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Jeanie

Truelongmont on Facebook. I like listening while exercising and cleaning. I just want entertainment!

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  • In the Blood: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Lisa Unger
    • Narrated By Gretchen Mol, Candace Thaxton
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (135)

    Lana Granger lives a life of lies. She has told so many lies about where she comes from and who she is that the truth is like a cloudy nightmare she can’t quite recall. About to graduate from college and with her trust fund almost tapped out, she takes a job babysitting a troubled boy named Luke. Expelled from schools all over the country, the manipulative young Luke is accustomed to controlling the people in his life. But, in Lana, he may have met his match. Or has Lana met hers?

    Catherine J. Pondozzi says: "Not my cup of tea"
    "I love evil children!"
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    If you could sum up In the Blood in three words, what would they be?

    Psychological thriller esque


    Which character – as performed by Gretchen Mol and Candace Thaxton – was your favorite?

    This is one where the performances were great! Paced nicely and engaging tones.


    Who was the most memorable character of In the Blood and why?

    The bad kid!


    Any additional comments?

    I am partial to psychological thrillers with twists, and add in evil children and I'm there! That being said, this had some cheesy turns of plot - but it was entertaining enough to get me through exercising!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Oryx and Crake

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1962)
    Performance
    (1102)
    Story
    (1115)

    As the story opens, Snowman is sleeping in a tree, mourning the loss of his beloved Oryx and his best friend Crake, and slowly starving to death. How did everything fall apart so quickly? Why is he left with nothing but his haunting memories? Alone except for the green-eyed Children of Crake, he explores the answers to these questions in the double journey he takes - into his own past, and back to Crake's high-tech bubble-dome, where the Paradice Project unfolded and the world came to grief.

    Doug says: "Very Scary Stuff"
    "End of civilization? I'm there."
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    What made the experience of listening to Oryx and Crake the most enjoyable?

    I love a good end of civilization due to unintended consequences.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way the consequences of humanities actions played out through the series.


    What about Campbell Scott’s performance did you like?

    He's dreamy.


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

    Not really. I enjoyed it, but never found my self listening after I was done with my workout or drive. I love those books where you sit in the garage just listening to a little more rather than go inside. This was not one.


    Any additional comments?

    This is part of a series of 3. I really like when I find series that are tied together and give me many many hours of audio. It was engaging enough that I listened to all three back to back.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Atlantis Gene: The Origin Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By A. G. Riddle
    • Narrated By Stephen Bel Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1680)
    Performance
    (1526)
    Story
    (1529)

    Seventy thousand years ago, the human race almost went extinct. We survived, but no one knows how.

    Until now. The countdown to the next stage of human evolution is about to begin, and humanity might not survive this time. The Immari are good at keeping secrets. For 2,000 years, they've hidden the truth about human evolution. They've also searched for an ancient enemy - a threat that could wipe out the human race. Now the search is over.

    january says: "Pretty bad, but not the worst I've ever read"
    "Wonderful concept with engaging potential..but..."
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    What did you like best about The Atlantis Gene? What did you like least?

    Most: Story premise
    Least: Got very slow moving, it was hard to pay attention and keep up.


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

    I thought the story and plot were great. I almost wish I would have read the book on this one. The performance was way too slow moving and interest waned. I did like it enough to listen to the end. I listened to the teaser for the next in series at the end, and I'll probably DL that because the story WAS a good story.


    What about Stephen Bel Davies’s performance did you like?

    I've heard worse.


    Did The Atlantis Gene inspire you to do anything?

    Write this review


    Any additional comments?

    ZZZZZZZZZZZ. Not one to listen to if you are doing something that easily distracts you.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • She's Come Undone

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Wally Lamb
    • Narrated By Linda Stephens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (355)
    Performance
    (293)
    Story
    (299)

    Meet Dolores Price. She's 13, wise-mouthed but wounded, having bid her childhood goodbye. Beached like a whale in front of her bedroom TV, she spends the next few years nourishing herself with the Mallomars, potato chips, and Pepsi her anxious mother supplies. When she finally rolls into young womanhood at 257 pounds, Dolores is no stronger and life is no kinder. But this time she's determined to rise to the occasion and give herself one more chance before really going belly-up.

    Jessica says: "Really disappointing narrator!"
    "I loved this book when I was younger"
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    Would you try another book from Wally Lamb and/or Linda Stephens?

    Sure! I keep getting audiobooks of real books that I adored in my youth. I need to stop doing that. So far it's been a dud. I thought this was the best book ever when I read it the first time 20 years ago. After this listen, not so much. I think the narration/audioness of it took it out of my imagined awesome voice and put the characters in something different so it was hard for me to really dig it. It was well done, but instead of being profound like the book it came off uncomfortable.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Leading lady of course!


    What about Linda Stephens’s performance did you like?

    Ok


    Do you think She's Come Undone needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    FO SHIZZLE. I'll make sure to read it.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm a lame critic, I listen to audiobooks to exercise with and apparently my standards for being engaged and swept up in the story are high. I rarely love anything these days and I'm getting super frustrated! If you read this send me suggestions for fast paced and engaging things!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susan Cain
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4327)
    Performance
    (3735)
    Story
    (3714)

    At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

    Teddy says: "Thought provoking and Uplifting.... A++++++++!!!!!"
    "Who doesn't like hearing about themselves!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Quiet the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed this quite a bit. Some of the anecdotal stories got a little long in the tooth. Introverts don't care for anecdotal stories! Doh! The science/history was quite fascinating and it left me with a sense o how to improve using my natural talents.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Susan Cain? Why or why not?

    Yes


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

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Twelve Years a Slave

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Solomon Northup
    • Narrated By Louis Gossett, Jr.
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1138)
    Performance
    (1018)
    Story
    (1018)

    In this riveting landmark autobiography, which reads like a novel, Academy Award and Emmy winner Louis Gossett, Jr., masterfully transports us to 1840s New York; Washington, D.C.; and Louisiana to experience the kidnapping and 12 years of bondage of Solomon Northup, a free man of color. Twelve Years a Slave, published in 1853, was an immediate bombshell in the national debate over slavery leading up to the Civil War.

    Fran H. Willingham says: "I've waited for this a long time"
    "Not for me"
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    Would you be willing to try another one of Louis Gossett, Jr.’s performances?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I found the accent/acting distracting. I found it hard to follow. I've not seen the movie and had no expectations. . just couldn't get into it. Not gripping for moi.

    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
    (9447)
    Performance
    (8509)
    Story
    (8517)

    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)"
    "Is an interest in the Southern culture required?"
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    Would you listen to Sycamore Row again? Why?

    No, don't like to listen to things more than once!


    Would you recommend Sycamore Row to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes


    What about Michael Beck’s performance did you like?

    Good southern accents


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I suspect I liked this because it was set in the south and was a great depiction of the culture I grew up in, rather than because it was such an awesome gripping tale. It was good, and I enjoyed the whole thing - but it wasn't exceptional.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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