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Joan

Upland, CA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3884)
    Performance
    (3310)
    Story
    (3308)

    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    Shauna says: "Defending Jacob"
    "Can't get this book out of my head......"
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    I didn't love this book but I can't seem to let it go either. I wanted more detail about the characters early on in the book but the twists and turns of the last chapters made up for it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Caleb's Crossing

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Geraldine Brooks
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ehle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (527)
    Performance
    (376)
    Story
    (383)

    In 1665, a young man from Martha's Vineyard became the first Native American to graduate from Harvard College. Upon this slender factual scaffold, Brooks has created a luminous tale of love and faith, magic and adventure. The narrator of Caleb's Crossing is Bethia Mayfield, growing up in the tiny settlement of Great Harbor amid a small band of pioneers and Puritans. Restless and curious, she yearns after an education that is closed to her by her sex....

    Mary Sue says: "Another good entry into fiction!"
    "The Narration Takes Getting Used To"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Caleb's Crossing to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bethia.....such a strong and competent woman. Open minded and forward thinking.


    What does Jennifer Ehle bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I'm not sure.......I seldom have the time to read a print version of a book. At first I didn't like the narration at all. But as I listened to the story itself I felt Ms. Ehle was trying to speak as one would during that time in history. She enunciates every work and speaks rather stiffly.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, after getting used to the narration.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Patient Zero: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3643)
    Performance
    (3004)
    Story
    (2993)

    When you have to kill the same terrorist twice in one week there’s either something wrong with your world or something wrong with your skills - and there’s nothing wrong with Joe Ledger’s skills. And that’s both a good and a bad thing. It’s good because he’s a Baltimore detective who has just been secretly recruited by the government to lead a new task force created to deal with the problems that Homeland Security can’t handle....

    Kim Venatries says: "Yes! It IS that good. Five stars and more."
    "Great Narrator.....great story"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Patient Zero to be better than the print version?

    I've not read the print version but Ray Porter is an excellent narrator and makes the characters come alive.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That there is nothing supernatural about the zombies.......they are all man/science made.


    Which character – as performed by Ray Porter – was your favorite?

    Joe Ledger! By the time I was a few pages into the book I had a crush on him. As an earlier reviewer mentioned, Ray Porter IS Joe Ledger.


    If you could rename Patient Zero, what would you call it?

    No idea........


    Any additional comments?

    So worth the credit. This book kept my attention from beginning to end, even the second time around when I listened with my husband. Fun and entertaining.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Triptych

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (795)
    Performance
    (577)
    Story
    (578)

    From Atlanta's wealthiest suburbs to its stark inner-city housing projects, a killer has crossed the boundaries of wealth and race. And the people who are chasing him must cross those boundaries, too. Among them is Michael Ormewood, a veteran detective whose marriage is hanging by a thread and whose arrogance and explosive temper are threatening his career. And Angie Polaski, a beautiful vice cop who was once Michael's lover before she became his enemy.

    Cindy says: "Really rough material"
    "Didn't want this book to end"
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    I loved this book! The story, the characters.....everything. I finished Triptych on my way home from work at 2AM and stayed up long enough to buy and download the next book in the series so I can listen to a little before I sleep. I can't wait to find out what Will Trent and Angie Polaski are up to in the next book. I'm not from the south but I found the reader's accent to be just fine!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Rich Roll
    • Narrated By Rich Roll
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (790)
    Performance
    (720)
    Story
    (711)

    An incredible but true account of achieving one of the most awe-inspiring midlife physical transformations ever

    In October 2006, the night before he was to turn forty, Rich experienced a chilling glimpse of his future. Nearly fifty pounds overweight and unable to climb the stairs without stopping, he saw where his sedentary lifestyle was taking him. Most of us look the other way when granted such a moment of clarity, but not Rich.

    J. Camara says: "Insightful conquering life's challenges"
    "Inspiring"
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    I loved this book and couldn't stop listening. I feel motivated to go beyond my comfort zone after reading Finding Ultra. An amazing man with an terrific story to tell.

    I think I will end up buying the print edition of this book in addition to the audio version so I can refer to the info regarding plant based eating and endurance training.

    This book is inspiring, engaging, open and honest. I can't wait to read more about or by Rich Roll

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Good Dog

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Susan Wilson
    • Narrated By Fred Berman, Christina Delaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (711)
    Performance
    (340)
    Story
    (340)

    Adam March is a self-made “Master of the Universe.” He has it all: the beautiful wife, the high-powered job, the glittering circle of friends. But there is a price to be paid for all these trappings, and the pressure is mounting—until the day Adam makes a fatal mistake. His assistant leaves him a message with three words: your sister called.

    Shelby says: "A cynic and a cynical dog - PERFECT!!"
    "I didn't want it to end!"
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    I loved this book and didn't want it to end. I laughed, cried and cheered. Absolutely a book I will listen to again. I'll be looking for more by this author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6146)
    Performance
    (5459)
    Story
    (5457)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "Loved the narrator........."
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    Jim Dale is an fabulous narrator........I wonder if he was as bored performing this book as I was reading it. So very disappointed. Listening to Jim Dale's truly amazing voice was the only thing that got me through this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4092)
    Performance
    (3113)
    Story
    (3121)

    Even in Grundy, Alaska, its unusual to find a naked guy with a bear trap clamped to his ankle on your porch. But when said guy turns into a wolf, recent southern transplant Mo Wenstein has no difficulty identifying the problem.

    Mariya says: "Preternaturally Funny"
    "I wish I'd liked it more"
    Overall

    Truly.....by the time I read this book it had been in my library for a few months so I'd forgotten the reviews. I thought it was a first book by this author until I came back to the page and saw other reviews. I found it slow and a bit boring.......the dialogue felt forced. It will be tough for me to give this author another chance.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14750)
    Performance
    (9136)
    Story
    (9008)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Pointless"
    Overall

    I didn't like this book at all! I forced myself to listen to ten hours and then gave up. If you don't enjoy romance novels this book is NOT for you. I truly don't understand all of the five star reviews.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Breathless

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Cummings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (598)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (155)

    Grady Adams lives a simple, solitary life deep in the Colorado mountains. Here the 35-year-old carpenter works out of a converted barn, crafting exquisite one-of-a-kind furniture. There's little about this strong yet gentle man to suggest the experiences that have alienated him from the contemporary world. But that is about to change.

    Michael says: "Lifeless"
    "Wish I could give this NO stars"
    Overall

    Don't waste a credit on this book. I think I have read almost everything Koontz has written and this is by far the worst.....so bad I get irritated when ever I listen, so I quit three hours into the book. This book is so bad I don't care to find out what happens to any of the characters. I feel so let down by the author and will not be buying future books until they've been out long enough to have plenty of reviews. Mr Koontz, I'm sure you have plenty of money from your previous best sellers....why would you want your faithful readers to have to wade through something this bad. You are better than this.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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