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Linda Somersault

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  • Sometimes I Lie

  • By: Alice Feeney
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Racine
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,647
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,117
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,109

Amber wakes up in a hospital. She can't move. She can't speak. She can't open her eyes. She can hear everyone around her, but they have no idea. Amber doesn't remember what happened, but she has a suspicion her husband had something to do with it. Alternating between her paralyzed present, the week before her accident, and a series of childhood diaries from 20 years ago, this brilliant psychological thriller asks: Is something really a lie if you believe it's the truth?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book. Highly recommended.

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-17-18

Horrible

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

Reviewed: 05-17-18

I disliked the characters so much not only did I not care what happened but I was rooting for an explosion to eliminate all of them just to get some sort of satisfaction. Wish I could un- listen Hmmm, what does it say about my choices in listens that this was recommended to me by a bot?
I am going to blame the bot.

  • The Scarred Woman

  • Department Q, Book 7
  • By: Jussi Adler-Olsen
  • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
  • Length: 14 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,396
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,285
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,281

Detective Carl Mørck of Department Q, Copenhagen's cold cases division, meets his toughest challenge yet when the dark, troubled past of one of his own team members collides with a sinister unsolved murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Torn, but great

  • By green ice cream garden on 09-27-17

Super Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 09-28-17

I loved the first 5 books; the sixth, not as much; this seventh, not at all. The characters were like shells of themselves and the story boring.

  • The Force

  • A Novel
  • By: Don Winslow
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,185
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,826
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,810

All Denny Malone wants is to be a good cop. He is the "King of Manhattan North", a highly decorated NYPD detective sergeant and the real leader of "Da Force". Malone and his crew are the smartest, the toughest, the quickest, the bravest, and the baddest - an elite special unit given carte blanche to fight gangs, drugs, and guns. Every day and every night for the 18 years he's spent on the job, Malone has served on the front lines, witnessing the hurt, the dead, the victims, the perps.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Winslow continus to amaze

  • By Steve L on 07-13-17

Great if the subject matter appeals to you.

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

Reviewed: 07-16-17

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

Different subject matter.

What did you like best about this story?

The narrator is perfect, the writing is great. I didn't care about any of the characters.

Which character – as performed by Dion Graham – was your favorite?

The book focuses on the personal side of police vs. criminals, a tome for situational ethics of law enforcement, with an emphasis on personal impacts of the job and decisions made on the job. Just did not like it.

Any additional comments?

They need to add a new category to ratings that allow listeners to rate books based on whether the subject matter appealed to the listener. This book was well written, a good story, with a great narrator, but I didn't care for the subject matter of the story, so seems unfair to rate it lower because of that, but I did. A fourth category would help - a caveat of sorts: "It's not you, it's me."

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68,789
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 64,560
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64,432

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore the Publisher's Summary! This is Amazing!

  • By PW on 04-12-17

I am Not the Martian.

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

Reviewed: 02-05-17

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

The book is entertaining but just not great - has elements of interest.

Would you ever listen to anything by Dennis E. Taylor again?

Yes, I might check the squeal.

What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

Ray Porter did well - he is a good fit for the subject matter.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from We Are Legion (We Are Bob)?

I wouldn't cut, but I might add some depth.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Night School

  • A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 21
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,014
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,203
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,169

It's 1996, and Reacher is still in the army. In the morning they give him a medal, and in the afternoon they send him back to school. That night he's off the grid. Out of sight, out of mind. Two other men are in the classroom - an FBI agent and a CIA analyst. Each is a first-rate operator, each is fresh off a big win, and each is wondering what the hell they are doing there. Then they find out: A jihadist sleeper cell in Hamburg, Germany, has received an unexpected visitor - a Saudi courier seeking safe haven while waiting to rendezvous with persons unknown.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Phil on 11-13-16

What Happened to Jack Reacher?

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

Reviewed: 02-05-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The books does not feel like a Jack Reacher book. It feels like a book where Jack Reacher appears as a card board cut out.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

His voice is too old/elderly. Doesn't match with the action.

  • The Informant

  • By: James Grippando
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 259
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 245

FBI special agent Victoria Santos is tracking a string of gruesome murders from New York to San Francisco, Miami to Oregon. Meanwhile, Pulitzer Prize-winning Miami Tribune reporter Mike Posten receives a call from a mysterious stranger who claims his mind works so much like the killer's that he can actually predict the next attack: time, place, victim. When the predictions prove true, Mike and Victoria must join forces to find out if this eerie caller is the real psychopath.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW!!! This is a Really Suspenseful book!!!

  • By shelley on 07-13-16

It is ok

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

Reviewed: 02-05-17

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

The book is ok, not horrible. Typical serial killer theme, with a twist but nothing outstanding.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Killing Lessons

  • A Novel
  • By: Saul Black
  • Narrated by: Christina Delaine
  • Length: 14 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 406
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 374
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 375

In their isolated country house, a mother and her two children prepare to wait out a blinding snowstorm. Two violent predators walk through the door. Nothing will ever be the same. When the two strangers turn up at Rowena Cooper's isolated Colorado farmhouse, she knows instantly that it's the end of everything. For the two haunted and driven men, on the other hand, it's just another stop on a long and bloody journey. And they still have many miles to go, and victims to sacrifice, before their work is done.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • After several Ho-Hum books, it's back to twisted, broken criminals tormenting their human prey with high octane gore.

  • By Kathleen on 10-17-15

Don't Waste a Credit - If possible - zero stars

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

Reviewed: 01-14-17

What would have made The Killing Lessons better?

The only thing that would have made this book better is not having listened to it. I wish someone had warned me. I rate books - but write few reviews - I just feel the need to warn people, as I wish I had been warned, that this is not a suspense book, but a basically horror book with stupid characters in absurd situations. I kept skipping because the situations and character responses were beyond ridiculous.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Anything to get this listen out of my ear memory.

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

The performance was irritating in trying to portray the male voices, but not as irritating as the book itself.

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

Don't know where to start.

Any additional comments?

Save yourself. I listen to crime, mystery, suspense, etc. and have no issue with genres which tend toward unrealistic serial killers and their tortured pursuers, but I actually found myself getting mad at this book, several times, until I realized I didn't really care what happened to anyone and stopped listening.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 116,223
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 107,582
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 107,065

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disjointed stories without an overall narrative

  • By Frost on 04-04-19

Poignant, Worth a Credit But Not Book of the Year

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

Reviewed: 01-08-17

What made the experience of listening to Born a Crime the most enjoyable?

Insight into South Africa and what it's like to be Trevor Noah.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Patricia Nombuyiselo - the world would be a better place if all mothers were like her.

Which scene was your favorite?

Noah's argument with his mom over theology when the car doesn't start or his explanation as to why he eats and drinks the Eucharist.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I don't think it would ever be made into a movie.

Any additional comments?

I liked this book but it is not a comedy and not that funny. It had a few great vignettes and overall was insightful. I would recommend it, but just can't see this as book as a top pick of the year.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Most Wanted

  • By: Lisa Scottoline
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,010
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,810
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,795

Christine Nilsson and her husband, Marcus, are desperate for a baby. Unable to conceive, they find themselves facing a difficult choice they had never anticipated. After many appointments with specialists, endless research, and countless conversations, they make the decision to use a donor.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great start, but...

  • By Moses on 04-15-16

Subject to Revision If I Can Finish

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

Reviewed: 05-15-16

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

So far nothing - the only thing I like about it is that it is an audiobook, and I love audiobooks.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Julia Whelan?

Her voice is fine, but her attempt to narrate in the male voice is so annoying, I can't continue listening. Plus, Marcus is so annoying, I hate him anyway.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Almost embarrassingly weird attempt at the male voice - someone should have noticed this during production - really distracting, so much so that I don't think I can finish the listen.

Any additional comments?

I know it is not fair to rate without finishing the book/story, but when you can't stand an element of the narration and you can't stand the way a character is portrayed, life is too short.

  • Fifty Shades of Grey

  • Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy
  • By: E. L. James
  • Narrated by: Becca Battoe
  • Length: 19 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32,403
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27,488
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28,120

When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I can't believe I bought ths

  • By Jayson on 06-03-12

Save Yourself

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

Reviewed: 05-27-12

This book wasn???t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I have no idea how anyone can enjoy this book.

What was most disappointing about E L James???s story?

This book was so hyped, I thought it had to have some redeeming value. It is poorly written and the characters are annoying. It was the opposite of erotic. I am pretty sure a group of high school girls wrote it as a joke.

15 of 21 people found this review helpful