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Janice Smith

Hawaii | Member Since 2010

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  • 28 reviews
  • 70 ratings
  • 482 titles in library
  • 14 purchased in 2018
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  • Angel’s Peak: Virgin River, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1259)
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    (1043)
    Story
    (1040)

    Robyn Carr’s best-selling Virgin River series captivates fans with stories of young men and women given second chances at love in a small northern California town. Four years ago, Sean and Franci broke up when he refused to commit. Now vacationing in Virgin River, Sean is shocked to run across Franci again. He’s grown up and wants to give things another shot, but she can’t afford to have him break her heart again.

    Helen says: "Return to Virgin River!"
    "Virgin River Characters come alive!"
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    The combination of great characterization and fantastic narration made Angel's Peak my favorite so far in the Virgin River series. Ms. Carr perfectly captured a 3 year old's behavior. She makes you fall in love with this little girl! This book will make you laugh out loud and cry some real tears. I love the way Ms. Carr lets the reader catch up with all of the other Virgin River characters while telling the story of the primary characters within each book. Excellent series!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Alone

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Kristin Hannah
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8164)
    Performance
    (7482)
    Story
    (7436)

    Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: He will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.

    Jan says: "Such a talented author and narrator..."
    "Take’s the reader to Alaska "
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    I loved this book. The characters are so vivid,so real that I will miss them. I learned so much about the Alaskan Wilderness. The heartbreak of domestic violence is told in a manner that I think this book should be mandatory reading for abusers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Envy

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Victor Slezak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3013)
    Performance
    (2044)
    Story
    (2037)

    New York book editor Maris Matherly-Reed knows a best seller when she sees one - even if it is just a tantalizing partial manuscript submitted by a writer identified only as P.M.E., with the return address of an obscure island off the Georgia coast. Maris is intrigued enough to search for him.

    Molly says: "You won't be disappointed!"
    "Worth every moment of listening!"
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    I loved this book. The depth of the characters along with the story twists and turns made this to be my favorite Sandra Brown novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Say Nothing: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Brad Parks
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (369)
    Performance
    (336)
    Story
    (337)

    Judge Scott Sampson doesn't brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she'll get the kids from school instead. It's not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn't have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent's most chilling nightmare begins.

    Ida says: "OMG! I Did Not Think That I Would Survive This!"
    "Gripping from the beginning!"
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    Such a well written thriller! All of the primary characters are very little likable. The suspense is carried to the very ending which the reader will find shocking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Crossing

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Titus Welliver
    Overall
    (11951)
    Performance
    (10897)
    Story
    (10853)

    Detective Harry Bosch has retired from the LAPD, but his half brother, defense attorney Mickey Haller, needs his help. The murder rap against his client seems ironclad, but Mickey is sure it's a setup. Though it goes against all his instincts, Bosch takes the case. With the secret help of his former LAPD partner, Lucia Soto, he turns the investigation inside the police department. But as Bosch gets closer to discovering the truth, he makes himself a target.

    Michele B says: "I just loved this book; every last bit of it"
    "You gotta love Harry!"
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    It was very enjoyable to catch up with Harry and Mickey. The story kept my interest so well I was able to complete a lot of housework while listening. The narrator does a great job with his tone and timing. I think I will go listen to Lincoln lawyer again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Gifts

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Laura Spinella
    • Narrated By Nicol Zanzarella
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2294)
    Performance
    (2022)
    Story
    (2011)

    All Aubrey Ellis wants is a normal life, one that doesn't include desperate pleas from the dead. Her remarkable gift may help others rest in peace, but it also made for an unsettling childhood and destroyed her marriage. Finally content as the real estate writer for a local newspaper, Aubrey keeps her extraordinary ability hidden - until she is unexpectedly assigned the story of a decades-old murder.

    goddess_of_pipework says: "Glad I didn't pay full price"
    "Tension kept throughout this book"
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    I really enjoyed the characters in this book. Thee narration was excellent. Looking forward to the next one

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The One Man: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Andrew Gross
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3434)
    Performance
    (3207)
    Story
    (3198)

    It's 1944. Physics professor Alfred Mendel and his family are trying to flee Paris when they are caught and forced onto a train along with thousands of other Jewish families. At the other end of the long, torturous train ride, Alfred is separated from his family and sent to the men's camp, where all of his belongings are tossed on a roaring fire. His books, his papers, his life's work. The Nazis have no idea what they have just destroyed. And without that physical record, Alfred is one of only two people in the world with his particular knowledge.

    Richard Delman says: "You gotta have a STRONG stomach."
    "What an exciting story!"
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    This book is amazing. The narration was compelling. Character development was the best of any book I have read. The complexity of the ending will make this one of the most memorable books I have ever read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Before We Were Yours: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Lisa Wingate
    • Narrated By Emily Rankin, Catherine Taber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25718)
    Performance
    (23463)
    Story
    (23362)

    Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family's Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge - until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children's Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents - but they quickly realize the dark truth.

    Lin Cloward says: "I was rivetted, finished in three days."
    "Reveals an ugly reality of our American history"
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    The narration is excellent. The characters are believable and I cared deeply about their welfare. The outcome of the story is inspirational. I highly recommend this book and will listen to it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Neon Lawyer

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Victor Methos
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3777)
    Performance
    (3335)
    Story
    (3333)

    With money and hope in short supply, newly minted attorney Brigham Theodore decides it’s time to lower his standards. He joins a seedy fly-by-night firm in Salt Lake City out of desperation. After he loses his first case - a speeding ticket - he’s convinced his career is over. But to his shock, his boss hands him a slightly more complex case: capital murder.

    R. Pontiflet says: "Good Court Room Drama!"
    "Excellent story!"
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    The author painted the canvas with his words . The emotions this reader felt were sympathy, loss, and anger just to name a few. I am greatly looking forward to reading the next book in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Beast's Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Kate Forsyth
    • Narrated By Jennifer Vuletic
    Overall
    (318)
    Performance
    (301)
    Story
    (299)

    Ava fell in love the night the Nazis first showed their true nature to the world. A retelling of the Grimms' Beauty and the Beast, set in Nazi Germany. It's August 1939 in Germany, and Ava's world is in turmoil. To save her father, she must marry a young Nazi officer, Leo von Löwenstein, who works for Hitler's spy chief in Berlin. However, she hates and fears the brutal Nazi regime and finds herself compelled to stand against it.

    kestergayle says: "Excellent story and beautifully narrated"
    "Great narration!"
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    I loved this book. It has everything. Suspense, action, romance and intrigue. Also you will learn more facts about the Nazis and WWII.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Places: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakins, and others
    Overall
    (18135)
    Performance
    (15896)
    Story
    (15921)

    Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas". As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived, and famously testified that her 15-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who've long forgotten her.

    Glenda Jeffers says: "Riveting but brutal"
    "Surprise ending"
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    I had a hard time getting into this book. It seemed so depressing. However, I really started to like Libby. I needed to know what really happened. Well worth listening until the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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