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Jennifer G

Jen in So Cal


  • 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

    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"
    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?


    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
  • A Dangerous Fortune

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    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"
    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

    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!"
    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
  • 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

    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"
    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
  • Black List: Scot Harvath, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By Armand Schultz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Somewhere, deep inside the United States government, is a deadly list. Members of Congress never get to see it and only the president has the final say over it. Once your name is on the list, it doesn't come off - until you're dead. Someone has just added counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath's name to the list. Somehow, Harvath must evade the teams dispatched to kill him long enough to untangle who has framed him and why they want him out of the way.

    Joshua says: "A Worthy Successor to 'Full Black'"
    "Harvath's gone a bit Mcgyver - low tech ingenuity"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?


    Would you recommend Black List to your friends? Why or why not?

    To those of my friends who read the Harvath series, I would recommend it if, for no other reason than for knowing what happens next to the characters.

    What about Armand Schultz’s performance did you like?

    Solid performance; didn't distract from the story which is a plus.

    Could you see Black List being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I could see Full Black and Black List being made into one movie, but I don't think Black List would stand alone.

    Any additional comments?

    The McGyver comment is due to Harvath and the rest of the gang having to be "off the grid" and the low-tech, "old school" ways they communicate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fallen Angel: Gabriel Allon, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    After narrowly surviving his last operation, Gabriel Allon, the wayward son of Israeli intelligence, has taken refuge behind the walls of the Vatican, where he is restoring one of Caravaggio's greatest masterpieces. But early one morning he is summoned to St. Peter's Basilica by Monsignor Luigi Donati, the all-powerful private secretary to his Holiness Pope Paul VII. The body of a beautiful woman lies broken beneath Michelangelo's magnificent dome.

    Audiophile says: "When will Gabriel retire?"
    "Fans of Gabriel Alon will enjoy this installment"
    Where does The Fallen Angel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Fallen Angel ranks in the top 50%

    What other book might you compare The Fallen Angel to and why?

    Story complexity falls between a Brad Thor and a Dan Brown novel. The darkness of Gabriel reminds me a bit of David Baldacci's Oliver Stone, in the Camel Club series. Both characters have secrets, and pain that will never be extinguished.

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

    Accents really make the story come alive. I appreciated his subtle changes between characters. It was almost a readers' theatre!

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

    Some conspiracy theories aren't just theories.

    Any additional comments?

    My first novel of the series that I read was The Rembrandt Affair. What drew me to this series was the detailed descriptions of fine art pieces, their historical importance and the rich complexity of Mr. Alon, who is someone who kills, and someone who also restores and brings life to artworks.
    While the story was good, if not a bit stretched on the conspiracy theory assumptions, I missed the art restorer. I never got to visualize the Caravaggio.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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