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JoHanna

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  • Caught in the Light

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Robert Goddard
    • Narrated By Michael Kitchen
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (76)

    On assignment in Vienna, photographer Ian Jarrett falls suddenly and desperately in love with a woman he meets by pure chance, Marian Esguard. Back in England, he separates from his wife and goes to meet Marian at an agreed rendezvous, only to hear her tell him on the telephone that she will not, after all, be coming. Then she vanishes from his life as mysteriously as she entered it. Who and where is the woman he met and fell in love with in Vienna?

    Janice says: "Three rules when reading Goddard . . ."
    "Captivating! Spellbinding! A winner!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Caught in the Light the most enjoyable?

    Goddard's masterful weaving of characters and their entangled interactions with each other developed into an intriguing plot that held me captivated throughout the entire book! I could never anticipate the next development nor foresee the ultimate consequences of the current developments.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Caught in the Light?

    Without giving this intriguing plot away, Ian's sheer shock, then his debilitating sorrow, and finally his justifiable rage when he reads Marian's letter of explanation was most memorable to me. Ah ha! Once Ian absorbs this 'confession', the plot thickens!


    What about Michael Kitchen’s performance did you like?

    Excellent performance -- Michael was walking in Ian's shoes.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It held me spellbound. I could hardly fathom the all-too-believable twists and turns.


    Any additional comments?

    Caught in the Light is Goddard at his best! I recommend readers read this book first and then rush, don't walk, to purchase the next achievement of this gifted mystery writer.

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  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4769)
    Performance
    (4072)
    Story
    (4075)

    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    Kelli N. Perkins says: "Still Thinking About This Tale Weeks After"
    "ABSOLUTELY TOP DRAWER!"
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    What did you love best about Defending Jacob?

    The book flowed effortlessly from one situation to another, encompassing the reader right into the family drama. I often forgot that it was actually fiction because of the realism.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The interaction of the characters, particularly the family members, each a distinct individual but all a vital part of the one family. It kept me guessing right up to the VERY end!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The very end when Jacob's mother is mentally reliving all the times and events of her life and Jacob's then current circumstances.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Sadness but with understanding and compassion.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book! Hated to put it down but rather wanted it to go on and on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spencerville

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (504)
    Performance
    (332)
    Story
    (335)

    Back from the Cold War, intelligence officer Keith Landry returns to his hometown of Spencerville, Ohio. Twenty-five years after their last encounter, Keith runs into his first love, Annie, now unhappily married to the town's chief of police--an abusive alcoholic. In his efforts to reclaim Annie, Keith will have to draw on all the skills of a violent lifetime.

    Marilyn says: "Great book if you like tautness and suspense"
    "I NEVER THOUGHT DeMILLE COULD DISAPPOINT ME! UGH!"
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    What would have made Spencerville better?

    The use of foul language was really excessive -- it became so common that the vulgarity didn't even register after a while. Narrative was long and drawn out -- I love suspense but after 20-30 chapters of waiting for the unexpected to happen, it got a bit tedious.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I certainly haven't given up on DeMille. I have read most all of his books and his name was on my 'Favorite Authors' list, but after suffering through Spencerville, I think I'll scout out another book by Connelly, Sanford or Grisham.


    What aspect of Scott Brick’s performance would you have changed?

    Nothing. He was absolutely the redeeming feature of the presentation.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Spencerville?

    The repetitive descriptions of abuse.


    Any additional comments?

    I realize that this book was written many years ago and DeMille has obviously improved with age! So I'm going to "forgive and forget" and move on to some of his other truly wonderful efforts.

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  • The Fifth Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5158)
    Performance
    (3097)
    Story
    (3079)

    Mickey Haller has fallen on tough times. He expands his business into foreclosure defense, only to see one of his clients accused of killing the banker she blames for trying to take away her home. Mickey puts his team into high gear to exonerate Lisa Trammel, even though the evidence and his own suspicions tell him his client is guilty. Soon after he learns that the victim had black market dealings of his own, Haller is assaulted, too - and he's certain he's on the right trail. Despite the danger and uncertainty, Haller mounts the best defense of his career in a trial where the last surprise comes after the verdict is in.

    Ted says: "Just Right!"
    "Watch out! Here comes Mickey!"
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    Would you listen to The Fifth Witness again? Why?

    I'd definitely listen to The Fifth Witness again in a couple of months, after I have had a chance to recover from the 1st time. I have been a Mickey Haller fan since Michael Connelly introduced us to each other and what a wild ride it has been. Now The Fifth Witness ends with just a hint of where Haller is going in his future -- a new twist -- and I want to be sure to go along for the ride.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Of course, Mickey is my favorite, the star of the show, but right after Mickey comes Cisco, his trusty investigator. What's not to like about a guy who always has your back!


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

    I am convinced that Peter Giles is Mickey Haller's alter ego. If Mickey Haller is fictional (and I am not even certain of that), Peter Giles gives him life. The written word can't do that!


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

    No. I wanted to savor the twists and turns and make it last. I was glad I did because in the genuine Connelly style, the ending was a classic! That said, a reader will have to plan to spend the last few hours of this audio book undisturbed because it is nimpossible to put down.


    Any additional comments?

    Another Connelly Classic! Fantastic!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Distant Hours

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1683)
    Performance
    (1169)
    Story
    (1178)

    Edie Burchill and her mother have never been close, but when a long lost letter arrives one Sunday afternoon with the return address of Milderhurst Castle, Kent, printed on its envelope, Edie begins to suspect that her mother’s emotional distance masks an old secret.

    Simone says: "Right Mood At The Right Time"
    "Kate Morton at her intriging best!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Distant Hours to be better than the print version?

    Yes. The performance was superb! Caroline Lee's performance had me holding my breath!


    What other book might you compare The Distant Hours to and why?

    The Potato Factory, The Kitchen House and Kate's Secret Garden.


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

    Ms Lee didn't just "read" this marvelous book, she LIVED it -- and let me accompany her, room by room, through every room in the Castle, making each character personal, genuine and alive.


    If you could rename The Distant Hours, what would you call it?

    Going Home


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  • The Racketeer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By J.D. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4521)
    Performance
    (3819)
    Story
    (3816)

    Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five.... Nothing is as it seems and everything’s fair game in this wickedly clever new novel from John Grisham, the undisputed master of the legal thriller.

    Charles says: "Eh."
    "Grisham never lets me down!"
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    Would you listen to The Racketeer again? Why?

    While this story did a bit more twisting and turning and backtracking than Grisham's usual "lawyer-based" books, it was fascinating to follow. I certainly intend to listen to it again and will save it on the shelves of my audio library.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Malcom, (aka Max) playing both parts, kept me alert. Couldn't help but admire his audacity and confidence when it came to working the system!


    Have you listened to any of J.D. Jackson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my first experience with J.D. Jackson but it sure won't be my last. Jackson did a great, more than successful job playing the new and the old Mal/Max with the subtle changes deliberately made by the character. His delivery of the conversation between Mal/Max and his buddy-in-crime in the despicable island jail certainly had me convinced he had been right there listening to the whole thing.


    Any additional comments?

    Another great Grisham -- recommended reading!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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