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Jackie

I am a child of the 50's, love kids, animals, plants. I adopted a Sulphur mustang mare (desendant of the warhorses of the Conquistadors).

Phoenix, AZ, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • A Fatal Thaw

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (246)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (218)

    On her homestead in the middle of twenty million acres of national Park, Aleut P.I. Kate Shugak is caught up in spring cleaning, unaware that just miles away another Park rat is planning a massacre. When the sound of gunfire finally dies away, nine of his neighbors lie dead in the snow.But did he kill all nine, or only eight? The ninth victim was killed with a different weapon. It’s up to Kate and her husky-wolf sidekick Mutt to untangle the life of the dead blonde with the tarnished past and find her killer.

    Tracey says: "On Audible at Last!!!"
    "I enjoyed this book!"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Fatal Thaw the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoy Dana Stabenow's writing style, and Ms. Gavin is a great narrator who really brings Kate to life. A Fatal Thaw can be read as a stand alone story, and the reader will pick up quite a bit of background knowledge about Alaska. I probably am not an impartial reviewer, as I read anything by Dana Stabenow, but MHO is that she's a great writer and this book is well worth a listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Again, the combo of Dana Stabenow's well developed characters, general excellence in writing and Marguerite Gavin's talented voice bring the characters to life. I also applaud the way Ms. Stabenow gives us an inside look into Alaskan and Native culture.


    Which character – as performed by Marguerite Gavin – was your favorite?

    Kate, of course!


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

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    I really recommend this dynamic duo - Stabenow and Gavin are great together!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Potato Factory: The Australian Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3512)
    Performance
    (2510)
    Story
    (2515)

    Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

    karen says: "Best audiobook of the year!"
    "Good - worth the read"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Potato Factory the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the author's style of writing, character development, setting, and historical background. The historical background really helped give context to the characters.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The historical background of the story, of both Australia and London.


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

    He has an understandable accent, and does a good job with different character voices, and emotions.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was rather horrified at the treatment of children, and animals but that is part of history.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm starting Tommo and Hawk next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Creatures: Beautiful Creatures, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3425)
    Performance
    (2881)
    Story
    (2900)

    Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

    FanB14 says: "Adequate for Adults"
    "No surprises here"
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    Would you try another book from Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl and/or Kevin T. Collins?

    maybe... It was an okay kind of story - nothing real original or surprising. Kids will probably like it.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something by Diana Gabaldon, Patricia Briggs or Dana Stabenow...


    What aspect of Kevin T. Collins’s performance would you have changed?

    The narrator was good - this was just an average kind of story.


    Was Beautiful Creatures worth the listening time?

    It isn't the worst I've listened to, just not great, not something I would recommend or listen to again...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Code Talker: The First and Only Memoir by One of the Original Navajo Code Talkers of WW II

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Chester Nez, Judith Schiess Avila
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (621)
    Performance
    (536)
    Story
    (546)

    Chester Nez, the only surviving member of the original twenty-nine Navajo code talkers, shares the fascinating inside story of his life and service during World War II.

    Roxane says: "Interesting Listen for WWII Buffs"
    "The Navajo Code Talkers rock!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this audiobook to a friend. This is history in first person, and it is important for people to understand the contributions of the Navajo people to this country. It's also an opportunity to glimspe an old and honored culture. I admire Chester as an individual, and the culture that could produce men of such integrity.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the opportunity to understand more about the Navajo point of view. I also love the prayer Chester's father taught him. We all need to achieve balance, and to walk in beauty.


    Which character – as performed by David Colacci – was your favorite?

    Chester, of course.


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

    No, because I didn't want it to end. I did listen to it twice.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Husband Trap

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Tracy Anne Warren
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1090)
    Performance
    (854)
    Story
    (864)

    Winner of a RITA, a National Readers’ Choice Award, the HOLT Medallion, and the Golden Quill, New York Times best-selling author Tracy Anne Warren is among the most acclaimed and popular Regency romance storytellers. In The Husband Trap, the reserved Lady Violet Brantford agrees to swap identities with her vivacious sister. Before she knows it, she’s married to the Duke of Raeburn, who finds himself pleasantly surprised with his charming new wife.

    SIMARA says: "Passionate and emotional narration..."
    "Pretty predictable"
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    What would have made The Husband Trap better?

    The plot seemed so predictable - perhaps more character development would have helped...


    What could Tracy Anne Warren have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    With such a predictable plot the author should have tossed the reader a bone by having more character development, and/or more historical background. If this book were a painting the main characters would have been stick people...


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator didn't have a lot of range as far as making the voices of the different characters distinguishable, but I don't know if it's possible for the narrator to have changed that. Not every narrator has the talents of Davina Porter or Marguerite Gavin...


    What character would you cut from The Husband Trap?

    With the predictable plot, and weak character development each character was needed...


    Any additional comments?

    This was a passable book, especially if you like soft, text-type porn...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Wolf Gift

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Anne Rice
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (841)
    Performance
    (758)
    Story
    (767)

    A young reporter on assignment from the San Francisco Observer... An older woman welcoming him into her magnificent family home that he has been sent to write about and that she must sell with some urgency... A chance encounter between two unlikely people... An idyllic night - shattered by horrific unimaginable violence, the young man inexplicably attacked - bitten - by a beast he cannot see in the rural darkness....

    Johnny Dough says: "Terrible: Sex, Food, and Not Much Else"
    "I had expected better from this author..."
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    Would you try another book from Anne Rice and/or Ron McLarty?

    I have read other books by Anne Rice that were much better than this book.


    Has The Wolf Gift turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not this genre, but possibly this author.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Child 44

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Tom Rob Smith
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1834)
    Performance
    (713)
    Story
    (712)

    It is a society that is, officially, a paradise. Superior to the decadent West, Stalin's Soviet Union is a haven for its citizens, providing for all of their needs: education, health care, security. In exchange, all that is required is their hard work, and their loyalty and faith to the Soviet State. But now a murderer is on the loose.

    Melvin says: "Terror from all sides."
    "Very slow start"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book, and I would also encourage the listener to stay with it. It seemed like the author took a long time to begin to tie the story elements together, and I almost quit listening. By about a third of the way into the book I was hooked. I liked the character development, and the development of hope through relationship with people.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked both Leo and Raisa, but I have to admit I liked her more.


    What about Dennis Boutsikaris’s performance did you like?

    I thought he did accents well...


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The moment before they came to the village when Raisa encouraged Leo to trust the villagers moved me. Even though this is a fictional series, I believe there are many times that people are heroic through standing up to fear, and this moment in the book reminds the read of humanity in its finer moments. Later, Leo shows he's taken this lesson to heart when he refuses to harm the truck driver.


    Any additional comments?

    I found I like the book so well I'm downloading the next book in the series, instead of my planned next book...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tim, Defender of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Sam Enthoven
    • Narrated By Bryan Kennedy
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    TIM, aka Tyrannosaurus: Improved Model, is the product of a top-secret government military experiment, and he couldn't be more loveable. Sure, he's an enormous monster to most, but at heart he's just a big, awkward, 13-year-old who realizes he could be all that stands between the earth and total destruction.

    Jackie says: "not too good"
    "not too good"
    Overall

    I was plainly disappointed in this book. I would have thought it was great if it were written by one of my fifth graders. The writing was so simplistic and juvenile that I couldn't sink into the story.

    1 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
    Overall
    (27633)
    Performance
    (14222)
    Story
    (14276)

    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!"
    "An Instant Classic - Don't Miss This Book!!!"
    Overall

    The Help is set in the American South, during the time of the Civil Rights Movement. The author's crafting of the characters, Skeeter, Aibileen and Minnie and how they change the smothering circumstances of a woman's place in society is brilliant.
    The narration by Cassandra Campbell, Jenna Lamia, Octavia Spencer, Bahni Turpin was so excellent that I was totally immersed in the story - I could see Minnie rolling her eyes with her hands on her hips, Skeeter looking at her hair in the mirror, and hear Aibileen saying, "You a smart girl, a kind girl." to Mo Mably. I look forward to more books by Kathryn Stockett, and narrations by Cassandra Campbell, Jenna Lamia, Octavia Spencer, Bahni Turpin.
    While the story is exceptional, the narration pushed it into the realm of such superiority that The Help is already a classic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fiery Cross

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Geraldine James
    Overall
    (1068)
    Performance
    (324)
    Story
    (328)

    The Fiery Cross is Diana Gabaldon's fifth novel in her award-winning Outlander series, featuring 18th-century Scotsman Jamie Fraser and his 20th-century time-traveling wife, Claire Randall.

    Debra says: "Waiting for Davina"
    "disappointed over abridgement and narrator"
    Overall

    Why, oh why did audible mess with a winning combination? For those of us who absolutely love the Outlander series we do not want it abridged!And, not meaning any disrespect to Geraldine James, she cannot come close to Davina Porter's brilliance and artistry in narrating this series. I don't know how she does with other material, but Brianna sounds like a drag queen as narrated by Ms. James. The personality, humor, and joy of life that radiate from Davina Porter's narration of Claire and Jaime are just plainly missing from Ms. James' narration of "The Fiery Cross."

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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