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Trish

DECATUR, GEORGIA, United States | Member Since 2018

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  • Sharecropper Hell

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jim Thompson
    • Narrated By Mike Dennis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Nineteen-year-old Tommy Carver desperately wants to make something of himself, but he's got some mighty tall odds stacked against him - a brutal sharecropper father, a secret love affair with his wealthy landowner's daughter, a step-mother devoid of maternal instincts, and even his own short-tempered, prideful ways. The odds only get worse when Tommy is fingered for murder in this shocking, twisting tale that explores sex, American Indian rituals, simmering race politics in mid-20th century Oklahoma and, of course, crime.

    Pulplife says: "Not A Fathers Day story"
    "A good historical read"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed listening to this book. Sharecropper Hell s a story about a poor white family in Oklahoma early 20th century who work under an American Indian landowner rich in property. The story has murder, jealousy, family situations, and romance. It's a bit tongue in cheek and very modest.


    What other book might you compare Sharecropper Hell to and why?

    Sharecropper Hell reminded me at times of the Jack Reacher series, with its slow cadence, solitary, tough man character, and mostly 1-person narration.


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

    I really enjoyed narrator Mike Dennis. He brought a really authentic slow, southern accent to his narrating that really gave a visual feel to the main character. Mr. Dennis voice is smooth, accentuated in the right places..just right for the story.


    Was Sharecropper Hell worth the listening time?

    For the most part. The story was a perfect length (7 hours), carried enough variance of narration and dialogue, and historical background.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sin

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 42 mins)
    • By Patrick Reuman
    • Narrated By Joe Hempel
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    Ryan's relationship is already on the brink when a woman goes missing in the small town of Bakerstand. With the whole town on high alert, he refuses to let this dead city kill what's left of his and Zoey's relationship. But, a house in the woods may hold a deadlier fate than the town ever could.

    Muraenidae says: "Great Short with an unexpected Twist"
    "Sophmoric tale"
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    Sin is a very amateurish novel. IT's a story about 2 young kids who decide to go camping and then find themselves in a cabin with very moralistic people. There's some supernatural drama. It has a weird and sily ending. The only redeeming thing about this book is the great narrator Joe Hempel, who voices all his characters so close to who they are.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pandemic: The Extinction Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By A. G. Riddle
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4029)
    Performance
    (3705)
    Story
    (3693)

    In Atlanta, Dr. Peyton Shaw is awakened by the phone call she has dreaded for years. As the CDC's leading epidemiologist, she's among the first responders to outbreaks around the world. It's a lonely and dangerous job, but it's her life - and she's good at it. This time she may have met her match. In Kenya, an Ebola-like pathogen has infected two Americans. One lies at death's door. With the clock ticking, Peyton assembles her team and joins personnel from the Kenyan Ministry of Health and the WHO.

    Bradley says: "Read this before buying, too much hype"
    "Fantastic book--realistic and compelling"
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    A G Riddle writes great sci-fi books, and this one has been my favorite as I love disease epidemic end of world but then its saved books. PAndemic wraps up science, consiracy, and love in a fast-paced, gripping stroryline. I couldn't put in down!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Diary of Janie Ray, Books 1-5: Box Set!

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Lila Segal
    • Narrated By Melissa Gorr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Books 1-5 of the exciting Janie Ray series! Have you ever dreamed about traveling through time? Eleven-year-old Janie Ray just got a new diary from her mom. At first she writes all about the private jokes she shares with her best friend, Sheila, and the grief she gets from her little brother, RJ, who always gets into her stuff and never gets in trouble. But then, one morning, she realizes that the mysterious inscription on the old medallion she found when she was seven is written in her secret language! Join Janie as she explores the hidden mysteries of the medallion.

    Teresa says: "Great middle grade book!"
    "Really great time travel book for kids"
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    Diary of Janie Ray is a series of chapters about Janie and a few BFFs who are able to travel back in time and see what it's like to be in their parent's and other adult figures in their lives. It's hard to write a book that resonates with teens--they are pretty sophisticated these days, and a book is hard to compete with Instagram. However, Ms. Segal does a good job of keeping the story interesting with the fun time travel twist. The narrator is okay--a little squeaky. Overall, it's a fun series that my 12 year old daughter enjoyed as much as I did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crimes Against a Book Club

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Kathy Cooperman
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (510)
    Performance
    (453)
    Story
    (452)

    Best friends Annie and Sarah need cash - fast. Sarah, a beautiful, successful lawyer, wants nothing more than to have a baby. But balancing IVF treatments with a grueling eighty-hour workweek is no walk in the park. Meanwhile, Annie, a Harvard-grad chemist recently transplanted to Southern California, is cutting coupons to afford her young autistic son's expensive therapy.

    Beverly P. says: "Very entertaining "
    "LOVE LOVE LOVE witty entertaining"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Crimes Against a Book Club to be better than the print version?

    Crimes Against a Book Club effortlessly weaves 2 main characters' stories together into a hilarious yet poignant adventure among super-rich women in La Jolla, California. Where does the book club come in? It's secondary, but it's the setting where our 2 heroines meet the rich women and hatch a money-making scheme.

    The audible version puts the characters to life. Narrator Katherine Kellgren is fantastic.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Crimes Against a Book Club?

    All of this book is memorable. The story is very entertaining and moves so smoothly. ITs one of the few books i wished would last longer!


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

    KAtherine Kellgren brought the characters to my room. Her voice is so expressive and clear I felt like I was watching the characters.


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

    I did


    Any additional comments?

    Please go get this book

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Crime on the Fens: DI Nikki Galena, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Joy Ellis
    • Narrated By Henrietta Meire
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1681)
    Performance
    (1539)
    Story
    (1535)

    DI Nikki Galena: A police detective with nothing left to lose, she's seen a girl die in her arms, and her daughter will never leave the hospital again. She's gotten tough on the criminals she believes did this to her. Too tough. And now she's been given one final warning: make it work with her new sergeant, DS Joseph Easter, or she's out.

    Wayne says: "Exxcellent British police procedural"
    "Fantsastic first series English police procedural"
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    What did you love best about Crime on the Fens?

    Crime on the Fens is the first in a six-part series about Nikki Galena, a tough police detective in a rural marshland area in London called the Fens. I love this series and am so impressed with its brilliance especially as a first-time series. The writing is excellent, serious, absent trite language; the characters are well-developed and sympathetic. Last, the plots are good and original.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Fens series centers around Nikki and her staff of 3. All are terrific characters. I'd have to say that my favorite is YVonne.


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

    Wow but Ms. Meire is a fantastic narrator--one of the best I have heard. She speaks clearly and voices her characters very differently.


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

    Fens Sitters


    Any additional comments?

    I really recommend this series for Mystery/Thriller lovers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rebirth: Elizabeth Franklin, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Sandra Olson
    • Narrated By Ayelet Sror
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    If someone you loved was dying, and you had it within your power to save them, would you? Even if it meant someone innocent had to die to do it? That is the dilemma facing Dr. David Franklin. Elizabeth Franklin is dying of the same rare genetic brain disorder that killed her mother. He has the money and medical knowledge that could save her.

    Sandi says: "Medical Chiller and Thriller"
    "Fantastic creative suspenseful first novel"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Rebirth is a suspense novel about a desperate father's attempt to cure his seriously ill daughter by using his profession as a geneticist to manipulate pregnant women's fetuses. The new author's story is replete with villains, romance, a bit of "typing" ,and a bit of unrealistic science, but she pulls it off nicely with a well written, fast moving, suspenseful style.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Rebirth?

    Don't want to spoil anyone, but my favorite scene was the surprise birth and even more surprising outcome.


    Which character – as performed by Ayelet Sror – was your favorite?

    One of the things I liked about this book was the evenness of the characters--no one was greater than the other. They were typed a good bit--desperate doctor, Mexican characters, sickly girl--but this is probably typical of new writing.

    That said, my favorite character was Janice. Strong yet vulnerable mom-to be.


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

    I did listen to this book in one sitting! As I mentioned earlier, it was really written well and flowed so smoothly I didn't realize time went by.


    Any additional comments?

    I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nailed: The Alex Harris Mysteries, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Elaine Macko
    • Narrated By Michelle Babb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    Having secrets can sometimes get you nailed! Alex Harris thinks finding a place to celebrate her one-year anniversary sounds like a good idea, but when her husband arrests her sister for murder she has some serious thoughts about staying married to the guy! Her sister Samantha is clearly keeping a secret and refuses to give the police an alibi, but when she asks Alex to help solve the crime and clear her name, Alex is only too happy to jump in prove her husband wrong.

    espanolish says: "Light Beach Read - Family Centric Mystery"
    "Entertaining, witty, light mystery"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Nailed to be better than the print version?

    Nailed is a delightful--left me frequently chuckling and smiling--story about a small town with a gone-bad and now dead home contractor, Alex Harris is a budding detective and hilarity ensues with all her family members.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I thought this book was really well written for a new author. I enjoyed reading a book from a newish author that did not resort to stereotyping of characters (size, personality) In actuality, there were a few 'sexy;" comments but written classily most likely in due part to the author's gender.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Part of the reason I was drawn to this book was the contractor theme (I'm in the business) as well as the baseball theme (my child plays). I laughed all the way through the dead body scene in the port a potty.


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

    Murder at Fenway Park?


    Any additional comments?

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Planets All Shone

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 36 mins)
    • By Nora Fleischer
    • Narrated By Don Foote
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Dana Elson never should have drunk that soda. Now she's sharing her body with the clone of a dead man - and she and the clone's gun-happy boyfriend are on the run from the sinister Mahler Corporation. Can Dana to get her own body back before Mahler catches up to them?

    Leslie F. says: "Quirky, fast-paced, and humorous"
    "Quirky, comedic sci-fi novella"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    You need to be in the right mood to capture the dark humor and good writing of The PlaNets all Shone.It's a story about Dana, a traveling sales person whose body is occupied by a craxy guy after she drinks an errant soft drink left in a rental car. Crazies ensue, but Dana keeps her humor throughout


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

    After getting past the bizarre premise, I enjoyed the "interaction" between dana and her occupied self.


    Did Don Foote do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I thought narrator Don Foote did an admirable job differentiating the cvahracters.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No,


    Any additional comments?

    I received this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winter's War: Guy Winter Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By James Philip
    • Narrated By Melanie Fraser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    August 1940 - Chief Inspector Guy Winter has been Fleet Street's favorite detective for over a decade. Dubbed the "Mystery Man" by his friends and enemies alike, for all his fame he cuts a lonely figure at Scotland Yard, where every newspaper story is fresh grist to an already tired mill. Laid low by personal tragedy, there are many who suspect that the great detective's career is over.

    Love2Read says: "Slow but Interesting WWII mystery"
    "Historically pretty story, flat characters/story"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Winter's War is about British inspector Guy Winter who has been taxed to solve a serial killer crime. His personal tradgey is intermingled in the story, which makes for an interesting storyline, but the story is curiously flat.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I think I would have interspersed some more narrative in the story and distinguished the character voices more. I might also have included more inflection, or maybe music to make the story more dramatic.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I really liked the surprise ending.


    Do you think Winter's War needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Perhaps, if the story writing could be more lively.


    Any additional comments?

    I received this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Next Chapter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Bryn T. Jones
    • Narrated By David J. Bell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    Sal Russo, a down-and-out writer, finds a mysterious package in his garden. Inside, a manuscript details a girl's abduction. It ends with a note: Write the next chapter in her life or she dies. Her fate is in your hands.

    Gusbuster says: "Interesting and compelling. Couldnt stop at times"
    "Unique story, lots of twists and turns"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The Next Chapter is a thriller about Sal Russo, a semo-successful writer who receives an odd request to write the next chapter in a kidnapped victim's life, or she might be killled. The story is well written with relvant secondary characters and good details. I gave the story a 4, though, because the story contained too many plot sections stereotypical of a thriller.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the pacing and the uniqueness of the story.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by David J. Bell?

    I found David Bell's voice to be a little flat and uninspiring.


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

    Write in now: or die.


    Any additional comments?

    I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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