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Jen

Petersburg, KY, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8910)
    Performance
    (8168)
    Story
    (8174)

    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"
    "One of the best books I've ever heard"
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    Phenomenal writing, incredible dialog -- in multiple languages, unpredictable yet believable plot. Is it a love story, a mystery, an exploration of human nature, a classic pondering of the meaning of life? It's all those and more. I HOPE there is a sequel. Engrossing characters filled with flaws making you wish so much they take the right turn and life gets better. It does, then it doesn't, following life's always ups and downs. Hate for it to end. The Goldfinch makes up for all those "uh" books you feel you wasted a credit on. It's worth 6!
    Interested in art or antiques this is definitely for you. Can't imagine it won't be a multiple award winner, if it isn't already.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 19th Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By David Ebershoff
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr, Rebecca Lowman, Arthur Morey
    Overall
    (435)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (187)

    It is 1875, and Ann Eliza Young has recently separated from her powerful husband, Brigham Young, prophet and leader of the Mormon Church. Expelled and an outcast, Ann Eliza embarks on a crusade to end polygamy in the United States. A rich account of a family's polygamous history is revealed, including how a young woman became a plural wife.

    Kenneth says: "Two Mysteries: One Fictional, One Historical"
    "Tried, but I couldn't do it"
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    If you like psychotic religion, this is for you. Couldn't stomach the likely fact-based abuse of women and boys by this religious cult. After numerous hours, couldn't find any redeeming features and gave up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret History

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By Donna Tartt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (981)
    Performance
    (693)
    Story
    (685)

    The snow in the mountains was melting and Bunny had been dead for several weeks before we came to understand the gravity of our situation.

    KP says: "Read this, don't listen"
    "How bad could it be?"
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    The Goldfinch is fabulous, one of the best books I've ever heard. This one, however, fails. Miserably. Start by having a female reader of a book written from the perspective of a 20-year-old male and his friends. Each character becomes more nasal and shrieky than the last.
    Unlike The Goldfinch, these characters aren't likeable. I hung on to the very bitter end, hoping something would come of it, Wasn't worth it.

    Here and there is a hint of the brilliance that shines throughout The Goldfinch, but none of the plot nuances.
    Listen to The Goldfinch, it's hard to believe it's written by the same author. Leave this one behind....

    2 of 3 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
    (8781)
    Performance
    (7919)
    Story
    (7925)

    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)"
    "Great story, unpredictable, well founded in human"
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    Grisham knows human nature as well as legal proceedings. He masterfully combines subtle and overt racism and history with greed, "what ifs" and Southern attitudes. Some of the accents the narrator uses are a bit odd, but it's a "don't want to put it down" plots with great and surprising twists and turns.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Light of the World: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 20

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1101)
    Performance
    (974)
    Story
    (961)

    In Light of the World, sadist and serial killer Asa Surrette narrowly escaped the death penalty for the string of heinous murders. But following a series of damning articles written by Dave Robicheaux’s daughter Alafair about possible other crimes committed by Surette, the killer escapes from a prison transport van and heads to Montana - where an unsuspecting Dave happens to have gone to take in the sweet summer air, accompanied by Alafair, his wife Molly, faithful partner Clete, and Clete’s newfound daughter, Gretchen Horowitz.

    Dave says: "Burke is still the best"
    "How to do it manual for murder and torture"
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    While I've listened to lots of James Lee Burke's novels in this series and enjoyed the educated viewpoint, well researched plots and strong characters, this one was exceptionally full of obscenities and mindless violence. It could easily be used by a psychotic person as a recipe for getting away with murder, how to clean up crime scenes, etc. While it's supposed to be frightening, this went way too far for me. I don't want those sex-based torture scenes replaying in my head like the fact-based war novels I've read. This is probably the last James Lee Burke book I will listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jim Henson: The Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Brian Jay Jones
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (288)
    Performance
    (270)
    Story
    (270)

    For the first time ever - a comprehensive biography of one of the 20th century’s most innovative creative artists: the incomparable, irreplaceable Jim Henson He was a gentle dreamer whose genial bearded visage was recognized around the world, but most people got to know him only through the iconic characters born of his fertile imagination: Kermit the Frog, Bert and Ernie, Miss Piggy, Big Bird. The Muppets made Jim Henson a household name, but they were just part of his remarkable story.

    Ted says: "Dramatically complete"
    "Shockingly tedious"
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    What disappointed you about Jim Henson?

    Having tremendous respect for Jim Henson and intrigued about what made him the man he was, I hesitated at reading some reviews but didn't believe them. Believe them. If you like reading the "begats" in the Bible" then this is for you
    If you can slough thru the initial tedium, there are a few slightly interesting stories. What a disappointment!


    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Me Before You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3131)
    Performance
    (2848)
    Story
    (2860)

    Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

    Michael says: "Who or What defines Quality of Life?"
    "Unpredictable, well crafted characters, engaging"
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    Jojo's "The Horse Dancer" was superb, her second book nearly as good, but this one at least ties Horse Dancer as one of the best books I've heard over the last 8-10 years. Hope she puts out several a year! Tried to buy Horse Dancer in print but it wasn't available in the US last Christmas. A writer of her caliber should be available in all media anywhere!

    If you've ever cared for someone who's mobility is or has been limited, her extensive research will inspire you.

    Beautifully read, love the English phrases that don't exactly translate into "American."

    A thought-provoking treatise on life, day to day living, the goals and activities that keep us focused. Me Before You prompts questions about your own life, gratitude for your physical being and how you're living, regardless of your means.

    Don't miss it! Hated for it to end, hated to put it down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3059)
    Performance
    (2632)
    Story
    (2645)

    England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

    Maria says: "Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!"
    "Expertly crafted, unexpected plot twists"
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    Written by a writer who excels at the craft, the plot twists and turns never predictably, but always logically. Characters are engaging and memorable. My new favorite writer, I will buy more of her books. Well read as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lexicon

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Max Barry
    • Narrated By Heather Corrigan, Zach Appelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (619)
    Performance
    (558)
    Story
    (565)

    At an exclusive school somewhere outside of Arlington, Virginia, students aren't taught history, geography, or mathematics - at least not in the usual ways. Instead, they are taught to persuade. Here the art of coercion has been raised to a science. Students harness the hidden power of language to manipulate the mind and learn to break down individuals by psychographic markers in order to take control of their thoughts. The very best will graduate as "poets": adept wielders of language who belong to a nameless organization that is as influential as it is secretive.

    Tango says: "Fasten your seat belt..."
    "Great premise, could be carried out better"
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    Lots of unnecessary graphic violence and swearing. Premise is intriguing but the story didn't come together until the very end. Leaping from one scene to another made it awkward to follow. Characters could be better developed. Not terrible, could have been great.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Flight Behavior

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1552)
    Performance
    (1359)
    Story
    (1368)

    Dellarobia Turnbow is a restless farm wife who gave up her own plans when she accidentally became pregnant at 17. Now, after a decade of domestic disharmony on a failing farm, she encounters a shocking sight: a silent, forested valley filled with what looks like a lake of fire. She can only understand it as a cautionary miracle, but it sparks a raft of other explanations from scientists, religious leaders, and the media.

    Marcia says: "Tough Message Delivered in Silk"
    "Brilliant writing, as always, and a new story"
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    Barbara Kingsolver is a writer's writer, choosing words to paint illustrations of the situations in which her characters live. Her description of the Dollar General stores in the Appalachians puts you there between the carts with lopsided wheels, observing the clientele. Beautifully researched and unpredictable as always. Enjoy!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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