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Julie Taylor

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  • 8 reviews
  • 26 ratings
  • 224 titles in library
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  • The Fixer Upper

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Mary Kay Andrews
    • Narrated By Isabel Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (417)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (234)

    After a political scandal, fledgling lobbyist Dempsey Jo Killebrew is left almost broke, unemployed, and homeless. She reluctantly accepts to refurbish Birdsong, the old family place in Guthrie, Georgia. But, oh, is Dempsey in for a surprise. "Bird Droppings" would more aptly describe the moldering Pepto Bismol - pink dump. There's also a murderously grumpy old lady who has claimed squatter's rights and isn't moving out. Ever.

    Karen M. McGrady says: "Enjoyable Listening"
    "Just fun!"
    Overall

    Listened to this book over the last couple of days and it was a light, fun story. It really hit home because I listened while I was fixing up my family home for new tenants. Don't expect to tax your brain -- this is just what I needed to keep my mind distracted from the tedious chores at hand.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Black Hills

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1159)
    Performance
    (589)
    Story
    (602)

    A summer at his grandparents' South Dakota ranch is not 11-year-old Cooper Sullivan's idea of a good time. But things are a bit more bearable now that he's discovered the neighbor girl, Lil Chance, and her homemade batting cage. Even horseback riding isn't as awful as Coop thought it would be. Each year, with Coop's annual summer visit, their friendship deepens from innocent games to stolen kisses, but there is one shared experience that will forever haunt them: the terrifying discovery of a hiker's body.

    Lorraine says: "black hills"
    "Slow moving."
    Overall

    Started out really good, but I'm not even finished Part 1 and I'm not sure if I can handle another 9 hours. Story is interesting, characters well developed, but it really drags. I don't have a problem with the narrator - he's fine for me. But at times I feel like I'm listening to a lecture about wildlife preservation. Where was the editor for this book? It's way too long for the storyline. I'm having trouble staying interested. I never listened to abridged books, but this time I'm wishing I had purchased the shorter version just to get things moving.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Finger Lickin' Fifteen

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    Overall
    (1485)
    Performance
    (587)
    Story
    (579)

    Recipe for disaster: Celebrity chef Stanley Chipotle comes to Trenton to participate in a barbecue cook-off and loses his head - literally. Throw in some spice: Bail bonds office worker Lula is witness to the crime, and the only one she'll talk to is Trenton cop, Joe Morelli. Pump up the heat: Chipotle's sponsor is offering a million-dollar reward to anyone who can provide information leading to the capture of the killers.

    Connie says: "A little Disappointed"
    "You know what to expect and you get it."
    Overall

    Stephanie Plum is always fun. We've made it through 15 books, and she never learns. I'm getting to where I want more time with Lula. She and Grandma make a perfect pair! Janet Evanovich's books aren't literature, but don't pretend to be. The whole group of characters is "I Love Lucy" all over again. Take a break and enjoy!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • First Family

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2571)
    Performance
    (1030)
    Story
    (1029)

    Camp David, USA. A birthday party turns into a nightmare when a child is snatched after the celebrations. The First Lady enlists the services of Sean King and Michelle Maxwell to bring the child home safely. But she and King share a past. Years ago he saved her then senator husband from political disaster. And this may not be all that passed between them. With Michelle still battling her own demons, the two are pushed to the limit, with forces aligned on all sides against them.

    jerry says: "Outstanding as always"
    "Held my attention."
    Overall

    Good story, but weak character as "President". Couldn't help but dislike him and certainly never felt any empathy for his plight. The narrator's voice was wimpy and extremely stilted for this supposedly charismatic leader. I got lost in the plot a couple of times, but eventually got back on track. Subplots never fit together and I think that's what confused me. I was looking for something that wasn't there!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hissy Fit

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Mary Kay Andrews
    • Narrated By Isabel Keating
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (64)

    Keeley Murdock's wedding to A.J. Jernigan should have been the social event of the season. But when she catches her fiance doing the deed with her maid of honor at the country club rehearsal dinner, all bets are off. And so is the wedding. Keeley pitches the hissy fit of the century, earning herself instant notoriety in the small town of Madison, Georgia.

    Taunya says: "Good story, but a Southern narrator is better"
    "Good light listening"
    Overall

    No deep thoughts, no mysteries to solve. Thanks goodness. Enjoyed the listen, which was perfect to pass the time while painting my kitchen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Welcome to Temptation

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie
    • Narrated By Aasne Vigesaa
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1023)
    Performance
    (573)
    Story
    (585)

    Sophie Dempsey wants to help her sister film a video and then get out of Temptation, Ohio. Mayor Phin Tucker wants to play pool with the police chief and keep things peaceful. But when Sophie and Phin meet, they both get more than they want. Gossip, blackmail, adultery, murder, vehicular abuse of a corpse, and slightly perverse but excellent sex: all hell breaks loose in Temptation.

    Diana says: "Crusie at the top of her game"
    "Okay, not great."
    Overall

    Characters a bit old-fashioned and stilted. Took a long time to figure out where the story was going. Pace picked up a couple of times, but didn't follow through. Not my favorite, but I did finish it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gold Coast

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1321)
    Performance
    (513)
    Story
    (506)

    Welcome to the fabled Gold Coast, that stretch on the North Shore of Long Island that once held the greatest concentration of wealth and power in America. Here two men are destined for an explosive collision: John Sutter, Wall Street lawyer, holding fast to a fading aristocratic legacy; and Frank Bellarosa, the Mafia don who seizes his piece of the staid and unprepared Gold Coast like a latter-day barbarian chief and draws Sutter and his regally beautiful wife, Susan, into his violent world.

    Jack C says: "Unexpectedly Great!"
    "Not sure about the rave reviews."
    Overall

    Maybe I expected too much after reading all the reviews. Story felt like it kept trying to build to a peak, but never quite made it. Characters weren't very likable, except for the bad guys. Main character had a great dry wit, but I never found myself wanting to help him out of a bad situation. Felt like he caused his own troubles. The wife character was looney, but not very believable. Their relationship didn't make sense. Don't think I'll listen to the sequel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sullivan's Law: Carolyn Sullivan #1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Nancy Taylor Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Monday mornings are hell. That's what Carolyn Sullivan is thinking as she arrives at her office at the Ventura County Probation Department. One of her probationers has just been arrested for rape. Just when Carolyn should be lying low, instead she's assigned a sensitive case that's sure to have everyone breathing down her neck - supervising convicted killer and paranoid schizophrenic Daniel Metroix.

    Julie Taylor says: "Not the author's best."
    "Not the author's best."
    Overall

    Story was interesting enough, but this author has produced much better work. Too many unlikely situations and coincidences. Did not care for the narrator AT ALL. Slow, stilted rhythm which made the reading sound like a grade school production. Tried adjusting the playback speed on my iPod, but speeding it up did not make it any easier to listen to. I finished the book, but never really bonded with any of the characters or their situations and didn't particularly care how the story concluded.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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