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Jean

Oneida,, IL, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • 6 reviews
  • 7 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 56 purchased in 2014
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  • You Don't Want to Know

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Lisa Jackson
    • Narrated By Christina Traister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (310)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (267)

    In Ava’s dreams, her son, Noah, looks just the way she remembers him: a sweet two-year-old in rolled-up jeans and a red sweatshirt. When Ava wakes, the agonizing truth hits her all over again. Noah went missing two years ago, and his body has never been found. Almost everyone, including Ava’s semi-estranged husband, Wyatt, assumes the boy drowned after falling off the dock near their Church Island home. Ava has spent most of the past two years in and out of Seattle mental institutions, shattered by grief and unable to recall the details of Noah’s disappearance.

    Ronda Snyder says: "Can't stop listening...."
    "A great thriller"
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    I've read several of Lisa Jackson's books...and this is as good or better than others. However, the narrator was very distracting. She never seemed to get the *flow* of the story, and seemed to struggle with the voice changes and the overall feeling of the story. I will listen to other books by Lisa Jackson, but not with this reader. She needs more coaching or maybe a director.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Town Like Alice

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Robin Bailey
    Overall
    (1251)
    Performance
    (729)
    Story
    (733)

    Wanting to repay a wartime debt to the Malays, Jean Paget returns. There she hears a story which leads her to Australia.

    Barbara says: "Better still in Audio form"
    "Great story and well told."
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    This was an enchanting story. I had trouble putting it aside at times. The narration was beautifully done, and all characters were aptly portrayed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jennifer Worth
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1160)
    Performance
    (1033)
    Story
    (1045)

    At the age of 22, Jennifer Worth left her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in postwar London’s East End slums. The colorful characters she met while delivering babies all over London - from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lived to the woman with 24 children who couldn't speak English to the prostitutes and dockers of the city’s seedier side - illuminate a fascinating time in history.

    Kathy says: "This is one I didn't want to put down!"
    "Very compelling"
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    Choosing this book was not my usual "type" of read, but it was very enjoyable. The setting, London in the 1950's, was beautifully portrayed, and the narrator, Nicola Barber, did an excellent job of helping you see and feel the conditions under which the main character had to work. I'm assuming there is a sequel(s), and I will definitely look for it/them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Split Second: An FBI Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Catherine Coulter
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman, Paul Costanzo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (679)
    Performance
    (519)
    Story
    (522)

    A serial killer is on the loose, and it’s up to FBI agents Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock to bring him down. They soon discover the killer has blood ties to an infamous and now long-dead monster. Savich and Sherlock are joined by agents Lucy Carlyle and Cooper McKnight, and the chase is on. At the same time, Agent Lucy Carlyle learns from her dying father that her grandfather didn’t simply walk away from his family twenty-two years ago: he was, in fact, murdered by his wife, Lucy’s grandmother.

    Jacquelyn Thomas says: "Story good, female reader almost ruined it."
    "Bad, bad readers"
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    This was a great story, but the reader/readers ruined it -- some of the *emotion* was so rigid and forced, it became painful to listen. I stopped a couple of times and went to other books, but eventually finished it. In the future I'll avoid books listing these readers.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rules of Civility: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Amor Towles
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1739)
    Performance
    (1383)
    Story
    (1367)

    Set in New York City in 1938, Rules of Civility tells the story of a watershed year in the life of an uncompromising 25-year-old named Katey Kontent. Armed with little more than a formidable intellect, a bracing wit, and her own brand of cool nerve, Katey embarks on a journey from a Wall Street secretarial pool through the upper echelons of New York society in search of a brighter future.

    Emily - Audible says: "Like a Country Pastoral for City Rats"
    "Excellent listen"
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    Although I'm aware of many of the details and the era in which this book was set, I found the perceptions and intrepretations by the author (of the characters & the time period) enjoyable and enlightening. I hope we hear more from this author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wildflower Hill

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Kimberley Freeman
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (451)
    Performance
    (381)
    Story
    (383)

    In 1920s Glasgow, Beattie Blaxland falls pregnant to her married lover Henry just before her nineteenth birthday. Abandoned by her family, Beattie and Henry set sail for a new life in Australia. In 2009, London, prima ballerina Lydia Blaxland-Hunter is also discovering that life can also have its ups and downs. Unable to dance again after a fall, Lydia returns home to Australia to recuperate.

    David P. McGivern says: "Engaging, believable"
    "Excellent book & reader! Who is the reader?"
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    I seldom find a book that is so captivating....I wish there was a sequel available.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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