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Jodie

Prospect, KY, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Sea Swept: The Chesapeake Bay Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By David Stuart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (913)
    Performance
    (623)
    Story
    (637)

    A champion boat racer, Cameron Quinn traveled the world spending his winnings on champagne and women. But when his dying father calls him home to care for Seth, a troubled young boy not unlike Cameron once was, his life changes overnight.

    Louise says: "Outstanding"
    "Nothing unique - very predictable."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If my friend likes light, predictable soap opera-esque books then, yes.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Nora Roberts? Why or why not?

    I have liked Nora Roberts' books in the past but feel I have outgrown them. This book offered nothing unique, thought provoking or educational.


    Was Sea Swept worth the listening time?

    It kept me entertained enough while painting my walls but wouldn't listen to it again.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Light Between Oceans: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By M. L. Stedman
    • Narrated By Noah Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1294)
    Performance
    (1136)
    Story
    (1117)

    In 1918, after four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia to take a job as the lighthouse keeper on remote Janus Rock. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes only four times a year and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel.

    Sandra says: "Wonderful story.....terrible narrator."
    "The narrator is annoying me to death!!!"
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    Would you try another book from M. L. Stedman and/or Noah Taylor?

    No. Well, perhaps from the author but not from the narrator!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I'm half-way through this book, having to read it for Book Club. The story is fine... it's the narrator. He starts EVERY sentence up - meaning you can hear it - and ends EACH sentence speaking so low and mumbly you can't hear/understand what he's saying. I would quit listening to it right now if it weren't for book club. I don't have time to "read" it.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Lisa See
    • Narrated By Janet Song
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1250)
    Performance
    (486)
    Story
    (487)

    Lily is haunted by memories of who she once was, and of a person, long gone, who defined her existence. She has nothing but time now, as she recounts the tale of Snow Flower and asks the gods for forgiveness.

    Barbara A Danner says: "Disappointing"
    "Epic. Tragic. Thought-provoking. Outstanding!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I originally listened to this book several years ago. Loved it.

    Now, I just re-listened in prep for my book club. Loved it even more.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Girls were constantly reminded of how worthless they were - only good for cooking, cleaning and bearing sons. Perhaps women didn't realize it, but love came to them through their friendships with other women. This story is stunning and heart wrenching. Beautifully written.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Power Down: Dewey Andreas, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Ben Coes
    • Narrated By Peter Hermann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1543)
    Performance
    (1183)
    Story
    (1192)

    There was one factor that the terrorists didn’t take into account when they struck the Capitana oil platform off the coast of Colombia - slaughtering much of the crew and blowing up the platform - and that was the Capitana crew chief, Dewey Andreas. Dewey, former Army Ranger and Delta, survives the attack, rescuing as many of his men as possible. But the battle has just begun....

    Tommy says: "The best thing to happen since Mitch Rapp!"
    "Outstanding!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Power Down the most enjoyable?

    The sequences of the book are organized and succinctly told, giving the story a great flow. The characters are well developed, without going to the extreme just for words-sake, and am happy to say (possible spoiler alert!) I'm excited and hopeful for Dewey to come back!


    What did you like best about this story?

    This story has so many realistic nuances in today's political realm and is so entertaining. If you even remotely like this genre, this book won't disappoint.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bring Up the Bodies: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1181)
    Performance
    (1012)
    Story
    (1022)

    Though he battled for seven years to marry her, Henry is disenchanted with Anne Boleyn. She has failed to give him a son and her sharp intelligence and audacious will alienate his old friends and the noble families of England. When the discarded Katherine dies in exile from the court, Anne stands starkly exposed, the focus of gossip and malice. At a word from Henry, Thomas Cromwell is ready to bring her down.

    Darwin8u says: "Mantel Pulls the History out of the History"
    "Better than Wolf Hall but not by much."
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    Would you try another book from Hilary Mantel and/or Simon Vance?

    If you love the intrigue from this era then, as I stated in my review of Wolf Hall, you're better off watching "The Tudors" on Showtime.

    Simon Vance did better on the narration than Simon Slater, who made Henry sound like a woman trying to sound like a man.

    I would not listen to any more from this author.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Wolf Hall

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Simon Slater
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1984)
    Performance
    (1251)
    Story
    (1258)

    In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII's court, only one man dares to gamble his life to win the king's favor and ascend to the heights of political powerEngland in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years, and marry Anne Boleyn.

    S. Marie says: "A unique perspective of history"
    "Better off watching "The Tudors" on Showtime."
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    What disappointed you about Wolf Hall?

    Because I have loved watching "The Tudors" on Showtime and the movie "The Other Boleyn Girl," I was eager to listen to Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. Ugh. Was I ever disappointed. This book is boring and tells too much from Thomas Cromwell and other characters I couldn't care less about.

    The book introduces Jane Seymour from Wolf Hall but never fully develops her character. Not even in the sequel, Bring Up the Bodies, so what was the point....

    The heart of that time was Henry and Anne, who just perched on the periphery of this book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Word of Honor

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1019)
    Performance
    (443)
    Story
    (445)

    He is a good man, a brilliant corporate executive, an honest, handsome family man admired by men and desired by women. But a lifetime ago Ben Tyson was a lieutenant in Vietnam.There the men under his command committed a murderous atrocity -- and together swore never to tell the world what they had done. Now the press, army justice, and the events he tried to forget have caught up with Ben Tyson.

    Diana says: "Nelson does it again"
    "Could have been told in fewer words."
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    What did you like best about Word of Honor? What did you like least?

    The story was interesting but could have been told in 2/3 the time. It was also a bit frustrating that the main character didn't do more to help his case. Having said that, it was a good story with DeMille's usual dry sense of wit.


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

    I always enjoy Scott Brick's narrations.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4059)
    Performance
    (3467)
    Story
    (3462)

    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    Kelli N. Perkins says: "Still Thinking About This Tale Weeks After"
    "No parent wants to think their son...."
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    Would you listen to Defending Jacob again? Why?

    Yes. I would listen for the more subtle clues as to what happened in the end.


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    Great job in portraying each character.


    Any additional comments?

    A great read. An unexpected ending.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lone Wolf

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Natalia Payne, Louis Changchien, Celeste Ciulla, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1088)
    Performance
    (909)
    Story
    (916)

    In the wild, when a wolf knows its time is over, when it knows it is of no more use to its pack, it may sometimes choose to slip away. Dying apart from its family, it stays proud and true to its nature. Humans aren’t so lucky. Luke Warren has spent his life researching wolves. He has written about them, studied their habits intensively, and even lived with them for extended periods of time.

    Elle in the Great NorthWest says: "Typical Jodi Picoult plot, chik lit but good"
    "Are wolves and humans really that different?!"
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    If you could sum up Lone Wolf in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, thought-provoking and real.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend this book. Kept my attention and I learned a few things about wolves and how human behavior, with all our emotions and miscommunications, can send us down a path we never imagined.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6905)
    Performance
    (4871)
    Story
    (4859)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "One of my favorites!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. Can't wait for Kathleen Grissom to debut her next novel.


    What other book might you compare The Kitchen House to and why?

    Reminiscent of The Help, you become so invested in the characters.


    What does Orlagh Cassidy and Bahni Turpin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narration was excellent. Brought the characters to life as if you were living in their world.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    Overall
    (4066)
    Performance
    (3551)
    Story
    (3520)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Dr. says: "Slow, Strange, and (ultimately) Satisfying"
    "Engaging. Kept my interest!"
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    What made the experience of listening to 1Q84 the most enjoyable?

    Because it's such a long listen and not the normal genre to which I am attracted, I wanted to begin it when I had the time to listen for a good while without interruption. By doing this I grasped hold of the story line and become engrossed. Narration was excellent. Satisfying ending.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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