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  • The Queen of Patpong

  • A Poke Rafferty Thriller
  • By: Timothy Hallinan
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 254
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 220

American travel writer Poke Rafferty has seen - and survived - some of the worst Bangkok has to offer. But now, finally married to his longtime love, Rose, and raising the young daughter, Miaow, they adopted from the streets, Poke believes his life is stable at last. Then a nightmare figure from Rose's time as a Patpong dancer barges into their world, threatening their peace, their love, their home, their lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best thriller writer you have never heard of.

  • By David on 04-21-12

Truth

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

Reviewed: 01-08-18

I am an Xpat, who lives in Thailand. The Thailand back story is spot on. There is a magic to the Thai culture which the author beautifully captures. The people of Thailand, and especially the women, are faced with few choices in life. However, they have a strong sense of family and religion which allows them to maintain a sense of honor in their choices. I respect the Thai people and applaud the authors characterization of them! Highly recommend this book!!

  • Throne of Glass

  • A Throne of Glass Novel
  • By: Sarah J. Maas
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Evans
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,516
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,951
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,971

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Wanted to like it

  • By Julianna Cardenas on 10-17-16

Really Tried

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

Reviewed: 04-03-16

I really tried to like this story. I am drawn to stories that contain strong female leads. The story was supposed to be about the most feared assassin in the whole kingdom. I admit that I finished the story, but I was tempted many times to stop. The lead character was so spineless, petty and small minded it made it painful to hang in there and finish. I was very disappointed. I will go no further in the series. However, I did check out the reviews for the next couple of books in the series and it seems the main characters never got better.

  • Haunted

  • Anna Strong, Vampire, Book 8
  • By: Jeanne C. Stein
  • Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243

Anna’s shape-shifting friend Culebra finally opens up to her about his life before he owned Beso de la Muerte, a bar catering to supernatural clientele. As if summoned by the conversation, Culebra’s past stumbles into his bar in the form of an old buddy cashing in a favor. Soon Anna, Culebra and her ex, DEA agent Max, find themselves deep in Mexico, dealing with drug cartel infighting, old vendettas and missing girls. Mexico just may prove to be Anna’s best match yet…

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Hard not to get pulled in

  • By Ali on 03-25-13

Slow

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

Reviewed: 09-21-13

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

It was Ok, the story was very slow.

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

Predictable

Which character – as performed by Dina Pearlman – was your favorite?

All of them

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

Yes

Any additional comments?

Yes, make her a VAMPIRE and not this stumbling, inept, embarrassing one.

  • Full Blooded

  • Jessica McClain, Book 1
  • By: Amanda Carlson
  • Narrated by: Casey Holloway
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 196
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 176

It's not easy being a girl. It's even harder when you're the only girl in a family of werewolves. But it's next to impossible when your very existence spells out the doom of your race.... Meet Jessica McClain - she just became part of the pack. In the vein of Kelley Armstrong and Patricia Briggs, a new urban fantasy that rewrites the werewolf myth....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible narration ruined it for me

  • By Roberta on 10-14-12

Narrator Kills Story

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

Reviewed: 10-13-12

What did you love best about Full Blooded?

Good story.

What other book might you compare Full Blooded to and why?

Silver Borne

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Casey Holloway?

Lorelei King

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

??

Any additional comments?

Narrator kills this story. Sounds like she was reading the story for the first time. The halting naration is really bad.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • A Feast for Crows

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 31 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,637
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,845
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,869

It is not long before the survivors, outlaws, renegades, and carrion eaters start to gather, picking over the bones of the dead and fighting for the spoils of the soon-to-be dead. Now in the Seven Kingdoms, as the human crows assemble over a banquet of ashes, daring new plots and dangerous new alliances are formed, while surprising faces, some familiar, others only just appearing, are seen emerging from an ominous twilight of past struggles and chaos to take up the challenges ahead.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • No Roy Dotrice

  • By Aaron on 12-07-05

Shameful

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

Reviewed: 12-18-11

If you could sum up A Feast for Crows in three words, what would they be?

Very Poorly Narrated

How could the performance have been better?

I can't believe this narration got by the author. It is so overly acted that is hard to concentrate on the story. Shameful!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Does Pissed off count??