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LJM VO

United States

ratings
59
REVIEWS
15
FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
7

  • Angels at the Table: A Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy Christmas Story

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Debbie Macomber
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (101)

    In this joyous and whimsical holiday novel, Debbie Macomber rings in the season with the return of Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy, delivering laughs, love, and a charming dose of angelic intervention. Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy know that an angel's work is never done, especially during a time as wondrous as New Year's Eve. With an apprentice angel, Will, under their wings, they descend upon Times Square in New York City eager to join in the festivities.

    Blanche says: "I love! love! love! All the Angel Books"
    "Nice Christmas Story"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Angels at the Table to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I thought the mischief of the the angels was pretty funny.


    What does Kimberly Farr bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    No comment.


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

    No not really. I enjoy listening to audible in the car when I am driving


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Motherless Child Project, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Janie McQueen, Robin Karr
    • Narrated By Wendy Pitts
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    In her 16-year-old upscale Charleston, South Carolina life, the biggest problems Emily Amber Ross has had to face run along the lines of designing alternative Halloween costumes, losing five pounds before school pictures, sourcing aromatherapy candles, and finding a bridesmaid dress out of season. Until she hears an old gospel song that leads her to wonder who she really is.

    shirley says: "great concept"
    "Interesting Topic"
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    Where does The Motherless Child Project, Book 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have listened to hundreds of audiobooks, so I am not sure this is a fair question. It was not a literary masterpiece, but it brought attention to a topic that I don't think many people know about.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I was somewhat confused at the end as to what actually happened. I like a story to have some sort of resolution. I am guessing the author has follow on books since this was Book 1. There were alot of unanswered questions.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    She could have slowed down a bit, but overall yes. She told the story simply and well from the perspective of a teenager without being overly dramatic as some narrators tend to be when voicing the YA genre.


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

    It was not that compelling, but you could listen in one sitting as it is not very long. Certainly on a car ride.


    Any additional comments?

    Fathers abusing the justice system to make it impossible for mothers to see their children is certainly not something the general public knows much about. Fathers abandoning their families or not paying child support is much more in the forefront, and lets be realistic here, much more comman.When fathers leave their kids, it is oh well, another absentee dad.

    In contrast, if a woman leaves her children, she is a retched human being. People make that judgement no matter what.The stigma is attached to her children also. The psychological damage this does to a child is profound and many times irreversible.

    Children need both their parents. Our family courts need to put the rights and well being of our kids above everything else.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • High Risk

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Rick R. Reed
    • Narrated By Miles Taylor
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Beth Walsh seems like such a demure housewife. But Beth has a secret life. While her husband works, Beth slides into what she calls her "slut clothes" and goes on the prowl. She becomes a completely different woman, wanton and uninhibited, with dozens of handsome strangers...until she meets the one blindingly gorgeous stranger who will make her more than sorry for her secrets and lies.

    LJM VO says: "TOO DARK!!!"
    "TOO DARK!!!"
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    Story was way too dark for my tastes. It also was not plausible, none of it made sense. I never really understood what motivated any of the characters. The ending left me unsatisfied and confused.

    I could tell that this author is a fine writer, he just missed the mark with this book.

    The narrator had a clear, easy cadence which made the audiobook listenable. There were times though when I was not able to tell that the scene had changed because there was no pause or voice differenciation of characters throughout the book. Since I didn't have the text in front of me I count on the narrator to make me aware of these things!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Dark: Alexis Carew, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By J.A. Sutherland
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Klett
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    At 15, Alexis Carew has to face an age old problem - she's a girl, and only a boy can inherit the family's vast holdings. Her options are few. She must marry and watch a stranger run the lands, or become a penniless tenant and see the lands she so dearly loves sold off. Yet there may be another option, one that involves becoming a midshipman on a shorthanded spaceship with no other females.

    LJM VO says: "I LOVED THIS STORY"
    "I LOVED THIS STORY"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definately recommend this book to a friend and have in fact have already recommended it to several people! I got this book free for a review, but would spend a credit on it in a heartbeat. In fact, I was quite annoyed when I found out that the next book was not yet out!


    What other book might you compare Into the Dark to and why?

    I would say this book is a cross between the TV series Firefly and the book The Martian, as far as the Science Fiction aspect of the story goes. That is the way I would describe it to others. However, I would have to add that it is one of those tales, like the Harry Potter books, that could be enjoyed by any age range. There is a heroine who is the underdog, the people in her corner, and the ones working against her. The writer is excellent. I don't know if this is his (or her) first book, but if it is, I think they have a long and successful career ahead of them.When this book is discovered by others, as I know it will be, it will be a bestseller.


    Which character – as performed by Elizabeth Klett – was your favorite?

    She did a wonderful job with everyone, and there were alot of characters. It would have been a tough job as a narrator (and I know since I am one) to differentiate all the people in the story in a way the listener can keep them straight.


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

    It was a bit too long for that. I listened every chance I got though.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved it and am looking forward to the next book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Where's My Son?: Det. Jason Strong #1 CLEAN SUSPENSE

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John C. Dalglish
    • Narrated By Rich McVicar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (15)

    What would you do if your son went missing? How far would you go to get him back?Michael Barton comes home to find his infant son gone. There is no trace of the kidnappers, and the police have no leads. Michael is driven by a promise and he will not stop. Detective Jason Strong led the task force to find Michael's son and has become his friend. But as Michael's darkness grows, Jason fears he may be the only one who can stop him. It is a race against time, as the detective tries to stop the events that will change everyone, before it's too late.

    LilMissMolly says: "Suspense about a man driven crazy by kidnapping."
    "Fast Paced"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, fast paced, can be finished in one sitting (or a long drive listen).


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Where's My Son??

    The most memorable for me was the ending, and not wanting to give too much away, when Det. Strong decided it was best to let sleeping dogs lie and did the right thing.


    Did Rich McVicar do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, he did a very good job. His voice is clear and strong. He changed the pitch for the females, sometimes just using slight accents in other cases. He managed to do this without being over the top. I think his overall style of narrating this book was a little sing songy, given the gravity of the situation. His did not make me feel the panic or urgency a parent would feel when their child was misssing.


    Could you see Where's My Son? being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    Just a couple of things. The narrator (and author) had the good fortune (or misfortune, depending on how you want to look at it) of having a NICU nurse (me) reviewing this book.People say NICU (pronunciation nick u) long u with the accent on the first word. No one says NICU pronouncing the letters. Some may say "he's in neonatal intensive care" but rarely is unit tacked on to the end. The neonatologist would be the one to a tell parent their child had died, never the OB. EVER. The OB may be present, but he would never break that type of news to the parent.That being said, I guess this is not something the average person would know.Good listen overall.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thoughtful

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By S. C. Stephens
    • Narrated By Jeremy Arthur
    Overall
    (242)
    Performance
    (217)
    Story
    (217)

    Every story has two sides, and in this new book the epic love story between Kiera and Kellan is shown through his eyes. All Kellan Kyle needs is his guitar and some clean sheets of paper. Growing up in a house that was far from a home, he learned a hard lesson: You're worthless. Now his life is comfortably filled with passionate music, loyal bandmates, and fast women...until he meets her.

    LJM VO says: "Kellan's Side Of The Story!"
    "Kellan's Side Of The Story!"
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    I definately loved hearing Kellan's POV. I listened to the previous three from Kiera's point of view. Also, this narrator pronounced Kiera's name differently than the previous narrator of the first three books. Not such a big deal but it is something that someone who has listened to all the books would notice. However in general I think this narrator did a great job. I did think in some places that Kellan tended to be somewhat of a whiner. I would not have guessed that from the first three books. The story held up well all through the 20 hours that I listened. I liked being inside that world. I was sad when the story came to an end but was very happy with the ending itself.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By John Green, David Levithan
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews, Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1346)
    Performance
    (1111)
    Story
    (1121)

    One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two teens—both named Will Grayson—are about to cross paths. As their worlds collide and intertwine, the Will Graysons find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, building toward romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most fabulous high school musical.

    FanB14 says: "Another John Green Hit"
    "Awful, Awful, Awful"
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    The story was dumb, the narration was terrible, so overacted. I have read books by both of these authors and enjoyed them very much. But this story was a miss, and I usually enjoy the YA genre.Not much more I can say, would not recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Procrastination: A Guide to Effective Dawdling, Lollygagging, and Postponing, or, Getting Things Done by Putting Them Off

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 48 mins)
    • By John Perry
    • Narrated By Brian Holsopple
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (502)
    Performance
    (443)
    Story
    (443)

    John Perry’s insights and laugh-out-loud humor bring to mind Thurber, Wodehouse, and Harry Frankfurt’s On Bullshit. This charming and accessible audio educates, entertains, and illuminates a universal subject. Procrastinators will be relieved to learn that you can actually accomplish quite a lot while procrastinating. In fact, the book itself is the result of Perry avoiding grading papers, refereeing academic proposals, and reviewing dissertation drafts. It also has a practical side, offering up advice that listeners can put to use.

    LongerILiveLessIKnow says: "Great read for a time-management nerd like me."
    "So Hilarious and So True!"
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    Being a procrastinator myself, I could so totally relate to this book. I laughed out loud on several occasions. I read parts to my husband (who is also a procrastinator) and he laughed equally as hard.

    I think what made this book hit the mark was that the author wasn't trying to help you with steps to stop procrastinatation. He just made fun of himself and pointed to the many examples and rationalizations that we procrastinators have down to a fine science. God it was funny! A real bright spot!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Happy This Year!: The Secret to Getting Happy Once and for All

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Will Bowen
    • Narrated By Will Bowen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (17)

    A practical, yet inspirational work that proposes it’s the inner world of our psyches that determines happiness, not outside forces. We have control over our own happiness and this powerful book offers concrete advice on how to tap into it and nourish it all year round. The author focuses explicitly on the positive ways we can establish a higher set-point in our thoughts, speech, and actions, resulting in greater sustainable levels of happiness. Regardless of what the year and your life may bring, we can become measurably and sustainably happier.

    kpearson says: "Excellent!"
    "More of the Same"
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    Another self help book that has been written 100 times before. Just could not even finish it, am glad I didn't pay full price or I would have had to return it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12481)
    Performance
    (11296)
    Story
    (11322)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Long Book but Worth the Read"
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    I would have to say that this was one of the best listens ever! The story was unique and the narrator did such a fantastic job! The story is touching and believable.
    I felt so bad for Theo, he was such a lost soul. Boris was equally damaged, but in a different way. Each managed to find their way, though I don't know how. Boris was such a character, his logic made sense in a convoluted way. I think he truly did love Theo though. So many twists and turns!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sociopath Next Door

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Martha Stout
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    Overall
    (2991)
    Performance
    (1937)
    Story
    (1935)

    We are accustomed to think of sociopaths as violent criminals, but in The Sociopath Next Door, Harvard psychologist Martha Stout reveals that a shocking 4 percent of ordinary people, one in 25, has an often undetected mental disorder, the chief symptom of which is that that person possesses no conscience. He or she has no ability whatsoever to feel shame, guilt, or remorse. One in 25 everyday Americans, therefore, is secretly a sociopath.

    Taryn says: "Reinforces what you have already known"
    "Extremely Insightful!"
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    When we think of sociopaths, we think of people that kill with no conscience. Though that can be the case, sociopaths come in many forms. I loved how this book educated me on how sociopaths really think, and how to avoid them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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