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  • Pieces of Her

  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Early
  • Length: 16 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,583
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,490
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,481

What if the person you thought you knew best turns out to be someone you never knew at all? Andrea Cooper knows everything about her mother, Laura. She knows Laura has spent nearly her whole life in the small beach town of Belle Isle, Georgia; she knows Laura's never wanted anything more than to lead a quiet, normal life in this conventional community; she knows Laura's a kind and beloved speech pathologist who helps others; she knows Laura's never kept a secret in her life. Andrea knows that Laura is everything she isn't - confident, settled, sure of herself. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • OUTSTANDING BOOK!!

  • By shelley on 08-22-18

Terrible

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

Reviewed: 08-31-18

Female character Ande is pathetic, Listening to hour after hour of Ande saying poor me, stupid me, I can't do anything me was depressing
I thought Cop Town was bad but this book takes the cake for disjointed story lines, and weak pathetic women as main characters. It was hard to slog through listening hoping for the best. I may give up on Slaughter, maybe she is describing how she shes herself.

  • Paradise Valley

  • A Novel
  • By: C. J. Box
  • Narrated by: Christina Delaine
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 769
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 710
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 707

For three years Investigator Cassie Dewell has been on a hunt for a serial killer known as the Lizard King whose hunting grounds are the highways and truck stops where runaways and prostitutes are most likely to vanish. Cassie almost caught him...once. Working for the Bakken County, North Dakota, sheriff's department, Cassie has set what she believes is the perfect trap, and she has lured him and his truck to a depot. But the plan goes horribly wrong, and the blame falls on Cassie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By USA Buyer on 07-27-17

Could not have been written by Box

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

Reviewed: 08-09-17

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone who likes sappy slow moving books written by a sappy woman

What was most disappointing about C. J. Box’s story?

Beyond Terrible narration. Very slow speech, terrible from the beginning to the end

What didn’t you like about Christina Delaine’s performance?

TERRIBLE. Spoke to slow, Difference voices were contrived and fake

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment. I could not believe C.J. Box wrote this book. My guess is that he didn't

Any additional comments?

Please relay my comments to C.J. Box

  • The Obsidian Chamber

  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: Rene Auberjonois
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,533
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,253
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,248

After a harrowing otherworldly confrontation on the shores of Exmouth, Massachussetts, Special Agent A.X.L. Pendergast is missing, presumed dead. Sick with grief, Pendergast's ward, Constance, retreats to her chambers beneath the family mansion at 891 Riverside Drive - only to be taken captive by a shadowy figure from the past. Proctor, Pendergast's longtime bodyguard, springs to action, chasing Constance's kidnapper through cities, across oceans, and into wastelands unknown....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Looking for a plot

  • By Olive on 11-23-16

Terrible

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

Reviewed: 10-25-16

What would have made The Obsidian Chamber better?

Bring back Pendergast.

What could Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

To wordy, all those words saying nothing. I don't know which author wrote most of the book, but they need to take a break from writing. Boring book.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Narrator was acceptable considering the terrible, boring book he was reading.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment, and sorry I wasted a credit.

Any additional comments?

Don't chose this book, it is not at all like the previous books.

  • Pretty Girls

  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Early
  • Length: 20 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,072
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,064
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,071

Sisters. Strangers. Survivors. More than twenty years ago, Claire and Lydia's teenaged sister Julia vanished without a trace. The two women have not spoken since, and now their lives could not be more different. Claire is the glamorous trophy wife of an Atlanta millionaire. Lydia, a single mother, dates an ex-con and struggles to make ends meet. But neither has recovered from the horror and heartbreak of their shared loss—a devastating wound that's cruelly ripped open when Claire's husband is killed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely needed the trigger warning, but..

  • By Hillary on 02-01-16

Sick

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

Reviewed: 10-24-15

What disappointed you about Pretty Girls?

Karen Slaughter has fallen down a deep black hole.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Pretty Girls?

The middle, and end

Any additional comments?

A tale of twisted, sadistic sexual torture. I thought Cop Town was terrible but this book hits a new low. Is Slaughters true personality unfolding in her writing?

6 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • 206 Bones

  • A Novel
  • By: Kathy Reichs
  • Narrated by: Linda Emond
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,006
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 612
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 610

There are 206 bones in the human body. Forensic anthropologists know them intimately, can read in them stories of brief or long lives and use them to reconstruct every kind of violent end. 206 Bones opens with Tempe regaining consciousness and discovering that she is in some kind of very small, very dark, very cold enclosed space. She is bound, hands to feet. Who wants Tempe dead, or at least out of the way, and why? Tempe begins slowly to reconstruct...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow, pretty sure this is the in the series

  • By Marie C on 08-30-09

Extremely Poor

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

Reviewed: 07-20-15

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

To technical, lacking in all aspects of the book. Don't waist your credit.

Has 206 Bones turned you off from other books in this genre?

Probably

What didn’t you like about Linda Emond’s performance?

She did not flow

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

Any additional comments?

no

  • Crash & Burn

  • By: Lisa Gardner
  • Narrated by: Christina Traister, Mikael Naramore
  • Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,363
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,072
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,080

Nicole Frank shouldn't have been able to survive the car accident, much less crawl up the steep ravine. Not in the dark, not in the rain, not with her injuries. But one thought allows her to defy the odds and flag down help: Vero.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible!

  • By Kerry on 02-06-15

Terrible

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

Reviewed: 02-10-15

What would have made Crash & Burn better?

I have read or listened to all of Lisa Gardner's books, this is not like any of the others.
Don't waste your credit.

18 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • Cop Town

  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Early
  • Length: 14 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,029
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,667
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,677

Atlanta, 1974: It's Kate Murphy's first day on the job, and the Atlanta Police Department is seething after the murder of an officer. Before the day has barely begun, she already suspects she's not cut out to be a cop. Her male uniform is too big, she can't handle a gun, and she's rapidly learning that the APD is hardly a place that welcomes women. Worse still, in the ensuing manhunt she'll be partnered with Maggie Lawson, a cop with her own ax to grind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding, Gutsy Crime Novel Read by a Master

  • By Charles Atkinson on 07-08-14

Terrible

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

Reviewed: 07-01-14

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

No one

What was most disappointing about Karin Slaughter’s story?

I have enjoyed all of Karin's books, and looked forward to listening to or reading Cop Town.
I fast forwarded through most of the first half because it was so boring. Words words words saying nothing. Women complaining about men, men complaining about women. So very sad.

What didn’t you like about Kathleen Early’s performance?

She did a good job with the story she had to work with.

What character would you cut from Cop Town?

Terry, Jimmy, the parents and all the male and female police persons. Let Maggie and Kate be stronger and role models instead of laughing stock for men.

Any additional comments?

Listen to all the other Karin Slaughers books,especially Tripteck, don't waste your time or credit on this one.

6 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Skin Collector

  • Lincoln Rhyme, Book 11
  • By: Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 855
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 760
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 767

The killer's methods are terrifying. He stalks the basements and underground passageways of New York City. He tattoos his victims' flesh with cryptic messages, using a tattoo gun loaded with poison, resulting in an agonizing, painful death. When a connection is made to the Bone Collector - the serial killer who terrorized New York more than a decade ago - Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are immediately drawn into the case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent! 2 Old Nemesis plus 1 and a Cliffhanger

  • By shelley on 05-20-14

Narrator ruins the book

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

Reviewed: 06-15-14

What would have made The Skin Collector better?

possibly nothing.

Has The Skin Collector turned you off from other books in this genre?

no

What didn’t you like about Edoardo Ballerini’s performance?

He was terrible. To sappy, breathy and artificial. He tried to be dramatic and he failed.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Critical Mass

  • VI Warshawski, Book 16
  • By: Sara Paretsky
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 17 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 306
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 259

V. I. Warshawski’s closest friend in Chicago is the Viennese-born doctor Lotty Herschel, who lost most of her family in the Holocaust. Lotty escaped to London in 1939 on the Kindertransport with a childhood playmate, Kitty Saginor Binder. When Kitty’s daughter finds her life is in danger, she calls Lotty, who in turn summons V. I. to help. The daughter’s troubles turn out to be just the tip of an iceberg of lies, secrets, and silence, whose origins go back to the mad competition among America, Germany, Japan, and England to develop the first atomic bomb.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Shrillness...not for the faint of heat

  • By Paty on 02-21-14

Borrow the Book from the Public Library

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

Reviewed: 11-16-13

What disappointed you about Critical Mass?

I skipped through most of it just to get to the end.The narrator was terrible. Long pauses after a few sentences were read. I kept waiting for a continuation of the story, this took several seconds, very frustrating Boring Boring BoringThe story was long and drawn out - due to the narrator and the story line.

Would you be willing to try another one of Susan Ericksen’s performances?

NO!

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Critical Mass?

All but the last 10th of the book.

Any additional comments?

I've read all of Sara's books and enjoyed them. The narrator ruined this one.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Racketeer

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: J.D. Jackson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,891
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,942
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,930

Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five.... Nothing is as it seems and everything’s fair game in this wickedly clever new novel from John Grisham, the undisputed master of the legal thriller.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Boring

  • By Michael V. on 11-09-12

Racketeer Very LONG & Boring

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

Reviewed: 11-06-12

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The story written by another author that writes with intrigue, adventure and surprises.

Would you ever listen to anything by John Grisham again?

No

Would you be willing to try another one of J.D. Jackson’s performances?

No, the narrator's voice puts the listener to sleep

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Racketeer?

All, its to long and boring.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful