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Jan

Arkansas | Member Since 2015

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  • 81 reviews
  • 127 ratings
  • 353 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2015
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  • Edward Adrift

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Craig Lancaster
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (452)
    Performance
    (411)
    Story
    (410)

    That’s the flummoxed state of Edward Stanton, a 42-year-old with Asperger’s syndrome. His job, his therapist, and his best friends are all gone. Even his nightly ritual of watching Dragnet reruns has short-circuited. But a call from his friend Donna in Idaho, telling him that her son Kyle is in trouble, launches Edward from his rigidly scheduled existence in Billings, Montana, to the open road. He and Kyle, a sweet little boy turned sullen adolescent, debate football, music, and bodily functions (“Why do you pee so much?” Kyle asks).

    Madora says: "At first I was flummoxed...."
    "Laughing Out Loud Funny"
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    Edward is a 40+ year-old with Asperger's. He is high functioning, and has high self esteem. The compulsive traits of his Asperger's comes through and it's hilarious. I couldn't stop laughing. There's a coming of age story within the story. Not sentimental. Great Book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Yesterday's Gone: Season 1 - Episode 2

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Sean Platt, David Wright
    • Narrated By Ray Chase, R. C. Bray, Brian Holsopple, and others
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (73)

    Can humanity survive what it never saw coming? On October 15 at 2:15 a.m. Earth vanished. A scattered few woke alone in a world with no rules, other than survival at any cost. These survivors aren't truly alone... Someone or something is watching them. And waiting... Strangers unite. Sides are chosen.

    Jan says: "I'm Still Listening"
    "I'm Still Listening"
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    This apocolyptic/sci-fi series is original enough that it has kept my attention and maintained my interest enough that I will be going on to episode 3. Characters are beginning to develop at a better pace. There is mystery, and some suspense.

    Narration is very good with one exception. We have a Scott Brick "talk-alike" in this series. Scott Brick can make me feel like I'm riding the crazy train if I hear too much of him. Both the character and the Brickish narration of this character are a little over-the-top. Fortunately, their performance time is limited so far.

    And I'm still listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    Overall
    (1767)
    Performance
    (1486)
    Story
    (1489)

    Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    Paula says: "Mind Boggling Thrilling Mystery! Don't Miss It!"
    "I'll Ride This Author's Train Anytime"
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    Three outstanding narrators weave a mystery that requires the reader to stay alert and constantly tuned in to the character of Rachel to even hope for the remote chance of figuring out this outstanding mystery. And good luck with that.

    Rachel is the blue ribbon winner of the most pathetic female character award in the category of contemporary mystery.

    An alcoholic who drinks to the point of experiencing fugues, this emotional train wreck only feels alive when she is involved in the lives of others. It is a basic need, and I assure you, she gets her needs met.

    As with all great mysteries, I wish I was with other readers who had just finished the book, sitting around drinking wine, and saying, " jeez louise, that just barked like a big dog, didn't it?"

    6 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Descent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Tim Johnston
    • Narrated By Xe Sands, R.C. Bray
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (111)

    From the day Caitlin vanishes the lives of her family members are irrevocably altered, each assuming blame for that day's tragic events. As the initial days of hope are replaced by weeks of anxiety and despair, they find themselves increasingly isolated, each wondering: Is she still alive? Will we ever know what happened?

    Susan says: "Tragic."
    "Just WOW !!"
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    The Descent is the best Mystery I have read in years. Xe Sands gives the performance of her career, and RC Bray is great.

    The 18 year old daughter of a couple whose marriage is already in trouble disappears. That's all I can say without giving away more of the storyline.

    What Tim Johnston has done is taken a sensative subject (the possible loss of a child) that I usually cannot handle, but he doesn't over-emotionalize the tragedy, so the story flows without the reader feeling like they are looking at a bad wreck they don't want to see, yet can't turn away.

    Johnston has written a mystery with powerful descriptors you can feel, smell, and almost touch. He put his characters in the majestic Rocky Mountains, and kept the secret until the last chapters of the book. This mystery was perfect for me.. who truly is the pickiest reader out there.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Guardians of the Night: A Gideon and Sirius Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Alan Russell
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (33)

    As the sole members of LAPD's Special Cases Unit, Detective Michael Gideon and his German shepherd partner Sirius work investigations considered bizarre even by Los Angeles's standards. Yet their latest case is more than strange - it might be out of this world. Ronald "Wrong" Pauley is a homeless man long fallen from grace. When Pauley's late-night drinking is interrupted by a detonation of light, he sees what he describes as a "being of light" in the alley below.

    Amazon Customer says: "Bait and switch; fails the Bechdel test."
    "An Unworldy Case for Wonderful Detective/K9 Team"
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    Allan Russell's second novel in the Gideon/Sirus series didn't disappoint. I would have to say that book 2 in the series was better than the first one. Character development of this unique detective team continues, and I have grown to like these two.

    The mystery develops when a homeless alcoholic claims to have had a celestial encounter. Our protagonist does not want to let go of his version of the world as he believes it to be, but is challenged when he has no explanation for the event.

    This detective mystery and police procedural is well written, and kept my attention.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Rosie Effect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Graeme Simsion
    • Narrated By Dan O'Grady
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (207)

    Don Tillman and Rosie Jarman are back. The Wife Project is complete, and Don and Rosie are happily married and living in New York. But they’re about to face a new challenge because - surprise! - Rosie is pregnant. Don sets about learning the protocols of becoming a father, but his unusual research style gets him into trouble with the law. Fortunately his best friend Gene is on hand to offer advice: he’s left Claudia and moved in with Don and Rosie.

    Gretchen says: "The Same But Different"
    "Don and Rosie.. It's Not The Rosie Project"
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    I downloaded The Rosie Effect yesterday evening and listened into the night, so I am worthless today at work. (What am I thinking when I start new audiobooks at bedtime?).

    Rose and Don are pregnant and they have a houseguest. Don continues to spark the readers interest and has amusing moments with his antisocial personality. Rosie is charming, but just doesn't make the story sing.

    This novel lacked something as compared to the first in the series, The Rosie Project. We are not apt to laugh and make fun of Don as in the first novel. His quirky personality is what we loved. The author gives the reader the perception that Don is handicapped and mentally ill. (Which of course he is, but that's no fun).

    It's so rare to experience a 5 star follow up to a sequal, and this sequal is no different. Narration is consistent with the first novel, and very good.

    Keep in mind, I am among the pickiest of readers, and I did enjoy the novel. For most audible listeners, it is probably worth a credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • No Time for Goodbye

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Linwood Barclay
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (343)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (212)

    The house was deathly quiet. That was the first sign that something was terribly wrong. Fourteen-year-old Cynthia Bigge woke that morning to find herself alone. Her family - mother, father, and brother - had vanished without a word, without a note, without a trace. Twenty-five years later, Cynthia is still looking for answers. Now she is about to learn the devastating truth.

    S. Johnston says: "I truy enjoyed this book!"
    "Loved The Protagonist in This Well Written Mystery"
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    A solid mystery writer and a great narrator. Is there anyone that narrates the detective/police procedure/mystery role with more class than Christopher Lane? His consistant low-key voice is so likable and believable. This novel has an unusual mystery storyline. The author chooses to bring the reader in on the mystery about 2/3 of the way through the book, just in time for the chase. I am very hard to engage as a reader, and this novel kept my attention until the end. There is a lot of talent within these pages.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Creek

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Joy Fielding
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Due to a last-minute change in plans, a group of unlikely traveling companions finds themselves on a camping trip in the Adirondacks. They include the soon-to-be-divorced Valerie; her oddball friends, Melissa and James; her moody teenage daughter, Brianne; and Val's estranged husband's fiancee, Jennifer. Val is dealing with unresolved feelings toward her ex and grappling with jealousy and resentment toward his younger, prettier new flame.

    Jan says: "Would Have Rather Cleaned My House"
    "Would Have Rather Cleaned My House"
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    This novel had a shot.. the genre was stated to be mystery / suspense. The reader does experience some suspenseful moments, but way too late in the story, causing problems with the story's execution. My primary issue is that the entire first quarter of the book, and off and on throughout the novel, was the protagonist's obcessive description of her cheating husband. There was little to no character development due to this, which sadly puts this mystery/suspense novel in the chic lit genre.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Extinction Point: Extinction Point, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Paul Antony Jones
    • Narrated By Emily Beresford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (301)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (274)

    Emily Baxter’s dream life turns into a waking nightmare the day the red rain falls. Like a biblical plague, the scarlet downpour spreads a hideous virus that demolishes life in New York City, the nation, and the world. Suddenly the last soul in an annihilated metropolis - and possibly on Earth - the onetime newspaper reporter must learn to scavenge, survive...and plan for a future of utter solitude. Then, from far-flung Alaska, another living voice reaches out, and Emily grasps at her only glimmer of hope. But she may be even less alone than she thinks.

    Charyn says: "Several hours that I'll never get back"
    "Stuck In The Car with Audible's Deal of The Day"
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    The deal will be when this novel gets to the extinction point. Was on a commute, and it was the only listen I had. It BARELY beat out listening to nothing. The reader experiences no character development with the one exception of a stray dog. There was no real attempt to link sci fi elements with reality, and the writing didn't allow the reader to suspend reality, resulting in a poor attempt at story execution. Pass it by.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Good and Useful Hurt

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Aric Davis
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (211)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (185)

    Mike is a tattoo artist running his own shop, and Deb is the piercing artist he hires to round out his studio’s motley crew of four. The last either expects is romance, but that’s what they get as they follow their off-kilter careers and love lives into complete and total disaster. When Mike follows a growing trend and tattoos the ashes of deceased loved ones into several customers’ tattoos, he has no idea that it will one day provide the solution - and solace - he will sorely need.

    C. Sorensen says: "Good enough to kill time, but that's about it"
    "A New and Different Horror Story/Mystery"
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    I only follow four audible reviewers. Elle from the Northwest led me to this paranormal mystery and love story, and as usual, she hit the mark. This story line is original and entertaining. This horror novel is about a talented and likable tattoo artist who unintentionally creates a new artistic trend by mixing the ashes of cremated love ones into tattoo ink. This audible mystery was very well done. The ability to suspend belief would have been challenging had it not been for the narration of Luke Daniels, who keeps it real. Worth a credit.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • From a Buick 8

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By James Rebhorn, Bruce Davison, Becky Ann Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (996)
    Performance
    (294)
    Story
    (295)

    Stephen King's first full-length solo novel since Dreamcatcher, the long-awaited From a Buick 8 is "nearly flawless and one terrific entertainment," says Publishers Weekly. A strange car acts as a conduit between our world and some other...and the boogeyman of this creepy story is our collective fascination with deadly things.

    J M says: "Essence of Stephen King"
    "From A Buick 8"
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    "From a Buick 8" is written in my favorite King style... nostalgic, capturing from page one, and with a story line that has not been done before.

    As always, the reader will be in the Stephen King vacuum just minutes after the story begins, and quickly sucked up into his character's world.

    I often have read great books, and am sorry when they end. This novel made me wish I hadn't started it yet.

    I passed this one by somehow a long time ago. So glad I found my way back to it.



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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