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Janice

I am a retired school counselor (middle and elementary) and an avid reader. I am a lover of great mysteries, quirky protagonists, and medical/scientific non-fiction. I travel a lot and love the freedon audiobooks give me to drive, work, and relax while enjoying a good book. On my ipod I have eclectic musical selections as well as audiobooks. I will strive to never steer you wrong in a review.

LAGRANGE, KY, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Now & Then

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (43)

    Spenser knows something's amiss the moment Dennis Doherty walks into his office. The guy's aggressive yet wary, in the way men frightened for their marriages always are. So when Doherty asks Spenser to investigate his wife Jordan's abnormal behavior, Spenser agrees. A job's a job, after all.

    Elaine says: "a good one!"
    "It was better then"
    Overall

    Once one of my favorite authors, Mr Parker has taken to writing novellas, having them published in large print with huge margins and calling them novels. This is the first Spenser novel I have heard as an audio book and it is obvious that Mr Parker's terse style along with his frequent "he said", "she added", "Pearl growled" doesn't transfer well to the spoken book.

    Mr Mantenga is a competent actor but I never saw him as Spenser. When speaking Hawk's parts I was embarrassed for him and the character. When Avery Brooks played Hawk on the first Spenser series he played Hawk as an intelligent, multi-faceted person. It didn't sound that way with this narrator.

    Mr Parker's "Early Autumn" was a wonderful book with interesting characters (and to his credit including a guidance counselor) and a very interesting protagonist. Please go back to the source, Mr Parker, even Hawk was boring in this book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Spirit of Steamboat: A Walt Longmire Story

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (538)
    Performance
    (489)
    Story
    (484)

    "It' s a question of what you have to do, what you have to live with if you don't." Sheriff Walt Longmire is reading A Christmas Carol in his office on December 24th when he's interrupted by the ghost of Christmas past: a young woman with a hairline scar across her forehead and more than a few questions about Walt' s predecessor, Lucian Connally. Walt doesn' t recognize the mystery woman, but she seems to know him and claims to have something she must return to Connally.

    C. Telfair says: "Welcome Holiday Diversion"
    "If You Didn't Already Love Walt Longmire You Will"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Spirit of Steamboat to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version but the audio versions of these books are always wonderful.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is may seem like the obligatory Christmas episode of a series but is so much more. Each character is so well-drawn that is it vey easy to imagine each of them in his or her entirety. The action and suspense is palpable and there is nothing smaltzy at all. I loved this book for many reasons.


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

    Guidall has a wry, laconic style that fits the character very well. Longmire never takes himself seriously and Guidall is very good at voicing that part of Walt's personality. It is a great match of content, character and talent.


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

    The denouement with the former sheriff, Lucian, and the current sheriff Walt and their unexpected visitor is a lovely moment handled well by both author and reader.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Serpent's Tooth: A Walt Longmire Mystery, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1526)
    Performance
    (1359)
    Story
    (1358)

    In this ninth installment in the award-winning and New York Times best-selling Walt Longmire mystery series, the Wyoming sheriff follows his cowboy code of ethics in a religious range war that strikes a little too close to home.

    Dave says: "Craig Johnson's best!"
    "Craig Johnson never disappoints"
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    Would you listen to A Serpent's Tooth again? Why?

    Yes, I love this narrator although he sounds older than I imagine Walt to be (for some reason-perhaps it's the great A&E Walt Longmire series).


    What did you like best about this story?

    All of the Walt Longmire books focus on great mysteries, interesting people and Walt's sense of fairness and patience. This has plenty of all of those.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    He has a laconic style that fits the character well. It incorporates Walt's patience and sense of self.


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

    Walt is so committed to his friends that when presented with the loss one of them he expresses that loss in a very compelling manner.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait for the next book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (488)
    Performance
    (331)
    Story
    (331)

    After a woman is brutally slain, investigators bring psychiatrist Joe O'Loughlin in for expert consultation. Joe is shocked to discover the dead woman is a former patient of his who cried rape when he rebuffed her sexual advances. Citing doctor/patient confidentiality, Joe hides this information. But the truth emerges, and suddenly he is the prime suspect.

    Bonnie says: "Found"
    "Even I started doubting the protagonist"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This was my first book by the author- I have now read two more and have not been disappointed yet. The characters are well-drawn and the plots are ever changing and intriguing. These are the kinds of books that make you want to drive around the block a couple of times so you can keep on listening.


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

    Absolutely! Twists and turns at every juncture but none seemed contrived just incredibly frustrating for the protagonist and the reader who has come to be very committed to him.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Prebble – was your favorite?

    The protagonist. A very decent man already fighting a health problem when he is confronted by a very committed enemy.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Very much so. I had a great deal of trouble turning off my Ipod when I got to work in the morning.


    Any additional comments?

    Both the narration and the story were way above average here-some of the best I have heard. I recommend this book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Bayou

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By James Daniels, Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1015)
    Performance
    (823)
    Story
    (826)

    Declan Fitzgerald had always been the family maverick, but even he couldn't understand his impulse to buy a dilapidated mansion on the outskirts of New Orleans. All he knew was that ever since he saw Manet Hall, he'd been enchanted - and obsessed - with it. So when the opportunity to buy the house comes up Declan jumps at the chance to live out a dream.

    Phyllis says: "Not the Norm"
    "Good book for traveling and but don't expect a lot"
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    Would you try another book from Nora Roberts and/or James Daniels and Sandra Burr ?

    Probably not, I enjoy books with good plots and intriguing characters. This is not a bad book- just very predictable.


    What could Nora Roberts have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The plot was very predictable. The only real inspired concept was making the male character the person who experienced what in most books would have been experienced by a woman. I can't be more specific than that because I don't want to ruin that for you. I know there are lots of Nora Roberts fans out there and I respect them.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed all of the scenes that involved the restoration of the home. The descriptions of the once beautiful Louisiana mansion and of the current state of disrepair were interesting. The passages that involved the main character's restoration of the home were the best parts of the book.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The book is set in one of my favorite parts of the U.S.- southern Louisiana and New Orleans. The narrators did not try to over-do southern accents. Having grown up in the south I think that there is nothing is worse than a poorly done southern accent.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Robin Sloan
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2325)
    Performance
    (2094)
    Story
    (2084)

    The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone - and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything....

    Susan says: "Fun, thought-provoking, mysterious.... and FUN !"
    "A Book-lovers's Book For Sure"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version but certainly will and I am sure I will love it as much as the audio-book version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The narrator is so charming, so committed to real books, real people, real mysteries (both with a capital M and otherwise) and the value of real friends that I find him utterly compelling.


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

    I have never heard Mr. Fliakos but will certainly put him on my list of favorite readers. He has a very natural delivery and is extremely easy to listen to. He is also very good at becoming other characters without being gimmicky in doing so.


    Who was the most memorable character of Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore and why?

    Mr. Penumbra certainly but his bookstore is a character in and of itself. I can close my eyes and see it so clearly. It has a life of its own as do the characters who inhabit it. It is so integral to the story that it is indeed a character.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was on my wish list for over a year. I am so glad I moved it from there to my library. This is a book for people who love books of every type - ebooks, real paper books, audio books and whatever will be coming in the future of the written word. Don't wait a minute to get this book and prepare to be charmed, mesmerized, perplexed and in the end warmed by the true message in The Codex. I won't tell you what that is because I know you will love the unveiling of the answer because you are indeed a lover of books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Messenger

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (728)
    Performance
    (334)
    Story
    (339)

    Allon is recovering from his grueling showdown with a Palestinian master terrorist, when terrorism comes to find him once again. An al-Qaeda suspect is killed in London, and photographs are found on his computer - photographs that lead Israeli intelligence to suspect that al-Qaeda is planning one of its most audacious attacks ever, straight at the heart of the Vatican.

    Dan says: "Well worth the time"
    "Always satisfying"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Messenger to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version but I enjoy this performer so much I wouldn't even try the print version.


    What other book might you compare The Messenger to and why?

    I have read/listened to all of the Silva books. I enjoy his plots and characters. His books are timely and relevant.


    What about Christopher Lane’s performance did you like?

    His accents and nuances are masterful.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, however I saved it for long trips so I could savor the story and performance


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Titanic 2012: Curse of RMS Titanic

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Robert W. Walker
    • Narrated By Lee Alan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    This historical generational horror/suspense/science fiction audiobook defies genre classification as it has intrigue and terror. It is a Centenary retelling of the Titanic story to destroy all the false legends surrounding Titanic. "From a master of terror and suspense," according to Clive Cussler, author of Raise the Titanic, herein lies a compelling reason that forces Captain Edward J. Smith to scuttle his own ship - RMS Titanic. What dark secret prompts such an action on the part of a veteran, retiring captain on a ship's maiden voyage?

    Amazon Customer says: "What a difference an exceptional narrator makes!"
    "The narration is cringe-worthy at best"
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    What disappointed you about Titanic 2012?

    The narration made it almost impossible to listen to. Excruciating is the most appropriate word I can use.


    Has Titanic 2012 turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I would never purchase anything from this narrator EVER!


    Would you be willing to try another one of Lee Alan’s performances?

    No, even considering it makes my ears hurt.


    What character would you cut from Titanic 2012?

    The narrator-I know he's not a character but that's who I'd cut anyway.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Just One Evil Act: A Lynley Novel, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Elizabeth George
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (335)
    Performance
    (292)
    Story
    (289)

    Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers is at a loss: The daughter of her friend Taymullah Azhar has been taken by her mother, and Barbara can't really help - Azhar had never married Angelina, and his name isn't on Hadiyyah's, their daughter's, birth certificate. He has no legal claim. Azhar and Barbara hire a private detective, but the trail goes cold. Azhar is just beginning to accept his soul-crushing loss when Angelina reappears with shocking news: Hadiyyah is missing, kidnapped from an Italian marketplace.

    Ruth Nielsen says: "Not a Fan Anymore!"
    "Not My Favorite"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was a little frustrating due to the fact that the book was too long and not as well plotted as those in the past.


    If you’ve listened to books by Elizabeth George before, how does this one compare?

    This is not my favorite. I think the book is too long and the main characters other than Lynley are not very sympathetic.


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    She is the consumate artist. I have enjoyed everything she has read in great part due to her skill as a reader.


    Did Just One Evil Act inspire you to do anything?

    It inspired me to consider re-reading the older books to try to recapture the magic in those.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How the Light Gets In: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1040)
    Performance
    (937)
    Story
    (936)

    Shadows are falling on the usually festive Christmas season for Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. When Gamache receives a message from Myrna Landers that a longtime friend has failed to arrive for Christmas in the village of Three Pines, he welcomes the chance to get away from the city. Gamache soon discovers the missing woman was once one of the most famous people not just in North America, but in the world, and now goes unrecognized by virtually everyone. As events come to a head, Gamache is drawn ever deeper into the world of Three Pines.

    Nancy J says: "Welcome Home!"
    "Another Winner!"
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    Would you listen to How the Light Gets In again? Why?

    Yes, I have re-listened to several of this author's books.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Inspector Gamache without a doubt-he is a warm and humane person who deals with the depravity men and women can involve themselves in.


    What about Ralph Cosham’s performance did you like?

    I cannot imagine anyone else reading these books. He makes the people and settings of Three Pines come alive.


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

    Inspector Gamache is presented with several heartwrenching decisions which he resolves with wisdom and caring.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • FREE The Gray Man

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    Overall
    (1230)
    Performance
    (1086)
    Story
    (1107)

    Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man - a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his target. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness. Now, he is going to prove that for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living-and killing to stay alive.

    Rollin says: "Gripping, unremitting action"
    "I'm Glad I Chose This"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would. It's entertaining and will keep you involved all the way to the end.


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

    I enjoyed the book very much and will read others by this author.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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