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Sarah

Mom to 3 boys, full time professional. Listen to 2 books a week in my car during a long commute. On the hunt for a good, gripping read.

sterling, VA, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • 8 reviews
  • 135 ratings
  • 309 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2014
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  • Playing with Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Gena Showalter
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (293)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (116)

    Twenty-four-year-old barista Belle Jamison dreams of a better job and a decent love life - until a crazy scientist spikes her mocha latte! Suddenly, Belle can wield the four elements - earth, wind, fire and water - with only a thought. Coffee too hot? No problem. Hair in need of a blow-dry? Done. Gorgeous government agent Rome Masters has been sent to neutralize Belle. There's just one problem: the sparks Belle and Rome generate are even hotter than the ones flying from her eyes!

    Leanna says: "Don't do it."
    "Waiting for book to start"
    Overall

    I thought this book would be a departure from what I normally read. It seems to have a good story line to it. I am 4 hours into it and am still waiting for this book to actually start. Spoiler Alert... after becoming "infected" they are still arguing about how to devise a PLAN on how to deal with the situation. wow... If I pulled this at work I would have lost my co-workers 3 hours ago.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7537)
    Performance
    (6563)
    Story
    (6553)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    Amazon Customer says: "A great book"
    "Am I missing something?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I suppose this is a Classic Nora Roberts formula? There is no real story. No twists, no real suspense. 12 hours of setting up the back story. I kept expecting some real action, something to read TO. But in the end it was "Heroine is running, 12 hours of why, falling in love, blam over". Boring.


    What could Nora Roberts have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    What happened to the coke can with her finger prints? Couldnt the Volcovs come after her. What about them? What happened to the organization? What about Blake? All that and "...he went to jail" so anti-climactic.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Look Again

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lisa Scottoline
    • Narrated By Mary Stuart Masterson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (724)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (194)

    When reporter Ellen Gleeson gets a "Have You Seen This Child?" flyer in the mail, she almost throws it away. But something about it makes her look again, and her heart stops - the child in the photo is identical to her adopted son, Will. Her every instinct tells her to deny the similarity between the boys, because she knows her adoption was lawful. But she's a journalist and won't be able to stop thinking about the photo until she figures out the truth.

    Elaine says: "Excellent Book"
    "Unlikely story, unlikeable character"
    Overall

    I finished this book wanting to slap Ellen, the main character across the face! Talk about selfish and uncaring. She completely lacks empathy for anyone but herself. Has she completely lost sight of the fact that she adopted this child? That there are other people with feelings for this boy? Maybe his birth parents? The "twist" at the end just made me angry.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Split Second

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (3651)
    Performance
    (1830)
    Story
    (1825)

    Michelle Maxwell has just blown her future with the Secret Service. Against her instincts, she let a presidential candidate out of her sight to comfort a grieving widow. Then, behind closed doors, the politician whose safety was her responsibility vanished into thin air.

    John says: "Listen again"
    "This narration is killing me"
    Overall

    I enjoyed the book, always have liked Baldacci. Unfortunately I found myself trailing off because I was distracted my the narrators voice. It was as if the emotion of what was happening didnt fit the intonation of his voice. Awful. I debated stopping the book but I needed to get to the following books. Consider not using this narator again.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Switch

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Jan Maxwell
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    It isn't the first time that identical twins Gillian and Melina Lloyd have switched identities. Melina, the more impetuous twin, proposes that her circumspect sister take her place as a media escort to NASA astronaut and national hero Colonel Christopher "Chief" Heart. Although it's an enticing offer, Gillian declines for a very personal reason. Besides, she warns Melina, such a switch could have unexpected consequences.

    Oleg says: "For fans of claptrap"
    "Story ok, naration snore"
    Overall

    The narration on this story is half panicked and half emotionless. It’s very strange. It’s as though everything is a question or an emphatic statement. The story is ok but Im having a hard time following it. Not as great as Envy, which was fantastic, but ok.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Quickie

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge
    • Narrated By Mary Stuart Masterson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (875)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (147)

    Lauren Stillwell isn't your average damsel in distress. When the NYPD cop discovers her husband leaving a hotel with another woman, she decides to beat him at his own game. But her revenge goes dangerously awry, and she finds her world spiraling into a hell that becomes more terrifying by the hour.

    Sarah says: "Implausible plot"
    "Implausible plot"
    Overall

    I finished this book in one day because of some good plot twists. That being said the storyline is absurd. There is no way the main character would be able to pull this off. The story unfolds quickly which kept me interested but the plot was completely unrealistic. The ending seemed rushed, weak and obvious. The characters were not fully developed either. I love James Patterson’s work but I would save your money and rent it at the library.

    19 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • The Alibi

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Dennis Redfield
    Overall
    (252)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (87)

    With sensitivity and insight into the human condition, Sandra Brown creates a forceful psychological portrait of a man in moral turmoil, who must make difficult choices betweenn his personal passions and the demands of his conscience.

    Erik Fosshage says: "Another great work by a master storyteller"
    "Naration put me to sleep"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this book, but found I had to rewind several parts because I would tune out to the naration. Pity.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Envy

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Victor Slezak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1531)
    Performance
    (691)
    Story
    (690)

    New York book editor Maris Matherly-Reed knows a best seller when she sees one - even if it is just a tantalizing partial manuscript submitted by a writer identified only as P.M.E., with the return address of an obscure island off the Georgia coast. Maris is intrigued enough to search for him.

    DMHVetSurveyor says: "Envy"
    "Envy"
    Overall

    I loved this book and have not stopped raving about it to my friends. I listened to it at work, in my office with the door closed while doing autocad drawings. Twists and turns, love and infidelity, friendship and deceipt, murder and salvation this book has it all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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