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Jennifer Line

Rohnert Park, CA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • 7 reviews
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  • Beautiful Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins, Khristine Hvam
    Overall
    (1074)
    Performance
    (971)
    Story
    (994)

    Ethan Wate has spent most of his life longing to escape the stiflingly small Southern town of Gatlin. He never thought he would meet the girl of his dreams, Lena Duchannes, who unveiled a secretive, powerful, and cursed side of Gatlin, hidden in plain sight. And he never could have expected that he would be forced to leave behind everyone and everything he cares about. So when Ethan awakes after the chilling events of the Eighteenth Moon, he has only one goal: to find a way to return to Lena and the ones he loves.

    Coftse says: "Christine"
    "Good End to Series"
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    What did you love best about Beautiful Redemption?

    I liked the dual storylines and how they played off each other. Sorry for the vagueness, I just don't want to give out any spoilers.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Lena never giving up on Ethan.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Ridley in the cage.


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

    Is this the end?


    Any additional comments?

    I have really enjoyed this series and this book wraps up the series nicely. I have enjoyed the songs, which are so important to this series (Sorry, this is a bit generalized to the whole series.) I think this series is good for teens & adults. I've enjoyed it and I'm 40.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Revealed: House of Night, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By P. C. Cast, Kristin Cast
    • Narrated By Caitlin Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (290)
    Performance
    (262)
    Story
    (268)

    Drastically altered after her fall at the end of Hidden, Neferet is now more dangerous than ever - and her quest for vengeance will wreak havoc on humans, as well as Zoey and her friends. Chaos is loosed in Tulsa and the House of Night is blamed. Can Zoey stop Neferet in time to keep her anger from escalating to full-on war? Or will someone else have to step in to take the fall?

    Nyokia says: "Huge Disappointment"
    "Worst of the Series!!"
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    What disappointed you about Revealed?

    This review is what I wrote on Goodreads when the book came out.

    I know others have been unhappy w/the series for quite a few books now, but I still managed to enjoy them. That being said it seems virtually nothing of importance happened in this book. Well, there are some that should have been important, but instead of drawing out the suspense & those events were wrapped up so quickly, it makes you wonder why the authors decided to include them. No, they'd much rather have Neferet as the "villain" again & even her actions weren't that exciting & few & far between.

    SPOILERS


    Erin is still ditching here BFF/Twin & the rest of the crew for her BF Dallas. She rejects the change & dies. This should have been a major thing. They just lost one of the members of their perfect elemental circle. Someone who has been with them since day one of the series & it isn't even a life changing moment for them. I mean come of, her twin Shawnee barely even mourns her death. Most people would be beyond devastated if their BFF died before they resolved the boyfriend that drives them apart falling out. They also could have had more of Dallas stalking or whatever in lashing out at everyone, even though he's a "villain", out of losing his GF. They could have had more w/his red vamps vs Stevie Ray's red vamps, but they end it so quickly w/a public execution.

    As for Neferet, for this most part she was in a cave regaining herself physically & it goes through memories of her past. Boring for the most part as this book follows the novella of her life. A one that was very sympathetic, at that, so it seems unnecessary to take this route to regain her physical body.

    I was reading/listening to the audiobook of this book, as I've been busy w/ school. It literally put me to sleep & took me weeks to get through, lots of rewinding, sometimes after short periods of time, since it seems like I had to have missed something, but sadly, I hadn't.

    I'll finish out the series, though it almost seems pointless at this point.


    Has Revealed turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I really enjoy this genre.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Revealed?

    See my lengthy review in the first section, which I copied from my Goodreads review & forgot to post here as well.


    Any additional comments?

    I really hope the writers write a book with some substance & not just release garbage to meet a deadline. It's driving away their fan base.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Warm Bodies: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Isaac Marion
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1006)
    Performance
    (942)
    Story
    (938)

    R is a young man with an existential crisis—he is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams. His ability to connect with the outside world is limited to a few grunted syllables, but his inner life is deep, full of wonder and longing. After experiencing a teenage boy’s memories while consuming his brain, R makes an unexpected choice that begins a tense, awkward, and strangely sweet relationship with the victim’s human girlfriend, Julie.

    Charles says: "Surprising"
    "Love the Story & Narration"
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    Where does Warm Bodies rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I think it's one of my all time favorites. It's one you can listen to over and over, be it to fall asleep at night (I'm an insomniac & tend to listen to books to fall asleep) or because you just want to listen to it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Warm Bodies?

    I like when R & Julie are in R's "house", the airplane. All the things he's collected show he isn't just a mindless zombie.


    Which character – as performed by Kevin Kenerly – was your favorite?

    R of course, but I also like Perry, when they are both conversing in R's head.


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

    I'd answer, but I don't really want to spoil anything for people who haven't read/listened to it yet.


    Any additional comments?

    Keven Kenerly is awesome. I thought his name sounded familiar & I finally realized where I'd heard it before...in Ashland, Oregon at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He played Oberon in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream (among many, many other roles). The man is a fantasic actor, which definitely carries over to his narration of books. I plan on looking up more books he's narrated because he is so good to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Turned: Book #1 in the Vampire Journals

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Morgan Rice
    • Narrated By Brianna Knickerbocker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (110)

    In Turned (Book #1 of the Vampire Journals series), 18-year-old Caitlin Paine finds herself uprooted from her nice suburb and forced to attend a dangerous New York City high school when her Mom moves again. The one ray of light in her new surroundings is Jonah, a new classmate who takes an instant liking to her. But before their romance can blossom, Caitlin suddenly finds herself changing....

    Captdoherty says: ""Twilight" meets "The Outsiders""
    "Worst Narrator Ever"
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    What would have made Turned better?

    Nothing. The narrator was the absolute worst on Audible, so bad I couldn't finish listening to it.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I will finish reading the book and adjust my rating accordingly. I rated it in all areas, as it wouldn't let me just rate the performance. I would hate to lower a score for an author's work because of a terrible narrator, which is why I gave it 4 stars.


    What character would you cut from Turned?

    The narrator was terrible. She speaks slow and in a monotone. I've never wanted to return a book because of a narrator until this one and I have over 300 books in my library. She is totally flat in speaking. There is no emotion. I think the Text to Speech feature on my Kindle could read this better, and that is pretty much the way this narrator read the book. Just reading the words and pausing at the end of the sentences. I had a hard time starting this book & thought maybe I could get into it more if I listened to it & that was a really bad idea.
    I really can't think of anything nice to say about the narrator at all. Her voice was childish, on top of boring.


    Any additional comments?

    Save yourself & read the print version. this will be the first book I'm returning due to the poor worrk of the narrator.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Creatures: Beautiful Creatures, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    Overall
    (3356)
    Performance
    (2817)
    Story
    (2835)

    Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

    FanB14 says: "Adequate for Adults"
    "Even Better Than the Book"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Beautiful Creatures to be better than the print version?

    Yes. The songs and sounds really enhance the listening experience, especially since it is such an integral part of the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It seemed like a fresh storyline. Not really witches, vampires or other popular horror/romance books. The characters aren't whiny as a lot in this genre.


    What about Kevin T. Collins’s performance did you like?

    I thought he did a great job with the voices and giving them all their unique accents/speaking patterns.


    Any additional comments?

    Great series. Good for teens and adults.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • M. Butterfly

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 51 mins)
    • By David Henry Hwang
    • Narrated By John Lithgow, B.D. Wong, David Dukes, and others
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (28)

    John Lithgow and B.D. Wong here recreate their original roles from the Tony Award-winning production. Inspired by an actual espionage scandal, a French diplomat discovers the startling truth about his Chinese mistress.

    Calliope says: "great play, but you need to know it first"
    "Excellent Performance"
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    I got this book when I was very busy in school and this was one of our assigned plays for a scenic design class. I read the script along with reading at times, and listening to this gave me a better understanding of the storyline, more so than some of my classmates. B.D. Wong and John Lithgow gave a performance that made these characters to life and it could give you a picture in your head as to what would have been going on, on the stage.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sinner

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (671)
    Performance
    (309)
    Story
    (314)

    The cloistered grounds of the convent have traditionally represented a place of faith and peace. Now, that peace is shattered as two nuns are found, one dead, one mortally wounded. The killings appear to be without motive, without an obvious suspect, and are further complicated by the murder and mutilation of a third woman. Together, medical examiner Maura Isles and intense, moody homicide detective Jane Rizzoli uncover an ancient horror that connects these terrible slaughters.

    Margaret says: "Outstanding"
    "Asked Dr. Gerritsen About Pronunciation"
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    I really enjoyed this book. I had read reviews talking about the way the narrator pronounced Rizzoli as "Ritzoli" as I found it a tiny bit distracting as well. I was fortunate enough to meet Dr. Gerritsen at a book signing for her latest novel & mentioned the way the narrator pronounced it. She explained it as the way a Bostonian would pronounce it. Her example was "Hey..Ritzoli." and did it in the dialect like this narrator did. I would have preferred the narrator to stay in a regional dialect through out as that would have made it clearer to the listener. Anyway, after she said that, it made a lot more sense to me. If you like the TNT series, Rizzoli & Isles, this book as well as The Surgeon are combined for the pilot episode. I don't want to give anything away as I enjoyed both reading and listening to these books. I highly recommend this series to anyone who likes police/medical examiner murder mysteries. One thing I loved from listening to Dr. Gerritsen was that she came up with the idea for this series from a suggestion from one of her readers at a book signing. The woman asked if she could do a book with murderers & kinky sex. It's always great to learn that authors do take in to consideration what their readers would like. I hope this clears up the pronounciation issues for any listeners who may have been put off by some of the reviews. She researches her books thoroughly and if there is something she wants in her books that she doesn't personally know, she does web, book & interviews with people in those fields of study to make sure the information she is putting in her books is as accurate as possible. And don't worry fans, I also expressed my dismay that The Surgeon is only available abridged, which she did not know. So, maybe if the future we will get an unabridged version of that book. Please give this series a try, you won't be sorry

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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