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Jill

Bridgewater, Maine | Member Since 2008

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  • 8 reviews
  • 46 ratings
  • 686 titles in library
  • 28 purchased in 2014
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  • LT's Theory of Pets

    • ORIGINAL (55 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    Overall
    (230)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (79)

    LT has a theory about pets, particularly his Siamese cat. It had been their cat, not just his cat, but that was until he came home one day to find a note on the fridge from his wife saying she had left him. Recorded live at the Royal Festival Hall in London, this story demonstrates yet again that no one can tell a tale like Stephen King. Available only in audio!

    Jackie says: "Wickedly Funny"
    "Great story for a commute drive."
    Overall

    I listened to this on my way to work and the drive home. Funny as hell, but with a Stephen King sad sack/horror ending. Stephen's characters are so fleshed out that they seem to be real, like your neighbor down the street that you nod and smile hello to, but don't actually know or want to know. In King's world, maybe not knowing is safer!
    Note: King warns at the beginning that if you don't like cussing and dirty words, then you'd better not listen to this. This is a live recording of a book reading so it sounds sort of tinny because of the auditorium, I guess. But King is clear as a bell as he reads.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Chopin Manuscript: A Serial Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Lee Child, David Corbett, Joseph Finder, and others
    • Narrated By Alfred Molina
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2137)
    Performance
    (503)
    Story
    (517)

    15 thriller masters. 1 masterful thriller! Former war crimes investigator Harold Middleton possesses a previously unknown score by Frederic Chopin. But he is unaware that, within it's handwritten notes, lies a secret that now threatens the lives of thousands of Americans. As he races from Poland to the U.S. to uncover the mystery of the manuscript, Middleton will be accused of murder, pursued by federal agents, and targeted by assassins.

    BSquared67 says: "A rollicking thriller"
    "Riveting"
    Overall

    This is the first Round Robin I've read by professional authors rather than fanfic writers and I was quite impressed with them... each made a story of their own that fit in plausibly with what went before, except for the ending chapter, which to me felt like a movie/TV show that didn't have enough airtime so it was chopped or edited to be very minimum - wrapped it up too neatly and unsatisfactorily - very contrived. But the overall thing I thought was riveting, with what you thought were mainstay characters dropping like flies like they were sidekicks or something! The danger to them all was palpable by the end of the 3rd chapter. Great narration, also.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Summer Lightning

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 1 min)
    • By P. G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (11)

    One of the very best in the popular Blandings series, set in that idyllic Shropshire countryside, where the sun always shines. Comedy centres around Clarence, the dotty ninth Earl of Emsworth, doting on his prize pig: The Empress. His brother Galahad fears her fate is under threat with Clarence's rival Sir Gregory Parsloe. Parsloe is aiming to prevent her taking the County Prize. He lives in fear of Galahad publishing his memoirs and revealing their wild younger days.

    Joseph R says: "A Pig, a Tell-All Book, Two Engagements"
    "Great narration of a great story!"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed Martin's narration - did all the characters really well. I will buy all the other Wodehouse books he narrates based on this one.
    Typically hysterical Wodehouse... there's a reason why they keep filming his books over and over.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Assassin's Accomplice: Mary Surratt and the Plot to Kill Abraham Lincoln

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Kate Clifford Larson
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    Set against the backdrop of the Civil War, The Assassin's Accomplice tells the gripping, true story of the conspiracy to assassinate Abraham Lincoln through the eyes of its only female participant, the first woman ever to be executed by the federal government of the United States.

    Mary Surratt, a Confederate sympathizer, ran the boardinghouse in Washington where the conspirators, including her rebel son, John Surratt, met to plan the assassination.

    The depth of Surratt's complicity in the assassination of President Lincoln has been debated since the day she was arrested on April 17, 1865.

    Ed says: "It was just alright"
    "Mary Surratt..."
    Overall

    I think this book shows Mary was obviously guilty of the charges brought against her, but I think that in today's world, would easily have gotten off scott free or with a slap on the wrist. At the very most she would have been put in prison for a few years, with the next president pardoning her. Actually, even for back in her day, she probably would have ended her days in prison rather than be hanged if it weren't for media heat. But the plain fact is, she aided and abetted to the point where if it wasn't for her aid, the deed most likely wouldn't have been done, or the odds for it being done would have dropped dramatically, given that there is no way to account for the dealings of a madman.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Retrieval Artist

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (45)

    Retrieval Artists find people who have disappeared. But people disappear for a reason: they don't want to be found. When Anetka Sobol shows up at Miles Flint's office on the Moon, he immediately knows that this case is going to be complicated.

    Barna says: "Beginning of a great series!"
    "Bored Now"
    Overall

    Did not like the narrator - he sounded bored, rather than jaded. The story could be broadcast on any hour-long TV schlock show of the week. Not inspired. Found it hard to get through and by the second disc, I was tuning out a lot. Already bought 'The Disappeared', so hope I am not in for more of the same, only in a longer format!

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Twilight: The Twilight Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7610)
    Performance
    (3018)
    Story
    (3079)

    About three things I was certain. First, Edward was a vampire. Second, there was a part of him, and I didn't know how dominant that part might be, that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

    Mitch says: "My Not-So-Guilty Pleasure"
    "Twilight better than EW review."
    Overall

    Entertainment Weekly reviewed this series and found it rather sophmorific or Teenagery... not geared towards adults.
    Well, I'm an adult sort of - in my mid forties and enjoyed the first book in the series immensely. At times it was kind of high schooly - but guess what - it takes place during the subject's high school years, so I found it right on in its angst and rage against the parental units. I think I liked the book more because of the narrator, however. The story reader can make or break an audible book for me. I am looking forward to listening to the other three books in this series. Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris is geared more for adults if you are bent to the vampiric vein. Another great narrator was chosen for that series. Kudos to both narrators. Writers write on!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Far From the Madding Crowd

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated By Jill Masters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Thomas Hardy brings us an England that once existed but no more. It is rural, traditional, pastoral - a society of mannered conduct that flows like a deep river where powerful currents eddy and swirl. In this powerful novel of love and disillusion, Hardy's heroine is torn between the three men in her life. Passionate but capricious, her romantic involvements have fascinated generations of readers.

    Connie says: "respite from the madding crowd"
    "Far From the Madding Crowd-Broken Chapters"
    Overall

    I liked Jill Masters reading, it was neither riveting nor awful.
    My complaint was of the overall recording.
    They recorded it so that it would break in mid sentence... fading away to be picked up on the next disc. What? - They couldn't find the end of the chapter or cut it just right to fit on the allotted number of discs? The last disc has less than 10 minutes recording on it. That's wasted space, so the editor is at fault.
    Basically, it's like listening to an 8-track tape... breaks mid-song to go to the next track. Annoying. They got rid of 8-tracks for a reason. This is 2008 and technology is there so you don't have to break mid-sentence when you can easily come to the end of the paragraph, or even break the disc's time so that whole chapters are together. It's called pacing, people!

    0 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • A Place for My Stuff!

    • ORIGINAL (51 mins)
    • By George Carlin
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (21)

    Classic Carlin all the way. His eighth comedy album after a five year break. Unlike earlier releases, A Place For My Stuff contains a number of studio tracks in addition to live performances, and he pokes fun at the format and candor of community radio, commercials, and television with aplomb.

    Jill says: "Comdedy Classic"
    "Comdedy Classic"
    Overall

    "A Place for My Stuff" is a classic comedy routine that never gets dated, mostly because it is true - it applies to anyone and everyone worldwide. Our lives are dedicated to acquiring/moving around our stuff!
    Not just for Carlin fans - anyone would like this routine. The other entries on this CD, however, could possibly offend delicate ears. Lots of naughty words not meant for young listeners.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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