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jeanne

Jackson, MS, United States | Member Since 2011

ratings
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REVIEWS
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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • Believing the Lie: An Inspector Lynley Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Elizabeth George
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (442)
    Performance
    (349)
    Story
    (342)

    Inspector Thomas Lynley is mystified when he's sent undercover to investigate the death of Ian Cresswell at the request of the man's uncle, the wealthy and influential Bernard Fairclough. The death has been ruled an accidental drowning, and nothing on the surface indicates otherwise. But when Lynley enlists the help of his friends Simon and Deborah St. James, the trio's digging soon reveals that the Fairclough clan is awash in secrets, lies, and motives.

    Joanne says: "Not Elizabeth George's best..."
    "Excellent!"
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    Where does Believing the Lie rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best I've heard.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The story kept me listening all weekend. The long story with intricate plot lines are riveting. You never know if Elizabeth is going to save someone or not and it keeps you wondering and worrying. She has no favorites in age, gender, etc.


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

    Tim's problems are so devastating.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Justice for Sara

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Erica Spindler
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    When 17-year-old Katherine McCall awakened one morning to find her beloved sister, Sara, brutally murdered, her whole life changed in the blink of an eye. Kat was named the prime suspect and, on a string of circumstantial evidence, charged and tried. While the jury found her innocent, not everyone else agreed, and her only choice was to go into hiding. But she carried a dark secret with her, one that made her worry she might actually have had something to do with Sara’s death....

    mrmeeka says: "Not too mysterious"
    "Too much sappiness."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably if they like romances. If they prefer straight good story and mystery, without the sappy trembling female, no.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was compelling in that there were so many suspects, I wanted to find out which one did it. I really like Erica Spindler's mysteries and was excited that she had a new one out. Therefore, the disappointment was that she seemed to be back to her romance days, with the female victim/strong woman/always walking into the dark alley/talented/misunderstood/etc. There was a full cast of characters, all seeming to have as many motives as the crews in a Christie novel. That part was fun and I changed my mind frequently about who I expected to be the real perps.


    What about Tavia Gilbert’s performance did you like?

    I liked her portrayals of all the characters except the heroine. She "trembled" every time she talked or "fell into the arms" of her beau, who is, of course, the policeman. The trembles and creaky voices made Kat seem whiny and the opposite of a strong heroine. Her portrayal of the other characters gave them more substance.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably would not go see the movie, since I now know the story.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Two Graves

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1924)
    Performance
    (1685)
    Story
    (1690)

    After his wife, Helen, is brazenly abducted before his eyes, Special Agent Pendergast furiously pursues the kidnappers, chasing them across the country and into Mexico. But then, things go terribly, tragically wrong; the kidnappers escape; and a shattered Pendergast retreats to his New York apartment and shuts out the world. But when a string of bizarre murders erupts across several Manhattan hotels, NYPD Lieutenant D'Agosta asks his friend Pendergast for help.

    G. House Sr. says: "Whiplash from the emotional rollercaster"
    "Melodious and compelling narration."
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    Where does Two Graves rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among all the audiobooks, this one is in the center. I have read all the Pendergast stories, and this was not among my favorites. Rene Auberjonois is the perfect narrator for Pendergast's adventures. He is the voice of Preston and Child.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have reduced the battle sequences. They just went on and on, between the armies, the brothers, ad nauseum. I fast-forwarded many times to get by the details of battle and sadism. For me, detailing the gore of evil, the chasing, the punches thrown, and shots fired, provides fluff that adds only irritating length to the story. In addition, I would have reduced Pendergast's seclusion. I like to depend on my heroes to perservere, and Pendergast was not at his best personally, professionally or interpersonally.

    Also there were two parallel plots that ran along with the story. With the prime story line, they provided some relief, although I often wondered where they were going.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene, without giving too much away is when Pendergast stands with his family and friends.


    Any additional comments?

    I have loved this series and this one did not live up, although it did move the series forward with some new and interesting characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • XO: A Kathryn Dance Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By Marin Ireland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (250)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (207)

    Kayleigh Towne is gorgeous with a voice that is taking her to the heights of the country pop charts. Her hit single "Your Shadow" puts her happily in the spotlight, until an innocent exchange with one of her fans leads Kayleigh into a dark and terrifying realm. The fan warns, "I'm coming for you," and soon accidents happen and people close to Kayleigh die. Special Agent Kathryn Dance must use her considerable skills at investigation and body language analysis to stop the stalker.

    Joanne says: "Disappointing"
    "Excellent!"
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    What did you love best about XO?

    The story was fast paced and had several twists and turns.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I think my favorite was the reader.


    What about Marin Ireland’s performance did you like?

    She was great, making one get right into the character's heads.


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

    I liked the end, so I won't say what it was.


    Any additional comments?

    At first I thought the heroine was a bit too sweet, but that was just the way she needed to be. I loved the story because it kept me wanting to hear more.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Third Gate: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Johnathan McClain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (865)
    Performance
    (739)
    Story
    (733)

    Under the direction of famed explorer Porter Stone, an archaeological team is secretly attempting to locate the tomb of an ancient pharaoh who was unlike any other in history. Stone believes he has found the burial chamber of King Narmer, the near mythical god-king who united upper and lower Egypt in 3200 B.C., and the archaeologist has reason to believe that the greatest prize of all - Narmer's crown - might be buried with him. No crown of an Egyptian king has ever been discovered, and Narmer's is the elusive crown of the two Egypts.

    Amanda says: "Reliable Entertainment for Child Fans"
    "Took awhile to get started"
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    If you could sum up The Third Gate in three words, what would they be?

    Slow, interesting, educational.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Logan watches and listens, but he's not a strong character.


    What three words best describe Johnathan McClain’s performance?

    He does well with the story.


    Any additional comments?

    It took awhile to get into the character development and human interactions. The setup of the dig was arduous, and I was beginning to think this was more of a lesson in archeology with minimal story line. I did get hooked and am glad I heard the entire book, as it turns out to be an interesting story, and quite an education. I love the Pendergast series and was expecting stronger characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catch Me: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2256)
    Performance
    (1871)
    Story
    (1880)

    Charlene Rosalind Carter Grant believes that she will be murdered in four days. And she wants Boston’s top detective to handle her death investigation. It will be up close and personal. No evidence of forced entry, no sign of struggle. Charlie tells a chilling story: Each year at 8:00 p.m. on January 21, a woman has died. The victims have been childhood best friends from a small town in New Hampshire; the motive remains unknown. Now only one friend, Charlie, remains to count down her final hours.

    Vanessa says: "OK but not her best by a long shot"
    "I liked it."
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    Where does Catch Me rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was pretty good and interesting. I thought the information about abuse was good. The story line held to its mystery.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, because some behaviors were not characteristic.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lightning

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3531)
    Performance
    (1966)
    Story
    (1974)

    A storm struck on the night Laura Shane was born, and there was a strangeness about the weather that people would remember for years. But even more mysterious was the blond-haired stranger who appeared out of nowhere - the man who saved Laura from a fatal delivery. Years later - after another bolt of lightning - the stranger returned.

    Barry says: "One of Koontz' best, entirely enjoyable."
    "Always fun and exciting."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book because it mixes fantasy with a great story line, drama and humor.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The history woven into the story line, and the humor, even in the presence of menacing forces.


    What about Christopher Lane’s performance did you like?

    He has an easy delivery, clear voice, and keeps the story moving.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, it made me laugh and also created enough tension to make me want to keep hearing more until it was finished.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Private Games

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Mark Sullivan
    • Narrated By Paul Panting
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (733)
    Performance
    (605)
    Story
    (599)

    Private, the world's most renowned investigation firm, has been commissioned to provide security for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Its agents are the smartest, fastest, and most technologically advanced in the world, and 400 of them have been transferred to London to protect more than 10,000 competitors who represent more than 200 countries. The opening ceremony is hours away when Private investigator and single father of twins, Peter Knight, is called to the scene of a ruthless murder: a high-ranking member of the games' organizing committee has been killed.

    Hollie says: "Well done"
    "I thought it was a futuristic book at first."
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    What made the experience of listening to Private Games the most enjoyable?

    The villain was describing himself and I thought I was hearing a sci-fi, until it came together later. For some reason, it took me awhile to get into the story because the characters did not enter the story logically. It could be because I had not heard previous novels in the "Private" series. However, I did enjoy it after getting into the story.


    Would you be willing to try another book from James Patterson and Mark Sullivan ? Why or why not?

    Not right away. I'm thinking about it.


    What three words best describe Paul Panting’s voice?

    British, echoing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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