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Sandra L. Jacob

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  • Born in Death: In Death, Book 23

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (826)
    Performance
    (556)
    Story
    (553)

    Technology has advanced in 2060 New York City, but childbirth has been the same since the beginning of time. And despite the brutal double homicide on Lieutenant Eve Dallas' caseload, she has to be there for her pregnant friend, Mavis, even if it means throwing the dreaded baby shower. But Mavis needs an even bigger favor now. Tandy Willowby, one of the moms-to-be in her class, has gone missing, just days before her due date.

    Sandra L. Jacob says: "I loved it."
    "I loved it."
    Overall

    Classic Nora -- fantasy, mystery, love, and suspense, all wrapped up with a ridiculously happy ending. The narrator does a great job and it's just great, fun, escape.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Gabrielle Zevin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (671)
    Performance
    (607)
    Story
    (610)

    The irascible A. J. Fikry, owner of Island Books - the only bookstore on Alice Island - has already lost his wife. Now his most prized possession, a rare book, has been stolen from right under his nose in the most embarrassing of circumstances. The store itself, it seems, will be next to go. One night upon closing, he discovers a toddler in his children’s section with a note from her mother pinned to her Elmo doll: I want Maya to grow up in a place with books and among people who care about such kinds of things. I love her very much, but I can no longer take care of her.

    B. Sorensen says: "A Tale for Booksellers"
    "Charming."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A wry, charming story about a bookstore and much much more. And for once, Scott Brick didn't ruin it even though his narration didn't add anything. With another narrator it might've earned 5 stars.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sorcerer's Legacy

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Janny Wurts
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    In Janny Wurts' Sorcerer's Legacy, we discover a world full of magic and intrigue. It is into this world that Elienne has chosen to come, to save a prince's life. Lady Elienne finds herself captive in the dungeons of the one who killed her husband and conquered her lands. While there, a great wizard appears to her, offering to take her away. Does she stay and suffer certain cruelties from the one who now wants to make her his new queen...? Or does she go with this wizard who claims that she is the only one who can save his prince's life?

    Katherine says: "Janny Wurts' debut now on audio"
    "A fast moving, peril ridden journey!"
    Overall
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    Delightful! A fast moving, peril ridden journey for both a prince and his consort. Emily Gray is a wonderful narrator. I don't think I've listened to her before. I hadn't read this book before this audio edition was released. It was kind of hard to come by and it's only in paperback, used, and I cannot read the small print in paperbacks. So I was glad I could read this one. I think now that I've read all of Wurts' work.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Master of Whitestorm

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Janny Wurts
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    Korendir’s name was the stuff of legend... Man of mystery...deadly mercenary...obsessed adventurer... From a life of misery, chained as a galley slave under the whips of the marauding Mhurgai, Korendir contrived an escape against impossible odds, only to gamble his hard-won freedom against ever more deadly stakes - in a world endangered by elementals, shape-changers, demons and perilous wizardry. Even Haldeth, fellow captive at the oar and his only accepted friend, can not understand what drives Korendir to repeated risk.

    Katherine says: "A satisfying self-contained story"
    "Prebble's narration brings new clarity and emotion"
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    I was introduced to Janny Wurts by first reading The Curse of the Mistwraith and totally loving it, so was hooked. Being my compulsive self, I couldn't stop reading until I finished that series before working my way backward through her earlier works.

    This book tells the story of Korendir, first introduced as a galley slave. He's a 'typical' Wurts hero in that he's tough, defended, smart, prickly (extremely), and underneath it all, a total cream puff. Having been introduced to this sort in the Mistwraith series, I was therefore patient with him and enjoyed the ride through his adventures early in the book. As events unfold, we finally learn the reasons for his behavior, and he becomes more human. This slow uncovering is also a Wurts hallmark, and one that I totally enjoy. While I was sure that would happen, other plot twists are less predictable and we are served up the climax with psychological depth and deep understanding - another Wurts characteristic, which is only one of the things I enjoy so much about her writing.

    This is a standalone novel and a good introduction to the writing of Janny Wurts. The writing style is less complex than the style of the Mistwraith series, and so it's an easier read, for those who would like to dip their toe into the work of this outstanding author.

    REREAD: I listened to the new audio edition of this book and couldn't believe how rich the narration of it is. Simon Prebble's voice and interpretation is magnificent. He pours emotion into his reading that is rare in other books I've listened to him read. I was sobbing at the end. Beautiful.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Come Unto These Yellow Sands

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Paul Fleschner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (111)

    Lover of fine poetry and lousy choose-your-own-adventure novels, Professor Sebastian Swift was once the bad-boy darling of the literati. The only lines he does these days are Browning, Frost, and Cummings. Even his relationship with the hot, handsome Wolfe Neck Police chief, Max Prescott, is healthy. When one of his most talented students comes to him bruised and begging for help, Swift hands over the keys to his Orson Island cabin - only to find out that the boy's father is dead and the police are suspicious.

    Tony Squared says: "Suspense (with poetry)"
    "This is a marvelous story"
    Overall
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    Story

    It's a mystery/romance but so much more than that. I had to listen to it twice to get the full depth of it. Lanyon truly writes some terrific character studies. One of the few that I've read about addiction that gets it right.

    The narrator occasionally emphasizes the wrong word and is a little superficial at times, but still good enough that it doesn't detract from the story... Well worth a listen.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Run: Dangerous Ground, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Adrian Bisson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (41)

    The boys are back in town - and Paris is burning! For Special Agents of the Department of Diplomatic Security, Taylor MacAllister and Will Brandt, the strain of a long distance relationship is beginning to tell after eleven months of separation. A romantic holiday could be just the thing to bridge the ever-growing distance, but when Taylor spots a terrorist from the 70s, long believed dead but very much alive, it's c'est la vie.

    Riva says: "Still loving the series"
    "Points off for contrived plot line"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Not my favorite story twist, but still a good one. Lanyon's writing is tight and evocative. The narrator is excellent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Heat: Dangerous Ground

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Adrian Bisson
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    Special Agents for the Department of Diplomatic Security, Taylor MacAllister and Will Brandt have been partners forever and lovers for three months, but their new relationship is threatened when Will is offered a plum two-year assignment in Paris.

    Riva says: "Typical middle book of the series"
    "Another exciting episode."
    Overall
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    This one makes me laugh. Poor Taylor with his love of nature and possibly a baby to deliver. Very good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Old Poison: Dangerous Ground, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Adrian Bisson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (45)

    Someone from DSS Special Agent Taylor MacAllister's past - the past he doesn't discuss with his partner and now-lover Will Brandt - wants him scared. Dead scared. Or maybe just dead. Will fears the past will end a future romance. Or any future at all.

    Riva says: "I'm hooked"
    "A solid 2nd installment"
    Overall
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    Story

    Taylor's history catches up to him in this convoluted tale. His and Will's relationship gets tighter.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dangerous Ground

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Adrian Bisson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (68)

    Special Agents for the Department of Diplomatic Security, Taylor MacAllister and Will Brandt have been partners and best friends for three years, but everything changed the night Taylor admitted the truth about his feelings for Will. But it's complicated... Taylor agreed to a camping trip in the High Sierras - despite the fact that he hates camping - because Will wants a chance to save their partnership.

    KC says: "Great story, great narration"
    "Lanyon's writing is excellent"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a nice beginning to this series. I like both protags and the plot is tight and believable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cuckoo's Egg

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By C. J. Cherryh
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (82)

    They named him Thorn. They told him he was of their people, although he was so different. He was ugly in their eyes, strange, sleek-skinned instead of furred, clawless, different. Yet he was of their power class: judge-warriors, the elite, the fighters, the defenders. Thorn knew that his difference was somehow very important - but not important enough to prevent murderous conspiracies against him, against his protector, against his caste, and perhaps against the peace of the world. But when Thorn finally learned what his true role in life was to be, that the future of two worlds might hinge on him, then he had to stand alone to justify his very existence

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Do I hear Can't?"
    "Cherryh is incomparable."
    Overall
    Performance
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    Cherryh does write the most amazing books. About an alien boy raised by an elite warrior/judge alone on a planet far from earth, the story is intense, emotional, sad, and fascinating. No one does alien cultures like Cherryh.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Foreigner: Foreigner Sequence 1, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By C. J. Cherryh
    • Narrated By Daniel Thomas May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (444)
    Performance
    (392)
    Story
    (402)

    The first book in C.J.Cherryh's eponymous series, Foreigner begins an epic tale of the survivors of a lost spacecraft who crash-land on a planet inhabited by a hostile, sentient alien race. From its beginnings as a human-alien story of first contact, the Foreigner series has become a true science fiction odyssey, following a civilization from the age of steam through early space flight to confrontations with other alien species in distant sectors of space. It is the masterwork of a truly remarkable author.

    Tango says: "A Sci-Fi Neville Chamberlain"
    "OMG, I'M SO EXCITED TO SEE FOREIGNER!"
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    Where does Foreigner rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    My goodness, I hate to rank the audiobooks I've listened to, but this ranks up there with the best. I've read it in print twice and am amazed at the new feelings engendered by the narration. The narrator is excellent and his emphases brought new meaning to much in the book.


    What other book might you compare Foreigner to and why?

    I don't think Foreigner is comparable to any other book I've read, and I love this series the most of any scifi books I've read.


    Have you listened to any of Daniel Thomas May’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've never listened to him before, and am very impressed. His reading is very good with just the right balance of tension.


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

    The ending was particularly moving.


    5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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