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Jennifer Beadle

book spirit

Granite City, IL United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Paper Towns

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (935)
    Performance
    (770)
    Story
    (782)

    Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life - dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge - he follows.

    FanB14 says: "John Green Fans Will Enjoy"
    "Angst"
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    What did you love best about Paper Towns?

    The story kept me engaged. It is definitely a young adult novel, but I could still enjoy it. I thought it had some relevancy for young adults in almost any age.


    What other book might you compare Paper Towns to and why?

    I might compare it to a Separate Peace. The characters in both novels have to find their own places in the world. Both books deal in some ways to the other. Although Paper Towns kind of justifies the abandonment of those who are different or adventurous for the sake of security.


    What does Dan John Miller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I don't think I could have listened to the book without a good reader. He is definitely a good reader.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Reality is what you make it to be.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Practical Demonkeeping

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (833)
    Performance
    (450)
    Story
    (461)

    In Christopher Moore's ingenious debut novel, we meet one of the most memorably mismatched pairs in the annals of literature. The good-looking one is one-hundred-year-old ex-seminarian and "roads" scholar Travis O'Hearn. The green one is Catch, a demon with a nasty habit of eating most of the people he meets.

    Martin says: "Gets better as it goes ......"
    "Demons, Seniors and Djinn - O My!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Practical Demonkeeping to be better than the print version?

    I don't know if it's better, but I certainly enjoyed the audio version. All of Moore's books that I have listened to are so much fun.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Practical Demonkeeping?

    I suppose when the demon killed the drug dealer at the beginning of the book. I really wasn't expecting that. I thought he was the main character, but nope - he was gone.


    What about Oliver Wyman’s performance did you like?

    The narrator was superb. He really knew how to read the book and keep you interested.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Sometimes you need to throw your Catch back.


    Any additional comments?

    This was just a fun listen - pure entertainment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ranger Confidential: Living, Working, and Dying in the National Parks

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Andrea Lankford
    • Narrated By Julia Motyka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (116)

    The real stories behind the scenery of America’s national parks. For 12 years, Andrea Lankford lived in the biggest, most impressive national parks in the world, working a job she loved. She chaperoned baby sea turtles on their journey to sea. She pursued bad guys on her galloping patrol horse. She jumped into rescue helicopters bound for the heart of the Grand Canyon. She won arguments with bears. She slept with a few too many rattlesnakes. Hell yeah, it was the best job in the world! Fortunately, Andrea survived it.

    Marvin says: "A must read"
    "Danger! Caution!"
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    If you could sum up Ranger Confidential in three words, what would they be?

    Fascinating, true accounts


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No favorite character, but a lot of great real life experiences from the courageous people of the park service.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No particular scene but the accounts regarding the climbers. Unbelievably interesting.


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

    I was pretty riveted to the book. Fascinating revelations about our National Park Service and particularly how they are underfunded.


    Any additional comments?

    The author certainly makes a convincing argument to increase funds to our National Parks and cutting out the A$$holes who syphon off the funds to their own pockets.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Past Midnight

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Mara Purnhagen
    • Narrated By Tara Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (188)

    "Let me set the record straight. My name is Charlotte Silver and I'm not one of those paranormal-obsessed freaks you see on TV...no, those would be my parents, who have their own ghost-hunting reality show. And while I'm usually roped into the behind-the-scenes work, it turns out that I haven't gone unnoticed...."

    janice says: "fun with twinge of spooky"
    "Paranormal for Young Adults and the Young at Heart"
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    If you could sum up Past Midnight in three words, what would they be?

    Lovely guilty pleasure


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Charlotte Silver was the voice of the story and certainly the narrator of the tale. She was a sympathetic character and very much a young girl's voice. It was her story.


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

    Tara's actual voice fits the character of Charlotte. She makes it believable - at least inasmuch as Charlotte is telling her tale.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No, but the story kept me listening. Overall, it is a very nice little story - a guilty pleasure.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Mercedes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3676)
    Performance
    (3451)
    Story
    (3456)

    In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

    Marci says: "King and Patton create a winning combo"
    "Nouveau King"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Mr. Mercedes to be better than the print version?

    For me it is. I don't have time for the print version. I can do things and listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is a good story. For my tastes I preferred Joyland, but I certainly wouldn't turn my nose up at Mr. Mercedes.


    Which character – as performed by Will Patton – was your favorite?

    Possibly Hollee or Holly. She seemed to have a lot of issues, but she was still able to overcome them and be the 'hero.' I liked his portrayal of Jerome too. He was a smart sympathetic character.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Brady discovered he had accidentally poisoned his mother, King portraryed that even a monster can feel regret/sorrow. Brady was the 'bad' guy and often enough the bad guys don't have any regrets or semblences of conscience.


    Any additional comments?

    This is not typical horror King. He seems to be moving off into the mystery/detective genre. That's okay, but I hope he doesn't abandon horror/supernatural.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • John Dies at the End

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By David Wong
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1773)
    Performance
    (1617)
    Story
    (1631)

    STOP. You should not have touched this flyer with your bare hands. NO, don't put it down. It's too late. They're watching you. My name is David Wong. My best friend is John. Those names are fake. You might want to change yours. You may not want to know about the things you'll read on these pages, about the sauce, about Korrok, about the invasion, and the future. But it's too late. You touched the book. You're in the game. You're under the eye. The only defense is knowledge. You need to read this book, to the end. Even the part with the bratwurst. Why?

    Amazon Customer says: "Vulgar Funny. 4.95 Sale Win."
    "John Dies at the End - Uh, not exactly"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I watched the movie first. (Four Times and counting) I had to get the audio book to compare it to the movie. I was so impressed how close the book was to the movie. Except there is more book and therefore well worth the listen.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of John Dies at the End?

    The most memorable part of the book was the scene with Arnie Blondestone, when John tells him he is dead and has been murdered and is only there because John basically made him up in his mind.


    What about Stephen R. Thorne’s performance did you like?

    Excellent performance, he made the audio book.


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

    The only extreme reaction I had to the book was that I had a hard time putting it down. I know these two don't really compare, but this book and Joyland are my most recent favorites. I could hardly tear myself away from them.


    Any additional comments?

    Watch the movie and get the book. The movie is a great complement to the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By David Wong
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (952)
    Performance
    (898)
    Story
    (906)

    Warning: You may have a huge, invisible spider living in your skull. This is not a metaphor. You will dismiss this as ridiculous fearmongering. Dismissing things as ridiculous fearmongering is, in fact, the first symptom of parasitic spider infection - the creature secretes a chemical into the brain to stimulate skepticism, in order to prevent you from seeking a cure. That’s just as well, since the “cure” involves learning what a chain saw tastes like. You can’t feel the spider, because it controls your nerve endings.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Velvet Jesus Painting, My Jimmies Are Rustled"
    "John Dies at the End and Goes to Wonderland"
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    What made the experience of listening to This Book Is Full of Spiders the most enjoyable?

    First off I loved John Dies at the End. Both books remind me of the sixties and old acid trip stories. Although I don't think that is where the author got his perspective. You really have to pay attention while you are listening to the book because you will get lost - like Alice or more like John Holmes did in his Wonderland.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is more than a sequel to the first book, John Dies at the End. I loved the expanded role Amy got although her character still comes off as a bit weak, but maybe that's just me. It is just non-stop and you can't wait to hear what is happening next.


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

    I have never listened to Nick Podehl before or at least that I can remember. But he really made the audio book. His performance was as good as the book and maybe he is the one that made tho audio version so engaging.


    Who was the most memorable character of This Book Is Full of Spiders and why?

    John and David are the book. The only thing I would have enjoyed more was if there were a bit more John or at least a bit more development of his character.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like entertaining fiction than engages you and makes you think (even crazy thoughts) this is it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dearly Devoted Dexter: Dexter, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Jeff Lindsay
    • Narrated By Jeff Lindsay
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (169)

    Dexter Morgan has been under considerable pressure. It’s just not easy being an ethical serial killer - especially while trying to avoid the unshakable suspicions of the dangerous Sergeant Doakes (who believes Dexter is a homicidal maniac... which, of course, he is). In an attempt to throw Doakes off his trail, Dexter has had to slip deep into his foolproof disguise. While not working as a blood-spatter analyst for the Miami Police Department, he now spends nearly all his time with his cheerful girlfriend, Rita....

    Jane says: "Good because it’s wacko different."
    "Dexter Part Deux"
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    What did you love best about Dearly Devoted Dexter?

    I miss the series on SHO so much that this is the only way to get my Dexter fix. It works.


    What other book might you compare Dearly Devoted Dexter to and why?

    I can't imagine comparing it to anything else. Maybe Hannibal.


    What about Jeff Lindsay’s performance did you like?

    He wasn't bad, but at times he seemed to go flat with no emotion at all.


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

    This book held my interest and that is more important to me than an extreme reaction. I think I had those watching the series.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoy comparing the books' stories against the series. The differences make the books more interesting to me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Man in the Black Suit: 4 Dark Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By John Cullum, Becky Ann Baker
    Overall
    (219)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (65)

    A haunting recollection of a mysterious boyhood event, The Man in the Black Suit leads off this masterful collection from Stephen King. Other dark tales include: All That You Love Will Be Carried Away, in which a man checks into a Lincoln, Nebraska Motel 6 to find the meaning in his life; That Feeling, You Can Only Say What It Is in French, presents the ultimate case of deja vu; and The Death of Jack Hamilton, a blistering tale of Depression-era outlaws on the run.

    Anthony says: "Not Your Classic Stephen King"
    "Satan's Fishing Hole"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    No, I wouldn't. This is a tired old theme. The only thing different was the devil was a bit of a cannibal.


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

    It was interesting up until you learned the Man in Black was the devil.


    Have you listened to any of John Cullum and Becky Ann Baker ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first time I listened to their performance.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was moved by the loss of his brother by a bee sting in a time, where they didn't have much knowledge of such things.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one King work that I was truly disappointed in. It started off so good and then just fizzled out.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Road Virus Heads North

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 3 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Jay O. Sanders
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (31)

    The Road Virus Heads North tracks an author who buys a creepy painting at a yard sale which was painted by a metal-head neighbor just before he committed suicide.

    Rob says: "Classic King"
    "Tried Old Plot"
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    Would you listen to The Road Virus Heads North again? Why?

    I would listen again because it was a good listen until the end.


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

    The beginning was intriguing - at the yard sale. The end was just a letdown. The 'creature' coming for him - the end.


    What does Jay O. Sanders bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I liked the reader's style and his voice. He is easy to listen to and I wanted to hear more.


    If you could rename The Road Virus Heads North, what would you call it?

    Yard Sale - Caveat Emptor.


    Any additional comments?

    This could have been a really great story. It started off so well with the suicide of the artist and the fact that he was on drugs. It just floundered at the end. It could have almost been the story of the Monkey's Paw in a skewed way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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