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Jeanette Finan

Little Rock, Arkansas | Member Since 2017

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  • 43 reviews
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  • The Romanovs: The Final Chapter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Robert K. Massie
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (95)

    In July 1991, nine skeletons were exhumed from a shallow mass grave near Ekaterinburg, Siberia, a few miles from the infamous cellar room where the last tsar and his family had been murdered 73 years before. But were these the bones of the Romanovs? And if these were their remains, where were the bones of the two younger Romanovs supposedly murdered with the rest of the family? Was Anna Anderson, celebrated for more than 60 years in newspapers, books, and film, really Grand Duchess Anastasia?

    Jeanette Finan says: "Interesting but Sad."
    "Interesting but Sad."
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    The first half of this book pieces together a credible story of what actually happened to the Romanov family and of how their remains were finally discovered after team after team of scientists, amateur archeologists, the KGB and just plain adventurers looking for their 15 minutes of fame spent fortunes and sometimes lifetimes searching for them.

    It then goes on to describe the sickening in-fighting between teams of scientists and politicians from any country or region with even the most tenuous claim to have an interest in them fought over the bones. It was pretty disgusting and I was amazed how people with so much education could stoop so low. The few scientists who did have integrity were almost buried in the avalanche of mud and had to fight tooth and nail to protect their reputations. As I said, disgusting.

    The second half of the book was pretty much devoted to Anna Anderson, the Polish peasant woman who was able to perpetrate such a long running and fairly creditable hoax for so long. I Her story was very good though and I guess it must be pretty easy to convince people who really want to be convinced of almost anything.

    At the time this book was written the bones of the Romanov family were still laying in a morgue in Moscow while the Government fights over where and how to bury them. Sad!



    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • September

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Rosamunde Pilcher
    • Narrated By Jilly Bond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (75)

    A place you will never forget. Rosamunde Pilcher's Scotland...where the fields flourish with greenery, the bills bloom with purple, and the lochs glitter with the bright blue of the sky. A time you will never forget. September...when the heather is in full flower, the first chill of autumn cools the air, and the countryside stirs with the hunt, balls, dinner parties, and dance. Rosamunde Pilcher's September...a story of homecomings and heartbreaks, friendships, betrayals, forgiveness, and love.

    Jeanette Finan says: "An old and much loved favorite"
    "An old and much loved favorite"
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    Lately audible has started offering up some of my favorite books. I was delighted when I found September by Rosamunde Pilcher. But the narration! Oh My!!! When the narrator speaks in her normal voice it’s fine. She has a very nice voice. But when she tries to do voices or accents it literally makes my teeth hurt. I’m not going to return this book because I love the story too much but I thought about it.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Caroline Fraser
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (252)
    Performance
    (231)
    Story
    (233)

    Millions of fans of Little House on the Prairie believe they know Laura Ingalls - the pioneer girl who survived blizzards and near-starvation on the Great Plains, and the woman who wrote the famous autobiographical books. But the true story of her life has never been fully told. Now, drawing on unpublished manuscripts, letters, diaries, and land and financial records, Caroline Fraser masterfully fills in the gaps in Wilder's biography.

    JB says: "Prairie Thunderstorm Engaging with a Tornado of Bias. "
    "Not Quite as Good as I Expected"
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    It took me a while but last night I finally finished Prairie Fires. I Liked it but not quite as much as I expected I would. I am am not sure I wanted to know quite so much about who Laura Ingalls really was. I think I would have preferred to have kept the romanticized picture of Laura Ingalls Wilder that has lived in my imagination all these years rather than the real woman. Her books helped me develop a life long love for historical fiction

    I thought that the author did a very good job of giving the reader an accurate picture of the places and time in which the books are set. I really loved that about the book. However it’s my opinion the author used up way too many words on her daughter Rose Wilder Lane who was a real piece of work. Another reviewer said all there was to say about her.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Forget to Smile

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Kathleen Gilles Seidel
    • Narrated By Natasha Soudek
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    In Oregon's timber country, inside a smoky bar, stands proprietor Tory Duncan. Once a hair's breadth from the Miss America crown, she's still just as beautiful and still searching for happiness. Joe Brigham, a forthright and handsome man from a logging family, divorced, and father of one, regards her with a love deep and pure. But trading in her search for an uncertain future, no matter the joy Joe promises to provide, seems more than Tory can afford.

    Jeanette Finan says: "An Old Favorite "
    "An Old Favorite "
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    Kathleen Geillis Seidel has been a favorite author since I first started reading romance novels years ago. I love her writing style, wry humor and strong character development. They are the ultimate comfort reads based on realistic working class characters without much angst, nothing very bad happens and you always get a HEA.

    This book has long been a favorite that I have reread many times. But until recently it has not been available on audible. I was delighted to find it. Perhaps unfairly I have downgraded the performance part of my review because the readers voice is so far from the voices of the characters that had become established in my head.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Circle of Ceridwen: The Circle of Ceridwen Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Octavia Randolph
    • Narrated By Nano Nagle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (495)
    Performance
    (451)
    Story
    (447)

    It is the year 871, when England was Angle-Land. Of seven Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, five have fallen to the invading Vikings. No trait is more valued than loyalty, and no possession more precious than one's steel. Across this war-torn landscape travels 15-year-old Ceridwen, now thrust into the lives of the conquerors.

    bluestategirl says: "I feel like I've waited FOREVER for this day!"
    "A better narrator and a good editor needed."
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    One of my pet peeves is a book that is not true to it's time and place. A good editor would have done something about all those baths that wouldn't have been taken during the Dark Ages. Also in village at that time and place people lived in cotts not crofts.

    The narrator had trouble with male voices but the story was pretty good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pucked Off

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Helena Hunting
    • Narrated By Rose Dioro, Jacob Morgan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (939)
    Performance
    (884)
    Story
    (886)

    I'm NHL defenseman Lance Romero, AKA Lance "Romance". I'm notorious for parties and excess. I have the most penalty minutes in the league. I get into the most fights. I take the most hits. I'm a player on and off the ice. I'm the one women with no inhibitions want. Not because I like the notoriety, but because I don't know how to be any other way. I have secrets. Ones I shared with the wrong person, and she used them against me. Sometimes she still does.

    Minks says: "Well HotDamn Romance"
    "A Good Read"
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    I have heard several recommendations for this series so based on the many five star reviews plus that Jacob Morgan is one of my favorite narrators I bought it. And I am not sorry that I did.

    But as far as the narration goes this was, in my opinion, not Jacob Morgan's best. I mean that accent!! It was all over the place ranging from almost Irish to not quite Scottish. If I was not already familiar with his work this might well have put him on my "never buy books he narrates list." As it is I already know how good he can be so I will chalk this up as a miss. We all have them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Nathan Osgood
    Overall
    (1168)
    Performance
    (1063)
    Story
    (1056)

    In 1995, Bill Bryson got into his car and took a weeks-long farewell motoring trip about England before moving his family back to the United States. The book about that trip, Notes from a Small Island, is uproarious and endlessly endearing, one of the most acute and affectionate portrayals of England in all its glorious eccentricity ever written. Two decades later, he set out again to rediscover that country, and the result is The Road to Little Dribbling.

    Richard says: "No Bryson?? Alas, another disappointed fan"
    "Great Book, Disappointing Narration"
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    I love travel books and Bill Bryson is my gold standard. I buy his books as soon as I'm aware a new one has been released. For a very long time I have been purchasing them in audio format because listening to Bill Bryson read his book adds an element that professional narrators, no matter how good, just can't achieve. For that reason I have only rated this book four stars. I was very disappointed that the author was not reading this himself. I should have just purchased this in Kindle format. It would have been cheaper and then I could have imagined the author's voice reading it in my head.

    But the book itself was, as usual, very good. I really love his use of language and it's is a great sequel to Notes from a Small Island. I so wish I was still able to travel because he mentions so many places I would love to visit in person.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • On the Island

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Tracey Garvis Graves
    • Narrated By Heidi Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (896)
    Performance
    (819)
    Story
    (821)

    When 30-year-old English teacher Anna Emerson is offered a job tutoring T.J. Callahan at his family's summer rental in the Maldives, she accepts. T.J. Callahan has no desire to leave town, not that anyone asked him. Anna and T.J. are en route to join T.J.'s family in the Maldives when the pilot of their seaplane suffers a heart attack and crash-lands in the Indian Ocean. Their life jackets keep them afloat until they make it to the shore of an uninhabited island. Now Anna and T.J. just want to survive and they must work together to obtain water, food, fire, and shelter.

    Kim says: "Loved this book!"
    "Keeping it Real"
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    At the very beginning I was a little squicked by the ages of the characters because you absolutely knew where the relationship was headed but then I suddenly remembered some very good friends who have the same age difference where she is 13 years older than he is and they have a wonderful marriage and grandchildren even so who cares how old other people are. In the grand scheme of things it doesn't matter a fig.

    I was a little surprised at how long it took for the characters to develop the relationship but I guess the author did that to keep the relationship above board. Personally I think that in the real world it would have happened a lot sooner for comfort as well as passion.

    But I really liked the story. Their struggle for survival, how much they both had to pull together and draw on inner strength neither knew they were capable of made an exciting story for me. And then the difficulties they had adjusting to going back to civilization after so long rang really true for me.

    So yeah, I recommend this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • November 9: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Colleen Hoover
    • Narrated By Zachary Webber, Angela Goethals
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1908)
    Performance
    (1761)
    Story
    (1764)

    Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon's last day in LA together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year.

    Meraline says: "I hate you soo good, Colleen!"
    "A Very Good Story"
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    But then all of Colleen Hoover's stories are good. They are just so angst that I end up depressed even while I'm enjoying it. I know that doesn't make much sense but that's exactly what happens to me in most of her books. This book desperately needed some lighter moments to allow the reader to catch their breath and recover a little from time to time.

    The story was pretty much saved from only being two stars by Zachary Webber's narration. He really is good. Angela Goethal's narration just plays on all that angst and makes the whole thing worse. Don't get me wrong, a little angst is a good thing, more than a little can even be exciting as it keeps you on the edge of your chair, but too much leaves me feeling like I've been drowned in a wave of heartbreak.

    But for readers with a higher tolerance for gloom and doom it's a very good story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Kate Andersen Brower
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1612)
    Performance
    (1460)
    Story
    (1456)

    America's first families are unknowable in many ways. No one has insight into their true character like the people who serve their meals and make their beds every day. Full of stories and details by turns dramatic, humorous, and heartwarming, The Residence reveals daily life in the White House as it is really lived through the voices of the maids, butlers, cooks, florists, doormen, engineers, and others who tend to the needs of the president and first family.

    Sara says: "The White House Explored & Exposed"
    "Not worth the money or your time"
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    I am extremely disappointed in this book. It was too disjointed and poorly written. I intend to ask for a refund. I don't do that very often but really - it's that bad.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Finding Cinderella

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Colleen Hoover
    • Narrated By Jason Carpenter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (508)
    Performance
    (468)
    Story
    (471)

    One year and one bad relationship later, his disbelief in love-at-first-sight is stripped away the day he meets Six: a girl with a strange name and an even stranger personality. Unfortunately for Daniel, finding true love doesn’t guarantee a happily ever after - it only further threatens it. Will an unbearable secret from the past jeopardize Daniel and Six’s only chance at saving each other?

    @lindaerd says: "Good pre sequel of Hopeless "
    "Hoover's Best Book"
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    Without a doubt this is the very best book Colleen Hoover has written. It's sweet, funny and delightfully unique. The story of Daniel and Six is a bit of a cautionary story but they manage to work through their problems without the excessive angst that sometimes overpowers some of Hoovers other books. It's a short book but a real delight.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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