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Janet

Good books just make me smile!

Westport, MA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Fragile: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Lisa Unger
    • Narrated By Nancy Linari
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (36)

    Everybody knows everybody in The Hollows, a quaint, charming town outside of New York City. It’s a place where neighbors keep an eye on one another’s kids, where people say hello in the grocery store, and where high school cliques and antics are never quite forgotten. As a child, Maggie found living under the microscope of small-town life stifling. But as a wife and mother, she has happily returned to The Hollows’s insular embrace.

    Susan says: "Fragile is fuzzy"
    "Lays a Good Foundation ..."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Fragile to be better than the print version?

    In some ways, it was a very good dramatization & gave good depth to characters.


    What other book might you compare Fragile to and why?

    Some of the back story novels of strong female roles; Iris Johansen's Eve Duncan or Tess Gerritsen's Jane Rizzoli, a prequel that explains some of their motives in future books.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Resolving the mysteries of past generations, putting past demons to rest.


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

    It made me smile, to think that old wrongs were righted.


    Any additional comments?

    A good story, laying the groundwork for sequels that I will definately put on my wishlist.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Night Fall

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2437)
    Performance
    (923)
    Story
    (925)

    Five years after the crashof TWA Flight 800, the government has declared it a result of mechanical failure. But John Corey, an ex-NYPD detective who is now a contract agent with the Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force, is persuaded by Kate Mayfield, his wife and task force partner, that the case deserves a second look.

    Ms Discus says: "Addictive mix of fact & intriguing storyline"
    "A perfect weave of Reality & Possibility"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Night Fall to be better than the print version?

    I have both read & re-read the book and listened to the audiobook multiple times. The print version is super, the audiobook does add another dimension of sound that adds to the urgency and Scott Brick is the perfect voice for a Nelson DeMille/John Corey novel.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Night Fall?

    Tough choice ... without doubt, the explosion of flight 800 over L.I.Sound grabs your attention, but then the scheduled meeting at Windows on the World comes at you with such impending doom that you cannot turn away from ... this book is a rollercoaster that does not stop.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Many, he always does a super job, he has just the right inflection, speaking John Corey's lines just as I'd expect.


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

    The end, the aftermath ... we will never be the same.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2409)
    Performance
    (876)
    Story
    (886)

    The Executive Board of an exclusive men's club meets to talk about 9/11 and finalize a retaliation plan, known by a code name: Wild Fire. That weekend, a member of the Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force is found dead. It's up to Detective John Corey and his wife, FBI Agent Kate Mayfield, to unravel a terrifying plot that starts with the Custer Hill Club and ends with American cities locked in the crosshairs of a nuclear device.

    Joseph says: "Good, but the series is getting forced."
    "Believable, Current & Scary-Realistic"
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    What made the experience of listening to Wild Fire the most enjoyable?

    Fast plot, great dialog, super characters, terrific narrator ... I didn't want it to end.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wild Fire?

    So many ... Harry Muller, in the Custer Hill Club board room, figuring it all out. In desperate straits but able to send a cryptic message ... can John & Kate decipher it?


    Which scene was your favorite?

    John & Kate in the bomb shelter, taking care of business, then hearing a voice in another room ... that does not seem possible ...


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

    Sometimes fiction comes pretty close to truth ... and in this day & age, the thought of a Project Green or a Bane Maddox ... or a Ted Nash being real, only makes me hope, wish, pray for a real John Corey, too.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stolen Prey

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1313)
    Performance
    (1066)
    Story
    (1048)

    .Lucas Davenport has seen many terrible murder scenes. This is one of the worst. In the small Minnesota town of Deephaven, an entire family has been killed - husband, wife, two daughters, dogs. There’s something about the scene that pokes at Lucas’s cop instincts - it looks an awful lot like the kind of scorched-earth retribution he’s seen in drug killings sometimes. But this is a seriously upscale town, and the husband was an executive vice president at a big bank. It just doesn’t seem to fit.

    bebe says: "Sanford writes another winner!"
    "" ... it's the Mexicans!" ... best Prey yet!!"
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    What did you love best about Stolen Prey?

    John Sandford's characters get richer & deeper with each new book in the series. His people don't get flat with time, they become even more dimentional the more you learn about them.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Our hero, Lucas Davenport has become a family man ... but has not lost one speck of his intense, sometimes vigilante-like drive ... he may even be more driven now.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Lettie uses her "spidey-sence" and saves the day!


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

    ... even in the most dire situations, these cops make me smile ... everytime someones says, " ... that f*#kin' Flowers!" ... or my new favorite cuss-line, " ... f*#k me w/a telephone pole!" ... ya' gotta laugh! :)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winter Prey

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (580)
    Performance
    (502)
    Story
    (504)

    Few writers have explored the human dark side with as much insight and power - and in Winter Prey, his shattering New York Times best-seller, Sandford tells his most ice-blooded tale of all. Minneapolis Lieutenant Lucas Davenport has tracked killers in cities across America. But even he may be unprepared to face the savage murderer hunting human prey in the Wisconsin woods this winter.

    Janet says: "... when Lucas met Winter ..."
    "... when Lucas met Winter ..."
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    Would you listen to Winter Prey again? Why?

    Sure, I enjoy a re-listen to the entire Prey series, you pick up little things you may have missed or look forward to the scenes & dialog that you remember. Either way, while waiting for the NEXT prey novel I enjoy a revisit to Minneapolis any time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Winter Prey has a good plot line of its own to keep your interest, but this is the one where Lucas meets Weather. It adds to his back story and gives you more insight to Lucas' personal life.


    Have you listened to any of Richard Ferrone’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Many ... he is a wonderful narrator, and for me ... he IS Lucas Davenport. He delivers Lucas' lines exactly how I expect them to be spoken.


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

    Lucas gets shot, in the throat ... he can't breathe ... can Weather step in, in time ...


    Any additional comments?

    Everyone should add the Prey series to their wish lists.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Plum Island

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2468)
    Performance
    (1764)
    Story
    (1756)

    Wounded in the line of duty, NYPD homicide cop John Corey is convalescing in rural eastern Long Island when an attractive young couple he knows is found shot to death on the family patio. The victims were biologists at Plum Island, a research site rumored to be an incubator for germ warfare. Suddenly, a local double murder takes on shattering global implications - and thrusts Corey and two extraordinary women into a dangerous search for the secret of Plum Island....

    DERALD says: "Great on par with" LION'S GAME""
    "Meet my favorite Homicide Detective -- John Corey"
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    Would you listen to Plum Island again? Why?

    Plum Island is easily repeated; like a good movie, you catch little extras in dialog & character development that you might have missed the 1st time around.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Who else but our wise-cracking hero, Det. John Corey. He is our "Everyman". A working stiff, recovering at his Uncle's L.I. beachfront home from gunshot wounds received in the line of duty, and gets roped into helping the local cops with an unusual homicide. Determined to get to the bottom of a twisted mystery, he's relentless, irreverent ... and right!


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Scott Brick IS the voice of John Corey, giving a perfect inflection & tone that you just KNOW our detective would have.


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

    It made me want to listen to more about Det. Corey ... and it also made me want to learn more about Plum Island, the USDA labs there & their effects all along the east coast ... who knew what was going on out there? Not to mention Capt. Kidd, his treasure ... and the wineries of Long Island ... if only to bring home a souvenier corkscrew that says, " ... I got screwed on the No. Fork!"


    Any additional comments?

    Nelson DeMille and John Corey should be on everybodies wish lists!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eyes of Prey: The Lucas Davenport Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (557)
    Performance
    (475)
    Story
    (480)

    The “Prey” novels by Pulitzer prize-winning journalist John Sandford consistently make the best-seller lists, but they are not for the faint of heart. Featuring Minneapolis Lieutenant Lucas Davenport, these thrillers are raw, graphic, and impossible to put down. In Eyes of Prey, a depressed and unfocused Davenport takes on a macabre case, tracking down a serial killer who maims the eyes of his victims after he has murdered them.

    Janet says: "Lucas Davenport, #1 reason to move to Minnesota!"
    "Lucas Davenport, #1 reason to move to Minnesota!"
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    Where does Eyes of Prey rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Easily top 2 or 3. Lucas Davenport, John Corey & Jack Reacher are always 1-2-3!


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

    Edge of my seat ... and standing up! Clever, convoluted plot ... strangers on a train ... and WHO is Loverboy?!


    What about Richard Ferrone’s performance did you like?

    Richard Ferrone IS the voice of Lucas Davenport. I think he must enjoy reading them as much as we enjoy listening.


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

    Lucas hanging on to all he holds dear ... while his guns are calling him from the basement.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a tremendous series that everyone should add to their wish lists.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A Voice from the Grave

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Yvonne Mason
    • Narrated By Diana Andrade
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Archelologist Jonas Biggs has been hired to do the dig at Andersonville Prison, the worst POW camp during the Civil War. He has taken along his niece, Savannah Biggs, the only child of his twin brother, John. As the past is uncovered, the Biggs family get much more than they bargained for. Savannah is the only female born since before the war.

    Janet says: "Great Civil War History-Mystery"
    "Great Civil War History-Mystery"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to A Voice from the Grave again? Why?

    I think once was enough for me.


    What other book might you compare A Voice from the Grave to and why?

    It's not a typical mystery thriller with a current or on-going murder spree. This tells the story in current time, unravelling the mysteries at an archeological dig; and then back in time, as the events were happening at Andersonville.


    What aspect of Diana Andrade’s performance would you have changed?

    ... Weeelll, she was a little toooo sloooow to listen too. She had such a slow southern drawl that you could lose track of the story line as she was getting to the end of a sentence. The story would have been just as powerful, just as suspenceful if she had stepped up the pace a bit ... y'all.


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

    Not extreme, but it made me look up some factual info on the actual Andersonville and read more about the Civil War in general.


    Any additional comments?

    Strong women have always wanted to contribute to military service any way they could, even if it meant disguising themselves to do it. I think they were brave precursors to the WACS & WAVES of WWII.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Scarecrow Returns

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Matthew Reilly
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (58)

    At an abandoned Soviet base in the Arctic, a battle to save all life on Earth is about to begin. A long-forgotten relic of the Cold War, a top secret base known only as Dragon Island houses a weapon of terrible destructive force, a weapon that has just been reactivated. When Dragon Island is seized by a brutal terrorist force calling itself the Army of Thieves, the fate of the world suddenly hangs in the balance.

    Denis says: "Matthew Reilly make the legend continue !"
    "... you can never keep a good man down!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you enjoy non-stop action, life & death situations and plenty of high-tech gizmos ... not to mention a very capable little robot, this is the next book for you.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Scarecrow Returns?

    The idea that we can put the past behind us, that even sworn-enemies can put aside differences for the greater good ... if only it worked in real life.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Sowers’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my 1st of his.


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

    It helped the continuity as they were racing from room to room on island to island if you could listen in a block.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a great listen for a road trip, I just kept finding myself hitting the gas pedal a little too hard. "... honest officer, I wasn't speeding. The Scarcrow just had to get back in time to save Mother and the world!"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rope: First Chapter

    • UNABRIDGED (15 mins)
    • By Nevada Barr
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (119)

    Anna Pigeon has been a ranger with the National Park Service for many years, but she had a very different life before tragedy sent her west seeking something new. Now Nevada Barr finally tells the previously untold story of Anna’s first foray into the wild, and the case that helped shape her into the ranger she became.

    Janet says: "Great 1st Chapter ... can't wait to listen to the"
    "Great 1st Chapter ... can't wait to listen to the"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Rope: First Chapter to be better than the print version?

    Not having read the print to compare, I can't say; but the audio 1st chapter really hooked me.


    What other book might you compare The Rope: First Chapter to and why?

    A good detective or suspense novel beginning.


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

    It was well read, with a good tone that for me, really matched the author's intention.


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

    Something about the natural beauty of the national park contrasted with the stark ugliness of a brutal murder.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How It All Began: First Chapter

    • UNABRIDGED (28 mins)
    • By Penelope Lively
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (73)

    A vibrant new novel from Penelope Lively-a wry, wise story about the surprising ways lives intersect. When Charlotte Rainsford, a retired schoolteacher, is accosted by a petty thief on a London street, the consequences ripple across the lives of acquaintances and strangers alike.

    Aryn says: "Just not my thing"
    "Ho Humm ..."
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    Would you try another book from Penelope Lively and/or Katherine Kellgren?

    I like to try new authors & free 1st chapters are a wonderful way to sample. I'll give anybody a try.


    What was most disappointing about Penelope Lively’s story?

    It just didn't grab my attention.


    What didn’t you like about Katherine Kellgren’s performance?

    Didn't peak my curiosity.


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

    Disappointment, I guess.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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