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Samara

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REVIEWS
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FOLLOWING
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HELPFUL VOTES
3

  • Counting by 7s

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Holly Goldberg Sloan
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    Willow Chance is a 12-year-old genius, obsessed with nature and diagnosing medical conditions, who finds it comforting to count by 7s. It has never been easy for her to connect with anyone other than her adoptive parents, but that hasn’t kept her from leading a quietly happy life...until now. Suddenly Willow’s world is tragically changed when her parents both die in a car crash, leaving her alone in a baffling world. The triumph of this book is that it is not a tragedy. This extraordinarily odd, but extraordinarily endearing, girl manages to push through her grief. Her journey to find a fascinatingly diverse and fully believable surrogate family is a joy and a revelation to read.

    Samara says: "A bit much"
    "A bit much"
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    The story was engaging and characters pretty well developed, but I found it to be just overly dramatic and morose. At times, I found myself rolling my eyes and wishing the author would just move on, and felt like her point was being hammered over my head. I think the book should be about half as long as it is.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Crimes of Memory: A Detective Jackson Mystery, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By L. J. Sellers
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Fresh off the leave-of-absence he took following his ex-wife’s death, Detective Jackson’s life is in upheaval. He struggles to keep his grief-stricken daughter, Katie, in line, while trying to reinvigorate a passion for his work. When a body is found in a storage unit, he hopes for an open-and-shut homicide, but nothing in this case is as it appears. The same night the ex-con is murdered, a firebomb goes off in a bottled water factory across town. The prime suspects are from the organization Love the Earth - eco-terrorists who will go to extremes to spread their message

    Samara says: "Great story; might be easier to read than listen"
    "Great story; might be easier to read than listen"
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    I love this series and will definitely explore this author's other work. The main characters are developed well, and I think these books could be read alone without missing previous insight from the novels before it. I also like how the characters are not the stereotypical perfect or bad but just misunderstood, etc. - their issues and reactions just seem a little more "real human".

    My only thought about this particular story is that there are so many characters and names, it was really hard for me to remember, "who's that", or "what did this one do?" I found myself rewinding and trying to go back and find the connections. I think the story could have been just as good without throwing so many people in the mix, but I also think that this issue would make this a better read than a listen.

    Having said all that, I am hooked, and can't wait for more!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Freak

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jennifer Hillier
    • Narrated By Talmadge Ragan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    Abby Maddox is serving 20 years for slashing Seattle PD officer Jerry Isaac's throat during the harrowing capture of her former lover, serial killer Ethan Wolfe. To the demented fans, lunatics, and creeps on the outside, she is a celebrity. But to Jerry, now a private investigator whose scarred neck and tortured speech are daily reminders of Abby's vicious attack, she alone may be the key to solving a new wave of murders. Because this killer has been sending her love letters, and carving a message on the victims' bodies: Free Abby Maddox.

    Samara says: "Not as great as the first book in this series"
    "Not as great as the first book in this series"
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    I was so excited to read this after reading the first in the series, "Creep", but I was a little disappointed. It seems like this book doesn't have as much of the complexity of the first, and the character development (which I really enjoyed in Creep) is a little lacking and bordering on cookie-cutter. I don't regret listening to this book, and if I hadn't already been blown away by the first book in this series, I may have enjoyed it more as a stand alone novel. My expectations were higher. The actual story line of this book seems like a continuation of the last book, which might be fine if done well, but it just feels tedious after a while. I also guessed the ending correctly, and I hate when I get it right! I love an author who can keep me guessing. Though this sounds like a bad review, I want to point out that this book was likely disappointing for me because I had high expectations after the first one. However, it is a decent story, and I'd say worth the credit. The narration was done well, except for one guy with a gruff voice who was made to sound incredibly annoying. But, I understand why the narrator had to do it that way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Creep

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Jennifer Hillier
    • Narrated By Talmadge Ragan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (33)

    Dr. Sheila Tao is a professor of psychology, an expert in human behavior with her own hidden past. But she's not the only one keeping secrets. When Sheila began an affair with her sexy graduate assistant Ethan Wolfe, she knew she was playing with fire. Consumed by lust when they were together, she was riddled with guilt when they were apart. Now she's finally engaged to a good man, and it's time to end the dangerous liaison. But Ethan has something different in mind. He intends to make her pay for rejecting him.

    Critter Mama says: "Psychological tease, but not a thriller!! "
    "Loved it"
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    Think I found a new author to obsess over. This is a good (unrealistic, but isn't that why we want fiction?) mystery that is not the cookie cutter bad guy vs. good guy story that all wraps up just perfectly in the end. I loved the character development, but it was not overdone so as to detract from the story line. I guessed the end and was right, but I won't hold that against the author! Definitely worth the credit & "read".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deadly Pursuit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Michael Prescott
    • Narrated By Christopher Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (7)

    Vacationing at a remote island off the coast of Florida, Steve and Kirstie Gardner hope to save their troubled marriage. But they are unaware that a person from Steve's past - a serial killer - is hiding from the police on the same island.

    Aaron P. Lazar says: "An outstanding and thrilling ride!"
    "Tedious and predictable"
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    By the end of this book, I didn't care if everyone in the story died, just so that the story was over! Don't expect any huge twist or surprises, and good luck making it through if you decide to try it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blind Pursuit

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Michael Prescott
    • Narrated By Allison McLemore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    In the dead of night, psychologist Erin Reilly is abducted from her Tucson home. Her kidnapper: a serial killer who burns his victims alive. Tormented by his obsession, he wants Erin to cure him before he kills again. If she fails, she'll become his next victim. While Erin's twin sister Annie searches desperately for her, Erin delves into her captor's psyche and his past, discovering a secret guilt...a complex web of crime and betrayal...and an unexpected connection between the killer and herself.

    Aaron P. Lazar says: "A taut, outstanding thriller!"
    "Best I've read by this author"
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    I found myself not only sitting in parking lots to hear more, but actually talking alound to the characters! I hate the cookie cutter mystery stories where you can guess the ending by the second chapter (or not even care) - this is not one of them. I was very pleasantly surprised and am now hooked on a new author. So far, this one is the best...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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