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A. Compton

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  • Just One Look

  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe, Luke Daniels
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 866
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 780
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 777

An ordinary snapshot causes a mother’s world to unravel in an instant. After picking up her two young children from school, Grace Lawson looks through a newly developed set of photographs. She finds an odd one in the pack: A mysterious picture from perhaps twenty years ago, showing four strangers she can’t identify. But there is one face she recognizes—that of her husband, from before she knew him. When her husband sees the photo that night, he leaves their home and drives off without explanation.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Good story- most pathetic narration by female ever

  • By Jennie on 02-12-14

Struggle to get through

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

Reviewed: 04-28-18

I like Harlan Coben a lot, I also really like Luke Daniels’ reading. But - I could not stand Angela Dawe. Her nasally voice, the weird and annoying lilt in her voice putting a strong tonal emphasis on and drawing out the last word in every sentence. So if the sentence ended with the word “her,” Dawe will draw it out giving it 2 syllables - “her-er.” It was torturous getting through this book because of her reading. I do not recommend.

  • Brothers and Bones

  • By: James Hankins
  • Narrated by: John Rubinstein
  • Length: 14 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,027
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 929
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 928

Charlie Beckham is a rising star among federal prosecutors until, on the morning of the most important court day of his career, a deranged homeless man turns Charlie's life upside with a single word. He calls Charlie by a secret nickname known by only one other person in the world - Charlie's brother Jake, who went missing thirteen years ago. Charlie has a hundred questions but the homeless man disappears before Charlie can ask a single one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • “Brotherhood”- Blood not required.

  • By Tracy P. on 02-05-18

Don't understand the negative reviews...

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

Reviewed: 08-07-16

While I wouldn't call this literature, it was a really well written story - nicely paced, characters were completely sussed out, plot was well formed and thoroughly enjoyable. If you're into the genre, then I wholly recommend this book! I have no idea what the nay-sayers are complaining about!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Moment of Truth

  • Rosato & Associates, Book 5
  • By: Lisa Scottoline
  • Narrated by: Kate Burton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 294
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292

Attorney Jack Newlin comes home one evening to find his wife dead on the floor. Convinced that he knows who killed her, and determined to hide the truth, Jack decides to make it look as though he committed the felony. Before calling the police, he stages the crime, so that the evidence incriminates him. And to hammer the final nail in his own coffin, he hires Mary Di Nunzio, a reluctant rookie and the most inexperienced lawyer he can find, at a hot Philadelphia firm.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This is NOT narrated by Kate Burton

  • By SC1007 on 05-16-18

Believe the comments about terrible narration

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

Reviewed: 04-19-16

I could barely make it through this book not just because of the seriously terrible plot (A person who eats hummus doesn't eat meat, and a person who eats meat doesn't eat hummus? Really?! A model can't be Catholic, and her parents get brownie points for not hating black people. Many many more examples exist for why this book flat out sucks.) but the narrator is one of the worst I've ever heard. I think she'd be okay at reading children's picture books - she's so over the top ridiculous in reading dialog, she turns the already tenuously believable characters into ear-splitting caricatures. Ugh, it was an effort to not give up though I'm kicking myself now for sticking it out, the person who you think did it, did it. I think it was supposed to be a twist, but so poorly executed as to be laughable. Save yourself and your credit! Don't do it!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Testament

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 14 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,992
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,667
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,663

Troy Phelan is a self-made billionaire, one of the richest men in the United States. He is also eccentric, reclusive, confined to a wheelchair, and looking for a way to die. His potential heirs, to no one's surprise - especially Troy's - are circling like vultures. But Troy shocks them all when he leaves his fortune to an estranged, illegitimate daughter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Late & Glowing Review

  • By Bee Keeper on 03-13-10

Soooo boring!

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

Reviewed: 07-21-15

The narrator is completely over dramatic, drawing out the end of every sentence giving it the feeling of a b-movie horror show, and this despite that this book contains absolutely zero thrills. Heck, it barely boasts a plot! I kept thinking there MUST be a point to all this, but as the hours continued to whittle down I realized that in face nothing is going to happen. So boring. So disappointing.

  • The Secret History

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: Donna Tartt
  • Length: 22 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,737
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,193
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,192

The snow in the mountains was melting and Bunny had been dead for several weeks before we came to understand the gravity of our situation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Addictive

  • By Ann on 03-06-11

Absolutely awful narration!

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

Reviewed: 10-13-13

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

i recommend just reading the paper version of this book. I don't know why authors are allowed to read if they suck at it. Honestly authors, you do your work a tremendous disservice when you insist being the one to narrate. Just because you wrote it does not make it a foregone conclusion that you are the best person to read it. The story is pretty good, but the reading is the absolute worst I've ever suffered throug since suffering through TC Boyle read his own work. Oh and the guy that wrote marley and me.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Special Topics in Calamity Physics

  • By: Marisha Pessl
  • Narrated by: Emily Janice Card
  • Length: 21 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 856
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 462
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 464

This is a darkly hilarious coming-of-age novel and a richly plotted suspense tale told through the distinctive voice of its heroine, Blue van Meer. After a childhood spent moving from one academic outpost to another with her father, Blue is clever and possessed of a vast lexicon of knowledge. But when a drowning and the shocking death of a teacher lead to a confluence of mysteries, Blue is left to make sense of it all with only her gimlet-eyed instincts and cultural references to guide - or misguide - her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Over 21 Hours of Bliss...

  • By Jeanie on 01-12-07

Way too meandering

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

Reviewed: 09-25-13

Is there anything you would change about this book?

This author doesn't just take the scenic route in this novel, she parks at the first curve for 75% of it. I will admit that once you wade through the superfluous text, there is a pretty good story with some pretty interesting characters to be found. But it's an awful lot of work for not that great a reward. By that, I am NOT referring to the open ending - that was the one part I liked, because it's not like an Agatha Christi where the answer is in the story - there is no right answer, and it is still a good story. But it's not a great story, and the endless, looping, rambling, unnecessarily distracting prose, and the whole schtick of the 'bibliography as a story line' were just hard work that only served to further demonstrate that the actual story wasn't really good enough to either outweigh all that negative, or serve as a reward for all the hard work we readers had to put in to get to it.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Cure for Modern Life

  • By: Lisa Tucker
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14

Matthew and Amelia were once in love and planning to raise a family together, but a decade later, they have become professional enemies. To Amelia, who has dedicated her life to medical ethics, Matthew's job as a high-powered pharmaceutical executive has turned him into a heartless person who doesn't care about anything but money. Now they're kept in balance only by Matthew's best and oldest friend, Ben, a rising science superstar - and Amelia's new boyfriend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I LOVED THIS BOOK

  • By A. Compton on 06-21-08

I LOVED THIS BOOK

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-21-08

This story had so much draw, I turned it off whenever I couldn't give it my full attention. Anyone that listens to audio books on a regular basis should know what that means, hell, anyone that reads a book knows what that means. You skim the boring parts. But this book really doesn't have any. It skips all the lengthy (and largely unnecessary) descriptions in favor of really good dialog which does a much better job of developing characters, which in turn allows for a richer story. It is albeit somewhat predictable and not wholly believable, but you can hardly blame the author for that - after all, what hasn't been done?
In the end, it's a touching, well written, and thoroughly engaging book. I strongly recommend.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Unless

  • A Novel
  • By: Carol Shields
  • Narrated by: Joan Allen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22

For all of her days, Reta Winters has enjoyed the useful monotony of happiness: a loving family, good friends, growing success as a writer of light fiction novels "for summertime". This placid existence cracks open one fearful day when her beloved oldest daughter, Norah, drops out of life to sit on a gritty street corner, silent but for the sign around her neck that reads "GOODNESS".

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Production issues

  • By Pamela Harvey on 10-05-07

MONOTONOUS & BORING!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-14-08

If I could give this book minus stars, or better yet, give it back I would in a heartbeat.

I'm 2:49 into it and as far as I can tell, there is no actual plot to this 'story,' it is the droning monotony of this mother's daily life as she goes about it with her eldest daughter in the background having become some sort of transient.

She hangs out with her friends, and this is what she thinks about it. She makes love to her husband and this is what she thinks about it (never has sex been so unromantic), she goes shopping and this is what she thinks about it. She has lunch and this is what she thinks about it.... You get the idea.

It is literally the minutia of her daily life and what she thinks about it.

While the readers voice is quite nice, and her reading very agreeable, and I found none of the production quirks the other reviewer spoke of, the material is at best a sleep aid.

I'm not sure how or why I, or WHAT for that matter, I'm supposed to care about. It just goes on and on about NOTHING. Not in a good Seinfeld way, but in the way a lonely co-worker might corner you and tell you all about how they rearranged their figurines for the entire weekend.

That is exactly how 'page-turning' this novel is.
Seriously, I can't think of a good thing to say about this novel. I can't finish it. Whatever may happen, I just don't care.












4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Senator's Wife

  • By: Sue Miller
  • Narrated by: Blair Brown
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 47

Meri is newly married, pregnant, and standing on the cusp of her life as a wife and mother, recognizing with some terror the gap between reality and expectation. Delia Naughton, wife of the two-term liberal senator Tom Naughton, is Meri's new neighbor in the adjacent New England town house. Delia's husband's chronic infidelity has been an open secret in Washington circles, but despite the complexity of their relationship, the bond between them remains strong.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I felt cheated

  • By Babs on 01-17-08

Really Engaging

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-28-08

I loved this book. It was similar in feel to "The Corrections" by Jonathan Fraizer.

The characters, ALL of the characters, while not always 'likable' are certainly human and behave in ways we have all witnessed people behave. Even the end, while I too was disappointed, it was, as the entire book was, true to life. I would have liked to have it end differently, but this book was telling its own story, and its characters had their own personalities and weaknesses. To have another kind of ending would not have been true to the characters or in keeping with the story. Life, as they say, is not fair.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The River Wife

  • By: Jonis Agee
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 18 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16

When an earthquake brings Annie Lark's Missouri house down on top of her, she finds herself pinned under the massive roof beam, facing certain death. Rescued by French fur trapper Jacques Ducharme, Annie learns to love the strong, brooding man and resolves to live out her days as his "River Wife". More than a century later, in 1930, Hedie Rails comes to Jacques' Landing to marry Clement Ducharme, a direct descendant of the fur trapper and river pirate.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Its an eye roller.

  • By A. Compton on 11-08-07

Its an eye roller.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-08-07

As in, every 15-30 minutes listening to this glorified romance novel, I could be see rolling my eyes and mumbling "Oh, give me a break..." or "puleez..."

In terms of it being a "historical novel," well it is set in the past - but there is very very little actual history in it - so if thats part of the draw for you, buyer beware.

Overall, its corny, predictable, drawn out, and largely unbelievable.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful