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Shelly Dee

Shelly

Member Since 2013

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  • 8 reviews
  • 47 ratings
  • 142 titles in library
  • 10 purchased in 2015
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  • Edward Adrift

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Craig Lancaster
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (507)
    Performance
    (460)
    Story
    (459)

    That’s the flummoxed state of Edward Stanton, a 42-year-old with Asperger’s syndrome. His job, his therapist, and his best friends are all gone. Even his nightly ritual of watching Dragnet reruns has short-circuited. But a call from his friend Donna in Idaho, telling him that her son Kyle is in trouble, launches Edward from his rigidly scheduled existence in Billings, Montana, to the open road. He and Kyle, a sweet little boy turned sullen adolescent, debate football, music, and bodily functions (“Why do you pee so much?” Kyle asks).

    Madora says: "At first I was flummoxed...."
    "Sorry, waste of $"
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    Would you try another book from Craig Lancaster and/or Luke Daniels?

    No, I just didn't get this book. I thought it would be like Against Medical Advice (Patterson/Friedman) which was a true story and fascinating. But this was just plain repetitive and, for me, could not hold my interest.


    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Hot Pursuit

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Tony Roberts
    Overall
    (169)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (134)

    It's not often that Stone Barrington finds a woman as accustomed to the jet-set lifestyle as he, so he's pleasantly surprised when he meets a gorgeous pilot who's soon moving to New York, and available for closer acquaintance. Their travels together lead them from Wichita to Europe, but trailing them is some unwanted baggage: his new lady love's unstable, criminal ex-boyfriend.

    Carol D. says: "Disappointing and boring."
    "No catchy headline, sorry"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would have simply rated this with the stars, but it wouldn't let me. This was an ok book; not sure I'd listen again any time soon.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4776)
    Performance
    (4262)
    Story
    (4263)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "Faithful companion dog + sympathetic cop hero"
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    Would you listen to Suspect again? Why?

    Another book I couldn't stop listening to and would again. Interesting insight into the world of military working dogs.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Losing Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Adam Mitzner
    • Narrated By Andy Caploe
    Overall
    (231)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (202)

    Aaron Littmann, the chairman of one of the country's most prestigious law firms, has just been contacted by a high-profile defense attorney whose client is Nikolai Garkov, a Russian businessman arraigned on terrorism charges for pulling the financial strings behind recent treasonous acts. The attorney informs Aaron that Garkov is looking to switch representation and will pay $100,000 just to take the meeting.

    Chris says: "Narrator is awful"
    "Lost my Saturday to this one"
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    Would you listen to Losing Faith again? Why?

    Couldn't put this book down ... in a manner of speaking. I'll listen again if I can get past the female characters, at least two and maybe three sound awfully alike. Exception is the gawd-awful female prosecutor. Nobody, but nobody sounds like this. And if she does exist, she doesn't belong on tape.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I feel like I'm in middle school with all these questions.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Age of Grief

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jane Smiley
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi, Jessica Almasy, Jeff Woodman, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    In “The Pleasure of Her Company,” a lonely, single woman befriends the married couple next door, hoping to learn the secret of their happiness. In "Long Distance," a man finds himself relieved of the obligation to continue an affair that is no longer compelling to him, only to be waylaid by the guilt he feels at his easy escape. And in the incandescently wise and moving title novella, a dentist, aware that his wife has fallen in love with someone else, must comfort her when she is spurned....

    Shelly Dee says: "NOT SO MUCH"
    "NOT SO MUCH"
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    Would you try another book from Jane Smiley and/or the narrators?

    I read Smiley's MOO and loved it, which is why I thought I'd enjoy Smiley again. GRIEF was a disappointment to me, though it had moments of brilliance.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Dialogue, inner thoughts. Endings.


    Did the narrators do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    So-so.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Age of Grief?

    Way too much repetition of dentists' kids bratty antics and stomach flu -- way, way, way too much information as they say.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Kai Bird
    • Narrated By Rene Ruiz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (117)

    The Good Spy is Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Kai Bird’s compelling portrait of the remarkable life and death of one of the most important operatives in CIA history - a man who, had he lived, might have helped heal the rift between Arabs and the West. On April 18, 1983, a bomb exploded outside the American Embassy in Beirut, killing 63 people. The attack was a geopolitical turning point. It marked the beginning of Hezbollah as a political force, but even more important, it eliminated America’s most influential and effective intelligence officer in the Middle East - CIA operative Robert Ames.

    Yehuda Gilead says: "A solid research and a great storytelling ..."
    "Not for me"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I know this has rave reviews, but there is so much history that drags it down, not enough about the man himself. I returned it.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Being Oscar: From Mob Lawyer to Mayor of Las Vegas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Oscar Goodman, George Anastasia
    • Narrated By Oscar Goodman
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    In Being Oscar,one of America’s most celebrated criminal defense attorneys recounts the stories and cases of his epic life. The Mafia’s go-to defender, he has tried an estimated 300 criminal cases, and won most of them. His roster of clients reads like a history of organized crime: Meyer Lansky, Nicky Scarfo, and "Lefty" Rosenthal, as well as Mike Tyson and boxing promoter Don King, along with a midget, a dentist, and a federal judge. After 35 years as a defender, he ran for mayor of Las Vegas, and America’s greatest Mob lawyer became the mayor of its sexiest city.

    Eric Schurr says: "Not as good as I expected"
    "Wow!"
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    If you could sum up Being Oscar in three words, what would they be?

    I never heard of this guy before, but what an amazing life he has had! What's the audio equivalent of a page-turner? Whatever that is, this book is.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Top Secret Twenty-One: A Stephanie Plum Novel, Book 21

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1761)
    Performance
    (1562)
    Story
    (1569)

    Trenton, New Jersey’s favorite used-car dealer, Jimmy Poletti, was caught selling a lot more than used cars out of his dealerships. Now he’s out on bail and has missed his date in court, and bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is looking to bring him in. Leads are quickly turning into dead ends, and all too frequently into dead bodies. Even Joe Morelli, the city’s hottest cop, is struggling to find a clue to the suspected killer’s whereabouts. These are desperate times, and they call for desperate measures.

    G. House Sr. says: "Stagnant Stephanie - Plodding Plot - Not great"
    "Same Story Differenet Day"
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    What would have made Top Secret Twenty-One better?

    I had to stop listening after about half an hour ... I felt I'd heard it all before. Great writer, but needs to branch out in some other direction.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Janet Evanovich again?

    Probably not. I've come to the conclusion that once you've listened to a couple of her books it's the same story with only minor twists -- predictable and definitely not a page-turner. She's in the same category in my mind as Sue Grafton, whose books I used to love (A is for Alibi, B is for...), but in her case she doesn't make it to the 21st Century, which I just find annoying (I'm sure there are Agatha Christie fans out there who would disagree).


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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