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Joanna

Maplewood, MN, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Always Watching

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Chevy Stevens
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (105)

    In the lockdown ward of a psychiatric hospital, Dr. Nadine Lavoie is in her element. She has the tools to help people, and she has the desire: Healing broken families is what she lives for. But Nadine doesn’t want to look too closely at her own past because there are whole chunks of her life that are black holes. It takes all her willpower to tamp down her recurrent claustrophobia, and her daughter, Lisa, is a runaway who has been on the streets for seven years. When a distraught woman, Heather Simeon, is brought into the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit after a suicide attempt, Nadine gently coaxes her story out of her - and learns of some troubling parallels to her own life.

    andrea says: "Page Turner, or a Great Listen!"
    "First Read By This Author"
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    I loved this book and it's the first of Chevy Stevens' that I've read. It was captivating and held my interest all the way through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Next Always: Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2407)
    Performance
    (2127)
    Story
    (2136)

    The historic hotel in Boonsboro has endured war and peace, the changing of hands, and even rumored hauntings. Now it’s getting a major face-lift from the Montgomery brothers and their eccentric mother. As the architect in the family, Beckett’s social life consists mostly of talking shop over pizza and beer. But there’s another project he’s got his eye on: the girl he’s been waiting to kiss since he was sixteen.

    krista says: "A cozy romance"
    "Loved It!"
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    I'm already a Nora Roberts' fan, but I really loved this book - romance mixed with some suspense and a little paranormal activity.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Absolutely nothing! I don't think the narrator has done very many romance novels, but I thought his voice was really sultry.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4351)
    Performance
    (3725)
    Story
    (3725)

    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    Kelli N. Perkins says: "Still Thinking About This Tale Weeks After"
    "Depressing!"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No. I read for entertainment and this book was just flat out sad.


    Would you be willing to try another book from William Landay? Why or why not?

    Maybe.


    What three words best describe Grover Gardner’s performance?

    Just okay.


    Do you think Defending Jacob needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Definitely not!


    Any additional comments?

    I haven't read William Landay before. This was a lot like Jodi Piccoult- very real, but very depressing.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Conflict of Interest: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Adam Mitzner
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2182)
    Performance
    (1775)
    Story
    (1789)

    Alex Miller is a criminal defense lawyer leading the life he always imagined. At thirty-five, he is the youngest partner at New York City's most prestigious law firm, with a beautiful wife and a perfect daughter. When Alex's father suddenly passes away, Alex is introduced to Michael Ohlig, a rich and powerful man who holds an almost mythical place in his family lore. But Alex is surprised when Ohlig admits that he's in serious legal trouble, accused of crimes involving hundreds of millions of dollars.

    Melinda says: "My 2 Cents"
    "Love this New Author"
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    What did you love best about A Conflict of Interest?

    It combined all my favorite genres - crime, suspense, a little romance...


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    It was hard to stop listening to this one. Lots of twists and turns.


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

    I don't believe I've listened to any of this narrator's performances. On a scale of 1 to 5, I would rate him a 3.5.


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

    Definitely


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to more books by Adam Mitzner.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Conor Grennan
    • Narrated By Conor Grennan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (542)
    Performance
    (384)
    Story
    (394)

    In search of adventure, 29-year-old Conor Grennan traded his day job for a year-long trip around the globe, a journey that began with a three-month stint volunteering at the Little Princes Children's Home, an orphanage in war-torn Nepal. Conor was initially reluctant to volunteer, unsure whether he had the proper skill, or enough passion, to get involved in a developing country in the middle of a civil war. But he was soon overcome by the herd of rambunctious, resilient children.

    Angela says: "Amazing experience + Inspiring tale"
    "Really Good"
    Overall

    I don't even have the words to describe this. It was just really good and so refreshing to read about good in this crazy world.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Saving Ceecee Honeycutt

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Beth Hoffman
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2766)
    Performance
    (1462)
    Story
    (1476)

    Laugh-out-loud funny and deeply touching, Beth Hoffman's sparkling debut is, as Kristin Hannah says, "packed full of Southern charm, strong women, wacky humor, and good old-fashioned heart." It is a novel that explores the indomitable strengths of female friendship and gives us the story of a young girl who loses one mother and finds many others.

    A User says: "Saving CeeCee Honeycutt"
    "Awesome Book!"
    Overall

    I loved, loved this book. It now ranks up there right along with The Help and The Secret Life of Bees as one of my favorites. Jenna Lamia narrated all these so she too is one of my favorites.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vision in White: The Bride Quartet, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1150)
    Performance
    (606)
    Story
    (611)

    The women at Vows - a wedding planning company in Connecticut - make it their business to create memorable events for couples sealing their bonds. And though the bonds among Parker, Emma, Mac, and Laurel may not be official, they are very real - and equally worthy of celebration.

    Mary says: "Bad Narration"
    "Not so great"
    Overall

    Pretty lame and predictable. I'm a fan of NR, but this one, not so much.

    0 of 0 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
    (27616)
    Performance
    (14207)
    Story
    (14259)

    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!"
    "Amazing"
    Overall

    This book was incredible, I had to force myself to stop listening. I think it ranks right up there with one of my all-time favorites- The Secret Life of Bees, which was also narrated by Jenna Lamia. I loved the narrators.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kiss Me While I Sleep

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Linda Howard
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean, Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (303)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (154)

    It's a job that makes a killing. Efficient, professional, and without apology, Lily Mansfield is a hired assassin, working as a contract agent for the CIA. Her targets are the powerful and corrupt, those who can't be touched by the law.

    Karyl-Lynne says: "Loved it!"
    "Loved It!"
    Overall

    I think this is only the second Linda Howard novel I listened to, but I am now hooked- this was awesome!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Scream for Me

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Karen Rose
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (81)

    Not long after his brother, Simon, was revealed to be a ruthless serial killer and met his demise, Special Agent Daniel Vartanian is drawn back into Simon's dark past. A series of recent killings are mimicking an unsolved murder from 13 years ago which is somehow linked to a collection of photographs that belonged to Simon.

    Judy says: "A little too choppy for me..."
    "Very, very good!"
    Overall

    This is the first time I've listened or read anything by this author. I thought this book was very good. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is that the narrator wasn't that great trying to do men's voices. Otherwise I would highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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