen while walking near traffic, or while driving, and I had to constantly increase or decrease the volume.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lord John and the Private Matter

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    Overall
    (1713)
    Performance
    (1122)
    Story
    (1140)

    With more than 10 million copies in print worldwide, New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series is a global phenomenon. Lord John and the Private Matter, starring one of the most popular Outlander characters, captures all the adventure and magic of the series while delivering a fresh tale that is utterly captivating.

    GoryDetails says: "Lively tale, well told"
    "Expected more story from Gabaldon"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Lord John and the Private Matter in three words, what would they be?

    Just not as consuming a story as other Gabaldon works.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    No


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

    This performance is good


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

    None


    Any additional comments?

    The occasional mention of Jamie Frazer's name from the Outlander books seemed a poor attempt to link this to the other blockbusters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Valley of Amazement

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Amy Tan
    • Narrated By Nancy Wu, Joyce Bean, Amy Tan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1456)
    Performance
    (1287)
    Story
    (1306)

    Shanghai, 1912. Violet Minturn is the privileged daughter of the American madam of the city's most exclusive courtesan house. But when the Ching dynasty is overturned, Violet is separated from her mother in a cruel act of chicanery and forced to become a "virgin courtesan." Half-Chinese and half-American, Violet grapples with her place in the worlds of East and West - until she is able to merge her two halves, empowering her to become a shrewd courtesan who excels in the business of seduction and illusion, though she still struggles to understand who she is.

    Eva Gannon says: "A Disappointing Bodice Ripper"
    "Nice read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, nice story, good characters, interesting descriptions of historical social customs


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Narrators made the separate characters recognizable; good pace


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Money: A Suicide Note

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Martin Amis
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcom
    Overall
    (347)
    Performance
    (239)
    Story
    (239)

    The story of John Self and his insatiable appetite for money, alcohol, drugs, porn, and more. Ceaselessly inventive and thrillingly savage, it is a tale of life lived without restraint, of money and the disasters it can precipitate.

    Dawn says: "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride"
    "Not worth your time"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Money better?

    A story worth listening to


    What was most disappointing about Martin Amis’s story?

    No point. Listening to a self absorbed character get drunk and exist for sex isn't my idea of entertainment


    What about Graeme Malcom’s performance did you like?

    It was fine. He read with good characterizations


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Thoughtless

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By S. C. Stephens
    • Narrated By Rebekkah Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (937)
    Performance
    (871)
    Story
    (884)

    For almost two years now, Kiera’s boyfriend, Denny, has been everything she’s ever wanted: loving, tender, and endlessly devoted to her. When they head off to a new city to start their lives together - Denny at his dream job and Kiera at a top-notch university - everything seems perfect. Then an unforeseen obligation forces the happy couple apart. Feeling lonely, confused, and in need of comfort, Kiera turns to an unexpected source - a local rock star named Kellan Kyle. At first, he’s purely a friend she can lean on, but as her loneliness grows, so does their relationship. And then one night everything changes....

    Candateshia Pafford says: "What a shocker!"
    "A story of a witless girl's love triangle"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Thoughtless?

    The same phrases used over and over and over and over (pulled me in for a deep kiss). The main character that didn't have a clue, and couldn't make a choice.


    Would you ever listen to anything by S. C. Stephens again?

    No


    What didn’t you like about Rebekkah Ross’s performance?

    The narrator's teenage phrasing (a rise at the end of sentences that weren't questions).


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    A hope that this girl would grow up


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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