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J. E. JONES

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  • Winter Garden: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Kristin Hannah
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (695)
    Performance
    (433)
    Story
    (428)

    Meredith and Nina Whitson are as different as sisters can be. One stayed at home to raise her children and manage the family apple orchard: the other followed a dream and traveled the world to become a famous photojournalist. But when their beloved father fails ill, Meredith and Nina find themselves together again, standing alongside their cold, disapproving mother, Anya, who even now, offers no comfort to her daughters

    Alysa says: "Gut wrenching....but well done."
    "Very Slow Going"
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    What would have made Winter Garden better?

    If the first part had been much, much shorter. Maybe just told the mother's story. I agree with one reviewer who said the father could have avoided a horrible childhood for his daughters if he'd just told them what their mother had been through so they could understand. What father would let his children think their mother just didn't love them rather than just sitting down and having an honest talk with them. I almost quit listening to this book because the first part is nothing but going on and on about what a dysfunctional family they were. It wasn't very entertaining.

    No matter what the mother had been through, since she had loved her children from the past so much, I can't see her treating her daughters so badly for 40 years.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Kristin Hannah? Why or why not?

    I might get another one, depending on the reviews.


    What about Susan Ericksen’s performance did you like?

    She did the mother's accent and all the Russian accents very well.


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

    The story of Russia in World War II was very well told. I've studied WWII history so I was familiar with the story but this book brought it to life. It was very well told and very well researched.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Sin Eater

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Francine Rivers
    • Narrated By Kate Forbes
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (108)

    Garnering three RITAs and a Christy Award, Francine Rivers is acclaimed for classics like Atonement Child. Set in the 1850s Smoky Mountains, this Gold Medallion-winner tells the gripping tale of a girl who's desperate to remove the guilt of her sister's death and anxious to absolve her departed grandmother of sins. While seeking the elusive Sin Eater, she uncovers a hideous secret and finds the truth.

    Mary says: "M K Hudson"
    "Like the narrator but that's about it"
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    Would you try another book from Francine Rivers and/or Kate Forbes?

    I've listened to other Francine Rivers books and enjoyed them. This one was too preachy. I do love Kate Forbes though and always enjoy listening to her. She really fits the characters.


    What could Francine Rivers have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Take out the word for word Bible quotes. The idea of 2 pretty young kids suddenly preaching entire sermons full of long, long quotes from the Bible didn't ring very true. They listened to the Man from God and suddenly they were channeling him.


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

    Kate Forbes draws you into the story. She really fits this type of story. Her narration kept me listening when otherwise I probably would have skipped to the end.


    Any additional comments?

    I know I'm a dissenting vote here on this book but it just didn't ring true to me. Real mountain people usually are very much fundamentalist Christians. Apparently not one of these people even owned a Bible. Every word was new to them. I can't imagine a place where people don't have access to at least one Bible. I understand it was a fictional way to present redemption through Christ but it was just way to heavy handed for me. I still can't get past the idea of two kids suddenly giving such extended testimonials and being able to quote so much from memory. I suppose if it was a miracle, then it could happen but it just didn't seem that miraculous to me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Child Thief: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Dan Smith
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (148)

    A troubled World War I veteran races across the frozen steppe of 1930's Ukraine to save a child from a shadowy killer with unthinkable plans. Luka is a war veteran who now wants nothing more than to have a quiet life with his family. His village has, so far, remained hidden from the advancing Soviet brutality. But everything changes the day a stranger arrives, pulling a sled bearing a terrible cargo. In the chaos, a little girl has vanished, and Luka is the only man with the skills to find the stolen child and her kidnapper.

    David says: "Brilliant--both the writing and the narration"
    "Bleak and Depressing"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would have to warn any friend who was thinking of listening to this book that it was just too full of unrelenting sadness and hopelessness.


    Would you recommend The Child Thief to your friends? Why or why not?

    I wouldn't recommend it. The writing and narration was great but it was just too depressing. If I'd been reading it, I would have skipped through to the end to see how it turned out. For those who don't know what the people of the Ukraine suffered under Lenin and Stalin's rule, it is a good education. They were unrelentingly inhumane. After a few examples tho, I'd had enough. When Luka was a prisoner, it seemed like it went on for months. Then they said he'd only been a captive for 2 days! Felt lots longer to me.Also, I felt like the entire concept of the story didn't really seem like it could have happened in the time they were living. All of Luka's experiences with the Communists happened to people but I think demented, child killers who ate flesh and made a game of it are more of a modern concept.


    Which character – as performed by Bronson Pinchot – was your favorite?

    I liked the main character, Luka for his strength and endurance. It's hard to believe that people actually endured this sort of life and still continued living. I did like Bronson Pinchot's narration because it really fit the story and Luka.


    Do you think The Child Thief needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, I really couldn't endure anymore suffering.


    Any additional comments?

    This book reminded me of Unbroken. People raved about that book and it was a best seller for months. I listened to that one and skipped through many parts because how much can you take of someone being beaten and starved and tortured? I felt like we were living a day to day account of his life in the Japanese prison camp.The Japanese were BAD, ok I got it. In this book, it was the same. The Communists were inhuman. I skipped over some parts just to get through it, altho I did like Luka and wanted to see how things turned out in the book, it was just too depressing to listen to every word.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pelican Point

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Donna Kauffman
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (33)

    Fixing things has always been Alex McFarland's greatest gift and keenest pleasure. But with her own life thoroughly broken, she's signed on to renovate the dilapidated Pelican Point lighthouse, hoping to reconnect with herself. The last thing she expects is to find herself falling in love - with the glorious coastline, with age-old secrets and welcome-home smiles - and with rugged Logan McCrae, the man she just might be able to build new hopes on. DIY is so much better with two.

    Barbara J Tobey says: "Don't take no for an answer"
    "Couldn't get past the first couple chapters"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The author spent a whole chapter with the heroine in a fog, taking in the hero's extraordinary great looks and about 5 minutes on his deep baritone voice. When the hero spoke tho, he sounded like a teenage cartoon character. I realize it's hard for women to do men's voices but I think my biggest criticism is that it was all just too boring to listen to. People who love, love, romance novels would probably like this book but for me there was too much of the heroine being fainting and delicate and swooning over the hero's good looks. I just couldn't get past the first 4 chapters and had to return the book.


    Has Pelican Point turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Maybe I should have read through the reviews more thoroughly. I would still check out other books in this genre.


    What didn’t you like about Lauren Fortgang’s performance?

    The hero's voice sounded like a teen cartoon character.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rebecca

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Daphne du Maurier
    • Narrated By Anna Massey
    Overall
    (912)
    Performance
    (676)
    Story
    (685)

    After a whirlwind romance and a honeymoon in Italy, the innocent young heroine and the dashing Maxim de Winter return to his country estate, Manderley. But the unsettling memory of Rebecca, the first Mrs. de Winter, still lingers within. The timid bride must overcome her husband's oppressive silences and the sullen history of the sinister housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers, to confront the emotional horrors of the past.

    P. Wade Thompson says: "A Great Listen"
    "Great listen!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Rebecca to be better than the print version?

    Rebecca has been a popular book since it was first written in 1938. Some of the ideas about women are, of course, outdated, by 2013 standards, but I like the old-fashioned air of the book. The second Mrs. DeWinter's name is never revealed but she is painfully shy and timid, which women today probably can't imagine in a heroine.

    The narrator was great and really fit the old-fashioned style of the story. I would highly recommend it if you like old-fashioned romances.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Not really sure. The heroine was pretty timid and shy, Maxim was brooding, and of course Mrs. Danvers and Jack Favel were evil. Rebecca, too. So hard to choose someone who was a "favorite."


    Which character – as performed by Anna Massey – was your favorite?

    She did all the characters well, even the men, which is unusual for a reader. She did a great Jack Favel and Mrs Danvers.


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

    Yes


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Beauty Chorus

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Kate Lord Brown
    • Narrated By Julia Franklin, Maggie Mash
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    New Year's Eve, 1940: Evie Chase, determined to make a difference to the war effort, joins the ATA, the civilian pilots who ferry Tiger Moths and Spitfires to bases across Britain. Two other women nervously join up: Stella Grainger and Megan Jones. Billeted in a tiny cottage, they must learn to live and work together. Brave, beautiful and fiercely independent, they find romance, confront loss, and forge friendships that will last a lifetime.

    J. E. JONES says: "Annoying narration"
    "Annoying narration"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think I would have liked the story but the narrator was very annoying! I realize it's hard to do different accents and things but some of the character's voices bordered on weird. The men were ultra loud and you could almost see the spittle coming from some of their mouths when they talked. I hate to be critical and usually am not but I couldn't get past the strange accents and voices of the characters. I was only able to listen to about 90 minutes of it.


    Has The Beauty Chorus turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I love WWII books.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Julia Franklin and Maggie Mash ’s performances?

    No


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Beauty Chorus?

    I didn't even finish it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Murder and Mendelssohn: A Phryne Fisher Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated By Stephanie Daniel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (182)

    An orchestral conductor has been found dead and Detective Inspector Jack Robinson needs the delightfully incisive and sophisticated Miss Fisher's assistance. Hugh Tregennis has been murdered in a most flamboyant mode by a killer with a point to prove. But how many killers is Phryne really stalking? At the same time, the dark curls and disdainful air of mathematician and code-breaker Rupert Sheffield are taking Melbourne by storm. They've certainly taken the heart of Phryne's old friend from the trenches of WWI, John Wilson. Phryne recognises Sheffield as a man who attracts danger and is determined to protect John from harm.

    Kate says: "Starchy mystery accompanies KG's take on Sherlock"
    "Love the style of Kerry Greenwood"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Murder and Mendelssohn to be better than the print version?

    I think the audio version has to be better because the narrator just brings out the very best in the witty writing style.


    Would you recommend Murder and Mendelssohn to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, I love Kerry Greenwood's style of writing. She's a terrific writer and that shines out over and above the actual plot of the story. If they don't care to read about 2 homosexuals having sex too, they should not listen to this book. I don't care if there are gay characters but don't really want to listen to homosexual love scenes. To me it didn't add anything to the book.


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

    Yes, I listened to one other Kerry Greenwood book and really loved Stephanie Daniels. I'd listen to her again in anything she read.


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

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to Unnatural Habits, the only Kerry Greenwood book I've listened to before this, and actually liked the story line of that one over this one. The mystery aspect of this book was only so-so and I didn't rally care for the plot about the two homosexual lovers. I don't mind gay characters but this one got pretty graphic and I just don't find that interesting or worth listening to. In this book, the actual mystery wasn't all that interesting and it was kind of back burner.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Someone Else's Love Story: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Narrated By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (258)
    Performance
    (233)
    Story
    (234)

    Someone Else's Love Story is beloved and highly acclaimed New York Times best-selling author Joshilyn Jackson's funny, charming, and poignant novel about science and miracles, secrets and truths, faith and forgiveness; about falling in love, and learning that things aren't always what they seem - or what we hope they will be.

    ~Beloved~ says: "perfectly delightful"
    "Disappointing"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Those who love Joshilyn Jackson will find this disappointing. maybe those who haven't read her other terrific books might like it.


    What was most disappointing about Joshilyn Jackson’s story?

    Her other books all had downhome Georgia characters and her narration for those characters just sparkled. In this one, the characters are just so-so and she drastically changed her reading style somehow. Maybe this was an experiment or maybe she just didn't have an idea to equal her other, more amazing books.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Joshilyn Jackson?

    Joshilyn Jackson usually adds a whole other great dimension to her books by her own readings. This one just didn't sound natural. Like she was enunciating too clearly or something. I don't know who else might have done it better.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't know if the author was experimenting with another style or what but hope she goes back to her old style for the next one. I have loved all her books prior to this one and really looked forward to each new offering. Next time I will probably research the reviews more before I purchase.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Rose Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1704)
    Performance
    (1486)
    Story
    (1513)

    Acclaimed author Susanna Kearsley's previous works have won the RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice Award, and finaled for both the UK Romantic Novel of the Year and the RITA awards.

    Eva Ward is a modern woman thrown back three centuries to 1715 - only to find that might be exactly where she belongs. There, she finds true love with Daniel Butler, but the discord surrounding Hanoverian King George plunges the lovers into a world of intrigue, treason, and romance.

    Angel Claire says: "Amazing story."
    "Entertaining story"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    The time travel aspects were worked out well and liked the twist at the end. Cornwall sounds like a beautiful place and I've always been fascinated by it. The descriptions made me want to go visit!


    What three words best describe Nicola Barber’s performance?

    Disconcerting is one word I would use. Eva narrated the story in the first person and she used a British accent for the narrative parts but when she spoke in the story as Eva, she used an American accent, that didn't sound very natural. It kind of jarred me throughout the story. They should have made Eva British as well because the American accent just didn't come off very well. I guess because the accent wasn't easy for the narrator, it seems like when Eva talked, her comments were very brief compared to other people speaking in the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall it was an entertaining story and a nice romance. I loved The Winter Sea and liked that one better but this story was worth a listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Winter Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2869)
    Performance
    (2413)
    Story
    (2421)

    History has all but forgotten.... In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown. Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next best-selling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write. But then she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction....

    Martha says: "Get Out Your Hankies"
    "Loved it!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Winter Sea to be better than the print version?

    I liked the audio version because the narrator really took you into the story.


    What other book might you compare The Winter Sea to and why?

    I would compare it a little bit to books by Kate Morton, like The Distant Hours. The mood of the story is similar.


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

    She really captured the characters and the accents very well. Even the men. I have trouble somethings with women doing men's voices and vice versa but she did the Scots' accents and the men very well. Her voice is very soothing and fit will with the whole story.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Winter Sea and why?

    I like Carrie best, I guess. I'd love to write books like she did and have the characters come to life so well.


    Any additional comments?

    Great story! I liked the way it went from past to present and back again so seamlessly. Both Carrie's story and Sophia's story were wonderful and entertaining and I especially loved the ending! It was kind of like a time travel story but in a more believable way than most.

    It's the kind of book where you could see yourself in the main character's part and how great it would be to have experiences like that. The scenery was brought to life so well too, I felt like I'd visited there myself.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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