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Jackie

ratings
405
REVIEWS
11
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
58

  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2917)
    Performance
    (2562)
    Story
    (2584)

    When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    cristina says: "I was surprised by how much I liked it"
    "Modern "Train Spotting", Depressing but good"
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    JK Rowling has proved that she is a great writer. She has taken a complex story that interlinks the lives of several families in a small town. At casual glance, the families are predictable. However, once the story unfolds, everyone is shown to have skeletons in their closets. If you read the reviews that say this is a dark comedy, don't believe it. It is more like the dismal stories that Oprah tends to feature. If that is your cup of tea, this is the book for you. The narration is spectacular. The narrator keeps you wanting to go up the next hill in the dismal story.

    29 of 40 people found this review helpful
  • Death of a Policeman

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (76)

    Local police stations all over the Scottish Highlands are being threatened with closure. This presents the perfect opportunity for Detective Chief Inspector Blair, who would love nothing more than to get rid of Sergeant Hamish Macbeth. Blair suggests that Cyril Sessions, a keen young police officer, visit the town of Lochdubh to monitor exactly what Macbeth does every day. Macbeth hears about Blair's plan and is prepared to insure that Cyril returns back to headquarters with a full report. But Cyril is soon found dead and Hamish quickly becomes the prime suspect in his murder.

    George says: "Hamish wins again!"
    "Did the author lose interest?"
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    So excited for another Hammish MacBeth story. The basic story is good, same old, same old. However, toward the end, it seems that she just started throwing in twists and turns just to fill pages. As always, loved the narrator.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Crossroad: A Novel of Midnight Texas

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    Overall
    (242)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (224)

    From Charlaine Harris, the best-selling author who created Sookie Stackhouse and her world of Bon Temps, Louisiana, comes a darker locale - populated by more strangers than friends. But then, that's how the locals prefer it. Welcome to Midnight, Texas, a town with many boarded-up windows and few full-time inhabitants, located at the crossing of Witch Light Road and Davy Road. It' s a pretty standard dried-up western town.

    Amazon Customer says: "Great start to a new series with familiar faces"
    "Confusing and wandering"
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    I was excited to start a new series by Charlaine Harris. However, this book just rambles. The last few chapters are the story. You could skip the entire first 3/4 of the book. I think that Charlaine has returned to quality writing, but the story is missing. The narrator does a good job, and I would not mind listening to something else she performs.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Dead but Not Forgotten: Stories from the World of Sookie Stackhouse

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris (editor), Toni L. P. Kelner (editor), Rachel Caine, and others
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (330)
    Performance
    (312)
    Story
    (311)

    Charlaine Harris' smash-hit Sookie Stackhouse series may have reached its conclusion, but the world of Bon Temps, Louisiana, lives on in this all-new collection of 15 stories. Written by a killer lineup of authors, including New York Times best-sellers Rachel Caine, MaryJanice Davidson, Jonathan Maberry and Seanan McGuire, and with introductions read by Charlaine herself, Dead but Not Forgotten puts your favorite characters center stage.

    Catherine says: "Bitter Sweet"
    "Great Stories"
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    This is a great collection of stories based on the characters from Sookie Stackhouse. The assorted writers composed stories that are true to character (unlike the True Blood debacle). It helps that Johanna Parker narrates. It makes me want to read books by the authors.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Ever After: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2937)
    Performance
    (2674)
    Story
    (2685)

    Number-one New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris has won numerous awards for her Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series, which has been adapted into the hit HBO show True Blood. In this 13th and final book, a murder rocks the town of Bon Temps and Sookie is arrested for the crime. After making bail, she sets out to clear her name - but her investigation only leads to more deaths.

    k says: "Bitter ending? Cleanse your palate."
    "Disappointing"
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    It is obvious that Charlaine Harris got tired of her character and just wanted to end the series. Listening to this book was like listening to someone reading the a grocery shopping list. Even the narrator, whom I love, seemed bored reading this book. I have no problem with how she ended the series, the choices she made with the characters. I do have a problem with the lack luster way she told the story. The story rambles from left over story line to left over story line. I have all the books on Audible, Kindle, and hard back. I really wish I would have only purchased the audible book and not given the author the royalties from the other two.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs Queen Takes the Train

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By William Kuhn
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    An absolute delight of a debut novel by William Kuhn - author of Reading Jackie: Her Autobiography in Books - Mrs Queen Takes the Train wittily imagines the kerfuffle that transpires when a bored Queen Elizabeth strolls out of the palace in search of a little fun, leaving behind a desperate team of courtiers who must find the missing Windsor before a national scandal erupts.

    Robin says: "adorable, for american anglophiles"
    "Sweet Story"
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    This is a sweet story centered around the Queen of England and the issues that swirl around her. The story is a fanciful journey into what might be the background stories behind the real people that are the royal family and the people that serve them. Pretty predicatable, but will put a smile on your face.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Death of Yesterday

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (99)

    When a local woman tells Sergeant Hamish Macbeth that she doesn't remember what happened the previous evening, he doesn't begin to worry. She had been out drinking, after all, and he'd prefer not to be bothered with such an arrogant and annoying woman. But when her body is discovered, Hamish is forced to investigate a crime that the only known witness - now dead - had forgotten.

    Sharron says: "Like visiting an old friend"
    "Re-run"
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    MC Beaton needs to stop writing the Hamish Macbeth series if her heart isn't in it. This story feels like deja vu. She seems to have cut an pasted old story lines together in a hodge podge that does not flow. The narration is nice. The story is awful

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Deadlocked: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3570)
    Performance
    (3166)
    Story
    (3171)

    Growing up with telepathic abilities, Sookie Stackhouse realized early on there were things she'd rather not know. And now that she's an adult, she also realizes that some things that she knows about, she'd rather not see—like Eric Northman feeding off another woman. A younger one. There's a thing or two she'd like to say about that, but she has to keep quiet—Felipe de Castro, the Vampire King of Louisiana (and Arkansas and Nevada), is in town.

    pewter says: "Who, What, and Why"
    "Not Worth the Wait"
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    Would you try another book from Charlaine Harris and/or Johanna Parker?

    I still want to see how she ends the series. However, if this was the first in the series I would not have listened to the rest. I still feel that Johanna Parker is the voice of Sookie, but she did not have much to work with here.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Charlaine Harris again?

    Yes, there is always hope that she was distracted by all the press jaunts, and will pay attention to the bad reviews.


    What does Johanna Parker bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Johanna Parker brings the different characters alive for me. Even when I read the books, I hear her voices.


    You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    This book just drones on. It truly is just Sookie running errands. The climax of the book was not even exciting. Charlaine Harris has told some amazing stories and created interesting characters. I will miss Sookie, but if she is going to write more dribble like this, I agree that she needs to end the series. Truly a disappointing story.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Crouching Vampire, Hidden Fang: A Dark Ones Novel, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Katie MacAlister
    • Narrated By Nicole Poole
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (76)

    Humor and romance mix delightfully in Katie MacAlister’s New York Times best-selling novels. In this installment of the Dark Ones series, Pia is discovering that wedded bliss with a vampire is a very elusive proposition. With her hubby not trusting her, and his best friend missing, Pia finds solace in her plain old Seattle life. But that all changes when she and Kristoff are falsely implicated in crimes against vampire-kind.

    AMV says: "Good Fun"
    "Wrong Narrator"
    Overall

    I am so disappointed. I love the Katie MacAlister books and think Barb Rosenblat is the best narrator. However, this book is NOT narrated by Rosenblat. I miss her voices.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs: Jane Jameson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5611)
    Performance
    (4319)
    Story
    (4328)

    Maybe it was the Shenanigans gift certificate that put her over the edge. When children's librarian and self-professed nice girl Jane Jameson is fired by her beastly boss and handed $25 in potato skins instead of a severance check, she goes on a bender that's sure to become Half Moon Hollow legend. On her way home, she's mistaken for a deer, shot, and left for dead.

    Sandra Ross says: "Laugh-out Loud Funny"
    "Jackie C"
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    This is the first in a series of three. It is hilarious. The writer has a great wit and provide an engaging story. The narrator reads the story with perfect inflection. I can't wait for the next in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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