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Joan

Mountain Top, PA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5698)
    Performance
    (4930)
    Story
    (4924)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Was completely drawn in....."
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    Where does Beautiful Ruins rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is right there in the top 10 of the romantic books I have listen to! I was so drawn in that I was wishing for each chapter to see what or where in time the author was taking the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I was hestitant that it was a male narrator but 2 thumbs up. He did an amazing job. The story flow well transitions from the past to the future. I could place myself in these eras quite well.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Pascale heads to Rome to find answers and comes across more than he plans.


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

    If I could yes! But, it was a pleasure just being able to listen it to and from my travels.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9088)
    Performance
    (6619)
    Story
    (6658)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    Barbara says: "A feast for the mind and imagination"
    "The Story was Enchanting"
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    What did you love best about A Discovery of Witches?

    I love how Deborah Harkness develops the characters by pulling parts of their personalities slowly and then moving into each of their past lives as a steady pace throughout the book. So you are hooked all the way to the very end.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How each character blended so well with each other whether it was a friendly or not so friendly scenes. I love how the dry humor throughout the book. The tenderness between the main Characters of Matthew and Diana. Yet the strength that is added to the characters.


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

    I love how she kept the flow of the character voices. I have listen to many audio books and she is now on my list of listen to narrators!


    Any additional comments?

    I purchase this book on a sale and when I found out another series book. Well I love series, and this book has exceeded my expectations. From the story line to the narration. Just finish the first one. now onto book 2nd and hope that book 3rd hits the site soon!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack: Burton & Swinburne, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Mark Hodder
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (1068)
    Performance
    (952)
    Story
    (953)

    Sir Richard Francis Burton and Algernon Charles Swinburne are sucked into the perilous depths of a moral and ethical vacuum when Lord Palmerston commissions Burton to investigate assaults on young women committed by a weird apparition known as Spring Heeled Jack - and to find out why werewolves are terrorizing London's East End.

    Robert says: "Fun Steampunk but on the outlandish side"
    "This reminds me of a Sherlock Holmes mashup!"
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    What did you love best about The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack?

    It was a strange way the book was laid out, but as it progresses through the sequence of the events and writing. It made sense and loved the approach of the author. The narrator certainly brought life to this book and incredible ways he approached each character and their voice personalities.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Actually Swineburne was an exquisite as the "I want to prove how useful I can be" for Sir Richard Burton


    What about Gerard Doyle’s performance did you like?

    The way he brought each character to life with their personality and never missed a switchup in voice reconizing each of them.


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

    When Spring-heeled jack knew that his one decision to correct what he thought was correcting his family out come really started with him - or did it? Have to listen to see if you agree


    Any additional comments?

    MUST LISTEN TOO!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

    • UNABRIDGED (12 mins)
    • By Dr. Seuss
    • Narrated By Walter Matthau
    Overall
    (444)
    Performance
    (385)
    Story
    (402)

    The Grinch, whose heart is two sizes too small, hates Whoville's holiday celebrations, and plans to steal all the presents to prevent Christmas from coming. To his amazement, Christmas comes anyway, and the Grinch discovers the true meaning of the holiday.

    A User says: "Awesome Grinch"
    "How cute!"
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    Would you listen to How the Grinch Stole Christmas! again? Why?

    I will have this near my book so that the little ones can follow along! Thanks for the gift Audible!


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was well narrated. Walter Marrhau did a great job!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Descendants

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Kaui Hart Hemmings
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (740)
    Performance
    (636)
    Story
    (641)

    Matthew King was once considered one of the most fortunate men in Hawaii. His missionary ancestors who came to the islands were financially and culturally progressive - one even married a Hawaiian princess, making Matt a royal descendant and one of the state’s largest landowners. But now his luck has changed. His two daughters are out of control - 10-year-old Scottie has a smart-ass attitude and a desperate need for attention and 17-year-old Alex is a recovering drug addict.

    Michael says: "Not Sappy instead honestly elicits tears & laughs"
    "It was beautifully read!"
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    Where does The Descendants rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Well compare to the other books I have listen to this ranks right up there at the top. It matched up to the same flow as when I watched the movie. The mood of each character was brought to life and everyone once in awhile brought a smile to my face.


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

    He really did a great flow of reading the book. I could actually hear the voice of George Clooney as he read his lines! Kudos I look forward to here other books that he has narrated.


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Retribution: Anna Strong, Vampire, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jeanne C. Stein
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (270)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (177)

    With her partner out of town, her family abroad, and her mentor estranged, newly-turned vampire Anna Strong is keeping a low profile. But now young vampires are turning up dead, completely drained of their life force. And though Anna wants to say no when Williams, her former teacher and now leader of a supernatural enforcement squad, asks for her help, she can't. But soon, she'll wish she did.

    Joan says: "Don't stop now!"
    "Don't stop now!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Retribution the most enjoyable?

    How each character whether taken out in a previous book - is mentioned in the next books to keep that story going. that they are written in real time - not well - 5 years from now - no it all happens within the first year and some of Anna's turning!


    Any additional comments?

    Keep listening! you will be sorry if you do not hear the whole series

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Legacy: Anna Strong, Vampire, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jeanne C. Stein
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (300)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (194)

    Anna has struggled to adapt to her supernatural status while clinging to the vestiges of her humanity. Now she must deal with her legacy. The sinister vampire who transformed her is dead, and Anna is entitled to his vast fortune. But a predatory werewolf comes forward, claiming the inheritance as her own. And she'll kill to get what she wants most: blood and money.

    Joan says: "One Word! Fantastic series!"
    "One Word! Fantastic series!"
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    If you could sum up Legacy in three words, what would they be?

    Entralling, captivating, winner!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Anna not only brings her braun into the character, but keeping true to her female soft side!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Chosen: Anna Strong, Vampire, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Jeanne C Stein
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (257)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (171)

    Anna Strong's primitive vampire instincts are getting harder to control. And a new enemy wants to take advantage of that fact, for Anna has been chosen to shape the destiny of all vampires-and all humans.

    Joan says: "This is my favorite so far"
    "This is my favorite so far"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Most definitely and I have!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Anna Strong - will always be my favorite. David her partner is also a strong character and seems to need a little more involvement!


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

    The emotions that each character is experiencing. I have listen to others that just read the book. But not with the emotional value she does to a character.


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

    Anna Strong - She is the Chosen!


    Any additional comments?

    Don't stop now - get onto Book 7

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Watcher: Anna Strong, Vampire, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jeanne C. Stein
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (347)
    Performance
    (217)
    Story
    (216)

    Newly made vampire Anna has become a Watcher - one of the supernatural world's enforcers - even as she fights to control her vampiric rage. When a series of very dangerous events threatens to draw out her unstable powers, her Watcher mentor sends her away for her own safety. But if there's one thing Anna has always been able to find, it's trouble.

    Joan says: "Keep them coming Jeanne!"
    "Keep them coming Jeanne!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Most definitely and I have to several of my audio listening friends


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Anna Strong and Frye


    Which scene was your favorite?

    In the cave scene where she kills the vampire!


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

    Always cheering Anna on to victory over her enemies


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Drive: Anna Strong, Vampire, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jeanne C. Stein
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (472)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (284)

    Anna Strong was a tough-as-nails bounty hunter, until the night she was attacked-and changed forever. Now a vampire, Anna discovers that her long-dead brother may have had a daughter-and the girl's in serious trouble. There are some very dangerous people after her, but they're about to learn that to a bounty hunter with an unnatural thirst for blood, even the deadliest human predators are easy prey.

    Yuriko says: "Like it better than the first book"
    "Another winner!!!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Blood Drive the most enjoyable?

    Having the same narrator Dina Pearlman preform the book!


    What did you like best about this story?

    How it keeps you caught up to wait and hear what the character will do next. thinking or speaking outloud - watch out!


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

    Book one: the becoming


    Any additional comments?

    Yes onto book 3

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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