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J. Hill

Tennessee | Member Since 2007

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  • 10 reviews
  • 43 ratings
  • 382 titles in library
  • 22 purchased in 2014
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  • Califia's Daughters

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Leigh Richards, Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    By the 21st century, bombs and a deadly virus have reduced the male to female ratio to 1:10. Now what was America is ruled by tribes of woman warriors. Dian guards over her village and its people. But when strangers arrive with a precious gift and a request for aid, she must embark on a journey that leads her far from safety.

    Joshua says: "Not as epic as I expected"
    "Well done Ms. King"
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    Out of her comfort zone I think, but well done. A story that captures your imagination and makes you wonder, "what if?" Hardest part to read is about the dogs, but Laurie King always puts a bit of and edge in her novels. Glad I read it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with All the Gifts

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By M. R. Carey
    • Narrated By Finty Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (853)
    Performance
    (782)
    Story
    (788)

    Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

    Share Faerber says: "Read This Book!"
    "Really, really well done"
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    If you could sum up The Girl with All the Gifts in three words, what would they be?

    Can't put down.


    What other book might you compare The Girl with All the Gifts to and why?

    The Help, Room, the Story Teller. The story is compelling and you never know where it's going.


    What about Finty Williams’s performance did you like?

    She was outstanding


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

    The last chapter


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Death in Summer: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Benjamin Black
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (48)

    One of Dublin's most powerful men meets a violent end— and an acknowledged master of crime fiction delivers his most gripping novel yet. On a sweltering summer afternoon, newspaper tycoon Richard Jewell—known to his many enemies as Diamond Dick—is discovered with his head blown off by a shotgun blast. But is it suicide or murder? For help with the investigation, Detective Inspector Hackett calls in his old friend Quirke, who has unusual access to Dublin's elite.

    Aun Aprendiendo says: "Disappointing"
    "It was hard to like anyone, including Quirke"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Some one who likes characters that do more to destroy themselves than anyone else can.


    Has A Death in Summer turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Probably


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Narrator did everything that could be done.


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

    It ended.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Profiler's Daughter: Sky Stone, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By P. M. Steffen
    • Narrated By Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (979)
    Performance
    (874)
    Story
    (877)

    The Profiler's Daughter is a psychologically haunting thriller that combines murder mystery, love triangle, and family intrigue in one satisfying page burner. Sky Stone was born into the wealth and privilege of Boston's oldest Brahmin family but chooses instead to follow in the footsteps of her deceased father, legendary FBI profiler Monk Stone. In the chilly morning hours before the Boston Marathon, when a beautiful university student is found strangled and mutilated, her body left at the base of Heartbreak Hill, Sky returns from self-imposed exile to investigate.

    Irene L. Culkeen says: "What a great find"
    "Could have been better"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    At the beginning, the author infers that the profiler "hears the dead". That is pretty much the last time that theme comes up. The line is never explored. What follows is chapter after chapter of angst, stupidity and self pity on the part of the main character. Honestly, I was hoping that her stalkers would soon catch and kill her so the book would end.


    What was most disappointing about P. M. Steffen’s story?

    That the main character was so immensely wrapped up in herself.


    What three words best describe Gabrielle de Cuir’s performance?

    The best part.


    What character would you cut from The Profiler's Daughter?

    Almost everyone. Axlerod might stay.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • If You Find Me

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Emily Murdoch
    • Narrated By Tai Sammons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (162)

    Fourteen-year-old Carey and six-year-old Jenessa have lived in the woods with their mother for as long as they can remember. Now abandoned, they must fend for themselves - until they’re found by Carey’s father and thrust into a bright and perplexing new world of comfort. Carey desperately wants to believe in this new reality but is held back by loyalty to her mentally ill mother, who gave Carey her violin and taught her to play the music that helps her survive.

    The Reading Date says: "Heartfelt and Harrowing"
    "Really good book."
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    What did you love best about If You Find Me?

    The premise of the story was very interesting. A person often reads about a mother and children who go missing and presume they are either dead or hiding from the violent father/husband. This book makes you rethink this.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way that the oldest daughter fought to keep her sister safe.


    Which character – as performed by Tai Sammons – was your favorite?

    The oldest daughter.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Orphan Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christina Baker Kline
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4276)
    Performance
    (3812)
    Story
    (3815)

    Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to "aging out" out of the foster care system. A community-service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse.... As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

    Kathi says: "Moving story of sharing and transformation."
    "Hard to leave it."
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    Where does Orphan Train rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Orphan Train was touching, painful to listen to, couldn't get it out of my mind. A great read. Like it as much as "Room" and "The Help."


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Both Molly and Vivian held my attention. Both characters were fully fleshed out.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3908)
    Performance
    (3479)
    Story
    (3498)

    The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

    Daniel says: "History Made Interesting"
    "An eye opener"
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    Although I did pay attention to my history class studies, I evidently either didn't get all the details or failed to remember them. O'Reilly does a good job of setting up the scene and filling in the characters. I was completely unaware that William Seward, of Seward's Folly was also attacked. There were many details like this that were brought out in the book. It was such a good read, that I had to read Killing Kennedy, which also proved to be thought provoking.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35298)
    Performance
    (26343)
    Story
    (26720)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Hard to shut off."
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    This book is one of the few that, after you have shut if off and are doing something else, you wonder what one of the characters is doing. You keep thinking about what you last heard and what will happen next. The premise is excellent as a lot of people are familiar with real TV, and this book just takes it one step more. The characters are believable, flawed and normal, with occasional outstanding behavior thrown in every so often to keep things interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winter House: A Mallory Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Carol O'Connell
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (57)

    Never has Mallory faced as many surprises as in the case before her now. It seems cut-and-dried at first: a burglar has been caught in the act and killed by an ice pick-wielding homeowner. Except that the homeowner turns out to be the most famous lost child in NYPD history, missing for almost 60 years, thought to have been kidnapped following the massacre of her family: five siblings, father, stepmother, nanny, and housekeeper, nearly the entire household wiped out...with an ice pick.

    J. Busconi says: "VERY GOOD!"
    "One of the Best Mallory Novels"
    Overall
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    This book was O'Connel at her best. Well written, quick paced and gritty. A great read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    Overall
    (27348)
    Performance
    (13957)
    Story
    (14004)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Best Book I have read this year"
    Overall

    I read alot of books, probably 50+ a year from Audible. I listened to this book twice. I was so caught up with the characters I felt like I actually knew them and they lived right down the street. The book is hilarous, horribly sad and everything in between. The characters are "real" and well outlined. The book was produced in a manner that few are, the way they all should be. The voices were amazing. I look forward to her next book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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