You no longer follow Sysop

You will no longer see updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can re-follow a user if you change your mind.

OK

You now follow Sysop

You will receive updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can unfollow a user if you change your mind.

OK

Sysop

ratings
20
REVIEWS
9
FOLLOWING
0
FOLLOWERS
0
HELPFUL VOTES
3

  • Never Go Back: Jack Reacher 18

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Jeff Harding
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (96)

    After an epic and interrupted journey all the way from the snows of South Dakota, Jack Reacher has finally made it to Virginia. His destination: a sturdy stone building a short bus ride from Washington D.C., the headquarters of his old unit, the 110th MP. It was the closest thing to a home he ever had. Why? He wants to meet the new commanding officer, Major Susan Turner. He liked her voice on the phone. But the officer sitting behind Reacher’s old desk isn't a woman. Why is Susan Turner not there? What Reacher doesn’t expect is what comes next.

    Peter Grobler says: "Great book"
    "Did Lee Child actually write this book?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What was most disappointing about Lee Child’s story?

    I've always enjoyed a 'bit of Reacher' but the last book wasn't much to write home about (in my opinion) and this one is even worse! I am listening to it thinking "come ON already, get on with it!". I won't be finishing it, in fact I'm about to take it off my player.


    What didn’t you like about Jeff Harding’s performance?

    I generally like Jeff Harding, but I kept hearing "Angel" and other female characters from Paul Wilson's books.


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

    Boredom


    Any additional comments?

    If you are going to read the Reacher books, go for the earlier ones which were an exciting and interesting read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Holy Ghosts: Or How a (Not-so) Good Catholic Boy Became a Believer in Things that Go Bump in the Night

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Gary Jansen
    • Narrated By Gary Jansen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    In this extraordinary true story, the haunting of a Long Island household forces a respected writer and editor to reevaluate the mysteries of life and death as he struggles with the frightening truths of his childhood home and his town’s past.

    Manny says: "Open to everything"
    "True story ....."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    ... well I guess it must be otherwise it wouldn't have been so boring. Nothing much happened really.

    I bought the book after reading the reviews, which all seemed to say it was spooky and a good read. Personally I found it one big yawn and I fell asleep a couple of times while listening to it.
    I really wish I hadn't wasted my credit.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Mystery Box

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Eva Pohler
    • Narrated By Nancy J. Alexander
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (13)

    Soccer mom Yvette Palmer lives an ordinary life in San Antonio, Texas when a box is delivered to her by mistake, and in taking it to its rightful owner-a crotchety neighbor named Mona who shares her back fence-is drawn into a strange and haunting tale...As Yvette listens to her neighbor's tale, she discovers a shocking connection, but doesn't know whether Mona's come to help or to harm her and her family.

    chris says: "Spooky...Scary...NOT!"
    "Great story, interesting read, lovely narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    and believable characters. Recommended.

    I liked all the characters, the way the woman drew the main character in (don't want to give any of the story away). Loved the husband and the children were smashing.
    If I was to criticize, it would be the ending which in my opinion was a bit twee, but it didn't spoil the book for me in any way.

    I would like to listen to more stories like this and books by Eva Pohler.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Boy Who Fell to Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Kathy Lette
    • Narrated By Jennifer Vuletic
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Meet Merlin. He's Lucy's bright, beautiful son - who just happens to be autistic. Since Merlin's father, the reserved, cerebral workaholic Jeremy, left them in the lurch shortly after Merlin's diagnosis, Lucy has made Merlin the centre of her world. Struggling with the joys and tribulations of raising her adorable yet challenging son, Lucy doesn't have room for any other man in her life ... so why bother trying to find one? When Lucy realises she's becoming cynical about life, she finally resolves to dip a toe back into the world of dating.

    Gillie says: "A Mind Blowing Exercise in Love!"
    "I just can't read any more of this dreadful book!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    For once I didn't read the reviews of a book - I had read "How to kill your husband....." and enjoyed that, so thought I'd give it a go. Big mistake! Like so many others, I found the first part of the book interesting and funny - then the author just seemed to go off on a tangent and lose the plot completely.

    It's like she wrote down every one-liner she could think of - the more caustic & nasty the better - and then stuck a bit of dialogue in between to pretend there is a story.
    It just got stupider and stupider, Lucy is so angry all the time, no wonder she's exhausted!

    I am the mother of two sons who have Autism, and whereas it's true that anger and 'why me (again)' is the first stage of grief when you find out your children are different; you move on, you move towards acceptance and get on with living your lives. Lucy seems to have stayed at the first angry stage for 13 years???? No, you couldn't sustain that kind of emotional state, you'd go mad.
    During many years working at a special school and meeting all sorts of children and young adults, I can honestly say I never met anyone who even remotely resembled Merlin - small areas of his behaviors sure, but not all in one child.

    But back to the characters: Lucy is so horrible, why would any man want her? Let alone two of them! She's nasty, overbearing, overprotective, shrill and controlling.
    Her mother is sensible and has raised the two daughters on her own and given them a good life and education. Now she is enjoying her life and the girls resent her for it. The sister says "You're tripping around the world spending our inheritance" For goodness sake - they've had enough already, let the woman have some fun.
    Jeremy is just a lying pompous twit.
    Archie is the redeeming character, he loves Merlin and Lucy but does Lucy appreciate him? Does she heck as like! And even he is trying to 'make Merlin a man' aged 13 - really? He takes Merlin for a ride on a Harley, the boy loved it but Lucy goes MENTAL and completely spoils it for him.

    I have got as far as the aftermath of the brothel episode, and I'm afraid I just can't listen to any more of this twaddle - I'm rolling my eyes and thinking to myself "How much longer is this stupid book?" so I'm going to ask for a refund and delete the book.






    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Elizabeth Is Missing

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Emma Healey
    • Narrated By Anna Bentinck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (35)

    Maud is forgetful. She makes a cup of tea and doesn’t remember to drink it. She sometimes thinks her daughter Helen is a total stranger. But there’s one thing Maud is sure of: Her friend Elizabeth is missing. The note in her pocket tells her so. And no matter who tells her to stop going on about it, Maud will get to the bottom of it.

    Madeleine says: "Relentless, Poignant and Incredibly Insightful"
    "Fantastic Book! I loved every minute of it."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended this book to several of my friends and family.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Well, Maud of course, but also the granddaughter who was so kind to her when everyone else was treating her like a silly old woman. She didn't assume that Maud had lost her sense of humour just because she was old.


    Which character – as performed by Anna Bentinck – was your favorite?

    All of them! They were all well rounded characters and either lovable or loath-able (is that even a word?) The range of 'Maud voices' was very well done and gave great depth to the story.


    Who was the most memorable character of Elizabeth Is Missing and why?

    Maud, Helen and Peter - was that man annoying or what! Such a pompous windbag - I wanted to give him a good slap!


    Any additional comments?

    The only thing that I kept on thinking was, why didn't Maud make a note of Elizabeth's whereabouts once she knew of them? She wrote everything else she wanted to remember down, but not that most important thing ... but then, there wouldn't have been this wonderful story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Refuge Omnibus Edition: Refuge 1 - 5

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jeremy Bishop, Jeremy Robinson, Daniel S. Boucher, and others
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (134)

    Refuge, New Hampshire, is a small town. The kind found on postcards. Their biggest concern is the rowdy summertime revelers making their way up from Massachusetts and New York. And with most of the town's residents in neighboring Ashland, for the Fourth of July fireworks show, Refuge is quieter than usual. That is, until the Baptist church's bell starts ringing - on its own. The bell chimes faster and faster, reaching a frenetic pace, as though rung by the Devil himself. But the bell is just the beginning.

    Matthew says: "I am still not so sure about this one..."
    "BONG!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Loved it! I can't wait for the next installment. It started off a little slow, but by the time I got to the 5th book it was racing along. Very good narration, easy to listen to and plenty of difference between the characters. Recommended listen.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Face in the Crowd

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 18 mins)
    • By Stephen King, Stewart O'Nan
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (3)

    Dean Evers, an elderly widower, sits in front of the television with nothing better to do than waste his leftover evenings watching baseball. His adopted Florida baseball team, the Rays, is going strong. Suddenly, in a seat a few rows up beyond the batter, Evers sees the face of someone he knows from decades past, someone who shouldn't be at the ballgame, shouldn't even be on the planet. And so begins a parade of people from Evers's past, people he has wronged, all of them behind home plate.

    Sysop says: "A good basic SK story"
    "A good basic SK story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to A Face in the Crowd again? Why?

    I would, which is very unusual for me because I don't usually like to re-listen to books. This one though, yes...


    Any additional comments?

    I kind of guessed what the plot was early on, but it didn't spoil the story for me and I enjoyed it immensely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr Mercedes

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (99)

    Described as 'the best thriller of the year' Sunday Express, the No. 1 bestseller introduces retired cop Bill Hodges in a race against time to apprehend a killer. A cat-and-mouse suspense thriller featuring Bill Hodges, a retired cop who is tormented by 'the Mercedes massacre', a case he never solved. Brady Hartsfield, perpetrator of that notorious crime, has sent Hodges a taunting letter.

    Wanda says: "Chillingy brilliant. Truly"
    "Oh, Mr King - You've done it again!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Mr Mercedes?

    Took a bit of getting in to, but then - BAM! Well paced, plenty of action, great characters. The thing is with Stephen King, you're never quite sure if he's going to kill off the lead characters at any moment, keeps you on the edge of your seat!


    What other book might you compare Mr Mercedes to and why?

    I don't think I've ever read anything like this before.


    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    Fantastic. Loved listening to him and his lovely gravelly voice was perfect for the story.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the job fair.


    Any additional comments?

    Ah Stephen - you just get better and better!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mother's Day Out: The Margie Peterson Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Karen MacInerney
    • Narrated By Cris Dukehart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (127)

    With a husband who works long hours trying to make partner and two rambunctious kids that are running her ragged, Margie Peterson is like any other worn-out suburban mom. When she decides to take a job as a PI for a seedy local detective agency, everything changes. It doesn’t take long for Margie to get in over her head: Her first day on the job she totals her minivan, mistakenly enters a drag contest, and winds up in the bathroom with a dead transvestite. But when Margie finds her home number in the victim’s phone, things really start to get interesting.

    Susan says: "Fun"
    "Hightly enjoyable read with a deeper sub-plot"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Mother's Day Out?

    I must admit I didn't expect much from this story. I bought it as a bit of 'fluff' to read in-between my more usual horror & mystery books, but I was very pleasantly surprised when it turned out to be a pretty good story.I've read all the "Plumb" books and it sounded like this would be similar, but I didn't find that at all - I think it's better, fresher and (in the realms of a story) more believable than those others. This was her first week as a private investigator, Margi is a housewife with no training or much of an idea of what she's supposed to be doing and no real back-up. Stephanie Plumb is a bounty hunter with years of experience and a wide support system. So I don't really think you can compare the two. I loved all the characters, especially "Mr Legs", and I am sure that I've met that headmistress!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Without giving too much away, I'll just say: motel + saran wrap + a Micky D's fry phone! LOL


    What about Cris Dukehart’s performance did you like?

    Very easy to listen to, great diction and I could hear her clearly and understand every word.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Not 'JUST' a Housewife.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm looking forward to book 2. Although it is a humorous story there is a deeper, sadder part to it as well, and I want to know what happens regarding that situation.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.