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L. Jeffreys

New Jersey | Member Since 2002

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  • 8 reviews
  • 63 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2014
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  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Stephen Fry
    Overall
    (5273)
    Performance
    (2895)
    Story
    (2919)

    Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last 15 years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.

    John says: "HHTGH - Lightly Fried"
    "I think I should have read the book."
    Overall

    When I listen to audio books, I tend to get easily distracted because of traffic and such. And with most books I can easily get back into the story without missing much. This book was not an easy listen. I have no idea what was going on. There were some pretty funny parts, but by the end I was just so confused.

    I may just pick up the book and read it. Maybe I will understand it a little better.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8773)
    Performance
    (3007)
    Story
    (3079)

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    Frank says: "Not his best"
    "Wish I had bought the abridged version."
    Overall

    Funny that another recent reviewer said the same thing. About halfway through the book I was wishing the whole time I had bought the abridged version. I am a big fan of unabridged audio books. If this book had been shorter, I would have given it one more star. I loved the Davincci Code, Angels & Demons and Deception Point. But this book just seemed to drag on and on. And there was way too much description and too many details that added nothing to the story. I really enjoyed the beginning of the book, but towards the end I was getting frustrated with it. I thought Angels & Demons read as though it were a movie, but this felt like reading a screenplay. Just too much direction in it. I was thinking is Robert Langdon only useful for knowing what certain symbols are, because he seems pretty dense about so many other things.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jack and Jill

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Blair Underwood, John Rubinstein
    Overall
    (275)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (108)

    A killer is at work in the nation's capital, and he seems to like variety. His victims range from kindergarten students to senators - not even the President is safe. Alex Cross, hero of Along Came a Spider and Kiss the Girls, is awakened one night to confront the brutal murder of a little girl only blocks away from his house. With a single clue, a mysterious rhyme signed "Jack and Jill", the skilled and courageous Cross sets out to track the murderer.

    L. Jeffreys says: "Entertaining Listen"
    "Entertaining Listen"
    Overall

    I usually am not a fan of unabridged versions of books, but this one is an exception. I felt like I was listening to a radio show production of the book. it entertained me on my commute. Good story, a suspensful who dunnit.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By William Hope, Laurel Lefkow
    Overall
    (856)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (172)

    This extraordinary, magical novel is the story of Clare, a beautiful art student, and Henry, a librarian, who have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was 36, and were married when Clare was 22 and Henry 30. Impossible but true, because Henry has Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity in his past, present, and future.

    Lucy says: "Worth trying to sort it out"
    "I loved this audibook!"
    Overall

    This is one of those books that you just don't want to let go of. Where once you are finished, you miss the characters.

    Such a wonderful, original story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Deception Point: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2885)
    Performance
    (897)
    Story
    (900)

    When a NASA satellite discovers an astonishingly rare object buried deep in the Arctic ice, the floundering space agency proclaims a much-needed victory, a victory with profound implications for NASA policy and the impending presidential election. To verify the authenticity of the find, the White House calls upon the skills of intelligence analyst Rachel Sexton. Accompanied by a team of experts, including the charismatic scholar Michael Tolland, Rachel travels to the Arctic and uncovers the unthinkable.

    Mark says: "Some people are too picky -- This is a must"
    "Thrilling"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this story. Not as much as Angel's and DaVinci though. The reader has a great voice, but he does seem to swallow a lot. Not sure why they couldn't edit that out.

    This is a great book for the car. If you tune out for a minute, you won't miss much because Dan Brown tends to be very descriptive. Takes about 5 minutes to describe a device or scene. So it's easy to pick up where you were. But the vivid descriptions are good because you can really picture the scenes in your mind and picture the story being a movie someday.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Me Talk Pretty One Day

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    Overall
    (3519)
    Performance
    (1271)
    Story
    (1269)

    David Sedaris' collection of essays - including live recordings! - tells a most unconventional life story. With every clever turn of a phrase, Sedaris brings a view and a voice like no other to every unforgettable encounter. You can also listen to Sedaris in an interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air.

    Amazon Customer says: "You will ROFL"
    "Very Entertaining."
    Overall

    I was a little worried about the audio version of this book when another reviewer stated that they were distracted by the "laugh track". I thought the audio book would be like listening to an episode of the Brady Bunch. Turns out that some of the stories in the book he reads aloud to a live audience. And it fit in very well.

    I zoned out during a couple of stories, but all in all, this was a great book. I really loved the family stories and the French lesson tales.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Red Dragon

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Thomas Harris
    • Narrated By Chris Sarandon
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    From the author of Silence of the Lambs, it's the terrifying tale that introduced the world to Hannibal "the Cannibal" Lecter. There's a serial killer on the loose who specializes in murdering innocent, happy families, and now it's up to FBI Special Agent Will Graham to understand the brutal killer's motivation and anticipate his next move. Graham needs to get inside the killer's mind; to do that, he needs the help of the brilliant, psychopathic Hannibal Lecter.

    L. Jeffreys says: "May as well just watch the DVD"
    "May as well just watch the DVD"
    Overall

    I wish I had noticed how abridged this was before I bought it. But it is like someone describing the movie to you as it happens. Way too short. I may have to go buy the book now to see all the character development that I missed.

    If you have seen the move, don't bother getting this audiobook.


    It's a great story though. Wish there was an unabridged version.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Broker

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1381)
    Performance
    (320)
    Story
    (320)

    In his final hours in the Oval Office, the outgoing President grants a controversial last-minute pardon to Joel Backman, a notorious Washington power broker who has spent the last six years hidden away in a federal prison. What no one knows is that the President issues the pardon only after receiving enormous pressure from the CIA. It seems Backman, in his power broker heyday, may have obtained secrets that compromise the world's most sophisticated satellite surveillance system.

    Bull says: "Grisham wins a bet."
    "I enjoyed it!"
    Overall

    i was a bit worried about this book based on all of the bad reviews. But I really enjoyed it. I loved the parts in Italy. Makes me want to visit. The story had me on the edge of my seat at parts. This book is not the Firm or his other law books, but I liked it as much as The Juror and A Painted House.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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