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GrannyGeri

Harpers Ferry, WV | Member Since 2005

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  • Who Asked You?

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Terry McMillan
    • Narrated By Terry McMillan, Carole DeSanti, Phylicia Rashad, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (272)
    Performance
    (245)
    Story
    (248)

    Who Asked You? opens as Trinetta leaves her two young sons with her mother, Betty Jean, and promptly disappears. BJ, a trademark McMillan heroine, already has her hands full dealing with her other adult children, two opinionated sisters, an ill husband, and her own postponed dreams - all while holding down a job as a hotel maid. Her son Dexter is about to be paroled from prison; Quentin, the family success, can't be bothered to lend a hand; and taking care of two lively grandsons is the last thing BJ thinks she needs.

    JALAYNE says: "brillant"
    "Very inspirational"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Okay, I'm not a regular reviewer. But this book had me all over the place. So much fun, sadness and enlightenment. The Characters are realistic and engaging (kinda reminded me of my always-in-the-drama family). Found myself going through a range of emotions, laughing, crying or shaking my head and loving every moment. Thanks to my daughter for gifting me this wonderful book. When I realized I was nearing the end, I had to slow down and pace myself because I did not want this book to end. I hope this book is made into a movie. Would make a great chick flix. If you liked The Help then you will love this, if you never read the help, you will still love this. This book is full of emotion after emotion.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Betty Jean, she was really the rock of the family and I loved her values and strengths. I also like Nurse Kim, even thought I didn't care for her extra activities with Mister, she did have a kind heart.


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

    The voices of each character, even thought some of them sounded the same. They each had their own inflection and I got to know each of them by the sound of their voice.


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

    I mostly smiled a lot


    Any additional comments?

    Loved the story line and the narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 32 Candles: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Ernessa T. Carter
    • Narrated By Adenrele Ojo
    Overall
    (230)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (136)

    Davie—an ugly duckling growing up in small-town Mississippi—is positive her life couldn’t be any worse. She has the meanest mother in the South, possibly the world, and on top of that, she’s pretty sure she’s ugly. Just when she’s resigned herself to her fate, she sees a movie that will change her life—Sixteen Candles. But in her case, life doesn’t imitate art.

    Stephanie says: "WOW."
    "Fizzled out"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about 32 Candles?

    Story line started out good and interesting (first half). Second half, I started losing interest and had to back track to understand certain situations. I mean she just got DUMB! Nothing she did made since anymore. For instance, she was always making money but never had money, and I could not discern when and where she spent money, unless getting her revenge was costly. Too long for this story.


    What could Ernessa T. Carter have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Stuck to the rise-to-fame and girl-gets-boy plot.


    What three words best describe Adenrele Ojo’s voice?

    bad lowcountry drawl


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from 32 Candles?

    too many to mention.


    Any additional comments?

    Could not finish this one, and I usually do no matter how bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of James

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Ellen J. Green
    • Narrated By Bobbin Beam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (20)

    Moments before his death following a tragic car accident, Nick whispers warnings to his wife that someone from his past may attempt to harm or even kill her. He urges her to travel to Philadelphia to his childhood home. "Find James", he insists. It’s the only way out. Mackenzie dismisses her husband’s warnings, assuming his words were a result of blood loss and morphine…until the things he outlined start to come true.

    G. Guerin says: "Just plain stupid"
    "Just plain stupid"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made The Book of James better?

    A better main character. I mean this woman was just plain stupid. did everything wrong


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ellen J. Green again?

    Nope


    What didn’t you like about Bobbin Beam’s performance?

    all the voices sounded the same


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Book of James?

    all of them


    Any additional comments?

    Pointless. The mystery was drowned out by the stupidity of Mackenzie.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Firefly Cloak

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Sheri Reynolds
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (31)

    Eight-year-old Tessa Lee and her little brother, Travis, are left at a campground by their mother and her boyfriend, a crooked-nosed man named Goose. All the two children have is a tent, their bags of clothes, the firefly cloak they'd used for covers the night before, and a phone number printed in magic marker on Travis' back. Tessa Lee knows that her momma and Goose have skedaddled in a car with recently changed license plates. She just doesn't know why.

    shopgirl says: "Wow!"
    "The Narrator is still one of my favs, BUT"
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    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Firefly Cloak better?

    It was a coming of age story that is without a good bite.


    What was most disappointing about Sheri Reynolds’s story?

    Too Cliche


    What about Jenna Lamia’s performance did you like?

    Jenna Lamia was true to the character of Tessa Lee (the girl), but other characters, was a bit off.


    Any additional comments?

    This book might be okay for some but I just couldn't get into it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • INFINITY

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mark Yoshimoto Nemcoff
    • Narrated By Mark Yoshimoto Nemcoff
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    According to the prophet Ranajee, demons live among us in human form. They exploit man's vulnerability to place everyday people in a condition of suffering that exists right here on Earth. As more demons enter our world, this condition will never end until all of humankind is enslaved. Ranajee, however, is the pen name of a mysterious and seemingly ageless leader of a cult of demon-hunters known as the Church of Infinity. It is their chosen task to eradicate, with extreme prejudice, those who endeavor each day to hasten the end of mankind.

    G. Guerin says: "Terrible"
    "Terrible"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Nobody I know


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Don't know


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Narrator's voice sounded like he was reading a podcast


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

    Not a single one


    Any additional comments?

    Even though it was only 5 hours, I could not even bring myself to listen that long. Gave up after 1 1/2 hours. The storyline did not hold my attention and the narrator was just horrible. I picked this one based on reviews and was mislead. Might work for some but not me. I think it was about demons but not sure. Like I said this sounded like a podcast actually I've heard better podcast.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 77 Shadow Street

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (703)
    Performance
    (612)
    Story
    (609)

    Enter the world of the Pendleton: The original owner became a recluse - and was rumored to be more than half mad - after his wife and two children were kidnapped in 1896 and never found. The second owner suffered a worse tragedy in 1935, when his house manager murdered him, his family, and the entire live-in staff.... Craftsmen and laborers working on renovations disappear or go mad.... For years, the Pendleton is a happy place, until a bad turn comes again.... Voices in unknown languages are heard in deserted rooms....

    Carol says: "Disappointing, a total let-down."
    "Wasted Credit"
    Overall
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    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better story line without all the running around doing nothing but stupid things.


    What was most disappointing about Dean Koontz’s story?

    It was like a bad gumbo soup. A lot of stuff thrown in the pot with too many fillers and not enough meat and none of the right seasonings. I kept thinking maybe he took all the stories he wrote or tried to write a long time ago but never published and put them all in one book and came up with this garbage. I mean it started out okay, but then got redundant and boring. Save your credit or money and skip this or get it from the library.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Peter Berkrot?

    Maybe


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from 77 Shadow Street?

    Most of them


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Some Sing, Some Cry

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Ntozake Shange, Ifa Bayeza
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (440)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (189)

    Audible presents the multigenerational epic Some Sing, Some Cry. Created by Ntozake Shange and Ifa Bayeza, this audiobook takes listeners on a journey through Reconstruction, two world wars, the Harlem renaissance, and Vietnam to modern day America.Some Sing, Some Cry begins at the threshold of one family’s freedom. We meet Betty Mayfield, newly emancipated from Sweet Tamarind, a lush and haunted rice plantation off the Carolina coast.

    Barbara says: "Southern Soul"
    "Stirred My Soul"
    Overall

    The words filled me up and took me away. Beautiful well written story. I really enjoyed the book and the narration, but the singing was a bit too much for me. Don't worry it's just me, I'm sure others will enjoy it. Since this is my first review, take that has an indication of how much I liked the book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Anansi Boys

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Lenny Henry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3854)
    Performance
    (1710)
    Story
    (1721)

    Returning to the territory he so brilliantly explored in his masterful New York Times best seller American Gods, the incomparable Neil Gaiman offers up a work of dazzling ingenuity, a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth that is at once startling, terrifying, exhilarating, and fiercely funny, a true wonder of a novel that confirms Stephen King's glowing assessment of the author as "a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him."

    A. Hawley says: "Beautifully narrated"
    "I'm Hooked"
    Overall

    I loved this book, I didn't want it to end. I also listened to American Gods, so I now I want to read everything Neil Gaiman. Excellent writer.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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