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Jana

IRVINE, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Devil's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (945)
    Performance
    (745)
    Story
    (745)

    A young woman is murdered in her Oslo flat. One finger has been severed from her left hand, and behind her eyelid is secreted a tiny red diamond in the shape of a five-pointed star - a pentagram, the devil’s star. Detective Harry Hole is assigned to the case with his long-time adversary Tom Waaler and initially wants no part in it. But Harry is already on notice to quit the force and is left with little alternative but to drag himself out of his alcoholic stupor and get to work. A wave of similar murders is on the horizon....

    J.R. says: "New Steig Larsson? Hah! The new Raymond Chandler!"
    "Another great thriller by Jo Nesbo"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    Nesbo's mysteries are always intricate and unpredictable. There were a variety of interesting characters in this one.


    What three words best describe Robin Sachs’s voice?

    Raspy, old


    Any additional comments?

    In my opinion, the narrator should be a younger-sounding guy who can do different voices. It's hard to tell who's talking.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Elegance of the Hedgehog

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Muriel Barbery
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat, Cassandra Morris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2293)
    Performance
    (1249)
    Story
    (1271)

    An enchanting New York Times and international best seller and award-winner about life, art, literature, philosophy, culture, class, privilege, and power, seen through the eyes of a 54-year-old French concierge and a precocious but troubled 12-year-old girl.

    Pyles says: "It surprised me"
    "WOW"
    Overall
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    The best read since "Rules of Civility", both by first-time writers. I long for another. The language is the key.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • State of Wonder: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Hope Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4590)
    Performance
    (3353)
    Story
    (3354)

    Research scientist Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have disappeared in the Amazon while working on an extremely valuable new drug. The last person who was sent to find her died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding answers to the questions about her friend's death, her company's future, and her own past.

    F. B. Herron says: "Do yourself a favor and listen to this book!"
    "Great story, weak ending."
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    What made the experience of listening to State of Wonder the most enjoyable?

    I was totally engaged in the story about dealing with the challenges of the Amazon. The tension of the scientific break-through made it intriguing, and the characters were also interesting. As is often the case, the ending left me unsatisfied.


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

    Hope Davis brings out the personalities of the characters better than just reading the written word.


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

    Not laugh or cry, but the the details about the creatures in the jungle were riveting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Saving Ceecee Honeycutt

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Beth Hoffman
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2862)
    Performance
    (1548)
    Story
    (1563)

    Laugh-out-loud funny and deeply touching, Beth Hoffman's sparkling debut is, as Kristin Hannah says, "packed full of Southern charm, strong women, wacky humor, and good old-fashioned heart." It is a novel that explores the indomitable strengths of female friendship and gives us the story of a young girl who loses one mother and finds many others.

    A User says: "Saving CeeCee Honeycutt"
    "Great chicklit"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Saving Ceecee Honeycutt to be better than the print version?

    The narrator was so excellent with the Southern accents that I can't imagine the story without her voice. Old characters sounded old, young ones young, and the black cook was so good, I almost laughed every time "she" spoke.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Saving Ceecee Honeycutt?

    I don't want to give away the story, so I'll just say that the story was a melange of happy, sad, funny, traumatic, and tender moments. It's all about female bonding across races and ages.


    What about Jenna Lamia’s performance did you like?

    What a gifted actress Lamia is! Every character has its own voice and is readily distinguishable. Listening to her was the best part of the story.


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

    Both.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a delightful story that's not offensive in any way. There's no violence or profanity, just a touching story about a girl growing up and coming to grips with her parents.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You're Next

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2991)
    Performance
    (2559)
    Story
    (2547)

    Mike Wingate had a rough childhood  —  he was abandoned at a playground at four years old and raised in foster care. No one ever came to claim him, and he has only a few, fragmented memories of his parents. Now, as an adult, Mike is finally living the life he had always wanted  —  he’s happily married to Annabel, the woman of his dreams; they have a precocious eight-year-old daughter, Kat.

    Janice says: "Edge of my seat."
    "Exciting from start to finish"
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    Where does You're Next rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Hurwitz has mastered the fast-paced thriller, though the end is a little weak in my opinion.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of You're Next?

    Hurwitz has a great imagination; I couldn't predict where the story was going.


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

    Brick puts just the right amount of emotion into the narrative, though he mispronounces some words. That's irritating to an English teacher.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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