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Jodi

Chattanooga, TN, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Kirsty Wark
    • Narrated By Siobhan Redmond
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    Born just before the First World War, Elizabeth Pringle has been a familiar yet solitary figure on the Scottish island of Arran. A dutiful daughter, an inspirational teacher, a gardener. But did anyone really know her? When Elizabeth dies, her will contains a surprise. She has left her home and her belongings to someone who is all but a stranger, a young mother she watched pushing a pram down the road more than thirty years ago. Now it falls to Martha, the baby in that pram, to find out how her mother inherited the house in such strange circumstances, and in doing so, perhaps leave her own past behind.

    Rebecca J. Leamon says: "Uneven and Ultimately Annoying"
    "I couldn't stop listening!"
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    Once I started listening, I could not stop. Before I knew it the book was done but not before there there a few twists and turns. I enjoyed the thorough descriptions in the author made of the island, the people and their seemingly ordinary lives, which were not so ordinary underneath. I look forward to more by this author.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Charles Dubow
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (48)
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    (40)
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    (40)

    Harry and Madeleine Winslow have been blessed with talent, money, and charm. Harry is a National Book Award-winning author on the cusp of greatness. Madeleine is a woman of sublime beauty and grace whose elemental goodness and serenity belie a privileged upbringing. Bonded by deep devotion, they share a love that is both envied and admired. The Winslows play host to a coterie of close friends and acolytes eager to bask in their golden radiance, whether they are in their bucolic East Hampton cottage, abroad in Rome thanks to Harry's writing grant, or in their comfortable Manhattan brownstone.

    Darwin8u says: "Henry James is probably not even bothering to roll"
    "Sure surprised me!"
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    I wasn't sure what to expect but this book hooked me. I love listening to Robert Petkoff and could do so for all books I listen to. He does an awesome job narrating this book. I found myself going through so many emotions with this book. I don't want to give any spoilers by going through any of it. I would recommend this book. I found it well written, very well read (as only Robert Petkoff could do) and look forward to Charles Dubow's next novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Speaks the Nightbird

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

    aaron says: "Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!"
    "Blew me away!"
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    At first I wasn't sure about this book but the narrator kept me listening. I am so glad I did because I LOVED IT!!! I've just downloaded the others in the series. The narrator was great, the story itself kept me listening to see what would happen next. This book is one of the best I've ever listened too. You love and hate the characters. You laugh and cry with them and can feel the emotion, the struggle that Matthew goes through. I was so moved by the feelings between Matthew and the Magistrate - it was indeed like a father and son.

    I don't think you will be sorry with this one.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Gods of Gotham

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Lyndsay Faye
    • Narrated By Steven Boyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (552)
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    (477)
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    (481)

    It is 1845. New York City forms its first police force. The great potato famine hits Ireland. These two seemingly disparate events will change New York City. Forever.... Timothy Wilde tends bar near the Exchange, fantasizing about the day he has enough money to win the girl of his dreams. But when his dreams literally incinerate in a fire devastating downtown Manhattan, he finds himself disfigured, unemployed, and homeless. His older brother obtains Timothy a job in the newly minted NYPD, but he is highly skeptical of this new "police force".

    Joanne says: "A wonderful book"
    "Couldn't put it down!"
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    I got so hooked on this book that I was hard pressed to put it down. I find myself wanting to learn more of the history presented in the book, want to learn more of the characters. The narrator was great! I plan on listening to this one again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Rebecca Skloot
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Bahni Turpin
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    Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells, taken without her knowledge, became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first immortal human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than 60 years.

    Prisca says: "Amazing Story"
    "Blown Away!"
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    I was totally blown away by this book. I'd no idea about any of this and to learn the story and the story behind the story was amazing. This is a definite recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Quick Red Fox: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (274)
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    (229)
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    It was the standard blackmail scheme. For years, sultry Lysa Dean's name on a movie had meant a bonanza at the box office. Now a set of pictures could mean the end of her career.When first approached for help by lovely Dana Holtzer, Lysa's personal secretary, Travis McGee is thoroughly turned off by the tacky details. But being low on cash, and tenderly attracted by the star's intriguingly remote secretary, McGee sets out to locate his suspects -- only to find that they start turning up dead!

    Grace says: "stark hollywood"
    "I'm hooked!"
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    I've read 4 of the books in this series and I am so hooked!. Robert Petkoff does such a wonderful job on the narration that I find myself searching for more books he has done.

    Travis McGee is quite a character and I can't wait to read the next book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Crocodile on the Sandbank: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
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    (2783)
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    (1565)
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    Amelia Peabody inherited two things from her father: a considerable fortune and an unbendable will. The first allowed her to indulge in her life's passion. Without the second, the mummy's curse would have made corpses of them all.

    Carrie says: "Nice break from the usual-"
    "Better than expected!"
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    I loved every bit of this book, the story itself and the performance. I look forward to the next Amelia Peabody book. Elizabeth Peters did an awesome job of of painting a picture in my mind and Barbara Rosenblat was great with her narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spirit Bound

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Don Harvey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (283)
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    (241)
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    Lethally sexy undercover agent Stefan Prakenskii knows a thousand ways to kill a man-and twice as many ways to pleasure a woman. So he's looking forward to his new mission: arrive in the coastal town of Sea Haven and insinuate himself in the life of Judith Henderson, an ethereal beauty with ties to the crime lord he's determined to trap...

    Sharon says: "Repetitive"
    "Another Winner from Christine Feehan"
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    I enjoyed the book very much. I agree with others that the narrator sounded alike with all the characters but for me, it didn't take away from the story as he had a pleasing voice. I look forward to the next book in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Next Always: Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (2334)
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    (2068)
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    The historic hotel in Boonsboro has endured war and peace, the changing of hands, and even rumored hauntings. Now it’s getting a major face-lift from the Montgomery brothers and their eccentric mother. As the architect in the family, Beckett’s social life consists mostly of talking shop over pizza and beer. But there’s another project he’s got his eye on: the girl he’s been waiting to kiss since he was sixteen.

    krista says: "A cozy romance"
    "Another winner!"
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    I loved this audio and can't wait for Book 2. Nora Roberts does it again with this trilogy. You won't be sorry with this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dublin Student Doctor: An Irish Country Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Patrick Taylor
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (169)
    Performance
    (153)
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    (147)

    Patrick Taylor’s devoted readers and listeners know Doctor Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly as a pugnacious general practitioner in the quaint Irish village of Ballybucklebo. Now Taylor turns back the clock to give us a portrait of the young Fingal - and show us the pivotal events that shaped the man he would become. In the 1930s, fresh from a stint in the Royal Navy Reserve, and against the wishes of his disapproving father, Fingal O’Reilly goes to Dublin to study medicine.

    Jean says: "A Bit of Ireland"
    "How the series all began!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Dublin Student Doctor to be better than the print version?

    The audio of this book was great. The narrator, John Keating does a terrific job of bringing the characters to life so that you can picture each one in your head.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I could not pick a favorite character because I enjoyed each one of them for different reasons. Each character in the book has their own quirks, their own personalities and I found that I laughed and cried with each.


    Which character – as performed by John Keating – was your favorite?

    John Keating does a great job with Fingal but I find that his performance as the


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

    I was moved by Fingal's feelings towards his fellow man. Against all advice to stay distant from his patients, he didn't and they became people with names and faces.


    Any additional comments?

    I pray that Patrick Taylor writes more in this series and that John Keating narrates. The books are awesome and the reader is beyond compare. You won't be disappointed with this listen.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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