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Jen

Nokesville, VA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • An Unmarked Grave: A Bess Crawford Mystery, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Charles Todd
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (78)

    In the spring of 1918, the Spanish flu epidemic spreads, killing millions of soldiers and civilians across the globe. Overwhelmed by the constant flow of wounded soldiers coming from the French front, battlefield nurse Bess Crawford must now contend with hundreds of influenza patients as well. However, war and disease are not the only killers to strike. Bess discovers, concealed among the dead waiting for burial, the body of an officer who has been murdered.

    Kathleen says: "A Nurse Bess Crawford mystery"
    "Bess Crawford Fan"
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    I'm a fan of Bess Crawford. She's a strong woman and always strives for justice and right.

    This is the 4th Bess Crawford mystery from Charles Todd and it did not disappoint.

    I listened to the audio book narrated by the excellent Rosalyn Landor. Her voice is subtle with very good accents. Her strength is in her ability to do men's voices so well that I almost forget there is not a man reading those parts. The American man in this book was voiced extremely well.

    I do have a few quibbles, including a weak ending, but they are spoilerish so I won't share them here.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Question of Honor: Bess Crawford, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Charles Todd
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (59)

    In the latest mystery from New York Times best-selling author Charles Todd, World War I nurse and amateur sleuth Bess Crawford investigates an old murder that occurred during her childhood in India, a search for the truth that will transform her and leave her pondering a troubling question: How can facts lie? Bess Crawford enjoyed a wondrous childhood in India, where her father, a colonel in the British Army, was stationed on the Northwest Frontier. But an unforgettable incident darkened that happy time....

    Kathi says: "This series just gets better and better!"
    "Enjoyable Mystery"
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    Part of why I enjoy the Bess Crawford mysteries is that for me she has an actual voice - Rosalyn Landor.

    These fun books are not great literature, but they are a nice way to pass your reading/listening time. And the mysteries are intriguing enough to keep my interest.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Twelve: A Novel: The Passage Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (2461)
    Performance
    (2162)
    Story
    (2160)

    In the present day, as the man-made apocalypse unfolds, three strangers navigate the chaos. Lila, a doctor and an expectant mother, is so shattered by the spread of violence and infection that she continues to plan for her child’s arrival even as society dissolves around her. Kittridge, known to the world as "Last Stand in Denver", has been forced to flee his stronghold and is now on the road, dodging the infected, armed but alone and well aware that a tank of gas will get him only so far. April is a teenager fighting to guide her little brother safely through a landscape of death and ruin.

    Amanda says: "Expanding The Story In Every Direction"
    "Maybe Better Than The Passage"
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    I liked The Passage (book 1) enough to move on to The Twelve (book 2). This is not my normal genre, but the story and characters were written well enough to keep me in it. The Twelve is a gory book - if you don't like horror, then do not read this. I listened to the audiobook and some of the scenes had me cringing as I drove to and from work.

    Now I guess I'm with the rest of the fans who are waiting for book 3 to come out.

    4 stars for audiobook narrator Scott Brick. The book itself would get 4 stars, but it was a bit to gory for me, so I dropped it by a star. That said the story is solid and moved well in this middle book - 4 stars for the story itself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rise: An Eve Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Anna Carey
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (93)

    When she lost her soul mate, Caleb, Eve felt like her world had ended. Trapped in the palace, forced to play the part of the happy, patriotic princess of The New America - and the blushing bride of her father's top adviser - Eve's whole life is a lie. The only thing that keeps her going is Caleb's memory, and the revolution he started. Now, Eve is taking over where Caleb left off. With the help of Moss, an undercover subversive in the King's court, she plots to take down The New America, beginning with the capital, the City of Sand.

    S. A. Sutphin says: "terrrible ending"
    "Disappointing"
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    Eve (book 1) was pretty good. Once (book 2) was OK. Rise (book 3) was an utter disappointment.

    The Eve trilogy had potential to be much more than it was. That the last book was so bad really taints the whole story for me.

    I don't recommend it. Don't waste your credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6500)
    Performance
    (2894)
    Story
    (2891)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "Almost Like Two Books"
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    I wish we could do half stars. It's really a 3.5 star overall rating on The Passage for me. I loved the first third or so. Then came the change up, which threw me. Then I got sucked into what felt like a new story. It did eventually all come together - the circle closed. And set up book 2. I still don't know if I'm aggravated by that or happy.

    I can't even begin to explain this book without spoiling it completely. But it is quite gory horror through most of the latter 2/3. And I'll leave it at that.

    Also, my new vocab word is "subsumed." Cronin used it a lot. I need to use it soon.

    As for Scott Brick, this is only the second book I've listened to that he narrated. I'm not the huge fan like some others, but he is very good. It took a while for me to get used to his sing-song-y style. His pacing is great, though, and he knows how to build tension.

    The other two narrators, Adenrele Ojo and Abby Craden, were my favorites, though. The addition of those diary interludes not only gave us a sense for those female characters but also moved the story along well. Cronin gets high marks from me on that method of his storytelling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Requiem: Delirium Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Lauren Oliver
    • Narrated By Sarah Drew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (666)
    Performance
    (611)
    Story
    (609)

    This exciting finale to Lauren Olive's New York Times best-selling Delirium trilogy is a riveting blend of nonstop action and forbidden romance in a dystopian United States. Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has transformed. The nascent rebellion that was underway in Pandemonium has ignited into an all-out revolution in Requiem, and Lena is at the center of the fight. After rescuing Julian from a death sentence, Lena and her friends fled to the Wilds. But the Wilds are no longer a safe haven.

    Katheryne says: "Where there is love there is freedom..."
    "Solid Conclusion to the Series"
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    If you ask me, the Delirium series by Lauren Oliver is better than The Hunger Games series. Don't get me wrong, I love The Hunger Games. But I think that the Delirium series is deeper. I think that Oliver writes better characters. Even the secondary characters are richer, more real, living. There's plenty of action, conflict, peril, but there's feeling and growth and purpose, too.

    Requiem is a solid conclusion to Lena's story, her journey. It picks up where Pandemonium left off and keeps on moving. What I appreciate is that it constantly moves forward - the resistance and the relationships all progress to the great denouement.

    I listened to the audio book, which was read with such greatness by Sarah Drew. If you like to listen to audio books, you can't get a better narration. Drew is a perfect YA narrator.

    One thing - there is profanity in this one, more than in the previous two books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eve

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Anna Carey
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (321)
    Performance
    (288)
    Story
    (293)

    Sixteen years after a deadly virus wiped out most of Earth’s population, the world is a perilous place. Eighteen-year-old Eve has never been beyond the heavily guarded perimeter of her school, where she and two hundred other orphaned girls have been promised a future as the teachers and artists of the New America. But the night before graduation, Eve learns the shocking truth about her school’s real purpose - and the horrifying fate that awaits her. Fleeing the only home she’s ever known, Eve sets off on a long, treacherous journey, searching for a place she can survive.

    Amanda says: "Loved It! But heartbroken! Must read!!!"
    "Mixed Review - Ambivalence"
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    After finishing Eve a few days ago, I find that I'm still ambivalent about it. I found the premise interesting and the writing was good. But I found the implementation of the plot lacked a bit. It's nothing specific that I can put my finger on - just that some of the ideas didn't hold up well.

    That said, the narrator was excellent. I think if I had read the dead tree version that my review would not have gotten to 3 stars. Tavia Gilbert's superb narration elevated the story for me.

    I do plan to listen to the sequel, mostly out of curiosity to what happens with the characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Before I Fall

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lauren Oliver
    • Narrated By Sarah Drew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (698)
    Performance
    (532)
    Story
    (534)

    Samantha Kingston has it all: the world's most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High—from the best table in the cafeteria to the choicest parking spot. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it turns out to be her last. Then she gets a second chance. Seven chances, in fact.

    Penny says: "Beautiful."
    "Painful and Wonderful"
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    I finished listening to the audiobook this morning and I know that this book is one that will resonate with me for a long, long time.

    The quick synopsis is that Sam Kingston is a high school mean girl who dies and then experiences her own version of Groundhog Day for a week.

    I must preface my review by saying that the emotions that bubbled up as I read Before I Fall ran the gamut from remembered pain, conviction, frustration, compassion, regret, anger, and elation. I hated high school for so many reasons, including dealing with the silly cliques as portrayed in this story.

    Oliver remembers high school too well. Even as one who attended high school 25-30 years ago, the same issues remain for poor, poor adolescents. And even adults, really. We all carry hidden pain and insecurities, right? It just seems that they are magnified when you're a teenager. What Oliver has done with this book is to allow us, through Sam, to experience a sort of theraputic reminiscence of those terrible years. You will come away from it thinking of the people you knew from those days - the mean girls and the rest, too.

    I won't mention any specifics from the book, because I prefer not to read or write spoiler filled reviews. From the first words, so perfectly narrated by Sarah Drew (who, as my sister said, completely nails teen girl voice), this book hooked me in. I was disturbed throughout most of the book, but in a good way. And the journey that Sam takes in her repetition of the day she died is a wonder.

    I love Lauren Oliver's writing style. She writes beautiful prose, with real characters, and realistic dialogue. She is a master. That Before I Fall is her first book is testament to her skill.

    I highly recommend Before I Fall, especially for fans of young adult fiction. It does contain adult language, drug/alcohol use, sexual discussion - pretty much what happens on a daily basis with most teenagers. But I think it's a valuable read.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Man: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3124)
    Performance
    (2723)
    Story
    (2704)

    The four dead guards didn’t concern Mitch Rapp as much as the absence of the man they’d been paid to protect. Joe Rickman wasn’t just another foot soldier. For the last eight years Rickman had ran the CIA’s clandestine operations in Afghanistan. It was a murky job that involved working with virtually every disreputable figure in the Islamic Republic. More than a quarter billion dollars in cash had passed through Rickman’s hands during his tenure as the master of black ops and no one with a shred of sense wanted to know the details of how that money had been spent.

    K says: "Couldn't be better...except"
    "Solid Flynn Work"
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    If you're already a fan of Vince Flynn and Mitch Rapp, then The Last Man will not disappoint. I enjoyed it a lot, as I always do.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13865)
    Performance
    (12236)
    Story
    (12265)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Love and Hate"
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    This is one of those books that causes one to ponder for a while when the reading is completed. It's hard to write a review fairly without completely spoiling it for those who haven't read it yet. I'm sort of at a loss how to explain my feelings about it.

    What I can say is that it is very well written. It is a tightly crafted mystery story with characters who are deeply flawed, both sympathetic and loathsome at times. Mostly loathsome.

    A friend said she hated the ending and I can totally understand why. I'm rather torn about it, too. But I can also understand why people love it, although love may be too strong a term. Maybe appreciate it is better. I think that's where I am - I appreciate why it ended that way. I don't necessarily like it, but it works.

    My initial thought was that I hated the book, but with further thought I realized it wasn't the story I hated. I hated the people. But I think we're meant to. They are not likable characters. Not at all.

    So do I recommend it? Yes, because it is a very well written story. The only warning I give is for the adult language. It is rather crude and graphic throughout, which I didn't like.

    As to the two narrators, both are very good. I think that Julia Whelan was exceptional, but Kirby Heyborne was very good as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pandemonium

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Lauren Oliver
    • Narrated By Sarah Drew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1039)
    Performance
    (941)
    Story
    (945)

    I’m pushing aside the memory of my nightmare, pushing aside thoughts of Alex, pushing aside thoughts of Hana and my old school, push, push, push, like Raven taught me to do. The old life is dead. But the old Lena is dead too. I buried her.I left her beyond a fence, behind a wall of smoke and flame. Lauren Oliver delivers an electrifying follow-up to her acclaimed New York Times bests eller, Delirium. This riveting, brilliant novel crackles with the fire of fierce defiance, forbidden romance, and the sparks of a revolution about to ignite.

    Emily - Audible says: "Remarkably Mature for YA"
    "Definitely a Middle Book"
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    Lauren Oliver is a great writer, with lovely prose. She has created characters that are real, full, believable. Her dystopian world is stark, violent, disturbing. It's a world where emotion is disease and anathema, but the removal of such leaves people with no capacity for care or compassion, much less the deeper emotions.

    In Pandemonium, Lena struggles to cope with her new life in the Wilds, with the rebels, fighting to survive. It is clearly a middle book, the story moving to a climax that can only be resolved in the as yet published Requiem.

    It isn't as good as Delirium, but I still enjoyed the book. The narrator is excellent.

    Now I'm with the others waiting for book 3.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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