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Wende J. Sharrock

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  • The Racketeer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By J.D. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4192)
    Performance
    (3535)
    Story
    (3529)

    Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five.... Nothing is as it seems and everything’s fair game in this wickedly clever new novel from John Grisham, the undisputed master of the legal thriller.

    Ron says: "Very Enjoyable Grisham"
    "An intellegent mystery story"
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    John Grisham is a fine writer, no doubt.

    The story is quirky enough to keep my attention and the twists are not predictable. I had quite a time with the main character as he seemed so duplicitous, But in the end he was revealed as just VERY intelligent,. His long term plan was brilliant. Yeah, I liked the book a lot. The narrator JD Jackson was excellent.

    In a twisted sort of way the story reminded me of Marilyn Monroe in Bus Stop, playing a dumb blond that really couldn't sing and doing a masterful job of it,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Side Effects

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Michael Palmer
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (106)

    Kate Bennett - a bright hospital pathologist with a loving husband and a solid future. Until one day her world turns dark. A strange, puzzling illness has killed two women. Now it endangers Kate's closest friend. Soon it will threaten Kate's marriage. Her sanity. Her life. Kate has uncovered a horrifying secret. Important people will stop at nothing to protect it. It is a terrifying medical discovery. And its roots lie in one of the greatest evils in the history of humankind.

    J. D. Chesley says: "Wow"
    "how fast can we read a book outloud?"
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    Very seldom do I see a book that is almost trashed by the reader. I really wanted to reach right in there and reduce the woman's caffine alotment at a few points in the book. I am fairly able to listen to a fast reader but this one got obnoxious.
    I had to put the story aside in my mind just to try and follow what this really fast reader was
    TRYING to say. Very distracting.
    That said I also noted that a few times I think she was actually enjoying the book and slowed down a tiny bit to savor it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lone Wolf

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Natalia Payne, Louis Changchien, Celeste Ciulla, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1195)
    Performance
    (1000)
    Story
    (1011)

    In the wild, when a wolf knows its time is over, when it knows it is of no more use to its pack, it may sometimes choose to slip away. Dying apart from its family, it stays proud and true to its nature. Humans aren’t so lucky. Luke Warren has spent his life researching wolves. He has written about them, studied their habits intensively, and even lived with them for extended periods of time.

    Elle in the Great NorthWest says: "Typical Jodi Picoult plot, chik lit but good"
    "not enough stars"
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    totally outrageous! meaningful on so many levels.

    The research must have been enourmous, I wish I had written it!

    Ah Ho!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fear Nothing: Detective D. D. Warren, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (877)
    Performance
    (761)
    Story
    (760)

    The last thing Boston Detective D. D. Warren remembers is walking the crime scene after dark. Then, a creaking floorboard, a low voice crooning in her ear… She is later told she managed to discharge her weapon three times. All she knows is that she is seriously injured, unable to move her left arm, unable to return to work. My sister is Shana Day, a notorious murderer who first killed at fourteen. Incarcerated for thirty years, she has now murdered more people while in prison than she did as a free woman.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Fascinating look at a killer family!"
    "Best ever"
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    Amazing, I never saw it coming. Awesome story. From a philosophical perspective: the best she ever wrote. It was intelligent, sweet and sad and explores new meanings for the word love.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Next Always: Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2415)
    Performance
    (2134)
    Story
    (2143)

    The historic hotel in Boonsboro has endured war and peace, the changing of hands, and even rumored hauntings. Now it’s getting a major face-lift from the Montgomery brothers and their eccentric mother. As the architect in the family, Beckett’s social life consists mostly of talking shop over pizza and beer. But there’s another project he’s got his eye on: the girl he’s been waiting to kiss since he was sixteen.

    krista says: "A cozy romance"
    "Well, uh hummn... . . ."
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    NEVER have I been the reader of bodice rippers, Avoided them like hornets nests. My life has always been rich enough in the real thing to even consider, want, enjoy anything even slightly resembling . . . . .

    Well, this Nora Roberts is an outrageously capable writer - who knew?!, She knows how to weave a story that holds your interest as it encompasses ALL the emotional experiences of real life: the visual, the scents, the absolutely subtle. Never have I so often giggled, laughed out loud, cried deep in my chest for poignant, or fear, or just plain joy as with this book. Whew, she really knows how to write.
    Rich!
    This woman writer is absolutely rich in the language of the heart.
    So, the book took me totally by surprise. Even just her writing took me by surprise. Sheesh!
    The story, well, you had to have been there.,.it sucked me in like a soft warm beginnings of a tornado, that part before you realize it might become dangerous, suck you in and smash you to pieces. The story is just amazing,

    I am pretty sure this Nora Roberts is a woman but she understands men way better than I ever or any other woman I know has. Her men are so. . . . . real. Never just place holders.

    I may not be the best person to review this book.

    Who knows what the rest of her books are like.
    Could be a fluke.
    Can hardly wait to find out.

    Oh, and did I mention her narrator? Perfect!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Speed of Dark

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Moon
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (360)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (198)

    In the near future, disease will be a condition of the past. Most genetic defects will be removed at birth; the remaining during infancy. Unfortunately, there will be a generation left behind. For members of that missed generation, small advances will be made. Through various programs, they will be taught to get along in the world despite their differences. They will be made active and contributing members of society. But they will never be normal.

    Andrew says: "Totally Recommended!"
    "Need a lot more more stars for this one"
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    This very thoughtful book is not for folks looking for blowing up - there is only one almost blowing up. Nor is it for folks looking for steamy sex scenes.
    This is a great book for us rocking chair philosophers, and for those looking for new amazing "here's the problem now, what if in the future . . . " science fiction.
    It is a crucial book for looking at relationships. And of identifying the issues of how to read emotions. I was mesmerized by the careful, fearful, gentle thinking of the main character. So much of what he noticed in this chaotic world are things I have also noticed and thought about.
    I have always liked this author.
    This book took some fine research, The subject has been so hidden from us because of prejudice and fear of the unusual. She did such a clean and thought provoking job.
    I really love it.
    And Jay Snyder was perfect. The reading was often tough to clearly show who is speaking, and to signify the dichotomy of the characters: balancing what some perceive as problems of relating and speaking with the often brilliant abilities that they also exhibited. He did it beautifully. I was so impressed.

    This is one I am keeping to re-read several more times.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11695)
    Performance
    (10904)
    Story
    (10914)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Julie W. Capell says: "I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book."
    "Good story, well done"
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    Best SciFi I have read in a really long time. Intelligent, elegant, full of wit and wondrous allusions to all the awesome geekiness since the invention of computer games.

    The only thing is . . . . . I cannot find anything else Ernest Cline has written!
    And I want more please.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John Dies at the End

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By David Wong
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1980)
    Performance
    (1805)
    Story
    (1824)

    STOP. You should not have touched this flyer with your bare hands. NO, don't put it down. It's too late. They're watching you. My name is David Wong. My best friend is John. Those names are fake. You might want to change yours. You may not want to know about the things you'll read on these pages, about the sauce, about Korrok, about the invasion, and the future. But it's too late. You touched the book. You're in the game. You're under the eye. The only defense is knowledge. You need to read this book, to the end. Even the part with the bratwurst. Why?

    Amazon Customer says: "Vulgar Funny. 4.95 Sale Win."
    "Frivolous, Provocative, Audatious, Scary"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would HIGHLY recommend this book but only to a limited audience of my own friends. I don't know many who would like it as much as I do, or even put up with the first chapter as it is absolutely wild and totally insane and has all the properties of woo woo that make many of my dearest friends who live with both feet firmly planted on the ground of the perceived widely accepted Zeitgeist, roll their eyes and forgive me with a pat on my hand, my own perceived reality.I have never read anything remotely like it. I couldn't wait to see what would happen next and I was sad to see it end as I wanted to know what (once again) would happen next. I am looking forward to his next book - although unlike other excellent authors I have stumbled upon by accident and gone back and read everything they wrote, I am not really interested in his previous books:I may be showing my age or something when I say I am not the least bit interested in Zombies. In my town we have too many that I know personally that are so stoned they act like zombies already and they aren't even dead yet - just mostly dead. And they just break my heart.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of John Dies at the End?

    The way he speaks of the shadow beings - i know exactly what he is talking about.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Scene?
    Now, how can I pick just one?
    Like any good writers I have read his basic premise (no, i won't spoil it for you) starts with those things I know, that are around me, the spin he puts on them are relatively possible and from there springs the story: from "well, there is this. . . ." to "what if?".


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

    Yes, but I already do go on. . . . .and on.


    Any additional comments?

    I like his characters, a lot. I can relate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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