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The Ladies' Room audiobook cover art

Sappy, Predictable, Superficial, NO Suspense

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

Wow - I have no idea what the people who loved this book saw in it. The outcome is totally predictable, but that might be okay if, along the way, there was dramatic tension or suspense. I kept waiting for the part where it would earn its high rating, but it never did. The main character is able to change overnight and take her life in a new direction with no backsliding. The (attempted) humor is overly cutesy and not funny. Way too many descriptions of their meals, which always consist of Coke and something greasy. Lots of little cutesy descriptions of decor and such too. I avoid romance novels in general, and this is a watered down romance novel without any sex or conflict.

Spoonbenders audiobook cover art

Entertaining, Humorous, and a Little Different

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

Reviewed: 09-22-17

This is the story of the quirky Telemachus family, told from a number of points of view. The first character we meet, 14 year old Matias, is immediately likable and easy to root for. A couple of his older family members are rather flawed and not as immediately endearing. In the end, though, I rooted for all of them. The story builds suspense slowly, and some parts of the back story were unnecessarily long for advancing the plot, but overall it was amusing and held my interest. The ending was definitely entertaining and satisfying. Overall, it was a good light read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

The Memory Watcher audiobook cover art

Kept me entertained

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

Reviewed: 08-27-17

This was an intriguing story line about an adopted child being watched/stalked by her biological mother via social media. The author did a good job of making the story unfold and hold my interest, although the prose was somewhat repetitive and formulaic. I really enjoyed the psychological aspects and motivations of the adoptive mother and biological mother, as the story is narrated alternating between their two points of view. A possible down side is that you may not really become fond of either of the two mothers as they are both rather flawed characters, but I did find myself sympathizing with them.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Rage Against the Dying audiobook cover art

Kept me listening, but has logical flaws in story

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-21-17

I enjoyed the book but several times during the story I was distracted by logic flaws in the storyline. This may not bother everyone, but it reduced my enjoyment of the book. Still, it held my interest and I appreciated the main character being an older woman with FBI training and skills. Hopefully the author will polish her writing skills a bit for the next book in the series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

The Girl with All the Gifts audiobook cover art

Well-told story that transcends genre labels

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-17-16

This story grabbed me from the very beginning and wouldn't let go! I felt an instant connection with the main character, Melanie, who is an imprisoned young girl. The writing is excellent, the characters are interesting and the plot unfolds beautifully. I never read horror stories and not much science fiction, so I'm not quite sure how I even ended up with this in my library, but luckily it did. I wouldn't call this a horror story at all, this was just a really good novel and the genre didn't even seem relevant to the deeper questions that the story explored. The narrator is spot-on perfect!

A Window Opens audiobook cover art

Not riveting, sometimes tedious

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-29-16

This is a story detailing the generally mundane events in the life of Alice Pearse, typical to the lives of many working mothers juggling careers and motherhood. Of course there are some life changing events as well. The writing is decent but not great, and for me there were too many mundane details that did not advance the story. There really isn't that much plot, so it is more a story about the characters. Unfortunately, I didn't really bond with Alice as much as I would like, given that the story is told in first person. She had a bit of an attitude toward others that seemed harsh. So, not a bad listen, but I speeded up to 1.25X about 1/4 of the way through and kept it there. I guess it just wasn't particularly my cup of tea.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

The Life We Bury audiobook cover art

Not a bad story, but a bit clichéd.

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

Reviewed: 04-25-16

This generally decent story was marred by a repetitive writing style and a too predictable plot line. I'm surprised it has such good reviews. It wasn't bad, but it is told in the first person, and there was too much spelling out of every single thought as if the reader might not be capable of figuring anything out. Joe, the main character, does several really stupid things that made me roll my eyes, but on the plus side, he and a couple of other characters are very likable. While it held my interest, this book just wasn't nearly as good as many audible books.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

At Risk audiobook cover art

Excellent - Well plotted and a great narrator!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-20-16

It was exciting to find an espionage type novel with a female protagonist. The book held my interest from the beginning with a tense and believable plot centered around trying to find and stop a couple of terrorists. The characters were developed - not just cardboard cutouts like many spy novels. The main character, Liz Carlyle, was likable and easy to root for - I am thrilled that this is just the first book in a series!

The Midwife's Revolt audiobook cover art

Not much action, but interesting history.

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-03-16

Based on the description, I was expecting more espionage and intrigue. The story moves slowly, and mostly revolves around the day to day life in that time period. It was interesting to hear about life in the late 1700's during the war, and I applaud the efforts of the author regarding the historical accuracy. The narrator was fine but not exceptional - she does a good job of speaking, but all the characters' voices sound alike.

The Testament audiobook cover art

Not suspenseful, but interesting story - 3 1/2 *'s

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

Reviewed: 03-22-15

This novel was not what I expected at all, as it wasn't particularly tense or suspenseful. I did enjoy the story, and it was interesting to learn about a remote area of Brazil. Other than the main character, a likeable alcoholic lawyer who is trying to stay sober, there isn't much character development. Religion plays a big role in influencing the main character, and the novel seems to have a 'mission' to promote Chistianity. Women have only small roles in the book, and the only woman who wasn't portrayed as unlikeable, was portrayed as a perfect Christian saint - a Mother Teresa.The narrator was okay, but it frequently seemed like his tone was that of someone telling a secret instead of just reading a story. All in all, I'd say it was a bit predictable, but a pleasant listen.