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Karen Campbell

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  • Never Never: Part One

  • By: Colleen Hoover, Tarryn Fisher
  • Narrated by: Kevin Free, Elizabeth Evans
  • Length: 4 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 713
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 652
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 654

Never Never, a novella series. Book one of three. Best friends since they could walk. In love since the age of 14. Complete strangers since this morning. He'll do anything to remember. She'll do anything to forget. This novella is recommended for people age 16+ due to mild language and sexual content.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too short

  • By nc on 09-20-16

Worth one credit, but not three

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

Reviewed: 08-06-17

This was an engaging story, if a bit cliche. It was well written and easy to listen to. However, it is not a novella, nor are parts 2 and 3. They are all one novel that has been broken into three parts. There is no reason for this to be in three parts and if it was presented as one complete novel, I would say sure, spend the credit. But three credits for a book that takes 8 hours in total to complete? No

  • Kill Someone

  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 274
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 256

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

Too dark for me

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

Reviewed: 04-26-17

I love Luke Smithered and The Stone Man is one of my favourite novels but I just couldn't finish this one. To be honest, I didn't get that far into it but it was just way too dark. The reason I love Luke Smithered's books is that they take me to ideas, thoughts and scenarios that I probably wouldn't go to on my own and each time I learn something while being totally enthralled with the plot. I have no doubt the plot would have grabbed me but I don't think it would have been an enjoyable read.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • In The Darkness, That's Where I'll Know You: The Complete Black Room Story

  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Luke Smitherd
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239

There are hangovers, there are bad hangovers, and then there's waking up inside someone else's head. Thirty-something bartender Charlie Wilkes is faced with this dilemma when he wakes up to find himself trapped inside The Black Room - a space consisting of impenetrable darkness and a huge, ethereal screen floating in its center. It is through this screen that he sees the world of his female host, Minnie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Luke told me to write this but I would have anyway

  • By Peter B. on 01-10-16

Couldn't stop listening

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

Reviewed: 02-25-17

This is the second book I have listened to by this author and I am looking forward to his others. An intriguing premise that leads to a compelling, unpredictable, and gripping story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Adventures in the Afterlife

  • By: William Buhlman
  • Narrated by: Arika Rapson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195

Adventures in the Afterlife is a powerful journey of spiritual awakening; a bold quest for answers and enlightenment. The old assumptions of heaven are confronted and an expansive new vision of our continuing life is presented. After being diagnosed with cancer, William Buhlman, author of Adventures Beyond the Body, pursued answers to the mysteries of our existence after death. Confronting his mortality, he experienced profound insights into what lies beyond our physical body.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's just what I wanted!)

  • By Evgeniya Chisenhall on 04-26-15

I really wanted to like this, but...

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

Reviewed: 02-13-17

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

No, and I didn't finish it because I began to feel as though I was wasting my time and I kept checking to see if I was nearly finished

Has Adventures in the Afterlife turned you off from other books in this genre?

No. I know there are a lot of good books on this theme, both fiction and non-fiction.

Which character – as performed by Arika Rapson – was your favorite?

Part of the problem with this book was the lack of any real characters. The main character was not fleshed out and nothing is known about him other than that he had cancer and was married with two kids. All expression of emotion were very superficial with no explanation or examples to support his statements.

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

No, it got very tedious.

Any additional comments?

I think this would be a better book if it were written by someone else. The premise is good and the world he describes is interesting but he is not a good writer. Everything is explained in terms that are so broad that they are meaningless. He often mentions being filled with understanding but doesn't explain what that understanding is. Similarly he describes being able to instantly create whatever he needs but gives no example. So, there is not a feeling of really being told a story. It sounds more like someone enthusing with no words to describe their experience. With this subject matter, it is understandable to find it difficult to put experiences into words, it just doesn't make for an enjoyable narrative.It was a bit odd having a female reader for a male character speaking in the first person. I understand that this was probably deliberate but it didn't really work for me.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Wildest Dreams

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Tillie Hooper
  • Length: 19 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,759
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,586
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,587

Seoafin "Finnie" Wilde was taught by her parents that every breath was a treasure and to seek every adventure she could find. And she learns this lesson the hard way when they perish in a plane crash. But she never forgets, and when she discovers there is a parallel universe where every person has a twin, she finds a witch who can send her there so she can have the adventure of a lifetime. But upon arrival in the Winter Wonderland of Lunwyn, she realizes she's been played by her twin and finds herself walking down the aisle to be wed to The Drakkar.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The hell..?

  • By Jordan on 01-18-17

One of the few who didn't like it

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

Reviewed: 07-13-16

I think I was hoping for something original, judging from the extremely positive reviews this book received. Unfortunately, although it has a nice writing style, the book borrows way too much from cliche situations that I could not be bothered finishing it. Not nearly enough attention to the kind of detail that would have built this new world into something wholistic and real. This 'alternative world' was a romantic take on historical Europe with some unoriginal fantasy. The main character, Finny, used language that should have caused at least some comment, if not confusion from her contemporaries in the alternative world (eg: "fricking cool").
All in all, it didn't have anything new that could capture my attention

16 of 19 people found this review helpful

  • The Incrementalists

  • By: Skyler White, Steven Brust
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter, Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 326
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 295
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 299

The Incrementalists - a secret society of 200 people with an unbroken lineage reaching back 40,000 years. They cheat death, share lives and memories, and communicate with one another across nations, races, and time. They have an epic history, an almost magical memory, and a very modest mission: to make the world better, just a little bit at a time. Their ongoing argument about how to do this is older than most of their individual memories. Phil, whose personality has stayed stable through more incarnations than anyone else’s, has loved Celeste - and argued with her - for most of the last 400 years.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable/creative. Not a grand historical vista.

  • By Jason on 02-05-14

Expected much more

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

Reviewed: 10-08-13

When I chose this book, I was expecting to hear about the world of the Incrementalists and tales of their endeavours to make the world a better place. Instead, the actions of the Incrementalists were no more than hinted at all through the book. As intriguing as the premise was, the development of it was patchy in most places and was not much more than the backdrop to a rather mawkish romance.
The narrators were okay but they had a disconcerting practice of using different accents for the same characters. Mary Kowal portrayed the character Jimmy with a French accent while Ray Porter gave him a gruff American accented voice.
The descriptions of the practice of the Incrementalists and how they work was intriguing but this book was unable to satisfy the need for a story with substance to match the premise.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Returned

  • A Novel
  • By: Jason Mott
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 485
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 442
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 452

Harold and Lucille Hargrave's lives have been both joyful and sorrowful in the decades since their only son, Jacob, died tragically at his eighth birthday party in 1966. In their old age they've settled comfortably into life without him, their wounds healed through the grace of time.... Until one day Jacob mysteriously appears on their doorstep - flesh and blood, their sweet, precocious child, still eight years old. All over the world people's loved ones are returning from beyond.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • You'd Want to Return It

  • By FanB14 on 09-15-13

Oddly flat

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

Reviewed: 09-05-13

After the two prequels, I was intrigued but ultimately the book itself was rather a let down. The writing itself was fine but I kept waiting for the story to go somewhere and it just meandered. The most disappointing aspect was that it just turned into another exploration of segregation and fear. The 'returned' could have been any minority group. Not nearly enough exploration into the whole idea of coming back. On the whole, very disappointing, especially after the prequels.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl, the Gold Tooth, and Everything

  • By: Francine LaSala
  • Narrated by: Lucinda Gainey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Mina Clark is losing her mind - or maybe it’s already gone. She isn’t quite sure. Feeling displaced in her over-priced McMansion-dotted suburban world, she is grappling not only with deep debt, a mostly absent husband, and her playground-terrorizer three-year old Emma, but also with a significant amnesia she can’t shake - a “temporary” condition now going on several years, brought on by a traumatic event she cannot remember, and which everyone around her feels is best forgotten.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Weak finish after a promising start

  • By Karen Campbell on 05-09-13

Weak finish after a promising start

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

Reviewed: 05-09-13

Although the plot of this novel starts out well, it doesn't take long before it starts to unravel. To begin with, it is intriguing and has a great note of mystery. However, it seems that the author laid down too many trails and her attempt to tie them all together gets very weak. So, there are some unanswered questions (what's with the cement mixer?) and some connections that seem to have been stuffed in as an afterthought. Also, the action scenes are so lacking in detail that the characters complete movements that could not be possible. All in all, it feels like the author lost enthusiasm about 3/4 through the book and then just relied on conventional plot development and the briefest of detail to get it through to the end.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Joy

  • By: Jonathan Lee
  • Narrated by: Mandy Weston, Rupert Farley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Did she jump? Did she fall? Will she wake? ’On an ordinary Friday afternoon in the office, talented young lawyer Joy Stephens plummets forty feet onto a marble floor. In the shadow of this baffling event, the lives of those closest to her begin to collide and change in unexpected ways.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • So slow paced, it almost stopped

  • By Karen Campbell on 05-03-13

So slow paced, it almost stopped

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

Reviewed: 05-03-13

The novel opens with a slow tedious scene of revelation that becomes obvious to the audience way before the main character clicks about what is going on. The pace does not improve from that point. Essentially, the novel is an examination of the thought processes and deliberations of 5 people, each gradually revealing a piece to the puzzling question of whether Joy jumped or was pushed. Unfortunately, each of the 5 people are unlikeable, whinging characters, whose lives appear small, tedious and terribly boring. By the end of the never ending wading through all the moaning and complaining, when we might actually get the answer to the question, who cares? The narration was very good. Both narrators did indeed make their characters sound self involved and small minded.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Life After Life

  • By: Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Fenella Woolgar
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 111

What if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right? During a snowstorm in England in 1910, a baby is born and dies before she can take her first breath. During a snowstorm in England in 1910, the same baby is born and lives to tell the tale. What if there were second chances? And third chances? In fact an infinite number of chances to live your life? Would you eventually be able to save the world from its own inevitable destiny? And would you even want to?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A puzzle - is it worth the effort?

  • By Chrissie on 04-22-13

So tedious

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

Reviewed: 03-27-13

I really wanted to like this because I love everything else Kate Atkinson has written. So I kept trying and re-trying to slog through it. But it is so, so boring. The characters are bland, the setting is bland and every time her life started again, I groaned because I knew there was just more blandness coming. Really disappointed

2 of 4 people found this review helpful