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J. Jacob

Essex, CT | Member Since 2012

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  • Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Jenna Miscavige Hill
    • Narrated By Sandy Rustin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (884)
    Performance
    (806)
    Story
    (807)

    Jenna Miscavige Hill, niece of Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige, was raised as a Scientologist but left the controversial religion in 2005. In Beyond Belief, she shares her true story of life inside the upper ranks of the sect, details her experiences as a member Sea Org - the church's highest ministry - speaks of her "disconnection" from family outside of the organization, and tells the story of her ultimate escape.

    Tim says: "The Despicable Truth Behind Scientology"
    "Interesting account narrated nicely."
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    Who knows what goes on? I sure don't. But it was an interesting listen if you've ever wondered about Scientology. Of course, this is just one person's perspective.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Moon: Werewolves And Shifters, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 29 mins)
    • By Geraldine Allie
    • Narrated By Alex Hyde-White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (21)

    Maxine Lewis finds herself thrown into a world she never knew existed. What she does not expect is that she will become the prey in a game of wits to stay alive. Nate Jackson is the leader of a werewolf pack. Someone has been bringing the members to extinction. As their leader, it is up to him to find out who is behind the killings. This only proves to be more difficult to accomplish when Maxine is thrown into his protection. All the while, Maxine and Nate are being pushed further into the underground world of the vampires.

    Yaquelin says: "good introduction to wolf/human romance series"
    "A little spicy werewolf vs vampire fun"
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    Wanting a little romance for that 1.5 road trip? Do you dig the werewolf vs. vampire thing? You might like this one. A nice short one with great storytelling and production.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Prince of Luster and Decay

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 1 min)
    • By J. D. Brink
    • Narrated By Nigel Patterson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Sergeant Jacob Knox leads the Head Knockers, a unit of scout-saboteurs in the war against the Dread Duke and his armies. They are the favorite squad among Captain Brighton's Stormwalkers, until an ambush by shapeshifters kills the Captain, half the company, and Knox's best men. Now the new Captain has new orders: he's sending the Head Knockers to investigate an abandoned village, the possible source of the attack.

    Shieldslinger says: "Great Intro to a new fantasy series!"
    "Dark. I liked it."
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    If you are into dark age fantasy, horror and mystery, you could enjoy this one. The narrator has a really nice voice and can act. Sometimes the storytelling was a little too fast for my brain to keep up, but he portrayed the characters so well, that it kept me entertained. This is just a prequel, so the real "good" stuff is yet to come. I suppose that's what a prequel is supposed to do, make you want for more, and I do.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hunters Moon: The Fae Medallion (Volume 1)

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Geraldine Allie
    • Narrated By Alex Hyde-White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (19)

    To this day, it is said that the descendants of the Fae left behind still wait for the return of the Seer's and guardians…As a young teenager, Victoria is sent to live with an Aunt and Uncle with a sinister and deadly secret. For over five years she has taken the harsh punishments from the hands of her evil Aunt and Uncle who have a craving for the blood of the Fae. Now a young adult, Victoria will come up against the biggest threat of her life to fulfill a prophecy; and find the one that history has destined her to be with, a Fae Prince who never expected to be made a prisoner by vampires.

    kelly says: "good listen"
    "Entertaining and easy"
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    I liked it. It was an easy listen and the narrator is a wonderful storyteller and actor. The story is, as described, more for YA. The beginning is produced with an echo that threw me off at first. I couldn't figure out if it was a dream sequence or trying to emulate telling a story onstage in a hall. The effect went on for a while, so I decided it was all about giving the impression of storytelling live. Just when I gave into that idea, the production changes. So, if that bit turns you off, give it time. It gets better. I recommend this audiobook to those who love faery fantasy and who enjoy uncomplicated reading/listening.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2422)
    Performance
    (1295)
    Story
    (1288)

    The prolific, perennially best selling author recounts his early life and writing struggles, gives advice on the crucial aspects of the writing art, and talks about his much-publicized, near-fatal accident.

    Bill says: "Excellent!"
    "Straight and personal from a master"
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    What did you love best about On Writing?

    I love King's style of writing and enjoyed hearing his personal take on the craft in his voice. He did a great job telling his story and it was interesting to learn how so many of his famous books were developed. An added bonus is that it is an interesting memoir too.


    Any additional comments?

    Any fan of Stephen King would enjoy listening to this book. I read the hard copy years ago and wanted some new inspiration for my own writing. I'm going to listen to the end with hard copy in hand. He has so much to teach!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Cross: Jane Yellowrock, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    Overall
    (1925)
    Performance
    (1600)
    Story
    (1602)

    Jane Yellowrock is back on the prowl against the children of the night. The vampire council has hired skinwalker Yellowrock to hunt and kill one of their own who has broken sacred ancient rules - but Jane quickly realizes that in a community that is thousands of years old, loyalties run deep.

    Ducky says: "GO JANE!!! GO FAITH!! AND GO KHRISTINE!!"
    "Another enjoyable listen"
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    What did you love best about Blood Cross?

    Easy listening for easy entertainment in the vampire & other creature genre - fun!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Getting more of Faith's take on the background to the vamps history and mystery.


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

    I've only listened to Khristine Hvam in this series. I love her voice and accent. Her read is smooth, silky and bad ass all at the same time. Perfect for this series.


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

    I would have liked to listen in one sitting. It was very good.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Creatures: Beautiful Creatures, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3423)
    Performance
    (2879)
    Story
    (2898)

    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"
    "Loved it!"
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved Ethan! The perfect boyfriend......


    What does Kevin T. Collins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Kevin does such an awesome job delivering all the different characters. I LOVED his accents and non-accent. He brought wonderful energy, emotion and drama perfectly and his voice is easy to listen to. I didn't want it to end.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skinwalker: Jane Yellowrock, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3095)
    Performance
    (2634)
    Story
    (2640)

    Jane Yellowrock is the last of her kind-a skinwalker of Cherokee descent who can turn into any creature she desires and hunts vampires for a living. But now she's been hired by Katherine Fontaneau, one of the oldest vampires in New Orleans and the madam of Katie's Ladies, to hunt a powerful rogue vampire who's killing other vamps.

    Mobilis says: "How refreshing"
    "Entertaining fantasy with a strong female heroine."
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    What did you love best about Skinwalker?

    I love that it is set in New Orleans with Vampires involved.


    What about Khristine Hvam’s performance did you like?

    Smooth delivery and a great voice! Khristine has great style and ability with characters and narration.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Empowering Women Gift Collection

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Louise L. Hay, Susan Jeffers, Christiane Northrup
    • Narrated By Louise L. Hay, Susan Jeffers, Christiane Northrup
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Filled with inspiration and knowledge for women of all ages, this program includes empowering lectures by these motivational women.

    Kathy says: "Old program"
    "Need some straight talk inspiration? Listen here!"
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    If you could sum up The Empowering Women Gift Collection in three words, what would they be?

    Empowering! ;) Educational. Entertaining.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a must listen for every woman. If you have been on the path of creating a better life for yourself for a long time or are just starting to be called to do so, listen here. Wisdom shared by some of the worlds best speakers, it is educational, empowering and entertaining from beginning to end. Lots of laugh out loud moments and lots learned. It is recorded live, so some of the visual messages are lost, but it's still worth it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5932)
    Performance
    (3845)
    Story
    (3859)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    FanB14 says: "Artful Surprise"
    "Dog lovers gotta listen!"
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    If you could sum up The Art of Racing in the Rain in three words, what would they be?

    Fun. Touching. Clever.


    Any additional comments?

    I started to read this book and put it down. Thought it would be too emotional during the first chapter for me. I decided to listen after hearing a sample and LOVED IT! I'm a dog person and fell in love with Enzo. Christopher did a great job narrating. Wonderful storytelling and vocal skills with a voice that is easy to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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