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Janet

Chantilly, VA, United States | Member Since 2000

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  • 10 reviews
  • 126 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 18 purchased in 2014
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  • Where the Red Fern Grows

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Wilson Rawls
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (422)
    Performance
    (209)
    Story
    (210)

    Since its publication over forty years ago, this heartwarming tale of a boy and his dogs has touched millions. A tale of adventure, special friendship and coming-of-age, Where the Red Fern Grows makes for delightful listening. This unabridged production, featuring a moving performance by Anthony Heald, brings this enduring classic to life and makes a powerful story even more unforgettable.

    Mary A. says: "What a great story!"
    "Definately a keeper!"
    Overall

    I truly, truly enjoyed this listen, beginning to end. The touching story along Anthony Heald reading it made this one of the best books I've heard. I laughed; I cried and was totally entertained the entire listen!! It's a keeper.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Scarlet: The Lunar Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Marissa Meyer
    • Narrated By Rebecca Soler
    Overall
    (1083)
    Performance
    (1004)
    Story
    (1002)

    Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the best-selling Lunar Chronicles. She's trying to break out of prison - even though if she succeeds, she'll be the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive. Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn't know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life.

    Jennifer says: "Not sure if fault lies in performance or story"
    "Agreed, not as great as Cinder but still good!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Scarlet isn't as fast paced as Cinder nor is Scarlet as adventurous (IMO) as Cinder but I did enjoy the new characters in Scarlet and enjoyed listening to the book. I agree more about Cinder, less about Scarlet would have been better but all in all it was a very good listen! Can't wait for book 3!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5506)
    Performance
    (4934)
    Story
    (4927)

    Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches' cliff-hanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew's old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens. Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries.

    Hallie says: "Even better than A Discovery of Witches"
    "Glad I read it, even happier it was over........"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Deborah Harkness and/or Jennifer Ikeda?


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the first book, this one just did not hold my interest. I found myself able to turn it off at 'any' point and wait days to continue. Am I glad I listened?...yes. Will I listen to the 3rd?...yes. I love the main characters, just nothing exciting enough to make me 'have to listen', the signs of a great book for me.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Winter Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2615)
    Performance
    (2191)
    Story
    (2193)

    History has all but forgotten.... In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown. Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next best-selling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write. But then she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction....

    Martha says: "Get Out Your Hankies"
    "Continuing love for Jacobite tales...."
    Overall

    I very highly recommend The Winter Sea to any reader, especially romance and historical fiction lovers.

    Is Carrie McClelland writing another best seller, or telling Sophie's (Carrie's ancestor) stunning story of courage, heartbreak and love? You will fall in love with Sophie & John Moray as Susanna Kearsley tells a story that will stay with you and make you want to revisit often.

    I liked all and loved some of the "Outlander" books. This is as good as the best of Outlander. I was truly captivated.



    The Winter Sea will not disappoint.

    33 of 36 people found this review helpful
  • Me & Emma

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Flock
    • Narrated By Lauren Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (313)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (76)

    In many ways, Carrie Parker is like any other eight-year-old: playing make-believe, dreading school, dreaming of faraway places. But even her imaginative mind can't shut out the realities of her impoverished North Carolina home or help her protect her younger sister, Emma.

    glamazon says: "Brilliant but Disturbing"
    "Wow..."
    Overall

    I just finished listening and it broke my heart. I, like other reviewers did not expect the ending. This book touched me like no other has in a long long time and the emotions it stirred in me are deep. Listen to it, you'll be glad you did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Echoes

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Danielle Steel
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    For the Wittgenstein family, the summer of 1915 was a time of both prosperity and unease, as the guns of war sound in the distance. But for eldest daughter Beata, it was also a summer of awakening. By glimmering Lake Geneva, the quiet Jewish beauty met a young French officer and fell in love.

    D. Hurley says: "Great Story, Great Narrator"
    "An unexpected heartfelt listen....."
    Overall

    I had to stop listening to this book at one point as my heart became so heavy with sadness I didn't feel I wanted to hear anymore. But of course I turned it back on...and rather quickly as it's among the best stories I've heard to date.

    I came to care so much for the charactors in this book that I felt the Nazi's inhumane treatment personally, as if it were happening to my family or people I truly care about. I can still feel the fear, pain and hopelessness of the people. This is unusual for me, as I don't usually get so "involved" with a story.

    It is truly a wonderful listen and makes one such as I, who has never until listening to this book taken such a 'heartfelt look' into what it must have been like to be Jewish during that horrible time. I will be thinking about this book for a long long time. Please do yourself a favor....and listen!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Middlesex

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By Kristoffer Tabori
    Overall
    (5895)
    Performance
    (2091)
    Story
    (2110)

    In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

    Chris says: "Great Pulitzer Winning novel!"
    "ICK!!!!!!!!! Terrible"
    Overall

    Ick, Ick and double ICK!! I have gone back and read these reviews over and over. And yes, I was relieved to see that I'm NOT the only one who hates this book! I tried over and over to enjoy this book in any capacity. I can get over brother and sister having sex, leading a married life, whatever! But the story is soooo boring, goes nowhere except to dwell on endless nothing detail and I found myself saying "Who cares" over and over as the neverending detail stretches on and on.....and on and on...

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Sweet Potato Queens' Book of Love

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jill Conner Browne
    • Narrated By Jill Conner Browne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (289)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (79)

    To know the Sweet Potato Queens is to love them, and if you haven't heard about them yet, you will. Their royal ringleader, Jill Conner Browne, introduces the Queens to the world with this sly, hilarious manifesto about love, life, men, and the importance of being prepared. For more wit and wisdom, don't miss The Sweet Potato Queens' Big-Ass Audiobook and Financial Planner.

    Linda says: "Forget the Ya-Ya Sisterhood"
    "Not horrible, just not funny"
    Overall

    While I wouldn't consider the book a washout, it was all I could do to finish it. I agree with another reviewer, Jill should have used a narrator. It was funny in places, (the sweet church lady that grabbed her would be rapist by the handle and turned him every which way but loose). The thought that one could relate this book to 'real life' is just plain scary. While humor is definately in the 'ears' of the beholder, this one just wasn't funny to me!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Envy

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Victor Slezak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1441)
    Performance
    (607)
    Story
    (607)

    New York book editor Maris Matherly-Reed knows a best seller when she sees one - even if it is just a tantalizing partial manuscript submitted by a writer identified only as P.M.E., with the return address of an obscure island off the Georgia coast. Maris is intrigued enough to search for him.

    DMHVetSurveyor says: "Envy"
    "The Best of the Best!!"
    Overall

    I "read" this book over a year ago. It still is and will probably remain the best book I've ever read -- better than any movie I've ever seen. It was awesome and I couldn't put it down. The reader was excellent!!, the plot unguessable, the characters believable! I was totally drawn into this book. I find myself judging all others by it and while I've read some pretty good books...none are as memorable as this one!!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Guardian

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Nicholas Sparks
    • Narrated By Isabel Keating
    Overall
    (365)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (181)

    Julie Barenson's young husband left her two unexpected gifts before he died - a puppy named Singer and the promise that he would always be watching over her. Now, four years later, 29-year-old Julie is far too young to have given up on love. She may be ready to risk caring for someone again. But who?

    Pamela Murphy says: "The Guardian is all washed up..."
    "Worth the listen"
    Overall

    I listened to this book in 2 days, so obviously had a hard time putting it down. I was frustrated at times to find that I guessed the obvious before the detectives but maybe that was the author's intent. On the other hand, it is a beautiful love story that touched my heart and I'm glad I listened.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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