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The Obsession audiobook cover art

Too much "HGTV" stuff in the middle.

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

Reviewed: 10-30-16

Would you try another book from Nora Roberts and/or Shannon McManus?

Yes, I'll try another Nora Roberts, but maybe a sample first. The writing is great, but then started wandering off...Thought the narration was very good. Looked up other books with this narrator, may try one.

What could Nora Roberts have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

There was no need for this book to be 14 hours! The premise was great, but the listener can take only so much extraneous information, especially in a mystery/thriller book. Stay with the basic story!

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

No

Was The Obsession worth the listening time?

I guess not. I was skipping through parts, wanting to get on to my next book.

Any additional comments?

Again, the story premise was great, it just got really slow. Could have been told in 9-10 hours.

Reconstructing Amelia audiobook cover art

Melodramatic!

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

Reviewed: 03-31-16

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

No. The plot could have been believable, but there were too many silly twists and turns, making the book complicated and way too long.

What could Kimberly McCreight have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Less detailed reading of Facebook and texts, less gratuitous sex and melodrama with the teen relationships, less verbiage.

Which character – as performed by Khristine Hvam – was your favorite?

Umm. None, though the narration was very well done!

Do you think Reconstructing Amelia needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No.

Any additional comments?

I wish I had known that most of the book was about teenagers, I wouldn't have read it. Maybe I'll stick with nonfiction.
BTY: I think the writing was very good, but I didn't like the story.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Without You, There Is No Us audiobook cover art
  • Without You, There Is No Us
  • My Time with the Sons of North Korea's Elite
  • By: Suki Kim
  • Narrated by: Janet Song

So sad.

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

Reviewed: 03-10-15

The book was excellent. The story is very sad. Wish there were more hope for the North Koreans. It is very disturbing. Also read Nothing to Envy. Also well done.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

The Alzheimer's Disease: Understanding Alzheimer's Disease And Learn How To Fight It audiobook cover art

Disorganized!

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

Reviewed: 12-30-14

Would you try another book from Jean Ballios and/or Jonathan Kierman?

Never.

What could Jean Ballios have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Organize the information and improve sentence structure. Eliminate the use of "etcetera". Validate your sources. "You get Alzheimer's when you're over 65. You can get Down Syndrome and Progeria". What? "In some instances, the patient may appear to hack up his or her guts before dying." Really? Never heard that one before. The book is full of odd comments.

What didn’t you like about Jonathan Kierman’s performance?

I admire his endurance and ability to read the material as though it made sense.

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

Anger. I am educated on Alzheimer's and was hoping to enhance my knowledge.

Any additional comments?

Wow! Audible please listen to this book and you may decide it is not up to your standards.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Coming Clean audiobook cover art

Very well done!

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

Reviewed: 11-17-13

What did you love best about Coming Clean?

It was a well organized story about the emotional struggles resulting from growing up with hoarding parents. I didn't have to backtrack, thinking I missed a key piece of information. The story and narration flowed smoothly and kept my interest.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the honesty of the writer. Her struggles on several levels were sad, but fascinating.

What about Kimberly Rae Miller’s performance did you like?

Loved the performance! Her voice is smooth and clear with appropriate inflection. The fact that it was HER story came through stunningly in the narration.

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

Yes.

Any additional comments?

I'd love to read/hear more works by this author.

22 of 23 people found this review helpful