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Sammy Says

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  • The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Anthony Horowitz
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1388)
    Performance
    (1230)
    Story
    (1236)

    Sherlock Holmes is the greatest detective in literary history. For the first time since the death of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a new Holmes story has been sanctioned by his estate, whetting the appetites of fans everywhere. Information about the book will be revealed as deliberately as Holmes himself would unravel a knotty case, but bestselling novelist and Holmes expert Anthony Horowitz is sure to bring a compelling, atmospheric story to life.

    Debra says: "PLEASE tell me there are MORE !"
    "Perhaps not strictly true to Holmes, still fun."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Attempting to explore the beloved characters of other authors is tricky. I think maybe this story would have played better if it hadn't tried to take on Holmes, but had been a newly introduced detective. Having said that, it was entertaining.


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

    No.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I liked his characters and he was very consistent - which I have to imagine is difficult. There were moments I had trouble understanding what he was saying, but that could have been me.


    Was The House of Silk worth the listening time?

    Yes, but buy it on sale.


    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Number Four

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Pittacus Lore
    • Narrated By Neil Kaplan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1806)
    Performance
    (1311)
    Story
    (1317)

    Nine of us came here. We look like you. We talk like you. We live among you. But we are not you. We can do things you dream of doing. We have powers you dream of having. We are stronger and faster than anything you have ever seen. We are the superheroes you worship in movies and comic books—but we are real.

    Audiobook Addict says: "Starts off a Great Series"
    "Entertaining Story - Incredibly bad narration."
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    My 12-year-old boy & 10 year old girl and I all enjoyed the story. Very rare. We also ALL hated the narration.
    Kaplan's John Smith was okay. His Henri was pretty good. Sam, Sarah & Mark are all but unbearable. UN-BEAR-ABLE. Kaplan must be related to someone very high up at Audible or Amazon or the Author's nephew or something. There's no other explanation as to how anyone approved this narration.
    It's awful. Sam sounds like he has a comically bad head cold. Mark sounds drugged and slow and unrealistic. Sarah doesn't sound even remotely feminine...These characters are all horrid.

    Did I mention the narration was awful?!?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Places: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakins, and others
    Overall
    (7403)
    Performance
    (6194)
    Story
    (6220)

    Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas". As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived, and famously testified that her 15-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who've long forgotten her.

    Charles says: "Dark Places Indeed..."
    "Flynn Redeemed. Or the One to Start With."
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    I started with 'Gone Girl' and thought I had found a new favorite author and the best read in years...until the last three chapters or so--which turned into the single worst ending to a book I've ever read. I was actually angry at the author. I did enjoy the narration, though.

    A friend suggested before I walked away, I try one more book. I tried 'Sharp Objects' and found it wasn't particularly good or bad. Marginal in every way (except narration, which I enjoyed).

    But a different friend who felt the same way I did about both books convinced me to try 'Dark Places.' Glad I did!

    This book wasn't as excitingly twisty as 'Gone Girl,' but I really enjoyed it and am glad I tried it in spite of my prior disappointment in Flynn's works. The narration was solid and the characters were interesting. Her characters are always vivid and well-fleshed out and the fact that they were all unlikable worked beautifully in 'Gone Girl' but worked against the story in 'Sharp Objects.' She got it right with this book, and they weren't even all bad!

    I definitely recommend this one!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Veronica Mars: An Original Mystery by Rob Thomas: The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Rob Thomas, Jennifer Graham
    • Narrated By Kristen Bell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1842)
    Performance
    (1706)
    Story
    (1696)

    The first book in an original mystery series featuring 28-year-old Veronica Mars, back in action after the events of Veronica Mars: The Movie. With the help of old friends - Logan Echolls, Mac Mackenzie, Wallace Fennel, and even Dick Casablancas - Veronica is ready to take on Neptune's darkest cases with her trademark sass and smarts.

    Alison says: "Mars Attacks, succeeds!"
    "Total Must-Have for Veronica Fans"
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    It would have been a total fan-letdown if Kristen Bell hadn't narrated -she is the only voice of Veronica. Not much to say about the story, if you are a Veronica Mars fan then the continuation of her story in any form is welcome.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Twelve Clues of Christmas: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2390)
    Performance
    (2110)
    Story
    (2100)

    On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me—well, actually, my true love, Darcy O’Mara, is spending a feliz navidad tramping around South America. Meanwhile, Mummy is holed up in a tiny village called Tiddleton-under-Lovey with that droll Noel Coward! And I’m snowed in at Castle Rannoch with my bumbling brother, Binky, and sourpuss sister-in-law, Fig.

    Felicia The Geeky Blogger says: "It was a great Christmas Who-Done-It!"
    "PURE FUN. The whole series thus far is pure fun."
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    I am tough to please and have very eclectic taste but these books are so darn cute that even I don't care if they are predictable and simple. They won't be burning up the literary charts anytime soon but it doesn't matter. Light-hearted, funny and utterly charming is the best way I can describe the series. I have found that one book is as good as another, though Georgie's improved circumstances in this book were gratifying. Katherine Kellgren is a great narrator, again, just charming.
    Let it all go and just enjoy these. Worth it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (9294)
    Performance
    (8382)
    Story
    (8398)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Great book, great performance. Worth the credit!"
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    I'm glad I stumbled onto this one! The story was well-crafted-details were subtle so that I couldn't tell exact where it was going. It didn't feel predicatable...high praise coming from me!
    Robert Glenister did a great job with voices. He didn't try to overdue the female voices and did a good Strike. I'm looking forward to the next book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sharp Objects

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5408)
    Performance
    (4392)
    Story
    (4418)

    Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker's troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital, Camille's first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

    Kelley says: "I agree with Stephen King"
    "Meh. Good enough to finish but not a page-turner"
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    I thought Ann Marie Lee did a nice job narrating.
    One reviewer described the book as bleak-which it is, but the description tells you as much. The bottom line for me was that I just didn't find the book compelling.
    I think Gillian Flynn did another great job fleshing out her characters, which isn't to say that any of them were likeable-because they weren't and they weren't supposed to be-but they did seem to come to life..I didn't find myself haunted the way I was when I read 'Gone Girl' -one of the best books I had read in a great long while (until the end, which was the single worst and most unimaginative ending to a book I can EVER remember. Worst. Ending. Ever.).
    The limited connections between characters felt forced and unrealistic-hard not to go into spoiler details. The bottom line for me was that there wasn't anything to make me continue listening other than I had the time on my hands and nothing else to listen to.

    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
    (29408)
    Performance
    (25949)
    Story
    (26021)

    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?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Fantastic Start and possibly Worst. Ending. Ever."
    Overall
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    The narrators did a good job. They won't become your new faves, but they did a fine job of convincing you to feel the way you needed to about each character (trying not to give away any potential spoilers). I'd listen to them again.

    As for Gillian Flynn, she had my rapt attention all the way up to the last turn of events. I thought I had found a new set of works to devour and was planning to add every title she offered into my library when I was done with this book - I couldn't stop listening! The plot had wonderful twists and the author wove insightful characters throughout. But the end was so utterly disappointing I won't try her again.

    I thought she did a great job developing the psychological layers of her characters. All I can think is that by the end she got too caught up in trying to be uber-sophisticated with their conclusion. The best word that describes the ending is, well, lame. No one wants to see a great story turn predicable but Flynn tried too hard to be unconventional and wound up being utterly lame. This book will leave you totally unfulfilled and even annoyed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22283)
    Performance
    (16066)
    Story
    (15972)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Sara says: "The Time Travel VS Romance Quandary"
    "Overall, worth a listen. Will continue the series."
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    What did you love best about Outlander?

    I'm no great historian but I REALLY enjoyed the setting - time, place & social.


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

    The actual dialog/occurrence was good...Having said that, I could have lived without the last few chapters of the book, from about Part 7 on. They did not compel me to continue the way the first 3/4 of the book did.


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    She did fantastic accents. I was able to hear past a female voice doing male characters - rare!


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

    Quite a few - but they all involve spoilers.


    Any additional comments?

    Some lengthy descriptions were unnecessary and a drag on the story.

    I own many titles on both audio & hardcopy (or digital) and I found this particular title enjoyable in both formats pretty equally - which is rare. The first 3/4 of the book was enough to make me want to continue the series (though surprisingly not the actual ending - you'll see what I mean).

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Kill Decision

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3289)
    Performance
    (2930)
    Story
    (2938)

    Linda McKinney is a myrmecologist, a scientist who studies the social structure of ants. Her academic career has left her entirely unprepared for the day her sophisticated research is conscripted by unknown forces to help run an unmanned - and thanks to her research, automated - drone army. Odin is the secretive Special Ops soldier with a unique insight into the faceless enemy who has begun to attack the American homeland with drones programmed to seek, identify, and execute targets.

    Madeleine says: "What's that droning sound?"
    "Didn't meet my expectations based on reviews"
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    Would you listen to Kill Decision again? Why?

    Yes. I rarely replay, but I think technical details will be even more meaningful the second time around.


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

    This was my first.


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

    Jeff Gurner's performance was spot-on! He gave the hero and his team unique, appropriate and vivid voices. I could not have imagined those accents on my own. Absolutely no complaints on performance!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The Next World War is Here.


    Any additional comments?

    Good premise but I didn't find any memorable twists or turns to speak of. It was only mildly suspenseful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32060)
    Performance
    (25159)
    Story
    (25242)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Richly Crafted Story & Superb Narration!"
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    Where does A Game of Thrones rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book (and the series) are among the best I've heard.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Game of Thrones?

    No spoilers here.


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    His distinct characters make the story a bit easier to follow - not a simple task with the dozens and dozens of players in the book. I never thought I would hear anything to compare to Jim Dale but Dotrice is very, very close - the only thing I noticed was that his women characters all fall into either the high-born voice he uses or the nasty crone voice. All-in-all, this book has the winning combo of excellent storytelling matched with the exact right narrator!


    Any additional comments?

    This is not one to listen to aloud with children present - quite graphic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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