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Jessica

United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 5 reviews
  • 16 ratings
  • 104 titles in library
  • 7 purchased in 2014
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  • The Maze: FBI Thriller #2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Catherine Coulter
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (535)
    Performance
    (277)
    Story
    (279)

    Lacey Sherlock's life is forever changed when her older sister's body is discovered in an abandoned warehouse. She is the fourth victim of the String Killer, the name given by the media to a murderer who leads his victims into a maze with a ball of twine. Seven years after Belinda's death, Lacey, now an FBI agent, is paired up with computer whiz Dillon Savich, who has developed a predictive program to aid in the apprehension of serial killers.

    Lori says: "Too much detail, not enough flow"
    "Dark Trek"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Something to pass the time on a long drive, but this book so similar to others I've read in the series that I felt it lacked originality. Definitely a theme in CC's books to have an abusive male father-figure. A little rote.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lady of the Rivers

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (774)
    Performance
    (674)
    Story
    (667)

    Jacquetta always has had the gift of second sight. As a child visiting her uncle, she met his prisoner, Joan of Arc, and saw her own power reflected in the young woman accused of witchcraft. They share the mystery of the tarot card of the wheel of fortune before Joan is taken to a horrific death. Jacquetta understands the danger for a woman who dares to dream. Jacquetta is married to the Duke of Bedford, English regent of France, and he introduces her to a mysterious world of learning and alchemy.

    Bonnie-Ann says: "Philippa back on track"
    "Flowery Fiction"
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    What did you love best about The Lady of the Rivers?

    The story (or history) of the interesting lives that form the backdrop for the Wars of the Roses is fascinating. Gregory does a good job of relaying the culture and mindset of the time period. At times the presentation is a bit dramatic but I have enjoyed all in the series.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jacqueta is my favorite - an admirable an unusual lady.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 3rd Degree: The Women's Murder Club

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Andrew Gross
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (950)
    Performance
    (318)
    Story
    (326)

    Detective Lindsay Boxer is jogging along a beautiful San Francisco street when a fiery explosion rips through the neighborhood. A town house owned by an Internet millionaire is immediately engulfed in flames, and when Lindsay plunges inside to search for survivors, she finds three people dead. An infant who lived in the house cannot be found; and a mysterious message at the scene leaves Lindsay and the San Francisco Police Department completely baffled.

    Sherry says: "Patterson can't be outdone"
    "Womens' Murder Club"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Maybe...the characters' lives are much better than whatever tragedy is unfolding at the time. Patterson presents his idea of a group of women friends that I find really cheesy at times and unrealistic.


    Any additional comments?

    The drama of the reading was a little over the top.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hangman's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Oliver Pötzsch, Lee Chadeayne (translator)
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1398)
    Performance
    (1245)
    Story
    (1239)

    When a dying boy is pulled from the river with a mark crudely tattooed on his shoulder, hangman Jakob Kuisl is called upon to investigate whether witchcraft is at play in his small Bavarian town. When more children disappear and an orphan is found dead with the same mark, the mounting hysteria threatens to erupt. Before the unrest forces him to torture and execute the woman who aided in the birth of his children, Jakob must unravel the truth.

    goddess_of_pipework says: "Fascinating"
    "Down to Earth Historical Fiction"
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    Where does The Hangman's Daughter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really enjoyed the first in this series. Hangman's Daughter is interesting from a cultural/historical point of view but also a compelling story - a murder mystery, basically. This historical fiction is "down to earth" compared to many books of its sort and I could easily relate to many of the characters while still appreciating the historical and cultural differences between us. Reading the second in the series now and enjoying as well.


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

    Never listened to GG before but he is perfect in this audiobook. His pronunciation of the German names and locations made listening to this book far more enjoyable than reading it. Perfect!


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

    The hangman's support of a condemned, lowly woman is significant!


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Death of a Village: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (99)

    The aromas of wild thyme and Highland heather waft through Lochdubh, home to M. C. Beaton's eccentric policeman, Hamish Macbeth. Yet what the irascible constable smells in his latest case is the acrid scent of fear as an entire town is entrapped in something dark and deadly.... Yet as he deftly investigates the summer's high crimes and misdemeanors, he attracts the attention of his superiors. They feel a promotion and transfer will give him a larger playing field than Lochdubh. That's the last thing Macbeth wants.

    Jessica says: "Comfort Reading"
    "Comfort Reading"
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    What did you love best about Death of a Village?

    I love anything by M.C. Beaton. Ok - maybe not the sexiest series, but I call the Hamish Macbeth series "comfort reading". Ms. Beaton has a great sense of humor and heartwarming characters. Totally in love with Lochdubh.


    What about Graeme Malcolm’s performance did you like?

    Graeme Malcolm as Hamish Macbeth is the best! He nails it.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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