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Y. Grove

Fredericksburg, VA | Member Since 2008

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  • Catch Me: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2441)
    Performance
    (2029)
    Story
    (2041)

    Charlene Rosalind Carter Grant believes that she will be murdered in four days. And she wants Boston’s top detective to handle her death investigation. It will be up close and personal. No evidence of forced entry, no sign of struggle. Charlie tells a chilling story: Each year at 8:00 p.m. on January 21, a woman has died. The victims have been childhood best friends from a small town in New Hampshire; the motive remains unknown. Now only one friend, Charlie, remains to count down her final hours.

    Vanessa says: "OK but not her best by a long shot"
    "Profanity Not Necessary"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Although the story line was excellent, I could hardly get past all the profanity. The


    Would you be willing to try another one of Kirsten Potter’s performances?

    Didn't really care for this narrator. Listen to the sample before you purchase.


    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Wreckage

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (145)

    Two-time Ned Kelly Award-winning author Michael Robotham has earned an international following with intense psychological thrillers like Shatter and Lost. The Wreckage is inspired by a real-life heist at the Central Bank of Iraq - the largest such crime in history. Millions of dollars are missing from Iraqi banks, and journalist Luca Terracini will stop at nothing to find the money. But the closer he gets to the truth, the more his actions reverberate around the world.

    Cary says: "Great Autheor and Narrator Discovery..."
    "Not His Best!"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This one was not his best. I have listened to several other books by Michael Robotham and have enjoyed them completely. This one I had a hard time following and it was quite boring. I kept hoping it would get better but it never did. Please skip this one!!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Watching You

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (424)
    Performance
    (384)
    Story
    (384)

    Marnie Logan often feels like she's being watched: A warm breath on the back of her neck, or a shadow in the corner of her eye that vanishes when she turns her head. She has reason to be frightened. Her husband Daniel has inexplicably vanished, and the police have no leads in the case. Without proof of death or evidence of foul play, she can't access his bank accounts or his life insurance. Depressed and increasingly desperate, she seeks the help of clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin.

    bernadette says: "Wow!"
    "Robotham's Best Book By Far for Me!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Watching You to be better than the print version?

    Although I didn't read the printed version, the audio kept me engaged from the beginning to the end. I love the narrator's voice and it was a very good story line.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Joe O'Laughlin. I enjoy his analysis of things and his interesting battle with "Mr Parkinson".


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

    I love his voice and how he brings life to each of the characters. Although I am not crazy about his female voice impression.....I really like Joe and Ruiz.


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

    I could have but it was much better listening a little each day on my way to and from work as it gave me a sense of anticipation to look forward to each day. There were a few days I actually sat in my garage listenting because I didn't want to turn it off at that point.


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to almost all of Robotham's Joe O'Laughlin books and this is my favorite. I truly liked all of them though. He has become one of my favorite authors.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Man Called Blessed: The Caleb Books, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Ted Dekker, Bill Bright
    • Narrated By Benjamin L. Darcie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (90)

    One man holds the key to locating the Ark of the Covenant - but he’s hidden deep in the desert and no one has seen him since he was a boy. In this explosive sequel to Blessed Child, Jewish soldier-turned-archaeologist Rebecca Soloman leads a team deep into the Ethiopian desert to find the one man who may know the final resting place of the Ark of the Covenant. Such a discovery would bring hope back to her people. Her search brings excitement and danger - including unexpected love and a discovery far more powerful than even the holy artifact.

    W. says: "A Man Called Blessed"
    "Love This Book, Love The Author!"
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    What did you love best about A Man Called Blessed?

    Not only was it suspenseful and a great story, I learned a lot of history regarding the stuggle over the Temple Mount.


    What did you like best about this story?

    History I learned.


    What does Benjamin L. Darcie bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Not a lot. Although he did an ok job narrating, the story carried itself.


    If you could take any character from A Man Called Blessed out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would of course like to meet Caleb to find out more about his relationship with God and what its like being so used of God.


    Any additional comments?

    Ted Dekkar is a master story teller and this is one of his best!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Treachery In Death: In Death, Book 32

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2002)
    Performance
    (1276)
    Story
    (1272)

    In a New York City fifty years in the future, Detective Eve Dallas tracks down those who break the law - including the ones sworn to uphold it. Eve Dallas and her partner, Peabody, are following up on a brutal, senseless crime - an elderly grocery owner killed by three stoned punks for nothing more than kicks and snacks. And for the first time, Peabody is primary detective on the case, which means she has to get used to a new level of authority and responsibility. Good thing she learned the ropes from a master like Eve. But after rounding up the perps, Peabody stumbles upon a much trickier situation.

    Jean says: "Treachery in Death"
    "If Foul Language Bothers You, Pass Up This Book!"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Only if that friend did not have a problem listening to a lot of cussing. I like the characters just not the language. Even though I know Cops probably do talk like this on occasion, I just thought the cussing was excessive.


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

    Not really, it was predictable but good.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Susan Ericksen?

    Someone who is able to pull off male voices better. I rea---lly hated the voice for Peabody and other male characters. As a female narrator, she didn't pull off the male voices well at all and Peabody just sounded stupid.


    Do you think Treachery In Death needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It would be okay, just cut down on the bad language.


    Any additional comments?

    This will probably be my last book by this author as I can't take what I felt was excessive bad language. It didn't add to the story and as a quote I saw once said...."Cussing shows your ignorance of the English language"......If the author's intent was to make the cops sound poorly educated and shallow.....he succeeded.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fallen

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Shannon Cochran
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1676)
    Performance
    (1322)
    Story
    (1323)

    There's no police training stronger than a cop's instinct. Faith Mitchell's mother isn't answering her phone. Her front door is open. There's a bloodstain above the knob. Her infant daughter is hidden in a shed behind the house. All that the Georgia Bureau of Investigations taught Faith Mitchell goes out the window when she charges into her mother's house, gun drawn. She sees a man dead in the laundry room. She sees a hostage situation in the bedroom. What she doesn't see is her mother.

    Nancy J says: "Gripping Story, Revelations of the Past"
    "Great Story from Karin Slaughter!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Fallen to be better than the print version?

    Didn't read the print version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Faith. Her character was very believeable and I liked her style.


    What about Shannon Cochran’s performance did you like?

    The different voices she did fit the characters.


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

    Maybe when Faith realized it was her brother that was the criminal. But, I just liked the whole story line. It was well written and kept me interested throughout.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tripwire: Jack Reacher, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Jonathan McClain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1662)
    Performance
    (1481)
    Story
    (1497)

    Reacher's anonymity in Florida is shattered by an investigator who's come looking for him. But hours after his arrival, the stranger is murdered. Retracing the PI's trail back to New York, Reacher's compelled to find out who was looking for him and why. He never expected the reasons to be so personal - and twisted.

    Dogs & Horses says: "Slower pace than first 2 books"
    "I want Dick Hill Back!"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would have Dick Hill narrate it. Johnathan McClain is an ok narrator but I got lost in the story sometimes because all the voices sounded the same. Also, his voice is too soft for the image I have of Jack Reacher. Where as Dick Hill has the right amount of raspiness to his voice to pull it off.


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

    Bring Dick Hill as narrator back. The story was great I just could not hardly get past the narration.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He isn't Jack Reacher......


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

    If the right person were playing Jack Reacher, yes!


    Any additional comments?

    Can't say it enough....I like Dick Hill as Jack Reacher.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Michael B. Oren
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (832)
    Performance
    (432)
    Story
    (432)

    In Israel and the West, it is called the Six Day War. In the Arab world, it is known as the June War or, simply, as "the Setback". Never has a conflict so short, unforeseen, and largely unwanted by both sides so transformed the world. The Yom Kippur War, the war in Lebanon, the Camp David accords, the controversy over Jerusalem and Jewish settlements in the West Bank, the intifada, and the rise of Palestinian terror are all part of the outcome of those six days.

    Patrick says: "Great overview of Middle East troubles"
    "Very Difficult to Follow"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think those who have an indepth knowledge of the places, politics and charaacters prior to listening to this book. I thought I was going to be able to follow it but there was too much detail and I got lost in all the characters and locations. As one person said in their feedback....listen with a map at hand.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Michael B. Oren? Why or why not?

    Probably not.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I didn't really care for his voice so it was hard for me to listen.


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

    It probably would be a very good listen for those studying historical facts, who already has points of reference prior to listening...It's not for the casual listener. To sum it up...I was looking for a novel and this came across more like a textbook.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Dead by Sunset: Perfect Husband, Perfect Killer?

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Ann Rule
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (238)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (188)

    Loni Ann, Cynthia, Lauren, Cheryl, and Sara seemed to have it all - beauty, wealth, children, and a husband who they believed to be this perfect man - Brad Cunningham. He was handsome, charismatic, and mysterious. They adored him and tried to give him all he wanted. But he wanted everything: sex, money, and it seemed, their very lives. How long would it take before he finally got what he deserved?

    Lily says: "My house is clean, my dogs are exhausted!"
    "A Sad Yet Compelling Story of Betrayal"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes if you want to know the details surrounding this case.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The depths in which one person full of hatred would go to strike back at another. Pure narcissist behavior unveiled.


    What about Richard Ferrone’s performance did you like?

    I truly enjoyed the fact that his voice captured the essence of the characters and kept me interested through a very lengthy storyline. I enjoyed hm so much so that I searched for all the books he had narrated and will be listening to more from him.


    If you could give Dead by Sunset a new subtitle, what would it be?

    A Case of Sheer Betrayal


    Any additional comments?

    Although the book is long....I was captivated by the story and I was saddened by the fact that the police seemingly could not do anything to stop him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3949)
    Performance
    (3514)
    Story
    (3535)

    The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

    Daniel says: "History Made Interesting"
    "Enlightening!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes...before reading I was unfamiliar with exactly how Lincoln was assassinated and now I know.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How all the important characters were developed.


    What does Bill O'Reilly bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Since I am a fan of the O'Reilly Factor, having him read it to me offered a since of trustworthiness to the facts.


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

    There were two parts...the detail of Lincoln's final minutes and the detail of what his assassin had to endure before he died. I had no idea what John Wilks Booth had to go through while on the run, but I guess it was as a consequence of what he had done to a mighty man of historical significance.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bishop

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Steven James
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (123)

    Gold Medallion and Christy Award nominee Steven James crafts pulse-pounding psychological thrillers that hold listeners spellbound. This fourth in his CBA bestselling series pushes FBI Special Agent Patrick Bowers’ cutting-edge skills to the limit when a woman is found brutally murdered near Washington, D.C. While her killers continue a spree of perfect crimes, Bowers struggles to discover a pattern and crack his most difficult case yet

    Alex says: "Deep and intriguing, the series really starts here"
    "Awesome Book if You Can Take the Graphic Detail"
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    What did you love best about The Bishop?

    The suspense and the narrator. The narrator is how I found this book. I like how Richard reads and his voice so I looked up all the books he has narrated.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Patrick Bowers the lead character...he's invincible.


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

    Yes....although there were some slow parts...it picked back up quickly.


    Any additional comments?

    This is my first in the series and I plan to go back to the Pawn and listen to them all.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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