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J. E. JONES

USA | Member Since 2007

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  • 35 reviews
  • 86 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 13 purchased in 2014
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  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26737)
    Performance
    (13375)
    Story
    (13420)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Great book"
    Overall

    I was 12 years old in 1962 but don't remember most of the events talked about in the Help. I think maybe because I lived on the west Coast, and not Mississippi.

    One great thing about the book is that it reminds us of how far we've come. Not just black maids but every woman. I loved it. Great characters and good story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rebecca

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Daphne du Maurier
    • Narrated By Anna Massey
    Overall
    (853)
    Performance
    (623)
    Story
    (631)

    After a whirlwind romance and a honeymoon in Italy, the innocent young heroine and the dashing Maxim de Winter return to his country estate, Manderley. But the unsettling memory of Rebecca, the first Mrs. de Winter, still lingers within. The timid bride must overcome her husband's oppressive silences and the sullen history of the sinister housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers, to confront the emotional horrors of the past.

    P. Wade Thompson says: "A Great Listen"
    "Great listen!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Rebecca to be better than the print version?

    Rebecca has been a popular book since it was first written in 1938. Some of the ideas about women are, of course, outdated, by 2013 standards, but I like the old-fashioned air of the book. The second Mrs. DeWinter's name is never revealed but she is painfully shy and timid, which women today probably can't imagine in a heroine.

    The narrator was great and really fit the old-fashioned style of the story. I would highly recommend it if you like old-fashioned romances.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Not really sure. The heroine was pretty timid and shy, Maxim was brooding, and of course Mrs. Danvers and Jack Favel were evil. Rebecca, too. So hard to choose someone who was a "favorite."


    Which character – as performed by Anna Massey – was your favorite?

    She did all the characters well, even the men, which is unusual for a reader. She did a great Jack Favel and Mrs Danvers.


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

    Yes


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Beauty Chorus

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Kate Lord Brown
    • Narrated By Julia Franklin, Maggie Mash
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    New Year's Eve, 1940: Evie Chase, determined to make a difference to the war effort, joins the ATA, the civilian pilots who ferry Tiger Moths and Spitfires to bases across Britain. Two other women nervously join up: Stella Grainger and Megan Jones. Billeted in a tiny cottage, they must learn to live and work together. Brave, beautiful and fiercely independent, they find romance, confront loss, and forge friendships that will last a lifetime.

    J. E. JONES says: "Annoying narration"
    "Annoying narration"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think I would have liked the story but the narrator was very annoying! I realize it's hard to do different accents and things but some of the character's voices bordered on weird. The men were ultra loud and you could almost see the spittle coming from some of their mouths when they talked. I hate to be critical and usually am not but I couldn't get past the strange accents and voices of the characters. I was only able to listen to about 90 minutes of it.


    Has The Beauty Chorus turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I love WWII books.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Julia Franklin and Maggie Mash ’s performances?

    No


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Beauty Chorus?

    I didn't even finish it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Murder and Mendelssohn: A Phryne Fisher Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated By Stephanie Daniel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (145)

    An orchestral conductor has been found dead and Detective Inspector Jack Robinson needs the delightfully incisive and sophisticated Miss Fisher's assistance. Hugh Tregennis has been murdered in a most flamboyant mode by a killer with a point to prove. But how many killers is Phryne really stalking? At the same time, the dark curls and disdainful air of mathematician and code-breaker Rupert Sheffield are taking Melbourne by storm. They've certainly taken the heart of Phryne's old friend from the trenches of WWI, John Wilson. Phryne recognises Sheffield as a man who attracts danger and is determined to protect John from harm.

    Kate says: "Starchy mystery accompanies KG's take on Sherlock"
    "Love the style of Kerry Greenwood"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Murder and Mendelssohn to be better than the print version?

    I think the audio version has to be better because the narrator just brings out the very best in the witty writing style.


    Would you recommend Murder and Mendelssohn to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, I love Kerry Greenwood's style of writing. She's a terrific writer and that shines out over and above the actual plot of the story. If they don't care to read about 2 homosexuals having sex too, they should not listen to this book. I don't care if there are gay characters but don't really want to listen to homosexual love scenes. To me it didn't add anything to the book.


    Have you listened to any of Stephanie Daniel’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, I listened to one other Kerry Greenwood book and really loved Stephanie Daniels. I'd listen to her again in anything she read.


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

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to Unnatural Habits, the only Kerry Greenwood book I've listened to before this, and actually liked the story line of that one over this one. The mystery aspect of this book was only so-so and I didn't rally care for the plot about the two homosexual lovers. I don't mind gay characters but this one got pretty graphic and I just don't find that interesting or worth listening to. In this book, the actual mystery wasn't all that interesting and it was kind of back burner.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Someone Else's Love Story: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Narrated By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (200)

    Someone Else's Love Story is beloved and highly acclaimed New York Times best-selling author Joshilyn Jackson's funny, charming, and poignant novel about science and miracles, secrets and truths, faith and forgiveness; about falling in love, and learning that things aren't always what they seem - or what we hope they will be.

    ~Beloved~ says: "perfectly delightful"
    "Disappointing"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Those who love Joshilyn Jackson will find this disappointing. maybe those who haven't read her other terrific books might like it.


    What was most disappointing about Joshilyn Jackson’s story?

    Her other books all had downhome Georgia characters and her narration for those characters just sparkled. In this one, the characters are just so-so and she drastically changed her reading style somehow. Maybe this was an experiment or maybe she just didn't have an idea to equal her other, more amazing books.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Joshilyn Jackson?

    Joshilyn Jackson usually adds a whole other great dimension to her books by her own readings. This one just didn't sound natural. Like she was enunciating too clearly or something. I don't know who else might have done it better.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't know if the author was experimenting with another style or what but hope she goes back to her old style for the next one. I have loved all her books prior to this one and really looked forward to each new offering. Next time I will probably research the reviews more before I purchase.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Winter Garden: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Kristin Hannah
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    Overall
    (670)
    Performance
    (411)
    Story
    (406)

    Meredith and Nina Whitson are as different as sisters can be. One stayed at home to raise her children and manage the family apple orchard: the other followed a dream and traveled the world to become a famous photojournalist. But when their beloved father fails ill, Meredith and Nina find themselves together again, standing alongside their cold, disapproving mother, Anya, who even now, offers no comfort to her daughters

    Alysa says: "Gut wrenching....but well done."
    "Very Slow Going"
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    What would have made Winter Garden better?

    If the first part had been much, much shorter. Maybe just told the mother's story. I agree with one reviewer who said the father could have avoided a horrible childhood for his daughters if he'd just told them what their mother had been through so they could understand. What father would let his children think their mother just didn't love them rather than just sitting down and having an honest talk with them. I almost quit listening to this book because the first part is nothing but going on and on about what a dysfunctional family they were. It wasn't very entertaining.

    No matter what the mother had been through, since she had loved her children from the past so much, I can't see her treating her daughters so badly for 40 years.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Kristin Hannah? Why or why not?

    I might get another one, depending on the reviews.


    What about Susan Ericksen’s performance did you like?

    She did the mother's accent and all the Russian accents very well.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The story of Russia in World War II was very well told. I've studied WWII history so I was familiar with the story but this book brought it to life. It was very well told and very well researched.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rose Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1533)
    Performance
    (1338)
    Story
    (1364)

    Acclaimed author Susanna Kearsley's previous works have won the RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice Award, and finaled for both the UK Romantic Novel of the Year and the RITA awards.

    Eva Ward is a modern woman thrown back three centuries to 1715 - only to find that might be exactly where she belongs. There, she finds true love with Daniel Butler, but the discord surrounding Hanoverian King George plunges the lovers into a world of intrigue, treason, and romance.

    Angel Claire says: "Amazing story."
    "Entertaining story"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    The time travel aspects were worked out well and liked the twist at the end. Cornwall sounds like a beautiful place and I've always been fascinated by it. The descriptions made me want to go visit!


    What three words best describe Nicola Barber’s performance?

    Disconcerting is one word I would use. Eva narrated the story in the first person and she used a British accent for the narrative parts but when she spoke in the story as Eva, she used an American accent, that didn't sound very natural. It kind of jarred me throughout the story. They should have made Eva British as well because the American accent just didn't come off very well. I guess because the accent wasn't easy for the narrator, it seems like when Eva talked, her comments were very brief compared to other people speaking in the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall it was an entertaining story and a nice romance. I loved The Winter Sea and liked that one better but this story was worth a listen.

    1 of 1 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
    (2652)
    Performance
    (2221)
    Story
    (2225)

    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"
    "Loved it!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Winter Sea to be better than the print version?

    I liked the audio version because the narrator really took you into the story.


    What other book might you compare The Winter Sea to and why?

    I would compare it a little bit to books by Kate Morton, like The Distant Hours. The mood of the story is similar.


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

    She really captured the characters and the accents very well. Even the men. I have trouble somethings with women doing men's voices and vice versa but she did the Scots' accents and the men very well. Her voice is very soothing and fit will with the whole story.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Winter Sea and why?

    I like Carrie best, I guess. I'd love to write books like she did and have the characters come to life so well.


    Any additional comments?

    Great story! I liked the way it went from past to present and back again so seamlessly. Both Carrie's story and Sophia's story were wonderful and entertaining and I especially loved the ending! It was kind of like a time travel story but in a more believable way than most.

    It's the kind of book where you could see yourself in the main character's part and how great it would be to have experiences like that. The scenery was brought to life so well too, I felt like I'd visited there myself.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Narrated By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1382)
    Performance
    (1192)
    Story
    (1168)

    A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty is a powerful saga of three generations of women, plagued by hardships and torn by a devastating secret, yet inextricably joined by the bonds of family. Fifteen-year-old Mosey Slocumb-spirited, sassy, and on the cusp of womanhood-is shaken when a small grave is unearthed in the backyard, and determined to figure out why it's there. Liza, her stroke-ravaged mother, is haunted by choices she made as a teenager. But it is Jenny, Mosey's strong and big-hearted grandmother....

    Melinda says: "This One Ought To Butter Your Biscuit"
    "another Great book by Joshilyn Jackson"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version but I think Joshilyn Jackson's reading of the book adds a lot to it!


    What other book might you compare A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty to and why?

    I can only compare Joshilyn Jackson's books to others she also writes. If there is another author out there who writes as humorously and wonderfully as she does, I'd like to know so I can listen to their books also.


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

    I've listened to all of her books. I've loved them all.


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

    I loved the ending but also sad to see it end.


    Any additional comments?

    I was so excited to see another book out by Joshilyn Jackson! Her books are always so entertaining and funny, even when they are sad. The characters are wonderful and I love that she reads her own books. She becomes the characters and I can't imagine anyone else reading them.

    I've listened to each book of hers and loved them all.

    Hope she writes another one real soon!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fair and Tender Ladies

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Lee Smith
    • Narrated By Kate Forbes
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (90)

    Author of many novels and short stories, best-selling writer Lee Smith has received numerous awards for her works, including two O. Henry Awards. Fair and Tender Ladies is an epistolary novel that traces the life of Ivy Rowe, born in the isolated Virginia mountain community of Sugar Fork.

    Vivian says: "roots"
    "Loved this book!"
    Overall

    I bought this book some time ago, but for some reason just got around to listening to it. The narrator was wonderful! She WAS Ivy and the tone of the book, written as Ivy's letters to her friends and family, just drew me into the story,

    Lee Smith is a terrific writer and listening to her book brings it out even more, I think, that reading it.

    I was really sorry when the book was finished. I'd highly recommend it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Brutal Telling: A Three Pines Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1278)
    Performance
    (860)
    Story
    (861)

    As autumn descends upon Three Pines, a stranger is found murdered in the village bistro and antiques store at the center of town. No one admits to knowing the murdered man, but as secrets are revealed, chaos begins to close in on the beloved bistro owner, Olivier. What past did he leave behind, and why has he buried himself in this tiny village?

    Marie says: "Satisfying but sad"
    "good book"
    Overall

    Louise Penny's books are very humorous. You fall in love with all the characters and their quirky natures. I've listened to a couple of her other books and liked them all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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