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J. Geiser

Canton, OH United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 19 reviews
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  • 435 titles in library
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  • The Untamed Bride: Black Cobra Quartet

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephanie Laurens
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (265)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (126)

    New York Times best-selling author Stephanie Laurens presents a brash, bold new series. They're battle-hardened, sinfully wealthy, completely unstoppable - and all male: Four officers of the Crown, fighting against a deadly foe known only as the Black Cobra.

    Karen says: "Great New Series"
    "annoying plot, ludicrous love scenes"
    Overall

    I liked the general idea of the plot, and the relationship between the male and female leads was pleasant, although not convincingly genuine or passionate. However, the plot contains some truly frustrating contrived holes. The heroes seem inept, contrasted with the incredibly invincible bad guy "Black Cobra". The narrator was just okay. The writing goes overboard about the "glory" of love-making. I like a good love scene as well as the next reader, but these were silly.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Moor: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (496)
    Performance
    (280)
    Story
    (277)

    Sherlock Holmes has received a call for help from an old friend. The Reverend Barring-Gould, noted parson and folklorist, wants Holmes to investigate some strange sightings. When Mary Russell realizes where their search will take them, however, her blood runs cold. A ghostly coach and giant dog have been glimpsed on Dartmoor - the chilling landscape of the Hound of the Baskervilles.

    connie says: "must love traditional Brit country atmosphere"
    "Too much atmosphere, too little plot"
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    I was eager to read this book because I adore reading about "the moors" of England and Scotland. However, I soon tired of the endless descriptions of "moorish atmosphere" and found myself speed-reading to get to actual plot developments. The mystery itself was, to my mind, bland and uninteresting, and the murders were ho-hum. I didn't know or care about the people who were killed. The other thing that this book triggered in me, for the first time in this series (which up to now I have greatly enjoyed), was an irritation with the narrator, Mary Russell. In this book she struck me as aloof, intellectually snobby, rigid, frigid, humorless, school-marmish, stuffy, and a tiresome academic show-off --or maybe that was partly the author showing through. There was also too little Holmes, and the interaction between Holmes and Russell was distant and purely cerebral -- revealing a seemingly passionless marriage. I don't think that was the author's intention, but it was definitely my take-away from the book. I'll keep reading the series and hope the next one is better. Finally, although I usually love Jenny Sterlin as a reader, she really struggled with the American accents needed in this one -- they were distractingly bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • White Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons
    Overall
    (1165)
    Performance
    (997)
    Story
    (1009)

    They ruled England before the Tudors, and now internationally best-selling author Philippa Gregory brings the Plantagenets to life through the dramatic and intimate stories of the secret players: the indomitable women.

    FanB14 says: "Prep for Starz Drama"
    "Interesting story, so-so narration"
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    The book is filled with treachery and dishonor, to the point where one hardly cares what happens to anyone. A true-ish Game of Thrones, this might've been titled "As Ye Sow, So Shall Ye Reap" or "What Goes Around Comes Around". I'm probably intrigued enough about the historical story to read the next in the series, but I was unimpressed with the narrator. She could not do men's voices at all, and everyone sounded the same except for Elizabeth's mother who had (sort of) a French accent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Where Shadows Dance

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By C. S. Harris
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (101)

    Drawing upon her background in ancient history and her experiences on archaeological digs, author C.S. Harris crafts authentic, compelling novels that appear regularly on best-seller lists and have won numerous awards. In 1812, surgeon Paul Gibson discovers a stiletto wound in the base of a corpse’s skull and immediately contacts Sebastian St. Cyr. And when another body turns up with the same injury, the lives of St. Cyr’s family are threatened if he doesn’t back off. Now, the pressure’s on to find the culprit before anyone else gets killed.

    myNameHere says: "Mystery with a little romance"
    "Please get the whole series!"
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    Davina Porter never disappoints! This is the fifth book in a fabulous series and I hope Audible will get them all. The main character is unique and magnetic and the introduction of a new female, Hero Jarvis, adds a great dimension. I wholly recommend reading the entire series--in order. The mysteries are always riveting, the romance aspect is intriguing, the writing is terrific, and the continuing story lines that connect all of the books create ongoing suspense and interest.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25458)
    Performance
    (19315)
    Story
    (19382)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Dull read, disappointing story with no hero"
    Overall
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    The narrator has about 3 voices, which is unfortunate since the book has dozens of important characters. Everyone sounds like an old man. The story didn't live up to my expectations at all. I love medieval stories and historical sagas about kings and political scheming and battles and castles, but this was a disappointment. There were a few people worth rooting for but they never quite managed to do anything heroic and as the story progressed it felt as if only bad things were happening and no one rose above to cheer for. Left me feeling unmoved and absolutely uninterested in reading more of the series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked Autumn: A Max Tudor Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By G. M. Malliet
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    Overall
    (330)
    Performance
    (279)
    Story
    (282)

    Max Tudor has adapted well to his post as vicar of St. Edwold's in the idyllic village of Nether Monkslip. The quiet village seems the perfect home for Max, who has fled a harrowing past as an MI5 agent. But this new-found serenity is quickly shattered when the highly vocal and unpopular president of the Women's Institute turns up dead at the Harvest Fayre. The death looks like an accident, but Max's training as a former agent kicks in, and before long he suspects foul play.

    Madge says: "Burnt out antiterrorist/priest deals with murder"
    "Just OK"
    Overall
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    I really wanted to like this book and enjoyed the first several chapters where the cast of characters was introduced, and was intrigued by the idea of Max Tudor. Unfortunately, the mystery grew a bit tedious and Max's backstory wasn't as interesting as I'd hoped. The resolution was anticlimactic and there were some plot flaws that grated. The narration was okay but I felt the voice of Max should have been more smooth and charming and less pinched. He sounded a bit peevish at times.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Unknown Ajax

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Daniel Philpott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (511)
    Performance
    (343)
    Story
    (345)

    Miles from anywhere, Darracott Place is presided over by irascible Lord Darracott. The recent drowning of his eldest son has done nothing to improve his temper. For now he must send for the unknown offspring of the uncle whom the family are never permitted to mention. Yet none of that beleaguered family are prepared for the arrival of the weaver’s brat and heir apparent.

    bebe says: "Another great Georgette Heyer romance"
    "Like listening to a hilarious English stage play!"
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    Upon re-reading this book, I had to revise my rating from 3 to 5 stars. This is a fabulous story of bluffs, hoaxes, schemes, and other hilarious acts of deception. Hugo, the "unknown Ajax", is a truly charming character, and the supporting cast is outstanding! This would make a wonderful play, and listening to it as an audiobook, with Hugo's broad Yorkshire accent, really heightened my enjoyment of the book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Bleak House

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Hugh Dickson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (226)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (110)

    The case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce has ground its way through the courts for generations. At its heart are Ada Clare and Richard Carstone, who find love - and terrible loss - through their involvement in the endless battle. Meanwhile, her friend Esther Summeson, who believes she is an orphan, gradually discovers the truth of her identity. The court case throws out a web ensnaring all who come near it, including Lady Dedlock, the menacing lawyer Tulkingham, detective Bucket and tragic little waif Jo.

    Deborah says: "Ideal as an audiobook"
    "Satirical, poignant, Dickens at his best!"
    Overall
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    I had low expectations of this book and was admittedly daunted by its size. Let me now say, it could be my favorite Dickens novel -- and it was worth every minute I invested in listening to it. The narrator was simply outstanding and the novel was absolutely brimming over with plot -- suspense, murder, mystery, romance, love, devotion, death, tragedy, treachery, humor, and of course, biting satire. There were scenes that made me laugh out loud and scenes that actually made me cry. There were countless unforgettable characters and some of the most touching relationships and dialogue I have ever read. For anyone who loves Dickens, this is vintage -- and the narration was simply perfect. Highly recommended!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Drums of Autumn

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6957)
    Performance
    (4591)
    Story
    (4584)

    Twice Claire has used an ancient stone circle to travel back to the 18th century. The first time she found love with a Scottish warrior but had to return to the 1940s to save their unborn child. The second time, 20 years later, she reunited with her lost love but had to leave behind the daughter that he would never see. Now Brianna, from her 1960s vantage point, has found a disturbing obituary and will risk everything in an attempt to change history.

    Frances M says: "You listened, Audible!"
    "Another perfect performance of a riveting book!"
    Overall
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    No one does it better than Davina Porter -- I'd read anything read by her! This book, No. 4 in the Outlander series, goes some way toward redeeming some of the pain and problems in Book 3, Voyager. The best thing about this book is the increased role of Roger (Wakefield) MacKenzie -- a fabulous character! Well worth the big download!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Voyager

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7936)
    Performance
    (5120)
    Story
    (5093)

    Set in the intriguing Scotland of 200 years ago, the third installment in the romantic adventures of Jamie and Claire is as compelling as the first. Now that Claire knows Jamie survived the slaughter at Culloden, she is faced with the most difficult decision of her life. She aches to travel back through time again to find the love of her life, but, in order to do that, she must leave their daughter behind.

    Kathy says: "Hurry up! I want them all!"
    "Necessary (but painful) chapter in the saga"
    Overall
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    Davina Porter is again fabulous and flawless in her reading of this book. The story itself is, however, painful for me and is my least favorite in the series. The main character falls from grace and in my opinion never recovers fully to his previous stature as a truly admirable character. I also felt that some of the plot points were contrived and several main characters were behaving in ways that were distinctly inconsistent with the characters the author had so faithfully and deeply developed in earlier books. Still, one has to endure this volume in order to get to the next one -- Drums of Autumn. And ultimately, it's worth it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • David Copperfield

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1166)
    Performance
    (732)
    Story
    (741)

    Based in part on Dickens's own life, it is the story of a young man's journey from an unhappy and impoverished childhood to the discovery of his vocation as a successful novelist. Among its gloriously vivid cast of characters, he e.ncounters his tyrannical stepfather, Mr. Murdstone; his formidable aunt, Betsey Trotwood; the eternally humble yet treacherous Uriah Heep; the frivolous, enchanting Dora; and one of literature's great comic creations, the magnificently impecunious Mr. Micawber.

    Darwin8u says: "More saints per capita than any book by Butler"
    "Perfection!"
    Overall
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    This book ranks as my second favorite Dickens novel (behind A Tale of Two Cities). The reader is outstanding, truly flawless in his interpretation of the ironic, the poignant, the humorous, the tongue-in-cheek, the tragic, the hopeful -- everything that makes Dickens one of the greatest writers of all time. The story is long but worth every minute invested. I was sad to have to say goodbye to the characters when it all came to an end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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