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JoAyn

Maplewood, MN, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Speaks the Nightbird

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2283)
    Performance
    (2028)
    Story
    (2016)

    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
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4709)
    Performance
    (4365)
    Story
    (4375)

    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
    (1757)
    Performance
    (1514)
    Story
    (1490)

    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.

    Coffee Lover says: "The joy continues!"
    "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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2024)
    Performance
    (1727)
    Story
    (1716)

    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 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Diane Setterfield
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4545)
    Performance
    (1448)
    Story
    (1456)

    All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

    PA Law says: "Haunting and beautiful tale"
    "Very good story. Different."
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    This was very different for me. I usually go for more mainstream type mysteries and thrillers. I got pulled in from the beginning and just kind of got cought up and had to find out where the story was going. I enjoyed the turns and twists and even though some of it was a bit predictable, it still had moments of discovery that were unexpected. Overall, it was a different and interesting story that I would recomend to a select group of friends with open minds who like stories that don't always head in the same direction.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mister Slaughter: A Matthew Corbett Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (706)
    Performance
    (645)
    Story
    (641)

    . Mister Slaughter opens in the emerging metropolis of New York City in 1702, and proceeds to take both Matthew and the reader on an unforgettable journey of horror, violence, and personal discovery. The journey begins when Matthew, now an apprentice problem solver for the London-based Herrald Agency, accepts an unusual and hazardous commission. Together with his colleague, Hudson Greathouse, he agrees to escort the notorious mass murderer Tyranthus Slaughter from an asylum outside Philadelphia to the docks of New York.

    Cheryl says: "Fantastic series!"
    "Another great Matthew Corbett story."
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    This book is not quite as good as the last and that not quite as good as the first but Matthew is still a character that I will never tire of. He has the best of every great detective in him and in every adventure he showes his determination to do the right thing at any cost. This book as with the others leads the reader down dark paths and on a wild ride that is hard to let go of till the end. I can't wait for the next one!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Eight

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Katherine Neville
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker
    Overall
    (252)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (101)

    New York City, 1972: A dabbler in mathematics and chess, Catherine Velis is also a computer expert for a Big Eight accounting firm. Before heading off to a new assignment in Algeria, Cat has her palm read by a fortune-teller. The woman warns Cat of danger. Then an antiques dealer approaches Cat with a mysterious offer: He has an anonymous client who is trying to collect the pieces of an ancient chess service, purported to be in Algeria. If Cat can bring the pieces back, there will be a generous reward.

    Tango says: "Best Plot-Driven Novel I've Ever Read"
    "Treasure hunt. Fun but too much chess."
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    This is actually the first book I've met that would really have been helped by being abridged. I think they would have removed a great deal of the chess stuff and it would have ended up being a better story for it. As it ended up, it could have been any items so all the endless chess storyline was really not necessary to the story and incredibly boring to people who don't like chess.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Queen of Bedlam: A Matthew Corbett Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (943)
    Performance
    (851)
    Story
    (841)

    Robert McCammon brings the hero of his previous novel, Matthew Corbett, to 18th-century New York, where a killer wields a bloody and terrifying power over a bustling city carving out its identity - and over Matthew's own uncertain destiny.

    The unsolved murder of a respected doctor has sent ripples of fear throughout a city teeming with life and noise and commerce. Who snuffed out the good man's life with the slash of a blade on a midnight street? The local printmaster has labeled the fiend "the Masker," adding fuel to a volatile mystery...

    Kathy says: "Addicting"
    "Another Matthew Corbett Masterpiece!"
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    This is the second book in the Matthew Corbett series and it was perhaps not quite as powerful as the first, but in no way a let down. I haven't been so impressed with an author in a very long time and now I'm equally impressed with Mr Ballerini for bringing Matthew and all the characters in the series to such bold and colorful life. I look forward to the next books as well.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (3793)
    Performance
    (3210)
    Story
    (3198)

    Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

    Coffee Lover says: "Joy, Joy, Joy!"
    "Unexpectedly fun!"
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    It actually took a while for me to get into this book. Several chapters in I was thinking boring... then the pace started to pick up and stuff began happening and I loved the reactions from everyone. It was hard to remember that this was about a royal with everthing that was going on behind the sceens and she was so practical about her situation. I loved it and by the end I was ready to look for more. I guess this is why I stick with a book that doesn't seem to be going anywhere. sometimes it never does pick up and you end up wasting a bit of time with a stinker but then there are the times when you stick it out and discover that the prize for your persistence is a hidden treasure.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1137)
    Performance
    (319)
    Story
    (321)

    Julia Hamill has made a horrifying discovery on the grounds of her new home in rural Massachusetts: a skull buried in the rocky soil � human, female, and, according to the trained eye of Boston medical examiner Maura Isles, scarred with the unmistakable marks of murder.

    Book and Movie Lover says: "Back and forth through time"
    "Not a typical Rizzoli and Isles story!"
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    Though I was looking for a good Rizzoli and Isles story and did not find it here, The Bone garden did offer a good mystery read with lots of twists and turns. I am not crazy about jumps back and forth from past to present but I have been getting a lot of them lately and am getting used to them. overall, this was worth the time put into it and I was happy with the storyline. The performance was pretty good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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