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Julia A. Gagne

Orlando, Florida
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  • The Twelfth Card

  • A Lincoln Rhyme Novel
  • By: Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 730
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 388
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 394

Best-selling master of suspense Jeffery Deaver is back with a brand-new Lincoln Rhyme thriller. To save the life of a young girl who's being stalked by a ruthless hit man, Lincoln and his protege, Amelia Sachs, are called upon to do the impossible: solve a truly "cold case", one that's 140 years old.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Twelfth Card - Excellent

  • By Orvetta on 09-08-06

Love Lincoln Rhyme but this was disappointing

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-12-18

The reader was miscast. He was not very good at character voices, and in this book, many of the voices had urban, cultural dialects, which are difficult for readers to do authentically. His lack of believability was disrracting, but the book has Issues as well. It is a slow-moving story, and the book includes lots of repetition. Although Lincoln Rhyme is an interesting and complex character, and the cast of characters around him is compelling, it was plot that was the problem this time. I just couldn't stay engaged in the story.

  • Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

  • By: Al Franken
  • Narrated by: Al Franken
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14,720
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,603
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13,463

Al Franken, Giant of the Senate is a book about an unlikely campaign that had an even more improbable ending: the closest outcome in history and an unprecedented eight-month recount saga, which is pretty funny in retrospect. It's a book about what happens when the nation's foremost progressive satirist gets a chance to serve in the United States Senate and, defying the low expectations of the pundit class, actually turns out to be good at it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was reading this when the allegations against Franken came out

  • By Fruitsalad200 on 12-10-17

I laughed, I cried. LOVED it!

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

Reviewed: 07-06-17

Where does Al Franken, Giant of the Senate rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Very high on the list.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

Al Franken reading it himself, with a bit of interpretation. It felt like he was telling stories to me. He's great.

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

I have not, but I definitely will.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Loved the chapter about Ted Cruz. Very informative and scary, actually.

Any additional comments?

I have recommended this book to many people; I learned about the inner workings of a campaign, what it's like to be a satirical political writer, how comedy can interfere with getting elected, what a great state Minnesota is, and what an excellent writer and reader Franken is. Listening to this book is probably MUCH more interesting than reading it, although I'm sure it's a great read too.

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  • Heartbreak Hotel

  • An Alex Delaware Novel, Book 32
  • By: Jonathan Kellerman
  • Narrated by: John Rubinstein
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,222
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,110
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,094

At nearly 100 years old, Thalia Mars is a far cry from the patients that child psychologist Alex Delaware normally treats. But the charming, witty woman convinces Alex to meet with her in a suite at the Aventura, a luxury hotel with a checkered history. What Thalia wants from Alex are answers to unsettling questions - about guilt, patterns of criminal behavior, victim selection. When Alex asks the reason for her morbid fascination, Thalia promises to tell all during their next session. When he shows up the following morning, he is met with silence: Thalia is dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Start at the beginning

  • By JAMES on 03-04-17

So disappointed in this book.

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

Reviewed: 03-08-17

Would you try another book from Jonathan Kellerman and/or John Rubinstein?

From John Rubinstein, definitely! He was great: wonderful character voices, and he really illustrates the difference in readers between actors and just people who read well. He's an Actor!

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

No. Will be on the look-out for them now, though.

Do you think Heartbreak Hotel needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Nope. The story wrapped up, no follow-up necessary.

Any additional comments?

This book was tedious. After an interesting beginning, the plot became intense and very lengthy exposition about characters we had never met, descriptions of people, places, and events which went on and on, and I was very disappointed. I have lately taken to removing quite a few best-selling authors from my list of people to read, and I am so sorry to say, I won't be coming back to Jonathan Kellerman. Maybe he needs to find a new set of characters to write about, and begin a new series. If he did so, I might give him another chance.

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  • Born to Run

  • By: Bruce Springsteen
  • Narrated by: Bruce Springsteen
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,086
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,612
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,582

In 2009, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed at the Super Bowl's halftime show. The experience was so exhilarating that Bruce decided to write about it. That's how this extraordinary autobiography began. Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life, bringing to this audio the same honesty, humor, and originality found in his songs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Boss demonstrates his strong work ethic and dedication to excellence as he tells his story.

  • By Tim on 12-21-16

Overall disappointing

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

Reviewed: 12-18-16

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

Not really. I think the material as written did not lend itself to being read aloud, especially by a non-actor. This book may well be more interesting on the page, but for me the wording was stilted read aloud.

Would you ever listen to anything by Bruce Springsteen again?

Music yes. Him reading something, probably not.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Sure.

Any additional comments?

I did not finish the book. It's long, and it did not engage my interest.

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  • Personal

  • A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 19
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,355
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,847
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,837

"You can leave the army, but the army doesn’t leave you. Not always. Not completely," notes Jack Reacher - and sure enough, the retired military cop is soon pulled back into service. This time, for the State Department and the CIA. Someone has taken a shot at the president of France in the City of Light. The bullet was American. The distance between the gunman and the target was exceptional. How many snipers can shoot from three-quarters of a mile with total confidence? Very few, but John Kott - an American marksman gone bad - is one of them...

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Lee and Dick seem tired

  • By Jeffrey Rose on 09-06-14

Disappointing in several ways.

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

Reviewed: 09-05-16

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

Probably not, for two key reasons. The story did not engage my interest the way Reacher novels typically do. I think Lee Child is an excellent storyteller, but this book wasn't as strong, plot-wise. I also thought Dick Hill was definitely not the right reader for this book.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

When there was action as opposed to exposition, planning, description, the story moved along and was interesting. The least interesting is that there was not enough action or personal insight.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dick Hill?

I don't know who the best narrator would have been. I think Mr. Hill does character voices quite well, especially males. His style is very precise and steady and a bit slow-paced. I have only read the Reacher books, and never listened to them, and for me, Mr. Hill sounded too old and too proper and stogy to narrate in first person as Jack Reacher. I could not get past the distraction of how wrong that sounded. I see that many people very much enjoy Mr. Hill narrating the Reacher novels, so I realize this is very subjective. I think maybe direction could have helped him a bit, but I will not listen to another Reacher novel narrated by him. Just not the correct casting!

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

No. There's a series. I'm sure there's already a 'next book' in the series.

Any additional comments?

This is the first audible book with which I've had a problem. Typically the casting is great and the narration adds to and enriches the experience of the book. Reacher is described so exactly and so many times throughout the books that it's difficult not to get a very strong visual picture of him. The word choices, how he puts words together, the slang in his language: all play a part in how he would sound. It was just a miss for me.

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  • You

  • By: Caroline Kepnes
  • Narrated by: Santino Fontana
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,451
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,691
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,677

Beck is everything Joe has ever wanted: she's gorgeous, tough, razor-smart, and sexy beyond his wildest dreams. Joe needs to have her, and he'll stop at nothing to do so. As he begins to insinuate himself into her life - her friendships, her email, her phone - she can’t resist her feelings for a guy who seems custom-made for her. So when her boyfriend, Benji, mysteriously disappears, Beck and Joe fall into a tumultuous affair. But there's more to Beck than her oh-so-perfect façade.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow. This. Book.

  • By Emily - Audible on 07-17-15

Strongest performance, compelling story

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

Reviewed: 03-24-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this compelling book to my friends, mostly because of the amazing reading by Santino Fontana. The book is told in first person, and the actor is perfect for the role. The writing is compelling, the author has an ear for realistic dialogue and inner monologue, it's unique and intriguing.

What about Santino Fontana’s performance did you like?

Fontana embodied the voice of the character; he did just the right level of character voices when he, as the character Joe, was imitating others as he told his story. The pace was perfect, the tone was scary in its straight-forwardness: it was a perfect pairing of story and voice and interpretation.

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

Gripping, scary, funny, erotic: this film has it all!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful