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Vickie

I'm an avid reader who now listens to books on tape. I'm a bit late to the game but enjoying the hands free reading.

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  • Gutshot Straight

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Lou Berney
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (388)
    Performance
    (324)
    Story
    (322)

    When Charles "Shake" Bouchon, professional wheel man, walks out of prison after a three-year stretch for grand theft auto, he's got only two problems: he's too nice a guy for the life he's led and not nice enough for any other. So he says yes when he's asked to run a simple errand for his former boss and lover, Alexandra Ilandryan, the formidable pakhan of the Armenian mob in Los Angeles.

    Richard Delman says: "A whole lotta fun."
    "Loved it!"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    I stayed in the story the entire time. Often I lose my place or can't remember what last happened but in this story, I never forgot the story line. I listened to it not only in the car but at home.
    Characters were realistic and likable. Pick it up!


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

    Edoardo is the perfect reader. I'm listening to Berney's second book as the narrator lacks the chops to do the book justice.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18881)
    Performance
    (17071)
    Story
    (17216)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Great Adventure!"
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    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed reading this science fiction book. I normally read mysteries but was enchanted by the character adventures and of course the relationship that bloomed between the two lead female and male characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Emma's Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Steena Holmes
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (164)

    For two years, Megan, Peter, and their two older daughters, Alexis and Hannah, dream of nothing but being reunited with the family’s youngest child, Emma, who was kidnapped just before her third birthday. When Emma is miraculously found living with an elderly couple just miles from the family’s home, they are hopeful that her return will heal the wounds her disappearance created. But Emma is vastly different from the sunny toddler they remember. She barely remembers her parents or her older sisters. She is quiet and withdrawn, and, worst of all, longs for the very people who kidnapped her.

    Vickie says: "Too Dramatic!"
    "Too Dramatic!"
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    Would you try another book from Steena Holmes and/or Kate Rudd?

    Unlikely.


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

    The premise was enticing but the over-the-top drama of the mother, Megan made it nearly unbearable. She was so ego driven and lacked empathy for others especially the her daughter who recently was returned to their family. The father was the voice of reason and the daughter wise beyond her years and the mother didn't deserve either of them. Her drama was not driven by the kidnapping or external events but her own sense of insecurity, lack of esteem and need for attention.


    Any additional comments?

    It wasn't a complete waste of time but I felt cheated. The only reason I continued listening because of the father and daughter's characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Coming Clean

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kimberly Rae Miller
    • Narrated By Kimberly Rae Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (253)
    Performance
    (225)
    Story
    (228)

    Kim Miller is an immaculately put-together woman with a great career, a loving boyfriend, and a tidy apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. You would never guess that Kim grew up behind the closed doors of her family’s idyllic Long Island house, navigating between teetering stacks of aging newspapers, broken computers, and boxes upon boxes of unused junk festering in every room - the product of her father’s painful and unending struggle with hoarding. In this moving coming-of-age story, Kim brings to life her rat-infested home and her childhood consumed by concealing her father’s shameful secret from friends.

    Margaret says: "Vicarious Hoarding"
    "Willing to be Frightened"
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    Where does Coming Clean rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was an amazing account of a woman's life as a child of hoarders. Her storytelling was compassionate and compelling. Normally I wouldn't read such a book as I have judgements about people who hoard. But Miller's narration drew me in from the very beginning and I couldn't stop listening. Even when I was uncomfortable and disgusted, I continued listening for what would happen next.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Whiplash River

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Lou Berney
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (35)

    Having left his life of crime behind, former getaway driver Charles "Shake" Bouchon has finally realized the dream of owning his own restaurant in Belize. Unfortunately, to do so he's had to go deep in debt to a murderous local drug lord named Baby Jesus. And when Shake thwarts an attempted hit on an elderly customer named Quinn, things go from bad to worse. Next thing Shake knows, his restaurant's gone up in flames and he's on the run from Baby Jesus, two freelance assassins, and a beautiful but ferocious FBI agent. Out of options, Shake has to turn to the mysterious Quinn for help.

    Charles Atkinson says: "great story featuring the unflappable Shake"
    "Performance of Narrator Loses Story"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Berney's second book is not as developed as his first and his selection of narrator almost renders book unreadable (hard to listen to).


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

    The return of the characters from the first book--Shake, Gina, and Jasper. They were fully developed in the first book and return with half their personality but I'm glad to see them again.


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

    Everything. He doesn't distinguish between characters, doesn't grasp Shake's emotional tones and ruins the relationship between Gina and Shake. The characters blend together as there is little emphasis and nuances between them. Bad narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    It's sad to see an author's second book stray so far from his first work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Snow White Must Die

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Nele Neuhaus
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1365)
    Performance
    (1184)
    Story
    (1180)

    On a rainy November day, police detectives Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein are summoned to a mysterious traffic accident: a woman has fallen from a pedestrian bridge onto a car driving underneath. According to a witness, the woman may have been pushed. The investigation leads Pia and Oliver to a small village, and the home of the victim, Rita Cramer. On a September evening eleven years earlier, two seventeen-year-old girls vanished from the village without a trace.

    C. Vincent says: "Great narrator, unbelievable, never-ending story"
    "Engrossing But Wore Me Out"
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    Would you try another book from Nele Neuhaus and/or Robert Fass?

    I would read another book with caution. The book's premise was complex and quite interesting. However, it just wouldn't end because there were so many twists and turns that needed concluding. A little less complication would allowed the ending to come sooner ending on a higher note but still satisfying.
    The story was strong enough with adding more and more twists.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cold Kiss

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By John Rector
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (3)

    All Nate and Sara want is a new life in a new town, away from the crime and poverty of their past. So when they are approached at a roadside diner by a shady hitchhiker offering $500 for a ride to Omaha, they wonder if their luck might be changing. At first it seems like so much easy money—but within a few hours the man is dead.

    Zachary says: "Depressing"
    "Elementary Dialogue Leaves You Speechless"
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    What would have made The Cold Kiss better?

    The main characters were so stupid and senseless. Even though the female character is young, her lack of experience, maturity and intellect made it almost unbearable to listen to her. Her boyfriend who is suppose to have a criminal background is why criminals get caught--not bright. Smarter main characters would have improved the story. The characters at the motel were more interesting than the two main characters.


    What three words best describe Paul Michael Garcia’s voice?

    Fine narrator.


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

    The characters at the hotel were interesting and more savvy than one would have thought for living in the boondocks.


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to this while driving and every time I started the book back up I could never remember the story line. It took me a few minutes to remember what I last listened to. This should have been a sign that it was boring and I didn't care about any of the characters. I was not engaged listening to it. I'd skip this one if you're considering this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night Film: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Marisha Pessl
    • Narrated By Jake Weber
    Overall
    (1349)
    Performance
    (1205)
    Story
    (1224)

    On a damp October night, beautiful young Ashley Cordova is found dead in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. Though her death is ruled a suicide, veteran investigative journalist Scott McGrath suspects otherwise. As he probes the strange circumstances surrounding Ashley’s life and death, McGrath comes face-to-face with the legacy of her father: the legendary, reclusive, cult-horror-film director Stanislas Cordova - a man who hasn’t been seen in public for more than thirty years.

    Jacqueline says: "A M A Z I N G"
    "Great beginning that fizzles"
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    What did you like best about Night Film? What did you like least?

    I enjoyed the first few hours of the story. Compelling characters and good storyline. Unfortunately the author is so preoccupied with writing & talking, the storyline becomes lost in excessive words.


    What was most disappointing about Marisha Pessl’s story?

    The plot was too dense to finish my way through the story.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator was a bit over the top but I did enjoy the unexpected yelling. It caught me off guard and made me wake up.


    Was Night Film worth the listening time?

    I'm not sure. I liked the beginning but because I stopped listening due to boredom I never got to find out who dunnit. I guess I would say if I had to listen to it again I wouldn't.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lost Things

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By John Rector
    • Narrated By Todd Haberkorn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    Fresh out of college, Evan has everything going for him: a good job, a beautiful fiancée, and the prospect of making partner at his firm. Then one night, with one bad decision, his dream life turns into a nightmare of cover-ups and lies. It begins as one last drunken celebration with his old friend Peter but ends with a deadly confrontation so heinous the two make a pact to never tell anyone about it - not even the police. The truth has a way of getting out, however, and the truth about Peter is far more dangerous than Evan could have ever imagined.

    Vickie says: "Short but engaging"
    "Short but engaging"
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    What did you love best about Lost Things?

    The feel of the story is intimate in an evil sort of way. You suspect that Peter is demented but you don't want it to be so. Peter's behavior, that could have been stopped, spirals past the point of return. Engaging read that went by so quickly.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6226)
    Performance
    (5391)
    Story
    (5386)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Long journey worth the time!"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters are fully developed and tell their individual stories as they flow together and apart. Interesting back and forth in time. A few times I lost my way but was able to catch up without missing anything.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent narrator kept me coming back!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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