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Jennifer

Aptos, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Horse Heaven

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jane Smiley
    • Narrated By Shelley Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    Many astonishing and affecting things happen at the racetrack, and the mysterious universe of horse racing, passionate, cold-hearted, pure, corrupt, is woven into a marvelous tapestry of joy and love, chicanery, folly, greed, and reckless courage. Spanning two years on the circuit, from Kentucky and California to New York and Paris, Horse Heaven, puts us among trainers, nervey jockeys, billionaire breeders, and restless track wives.

    Julie Delio says: "I wish I could review book and narrator separately"
    "LOVED IT!"
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    This book was fantastic!! I thought it was one of the best reads I've had in a while. Shelley Thompson was very entertaining to listen to and she made each and every character come to life. There were a few mis-pronunciations, but all in all, she did a fantastic job. I, being a huge horse lover, was able to identify with and understand the contents of the different stories told for each character. One of my favorite characters was Joy Gorham and her horse Mr. T. I can totally relate to her story. A must read for any horse person who enjoys listening to the animals' point of view. Loved it!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3884)
    Performance
    (3310)
    Story
    (3308)

    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    Shauna says: "Defending Jacob"
    "Just Okay"
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    The story was good but not good enough to keep me as the reader focused. At times, it was too long and drawn out, especially in the court room . It became very mundane and I would find myself drifting off thinking of other things besides the story...Needed more twists. I would say this book was "just okay". For the record, Grover Gardner is one of my favorite Narrators and did a fantastic job of keeping the characters separated.

    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
    (7884)
    Performance
    (7109)
    Story
    (7107)

    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)"
    "Fantastic Read"
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    As usual John Grishom writes another great story. Great line of charactors. So believable. Awesome, suspenseful, and captivating. Michael Beck does a superb job of differentiating between charactors. Love this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Showdown

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Tilly Bagshawe
    • Narrated By Gillian Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Bobby Cameron is a cowboy through and through. An alpha male of the old school, his classic good looks have made women swoon on the racing circuit from Kentucky to Dubai. After inheriting Highwood, his father's magnificent but debt-ridden ranch in California's Santa Ynez Valley, Bobby travels wherever he's wanted, breaking horses for their wealthy owners and raising the cash he needs to protect his land. That's all he cares about, until he meets a young English girl named Milly Lockwood Groves.

    Roni says: "Short on story long on mediocre sex scenes"
    "Great story"
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    I thought this book was an excellent read. A definite must if you like horse tales along with biting romance and interesting characters. A great way to pass my commute time every morning.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Strangers

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1341)
    Performance
    (579)
    Story
    (579)

    A handful of people. From different backgrounds, living in different towns and cities across America, they had nothing in common - except fear. Deep in the heart of a sprawling desert, a dark memory called out to them, drawing them to the Tranquility Motel - where the terrifying truth was waiting.

    Barry F. Stinson says: "Brilliant"
    "Long Story"
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    If you like Science Fiction, you will enjoy this book. I found it to be extremely long and drawn out. Was a little disappointed with the ending, but overall, it was good entertainment. But I still love Dean Koontz novels, just not this one as much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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