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JLynn

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  • Scream Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Edo Van Belkom
    • Narrated By Jo Anna Perrin
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    The idea is a guaranteed ratings winner: a reality TV show where six contestants audition for a part in a horror movie, a chance to be a "scream queen." Whoever lasts the night in a haunted house, rigged with shriek-inducing special effects, will walk away rich and famous...if they make it out alive.

    JLynn says: "Parody of slasher/horror films"
    "Parody of slasher/horror films"
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    What did you like best about Scream Queen? What did you like least?

    I enjoyed the satire of it all, the skewering of all the Hollywood clichés. From the oily producers to the nipped and tucked starlet and wanna be action hero to the official scream queen. Unfortunately, the story was inconsistent as written and for me, the writing did not continually hold up. This is a take off on horror films so the premise, unctuous and greedy producers try to turn their lackluster horror films into a reality show and end up in a real haunted house/horror film, was interesting at first, but the plot began to wear on me.


    Which character – as performed by Jo Anna Perrin – was your favorite?

    I enjoyed them all and credit her wry tongue-in-cheek performance for keeping me interested even when the story did not.


    Do you think Scream Queen needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. But with the right satiric style, it might actually make an interesting film. That is, on a par with the multitude of Scream parodies that are out there.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15407)
    Performance
    (13653)
    Story
    (13686)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Devilishly Clever"
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    Would you listen to Gone Girl again? Why?

    While I enjoyed the audio, I think once was enough. It is a devilishly clever read and a guilt free way to partake of completely amoral situations but I find with thrillers, at least for me, I rarely have a need to revisit. I will say, that while I did guess the outcome and major twist/s, it didn't detract from my enjoyment of the listening. The pacing is so well done, that it keeps you listening, even when that listening is akin to watching a pile up on a highway--you just can't seem to help yourself.
    The basic plot has already been addressed by others, but suffice it to say the plot revolves around a once happily married couple, Nick and Amy, whose marriage and livelihood have taken a decided downturn. Now Amy is missing. Kidnapped, dead or alive, a victim of her husband's tattered ego...? Well, you will just have to follow the cleverly placed breadcrumbs and red herrings and listen to the audio for yourself.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That Nick and Amy are possibly the two least sympathetic fictional characters I have encountered in recent history. Yet, I followed their story because the writing is that good. What I liked least was the ending. It just sort of hung there, as if after an intricate plot, the author just ran out of steam.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fate of the States: The New Geography of American Prosperity

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Meredith Whitney
    • Narrated By Jo Anna Perrin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    One of the most respected voices on Wall Street, Meredith Whitney shot to global prominence in 2007 when her warnings of a looming crisis in the financial sector proved all too prescient. Now, in her first book, she expands upon her biggest call since the financial crisis. Whitney offers a sobering vision of the next few decades, with the coastal states continuing to struggle while the central corridor (Texas to North Dakota) contin­ues to thrive. Whitney also offers practical ideas to help the struggling parts of the country - before the fate of the states becomes irreversible.

    Jerry says: "Not quite what comes after the colon:"
    "Statistic Overload.Grateful to the Narrator."
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    What made the experience of listening to Fate of the States the most enjoyable?

    I actually tried to read the hardcover version of this book first and decided to try the audiobook to see if it improved my perspective. I didn't finish reading the actual hardcover because there are so many statistics that I began to feel I was reading a scientific journal. I was happiest with the audio book. The book is a compendium of dry facts and figures which might have made my head explode if not for the expertise of the narrator. Ms. Whitney's book is part topical and part historical which makes reading it in book form a little jarring and slow. It seems she can't decide if she should be the statistician she is, or rope us in by colloquial banter. It often times feels as if it is 2 books. All that being said, when Ms. Whitney is less formal, she presents an interesting look at how the corridor states, the fly-over states, have survived the economic downturn since 2008 in much better condition than the rest of the country. Is she right? Thought provoking, I felt. Time will tell.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have had Ms. Whitney drop some of the statistical double-speak.


    What does Jo Anna Perrin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Clarity! She did an excellent job of keeping the dry material going, and switching in and out of the statistics with ease.One paragraph alone, had at least 6 sets of trillion dollar figures.


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

    No, way too much to digest.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Curtain Falls

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Stefanie Pintoff
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    When a chorus girl is found dead on a Broadway stage dressed in the leading lady's costume, there are no signs of violence, no cuts, no bruises, no marks at all. If pressed, the coroner would call it a suicide, but then that would make her the second girl to turn up dead in such a manner in the last few weeks. And the news of a possible serial killer would be potentially disastrous to the burgeoning theater world, not to mention the citizens of New York.

    barb says: "WONDERFUL!"
    "Not my cuppa"
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    What did you like best about A Curtain Falls? What did you like least?

    I felt the story was really slow moving so I had to work hard to keep my attention focused.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Stefanie Pintoff? Why or why not?

    Possibly.


    Any additional comments?

    Lots of interesting and well researched detail regarding old New York. The story was therefore quite atmospheric. Guess it just was not my cup of tea.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death of a Cozy Writer: A St. Just Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By G. M. Malliet
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (137)

    From deep in the heart of his 18th century English manor, millionaire Sir Adrian Beauclerk-Fisk writes mystery novels and torments his four spoiled children with threats of disinheritance. Gathering them all together for a family dinner, he announces his latest blow - a secret elopement. Within hours, eldest son and appointed heir Ruthven is found cleaved to death by a medieval mace. And soon Sir Adrian himself is found slumped over his writing desk - an ornate knife thrust into his heart.

    Ronna says: "A modern day classic mystery!"
    "Delightful light who dunnit"
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    What made the experience of listening to Death of a Cozy Writer the most enjoyable?

    Anything by G. M. Malliet is generally a treat. She's cornered the market at instilling a modern sensibility on the standard cozy. Enter greed, sex, and old wounds revisited, and well, who doesn't like a dysfunctional family to make all ours seem perfectly normal...


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    Ms. Porter shines! She pulls out the stops, and even the over-the-top seems just quite right after all.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like a well done mystery in a cozy setting, with a sense of the sublimely satiric thrown in, this should definitely please.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Outtakes from a Marriage: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Ann Leary
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (74)

    Julia and Joe Ferraro are living the good life in Manhattan now that Joe's finally made it; he's the star of a hit TV show and has just been nominated for a Golden Globe award. After many lean years, they've got a grand Upper West Side apartment and an Amagansett beach house, and their two kids go to elite private schools. Even better, Julia and Joe are still madly in love. Or so Julia thinks.

    Patricia says: "Views of a marriage from the inside."
    "Fun and enjoyable listen"
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    If you could sum up Outtakes from a Marriage in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining, literate and wry.


    What about Cassandra Campbell’s performance did you like?

    The narrator was very natural and made the content even more engaging.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is a lighthearted romp through the lives of Julia and her tv star husband Joe. He is nominated for a Golden Globe and Julia is ecstatic until she starts to believe that Joe is having an affair. Is he or isn't he, and what exactly is the price of fame on home and hearth? No pretensions here; this is light reading. But the author writes so well, she makes the content infectious.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Object of Beauty: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Steve Martin
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (681)
    Performance
    (321)
    Story
    (325)

    Lacey Yeager is young, captivating, and ambitious enough to take the New York art world by storm. Groomed at Sotheby's and hungry to keep climbing the social and career ladders put before her, Lacey charms men and women, old and young, rich and even richer with her magnetic charisma and liveliness. Her ascension to the highest tiers of the city parallel the soaring heights - and, at times, the dark lows - of the art world and the country from the late 1990s through today.

    L says: "Gifted writer, characters and context feel true"
    "Quirky, sophisticated listen"
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    Any additional comments?

    A sophisticated and dryly funny look at the cut-throat world of ART in Manhattan. A cautionary tale about acquiring it, selling it, and using it to move up the ladder of success. The narration by Campbell Scott is first rate, and the story, by Steve Martin, is superb.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked Autumn: A Max Tudor Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By G. M. Malliet
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (310)
    Performance
    (263)
    Story
    (266)

    Max Tudor has adapted well to his post as vicar of St. Edwold's in the idyllic village of Nether Monkslip. The quiet village seems the perfect home for Max, who has fled a harrowing past as an MI5 agent. But this new-found serenity is quickly shattered when the highly vocal and unpopular president of the Women's Institute turns up dead at the Harvest Fayre. The death looks like an accident, but Max's training as a former agent kicks in, and before long he suspects foul play.

    Madge says: "Burnt out antiterrorist/priest deals with murder"
    "Modern take on Christie"
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    Any additional comments?

    A wonderful cozy style mystery with a modern touch. Ex-MI5 agent Max Tudor is world weary. He turns to the cloth, and finds that even in the most quiet of hamlets, murder and chaos preside. As the new Vicar in the sleepy hamlet of Nether Monkslip, all is definitely not as it seems... A fun and engaging listen.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • In Zanesville

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Jo Ann Beard
    • Narrated By Jo Anna Perrin
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    The 14-year-old narrator of In Zanesville is a late bloomer; a sidekick, a marching band dropout, a disastrous babysitter, the kind of girl whose Eureka moment is the discovery that "fudge" can't be said with an English accent. Luckily, she has a best friend with whom she shares the everyday adventures of a 1970s American girlhood. In time, their friendship is tested - by their families' claims on them, by a clique of popular girls who stumble upon them, and by the first, startling, subversive intimations of womanhood.

    Kristin says: "Terrible reader"
    "Enjoyable listen"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. The nostalgic quality brought me back to my own teen years.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The wise beyond her years un-named narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book although I think the author should have actually stated this was a look-back at childhood, as the ruminations of the book's main character- supposedly 14 years old- are too articulate and wise beyond her years. I enjoyed the fact that the audiobook's actual narrator, Joanna Perrin, had a more womanly voice for the narration. I think it was a way of giving us a

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cellist of Sarajevo

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Steven Galloway
    • Narrated By Gareth Armstrong
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (62)

    Sarajevo, in the 1990s, is a hellish place. The ongoing war devours human life, tears families apart and transforms even banal routines, such as acquiring water, into life-threatening expeditions. Day after day, a cellist stations himself in the midst of the devastation, defying the ever-present snipers to play tributes to victims of a massacre. A true story of a cellist's resistance helps to form this pivotal event in Steven Galloway's extraordinary novel.

    JLynn says: "Engrossing and Enlightening"
    "Engrossing and Enlightening"
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    I got this audiobook on the recommendation of a friend. I was glad I did. An enlightening look on the history and atrocities that took place in Sarajevo. At times truly sad, at other times bright spots of humor that showed humanity can still exist even in the most inhumane of situations.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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