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Sharon11675

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  • Touch & Go: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2347)
    Performance
    (1966)
    Story
    (1984)

    Justin and Libby Denbe have the kind of life you’d find in the pages of a glossy magazine: A beautiful 14-year-old daughter. A gorgeous brownstone on a tree-lined street in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood. A great marriage, admired by all. A perfect life. When investigator Tessa Leone arrives at the crime scene in the foyer of the Denbes’ home, she finds scuff marks on the floor and a million tiny pieces of bright green Taser confetti. The family appears to have been abducted.

    lisa says: "Wait for it to go on clearance!"
    "WOW!"
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    Would you listen to Touch & Go again? Why?

    Yes, absolutely.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This book has great characterization, a suspenseful storyline and fast pacing. I was riveted and finished the entire book in two days.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought the narration was excellent and it added to the story. Definitely worth a credit. Thanks, Lisa Gardner!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Collector

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2571)
    Performance
    (2298)
    Story
    (2313)

    From #1 New York Times-best-selling author Nora Roberts comes a novel of a woman who needs nothing, a man who sees everything, and the web of deceit, greed, and danger that brings them together - and that could tear them apart… As a professional house-sitter and freelance writer, nothing ties Lila Emerson down - not her work, not a home, and definitely not a relationship. She spends her life moving from one job to the next, sometimes crashing at a friend 's Manhattan apartment. And though she can appreciate her clients ' extraordinary homes, their expensive collections, and their adorable pets, Lila has never longed for possessions of her own. Everything she has, including her heart, is portable.

    Joan says: "Good author and good narrator"
    "A Disappointment"
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    Any additional comments?

    I can't believe this is a Nora Roberts book!

    The premise of this book sounded really interesting so I pre-ordered it. And it was Nora Roberts, so how could I go wrong?

    The story is flat, the characters are unlikeable and the dialogue drags. The narrator misses opportunities to turn dialogue into the humorous banter for which Nora Roberts is well known. I read the preview chapters and started out expecting I would like this book. I was so disappointed when I didn't - I couldn't finish it.

    The biggest problem is the story. Even taking into account suspension of belief I find it impossible to imagine that an artist and a house sitter would decide they could circumvent the police, withhold valuable evidence and attempt to chase a contract killer all over the world. Themselves. The sheer stupidity exhibited by Ash and Lila throughout the story prevented me from liking either of them at all. Not only is that premise unrealistic, but the idea that the police would actually allow it is ridiculous. Lila and Ash would have rightly been slapped with obstruction charges about 100 pages into the book. Yet the police call and report to Ash - the ARTIST - on a regular basis. I couldn't get past it.

    I love Nora Roberts and have bought every book she's come out with for at least the last decade. I respect and like her work tremendously and it's understandable if she misses the mark once in a while. But after the last couple of books I'm going to wait for the reviews to come out before I pre-order.

    27 of 30 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Witch: The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1785)
    Performance
    (1625)
    Story
    (1620)

    With indifferent parents, Iona Sheehan grew up craving devotion and acceptance. From her maternal grandmother, she learned where to find both: a land of lush forests, dazzling lakes, and centuries-old legends. Ireland. County Mayo, to be exact. Where her ancestors’ blood and magic have flowed through generations - and where her destiny awaits.

    Ann says: "Over the top"
    "Not bad, not awful"
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    What did you love best about Dark Witch?

    Ultimately, this felt like a throwaway Roberts book. It fits her formula of three couples, some magic threat, everyone has to fall in love to make the bad guy go away. There really wasn't much that deviated from that route. Of course, it's still a Nora Roberts book so there's no harm in spending the credit. That's why I gave it four stars, although if it were another author I probably wouldn't have rated it that high. It just isn't shaping up to be a series that I'll remember, unlike the Bride triology or the one where they renovated the hotel.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Katherine Kellgren?

    Katherine Kellgren was a fine narrator but her voice sounded much too old for the book. This is a story about young people and her voice doesn't sound that way, especially when she does the Irish accents.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tell Me

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lisa Jackson
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (155)

    The most hated woman in Savannah, Georgia, is about to be set free. Twenty years ago, Blondell O’Henry was convicted of murdering her eldest daughter and wounding her two other children. The prosecution argued that beautiful, selfish Blondell wanted to be rid of them to be with her lover. Now Blondell’s son, Niall, has recanted his testimony and demolished the case in the process. Reporter Nikki Gillette is determined to get the true story, and not just for professional reasons. Blondell’s murdered daughter, Amity, was Nikki’s childhood friend.

    Janie says: "Tell me, or perhaps don't."
    "Ugh. Just... ugh."
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    Any additional comments?

    I love Lisa Jackson but I don't know what happened here. This book was one tedious interview after another with vast numbers of characters who overall contributed little. The main character is spoiled and unlikeable. She disregards laws when it's convenient for her and relies on her cop fiancee to bail her out of her own stupidity time after time. There were loose ends all over the place. I finished it because I had used a credit on it, but it took me a month and I got a headache from rolling my eyes so much.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Extinction Machine: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1346)
    Performance
    (1270)
    Story
    (1259)

    The president of the United States vanishes from the White House. A top-secret prototype stealth fighter is destroyed during a test flight. Witnesses on the ground say that it was shot down by a craft that immediately vanished at impossible speeds. All over the world, reports of UFOs are increasing at an alarming rate. And in a remote fossil dig in China dinosaur hunters have found something that is definitely not of this earth.

    Karen says: "Another Amazing Entry in the Series"
    "Guilty Pleasure!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Extinction Machine to be better than the print version?

    Yes, this is one of those books where the narrator adds a little something extra. Ray Porter knows Joe Ledger and listeners reap the benefits!


    Which character – as performed by Ray Porter – was your favorite?

    The narrator's take on Joe Ledger is exemplary. The sarcasm, the anger, the wit. Fabulous!


    Any additional comments?

    I tell my husband that Joe Ledger books are "guy books". There's blood, gore, violence, stereotypical or idealized female characters and loads of sci-fi. And I LOVE it!

    This book brings the series back on track from the strangeness that was the Seven Kings. It focuses on aliens, alien technology and alien abductions with a little apocalypse thrown in.

    It moves faster than others in the series but still has some of the information dump syndrome that plagues previous Ledger novels. I dislike how Jonathan Maberry adds information that appears irrelevant or overly detailed upon closer examination. The "Joe" parts of the book move the fastest, as usual, and the book itself is an excellent thriller. It's worth the credit!

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Zero Day

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2899)
    Performance
    (2421)
    Story
    (2415)

    From David Baldacci - the modern master of the thriller and number-one worldwide best-selling novelist - comes a new hero: a lone Army Special Agent taking on the toughest crimes facing the nation. John Puller is a combat veteran and the best military investigator in the U.S. Army's Criminal Investigative Division. His father was an Army fighting legend, and his brother is serving a life sentence for treason in a federal military prison. Puller has an indomitable spirit and an unstoppable drive to find the truth.

    Steve says: "There will be more of Puller ...."
    "Overproduce much?"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not really. This novel was excessively produced - two narrators (one to do male voices and the other to do female), sound effects like gunfire, and "suspenseful" canned music played during "action" or "danger" scenes. Music?! Please. We really need music to tell us John Puller is in danger? And bad music, at that?Trust your narrator to do his job without the extra bells and whistles and trust your audience to be smart enough to enjoy the story without them. I couldn't get into this book because just when things would start to get interesting I would wait for the music to end, or the gunfire to go away. I felt like there was very little chemistry between the two narrators and the story was very jumpy trying to switch between the two. It was so distracting I couldn't finish it, and I wasn't invested enough in the characters to get a text copy.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Zero Day?

    When I stopped listening.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ?

    I think Ron McLarty would have been fine if they just would have left him alone.


    Any additional comments?

    I like David Baldacci but I really think this story is probably best experienced in a text version. I won't be getting the other series installments and I'm pretty disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Glass

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Maria V. Snyder
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    Overall
    (430)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (197)

    As a glassmaker and a magician-in-training, Opal Cowen understands trial by fire. Now it's time to test her mettle. Someone has sabotaged the Stormdancer clan's glass orbs, killing their most powerful magicians. The Stormdancers--particularly the mysterious and mercurial Kade--require Opal's unique talents to prevent it happening again. But when the mission goes awry, Opal must tap in to a new kind of magic as stunningly potent as it is frightening.

    Amazon Customer says: "Interesting character, no Gabra"
    "Not bad, but I'm opting out after this"
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    What made the experience of listening to Storm Glass the most enjoyable?

    I like the story and the world. Opal is not as strong a character as Yelena and I think her development isn't as realistic and consistent, but it's overall a decent read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked her relationship with the Stormdancer the best.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Pronunciation!!!! Please make it consistent from story to story and narrator to narrator. Some words were unrecognizable, others merely annoying. (Cur-rare, anyone?)


    Any additional comments?

    Series Spoiler!!!!! Don't read if you don't want to know what happens!!

    I have decided not to continue reading this series because, even though I loved the Yelena series and had high expectations about Opal, I am not going to buy books that depict happy endings for rapists and torturers. I did some googling and synopsis readings - I understand how and why it ended that way, but I respectfully disagree with the creative choices Ms. Snyder made and the impact that has on an audience, especially the younger members. Enough said!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6461)
    Performance
    (5813)
    Story
    (5814)

    Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches' cliff-hanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew's old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens. Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries.

    Hallie says: "Even better than A Discovery of Witches"
    "Things are moving now!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Shadow of Night to be better than the print version?

    Yes, primarily because I would sit and read it while neglecting everything else, so at least this way I could listen to my iPod while doing housework, driving, etc.


    What other book might you compare Shadow of Night to and why?

    I read something a year or so ago that said this series is "Twilight for Smart People". Yep, that pretty much nails it. At times the similarities between the books are startling.


    What about Jennifer Ikeda’s performance did you like?

    She was creative in her voices and didn't try to make men sound like sandpaper. Men are people too (usually) and I dislike when female narrators try to lower their voices past the point of believability. Same for the I Wanna Be A Girl falsetto that many male narrators use. Jennifer Ikeda, like most good narrators, uses inflection and delivery to define her characters and doesn't try to move out of her vocal range. Mostly, she uses pitch appropriately and the characters are more believeable as a result. I love the accents, well done!


    Who was the most memorable character of Shadow of Night and why?

    Matthew is the most memorable character, but I think Diana made some good improvements in this book. In the last book she was too helpless and it made me want to shake her. There were a couple of times in this book when I started thinking, "Come on, you're a witch, figure it out..." but Diana finally learned to be a "creature" in her own right and I respect her more for it. Matthew rode to her rescue a few times but for the most part she grew capable and strong and was able to handle things herself.


    Any additional comments?

    I would have lost patience with Kit after the first few chapters. I know that in life we are supposed to take the high road, but if I were Diana I would have served him to Matthew as an appetizer.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Shannon Cochran
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (711)
    Performance
    (606)
    Story
    (606)

    Instead of saying "I do" to Mr. Irresistible, Lucy Jorik hitches a ride on the back of a beat-up motorcycle with a rough looking, bad-tempered stranger who couldn't be more foreign to her privileged existence. While the world searches for her, Lucy must search for herself, and she quickly realizes that her customary good manners are no defense against a man who's raised rudeness to an art form. Lucy needs to toughen up - and fast. Her great escape takes her to his rambling beach house on a Great Lakes island. Here, she hopes to find a new direction...and to unlock the secrets of this man who knows so much about her.

    April says: "Better than the last one"
    "Not bad... but not vintage SEP"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    If I knew that I would be a writer, and I'm obviously not. I just know that some of SEP's greatest books, like Glitter Baby or First Lady, had characterizations, story and humor that somehow missed the boat in this one. I liked Temple tremendously but I think Lucy sometimes went off the deep end in terms of believeable behavior. "Viper"? Please. At times I actually cringed. I miss the multi-faceted Lucy we saw in First Lady. Also, it is never really touched upon that, if Lucy's mother was President, she very likely sent Panda (another wierdo name that doesn't really fit) into war. At the very least, she made decisions that altered his life irrevocably. This could be a very, very interesting character development that was completely glossed over. I think the President could have cast a much bigger shadow without another word of dialogue, and probably would have done so in a real life situation.As usual, I think the side plots really made the book. These were done well. The book had a theme about being true to oneself and the stories stayed true to it, for the most part. I like the fact that SEP builds characters I can like.


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

    Another reviewer remarked that Lucy's behavior at the ending was shockingly manipulative. I agree, it made me like her less. Lucy seems to have a major deficit when it comes to acting like an adult, and this makes it very difficult to like her the way you want and need to like a principal character. I understand this is meant to be a plot point, but I got over reading teenage romance when I was, well, a teenager. This ending led me to believe that Lucy didn't grow up as much as I would have liked and I was disappointed in her.


    Which character – as performed by Shannon Cochran – was your favorite?

    Probably Temple. Nice and smooth and imperious - perfect!! I don't think Shannon Cochran spends a lot of time around 12-year-old boys - most of them don't have high, squeaky voices that make them sound like seven year olds.


    Was The Great Escape worth the listening time?

    Yes, absolutely. SEP is always worth a listen! While this book isn't the vintage SEP we have all compulsively read and re-read, I have major faith in this author. If she were to stop writing tomorrow (which I sincerely hope she doesn't) I would still re-read my favorites and treasure the time I spent doing so. That being said, I value and respect SEP too much to sugar coat reviews!


    Any additional comments?

    In summary, it's not the best we've come to expect from SEP but it's still a fun read within the genre and I will continue to purchase titles from SEP as long as she puts them out. Thank you!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tangled Threads: Elemental Assassin, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jennifer Estep
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1342)
    Performance
    (1064)
    Story
    (1072)

    "I'd rather face a dozen lethal assassins any night than deal with something as tricky, convoluted, and fragile as my feelings. But here I am. Gin Blanco, the semi-retired assassin known as the Spider. Hovering outside sexy businessman Owen Grayson's front door like a nervous teenage girl. One thing I like about Owen: he doesn't shy away from my past - or my present. And right now I have a bulls-eye on my forehead."

    Beatrice says: "Disappointed but hopeful"
    "So, let's recap... yet again"
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    Would you try another book from Jennifer Estep and/or Lauren Fortgang?

    I think Lauren Fortgang did a great job with some really tough material. Some of her inflections and delivery helped to diversify the complete and total repetition of every story line in the series to date at least three times in the book. I will not be getting another book by Jennifer Estep, that's for sure.


    What was most disappointing about Jennifer Estep’s story?

    It repeats. It repeats. And then it repeats. This is true throughout the series but by this book it seemed longer, more frequently used and completely detracted from the story. We get recaps of previous books, previous situations, previous characters who aren't even related to the current story, sometimes up to three times in the same book. This is especially treacherous in an audiobook because you can't easily skip the parts and have to suffer through them. It was so distracting to the story! I can see a writer making this mistake, but where in the world are the editors?

    I dislike her repetitious use of various phrases. "Silverstone knife", "the fire elemental", "my foster brother", "the Goth dwarf". It goes on and on. She substitutes these phrases for pronouns, and then will continually refer to major characters by their first AND last names throughout the book, as though we were too dense to remember them. Finnegan Lane? Yep, we know him! Call him Finn and get on with it!

    There are inconsistencies galore. For example, she wears a vest stuffed full of silverstone and can use her magic just fine, but then someone puts a pair of silverstone handcuffs on her and she can't make an ice pick. It makes no sense.

    The sad thing is, the plot overall isn't bad, the characters and premise are interesting and the book has a chance of being good. The world building is great, the idea of the elements and power are fine. This terrible writing prevents that from happening and I feel kind of robbed. This really could have been good but it missed the mark by a wide margin.


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

    She really does a fine job. The accent is great and like I said, she adds some variety to the constant repetition to take away the sting. Am I repeating myself? It must be contagious.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I like the recipes Gin talks about and even used a couple. Yum! I think the dynamic between Mab and Gin is great and I like how Gin torments her. I like the character dynamics, the balance between Gin and Finn and the tension between Gin and Bria. Their reunion came in this book, but too late to save the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I think if I were to read any further in the series I'd do it with paper or e-books because I could skip all the things that irritate me so.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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