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Jessica

Austin, TX, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Doom with a View: Psychic Eye Mysteries, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Victoria Laurie
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Michaels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (383)
    Performance
    (295)
    Story
    (297)

    Business has been frustratingly slow for Abby. She reluctantly agrees to a job with the FBI, putting her at the center of an internal political struggle between two agents. Abby's skills and patience are tested, but when she helps them locate three college students who've mysteriously disappeared, they know she's the real deal. Her intuition says these weren't random abductions. With her psychic eye wide open she sets out to find a kidnapper.

    My Spence says: "great book, well read"
    "A fun little mystery series!"
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    I just love this series. It has everything I love: mystery, ghosties, sassy slueths and romance! I sure would love to join Abbie and Candace's PI team. They're a hoot! Harrison really spiced things up. For some reason I kept picturing him as Eric from True Blood. Meow! Now that Abbie is Austin bound, I HAVE to dive into the next book!

    As for the narrator, she did a pretty good job. I like that she doesn't talk at rapid fire like some of the others. This book is easy to listen to when your driving, working out, or doing some other tedious multi-tasking chore. Good stuff!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Booty Bones: A Sarah Booth Delaney Mystery, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Carolyn Haines
    • Narrated By Kate Forbes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    Sarah Booth Delaney's fiancé, Graf Milieu, has become depressed while recovering from a severe leg injury, but Sarah Booth knows just how to help him heal. She' s arranged a romantic getaway for the two of them at a lovely beach cottage on Dauphin Island off the Gulf Coast. On the first day of their island adventure, they take a historical tour led by Angela Trotter, a young woman well-versed in local lore, including rumors of pirate treasure hidden somewhere on the island.

    Jessica says: "Strong foreshadowing, and startling surprises!"
    "Strong foreshadowing, and startling surprises!"
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    Why I liked it: As always, Carolyn Haines delivers a puzzling mystery filled with complex characters, four-legged sidekicks, ghostly shenanigans and intriguing subplots. The mystery in this installment is twofold: Who killed the treasure hunter? And what in tarnations is wrong with Graf? With a big storm a’brewin and a slew of dark secrets about to bubble up from under the surface, our sassy Southern sleuth is in for a wild ride!

    What really shines in this book is the foreshadowing, which is a key ingredient in a quality whodunit. As Sarah Booth navigates the rocky waters of her relationship with Graf, I couldn’t think of a more perfect setting than a beach town under the threat of a monster hurricane. At the risk of revealing any spoilers, I’ll leave it at that. But I will say that you’ll have a very strong opinion about him after she weathers the storm.

    What irked me: Normally I love Jitty’s antics, but in this book she seemed to be tormenting Sarah Booth with her cryptic warnings. She’s known for popping up at random moments in outlandish outfits only to offer a few pieces of advice and puzzling riddles . This time, she’s appearing as iconic celebrities in mourning, hinting that death and despair is just around the corner. So while Graf is inexplicably withdrawing from Sarah Booth, Jitty is constantly torturing her with bad omens. Of course, they finally stopped dangling their carrots at the end of the book. But it just didn’t seem right for them to keep her in the dark for so long. There were many points in the story when I wanted to shake Graf and Jitty and scream, “Out with it already, you fools!”

    The narrator: Kate Forbes is the perfect narrator for the Sarah Booth Delaney mysteries. She does a fantastic job performing each of the characters’ voices in a believable way, which can be rather tricky when you’re dealing with a broad range of personalities. Her pensive, somber tone was the perfect match for Sarah Booth and Jittie, who were both in the midst of exposing some serious life—and afterlife—revelations.

    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
    (5122)
    Performance
    (2905)
    Story
    (2944)

    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"
    "Good luck understanding the narrator"
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    This review is kind of unfair because I didn't get past the first two chapters. The reason for this is because the narrator mucked it up with her muffled, thick English accent. I was in a constant state of confusion because I couldn't make out a lot of the words that all seemed to jumble together in a muffled mess. Bummer. I want my credit back. :(

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Christmas Hope: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (18)

    Claudine Burroughs, a volunteer in Hester Monk's clinic for sick and injured prostitutes, no longer expects closeness with her coldly ambitious husband and dreads the holidays. Then, at a glittering Yuletide gala, she meets the attractive poet Dai Tregarron, and suddenly her spirits lift. But an hour later, this fascinating man is enmeshed in a nightmare - accused of killing a young streetwalker who had been smuggled into the party.

    Bleu says: "Sad but Sweet"
    "A real snoozer"
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    I really wanted to like this book, but it was so dry and boring. The characters were all so stuffy and there were way too many of them to keep up with in this tiny little murder mystery. I couldn't get past the second hour of this novella.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Narrated By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1413)
    Performance
    (1218)
    Story
    (1194)

    A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty is a powerful saga of three generations of women, plagued by hardships and torn by a devastating secret, yet inextricably joined by the bonds of family. Fifteen-year-old Mosey Slocumb-spirited, sassy, and on the cusp of womanhood-is shaken when a small grave is unearthed in the backyard, and determined to figure out why it's there. Liza, her stroke-ravaged mother, is haunted by choices she made as a teenager. But it is Jenny, Mosey's strong and big-hearted grandmother....

    Janice says: "I wanted to cheer out loud!"
    "Joshilyn Jackson is in a league of her own. Wow!"
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    Mesmerizing. Heart wrenching. Poetic. These are just a few words that tumble forth when I think of this book. There's a lot of really good women's fiction writers out there, but Joshilyn Jackson is in a league of her own. This is going to sound really dramatic, but it's almost magical how she describe thoughts, feelings and subtle gestures in a seamless lyrical flow. She's the kind of writer who immerses herself completely into her characters, bringing them to life in a very unique way. She did a stellar job creating a narrative for each of the three generations of women. I don't know how she managed to get inside the head of a stroke victim, describing the struggle to find words and memories. This book is nothing short of spectacular. The last chapter is sheer poetry. Well done, Miss Jackson!

    As for the narrator, give this girl an award! Her genuine Southern accent, her variety of voices, her dramatic inflections - everything about her performance is spot on!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2221)
    Performance
    (1854)
    Story
    (1834)

    Based on Stanford University psychologist Kelly McGonigal's wildly popular course The Science of Willpower, The Willpower Instinct is the first book to explain the new science of self-control and how it can be harnessed to improve our health, happiness, and productivity. Informed by the latest research and combining cutting-edge insights from psychology, economics, neuroscience, and medicine, The Willpower Instinct explains exactly what willpower is, how it works, and why it matters.

    Niv says: "life changing one of the best I read"
    "Not what I'm looking for"
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    This is the last time I buy a book based on all the favorable customer reviews. I was hoping for some new insights on how to harness self-control, but all I got was a bunch of gobbledy gook mixed in with common sense and stuff I've already read in magazines. It's like he took a bunch of press releases about self-control studies and put them all together with useless anecdotal stories and boring drivel. I'm so sorry I wasted a credit on this.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gods in Alabama

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Narrated By Catherine Taber
    Overall
    (1069)
    Performance
    (497)
    Story
    (500)

    When Arlene Fleet heads up north for college, she makes three promises to God: She will stop fornicating with every boy who crosses her path; never tell another lie; and never, ever go back to the "fourth rack of hell", her hometown of Possett, Alabama. All she wants from Him is one little miracle: make sure the body is never found.

    Nicole says: "I couldn't turn it off!"
    "Brilliant story; Top-Notch Audio Production!"
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    Authors like Joshilyn Jackson are the reason why I love, love, love Southern fiction. Her books (typically involving crazy-ass mothers and emotionally scarred women) are gritty, powerful and downright gut-wrenching. After reading Backseat Saints, I needed to know more about Rose Mae Lolley’s backstory – and boy did this book deliver! Although Rose Mae is only a side character in this novel, I get to learn more about her psychotic high school sweetheart, and how he met his end. The story revolves around Arlene, a highly complex woman who promised God that she would never lie, have sex or return to her hometown in Alabama. But when her aunt pressures her to attend her uncle’s retirement party, she gives in and reluctantly brings her boyfriend, Burr, along for the ride. As Arlene reneges on her promises, her big, bad secret starts to creep out from under the kudzu. Woo doggie – this is one whirlwind of a ride! I’m so glad I listened to this on audio because the production is fan-freaking-tastic! The narrator fully embraced Arlene’s emotional turmoil – and the subtle music during the suspense scenes really added a nice touch. I’m not from the South, but I’m willing to bet my biscuits that the narrator’s Southern drawl is authentic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • So Pretty It Hurts: A Bailey Weggins Mystery, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Kate White
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    Bailey Weggins, the Manhattan-based true-crime journalist, is in a good place. She's enjoying her regular gig at Buzz, a leading celebrity magazine, and hoping her first book will garner attention. In the love department, she's finally back in the game with her recently-turned-exclusive boyfriend, Beau Regan. When Beau heads out of town one early December weekend, Bailey accepts an invitation from her office friend Jessie to a music mogul's house in the country, hoping for a fun, relaxing getaway. But a weird tension settles over the houseguests....

    Kristin says: "Disappointing story, wrong narrator"
    "Love this series!"
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    I have yet to be disappointed by a Baily Wiggins mystery. The characters are great, the romance is steamy, and the mystery plots always throw me through a loop! It's kind of like Nancy Drew meets the Devil Wears Prada. Baily is a crackerjack journalist who never leaves a stone unturned. And the closer she gets to finding the killer, the more dangerous her situation becomes. The narrator does a bangup job capturing the voices of each character, and her tone really fits Baily's personality. Keep 'em coming, Kate White!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghouls, Ghouls, Ghouls: A Ghost Hunter Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Victoria Laurie
    • Narrated By Eileen Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (228)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (178)

    When M.J. Holliday and the crew of her cable TV show, Ghoul Getters, venture to the haunted ruins of Dunlow Castle in Ireland, drawn by the legend of hidden treasure, they hope the road will rise up to meet them, that the wind will always be at their backs-and that the resident phantom won't push them off a cliff. If they treasure their lives, M.J. and her ghost busters need to get the drop on the menacing phantom.

    JEAN says: "gil please"
    "Not a fan"
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    I don't know if it was the jerky storyline or the fast-pace narration, but I just could not get into this book. The characters, Gilly especially, are annoying, and my mind just kept drifting with every chapter. The narrator doesn't stop to take a breath, and I found myself getting lost in all the silly banter. I really wanted the book to transport me to Ireland, but the author didn't really take advantage of the setting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Delirium

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lauren Oliver
    • Narrated By Sarah Drew
    Overall
    (1917)
    Performance
    (1625)
    Story
    (1626)

    "Ninety-five days, and then I'll be safe. I wonder whether the procedure will hurt. I want to get it over with. It's hard to be patient. It's hard not to be afraid while I'm still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn't touched me yet. Still, I worry. They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don't."

    Joyce E McBride says: "Wonderful"
    "Fabulous story, top-notch narrator!"
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    Confession – dystopian fiction isn’t really my thing, but how could I pass up a $5 bestseller on Audible? I’ve read so many stellar reviews about Delirium, so I figured it would be quality entertainment. Let me tell ya, if you’re an audiobook fan – check this one out! The narrator is absolutely fantastic!!! Through her dramatic narration, I really felt Lena’s anguish as she struggled to not fall victim to the dreaded love virus. Go to Chick Lit Cafe for the full review!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Falling Home

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Karen White
    • Narrated By Lyssa Browne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    Cassie Madison has it all: A high-powered advertising career; a stylish Manhattan apartment; and a sophisticated, rich, and gorgeous fiancé. It's a far cry from her childhood in Walton, Georgia, home of the annual Kudzu Festival and hot, sticky summers. And then there are all the bad memories, the heartache. When Cassie's estranged sister calls to say that her father is dying, Cassie knows it's time to set aside her feelings and go home and face the sister she hasn't seen in 15 years.

    Melissa says: "Wasn't sure but glad I did!"
    "My first and last Karen White book"
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    Oh man, I really wanted to like this book, but just couldn't. It's boring, contrived - and worst of all - the main character is a real tool. This is the literary version of a really bad Lifetime movie. If you like really generic books by authors like Debbie Maccomber and Fern Michaels, this might be your cup of tea.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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