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Beverly

bella jackson

Hermosa Beach, CA, United States

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  • Bleed for Me

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (263)
    Performance
    (230)
    Story
    (225)

    A teenage girl - Sienna, a troubled friend of his daughter - comes to Joe O'Loughlin's door one night. She is terrorized, incoherent-and covered in blood. The police find Sienna's father, a celebrated former cop, murdered in the home he shared with Sienna. Tests confirm that it's his blood on Sienna. She says she remembers nothing....

    Beverly says: "Outstanding Thriller"
    "Outstanding Thriller"
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    This was a great psychological thriller. Michael Robotham has the touch on this one. I recommend it highly.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Busy Woman Seeks Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Annie Sanders
    • Narrated By Kim Hicks
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Because she's too busy bringing home the bacon to cook it. On the surface, Alex Hill is every inch the polished, high-flying marketing executive of a global sportswear company. But things are not quite as they appear; she's rushed off her feet with barely enough time to take out the rubbish bins, let alone pull together an amazing product launch.

    Stacy says: "Busy Woman Seeks Wife"
    "I Could Use A Wife Too!"
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    Funny, silly but for those of us in real life who cannot seem to ever get ahead with all the responsibilities, it was fun to imagine such a person in the background. Narrator a little shrill but British accent makes it acceptable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death by Committee: A Susan Lombardi Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Carole B. Shmurak
    • Narrated By Barbara Benjamin-Creel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Faculty squabbling at a large state university turns deadly when Professor of Education Susan Lombardi joins a committee to make a tenure decision about Abby Gillette, a controversial faculty member. After one colleague is hospitalized following a suspicious fire and another is found dead in Abby's office, Susan must try to figure out who is doing what to whom...without becoming the next victim. At the same time, she must deal with her husband's highly dysfunctional family and help a friend handle a questionable romance.

    LilMissMolly says: "Good Cozy Mystery Set in University Setting"
    "Exactly What I Expected"
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    if you need a break from books about dysfunctional families, etc., this is just a simple light hearted mystery that you can read and not think about too much. These books are really valuable to me, because I need some brain drain time and love the cozy mysteries as the remedy. I can't give it a higher rating because it is not the caliber of writing or depth of story to get more. I still recommend it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • To Kill a Mockingbird

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Harper Lee
    • Narrated By Sissy Spacek
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (148)

    Harper Lee’s Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south - and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred, available now for the first time as a digital audiobook. One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than 40 languages, sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the 20th century by librarians across the country.

    Alan says: "Stunning"
    "MY ALL TIME FAVORITE BOOK!"
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    I think I first read To Kill A Mockingbird at age 12 and have read it more times than I can remember. This is the first time I have listened to it and Sissy Spacek did a great job. I did some research on Harper Lee and found information that was new to me: I found her integrity fascinating. Whenever I get down about the state of our country, I read this book and know that even a few people with moral integrity and lack of prejudice can make a difference. Too bad those people are not in Congress. I also grew up in Georgia and was 12 in 1960 so I saw the civil rights fight first hand. How silly people with racial prejudice seem through the eyes of Harper Lee. I applaud her for her courage.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Front Page Fatality: A Nichelle Clarke Headlines in Heels Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By LynDee Walker
    • Narrated By Reay Kaplan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Crime reporter Nichelle Clarke's days can flip from macabre to comical with a beep of her police scanner. Then an ordinary accident story turns extraordinary when evidence goes missing, a prosecutor vanishes, and a sexy Mafia boss shows up with the headline tip of a lifetime. As Nichelle gets closer to the truth, her story gets more dangerous. Armed with a notebook, a hunch, and her favorite stilettos, Nichelle races to splash these shady dealings across the front page before this deadline becomes her last.

    Kat Coz says: "fun, interesting and well worth the listen"
    "High Heels Fool You"
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    Because protagonist wears stiletos, I thought this book would be more like a Stephanie Plum or Kyra Davis, but it actually had substance to the story and some violence. Not light hearted at all. I found I enjoyed the story once I stopped looking for the jokes. I have purchased her next book and am looking forward to a real journalistic mystery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gemini Factor

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Philip Fleishman M.D.
    • Narrated By Michael Karl Orenstein
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    In Toronto, Inspector Raid McTavish stares at the body of a young woman carefully posed in a bed of purple iris, her throat slashed, almost beheaded, her hands placed to cover her empty eye sockets. He knows this is not a random murder, but the first of more to come. What he doesn't know is that 2,000 miles away in Tucson, Arizona, Sergeant Gary Ronstadt is viewing an identical crime scene.

    Karl says: "Intriguing tale well told"
    "Garbage"
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    Book starts off with interesting premise but obviously writer had no clue where to go from there. I would have rated it 0 if that was available.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Worth the Weight

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Eileen Palma
    • Narrated By Suehyla El-Attar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    When Kate Richards, the effervescent host of television's KidFit and the author of kid-friendly diet cookbooks, runs into Jack Moskowitz at a dog park, sparks fly. He's attractive, charming, and single. She has no idea that he's also the one man who could cost Kate her career - the CEO of Considerable Carriages, a company that profits from childhood obesity. Jack knows exactly who Kate is, though. She tore his company apart on television only the day before!

    Beverly says: "Likeable but routine plot"
    "Likeable but routine plot"
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    Too much gratuitous sex for this type of book. The storyline was cute but I got sick of them having sex every time they see each other.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When Shadows Fall: Dr. Samantha Owens, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By J. T. Ellison
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (23)

    If you are reading this letter, I am dead and I would be most grateful if you could solve my murder… Forensic pathologist Dr. Samantha Owens thought life was finally returning to normal after she suffered a terrible personal loss. Settling into her new job at Georgetown University, the illusion is shattered when she receives a disturbing letter from a dead man imploring her to solve his murder. There's only one catch.

    Janie O'brien says: "Good chic lit"
    "Book goes off the deep end"
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    The story starts off as a serial killer story, then a girl goes missing and a girl from many years back who disappeared returned. Then the whole thing turned into a cult story. I was insulted. Seriously a queen or princess on a slab. I thought Rosemary's Baby or Jim Jones' story was written a long time ago. Convoluted, hard to follow and keep up with characters. I will not be reading any more JT Ellison's books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Every Crooked Nanny: A Callahan Garrity Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Mary Kay Andrews
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (362)
    Performance
    (308)
    Story
    (314)

    After 10 years of cleaning up the dirt on Atlanta's streets, Callahan Garrity is trading in her badge for a broom and a staff of house cleaners. But, though the uniform is a little different, Callahan soon finds herself right back in the middle of a mystery when a client's pretty, pious 19-year-old nanny is gone...along with the jewelry, silver, and a few rather sensitive real estate documents. Before she knows it, the meticulous Callahan is up to her elbows in a case involving illicit love triangles, crooked business deals, long-distance scams, and a dead body.

    Laura says: "For light entertainment - Also reviews explained"
    "Andrews can tell a funny story"
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    This is the first Callahan mystery I have read and I think it carried the wit and southern character development of her other stories. The first story I read of Mary Kay Andrews was Itty Bitty Lies- I laughed till I wet my pants. If you know the south, you will know all these people. A light hearted romp.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Storyteller

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mozhan Marno, Jennifer Ikeda, Edoardo Ballerini, and others
    Overall
    (3009)
    Performance
    (2625)
    Story
    (2630)

    Jodi Picoult's poignant number one New York Times best-selling novels about family and love tackle hot-button issues head on. In The Storyteller, Sage Singer befriends Josef Weber, a beloved Little League coach and retired teacher. But then Josef asks Sage for a favor she never could have imagined - to kill him. After Josef reveals the heinous act he committed, Sage feels he may deserve that fate. But would his death be murder or justice?

    Suzn F says: "The Baker, The Nun, The Virgin and The Monster"
    "Beautifully written and narrated"
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    Sometimes I think Jodi Picoult nails her books and other times I feel they become a bit maudlin. This story about the Nazis and a holocaust victim is told in a unigue and fresh way. It is very poignant and all the characters seem sympathetic and you remember them after the book is done. I enjoyed every minute and recommend it. You really see the story through the eyes of the granddaughter far removed from the time of the holocaust and being Jewish. Quite a journey.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reconstructing Amelia

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Kimberly McCreight
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (486)
    Performance
    (437)
    Story
    (441)

    When Kate, single mother and law firm partner, gets an urgent phone call summoning her to her daughter's exclusive private school, she's shocked. Amelia has been suspended for cheating, something that would be completely out of character for her over-achieving, well-behaved daughter. Kate rushes to Grace Hall, but what she finds when she finally arrives is beyond comprehension. Her daughter is dead.

    FanB14 says: "Gossip Girl"
    "Peer Pressure Can be a Killer"
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    This is a story about how teenagers can be narcissistic in their actions and cause irreparable damage to other teens or parents. Unfortunately, it is too true that in our society we are seeing more bullying and hateful actions that cause kids with hormones already out of control to lose sight of moral attitudes. This is not a story of redemption but looking back at a tragedy that could have been stopped at the start. Unfortunately you see bullying everywhere but from my experience it is insidious in prep schools amongst the "privileged". Sadly all parties are guilty from the teachers, the parents, the peers. Truly a current problem in our country. The story became a little convuluted and therefore I gave it a 3 star rating. Not a happy read.

    1 of 9 people found this review helpful

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