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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.

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  • Rage Against the Dying

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Becky Masterman
    • Narrated By Judy Kaye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (102)

    You have never met an (ex) FBI agent like Brigid Quinn Brigid’s career - the disappearance and presumed murder of her young protégée, Jessica. Floyd knows things about that terrible night that were never made public, and offers to lead the cops to Jessica's body in return for a plea bargain. It should finally be the end of a dark chapter in Brigid’s life. Except…the new FBI agent on the case, Laura Coleman, thinks the confession is fake, and Brigid finds she cannot walk away from violence and retribution after all.

    Janice says: "I hope there are more of these on the way!"
    "I hope there are more of these on the way!"
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    Where does Rage Against the Dying rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have listened to many, many audiobooks and this is easily in the top ten.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The protagonist is a strong, quirky retired FBI agent who is (gasp) over fifty. Like many of us who are over fifty she has a vibrant life (in every facet) with meaningful work, interesting friends and a strong loving relationship with her husband. She is physically strong and capable and allows herself to really connect with the families of the victims of the crimes she has investigated. This is a richly nuanced character, complex and wryly funny.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It would be very hard to describe without giving away an essential plot element but involves a decision she comes to regret and the internal dialogue which is funny, frightening and full of pathos.

    The narrator of this book could not be better. She fully captures the character with her laconic observations.

    This charater ranks right up there with other strong female protagonists from authors such as Navada Barr and Sue Grafton.


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

    If you're tired of vampires, zombies and tennyboppers here's the film for you. A thinking person's action movie!


    Any additional comments?

    I sincerely hope Ms Masterson has other books coming. Now that I've made friends with Brigid I want to see and hear more of her.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Sara Gran
    • Narrated By Carol Monda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (436)
    Performance
    (367)
    Story
    (366)

    Claire DeWitt is not your average private investigator. She has brilliant skills of deduction and is an ace at discovering evidence. But Claire also uses her dreams, omens, and mind-expanding herbs to help her solve mysteries, and relies on Détection—the only book published by the great and mysterious French detective Jacques Silette before his death.

    A. D. Mcrae says: "Mostly Disappointed but it was Quick"
    "One of those books you will never forget-never"
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    What made the experience of listening to Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead the most enjoyable?

    Hearing the voice of this character both in terms of the narrator as well as the character's voice. The author has the rhythm and cadence of the various New Orleans' accents quite right and those who have been there and love it will appreciate that.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is the story of a mystic on a quest for the truth no one wants to hear, not even the people who hire her to find that truth. It is also a story of The Great Flood- not the Biblical Flood but the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the great flood of human migration and the destruction of the soul and heart of a great city and its people. If you love Louisiana, its cities and towns and its people you will understand the great hole in its heart and the great hurt in its survivors.It is one of the few books that after I listened to it I purchased both the Kindle and the paper book versions.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved Claire's description of the one of the Mardi Gras Indian groups practicing in a park. Her descriptions of the things that make New Orleans-the food, the music, the sounds and smells as well as the courage of her returnees.The denouement when Claire solves the case and confronts the killer is heartbreaking but hopeful.


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

    You have never met anyone like Claire DeWitt.


    Any additional comments?

    As I said this book is about a mystic's quest for a truth no one wants to hear. While I cannot do justice to this book in a review I acknowledge that it's not for everyone. If you have ever felt that there just might be something missing that could bring all of the pieces of your life story together and complete the puzzle you have been living this will be a book you will love.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Emily Woo Zeller
    Overall
    (1705)
    Performance
    (1509)
    Story
    (1515)

    Best-selling author Mary Roach returns with a new adventure to the invisible realm we carry around inside. Roach takes us down the hatch on an unforgettable tour. The alimentary canal is classic Mary Roach terrain: The questions explored in Gulp are as taboo, in their way, as the cadavers in Stiff and every bit as surreal as the universe of zero gravity explored in Packing for Mars. Why is crunchy food so appealing? Why is it so hard to find words for flavors and smells? Why doesn’t the stomach digest itself? How much can you eat before your stomach bursts?

    Kirstin says: "Mary Roach Does Not Disappoint!"
    "Another hilarious yet educational book"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this to my frineds who are of a certain scientific bent. Some people would just be grossed out but if you are interested in why and how we turn food into all of the nutrients and necessary by-products of digestion here you go. You will also find very interesting information about people who have made careers of studying about things the rest of us would rather not talk about.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    As with all of Ms Roach's books this one is very well researched, incredibly interesting and funny- both intentionally and unintentionally. I love the fact that she interviews people in fields of science that I didn't even know existed. I also have learned about people whose jobs would make anyone else's bad day look pretty good such as people who study and evaluate human flatus.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I love the scenes where the author visits scientists in their labs or their research facilities and gets to actually participate in the science. Good ol" Ms. Roach is nothing if not a trooper.


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

    This is a very interesting question since the book is about the alimentary system. Much of the book is about movements bowel and otherwise.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for her next books. Through her I have learned about corpses, human sexuality, the alimentary system and more and laughed a lot while doing it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sharp Objects

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5262)
    Performance
    (4270)
    Story
    (4296)

    Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker's troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital, Camille's first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

    Kelley says: "I agree with Stephen King"
    "Disturbing and compelling"
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    Where does Sharp Objects rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book ranks very close to the top of the list. This is a much better book than Gone Girl and is proof that Ms Flynn is just getting better and better.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sharp Objects?

    There are too many to count. I found myself many times wanting to beg the main character to stop, to think and to walk away.


    Have you listened to any of Ann Marie Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Ms Lee is an excellent reader. I think her voice, her pacing and the flat affect in her voice are perfect for this character.


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

    This is a compelling book about a character who is not altogether likeable. There are many passages that are difficult to read because the character is in so much pain. Having been a counselor I have seen clients who do the same sef-destructive things over and over, wanting a way out but never managing to break old ways and old habits. I wanted to cry more than once during this book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lions of Lucerne

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By Armand Schultz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1686)
    Performance
    (1507)
    Story
    (1506)

    On the snow-covered slopes of Utah, the unthinkable has just become a nightmarish reality: thirty Secret Service agents have been viciously executed and the vacationing president of the United States kidnapped by one of the most lethal terrorist organizations in the Middle East - the Fatah Revolutionary Council. But surviving agent and ex-Navy SEAL Scot Harvath doesn't believe the Fatah Revolutionary Council is responsible for the attack.

    Carol says: "Great Scott Harvath"
    "Defeat snatched from the jaws of victory"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Adolescents or people who have never read a well-written, well-plotted book.


    What could Brad Thor have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    This book began on a very promising note. The setting, the characters and the apparent plot all were very engaging. Instead of continuing with the story the author veered off onto a very unrealistic and adolescent "one-man saves the world" type of plot and abandons characters and situations leaving huge holes in the continuity. Had he continued with the original plot and left off the snide, off-handed remarks of the main character he may have had a good book.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Armand Schultz?

    I still am not sure whether it was the content or the reader that annoyed me the most about this audiobook. I do know that Mr. Schultz is not very adept at many of the accents he attempted.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Lions of Lucerne?

    Wow, what a question. Pretty much all of the book after the avalanche could be chucked. Of course this would be at least the entire last 3/4 of the book.


    1 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
    (279)
    Performance
    (251)
    Story
    (248)

    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.

    Barbara says: "My last Neville"
    "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
    (65)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (60)

    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
    (8559)
    Performance
    (7841)
    Story
    (7852)

    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
    (903)
    Performance
    (801)
    Story
    (807)

    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
    (5243)
    Performance
    (4864)
    Story
    (4853)

    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
    (279)
    Performance
    (251)
    Story
    (247)

    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

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