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Jan

Arkansas | Member Since 2011

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  • Ranger Confidential: Living, Working, and Dying in the National Parks

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Andrea Lankford
    • Narrated By Julia Motyka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (110)

    The real stories behind the scenery of America’s national parks. For 12 years, Andrea Lankford lived in the biggest, most impressive national parks in the world, working a job she loved. She chaperoned baby sea turtles on their journey to sea. She pursued bad guys on her galloping patrol horse. She jumped into rescue helicopters bound for the heart of the Grand Canyon. She won arguments with bears. She slept with a few too many rattlesnakes. Hell yeah, it was the best job in the world! Fortunately, Andrea survived it.

    Marvin says: "A must read"
    "Candid, Honest and Educational"
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    I downloaded the book before our summer vacation to one of the parks, so it was timely. A collection of National Park "slices of life" from a Ranger's perspective. Gives the reader a good look at not only "a day in the life" of a ranger, but also a broader insight into the career of a ranger. I liked it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Second Glance

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (839)
    Performance
    (280)
    Story
    (274)

    An intricate tale of love, haunting memories, and renewal, Second Glance begins in current-day Vermont, where an old man puts a piece of land up for sale and unintentionally raises protest from the local Abenaki Indian tribe, who insist it's a burial ground. When odd, supernatural events plague the town of Comtosook, a ghost hunter is hired by the developer to help convince the residents that there's nothing spiritual about the property.

    Ella says: "Not up to par"
    "Picoult Delivers With a Good Mystery"
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    I am not a huge fan of Jodi Picoult, but love George Guidall, so took a chance. I'm glad I did. I was pleased to see Picoult dive into subject matter that isn't up for national debate or going to be argued by the Grand Jury. This mystery is filled with paranormal and cultural themes that make it work. It keeps your attention with good writing and narration, and not with the over-the-top themes we often see get with Picoult.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heart-Shaped Box

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    Overall
    (1989)
    Performance
    (886)
    Story
    (885)

    Judas Coyne is a collector of the macabre. But nothing he possesses is as unlikely or as dreadful as his latest discovery, a thing so terrible-strange, Jude can't help but reach for his wallet. For a thousand dollars, Jude will become the proud owner of a dead man's suit, said to be haunted by a restless spirit. But what UPS delivers to his door in a black heart-shaped box is no imaginary or metaphorical ghost. It's the real thing.

    Lesley says: "Yikes! Five stars for fright"
    "Original Storyline Saves This Novel"
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    This book is not bad. The story needs to progress more quickly and more smoothly in some places, and possibly throughout. However, it is becoming more difficult to find horror stories that have truly original storylines, and Joe Hill does achieve that in The Heart Shaped Box. Also, the book has strong and frequent moments of suspense, which helped to keep my attention. Stephen Lang is a favorite narrator of mine, and whoever chose him for this novel, did so wisely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 22 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (25)

    You ask me if I can forgive myself? I can forgive myself. And so begins The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains, a haunting story of family, the otherworld, and a search for hidden treasure. This audiobook is brought to vivid life by the characters and landscape of Gaiman’s award-winning story. In this volume, the talents and vision of two great creative geniuses come together in a glorious explosion of color and shadow, memory and regret, vengeance and, ultimately, love.

    Janice says: "Dark Quest"
    "The Truth is...Not My Favorite Gaiman"
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    This book unfolds as a Folk Tale. The storyline is dark and harsh, even though the magic does prevail in the end. The novel is detail- rich, but not in a way that draws you in. The reader does, however, experience a unique fantasy storyline and his usual assortment of quirky characters. Mr. Gaiman delivers a solid performance in narration, as usual. There is music that is almost presented as a score, and did not enhance the experience for me. This audiobook lacked something that other Gaiman books have, and unfortunately, was a disappointment for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Magician's Land: The Magicians, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lev Grossman
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (82)

    Quentin Coldwater has been cast out of Fillory, the secret magical land of his childhood dreams. With nothing left to lose he returns to where his story began, the Brakebills Preparatory College of Magic. But he can't hide from his past, and it's not long before it comes looking for him. Along with Plum, a brilliant young undergraduate with a dark secret of her own, Quentin sets out on a crooked path through a magical demimonde of grey magic and desperate characters.

    Geo says: "Oh no not again!"
    "Forward, Backward, Around, and Then... Bullseye!!"
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    For just an hour or so, at the beginning, disappointment started to creep in as I listened. I thought, oh well, you can't crank out a 5 start every single time. But I was wrong. Every word written in the first few chapters of this third book of the series is necessary to set up the story to come. The novel moves back and forth through time and worlds, but does so easily and without reader confusion... even if the chapters don't start with a date, etc. The people and events of the two worlds face each other, interact, and then collide into a great story. There are new characters we knew by name in the first two novels that we get to know in depth. Narration is very good. This series needs to be read in order.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • So Cold the River

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Michael Koryta
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (419)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (199)

    It started with a documentary. The beautiful Alyssa Bradford approaches Eric Shaw to unearth the life story of her father-in-law, Campbell Bradford, a 95-year-old billionaire whose childhood is wrapped in mystery. Eric grabs the job, even though the only clues to Bradford's past are his hometown and an antique water bottle he's kept his entire life. In Bradford's hometown, Eric discovers an extraordinary past.

    Vicki says: "Incredible!"
    "You Never Know Which Way Koryta's River Will Run"
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    I find Koryta novels, as well as his writing style, original and different with each book. You never know what kind of fiction you are going to get. This novel is centered around a documentary being made regarding a small town's history, which includes a mysterious little bottle of water that is believed to do amazing things. Original storyline and well written. Petkoff is excellent, as always. There is a lot of talent in this audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The History of Love

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Nicole Krauss
    • Narrated By George Guidall, Barbara Caruso, Julia Gibson, and others
    Overall
    (985)
    Performance
    (335)
    Story
    (346)

    Nicole Krauss' first novel, Man Walks Into a Room, was shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times Book Award and her short fiction has been collected in Best American Short Stories. Now The History of Love proves Krauss is among our finest and freshest literary voices.

    Kathryn Lunetta says: "Beautiful story, beautifully written."
    "History of Love and G. Guidall: The Perfect Match"
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    Not a book to read when you are down, The History of Love explores the ups, the downs, and the challenges of growing old, with a sideshow of serendipity thrown in. I can not say enough about George Guidall. A true master of narration, Guidall brings Krauss's protagonist to life, and stands him in front of us, holding a mirror to our face so we can clearly see what the future holds for all of us... if we are lucky enough to get that far. Read it. On a good day.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Drawn

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By James Hankins
    • Narrated By Gabrielle De Cuir, Paul Boehmer, Christian Rummel, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    In Drawn, a mysterious little boy has begun appearing in the paintings of an artist who can't remember ever actually seeing him. A partially blind, disfigured agoraphobic who suffers crippling panic attacks if he even tries to leave his apartment is forced out by an unseen entity. A lonely widower begins to suffer terrifying nightmares that his long-missing, presumed-dead son is still alive and in mortal danger. A young runaway realizes that a man he thought was his traveling companion is actually his captor...and a predator.

    Jan says: "So Worth a Credit!!!"
    "So Worth a Credit!!!"
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    I was not expecting to like this novel nearly as much as I did. As I have admitted before, I am an extremely picky reader and have to be engaged from the first page of a book until the last. "Drawn" kept me interested and creeped out from the beginning until the end. This paranormal listen has an original storyline that weaves in and out of four people's lives, and neatly comes together at the end. It reminds me of Koontz and King's earlier novels. The narration was outstanding with the one exception. The female character's narration had a voice that was a cross between whining and sexual frustration or something, ... I don't know what the hell was going on there. The other performances, fortunately, made up for it. Overall this book is definately worth a credit, and worth your time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How the White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Diana Rowland
    • Narrated By Allison McLemore
    Overall
    (253)
    Performance
    (236)
    Story
    (236)

    It’s zombie versus zombie as the Saberton Corporation declares war against the Zombie Mafia, kidnapping several of their party. It falls to Angel to lead the remnants of her gang halfway across the country to claw their way through corporate intrigue, zombie drugs, and undead trafficking to rescue her friends - and expose the traitor responsible for their abduction.

    Blake Clobes says: "More Please"
    "....If I Only Had a Brain...."
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    I continue to be impressed with narrator Allison McLemore in this series. Angel, the main character is so alive in my mind, I feel like we've been out for drinks in the past. In book four of the series, Angel continues to evolve into a more educated and confident woman, while maintaining her foul-mouthed, sarcastic, southern demeanor. Three stars for the story, because the plot doesn't change much. Nevertheless, Rowland and McLemore still work.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fortune's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Alice Hoffman
    • Narrated By Carrington McDuffie
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    This fierce and beautiful story charts the histories of two women: Rae, young, unmarried, and far from home, awaits the birth of her first child. Lila, a fortune-teller with no interest in the future, lost her own daughter more than a quarter of a century earlier in New York. When these two women meet in Southern California, it's earthquake weather - the time when unexpected things happen.

    Jan says: "I Think I Like You, Alice Hoffman"
    "I Think I Like You, Alice Hoffman"
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    Alice Hoffman has finally won me over with "Fortune's Daughter". This is the story of a young girl who made a choice when she had no choice to make. It's a simple story we all have heard, but Hoffman gives us a front row seat to how a choice can mold lives, haunt the soul, and bring love and redemption to the people who deserve it the most. The novel is driven by strong female characters who have Hoffman quirkiness, and who gain our respect and admiration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wool: Silo, #1; Wool, #1-5

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Amanda Sayle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1488)
    Performance
    (1370)
    Story
    (1385)

    In a ruined and toxic landscape, a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep. There, men and women live in a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect them. Sheriff Holston, who has unwaveringly upheld the silo’s rules for years, unexpectedly breaks the greatest taboo of all: He asks to go outside.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Post-apocalyptic life in a silo"
    "Wool is Well Spun!"
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    A post-apocolyptic novel with original characters and storyline. This one stands out far from the everyday zombie, nuclear, and viral apocolypses. A controlled society that unwinds slowly at first, and then like a roller coaster. Kept my attention throughout. Good narration that compliments the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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