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jodi.riedel

Educator in Trumbull County,Ohio

NILES, OH, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Come a Little Bit Closer: The Sullivans, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Bella Andre
    • Narrated By Eva Kaminsky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (370)
    Performance
    (339)
    Story
    (341)

    Valentina isn't averse to sensual pleasure, or even to the idea of finding true love, but as a Hollywood business manager she's watched too many smart women fall for actors...only to be torn apart when the fairytale comes to its inevitable end. But when intense weeks together on set turn their heated attraction into red-hot flames of passion, Smith knows he has to find a way to convince Valentina to let him get a little bit closer. Close enough to completely steal her heart...the way she's stolen his from the start.

    Mohamad says: "So sensual"
    "TOO MUCH NARRATION"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    YES, this book is narrated way too much. The story does not flow . . . too much he felt this, she said that, the rest of the books let the story tell it much better. I found myself saying just let him tell her, but instead it was . . . "he wanted to say this".


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Not surprising


    Did Eva Kaminsky do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, always does


    Do you think Come a Little Bit Closer: The Sullivans needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Go back to telling your story and stop telling us so much about the feelings under the story.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nowhere is a Place

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Bernice McFadden
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (144)

    Nothing can mend a broken heart quite like family. Sherry has struggled all her life to understand who she is, where she comes from, and, most important, why her mother slapped her cheek one summer afternoon. The incident has haunted Sherry, and it causes her to dig into her family's past. Like many family histories, it is fractured and stubbornly reluctant to reveal its secrets. But Sherry is determined to know the full story. In a few days' time, her extended family will gather for a reunion, and Sherry sets off across the country with her mother, Dumpling, to join them.

    Brenda says: "Richly textured and captivating"
    "Don't waste the credit"
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    Would you try another book from Bernice McFadden and/or Robin Miles?

    Nope, really did not like her style.


    Has Nowhere is a Place turned you off from other books in this genre?

    The story was choppy


    How could the performance have been better?

    It was hard to follow


    What character would you cut from Nowhere is a Place?

    Did not have a favorite.


    Any additional comments?

    I will not try her again

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Capital

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By John Lanchester
    • Narrated By Colin Mace
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (98)

    It’s 2008, and things are falling apart: Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers are going under, and the residents of Pepys Road, London - a banker and his shopaholic wife, an old woman dying of a brain tumor and her graffiti-artist grandson, Pakistani shop owners and a shadowy refugee who works as the meter maid, the young soccer star from Senegal and his minder - are receiving anonymous postcards reading "We Want What You Have." Who is behind it? What do they want?

    Lynda Rands says: "Wonderful characters, great story"
    "WORST BOOK I'VE HEARD IN A LOOOOONNNGGG TIME!!!"
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    What would have made Capital better?

    Nothing!


    Would you ever listen to anything by John Lanchester again?

    No


    What didn’t you like about Colin Mace’s performance?

    Characters were introduced painfully long, way to long.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Absolutely None!


    Any additional comments?

    I kept thinking he would wrap it up and that would help it but that did not happen either.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Out of Breath: The Breathing Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Rebecca Donovan
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (416)
    Performance
    (389)
    Story
    (392)

    Emma Thomas is hiding. From everything and everyone... including herself. But she can't hide forever. Her past will find her, and her secrets won't remain quiet - not if she wants to be forgiven. Emma learns that honesty can hurt worse than betrayal, and the truth may cost her the only love she's ever known.

    Jordy says: "Finally No More cliffhangers! I love a good HEA!!"
    "OMGOSH! ............ BEST BOOK I'VE READ LATELY!!!"
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    If you could sum up Out of Breath in three words, what would they be?

    What a heartfelt book, the characters are so well written! You have to love Emma, root for her and Evan, life is so unfair to her. She has all this complication in her life and most of it happened to her before she was 10 years old! I felt as though I was in therapy reading it, in a very good way! These characters have very good friends that tell it how it is, they recognize a damaged person and only want to help her. I cried, laughed, as some places my breathe was just sucked away! WOW!


    Have you listened to any of Kate Rudd’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Wonderful writer, story teller, she pulls you in to her stories!


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

    Each time Emma reaches the end of her struggle, I understood and cried to see her finally have had enough!


    Any additional comments?

    Bravo to Kate, I wish I could tell her how much this book helped me!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Philip Carlo
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1048)
    Performance
    (467)
    Story
    (470)

    Richard "The Ice Man" Kuklinski led a double life beyond anything ever seen on The Sopranos, becoming one of the most notorious professional assassins in American history while hosting neighborhood barbecues in suburban New Jersey. Now, after 240 hours of face-to-face interviews with Kuklinski and his wife and daughters, author Philip Carlo tells his extraordinary story.

    Eileen C says: "You must buy this audio only if..."
    "Way too much . . ."
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    Would you try another book from Philip Carlo and/or Michael Prichard?

    After the first few hours . . . it became all the same. Certainly did not warrant 19 hours.


    Has The Ice Man turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Yawn


    Any additional comments?

    Can't imagine why this was HBO material. The gore he described could not have been easy to hear on national TV

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rush: The Breathless Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Adam Paul
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1009)
    Performance
    (932)
    Story
    (935)

    When Gabe Hamilton saw Mia Crestwell walk into the ballroom for his hotel’s grand opening, he knew he was going to hell for what he had planned. After all, Mia is his best friend’s little sister. Except she’s not so little anymore. And Gabe has waited a long time to act on his desires. Gabe has starred in Mia’s fantasies more than once, ever since she was a teenager with a huge crush on her brother’s best friend. So what if Gabe’s 14 years older? Mia knows he’s way out of her league, but her attraction has only grown stronger with time. She’s an adult now, and there’s no reason not to act on her most secret desires.

    Karen says: "Not Maya Banks at her best"
    "Why all the bad reviews? I LOVED IT!"
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    What did you love best about Rush?

    I loved the story, loved Mia and her strength, hated Gabe (and don't we love to hate the villain!!)


    What did you like best about this story?

    That Mia trusted Gabe even though it was tough to do and he misused it sometimes.


    Have you listened to any of Adam Paul’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I haven't


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

    Not really


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Where You Are: Between the Lines, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Tammara Webber
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd, Todd Haberkorn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (151)

    Graham Douglas doesn’t do romantic relationships, but he was knocked for a loop when he met Emma Pierce on the set of his last film. As they grew closer, he did everything in his power to keep from falling for a girl being pursued by superstar Reid Alexander. Now home in New York, his life is once again under control, until Emma appears and shows him how not over her he is.

    Brooke says: "YES PLEASE!"
    "LOVED IT!!!!! GREAT READ!!!!"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to Where You Are the most enjoyable?

    The characters were well developed, very enjoyable!!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Reid and Emma


    What about Kate Rudd and Todd Haberkorn ’s performance did you like?

    Loved the two narrators! Loved the exchange of taking turns!!!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    BITCH MEETS HER MATCH (in love)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Look of Love: The Sullivans, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Bella Andre
    • Narrated By Eva Kaminsky
    Overall
    (977)
    Performance
    (870)
    Story
    (875)

    With The Look of Love, best-selling author Bella Andre introduces you to a fun and emotional contemporary romance series about the Sullivan family. Because when a Sullivan bad boy falls... he falls hard. And it's forever. Chloe Peterson is having a bad night. A really bad night. The large bruise on her cheek can attest to that. And when her car skids off the side of a wet country road straight into a ditch, she's convinced even the gorgeous guy who rescues her must be too good to be true. Or is he?

    Angelia says: "Great find! Romantic, Sweet with serious Heat!"
    "Great, Fun, Read!!!"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up The Look of Love in three words, what would they be?

    I loved the character family dynamics . . . gonna be a great ride of reading !!!


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ask for It

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (575)
    Performance
    (528)
    Story
    (529)

    Nothing incites Marcus more than the primal hunger roused by his former fiancée, Elizabeth. It’s been years since she jilted him for another man, but that only means there’s a lot to catch up on, a lot to make up for, and that he’s going to enjoy every sweet moment.… The same drive and passion that sent her into another man’s arms is what brings Elizabeth back to Marcus. Her attraction to him is the one thing she fears, but she’s run out of options. Resisting is impossible. But does she have the courage to surrender everything?

    CAROLYN says: "FIVE STARS - THREE WORDS PERFECT DELICIOUS HOT"
    "I could not get past the narrator's accent!"
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    What disappointed you about Ask for It?

    I just hated the accent of the reader!!! Just wish something would have told me to check a quick listen.......terrible listen.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dangerous Kiss: A Lucky Santangelo Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jackie Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    When a member of her family is brutally gunned down in a random car-jacking, Lucky Santangelo's fury knows no bounds. While she is tracking the killer, her relationship with her husband, charismatic writer and director Lennie Golden, is put to the test. Then, suddenly, into her life comes a man from her past - a man with a dangerous past.

    Sharon says: "Narrator is TERRIBLE"
    "UGHHHH!!!! Terrible"
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    What would have made Dangerous Kiss better?

    I thought I would love to listen to one of Jackie's Books but it was terrible


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Inn at Boonsboro, #3. I have loved them all so far!


    Would you be willing to try another one of the narrator’s performances?

    No, listening to this author breath???? Really!


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Dangerous Kiss?

    Too many to point out!


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your credit or money!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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