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Bree Salyer

Ocala, FL
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  • The Sleep Tight Motel

  • Dark Corners Collection, Book 2
  • By: Lisa Unger
  • Narrated by: Amy Landon
  • Length: 1 hr and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 221
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 217

Eve has a fake ID, a .38, and a violent lover receding in the rearview mirror. He’ll never find her at the isolated motel, and its kindly manager is happy to ease her fears. But if Eve is the only guest, whom does she keep hearing on the other side of the wall? Eve won’t get a good night’s rest until she finds out.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The reading is flat, dull, and awful

  • By Chynna Blue on 10-01-18

Juvenile with horrible narration

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

Reviewed: 10-14-18

I dont know how to even start with how bad this was. Everything about this was amateurish and totally predictable. It was like hearing a bunch of cliches all thrown in to one story. And the narration was awful. Especially the male characters. Its ridiculous when some females try to lower their voices dramatically and only end up making the men sound like, well honestly I don't even know what to compare it to, but it sounds so cheezy and totally ruins the narrative. Also, absolutely nothing, and I mean nothing, was scary about this short. Hard pass on this one.

  • The Highway

  • By: C. J. Box
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 949
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 856
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 862

When teenagers Danielle and Gracie Sullivan take a clandestine car trip to visit their friend in Montana, little do they know it's the last time anyone will ever hear from them again. The girls and their car simply vanish. Cody Hoyt, who's just lost his job and has fallen off the wagon after a long stretch of sobriety, is in no condition to investigate. But his son Justin, who the girls were going to visit, and his former partner, Cassie Dewell, convince him to drive south to their last known location. As Cody makes his way to the remote stretch of Montana highway where the girls went missing, Cassie discovers that there have been scores of similar disappearances in the state.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What a twist

  • By Dennis on 08-22-13

Couldn't stop listening

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

Reviewed: 10-13-18

I liked this better than the first book, although the first was great too. I just think The Highway had a more intriguing storyline with more things going on, which is what I like in a book. When it centers on one person I start to lose interest, and this certainly did not lose my interest at any point. Just the opposite, in fact. I listened to it every chance I got.

I really like Box's writing style. It is definitely more showing than telling. He really knows how to insert you directly into the story.

I also have to give props to Holter Graham. He did a tremendous job at narrating. I would listen to him again without hesitation. Honestly, I'm hesitant about getting the next in the series only because it isn't read by him. There are very few female narrators that I enjoy (even though I'm female myself) because, let's face it, it's not easy to pull of a masculine inflection. And more often than not, that what ruins it. And Graham did just fine voicing Cassie so I wish they would have continued with him. Especially since I've already attached her character to his voice. It just won't be the same.

  • Back of Beyond

  • By: C. J. Box
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,364
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,196
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,203

Cody Hoyt, while a brilliant cop, is an alcoholic struggling with two months of sobriety when his mentor and AA sponsor Hank Winters is found burned to death in a remote mountain cabin. At first it looks like the suicide of a man who’s fallen off the wagon, but Cody knows Hank better than that....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cody Hoyt is GREAT!

  • By Terry on 08-09-12

Hooked me from the start

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

Reviewed: 09-29-18

I'll start by saying this is the first book I've listened to from this author. I've seen many of his titles around but have been hesitant to pick one up for some reason. Now I wish I'd done so much sooner. This book was very well written and immediately drew me in. It had complex characters, natural dialog and an intricate plot. Pretty much everything I look for in a great read. It's really nice to see a main character who doesn't have a cookie-cutter life where everything falls neatly into place. Most of us don't. I find it much easier to relate to someone who is struggling with real life problems, whatever they may be. I also liked the fact that although there were numerous characters, they were fully developed and each brought something extra to the story. I listened to this in 3 or 4 nights, which is very fast for me. I tend to get bored easily, so that in itself says a lot.

The narrator did an excellent job. I would definitely listen to him again and might actually add him to my list of preferred narrators. It's very hard to find good ones, much less great ones.

Overall, this is very worthy of a purchase or credit and I would highly recommend it.

  • Blood Bound

  • By: Rachel Vincent
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 417
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 380
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 381

Most can’t touch the power. But Liv Warren is special—a paranormal tracker who follows the scent of blood. Liv makes her own rules, and the most important one is trust no one. But when her friend’s daughter goes missing, Liv has no choice but to find the girl. Thanks to a childhood oath,Liv can’t rest until the child is home safe. But that means trusting Cam Caballero, the former lover forbidden to her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good.....

  • By Kathryn Vasquez on 09-05-11

Give me a break

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

Reviewed: 09-13-18

I ran across this in audibles romance package and thought I'd give it a shot. I didn't make it very far before I realized that I had made a mistake. It started out promising with somewhat of a cool premise but around the time the main characters friend showed up demanding her help, I totally lost interest. I mean, who comes at someone asking what she's asking with that level of expectance? And then when the protagonist gave in the way she did because she felt obligated to do this thing I couldn't take anymore. That and the dialogue feels very immature. On that note, the narrator was decent with narration and female voices but horrible with masculine characters.

That's the only problem with the romance package.... it's mainly cheesy bottom of the barrel stuff.

  • After Nightfall

  • By: A. J. Banner
  • Narrated by: Teri Schnaubelt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 207
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 173
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 171

Imagine your closest friend utterly betraying you. Years later, when she seeks forgiveness, you invite her to your engagement party as a gesture of reconciliation. But seething hostilities rise to the surface, ruining everyone’s evening. After an awful night, your friend’s battered, lifeless body is found at the bottom of a rocky cliff. Newly engaged Marissa Parlette is living this nightmare. She should be celebrating her upcoming wedding, but she can’t shake the image of her friend lying dead on the beach. Did she fall? Was she pushed? Or did she take a purposeful step into darkness?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great

  • By Amussue on 08-18-18

pretty engaging read

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

Reviewed: 09-09-18

This was the first book I've listened to by this author and it was pretty decent, but just average. Caught my attention early on and held it through until the end. Several times I thought I had it figured out only to change my mind because something else happened. Some of the events were definitely convenient to the storyline, but not so much that it was totally implausible. Well, until the end which had a totally unnecessary "twist". The main character was a bit annoying and reacted to things in a somewhat stupid manner. I kept picturing myself in her situation and wondering if I would react that way. The rest of the characters had depth too but I still didn't care for many of them.

The narration was okay, but the narrator's almost uppity inflection at the end of every sentence kind of grated on my nerves. And maybe its just me, but I hate when female narrators deepen their voices for male parts. For non-voice actors it usually sounds ridiculous and takes me completely out of the story. But at the same time, I've heard far worse performances and listened my way through the entire thing.

I wanted to keep listening and finished it in a couple of days, which is s good thing. I usually get bored and switch to another book, so that in itself tells you something!

  • City of Ghosts

  • By: Victoria Schwab
  • Narrated by: Reba Buhr
  • Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107

Ever since Cass almost drowned (okay, she did drown, but she doesn't like to think about it), she can pull back the Veil that separates the living from the dead...and enter the world of spirits. Her best friend is even a ghost. So things are already pretty strange. But they're about to get much stranger. When Cass's parents start hosting a TV show about the world's most haunted places, the family heads off to Edinburgh, Scotland. Here, graveyards, castles, and secret passageways teem with restless phantoms. And then Cass meets a girl who shares her "gift"....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A charming if simplistic novella

  • By Louis Edelman on 10-14-18

An Intriguing adventure<br />

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

This was my first attempt reading something by this author and I ended up being pleasantly surprised. Though it was definitely geared toward young adults, older readers may still appreciate it. It was well written and though rather short in length, managed to pull off a fully developed storyline. Cute characters and solid narration.

  • Borderline

  • The Arcadia Project, Book 1
  • By: Mishell Baker
  • Narrated by: Arden Hammersmith
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202

A year ago Millie lost her legs and her filmmaking career in a failed suicide attempt. Just when she's sure the credits have rolled on her life story, she gets a second chance with the Arcadia Project: a secret organization that polices the traffic to and from a parallel reality filled with creatures straight out of myth and fairy tales. For her first assignment, Millie is tasked with tracking down a missing movie star who also happens to be a nobleman of the Seelie Court.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's the characters

  • By Ken Schneyer on 02-11-17

A league of its own

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

Reviewed: 08-19-18

I was pleasantly surprised by this novel. I'm honestly not sure what made me choose this or where I even came across this title as it's not my normal cup of tea. However, I will say that it was definitely worth the credit. The plot was refreshing, very different from the plethora of cookie cutter storylines out there these days. Even the background characters had depth to them. I found that Millie was easy to relate to, even with (or maybe especially because of) her disorder. It was nice to see a heroine who wasn't flawless for once. I didn't agree with some of her actions, or reactions, but that's what it is to be human. And insecure. And feel like you're alone and searching for your place in a world you dont fit in.

It took me awhile to get used to the narrator's male voices, but it's honestly hard to find a female narrator who CAN voice males accurately, and hers were better than the norm. All in all she did a pretty excellent job.

I sped through this and will be getting the next in the series.

  • The Others

  • By: Jeremy Robinson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 775
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 740
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 737

Dan Delgado is a private investigator. He’s unenthusiastic, and unmatched. As a former San Francisco detective, he misses more meaningful work, but he hasn’t had the heart for it since his wife’s death five years prior. That is, until a phone call from a distraught mother, an illegal immigrant who can’t go to the police, puts him on the hunt for a missing little girl. By the time he reaches the mother’s small home, she’s missing, too. Then a team of heavily armed mercenaries arrive. Delgado and crew are plunged into a dangerous world of corporate competition, UFO lore, and government cover-ups.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Action packed humor

  • By Bree Salyer on 07-31-18

Action packed humor

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

Reviewed: 07-31-18

There's so much to like about this book. The story is a bit cray-cray, but in a humorous adventure sort of way. It starts out relatively serious with Dan Delgado and his "elderly" (I use the term very loosely) assistant searching for a missing child, then turns into an all out cluster#$%. The characters are phenomenal... we should all have a Winnie in our lives! But I like Lindo, the Uber driver just as much, if not more.

R.C. Bray has an uncanny ability to portray the perfect tone in any character he reads, but in this particular instance its almost as if the story was written specifically to cater to his natural sarcasm. They could not have found a better fit.

Listeners beware, however. About halfway through Audible chapter 19 (verbally chapter 17, I think) the audio starts back at the beginning. it seems to only last the last half of that section, but I don't know if you miss any of the actual recording. When the next chapter starts, it seems to pick back up again.

Other than that, quite worthy of a credit.

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  • A Game of Thrones

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 33 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93,150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80,309
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 80,249

In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Review of First 5 Books

  • By DCinMI on 09-12-13

Nobody is safe

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

Reviewed: 07-02-18

First I'll start with saying that I have mixed feelings about the audiobook. I have watched the entire HBO series (well, at least through season 5 since nothing beyond that has been filmed yet) and I was looking for something to fill the void in the interim. I have been putting off obtaining the audiobooks only because I was not impressed with the samples I heard of Roy Dotrice's narration. It is so hard to find a great narrator and I have been spurned many times over in other listens. And although there is a huge fan base out there for Dotrice, the short samples I heard did not please me in the least. BUT, I thought, based on the number of high praise reviews, what would it hurt to give it a shot? So, I finally did.

I was pleasantly surprised at how close the storyline from the show and the novel remained. Sometimes directors take such drastic liberties that ruin the original writing. This is not the case in this instance which was a pro and a con for me, personally. On one hand, the novel helped me understand the characters and plot on a much deeper level. I'm not going to lie, there was a lot from the show that I didn't understand. There was so much going on that I don't know if it got lost in translation or if I'm just not as smart as I'd like to be! So being in the characters heads definitely cleared a lot of issues up for me. On the other hand, it kind of felt like it was moving very very slowly. I think, because I knew what was coming next and in some cases wanted to quickly skip all the filler. At the same time, Martin's writing style is so perfect in all aspects that you almost don't want to miss a word. From his descriptions to his dialogue to the inner workings of his characters minds, the flow is smoother than anything I've ever read (or heard) before.

Personally, I already had opinions formed from having watched the show. And it was incredibly hard for me to do anything other than picture the actors who portray the characters on TV. Luckily, they did such a good job casting that they almost go hand in hand with the actual depiction in the novels. I hate Joffrey as much in the books as I do in the show. Luckily, I already know what happens to him so that's a plus. But that brings me to another point... no one is safe. In a way that's good because characters you loathe whom have a way of bouncing back time after time could still "get theirs" in the end. However, those you fall in love with often have a higher chance of losing their lives too early. You just never know. Anything could happen at any time. I honestly don't know how Martin does it. He weaves such intricate and heartbreaking stories in a way that seems so effortless.

As far as the vocal performance, though I do believe Roy Dotrice's narration was outstanding in many ways, I couldn't get past the actual sound of his voice for two reasons. First, none of the characters, though half the cast is literally under the age of 18, sound like they are under the age of 60. Secondly, half of his voices have lisps (for lack of a better term). Especially Lord Varys - it sounds like he is missing the entirety of his front teeth. Don't get me wrong, the pacing and inflection were amazing, and I was able to listen to the entire book because of it, but I still struggled listening through certain parts. Of course, everyone is different and most loved Dotrice in every way. Even though he's not exactly my favorite, I believe it will be very hard to fill his shoes when the next novels come out.

I will be continuing to the next in the series. If you're even remotely interested, whether you've watched the show or not, I promise you won't be disappointed.

  • The Outsider

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,941
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,467
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,351

An 11-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City's most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Average at best

  • By Joe F. on 09-30-18

Finally a book worth listening to

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

Reviewed: 05-29-18

I'm an avid King fan. His books are generally amazing in both content and prose, no formulas, no repetitive storylines, always fresh and enthralling. However, most of the audiobook performances, like the majority of his b-movie style TV productions, seem to fall flat. There have been a few that have made use of narrators able to do the material justice but in my personal opinion those have been few and far between. This go-round was a perfect pairing of story and narration. Will Patton did an outstanding job.

I was hooked from the beginning and listened to the entire thing within the course of a long weekend. Which for me is unusual, as I tend to get bored easily and jump from book to book depending on my mood. So that in itself is indicative of a well-done audio.

Some reviewers stated that King should've stuck to his Maine locale, but I found the non-use of his fictional town domains to be refreshing. What starts out as a horrible but intriguing murder mystery quickly becomes a paradox of who and how and in the process we meet many faces, one, in particular, familiar to some. I did also enjoy one scene that I would not have wanted to read alone at night... I'm rather glad that the out-loud narration seemed to make it less scary than my head-voice would have portrayed it. And though the ending seemed a little lackluster, for me, it was still fully worth the ride.

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