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Judy

Love2Listen

Hendersonville, NC, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 17 reviews
  • 30 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 26 purchased in 2014
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  • The Wettest County in the World, or Lawless: A Novel Based on a True Story

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Matt Bondurant
    • Narrated By Erik Steele
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (60)

    The Bondurant Boys were a notorious gang of roughnecks and moonshiners who ran liquor through Franklin County during Prohibition and after. The brothers played a central role in a major conspiracy trial and its violent end. In 1935, Sherwood Anderson, working on a magazine story, finds himself driving along the dusty red roads trying to find the brothers and break the silence that shrouds Franklin County.

    Rich says: "Just outstanding!"
    "I bet the movie will be better"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    No.


    Would you recommend The Wettest County in the World, or Lawless to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would probably recommend waiting for the movie. I found a lot to like about the audiobook but nothing that would make me say to a friend, "You've got to hear this one."


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene where Forrest got his throat cut and survived.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No, but it was very interesting to hear how white lightning affected the men who drank it.


    Any additional comments?

    After hearing the book, I am really looking forward to the movie.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Shifting Fog

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (170)

    Summer 1924: On the eve of a glittering society party, by the lake of a grand English country house, a young poet takes his life. The only witnesses, sisters Hannah and Emmeline Hartford, will never speak to each other again. Winter 1999: Grace Bradley, 98, one-time housemaid of Riverton Manor, is visited by a young director making a film about the poet's suicide. Ghosts awaken and memories, long consigned to the dark reaches of Grace's mind, begin to sneak back through the cracks.

    Karen says: "Alternate title for "The House at Riverton""
    "Great listen!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would recommend it to a friend. It's long but kept my interest all through the story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Shifting Fog?

    When Grace's mother died and she found out the truth about her father.


    Which character – as performed by Caroline Lee – was your favorite?

    Grace was my favorite. I loved hearing her tell the story, going from past to present. Caroline Lee is a great narrator and really did a great performance with all the characters.


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

    No extreme reaction but I was sad that Grace died.


    Any additional comments?

    I love stories about the 20s and especially in the UK. This was well worth the almost 19 hours it took to listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Harmless

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Ernie Lindsey
    • Narrated By DJ Holte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Steve Pendragon is an eccentric (and sometimes delusional) used car salesman in love with Kerry, the quiet, secretive girl next door - only she doesn't know it. When the would-be love of his life turns up dead, all signs point to Steve. Once the detectives hit a dead end in their investigation and he becomes the prime suspect, Steve is left with only a reluctant police officer and a crooked private investigator to help him prove his innocence.

    Judy says: "I couldn't put it down!"
    "I couldn't put it down!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! Author Ernie Lindsey has crafted a story that is funny and entertaining with a main character who is unique, an intriguing mystery and an unconventional love story.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Steve's methods of solving the murder and the clues he turned up kept me guessing.


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

    It was as if I had Steve following me around telling me his story and not minding when I laughed at him. That's an experience I would never get from the print version.


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

    There's someone for everyone, even Steve.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't miss this one! I have to confess that I listened to it again right away.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Happiness as a Second Language: A Guidebook to Achieving Lasting, Permanent Happiness

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Valerie Alexander
    • Narrated By Valerie Alexander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Happiness as a Second Language teaches happiness step-by-step, in the same manner as one would learn a new language. Each chapter builds on the concepts and exercises in the previous one, starting with the most basic lessons, progressing through the intermediate stages, and finally graduating to the more advanced concepts.

    Red Sapphire says: "Ideal book for creating real happiness"
    "You'll want to listen more than once!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Happiness as a Second Language the most enjoyable?

    I liked the simple way Valerie Alexander lays out the process of learning the language of happiness and how she shows her own evolution into happiness. I will admit that I listened all the way through the first time without doing any of the exercises. Then I listened again and did try. I didn't find that easy due to the fact that one of the reasons I listen to books is so I can multitask. So I bought the kindle version and now I'm going through the book again, slowly this time, and doing the exercises and making notes.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the fact that even though I already think of myself as a happy person, I gained insight about myself and learned tools to enhance my happiness.


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

    Valerie Alexander did a wonderful job with the narration. Her voice is pleasant to listen to and she sounds so happy.


    What did you learn from Happiness as a Second Language that you would use in your daily life?

    I make more happiness lists now but sometimes I call them gratitude lists. I tell myself several times a day that I'm happy. I notice things that add to my happiness more often.


    Any additional comments?

    I know people who live in a world of misery, not realizing that it can be changed. I will recommend Happiness as a Second Language to any of them who will listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Reason to Live (Marty Singer Mystery #1)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Matthew Iden
    • Narrated By Lloyd Sherr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (313)
    Performance
    (265)
    Story
    (263)

    In the late 90s, a bad cop killed a good woman and DC Homicide Detective Marty Singer got to watch as the murderer walked out of the courtroom a free man. Twelve years later, the victim's daughter comes to Marty begging for help: the killer is stalking her now. There's just one problem: Marty's retired...and he's retired because he's battling cancer.

    William says: "This book was a distraction"
    "Outstanding! Loved it!"
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    Where does A Reason to Live rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would rank it as one of my most favorite audiobooks. A Reason to Live is a winning combination of mighty fine writing and excellent narration.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love Marty Singer. He is a hero who agrees to help a scared young woman even when his own life is uncertain due to his battle with cancer


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I laughed out loud at Marty's description of the paper gown he had to wear in the doctor's office.


    If you could take any character from A Reason to Live out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would love to take Marty Singer out to dinner to take his mind off his health problems and hear stories about his life before the diagnosis of cancer.


    Any additional comments?

    It's the first in the Marty Singer Mystery series and I can't wait to hear more.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • A.P.B.: A Whit Pynchon Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dave Pedneau
    • Narrated By Chet Williamson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Special investigator Whit Pynchon and crime reporter Annie Tyson-Tyree race against time to find the psychotic killer who is murdering the wives and girlfriends of all the cops in the small West Virginia town of Millbrook.

    Judy says: "All a good mystery should be."
    "All a good mystery should be."
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    If you could sum up A.P.B. in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining, fast-paced, predictable


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tressa, Whit Pynchon's teenage daughter. She's headstrong but smart and has a good heart.


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

    I enjoyed the book but most of all I enjoyed the narration of Chet Williamson. This was my first experience with his work and I've added him to my list of favorite narrators. His voice is perfect for this type of novel and I am looking forward to hearing more of his work.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Even though some aspects were predictable, I enjoyed the story all the way to the satisfying ending and look forward to more in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Prince of Tides

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1959)
    Performance
    (1143)
    Story
    (1144)

    Spanning 40 years, this is the story of turbulent Tom Wingo, his gifted and troubled twin sister Savannah, and their struggle to triumph over the dark and tragic legacy of the extraordinary family into which they were born.

    Ella says: "A "Prince" amongst novels"
    "Wonderful story, fantastic narration"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Prince of Tides the most enjoyable?

    The voice of Frank Muller. His was the perfect voice for the book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Savannah was my favorite character. It was interesting to see how she coped with her childhood.


    What about Frank Muller’s performance did you like?

    It was like hearing poetry read to me.


    If you could rename The Prince of Tides, what would you call it?

    I wouldn't rename it.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a book I will listen to again and recommend to my friends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Stiletto

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Raymond Benson
    • Narrated By Arielle DeLisle, Chris Patton, Michael Ray Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Could Martin Talbot's elderly, Alzheimer-stricken mother, Judy, really have been the Black Stiletto? When Martin discovers several volumes of her diaries hidden by his mother, he is stunned beyond all imagination. His mother, the underground heroine of yesteryear? The famed, still unidentified woman who battled Communist spies, took on the Mafia, and preyed on common crooks? The woman who exacted punishment on evildoers without mercy? But it is all described, in great detail, in the diaries. Could it be true? Talbot is filled with doubt and disbelief.

    Jean says: "Superman, wonder woman and now The Black Stiletto"
    "Watch out for the Black Stiletto!"
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    Where does The Black Stiletto rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I enjoyed it immensely and would recommend it to any one who likes a good action story with a strong female heroine.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked Judy Cooper and seeing her develop as the Black Stiletto. It was satisfying to see her get revenge on men who had wronged her.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The Black Stiletto getting naked in her effort to combat Communism.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The revenge scene with her stepfather was very satisfying.


    Any additional comments?

    This story was truly enhanced by being narrated by three different readers. I don't think my experience would have been so enjoyable on the printed page. Arielle DeLisle gave Judy Cooper's voice energy and authenticity. I would like to hear more of her and I'm looking to forward to the next in the series. Chris Patton did a good job with the voice of Martin but for some reason his part wasn't edited as well as the rest. There was a couple of instances of a repeated line - sort of like a stutter. Michael Ray Davis was my favorite of all the voices. His performance of Roberto Renelli, a gangster who has been in prison for over 50 years, was flawless and totally believable. He truly sounded like a 72-year-old, broken down gangster. I'm adding him to my list of favorite narrators.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Floor

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (55)

    All is not well in Margrave, Georgia. The sleepy, forgotten town hasn't seen a crime in decades, but within the span of three days it witnesses events that leave everyone stunned. An unidentified man is found beaten and shot to death on a lonely country road.

    Paul says: "An edge of your seat thriller"
    "I love Jack Reacher"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Oh yes. It's an action packed thriller with some romance thrown in.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Jack Reacher!. I liked his quest for total freedom, of never having anyone to answer to, no expectations from any living soul, and the adventure of not knowing what tomorrow will bring. Of course Jack's freedom gets interrupted when he is thrown in jail for a murder he couldn't have committed and the victim turns out to be his brother.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked the ending. Jack has realized that he and his lady love will have to part. They want different things in life and Jack finds it necessary to move on. It's sad but now Jack is free again.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was as relieved as Jack when he found the kidnapped children and they were moved to safety.


    Any additional comments?

    This was my first Lee Child novel and it sure won't be my last. It was also the first time I've listened to Dick Hill. He is a superb narrator. I'm adding him to my list of favorite narrators.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Healey's Cave

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Aaron Paul Lazar
    • Narrated By John Thomas Fraser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Sam Moore's little brother vanished 50 years ago. No body. No answers. What Sam has is a boatload of guilt, since he failed to accompany Billy on his final, fateful bike ride. While struggling to eliminate the rapacious Japanese Knotweed from his gardens, Sam discovers a glowing marble. It warms to his touch and whisks him back in time to his childhood. Billy and Sam's childhood pals appear beside him - breathing,sweating, laughing - and very much alive.

    Fran says: "Tidy little mystery"
    "A good listen with plenty of suspense and mystery"
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    What did you like best about Healey's Cave? What did you like least?

    I liked all the descriptions of gardening because I can't grow anything and I liked the family relationships, especially the grandsons. I have a grandson about the same age as Timmy even though the author couldn't make up his mind about Timmy's age. He was nineteen months, twenty-one months and finally eighteen months.

    What I liked least: The suspense kept me glued to my mp3 player and I hated the narrator blurting out the chapter number in the middle of an intense scene. It made me want to slap someone silly.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Healey's Cave?

    When Sam saw how Billy died. It was a plot twist I didn't expect.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Thomas Fraser?

    Joe Barrett maybe.


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

    Yes, I would.


    Any additional comments?

    The story was good enough to keep me listening and was a perfect length. In fact, I finished it in a day. The narrator did well with the suspenseful scenes but he has a tendency to mispronounce words.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cloud Atlas

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Cassandra Campbell, Kim Mai Guest, and others
    Overall
    (3067)
    Performance
    (2277)
    Story
    (2284)

    A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan's California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified "dinery server" on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation: the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other's echoes down the corridor of history.

    Cynthia says: "Complicated and Not Good for Listening!"
    "A Masterpiece!"
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    If you could sum up Cloud Atlas in three words, what would they be?

    Awesome, unique, thought provoking.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked all six of the stories and they way they were arranged, the first half of five stories with the middle story whole, then the other half of the first five in reverse order.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    All six narrators were brilliant!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Robert Frobisher was my favorite character and his story had a sad ending.


    Any additional comments?

    My favorite Frobisher quote: “Whoever opined, “Money can’t buy happiness,” obviously had too much of the stuff.”

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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