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Miss Julia

Member Since 2015

  • 3 reviews
  • 101 ratings
  • 305 titles in library
  • 4 purchased in 2015

  • Blueberry Muffin Murder: A Hannah Swensen Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Joanne Fluke
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren

    Hannah's popular Minnesota bakery, The Cookie Jar, is best known for its tempting confections - until best-selling cookbook author and television personality Connie McIntyre is murdered in its pantry. Despite police warnings to steer clear of the case, Hannah is soon chasing down a bevy of suspicious characters.

    Debbie says: "Easy Listen"
    "Not Impressed"

    I agree with another reviewer that the dialog is simplistic and amateur. It bored me. The novel lagged with the abundance of unimportant facts, uninspired descriptions, and tired chatter of the main characters. Because there were too many peripheral characters, the book felt clumsy and lacked that engaging quality that comes with tight writing and deep characters. I know this is a casual book and not too serious, but the quality could be much higher.

    The narration left something to be desired as well. The rhythm of the reader and the emotion (or lack thereof) in her voice made the characters feel plastic, even stupid. I think she could work on giving personalities to her characters by varying how they speak.

    I waited for the ending, hoping for a satisfying climax to the mystery, but it just left me groaning. No tension at all--just a villain we didn't care about and dialog and intonation that makes one's eyes roll.

    I love a good mystery, but this was not worth the credit. You could probably find a better story (and certainly better writing and narration) elsewhere.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Unexpected delight"

    I'm a thriller/mystery/series type of gal, but ever since I reluctantly purchased 'The Help' to see what all the fuss was about, I have been telling anyone who will listen just how delightful it was! I loved it from the very first chapter all the way tot he end, when I fully expected more to come--and wanted it!

    The narration was superb in every way. Each woman's acting perfectly reflects the characterization in the text and helped me imagine every character in my mind. I was never bored, and for such a long listen, I think that is a hearty compliment to the author!

    Well done all around. I'll keep recommending it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bloody Jack

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By L.A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Life as a ship's boy aboard HMS Dolphin is a dream come true for Jacky Faber. Gone are the days of scavenging for food and fighting for survival on the streets of 18th-century London. Instead, Jacky is becoming a skilled and respected sailor as the crew pursues pirates on the high seas. There's only one problem: Jacky is a girl. And she will have to use every bit of her spirit, wit, and courage to keep the crew from discovering her secret.

    Terry says: "Sometimes it clicks"
    "Absolutely hooked!"

    Bloody Jack has sold me forever on the character of Jacky Faber and her adventures. I have been telling whoever will listen to me about the high quality of storytelling, characterization, and exciting plot lines in this entire series.

    You'd think that after a few dozen plot twists and crazy "could never happen to one person" story lines that you'd grow weary of Jacky's fortune. But no, you are hanging on every word waiting to see how she could possibly get out of each scrape and corner. What will happen next? Will she be caught? I finished this book in record time and immediately purchased the next three the same day.

    As for L.A. Meyer, I cannot praise him enough for his use of facts, illustrative descriptions (especially of maritime life, war, and sailing) historical settings, literary allusions, and plain-old white-knuckle adventure. I want more!

    Katherine Kellgren is possibly the best narrator I've yet listened to, and I applaud her theatrical performance. Her emotional depth, fabulous accents, and spot-on rhythm made this more of a movie in my mind than anything I have yet experienced from Audible. I am very likely to listen to books because of her reading alone.

    If you love a fun read, this is the series for you!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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