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  • 'B' is for Bad Girls (Malibu Mystery)

  • By: Rebecca Cantrell, Sean Black
  • Narrated by: Madeline Mrozek
  • Length: 5 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164

From New York Times best seller Rebecca Cantrell and Sean Black comes the sequel to "A" is for Asshat and another fast-paced, funny novel that's perfect for fans of Janet Evanovich. Maloney Investigation's newest private detective, Sofia Salgado, is back on the case that turns into her mother's worst nightmare when she ends up undercover in one of Malibu's many rehab clinics.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Keeps getting better!

  • By Foy on 03-21-16

Great start, but ending seemed rushed

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

Reviewed: 03-15-18

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes, it was a fun story. Nice, light fluff that gets me through cleaning and driving to work.

What was most disappointing about Rebecca Cantrell and Sean Black ’s story?

I felt like the ending didn't tie up all the loose ends. It seemed rushed and actually seemed like it needed some more editing.

What aspect of Madeline Mrozek’s performance would you have changed?

I like the narrator's voice; its perfect for this kind of story. But I wish she would be more clear about which character is speaking. Sometimes different characters sound exactly the same and its hard to tell who is actually speaking; even between the male and female characters.

Do you think 'B' is for Bad Girls (Malibu Mystery) needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yes! They didn't tie up all the loose ends.

Any additional comments?

This is a fun read and I'm enjoying the series.

  • The Ritual

  • By: Adam Nevill
  • Narrated by: Matthew Lloyd Davies
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 239
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 225

When four old University friends set off into the Scandinavian wilderness of the Arctic Circle, they aim to briefly escape the problems of their lives and reconnect with one another. But when Luke, the only man still single and living a precarious existence, finds he has little left in common with his well-heeled friends, tensions rise. With limited experience between them, a shortcut meant to ease their hike turns into a nightmare scenario that could cost them their lives. Lost, hungry, and surrounded by forest untouched for millennia, Luke figures things couldn't possibly get any worse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AMAZING AND SCARY

  • By Emily McDonald on 02-15-18

Interesting, but long winded

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

Reviewed: 03-13-18

What did you like best about The Ritual? What did you like least?

I liked the premise, history and introduction to a different culture that had never been on my radar before.

Would you recommend The Ritual to your friends? Why or why not?

I would not recommend to every friend, but certainly to those who I know would appreciate at least the same elements I did about the book.

What about Matthew Lloyd Davies’s performance did you like?

Good voice, not overly dramatic. Maybe a little hard to understand in the latter portions of the book, but it added to the characters and the situation; rather than being an annoyance.

Could you see The Ritual being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Actually read the book because I saw the film very recently.

Any additional comments?

I feel like the story could have been trimmed down; it seemed to get bogged down a little in the second half and lost some of its momentum. That being said; there were some genuinely creepy and unsettling parts; overall a fun read.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Breaking Dawn

  • The Twilight Saga, Book 4
  • By: Stephenie Meyer
  • Narrated by: Ilyana Kadushin, Matt Walters
  • Length: 20 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,966
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,998
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,051

To be irrevocably in love with a vampire is both fantasy and nightmare, woven into a dangerously heightened reality for Bella Swan. Pulled in one direction by her intense passion for Edward Cullen, and in another by her profound connection to werewolf Jacob Black, she has endured a tumultuous year of temptation, loss, and strife to reach the ultimate turning point.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • twighlight series

  • By Craig on 06-07-09

Enjoyed the story. Narration..not so much.

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

Reviewed: 12-22-17

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes, it was a fun story.

How could the performance have been better?

A different narrator. It was difficult to tell who was speaking most of the time as the narrator did not vary their cadence, tone, depth, etc. And they managed to make nearly every character sound like a snotty child.

  • Red Dragon

  • By: Thomas Harris
  • Narrated by: Alan Sklar
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,306
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,102
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,102

An innocent family are the latest victims of a grisly series of hideous sacrificial killings that no one understands, and no one can stop. Nobody lives to tell of the unimaginable carnage. Only the blood-stained walls bear witness. All hope rests on Special Agent Will Graham, who must peer inside the killer's tortured soul to understand his rage, to anticipate and prevent his next vicious crime. Desperate for help, Graham finds himself locked in a deadly alliance with the brilliant Dr. Hannibal Lecter, the infamous mass murderer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I had forgotten how good Red Dragon was...

  • By DanBudda on 08-07-17

Would love to see (hear) this book re-recorded

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

Reviewed: 07-14-16

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

I would probably recommend the print version to a friend. I would be hard pressed to recommend the audible version due to the narration.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Though the narrator has a good voice for audible books; he failed to give each character some definition in order to tell when each character was speaking; or if they were actually speaking out loud, or voicing a thought in their head. And he failed miserably at any attempts at southern accents. It was if the narrator wasn't really sure how he wanted to approach the performance.

Could you see Red Dragon being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

I think Anthony Hopkins has established his superiority as Hannibal Lecter.

Any additional comments?

As mentioned in the subject line; would love it if this book was re-recorded with a more skilled narrator. I would certainly buy it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Cry No More

  • By: Linda Howard
  • Narrated by: Joyce Bean
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 618
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 393

With an astonishing blend of savvy, instinct, and passion, Milla Edge displays an uncanny gift for finding lost children. When all seems helpless, desperate souls from across the country come to her for hope and results. Traveling to a small village in Mexico on a reliable tip, Milla begins to uncover the dire fate of countless children who have disappeared over the years.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Loved how everything wraps up

  • By AudioAddict on 04-26-14

Great story idea, but execution.....not so great

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

Reviewed: 09-01-13

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Other reviewers hype the character development in this story. I'm sorry to say that the character development was rushed and fairly unrealistic for the most part. As was the story itself. The writing seemed uneven.

Would you be willing to try another book from Linda Howard? Why or why not?

Sure. She's a fun read and I've enjoyed most of her books in the past. Best one was After the Night.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator seemed to over enunciate every word to the point that she sounded robotic and lacked any emotion. It wasn't until close to the end of the story that she seemed to sound more relaxed and in tune with the story.

Was Cry No More worth the listening time?

To be honest; I thought about skipping the rest of the book. I just wasn't invested in these characters' lives. But I did want to find out if Milla found her lost son so I stuck with it.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Unfamiliar Fishes

  • By: Sarah Vowell
  • Narrated by: Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, John Hodgman, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,938
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,483
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,479

In Unfamiliar Fishes, Sarah Vowell argues that 1898 might be a year just as crucial to our nation's identity, a year when, in an orgy of imperialism, the United States annexed Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Guam, and invaded Cuba and then the Philippines, becoming a meddling, self-serving, militaristic international superpower practically overnight. Of all the countries the United States invaded or colonized in 1898, Vowell considers the story of the Americanization of Hawaii to be the most intriguing.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable, but celeb narrations are distracting

  • By darrin class on 05-02-11

Could not finish

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-01-11

In all fairness; I did not finish this 'read'. Not that the material was bad; in fact, I think it could have been very entertaining as well as informative. The narration of this material was the problem; in this case the author read the book. She might possibly be a fantastic lady; but I have never heard a more whiney, nasally, self righteous sounding voice in my life. The rythm of her speech is painful to listen to; and passages that even I could tell should have been amusing; just fell flat. Another issue I couldn't understand was the brief interjection of the other narrators during her reading. I guess I thought each narrator would read sections of the book where their voices might be best applied. Not so. For example, the author would introduce the diary of one of the characters and then one of the narrators would jump in for a very brief reading of one or two lines; and then the author would continue reading. I hate to suggest not listening to something on this website; but I think you will be better off just reading this particular book instead of trying to listen to it.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Road

  • By: Cormac McCarthy
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,633
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,645
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,675

America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Yawn

  • By Polyhymnia on 07-14-16

Very well executed

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-10-11

This is not an easy read...er, listen. The story is bleak, heartbreaking, frightening and profound. I have always liked this author for his dreamlike and direct writing style. He's not easy though; and I do struggle through his books, but I never feel disappointed when I'm done. Not only was this book very well written; the narration was excellent. I felt Tom Stecheshulte had the write rythmn; the right inflections and emotion and the write change in voice to bring this story to life. I tend to imagine a story more vividly with audio than when reading and I felt that his narration only enhanced my experience. You take your chances when having a book read to you. I have listened to quite a few audio books and I find it incredibly distracting and almost disgusted when the narration is even remotely sub-par. There is no danger of that on this reading. Cormac is not for everyone, but if you keep an open mind you might be very glad you took the time to experience this story.

1 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Dead and Gone: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #9

  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,659
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,830
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,831

In her ninth adventure, Sookie has just tied on her cocktail waitress apron for a night's work when a special report comes on the television. The time has come. The wereanimals have revealed themselves.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • High expectations not met

  • By Anne in State College on 05-11-09

Fun, but not quite satisfying

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-01-09

I had been looking forward to this book for several months and I enjoyed listening to it. However, I think the author tried to cram too much into too few pages. She covers a lot of ground so its hard to get emotionally connected to any of the events and a lot of the characters. It seems like the mysterious fairy war should have been a book all on its own to have any kind of impact. The story felt rushed and seemed to end abruptly. I would recommend this to Sookie fans, but I would have to tell Sookie newbies to start at the beginning of the series to have any idea what's going on. As far as the audio is concerned; I wish they had chosen someone else to read this. The narrator was not as good as others I've heard.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful