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Jancie

Celebration, FL, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • 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
    (580)
    Performance
    (511)
    Story
    (516)

    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.

    Cynthia says: "Five Days in Hell/Years in Purgatory"
    "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
  • A Conspiracy of Faith: Department Q, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (659)
    Performance
    (582)
    Story
    (593)

    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?

    Robert says: "Jussi's Stories Just Get Better- Need More Dept Q!"
    "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
  • Velva Jean Learns to Drive

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jennifer Niven
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (279)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (180)

    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
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8377)
    Performance
    (7559)
    Story
    (7554)

    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
    (446)
    Performance
    (398)
    Story
    (395)

    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
    (404)
    Performance
    (327)
    Story
    (322)

    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
  • Restless

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William Boyd
    • Narrated By Rosamund Pike
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1089)
    Performance
    (266)
    Story
    (261)

    It is the summer of 1976 in Oxfordshire, England, and someone is trying to kill Sally Gilmartin. The only person she can trust is her daughter, Ruth, a young single mother struggling with her own demons. Now Sally must tell her daughter the truth: She is actually Eva Delectorskaya, a Russian émigré recruited for the British Secret Service in 1939.

    Susianna says: "Favorite Book of 2007"
    "Riveting look at a different kind of a spy."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Restless to be better than the print version?

    I thought the narrator did a good job, and her accent was very upperclass British, the way the characters would have spoken.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The historical background and the role that false propaganda played out, not only by the Germans, but by the Brits and the Americans during WWII. The interwoven story line going from 1976 back to 1940 and 41 was also effective.


    Which character – as performed by Rosamund Pike – was your favorite?

    Probably the young Ava.


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

    Yes, definitely!


    Any additional comments?

    I recently saw the miniseries done on the Sundance Channel, and while it was good, the book is much better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lone Wolf

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Natalia Payne, Louis Changchien, Celeste Ciulla, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1045)
    Performance
    (869)
    Story
    (877)

    In the wild, when a wolf knows its time is over, when it knows it is of no more use to its pack, it may sometimes choose to slip away. Dying apart from its family, it stays proud and true to its nature. Humans aren’t so lucky. Luke Warren has spent his life researching wolves. He has written about them, studied their habits intensively, and even lived with them for extended periods of time.

    Elle in the Great NorthWest says: "Typical Jodi Picoult plot, chik lit but good"
    "Another hit for Picoult!"
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    If you could sum up Lone Wolf in three words, what would they be?

    Another story by Picoult that explores the ethical and moral issues
    families face when faced with a traumatic brain injury and brain death in a loved one.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I think Edward was my favorite character because he made some wrong decisions but in the end he matured and fought to make the right decision for the right reason.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    All the various narrators were excellent!


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

    The whole book was moving but the stories about the wolf pack and wolf behavior were fascinating.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Live by Night

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Dennis Lehane
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (282)
    Performance
    (234)
    Story
    (240)

    Boston, 1926. The ‘20s are roaring. Liquor is flowing, bullets are flying, and one man sets out to make his mark on the world. Prohibition has given rise to an endless network of underground distilleries, speakeasies, gangsters, and corrupt cops. Joe Coughlin, the youngest son of a prominent Boston police captain, has long since turned his back on his strict and proper upbringing. Now having graduated from a childhood of petty theft to a career in the pay of the city's most fearsome mobsters, Joe enjoys the spoils, thrills, and notoriety of being an outlaw.

    Richard Delman says: "Lehane shows off his skills."
    "Big,sprawling gangster epic set during prohibition"
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    What did you love best about Live by Night?

    The story starts in Boston, and then moves to Tampa and Cuba. The history was well covered , and as I live in Florida I found the scenes in Tampa and Ybor City especially interesting.
    All the characters were well developed, except for the lesser players.
    The gangster genre is always difficult in some ways in that most of the characters were amoral, and many are sociopaths, but this makes the moral dilemmas they face, if there is such a thing among thieves, always compelling.
    Beware as of course there are many graphic scenes of violence and some sex scenes as well.


    What other book might you compare Live by Night to and why?

    The Godfather.


    What about Jim Frangione’s performance did you like?

    Narrator did an amazing job with all the voices. I believe I wouldn't have enjoyed this book nearly as much if I had simply read it.


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

    The relationship between father and son was complex! A crooked cop and gangster son.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10757)
    Performance
    (9761)
    Story
    (9780)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Listen now as the book is sure to be better than t"
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    Where does 14 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I don't usually listen to this kind of book, but was intrigued by all the positive reviews. I have to say the story was unusual and kept my interest. Narrator was excellent. This book ranks in the top 75% of books I've listened to, but is purely entertaining, and not meant to provoke strong emotions, in the way The Kite Runner does.


    What other book might you compare 14 to and why?

    Difficult to say. It was that different. A cross between Ghost Busters and Dean Koontz.


    Which character – as performed by Ray Porter – was your favorite?

    Probably Viig. Don't know if I spelled that correctly.


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

    Not really. As I said, pure entertainment and non stop suspense.


    Any additional comments?

    There surely will be a movie, and I only hope it will follow the book closely.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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