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Jennifer

You know you've read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend. ~Paul Sweeney

Michigan, USA | Member Since 2011

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  • Pros and Cons: A Short Story

    • UNABRIDGED (54 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich, Lee Goldberg
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (165)

    FBI special agent Kate O’Hare has made it her mission to nail international con artist Nicolas Fox. When she discovers his plot to plunder a venture capitalist’s 20th-story Chicago penthouse of all its cash and treasures while the self-proclaimed "King of Hostile Takeovers" is getting married, Kate is 85 percent - okay maybe 92 percent - sure that she’s finally going to bag Nick Fox. Problem is, first Kate has to convince her boss, building security, and maybe even herself, that wedding planner Merrill Stubing is actually Nicolas Fox. Second, she has to figure out how to corner and capture him without disrupting the event of the year.

    JEAN says: "mmmmm the voice of the narrator"
    "Too short to be great"
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    What did you like best about Pros and Cons: A Short Story? What did you like least?

    BEST: I liked the characters. The authors did a great job giving you a feel for the personalities in such a short story.
    LEAST: There just wasn't enough meat for it to be good. It was kinda like a trailer for a movie, where you just can't settle down into it.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg ? Why or why not?

    Absolutely! I love Janet Evanovich. Her Stephanie Plum series is one of my favorite series.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The end. No spoilers... that is all you get :)


    Do you think Pros and Cons: A Short Story needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes, and I do believer there is one. The Heist, which is on my wishlist.


    Any additional comments?

    I read it as a precursor to The Heist. I am not sure if that was necessary, but I will be reading The Heist to get a bit more.

    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
    (13883)
    Performance
    (12253)
    Story
    (12281)

    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!"
    "Twistedly Splendid"
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    The first hour or so I am thinking "Meh... I just don't see what all the fuss is about, just another murder, mystery, who-done-it". And then... (nope, no spoilers here). The most difficult part about writing this review, is that it hard to describe how amazing this book is without ruining it for anyone who has not read it yet.

    The premise is that a woman (a wife) goes missing on her 5th wedding anniversary. The story is told dueling piano style. It alternates views from the husband and wife. It starts off just a little slow... but you have to wait for it... and then BAM it turns into something you can't put down or stop thinking about when you have to put it down.

    Every time I thought I had it figured out I was wrong and I wanted to know what was right. I wanted to know all the pieces that held it together and all the pieces that would make it fall apart. It is a puzzle that you take out of the box and swear none of the pieces will ever fit together, but somehow they do. Absolutely brilliant!

    This is the best book I have read/listened to this year, so far.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Falling Glass

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (1095)
    Performance
    (857)
    Story
    (844)

    Richard Coulter is a man who has everything. His beautiful new wife is pregnant, his upstart airline is undercutting the competition and moving from strength to strength, his diversification into the casino business in Macau has been successful, and his fabulous Art Deco house on an Irish cliff top has just been featured in Architectural Digest. But then, for some reason, his ex-wife Rachel doesn’t keep her side of the custody agreement and vanishes off the face of the earth with Richard’s two daughters. Richard hires Killian, a formidable ex-enforcer for the IRA, to track her down before Rachel, a recovering drug addict, harms herself or the girls.

    Cheryl says: "Hold on to your seat!!!"
    "More like 4.5 stars"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. It was excellently paced. It was a fun, interesting listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The suspense. It kept me interested from beginning to end.


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

    The accent... oh my goodness... the accent... gotta love it! I LOVED the narrator, he can come over and read to me anytime he wants.


    Any additional comments?

    I reserve a full 5 stars for "the best book ever" kinda reads, so don't let the four stars dissuade you. This book is without flaw. It isn't one of those makes you think and contemplate life kinda journeys, but it will keep you interested and is very entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Uglies: Uglies, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Scott Westerfeld
    • Narrated By Carine Montbertrand
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (699)
    Performance
    (463)
    Story
    (466)

    Tally Youngblood is quickly approaching her 16th birthday and the mandatory pretty-making surgery that accompanies it. But Tally isn't sure if she wants to be a placidly happy Pretty. When a top secret organization threatens her with remaining Ugly forever, she reluctantly spies on the rebels who have refused the surgery. They think it changes more than just looks and are working on a cure. But they need someone to become Pretty to test it out.

    Cather says: "Unexpectedly enjoyable"
    "Good Book for Some. Just not for me."
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    I occasionally read/listen to Young Adult Fiction. Although, I am no longer young and rarely feel adult. I have a 12 year old daughter and I like exchanging book suggestions with her. Finding good books that are age appropriate for her can be a challenge as she is a very accelerated reader. I found found several great books within this genre. We both had great fun with Harry Potter. And I was one of the masses who loved (all but the last) Hunger Games novels.

    The premise for the book was awesome and I was very excited to listen to it. Mandatory pretty surgery on your 16th Birthday... sounds super interesting. The story had action, intrigue and decent character development.

    So what could go wrong?

    I hated the main character and it grated on me throughout the book. She was whiny, superficial and (for me) completely unrelateable (<--- why does spell check say that is not a word, whatever moving on...).

    Does this make it a bad book?

    Not really, it just makes it a book that is not for me. I got to the end which ***VERY MILD SPOILER ALERT*** was a bit of cliff hanger and I found myself just not caring enough to want to read the next in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Second Assistant: A Tale from the Bottom of the Hollywood Ladder

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Mimi Hare, Clare Naylor
    • Narrated By Ali Marsh Weller
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    No political science degree could ever prepare Elizabeth Miller for her new job as a second assistant at The Agency, whose clients include everyone you've never met, but you know who they're sleeping with. A former congressional intern in Washington, Lizzie made a bid for a life change that landed her a job a world away, where ethics and First Amendment debates take a backseat to pleading the Fifth for Ritalin-snorting boss Scott Wagner.

    Kitti says: "LOVE LOVE LOVE"
    "Cute and Fun"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Second Assistant to be better than the print version?

    I would not know. I have not read the print version. I could have done without the sound effects and musical transitions... sometimes they were louder than the narrator that had not finished speaking. It reminded me of the Emmy's when they are trying to get someone off the stage.


    What other book might you compare The Second Assistant to and why?

    The Devil Wears Prada comes to mind. Not quite as good, but definitely in the same wheel house.


    Any additional comments?

    Cute, fun story. Nothing ground breaking, but still entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Unquiet Mind

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Kay Redfield Jamison
    • Narrated By Kay Redfield Jamison
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (90)

    The personal memoir of a manic depressive and an authority on the subject describes the onset of the illness during her teenage years and her determined journey through the realm of available treatments.

    A User says: "Loved this book"
    "Not bad, just not for me"
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    What disappointed you about An Unquiet Mind?

    I would not say that I was disappointed by the book, but only that I was left unsatisfied.


    What could Kay Redfield Jamison have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The words were filled with joy, sadness and excitement at times, but the narration was not. I would have liked to hear more feeling.


    What three words best describe Kay Redfield Jamison’s performance?

    She read the words. (okay that was four, but you get the point)


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes! It was very informative. It was delivered in a very smart, but clinical way. It was opening to something that some of us have only seen protrayed in television shows. I think that there was a lot of good, if you had an interest. I just did not enjoy the delivery.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Coming Clean

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kimberly Rae Miller
    • Narrated By Kimberly Rae Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (134)

    Kim Miller is an immaculately put-together woman with a great career, a loving boyfriend, and a tidy apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. You would never guess that Kim grew up behind the closed doors of her family’s idyllic Long Island house, navigating between teetering stacks of aging newspapers, broken computers, and boxes upon boxes of unused junk festering in every room - the product of her father’s painful and unending struggle with hoarding. In this moving coming-of-age story, Kim brings to life her rat-infested home and her childhood consumed by concealing her father’s shameful secret from friends.

    Margaret says: "Vicarious Hoarding"
    "Great Story! Okay narration."
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    If you could sum up Coming Clean in three words, what would they be?

    How she survived.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The voice of the main character was strong in this story. It would be hard not to feel empathy for her situation and hope for her future.


    What three words best describe Kimberly Rae Miller’s performance?

    flat, quiet, unsure


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

    I was very moved by this book. The words painted a very vivid picture of a very scary, troubling way to grow up.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • At Grave’s End: Night Huntress, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3121)
    Performance
    (2223)
    Story
    (2213)

    It should be the best time of half-vampire Cat Crawfield’s life. With her undead lover, Bones, at her side, she’s successfully protected mortals from the rogue undead. But though Cat’s worn disguise after disguise to keep her true identity a secret from the brazen bloodsuckers, her cover’s finally been blown, placing her in terrible danger.

    Anumet says: "Sucks you in. (Pun intended)"
    "Fun read! Love the characters!"
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    Would you listen to At Grave’s End again? Why?

    Probably not. It was fun the first time but it does not have the re-read ability for me. There was nothing ground breaking enough to make me feel like I would need to experience it twice.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of At Grave’s End?

    No spoilers here ;)


    What about Tavia Gilbert’s performance did you like?

    She does great voices. I really liked the way she did Bones' voice.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Life as a White Trash Zombie

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Diana Rowland
    • Narrated By Allison McLemore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1088)
    Performance
    (1013)
    Story
    (1014)

    Teenage delinquent Angel Crawford lives with her redneck father in the swamps of southern Louisiana. She's a high school dropout, addicted to drugs and alcohol, and has a police record a mile long. But when she's made into a zombie after a car crash, her addictions disappear, except for her all-consuming need to stay "alive".

    Noell says: "I want more and so will you!! *Spoilers*"
    "Very Funny!"
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    What made the experience of listening to My Life as a White Trash Zombie the most enjoyable?

    Not too serious. The accents and tone was great a real fun listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I read a lot of paranormal and this was different.


    Which character – as performed by Allison McLemore – was your favorite?

    Angel, the main character was great. You couldn't help but like her and in some ways relate.


    If you could rename My Life as a White Trash Zombie, what would you call it?

    I would never rename it, the title is perfect!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The False Prince

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jennifer A. Nielsen
    • Narrated By Charlie McWade
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (169)

    In a discontent kingdom, civil war is brewing. To unify the divided people, Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king's long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince. Three orphans are recruited to compete for the role, including a defiant boy named Sage. Sage knows that Conner's motives are more than questionable, yet his life balances on a sword's point he must be chosen to play the prince or he will certainly be killed. But Sage's rivals have their own agendas as well.

    English teacher says: "Best read of the summer!"
    "Good Story"
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    If you could sum up The False Prince in three words, what would they be?

    Great Characters, Unexpected


    What other book might you compare The False Prince to and why?

    None. Fresh and New.


    What about Charlie McWade’s performance did you like?

    Sounded young like the character. Could hear the sarcasm or attitude when appropriate.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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