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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
    (1640)
    Performance
    (1433)
    Story
    (1432)

    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
  • Dollbaby: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Laura Lane McNeal
    • Narrated By January Lavoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (250)
    Performance
    (227)
    Story
    (226)

    When Ibby Bell's father dies unexpectedly in the summer of 1964, her mother unceremoniously deposits Ibby with her eccentric grandmother Fannie and throws in her father's urn for good measure. Fannie's New Orleans house is like no place Ibby has ever been - and Fannie, who has a tendency to end up in the local asylum - is like no one she has ever met. Fortunately, Fannie's black cook, Queenie, and her smart-mouthed daughter, Dollbaby, take it upon themselves to initiate Ibby into the ways of the South both its grand traditions and its darkest secrets.

    Stacy says: "Great Story"
    "Coming of Age in the Deep South"
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    Where does Dollbaby rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Dollbaby is within the top 20% of books I've listened to. First, the narrator does a great job with accents, voices, and keeping characters straight. I can say now that I remember the characters and not the narrator, which is a generous compliment. Also Dollbaby is about chosen family and our changing/growing American family dynamics.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved Dollbaby herself. I could never guess how she would act and I loved how her character continued to grow during the book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved the gambling scenes. Amazing description of this talented southern woman, the household servants in the area, and the running taking bets being such a large part of daily life.


    Any additional comments?

    This book will make you happy, sad, feel love for the characters, and most of all - it will make you think. I love a book that challenges me. This book challenged me on how I think about mental health, family dynamics, and even race. Listen up!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Moment of Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Shelly King
    • Narrated By Kristen Sieh
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Maggie Duprès, recently "involuntarily separated from payroll" at a Silicon Valley startup, is whiling away her days in The Dragonfly's Used Books, a Mountain View institution, waiting for the Next Big Thing to come along. When the opportunity arises for her to network at a Bay Area book club, she jumps at the chance-even if it means having to read Lady Chatterley's Lover, a book she hasn't encountered since college, in an evening.

    Jen says: "Full of Heart and Wit"
    "Slow and Difficult Listening"
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    Any additional comments?

    The book is slow and I actually stopped in Chapter 4, which I never do! I simply cannot go on. There is no hope in this book of a redeeming quality and there is little redeeming about the main character. Dry, boring, and pointless as far as I can tell up through Chapter 4.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12085)
    Performance
    (10976)
    Story
    (11003)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Buckle In for the Suspense"
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    If you could sum up 14 in three words, what would they be?

    Weird, Creative, and Characters


    What did you like best about this story?

    The suspense. You will literally be in suspense for the entirety of the book. THE ENTIRE BOOK! I don't know how he does it, but you think you have guessed the outcome and you don't even come close. You keep hearing the "ooohhh, oooohhh Noooo, ... watch out around that corner...." and then .... more suspense. It was great.


    Any additional comments?

    Buckle in because you just have to know. You will spend the necessary hours getting to know, love, and want to help the cast of characters (aka your new friends and people you wish were your neighbors instead of the crazy ones you have now). Once you find the answer, you will ask yourself was it worth the journey and find out that it was. This is a fun read and the suspense does not ever get too much or make you not want to sleep at night. I highly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • City of Heavenly Fire: The Mortal Instruments, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Jason Dohring, Sophie Turner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1297)
    Performance
    (1193)
    Story
    (1200)

    Darkness has descended on the Shadowhunter world. Chaos and destruction overwhelm the Nephilim as Clary, Jace, Simon, and their friends band together to fight the greatest evil they have ever faced: Clary's own brother. Nothing in this world can defeat Sebastian - but if they journey to the realm of demons, they just might have a chance.... Lives will be lost, love sacrificed, and the whole world will change. Who will survive the explosive sixth and final installment of the Mortal Instruments series?

    Lisa says: "Disappointing Narration for a beloved series."
    "Wonderful Ending - or - New Beginning?"
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    If you could sum up City of Heavenly Fire in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, Complete, and Creative


    What about Jason Dohring and Sophie Turner ’s performance did you like?

    Poor Jason Dohring - narrating audio books is simply not for you! His performance was poor at best and really detracted from how awesome the book is. Sophie Turner made all of Jason's faults disappear when it was her turn (which thankfully appeared to be more than Jason's time) and I loved her performance.


    Any additional comments?

    Okay, the "ripping aluminum" sound in hell had to be a joke, right? Otherwise, I enjoyed this end to the second half of the trilogy. I will miss these characters. I think that Magnus Bane, although beloved, is not my favorite character that I would like to hear more about. Cassandra Clare has created a world and characters for me which I will cherish forever and so will you once you read this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Accidentally In Love With...a God?

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Mimi Jean Pamfiloff
    • Narrated By Helen Wick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (97)

    Emma Keane is your average city girl trying to get a date. There's just one thing holding her back: the disembodied male voice speaking to her through her mind. Sound kind of crazy? Maybe. But crazy turns downright deadly when the voice persuades her to travel to the wilds of the Mayan jungle. There she will free his body - his incredibly hot, muscled, naked body.

    Robbie says: "Tempted...tempted..."
    "Ditzi Victim Meets Gorgeous, Endowed God"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    My time was not wasted, but I almost hated the main female character for half of the book. I kept thinking "please stop being such a whiny victim." I think the author wanted to portray her as strong or coming into her own, but I started to think of her as stupid. Overall, the book made me feel smarter than a demi-god, so I guess it was time well spent.


    Which character – as performed by Helen Wick – was your favorite?

    I really enjoyed Tommy (Tomaso) and his intricacies. He kept me on my toes right up to the end. Guy the God (otherwise known as Guy Santiago) was also well done. My ultimate favorite though was the Monk. He was by far the best depiction in the audible book of what the author meant to portray in that character.


    Do you think Accidentally In Love With...a God? needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Oh yes. That said, I would probably not read it as I did not end up feeling any better about the main character (I mean come on....how much whining can one girl do when she finds out she is a demi-god and stumbles into unimagined wealth???)


    Any additional comments?

    The book has moments of great humor and you will cheer for the main characters as they fight evil.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Whodunnit?: Murder on Mystery Island

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Anthony E. Zuiker
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1259)
    Performance
    (1128)
    Story
    (1138)

    Ten excited co-workers arrive at the beautiful Avondale Resort on a remote island in the middle of the Caribbean, having been told that they are being rewarded for their hard work and productivity. But their relaxing tropical getaway soon turns into a murderous nightmare.

    AudioAddict says: "Surprisingly good for a free listen!"
    "Death in the Caribbean....so sad."
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    Would you try another book from Anthony E. Zuiker and/or Gildart Jackson?

    No for Anthony E. Zuiker if it was from the same series. I mean really....how many times can the same butler be antagonized (or "cursed") by the same plot line involving clue dropping psychopaths? Yes for Gildart Jackson as he has impeccable timing and a great voice.


    Has Whodunnit?: Murder on Mystery Island turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not the genre, but yes from the author. The first chapter of the book kept referencing other books, which I was not going to read. The main character was not well described and none of the things "normal" people in crisis would do were done. For example, why would everyone just go back to bed each night and wait for the killer? They would try to change the rules, blame the butler, etc.


    Which character – as performed by Gildart Jackson – was your favorite?

    Unfortunately, I did not get to bond with any of the characters. When I started to like one particularly, they would die.


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

    The mystery was well thought out and I did not guess the killer's identity until the end.


    Any additional comments?

    It was good for the price - free! Thank you Audible.com for that!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Junkie Quatrain

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1024)
    Performance
    (941)
    Story
    (955)

    Six months ago, the world ended. The Baugh Contagion swept across the planet. Its victims were left twitching, adrenalized cannibals that quickly became know as Junkies. Civilization crumbled as people created isolated safe havens to hide from the infected... and the possibly infected. Now, as society nears a tipping point, lives will intersect and intertwine across two days in a desolate city.

    Tango says: "An awesome set of vignettes"
    "Rounds of Short Stories Tied Together"
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    What did you love best about The Junkie Quatrain?

    I loved the short stories which all tied together. It was well written, creative, and even if you rename then "junkies" it was still a zombie story, which I sort of liked.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ratking: Aurelio Zen, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Michael Dibdin
    • Narrated By Michael Kitchen
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (39)

    A powerful industrialist, Ruggiero Miletti, is kidnapped. Inspector Zen is transferred to Perugia to take over the case - but finds that there are many obstacles in his way. The local authorities see him as an interloper, and the victim’s family, one of the most powerful in Italy, seem content to let Miletti languish in the hands of his abductors. Zen has crossed swords with the establishment before - and lost. Can he succeed this time?

    Michael says: "Michael Kitchen is quite good."
    "Main character let me down...."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would have made Aurelio Zen more of a champion and hero. I did not understand him nor his thoughts and his reasoning sometimes escaped me completely. I wanted to like him more, but often ended up feeling like he was a bit of a lost soul/loser.


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

    The narrator was very good and paced the story well. His voices had tons of character and helped me keep each individual in the story separated in my head, which can be a difficult task in an audible book with many characters.


    Any additional comments?

    The mystery existed and until the end, I could not figure it out (which I do like in a mystery novel). However, the main character was not likeable enough for me and although he came through in the end with the answers like all good mystery books, I did not like him anymore at the end then I did as I went through the book. Well written though if you like the silent, remorseful, no longer ambitious type of man.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Helene Wecker
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3009)
    Performance
    (2769)
    Story
    (2770)

    Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

    Tango says: "Enchanting Debut Novel - Delicious!"
    "Whimsical characters without end"
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    Would you listen to The Golem and the Jinni again? Why?

    First, it was long. Long, long, L-O-N-G. That said, once you start, you cannot stop as you want to know where the characters/creations end up. So the long answer is I don't regret listening. The book was well written, although it was more like walking through each characters life day by day then I would have liked, which contributed to the length of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    The book has a number of marked religious references which are deep seated and made me think and be introspective. I am glad I read it, but it is something that I would not buy again or a sequel to. :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Sherlock Holmes Story

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Michael Dibdin
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    In the late seventies an extraordinary document came to light which for fifty years had been held on deposit by the bankers of the deceased John Herbert Watson MD - better known to devotees of Conan Doyle as Dr Watson. A continuous narrative in the doctor’s own hand, the story opens in the East End of London in 1888. Three women have been savagely murdered by Jack the Ripper.

    Benja says: "Keeps you guessing, even after its finished!"
    "The Master of Mystery - Masterfully Written"
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    Which character – as performed by Robert Glenister – was your favorite?

    Dr. Watson had all the emotion, depth of understanding, humility and other pillars of character that one would want in a main character. Sherlock Holmes was also well drawn out in my mind.


    Any additional comments?

    While I had guessed the premise of the book early on, the ending was not something I would have guessed. I enjoyed the character development and left the book with a good feeling of accomplishment (as if I also had went on the journey with the characters). Read it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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