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  • Sharp Objects

  • A Novel
  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,057
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,489
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,463

Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker's troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital, Camille's first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pitch Perfect Performance

  • By theenglishmajor on 02-14-14

Like being dragged through a bad dream

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

Reviewed: 10-19-18

Someone else said they were infuriated by the passivity of the main character in this book. I agree. Do something! I kept yelling. I finished the book, but just to get it over with. It is gruesome~~deliberately I guess to make the reader react. Three notes about the author's style: 1. She repeatedly uses similes where they are not needed, making the writing leaden. 2. She likes the word "proffered." 3. She overuses adverbs and substitutes "fancy" words for "said." Drove me crazy.
Her novel "Gone Girl" was brilliant, however, so it might be hard to compete with that.

  • The Wrong Side of Goodbye

  • Harry Bosch, Book 19
  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Titus Welliver
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,481
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,229
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,159

Harry Bosch is California's newest private investigator. He doesn't advertise, he doesn't have an office, and he's picky about who he works for, but it doesn't matter. His chops from 30 years with the LAPD speak for themselves. Soon one of Southern California's biggest moguls comes calling. The reclusive billionaire has less than six months to live and a lifetime of regrets. He hires Bosch to find out whether he has an heir.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Connelly Delivers Everytime

  • By Charles Atkinson on 07-19-17

Not so great

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

Reviewed: 12-14-16

Got up to chapter 10 before there was even a sliver of suspense or even interest in the story. How the Harry Bosch series is popular is mystifying to me. Harry is rather bland, lacking the exciting persona of a Jack Reacher or Kay Scarpetta. The author's sentences could benefit from some combining. And what's with the avoidance of contractions? Sounds stilted.
The author's giving directions, highways, streets, is a waste of words and, again, reminds me of the Saturday Night Live's "The Californians."

  • Make Me

  • A Jack Reacher Novel
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 14 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,429
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,677
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,675

"Why is this town called Mother's Rest?" That's all Reacher wants to know. But no one will tell him. It's a tiny place hidden in 1,000 square miles of wheat fields, with a railroad stop, sullen and watchful people, and a worried woman named Michelle Chang, who mistakes him for someone else: her missing partner in a private investigation she thinks must have started small and then turned lethal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very reminiscent of BAD LUCK & TROUBLE

  • By shelley on 09-10-15

Sounds like a Thesaurus

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

Reviewed: 09-24-15

What would have made Make Me better?

Fewer descriptions that are essentially a list of synonyms. Show, don't tell.

What could Lee Child have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Not had the stupendous, splendiferous, amazing, not-to-be believed, best ever sex. Please! I heard a promotion for the novel that stated that Reacher met an Asian woman and she had something Reacher wanted. Yes, we know what that was. Every woman has what Reacher wants. P.S. There was no mention of his foldable toothbrush or his minty gum. Did he not brush during this whole escapade?

What didn’t you like about Dick Hill’s performance?

His teeth clicked a bit and one could occasionally hear him swallow or inhale.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Make Me?

Kinda the whole preposterous story. Not believable--stretching for the most horrible thing imaginable and ...who cares? Screwy.Plus, I couldn't follow the description of Mother's Rest and the outbuildings, etc. Should have had drawings.

Any additional comments?

I am sad and disappointed because I am in love with Jack Reacher, but he seems too worn out and skeptical and bored.

  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

  • The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
  • By: Marie Kondo
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,890
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,517
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,282

Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles?Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you'll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I both love and hate this life changing book

  • By Rebecca on 02-22-15

Inspirational beyond belief.

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

Reviewed: 07-18-15

Where does The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is inspiring and gives very specific advice about procedure and mental attitude to develop to be able to tidy up, seriously tidy up. My house looks like a much better version of itself and my closet looks neat and roomy with so many clothes gone. Terrific book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up?

You can throw out photographs. Everyone I said this to disagrees, but after listening to the author, it makes sense and we are freed from the chains of hundreds or thousands of old photographs.

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

She is earnest and sounds like how I think the author would.

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

No, it would have been too demanding.

Any additional comments?

I recommended it for my book club and all laughed, but they talk about it every month.

  • 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 29,197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,738
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,703

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

Stephen King is no original

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

Reviewed: 07-18-15

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

People who don't mind stereotypical aging detectives/Army guys/heroes who all seem to act the same: gruff and aging but always getting laid by some much younger woman.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Something shorter. I always listen to such long books and too often fall asleep.

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

Will Patton is just fantastic. Hearing his voice, the voice of the James Lee Burke books, was comforting and perfect.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment. I had heard that the Stephen King trilogy (parts 1 and 2) was great. I loved the Green Mile. The disappointment came when this old retired detective starts having sex with a much younger woman. King may be a great writer but in the case of the aging, lumpy detective, he resorts to all the cliches one can in describing women: an unattractive "boatneck" blouse? Really? What kind of shirt did the murderer wear? Button down or not? Did it hug his spare tire? Did his pants outline his sagging male parts? So much emphasis on women's looks and smells and vulnerability. Old worn-out cop + younger and ATTRACTIVE woman = one corny, predictable, men's Esquire/Playboy mentality. Mr. King, I am surprised that you couldn't be more imaginative.

Any additional comments?

Will not be reading the rest of the trilogy because it'll just be more of the love life of Detective Whatshisname, his losing weight so as not to suffocate the unfortunate YOUNGER and ATTRACTIVE woman he's screwing.

  • The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax

  • By: Dorothy Gilman
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,036
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,538
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,536

Mrs. Virgil (Emily) Pollifax of New Brunswick, New Jersey, was a widow with grown children. She was tired of attending her Garden Club meetings. She wanted to do something good for her country. This first in the series sends Emily on her first case after she successfully persuades a skeptical CIA recruitment officer that she is the best person for the job.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Barbara Rosenblatt: THE Voice!

  • By Barbara on 01-14-12

Really?

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

Reviewed: 06-07-15

This book seems to have been written to slightly amuse stay-at-home upper class mothers with sixth-grade reading levels who couldn't stand anything too real such as characters or plot. Idiotic!

  • Big Little Lies

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,261
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,680
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,601

Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, Calamity!

  • By L. O. Pardue on 10-07-14

Loved this book.

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

Reviewed: 01-18-15

What did you love best about Big Little Lies?

The complexity of the lives of the parents. The nastiness of some of the mothers was perfect. Issues that women and men deal with every day and mostly in secret were exposed realistically and powerfully.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Madeline is an amusing and cheerful person. She is great.

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

The flavor of Australia. Her accent was interesting. Her acting was superb. She brought life to each of the characters. When she was one of the characters saying "hello" I felt she was speaking to me. She did the voices of the children well also.

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

I would have, but it was much too long--almost 16 hours. I did look forward to listening every night. I guess it could have been a little bit shorter, but was fine as it is.

  • A Nail Through The Heart

  • A Poke Rafferty Thriller
  • By: Timothy Hallinan
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 475
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 404
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 402

Poke Rafferty was writing offbeat travel guides for the young and terminally bored when Bangkok stole his heart. Now the American expat is assembling a new family with Rose, the former go-go dancer he wants to marry, and Miaow, the tiny, streetwise urchin he wants to adopt. But trouble in the guise of good intentions comes calling just when everything is beginning to work out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great character, great narrator

  • By Joanne on 07-04-11

Waterfall of Words, Paucity of Plot

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

Reviewed: 11-12-14

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

I can't imagine who would enjoy this.

What could Timothy Hallinan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Get to the story and stop distracting the reader with verbal gymnastics.

Would you be willing to try another one of Victor Bevine’s performances?

Yes. No real problem with him.

Any additional comments?

I feel a bit misled by Audible. This book was recommended to me by Audible because I read many (all right, all) of James Lee Burke's books and loved them. This author is nothing like JL Burke. I think I am going to "return" the book.

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  • Innocent Graves

  • An Inspector Banks Novel #8
  • By: Peter Robinson
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 137

The worst that can possibly happen... has. A beautiful child is dead - defiled and murdered in a lonely graveyard on a fog-shrouded evening. It is the sort of horrific crime Chief Inspector Alan Banks fled the city to escape. But the slaying of a bright and lovely teenager from a wealthy, respected family is not the end of a nightmare. Lies, dark secrets, unholy accusations, and hints of sexual depravity swirl around this abomination like leaves in an autumn wind, leading to a shattering travesty of justice that will brutally divide a devastated community with suspicion and hatred.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Falsely Accused!

  • By Snoodely on 06-20-13

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 07-22-14

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

Someone who has lots of time on her hands and who likes slow unexciting mysteries.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Waiting for the next Lee Child or James Lee Burke book. Maybe I'll try Silva? De Silva? I am looking for an intelligent writer with strong characters and challenging story lines.

Have you listened to any of James Langton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Never heard him before, but his performance was great.

What character would you cut from Innocent Graves?

None or all. All bland people.

Any additional comments?

Inspector Banks was not a colorful character with none of the expected characteristics of the lead investigator. Maybe that's why readers like him--low key and not a big heroic type. The book was boring. The only reason I finished it was that I was on a 1200 mile drive from Florida to NY, but I often lost track of who was saying what or where the story was going. Also the young girl murdered did not engender sympathy in me. She, too, was colorless.

  • Field of Prey

  • Lucas Davenport, Book 24
  • By: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,506
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,104

The night after the fourth of July, Layton Carlson, Jr., of Red Wing, Minnesota, finally got lucky. And unlucky.

He’d picked the perfect spot to lose his virginity to his girlfriend, an abandoned farmyard in the middle of cornfields: nice, private, and quiet. The only problem was...something smelled bad - like, really bad. He mentioned it to a county deputy he knew, and when the cop took a look, he found a body stuffed down a cistern. And then another, and another. By the time Lucas Davenport was called in, the police were up to 15 bodies and counting.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sandford and Ferrone deliver

  • By Ed on 06-26-14

Violence Porn

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

Reviewed: 06-14-14

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

Yes, with reservations. I did like the character of Lucas Davenport (although he is neither Jack Reacher nor Dave Robicheau). This is the first time I have read a book by the Sandford. I am looking for a new author to follow because I have read all of Lee Child and James Lee Burke. I will give Sandford another try, and hope the next book won't be as violent as this one was.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The least interesting aspect was the author's tellling the story of Del in Texas. Truthfully, it was like an unformed twin growing on its brother's body. What the heck was the point of that?

Have you listened to any of Richard Ferrone’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

He is a great narrator.

Did Field of Prey inspire you to do anything?

Yes. Watch out for psychos.

Any additional comments?

The descriptions of a certain woman being beaten was really unbearable. I had to fast forward through the gruesome and oft repeated descriptions of this woman being beaten and raped--her teeth, nose, and bones broken--made me sick. I seriously felt nauseated. It was like violence porn. I'll give another of his books a try, but if it details such abuse of women I won't be able to finish it.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful