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Jen

Petersburg, KY, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Rob Lowe
    • Narrated By Rob Lowe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2917)
    Performance
    (2244)
    Story
    (2236)

    A teen idol at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences. Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

    Chris - Audible says: "Believe the hype"
    "Interesting story, not a puff piece"
    Overall

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book and insight into a celebrity who seems to have figured things out about life. Nice that he reads it himself. Love his discriptions of celebrities he's met, how & where.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5768)
    Performance
    (5214)
    Story
    (5210)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Great story, unpredictable, well founded in human"
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    Grisham knows human nature as well as legal proceedings. He masterfully combines subtle and overt racism and history with greed, "what ifs" and Southern attitudes. Some of the accents the narrator uses are a bit odd, but it's a "don't want to put it down" plots with great and surprising twists and turns.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Light of the World: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 20

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (906)
    Performance
    (804)
    Story
    (794)

    In Light of the World, sadist and serial killer Asa Surrette narrowly escaped the death penalty for the string of heinous murders. But following a series of damning articles written by Dave Robicheaux’s daughter Alafair about possible other crimes committed by Surette, the killer escapes from a prison transport van and heads to Montana - where an unsuspecting Dave happens to have gone to take in the sweet summer air, accompanied by Alafair, his wife Molly, faithful partner Clete, and Clete’s newfound daughter, Gretchen Horowitz.

    Dave says: "Burke is still the best"
    "How to do it manual for murder and torture"
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    While I've listened to lots of James Lee Burke's novels in this series and enjoyed the educated viewpoint, well researched plots and strong characters, this one was exceptionally full of obscenities and mindless violence. It could easily be used by a psychotic person as a recipe for getting away with murder, how to clean up crime scenes, etc. While it's supposed to be frightening, this went way too far for me. I don't want those sex-based torture scenes replaying in my head like the fact-based war novels I've read. This is probably the last James Lee Burke book I will listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jim Henson: The Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Brian Jay Jones
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (173)

    For the first time ever - a comprehensive biography of one of the 20th century’s most innovative creative artists: the incomparable, irreplaceable Jim Henson He was a gentle dreamer whose genial bearded visage was recognized around the world, but most people got to know him only through the iconic characters born of his fertile imagination: Kermit the Frog, Bert and Ernie, Miss Piggy, Big Bird. The Muppets made Jim Henson a household name, but they were just part of his remarkable story.

    Ted says: "Dramatically complete"
    "Shockingly tedious"
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    What disappointed you about Jim Henson?

    Having tremendous respect for Jim Henson and intrigued about what made him the man he was, I hesitated at reading some reviews but didn't believe them. Believe them. If you like reading the "begats" in the Bible" then this is for you
    If you can slough thru the initial tedium, there are a few slightly interesting stories. What a disappointment!


    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Me Before You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1953)
    Performance
    (1776)
    Story
    (1781)

    Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

    Bonny says: "Will & Louisa - each has what the other one needs"
    "Unpredictable, well crafted characters, engaging"
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    Any additional comments?

    Jojo's "The Horse Dancer" was superb, her second book nearly as good, but this one at least ties Horse Dancer as one of the best books I've heard over the last 8-10 years. Hope she puts out several a year! Tried to buy Horse Dancer in print but it wasn't available in the US last Christmas. A writer of her caliber should be available in all media anywhere!

    If you've ever cared for someone who's mobility is or has been limited, her extensive research will inspire you.

    Beautifully read, love the English phrases that don't exactly translate into "American."

    A thought-provoking treatise on life, day to day living, the goals and activities that keep us focused. Me Before You prompts questions about your own life, gratitude for your physical being and how you're living, regardless of your means.

    Don't miss it! Hated for it to end, hated to put it down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2498)
    Performance
    (2132)
    Story
    (2142)

    England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

    Maria says: "Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!"
    "Expertly crafted, unexpected plot twists"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    Written by a writer who excels at the craft, the plot twists and turns never predictably, but always logically. Characters are engaging and memorable. My new favorite writer, I will buy more of her books. Well read as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lexicon

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Max Barry
    • Narrated By Heather Corrigan, Zach Appelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (456)
    Performance
    (414)
    Story
    (419)

    At an exclusive school somewhere outside of Arlington, Virginia, students aren't taught history, geography, or mathematics - at least not in the usual ways. Instead, they are taught to persuade. Here the art of coercion has been raised to a science. Students harness the hidden power of language to manipulate the mind and learn to break down individuals by psychographic markers in order to take control of their thoughts. The very best will graduate as "poets": adept wielders of language who belong to a nameless organization that is as influential as it is secretive.

    Tango says: "Fasten your seat belt..."
    "Great premise, could be carried out better"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    Lots of unnecessary graphic violence and swearing. Premise is intriguing but the story didn't come together until the very end. Leaping from one scene to another made it awkward to follow. Characters could be better developed. Not terrible, could have been great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flight Behavior

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1261)
    Performance
    (1094)
    Story
    (1102)

    Dellarobia Turnbow is a restless farm wife who gave up her own plans when she accidentally became pregnant at 17. Now, after a decade of domestic disharmony on a failing farm, she encounters a shocking sight: a silent, forested valley filled with what looks like a lake of fire. She can only understand it as a cautionary miracle, but it sparks a raft of other explanations from scientists, religious leaders, and the media.

    Marcia says: "Tough Message Delivered in Silk"
    "Brilliant writing, as always, and a new story"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    Barbara Kingsolver is a writer's writer, choosing words to paint illustrations of the situations in which her characters live. Her description of the Dollar General stores in the Appalachians puts you there between the carts with lopsided wheels, observing the clientele. Beautifully researched and unpredictable as always. Enjoy!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fat Is the New 30: The Sweet Potato Queens' Guide to Coping with (the Crappy Parts of) Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jill Conner Browne
    • Narrated By Jill Conner Browne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (47)

    The Sweet Potato Queens are back and bawdier than ever in Southern belle extraordinaire Jill Conner Browne’s ninth edition of the hysterical series. Having experienced pretty much ALL of the crappy parts of life, Browne feels it is her duty to render whatever assistance she can to her fellow sufferers - and she does so in her own inimitable fashion.

    Her father taught her there are very few situations in life that we really and truly cannot change, and it is up to us to figure out how to either make fun OUT of them - or make fun OF them.

    Kathy says: "A cure for what ails ya"
    "Disappointed, didn't want a religious treatise"
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    What did you like best about Fat Is the New 30? What did you like least?

    Jill's wit isn't as sharp as the first book but is still there. The traditional religion angle is tedious and not what I was looking for.


    What aspect of Jill Conner Browne’s performance would you have changed?

    it's her book she can perform it however she wants. This is a really stupid question.


    Could you see Fat Is the New 30 being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Glass Castle: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Jeannette Walls
    • Narrated By Jeannette Walls
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (840)
    Performance
    (608)
    Story
    (607)

    Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children. In the beginning, they lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who, when sober, captured his children's imagination. Rose Mary painted and wrote and couldn't stand the responsibility of providing for her family; she called herself an "excitement addict."

    Elisabeth says: "Like peeping through your fingers at a car wreck"
    "Triumph of education and spirit over adversity"
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    If you could sum up The Glass Castle in three words, what would they be?

    Triumph over adversity


    What other book might you compare The Glass Castle to and why?

    The Poisonwood Bible - dysfunctional father dictating the lives of family members.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    This question format is flat out stupid.


    Any additional comments?

    Glad I listened to Half Broke Horses first to set the tone. No one could make up these stories as incredible as they are. Facinating in how each family member dealt with the cards they held. Would love to see other stories from the view of the sisters and brothers. For all the people who play "poor me" who have much more than the Walls did, this is an inspiration. Can never guess where the "plot" will turn. You are always rooting for "the right thing" to happen, even tho it seldom does.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jeannette Walls
    • Narrated By Jeannette Walls
    Overall
    (909)
    Performance
    (392)
    Story
    (388)

    Jeannette Walls's memoir The Glass Castle was "nothing short of spectacular" (Entertainment Weekly). Now, in Half Broke Horses, she brings us the story of her grandmother, told in a first-person voice that is authentic, irresistible, and triumphant.

    Kathryn says: "A BETTER BOOK THAN "THE GLASS CASTLE""
    "Full of truths on many levels"
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    Would you listen to Half Broke Horses again? Why?

    Written by a real horse person who understands horses and riding and the parallels with many life experiences. Based in history, well researched, not predictable but believable.


    What other book might you compare Half Broke Horses to and why?

    If you're a horse person who likes a thread of real horsemanship run thru a memorable and entertaining story, listen to "The Horse Dancer." Print version not available in the U.S. tho.


    Who was the most memorable character of Half Broke Horses and why?

    Lilly, she's real, honest, straightforward and opinionated.


    Any additional comments?

    The people who critized the reader should write their own books and read them, for pete's sake why be picky about someone's accent.....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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