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Sharon11675

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  • 23 reviews
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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
    (2467)
    Performance
    (2070)
    Story
    (2087)

    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 First Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Erica Spindler
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    As a child, Bailey Browne dreamed of a knight in shining armor swooping in to rescue her and her mother. As she grows older, those dreams transform, becoming ones of a mysterious stranger who will sweep her off her feet and whisk her away from her ordinary existence. Then, suddenly, there he is. Despite the 10-year difference in their ages, her working class upbringing and his of privilege, Logan Abbott and Bailey fall deeply in love. Marriage quickly follows.

    Danielle says: "Like a long winded soap opera"
    "Good Suspense, Okay Narration"
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    Erica Spindler writes reliably good suspense. They're great beach reads with compelling story lines and "The First Wife" is no exception. The characters were well developed, quirky and interesting. I did guess the perpetrator about halfway through the book, but I used the process of elimination to do it so I don't think that's a reflection on Ms. Spindler's writing or story development. It's probably more likely that I read too many suspense novels!

    I have listened to several Tavia Gilbert books and I think this is going to be my last. I think she's a tremendously gifted voice actress but time and again her dramatic choices lean heavily towards "distress" on the part of the heroine when the situation or character may not warrant it. In this case, I think Bailey is written as a very strong woman but Ms. Gilbert voices her as an alarmed, frightened damsel pretty much from the start. There were many opportunities to use other inflections - anger, sarcasm, disbelief, but time and again Ms. Gilbert's default was whiny fear when it came to Bailey. Then when Bailey finally did fall apart, it lacked the dramatic punch of a strong character giving in to the situation because we'd heard her whining for the past six hours already.

    Erica Spindler is definitely a winner! Tavia Gilbert has all the right stuff to be one, too, but falls short. Please don't let the genre influence your dramatic choices, let the dialogue do that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Line: Witching Savannah, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By J. D. Horn
    • Narrated By Shannon McManus
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1029)
    Performance
    (932)
    Story
    (930)

    To the uninitiated, Savannah shows only her bright face and genteel manner. Those who know her well, though, can see beyond her colonial trappings and small-city charm to a world where witchcraft is respected, Hoodoo is feared, and spirits linger. Mercy Taylor is all too familiar with the supernatural side of Savannah, being a member of the most powerful family of witches in the South. Despite being powerless herself, of course. Having grown up without magic of her own, in the shadow of her talented and charismatic twin sister, Mercy has always thought herself content.

    gardener97 says: "Excellent Story and Excellent Narrator"
    "Surprisingly good"
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    Any additional comments?

    I purchased this series hoping for an interesting urban fantasy book, and got it! I am surprised this book doesn't have more reviews and that I had never heard of the author before, because it was really good. I'm also surprised that the price was less than a regular credit - it is certainly worth at least that much and more.

    J. D. Horn skillfully brings great characterization, a fast paced plot with interesting twists and a convincing mystery together into a believable novel about the lone "disappointment" witch in a famous witching family. Shannon McManus's beautiful Southern accent and skillful voice acting added to the story's depth, making it one of those rare audiobooks that is enriched by the performance.

    So pay this author more, buy the books and enjoy the story because it is definitely worth your time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crash & Burn

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Christina Traister, Mikael Naramore
    Overall
    (571)
    Performance
    (488)
    Story
    (488)

    Nicole Frank shouldn't have been able to survive the car accident, much less crawl up the steep ravine. Not in the dark, not in the rain, not with her injuries. But one thought allows her to defy the odds and flag down help: Vero.

    Kerry says: "Terrible!"
    "Nope"
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    Any additional comments?

    I wanted to like this book. I really did!

    The characters were confusing and unlikeable. The plot didn't hold my interest. The female narrator was all right but the male narrator sounded like the narrator to a 1970s film strip. I kept waiting for the book to get better but three hours into it I'm giving up because listening has become a chore.

    The biggest twist is that Lisa Gardner wrote this. She is usually an automatic purchase for me but this book was a mistake. How is it possible that the creator of the wonderful D. D. Warren is responsible for this book? I'm so disappointed, I'll be more careful of "Not D. D." books in the future.

    14 of 15 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
    (3169)
    Performance
    (2827)
    Story
    (2847)

    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.

    28 of 31 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
    (2216)
    Performance
    (2005)
    Story
    (2003)

    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.

    Jeri says: "Gotta love/hate Nora Roberts"
    "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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (172)

    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
    (1558)
    Performance
    (1467)
    Story
    (1456)

    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
    (3881)
    Performance
    (3272)
    Story
    (3265)

    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
    (444)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (211)

    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

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