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J. E. JONES

USA | Member Since 2007

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  • 49 reviews
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  • 248 titles in library
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  • The Children's Hour

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Marcia Willett
    • Narrated By June Barrie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (20)

    In the big old house overlooking the sea, five small children listened as their mother read them a story. Theirs was an idyllic childhood, as they played on the beach, in the gardens and the woods, before the war and other tragedies disrupted their lives. Now, many years later, Nest and Mina still live at their beautiful childhood home, surrounded by the glorious Devon country side. But, when their sister Georgie comes to stay at Ottercombe, memories of their past start to revisit them.

    Faith says: "Wonderful Read"
    "Great Story!"
    Overall

    I loved the characters in this book. They sort of drew you into their lives. The setting on the sea was beautiful too. I really enjoyed it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Flight Patterns

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Karen White
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett, Melissa Hurst, Amanda Leigh Cobb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1642)
    Performance
    (1533)
    Story
    (1522)

    Georgia Chambers has spent her life sifting through other people's pasts while trying to forget her own. But then her work as an expert on fine china - especially Limoges - requires her to return to the one place she swore she'd never revisit. It's been 13 years since Georgia left her family home on the coast of Florida, and nothing much has changed except that there are fewer oysters and more tourists.

    HollyColorado says: "Haunting story about family secrets"
    "Disappointing"
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    Performance
    Story

    I've read and listened to many of Karen White's books and always liked them. This one kind of fell flat tho. The two main characters, especially Maizie, were annoying, Maizie was constantly snapping at someone and then feeling bad afterward - but it didn't stop her. She was just a sour puss. Why Maizie left her husband wasn't really explained, except that she was jealous of her sister, even tho Georgia hadn't even been in town for 10 years. The reader who did Maizie's part used this sing song voice, like she was talking to little children so even the supposed dramatic parts sounded kind of silly.

    I think a big part of the problem was that it just took too long for the plot to evolve. Maizie sniped at her sister, wanting her to leave and hating her but no clues as to why, although it was pretty easy to guess. The love/hate relationship just kind of hung there for so long, you didn't really care anymore.. The whole looking for the china pattern was kind of thin too - and it seemed to take forever to unfurl.

    I did finish the book but it was kind of irritating to me. Didn't care for the performaces, except for the woman who read for Birdie. She really fit her part, but even her constant mental fogginess got old. She was constantly on the verge of revealing something but never seemed to get to it.

    Definitely not one of my favorites.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Poisonwood Bible

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Dean Robertson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7073)
    Performance
    (5500)
    Story
    (5542)

    The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them all they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it - from garden seeds to Scripture - is calamitously transformed on African soil.

    Joe says: "Very Engrossing"
    "Great writing!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    This book is hard to rate really. It's depressing in many aspects but the writing is supurb, interjecting subtle humor into the story. At first I didn't care for the narrator but as the story progressed, she seemed perfect for the material.

    I wasn't familiar with the history of the African Congo so this book was eye-opening in that aspect. Very sad.

    Overall, I would highly recommend this book for the writing and the history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Wilderness: Wilderness Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Sara Donati
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2934)
    Performance
    (2463)
    Story
    (2469)

    Weaving a vibrant tapestry of fact and fiction, Into the Wilderness sweeps us into another time and place...and into the heart of a forbidden, incandescent affair between a spinster Englishwoman and an American frontiersman. Here is an epic of romance and history that will captivate readers from the very first page.

    randomactsofpunctuation says: "So much for "if you like Gabaldon""
    "Don't care for it"
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    I thought a book about this time period would be interesting but this one fell flat. I wish I'd known it was just a romance novel. Elizabeth arrives in the America determined to live and die a spinster and within 5 minutes she's in love with Nathanial and scheming to have both him and her father's property. Overnight change of heart, I guess.

    She is also very ultra modern for the time, offering to educate both black and Indian children in her school. Most blacks then were not allowed to learn reading and writing and most people wouldn't have allowed their children to attend a school with other races. Sorry if that offends but it's just a fact of the time. Elizabeth seems more like an anti-slavery crusader in the 1850's as I don't think her modern outlook would have been tolerated or even thought of in the 1700's. I also don't see a well bred English woman wanting to run off and live with a man whose relatives are Indian. It just wasn't a thing that was done at this time in history.

    The narrator's delivery of Elizabeth made her seem more like a woman in her 40's than a 29 year old and I couldn't really get into the whole romance with Nathanial angle, which is pretty much the entire story. Plus they just jumped into being madly in love too quickly. It didn't seem real. Nathanial was a good character, kind of like Daniel Day Lewis in Last of the Mohicans but Elizabeth sounded like his mother, not an enticing heroine.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Almost Sisters: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Narrated By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1005)
    Performance
    (956)
    Story
    (952)

    Superheroes have always been Leia Birch Briggs' weakness. One tequila-soaked night at a comics convention, the usually level-headed graphic novelist is swept off her barstool by a handsome and anonymous Batman. It turns out the caped crusader has left her with more than just a nice, fuzzy memory. She's having a baby boy - an unexpected but not unhappy development in the 38-year-old's life.

    avid reader says: "My favorite book in a long time!!"
    "Love Joshilyn Jackson!"
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    If you could sum up The Almost Sisters in three words, what would they be?

    Author always delivers!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Almost Sisters?

    I loved the way Leia's graphic novel was woven into the plot of the overall story.


    What about Joshilyn Jackson’s performance did you like?

    She is a wonderful narrator for her own books. Her voices are all distinct from each other and I think she knows best of all how the book should be read to convey what she wants the listener to know. I would really recommend the audio version of any of her books because she does such an amazing job and you can really absorb what a good writer she is by hearing every word.


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

    Many things about this book were moving. I like the way Leia becomes aware of layers of the South that she didn't really acknowledge before and she resolved to change what she could for the sake of her son and the future.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't even know what this book was about when I pre-ordered it. I wait for Joshilyn Jackson's books to come out and order it as soon as possible. To me, it doesn't even matter what it's about because come of her themes remain the same. No one does life in the small town South like Jackson. I also enjoy that she does her own reading because I look forward to that part too. She's an amazing writer and I highly recommend any book she's written.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mercer Girls

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Libbie Hawker
    • Narrated By Amy McFadden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2034)
    Performance
    (1852)
    Story
    (1847)

    It's 1864 in downtrodden Lowell, Massachusetts. The Civil War has taken its toll on the town - leaving the economy in ruin and its women in dire straits. That is, until Asa Mercer arrives on a peculiar, but providential, errand: he seeks high-minded women who can exert an elevating influence in Seattle, where there are ten men for every woman. Mail-order brides, yes, but of a certain caliber.

    Kirsten Balckwell says: "Delightful"
    "Didn't like the Reader!"
    Overall
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Maybe a different reader would have helped. I couldn't even listen after the first 3 chapters. I tried but she was too irritating. Didn't care much for the characters either overall.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The Alice Network by Kate Quinn


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I usually listen to the narrator before I buy a book and I must have forgotten to do it on this one because it was a sale book. The reader was flat and read like a 4th grader.


    Any additional comments?

    Glad I only paid $2.95 for it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ludwika: A Polish Woman's Struggle to Survive in Nazi Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Christoph Fischer
    • Narrated By Tessa Petersen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    It's World War II and Ludwika Gierz, a young Polish woman, is forced to leave her family and go to Nazi Germany to work for an SS officer. There, she must walk a tightrope, learning to live as a second-class citizen in a world where one wrong word could spell disaster and every day could be her last. Based on real events, this is a story of hope amid despair, of love amid loss...ultimately, it's one woman's story of survival.

    J. E. JONES says: "Flat, boring and unemotional"
    "Flat, boring and unemotional"
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    What disappointed you about Ludwika: A Polish Woman's Struggle to Survive in Nazi Germany?

    The narrator was terrible! I got the kindle version for free and the audio was $2.99 with it. Wish I'd listened to the sample first! I tried to read the kindle version and it was just superficial and lacked any real depth or feeling.


    What was most disappointing about Christoph Fischer’s story?

    I've read many Holocaust and World War II stories, both true and fiction and that time was deeply emotional for all involved. This book just did not capture any of that. The main character feels forced to go off with a German soldier that she cares nothing for and leaves her daughter behind, which doesn't seem to upset her much either. I couldn't even finish the kindle version and couldn't even begin the audio version after I heard the narrator.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Tessa Petersen’s performances?

    NO!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    The total lack of depth to the story was dissapointing.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't even bother with this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Gilded Hour

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Sara Donati
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1493)
    Performance
    (1386)
    Story
    (1380)

    The year is 1883, and in New York City it's a time of dizzying splendor, crushing poverty, and tremendous change. With the gravity-defying Brooklyn Bridge nearly complete and New York in the grips of antivice crusader Anthony Comstock, Anna Savard and her cousin, Sophie - both graduates of the Woman's Medical School - treat the city's most vulnerable, even if doing so may put everything they've strived for in jeopardy.

    Annie M. says: "Historical romance, surgical implements too!"
    "Too many subplots, tried to hard to educate"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The historical aspects were good so maybe someone who likes history and isn't too particular about too many plots


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I am currently listening to Secrets of a Charmed life by Susan Meissner. This is another historical but isn't trying to hard to teach me lessons.


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

    The historical research was very good, it's just that the author tried to hard to educate and ended up preaching about women's rights, men who hate women, how awful the Catholic Church is, the plight of orphans in the 1800's. The part about women in medicine was good and interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I'd read the reviews on Amazon which slammed the book for not winding up the main plot about the murders. I think the author was trying to educate us on too many topics in one book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Downstairs Maid

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Rosie Clarke
    • Narrated By Penelope Freeman
    Overall
    (301)
    Performance
    (279)
    Story
    (282)

    She is a servant girl... When her father becomes ill, Emily Carter finds herself sent into service at Priorsfield Manor in order to provide the family with an income. He will be the Lord of the Manor... Emily strikes up an unlikely friendship with the daughters of the house, as well as Nicolas, son of the Earl. But as the threat of war comes ever closer, she becomes even more aware of the vast differences between upstairs and downstairs, servant and master...If you like Downton Abbey you’ll love this!

    Susan says: "Some Good, Lots of Bad- Details too 'adult' for me"
    "No Downton Abby!"
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    What didn’t you like about Penelope Freeman’s performance?

    I have to start by saying I am in my 60's but I don't really like older women narrating these stories where the main character is a 20 year old girl. All the men in the story sounded like they were about 75 years old and most of the women too. The narrator did a good job of making the voices different and the people who were truly old in the book sounded find but having a young man sound like he's 70 just is distracting.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    The story was ok but not really realistic. Some members of the titled family treated Emily like a friend from the beginning and in those days servants had their place and the line wasn't crossed. The story was ok and maybe worth a listen but it wasn't great.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Clouds Rolling In: Bregdan Chronicles 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ginny Dye
    • Narrated By Christine Cunningham Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (690)
    Performance
    (605)
    Story
    (603)

    Carrie Cromwellcomes of age as the dark clouds of the Civil War swallow the country. Born with a fiery spirit and a strong mind, she finds herself struggling between the common wisdom of the South and the truth she has discovered.

    Patricia W. says: "365 days until the powder keg explodes."
    "Only so-so"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The author used very little imagination in her descriptions. When she visited her father's house in Richmond, she said the house was "beautiful with spectacular pictures on the wall" and that was it for the house description. People were always smiling at each other, for lack of any other description of expressions. It just seemed very second rate as far as writing went.


    What was most disappointing about Ginny Dye’s story?

    The plot line was ok but it was just not great writing. The characters were pretty stereotypical and the fact that Carrie was running a plantation all by herself at age 18, letting slaves run away and doing what she wanted to, was definitely not very realistic.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I wish the narrator had been younger. I'm older myself but Carrie was just 18 so having a much older voice talking for her just seemed very jarring.


    Any additional comments?

    This book got lots of great reviews and I was surprised by that after I listened to it. Since it is just part one, it did really leave the story hanging. I didn't think the writing was good enough to go on to part two and I didn't really care much about Carrie and the other characters. I did finish it because I didn't have any other books to listen to at the time but I did skip some to get to the end.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Winthrop Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Anya Seton
    • Narrated By Corrie James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (273)
    Performance
    (245)
    Story
    (248)

    In 1631 Elizabeth Winthrop, newly widowed with an infant daughter, set sail for the New World. Against a background of rigidity and conformity she dared to befriend Anne Hutchinson at the moment of her banishment from the Massachusetts Bay Colony; dared to challenge a determined army captain bent on the massacre of her friends, the Siwanoy Indians; and, above all, dared to love a man as her heart and her whole being commanded.

    Lulu says: "Historical Fiction that Aged Very Well"
    "Loved it!"
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    Would you listen to The Winthrop Woman again? Why?

    Yes, it was a really good book. The historical details were well researched and thorough and performances were good.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The historical aspects. I learned a lot about Puritan New England. Many of the characters were real people so you can research them and see how the book compared to real life.


    Any additional comments?

    I read and re-read all of Anya Seton's books years ago but had not read this one. Even though it was written in the 1950's, I think, it didn't seem dated at all. Great historical fiction. I was so interested, I even looked up many of the characters to see what became of them in real life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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