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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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  • She Just Looks Like That

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Paty Anderson
    • Narrated By Ashley Ulery
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Bizarre suicides, new boyfriends, a sadistic stalker, a complicated father - Taylor Campbell has her hands full. Called in to help figure out the cause of a rash of suicides in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the young woman faces her worst fears as she struggles to solve the mystery, maintain her sanity, and dodge the fate seemingly deemed her. This psychological thriller takes you deep inside the mind. Not your typical audiobook - you will listen to hours filled with apprehension and curiosity. Be prepared to listen all night!

    History Buff says: "Scared the Pants Off Me"
    "Unimaginative, absurdly plotted, and poorly read"
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    What would have made She Just Looks Like That better?

    A decent writer who understands written English


    Has She Just Looks Like That turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I still enjoy mystery/thrillers but will NEVER read or listen to a book from this author. I cannot imagine how it got onto an Audible list of available books as it is amateurishly, written to the extreme. Plot lines are laughable (a character is believed to have committed suicide by cutting her own hand off with a saw and then cutting off her arm-PLEASE.

    As a retired English teacher I can say with authority that have taught adolescents who could have written a better book. This book should never have been an Audible.com selection..


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Her voice was flat, her pacing was off and she was not professional


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment, a feeling of having been taken- I would like my money back


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Final Silence

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stuart Neville
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (113)

    Rea Carlisle has inherited a house from an uncle she never knew. It doesn't take her long to clear out the dead man's remaining possessions, but one room remains stubbornly locked. When Rea finally forces it open, she discovers inside a chair, a table - and a leather-bound book, its pages filled with locks of hair, fingernails: a catalogue of victims. Horrified, Rea wants to go straight to the police but her family intervenes, fearing that scandal will mar her politician father's public image.

    Karen says: "Outstanding all around - story, author, narrator"
    "Amazingly Depressing and Slow"
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    Would you try another book from Stuart Neville and/or Gerard Doyle?

    No


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I had to re-listen to Mr. Prenumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore for the fourth time just to get this book out of my head.


    What aspect of Gerard Doyle’s performance would you have changed?

    The presentation was very slow and ponderous, I would have made the narrator's presentation more varied in pace and tone.


    Do you think The Final Silence needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Please, dear Lord, no. The protagonist is the most completely miserable person imaginable. He is being punished in every way imaginable for trying to be a decent person. He never catches a break.


    Any additional comments?

    I hardly ever recommend that another reader not read a book- I am this time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Designated Daughters

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Margaret Maron
    • Narrated By Margaret Maron
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (45)

    Surrounded by her children, her extended family, and what seems like half of Colleton County, a semi-conscious Rachel breaks weeks of pained silence with snippets of stories as randomly pieced together as a well-worn patchwork quilt. But the Knott family's joy quickly gives way to shock: less than an hour later, Aunt Rachel is found dead in her bed, smothered with a pillow. Who would kill a woman on her deathbed? Was it an act of mercy, or murder?

    Janet says: "Bewildered by change of narrators ..............."
    "Here Comes the Judge-Again."
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    What did you love best about Designated Daughters?

    Maron is known for her ability to create a good mystery surrounded by descriptions of family, friends and food-all Southern style. Essentially a cozy, this book meanders through the small town of Dobbs and the lives of Judge Knott and her husband.


    What other book might you compare Designated Daughters to and why?

    While essentially a "cozy" Maron's books have a little more grit than the average cozy. She provides an entertainng view into the vagaries of small town life.


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

    This is the first time I have heard Ms Maron read one of her books. While her voice reminds me of ladies I have known growing up in the deep South the professional narration of the other books keeps the story moving a little more smoothly. (I feel a little guilty for feeling this way).


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

    Many of the interactions with Judge Knott's elderly friends and realtives touched me deeply as I remembered my relatives who have made such an impression on me and who I miss greatly. Her descriptions of family dinners and Southern cooking were wonderful to imagine.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Mercedes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6816)
    Performance
    (6314)
    Story
    (6320)

    In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

    Joyce says: "Love this style of King!!!"
    "The King is Back!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Mr. Mercedes the most enjoyable?

    Will Patton is a delight and the protagonist is one of my favorites-flawed, confused and very very courageous.


    What other book might you compare Mr. Mercedes to and why?

    King's "Lissy's Story" and "Bag of Bones" are the two that come to mind. For a while I felt he had lost his mojo but with "Lissy's Story" I knew he was back. Like this book it was written from a female protagonist's point of view and was very authentic in the voice.


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

    I think Mr. Patton is the zenith of male narrators. I identify him most closely with the James Lee Burke series of novels set in Louisiana but he did a masterful job with this book. He was the perfect choice.


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

    Yes, I hated to stop listening and even held my Ipod in my teeth while bathing a time or two just so I could continue the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Natchez Burning: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By David Ledoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (769)
    Performance
    (686)
    Story
    (692)

    Raised in the historic southern splendor of Natchez, Mississippi, Penn Cage learned all he knows of honor and duty from his father, Dr. Tom Cage. But now the beloved family doctor has been accused of murdering Viola Turner, the African-American nurse with whom he worked in the dark days of the 1960s. Penn is determined to save his father, but Tom, stubbornly invoking doctor-patient privilege, refuses to even speak in his own defense.

    Carolyn says: "Can't get past reader"
    "Greg Iles is the master of this genre"
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    If you could sum up Natchez Burning in three words, what would they be?

    Compelling, devastating and accurate


    What did you like best about this story?

    The book portrays people who coexisted in a very dark era in Southern history. As a Southerner and someone who lived through these times in the deep South I felt that Iles was honest, accurate and fearless in his depiction of a time many people would like to forget.

    All of the parts of the audiobook complemented each other - the performance, the material and the production.


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

    It was excellent. At first I wondered where Dick Hill was. He has narrated so many of Iles' books. It didn't take long for me to realize that Ledoux was an excellent choice.


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

    Absolutely!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood: Outlander, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4325)
    Performance
    (4035)
    Story
    (4019)

    Hurtled back through time more than two hundred years to 1743 Scotland, Claire Randall finds herself caught in the midst of an unfamiliar world torn apart by violence, pestilence, and revolution and haunted by her growing feelings for a young soldier, James Fraser.

    G. House Sr. says: "Eloquent Fabulous Historical - Grand Continuation"
    "I had been waiting for this one"
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    What made the experience of listening to Written in My Own Heart's Blood the most enjoyable?

    Davina Porter, certainly one of the best narrators around. She is one of the few women readers who can convincingly portray male characters. Her ability to read many characters with a variety of accents is amazing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    As with all of her books there are red herrings, arch villains, painful losses and enduring love. It doesn't get better than that.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    This is very difficult to say. As with the other books in the series my favorite parts are always with Jamie and Claire together


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

    Absolutely, all of her books are. I have to discipline myself to make it last.


    Any additional comments?

    A wonderful combination of the right author, the right narrator and a top-notch producer. The only bad thing is that now I have to wait for the author to produce another book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In Deep Voodoo: Mojo, Louisiana Humorous Mystery Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Stephanie Bond
    • Narrated By Maureen Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (247)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (216)

    In Deep Voodoo is a rollicking romantic mystery! Start with bad mojo, add a pinprick of revenge, and watch things boil over…A woman receives a voodoo doll of her lying cheating ex-husband as a gag gift at her divorce party, and vents her frustration by stabbing it with a pin. But later when he's found stabbed to death, she doesn't have to be told she's managed to land herself In Deep Voodoo!

    C. Treat says: "Loved the book, hated the narrator!!"
    "Choose your friends carefully."
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    Where does In Deep Voodoo rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book was light and without a lot of substance but pretty entertaining nevertheless. I think I would rate it in the middle of the bell curve.


    Would you recommend In Deep Voodoo to your friends? Why or why not?

    I have friends who would love this book and others who would think it rididculous- I would be careful who I recommended it to.


    Which character – as performed by Maureen Jones – was your favorite?

    The protagonist certainly. I liked her pluck.


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

    Watch your step- there's deep voodoo ahead.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trust Your Eyes

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Linwood Barclay
    • Narrated By Ken Marks, Rick Holmes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (374)
    Performance
    (324)
    Story
    (328)

    Thomas Kilbride is a map-obsessed schizophrenic so affected that he rarely leaves the self-imposed bastion of his bedroom. But with a computer program called Whirl360.com, he travels the world while never so much as stepping out the door. He pores over and memorizes the streets of the world. He examines every address, as well as the people who are frozen in time on his computer screen. Then he sees something that anyone else might have stumbled upon - but has not - in a street view of downtown New York City: an image in a window. An image that looks like a woman being murdered.

    karen says: "One of 2013's best!"
    "Rear Window Redux"
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    What made the experience of listening to Trust Your Eyes the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the interaction between the brothers and the respect that slowly built between them.
    Thomas was well-drawn and interesting.


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

    The plot was very good but overly drawn out. The important sub-plot was tied up too quickly as if the author just figured out he had ten words or less to complete the book. That sub-plot deserved more substance and complexity.


    Have you listened to any of Ken Marks and Rick Holmes ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have never heard these narrators that I know of and I very seldom enjoy multiple narrators. In this case I was pleasantly surprised.


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

    It was very entertaining and there were times I wanted to extend my walk to hear more.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Flight

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By M. R. Hall
    • Narrated By Sian Thomas
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (26)

    Coroner Jenny Cooper investigates… A tragic accident or a terrible crime? When Flight 189 plunges into the Severn Estuary, Coroner Jenny Cooper finds herself handling the case of a lone sailor whose boat appears to have been sunk by the stricken plane, and drawn into the mysterious fate of a ten year-old girl, Amy Patterson, a passenger on 189, whose largely unmarked body is washed up alongside his.

    Sally J says: "forgettable storyline but very well read"
    "Danger in the skies and in the software"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Flight to be better than the print version?

    Having not read the print version I am only guessing but I think the narration was so good that I would choose the audio book over the print version.


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

    Any of the many books which have a plot based on a group of people facing an impossible situation which they solve in a pretty novel way.


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

    She has a lovely voice- the tone and quality of her voice is very easy to listen to. I think if it had been narrated by a male reader the performance would have lost something important.


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

    The scenes involving the coroner's involvement with the accident victims and their families were particularly moving.


    Any additional comments?

    This book has some technical passages regarding airplanes and the software now used for many parts of the flight process. The author did a very good job of writing these passages so they are understandable and entertaining without talking down to the reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vanished

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Kendra Elliot
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl, Amy McFadden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (95)

    When an 11-year-old is abducted on her way to school, the FBI doesn't waste a moment, sending agents to scour the area and embedding Special Agent Ava McLane with the distraught family. In the eye of the storm is local detective Mason Callahan, whose life is crumbling to pieces - he's related to the victim, and his longtime confidential informant has just been murdered.

    Books,Chocolate and Lipgloss says: "AMY AND NICK DO IT AGAIN WITH THEIR AMAZING VOICES"
    "Two part narration- one was okay the other not"
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    What disappointed you about Vanished?

    The plot was marginal but acceptable. While the male narrator was acceptable and could have successfully read the entire book the female narrator set my teeth on edge. Her odd "valley girlish" delivery with a rise in inflection at the end of sentences did not jibe with the tough FBI agent she was portraying. It pretty much ruined those parts of the book for me.


    What was most disappointing about Kendra Elliot’s story?

    The female narration.


    How could the performance have been better?

    If the male reader had read the entire book it would have been much more enjoyable. He did an very acceptable job of reading all of the parts-including the female FBI agent.


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

    The book was fairly well plotted. The female narrator was so distracting that it made it hard to focus on those parts of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    It is a puzzle to me why the producer chose to have two narrators because the male narrator did a good job of reading all of the parts including the women.

    0 of 0 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
    (770)
    Performance
    (697)
    Story
    (695)

    "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

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