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jaye

AUDIBLE MAKES READING POSSIBLE AND EASY FOR ME...I AM VISUALLY IMPAIRED. I WISH THEY HAD ALL THE BOOKS I WANT I WOULD SNAP THEM UP!

GREENWICH, CT, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Handmaid's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Claire Danes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3306)
    Performance
    (2978)
    Story
    (2994)

    Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

    Melinda says: "Not So Far-Fetched -- Still Chilling"
    "ENTIRELY DONE FIRST PERSON FORMAT."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    NOT REALLY. IT WAS TEDIOUS. AND I THINK I DON'T CARE FOR FIRST PERSON FORMAT. THE STORY WAS NOT APPEALING TO ME AS AN ADULT. TEENAGERS MITE LIKE IT. TOO MUCH LIKE A FIARYTALE.


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

    CHANGED IT TO THRID PERSON FORMAT. MAKE THE STORY HAVE A LOT MORE SUBSTANCE.


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

    SHE DID THE BEST SHE COULD WITH THE BOOK. I WILL PROBABLY NOT READ IT AGAIN.


    Did The Handmaid's Tale inspire you to do anything?

    TO MAKE AN EFFORT TO AVOID FIRST PERSON FORMAT BOOKS.


    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • If I Can't Have You:: Susan Powell, Her Mysterious Disappearance, and the Murder of Her Children

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Gregg Olsen, Rebecca Morris
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington, Kevin Pierce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (81)

    The tragic story of Susan Powell and her murdered boys, Charlie and Braden, is the only case that rivals the Jon Benet Ramsey saga in the annals of true crime. When the pretty, blonde Utah mother went missing in December of 2009 the media was swept up in the story - with lenses and microphones trained on Susan's husband, Josh. He said he had no idea what happened to his young wife, and that he and the boys had been camping in the middle of a snowstorm.

    your mom says: "Disturbingly Gripping"
    "ENJOYED THIS STORY VERY MUCN"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of If I Can't Have You: to be better than the print version?

    I DON'T KNOW. NEVER READ IT. CAN'T READ ANYMORE.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of If I Can't Have You:?

    I DON'T KNOW IF THERE WERE WHAT YOU CALL MEMORABLE MOMENTS IN THIS BOOK. I GUESS WHEN THE QUIRKS IN JOSH'S AND STEVES PERSONALITIES STARTED BEING REVEALED.


    What does Laural Merlington and Kevin Pierce bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    THEY READ CRISPLY AND CLEARLY.


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

    I FOUND IT HARD TO BELIEVE THAT STEVE COULD BE SUCH A WIERDO. JOSH WAS TOO--A VERY ODD FAMILY.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • White Lines

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Tracy Brown
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    Overall
    (381)
    Performance
    (327)
    Story
    (334)

    Jada left home at the age of sixteen, running from her own demons and the horrors of physical abuse inflicted by her mother’s boyfriend. She partied hard, and life seemed good when she was with Born, the neighborhood kingpin whose name was synonymous with money, power, and respect. But all his love couldn’t save her from a crack addiction. Jada goes from crack addict and prostitute to survivor and back again before she finds the strength to live for herself and come out on top.

    Dornetta says: "A very compelling story"
    "NO CHARACTER IN THIS STORY WAS WORTHWHILE"
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    What would have made White Lines better?

    IF THE BOOK DID NOT TRY TO MAKE YOU LIKE THESE WORTHLESS PEOPLE. THE HYPOCRISY WAS SO THICK.


    Has White Lines turned you off from other books in this genre?

    GENERE? IF YOU MEAN STORIES ABOUT DRUG DEALERS. I THINK SO. UNLESS THE BOOK IS HONEST. THIS ONE ISN'T.


    What about Allyson Johnson’s performance did you like?

    O I LOVED THE PREFORMANCE. AS WELL AS THE SOUND EFFECTS. IT WAS THE ONE BRIGHT SPOT IN THE BOOK.


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

    DISBELIEF. AND FINALLY I JUST DRAGGED THRU THE LAST HOUR OF TTHE BOOK. IT WAS PRETENTIOUS. I CAN NOT SEE HOW ANY AUTHOR COULD MAKE ME LIKE THESE PEOPLE. ALL OF THEM WERE LOW LIFES.


    Any additional comments?

    I REALLY LOVED THE SOUND EFFECTS...GUNS SHOOTING. DOORS KNOCKING, DOORBELLS RINGING. I WISH MORE BOOKS DID THIS. IT REALLY MADE IT AUDIO! BUT THE STORY WAS WORTHLESS AND I WON'T READ ANOTHER BY THIS AUTHOR.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Descent into Hell: The True Story of an Altar Boy, a Cheerleader, and a Twisted Texas Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kathryn Casey
    • Narrated By Gillian Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (57)

    Bright, attractive, and both from good families, University of Texas college student Colton Pitonyak and vibrant redhead Jennifer Cave had the world at their beckoning. Cave, an ex-cheerleader, had just landed an exciting new job, while a big-money scholarship to UT's prestigious business school lured Pitonyak to Austin. Yet the former altar boy had a dark, unpredictable streak. When Jennifer failed to show up for work on August 18, 2005, her mother became frightened. Sharon Cave's search led to Colton's West Campus apartment, where Jennifer's family discovered a scene worthy of the grisliest horror movie.

    Sharon says: "Not my cup of tea."
    "NOT THE BEST TRUE CRIME CASE BUT IT WAS WELL DONE."
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    Where does A Descent into Hell rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    NOT VERY HIGH. IT WAS PASSABLE. NOT BECAUSE OF THE WRITING, BUT I FOUND THE STORY NOT THAT INTERESTING.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Kathryn Casey? Why or why not?

    YES. I WILL WANT TO BE SURE THE TRUE CRIME CASE IS MORE INTERESTING.


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

    DEADLY LITTLE SECRETS. IT WAS A MORE INTERESTING BOOK.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    REALLY, I DON'T THINK YOU PICK UP TIDBITS READING TRUE CRIME.


    Any additional comments?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Go

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lisa Scottoline
    • Narrated By Jeremy Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (141)

    When Dr. Mike Scanlon is called to serve as an army doctor in Afghanistan, he’s acutely aware of the dangers he’ll face and the hardships it will bring his wife, Chloe, and their newborn baby. And deep inside, he doesn’t think of himself as a hero, but a healer. However, in an ironic turn of events, as Mike operates on a wounded soldier in a war-torn country, Chloe dies at home in the suburbs, in an apparently freak household accident. Devastated, he returns home to bury her, only to discover that the life he left behind has fallen apart.

    laall says: "Annoying"
    "THIS AUTHOR KNOWS HOW TO RUIN A REAL GOOD STORY"
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    What did you like best about Don't Go? What did you like least?

    I LIKED THE PLOT VERY MUCH. I DID NOT LIKE THE WAY THINGS GOT WRAPPED UP IN THE END. IT RUINED THE WHOLE BOOK.


    What was most disappointing about Lisa Scottoline’s story?

    THE ENDING. IT WAS JUST TOO MUCH. THIS IS THE SECOND BOOK I READ BY THIS AUTHOR THAT WAS VERY ENJOYABLE THRU THE BOOK WHERE THE LAST FEW CHAPTERS MESSED THE WHOLE THING UP.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    THERE WERE MANY ENJOYABLE SCENES. I CANT PICK A FAVOITE.


    Was Don't Go worth the listening time?

    YES IT WAS EVEN THO I GAVE IT A POOR RATING. BECAUSE THRUOUT MOST OF THE BOOK IT WAS EXTREMELY ENJOYABLE.


    Any additional comments?

    THIS AUTHOR HAS SUCH POTENTIAL IN HER BOOKS. BUT I DOUBT I WILL BUY ANOTHER ONE BECAUSE THE PLOT WAS FINE UNTIL THEY COMPLICATED IT. ANOTHER BOOK WITH A MURDER IN IT THAT ADDED NOTHING TO THE STORY.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bitter Almonds: The True Story of Mothers, Daughters, and the Seattle Cyanide Murders

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Gregg Olsen
    • Narrated By Kevin Pierce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    Stella Nickell's small-time world was one of big-time dreams. In 1986, her biggest one came true when her husband died during a seizure, making her the beneficiary of a $175,000-plus insurance payoff - until authorities discovered that Bruce Nickell's headache capsules had been laced with cyanide. In an attempt to cover her tracks, Stella did the unconscionable. She saw to it that a stranger would also become a 'random casualty' of cyanide-tainted painkillers.

    Scott says: "Page turner"
    "TOO MUCH REPETITION. BORING BORING BORING"
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    Would you try another book from Gregg Olsen and/or Kevin Pierce?

    I DON'T KNOW. I HAVE READ SEVERAL. THEY WERE OK BUT THIS ONE WAS REALLY POORLY WRITTEN. I HAVE ALREADY BOUGHT ONE MORE BY HIM AND AM NOT SURE I WANT TO READ IT BUT I WILL TRY IT.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Gregg Olsen again?

    AS I SAID ABOVE IT WAS VERY REPETATIVE. JUST TELL THE STORY IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER AND STOP REPEATING WHAT I ALREADY HEARD. IT COULD HAVE BEEN AT LEAST ONE THIRD SHORTER.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I REALLY CAN'T SAY. IT WAS SO CHOPPY THAT I COULD NOT FOCUS ON ONE SCENE.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Bitter Almonds?

    WHEN SOMETHING IS TOLD FOUR AND FIVE TIEMS IT SHOULD BE EDITED OUT THREE OR FOUR TIMES.


    Any additional comments?

    THIS WAS A GOOD CASE. I REMEMBER IT AND SAW A SHOW (SNAPPED) ON IT. IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN A GREAT BOOK. BUT IT WAS NOT.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • We Have Always Lived in the Castle

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Shirley Jackson
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (330)
    Performance
    (258)
    Story
    (262)

    Six years after four family members died of arsenic poisoning, the three remaining Blackwoods—elder, agoraphobic sister Constance; wheelchair-bound Uncle Julian; and 18-year-old Mary Katherine, or, Merricat—live together in pleasant isolation. Merricat has developed an idiosyncratic system of rules and protective magic to guard the estate against intrusions from hostile villagers. But one day a stranger arrives—cousin Charles, with his eye on the Blackwood fortune.

    jaspersu says: "The narration changed my interpretation"
    "THIS BOOK WAS A WASTE."
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    Would you try another book from Shirley Jackson and/or Bernadette Dunne?

    I DOUBT IT. DEPENDS ON THE SUBJECT. I HESITATED BUYING THE BOOK, BUT I BASED MY PURCHASE ON REVIEWS OF OTHER PEOPLE.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I AM LISTENING TO BITTER ALMONDS ABOUT STELLA NICHOLS THE EXCEDREN KILLER.


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

    SHE WAS NOT BAD. I FIND I LIKE MOST OF THE READERS.


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

    NO BUT IT MITE BE A GOOD MOVIE FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE -- LIKE MY COUSIN.


    Any additional comments?

    I AM NOT SAYING NOT TO BUY THIS BOOK. BECAUSE A LOT OF PEOPLE LIKED IT. I FOUND THE STORY STRANGE AND THE CHARACTERS UNDERDEVELOPED.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Want to Know a Secret?

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Sue Moorcroft
    • Narrated By Karina Fernandez
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    When hard-up Diane Jenner's husband is injured in a helicopter crash, she discovers a secret that generates them money. James North knows that money doesn't buy happiness. He's always been there for his wayward wife and daughter - but that doesn't stop him wanting Diane. James and Diane always put family first - which means that what happened in the back of James's Mercedes is a really bad idea. Or is it?

    Jane says: "4 ½ stars. Very enjoyable and a good ending."
    "ENTERAINING BUT PREDICTABLE"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    PROBABLY NOT. BUT IT WAS JUST A BIT TO PREDICTABLE.


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

    I WOULD HAVE MADE DIANES HUBBY NOT QUITE SUCH A SELFISH CREEP.
    I WOULD HAVE CHANGED THE FATE OF VALERIE.
    IT WAS TOO CONVIENENT THE WAY THE BOOK ENDED.

    BUT IT WAS ENJOYABLE ENOUGH.


    Which character – as performed by Karina Fernandez – was your favorite?

    VALERIE. I WOULD HAVE LIKED TO KNOW MORE ABOUT HER.


    Was Want to Know a Secret? worth the listening time?

    I GUESS. BUT I PROBABLY WON'T LISTEN TO IT AGAIN.


    Any additional comments?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Keep Quiet

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Lisa Scottoline
    • Narrated By Ron Livingston
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (209)
    Story
    (213)

    Jake Whitmore is enjoying a rare bonding moment with his 16-year-old son, Kurt, when disaster strikes. They get in a terrible car accident that threatens to derail not only Kurt’s chances at college, but his entire future. Jake makes a split-second decision that saves his son from formal punishment, but plunges them both into a world of guilt, lies, and secrecy. Just when Jake thinks he has everything under control, a malevolent outsider comes forward with the power to expose Jake’s secret.

    Jen says: "I Can't Keep Quiet Because it's Sooo Good!!!"
    "GREAT BOOK UNTIL THE LAST FEW CHAPTERS"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I DON'T THINK SO. IT WAS A VERY GOOD BOOK AND VERY ENTERTAINING BUT THE WAY THE AUTHOR WOUND THINGS UP WAS JUST TOO MUCH. VERY IMPROBABLE. WHY SHE RUINED A VERY GOOD BOOK WITH A LOUSEY ENDING IS BEYOND ME.


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

    IT WAS A DOWNER. IT COULD HAVE BEEN ENDED IN A WAY THAT WASN'T LIKE A LIFETIME MELODRAMA.


    Which character – as performed by Ron Livingston – was your favorite?

    I LIKED THE MAIN CHARACTER'S FAMILY MEMBERS BUT I THINK RYAN WAS OVERDONE A LITTLE. STILL I LIKED THE READING.


    If you could take any character from Keep Quiet out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I GUESS RYAN. HE WAS LIKABLE.


    Any additional comments?

    WHEN AUTHORS HAVE WHAT I CALL A LIFETIME MELODRAMA ENDING IT RUINS A PERFECTLY GREAT BOOK. BUT I WAS ENTERTAINED UNTIL THE LAST FEW CHAPTERS SO I WON'T SAY I WAS CHEATED. I WILL PROBABLY NOT READ IT AGAIN. IT IS A MESSAGE TO PEOPLE THO. OBEY THE LAW. THERE ARE REASONS FOR LAWS.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • That Camden Summer

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By LaVyrle Spencer
    • Narrated By David Dukes
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    A divorced woman, Roberta Jewett, returns to Camden, Maine, with her 3 daughters, to start a new life on her own. It's the summer of 1916 and Roberta faces the obstacles of rumors and innuendo, not to mention the lack of support from her mother and sister. In her efforts to rebuild both her life and a ramshackle house on the harbor, Roberta endures violence, betrayal, and her share of pain. But she also finds love, friendship, and acceptance from a most unlikely source.

    Gretchen says: "I loved this book ..."
    "NOT A GREAT READ NOR A BAD ONE EITHER"
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    What did you like best about That Camden Summer? What did you like least?

    THE STORY WAS PLEASANT. THE CHARACTERS WERE REALLY NOT DEVELOPED ALL THAT WELL. I COULD NOT PICTURE THEM. THE BOOK SEEMED RUSHED.


    Would you recommend That Camden Summer to your friends? Why or why not?

    NO BUT I WOULDN'T TELL THEM NOT TO READ IT. IT WAS OK. I CAN'T SAY I DIDN'T ENJOY IT. BUT IT WAS A LITTLE SHALLOW ON DEVELOPMENT.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by David Dukes?

    I MITE. I DID NOT CARE FOR HIS NARATION BUT HE WAS OK.


    Do you think That Camden Summer needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    NO IT NEEDS A MORE DETAILED REWRITE. IT WAS MISSING SOMETHING. I FELT LIKE WELL, WHAT HAPPENED HERE. IT WAS OVER TOO FAST.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dangerous Fortune

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2370)
    Performance
    (1079)
    Story
    (1095)

    In 1866 tragedy strikes at the exclusive Windfield School when a mysterious accident takes the life of a student. Among the student's circle of friends are Hugh Pilaster; Hugh's older cousin Edward, dissolute heir to the Pilaster banking fortune; and Micky Miranda, the handsome son of a brutal South American oligarchy. The death and its aftermath begin the spiraling circle of treachery that will span three decades and entwine many lives.

    Rebecca says: "Predictable Fun"
    "ENTERTAINING STORY"
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    What did you love best about A Dangerous Fortune?

    THAT THE STORY DID NOT DRAG.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Ken Follett? Why or why not?

    YES WHY NOT? I ENJOYED THIS BOOK.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Page – was your favorite?

    O I WOULD SAY AUGUSTA. WHAT A MEDDLING PAIN IN THE BUTT SHE WAS. I LOVED TO NOT LIKE HER.


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

    PEOPLE LOVE TO MEDDLE WHERE THEY DON'T BELONG.


    Any additional comments?

    I LOVED THE WAY THE BOOK CLIMAXED. IT SUDDENLY GOT VERY EXCITING NEAR THE END, I WOULD HAVE PREFERRED A DIFFERENT ENDING (NOT THAT THE ENDING WAS A BAD ONE).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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