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Joy

Annapolis MD United States | Member Since 2003

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  • The Forgotten

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    Overall
    (2193)
    Performance
    (1824)
    Story
    (1848)

    Army Special Agent John Puller is the best there is. A combat veteran, Puller is the man the U.S. Army relies on to investigate the toughest crimes facing the nation. Now he has a new case - but this time, the crime is personal: His aunt has been found dead in Paradise, Florida.

    Cris says: "Better than Other Recent Releases"
    "Classic Baldacci"
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    I'll buy a David Baldacci book without listening to the sample. The Forgotten was enjoyable and I had difficulty putting it down. If you enjoy Baldacci, you'll enjoy this story as well.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Wayfaring Stranger

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (74)

    It is 1934 and the Depression is bearing down when 16-year-old Weldon Avery Holland happens upon infamous criminals Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow after one of their notorious armed robberies. A confrontation with the outlaws ends as Weldon puts a bullet through the rear window of Clyde’s stolen automobile. Ten years later, Second Lieutenant Weldon Holland and his sergeant, Hershel Pine, escape certain death in the Battle of the Bulge and encounter a beautiful young woman named Rosita Lowenstein hiding in a deserted extermination camp.

    Marci says: "Near perfect. One of Burke's Best."
    "Worth the credit!"
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    One of my writing instructions said "can you smell, taste, and feel what you have written"? This statement says everything about what James Lee Burke is all about. In this story no character is left untouched and you get to know each of their personalities, their deepest, darkest secrets. You can feel the despair hidden below the surface and the events in their lives that have formed the fabric of their being. The story moves slowly and anything more than eight hours could have forced me to put this book down except I enjoyed the author's ability to show me who the characters are. Will Patton, is the perfect match for James Lee Burke's stories, with his slow southern drawl and expressive narration. I won't get into the story line because it is something you need to experience yourself. What I will say is the last two hours of the story will hold you and have you at the edge of your seat and know that all of the storytelling leading to the end makes this story complete and with out question of why any of the characters did what they did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sold

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Patricia McCormick
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    Overall
    (367)
    Performance
    (322)
    Story
    (317)

    Lakshmi is a thirteen-year-old girl who lives with her family in a small hut on a mountain in Nepal. Though she is desperately poor, her life is full of simple pleasures, like playing hopscotch with her best friend from school and having her mother brush her hair by the light of an oil lamp. But when the harsh Himalayan monsoons wash away all that remains of the family's crops, Lakshmi's stepfather says she must leave home and take a job to support her family.

    AudioAddict says: "My name is Lakshmi. I am from Nepal. I am 13."
    "A must listen"
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    This is a story about young girls, barely out of puberty who are thrust into a world of sexual and physical abuse by both their handlers and customers. Their parents, desperate for money and often with hopes they are sending their children off into the world often do not know they have been duped and their children are headed into an unspeakable existence. People do evil things in the world all in pursuit of lining their pockets. It's a sad state of affairs where young children are sold into prostitution. I want to shame all of those people out there who have no qualms about supporting the industry of child prostitution.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Haatchi & Little B: The Inspiring True Story of One Boy and His Dog

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Wendy Holden
    • Narrated By Gabrielle Glaister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Owen - known to his family as "little buddy" or "Little B" - has a rare genetic disorder that leaves him largely confined to a wheelchair. Before being united with Haatchi, Little B was anxious and found it difficult to make friends. Haatchi - an adorable Anatolian Shepherd puppy - was abused and left for dead on railroad tracks. But kind-hearted Will and Colleen Howkins, Little B's father and step-mother, decided to introduce the big dog and the little boy to each other, and an unbelievable bond was formed that transformed both boy and dog in miraculous ways.

    Joy says: "Excellent! A must listen!"
    "Excellent! A must listen!"
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    A heart warming story about two disabled beings - a dog and a boy. I love how the two of them along with the support of loving family and friends lead to the recovery of their damaged spirits. In a world where the news dwells too much on the bad things happening in the world, it is a pleasure to read about recovery and the good side of humanity where people open up their hearts as well as their wallets to benefit others in need.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Weekends with Daisy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Sharron Kahn Luttrell
    • Narrated By Jane Jacobs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    Sharron Kahn Luttrell was still mourning the death of her beloved German shepherd when she decided to volunteer as a weekend puppy raiser .But Daisy, an adorable bundle of fur the color of buttered toast, captures Sharron's heart the moment she's handed the leash. And while Keith, the convict who cares for and trains Daisy during the week, seems intimidating at first, he is soft-spoken and polite. What's more, Daisy's appearance on Fridays, freshly scrubbed and sweet smelling, seems further evidence of his gentle nature.

    Joy says: "Couldn't wait for it to be over"
    "Couldn't wait for it to be over"
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    Jane Jacob's narration drove me nuts. I felt like I was listening to a news report. I purchased this book because I used to have a yellow lab and many of Daisy's antics reminded me of my beloved Lani. I found Sharron rather shallow and a bit to quick to categorize individual's personalities and lifestyles in a rather canned personality/intelligence grouping just because they found themselves in a particular situation - (in jail for instance). Having to listen to her rant and rave about Keith's crime for what seemed like eternity was enough to make me want to put this book down except I was already half way through the book and just wanted to finish the story to see if Daisy graduated to become a service dog. This story was a time line of how Daisy progressed over her training period and how she affected the people around her. When I read a story, I want to "see" the story unfold. This was a timeline in every sense and lacked in any real visuals. I would suggest saving your credit for another book about dogs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sand: Omnibus Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Karen Chilton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (379)
    Performance
    (341)
    Story
    (342)

    We live across the thousand dunes with grit in our teeth and sand in our homes. No one will come for us. No one will save us. This is our life, diving for remnants of the old world so that we may build what the wind destroys. No one is looking down on us. Those constellations in the night sky? Those are the backs of gods we see.

    Joy says: "Almost a 5 star"
    "Almost a 5 star"
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    I almost gave up on this book and asked for a return credit but I kept listening and in the end I'm glad I did. The first half of the book was confusing and irritating because of the constant introduction of a huge cast of characters and the constant jumping around between time periods and characters. I had a hard time keeping track of everyone and ended up starting over several times just to figure out who the characters were. Some books you can let the words flow through one ear and out the other and you still know what's going on. Not so with Sand. One must pay attention to everything. About halfway through the story all of the pieces came together and I was totally hooked. This was my first Hugh Howey book and I am going to try another.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • The Profiler's Daughter: Sky Stone, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By P. M. Steffen
    • Narrated By Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (797)
    Performance
    (720)
    Story
    (718)

    The Profiler's Daughter is a psychologically haunting thriller that combines murder mystery, love triangle, and family intrigue in one satisfying page burner. Sky Stone was born into the wealth and privilege of Boston's oldest Brahmin family but chooses instead to follow in the footsteps of her deceased father, legendary FBI profiler Monk Stone. In the chilly morning hours before the Boston Marathon, when a beautiful university student is found strangled and mutilated, her body left at the base of Heartbreak Hill, Sky returns from self-imposed exile to investigate.

    Irene L. Culkeen says: "What a great find"
    "Excellent"
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    I am looking forward to more from PM Steffen and I am anxious to read the next installment of this series. While I remember the beginning to be a tad slow, somewhere along the way this story totally sucked me in and I had to make myself put the book down and get to sleep. Lucky for me I can listen to a book and work otherwise I think work would have been put on the back burner.
    Even though I think any reader will know who the culprit is, there are enough twists to make you wonder if what you think is right and who the bad guys really are.
    Well worth the credit.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Soloist: A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Steve Lopez
    • Narrated By William Hughes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (355)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (154)

    When journalist Steve Lopez sees Nathaniel Ayers playing his heart out on a two-string violin on Los Angeles' skid row, he finds it impossible to walk away. More than 30 years ago, Ayers was a promising classical bass student at Juilliard - ambitious, charming, and also one of the few African-Americans there - until he gradually lost his ability to function, overcome by schizophrenia.

    Over time, the two men form a bond and Lopez imagines that he might be able to change Ayers' life. The Soloist is a beautifully told story of devotion in the face of seemingly unbeatable challenges.

    David says: "Fascinating true story"
    "Excellent"
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    I saw the movie and loved it.Then I listened to the book. As usual, Hollywood condenses and intermingles scenes to present a point, but that's ok. The story is well written and well narrated. It's definitely worth the credit.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Amongst My Enemies: A Cold-War Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs)
    • By William F. Brown
    • Narrated By Lee Alan
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Inside an old German U-Boat rusting on the bottom of the Baltic are millions in gold bars, stolen art, and a secret that could tear NATO apart. In this military political action thriller, the only one who knows the truth is Mike Randall, a battle-scarred American who survived four months in the frozen Hell of northern Germany at the end of the war. When he does speak up, he puts a target on his own forehead, one which the Russians, the West Germans, the U-boat's former owners, the Israeli Mossad, and even his own government quickly take aim at.

    Joy says: "HIghly entertaining. Production almost perfect."
    "HIghly entertaining. Production almost perfect."
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    I would have give this book five stars except some of the narration just about drive me up a wall. The voice of Leslie was awful and there were times the portrayal of the Swedish accent just about drove me up the wall. Considering the amount of effort and I am sure production bucks to include background music and sounds, maybe the producers could have spent a little more for an additional narrator. Now, when the narrator talked from the stance of a third person, I enjoyed the narration.
    Otherwise, this story was jam packed with action and kept me at the edge of my seat. As I write this, I still have 2 1/2 hours left to the book so I don't know how it ends although I think I have a good idea what will happen.
    Well worth the credit even though I found Leslie totally irritating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kitty and The Midnight Hour: Kitty Norville, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Carrie Vaughn
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1626)
    Performance
    (977)
    Story
    (980)

    Kitty Norville is a midnight-shift DJ for a Denver radio station---and a werewolf in the closet. Sick of lame song requests, she accidentally starts "The Midnight Hour," a late-night advice show for the supernaturally disadvantaged. After desperate vampires, werewolves, and witches across the country begin calling in to share their woes, her new show is a raging success.

    S. Droski says: "Pleasant Surprise!"
    "Good solid entertainment"
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    Maybe I'll get around to writing a review for the next three in the series, but they probably would be just more of the same. I bought this book more on a whim than anything. Quite frankly I've listened to so many vampire and werewolf books that I swore them off for awhile.
    Anyway, I got sucked into the series and listened to 4 out of the 12 in the series - I bought them one after another. So yes, I was highly entertained by the series but I am making myself stop and moving on to other genres. Maybe when i can't find a story that catches my ears, I'll come back to the series. So far the series is a nice easy listen. I am not in love with Marguerite Gavin's narration but she is good and won't drive you nuts.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6138)
    Performance
    (5836)
    Story
    (5845)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Entertaining for sure"
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    An engaging story of survival. I have mixed emotions about the narrator - sometimes I got a little fed up with his clinical, matter of fact narration, but then I reminded myself we were talking about a scientist and the stereotypical voice should be a voice of a man who was clinical and matter of fact. So I moved on. Although I haven't a clue about whether an Earthling could have pulled off what he did, the Author certainly made it believable and I really enjoyed the entire story. Well worth a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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