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Sylvia

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Venice, FL USA | Member Since 2005

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  • Her Last Breath: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Linda Castillo
    • Narrated By Kathleen McInerney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (116)

    An extraordinarily beautiful Amish woman, a dangerous femme fatale, is the central figure in Linda Castillo's Her Last Breath, a story that reveals a dark side of Painter's Mill and its seemingly perfect Amish world. A rainy night, an Amish father returning home with his three children, a speeding car hurtling toward them out of nowhere. What at first seems like a tragic, but routine car accident suddenly takes on a more sinister cast as evidence emerges that nothing about the crash is accidental.

    karen says: "Absolutely LOVE this series!"
    "Best Book Yet"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Her Last Breath to be better than the print version?

    I can't compare the audio of Her Last Breath with the print version because I do not have the print version. The audio as narrated by Kathleen McInerney could not be any better if I had read it myself. She portrays Kate Burkholder exactly as I imagined her.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's hard to pick the best part of this story because the entire book was spellbinding. It was the most overall best in every category.


    Which character – as performed by Kathleen McInerney – was your favorite?

    Well, of course, I have to say Kate Burkholder was and is my favorite character. She is totally amazing and believable. I also like Thomasetti for Kate. They go together like vinegar and oil but once shaken up they blend beautifully.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I wanted to listen to this book in one sitting but made myself stop and wait. I just did not want it to end. It was so incredibly suspenseful near the end that the hair on my neck literally stood on end.


    Any additional comments?

    Just hope this prolific writer keeps them coming. Can't get enough of the Burkholder books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Monkey

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Arte Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (883)
    Performance
    (780)
    Story
    (789)

    Andrew Yancy - late of the Miami Police and soon-to-be-late of the Monroe County sheriff’s office - has a human arm in his freezer. There’s a logical (Hiaasenian) explanation for that, but not for how and why it parted from its shadowy owner. Yancy thinks the boating-accident/shark-luncheon explanation is full of holes, and if he can prove murder, the sheriff might rescue him from his grisly Health Inspector gig (it’s not called the roach patrol for nothing). But first - this being Hiaasen country - Yancy must negotiate an obstacle course of wildly unpredictable events with a crew of even more wildly unpredictable characters.

    James says: "Disappointed"
    "Boring"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Carl Hiaasen and/or Arte Johnson?

    Each time I try another book for Hiaasen I am disappointed. The first book I listened to was very funny and I kept expecting more of the same humor. This one is totally boring and I can not remember any of it. As it was playing in my ear, my mind wandered to other things. That's how I knew this book was not for me.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Carl Hiaasen again?

    I don't think I will ever get sucked into another Hiaasen book.


    What didn’t you like about Arte Johnson’s performance?

    Oh, is that who read the book? Obviously his performance did not impress.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger, sadness and disappointment were all of my reactions. Anger that I had once again I tried to listen to a Hiaasen book, sadness that I used a credit, and disappointment because it was a waste of my time and money.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    Overall
    (27111)
    Performance
    (13734)
    Story
    (13779)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Great Listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Help in three words, what would they be?

    It was fantastic.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked everything about this book. It grabbed me from the very first line and I found myself picking it up and listening at every opportunity.


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

    The different narrators bring the book to life and it was so authentic sounding.


    If you could rename The Help, what would you call it?

    I really can't think of a better name for it.


    Any additional comments?

    I am sorry that I resisted reading it for such a long time. I thought it would totally bring me down but it didn't. So much actual history in there and even though the book was written as fiction it was undeniably true,.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reamde

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    Overall
    (3651)
    Performance
    (3190)
    Story
    (3227)

    Richard Forthrast created T’Rain, a multibillion-dollar, massively multiplayer online role-playing game. But T’Rain’s success has also made it a target. Hackers have struck gold by unleashing REAMDE, a virus that encrypts all of a player’s electronic files and holds them for ransom. They have also unwittingly triggered a deadly war beyond the boundaries of the game’s virtual universe - and Richard is at ground zero.

    ShySusan says: "Not perfect, but worth a listen."
    "Boriiiiiiing"
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    Would you try another book from Neal Stephenson and/or Malcolm Hillgartner?

    I doubt it seriously.


    Has Reamde turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not necessarily.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I don't know. He may have done his best with the material he had to work with.


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

    I can't think of a single one. The book was in 5 parts and that is a plus if the book is interesting but it's a definite negative it's one of the most boring listens ever. Sorry to say that I could not finish the first part.


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe I did not give it a fair chance but I was bored out of my mind and decided not to waste any more of my time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Missing: Kate Burkholder, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Linda Castillo
    • Narrated By Kathleen McInerney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (95)

    Rumspringa is the time when Amish teens are allowed to experience life without the rules. It’s an exciting time of personal discovery and growth before committing to the church. But when a young teen disappears without a trace, the carefree fun comes to an abrupt and sinister end, and fear spreads through the community like a contagion.

    Kathleen says: "No. 4 in exciting Amish series."
    "Captivating Series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I definitely recommend this book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gone Missing?

    There is just no one memorable moment or scene in these books . The entire series kept me riveted . Was sorry to end the last book. Continually looking for another book from this author.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Soapsuds

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Finola Hughes, Digby Diehl
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Having escaped to Hollywood after catching her boyfriend in bed with her best friend, London stage actress Kate McPhee is offered a gig on the popular daytime television series Live for Tomorrow. As Devon Merrick - police detective, car crash victim, and love interest for at least two men - she knows all the secrets and sins pulsating in fictional Hope Canyon. But the real drama is off the set, where the soap is indeed slippery.

    Mary Konkowski says: "Down the drain is where these Soapsuds belong"
    "Don't Bother"
    Overall

    Not worth using a credit for or time listening to. I could not finish listening because it was so boring and trite.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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