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Jewelie

Indianapolis, in, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 23 reviews
  • 69 ratings
  • 408 titles in library
  • 27 purchased in 2014
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  • Acheron: A Dark-Hunter Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Sherrilyn Kenyon
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1344)
    Performance
    (791)
    Story
    (801)

    Eleven thousand years ago a god was born. Cursed into the body of a human, Acheron spent a lifetime of shame. His human death unleashed an unspeakable horror that almost destroyed the earth. Brought back against his will, he became the sole defender of mankind.

    Mar-z says: "couldn't stop listening"
    "One of the best in the series"
    Overall

    This is by far, the best book in the series. So many questions answered and the characters really come to life. I enjoyed it a great deal.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Bluest Eye

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Toni Morrison
    • Narrated By Toni Morrison, Ruby Dee
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (46)

    Pecola Breedlove, a young black girl, prays every day for beauty. Mocked by other children for the dark skin, curly hair, and brown eyes that set her apart, she yearns for the blond hair and blue eyes that she believes will allow her to finally fit in. Yet as her dream grows more fervent, her life slowly starts to disintegrate in the face of adversity and strife.

    Linda says: "Frustrating..."
    "Everyone should listen"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Bluest Eye to be better than the print version?

    It is the same


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Bluest Eye?

    Spoiler* At the end...we all realize that the result or the outcome or what that little girl became was because of other people. I cried.


    What about Toni Morrison and Ruby Dee ’s performance did you like?

    Just the perfect voices of both of them to bring the characters to life in my mind while listening to them.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17191)
    Performance
    (13335)
    Story
    (13371)

    A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war.

    Alisha says: "Good listen, but what's up with the chapter set up"
    "Again...a great series"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to A Clash of Kings the most enjoyable?

    The richness of the characters.


    What other book might you compare A Clash of Kings to and why?

    I would have to say the first one in this series.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25524)
    Performance
    (19375)
    Story
    (19442)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Best of the best"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to A Game of Thrones again? Why?

    Yes. One of the best series I have read. I just can't get over how you think someone is a main character and bam! Dead. I love the action and suspense. It's crazy.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ned Stark


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Are you kidding me? It's a big book. But I did listen to it daily. I could not stop myself.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Hunger Like No Other: Immortals After Dark, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2171)
    Performance
    (2006)
    Story
    (2008)

    After enduring years of torture from the vampire horde, Lachlain MacRieve, leader of the Lykae Clan, is enraged to find the predestined mate he's waited millennia for is a vampire. Sheltered Emmaline Troy finally sets out to uncover the truth about her deceased parents - until a powerful Lykae claims her as his mate and forces her back to his ancestral Scottish castle. But when an ancient evil from her past resurfaces, will their desire deepen into a love that can bring a proud warrior to his knees and turn a gentle beauty into the fighter she was born to be?

    Amazon Customer says: "My new favorite narrator!"
    "Kresley Cole Book 2"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to A Hunger Like No Other the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the sisters of the main character. They were like comic relief. The story could get intense at times.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Satisfied.


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

    I think the title says it all. Look what he did to his leg to get to her.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Rest for the Wicked: Immortals After Dark, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1426)
    Performance
    (1311)
    Story
    (1328)

    Centuries ago, Sebastian Wroth was turned into a vampire - a nightmare in his mind - against his will. Burdened with hatred and alone for ages, he sees little reason to live - until an exquisite, fey creature comes to kill him, inadvertently saving him instead. When Kaderin the Cold Hearted lost her two beloved sisters to a vampire attack long ago, a benevolent force deadened her sorrow - accidentally extinguishing all of her emotions. Yet whenever she encounters Sebastian, her feelings emerge multiplied.

    Lupdilup says: "I LOVE THIS SERIES!!"
    "Kresley Cole Book 2"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Not really. It took me three times to finally finish the first book. This one I was a little more involved in the book and the characters.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Kresley Cole? Why or why not?

    I am going for book 3 now.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    In the cave with the fire serpant.


    Could you see No Rest for the Wicked being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    If it was, it would look like a B movie. The characters are not deep enough in this book for a movie or TV series. The first book, yes. Not this one.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Joyland

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Michael Kelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3076)
    Performance
    (2847)
    Story
    (2849)

    Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. Joyland is a brand-new novel and has never previously been published.

    Cozy Reader says: "The sweest and creepiest coming of age story!"
    "Not what you expect"
    Overall
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    What did you like best about Joyland? What did you like least?

    I can't believe a Stephen King book made me tear up.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Stephen King? Why or why not?

    I enjoy Stephen King. He is a different kind of writer. Some stories scare the crap out of me and others I just don't get. Some of them have a deeper meaning and some leave me just wondering. I will always true another book from Stephen King because I never know where I am going to end up emotionally at the end.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Kelly – was your favorite?

    Has to be the kid. Love the kid.


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

    For some reason...a lot of his books just don't adapt well to movies. The book is always better. So if the movie was good...you know that book will knock your socks off. I would play it by ear if I went and saw it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: Chronicles of Nick, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Sherrilyn Kenyon
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (405)
    Performance
    (382)
    Story
    (386)

    Nick has his driver's license and he's not afraid to use it. But turning 16 isn't what he thought it would be. While other boys his age are worried about prom dates and applying for college, Nick is neck deep in enemies out to stop him from living another day. No longer sure if he can trust anyone, his only ally seems to be the one person he's been told will ultimately kill him. But life spent serving the undead is anything except ordinary. And those out to get him have summoned an ancient force so powerful even the gods fear it.

    Teresa says: "Inferno is ablaze."
    "Nick Nick Nick"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Sherrilyn Kenyon and/or Holter Graham?

    Sherrilyn Kenyon is one of my favorites and Holter Graham is a must on any of her books. I can't even listen to her books when someone else is reading. I would rather read it. So the answer to the questions is ..yes.


    If you’ve listened to books by Sherrilyn Kenyon before, how does this one compare?

    This been is more for teens. I love her other series and her website. Chronicles of Nick does not compare to books like Acheron by Kenyon. If you think it will, you will be disappointed. For young adults however, the book is very good and so is the series. I enjoy reading them so I can have background info on the older Nick in the other series.


    Have you listened to any of Holter Graham’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Holter Graham has a great voice and is made for her books. See answer above.


    Did Inferno inspire you to do anything?

    Ah no.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Ever After: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2890)
    Performance
    (2632)
    Story
    (2641)

    Number-one New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris has won numerous awards for her Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series, which has been adapted into the hit HBO show True Blood. In this 13th and final book, a murder rocks the town of Bon Temps and Sookie is arrested for the crime. After making bail, she sets out to clear her name - but her investigation only leads to more deaths.

    k says: "Bitter ending? Cleanse your palate."
    "This is the end"
    Overall
    Performance
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    What did you love best about Dead Ever After?

    The full circle of the characters from the series.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sookie of course was my favorite character and I am glad for one who she ended up with.


    What does Johanna Parker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I am so glad she read all the books. I could not picture anyone else doing the voices of my favorite characters. Including Bubba! She just has that southern thing down to an art.


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

    The end. It was just a nice ending. I am being vague so I don't spoil it for anyone.


    Any additional comments?

    I am very disappointed with how True Blood is going on HBO. However, I was very pleased that this series stayed true to the characters and the author stayed true to herself. True Blood is someone else's story now. It is not Ms. Harris. She has taken a great deal of crap for that. She wrote a wonderful story with characters that you could really get into. Congrats to her on the completion of her story of Sookie and I wish her all the best on her next series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Shack

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Wm. Paul Young
    • Narrated By Roger Mueller
    Overall
    (4027)
    Performance
    (1658)
    Story
    (1709)

    Mackenzie Allen Philips' youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare.

    Renato says: "much more than I expected"
    "Relationship with God"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Shack to be better than the print version?

    About the same. I used the new technology and was able to jump from one to the other without losing my place on the kindle.


    What other book might you compare The Shack to and why?

    I have read another book to compare The Shack with.


    What aspect of Roger Mueller’s performance would you have changed?

    I really don't have much to say about his voice. Sometimes you like the narrator and other times you don't.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I don't think so. There is so much to take in. At times it was as if you were having your own personal journey while listening to someone else's personal journey. I don't think you can do that with out some time for reflection.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5688)
    Performance
    (3629)
    Story
    (3641)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    FanB14 says: "Artful Surprise"
    "Must listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book is brilliant. Told through the eyes of a beloved dog. It is a must read/listen for any collector of stories. I am not a race fan and there is quit a bit mentioned in the book but the story is simply about the love of a dog, through a dog's eyes, for his master. There were some parts that were very emotional. Loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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