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JoAnn

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  • Shades of Twilight

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Linda Howard
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (385)
    Performance
    (230)
    Story
    (230)

    Shades of Twilight is the story of Roanna Davenport, who grows up in a wealthy southern family but never quite fits in. She isn't pretty or popular, and she has a real talent for saying the wrong thing at precisely the wrong moment. She's in love with a distant cousin, Webb Tallant. But Webb marries their cousin Jessie, the bane of Roanna's life. When Jessie is found murdered, Webb is blamed for her death, even though there isn't enough evidence to charge him.

    Erin says: "It's about time!"
    "Creepy"
    Overall

    Could not get past the father-daughter sex scene. It was too creepy. Will not purchase another novel by Linda Howard.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Low Pressure

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (430)
    Performance
    (367)
    Story
    (365)

    Bellamy Lyston was only 12 years old when her older sister Susan was killed on a stormy Memorial Day. Bellamy's fear of storms is a legacy of the tornado that destroyed the crime scene along with her memory of what really happened during the day's most devastating moments. Now, 18 years later, Bellamy has written a sensational, best-selling novel based on Susan's murder. Because the book was inspired by the tragic event that still pains her family, she published it under a pseudonym to protect them from unwanted publicity. But an opportunistic reporter for a tabloid newspaper discovers that the book is based on fact....

    Eclectic Reader says: "Excellent!"
    "Same ole same ole"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Low Pressure? What did you like least?

    I was surprised when the mystery was solved. Did not consider that person a suspect. Did not like the graghic sex. Women like a little to be left to the imagaination.


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

    I would have left out about a third of it in the middle. Thought the story dragged there.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, but the narrator did not differentiate enough with the different voices. I had trouble sometimes figuring out who was talking.


    Was Low Pressure worth the listening time?

    Yes, it was a good story. Just slow in places.


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Shoemaker's Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Adriana Trigiani
    • Narrated By Annabella Sciorra, Adriana Trigiani
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (224)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (183)

    The majestic beauty of the Italian Alps at the turn of the 20th century is the setting of the first meeting of Enza, a practical beauty, and Ciro, a strapping mountain boy. When Ciro catches the local priest in a scandal, he is banished and sent to hide in America. Soon Enza's family faces disaster and she, too, is forced to go to America. Unbeknownst to each other, they both build fledgling lives in America. Ciro masters shoemaking and Enza takes a factory job until fate intervenes and reunites them. But it is too late....

    MEMcL says: "Why the change in narrator?"
    "Love it!!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Shoemaker's Wife in three words, what would they be?

    Very moving story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Enza, without her there would be no story.


    Which character ??? as performed by Annabella Sciorra and Adriana Trigiani ??? was your favorite?

    Still Enza


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

    Yes, it was. I listened to it every chance I got. I could hardly turn it off, but it still took me the better part of three days to finish it.


    Any additional comments?

    I wa very touched by this story. I laughed with Enza and I cried with Enza. I don't know when a story has touched me like this one did. I will definitely listen to it again.

    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
    (20043)
    Performance
    (17946)
    Story
    (18008)

    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!"
    "Just O.K."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I didn't love the book, but I didn't hate it either. For me, it was just o.k. Once I started the book, I was interested enough to finish it, so I would have to say it was time well spent. However, by the time I got to part 3, I was restless, but determined to finish it, which I did.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I didn't have a problem with it. It definitely didn't spoil the book for me. I actually thought it was in keeping with the content of the rest of the book.


    Which character ??? as performed by Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ??? was your favorite?

    I didn't have a favorite. None of the characters were truely likeable.


    Could you see Gone Girl being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I hope it ends here and does not go to movie status. That would definitely be a waste of time.


    Any additional comments?

    This is truely a book about dysfunctional people. I would say that applys to everyone including the lawyer.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Celebrity in Death: In Death, Book 34

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1749)
    Performance
    (1524)
    Story
    (1515)

    Her career in homicide has taken her into the darkest depths of New York City’s underground - and sometimes Lieutenant Eve Dallas feels more comfortable in those kinds of places than in the high-rise, high-society world of her billionaire husband, Roarke. But while she’s no party girl, she’s managing to have a reasonably good time at the celebrity-packed bash celebrating the debut of The Icove Agenda. This time it’s Eve, not Roarke, who’s a guest of honor, since the film is based on one of her famous cases. Her partner, Peabody, is practically giddy....

    Amy Huber says: "Susan Ericksen is amazing!"
    "Very Disappointed"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from J. D. Robb and/or Susan Ericksen?

    Not likely


    Has Celebrity in Death turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes


    What three words best describe Susan Ericksen???s performance?

    Great, great, great


    What character would you cut from Celebrity in Death?

    All of them. I would totally start over with a new set of characters


    Any additional comments?

    I have been a fan of this series for many years. Up to this point I have read them all. This book was filled with profanity and 4-letter words. It was as if the author did not have enough story line and used profanity to fill the pages. If that is the kind of book you like, then this one is for you. For myself, I will stick with Vince Flynn, Lee Child, Mike Connelly & the other mystery writers who truly have a story to tell.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Heaven

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By C. J. Box
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (462)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (179)

    A 12-year-old girl and her younger brother go on the run in the woods of northern Idaho, pursued by four men they have just watched commit murder - four men who know exactly who the children are, and where their desperate mother is waiting patiently by the phone for news of her children's fate.

    Holly Helscher says: "Interesting Mystery"
    "Story grabbed my heart"
    Overall

    This is my first C J Box novel and I must say I was totally taken in. I had just finished listening to the Lincoln Lawyer and I was looking for a follow-up story that wouldn't let me down. This one didn't disappoint. I think anytime you have a story that involves children that are at risk, a certain amount of tension ensues. I simply couldn't put this book down. I listened to it every chance I got, and that hasn't happened in a long time. I will have to say, tho, I did not care for the ending; however, the book was an excellent read. I would encourage anyone to get it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Faithful Place: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    Overall
    (3781)
    Performance
    (2153)
    Story
    (2157)

    New York Times best-selling author Tana French has won the prestigious Edgar, Barry, Macavity, and Anthony awards. As her third novel featuring the Dublin Murder Squad opens, 19-year-old Frank Mackey is waiting in vain for Rosie, who he’s supposed to run away to London with. But when she doesn’t show, Frank leaves Dublin without her—thinking never to return.

    Buffalogal says: "Incredible"
    "Disappointed in Ending"
    Overall

    I liked this book. I enjoyed the narrator. The accent made the characters feel real. The only thing I did not like about this story was the ending. To me, it felt like loose ends. However, I would very much encourage you to buy the book. It will not be a waste of your credit!

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful

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