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Josephine

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  • A Rage in Harlem: A Grave Digger & Coffin Ed Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Chester Himes
    • Narrated By Samuel L. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (380)
    Performance
    (344)
    Story
    (342)

    Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction, Star Wars films), fresh off the success of his uproarious, Audie-nominated performance of the mock children’s book Go the F**k to Sleep, delivers a swaggering, darkly-humored rendering of Chester Himes’ classic first novel.

    Rebecca Roztocil says: "Excellent Reading!"
    "Not bad"
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    I started this series on a whim and because I wanted to see if Samuel L. Jackson was a good narrator. Well........he's great! I enjoyed the story line as well. Looking forward to the next book with another one of my favorite narrators, Dion Graham.
    Dion, you've got some big shoes to fill!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Robert B. Parker's Cheap Shot: A Spenser Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ace Atkins
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (86)

    Kinjo Heywood is one of the New England Patriots’ marquee players - a hard-nosed linebacker who’s earned his reputation as one of the toughest guys in the league. When off-field violence repeatedly lands Heywood in the news, his slick agent hires Spenser to find the men who he says have been harassing his client.

    Josephine says: "I thought I had lost Spenser"
    "I thought I had lost Spenser"
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    If you could sum up Robert B. Parker's Cheap Shot in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, witty, nice


    What other book might you compare Robert B. Parker's Cheap Shot to and why?

    I really can't make a comparison because this is Ace's first attempt.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any scene with Hawk.


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

    ?


    Any additional comments?

    I thought that after Robert B. Parker's death that was the end of Spenser. However, Ace Atkins has done a formidable job of carrying on the Spenser tradition. He has adequately gotten the nuances of Spenser's psyche and has accurately portrayed the supporting characters. I would suggest to continue with Joe Mantegna's narrating the series. He also gets the characters. I've listened to other narrators of the Spenser books and there is NO comparison to Joe M.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Standing at the Scratch Line

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Guy Johnson
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (35)

    Raised in the steamy bayous of New Orleans in the early 1900s, LeRoi "King" Tremain, caught up in his family's ongoing feud with the rival DuMont family, learns to fight. But when the teenage King mistakenly kills two white deputies during a botched raid on the DuMonts, the Tremains' fear of reprisal forces King to flee Louisiana.

    Kim Venatries says: "Excellent! Four Stars Plus"
    "King Tremaine is a Bad Mother!"
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    If you could sum up Standing at the Scratch Line in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, Thoughtful, Stimulating.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Of course, King Tremaine. He's a character that while he has violent tendencies, you understand where he's coming from. Plus he's fair.


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

    Yes, Dion is one of my favorite narrators. He did a very good job with this book.


    Who was the most memorable character of Standing at the Scratch Line and why?

    I actually liked Samson. Even though he was technically a part of King's rival family, he supported King like no one else did because of how King treated him.


    Any additional comments?

    The production of this book was not smooth, on many occasions, I could hear the narrator drinking and swallowing.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Wanted Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Eric Jerome Dickey
    • Narrated By Zoë Bell, Dominic Hoffman
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (109)

    The Trinidad contract was supposed to be simple: To make a living man become a dead man. When the job goes bad under the watchful eye of a bank security camera, there is nowhere for agent MX-401, known as Reaper, to hide from the fearsome local warlords, the Laventille Killers. Her employers, the Barbarians, send her to Barbados, the next island over, barely two hundred miles away, with the LK's in hot pursuit of the woman who took many of their own.

    D. Arena says: "Wow... another flop...."
    "Not one of his best"
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    What would have made A Wanted Woman better?

    Better story line and narrator


    What could Eric Jerome Dickey have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    This story line might appeal to a very specific group of people. It is not one that can satisfy someone who is new to the author and/ or locale of the book.


    How could the performance have been better?

    A different narrator completely. There were 2 but one just introduced particular scenes. The main narrator was dry, monotone and the accents all sounded the same. I got tired listening because the narrator sounded tired of talking.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Very disappointed. Usually EJD has me on the edge with bated breath. This one did NOT.


    Any additional comments?

    I have not even finished the book and I'm thinking about returning it. Do not waste a credit on this one. I may try reading it to see if I feel any differently but I'll borrow a copy. People were stating in other comments that this was the female Gideon. She is NOT, nowhere near. I'll wait for the next Gideon book narrated hopefully by Dion Graham.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Just One Night

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Kyra Davis
    • Narrated By Grace Grant
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (190)

    In this New York Times best-selling erotic trilogy, a buttoned-up businesswoman takes her friend's advice and has a fling with a stranger on a trip to Vegas - only to find herself under his mysterious, sexy power both in the boardroom and the bedroom.

    NORMA says: "Amazing and Different!!!!"
    "Just ok"
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    Would you listen to Just One Night again? Why?

    No, I'm a fan of the Sophie Katz series and thought that I would enjoy this one. It was just okay to me. It was predictable.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    It was too long. The story could have been told in half of the time.. Either more plot twists or shorten the story.


    What about Grace Grant’s performance did you like?

    The narrator was decent. I would probably look for more books done by her.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, it took a couple of days.


    Any additional comments?

    While I wouldn't return the book, I was just a little disappointed but not enough that I won't listen to another Kyra Davis book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Leader of the Pack

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (439)
    Performance
    (377)
    Story
    (373)

    Over the course of his legal career, Andy Carpenter has lost a few cases. But that doesn't mean he forgets his clients. Andy has always been convinced that Joey Desimone, a man convicted of murder nine years ago, was innocent and believes that Joey's family's connections to organized crime played a pivotal role in his conviction. While there isn't much Andy can do for him while he serves out his prison sentence, Joey suggests that he check up on Joey's elderly uncle.

    Richard Delman says: "Rosenfelt and Gardner do it again; smooth as butta"
    "Andy Carpenter is upset that he won!"
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    Where does Leader of the Pack rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I stumbled upon this series and love it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Andy is my favorite character in every book.


    What does Grover Gardner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Grover does a great job at identifying each character.


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

    There's always a laugh in store with Andy.


    Any additional comments?

    This story line was one of the most interesting and satisfying of the series so far. Just when I thought I had it figured out, I didn't. Mr. Rosenfelt got me with this one. Plus the fact that I'm a Jersey girl makes this series even more enjoyable because I can relate and remember places and attitudes of the area. I'm one book away from the end and will be waiting for the next book. This is also a series that each book can be on it's own. You done lose any history. But I would suggest following the series because it's just FUN!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8691)
    Performance
    (7839)
    Story
    (7843)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Best Grisham since The Testament"
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    What did you love best about Sycamore Row?

    I like the bridging of time between this and A Time to Kill


    What other book might you compare Sycamore Row to and why?

    The Testament for the basis of the story


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

    This was my first time listening to Michael Beck and I have to say that his performance was tremendous!!!


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

    I had all reactions while listening to this book. I laughed, cried, cursed, and sympathized.


    Any additional comments?

    This book while it is a "sequel" can stand on its own. Don't miss the opportunity to listen to this one. It will be time well spent. The characters are fleshed out appropriately, the plot moves steadily and the twists are delightful. This is Grisham at his best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Denene Millner, Nick Chiles
    • Narrated By Peter Jay Fernandez, Cherise Booth, J. D. Jackson
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Essence best-selling authors of Love Don’t Live Here Anymore, the husband/wife team of Chiles and Millner use a dramatic “he said, she said” approach in a novel that carries listeners right into the hearts of two lifelong friends. Aaron and Nina grew up on the same street and have been best buddies for 25 years. Now they wonder if they might ruin their relationship if they make room in it for passion and romance.

    Josephine says: "Better than the last he/she book"
    "Better than the last he/she book"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It needed maybe 1 or 2 more chapters at the end of the book. I felt a like I was left hanging a bit.


    Would you recommend A Love Story to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would but I would warn them that it's pretty predictable. However, I like the he said/she said concept of presentation.


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

    I like that there are different people narrating the book. However, the production leaves a little bit to be desired when I can hear the narrator swallowing while reading.


    Was A Love Story worth the listening time?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    I have been a fan of Denene and Nick for many years and I think they should write more together. But I would invest in a really good editor to round out the story line. You are both very talented writers and you are doing yourselves an injustice not to put out complete work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Center

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1516)
    Performance
    (519)
    Story
    (520)

    Carpenter, the Paterson, N.J., lawyer whose wealth allows him to work as seldom as he chooses, is recovering from the loss of the love of his life, Laurie Collins, who has moved home to Findlay, Wis., to become the acting chief of police. When Laurie calls Andy for help after arresting 21-year-old Jeremy Davidson for murders that she thinks he didn't commit, Andy can't resist heading off to Findlay with his faithful dog, Tara.

    J. says: "What a Hoot!"
    "I'm loving this series"
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    If you could sum up Dead Center in three words, what would they be?

    funny, intriging and even suspenseful


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Not on the edge but close enough


    What does Grover Gardner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Grover has a way of giving each character their own personality.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    If you're looking for a funny murder mystery series, this is it. I haven't gotten to a bad book yet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Relic: Pendergast, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4172)
    Performance
    (2610)
    Story
    (2638)

    Just days before a massive exhibition opens at the popular New York Museum of Natural History, visitors are being savagely murdered in the museum's dark hallways and secret rooms. Autopsies indicate that the killer cannot be human. But the museum's directors plan to go ahead with a big bash to celebrate the new exhibition, in spite of the murders. Museum researcher Margo Green must find out who - or what - is doing the killing.

    Snoodely says: "Non-Perishable"
    "Sucker for a Series"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I started this series on a recommendation from a friend. It wasn't that bad. The lead in was a bit slow but once the story got going it was pretty good. If you like sci-fi, this would be a good book for you.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Agent Predergast is the truth! Funny but dry wit.


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

    No


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

    Same as the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hard Way

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1641)
    Performance
    (1022)
    Story
    (1017)

    Jack Reacher was alone, the way he liked it, soaking up the hot, electric New York City night, watching a man cross the street to a parked Mercedes and drive it away. The car contained one million dollars in ransom money. And Edward Lane, the man who paid it, will pay even more to get his family back. Lane runs a highly illegal soldiers-for-hire operation.

    Ed says: "Picks up at the conclusion"
    "Not the best Reacher"
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    What disappointed you about The Hard Way?

    the story line was very convoluted. Even though Reacher usually stumbles into situations, how he gets into this one was kinda dumb. I won't spoil it for you. Plus the usual action that I have come to expect from Jack was not there until almost the very end. I think you could probably skip this book in the series and not miss anything.


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    Had to get used to Dick's performance, but now he's JR to me. He may need to have someone else do the female voices though.


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

    not really


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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