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Bonnie Higginbotham

Nicholasville, KY
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  • Darkly Dreaming Dexter

  • By: Jeff Lindsay
  • Narrated by: Nick Landrum
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,859
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,078
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,091

Dexter Morgan appears to be the perfect gentleman. He is handsome and polite, and has been in a relationship for nearly a year and a half. Yet appearances can be deceiving, for Dexter is a serial killer who has slain many people. But in this tale, he's the good guy, for there is one little twist: Dexter only snuffs out other murderers. When another serial killer, with an eerily similar style, starts grabbing headlines, Dexter has a fairly morbid thought. Am I being challenged?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling but unsettling

  • By V. Sharol on 02-11-07

Like the Show, 'Meh' on the Book

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-07-17

First of all, the performance was fine except for the highly audible swallowing noises whenever the narrator paused. Almost gagged hearing that a few times. The story was overall good. Feels like the author neglects key details that would really make the story feel impactful though. Does he perhaps lack the ability to feel, just like Dexter?

  • Memnoch the Devil

  • By: Anne Rice
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 15 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 962
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 884
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 876

"[ Memnoch] is one of Rice's most intriguing and sympathetic characters to date. . . . Rice ups the ante, taking Lestat where few writers have ventured: into heaven and hell itself. She carries it off in top form."( The Seattle Times)

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You'll question everything you ever believed!

  • By Paisley on 11-13-14

Bizarre, convoluted theology spun from ....

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-28-17

Bizarre, convoluted theology spun from the dregs of non-canonical source documents. Catholicism at its worst!!

  • The Last Battle

  • The Chronicles of Narnia
  • By: C.S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Patrick Stewart
  • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,266
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,439
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,461

The Unicorn says that humans are brought to Narnia only in time of greatest need, and that time is now. The great Lion Aslan, the heart of Narnia, is missing. An impostor roams the land in his place, enslaving Aslan's loyal creatures and spreading treachery and lies. Only King Tirian and his small band of loyal followers are left to fight the last battle in this magnificent ending to The Chronicles of Narnia.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sad to get to the end...

  • By Sarah on 03-01-07

Outstanding!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-31-16

Patrick Stewart was perfect for this series. I wish he'd done the rest! Lewis at his best, of course; fiction as a means to convey philosophical principles. I will listen to this again!

  • Seventh Son

  • Tales of Alvin Maker, Book 1
  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir, Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,429
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,716
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,739

Born into an alternative frontier America where life is hard, and folk magic is real, Alvin is gifted with power, but he must learn to use his gift wisely. Dark forces are arrayed against Alvin, and only a young girl with second sight can protect him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Atleast They Were English Scum

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 10-05-13

Starts Slow but Great Story!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-18-16

To be fair, most unique works of fantasy start slowly. but since I expected this to be a fantasy, and the setting was historical frontier America, it threw me off for a bit. Once it got going though, it was a great ride! Excellent performances all around, and I enjoyed how different actors were used at different points. Going on to the next one for sure!

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  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

  • By: Alan Dean Foster
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,749
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,001
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,986

More than 30 years ago, Star Wars burst onto the big screen and became a cultural phenomenon. Now the next adventures in this blockbuster saga are poised to captivate old and new fans alike - beginning with the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And alongside the cinematic debut comes the thrilling novel adaptation by New York Times best-selling science fiction master Alan Dean Foster.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Adds a bit to the Movie

  • By Brad on 12-22-15

Love Star Wars but Not This Presentation

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-05-16

The only thing that kept me going through the entire book was wanting to hear details that the movie didn't reveal. Mainly the problem was the overly-emotional inflections of the narrator, which made it feel like listening to a father reading to his 5-year-old daughter. That and recognizing the music and (poorly timed) sound effects from every other Star Wars film EXCEPT Force Awakens, just about drove me nuts. Hopefully they revisit this title and have it read for adults, with music and sound effects from the matching film.

  • Murder on the Orient Express

  • A Hercule Poirot Mystery
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: David Suchet
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 732
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 725

Savor one of the most clever of Christie's suspenseful classics. An American businessman is stabbed to death aboard a luxury train, the Orient Express, snowbound in the middle of Europe. Nothing escapes the eagle eye and quick intelligence of the great Hercule Poirot, and clues abound. Sorting through a dozen perfectly respectable passengers, all suspects, Poirot is tenacious in his pursuit of the truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great!

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-29-06

David Suchet is phenomenal!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-19-15

Agatha Christie's plots are always intricately written, containing interestingly unique characters.

David Suchet is widely known as the quintessential Hercules Poirot of TV fame. It is his voice one comes to identify with Christie's Belgian detective.

To my shock and delight I heard, in this audio presentation, each of the 15 (or more) distinct voices of every man and woman I had previously only heard in the movie versions.

Susan Duerden is the only other narrator I have heard who equals, and surpasses, Suchet's multi-voiced performance.

  • The Hypnotist

  • By: Lars Kepler
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 17 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 754
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 619
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 620

Tumba, Sweden. A triple homicide—all the victims from the same family—captivates Detective Inspector Joona Linna. The killer is at large, and it appears that the elder sister of the family escaped the carnage; it seems only a matter of time until she, too, is murdered. But where can Linna begin? The only surviving witness is the boy whose mother, father, and little sister were killed before his eyes. He has suffered more than 100 knife wounds and lapsed into a state of shock. He’s in no condition to be questioned....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Suspense for suspense's sake

  • By Watson on 07-09-11

Startling!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-31-15

There are several detailed plots with interesting, unusual characters. Each plot could be a standalone book, but the author has skillfully entertwined them to a startling end.

  • Valhalla

  • By: Robert J. Mrazek
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,252
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,136
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,137

In remote, icy Greenland, ex-Air Force General Steven Macaulay helps lead an expedition to recover a lost World War II plane. Encased in ice below is a find that will astonish the world - a perfectly-preserved Viking ship, buried for nearly a thousand years, along with the frozen corpses of nine crewmen. Assembling the foremost Viking scholars, Macaulay tasks the gorgeous Lexy Vaughan to translate the ship’s markings - until her work is cut short when her colleagues are murdered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truly enjoyable story from start to finish!

  • By Blue Dragonfly on 12-06-14

murky

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-17-15

The plot and narration are murky...characters poorly developed. Maybe just bad editting? unevenly detailed and vague...

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  • The Secret

  • Highlands' Lairds, Book 1
  • By: Julie Garwood
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,656
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,329
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,342

Judith Hampton was as beautiful as she was proud and loyal. Her dear Scottish friend from childhood was about to give birth, and Judith had promised to be at her side. But there was another reason for the journey from her bleak English home to the Highlands: to meet the father she had never known, the Laird Maclean. Nothing prepared her, however, for the sight of the Scottish barbarian who was to escort her into his land...Iain Maitland, laird of his clan, a man more powerfully compelling than any she had ever encountered.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice Historical Highland Romance

  • By 🇺🇸🌸DARA on 04-17-13

Exquisite narrator/writer combo?

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-29-15

Susan Durden breathes life into this charming tale with her unbelievable repertoire of voices and accents .

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  • Moriarty

  • Sherlock Holmes, Book 2
  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 837
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 769
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 770

Internationally best-selling author Anthony Horowitz's nail-biting new novel plunges us back into the dark and complex world of detective Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty - dubbed the "Napoleon of crime" by Holmes - in the aftermath of their fateful struggle at the Reichenbach Falls. Days after the encounter at the Swiss waterfall, Pinkerton detective agent Frederick Chase arrives in Europe from New York.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story and presentation!

  • By Jon on 01-24-15

WHAT A DISAPPOINTMENT!

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-22-15

First of all, let me say that I am a great fan of both Sherlock Holmes and Pinkerton's and was delighted to find a book that promised so much creativity.

Unfortunately, the storyline has too many anomalies, as well as character inconsistencies...don't give up...just get a good editor!

Derek Jacobi was an excellent narrator as Smith and Moriarty as usual, and I'm grateful he had the last few chapters by himself.

The "Anerican" voice actor greatly mispronounced so many supposedly American English words I can only hope he volunteered for this project. Before he expects an American audience to receive him as one who takes his job seriously, he'll have to learn to say words like "glacier", "clerk", "lever", etc. like we do. And don't try to pass your character off as an educated man from a rich family of the 19th century in New York while at the same time using a low class, New Jersey, 20th century accent. Listening to you is like fingernails on a chalkboard to my ears.

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