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Jerri

Overland Park, KS, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Carnal Innocence

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1177)
    Performance
    (1011)
    Story
    (1022)

    New York Times best-selling novelist Nora Roberts captivates millions of fans with her provocative blend of scorching passion and chilling suspense. With Carnal Innocence, she creates a gripping tale of murder, infatuation, and true love in a small southern town. After beautiful concert violinist Caroline Waverly breaks up with her conductor and lover Luis, she escapes to her late grandmother’s home in Innocence, Mississippi.

    Karen says: "The wait has ended"
    "Interesting story - well developed characters"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Carnal Innocence?

    Characters and story length


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tucker - he was flawed enough to be interesting, but still a good person


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

    Strong male characters - females can sound whiny at times, though


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

    Prepare to be surprised


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • And When She Was Good

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Laura Lippman
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (477)
    Performance
    (410)
    Story
    (408)

    Heloise considers it a blessing to be a person who seldom attracts attention. In her suburb, she's just a mom, the young widow with the forgettable job, who somehow never misses a soccer game. In the state capital, she's the redheaded lobbyist with a good cause and a mediocre track record. But in discreet hotel rooms throughout the area, she's the woman of your dreams - if you can afford the hourly fee. For more than a decade, Heloise believed she was safe, managing to keep up this rigidly compartmentalized life. But her secret life is under siege. One county over, another so-called suburban madam has been found dead in her car, an apparent suicide.

    kate says: "Thank goodness for Heloise and excellent narration"
    "Timely interesting story line. Good Narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Nothing per se. It was average quality. Worth the credit but nothing I'll 'read' again.


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

    Unremarkable. By the time it ended I was getting a little bored with it.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I think she captured the essence of the character well.


    Did And When She Was Good inspire you to do anything?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rook: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Daniel O'Malley
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1940)
    Performance
    (1756)
    Story
    (1757)

    Myfanwy Thomas awakes in a London park surrounded by dead bodies. With her memory gone, her only hope of survival is to trust the instructions left in her pocket by her former self. She quickly learns that she is a Rook, a high-level operative in a secret agency that protects the world from supernatural threats. But there is a mole inside the organization - and this person wants her dead.

    Ethan M. says: "Harry Dresden meets English bureaucracy"
    "Seriously annoying narration quirks"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. Payoff doesn't match the time investment.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Susan Duerden?

    Someone who doesn't deliver every sentence in the same meter and end it with the same rise in tone no matter the message.


    Was The Rook worth the listening time?

    Nope


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Kings of Infinite Space

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By James Hynes
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (79)

    James Hynes is the author of three New York Times Notable Books of the Year. That same publication praises Kings of Infinite Space as “unspeakably funny!” This offbeat novel satirizes an experience ubiquitous to modern times—office life. With a defeated sigh, ex-college professor Paul Trilby faces the downward spiral that is his existence. After his wife and three subsequent girlfriends dump him, and he loses just as many jobs, he’s sure he’s a pawn in some vast conspiracy.

    Richard Delman says: "90% heaven, 10% hell."
    "infinitely SLOW - poor production quality"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. I am half way through this book and very little has happened. Also, I am tiring of the 'tin can" quality of the sound.


    What could James Hynes have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Tighten it up. I feel there is far too much description and not enough plot.


    How could the performance have been better?

    the Emotion is ok. I don't like the sound quality of the voice, though.


    Did Kings of Infinite Space inspire you to do anything?

    Bail and find a better book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First Grave on the Right: Charley Davidson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3390)
    Performance
    (2743)
    Story
    (2730)

    A smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper. Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light”. But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life...and it turns out he might not be dead after all.

    Maggie says: "Loved this audiobook!"
    "Respectable Evanovich knock-off"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does First Grave on the Right rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Story = slightly better than average; Delivery also better than avg.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Charley - she is a refreshing change from victimized female characters so prevalent in fiction these days.


    Which character – as performed by Lorelei King – was your favorite?

    Hard to say. To me is sounded exactly like the Evanovich characters of Stephanie, Lula and Ranger. Not a bad thing. This book was ALMOST on parr with Evanovich when she was good. (I don't remember any LOL moments in this book, though)


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

    No - but it was great listening for daily walks.


    Any additional comments?

    Would recommend to Evanovich fans.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Good Omens

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4170)
    Performance
    (2641)
    Story
    (2673)

    The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.

    Lauren says: "Great voice adds to already amazing story"
    "BORING"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I've forced myself to listen to this for hours and I am calling it a day. To Slow. The writing is clever once in a while. But the story itself just isn't going anywhere.


    What could Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Possibly told from a different perspective


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

    I think the delivery is great


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

    the narrator


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your credit

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Eyre Affair: A Thursday Next Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated By Susan Duerdan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (857)
    Performance
    (532)
    Story
    (535)

    In Jasper Fforde's Great Britain, circa 1985, time travel is routine, cloning is a reality (dodos are the resurrected pet of choice), and literature is taken very, very seriously. England is a virtual police state where an aunt can get lost (literally) in a Wordsworth poem and forging Byronic verse is a punishable offense. All this is business as usual for Thursday Next, renowned Special Operative in literary detection.

    Rosemary says: "A Worthy Read"
    "Kind of a let-down."
    Overall

    Story seemed kind of choppy to me. The teaser alluded to the villian 'stealing' characters from literary masterpieces, which I thought sounded interesting, that didn't even enter the plot until we were halfway through the story. Maybe the series grows on you as you go along?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jitters: A Quirky Little Audio Book

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Adele Park
    • Narrated By Adele Park, Susan Paige Lane, Paige Allred, and others
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    Nancy Neptune loves to stir up trouble – it makes for awesome radio. But even the Queen of Obscene is amazed by all the twisted things that go down in the polygamist community of Zion Flats. Jitters is a full-length audiobook told in first-person narratives. Each chapter begins with a newscast on KNVL, the radio station headed by the notorious Nancy Neptune. Listen as a cast of 15 characters react to the events of the day.

    Kent says: "Great listen!!!"
    "Not nearly as funny as its teaser copy implies."
    Overall

    I'm half way through this book and not sure I'll be able to finish it. I use audiobooks to entertain me on 8-mile runs and the 'over acting' on this one is more than a little evident/annoying. The characters are quirky to be sure, but outside of that, the story line hasn't had much to offer. On the up side, at least this one wasn't very expensive. My summary: Odd doesn't necessarily = interesting. Skip Jitters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadow Effect: Illuminating the Hidden Power of Your True Self

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, Debbie Ford
    • Narrated By Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, Debbie Ford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (398)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (203)

    Deepak Chopra, Debbie Ford, and Marianne Williamson - New York Times best-selling authors and internationally acclaimed teachers - have joined together to share their knowledge on one of the most crucial obstacles to happiness we face: the shadow. These three luminaries, each with a signature approach, bring to light the parts of ourselves we deny but that still direct our life.

    Roy says: "Personally Helpful"
    "Yikes!"
    Overall

    The first narrator was SO bad I couldn't believe it. The gentleman is better but seems to keep making the same point over and over...and over. I cannot bring myself to listen anymore.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Chosen One: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Carol Lynch Williams
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (372)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (170)

    Thirteen-year-old Kyra has grown up in an isolated polygamous community without questioning her father's three wives and her 20 brothers and sisters. Or at least without questioning them much - if you don't count her secret visits to the Mobile Library on Wheels to read forbidden books, or her meetings with the boy she hopes to choose for herself instead of having a man chosen for her.

    Kim says: "Riveting Story - Amazing Narration"
    "Well done"
    Overall

    I chose this book solely because I liked the narrator's work so much on The Help. This piece was equally well done and the story was captivating with a nice variety of interesting characters. Well worth the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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