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The Beautiful Ozarks | Member Since 2012

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  • Judgment Call: Joanna Brady Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By J. A. Jance
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (148)

    When Joanna Brady's daughter, Jenny, stumbles across the body of her high school principal, Debra Highsmith, in the desert, the Cochise County sheriff's personal and professional worlds collide. Though she's tried to protect her children from the dangers of the grown-up world, the search for justice leads straight to her own door and forces her to face the possibility that her beloved daughter may be less perfect than she seems. Yet the deeper Joanna digs, the more complications she uncovers....

    Jean says: "Joanna Brady is back"
    "Great read from an excellent author"
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    I have been an avid JA Jance reader for years- and this tale is as good as her others, if not better. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and kept listening because I was engaged the entire time. This story had two plots that overlapped slightly and extended the suspense beyond the main mystery of the original plot.
    I would love to see a J A Jance book made into a film, and while I didn't love the narrator of this version (her voice was too gravelly, which carried over too much into the characterizations), I can envision several actors bringing these characters to life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Petals on the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By V. C. Andrews
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (260)
    Performance
    (236)
    Story
    (239)

    After several terrifying years of captivity, the three surviving Dollanganger children have found a way to escape their prison, but they have been scarred forever. Petals on the Wind follows these children into adulthood. Although they find success and fame, they are led deeper into the curse that still haunts their family. As the three struggle to lead normal lives, revenge draws them back to the one who turned the key in the lock so long ago.

    Alicia says: "So Bad it's Good?"
    "Narrator excellent, but poor recording quality"
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    Upon to recent release of a Flowers in the Attic remake, my interest was again sparked in the Dollanganger series, which I had read many, many years ago as a teenager. This book, second in the Flowers in the Attic series, spans the 15 years after the children escape from that dreaded attic, but connects the tale with vivid imagery and shocking plot twists. The narrator's soothing, almost sultry, voice and tone suit the story that serves as the voice for Catherine Dollanganger/ Foxworth/ Sheffield, told from her perspective. However, there are many odd breaks and strange pauses in the recording, allowing the listener to break their concentration and question subtext before starting back up again. This is due to an older recording and a poor recording at that. However, this is still one great listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Second Watch: A J. P. Beaumont Novel, Book 21

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By J. A. Jance
    • Narrated By J. R. Horne
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (133)

    J. P. Beaumont is finally taking some time off to have knee-replacement surgery. But instead of taking his mind off work, the operation plunges him into one of the most perplexing and mind-blowing mysteries he's ever faced. A series of dreams takes him back to his early days on the force with the Seattle PD. When tugging on those threads from long ago leads to present-day murders, Beau's suspicions are confirmed. Some bodies from the second watch just won't stay buried.

    Jean says: "a unique idea"
    "A tightly woven, well- told tale"
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    Alone in a hospital room and hopped up on pain meds, an older J.P. Beaumont has nothing to do but think- about past cases of course. However, this book is not merely about solving a homicide case, the story takes you into J.P's personal life for a paralell secondary plot involving his time from Vietnam and some "coulda, woulda, shoulda's," making for an interesting read.
    One of my favorite things about this author is that, unlike several murder- mystery authors, her books sound as good as they read. Some authors (*cough* James Patterson) write novels that are good when read to oneself but terrible when read aloud. The dialogue is contrived and sounds silly when read by an actor. This is not the case with J.A. Jance. Her novels are pleasurable to the eye AND ear.
    J.R. Horne is the perfect voice for the protagonist in this book, and the twists and turns kept me sitting in my car in my garage actively listening to hear what was going to happen next. Some of the audio towards the end was a little muddled- it sounded as if they re-recorded a few parts and the audio is different for random phrases, but I did like the 20 minute author's note at the end of the book, detailing the history behind the characters inspired by real-life events and people.
    A great listen!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35909)
    Performance
    (26913)
    Story
    (27297)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Amazing visual imagery"
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    This was an amazing tale- that is suitable for all ages over 13, yet interesting for adults as well. The narrator is one of my favorites, and reads the rich tale with clarity and honesty. I found myself sitting in my car to find out what happens next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By L. Frank Baum
    • Narrated By Cindy Hardin Killavey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (16)

    This is the timeless tale of Dorothy and her friends, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodsman, and the Cowardly Lion, in the enchanting land of OZ. Those who have only seen the movie are in for a real treat, as much of the book did not make it into the classic 1939 film.

    James says: "Wonderful, indeed!"
    "Beloved story- dull reading of the tale"
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    I purchased this story to get some background on the beloved musical version, and to compare the differences. However, this book was hard to keep up with because the narrator is very monotone and dull.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful

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