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Trista

Houston, TX, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Rob Lowe
    • Narrated By Rob Lowe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3917)
    Performance
    (3150)
    Story
    (3143)

    A teen idol at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences. Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

    N. Belle says: "Great Book and Great Story"
    "leaves you feeling like you are his friend"
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    Where does Stories I Only Tell My Friends rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of my favorites!


    What other book might you compare Stories I Only Tell My Friends to and why?

    I suppose it's like other memoirs of people from my generation.


    Which character – as performed by Rob Lowe – was your favorite?

    Well, he is the main character.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I didn't want it to end.


    Any additional comments?

    I do hope he writes more. He has a way of making the reader feel like he's written it just for you.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Season of Fear: Cab Bolton, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Brian Freeman
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    Attractive and popular politician Diane Fairmont is running for the Florida governorship, but a chill is cast over the campaign when she receives an anonymous note announcing the return of the assassin who killed her husband 10 years earlier. Because of complicated ties between Fairmont and his mother, movie actress Tarla Bolton, Detective Bolton is assigned to the case.

    Trista says: "awaiting more Cab Bolton"
    "awaiting more Cab Bolton"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Season of Fear to be better than the print version?

    Why why why do you ask this question! Don't most people get Audible for the audio?


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Well, Cab, of course.


    Have you listened to any of Joe Barrett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    yes and fine


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

    yes.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stripped

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Brian Freeman
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (63)

    Jonathan Stride and Serena Dial are both investigating high-profile murders in Las Vegas. A celebrity is assassinated during a fling with a prostitute, and a young boy is killed in a brutal hit-and-run incident. When the cases converge, Jonathan and Serena find themselves racing the clock against a determined serial killer and searching for a connection to the unsolved murder of a showgirl years earlier.

    Ted says: "Bumbling Geniuses? Hmmmm...."
    "Not too sure"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Possibly. I love Joe Barrett, but his voice for the girlfriend, WTF? It's terrible. What is wrong with her character is all I can think when he voices her.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    it was only okay.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Joe Barret was fine. His narration of the girlfriend was horrible.


    Did Stripped inspire you to do anything?

    not listen to the rest of the series


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • New Orleans Requiem

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By D. J. Donaldson
    • Narrated By Brian Troxell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    New Orleans Requiem is written in Donaldson's unique style: A hard-hitting, punchy, action-packed prose that’s dripping with a folksy, decidedly southern, sense of irony. Add in Donaldson's brilliant first-hand knowledge of forensics and the sultry flavor of New Orleans, and the result is first class forensic procedural within an irresistibly delectable mystery.

    Charles C. Gibson says: "Enjoy the story"
    "disappointed"
    Overall
    Performance
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who likes boring books. Dumb question.


    Would you ever listen to anything by D. J. Donaldson again?

    Probably not. Where were the New Orleans accents? Not one Cajun accent at all. Very disappointed.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Brian Troxell’s performances?

    Not sure. He read this one, in my opinion, like an instruction manual.


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

    none


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Almost Dead: Lizzy Gardner, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By T.R. Ragan
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (103)

    Life for private investigator Lizzy Gardner will never be the same. It's been three weeks since her fiancé Jared, was shot on what was supposed to be their wedding day. He's in a coma now, and Lizzy is being forced to make a decision she might not be able to live with. But a string of deaths has forced her to get back to work. While they appear to be unrelated accidents at first glance, a closer look shows they all have something in common.

    gracie says: "Author giveths & takeths....has failed Lizzie."
    "Awaiting the 5th installment"
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    Story
    Where does Almost Dead rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Out of TR Ragan, this has been pretty good. Out of my entire library, there are definitly better books.


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

    For the most part. I was anxious to find out the fate of Jared.


    Which character – as performed by Kate Rudd – was your favorite?

    I like Hailey, and I don't know how to spell the character's name, but Katali, if it's spelled correctly, are good performances.


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

    YES!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Obsessed: The Lizzy Gardner Series , Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By T. R. Ragan
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (111)

    Desperate for better ratings, radio psychologist Madeline Blair tells her listeners she’s being stalked, unaware that her long-time listener and biggest fan, Seth Brown, will do anything to protect her. When her publicity stunt is revealed, he becomes enraged by her deceit and dangerously unhinged. When her friends mysteriously begin to vanish and damning evidence points to Madeline, she turns to private investigator Lizzy Gardner for help. Lizzy knows her way around a murderer’s mind, after surviving her own horrifying ordeal at the hands of a serial killer years ago.

    shelley says: "Best in the series! GREAT CLIFFHANGER!!!!"
    "easy listen"
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    Where does Obsessed rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    There are definitely better books. It's an easy listen.


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

    I wouldn't say the edge of my seat, but I wanted to find out what happened.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can't say there was a favorite.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yeah, the ending is pretty shocking.


    Any additional comments?

    Kate Rudd gets better every book. Her robotic narration from the first two of the series has tapered off.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dark Mind: Lizzy Gardner, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By T. R. Ragan
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (155)

    They call him the Lovebird Killer, a merciless fiend unleashing a flood of unspeakable cruelty upon Sacramento’s most loving couples, young and old. This real-life monster’s reign of terror has left the city’s residents paralyzed with fear. All but Lizzy Gardner. Because hiding from monsters isn’t Lizzy’s style, not since she faced the madman who kidnapped and terrorized her as a teenager. So when a routine workers’ compensation case suddenly leads her and her two young assistants onto the killer’s trail, Lizzy revels in the chase. She is determined to bring this psychopath to justice before he has the chance to claim another victim.

    s. walsh says: "Great Book! Did not want to put it down"
    "couldn't put it down"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Dark Mind to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Dark Mind?

    This one was pretty dark. Could have done without some of the details.


    Which character – as performed by Kate Rudd – was your favorite?

    I would say Hailey, I suppose.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not so much.


    Any additional comments?

    Kate Rudd's narration is improving. Not quite as robotic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Weight: Lizzy Gardner, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By T. R. Ragan
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (202)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (173)

    Twenty-one years ago, Carol Fullerton's car was found abandoned by the side of a California highway. The teenager hasn't been seen or heard from since, and the case has long since gone cold. Now Carol's mother is dying. But before she draws her last breath she wants to know, once and for all, exactly what happened to her daughter... Six months ago, Diane Kramer emptied her savings account and vanished. According to her sister, the only clue is her obsession with a charismatic weight-loss guru.

    Matthew says: "Don't Bother"
    "keeps you listening"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dead Weight to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version


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

    It's a pretty good mystery.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    This is the second book I've listened to in the series. I do enjoy the books, but the reader can be a bit distracting at times. It's like she's trying to read to a five-year old at times.


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

    Sitting? That's the whole point of audiobooks, so we don't have to sit.


    Any additional comments?

    I like Kate Rudd. I just with she would relax a little in her reading. Sometimes it's like she's trying to read to a child.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24884)
    Performance
    (22845)
    Story
    (22850)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Macgyver on Mars"
    "DO NOT PASS UP! FUN!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Martian to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version. Audio was just perfect!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Martian?

    The whole book was just a fun listen. Didn't want to put it down.


    Which character – as performed by R. C. Bray – was your favorite?

    They were all great! Seriously, do not pass this book up!


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

    YES!!


    Any additional comments?

    Even if you're not a sci-fi fan, you should try this book! Really grabs your attention and keeps you interested the whole time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Love Life

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Rob Lowe
    • Narrated By Rob Lowe
    Overall
    (869)
    Performance
    (789)
    Story
    (786)

    Love Life serves up another delicious selection of intimate stories and observations from Rob Lowe's life, told with humor, warmth, and brutal honesty. After writing his acclaimed debut effort, Lowe felt he had more stories to share and many more friends to introduce. The result is a touching memoir about the business and craft of acting, the pitfalls of success, family, love, and much more.

    russell says: "He did it again"
    "school girl crush all over again"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to Love Life the most enjoyable?

    I like the fact Rob Lowe himself reads it. He makes you feel like he's talking directly to you.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Love Life?

    When he talks about his kids, got me teary eyed every time.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When he was talking about taking his oldest to college, really moved me. I don't even have kids, I have no idea why it got me all misty in the eyes, but I found myself crying.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book overall. I hope he writes more.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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