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Whiplash

BFE, Alabama | Member Since 2014

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  • Something Wicked

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Lisa Jackson, Nancy Bush
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (47)

    Some refer to it as the Colony. To others, it’s a cult. But few locals in the Oregon coastal hamlet of Deception Bay have ever been invited to the inner sanctum of Siren Song. Even the sisters who live here, far from strangers who might recoil at their unnerving psychic abilities, don’t know all the terrors buried within its walls…

    Kathy says: "Ouch!"
    "Could NOT get into this story."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No clue.


    What could Lisa Jackson and Nancy Bush have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    This story line was all over the place, didn't help that the narrator didn't have any pauses when switching from characters/scenes. Half the time I didn't realize it was a different scene w/different characters til a minute or 2 after hearing it. On top of that she screamed everything & everyone sounded angry at all times. It was incredibly hard to get into this book. By the end I just wanted it to hurry up and be over. I'm not even sure who the "murderer" they were talking about throughout the whole book was when they finally had the reveal, that's how indifferent I had become.


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

    Complete disappointment in this book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dust to Dust: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tami Hoag
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (249)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (216)

    Sorry. The single word is written on a mirror. In front of it hangs a Minneapolis Internal Affairs cop. Was it suicide? Or a kinky act turned tragic? Either way, it wasn't murder. At least not according to the powers that be. But veteran homicide detective Sam Kovac and his wisecracking, ambitious partner, Nikki Liska, think differently. Together they begin to dig at the too-neat edges of the young cop's death, uncovering one motive - and one suspect - after another.

    Jane Salley says: "This May Be Her Best"
    "Very disappointed.."
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    What was most disappointing about Tami Hoag’s story?

    I have been reading Tami Hoag books for years. This is the first audio book I've ever listened to and I'm not sure if that is what made it different or not.


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

    To start, this narrator has a very nasily voice so everything he says sounds like he's bored & whining at the same time. It was very annoying to listen to. Second, the story just felt like it was going around & around in circles. I made it less than 6 hours when I had to give up. I couldn't imagine another 8 hours of this.. the story just didn't have nearly enough substance to last much longer which lead me to believe it would just be more repetition. I found myself daydreaming while listening to the book & then realizing I'd missed 20 minutes or more & once I rewound it.. realizing I hadn't missed anything important at all. The dialog in this book was really forced too.. If you want this book, I suggest reading it yourself it might be the difference needed to enjoy it.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Brothers and Bones

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By James Hankins
    • Narrated By John Rubinstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (46)

    Charlie Beckham is a rising star among federal prosecutors until, on the morning of the most important court day of his career, a deranged homeless man turns Charlie's life upside with a single word. He calls Charlie by a secret nickname known by only one other person in the world - Charlie's brother Jake, who went missing thirteen years ago. Charlie has a hundred questions but the homeless man disappears before Charlie can ask a single one.

    Meggin says: "Held my interest from beginning to end"
    "This book is absolutely tedious.."
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    Any additional comments?

    I really wish I would have read all the reviews on this book before I wasted a credit on it. The writing of this book was absolutely awful. The over description of EVERYTHING that didn't matter was incredibly frustrating. It seemed like the author thought everyone had short term amnesia and forgot everything he said 5 minutes previously because he seemed to feel the need to repeat everything over and over and over & that didn't change throughout the whole book. It didn't help that the narrator's voice matched the boring tone of this book either. When I listen to a book and it's absolutely horrible because of the narration I wonder to myself "would this book have been better had I just read it myself?" There are some that I know without a doubt only seem so awful because the narrators are so bad but this book, would have been horrible regardless of the narrator. I would never recommend this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Big Little Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5795)
    Performance
    (5114)
    Story
    (5111)

    Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

    Sharon says: "New Liane Moriarty fans!"
    "Absolutely LOVED this book!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Big Little Lies to be better than the print version?

    The story was a little hard to grasp in the very beginning since I was listening to it instead of reading the lines. It jumps back & forth from past to present with characters being interviewed/questioned in the present day. This was confusing at first b/c you heard so many character names that if you weren't paying close attention [i.e. your listening while you work] you couldn't really follow who was who & who was with who.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All of the characters in this book were perfect. You had strong minded ones, mousy ones, & ones that kept the truth hidden from everyone around them. I honestly couldn't pick a favorite... well... maybe Madeline :)


    Any additional comments?

    I have already recommended this book to several people. It will be the first book that I recommend if someone tells me they are looking for something good to read. This author must have used a big white board similar to a detective trying to solve a case as she wrote to keep everything in line the way she did. The past to present day style she used was absolutely perfect. The very very end of the book drug on a bit & probably could have been condensed but it was such a small thing that it really had no bearing on the over all book. Super, excellent, sucks you in, can't stop listening, & makes you wonder what will happen if you do happen to have to take a break. I can not say enough good things about this book. An absolute must read or listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unseen: Will Trent, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Kathleen Early
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (869)
    Performance
    (753)
    Story
    (752)

    Bill Black is a scary guy: a tall ex-con who rides to work on a Harley, and trails an air of violence wherever he goes. In Macon, Georgia, Bill has caught the eye of a wiry little drug dealer and his cunning girlfriend. They think Bill might be a useful ally. They don’t know that Bill is a Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent named Will Trent. Or that he is fighting his own demons, undercover and cut off from the support of Sara Linton - the woman he loves, who he dares not tell he is putting himself at such risk.

    Kim Venatries says: "Another Win!"
    "Classic Will Trent book"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'd recommend most Karin Slaughter books but probably not this audio version.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kathleen Early?

    IDK who specific narrators are but this one was awful!


    Any additional comments?

    The story was a typical Will Trent story, I wish the stories didn't always tie directly into the main characters lives. Is the town they live in really so small that every single crime revolves around one of the main characters? I also wish they would quit retelling how each character met, the personal issues [dyslexia, diabetes, death of Sarah's husband], etc. Then, this narrator had my teeth grinding the entire time. I have tried & stopped listening to this book about 5 times now. Finally I just decided to grit my teeth & get through it. Her accents & voices for the characters is irritating, she sounds like she has been running a marathon before she started reading b/c she is always out of breath & the dictation of some of her words is also nerve grinding. Other than the narrator the story was alright.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Falling into You

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jasinda Wilder
    • Narrated By Gabriel Vaughan, Piper Goodeve
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (941)
    Performance
    (873)
    Story
    (878)

    Nell Hawthorne is in love with her life-long best friend, Kyle Calloway. Their young love is invincible and life is full of promise; then one night Kyle dies suddenly in a tragic accident and Nell is forever changed. She meets Kyle's older brother, Colton, for the first time at the funeral. They both struggle to move on with life as best they can. Years later, they meet again in New York City, and Colton realizes that Nell has never really gotten over Kyle's death. She seems to be harboring a deeply rooted pain, a heavy weight of guilt, and regret. He knows he shouldn't get involved, but he can't help himself.

    AudioAddict says: "Hard to categorize this one!"
    "Unbelievable. Awful."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No clue.


    Has Falling into You turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What about Gabriel Vaughan and Piper Goodeve ’s performance did you like?

    The narrators were fine


    Any additional comments?

    This book was unrelatable & unbelievable. I don't know the reason for it but I could not connect with the characters at all. I didn't feel that there was any love between the main characters, when Kyle dies I didn't feel any pain for the loss & when she jumps right into things with his brother at his funeral.. I couldn't help but roll my eyes. I didn't finish this book because I couldn't connect with any of the characters. The initial love scene took way to long & I didn't feel like there was even any real love between them. I was highly disappointed in this book. Maybe someday I'll get around to finishing it but I doubt it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10200)
    Performance
    (9175)
    Story
    (9183)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Narrator was the best"
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    What about Michael Beck’s performance did you like?

    Michael Beck's performance was awesome. Loved all the voices he did & it was like listening to a movie, I even forgot it was a man at times when he did the women's voices.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was decent, it dragged on at some points & the reason the man left his money to the maid didn't come as a shock to me, overall though the story was entertaining enough. Also liked the fact the town I live in got a little shout out in the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Guilty as Sin

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Tami Hoag
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (152)

    A cold-blooded kidnapper has been playing a twisted game with a terrified Minnesota town. Now a respected member of the community stands accused of a startling act of evil. But when a second boy disappears, a frightened public demands to know: Have the police caught the wrong man? Is the nightmare continuing...or just beginning? Prosecutor Ellen North believes she’s building a case against a guilty man - and that he has an accomplice in the shadows. As she prepares for the trial of her career, Ellen suddenly finds herself swept into a cruel contest of twisted wits.

    Chris says: "Great listen, but something is missing..."
    "Great Story, typical Tami Hoag story"
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    What made the experience of listening to Guilty as Sin the most enjoyable?

    I thought the story was very entertaining. It wasn't dull, it wasn't unbelievable, & it was pretty quick paced.


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

    I thought this book was well written, it wasn't an edge of your seat kind of book but it was still very enjoyable.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Jennifer Van Dyck?

    I'm pretty new to the whole audio book thing so it has taken some getting used to. I thought this narrator was really good except when she did the voice of Brooks, I could never get into his character as a good guy so I always thought he was kind of creepy & I've read a lot of Tami Hoag & I usually love her romances that mix into the book but this time around I couldn't get into it & I'm pretty sure it was b/c of the delivery of his voice/character by the narrator.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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