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Terri

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  • Cross

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Peter J. Fernandez, Jay O. Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1066)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (220)

    Alex Cross was a rising star in the Washington, D.C., Police Department when an unknown man gunned down his wife in front of him. His desire for vengeance was placed on hold as he raised his children himself. But when a case triggers a connection to his wife's death, Alex may finally have a chance to catch the killer.

    Terri says: "I'm cross too"
    "I'm cross too"
    Overall

    Not as disappointed as the other reviewer because I have read so many Alex Cross novels I do know the characters (i.e. he never exlains how little Alex came to be which will be confusing to a newbie particularly in the context of the storyline about Maria), but I have to agree, this was disappointing. I have been a big Paterson fan for a while, but this was stilted and predictable. The thrill is gone.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9920)
    Performance
    (9078)
    Story
    (9090)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Outstanding narration! Really good novel."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What does David Pittu bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I loved the way Pittu narrated this book. I do not understand the criticism. I agree with others who particularly liked Boris and Hobie. His narration of their parts created for me very vivid pictures of what these characters should look like in real life. I do not think I would have gotten that from just reading the story. He made these interesting characters come to life for me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dust: Kay Scarpetta, Book 21

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (773)
    Performance
    (671)
    Story
    (666)

    After working one of the worst mass killings in U.S. history, Scarpetta returns home to Cambridge, Massachusetts. Exhausted and ill, she's recovering at home when she receives an unsettling call. The body of a young woman has been discovered on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's rugby field. The victim, a graduate student named Gail Shipman, is oddly draped in ivory linen and posed in a way that is too deliberate to be the killer's first strike.

    MARRILEE says: "Part Great, Part Tired"
    "I am DONE with Kay Scarpetta"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Dust?

    Everything. I have been a Kay and Cornwell fan from the start but the last few have been disappointing. I couldn't even finish this one!


    What could Patricia Cornwell have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Go back to her original formula and style. Stop overindulging in sooooo much trivial unnecessary stuff.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Kate Reading’s performances?

    Not sure. I was not happy with the last one and I couldn't finish this one...and I tried...4 times. After 6 hours I felt like I had to finish it, but I just can't.


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

    No


    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7025)
    Performance
    (6512)
    Story
    (6527)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "Not the scariest King novel but I REALLY liked it"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    First let me say that although I have been a member for a long time and have listened to SO many books, I VERY RARELY review a book and EVEN less frequently review a narrator.

    I really debated to committing to this three part novel and also a sequel. What others said is true this is a sequel to the book not the movie which is one reason I really liked it. While the movie was GREAT in its own right, it was not true to the novel. If you haven't followed King from the early years it is definitely worth going back and reading (listening to) The Shining first. I started with King novels back in the early 80s and read almost every novel he wrote as soon as it came out back then. I loved this story. There were so many elements and I think King took his time developing them, holding them back, revealing them slowly. I enjoyed getting to know his characters. I liked the flashbacks and references to The Shining.

    Another person commented on Rose and her band of "monsters" saying: "as far as the villains, i didn't find them as scary as the overlook or its inhabitants, but the one creepy thing about them was their plainness- how they are able to hide in plain sight. geezzz...maybe i'm contradicting myself! but i can honestly say i'll never look at a rv the same way again! seriously! even though the villains didn't scare me, i LOATHED them. i soo wanted them to get their comeuppance!"

    I could NOT say it any better. I kept trying to put a face to Rose in her good and bad form. They weren't the sexy young vampires of trite stories...and NO that is not a cut to any other specific work. I just think this comment is so true and what made these not so scary villains scary in a more subtle way. King at his sophisticated best!

    Now about the narrator Will Patton...I have been a fan of his from the Dave Robicheaux (sp?) novels. I have to say at first I was very distracted because I kept seeing my mind's versions of those characters who are SO different from these characters. I vaguely remember thinking I wouldn't be able to get past my past association with his previous work to relate to these characters...boy was I WRONG. I can't even identify when I shifted. Patton's narration, for me, was dead on.

    I looked to see how much time was left at the end because I both wanted the battle to be over but I didn't want the novel to end.

    I also have to say the last chapter was beautiful...just added to depth of the character development.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Picture Perfect

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr, Bruce Reizen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (308)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (132)

    Cassie Barrett, a world-renowned anthropologist, wakes up in a graveyard and doesn't know who she is. Taken in for a few days by William Flying Horse, a Native American police officer, she waits for her life to re-appear. When Hollywood heartthrob Alex Rivers shows up to claim her as his wife, she is stunned but still doesn't remember anything.

    Geri-Ann says: "So Disappointed!"
    "Wish I read the reviews before I wasted a credit"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I am a huge Judy Picoult fan, but I honestly do not think I can even finish this book. The writing is choppy. The characters are not developed in the way I expect from this author. At first, I thought it was just the narrator, but no...it is is everything together. I am very disappointed.

    5 of 5 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27514)
    Performance
    (14115)
    Story
    (14164)

    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!"
    "One of my all time favorite listens!!!"
    Overall

    I resisted buying this book forever. Too much hype because of the movie, not really my prefered genre...

    I fell in love with this book within the first few sentences. I am hard-pressed to recall a book that surpasses the narration. As someone said earlier, I did not feel like someone was narrating a book, I felt like a friend was sittng on the edge of my bed telling me the story of her life. I laughed, I cried...I got down right pissed off.

    I did not realize this was Ms. Stockett's first novel. She is going to be her own tough act to follow!!! I am almost afraid to see the movie because I will be upset if it does not do the book justice.

    I LOVED this book!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fly Away Home: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jennifer Weiner
    • Narrated By Judith Light
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (557)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (160)

    From the number-one New York Times best-selling author, a novel about three very different women who become friends while seeking refuge in an old beach house.

    Jayne Greeley says: "Loved it!"
    "I simple enjoyed this book"
    Overall

    There were no surprising plot twists. This was a plain, simple story that I could have outlined before I stared listening. And yet, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I kept thinking, I know what's going to happen next...and it did...and yet I hated to leave the story behnd in my car when I got to my destination. The characters were developed nicely and the story was well-told. I have loved Judith Light since I was young and she was in the soaps. I think she did a fabulous job narrating this. I am a fan of Jennifer Weiner's work and this further solidified my like of her work!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Summer

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (344)
    Performance
    (212)
    Story
    (216)

    It's almost Christmas, but there is no joy in the house of terminally ill Jack and his family. With only a short time left to live, he spends his last days preparing to say goodbye to his devoted wife, Lizzie, and their three children. Then, unthinkably, tragedy strikes again: Lizzie is killed in a car accident. With no one able to care for them, the children are separated from each other and sent to live with family members around the country. But just when all seems lost, Jack begins to recover....

    Karen says: "Ebook producers, please listen!"
    "It was OK"
    Overall

    Longtime Baldacci fan. this is obviously a departure from his regular fare. It wasn't the best or the worst I've heard.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Now You See Her

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge
    • Narrated By Elaina Erika Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (892)
    Performance
    (534)
    Story
    (551)

    A successful lawyer and loving mother, Nina Bloom would do anything to protect the life she's built in New York - including lying to everyone, even her daughter, about her past. But when an innocent man is framed for murder, she knows that she can't let him pay for the real killer's crimes.

    Cheryl says: "Now You See Her"
    "I am DONE with James Patterson"
    Overall

    I used to love his stuff. Over the last few years it has gotten harder and harder to get through his stuff (alone or as a co-author). The story line and its twists were over the top. The narrator was terrible. I agree with other reviews she overacted everything, sounded like a high schooler and made every character sound the same. The cheesy music...seriously...what were they thinking. I keep trying his stuff again thinking it will go back to the quality of his OLD Cross novels...but no such luck...it makes me sad.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Sing You Home

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer, Brian Hutchison, Mia Barron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1154)
    Performance
    (572)
    Story
    (571)

    Music has set the tone for most of Zoe Baxter’s life. And it’s music that brings her back to love. When fertility issues lead to a divorce, Zoe throws herself into her career as a music therapist. As an unexpected friendship with a woman slowly blossoms into love, she makes plans for a new life, but to her shock and inevitable rage, some people - even those she loves and trusts most - don’t want that to happen.

    CDN says: "A Good Listen (except the music)"
    "I really tried to like it, but..."
    Overall

    This was not one of my favorites of Judy Picoult's. I am usually a fan, but this one lacked the twists and surprise endings. However, the WORST things were the musical interludes. I didn't have a problem with the songs or even the concept, but the female vocalist was absolutely atrocious.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the International Hunt for His Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Hampton Sides
    • Narrated By Hampton Sides
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (410)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (202)

    On April 23, 1967, Prisoner #416J, an inmate at the notorious Missouri State Penitentiary, escaped in a breadbox. Fashioning himself Eric Galt, this nondescript thief and con man - whose real name was James Earl Ray -drifted through the South, into Mexico, and then Los Angeles, where he was galvanized by George Wallace's racist presidential campaign. With relentless storytelling drive, Sides follows Galt and King as they crisscross the country, one stalking the other, until the crushing moment at the Lorraine Motel.

    E. L. Robertson says: "Who Knew"
    "Who'd have thought I'd like nonfiction"
    Overall

    What everyone else said is true, this is an excellent book. I do not listen to non-fiction, but my husband raved about the book. I read the reviews here and decided to take a chance. Glad I did. I was a kid when MLK was assasinated. I learned a lot about him and the event. And the story was masterfully told. I even enjoyed the narrator. Sometimes the author should leave narrating to the professionsal. But Mr. Sides did a nice job.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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