You no longer follow J. Tiefel

You will no longer see updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can re-follow a user if you change your mind.


You now follow J. Tiefel

You will receive updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can unfollow a user if you change your mind.


J. Tiefel

Thousand Oaks, CA USA | Member Since 2006

  • 6 reviews
  • 17 ratings
  • 192 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2015

  • Inside the Kingdom: My Life In Saudi Arabia

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Carmen bin Ladin
    • Narrated By Shohreh Aghdashloo

    On September 11, 2001, Carmen bin Ladin heard the news that the Twin Towers had been struck. She instinctively knew that her brother-in-law was involved in these horrifying acts of terrorism, and her heart went out to America. She also knew that her life and the lives of her daughters would never be the same again.

    Richard says: "An inside view of the Saudi women's life"
    "A Real Education"

    I love to learn about different cultures and this book certainly opened my eyes to the way of life in Saudi Arabia. The narrator's accent certainly made the story sound like it might have come from Carmen's lips. A fascinating read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Her Mother’s Hope

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Francine Rivers
    • Narrated By Stina Nielsen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Internationally best-selling author Francine Rivers—winner of a Christy Award and the ECPA Gold Medallion—crafts a riveting tale of mother/daughter bonds stretching across decades. Strong-willed Marta leaves Switzerland early in the 20th century and settles in California. Though Marta loves her eldest daughter Hildie, they often clash as they attempt to find their places in the world.

    Meaghan says: "Another Awesome Read From Francine"
    "Not an uplifting story"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Depressing story with no "happy" ending.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Francine Rivers again?

    Yes. I've "read" other books by Ms. Rivers and found them excellent.

    Would you be willing to try another one of Stina Nielsen’s performances?

    Performance by Stina sounded like someone who was "just reading the book" to be reading it aloud. No emotion or expression. No attempt at making the characters sound different from each other. JUST READING on and on!

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Sadness and anger at Marta's attitude toward her family, husband, and unequal manner in which she treated her daughter. I kept waiting for her to realize what she's done to her daughter but only the last 30 minutes seemed to indicate a change was taking place. I felt extreme pity for this woman who felt she was doing the right thing in such a wrong way!

    Any additional comments?

    I kept waiting for something to happen in the book but it just kept going and going and going with no real conclusion. Very disappointing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee

    England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

    Maria says: "Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!"
    "Keeps you in suspense until the end!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Secret Keeper the most enjoyable?

    The mystery unfolds very gradually but not in a laborious way. The English accent and wartime terms add to the mystery.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Secret Keeper?

    The first few minutes of the reading where the crime is committed and then the last few minutes where the answer to the mystery is revealed.

    What about Caroline Lee’s performance did you like?

    The accent was wonderful since the story takes place in wartime England.

    Who was the most memorable character of The Secret Keeper and why?

    Doll in her young years.

    Any additional comments?

    I recently had listened to another novel which takes place in England and uses an English reader. The story plodded along and I couldn't wait for it to be finished. When I started listening to The Secret Keeper, I remember thinking "Oh, not another slow English novel" However what a delight to be kept in suspense through this rather long story. I am really sad it is over! The title of the book is excellent--the secret is kept until the end!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • House of Sand and Fog

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andre Dubus III
    • Narrated By Andre Dubus III, Fontaine Dollas Dubus
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In this riveting novel of almost unbearable suspense, three fragile yet determined people become dangerously entangled in a relentlessly escalating crisis. Colonel Behrani, once a wealthy man in Iran, is now a struggling immigrant willing to bet everything he has to restore his family's dignity. Kathy Nicolo is a troubled young woman whose house is all she has left, and who refuses to let her hard-won stability slip away from her. Sheriff Lester Burdon becomes obsessed with helping her fight for justice.

    Lisa says: "Astounding characterizations, and wonderfully read"
    "Interesting story of culture and transition"

    The story sounded interesting but I was disappointed by the coarse language and sexual exploits of the characters. It is bad enough to hear "f***" and "s***" on the streets but to have someone yelling it in my ears made me wish I hadn't spent my money on this book. I never finished the book and chalked it up to money badly spent.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Saffron Kitchen: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Yasmin Crowther
    • Narrated By Mehr Mansuri, Ariana Fraval
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In this powerful debut, Yasmin Crowther paints a stirring portrait of a family shaken by events from decades ago and a world away. On a blustery day in London, the dark secrets and troubled past of Maryann Mazar surface violently, with tragic consequences for her daughter, Sara, and her newly orphaned nephew, Saeed. Consumed with guilt, Maryann leaves her suburban home and mild English husband to return to Mazareh, the remote village on Iran's northeast border where her own story began.

    Kathryn says: "Truly Rich and Haunting"
    "Entertaining and Educational"

    This book takes place in England and Iran--the latter of which was totally foreign to me. I appreciated the separate reading voices--both the young British daughter and the heavy accent of her Iranian-born mother. The touch of brief interludes of appropriate music helped to transition the reader from one country and person to the other. I loved getting acquainted with the various customs and people in a land so far away.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Kite Runner

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Never before has an author’s narration of his fiction been so important to fully grasping the book’s impact and global implications. Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of its monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them.

    P. C..S. says: "A Worhty Read"

    I saw the movie first and this book was really the "frosting on the cake"! What a great look at a culture so different from mine. It gave me a real appreciation for my freedom in this country and the "plenty" we enjoy! This was a story of love, compassion, and redemption and I look forward to reading more of the author's works. Hearing the author read the story gave it more depth. The author spoke clearly and yet peppered the English text with many words from his own language without detracting from the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.


Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.