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Janet

Divorce attorney needing a break from reality!

Wilmington, NC, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Calculated in Death: In Death Series, Book 36

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1334)
    Performance
    (1168)
    Story
    (1170)

    On Manhattan’s Upper East Side, a woman lies dead at the bottom of a brownstone’s basement steps, stripped of all her valuables. Most cops might call it a mugging gone wrong, but Lieutenant Eve Dallas knows better. A well-off accountant and a beloved wife and mother, Marta Dickenson doesn’t seem the type to be on anyone’s hit list. But when Eve and her partner, Peabody, find blood inside the brownstone, she knows Marta’s murder is the work of a killer who’s trained, yet not professional or smart enough to remove all the evidence.

    Jessica says: "Still a fan!"
    "Loved it!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! I love this series. This book was great and in line with the series. Always something new and I did not expect the exact ending, although it is getting a little "similar" at times to older novels in the series - still love the characters.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes....as I did not know who did it and how intricate it was until the end.


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

    She is PHENOMENAL! Her accents are great. She really has a defined voice for all of the main characters that allows me to see them in my head.


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

    No ....


    Any additional comments?

    Great book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Holly Black
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (43)

    Sixteen-year-old Kaye is a modern nomad. Fierce and independent, she travels from city to city with her mother’s rock band until an ominous attack forces Kaye back to her childhood home. There, amid the industrial, blue-collar New Jersey backdrop, Kaye soon finds herself an unwilling pawn in an ancient power struggle between two rival faerie kingdoms – a struggle that could very well mean her death.

    Janet says: "Beautiful pictures with a story line"
    "Beautiful pictures with a story line"
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    Would you try another book from Holly Black and/or Kate Rudd?

    I enjoyed Kate Rudd's narration, so yes. As for Holly Black, she writes with vivid pictures and has some great ideas. However, it took so long to get to the story and by the time I did, I was a bit bored with the book. I hung with it and I wonder about the next book, so maybe.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending was unsuspected. Holly Black has some great ideas, but getting to the next concept or story moment is sometimes disjointed and harsh. I wish she would take more time and make it a more fluid story line. You end up not liking the characters until the end and not really understanding their decisions or who they are all that much in this book. Maybe the second one helps with those issues?


    What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

    Kate Rudd really gave the book's imagery a vivid photo. The book has wonderful images that are tangible and create ideas that are new to me. It is the characters that I wanted more of at the end of the book. Who are they really? I wanted to like them more, but found myself simply watching them as an observer versus cheering for them.


    Do you think Tithe needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes, as the characters have more to say and there is clearly a sequel left to be written/read.


    Any additional comments?

    I read Holly Black's book because she is seen on the internet with Cassandra Clare often. I had hoped for that magical quality of Cassandra Clare's character development with new and interesting plot lines. That did not happen for me, but I may have been asking too much of Ms. Black and came with different expectations. Holly Black's book is insightful, creative, and has great imagery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cold Dish: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2911)
    Performance
    (2078)
    Story
    (2077)

    Award-winning author Craig Johnson's critically acclaimed debut Western mystery takes listeners to the breathtaking mountains of Wyoming for a tale of cold-blooded vengeance. Four high-school boys were given suspended sentences for raping a Cheyenne girl. Now, two of the boys have been killed, and only Sheriff Walt Longmire can keep the other two safe.

    Steven says: "Not Your Ordinary Western Novel (Series)"
    "Never saw the shot coming!"
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    What did you love best about The Cold Dish?

    I felt the cold of winter in Wyoming and loved each of the characters. I wanted to go and work in the office of Sheriff Walt. Great characters are ones you love and dislike at the same time (like the rest of your family ~ wink, wink). This is true about The Cold Dish. Great character development and a suspenseful story that I did not even know the ending of until it hit me between the eyes!

    Also, this book deals wonderfully with race/cultural stereotypes and is not politically correct. Using honesty and wit to detail relationships and stereotypes is such a novel idea and it takes a wonderful writer to make it happen.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Oh yes - on the edge of my seat and I fell off when the ending occurred! You won't see it coming. Not only did the author make me think my smug assumptions were right up until the very end, the truth was enough to shock me and tied ALL of the loose ends I had questions about. I could not have guessed the ending if I had tried. I love that!


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

    I think George is really Sheriff Walt in real life. I don't believe he is just a narrator. I think Craig Johnson is really just writing a biography of the real life of George Guidall aka Sheriff Walt.

    Basically George's voice, intonation, and sense of timing is priceless. The story would have fallen flat without George telling it. Sheriff Walt's voice, if I had read the book in print, would have been the same as George's voice. Great casting!


    Any additional comments?

    Read/Listen to this book. Suspense, surprise, comedy, wit, and even some life lessons. You will not leave wanting....well, now I want to read the next book in the series, but you get what I mean.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Switched: The Trylle Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Amanda Hocking
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (595)
    Performance
    (542)
    Story
    (544)

    When Wendy Everly was six-years-old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. It isn't until 11 years later that Wendy discovers her mother might have been right. With the help of Finn Holmes, Wendy finds herself in a world she never knew existed - a world both beautiful and frightening, and Wendy's not sure she wants to be a part of it.

    Felicity says: "Light and Fun!"
    "Waiting, Anticipating, and THEN....."
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    What did you love best about Switched?

    The story starts slow, but hold on because before you know it you are locked in. You absolutely must know the answers which you feel coming at any minute. By the end of the book, you simply must know even more and you are compelled by your very own psyche to get the next book (which I have already started before writing this review). The anticipation in the book is palpable, tangible, breathing, and real. You feel it, literally.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Finn is my favorite, but who does not love the hard-bodied protective man who just wants to love you, but can't because of an evil parent?!?!?


    Any additional comments?

    While I think this book misses helping me to understand all of Wendy's decisions (both good and just plain stupid in my humble opinion), you still don't know where this road will take you from start to finish. Nevertheless, that is what we want great writing to be right? An unknown, daring adventure into the wild of someone else's imagination. I wanted to yell at the characters and did sometimes, interrupting others at work in the office - funny in and of itself. So, I say to you ...... Listen to the book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Heart May Be Broken, But My Hair Still Looks Great

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Dixie Cash
    • Narrated By Peggity Price
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (65)

    Debbie Sue Overstreet and Edwina Perkins-Martin are two of the sassiest hairdressers in Salt Lick, Texas. But these two spunky ladies do more than spice up the do's of their gossipy patrons. They also moonlight as the Domestic Equalizers, P.I.s with the best hair in the Lone Star State. Not ones to turn down a juicy assignment, Debbie Sue and Edwina get involved in a case of missing horses.

    gwen says: "Laugh your A## Off"
    "Cute, but predictable."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    It is not that I did not like the book, but I think I am spoiled by a number of other authors with original and diverse story lines. The friendships and one-liners are fantastic. It was a cute, southern book with strong female relationships that left me missing my friends.


    What was most disappointing about Dixie Cash’s story?

    It was predictable, but not disappointing. As I said, my bar is a little high. The story line was predictable, but pretty good.


    What didn’t you like about Peggity Price’s performance?

    There was a lot of swallowing and weird pauses. If you get past that, which was hard for me, she has great accents and voices for each character.


    What character would you cut from My Heart May Be Broken, But My Hair Still Looks Great?

    The characters were all developed well and were people, other than Lester, that I would like to meet and become one of their circle of friends. Short answer - no one - all the characters were necessary.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to the book if you need a short, cute, Texas break from your day or if you like horses and chivalry. Don't listen if you are looking for something new - as the story is very predictable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Clockwork Princess: Infernal Devices, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Daniel Sharman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (987)
    Performance
    (907)
    Story
    (910)

    Don't miss The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, soon to be a major motion picture, in theaters August 2013. Danger intensifies for the Shadowhunters as the New York Times best-selling Infernal Devices trilogy comes to a close. If the only way to save the world was to destroy what you loved most, would you do it? The clock is ticking. Everyone must choose. Passion. Power. Secrets. Enchantment. Danger closes in around the Shadowhunters in the final installment of the best-selling Infernal Devices trilogy.

    Daviesha says: "I Completely Enjoyed It"
    "Joy of the Angels and Grief of a Widow"
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    If you could sum up The Clockwork Princess in three words, what would they be?

    Stunning, Emotional, Genius


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I cannot have a favorite. The writing is so complex. I loved and hated them all at different moments, with love winning the day.


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

    His timing is impeccable.


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

    I would have, and did, waste hours listening to this book. I put off important tasks and ignored my own needs to finish this book.


    Any additional comments?

    How do you compliment genius? This book stole my breath, made me weep, made me laugh, and is still touching my soul. Thank you Cassandra Clare...for the whole series. Listen and be moved.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steelheart

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4533)
    Performance
    (4245)
    Story
    (4263)

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    D says: "He got the idea from a near traffic accident"
    "Superheros Gone Wild and Bad!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Steelheart the most enjoyable?

    The concept of the book turned my idea of superheros and more specifically superpowers upside down. It was filled with cute metaphors and great characters. The plot twists were great too, although when you read as much as I do you can see some coming, but not all.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    David was my favorite character, followed closely by the "Scottish" fellow. They were very thoughtful, yet filled with a wonderful sense of humor that I need and want in all the books I read.


    What about Macleod Andrews’s performance did you like?

    Everything. The voices for each character were separate and unique and his pace was great. I fell deep into this book and the narrator does that completely with his voice.


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

    A world filled with gloom can no longer afford its heroes.


    Any additional comments?

    Read (ie. listen) to this book. It is well worth your time and will make you think in new and interesting ways while having a ton of enjoyment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Heartsick

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Chelsea Cain
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (575)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (200)

    Damaged Portland detective Archie Sheridan spent 10 years tracking Gretchen Lowell, a beautiful serial killer. But in the end, she was the one who caught him. Two years ago, Gretchen kidnapped Archie and tortured him for 10 days, but instead of killing him, she mysteriously decided to let him go.

    Karen says: "Entertaining Listen"
    "People are sick and we like it!"
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    If you could sum up Heartsick in three words, what would they be?

    When you look at your own self through the colored filter of any book, you wonder how you could gain the winning traits of the main character or lose a trait you have that is similar to the most heinous of the villains. Listening to this book made me start to see myself more as others must see me. It helped me to lay my own self bare. Therefore, my three (3) words are:

    Introspective
    Wicked
    Heartsick (not because it is the title, but it is one of the best fitting titles I have seen in years)


    What other book might you compare Heartsick to and why?

    I would have to relate this review to watching Silence of the Lambs. We all want to be able to have the power to create criminal profiles and to some degree, as a society, we have tied criminal profiles to the criminals they examine. I correlate the ability to climb into the head of a serial killer to having some maniacal traits of their own, no matter how utterly unfounded this is. Nevertheless, the desire to talk to a serial killer and come out on the smarter end is part of our collective narcissism and why we love murder mysteries to some degree.

    Heartsick really meets the need of profiling by sitting you down with the serial killer, just like in Silence of the Lamb. Does she help? Will she eat your liver with beans? You'll just have to put your lotion on your skin, listen to the book, and see.


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

    Unfortunately I did not have an extreme reaction, although I did enjoy the book thoroughly and wanted to listen to reach the end. However, when I finished the book and realized there was a sequel, I could not bring myself to buy it and continue with the character(s) in some of their sick relationships.


    Any additional comments?

    The psychological nature of this book is great. You will listen and not know the twists and turns you will take.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • NOS4A2: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Kate Mulgrew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2272)
    Performance
    (2113)
    Story
    (2115)

    Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

    Christopher Barnes says: "D*mn near flawless"
    "Weird, Fear Filled, & Yet....."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Either you are a person destroying your life moment by moment, or you are a person that you knows someone destroying their life one decision at a time. You see the bad decisions and know the outcome already, but cannot make it stop. That is the story of this book. It gives credence to psychosis in a way that I want to believe also. I don't generally enjoy horror or science fiction that much. That said, if my friend likes that genre, then YES this book is for them. The book is well written, the characters so well developed that you find them friend or foe. The heroine is amazingly real and heart-wrenching. Her family is real and you live the story as you hear it. I could not stop listening as I wanted to be there with them, even when I was scared and in the dark at home!


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    There is nothing to change. The story is creative, scary, well-written, and creative.


    What about Kate Mulgrew’s performance did you like?

    At first, her voice is abrasive and rough, but as you listen you completely understand why her voice and her pace work so well. I became completely enthralled in her voice. The scratch adds character details and made me really love the main heroine and live in the story at the moment.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dixie Divas: Dixie Divas Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Virginia Brown
    • Narrated By Karen Commins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (200)

    Eureka "Trinket" Truevine, the newest Diva, gets more than she bargained for when she finds her best Diva girlfriend Bitty Hollandale's ex-husband in Bitty's hall closet. He's dead. Very dead. Now Trinket and the Divas have to help Bitty finger the murderer and clear her name.

    Maggie says: "Easy Read- Good Plot"
    "Why Sugar, I do declare...."
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    If you could sum up Dixie Divas in three words, what would they be?

    Sugar, Accents, and Plot


    What did you like best about this story?

    The wit of Biddi is an amazing thing I personally want to emulate. Putting someone down without them evening knowing it, or at least watching them catch on and wonder if you really meant what you said...now that is a true southern belle talent. Don't hate me because I want to hone my skill even more after reading about Biddi's talents.

    The narrator made the story completely. When I think of all the times I have said "Bless Her Heart" and "Hissy Fit" along with any other strictly southern slang, let's just say that I am an amateur compared to these Belles.


    What about Karen Commins’s performance did you like?

    Karen Commin's accents and pace were perfect. If you don't have a southern accent by nature, it is not something that you can usually mimic in a believable manner (ie. take Julia Roberts in a number of her movies). That said, I am a believer and if Karen is not from the south, well we might as well say "Welcome Home Damn Yankee" and we'll grant her citizenship below the Mason Dixon line.

    Read/listen to the book. Although you may get lost in the characters from time to time (as there are quite a few) the main characters are easy to distinguish because the narrator keeps their accents clearly differentiated. You will love it right down to its rotten potatoes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4787)
    Performance
    (4359)
    Story
    (4369)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Great character creation and kept me guessing!"
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    Where does The Cuckoo's Calling rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book rates in the top 25% of my all time favorites. I loved the character creation. You automatically like and dislike the main characters. You understand their dilemmas and continue to rally for them despite their imperfections.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot was quick and I was able to keep up with each individual character and suspect. The book was perfectly paced, as well as the narrator. Each time a new character was introduced, I saw them in my head from the descriptions and the voice narration. I could not for the life of me figure out where we were going. I did not know the ending, but when we got there together like a big party tour I hit my palm on my forehead and said "of course" this was where we were heading.


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

    I have not heard any other performances by Robert Glenister, but I will. I don't know about you, but not only do I find new authors and books that I love by following great narrators, but then I also find other great narrators. Robert Glenister is one of my top 5 favorites and that was after only 1 book! You will love him.


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

    The title of the book is totally misleading and to be honest, not a strong title to compare with the book. Of course, I am currently only a listener and to ask me to make a tag line is like asking a 5 year old to make a Mona Lisa. Nevertheless, I am always up for a challenge so here goes.... "Missing Parts leads to Psychopathic Hearts"I know "don't quit your day job" right?


    Any additional comments?

    Listen. You will love this book!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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