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Jeanie Jenkins

Shreveport, LA United States | Member Since 2014

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  • Kim

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Rudyard Kipling
    • Narrated By Sam Dastor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (180)
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    (118)
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    (119)

    Kim's life takes a curious twist when he meets a holy man, a lama, who is about to embark on a mysterious quest: a pilgrimage that will take him across the vast continent, across rivers and up the Himalayas. And he wants Kim to accompany him.

    Linda says: "Characters and the Colors of India"
    "A Stunning Experience"
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    I finally read this classic because I wanted the background on the character when reading "The Game" by Laurie R. King as part of the Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes series. What I got was a stunning and fulfilling experience that I wouldn't have missed for the world!

    Not being an expert on Indian dialects, I can't say if Sam Dastor's narration is technically correct, but it is perfect for enhancing the listening experience. I came to know and love the many characters as though they were real people, and Dastor's performance was what brought them to life.

    The story itself was one that the summary didn't really prepare me for. I had at first thought that this tale of wandering through what for me is an alien culture wouldn't be something that could involve and capture me on a personal level. But I discovered that some things are truly universal, regardless of the cultural trappings, and I was captivated. Like so many in the tale who came to love him, Kim is one of those characters who somehow worked his way into my heart and I will carry him with me for many years to come. The same must be said of Kim's holy man. Other characters have written themselves in my heart as well.

    I am so glad, whatever the outside motivation, that I finally read this book and had the opportunity to meet and love Kim and all of those around him. My only regret is that I deprived myself of knowing Kim for so long.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Murder in the Mystery Suite: Book Retreat Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ellery Adams
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (43)

    Tucked away in the rolling hills of rural western Virginia lies the storybook resort of Storyton Hall, catering to book lovers who want to get away from it all. To increase her number of bookings, resort manager Jane Steward has decided to host a Murder and Mayhem week so that fans of the mystery genre can gather together for some role-playing and fantasy crime solving.

    A. says: "A totally delightful and mystery filled read!"
    "An Intriguing Start"
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    This is the first Ellery Adams I've read and I hope to read more. The setting is an idyllic literary manor and village populated with fun characters. Aside from the mystery, it has an interesting twist involving the family's legacy and on-going obligations. The descriptions were vivid and brought the Storyton Manor and village to life. The ending hinted at new characters to be intrigued by and potential for murder and mayhem beyond the week-long theme of the special week in this story. It is definitely cozy in its character development and lack of graphic violence, so it's a good story to curl up with for a comfy evening.

    I've always liked Johana Parker's work, but, while she creates good character voices for this work, something in her vocal quality this time didn't seem to be as good a fit as some of her other work. Perhaps it's a combination of the writing style and Parker's slightly stilted reading style. I kept having the feeling that if she ever relaxed into the story it would feel more natural. Still, it didn't detract from the story, just felt a little forced.

    I look forward to more in this series and for Audible to bring other Ellery Adams books to their site.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • An Owl Too Many: Peter & Helen Shandy, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Charlotte MacLeod
    • Narrated By John McLain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (17)
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    (17)

    Emory Emmerick comes to Balaclava Agricultural University as a scout for a television station. Although the faculty and students are hardly ready for prime time, Emmerick’s interest is in environmental programming - a subject that inspires even the driest Balaclava professor to wax poetic. In his search for material, Emmerick joins Peter Shandy and a few of his colleagues on the annual owl-count.

    Jeanie Jenkins says: "A complete and Unabridged Wild Ride"
    "A complete and Unabridged Wild Ride"
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    When first released, this book and "Vane Pursuit" of the peter Shandy series were missing the final chapter. Now both are complete--thank you, Audible.

    Charlotte MacLeod's Peter Shandy series is always fun, clever, and worth the time invested in reading--and rereading. This one includes many of our familiar favorite characters adding their own unique contributions, but President Svensen and his wife are two of the biggest hoots in the book--owl pun not intended. There are sufficient plot twists and complications and convolutions to satisfy any Shandy fan while our favorite college president has plenty of opportunity to demonstrate why we love him--and his wife. It's always a treat to spend time with Charlotte MacLeod's creations for a bit of clever cozy fun.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Vane Pursuit

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Charlotte MacLeod
    • Narrated By John McLain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    The weather vanes of the famous craftsman Praxiteles Lumpkin are one of the great cultural treasures of rural Massachusetts. Helen Shandy, librarian at Balaclava Agricultural College, is roaming the countryside, camera in hand, capturing images of these lovely copper sculptures, trying to give them the attention they deserve. But each time she takes a picture, the featured vane vanishes. Could there be a gang of breezy-minded burglars on her tail?

    Jeanie Jenkins says: "Complete and Unabridged"
    "Complete and Unabridged"
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    When first released this title and "An Owl Too Many" were missing their final chapter. They both now are available in their complete forms--thank you, Audible.

    As for this particular title, it was filled with Charlotte MacLeod's usual clever humor and storyline plus a second setting in Maine and a very wonderful new character in the form of Miss Binks. Actually, several new interesting characters were introduced and some of our old favorites, such as Cronkite and Iduna, returned to liven the proceedings. There was lots of action and cleverness on Peter Shandy's part in solving the mystery. It is typical Macleod and worth the listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lover at Last: Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1710)
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    (1568)
    Story
    (1580)

    Qhuinn, son of no one, is used to being on his own. Disavowed from his bloodline, shunned by the aristocracy, he has finally found an identity as one of the most brutal fighters in the war against the Lessening Society. But his life is not complete. Even as the prospect of having a family of his own seems to be within reach, he is empty on the inside, his heart given to another....

    C. Mendez says: "When it was good, it was very, very good..."
    ""Lover at Last" my last "Lover""
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    I have been a huge fan of the BDB since the first time I read "Dark Lover" and all the wonderful stories that followed. I've adored J. R. Ward's writing style, sense of humor, and the relationships between the couples, and the narration by Jim Frangione. But I wish with all my heart I had stopped with the eighth book, "Lover Mine" and never reached this latest story.

    While I knew who the two members of the couple would be before reading this, and therefore have only myself to blame, I had hoped any sex would be treated discretely. But the scenes between Blay and Qhuin are every bit as explicit as between any other couple in previous books. This is not why I buy paranormal romance books; I'm simply not into male-on-male sex. Not that the heterosexual sex in the half of the book I read were why I read these stories either. Several encounters were mere quickies with anonomous females and one was a group scene as four of the Band of Bastards fed and had sex with a paid vampire female--yick. Now how do I scrub all these images from my brain?

    J. R. Ward has the right to write the story she wants and I know many of her fans will follow her. But this is my last new BDB and I plan to return it to get my credit back. I'll miss what might have been if Ward had continued down a path I could follow, but our paths diverge here.

    7 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Last Wool and Testament: A Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Molly MacRae
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (166)

    Thank Goodness It's Fiber: That's the name of the spunky group of fiber and needlework artists founded by Ivy McClellan, Kath's beloved grandmother. Though Ivy has recently passed on, the members still meet regularly at her fiber and fabric shop, The Weaver's Cat, which Kath has now inherited. But that's only the first in a series of surprises when Kath returns to the small town of Blue Plum, Tennessee, to settle her grandmother's affairs

    Beatrice says: "Good start to a good mystery"
    "First Book Augurs Well for the Series"
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    As a first book in a series this one sets up a potentially very good cozy series. MacRae described a town and a number of characters it should be fun to spend time with. Also, she includes a few that we don't want to spend much time with--neither does the main character, Cath--but these add interest, humor, and another reason to come back for a second book with hopes that the twins will get their comeupance. But, like Charlie Brown and the football, I suspect it will be an unlikely but perpetual hope.

    I liked the cozily paranormal aspect and wished more had been explored in this first novel. We were given some very tantalizing hints about Cath's grandmother, Ivy, and what she could do, but not enough to know for any certainty what it was. And it may run in the family... but, even with this to intrigue us, we mostly got a long scene introducing the ghost. I have to admit, I really liked the ghost, and I hope to see more of her, even if it's only in a semi-transparent form. One of my favorite tidbits in this story was that Cath thought to entertain the ghost with an audiobook--apparently a heroine with discerning tastes!

    Emily Durante did a very good job with the various voices and characterizations, along with good prose reading.

    I look forward to the next in the series and hope that the writer and narrator continue their stellar paring.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Christopher Healy, Todd Harris
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (348)
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    (316)
    Story
    (320)

    Prince Liam. Prince Frederic. Prince Duncan. Prince Gustav. You've never heard of them, have you? These are the princes who saved Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Snow White, and Rapunzel, respectively, and yet, thanks to those lousy bards who wrote the tales, you likely know them only as Prince Charming. But all of this is about to change.

    MissSusie66 says: "Warning Gushing Ahead…….."
    "Get Into the Spirit"
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    In the same kind of spirit that infused The Princess Bride, this story of the actual young men behind the generic name Prince Charming is fun, funny, and unexpected. Bronson Pinchot's narration elevates this already wonderful ffractured fairy tale to the same genius level as Mandy Potenkin's Inego Montoya.

    The tale not only includes the traditional witches, trolls, dwarves, etc. and action, danger, heroic deeds, etc., but clever humore with twists on all the familiar fairy tale elements. The princesses aren't all helpless maidens or even sweet and generous of spirit. The princes aren't all competent swordsmen or even temperamentally suited to the role of hero. But they all rise to the occasion and entertain heroically to the end.

    As fun as the story is, Bronson Pinchot adds greatness with his accents, voices, and delivery. This performance makes it clear why he is a listener favorite.

    I often found myself grinning or laughing out loud while listening. It's a story that requires the listner to go along with the premise, but it's so worth the ride.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3150)
    Performance
    (2761)
    Story
    (2788)

    When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    cristina says: "I was surprised by how much I liked it"
    "A Computer Glitch Rated This For Me"
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    I might not have written a review, but the ratings for Overall and Story happened through a glitch in my computer while downloading and I don't want to leave the wrong impression. While the performance by Tom Hollander deserves five stars, this is a two star story for me.

    I approached this book with nothing but good will for Rowling and an expectation that this would be unlike Harry Potter. What the lame publisher's summary and the pre-publicity didn't say was that it contained significant sexual content and explicit language. It also didn't indicate just how depressing and bleak the story would be.

    The problem is that this is the kind of story I usually avoid at all costs. I find no enjoyment in vicariously suffering with others. There isn't a single individual in the story for whom I found a true sympathy--sympathy in the sense of making a connection and pulling for them rather than feeling sorry for them. I read books for enjoyment, entertainment, to learn, to be uplifted, or even to escape. My life contains enough stressors of its own not to need to find more of them in my reading material. I am not entertained by the misery of others . Perhaps as a school psychologist I am more aware on an everyday basis of the various conditions of life described in this book, and need no primer on poverty, drugs, violence, sexual assault, child abuse, bullying, poverty, neglect, weakness, and self-absorbtion of others. I certainly don't desire to fill my off hours wallowing in such miseries.

    The two stars I would have given the story are for its being well-written--for what it is, rather than what I wished it to be--and the clear-cut characterizations. I don't think I would want to actually meet any of these people, but I did feel I had a clear view of who they were.

    I wish the publicity had been a little less coy about revealing the true tone of this work so that I might have been more prepared. This sort of story simply isn't my cup of tea and I will be far less likely to buy a book by J. K. Rowling in the future. I had hoped to like this book and had been willing to accept something completely different from the author of Harry Potter, but this is outside my ability to enjoy. If this is what Rowling feels the need to write, she's perfectly entitled to do so. I'll exercise my right and not read it. Perhaps her future books will be less grim, but it will take a lot of convincing before I try another one.

    7 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Two Ravens and One Crow: An Iron Druid Chronicles Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2805)
    Performance
    (2621)
    Story
    (2621)

    Two-thousand-year-old Atticus may have outwitted and outfought everyone from Odin to Bacchus, but in this eBook original, he’s about to discover what comes around when you go around messing with gods. Six years into the training of his beautiful apprentice, Granuaile, a large crow swoops down and transforms into none other than the Morrigan, a goddess who insists that Atticus come with her at once. He must leave his apprentice behind, along with his Irish wolfhound, Oberon - and he must also leave his sword.

    Jessica says: "Can't wait for November!"
    "A Little Interim Fun"
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    There are only two things I would do to make this novella better: make it longer and put in more more more of Oberon ;)
    Kevin Hearne gives us lots of humor, interesting backstory , and lots of action. Luke Daniels gives us the wonderful voices we fell instantly in love with from the first time we read "Hounded".

    Whether this novella is intended as just a filler story, or it merely didn't fit into the next novel, "Trapped", it still provides the kind of fun and inexplicable god behavior Atticus has been dealing with for 2100 years. It has plenty of the Morigan--don't ask her for any favors, trust me--a very Celtic style tale regarding the origins of Eterna-Tea, and a meeting with powerful enemies that probably sets up Atticus' role in the future.

    There is too little Oberon--Note to Kevin Hearne: Next time, give us a novella of all Oberon, all of the time, with a few French poodles along the way ;P--but what we did get was classic Atticus/Oberon interaction.

    Whether as mere filler or as a bridging short story to explain background information for the next book, Kevin Hearne and Luke Daniels have paired again to give us a fun and fulfilling experience.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Desperate Game: A Guinevere Jones Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Jayne Castle
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (106)

    Lovely, savvy Guinevere Jones joins forces with rugged private detective Zachariah Justis to uncover a baffling computer crime and find a ruthless high-tech killer.

    Molly says: "The Game results in DEATH~ 4 STAR first Guinevere"
    "Middling Romance/Mystery"
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    This story and performance were middle of the road, seeming more like a movie of the week than a cute or clever book. The overwrought emotion in Guinevere often reminded me of a Loretta Young B movie rather than a smart and sassy modern business woman. The plot wasn't quite obvious, but the clues telegraphed the conclusion far ahead of the heroine's comprehension of what they meant. I did like it that the professional was actually professional enough to figure it out ahead of her though.

    This book wasn't bad, but it wasn't engaging enough to make me want to buy the next in the series--there are way too many better stories out there to invest my credits in.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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