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Alicia A. Jenson

Listener Since 2005

  • 9 reviews
  • 39 ratings
  • 409 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Rebecca Skloot
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Bahni Turpin

    Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells, taken without her knowledge, became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first immortal human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than 60 years.

    Prisca says: "Amazing Story"
    "A Welcome Surprise"

    I wasn't sure if I was going to like this book but to tell the truth, it's probably the best book I've read in ten years, which is appropriate since it took ten years to write. When you're finished with it, Check out the WNYC RadioLab Podcast on Itunes (from npr) which has some of the actual recordings Skloot made with Debra, including the beautiful sequence between Debra and her cousin singing to sooth her. The episode is called Famous Tumors. I have listened to Radiolab for years and had read the book almost three months before Radiolab did a story on it. I knew Skloot was a good writer, but her power of description is so amazing that when I heard the tapes it was EXACTLY how I had pictured it in my head. How many writers can you say that about?
    I know it seems to be a book about boring old science, and perhaps in the beginning that's what Skloot might have thought would happen, but the actual story is so rich and beautiful it's difficult to put into words how thoroughly amazing it really is.
    Do yourself a favor, download this book. You won't regret it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Narrated By Scott Holst

    While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

    Haden says: "My friends thought I was crazy."
    "Best Book I've listened to this year."

    This book could have gone on forever and I'd still be listening. I absolutely loved it.
    Abraham Lincoln is one of my favorite Americans, and I've read several non-fiction books about him, but this is truly the first time I ever got a sense of what he may have been like as a young man. This book was not only entertaining but woven so well with historical fact that at times I actually forgot I was listening to a fictional book.

    I disagree with the complaints about the narrator. Most of the history books I've listened to on audible are exactly like this: a sort of dry reader who conveys little emotion. I thought he was perfect and it added an interesting contrast to the dramatic events unfolding.

    Do yourself a favor and try this out. I liked it so much that I bought the hardcover edition for my history buff boyfriend. He loves it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dead Path

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Stephen M. Irwin
    • Narrated By Michael Carman

    The Dead Path tells the gripping story of a broken man, Nicholas Close. A terrible accident has left him a widower and awoken in him the ability to see the dead. Now, he can’t escape visions of tortured spirits, their last moments caught in horrible, endlessly replaying loops. Nicholas leaves London and returns to Australia, where he is disturbed to see that a heavily treed tract of land in his childhood suburb has somehow escaped development.

    Sean says: "An excellent story!"
    "If you hate Spiders....."

    I enjoyed this book immensely, mostly because the end was completely different than I was expecting. I would have given it a five but only books that make me cry or fool me who the murderer is get that.
    I heard about this book on Facebook, and I was somewhat skeptical about how good it would be but I am very glad I downloaded this. It was entertaining, creepy and I did root for the characters.
    There was a review on here that said it was sexually explicit....I don't know what book she was reading but I didn't think any of this book sexually inappropriate. And what sex there was was important to the story.

    Download it, I liked it, a good listen, good narrator and I will definately buy his second when it comes out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nineteen Seventy Four: Red Riding Quartet

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By David Peace
    • Narrated By Saul Reichlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Jeanette Garland, missing Castleford, July 1969. Susan Ridyard, missing Rochdale, March 1972. Claire Kemplay, missing Morley, since yesterday. It’s winter, 1974, Yorkshire, Christmas bombs, Lord Lucan on the run, the Bay City Rollers, and Eddie Dunford’s got the job he wanted – crime correspondent for the Yorkshire Evening Post. He didn’t know it was going to be a season in hell. A dead little girl with a swan’s wings stitched into her back. A gypsy camp in a ring of fire. Corruption everywhere you look.

    Ms Letty says: "Brilliantly refreshing and original"
    "More graphic than Mo Hayder and that's great!"

    A few months in the life of an ambitious but angry journalist who hates himself caught up in a gruesome child murder in Yorkshire. And that's just the first ten minutes. Much like a James Ellroy novel, everyone in this book is corrupt with the possible exception of the main character's Mother. It is written in a semi-stream-of-consciousness style that gives it an edge very few books have. I just finished it tonight and I can honestly say that, even though I'm not sure who did what to whom (I did listen to this at work, so perhaps I might have missed a few details) I actually didn't care because it was so well written and well read I could have listened to it for a year.
    I will definately be downloading the other three books in this series as soon as my new credits are available.
    A word to the warning however: Up until now Mo Hayder's "The Treatment" has been my gauge for shock, violence and just plain sickness in a book but Peace has beaten her hands down. This is not a book for the casual crime fiction reader, it is extremely violent and graphic. And if you don't like swearing than this is DEFINATELY not the book for you, I'm pretty there isn't a solid three minutes in this book without the f-word.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mistress of the Art of Death: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ariana Franklin
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In medieval England, four children have been murdered, and the townsfolk blame their Jewish neighbors. The doctor chosen to investigate is a woman, Adelia. As she examines the victims and retraces their last steps, she must conceal her true identity in order to avoid accusations of witchcraft. Along the way, she's assisted by Sir Rowley Picot, a man with a personal stake in the investigation. A former Crusader knight, Rowley may be a needed friend - or the fiend for whom they are searching.

    Irenehope says: "History-Mystery of the Year & its only March"

    I didn't think I would like this but I'm so impressed I've preordered the next one which doesn't come out until January. The characters are rich and compelling and the story is filled with both depth and compassion. I love thrillers, especially by British authors, but this is above and beyond what I usually expect. A must read.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Birdman

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Mo Hayder
    • Narrated By Damien Goodwin

    Greenwich, southeast London. The Met's crack murder squad is called out by nervous CID detectives to a grim discovery. Five bodies have been found, all young women, all ritualistically murdered, dumped on wasteland near the Millennium Dome. When a post-mortem examination reveals a singular, horrific signature linking the victims, officers realize that they are on the trail of the most dangerous offender known to the force: a sexual serial killer.

    Dionne says: "great! get it now!"
    "Love the British"

    Mo Hayder's first book is a breath of fresh air for anyone who reads a lot of mystery. No holds barred and certainly not for the squeamish, if you want a mystery that has characters who extend beyond the flat can-do attitude of American mystery, then this is for you.
    If you think murder isn't a dirty, business, then don't buy this book. If you want a real mystery, then try it out.
    oh, And if there is a narrator anywhere with a sexier voice, I've never heard it. I could listen to Damien Goodwin read the phone book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil of Nanking

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Mo Hayder
    • Narrated By Josephine Bailey, Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    With the redolent atmosphere of Ian Rankin and the spine-chilling characters of Thomas Harris, Mo Hayder's The Devil of Nanking, takes the reader on an electrifying literary ride from the palatial apartments of yakuza kingpins to deep inside the secret history of one of the twentieth century's most brutal events: the Nanking Massacre.

    Alicia A. Jenson says: "The Best of Britain's Mystery Writers"
    "The Best of Britain's Mystery Writers"

    Though this book does not continue the story begun in Birdman and Treatment (that title will be out in early 2006), Hayder's book about a socially disabled and obsessed woman in Japan has her trademark clarity and beautiful ability to bring character and setting to life. Since Hayder was once a hostess in a Japanese club, she certainly knows what she's writing about, and this book is a mystery within a mystery that will keep you wondering what is really going on.
    Like Birdman and Treatment, Hayder is able to mesh multiple storylines into one coherent narrative that will keep you from turning off your audible.
    Try her out, Hayder is definatly one of Britain's best mystery writers.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Treatment

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Mo Hayder
    • Narrated By Damien Goodwin

    In an unassuming house, on a quiet residential street in south London, a husband and wife are discovered, imprisoned in their own home. Badly dehydrated, they've been bound and beaten; worse still, their young son is missing.

    Hallie says: "Continuation of Birdman"
    "Absolutely Brilliant"

    If mo hayder had 50 books, I'd read them all, especially since this one is exponentially so much better than the last, and Birdman was nothing to shake a stick at. Very few authors are so capable of delving into the inner lives of their main characters, and create characters so damaged but so honest it's almost painful to read. I'm rarely shocked by books, but one aspect of this one shocked me, and it wasn't the nature of the troll.
    Mysteries should never really be about the murders, they should be about the people who have to deal with them. No one does it better than mo hayder. a must read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Haunted

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Chuck Palahniuk
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Marc Cashman, Erik Davies, and others

    Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk is a novel made up of stories: 23 of them, to be precise. Twenty-three of the most horrifying, hilarious, mind-blowing, stomach-churning tales you'll ever encounter, sometimes all at once. They are told by people who have answered an ad headlined "Writers' Retreat: Abandon Your Life for Three Months", and who are led to believe that here they will leave behind all the distractions of "real life" that are keeping them from creating the masterpiece that is in them.

    Dominique says: "True Horror -- Not for the faint of heart, stomach"
    "Not for everyone"

    Everyone says "Shocked" or "disgusting" like this is a bad thing. When was the last time you were truly truly shocked by something? I don't mean the news, that is numbing. Palahniuk does shock like no one else. And not only that, he is a brilliant writer. If you don't finish it, you're missing out. There are some truly beautiful sequences in this book, it's not just "disgusting".

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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