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JoAyn

Maplewood, MN, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 17 reviews
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  • 242 titles in library
  • 51 purchased in 2014
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  • Speaks the Nightbird

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2871)
    Performance
    (2564)
    Story
    (2550)

    The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

    aaron says: "Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!"
    "Outstanding story!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended this book to many people because it is so unique and insightful into a dark past that shows it's ugly face even now on occasion in the ignorance and greed that still flourishes in dark corners everywhere. This author has done his homework and created a vivid and sometimes too colorful image of a time that intrigues people still today. This really is a huge book but it goes so fast. It really kept me guessing the whole way through and even had me understanding in some wierd way the reasoning behind finding witches guilty even when it was not the perfered decision.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Speaks the Nightbird?

    When Mathew goes into the barn for a second time knowing full well what will happen if he is discovered but also knowing that what ever is hidden there is necessary to find. That whole barn sceen and how it keeps popping up through the rest of the story is a hoot..


    Which character – as performed by Edoardo Ballerini – was your favorite?

    Mathew is outstanding and a clear favorite for being so forward thinking and not so easily fooled or led but understanding that he needs to play the role when necessary and bide his time till he can make the proper move.


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

    When Mrs Nettles helps Mathew even though she knows it may be the death of him.


    Any additional comments?

    I am so happy to find there is a sequel.. will be following this author!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Royal Blood: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1829)
    Performance
    (1589)
    Story
    (1567)

    Penniless and 34th in line to the throne, Lady Georgiana Rannoch finds herself in a truly draining state of affairs. To escape her hateful brother, Georgie accepts an invitation from the Queen to represent the royals at a wedding in Transylvania. But at the macabre- looking castle, Georgie finds the bride with blood running down her chin, and a wedding guest is poisoned.

    Amazon Customer says: "A little predictable"
    "Funniest so far!"
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    Just put Georgiana on a trip to a wedding and the fun breaks loose. There were so many things going on is so many different places that it was a challenge to keep up but so funny! Most of the usual wonderful characters showed up and did their thing and is was just overall a great story with great narration and lots of laughter in between.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The River of Souls: Matthew Corbett, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (352)
    Performance
    (330)
    Story
    (329)

    The year is 1703. The place: The Carolina settlement of Charles Town. Matthew Corbett, professional 'problem solver,' has accepted a lucrative, if unusual, commission: Escorting a beautiful woman to a fancy dress ball. What should be a pleasant assignment takes a darker turn when Matthew becomes involved in a murder investigation.

    J. Kelly says: "Dare I say it - a tad lazy."
    "Not quite up to par with previous books."
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    First of all I have to say that I have read all the books so far in this series and have loved every one of them, waiting impatiently for the next to come out. This series attracted me due mainly to the main character Matthew Corbett. He is one of those characters you'd just love to meet and talk to for a while.
    In this book however, he seems to be in some kind of funk, like he's being dragged through the story rather than his normal taking command of the situation. I also missed the usual characters that he normally has around him. The story was generally slow and forced and it didn't meet the quality of the previous books. I really hope the real Matthew returns in the next book. Narration of course was outstanding!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wicked Girls

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Alex Marwood
    • Narrated By Anna Bentinck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (925)
    Performance
    (846)
    Story
    (835)

    On a fateful summer morning in 1986, two 11-year-old girls meet for the first time. By the end of the day, they will both be charged with murder. Twenty-five years later, journalist Kirsty Lindsay is reporting on a series of sickening attacks on young female tourists in a seaside vacation town when her investigation leads her to interview carnival cleaner Amber Gordon. For Kirsty and Amber, it's the first time they've seen each other since that dark day so many years ago. Now with new, vastly different lives - and unknowing families to protect - will they really be able to keep their wicked secret hidden?

    Lesley says: "I didn't want to like these girls..."
    "Surprisingly good story."
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    I love it when I find a book with something a bit different that makes it stand out from the rest. This story has that and more. Really makes you think how so many things can go wrong in such a short time and can end up affecting the rest of your life. Really great storytelling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Line: Witching Savannah, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By J. D. Horn
    • Narrated By Shannon McManus
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (507)
    Performance
    (462)
    Story
    (460)

    To the uninitiated, Savannah shows only her bright face and genteel manner. Those who know her well, though, can see beyond her colonial trappings and small-city charm to a world where witchcraft is respected, Hoodoo is feared, and spirits linger. Mercy Taylor is all too familiar with the supernatural side of Savannah, being a member of the most powerful family of witches in the South. Despite being powerless herself, of course. Having grown up without magic of her own, in the shadow of her talented and charismatic twin sister, Mercy has always thought herself content.

    Robin in Vermont says: "Great new series!"
    "Not what I expected. Much much better."
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    When I started this book I had no idea what to expect. So many of the "supernatural" stories now are just plain stupid and I don't get very far with them. The further I went into this story, the more I liked it. The main characters are wonderful and the narrator is absolutely perfect. I will be watching for the next books in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18209)
    Performance
    (16241)
    Story
    (16296)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Disappointed"
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    After all the hype I heard about this book, I was really disappointed in the story. I thought it would be a good murder mystery type and instead i got a twisted money pit story with a married couple showing how crappy they can be to each other and the ending was ridiculous.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Crown Tower: The Riyria Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2585)
    Performance
    (2407)
    Story
    (2416)

    Michael J. Sullivan garnered critical raves and a massive readership for his Riyria Revelations series. The first book in his highly anticipated Riyria Chronicles series of prequels, The Crown Tower brings together warrior Hadrian Blackwater with thieving assassin Royce Melborn. The two form a less-than-friendly pairing, but the quest before them has a rare prize indeed, and if they can breach the supposedly impregnable walls of the Crown Tower, their names will be legend.

    Tango says: "Delicious Icing on a Terrific Cake"
    "outstanding!"
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    I can't possibly say enough about this series. I was a little apprehensive about this set of books being a pre-quel to the "Theft of swords" in that maybe it would be another failing trail to string out the original story, but it is wonderful in it's own right. You could read these first and have the story in order or read them after Theft as a background fill in for all the characters and places. This is the most entertaining series that I have read in a very long time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Blackhouse: Lewis Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Peter May
    • Narrated By Peter Forbes
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (26)

    The Isle of Lewis is the most remote, harshly beautiful place in Scotland, where the difficulty of existence seems outweighed only by people’s fear of God. But older, pagan values lurk beneath the veneer of faith, the primal yearning for blood and revenge. When a brutal murder on the island bears the hallmarks of a similar slaying in Edinburgh, police detective Fin Macleod is dispatched north to investigate. But since he himself was raised on Lewis, the investigation also represents a journey home and into his past.

    Heather Kunnanz says: "Buyer Beware - This is Abridged"
    "Very good, unique story."
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    I enjoyed the mystery and twists in this story. The setting and geographical uniqueness were especially interesting. The narrator was excellent.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (6751)
    Performance
    (6260)
    Story
    (6280)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "Couldn't get past the vampires."
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    I was so looking forward to finding what happened to Danny after he grew up and the story started in the right direction then went down a raunchy road then went right off the road all together. I had to leave the room for a few minutes and when I came back in they were talking about vampires of all things and I was all ready getting pretty fed up with the raunch level that was all over this story. Now I was completely at a loss. I feel like I was a victim of bait and switch. I bought a book that was supposed to continue on with a story that I was familiar with and was slipped another sell out, cliche' vampire story. That's where i quit and asked for my money back. If this is Kings idea of a follow up to the shining, he has completely lost it. He shouldn't have even tried. He let them screw with the book with bad casting and horrid screen writing on the movie version -Twice! Now this. Please just let that wonderful book stand alone as one of the scariest pieces of writing I've ever read and stop trying to turn it into something it should apparently never be.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Royal Flush: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2196)
    Performance
    (1916)
    Story
    (1885)

    With its posh clientele in the country for the summer, Georgie's housecleaning business has fizzled. So she tries hiring herself out as a dinner and theatre companion. But her first client has quite the wrong idea. To avoid further scandal, Georgie's shipped home to Castle Rannoch, where her summer plans include honoring a promise to Her Majesty to keep Castle Rannoch's divorcedhouseguest from seducing the Prince of Wales.

    A says: "Cute series"
    "Another great Royal Spyness Mystery."
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    I would first like to mention Katherine Kellgren's performance which I think is top notch! She absolutely puts me in the place you need to be in to understand the royal "thing". I love the story and the constant humor that finds it's way into every turn of the page so to speak. I often find myself laughing out loud as I listed to these books. Keep them coming!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Royal Pain: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (2456)
    Performance
    (2133)
    Story
    (2117)

    The Queen of England has concocted a plan in which penniless aristocrat Lady Georgie is to entertain a Bavarian princess and conveniently place her in the playboy prince's path, in the hopes that he might finally marry.

    But queens never take money into account. Georgie has very little, which is why she moonlights as a maid-in-disguise.

    Coffee Lover says: "More Royal Fun!"
    "Annoying princess on the loose!"
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    While I really enjoyed the first book and will continue to enjoy the series, I was seriously annoyed by the princess character in this book. She was whiney and immature through the whole thing and I was really hoping that she would get bumped off and I did figure out the twist concerning her fairly early on which made her even more annoying. Georgie is as always a class act.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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