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  • Mr. Mercedes

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,738
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,708

In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this style of King!!!

  • By Joyce on 07-07-14

I bow to the King

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

Reviewed: 09-04-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Mr. Mercedes to be better than the print version?

I did not read this particular book however listening to Will Patton read Stephen King's words, to me, is a gift.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Mr. Mercedes?

Too many to choose from. I would prefer no to tell one as I'd be afraid of giving anything away. Every word and scene should be experienced w/o any expectation.

Which character – as performed by Will Patton – was your favorite?

Bill Hodges.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes of course. I laughed, was on the edge of my seat, nervous, sad. Mr King is brilliant at running the reader through all our emotions.

Any additional comments?

I highly recommend this book. As always Mr King's characters become real, I feel as I am a participant, forgetting I am reading a book.
I've purchased the Trilogy and am anxiously starting Book 2, Finders Keepers.

  • Miss Frost Solves a Cold Case

  • Jayne Frost, Book 1
  • By: Kristen Painter
  • Narrated by: Hollis McCarthy
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,896
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,744
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,745

Jayne Frost is a winter elf, Jack Frost's daughter, Santa Claus's niece, heir to the Winter Throne, and now private investigator. Needing someone he can trust, her father sends her to Nocturne Falls to find out why employees at a toy store are going missing. Doing that requires getting to know the town, which leads to interesting encounters with a sexy vampire, an old flame, and an elevator that's strictly off-limits. The more Jayne finds out, the more questions she has, but the answers lead her deeper into danger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Princess Turned PI!

  • By Cheri on 05-07-16

Nocturne Falls Miss Frost series

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

Reviewed: 05-11-17

Would you try another book from Kristen Painter and/or Hollis McCarthy?

Yes. I find our childhood fantasy characters all living in a town together, intermingling with humans, a great escape from the woes of this world.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Miss Frost Solves a Cold Case?

Im not going to say as I don't want to include any spoilers.

Which character – as performed by Hollis McCarthy – was your favorite?

Jayne Frost. While I think Hollis does a great job on many characters I think she does a disservice to the men, especially Jayne's ex college boyfriend. She makes him sound dumb as a box of rocks so it's terribly hard to take him seriously. I have to keep reminding myself he is not a dumb jock which distracts from the flow of the book, which can be the ruination of any audio book.

Do you think Miss Frost Solves a Cold Case needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yes, and there are.

Any additional comments?

This is a fun, light read. It's full of fantasy characters, and is just right for a light hearted fun read. It was delightful to revisit our childhood fantasy characters.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Death and the Redheaded Woman

  • By: Loretta Ross
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,877
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,723
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,713

When auctioneer Wren Morgan begins cataloging the contents of the Campbell mansion, she's unprepared to find something that can't be appraised - a dead man. After the body turns out to be a criminal with ties to a recent jewel heist, Wren comes face-to-face with Death Bogart. A private eye and part-time bounty hunter, Death is searching for the stolen jewels needed to convict a murderer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW

  • By sonia on 05-12-15

Mildly engaging cozy

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

Reviewed: 09-25-15

This book was interesting enough that I stuck with it until the end, but I'm at a loss as to explain why I did. While the plot was mildly engaging, the characters immature & their conversations were sophomoric.
The ending was a contrived "Cliff Hanger" so there will be a sequel.
Amanda Ronconi was wonderful, but that is a given!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131,732
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116,294
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116,164

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A festival of personality disorders

  • By Paula Dee on 04-20-15

Wish I had missed this Train

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

Reviewed: 01-28-15

I am in the minority not liking this book. I felt like I slogged thru every word. There was no sense of suspense, the women were all needy, brainless, self indulgent dimwits. I didn't like a single person, nothing to admire or relate to, unless you commit adultery or are a drunk.
Wasted credit - more important: I squandered time I can never recover.

466 of 608 people found this review helpful

  • Better Than I Know Myself

  • By: Virginia DeBerry, Donna Grant
  • Narrated by: Lisa Renee Pitts
  • Length: 19 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 731
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 457
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 464

The beloved #1 Essence best-selling authors of Tryin' to Sleep in the Bed You Made now deliver a novel in which you'll meet their most unforgettable characters yet. Carmen, Jewel, and Regina could not be more different. When they meet as freshmen at Columbia University, they're pretty confident that a friendship among them isn't in the cards.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved it

  • By Valerie on 03-13-05

I fell into their world

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

Reviewed: 12-19-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Better Than I Know Myself to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version. The audio version, read by Lisa Renee Pitts, was so well done I can't imaging anything coming close.

What did you like best about this story?

The fact that the authors drew my into the book. Very few authors have that ability - these 2 women do. What a gift for the reader! I am so sad the book is over, I feel a loss. That is true talent!

Which scene was your favorite?

I can't pick one. The book as a whole, each chapter, every character, each story, they are all my favorite.

Who was the most memorable character of Better Than I Know Myself and why?

I liked all the characters as I do all my friends, but if I had to pick Jewell was my favorite.

Any additional comments?

I am so grateful the authors wrote this book, the narrator did such a brilliant job bringing it to life and that I had the good fortune to listen. Many hours of pleasure, and laughs, and sorrow.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Source

  • Witching Savannah, Book 2
  • By: J. D. Horn
  • Narrated by: Shannon McManus
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,678
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,490
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,487

Savannah resident Mercy Taylor may now be in control of the South’s most powerful family of witches, but she’s struggling to master her newfound magic. Pregnant with her first child and still reeling from a heartbreaking betrayal, she just wants to be able to use her supernatural abilities without accidentally destroying dishes or blasting the doors off buildings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hold on, it's a rip roaring ride!

  • By MrsT on 06-05-14

Hold on, it's a rip roaring ride!

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

Reviewed: 06-05-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely! Because it is extraordinary. Nothing is expected, nothing is as is seems. It grips your attention & takes you on one heck of a ride. And I'd stand in line to buy a ticket!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Source?

If I told it would be a spoiler and that would be cruel. This book is too delectable to spoil any scene.

Which character – as performed by Shannon McManus – was your favorite?

I love Geelo. I sure I'm spelling her name wrong & I apologize. Shannon did a wonderful job on all characters but I feel she captured Geelo perfectly.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Made be laugh, cry, cringe, gasp, shudder, quake & sit on the edge of my seat.

Any additional comments?

I read the first book on this series quickly but took my time on this one. Now that we know many of the players, this 2nd book is more in depth, more twists, turns & surprises so I only listened when I could savor each word. And savor them I did. Hats off to the author. He is a gem!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Line

  • Witching Savannah, Book 1
  • By: J. D. Horn
  • Narrated by: Shannon McManus
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,569
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,309
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,304

To the uninitiated, Savannah shows only her bright face and genteel manner. Those who know her well, though, can see beyond her colonial trappings and small-city charm to a world where witchcraft is respected, Hoodoo is feared, and spirits linger. Mercy Taylor is all too familiar with the supernatural side of Savannah, being a member of the most powerful family of witches in the South. Despite being powerless herself, of course. Having grown up without magic of her own, in the shadow of her talented and charismatic twin sister, Mercy has always thought herself content.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Story and Excellent Narrator

  • By gardener97 on 04-26-14

Book with perfect Balance

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

Reviewed: 05-15-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely. It has everything to provide entertainment. It has humor, mystery, secrets, love, betrayal, the South and magic. And the perfect balance of each. The author describes the characters, the situations and the scenery quite well but doesn't turn the descriptions into filler.

What did you like best about this story?

I found everything about this story enjoyable. I had just finished a great book and like many readers, couldn't find another to hold my interest. And I tried a dozen. I purchased this on a whim and I am so happy I did. It caught my interest right away and kept it all the way through. Now I will have that trouble again.

What about Shannon McManus’s performance did you like?

Shannon was just right for this book.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes and I tried but finally fell asleep at 1AM and I'm usually asleep by 10:30. Woke up and the first thing I did was to start listening until I finished. No TV, no phone calls, no housework........

Any additional comments?

Yes! I will be buying the next book in the series as soon as it is released. Fortunately that is next month. This author is a treasure and I can't believe my good fortune in finding him. Pure entertainment at its best.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Weight of Blood

  • A Novel
  • By: Laura McHugh
  • Narrated by: Dorothy Dillingham Blue, Shannon McManus, Sofia Willingham
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 963
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 860
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 857

The town of Henbane sits deep in the Ozark Mountains. Folks there still whisper about Lucy Dane's mother, a bewitching stranger who appeared long enough to marry Carl Dane and then vanished when Lucy was just a child. Now on the brink of adulthood, Lucy experiences another loss when her friend Cheri disappears and is then found murdered, her body placed on display for all to see.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not too bad but you have to pay attention.

  • By John S on 03-21-14

This is set in my neck of the woods

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

Reviewed: 03-28-14

What did you love best about The Weight of Blood?

I loved most that I grew up and still live in this area, recognizing and feeling a part of the places mentioned in this book

What did you like best about this story?

The author pulled me into the story, it was authentic for this area. Her descriptions were so well done I could see the characters, their faces, their mannerisms.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narrator was distinctive, easily understood, and spoke with the correct accents or in my way of thinking - no accent.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I practically did. I listened until bedtime, forgoing TV and was back listening first thing in the morning.

Any additional comments?

I hope this author write more books, hopefully set in the same location. I can assure you I will buy and listen to them.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Winter People

  • A Novel
  • By: Jennifer McMahon
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Kathe Mazur
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,443
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,323
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,321

West Hall, Vermont, has always been a town of strange disappearances and old legends. The most mysterious is that of Sara Harrison Shea, who, in 1908, was found dead in the field behind her house just months after the tragic death of her daughter, Gertie. Now, in present day, 19-year-old Ruthie lives in Sara's farmhouse with her mother, Alice, and her younger sister, Fawn. Alice has always insisted that they live off the grid, a decision that suddenly proves perilous when Ruthie wakes up one morning to find that Alice has vanished without a trace. Searching for clues, she is startled to find a copy of Sara Harrison Shea's diary....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Structure is confusing at first but good tale

  • By RUKiddingMee on 03-05-14

In the neighborhood of .........

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

Reviewed: 03-18-14

Would you listen to The Winter People again? Why?

No, I wouldn't. It is rare I read books more than once as there are so many books I want to read. But that does not diminish the talent of this author or my enjoyment of this book. I will make it a point to read her other books.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

No. That is what I meant by "In the neighborhood......." It was almost a thriller, almost scary, almost a mystery, etc. But not quite. I was never scared, never on the edge of my seat, but I listened almost constantly. I enjoyed the story line, the characters, their different perspectives, the back and forth from the past to the present. Many excellent elements.

What does Cassandra Campbell and Kathe Mazur bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Cassandra Campbell makes everything more enjoyable. And Kathe Mazur is excellent as well. The two of them together was a real treat.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, there were a few but if I told what they were i would spoil the story.

Any additional comments?

The only complaint I have is the story ended a bit to abruptly for my taste. But perhaps the author is planning on a sequel. Still, it was a bit like Thanksgiving. Many, many, many hours shopping for, preparing and serving the dinner. Then 30 minutes eating and your done. I suppose I just wanted to savor it a bit longer.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Golem and the Jinni

  • A Novel
  • By: Helene Wecker
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 19 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,318
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,381
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,369

Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enchanting Debut Novel - Delicious!

  • By Tango on 04-26-13

Long 20 hours

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

Reviewed: 07-26-13

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The synopsis was intriguing but found the book fell shy of it's potential. If I could change the book I would have had it live up to the synopsis.
It was much like a great trailer for an movie but you discover all the enjoyable/funny parts were in the trailer, leaving little else to enjoy at the theater.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

It was all very depressing, dowdy to me. I always picture the stories in my head and this was in sepia. Not even the clearer designation of black and white. Just sepia.
I realize I am in the minority in not enjoying this book so maybe it was me. I expected a little more pizazz, a little magic, but felt bogged down by the drudgery of slogging through a morose story.

Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?

Always love George Guidall. He is an exceptional narrator and without his talent I couldn't have finished this book.

Did The Golem and the Jinni inspire you to do anything?

No.

Any additional comments?

Again, maybe it was me. We all have times in which none of our clothes please us, books don't resonate with us, our hair won't please us, we are restless and can't find anything that will happily occupy us. Maybe not liking the book was my fault entirely. It was very well written, the characters were well done. But for me there was no spark.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful