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Jessica Martin

Jessica Pulse

South Windsor, CT | Member Since 2010

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  • 6 reviews
  • 6 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 10 purchased in 2014
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  • Sister: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Rosamund Lupton
    • Narrated By Juanita McMahon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (86)

    When Beatrice learns her sister Tess is missing, she goes to London to join the search. And when everyone else gives up, only Beatrice soldiers on—determined to cut through the dark secrets and learn the truth behind her sister’s disappearance.

    Susianna says: "Deliciously Dark Literary Thriller"
    "LOVED it!"
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    LOVE! This book was great. Very sad. A wonderfully told story. Knowing the ending at the beginning of the book, made it impossible to stop listening. I was dying to know what happened to lead up to what we knew to be the ending. I highly recommend this one. Love, love, love it!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • In Cold Blood

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Truman Capote
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2188)
    Performance
    (987)
    Story
    (988)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s a story that most people know, told here in an unforgettable way – an audio masterpiece that rivals the best thrillers, thanks to Capote genre-defining words and Brick’s subtle but powerful characterizations. On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues.

    Lisa says: "Still the Best"
    "The Original True Crime!"
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    Capote provides over-abundant details of every person, place and thing that came near the Clutter family or the killers in this pioneering true crime novel. I always wanted to read this book, but found it a little dry and it was very slow going. The audio is a different story. Having this book read to you makes it more exciting than it ever could have been if I had read it myself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Strangers: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Chris Bohjalian
    • Narrated By Alison Fraser, Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (255)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (220)

    From the bestselling author of The Double Bind, Skeletons at the Feast, and Secrets of Eden, comes a riveting and dramatic ghost story. In a dusty corner of a basement in a rambling Victorian house in northern New Hampshire, a door has long been sealed shut with 39 six-inch-long carriage bolts. The home's new owners are Chip and Emily Linton and their twin ten-year-old daughters.

    Georgia says: "Eh"
    "Just OK"
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    Too frenetic. There are a lot of interesting and creepy things going on in this story line, but they tend to take away from one another. For one thing, I got the impression this was going to be a haunted house type of story, and I don't think it succeeded in being one. Sure there are "ghosts", but it seems like Capt. Chip is the only one haunted by them. The house itself has secrets, but no real ghosts, even with the body of a 12 year old boy buried in the basement. It felt like the author tried to cram too many ideas into one story. The beginning started off great with the plane crash, and the plane crash was a great reason for the family to move to Northern NH, however, it may have been better for me, if their new house was haunted because of the previous incident with Sawyer Dunmore than just by the spirits that attached themselves to the Capt. There was just too much going on for any of it to get intense enough to actually be scary. I was pleasantly surprised by the unexpected non-happy ending. I would not recommend this book to a fellow reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bel Canto

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1634)
    Performance
    (810)
    Story
    (816)

    Somewhere in South America at the home of the country's vice president, a lavish birthday party is being held in honor of Mr. Hosokawa, a powerful Japanese businessman. Roxanne Coss, opera's most revered soprano, has mesmerized the guests with her singing. It is a perfect evening, until a band of terrorists breaks in, taking the entire party hostage.

    Brian says: "Surprisingly engrossing"
    "Avoid this one."
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    Yuck. This is my second Ann Patchett book, and I know that's not enough to make a sweeping generalization about her writing style. However, I will say that the two books I've read were of the same formula. An enticing begin, with a long, drawn out, and boring middle, followed by an abrupt and rushed ending where everything is neatly wrapped up in a great hurry. This book was unrealistic to the extreme, and I found reading it to be painful at times. Strong dislike. I have no idea how this book won any awards. Usually if I don't like an award winning book, I can atleast see some redeeming qualties. Not the case here.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The House at Riverton

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2475)
    Performance
    (1567)
    Story
    (1562)

    Summer 1924: On the eve of a glittering Society party, by the lake of a grand English country house, a young poet takes his life. The only witnesses, sisters Hannah and Emmeline Hartford, will never speak to each other again....Winter 1999: Grace Bradley, 98, one-time housemaid of Riverton Manor, is visited by a young director making a film about the poet's suicide. Ghosts awaken, and memories, long consigned to the dark reaches of Grace's mind, begin to sneak back through the cracks.

    Cathy says: "superbly written mystery"
    "I LOVED this book!"
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    Whoa! I LOVE this book. The story is brilliantly written and the characters really come to life. There are SO many threads and the author weaves them together beautifully in the end. The people and places really come alive while your reading, Kate Morton did such a wonderful job with her descriptive writting. I found each character to be endearing and then disappointing in their own way and in their own time as I read this book. Some coming full circle to redeem themselves again. A dark family history full of secrets and twists. A new favorite and a MUST READ!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4998)
    Performance
    (2799)
    Story
    (2834)

    Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

    avid reader says: "Hours of enjoyable, fun listening"
    "An interesting tale!"
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    Similar story pattern to HOUSE AT RIVERTON, but I loved RIVERTON so I liked this one too. Lots of twists and turns, some predictable. Kate Morton weaves a great tale and paints a beautiful picture with her prose. The whole thing was a little sad, and I wish Eliza didn't give up so much for Rose. She certainly didn't deserve it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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