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Dr, Julie Jackson

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  • 8 reviews
  • 56 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 24 purchased in 2014
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  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13049)
    Performance
    (5498)
    Story
    (5565)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "all ages"
    Overall

    good book for listening. shared it with a teenager and an 89 year old. we all liked it.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Infinite Jest: Part I With a Foreword by Dave Eggers

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By David Foster Wallace
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    A gargantuan, mind-altering comedy about the Pursuit of Happiness in America set in an addicts' halfway house and a tennis academy, and featuring the most endearingly screwed-up family to come along in recent fiction, Infinite Jest explores essential questions about what entertainment is and why it has come to so dominate our lives; about how our desire for entertainment affects our need to connect with other people; and about what the pleasures we choose say about who we are.

    Dr, Julie Jackson says: "I had to buy the book"
    "I had to buy the book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I couldn't take it on audio. Too complex and challenging for dog walking. Better by the fire.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Boxer, Beetle

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Ned Beauman
    • Narrated By Robert Sams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Kevin "Fishy" Broom has his nickname for a reason - a rare genetic condition that makes his sweat and other bodily excretions smell markedly like rotting fish. Consequently, he rarely ventures out of the London apartment where he deals online in Nazi memorabilia. But when Fishy stumbles upon a crime scene, he finds himself on the long-cold trail of a pair of small-time players in interwar British history.

    Peregrine says: "Great book--with a *terrible* narrator"
    "Engaging"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Boxer, Beetle rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    about the middle. I prefer really long books and this is fairly short


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Boxer, Beetle?

    the beetles. totally cool.


    Which character – as performed by Robert Sams – was your favorite?

    the boxer


    Who was the most memorable character of Boxer, Beetle and why?

    the boxer. a sociopath with a penchant for directness. he cuts to the chase


    Any additional comments?

    an odd book for a Austin fan, but it was engaging

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Honor of the Queen: Honor Harrington, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1475)
    Performance
    (1057)
    Story
    (1057)

    It's hard to give peace a chance when the other side regards conquest as the only option and a sneak attack as the best means to that end. That's why the Kingdom of Manticore needs allies against the Republic of Haven, and the planet Grayson is strategically situated to make a very good ally indeed. But Her Majesty’s Foreign Office overlooked a “minor cultural difference” when they chose Honor Harrington to carry the flag: women on the planet of Grayson are without rank or rights and Honor’s mere presence is an intolerable affront to every male on the planet.

    Richard says: "Following on in the series - Book 2"
    "Tons of military strategy"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you try another book from David Weber and/or Allyson Johnson?

    Maybe


    What three words best describe Allyson Johnson’s performance?

    Miscast. Clarity. Misplaced emphasis. That's four.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the feminist twist to a sci fy story. If you like excellent description of combat between battleships, you'll like this book. The star ships maneuver like sailboats at light speed in a vast three dimensional ocean. Cool, but not really my thing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Juliet

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Anne Fortier
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (412)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (143)

    Twenty-five-year-old Julie Jacobs is heartbroken over the death of her beloved aunt Rose. But the shock goes even deeper when she learns that the woman who has been like a mother to her has left her entire estate to Julie’s twin sister. The only thing Julie receives is a key—one carried by her mother on the day she herself died—to a safety-deposit box in Siena, Italy.

    Glory says: "Excellent! Merits 20 hours"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    I wanted to like this but the plot was contrived, the characters unconvincing, and the historical setting muddled. I almost never leave a book unfinished but managed to do so on Juliet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Messenger of Truth: A Maisie Dobbs Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Winspear
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (505)
    Performance
    (297)
    Story
    (297)

    London, 1931. The night before an exhibition of his artwork opens at a famed Mayfair gallery, the controversial artist Nick Bassington-Hope falls to his death. The police rule it an accident, but Nick's twin sister, Georgina, isn't so sure. For help with this case, Georgina seeks out Maisie Dobbs, psychologist and investigator.

    karen says: "Excellent book!"
    "liked the narrator"
    Overall

    Nice characterization. Descent mystery well read. I'll look for this reader again. This book is aimed at a female audience.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17655)
    Performance
    (7866)
    Story
    (7901)

    Lisbeth Salander—the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels—lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority.

    B.J. says: "Perfect."
    "sorry when it was over"
    Overall

    a lot of words but I like that. never boring. I will save to listen again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Judgment of Paris: The Revolutionary Decade that Gave the World Impressionism

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ross King
    • Narrated By Tristan Layton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (58)

    While the Civil War raged in America, another very different revolution was beginning to take shape across the Atlantic, in the studios of Paris. The artists who would make Impressionism the most popular art form in history were showing their first paintings amid scorn and derision from the French artistic establishment. Indeed, no artistic movement has ever been, at its inception, quite so controversial.

    Stephen says: "A marvelous book"
    "cultural history"
    Overall

    Great historical context. cites personal letters and journals not readily available to an English only reader. Allows individual personality to operate as a cultural signifier. I sound like a professor, which I am, but this is a good read if you like history and think art matters.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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