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Chai on Life

Branson, MO

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REVIEWS
10
FOLLOWING
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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • Bloody Mary: A Jacqueline 'Jack' Daniels Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By J. A. Konrath
    • Narrated By Dick Hill, Susie Breck
    Overall
    (309)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (208)

    Start with a tough but vulnerable Chicago cop. Stir in a psychopath with a unique mental condition that programs him to kill. Add a hyperactive cat, an ailing mother, a jealous boyfriend, a high-maintenance ex-husband, and a partner in the throes of a mid-life crisis. Mix with equal parts humor and suspense, and enjoy Bloody Mary.

    JEAN says: "GREAT"
    "Pour Me Another"
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    Would you listen to Bloody Mary again? Why?

    Yes. J.A. Konrath is a pro at writing a hard boiled mystery but his special weapon is his comedic talent. It is the perfect companion to the violence cops face each day. This man has literally had me laughing out loud throughout this book and the first one in the series - Whiskey Sour. I will indeed listen again in the future for any hidden gems I might have missed this time round.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bloody Mary?

    I love the relationship between Jack and her partner.


    What does Dick Hill and Susie Breck bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Dick Hill always brings a great experience & Susie Breck has become Jack Daniels. And she had to earn that from me. I wasn't sure I liked her in the beginning. But she is just right.
    Dick Hill is a master story teller. I can actually see the facial expressions from his voice.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I don't like to talk story line. I think it could easily be a spoiler and I do not want to rob anyone of their enjoyment of this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Yes. J.A. Konrath doesn't squander words. He isn't a writter who uses filler, for which I am grateful. But know this, he can express more and paint a picture of each scene better than 100 other authors who use 3 times the words. Consequently, I am able to visualize what is happening as it I were a fly on the wall. I'm off to start Rusty Nail, the 3rd book in this series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Source: Witching Savannah, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By J. D. Horn
    • Narrated By Shannon McManus
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (218)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (202)

    Savannah resident Mercy Taylor may now be in control of the South’s most powerful family of witches, but she’s struggling to master her newfound magic. Pregnant with her first child and still reeling from a heartbreaking betrayal, she just wants to be able to use her supernatural abilities without accidentally destroying dishes or blasting the doors off buildings.

    Loves to shop amazon says: "I am looking forward to the next installment..."
    "Hold on, it's a rip roaring ride!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! Because it is extraordinary. Nothing is expected, nothing is as is seems. It grips your attention & takes you on one heck of a ride. And I'd stand in line to buy a ticket!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Source?

    If I told it would be a spoiler and that would be cruel. This book is too delectable to spoil any scene.


    Which character – as performed by Shannon McManus – was your favorite?

    I love Geelo. I sure I'm spelling her name wrong & I apologize. Shannon did a wonderful job on all characters but I feel she captured Geelo perfectly.


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

    Made be laugh, cry, cringe, gasp, shudder, quake & sit on the edge of my seat.


    Any additional comments?

    I read the first book on this series quickly but took my time on this one. Now that we know many of the players, this 2nd book is more in depth, more twists, turns & surprises so I only listened when I could savor each word. And savor them I did. Hats off to the author. He is a gem!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Line: Witching Savannah, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By J. D. Horn
    • Narrated By Shannon McManus
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (453)
    Performance
    (414)
    Story
    (412)

    To the uninitiated, Savannah shows only her bright face and genteel manner. Those who know her well, though, can see beyond her colonial trappings and small-city charm to a world where witchcraft is respected, Hoodoo is feared, and spirits linger. Mercy Taylor is all too familiar with the supernatural side of Savannah, being a member of the most powerful family of witches in the South. Despite being powerless herself, of course. Having grown up without magic of her own, in the shadow of her talented and charismatic twin sister, Mercy has always thought herself content.

    Robin in Vermont says: "Great new series!"
    "Book with perfect Balance"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. It has everything to provide entertainment. It has humor, mystery, secrets, love, betrayal, the South and magic. And the perfect balance of each. The author describes the characters, the situations and the scenery quite well but doesn't turn the descriptions into filler.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I found everything about this story enjoyable. I had just finished a great book and like many readers, couldn't find another to hold my interest. And I tried a dozen. I purchased this on a whim and I am so happy I did. It caught my interest right away and kept it all the way through. Now I will have that trouble again.


    What about Shannon McManus’s performance did you like?

    Shannon was just right for this book.


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

    Yes and I tried but finally fell asleep at 1AM and I'm usually asleep by 10:30. Woke up and the first thing I did was to start listening until I finished. No TV, no phone calls, no housework........


    Any additional comments?

    Yes! I will be buying the next book in the series as soon as it is released. Fortunately that is next month. This author is a treasure and I can't believe my good fortune in finding him. Pure entertainment at its best.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Weight of Blood: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Laura McHugh
    • Narrated By Dorothy Dillingham Blue, Shannon McManus, Sofia Willingham
    Overall
    (483)
    Performance
    (436)
    Story
    (433)

    The town of Henbane sits deep in the Ozark Mountains. Folks there still whisper about Lucy Dane's mother, a bewitching stranger who appeared long enough to marry Carl Dane and then vanished when Lucy was just a child. Now on the brink of adulthood, Lucy experiences another loss when her friend Cheri disappears and is then found murdered, her body placed on display for all to see.

    John S says: "Not too bad but you have to pay attention."
    "This is set in my neck of the woods"
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    What did you love best about The Weight of Blood?

    I loved most that I grew up and still live in this area, recognizing and feeling a part of the places mentioned in this book


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author pulled me into the story, it was authentic for this area. Her descriptions were so well done I could see the characters, their faces, their mannerisms.


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

    The narrator was distinctive, easily understood, and spoke with the correct accents or in my way of thinking - no accent.


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

    I practically did. I listened until bedtime, forgoing TV and was back listening first thing in the morning.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope this author write more books, hopefully set in the same location. I can assure you I will buy and listen to them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Winter People: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jennifer McMahon
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (358)
    Performance
    (325)
    Story
    (325)

    West Hall, Vermont, has always been a town of strange disappearances and old legends. The most mysterious is that of Sara Harrison Shea, who, in 1908, was found dead in the field behind her house just months after the tragic death of her daughter, Gertie. Now, in present day, 19-year-old Ruthie lives in Sara's farmhouse with her mother, Alice, and her younger sister, Fawn. Alice has always insisted that they live off the grid, a decision that suddenly proves perilous when Ruthie wakes up one morning to find that Alice has vanished without a trace. Searching for clues, she is startled to find a copy of Sara Harrison Shea's diary....

    D. says: "Get past the narration of the first chapter"
    "In the neighborhood of ........."
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    Would you listen to The Winter People again? Why?

    No, I wouldn't. It is rare I read books more than once as there are so many books I want to read. But that does not diminish the talent of this author or my enjoyment of this book. I will make it a point to read her other books.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    No. That is what I meant by "In the neighborhood......." It was almost a thriller, almost scary, almost a mystery, etc. But not quite. I was never scared, never on the edge of my seat, but I listened almost constantly. I enjoyed the story line, the characters, their different perspectives, the back and forth from the past to the present. Many excellent elements.


    What does Cassandra Campbell and Kathe Mazur bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Cassandra Campbell makes everything more enjoyable. And Kathe Mazur is excellent as well. The two of them together was a real treat.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, there were a few but if I told what they were i would spoil the story.


    Any additional comments?

    The only complaint I have is the story ended a bit to abruptly for my taste. But perhaps the author is planning on a sequel. Still, it was a bit like Thanksgiving. Many, many, many hours shopping for, preparing and serving the dinner. Then 30 minutes eating and your done. I suppose I just wanted to savor it a bit longer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Helene Wecker
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2629)
    Performance
    (2424)
    Story
    (2425)

    Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

    Tango says: "Enchanting Debut Novel - Delicious!"
    "Long 20 hours"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The synopsis was intriguing but found the book fell shy of it's potential. If I could change the book I would have had it live up to the synopsis.
    It was much like a great trailer for an movie but you discover all the enjoyable/funny parts were in the trailer, leaving little else to enjoy at the theater.


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

    It was all very depressing, dowdy to me. I always picture the stories in my head and this was in sepia. Not even the clearer designation of black and white. Just sepia.
    I realize I am in the minority in not enjoying this book so maybe it was me. I expected a little more pizazz, a little magic, but felt bogged down by the drudgery of slogging through a morose story.


    Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?

    Always love George Guidall. He is an exceptional narrator and without his talent I couldn't have finished this book.


    Did The Golem and the Jinni inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Again, maybe it was me. We all have times in which none of our clothes please us, books don't resonate with us, our hair won't please us, we are restless and can't find anything that will happily occupy us. Maybe not liking the book was my fault entirely. It was very well written, the characters were well done. But for me there was no spark.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Werewolf in the North Woods: Wild About You Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Vicki Lewis Thompson
    • Narrated By Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (219)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (196)

    When she used to walk around her grandfather's property outside Portland, Abby Winchell loved the idea that Bigfoot was somewhere out there, too. Now her grandfather swears he's seen two creatures that fit the legendary description - and he has evidence. Sort of. Grandpa Earl may be a bit dotty, but when his neighbors invite a renowned anthropologist to disprove his theory, Abby decides to send the man packing...until she sees how hot he is.

    CAROLYN says: "Better than the first book."
    "My ears, my ears."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who is interested in soft porn and a book without a story.


    Has Werewolf in the North Woods turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Maybe a little.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Werewolf in the North Woods?

    From the preface to the end


    Any additional comments?

    I tried to scroll thought the gratuitous & repetitive sex scenes. Not possible. It was as if the author was required to write so many words but never came up with a plot so she copied from a very poor porn movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3032)
    Performance
    (2700)
    Story
    (2706)

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Walkabout"
    "Sweetly engaging"
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    Would you listen to The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry again? Why?

    No. It was a sweet book, but it was a tab boring to me.


    Would you recommend The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, I think it is a bit too slow of a pace for my friends to enjoy.


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

    Jim Broadbent made the book more interesting and he is what kept me going.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A slow stroll with Harold


    Any additional comments?

    The book was well written and very sweet. Just very slow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16873)
    Performance
    (15007)
    Story
    (15052)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Cerebral Twister"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Gone Girl to be better than the print version?

    I haven't seen the print version, but after listening to this book with these narrators, I know I picked the best venue.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Absolutely!I have listened to this book in a little over a day. (began yesterday) I put off everything I could to continue listening.
    How? I couldn't wait to see what would happen next. The plot is so intricate & well thought out it was truly like playing Cerebral Twister.


    What about Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s performance did you like?

    Everything. I have my few favorite narrators & honestly hadn't heard of them, but I can tell you Julia & Kirby's voices painted a picture of the facial expressions, the body language, the emotion each character was exhibiting/feeling. Not one word sounded as if it were being read. They are now on my lists of favorites. It is narrators like these that keep me buying audio books.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were many moments that moved me to the edge of my seat! There were many moments that had me shaking my head in awe of how well thought out the 'plan' was. I hesitate to say much as I don't want to give anything away & if I tell you what moved me I will. It is very exciting to hear the story unfold, twist, turn, etc.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read some reviews & honestly put off listening to this book because some ppl didn't like the ending. They felt it wasn't a finished book. I started reading it yesterday due to a complete stranger saying how much they enjoyed it. And I am so glad I did. The ending wasn't what I expected, which is the whole point of a good book. But it was finished. No Alfred Hitchcock ending leaving it up to your imagination. This is a very good book and I will read more by this author and will look forward to more by the narrators. They were seamless.

    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
    Overall
    (27088)
    Performance
    (13710)
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    (13755)

    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 good old days weren't good for everyone."
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    What did you love best about The Help?

    I was young during that period and I most appreciate the reminder of how some people were treated and things have changed, yet how they haven't changed enough. To say we have a Black President is indeed a huge change, however, to me, we should be so far beyond that being an issue.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    There were several narrators and I loved them all. Absolutely fantastic voices that I could listen to 24/7. Seriously, I always give a second and third look at books with any of these narrators. These women are the very best!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were many but to tell them would be a spoiler. Let me say this: if you have any emotions at all, you will laugh, cry, be shocked, feel fear, you will love and you will have a strong dislike for some. You will feel saddened by what was acceptable, victorious for small strides made, and hopefully determined to stand for what is right, even if it puts you at risk.


    Any additional comments?

    The author takes you back (not so terribly long ago) to a time in history and makes you feel what it was like to walk a mile in some shoes (both black & white) that most people could never fill. It should be required reading. It was a time when bullying an entire race was not only approved of but encouraged. Shameful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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