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Jessica

ATLANTA, GA | Member Since 2005

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  • Beautiful Creatures: Beautiful Creatures, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    Overall
    (3281)
    Performance
    (2759)
    Story
    (2777)

    Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

    FanB14 says: "Adequate for Adults"
    "I'm not the right demographic for this"
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    I'm outside the typical demographic for this, I think (43 years old when I listened to it). But I thought it was well-written and engaging despite the fact that I wasn't completely charmed by it. If you like Southern Gothic romance you'll probably enjoy this regardless of your age. I don't know that I'll bother reading other books in this series, though.

    I read this using Whispersync for Voice, so I alternated between the Kindle version and the audio version, which worked really well. The audiobook version did make decent use of sound effects (constant rain noises during scenes that took place during storms), but there were some instances where it was a bit intrusive. I like the ambient storm sound, but "foleying" in the sounds of a bookcase falling over wasn't really necessary. Overall it didn't detract too much. (I hate "radio play" versions of audiobooks.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Plum Island

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2549)
    Performance
    (1837)
    Story
    (1829)

    Wounded in the line of duty, NYPD homicide cop John Corey is convalescing in rural eastern Long Island when an attractive young couple he knows is found shot to death on the family patio. The victims were biologists at Plum Island, a research site rumored to be an incubator for germ warfare. Suddenly, a local double murder takes on shattering global implications - and thrusts Corey and two extraordinary women into a dangerous search for the secret of Plum Island....

    DERALD says: "Great on par with" LION'S GAME""
    "I don't like John Corey"
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    I think I'm probably alone in this, but I didn't like John Corey. At all. I hated the way he acted to Beth Penrose. I hated the unrelenting smart-alecky comments, even in times of crisis...I just never warmed to him at all. Scott Brick has said this was one of his favorites to read, and he does a great job as always, but the character of John Corey just rubbed me the wrong way. I might try reading another in this series, just to see if he grows up some, but probably not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Incrementalists

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Steven Brust, Skyler White
    • Narrated By Ray Porter, Mary Robinette Kowal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (150)

    The Incrementalists - a secret society of 200 people with an unbroken lineage reaching back 40,000 years. They cheat death, share lives and memories, and communicate with one another across nations, races, and time. They have an epic history, an almost magical memory, and a very modest mission: to make the world better, just a little bit at a time. Their ongoing argument about how to do this is older than most of their individual memories. Phil, whose personality has stayed stable through more incarnations than anyone else’s, has loved Celeste - and argued with her - for most of the last 400 years.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "Almost Speechless"
    "Not what I expected, but not in a good way"
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    I would have preferred to learn more about the secret society of Incrementalists and their history. That's what drew me in about the description, but you get surprisingly little about that. Mostly it's about a crisis the Incrementalists face, and quite frankly, since I didn't really know who they were or what exactly they did, I didn't care very much. I hate to say it, but I wanted a bit more of the Harry Potter structure, where we'd learn about this secret society while being educated in the traditions, etc. There really wasn't any of that AT ALL, aside from a mention of signs going without quotations for emphasis in the very beginning. (And that's a cause that is near & dear to my heart!)

    In any case, if you're looking for something in the Potter tradition (even if you're a grown-up and sort of hate to have to admit that), this isn't it. The narration is great, and the story might honestly be fine, but I didn't feel like it delivered on what it promised, so I walked away disappointed.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lawrence Wright
    • Narrated By Morton Sellers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1209)
    Performance
    (1085)
    Story
    (1073)

    A clear-sighted revelation, a deep penetration into the world of Scientology by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the The Looming Tower, the now-classic study of al-Qaeda’s 9/11 attack. Based on more than 200 personal interviews with both current and former Scientologists - both famous and less well known - and years of archival research, Lawrence Wright uses his extraordinary investigative ability to uncover for us the inner workings of the Church of Scientology.

    Chris Reich says: "Scared the Hell Out of Me"
    "This was a tough read"
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    Narrator was great, but subject matter was difficult. The first few hours of the audiobook that cover LRH's life were honestly kind of tedious to get through - I found it more relatable when the book started talking about people and situations I'd heard of. Overall it's a good read though, so if you're interested in the subject you should definitely check it out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8804)
    Performance
    (8082)
    Story
    (8121)

    Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.

    Pi says: "Jarring change in Dotrice's performance"
    "narration is spoiled by the tv series"
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    I had heard the narration for this series was great, and that folks were upset when one of the books wasn't read by the Roy Dotrice. So maybe my expectations were too high, but I really didn't like the narrator on this one. His women & children all sounded like old crones to me, instead of women & children. It really threw me off.

    Also, if you've been watching the series on HBO, he doesn't pronounce some of the names the way they're pronounced on the show, so that's off-putting too. And of course, since you've heard the characters voices on the show, they don't sound right here, either.

    And if you're trying to take advantage of the Whispersync for Voice feature on this one, don't. It never worked correctly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Day By Day Armageddon

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By J L Bourne
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3184)
    Performance
    (2279)
    Story
    (2276)

    In your hands is the handwritten journal depicting one man's struggle for survival. Trapped in the midst of global disaster, he must make decisions; choices that ultimately mean life, or the eternal curse to walk as one of them. Enter, if you will, into the world of the undead.

    rob haight says: "Great book! More more more!!"
    "very traditional zombie fare"
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    I'm a big zombie fan, but I may have moved past the point where I want to read "origin" zombie stories anymore. So with that in mind, I have to admit that if I'd read this years ago, I might have liked it more. As it was right now, I thought it was good but not great.

    I do have to say I very much liked the fact that the character's "voice" (not the actual narration) was true to his backstory - it was written in a very military manner. The narrator was good as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lies of Locke Lamora

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Scott Lynch
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3199)
    Performance
    (2493)
    Story
    (2497)

    An orphan's life is harsh---and often short---in the island city of Camorr, built on the ruins of a mysterious alien race. But born with a quick wit and a gift for thieving, Locke Lamora has dodged both death and slavery, only to fall into the hands of an eyeless priest known as Chains---a man who is neither blind nor a priest. A con artist of extraordinary talent, Chains passes his skills on to his carefully selected "family" of orphans---a group known as the Gentlemen Bastards.

    Luke A. Reynolds says: "Stupendous, but be warned."
    "entertaining but not totally absorbing"
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    I'm a big fan of Joe Abercrombie's The First Law series, and this was somewhat similar. It was good, but it didn't make me want to keep listening like the First Law books did. However, I'll definitely listen to more in the series, and I'd recommend this to anyone who like con-man stories and fantasy - it's a good mix of both.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Goldberg Variations: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Susan Isaacs
    • Narrated By Susan Torren, Rachel Botchen, Morgan Hallett, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Gloria Garrison nee Goldberg isn't getting any younger. At 79, it's time for her to plan for the future of Glory, Inc., the Santa Fe-based beauty makeover business that Gloria has grown from zilch into an 11-million-a-year bonanza. But now Gloria has alienated her former business partner and chosen successor. Who will take over Glory? Gloria's never been big on family and wrote them all out of her will, but suddenly she must contemplate her three grandkids as possible candidates.

    Heather Greenbaum says: "Very Enjoyable on audio"
    "Not my favorite of hers"
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    Did the narrators do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I have to admit I didn't like the narrators for Daisy & Raquel - they sounded too much alike, and I'd sometimes lose track of who was talking.


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

    I think this would actually make a better movie than it was a book - it felt like a screenplay in terms of scope.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall I'd had to say this one just didn't pull me along much - it was a bit of a struggle to finish. I do really like Susan Isaacs though, but if you're looking for something of hers to read for the first time, I'd suggest one of her other books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Country

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (886)
    Performance
    (802)
    Story
    (798)

    They burned her home. They stole her brother and sister. But vengeance is following. Shy South hoped to bury her bloody past and ride away smiling, but she'll have to sharpen up some bad old ways to get her family back, and she's not a woman to flinch from what needs doing. She sets off in pursuit with only a pair of oxen and her cowardly old step father Lamb for company. But it turns out Lamb's buried a bloody past of his own. And out in the lawless Far Country the past never stays buried.

    Kristina says: "Freakin' Awesome!"
    "Audible is aware of the problem with this title"
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    Any additional comments?

    I noticed this morning when I tried to download this book that there was a big problem & called Customer Service first thing. So they are definitely aware of the issue - something to do with the formatting (first part is 19 hours, the other two parts are 1 minute each, which is definitely wrong). I'm confident they'll get it fixed, but it can't hurt to notify them again of the issue. Call or email if you haven't done so already.

    5 of 11 people found this review helpful

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