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Kerri Carter

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  • Then She Was Gone

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Helen Duff
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,957
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,868
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,838

Fifteen-year-old Ellie Mack was the perfect daughter. She was beloved by her parents, friends, and teachers. She and her boyfriend made a teenage golden couple. She was days away from an idyllic summer vacation, with her whole life ahead of her. And then she was gone. Now her mother, Laurel Mack, is trying to put her life back together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love all Lisa Jewell's books.

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-21-18

Outstanding mystery!

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

Reviewed: 07-24-18

This is a great read. I listened to the audiobook version twice to catch all the details. Told in "present" and "then" alternations. It is believable - maybe a few stretches, but mostly you can imagine this very story happening. Colorful tapestry of characters woven which are believable and relatable. British accent for the narrator which I enjoy.

  • The Enclave

  • By: John Alexander
  • Narrated by: Ray Wallander
  • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

Enter Jason's world, changed forever by a single misplaced keystroke. Amidst the intrigue of a research firm with rather unusual recruiting practices, secret governmental agencies, a revengeful criminal targeting Congressional representatives, and a new relationship with Liz, head of engineering, his simple life transforms into a fast-paced journey of mystery and conspiracy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Get the print version.....

  • By Kerri Carter on 06-19-18

Get the print version.....

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

Reviewed: 06-19-18

... not the audiobook. Narrator is inexperienced and I finally stopped listening because of the detraction from the content. The author is interesting and deserves a fair read. Opt for the print version of this book for reading.

  • Shadow Hunt

  • Disrupted Magic, Book 3
  • By: Melissa F. Olson
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 485
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 440
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 438

For years now, Scarlett Bernard has counted on two things: her ability to nullify magic, and Shadow, the bargest who guards Scarlett with her life. But after a sudden revelation turns Scarlett's world upside down, she panics and leaves town without warning, leaving Shadow with her partner, Jesse. In the chaos that follows, the bargest is stolen - and Jesse nearly dies from a brutal psychic assault. It seems that an old enemy has returned for revenge...and the attack on Shadow was only the beginning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Harry Potter for Adults!

  • By Kindle Customer on 02-14-18

Great story, great series

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

Reviewed: 06-19-18

I’m totally biased so not droning on with a review. (Look to some of my other reviews in the series for more details.)

Look at the genre. If you like this genre you will like both this book and the series. Reading them in order is not required, but recommended to get the most satisfaction from the ongoing story line. The narrator is fantastic.

  • The Outsider

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,949
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,474
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,358

An 11-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City's most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Typical Stephen King story. Awful narration.

  • By I Anonymous on 10-12-18

Not up to King’s standards

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

Reviewed: 06-19-18

The story is intriguing, but it got side-swiped about mid way through. Lots of “stuff” thrown in to obfuscate, instead of elucidate or substantiate the story. It felt like “filler” material thrown in. I liked the premise, but wished the story line had progressed in a tightly woven fashion. This just dissipates and scatters.

17 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • The Hate U Give

  • By: Angie Thomas
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 24,356
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22,639
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 22,554

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Book Changed My Entire Perspective

  • By Wendi on 01-14-18

Why is this so well-rated?

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

Reviewed: 06-19-18

Really? This story has been told many times. Halfway through I started skipping to every third chapter. This content does not justify the length of time given to tell it. Would have been better served in a third of the time. Boring.

The narrator did a great job. Not much to say here, I listened, I skipped ahead, I searched for a new book.

  • I'll Be Gone in the Dark

  • One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer
  • By: Michelle McNamara
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman, Gillian Flynn - introduction, Patton Oswalt - afterword
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,559
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,064

A masterful true crime account of the Golden State Killer - the elusive serial rapist turned murderer who terrorized California for over a decade - from Michelle McNamara, the gifted journalist who died tragically while investigating the case.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Listen to Scare Yourself in the Dark

  • By Trixie Runnin' on 03-04-18

What exactly is the fascination with this book?

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

Reviewed: 05-20-18

The story itself is fascinating. The way it is written is insipid. I finished eight chapters before tossing in the towel. The entire prose is a singular cadence of; “some guy then blah blah etc.” Stop. “Then another guy said blah blah and smoked a cigarette.” Stop. And so on. Fact after fact after fact after..... you get the picture. Other reviews seem to have confused appreciation of the story with the sad structure of it,

Then there are the near constant references to name changing; “blah blah blah pause not his real name,” or “blah blah blah blah pause, pseudonym.” So, we get from the very beginning that most names have been anonymized. We don’t have to be told EVERY SINGLE TIME a name is given that it is “not the real name.” Why would we possibly care anyway? It would be more than silly to presume actual names were being used. Very distracting.

I love Gabra’s narration. I believe the author must have specified a “Joe Friday” style of reading it, which is just dull dull dull. Again, I see the numerous positive reviews and exclaim “For what? Why?”

Ok. Let the lightning strike.

  • Take

  • Temptation Series, Book 2
  • By: Ella Frank
  • Narrated by: Shannon Gunn
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 835
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 790
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 790

Take – verb: to reach for and hold in one’s hands or get into one’s possession, power or control. Logan Mitchell is a man who’s always been more than happy to take what he wants. It’s a philosophy that’s proven lucrative in both his business and personal life, and never was it more apparent than the night he laid eyes on Tate Morrison. After pulling out all the stops and convincing the sexy bartender to give him a try - he’s hooked.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • TEMPTATION SERIES: TRY - - TAKE - - & - - TRUST

  • By James on 06-20-15

Dull and ponderous

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

Reviewed: 03-14-18

Sorry, it’s just dull. Remarks about the narration in other reviews are accurate. Characters are superficial and not compelling.

  • The Wife Between Us

  • By: Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,429
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,972
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,926

When you listen to this audiobook, you will make many assumptions. You will assume you are listening to a story about a jealous ex-wife. You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement - a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love. You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle. Assume nothing. Twisted and deliciously chilling, The Wife Between Us exposes the secret complexities of an enviable marriage - and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • NOT that confusing! Gone Girl + Last Mrs. Parrish

  • By JK907 on 01-11-18

Convoluted story of codependence.....

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

Reviewed: 03-14-18

..... with some interesting twists. I listened to the audiobook. This is another book where there was no audible or other distinction between present and past. The references and scenes skip back and forth between present (or current), more recent past and long ago past AND each of these time segments for almost every character, making the story difficult to follow. When reference is made to a particular character, you don’t know which time segment to connect with until you read on, then determine “oh that must be from.....”. I dislike having to hunt for the story line.
Cannot remark much about the story without spoilers so I won’t comment. I will say that the story isn’t fresh. The twists and turns are, but..... still hard to follow. I will re-read the last chapter to try and determine who the character is, though at this point I may not care enough to go to the trouble.
I know “co-dependence” is a trite and dated term, but it best describes the characters’ interactions. Might throw in “diabolical” and “narcissistic” as well.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Long Black Veil

  • A Novel
  • By: Jennifer Finney Boylan
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Finney Boylan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 46

On a warm August night in 1980, six college students sneak into the dilapidated ruins of Philadelphia's Eastern State Penitentiary, looking for a thrill. With a pianist, a painter, and a teacher among them, the friends are full of potential. But it's not long before they realize they are locked in - and not alone. When the friends get lost and separated, the terrifying night ends in tragedy, and the unexpected, far-reaching consequences reverberate through the survivors' lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome!

  • By Cat Ran on 05-03-17

Personal transformation / slice of life

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

Reviewed: 02-15-18

I listened to the audiobook version of this book twice and really enjoyed it. I highly recommend listening to the audiobook presentation.

The story is good, though it is told in the manner of moving back and forth between present and past. Intellectually I understand it, as it traces one woman's journey though a troubled childhood into profound transformations.

I think the best explanation is that it is no so much a story to be "understood" as it is a presentation of a human being to be "felt, or emotionally understood." This is not a new story (though very unique), but a skillfully 'new' presentation which works very well IMHO.

The narration is very enjoyable! That is the primary reason I listened twice through, though I wanted some storyline clarity from the repeat. Finney Boylan's presentation is not perfect but thoroughly enjoyable to listen to. Her voice is appropriate and gives all the right inflections and cadences to support the characters and story.

(Her autobiography is very interesting also - I recommend reviewing it as well.)

  • Heartburn

  • By: Nora Ephron
  • Narrated by: Meryl Streep
  • Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,293
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,086
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,074

Is it possible to write a sidesplitting novel about the breakup of the perfect marriage? If the writer is Nora Ephron, the answer is a resounding yes. For in this inspired confection of adultery, revenge, group therapy, and pot roast, the creator of Sleepless in Seattle reminds us that comedy depends on anguish as surely as a proper gravy depends on flour and butter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just a treasure

  • By David Shear on 07-10-13

LOVE the audiobook

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

Reviewed: 02-15-18

My bias: big Streep fan, especially her voice work. The story is interesting enough to keep your attention, but do yourself a favor: get the audiobook version and listen to Streep perform it for you. A great treat!