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Jennifer G

Jen in So Cal

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REVIEWS
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FOLLOWING
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HELPFUL VOTES
5

  • Rough Country: A Virgil Flowers Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1254)
    Performance
    (703)
    Story
    (707)

    Virgil's always been known for having a somewhat active, er, social life, but he's probably not going to be getting too many opportunities for that during his new case. While competing in a fishing tournament in a remote area of northern Minnesota, he gets a call from Lucas Davenport to investigate a murder at a nearby resort.

    Ruby says: "Extraordinary Plot Twists"
    "this gal enjoyed a peek into Virgil's head. "
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    This is my second flowers novel and I enjoyed both of them. the distinct male view is refreshing after some chick lit. girls just need to hear a guy. Virgil is intuitive, smart, and yes he always gets his man.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Paid Companion

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Amanda Quick
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (59)

    The Earl of St. Merryn needs a woman. His intentions are purely practical - he simply wants someone sensible and suitably lovely to pose as his betrothed for a few weeks among polite society. He has his own agenda to pursue, and a false fiancée will keep the husband-hunters at bay while he goes about his business. The simplest solution is to hire a paid companion. Finding the right candidate proves more of a challenge than he expected.

    Crystal Johnson says: "Great 👉👂👈💫"
    "yummy."
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    Amazing. An intelligent woman, is actually attractive to an English gentleman. Cute story, although a common premise, with a dash of mystery to entice. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story on my commute.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Otherwise Engaged

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Amanda Quick
    • Narrated By Louise Jane Underwood
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (248)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (221)

    Miss Amity Doncaster, world traveler, is accustomed to adventure and risk. Benedict Stanbridge, a man of science and a spy for the Crown, has faced danger in the darker corners of foreign lands. But they are about to face a threat that is shockingly close to home . . . One does not expect to be kidnapped on a London street in broad daylight.

    Susanna says: "An engaging return to earlier Quick style"
    "mystery with history"
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    narrator needs to match tone with the dialogue.
    story was enjoyable and intriguing. I see another story in the making with the policeman...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Winter Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3063)
    Performance
    (2573)
    Story
    (2586)

    History has all but forgotten.... In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown. Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next best-selling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write. But then she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction....

    Martha says: "Get Out Your Hankies"
    "not ordinary by any means. worth the time!"
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    I just finished listening to this story on my 24 mile commute. So engaged was I in the story of Sophia and John, and Carrie and Graham that the miles flew by and I was transported to Scotland each morning and evening. Many of the novels that are considered historical romance can be somewhat formulaic. Kudos to Ms. Kearsley for making this story so engrossing with nary a hint at what was to be the ending. Thanks also for the richness of the history, making it not a backdrop but a telling of the struggle of the Jacobites and of Scotland's fight to remain independent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Then Came You: Animal Magnetism, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jill Shalvis
    • Narrated By Karen White
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (152)

    Veterinary intern Emily can't believe she wound up in the small town of Sunshine, Idaho, instead of in a Los Angeles clinic like she had always imagined. Now she has to put her plans to move to L.A. on hold for a whole year while she fulfills the obligation of her vet school scholarship. Then Wyatt, her gorgeous one-night stand from a Reno vet conference, introduces himself as her new boss. And Emily is just as drawn to his seductive looks and quiet strength as she was on that very steamy night.

    Karen says: ""Lip Gloss Same Thing as Courage""
    "simple story line; too much swearing"
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    happy ending. Sh#% was used so often that it seemed careless. perhaps I'm just from a different generation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Persuader

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3666)
    Performance
    (2784)
    Story
    (2773)

    Jack Reacher. The ultimate loner. An elite ex-military cop who left the service years ago, he's moved from place to place...without family...without possessions...without commitments.

    Joanna says: "Child at His Best! A Must Read for Reacher Fans!"
    "gritty."
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    dick hill remains as one of the best narrators I've heard.
    this story shows how we can see what we except to see but still miss the whole point.

    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
    (2730)
    Performance
    (1385)
    Story
    (1407)

    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"
    "Not for me"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I can't think of anything short of rewriting the entire story that would make me score this 4 or 5 stars.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ken Follett again?

    Yes, but more cautiously.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Not much. He did ok - I gave him 3 stars.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Dangerous Fortune?

    Many of what I considered gratuitous sex scenes.


    Any additional comments?

    This story isn't a mystery - it started out so, but there wasn't any unfolding of anything more than characters that couldn't get me to feel anything for them - good or bad. The pregnancy was so predictable, the end to the villains was predictable. I bought it several months ago, got to a third, and just had to stop what had become noise in my head. I finally picked it up again after finishing another book and I found myself forwarding the chapters just to get through this book. Sorry Mr. Follett.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Beekeeper's Apprentice

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1853)
    Performance
    (1172)
    Story
    (1173)

    In 1914, a spirited American girl named Mary Russell meets a retired Sherlock Holmes in the English countryside. Instantly realizing that Mary is gifted with astonishing deductive powers, the Great Detective emerges from retirement to join her as she tracks down a fiendish assassin.

    Marie-Elizabeth Finamore says: "Best of British restraint"
    "well-paced great listen!"
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    If you could sum up The Beekeeper's Apprentice in three words, what would they be?

    Imaginative, believable, enjoyable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    While this is clearly not a Conan Doyle story, the Holmes that King developed is true to Doyle's character. I appreciated the story's great pace, in unfolding more of the Beloved Holmes and seeing him evolve into a more well-rounded character with more humanistic qualities.


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

    No. But I very much look forward to reading more of her work.


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

    I cried with the poignancy of some of the scenes between "Russell" as Holmes referred to the lead character and himself.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a great introduction to what I have discovered is a long series. This didn't get bogged down with introductions to the characters and development of their personalities. the reader (listener) must jump in with knowledge of the Sherlock Holmes character in order to really enjoy some of the scenes written.
    Absolutely the best Listen I've had since I became a member.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Shot: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2522)
    Performance
    (1774)
    Story
    (1791)

    Six shots. Five dead. One heartland city thrown into a state of terror. But within hours the cops have it solved: a slam-dunk case. Except for one thing. The accused man says: "You got the wrong guy". Then he says: "Get Reacher for me". And sure enough, from the world he lives in - no phone, no address, no commitments - ex-military investigator Jack Reacher is coming. In Lee Child's astonishing thriller, Reacher's arrival will change everything - about a case that isn't what it seems, about lives tangled in baffling ways, about a killer who missed one shot - and by doing so gives Jack Reacher one shot at the truth.

    Carol says: "Reacher said..."
    "Not the worst, but certainly not his best"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes. The story kept momentum.


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

    The good guys win - they always do with a Reacher story.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I think it was the recording of the performance by Dick Hill. Mr. Hill's reading of the story, his moderate Russian accents were well executed, but I think the tonal quality could have been enhanced a bit more. It sounded a bit tin-ny, even with a new set of Sony Earphones.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    How in this world could they have cast Tom Cruise as a blonde 230 pound 6'5" Jack Reacher?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America's Most Seductive City

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By John Buntin
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (82)

    Midcentury Los Angeles: A city sold to the world as "the white spot of America", a land of sunshine and orange groves, Midwestern values, and Hollywood stars, protected by the world's most famous police force, the Dragnet-era LAPD. Behind this public image lies a hidden world of "pleasure girls" and crooked cops, ruthless newspaper tycoons, corrupt politicians, and East Coast gangsters on the make. Into this underworld came two men - one L.A.'s most notorious gangster, the other its most famous police chief - each prepared to battle the other for the soul of the city.

    Jimmy says: "A good (but a little corny) history of LA"
    "It was a struggle for me to finish this book"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, unless they wanted to relive the shame of the LAPD's last forty years.


    What could John Buntin have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Stop the authors notes. It distracted. They should have been incorporated into the story.
    Also, the 1991 Riots from the Rodney King verdict were included in the epilogue. Why not have kept it as part of the story, unless you didn't want to explain the 20+ years in between the Watts Riots and the RK verdict?

    basically, I didn't think the story lived up to the title and description of the book.


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

    No, but he gave a good read.


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

    Actually, I probably would because most of what would translate to the silver screen would hold my attention.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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