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Janna

Westminster, CO, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Lone Wolf

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Natalia Payne, Louis Changchien, Celeste Ciulla, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1126)
    Performance
    (941)
    Story
    (950)

    In the wild, when a wolf knows its time is over, when it knows it is of no more use to its pack, it may sometimes choose to slip away. Dying apart from its family, it stays proud and true to its nature. Humans aren’t so lucky. Luke Warren has spent his life researching wolves. He has written about them, studied their habits intensively, and even lived with them for extended periods of time.

    Elle in the Great NorthWest says: "Typical Jodi Picoult plot, chik lit but good"
    "Great story with excellent narration"
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    Where does Lone Wolf rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Defintely at the top!


    What other book might you compare Lone Wolf to and why?

    I could compare it to other Picoult novels in some ways. It is written from the different standpoints of the characters. I have never listened to a Picoult book as audio. It was awesome the way the characters all had their own narrators. It added a richness to the story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    it is hard to choose just one. I liked the court scenes and the epilogue.


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

    Lone Wolf - One family's wild life.


    Any additional comments?

    The is the best narration I have ever heard. It truly brought the characters to life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Divorce Papers: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Susan Rieger
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Arthur Morey, Kathe Mazur
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (67)

    Twenty-nine-year-old Sophie Diehl is happy toiling away as a criminal law associate at an old line New England firm where she very much appreciates that most of her clients are behind bars. Everyone at Traynor, Hand knows she abhors face-to-face contact, but one weekend, with all the big partners away, Sophie must handle the intake interview for the daughter of the firm's most important client....

    Susan C. S. says: "Singularly unsuited for audio."
    "Boring and repetitious"
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    Would you try another book from Susan Rieger and/or the narrators?

    I don't know. It would depend if they were written in this style.


    Has The Divorce Papers turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. If they are made up of all letters then yes. However, I like other books in this genre.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    HATED hearing names, addresses, ZIP codes and phone numbers repeated over and over and over and over.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Divorce Papers?

    I would have read the details like addresses and ZIP codes maybe the first 3 times. Then CUT IT OUT. So tired of hearing it.


    Any additional comments?

    Weird that the book took place in 1999. Odd choice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9382)
    Performance
    (8596)
    Story
    (8608)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Incredible Story... A Classic for Our Generation"
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    What did you love best about The Goldfinch?

    I originally downloaded it because it was 32 hours long and a great value for my credit. But soon I was drawn in by Theo's incredible story. I loved the way the story followed Theo from age 13 all the way through his life. I loved the way Theo's relationships were developed with other characters, and how they wove in and out of his life. Of course, the painting...the Goldfinch... was at the core of the whole novel. It served both a practical and a symbolic purpose and was the thread that held the novel, the characters and the whole story together.


    What other book might you compare The Goldfinch to and why?

    I cannot compare this book to any other book. The writing was flawless and amazing. I wondered how I would stay engaged for 32 hours, but the time flew by. The characters were so well developed, so deep and so realistic. When the book ended I was bereft...I missed Theo and Boris and Kitsy and Hobie.


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

    I have not listened to any other of David Pittu's performances. However, I will do so based on his excellent narration for the Goldfinch.


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

    I would say the most moving part of the book was Boris's revelation to Theo when their paths crossed into adulthood. I am not sure I should say what the revelation was, as I don't want to give it away, as it was both shocking and moving. It literally turned the whole story on it's head. Everything Theo believed, the foundation on which his whole life was based was shaken and torn apart.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to this book! It is truly an amazing work of fiction. I read about 70 books a year (audio, on my tablet and paper books) and this was 100% the best book I have read in the last 10 years. Moving, troubling, gut-wrenching and real. Do not miss this one, you will regret it!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Storyteller

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mozhan Marno, Jennifer Ikeda, Edoardo Ballerini, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3275)
    Performance
    (2856)
    Story
    (2866)

    Jodi Picoult's poignant number one New York Times best-selling novels about family and love tackle hot-button issues head on. In The Storyteller, Sage Singer befriends Josef Weber, a beloved Little League coach and retired teacher. But then Josef asks Sage for a favor she never could have imagined - to kill him. After Josef reveals the heinous act he committed, Sage feels he may deserve that fate. But would his death be murder or justice?

    Sue says: "Interesting...different than I thought it would be"
    "Powerful & Heartbreaking"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Storyteller to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version, but I truly believe the audio edition is probably more powerful, more gut-wrenching and believable. The characters speaking with German accents really drove it home for me. Picoult always uses different "voices" for her charcaters in print books by utilizing different fonts. Her books are so much more rich when brought to life by different character voices.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Minka. With all that Minka lived through, saw and experienced... she was still a class act. She never lived her life defined as a "survivor", she was simply a wife, a mother and a greandmother.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    I loved the German accents used while telling Minka and Josef's stories.


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

    Nazi Germany meets modern day storytelling...


    Any additional comments?

    Anyone who has wondered whether the holocaust really happened... READ THIS BOOK! I learned so much about WWII, about the history of the holocaust and what the Jewish people were subjected to in Nazi Germany. It's so powerful and you wonder if Minka's story would ever end, heartbroken yet hopeful at every turn. Not your typical Picoult book since it's lacking a strong court/legal aspect but insanely poingant and wonderful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Friends Forever: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Danielle Steel
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (138)

    Five children meet on the first day of kindergarten. In the years that follow, they become friends and more than friends. Together, they will find strength, meet challenges, face life’s adventures, endure loss, face stark realities, and open their hearts. In this moving novel, number one New York Times best-selling author Danielle Steel traces their unforgettable journey - full of tests and trials - as three boys and two girls discover the vital bonds that will last a lifetime.

    CCB says: "Disappointed for the last time."
    "Good story...horrible narration"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend the book itself, but not this audio version. The story spans a long period of time and is fairly interesting. The narration is an abomination though.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Izzie was the main character in the book and I'd say she was my favorite. She was caring and the best friend to all in the group. My least favorite character was Billy. I felt everything that was written throughout the story about Billy was very predictable.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Nick Podehl’s performances?

    Absolutely NOT! I felt he was a bit lispy. I think the way he tried to imitate the voices made the women sound like 3 year olds and the men sound like they were stoned. I think it really detracted from the story. Perhaps I'm being sexist, but I would really like a story by Danielle Steel, a fantastic writer of women's fiction for decades, to be narrated by a woman.


    If you could rename Friends Forever, what would you call it?

    The Big Five


    Any additional comments?

    If you can endure the bad narration, you will enjoy the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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