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Jancie

Celebration, FL, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Velva Jean Learns to Drive

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jennifer Niven
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (326)
    Performance
    (227)
    Story
    (223)

    Set in Appalachia in the years before World War II, Velva Jean Learns to Drive is a poignant story of a spirited young girl growing up in the gold-mining and moonshining South. Before she dies, Velva Jean's mother urges her to "live out there in the great wide world." Velva Jean dreams of becoming a big-time singer in Nashville until she falls in love with Harley Bright, a handsome juvenile delinquent turned revival preacher.

    Susan says: "If Jenna Lamia reads it, I'll listen to it!"
    "Loved every minute of it!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Velva Jean Learns to Drive to be better than the print version?

    I loved Jenna Lamia's narration, as she brought Velva Jean to life. She made this wonderful story that much better. I understand she did not narrate the sequel, so while I plan on reading the sequel, Velva Jean Learns To Fly, I will read it, as I can't imagine this series without her narration.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Just entering into the main character's world, which was the Blue Ridge mountains of NC in the depression years of the 1930's, was a revelation. It's hard to imagine that kind of poverty and that kind of life, but Jennifer Niven took me there and I loved it.


    What about Jenna Lamia’s performance did you like?

    Her accent and voice was so beautiful. She brought tears to my eyes more than once.


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

    When Velva Jean was talking about the time she accidentally killed a firefly and how it parceled her own marriage to Harley.


    Any additional comments?

    I knew nothing about this book and purchased it based on the many glowing reviews. I'm so glad I did!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Chinese Chef

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Nicole Mones
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers, James Chen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (623)
    Performance
    (448)
    Story
    (451)

    When recently widowed Maggie McElroy is called to China to settle a claim against her late husbands estate, she is blindsided by the discovery that he may have led a double life. Since work is all that will keep her sane, her magazine editor assigns her to profile Sam, a half-Chinese American who is the last in a line of gifted chefs tracing back to the imperial palace. As she watches Sam gear up for Chinas Olympic culinary competition by planning the banquet of a lifetime, she begins to see past the cuisines artistry to glimpse its coherent expression of Chinese civilization.

    Dr. says: "Totally Satisfying - highly recommended"
    "Interesting look into Chinese culture and cooking"
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    Would you listen to The Last Chinese Chef again? Why?

    Yes, it's a book I would revisit every few years.


    What other book might you compare The Last Chinese Chef to and why?

    Perhaps The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Swet due to,the clash between cultures.


    Have you listened to any of Elisabeth Rodgers and James Chen ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but they were both outstanding.


    If you could take any character from The Last Chinese Chef out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    It would have to be the chef himself. I would want him to explain the meaning behind each dish.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm looking forward to listening to other books by this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Collector

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3026)
    Performance
    (2701)
    Story
    (2717)

    From #1 New York Times-best-selling author Nora Roberts comes a novel of a woman who needs nothing, a man who sees everything, and the web of deceit, greed, and danger that brings them together - and that could tear them apart… As a professional house-sitter and freelance writer, nothing ties Lila Emerson down - not her work, not a home, and definitely not a relationship. She spends her life moving from one job to the next, sometimes crashing at a friend 's Manhattan apartment. And though she can appreciate her clients ' extraordinary homes, their expensive collections, and their adorable pets, Lila has never longed for possessions of her own. Everything she has, including her heart, is portable.

    Joan says: "Good author and good narrator"
    "Entertaining and fun!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Collector to be better than the print version?

    Anything that Julia Whelan narrates is so much better in the audio format.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Collector?

    It was all entertaining. Comparable to a travel movie with suspense, romance, and intrigue.


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

    I love everything Julia Whelan narrates.


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

    No, but I did finish it in 3 days.


    Any additional comments?

    Typical formula for Nora Roberts, and you have to suspend disbelief at the end, but it was fun and entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moving Day

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jonathan Stone
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (381)
    Performance
    (347)
    Story
    (340)

    Forty years’ accumulation of art, antiques, and family photographs are more than just objects for Stanley Peke - they are proof of a life fully lived. A life he could have easily lost long ago. When a con man steals his houseful of possessions in a sophisticated moving-day scam, Peke wanders helplessly through his empty New England home, inevitably reminded of another helpless time: decades in Peke’s past, a cold and threadbare Stanislaw Shmuel Pecoskowitz eked out a desperate existence in the war-torn Polish countryside, subsisting on scraps, dodging Nazi soldiers.

    Joe Crescenzi says: "What a fantastic story... a real treat!"
    "Wow!! Listen to this, that's all I can say!"
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    Would you listen to Moving Day again? Why?

    Yes, but of course the second time around I will know how it ends. This was, as another listener put it, a thinking man's thriller. Really much more than a thriller. More of a meditation on aging, materialism, and what matters in life.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Moving Day?

    The ending, which I will not give away here. Listen to this for yourself.


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

    I thought the narrator did an excellent job with the voices and his style was well suited to the material.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It did not make me laugh or cry, but it did make me THINK. That is what good fiction is supposed to do, isn't it?


    Any additional comments?

    One of the best books I have listened to for the past few years.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ordinary Grace

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated By Rich Orlow
    Overall
    (795)
    Performance
    (706)
    Story
    (704)

    Award-winning author William Kent Krueger has gained an immense fan base for his Cork O’Connor series. In Ordinary Grace, Krueger looks back to 1961 to tell the story of Frank Drum, a boy on the cusp of manhood. A typical 13-year-old with a strong, loving family, Frank is devastated when a tragedy forces him to face the unthinkable - and to take on a maturity beyond his years.

    Ronna says: "best book to come along this year!!"
    "Outstanding in every way!"
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    Would you listen to Ordinary Grace again? Why?

    Yes, I would definitely listen to this again just to experience his lyrical prose . I can only say that this author writes in a way that brings every character to life, and makes the reader feel exactly what the character is feeling. What an amazing gift!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jake. I think deep down we all have a little of Jake in us.


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

    Never, but he is a narrator of exceptional talent.


    Who was the most memorable character of Ordinary Grace and why?

    Frank, as he was the main protagonist.


    Any additional comments?

    I am now going to start listening to all the Cork O'Conner books! Bravo, Mr. Kent Krueger!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Conspiracy of Faith: Department Q, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    Overall
    (893)
    Performance
    (792)
    Story
    (802)

    Detective Carl Morck has received a bottle that holds an old and decayed message written in blood. It's a cry for help from two young brothers, tied and bound in a boathouse by the sea. After floating in the ocean for years before turning up, the bottle sat forgotten, unopened, on a police department windowsill, before the seal was cracked and the gruesome message, written in Danish, was analyzed. Could it be real? Who are these boys, and why weren't they reported missing? Could they possibly still be alive?

    John S says: "Alternative to Nesbo/Harry Hole Novels"
    "What a wild ride! Hang on to your seat!"
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    What did you love best about A Conspiracy of Faith?

    The overall story and unexpected twists and turns! The character development was excellent as was the insight into the mind of the killer! Very disturbing...This was written by a Scandanavian author who people are comparing to Henning Mankell. This book is just as good as Mankell, if not better.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Just when I think I figured out what was coming next, the author proved me wrong time and again. The plot twists are what will keep you on the edge of your seat and up late at night!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't want to give away any of the scenes, just enjoy!


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

    This wasn't really that type of a book..


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait to read the rest of the series. I only hope the other books are this good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Sheri Fink
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (697)
    Performance
    (608)
    Story
    (614)

    In the tradition of the best writing on medicine, physician and reporter Sheri Fink reconstructs five days at Memorial Medical Center and draws the listener into the lives of those who struggled mightily to survive and to maintain life amidst chaos. After Katrina struck and the floodwaters rose, the power failed, and the heat climbed, exhausted caregivers chose to designate certain patients last for rescue. Months later, several health professionals faced criminal allegations that they deliberately injected numerous patients with drugs to hasten their deaths. Five Days at Memorial, the culmination of six years of reporting, unspools the mystery of what happened in those days.

    Sharon says: "A Must Read"
    "Enthralling and Disturbing."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, and I have already done so. I had no idea of the suffering those patients, staff, and family members at Memorial Hospital endured for those 5 days after Hurricane Katrina. Like everyone else, I was transfixed by the post apocalyptic scenes seen on television, but until you read this book, which is so well written, you feel like you could almost be there, then there is no way of knowing what it was Like to be in such horrific circumstances and to be faced with decisions no doctors or nurses should have to face.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Five Days at Memorial?

    The events of the final two days, as conditions deteriorated, and the ethical dilemma the doctors and nurses had to face.


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

    The narrator does an efficient job. She kept me interested.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    As a registered nurse, and having worked in the ER and ICU, I could understand both sides of the ethical dilemma. One thing I do know is that unless I actually walked in those shoes and was faced with those conditions, I have no right to judge or condem anyone's actions or decisions. I do believe that in the event of an extreme disaster, that the normal standards of medical,practice should not apply.


    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10153)
    Performance
    (9134)
    Story
    (9144)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Classic Grisham is back!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have already recommended this to all my family and friends. This is Grisham at his finest. When he writes like this he is a master story teller, and I was transported to rural Mississippi.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The premise of the story, in which an older white man leaves millions to his black housekeeper, and the subsequent discoveries by Jake Brigance and his team make for a fascinating story.


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

    Michael Beck was outstanding! I lived in Memphis for 14 years, and his accents of all the characters was spot on! I would not have enjoyed the story nearly as much if I had not listened to Mr. Beck narrate.


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

    I won't give away what that moment was, but suffice it to say it was the climax of the trial.


    Any additional comments?

    If you want to listen to a book by a master storyteller and a narrator that is perfect for this book, then this is for you!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl You Left Behind

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Penny Rawlins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (650)
    Performance
    (571)
    Story
    (563)

    France, 1916: Artist Edouard Lefevre leaves his young wife, Sophie, to fight at the front. When their small town falls to the Germans in the midst of World War II, Edouard’s portrait of Sophie draws the eye of the new Kommandant. As the officer’s dangerous obsession deepens, Sophie will risk everything - her family, her reputation, and her life - to see her husband again.

    FanB14 says: "Exquisite Portrait of Sophie and Liz"
    "Touching and wonderful"
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    If you could sum up The Girl You Left Behind in three words, what would they be?

    Poignant, hopeful, and bittersweet.


    What other book might you compare The Girl You Left Behind to and why?

    Sarah's Key in that the book flows between World War I in this case, and the present day. Both involve fascinating stories in both present and past.


    What about Clare Corbett and Penny Rawlins ’s performance did you like?

    I loved both narrator's as well. They really brought the story to life.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A painting is never just a painting.


    Any additional comments?

    One of my favorite listens of all time, just like Sarah's Key was. Loved it!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Nancy Wake

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated By Stephanie Daniel
    Overall
    (436)
    Performance
    (352)
    Story
    (349)

    In the early 1930s, Nancy Wake was a young woman enjoying a bohemian life in Paris. By the end of the Second World War, she was the Gestapo's most wanted person. As a naive, young journalist, Nancy Wake witnessed a horrific scene of Nazi violence in a Viennese street. From that moment, she declared that she would do everything in her power to rid Europe of the Nazis. What began as a courier job here and there became a highly successful escape network for Allied soldiers.

    Simone says: "Who The "BLEEP" is Nancy Wake??"
    "Truth is more powerrful, in this case, than fictio"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I used my credit based on the multiple positive reviews. What I discovered was a true story of a truly amazing woman, flawed like the rest of us, but also with amazing courage, integrity, and resolve to do what was right, in unimaginable circumstances. I am so glad I purchased this book, or I never would have known of this amazing story. In our current society, where people tend to worship celebrities, it is so sad that people do not read about true heroism and those people, like Nancy Wake. It is these people, that we should all be aware of, and look up to, as our role models. The story of an amazing woman who saved many during World War II through her work in the French Resistance.


    What other book might you compare Nancy Wake to and why?

    Unbroken, because Nancy never quit, just like Mr Zamperini.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't think I would describe it as having scenes, as it was more of a biography.


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

    Many of them,


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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