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Orange, CA, United States
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  • To Catch a Killer

  • By: Sheryl Scarborough
  • Narrated by: Christy Romano
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 318
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 298

Erin Blake has one of those names. A name that, like Natalee Holloway or Elizabeth Smart, is inextricably linked to a grisly crime. As a toddler, Erin survived for three days alongside the corpse of her murdered mother, and the case - which remains unsolved - fascinated a nation. Her father's identity unknown, Erin was taken in by her mother's best friend and has become a relatively normal teen in spite of the looming questions about her past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome Characters with Fantastic Forensic Details

  • By Beverley on 02-07-17

Awesome Characters with Fantastic Forensic Details

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

Reviewed: 02-07-17

This is one of the best mysteries I've listened to in a while. It has everything--an interesting, small town setting, vivid characters, and a mystery that kept me wondering who-did it until the end.

I really connected with the main character, Erin. She's strong, but with enough vulnerability to keep her real. The side characters really made it, though. Spam and Lysa (aren't those names awesome?) are Erin's two closest friends, and each are quirky and fun in different ways. They really brighten up the story. The romance between Erin and Journey is pretty awesome, too.

One of the things that I thought the author did better than almost any mystery author I've read before, is to give a lot of forensic science details. She shows how forensic tests can be done at home--even a DNA test! It made me want to try some of them myself. It's all weaved into the story, too, it's not just a big information dump. Fantastic writing.

The narrator was a good choice, too. I think she did a good job of capturing the feel of the novel and Erin's personality.

I'll definitely be ordering the next book when it comes out. I hope that's soon!

16 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • Crazy Little Thing

  • By: Tracy Brogan
  • Narrated by: Lori Reyes
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,612
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,380
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,375

Sadie Turner is not a control freak, just…orderly. When a cheating spouse topples Sadie’s impeccably tidy world, she packs up her kids for a summer vacation at her aunt’s lake house, hoping to relax, reboot, and pick up the pieces away from men. All men. But eccentric Aunt Dody has other plans: she’s determined to see Sadie have a little fun - with Desmond, the sexy new neighbor. Tall, tanned, muscular - and even great with her kids - Desmond is Sadie’s worst nightmare. He must have a flaw - he’s a man, after all - so Sadie vows to keep her distance. But as summer blazes on, their attraction ignites....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Notes for the Narrator

  • By J on 12-01-14

Well Written, but Poorly Narrated

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

Reviewed: 07-08-14

I own both the kindle and the audible versions. I enjoyed reading the novel, but not listening to it. The narrator's character voice for Doty was too shrill--I found myself turning the volume way down whenever there were scenes with that character. I also thought Fontaine's character voice sounded so flamboyant and dramatic it was like a caricature of a gay man's voice instead of sounding authentic to the character.

But the novel was enjoyable to read. I especially liked the minor characters--even the protagonist's children were funny. I loved the setting.

  • Warbound

  • Book III of the Grimnoir Chronicles
  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 17 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,979
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,524
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,508

Only a handful of people in the world know that mankind's magic comes from a living creature, and it is a refugee from another universe. The Power showed up here in the 1850s because it was running from something. Now it is 1933, and the Power's hiding place has been discovered by a killer. It is a predator that eats magic and leaves destroyed worlds in its wake. Earth is next. Former private eye Jake Sullivan knows the score. The problem is, hardly anyone believes him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Started Strong-Finished Strong

  • By Don Gilbert on 08-07-13

A Powerful Conclusion to a Masterly Written Saga

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

Reviewed: 08-11-13

Often I am let down by the final book in a series--especially when the first two books build up to a kill-horribly-strong-and-powerful-monster-thing or the whole world will be destroyed plot. But Larry Correia not only lives up to the promises of his first two novels--he takes them on and brings so many new twists and turns that my head is still spinning. The world building of the entire series is original and brilliant. The large cast of characters are written so well that I feel like they must be alive somewhere, fighting the good fight while the rest of us are blissfully unaware of the danger all around us.

I can't imagine a different narrator for the series. Pinchot captures the various speech rhythms, dialects, etc masterfully. Really fantastic job!

If you're new to the series, you do need to start from the beginning to understand what's going on here. Besides, the books are so good, you won't want to miss them, anyway.

I'm quite well read in the fantasy field, and this is really a stand out series not to be missed!

4 of 7 people found this review helpful