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Kimberly M. Beer

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  • Tell Me Where It Hurts: Humor, Healing and Hope in my Life as an Animal Surgeon

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dr. Nick Trout
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (80)

    From the frontlines of modern medicine, Tell Me Where it Hurts is a fascinating insider portrait of a veterinarian, his furry patients, and the blend of old-fashioned instincts and cutting-edge technology that defines pet care in the 21st century. Dr. Trout takes the listener on a vicarious journey through 24 intimate, heartrending hours in his life.

    ButterLegume says: "So close, yet not quite."
    "A good listen for animal lovers."
    Overall

    This book was a very entertaining listen for me, humorous and fast paced enough to keep it ever interesting. Well done.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Backseat Saints

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Narrated By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (525)
    Performance
    (318)
    Story
    (316)

    Rose Mae Lolley is a fierce and dirty girl, long-suppressed under flowery skirts and bow-trimmed ballet flats. As "Mrs. Ro Grandee" she's trapped in a marriage that's thick with love and sick with abuse. Her true self has been bound in the chains of marital bliss in rural Texas, letting "Ro" make eggs, iron shirts, and take her punches.

    J. E. JONES says: "Loved this audio!"
    "Throughly enjoyed it!"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about Backseat Saints?

    I love the juxtaposition of the many aspects of Rose May.


    What other book might you compare Backseat Saints to and why?

    I don't want to compare it to another book -- it is a good work all on its own.


    What about Joshilyn Jackson’s performance did you like?

    I LOVE her accent. It is so appropriate to her characters. I think sometimes that the author does the best job narrating their own work because they truly understand the story like nobody else -- and in Jackson's case this is very true. I can't image anyone else narrating.


    If you could rename Backseat Saints, what would you call it?

    This is a silly question ...


    Any additional comments?

    I became a fan of Joshilyn Jackson from this book. I found the story wonderfully involving -- I found Rose May/Roe a fascinating character and her story compelling. I would recommend this book without reservation. I loved Jackson's narration -- it added a rich flavor to the story I don't think would have gotten from just reading the book (hence, I'm glad I opted for the audio version). As to the writing, Jackson's prose is fresh and fun with just enough Southern twist to truly bring you right into the story without overwhelming you. She is fast becoming one of my favorite authors.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28038)
    Performance
    (21802)
    Story
    (22014)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    GS says: "Conflicting Emotions"
    "I loved this series!"
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    Performance
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    If you could sum up Mockingjay in three words, what would they be?

    A perfect ending.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love Collin's futuristic version of our world -- and the warning it has for all of us.


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

    Yes, I have listened to all three Hunger Games books. I found McCormick's narration good.


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

    Of course Mockingjay will lead you to an extreme reaction. You have to feel for this heroine and the other characters -- as well as examine your own life and our culture.


    Any additional comments?

    I know there have been a lot of negative reviews of this last book in the series. These reviews kept me from listening to this story for several months. BUT I am so glad I finally let go of what others were saying and took the ride. It was amazing. I disagree with the negative views of how the story ends -- no, it is not a "perfect ending" for all the characters (are there ever perfect endings?) but it was perfect ending for this story. I loved it. I was moved by it. I am sad that I will not get to spend any more time in Collin's Panam, but I feel sated and happy with how this story wrapped up. If you've enjoyed the other books, but feel hesitant about some negative reviews -- DON'T -- download, listen and enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Darkly Dreaming Dexter

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jeff Lindsay
    • Narrated By Nick Landrum
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2703)
    Performance
    (922)
    Story
    (933)

    Dexter Morgan appears to be the perfect gentleman. He is handsome and polite, and has been in a relationship for nearly a year and a half. Yet appearances can be deceiving, for Dexter is a serial killer who has slain many people. But in this tale, he's the good guy, for there is one little twist: Dexter only snuffs out other murderers. When another serial killer, with an eerily similar style, starts grabbing headlines, Dexter has a fairly morbid thought. Am I being challenged?

    V. Sharol says: "Compelling but unsettling"
    "Love this book and this series ..."
    Overall

    I love this series. It is way better to listen to than the series is to watch on tv. The narrator is outstanding.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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