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Jeanne

Belle Harbor, NY, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • 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
    (1686)
    Performance
    (1477)
    Story
    (1466)

    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!"
    "Not as Good"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from J. D. Robb and/or Susan Ericksen?

    I found this book to be boring most of the time. Too much dialogue. I enjoy the whole team and when they are left out of a story I am disappointed. The plot seemed to be a little too unbelievable. I love the series, but was disappointed in this book.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Blackberry Pie Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Joanne Fluke
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (124)

    It's been a sleepy summer for the folks of Lake Eden, Minnesota. In fact, it's been a whole four months since anyone in the Swensen family has come across a dead body - a detail that just made the front page of the local paper. And that means Hannah Swensen can finally focus on her bakery. . .or can she? Life is never really quiet for Hannah. After all, her mother's wedding is a little over a month away and guess who Delores put in charge of the planning?

    Susan Fryman says: "Blackberry Pie Murder"
    "Abrupt Ending"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Blackberry Pie Murder better?

    Finish story lines. The book ended abruptly with two or three issues hanging.


    What could Joanne Fluke have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Finish the story lines. Have a decision made between Mike and Norm for goodness sake. It is becoming a joke.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Suzanne Toren’s performances?

    I enjoy the narration although I think Suzanne's narration depicts Hannah as being too old.


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

    A little disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Concealed in Death: In Death Series, Book 38

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1548)
    Performance
    (1403)
    Story
    (1406)

    In a decrepit and long-empty New York building, a man begins the demolition process by swinging a sledgehammer into a wall. When the dust clears, he finds two skeletons wrapped in plastic behind it. The man is Lieutenant Eve Dallas’s billionaire husband, Roarke, and he summons her immediately. His latest real estate project is going to be on hold for a while, because by the time Eve and her crew are finished searching the premises, there are 12 murders to be solved.

    amazonian says: "Don't Read "In Death" LISTEN to it!"
    "TEDIOUS"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I don't know


    Would you ever listen to anything by J. D. Robb again?

    Of course.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I love this series and I love the cast of characters. So when the cast does not appear to enrich the story, the story must stand alone and this one doesn't. We all love Eve, but there has to be more than her dialogue, it becomes tedious and there wasn't enough richness to this book to overcome that.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How the Light Gets In: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1107)
    Performance
    (1000)
    Story
    (1000)

    Shadows are falling on the usually festive Christmas season for Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. When Gamache receives a message from Myrna Landers that a longtime friend has failed to arrive for Christmas in the village of Three Pines, he welcomes the chance to get away from the city. Gamache soon discovers the missing woman was once one of the most famous people not just in North America, but in the world, and now goes unrecognized by virtually everyone. As events come to a head, Gamache is drawn ever deeper into the world of Three Pines.

    Nancy J says: "Welcome Home!"
    "It doesn't get much better than this."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to How the Light Gets In again? Why?

    Yes, I will definitely listen again.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    So many things came together from the whole series. I hope the series never ends.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The final one.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thankless in Death: In Death, Book 37

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1420)
    Performance
    (1269)
    Story
    (1282)

    For Lieutenant Eve Dallas of the NYPSD, the job is a useful reminder of what she has to be grateful for this season. Hosting Roarke's big Irish family for the holiday may be challenging, but it’s a joyful improvement on her own dark childhood. Other couples aren’t as lucky as Eve and Roarke. The Reinholds, for example, are lying on the floor of their Downing Street apartment, stabbed and bludgeoned almost beyond recognition. Those who knew them are stunned - and even more heartbroken by the overwhelming evidence that they were murdered by their own son.

    Patricia says: "Violence vs. Sentiment"
    "Gruesome"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, I like the JDRobb In Death series. But I would caution them that the story is too gruesome. It was difficult getting through some of the murders.


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

    The usual ending.


    What aspect of Susan Ericksen’s performance would you have changed?

    She really does a good job. I don't know where she gets all the voices.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Appeal

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2025)
    Performance
    (430)
    Story
    (439)

    In a crowded courtroom in Mississippi, a jury returns a shocking verdict against a chemical company accused of dumping toxic waste into a small town's water supply, causing the worst "cancer cluster" in history. The company appeals to the Mississippi Supreme Court, whose nine justices will one day either approve the verdict or reverse it.

    teresa says: "no wonder it was on sale"
    "Boring"
    Overall

    I just found this boring and was very surprised.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Power Play

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Joseph Finder
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (790)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (155)

    When a band of backwoods hunters crash a corporate retreat in the wilderness, executives find themselves held hostage by men who will do anything to get the largest ransom in history. The corporate big shots hadn't wanted junior exec Jake Landry there. But now he's the only one who can save them.

    Art says: "I really wanted to give it four stars!"
    "Not a Comedy"
    Overall

    I just finished listening. I have to say that I was surprised by the dialogue of a "regular joe" like Jake. I was laughing at points and wondering at others. I am not sure if it was the dialogue or the narrator, but something was not right. Jake Landry would not describe the rape of his girlfriend as from one who had "wolly brown pubic hair" He lost me at that one. Nor would he stop to describe the beauty of the Canadian location as flowery as it is described. I think it is a good book with a great premise but I found myself thinking that I should have read the book, rather than listened to it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Plain Truth

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Christina Moore, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1166)
    Performance
    (407)
    Story
    (408)

    The discovery of a dead infant in an Amish barn shakes Lancaster County to its core. But the police investigation leads to a more shocking disclosure: circumstantial evidence suggests that 18-year-old Katie Fisher, an unmarried Amish woman believed to be the newborn's mother, took the child's life.

    Susan says: "Plain good!"
    "Repeat?"
    Overall

    I am enjoying this book and haven't finished it yet. But as I am reading, I find that it is the very same plot as a movie from a number of years ago. Has anyone else thought of this? I feel I know the end already because it is following the movie step by step.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Whitethorn Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Maeve Binchy
    • Narrated By various
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (47)

    When a new highway threatens to bypass the town of Rossmore and cut through Whitethorn Woods, everyone has a passionate opinion about whether the town will benefit or suffer. But young Father Flynn is most concerned with the fate of St. Ann's Well, which is set at the edge of the woods and slated for destruction. People have been coming to St. Ann's for generations to share their dreams and fears, and speak their prayers.

    Claire says: "Not up to par for Binchy"
    "Ditto"
    Overall

    I am sorry to say that I feel the same as the other reviewer. I keep thinking someone else must have written this and put Ms. Binchy's name on it. Very boring.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Jane Austen Book Club

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Karen Joy Fowler
    • Narrated By Kimberly Schraf
    Overall
    (248)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (44)

    Six Californians join to discuss Jane Austen's novels. Over the six months they meet, marriages are tested, affairs begin, unsuitable arrangements become suitable, and love happens. With her finely sighted eye for the frailties of human behavior and her finely tuned ear for the absurdities of social intercourse, Fowler has never been wittier nor her characters more appealing. The result is a delicious dissection of modern relationships.

    Kathy says: "agree with Lisa"
    "I tried"
    Overall

    I tried to listen to this tape on three occasions. I love Jane Austin books but this story could not hold my attention and this doesn't happen often.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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