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J. S.

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California - United States | Listener Since 2009


  • Precious

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Sapphire
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin

    For Precious Jones, 16 and pregnant with her father's child, miraculous hope appears and the world begins to open up for her when a courageous, determined teacher bullies, cajoles, and inspires her to learn to read, to define her own feelings and set them down in a diary.

    J. S. says: "A True Dose of Reality . . ."
    "A True Dose of Reality . . ."

    I purchased this book and had it sitting on my iPod to listen to . . but decided after watching the Academy Awards on Sunday to listen to it before I rented and watched the movie. And I was not disappointed . . although the language is raw . . the feeling is real. And the further you get into the story . . . you realize it's not just about being black, poor or the result of a system of well-fare that frequently instead of helping people . . only makes them more dependent and promotes fraud. It also reminds us of a society that preys on females . . . and that abuse crosses all color barriers. And it's the story of one girl's ability to overcome all of these barriers . . . and develop into a whole person. A truly inspirational story . . . now I'm looking forward to watching the movie based on it as well.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Edge: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By Skipp Sudduth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Behind the well-known U.S. security organizations - the FBI and CIA among them - lies a heavily guarded, anonymous government agency dedicated to intelligence surveillance and to a highly specialized brand of citizen protection. Shock waves of alarm ripple through the clandestine agency when Washington, D.C., police detective Ryan Kessler inexplicably becomes the target of Henry Loving, a seasoned, ruthless “lifter” hired to obtain information using whatever means necessary.

    Ramon says: "Thrilling book with reasonable narrator"
    "Painful Listening Experience . . ."
    Would you try another book from Jeffery Deaver and/or Skipp Sudduth?

    Not with Mr. Sudduth doing the narration. His mispronunciation of several different words and inconsistency with the same word made for an excruciating listening experience . . . like someone hitting the wrong key on the piano . . . or scraping their nails on a chalk board. The word weapon pronounced as wheapon was so annoying that I almost just stopped listening altogether . . . perhaps I should just go back to eBook copies of Deaver's works. I listen to a lot of audiobooks and this is the first time that this has occurred.

    What could Jeffery Deaver have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Found someone else to do the narration.

    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Skipp Sudduth?

    Anyone else . . .

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The story line was okay . . . wish I could erase the memory of listening . . . but I'm afraid that it was ruined even if I read a print copy . . . it would be replaying in my head.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken: Vish Puri, Most Private Investigator, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Tarquin Hall
    • Narrated By Sam Dastor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When the elderly father of a top Pakistani cricketer playing in the multi-million-dollar Indian Premier League dies during a post-match dinner, it’s not a simple case of Delhi Belly. His butter chicken has been poisoned. To solve the case, Puri must penetrate the region’s organized crime, following a trail that leads deep into Pakistan - the country in which many members of the P.I.’s family were massacred during the 1947 partition of India. The last piece of the puzzle, however, turns up closer to home when Puri learns of the one person who can identify the killer. Unfortunately it is the one woman in the world with whom he has sworn never to work: his Mummy-ji.

    Maine Colonial says: "Delightful Delhi detective (see recipe too)"
    "Another Great Episode about Vish Puri"
    If you could sum up The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken in three words, what would they be?

    Love this series!!

    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken?

    Getting more info about some of the other characters.

    What about Sam Dastor???s performance did you like?

    He does a great job with different voices for each character . . . hopefully he'll also read for all future episodes.

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

    Here's another new P.I. - this time from India.

    Any additional comments?

    Been waiting for the release of this . . . after listening to the previous two books . . . I was very pleased with this latest addition and I'm looking forward to a long relationship with these characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    For two thousand years, cadavers have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. They've tested France's first guillotines, ridden the NASA Space Shuttle, been crucified in a Parisian laboratory to test the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, and helped solve the mystery of TWA Flight 800. For every new surgical procedure, from heart transplants to gender reassignment surgery, cadavers have been there alongside surgeons, making history in their quiet way.

    Matthew says: "Darn funny if you're open to the idea."
    "Aaahhhhhhh, What to do with the Body????"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Very enlightening and humorous at times . . .

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Stiff?

    Too many to list just one.

    Have you listened to any of Shelly Frasier???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Never listened to this reader before - but she did a great job . . will look for her again.

    If you could give Stiff a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Aaahhhhhhh, What to do with the Body????

    Any additional comments?

    I finally got around to listening to this . . . enlightening and funny at times . . . if I ever planned to write a mystery story . . . this book would provide great background material.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Place of Execution

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Val McDermid
    • Narrated By Paddy Glynn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A Greek tragedy in modern England, A Place of Execution is a taut psychological thriller that explores, exposes and explodes the border between reality and illusion in a multi-layered narrative that turns expectations on their head and reminds us that what we know is what we do not know.

    KismetKat11 says: "Truly amazing"
    "A Great Listen"
    Where does A Place of Execution rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    So good I listened to it straight through to the end.

    What other book might you compare A Place of Execution to and why?

    Her works remind me of the BBC series Midsomer Murders that I own.

    What about Paddy Glynn???s performance did you like?

    She did a great job with developing different voices for different characters . . . was easy to listen to. Would look forward to listening to other works she has narrated.

    Any additional comments?

    First introduced to V. McDermid through the PBS series WIRE IN THE BLOOD that I liked so much I wanted to read more from her. Since then I have listened and downloaded most of her books and am enjoying the prospect of reading all of them. She tells a great story . . .

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Holiday Classics by O. Henry

    • UNABRIDGED (51 mins)
    • By O. Henry
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Oliver Wyman, Jonathan Davis

    When it comes to the holidays, no story brings us back to the true spirit of giving like O. Henry’s classic "The Gift of the Magi". So this year we’ve asked some of your favorite Audible narrators—Audie Award winners Katherine Kellgren, Oliver Wyman, and Jonathan Davis—to bring to life this timeless tale, plus two more of O. Henry’s gems: "The Cop and the Anthem" and "The Last Leaf", in this holiday collection.

    Sherry says: "Thank You"
    "Unable to download . . ."

    Gee I would have liked to listen to this but once it got into my library . . . the download link was not active . . . so I couldn't download or listen to it :(

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • I Still Dream About You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Fannie Flagg
    • Narrated By Fannie Flagg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Meet Maggie Fortenberry, a still beautiful former Miss Alabama. To others, Maggie’s life seems practically perfect - she’s lovely, charming, and a successful real estate agent at Red Mountain Realty. Still, Maggie can’t help but wonder how she wound up in her present condition....

    Amazon Customer says: "Love Fannie Flagg"
    "Another Winner . ."

    I've always loved Fannie Flagg . . . she is a master storyteller. Not many authors are able to narrate their own books . . . but she does a fantastic job!!! The characters she creates are so representative of so many people we've known and loved or hated throughout life. I'm so glad I bought the audio version . . . it's like remembering when you were small and your parents read you a story . . .

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Death Match

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Barret Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Thorpes were the perfect couple: young, attractive, and ideally matched. But the veil of perfection can mask many secrets. When the Thorpes are found dead in their tasteful Flagstaff living room, having committed double-suicide, alarms go off in the executive offices of Eden, Incorporated, the worldwide matchmaking phenomenon that uses its astonishing artificial intelligence to create supercouples and guarantee its customers just one thing: lifelong happiness.

    Rodney says: "Sounds like something from the WWF, but no..."
    "Another Good Read . . . or Good Listen"

    I've read all of the offerings from Preston & Child (the writing team) and now I'm trying to catch up with the offerings they had done as individuals. I found this book to be very interesting and combines the reality of meta data collection and the many mal uses of that information alluded to by other authors and woven into this thriller. I thought it was very good and really wouldn't have changed anything. Great book!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Craig Ferguson
    • Narrated By Craig Ferguson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In American on Purpose, Craig Ferguson delivers a moving and achingly funny memoir of living the American dream as he journeys from the mean streets of Glasgow, Scotland, to the comedic promised land of Hollywood. Along the way he stumbles through several attempts to make his mark - as a punk rock musician, a construction worker, a bouncer, and, tragically, a modern dancer.

    Diane says: "Unabashedly Honest"
    "Great Autobiography!!!"

    I really enjoyed listening to this book. Many people write good books - but not many can read them out loud as well. Craig Ferguson can do both!! It brought new insight to his personality and life that I was not aware of before . . . and has made me want to read more and see more of his offerings. Great job!!! Highly recommend it!!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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