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Tracy Hoffmann

Downingtown, PA USA
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  • Cash City

  • By: Jonathan Fredrick
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,212
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,047
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,035

It is an obsession that has haunted Nick Malick for seven years - to avenge the murder of his young son. In his gut Malick knows who did it. But the psychopath is in prison for another crime, scheduled to be released in a year. All Malick has to do is wait...and survive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great New Series

  • By Lia on 08-21-17

Really liked this!

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

Reviewed: 09-22-18

I wasn't expecting much from this book, probably because the synopsis sounded like every other cop-turned-PI burnout story out there, but this was a great listen and I'm looking forward to the other books in the series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • History Is All You Left Me

  • By: Adam Silvera
  • Narrated by: Tom Picasso
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 434
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 412
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 409

OCD-afflicted Griffin has just lost his first love, Theo, in a drowning accident. In an attempt to hold on to every piece of the past, he forges a friendship with Theo's last boyfriend, Jackson. When Jackson begins to exhibit signs of guilt, Griffin suspects he's hiding something and will stop at nothing to get to the truth about Theo's death. But as the grieving pair grows closer, listeners will question Griffin's own version of the truth - in terms of both what he's willing to hide and what true love means.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It Hurts. So You'll Like It.

  • By B.A. Wilson on 12-02-17

Beyond Lame

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

Reviewed: 04-05-18

I can't remember when I was this happy to be done with a book. Just so whiny! Yes, the story is sad, yes, there is loss in a relationship, but this just went on and on. Add to that, the OCD of the main character and his inability to come to any kind acceptance of a terrible situation, and you've got a very long book about not very much. There is no mystery here, just a lot of teen angst and it's not even very well done. BORING. The narrator did a brave job of trying to give meaning to all this noise. Avoid this YA book at all cost.

  • Tilt-a-Whirl

  • John Ceepak, Book 1
  • By: Chris Grabenstein
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,619
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,840
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,825

There isn't much fun in the sun when a billionaire real estate tycoon is found murdered on the Tilt-a-Whirl at a seedy seaside amusement park in the otherwise quiet summer tourist town of Sea Haven. John Ceepak, a former MP just back from Iraq, has just joined the Sea Haven police department. The job offer came from an old Army buddy who hoped to give Ceepak at least a summer's worth of rest and relaxation to help him forget the horrors of war. Instead, Ceepak will head up the murder investigation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • the reader makes this book

  • By L. Haight on 08-30-07

Glad I found this series!

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

Reviewed: 02-20-18

Since the story is told from the perspective of a local 20 something, the story has an authentic down-the-shore flavor. The character of John Ceepak offers a different twist on the wounded veteran scenario. Ceepak is unrelentingly polite, detached and dogged. The story took some interesting twist and turns and that South Jersey Shore flavor made this one great listen. Looking forward to listening to the rest of the series.

  • An Obsession with Vengeance

  • By: Nancy Haviland
  • Narrated by: Scott Schumaker
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 399
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 373
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 371

Maksim Kirov is a mobster who gets what he wants, both at his posh gentleman's club in Hell's Kitchen and in the bedroom. Sexy, dangerous, and obsessed with control, he's risen through the ranks to become a highly respected leader in the tight-knit Tarasov crime syndicate. He rules with an iron fist...until he meets Sydney Martin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Marvelous read..

  • By Trish R. on 08-29-15

Can't figure out the popularity

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

Reviewed: 02-20-18

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

This book was a total letdown. The plot was so thin, it would have been a miss even if it was a short story. Most chapters were filled with descriptions of Maks' erections and Sydney's nail-biting attraction to her mobster hero.

What was most disappointing about Nancy Haviland’s story?

The constant and unnecessary descriptions of the main characters' attraction to each other. We know! We get it! It doesn't take pages and pages of description to remind us that the characters are drop-dead gorgeous, passionate, and in Maks' case, a wanton lethario.

Which character – as performed by Scott Schumaker – was your favorite?

He did his best, but his Australian accent was laughable! The only bright side to this book.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from An Obsession with Vengeance?

Any and all that involved descriptions of the main characters physical attraction. How about that plot twist! Since when is having a child out of wedlock in modern society a big deal, especially when it's the Russian mob who is being hoodwinked? Also wondering how said mob members failed to notice that Sydney has a 12-year-old living with her. Really?

Any additional comments?

Lame! Can't remember that last time I wasted this much time on a book. And it's a series! Wow!

  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

  • By: Jonas Jonasson
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,435
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,770
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,802

After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he's still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn't interested (and he'd like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ages Well

  • By Dennis on 10-21-12

This story went on, and on, and on

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

Reviewed: 11-30-17

Would you try another book from Jonas Jonasson and/or Steven Crossley?

Possibly, but he wouldn't be my fist choice of author.

Has The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared turned you off from other books in this genre?

No.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The concept was entertaining. A centenarian escapes his birthday party, finds a suitcase full of money at a bus depot and sets off on an adventure. Flashbacks of his life show that he's had plenty of adventures already. Unfortunately, this character has no discernible traits, good or bad, besides a driving desire for 'a touch of the hard stuff'. Although interest builds around some secondary characters, I simply couldn't get interested in the main character or what happened to him, either in his past life or his preset one.

Any additional comments?

This book was simply WAY too long. Even the wrap up with the police went on forever. And unfortunately, I simply couldn't have cared less. Finished the book, but really wish I hadn't wasted the credit.

  • Kill Someone

  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 275
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 257

From the author of the international best seller The Stone Man, short-listed for Audible UK's Book of the Year Award 2015. Here are the rules. Method: you can't use a gun. You can't use explosives. You can't use poison. It has to be up close and personal. You don't have to worry about leaving evidence; that will be taken care of. Victim: no one suicidal. No one over the age of 65. No one with a terminal illness. Choose your method. Choose your victim.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Good of the Many is More Important...Or is it?

  • By JoanneG on 12-06-16

Good premise, BUT....

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

Reviewed: 09-14-17

What disappointed you about Kill Someone?

This thing just never got moving. After listening for 3 hours, I had to give up. It moved so slowly, I just lost interest.

What was most disappointing about Luke Smitherd’s story?

The pacing was dismal. While the premise is intriguing, the story just didn't move faster than a crawl. It took half an hour to describe the protagonist's emotional turmoil - the first time he went through it. By the next sequence, I was almost asleep.

What three words best describe Matt Addis’s performance?

Measured and emotionally connected to the material, Mr. Addis is a good narrator. Just wish he'd had better material to work with.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Kill Someone?

Everything that describes the main character's nail every second breath. The level of detail was just boring and added absolutely nothing to the story. I got it from the beginning - the protagonist is frightened, terrified, scared sh**less. I know, I know.

Any additional comments?

Why this never took off is a mystery. There is certainly plenty of plot to work with, but there are too many good books and not enough time to enjoy them all to waste more than three hours on one that goes nowhere.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Some Danger Involved

  • Barker & Llewelyn Series, Book 1
  • By: Will Thomas
  • Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,594
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,414
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,404

An atmospheric debut novel set on the gritty streets of Victorian London, Some Danger Involved introduces detective Cyrus Barker and his assistant, Thomas Llewelyn, as they work to solve the gruesome murder of a young scholar in London's Jewish ghetto. When the eccentric and enigmatic Barker takes the case, he must hire an assistant, and out of all who answer an ad for a position with "some danger involved", he chooses downtrodden Llewelyn, a gutsy young man with a murky past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clever writing!

  • By Kathi on 01-13-17

Loved the narrator and enjoyed these characters

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

Reviewed: 06-09-17

Would you listen to Some Danger Involved again? Why?

Probably won't listen to the story again. Too many books, too little time, but will certainly buy the rest of the series.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Since we learn a lot about Thomas Llewelyn in the story, as he is the narrator, he was my favorite character. However, Cyrus Barker makes a tantalizing authority figure and I assume more will be revealed about him in future books.

  • The Buried Book

  • By: D. M. Pulley
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,034
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,686
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,679

It's 1952, and Jasper isn't allowed to ask questions or make a fuss. He's lucky to even have a home and must keep his mouth shut and his ears open to stay in his uncle's good graces. No one knows where his mother went or whether she's coming back. Desperate to see her again, he must take matters into his own hands. From the farm, he embarks on a treacherous search that will take him to the squalid hideaways of Detroit and back again, through tawdry taverns, peep shows, and gambling houses.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Cartec on 02-02-17

Way too long and incredibly improbable

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

Reviewed: 03-31-17

What would have made The Buried Book better?

How many times can a 9-year-old ALMOST die? Add to this a missing mother, a mostly-absent father and a bunch of creepy neighbors and a story that drags along from one calamity to another and you'll understand why I had to give this book a poor review.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Probably the next Thursday Next book by Jasper Fforde.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Luke Daniels?

His narration wasn't bad, but combined with the unrelenting depression of this book, it was hard to separate the performance from the dreary story that went nowhere fast.

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

It seemed to have an interesting premise and the possibility of some interesting historic fiction, but those got bogged down pretty quickly by the constant uncertainty of the main character and the unlikely number of times he was almost killed.

Any additional comments?

The story might have been salvaged by a really good editing job. Cutting this story in half probably would have helped move the action along and saved it from its boring self.

  • A Beautiful Place to Die

  • By: Malla Nunn
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 733
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 583
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 583

Unfolding in 1952 South Africa, A Beautiful Place to Die is a riveting international mystery that flows from the pen of author Malla Nunn. Police officer Emmanuel Cooper is dispatched to a remote town after a police captain is found murdered in a creek. Even though Cooper judges the crime open and shut, the government's feared Special Branch is summoned, making for an intrigue that will titillate any mystery fan.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worth listening to both as mystery and history

  • By Majorie on 05-26-11

Terrific story in an awesome setting.

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

Reviewed: 08-08-16

What did you love best about A Beautiful Place to Die?

Everything! The setting in 1950s apartheid South Africa, the fascinating characters that could easily have become cliches, but did not, the question of who donnit and why - this was just a great story.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Emmanuel Cooper is a complicated, compassionate protagonist who helps the story unfold without becoming the focus of the book.

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

No.

Any additional comments?

Can't wait to read more of Malla Nun's books.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Good Goodbye

  • By: Carla Buckley
  • Narrated by: Ali Ahn, Suzy Jackson, Eva Kaminsky
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,941
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,771
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,768

Two cousins, Rory and Arden, lie unconscious in a hospital burn unit. The fire, which broke out in their shared college dorm room, killed another student, and the police want answers. Tension between Rory and Arden's parents was already at an all-time high before the fire, owing to a recent financial crisis and the decline of the family business. As the parents huddle anxiously in the waiting room, carefully avoiding the subject of their own unraveling relationships, disturbing truths come to light.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So sad!

  • By CR on 07-04-16

Still not sure I can finish this

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

Reviewed: 08-08-16

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

This story just drags along. Each character endures terrible burdens, made worse by a very real sense of loneliness. The parents don't talk to each other, the kids can't communicate with the shut-down parents. The sad thing is that I couldn't care less about what happens to these self-absorbed people. What a drag.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Not there yet and might never get there.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No way!

Any additional comments?

The narration was the only thing that keeps this book moving forward, but even that isn't enough to keep listening for 12 hours. Too many books, too little time.