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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
    (198)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (167)

    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.

    5 of 5 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
    Overall
    (268)
    Performance
    (227)
    Story
    (234)

    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.

    8 of 8 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2718)
    Performance
    (2374)
    Story
    (2371)

    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
    (375)
    Performance
    (337)
    Story
    (340)

    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
  • The Leviathan Effect: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By James Lilliefors
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gibel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (34)

    Homeland Security Secretary Catherine Blaine receives a frightening communication from a hacker identified only by the pseudonym Janus. The message is the latest in a series correctly predicting natural disasters around the world - disasters that, Janus claims, were manufactured, not natural at all. And, according to the email, unless the United States does as Janus instructs, another disaster is coming - a Category 5 hurricane that will hit the Eastern Seaboard and destroy the lives of tens of millions of people.

    Matthew says: "Stormy TImes ahead!"
    "Learning About Meteorology"
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    The information about weather and the potential for scientific advances that evoke the possibility of the climate being utilized as a defensive weapon were very interesting. Particularly the issue of climate change, global warming and the involvement of governments was fascinating.

    That said, the character development was so far off the mark, I just kept wanting the book to be over. The head of Homeland Security surely would not be a whining, hesitant, (my daddy didn't love me) person??? If our country faces a threat of any kind, I would like to think the head of HS would be upfront and forthright with knowledge and ideas about how to handle the issues. I believe a "Hillary Clinton" personality would have been my characterization. I disliked the back and forth between making her seem smart, sharp and on top of things to the wringing hands of the "Oh I need a man to get me thru this.

    All the cabinet members' characterizations did not seem legitimate either and of course we have the hunky man in the background just waiting to save the day. I just finished the book and I cant even remember the main character's name! What a woman and role model.

    Anyway I learned a lot about weather patterns and climate changes and nature's forces unknown and unyielding to the human hand. Can't give it more than a 3 tho.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl in the Basement

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Ray Garton
    • Narrated By Jarod Reizian Frank
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Fifteen-year-old Ryan Kettering has spent his young life in a series of mostly abusive foster homes. But his luck has changed. Now he’s in the Preston house, where he has a budding romance with fellow fosterchild Lyssa. But something strange is going on in the basement. Maddy is a slow nine-year-old girl who is kept in the basement. Sometimes she talks in a gravelly adult voice. Sometimes she seems to know things about others that she couldn’t possibly know...and predicts things that always come true.

    Beverly says: "Garbage"
    "Garbage"
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    This is poorly written, horribly narrated and I could only listen to the first few minutes. Could I have my credit back?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Guilt: An Alex Delaware Novel, Book 28

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated By John Rubinstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (565)
    Performance
    (478)
    Story
    (474)

    A series of horrifying events occur in quick succession in the same upscale L.A. neighborhood. A backyard renovation unearths an infant's body, buried 60 years ago. And soon thereafter in a nearby park, another disturbingly bizarre discovery is made not far from the body of a young woman shot in the head. Helping LAPD homicide detective Milo Sturgis to link these eerie incidents is brilliant psychologist Alex Delaware. But even the good doctor's vast experience with matters both clinical and criminal might not be enough.

    Jane Markhorst says: "boring and slow"
    "No More John Kellerman for me."
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    I have read or listened to every J Kellerman out there and always enjoyed reading his books. Since I have been listening to him on Audible, I have decided this is my last one. His stories are repetitive. It just seems he has lost his touch for the thriller. Jon Rubenstein is the other reason I can no longer listen to any of his books. He is a good Milo but for the rest I feel his voice is so grating. Sorry Mr. Kellerman, you have lost a reader and listener with this one. Movie stars, murders, cleaned bones and a tribe of kids. A cross between Michael Jackson and Angelina with a touch of true evil thrown in. Seriously? Actually if I could get my credit back I would be very happy.

    17 of 25 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
    (2503)
    Performance
    (2136)
    Story
    (2146)

    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!"
    "Sometimes People cannot move beyond their egos"
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    This was my first Kate Morton and I was totally fascinated by the ways she weaves the tale through the eyes of Laurel, her daughter. Many times I do not like the switch from present to past, etc. but this book had perfect timing in this realm. The characters are all well developed and rich in personality traits. Twists and turns and a complex finale. All people are just human in the end. I have recommended this book to all my friends. Caroline Lee also brought the story to life.

    Now may I make a recommendation: For those reviewers who basically rewrite the story and give all the minute details (and I am sure you are smart and definitely have a handle on most of the books you review). My problem is I want to listen to the book but not after having heard the plot and character twists. I skip reviews that go on and on. Please just give us a leader that will make me anxious to spend my next credit on that book. I respect your judgments, just dont want to know too much about the book before I listen to it. Thanks.

    64 of 65 people found this review helpful
  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    Overall
    (2541)
    Performance
    (2224)
    Story
    (2236)

    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.

    Darwin8u says: "Pagford upon Avon"
    "JK Rowling knows how to tell a story!"
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    If you were looking for Harry Potter, how disappointed you must be. This story could almost be about a town where the Dursleys' live. Small minded arrogant people who must find a way to feel they are better than others to allow them to have some control over their lives. To have a poor project "on the other side of the tracks' creates the tension and tragedy that follows. This woman knows how to draw you into the story even when you despise the characters for their weaknesses and lack of charity. It is a gritty tale but one more purely true in our world than my beloved Harry Potter. Don't give up on this book even if the beginning is a bit raw. In the end you will have at least a beginning understanding of why people hate each other for really no reason at all and the devastation it can bring to the world of everyday people. I commend JK Rowling for the courage it takes to change paths after such a phenomenal success with the Potter Series. This one is definitely not for children. It is definitely a 5 star read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dare Me: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Megan Abbott
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (81)

    Addy Hanlon has always been Beth Cassidy's best friend and trusted lieutenant. Beth calls the shots and Addy carries them out, a long-established order of things that has brought them to the pinnacle of their high-school careers. Now they're seniors who rule the intensely competitive cheer squad, feared and followed by the other girls -- until the young new coach arrives.

    Cool and commanding, an emissary from the adult world just beyond their reach, Coach Colette French draws Addy and the other cheerleaders into her life. Only Beth, unsettled by the new regime, remains outside Coach's golden circle, waging a subtle but vicious campaign to regain her position as "top girl" -- both with the team and with Addy herself.

    Then a suicide focuses a police investigation on Coach and her squad. After the first wave of shock and grief, Addy tries to uncover the truth behind the death -- and learns that the boundary between loyalty and love can be dangerous terrain.

    The raw passions of girlhood are brought to life in this taut, unflinching exploration of friendship, ambition, and power. Award-winning novelist Megan Abbott, writing with what Tom Perrotta has hailed as "total authority and an almost desperate intensity," provides a harrowing glimpse into the dark heart of the all-American girl.

    dougal says: "Intense reading"
    "Hateful"
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    This is a story of a mentally sick and hateful girl trying to control others including the other girls on their cheerleading squad.. Despicable language and attitudes. I found no redeeming value even in the protagonist who did not have the character to stop the tragedy to follow. I would not waste my time.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • I Predict a Riot: Murder, Extortion & Carrot Cake

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Colin Bateman
    • Narrated By Adam Moore
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Walter has a rubbish job, so has Margaret. But when they meet through a dating agency, neither is who they seem. Margaret's married for a start, and Walter's encounter with her husband, Billy, leaves him black and blue. Billy's a dodgy accountant for politician and racketeer Pink Harrison, who is about to come unstuck.

    Louise says: "PICK ME PLEASE PICK ME WE'LL HAVE LOTS OF FUN"
    "Colin Bateman -you have a new Fan!"
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    I simply loved this book. Bateman's quirky and dry wit are phenomenal. I think you need to suspend reality, go with the flow and you will laugh your head off til you pee your pants. Of all his books and I have now read several, this is the one I keep recommending to everyone I know. Also I think listening to it makes it tons more fun and Adam Moore does a great job. I just wish I had the imagination to think up stories like this one. WELL DONE!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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