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Julie M. Rushing

Jules

Lantana, Texas | Member Since 2010

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  • 15 reviews
  • 114 ratings
  • 376 titles in library
  • 15 purchased in 2015
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  • When Snow Falls: Whiskey Creek, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Brenda Novak
    • Narrated By Tara Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (262)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (234)

    After growing up in cheap motels, moving from town to town with her sister and mother, Cheyenne Christensen is grateful to be on her own. She’s grateful, too, for the friends she found once her family settled in California. But she’s troubled by the mystery of her earliest memories, most of which feature a smiling blonde woman. A woman who isn’t her mother. Although Cheyenne has repeatedly asked for explanations, the people who could help aren’t talking.

    Carolynn says: "Another great book"
    "Not as Good as When Lightening Strikes"
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    Would you recommend When Snow Falls to your friends? Why or why not?

    I was disappointed in When Snow Falls after listening to When Lightening Strikes. It was a bit a drag. I finished it out and I'm glad I did, but the story line was a little depressing. I just kept wanting the story to get on with it and come to the satisfactory resolution.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Private Games

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Mark Sullivan
    • Narrated By Paul Panting
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (859)
    Performance
    (712)
    Story
    (707)

    Private, the world's most renowned investigation firm, has been commissioned to provide security for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Its agents are the smartest, fastest, and most technologically advanced in the world, and 400 of them have been transferred to London to protect more than 10,000 competitors who represent more than 200 countries. The opening ceremony is hours away when Private investigator and single father of twins, Peter Knight, is called to the scene of a ruthless murder: a high-ranking member of the games' organizing committee has been killed.

    Carla says: "HUH?????"
    "Couldn't get through it"
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    What would have made Private Games better?

    A different Narrator. There was no voice change between the characters. When he was talking for a woman, couldn't tell.


    What could James Patterson and Mark Sullivan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    A different Narrator. Maybe more than one narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator made listening to the book unbearable. I like to be entertained and intrigued by a book, not have to listen so hard to keep up and figure out who is talking and where the story is going. Finally gave up after several chapters.
    I love James Patterson and have listened to several of his series and stand alone books. And I promise to be back for more, just not with this narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Beach Club: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Elin Hilderbrand
    • Narrated By Christina Delaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (58)

    In this juicy first novel by Elin Hilderbrand, a series of personal dramas are played out during one summer at a Nantucket Beach Club. It's about the love of summer, summer love, and the special feelings we all have for that special summer place - in this case, a hotel and an island. An engrossing, sexy novel that will sweep you away to the beach any time of the year.

    Julie M. Rushing says: "Wonderful Escape"
    "Wonderful Escape"
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    I love Elin Hilderbrand's books! I get to listen to a lifestyle that is so different from mine and feel as if I am there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Upside Down: The Men of the Sisterhood, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Fern Michaels
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    Through public triumphs and private sorrows, the men in the Sisters' lives - husbands, friends, colleagues, and lovers - have offered invaluable aid and support. In the process, they've become an informal brotherhood of their own, able to relate to the unique challenges and rewards of life among the vigilantes.

    chris says: "Disappointing"
    "I wish I could rate this higher..."
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    I wish I could rate this higher. We truly love the Sisterhood Series and was looking forward to The Men of the Sisterhood series. We were getting into the storyline and poof! The book was over! I'm not sure if I want to pay $ to listen to the next book for it to be over in 3 hours and feel like the story was just getting started.
    I'm disappointed, I thought Fern would give us more.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Gentle Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Deborah Smith
    • Narrated By Suzy Harbulak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (206)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (181)

    A Connecticut heiress learns she's adopted and travels to northern Florida "cracker" cattle ranch to find her birth parents. There she also finds unexpected romance with the ranch's owner.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Extremely Touching!"
    "Could not get into it"
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    Just could not get into to this book. The narrator doesn't give enough voice differences to know which character is speaking. Had to quit listening after an hour.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Summer Island

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Kristin Hannah
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (62)

    Thirty-four-year-old Ruby Bridge is a not-too-successful comedienne who uses her mother, a nationally-syndicated "moral and spiritual counselor" as the main fodder for her cynical, rather bitter humor. Her mother Nora, long divorced from Ruby's father, is a woman whose past is just about to catch up with her - in the form of blackmail by a former lover.

    Deborah says: "Thought it would be a typical story"
    "Wonderful!"
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    This book reminds you not to judge a book by the cover, or a person by a photograph. Written in a wonderful way not to judge other people, because we don't know their history and the why or how they got to where they are in life.
    The characters were real and genuine. Kirsten Hannah is one of the best story writers of our time!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • And One Last Thing...

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3067)
    Performance
    (2395)
    Story
    (2390)

    Lacey Terwilliger's shock and humiliation over her husband's philandering prompt her to add some bonus material to Mike's company newsletter: stunning Technicolor descriptions of the special brand of "administrative support" his receptionist gives him. The detailed mass e-mail to Mike's family, friends, and clients blows up in her face, and before one can say "instant urban legend", Lacey has become the pariah of her small Kentucky town and a media punch line....

    Ducky says: "For me this was such a HOOT!!!"
    "Hilarious!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book is hilarious! I was actually laughing out loud in the car, driving! I love the antics, funny phrases and dynamics of the characters. For any female that has gone through a divorce, you will totally relate.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of And One Last Thing...?

    The newsletter and how Lacey comes to polite grips of her emotions.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Things We Do for Love

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kristin Hannah
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (124)

    The youngest of three daughters, Angela DeSaria Malone was always "the princess" of the family, a girl who thought she knew how her life would unfold. High School. College. Marriage. Motherhood. That was how it had gone for her sisters, her cousins, her friends. But it didn't work out that way for Angie. She and her husband tried desperately to have a child; year after year, their perfectly decorated nursery remained empty. Finally, their marriage collapsed under the weight of lost dreams.

    Erin says: "Listen with a box of tissues"
    "Wonderful!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Oh Yes! The story goes through so many emotions and ends the way I expected, but it is a truly wonderful book. A true love story, family love story.


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

    My favorite part was when the husband comes back and how he embraces Lauren.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Legion

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4601)
    Performance
    (4153)
    Story
    (4222)

    Stephen Leeds, AKA 'Legion,' is a man whose unique mental condition allows him to generate a multitude of personae: hallucinatory entities with a wide variety of personal characteristics and a vast array of highly specialized skills. As the story begins, Leeds and his 'aspects' are drawn into the search for the missing Balubal Razon, inventor of a camera whose astonishing properties could alter our understanding of human history and change the very structure of society.

    Joshua says: "The only flaw..."
    "Interesting Story"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    We found the first part of this story a little confusing and had to really pay attention.
    After we got into it, the story line was very interesting. The way the Brandon Sanderson wove the characters was very unique.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Sky is Everywhere

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jandy Nelson
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    Overall
    (298)
    Performance
    (257)
    Story
    (258)

    Seventeen-year-old Lennie Walker, bookworm and band geek, plays second clarinet and spends her time tucked safely and happily in the shadow of her fiery older sister Bailey. But when Bailey dies abruptly, Lennie is catapulted to center stage of her own life — and, despite her nonexistent history with boys, suddenly finds herself struggling to balance two. Toby was Bailey’s boyfriend; his grief mirrors Lennie’s own. Joe is the new boy in town, a transplant from Paris whose nearly magical grin is matched only by his musical talent.

    Pilot Chase says: "Wow."
    "Makes you Reflect"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Sky is Everywhere the most enjoyable?

    This story made me think back to my teen years and the struggles I had. The portrayal of the characters are genuine.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Great book. I encourage you to listen to or read it. The struggles and triumphs are sincere, reflective and encouraging.Happy reading, or listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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