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Jane Lee

Gainesville, Florida United States | Member Since 2009

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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
    (498)
    Performance
    (452)
    Story
    (452)

    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
  • A Dog's Journey

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By W. Bruce Cameron
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (412)
    Performance
    (359)
    Story
    (359)

    Buddy is a good dog. After searching for his purpose through several eventful lives, Buddy is sure that he has found and fulfilled it. Yet as he watches curious baby Clarity get into dangerous mischief, he is certain that this little girl is very much in need of a dog of her own. When Buddy is reborn, he realizes that he has a new destiny. He's overjoyed when he is adopted by Clarity, now a vibrant but troubled teenager. When they are suddenly separated, Buddy despairs - who will take care of his girl?

    Robert says: "Outstanding!!!!"
    "continuation of A DOGS PURPOSE"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I though it was a poor effort to pick up on A DOGS PURPOSE


    What was most disappointing about W. Bruce Cameron’s story?

    the story itself is monotonous


    What three words best describe George K. Wilson’s voice?

    voice is old (the dog is young)


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    disappointed

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16778)
    Performance
    (11026)
    Story
    (10910)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "another back in time thing"
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    Would you try another book from Diana Gabaldon and/or Davina Porter?

    no


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    something more believable


    Which scene was your favorite?

    none


    Did Outlander inspire you to do anything?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    this is probably a nice book for people who like thais sort of thing but its not for me

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne, from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Stephen E. Ambrose
    • Narrated By Tim Jerome
    Overall
    (345)
    Performance
    (307)
    Story
    (312)

    Easy Company, 506th Airborne Division, U.S. Army, was as good a rifle company as any in the world. From their rigorous training in Georgia in 1942 to D-Day and victory, Ambrose tells the story of this remarkable company, which kept getting the tough assignments. Easy Company was responsible for everything from parachuting into France early D-Day morning to the capture of Hitler's Eagle's Nest at Berchtesgaden. Band of Brothers is the account of the men of this remarkable unit.

    Christopher says: "Greatest Generation"
    "history"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    too many facts with little opportunity to "get to know the characters"


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I was surprised that the men kept in touch for the rest of their lives


    Could you see Band of Brothers being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Ye sit would make a better ,movie than a book. It should feature typical rough and rugged types of people, not hollywood pretty faces.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15464)
    Performance
    (12779)
    Story
    (13417)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "exciting for those of us with an open mind"
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    What did you love best about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    the reader made the book, also, the writer was able to portray the maturing of Anna


    What did you like best about this story?

    the passion of the love life, and the insite into the world of the super rich


    Which character – as performed by Becca Battoe – was your favorite?

    the part where she had to get the and deliver the money to Jack, followed by her recovery and Christian's concern


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

    it made me want a love affair


    Any additional comments?

    this book is not for everyone, but I could imagine a couple reading it together

    0 of 0 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
    (1075)
    Performance
    (976)
    Story
    (973)

    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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4034)
    Performance
    (3594)
    Story
    (3598)

    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
    (1185)
    Performance
    (1026)
    Story
    (1035)

    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
    (1350)
    Performance
    (1239)
    Story
    (1250)

    >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
    (8934)
    Performance
    (8193)
    Story
    (8198)

    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
    (1393)
    Performance
    (1267)
    Story
    (1278)

    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

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