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Sandyjean

Wilton, CA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • The Persimmon Tree

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1510)
    Performance
    (1079)
    Story
    (1068)

    The Persimmon Tree opens in Indonesia in 1942 on the cusp of Japanese invasion and the evacuation of Batavia (Jakarta) by the Dutch. Seventeen-year-old Nicholas Duncan is on holiday there, in pursuit of an exotic butterfly known as the Magpie Crow. It's an uncertain, dangerous time to be in Indonesia, and Nick's options of getting out are fast dwindling. Amidst the fear and chaos he falls in love with Anna, the beautiful daughter of a Dutch acquaintance, and she nicknames him 'Mr Butterfly'.

    Corinne says: "An excellent sequel"
    "supurb reader"
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    If you could sum up The Persimmon Tree in three words, what would they be?

    I read audio books all the time. There are many readers I enjoy and some who will keep me from reading a book. However, this reader was the best I have ever heard. There were many voices in this book and different accents and he got them all perfectly.

    The story also was interesting. It wasn't "thought provoking" but it covered the time of the second world war from different locations, most of which I had never thought of before and I learned a lot from it. I will look for other books from this author.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Without Fail

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2181)
    Performance
    (1530)
    Story
    (1518)

    Jack Reacher is approached by a Secret Service agent who needs a favor. "I want to hire you to assassinate the Vice President of the United States," she asks. She is the newly appointed head of the VP's security detail and wants Reacher to try to penetrate her team's shield. He has the skills and the stealth and no one knows him. How else can she be sure her protection is truly effective?

    Joseph says: "Series is getting better."
    "Always entertaining"
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    I always am entertained by Lee Child. The premise of this was interesting and it was worth my credit, but I didn't feel it was as good as some of his other works.

    The story idea was good, but just didn't catch me as not being able to put the book down.
    I also felt that the the relationship between Jack Reacher and the "powers that be" was rather unbelieveable.

    As I said, a good read but most likely a book I won't remember in the future. (One of the prime things that I think makes a good book)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Harbor: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan
    Overall
    (2117)
    Performance
    (1812)
    Story
    (1794)

    In Broken Harbor, all but one member of the Spain family lies dead, and it’s up to Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy to find out why. Mick must piece together why their house is full of cameras pointed at holes in the walls and how a nighttime intruder bypassed all the locks. Meanwhile, the town of Broken Harbor holds something else for Mick: disturbing memories of a childhood summer gone terribly wrong.

    Amazon Customer says: "Best in the Series"
    "Beautiful, poetic writing, fascinating story"
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    These are people with all the flaws and goodness that we see all the time but perhaps we dont feel compasson or take the time to understand. The crime is horrific. The motivation ....well read and decide.

    I read audiobooks everyday as I work outside and some of my work allows this. Stephen Hogan is the best reader I have heard. The beauty of Tana French's writing style makes just listening a pleasure for the words alone.

    This is the first book I have read from this author but absolutely not the last.

    I have given only a few books a 4 star rating but there was no question about this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zero Day

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2510)
    Performance
    (2073)
    Story
    (2067)

    From David Baldacci - the modern master of the thriller and number-one worldwide best-selling novelist - comes a new hero: a lone Army Special Agent taking on the toughest crimes facing the nation. John Puller is a combat veteran and the best military investigator in the U.S. Army's Criminal Investigative Division. His father was an Army fighting legend, and his brother is serving a life sentence for treason in a federal military prison. Puller has an indomitable spirit and an unstoppable drive to find the truth.

    Steven L. Otis says: "There will be more of Puller ...."
    "A good read"
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    This is not a book that I am going to ponder over and think about for weeks, but is was, as always with Baldacci, a good read.

    His characters are interesting, his stories are not boring and there is always excitement. Definitely worth a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Two Graves

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1731)
    Performance
    (1507)
    Story
    (1511)

    After his wife, Helen, is brazenly abducted before his eyes, Special Agent Pendergast furiously pursues the kidnappers, chasing them across the country and into Mexico. But then, things go terribly, tragically wrong; the kidnappers escape; and a shattered Pendergast retreats to his New York apartment and shuts out the world. But when a string of bizarre murders erupts across several Manhattan hotels, NYPD Lieutenant D'Agosta asks his friend Pendergast for help.

    G. House Sr. says: "Whiplash from the emotional rollercaster"
    "Pendergast again....yes!"
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    Twins, one for living and one for parts! Only in a Pendergast novel and this is only one segment. Great book as always.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • First Impressions

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Jude Deveraux
    • Narrated By Cynthia Darlow
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    Eden Palmer knows how to make it on her own. This 45-year-old single mother has worked hard to raise her beloved daughter, Melissa, who has long been the jewel of her life. But there comes a time when a mother must come into her own. So Eden moves to Arundel, North Carolina, to take ownership of Farrington Manor. Her move is met with delight in some quarters, and jealousy in others....

    Sandyjean says: "Deveraux is always a good romance read"
    "Deveraux is always a good romance read"
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    Jude Deveraux is always a good romance read. That said, this is an ok book but nowhere near the quality of something like Knight in Shining Armor.

    If you're looking for a nice book to relax with, this is just fine. I don't regret the credit, but I'm sure that I won't remember the plot for very long.

    There was a fun story line but certainly not one of her best books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    Overall
    (2056)
    Performance
    (1699)
    Story
    (1721)

    Army Special Agent John Puller is the best there is. A combat veteran, Puller is the man the U.S. Army relies on to investigate the toughest crimes facing the nation. Now he has a new case - but this time, the crime is personal: His aunt has been found dead in Paradise, Florida.

    Cris says: "Better than Other Recent Releases"
    "Another good Baldacci read"
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    The premise of this book is a serious problem that has gotten nearly no widespread media coverage. Having it put in a novel of this quality will at least get those who follow Baldacci informed and perhaps that can make all of us more aware.

    It was frightening to hear the thought that there was no problem getting more of this "product" as there would always be a glut of the poor.

    Aside from that, this was a well written book with a plot that kept me wanting to continue reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2510)
    Performance
    (2142)
    Story
    (2152)

    England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

    Maria says: "Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!"
    "Boring for first 2/3rds. Fascinating at the end"
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    The only reason I kept on with this book is that I was doing outside labor and it was better than nothing. I also hate to delete a book I have paid for so I kept on. Then came the actual story.

    Why this author had to drag out the first 2/3rds I don't know. Could I say it was worth the time to get to the last 1/3rd? I'm not sure, but it was fascinating. I had no idea of the ending and the ending was so.....great.

    Obviously, my review is mixed. Am I glad I read this book? Yes I am. Would I read another by this author? I think I would try one more.

    As I got closer to the end, it was more and more interesting. I didn't want to turn it off and I wasn't disappointed.

    I rated the story itself as a 4 star but know you are in for a long and draggy beginning and middle.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3553)
    Performance
    (3167)
    Story
    (3178)

    The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

    Daniel says: "History Made Interesting"
    "Great historical info"
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    I thought this was the best book about Lincoln I had read. The details of all the people around him and all the specifics about them and their lives as well as Lincoln's were fascinating. The timeline of all of this put things into perspective too.

    The reason I gave a lower performance rating wasn't that O'Riley didn't do a good job of naration for the most part, but the mispronounciation of several words drove me crazy. Primarily calvary for cavalry. The word was used over and over. At first I thought I was hearing incorrectly, but I wasn't!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Wanted Man: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2091)
    Performance
    (1779)
    Story
    (1768)

    Four people in a car, hoping to make Chicago by morning. An hour behind them, a man lies stabbed to death in an old pumping station. He was seen going in with two others, but he never came out. He has been executed, the knife work professional, the killers vanished. Within minutes, the police are notified. Within hours, the FBI descends, laying claim to the victim without ever saying who he was or why he was there. All Reacher wanted was a ride to Virginia. All he did was stick out his thumb. But he soon discovers he has hitched more than a ride.

    Bill says: "Wanted Man is Wanting ~ And I Want 14 Hours Back"
    "Love Jack Reacher but this time not so much"
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    You always know what you are going to get in a Jack Reacher book and it's like coming back to a person you know. Along with that, they keep my interest and I always get the new one.

    However....this story was just plain boring. So much so that only 2 weeks after I finished it, I don't think I could tell you what it was about!

    I'll buy the next one but PLEASE make it interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Room: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Emma Donoghue
    • Narrated By Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, and others
    Overall
    (4370)
    Performance
    (1851)
    Story
    (1841)

    To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, but what she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

    Kathleen says: "A truly memorable read"
    "Perfect, Riveting, Thought Provoking"
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    For those who felt that the story being told from a 5 year olds perspective alone was boring, I think I'll say they should go watch a shoot em up movie.

    By listening to the boy and meditating on it, we learn SO much. He can't know what his ma is thinking, but WE can by what he sees and what his musings are.

    It was fascinating to "hear" his thoughts. Although precocious, he has no knowledge of the dangers of life outside Room. How could he? How the author was able to get into a 5 year old mind was amazing.

    As for no "articles" before the objects in Room., how wise that Ma gave him friends. We didn't need to have every persons attitudes and thoughts given to us. They were all there for us to see through Jack.

    As for the reader, How perfect. Some listeners actually thought this was a child.

    I can't say enough about this book. I read by by eyes and ears all the time and this is one of my top books ever.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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