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  • The Haunting of Maddy Clare

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Simone St. James
    • Narrated By Pamela Garelick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (94)

    Sarah Piper’s lonely, threadbare existence changes when her temporary-work agency sends her to assist a ghost hunter. Alistair Gellis - rich, handsome, scarred by World War I, and obsessed with ghosts - has been summoned to investigate the spirit of 19-year-old maid Maddy Clare, who haunts the barn where she committed suicide. Since Maddy hated men in life, it is Sarah’s task to confront her in death. Soon Sarah is caught up in a desperate struggle, for Maddy’s ghost is real, she is angry, and she has powers that defy all reason.

    passiflora says: "Not bad, but a little disappointing"
    "Not bad, but a little disappointing"
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    It seems good ghost stories or stories about haunting are coming harder to come by. I looked at the reviews on Amazon for this book and it seemed promising. The story itself was good, but what went down hill for me were two things; right off the bat the reader distracted me from the story because although she read ok, I couldn't get past her voice being obviously a quite older woman trying to perform the main character of a young woman in her twenties. She also made the two main male characters sound awful. This was very distracting to me. The detailed sex scenes were, in my opinion, also quite distracting from the main plot and seemed unnecessary. It was enough to know so-and-so had slept with so-and-so without the play by play, nitty gritty details. I found this to be a sad distraction from an otherwise decent story although I forced myself to finish it.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • River Road

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jayne Ann Krentz
    • Narrated By Amanda Leigh Cobb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (243)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (216)

    It's been thirteen years since Lucy Sheridan was in Summer River. The last time she visited her aunt Sara there, as a teenager, she'd been sent home suddenly after being dragged out of a wild party - by the guy she had a crush on, just to make it more embarrassing.

    Mary Beth Maschner says: "Bad narrator, cookie cutter story"
    "Could have been a great story"
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    This was actually a good story and the narrator was terrific. It would have been a great story if not for the detailed sex scenes, which ruined it for me. I think they're distracting, unnecessary and ridiculous. I, as an intelligent reader, can follow an interesting story line that includes sexual intimacy without the detailed play by play. It's distracts from the story and serves no purpose other than to make a good story suddenly pornographic. I suppose this is how some readers are entertained, but it's not for me. I would recommend this book to other readers, but with a strong warning on the explicit sexual content. I wish books came with ratings like movies. I would have likely avoided this "R" rated selection.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Third Floor

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By C. Dennis Moore
    • Narrated By Gary Tiedemann
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (112)

    Welcome to Angel Hill, Missouri, a town that shot blood from the ground at its own groundbreaking. There are only two roads in or out of town, and everything within those borders is subject to the whims of reality. Those who grew up here are immune to the town's peculiarities. But Jack and Liz have just moved here, and for their young son, Joey, it's almost like coming home again.

    J. Dugan says: "Great Scary Story"
    "An okay story"
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    Performance
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    This story had the makings of a good ghost story but lacked any sort of build up, jumped right into hauntings and then sort of fizzled out at the end. The narrator was ok but did terrible female voices. I would rate it PG13 for "f" words.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Night of the Living Deed

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By E.J. Copperman
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (610)
    Performance
    (563)
    Story
    (562)

    Newly divorced Alison Kerby wants a second chance for herself and her nine-year-old daughter. She's returned to her hometown on the Jersey Shore to transform a Victorian fixer-upper into a charming-and profitable guest house. One small problem: the house is haunted, and the two ghosts insist Alison must find out who killed them.

    Felicia The Geeky Blogger says: "Had a blast listening to this one!"
    "A Fun and Entertaining Story!"
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    This was a fun and entertaining story that had me laughing out loud several times. The reader was a little nasally (sp?) sounding, which was slightly annoying, but the story pulled me in right away and got me past it. She may even have been doing it on purpose to lend to the feel of the story. For the most part, the reader did a good job "performing" the book. All the characters were distinguished well from each other. She did great Jersey accents, but sorry, she stinks at any type of Scottish or British accent. The 9 year old character, "Melissa" was a darling. This book would be a fun movie!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (3277)
    Performance
    (2815)
    Story
    (2837)

    England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

    Maria says: "Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!"
    "Good selection for abridgement"
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    I normally don't like abridged audio books because I don't want to miss anything, but this one could stand to be abridged. I actually started listening to it when it first came out and I happily snapped it up. What a disappointment. I was a good half way into the story, but so bored that I finally gave up and started something else. I finally went back to it several months (and books) later simply because I wanted my money's worth. It never really picked up until the end. The ending was fantastic and I want to say worth the wait, but having to muddle through all sorts of pointless details and peripheral stories, which could have easily been left out and not effected the main story, really made it hard to get to the end. The ending was the only redeeming quality, although I appreciate that Ms. Morton can write a book and tell a story without detailed sex scenes and offensive curse words.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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