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Trudy Owens

Orem, UT, US
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  • The Distance

  • By: Jeremy Robinson, Hilaree Robinson
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer, Heather Costa
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 437
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 409
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 409

The human race has turned to dust. August Morrison faces it after rising from the depths of a dark matter research facility in Arizona. His co-workers. His daughter. All of them: dust. Friends and colleagues around the world don’t answer their phones. The city of Phoenix burns. He is alone. As a world without mankind starts to crumble, August fights not just for survival, but for his very sanity. On the other side of the country, Poe McDowell watches her parents crumble into dust just moments after being shoved inside a coffin-like device that spares her from the same fate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • He's done it again!

  • By Sandra on 09-02-18

A tad too woo-woo at the end, the rest was great!

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

Reviewed: 11-20-18

This is a very good post-apocalypse story except for the very end. I didn't like meaning of it all and I didn't like the actual ending. I just like Happily-ever-after endings.

Good narration.

  • The Keeper of Lost Causes

  • Department Q, Book 1
  • By: Jussi Adler-Olsen
  • Narrated by: Erik Davies
  • Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,448
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,983
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,965

Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's premier crime writer. His books routinely top the bestseller lists in northern Europe, and he's won just about every Nordic crime-writing award, including the prestigious Glass Key Award-also won by Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, and Jo Nesbo. Now, Dutton is thrilled to introduce him to America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic New Scandinavian Series!!

  • By L. O. Pardue on 09-12-12

needed cutting up front

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

Reviewed: 11-20-18

For the first 7 hours, it's "Come on! Hurry up!" meaning let's get on with the story.
Then it's "Come on! Hurry up!" figure it out and save the hostage!

It took me 5 days and 3 other books to get through those first 7 hours. They were background and personality development, but really took too long. Then the last 2 hours I lay in bed listening when I should have been sleeping because I needed to hear it all right now! The book is good enough that I will look into others by the author, but not good enough for me to keep.

The narration is good with Danish pronunciation, but the voices weren't always distinct from one another. The prose narration had a less-Danish-accented English than the people.

AUDIBLE: FIX YOUR QUOTE MARKS AGAIN

  • The Broken Window

  • A Lincoln Rhyme Novel, Book 8
  • By: Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

When Lincoln's estranged cousin Arthur Rhyme is arrested on murder charges, the case is perfect - too perfect. Forensic evidence from Arthur's home is found all over the scene of the crime, and it looks like the fate of Lincoln's relative is sealed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • another good story, but a little thin

  • By Trudy Owens on 11-05-18

another good story, but a little thin

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

As much as I like Dennis Boutsikaris, Edoardo Ballerini does a better job giving each person his own voice, especially Rhyme's terse, curt, acerbic, no-nonsense insistence.

This timely story has data mining as the central theme. How much privacy and freedom are we willing to sacrifice for convenience and information? Sachs was not as fully-fleshed as normal, there was none of her arthritic knees nor scalp and cuticle-tearing behavior--she was just a minor, good crime scene investigator. In fact, none of the characters were as fully here as they are in other stories.The ending did have a humorous conflict among entities.

  • Phantom

  • An Alex Hawke Thriller, Book 7
  • By: Ted Bell
  • Narrated by: John Shea
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 590
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 523
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 519

The first and most bizarre event nearly becomes a monumental catastrophe when something goes awry at an American theme park, wreaking havoc on visitors looking for nothing more than a sun-splashed holiday. In a different part of the country, a USAF F-15 pilot, escorting another jet in the skies over the Midwest, inexplicably loses control of his plane, endangering the lives of several people and deeply puzzling those following his mission on the ground.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Alex saves the world again with a lot of class

  • By Bob on 04-10-12

all over the place

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

There is so much going on, it is hard to believe or follow.

Despite the author's afterword, this reads too much like a sci-fi nightmare of computer takeover ala 2001's Hal and others. Alex used to be so clean and honorable and has now just become another man-whore like 007 and Capt. Kirk. It's easy to be a super spy when you personally can build a 200 million dollar boat. Money makes so many things easy. And it's tiring to have all the women be so beautiful with thin thighs. Do normal women have no engaging qualities?

Stokely Jones is becoming more attractive than Alex Hawke.

  • The Associate

  • By: Phillip Margolin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 130
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 71

Daniel Ames is an associate at Reed, Briggs, Portland's most prestigious law firm, earning more money than he ever imagined possible. When a charismatic civil litigator sues the firm's biggest client for manufacturing a drug that he claims causes unspeakable birth defects, Daniel is certain the claim has no merit. But as he begins to investigate, his world comes tumbling down around him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fast-paced, fun read

  • By Marian on 09-16-04

dated now, but interesting

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

Not as bad as a Russian novel, but there are still a whole lot of characters to keep track of. The ending was anticlimactic, partly because of not recognizing one of the principal players, as well as the story line just sort of winding down.

There was a courtroom scene that was allowed to go on far longer than other books have led me to believe possible, and the woman's tale of Satanic torture was ridiculed and disbelieved, the woman labeled completely nuts. This was disappointing since such things do occur, and no further inquiry was made into her story.

The book shows its age now, but the author has developed into a better writer than this. Scott Brick did well despite misplacing the emphasis in several sentences.

  • Ted Bell - Hawke Series

  • Spy, Tsar, Warlord
  • By: Ted Bell
  • Narrated by: John Shea
  • Length: 50 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127

In this relentlessly paced tale of international suspense, intrepid MI-6 intelligence officer Alex Hawke confronts an evil like no other. Terror looms as a madman works his dark magic in the heart of the Amazon and a nightmare erupts along the Mexican border, creating a deadly combination that threatens to bring America to its knees.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • poo editing

  • By Donald L. Bricker II on 10-28-18

I love the action, but his character is changing

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

Reviewed: 10-27-18

The first volumes of Alex Hawke stood apart because he was not a philanderer like the movie version of James Bond. But in these 3 books, he turns into a slut. It really gets tiring that the girls have to have perfectly smooth and fat-free bodies and be stunning. It's tiring that "You're so beautiful" is the best compliment he can offer. It gets tiring to have a play-by-play of bedding them.

Other than that, the action is pretty good. Alex continues to come up with plans to extricate them all from dire situations, but Stokely Jones is developing into a great character, one to rival even Alex. John Shea's narration is spot on for everyone except Fancha who really should have a Portuguese accent (or wherever she is from). She sings fado but sounds like she's from Georgia.

These are interesting, action-packed books with some tremendous characters, but I'd prefer less of the rated-R-for-sex-scenes as they were earlier.

  • Feeding the Dragon

  • By: Sharon Washington
  • Narrated by: Sharon Washington
  • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,035
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,514
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,484

Sharon Washington’s autobiographical one-woman play, Feeding the Dragon, delighted audiences off-Broadway and is now available exclusively on Audible. The one-act play invites listeners into Sharon’s unorthodox childhood, growing up in an apartment on the top floor of the St. Agnes Branch of the New York Public Library, where her father served as the building’s custodian. A love of literature and boundless imagination helped the playwright as a young woman persevere over dragons of all forms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story!

  • By Imara Walker on 09-07-18

please write more

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

Reviewed: 10-13-18

This little teaser demonstrates that Ms. Washington has talent both in writing and in performing. This was actually more like an old-time radio drama complete with sound effects, as well as incredible voicing and accents from the author. It seemed to end a bit abruptly for me, but maybe that comes from being true life and not wrought fiction. I'd like to hear more of her life.

  • Noble Man

  • Jake Noble Series
  • By: William Miller
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69

 

Jake Noble, Special Forces veteran and ex-CIA operative, is living on his boat, trying to scrape together enough money for his mother's cancer treatments. When the Company offers him 150k dollars to track down a missing girl, Noble has no choice but to delve back into the seedy underbelly of Manila's sex trade. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Jake Noble is not Jack Noble

  • By Wayne on 11-21-18

Good character, good start, needs work

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

Reviewed: 10-13-18

The story isn't as believable as the stories of the best writers, but this is a good beginning. It has a good main character, and the author has talent. I'll come back to Alex Noble when the next volumes are available.

The story is timely and socially moving: sex trafficking as a huge international business. Alex has some good skills and is a noble character. The author needs to put a little more credibility and depth into the locales and the relationships. The book could have used a bit more research into life in the Philippines. For example, the under-financed shelter for abused women needs a new water heater so the women can bathe and wash clothes. It seems the author doesn't know that a lot of cold-water bathing and laundering go on there. The solution is not to take the clothes to the coin-op laundromat. This was perhaps the first detail that had me wrinkling my brow in question.

The women's shelter is run by two women; one woman is kidnapped and the other is concerned. Alex is sent to find her. Not enough is done to enable us to "see" these women--when we finally find out that Samantha Gunn is half Chinese, it had no precedence in the narrative and comes as a surprise. Then Alex falls in love with Sam after a few hours. Not likely. And then the supposedly strong-willed Sam gives up her religious principles about sex before marriage and decides to let Alex decide for her. This is not the description of a strong woman.

I know of 2 other series where the spec ops guy is religious, and it doesn't seem to blend well for me. I happen to be a believing person and, in these women's situations I would be praying mightily, but the faith and praying of the women in this story will clash with many people's sensibilities and expectations in this type of story.

The narrator did a fair job, but needs a little more work on beefing up the accents and distinguishing among the characters. And he needs to learn to pronounce "Tagalog."

The series has a good future given a good researcher and a good editor. I'll be back to see if I can give 4 stars next time!

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  • The Sociopath Next Door: by Martha Stout

  • Key Takeaways, Analysis & Review
  • By: Instaread
  • Narrated by: Michael Gilboe
  • Length: 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

Sociopaths comprise an alarming four percent of the population; that is, one in every 25 people is a sociopath. But this mental disorder is not well understood and many people fail to recognize it in others, which makes sociopaths difficult to identify and potentially very dangerous. It is urgent that people understand what a sociopath is and learn to recognize their revealing traits in order to protect themselves against these individuals who otherwise blend into the general population.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good overview

  • By Eric on 09-13-17

dry and unremarkable

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

Reviewed: 09-28-18

This is a synopsis of the full book of the same title. Each chapter has a summary followed by "take-aways." These are delivered in such a dry, dull manner that you won't remember any of them. I suspect the full book has real-life examples and anecdotes that make the points understandable and more interesting, so skip this and read the other.

  • Kindness Goes Unpunished

  • A Walt Longmire Mystery
  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,480
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,758
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,731

Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire mysteries are critically acclaimed. Longmire's third outing takes him from Wyoming to Philadelphia to investigate a brutal assault on his daughter, Cady. Walt believes her ex-boyfriend is behind the crime and searches him out. But when he turns up dead, Walt is back to square one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Okay, so I'm a little in love ...

  • By C. A. Gelsinger on 07-30-12

people you want to spend time with

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

Reviewed: 09-28-18

Oh, if only you could join them! The personalities are so fully-fleshed, with real human foibles and birth marks. You'd be jealous of the decades-old friendship between Walt and Henry except that you get to enjoy it next to them! There's real human pathos here, but leavened with Walt's own brand of humor, and all delivered in George Guidall's impecable velvet voice.