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Jane Lee

Gainesville, Florida United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 37 reviews
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  • The Red Circle: My Life in the Navy SEAL Sniper Corps and How I Trained America's Deadliest Marksmen

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Brandon Webb, John David Mann
    • Narrated By Jon Bailey
    Overall
    (481)
    Performance
    (435)
    Story
    (435)

    Brandon Webb's experiences in the world's most elite sniper corps are the stuff of legend. From his grueling years of training in Naval Special Operations to his combat tours in the Persian Gulf and Afghanistan, The Red Circle provides a rare and riveting look at the inner workings of the U.S. military through the eyes of a covert operations specialist. Yet it is Webb's distinguished second career as a lead instructor for the shadowy "sniper cell" that makes his story so compelling.

    Robert says: "Decent story, narration left a lot to be desired."
    "Great book"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I think the training of the seals is facinating. It would be interesting for anyone interested in the military operations, our security, technology, and insight into the determination of a person who persues what could be considered by some to be almost impossible.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    there is only one main character


    Which character – as performed by Jon Bailey – was your favorite?

    Brandon


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

    neither


    Any additional comments?

    no

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anthony Doerr
    • Narrated By Zach Appelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (920)
    Performance
    (834)
    Story
    (830)

    Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

    Hank Reads! says: "Completely absorbing!"
    "life of innocents"
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    Would you listen to All the Light We Cannot See again? Why?

    Yes. I would listen again because there was so much emotion to relive and facts of history that were missed the first time.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of All the Light We Cannot See?

    One moment of suspense was when the girl was, alone and hiding from the intruder.


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

    No, I have not listened to any other but he was excellent.


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

    It gives insight to how long the war went on before America even became involved and how many people suffered.


    0 of 0 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
    Overall
    (3898)
    Performance
    (3472)
    Story
    (3471)

    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.

    Susan says: "Fascinating Journey for Two"
    "A sweet story."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    i would depend on the friend and what they like to read.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Christina Baker Kline? Why or why not?

    I don't know


    What about Jessica Almasy and Suzanne Toren ’s performance did you like?

    their performance was very good.


    Do you think Orphan Train needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. the story ended, period.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Orphan Master's Son: A Novel of North Korea

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Adam Johnson
    • Narrated By Tim Kang, Josiah D. Lee, James Kyson Lee, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1161)
    Performance
    (1004)
    Story
    (1013)

    Pak Jun Do is the haunted son of a lost mother - a singer “stolen” to Pyongyang - and an influential father who runs Long Tomorrows, a work camp for orphans. There the boy is given his first taste of power, picking which orphans eat first and which will be lent out for manual labor. Recognized for his loyalty and keen instincts, Jun Do comes to the attention of superiors in the state, rises in the ranks, and starts on a road from which there will be no return.

    Lisa says: "The most compelling listen I've ever owned"
    "an eye opener"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Orphan Master's Son the most enjoyable?

    I appreciated the insight into North Korea. The main character had such integrity for someone who came from such dire conditions. I was happy, happy, happy after reading the happy ending.


    What other book might you compare The Orphan Master's Son to and why?

    Cutting for Stone is also about a boy from a restrictive culture who had integrity and the drive to succeed. I would also compare Goldfiinch, in that that boy had a fairly normal start in life but was a liar and a thief from the time he was young, even before his mother died.


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

    No I have not listened to any others.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Orphan Master's Son and why?

    The main character and Moon Sun.


    Any additional comments?

    I would love to read a sequel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1279)
    Performance
    (1173)
    Story
    (1185)

    >When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of "rogue" wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn't take them. In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.

    Tango says: "Beautiful story, beautifully written"
    "Insight into the remarkable intellect of elephants"
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    If you could sum up The Elephant Whisperer in three words, what would they be?

    Charming, sweetly depressing


    What other book might you compare The Elephant Whisperer to and why?

    none


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    he gave warmth to the main character.


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

    I would if I could.


    Any additional comments?

    Its a shame so few people are aware of the plight of so many beautiful animals.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8684)
    Performance
    (7966)
    Story
    (7972)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "excellent reader"
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    If you could sum up The Goldfinch in three words, what would they be?

    a secret turmoil


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

    After the death of Andy and father, Theo visiting Mrs Barber


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

    The reader was able to transfer the stress and confusion of Theo, also the maturing over the years.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Goldfinch and why?

    Of course, Theo and Boris, also Andy and Pippi. Actually, all the characters were given depth and individuality


    Any additional comments?

    Besides the excellent story, I enjoyed the New York city life style, taxis, museums, door men, etc. All in all a very believable story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Daniel James Brown
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1315)
    Performance
    (1194)
    Story
    (1205)

    Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

    Janice says: "Do you believe in miracles??"
    "sportsmanship ane history"
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    If you could sum up The Boys in the Boat in three words, what would they be?

    insight into sportsmanship


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The coach for Wasington was a man of integrity.


    Any additional comments?

    This is not only an insight into the sport of crewing but a insight into Hitler's earlly world of devastation during the 2936 olympics in Germany.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky: The True Story of Three Lost Boys from Sudan

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Benson Deng, Alephonsion Deng, Benjamin Ajak, and others
    • Narrated By David Henry, David Zinn, Augustino Mayai, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    Benjamin, Alepho, and Benson were raised among the Dinka tribe of Sudan. Their world was an insulated, close-knit community of grass-roofed cottages, cattle herders, and tribal councils. The lions and pythons that prowled beyond the village fences were the greatest threat they knew. All that changed the night the government-armed Murahiliin began attacking their villages.

    Jane Lee says: "what's happening in the rest of the world"
    "what's happening in the rest of the world"
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    Any additional comments?

    This should be required reading for all high school students. We all need to wake up and realize the world is not so big that we can hide under our flag forever. Terrorism is a growing menace.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Soldier Dogs: The Untold Story of America’s Canine Heroes

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Maria Goodavage
    • Narrated By Nicole Vilencia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (66)

    A leading dog-blogger offers a tour of military working dogs' extraordinary training, heroic accomplishments, and the lasting impacts they have on those who work with them. Maria Goodavage here tells heartwarming stories of modern soldier dogs and the amazing bonds that develop between them and their handlers. Beyond tales of training, operations, retirement, and adoption into the families of fallen soldiers, Goodavage talks to leading dog-cognition experts about why dogs like nothing more than to be on a mission with a handler they trust.

    Shea says: "Detailed and heart wrenching at times."
    "for dog lovers"
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    Any additional comments?

    This wandered form the service the dogs provide to polotics. The polotics are important but could have beben added briefly at the end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Possibility Dogs: What a Handful of 'Unadoptables' Taught Me about Service, Hope, and Healing

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Susannah Charleson
    • Narrated By Susannah Charleson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (41)

    From the author of the critically acclaimed bestseller, Scent of the Missing, comes a heartwarming and inspiring story that shows how dogs can be rescued and can rescue in return. For her first book, Susannah Charleson was praised for her unique insight into the kinship between humans and dogs, as revealed through canine search and rescue. In The Possibility Dogs Charleson chronicles her journey into the world of psychiatric-service and therapy dogs trained to serve the human mind, a journey that began as a personal one. After a particularly grisly search led to a struggle with PTSD, Charleson credits healing to her partnership with search dog Puzzle. Inspired by that experience and having met dogs formally trained to assist in such crises, Charleson learns to identify abandoned dogs with service potential, often plucking them from shelters at the last minute, and to train them for work beside hurting partners, to whom these second-chance dogs bring intelligence, comfort, and hope.

    Tango says: "Rescue is the New Black"
    "dogs climb the evolution ladder"
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    What did you love best about The Possibility Dogs?

    The dogs were cared for as individuals whether they were appropriate for this type of trianing or not.


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    This is more educational than entertaining, It presents a whole new area of service dogs are able to provide. A breakthrough for people with emotional and other health problems. Although some of this type of service exists, it's not known or used nearly as much as it could be.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Biography: John F. Kennedy

    • UNABRIDGED (54 mins)
    • By A&E Television Networks
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    A special commemoration of the life and legacy of the 35th president of the United States. Included are interviews with Kennedy friends and biographers as wekk as political satirist Mort Sahl, and Cliff Robertson, who portrayed JFK on film.

    Jane Lee says: "short summary"
    "short summary"
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    Would you try another book from A&E Television Networks and/or the narrator?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    i expected a documentary type of book coverying jk's life, family, personal. tis book covered a short part of his life and not very well at that.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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