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Jan

San Francisco, CA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Starvation Lake: A Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Bryan Gruley
    • Narrated By Rich Orlow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    Bryan Gruley's debut mystery has received starred reviews from publications such as Booklist and Publishers Weekly. Disgraced reporter Gus Carpenter returns home to his small town and becomes embroiled in a murder investigation.

    A User says: "Slow, juvenile and in desperate need of an editor"
    "I tried and tried..."
    Overall

    I understood that this novel had won an Edgar award - and they rarely let me down. I tried four times to get involved with this story and I never even finished the first part of the tape. It is very focused on hockey, too. That probably only annoyed me because I was so bored.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26743)
    Performance
    (13381)
    Story
    (13426)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "The sort of novel you want to share with everyone"
    Overall

    Everything I would have said has already been written. A truly fine novel about a subject many of us can't know anything about because it is so alien to our upbringing. I thought the narration was incredible and I did not want it to end. Someone recommended it as "beach reading," I think the standard is much higher than beach reading. You will love these characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Innocent

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Scott Turow
    • Narrated By Edward Hermann, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1479)
    Performance
    (463)
    Story
    (463)

    The sequel to the genre-defining, landmark best seller Presumed Innocent, Innocent continues the story of Rusty Sabich and Tommy Molto who are, once again, 20 years later, pitted against each other in a riveting psychological match after the mysterious death of Rusty's wife.

    Suzn F says: "Terrific Book"
    "So-so"
    Overall

    I felt that this plot was a bit far-fetched. I found myself saying, "come on, move along here." It's certainly better than average, but I was let down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Faithful Place: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    Overall
    (3525)
    Performance
    (1922)
    Story
    (1925)

    New York Times best-selling author Tana French has won the prestigious Edgar, Barry, Macavity, and Anthony awards. As her third novel featuring the Dublin Murder Squad opens, 19-year-old Frank Mackey is waiting in vain for Rosie, who he’s supposed to run away to London with. But when she doesn’t show, Frank leaves Dublin without her—thinking never to return.

    Buffalogal says: "Incredible"
    "Worth it"
    Overall

    I just want to comment on another reviewer who didn't care for the narration. Don't let that stop you...I almost didn't buy this because a narrator can ruin a wonderful book. While I am not Irish, I thought this narrator was perfectly believable. I enjoyed his narration - does several different voices well.

    The plot itself is well-rounded, there is a mystery, but there is also a good look at several characters who "live." Especially on of the sisters, Jackie. I only gave four stars because I reserve the five stars for a book that changes my life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unnamed

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Joshua Ferris
    • Narrated By Joshua Ferris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    Tim Farnsworth walks. He walks out of meetings and out of bed. He walks in sweltering heat and numbing cold. He will walk without stopping until he falls asleep, wherever he is. This curious affliction has baffled medical experts around the globe--and come perilously close to ruining what should be a happy life.

    Judith Seaboyer says: "Sad, tender, brilliantly clever"
    "His second book is as great as the first"
    Overall

    This book is entirely different from the first novel ....it is unusual, it is sad...beautifully written.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Star: How Warren Beatty Seduced America

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Peter Biskind
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    Famously a playboy, Warren Beatty has also been one of the most ambitious and successful stars in Hollywood. Several Beatty films have passed the test of time, from Bonnie and Clyde (which confirmed for him the importance of controlling the projects he was involved in) to Shampoo, Heaven Can Wait, Reds (for which he won the best director Oscar), Bugsy, and Bulworth.

    Philip Livingston says: "Lackluster listening"
    "This is very dull"
    Overall

    At the end of the first part of the three parts, I was mildly amused. As a young man, Beatty was quite a character. The author
    says this about Beatty: he is vain, mean, holds up productions, spoiled, treats people badly, screws every woman he ever met, etc. I began to wonder why Beatty hadn't been shot. The author tediously goes through each movie Beatty has been involved with and discusses each of the behaviors mentioned above. Over and over and over. I was disappointed because I thought this was an authorized bio. It was not. It's really not too good. The sources are also very dated, but the author doesn't mention that so it sounds/reads as if these people quoted were recently interviewed. Don't spend your credits on this

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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