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Jerrilynn

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  • Oliver Twist

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (336)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (207)

    After escaping from the dark and dismal workhouse where he was born, Oliver finds himself on the mean streets of Victorian-era London and is unwittingly recruited into a scabrous gang of scheming urchins. In this band of petty thieves, Oliver encounters the extraordinary and vibrant characters who have captured audiences' imaginations for more than 150 years.

    Karen says: "Amazing narration!"
    "A Beautiful Classic"
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    I read this book last when I was about 10 years old, which is to say 30 years or so ago. I had forgotten how exciting it was to be Oliver hoping to escape, praying to find a way to get back to those few who showed some kindness. You are drawn into the characters and find yourself on pins and needles to find out the fates of the characters. You cant wait to see Sykes get his desserts. You want Faegen to get his too. But most of all you want Oliver to find peace and really know it would last.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Auschwitz Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (441)
    Performance
    (399)
    Story
    (404)

    A terrible darkness has fallen upon Jacob Weisz’s beloved Germany. The Nazi regime, under the leadership of Adolf Hitler, has surged to power and now hold Germany by the throat. All non-Aryans - especially Jews like Jacob and his family - are treated like dogs. When tragedy strikes during one terrible night of violence, Jacob flees and joins rebel forces working to undermine the regime. But after a raid goes horribly wrong, Jacob finds himself in a living nightmare - trapped in a crowded, stinking car on the train to the Auschwitz death camp.

    Joel says: "A heart warming read."
    "A Hurricane of Realities"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Auschwitz Escape the most enjoyable?

    Enjoyable may not be the right word. This book was educational. It was moving. It was tragic. It was excitement. It was joy. It was hope.

    What was enjoyable was the conclusion of the book as the story wraps up with a knowledge of survival not just of body but mind and spirit.


    What other book might you compare The Auschwitz Escape to and why?

    I have never read anything like this. It creates a sense of anxiety and suspense like "The Da Vinci Code." It does not have the same sense of intrigue, and unfortunately you can not put it down thinking, it's just a story.

    There is the same sense of intensity from "Defending Jacob." This story does not have the whiplash ending, but then, it wouldn't have been a heartwarming story if it did.

    There is a sense of relief like you might have at the end of a fairy tale. Sadly, we know this is not a fairy tale. Though the bad witch (Hitler) is dead, the psychological damage to the survivors of Auschwitz could never have been wiped away with a kiss.

    So again I say, there is nothing I've ever read that was really like this. I highly recommend the experience.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    ***Spoiler*** My favorite scene is of course the ending when we find our main character Jacob married to the woman he fell in love with in the midst of such tragedy.


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

    This book made me laugh sometimes. It made me cry more often. It is impossible for anyone with empathy not to respond to this book.


    Any additional comments?

    The reality of Auschwitz is beginning to be denied. People are forgetting the past. Children are not being taught about these travesties against humanity. We as global citizens are conformists. We must also remember to be vigilant and develop the fortitude to stand against moral wrongs.

    I hope this book becomes a best seller. I hope this book is read by millions of young adults. I hope that this book reminds us of where we never want to be again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cutting Room

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jilliane Hoffman
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (9)

    Detective Manny Alvarez knows the body of a murdered Florida student is only the beginning - his investigation soon reveals a terrifying trend in nightclub abductions. Hotshot Assistant State Attorney Daria DeBianchi works the case, too, hoping it will be the one that makes her career. It will - but for all the wrong reasons. Their only lead, notorious serial killer William Bantling, claims they are looking for more than one murderer. However, in exchange for the truth, he wants off death row.

    Jerrilynn says: "Excellent Story! Horrible Narration"
    "Excellent Story! Horrible Narration"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, but it would be the kindle version. The story is incredibly interesting. The narration is so bad I would never tell anyone to purchase it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    None of the characters are really developed well enough for me to relate to them except maybe CJ, so I would go with her.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Angela Dawe’s performances?

    No Way! She reads in a voice that sounds a great deal like a bad Humphrey Boggart impression. Her sentences almost always throw the emphasis on the last word making the book read like riding a horse with a choppy gait.


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

    Yes. But I never can. I always have to go to bed before it is finished.


    Any additional comments?

    Despite the horrible narration I couldn't turn the story off. It draws you in early and keeps you there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To Kill a Mockingbird

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Harper Lee
    • Narrated By Sissy Spacek
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (607)
    Performance
    (563)
    Story
    (567)

    Harper Lee’s Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south - and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred, available now for the first time as a digital audiobook. One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than 40 languages, sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the 20th century by librarians across the country.

    Alan says: "Stunning"
    "As Good As the First Time"
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    Would you listen to To Kill a Mockingbird again? Why?

    I will listen to this book again. I read this book for the first time when I was 12. I read it again with my son when he was 12, and again with my daughter last year when she turned 12. I was delighted when it became available as an audiobook. It is a classic whose meaning never loses value.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of To Kill a Mockingbird?

    There are many very memorable moments.

    1. We will remember Scout's first day of school.
    2. We will remember Dill's appearance at the fence.
    3. We will remember the rumors about "Boo Radley."
    4. We will remember the trial of Tom Robinson.
    5. We will remember the painful verdict.
    6. We will remember the attack on the Jim and Scout.
    7. We will remember Atticus's belief that Jim killed Mr. Ewell.
    8. We will remember Scout's dawning recognition of the beauty in her childhood boogie man.

    It is a truly amazing story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    One of my favorite moments was when Scout and Jim find the carved figures of themselves. Another favorite scene was the introduction of Dill. He bursts into the story with the energy of a jumping bean. He leads Jim and Scout where they otherwise might not have gone, and remind us of the bonds of friendship that only really exist in childhood.


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

    Yes... But unfortunately I had to get to sleep. So it had to be done in 2 parts.


    Any additional comments?

    This is probably my favorite required read from my childhood. It's unfortunate that this book is no longer taught in English classes across this country. It speaks directly to the issue of racism and the deep injustice of it. It reminds us that our children are not born with this hatred, it is learned.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Unintended Consequences

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Marti Green
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    Nineteen years ago, Indiana police found the body of a young girl, burned beyond recognition and buried in the woods. They arrested George Calhoun for murdering his daughter, and his wife testified against him at the trial. George maintains he didn’t do it. That the body isn’t his little Angelina. But that’s all he’s ever said—no other defense, no other explanation. The jury convicted him. Now his appeals have been exhausted, and his execution is just six weeks away.

    Iris Pereyra says: "Great Story/Wonderful Narrator!"
    "In the words of Bartok, "I tell you what, Wow!""
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    If you could sum up Unintended Consequences in three words, what would they be?

    I can sum it up in one word, "Intense."


    What other book might you compare Unintended Consequences to and why?

    "The Chamber" or "The Innocent Man" both by John Grisham, because of the intense anxiety that you feel for the legal team, and the defendant (The Chamber). In addition to these feelings you can't help but feel anger and frustration toward the legal system willing to execute a man without a sense of justice behind it (The Innocent Man).


    What about Tanya Eby’s performance did you like?

    You hear the voice of each character. As a listener Eby allows you to hear the thoughts, emotions, priorities, and sensations of each and every character. Eby transitions so well you don't always realize that you only have one professional narrator. She is absolutely amazing.


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

    When George is telling the story of what really happened to his daughter, I was driving down the interstate. It was necessary for me to take a moment and remind myself that this story is a fictional story. It was nothing happening to anyone I know or love. This was the only way to keep from crying while driving down the road.


    Any additional comments?

    The book wasn't even over when I was searching Marti Green to see if there was a sequel to this book. I was nearly bereft at the thought of losing any contact with these characters. Sounds a bit dramatic doesn't it? Well, so it is. But I have read the Harry Potter novels over and over because I just can't say good bye to people I have learned to like and respect without a fight.

    For the record, this is a debut novel. There are no additional writings by this author at this time. I seriously hope I will hear more from Marti Green.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (8181)
    Performance
    (6349)
    Story
    (6374)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Shannon says: "Word Thief"
    "Amazing Tale"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have already recommended this book to more than one individual. The biggest reason why would be that I found the story absorbing. You can't help feeling the characters in this story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It's hard to choose a favorite. Liesel engages your sympathies right away. Rudy is every impulsive moment in our lives. Hans (Papa) is everything that is noble within us that is still reasonable enough to feel fear and regret. Rosa (Mama) represents every challenge overcome that in the end seems not so bad. Max represents love, and strength, and courage. I can't say I can chose a favorite. The best I can do is to say that Rosa is my least favorite and that is because of her abusive nature at the beginning of the story.


    What about Allan Corduner’s performance did you like?

    Allan does an elegant portrayal of each and every character. I especially liked his portrayal of Death. You feel the characters of "The Book Thief" because he brings their thoughts and feelings to you. Thank you Mr. Corduner.


    If you could rename The Book Thief, what would you call it?

    There is no better title.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a wonderful story. It will make my top 10 favorites list for a long time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Story

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Smart, Chris Stewart
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Smart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (583)
    Performance
    (531)
    Story
    (537)

    On June 5, 2002, 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart, the daughter of a close-knit Mormon family, was taken from her home in the middle of the night by religious fanatic, Brian David Mitchell and his wife, Wanda Barzee. She was kept chained, dressed in disguise, repeatedly raped, and told she and her family would be killed if she tried to escape. After her rescue on March 12, 2003, she rejoined her family and worked to pick up the pieces of her life.

    Erin says: "Uplifting?"
    "Powerful in Every Possible Way"
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    What made the experience of listening to My Story the most enjoyable?

    I listened to this story with my 12 year old daughter. We loved that Elizabeth had the courage to write this story, and then with a tremendous amount of strength read the story herself. She is an admirable young woman with the attributes that we can only hope we are teaching our daughters.


    What other book might you compare My Story to and why?

    The only book I can think of as a comparison is "Bringing Adam Home," the story of Adam Walsh's disappearance. The reason for this likeness is because of the very personal account of the events. As a reader listening to this book you are going to feel the pain, the fear, the rage, the anguish, the triumph, and even a bit of relief with final justice.


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

    Listening to Elizabeth tell her story allows the reader/listener feel like she is part of their circle of friends. One reason we have listened to her story several times is that we simply don't want to say good bye to her. We cannot interact with her. We cannot offer her our comfort and praise. We cannot tell her we are proud of her in person. This story will move you in ways you just don't see happening until it is over and you have to let her go.


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

    Yes. For that matter we have listened to it more than once.


    Any additional comments?

    Elizabeth is simply amazing. I wish it would be possible to thank her for telling this story. I would if I could thank her for sharing it with my own daughter who felt the story on a very personal level. I would thank Elizabeth for teaching my daughter in a way I never could that both good and evil are real, but surviving is more than living through it, it is coming out the other side knowing you are loved and strong. Elizabeth taught my daughter about the dangers and helped her to understand why I might be more cautious than she feels is necessary. Thank you Elizabeth. God Bless.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Casey Anthony Murder Trial

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Claudette Walker, Matrix Filia
    • Narrated By John Eastman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    The book is a comprehensive look at the media, judge, jury, defendant, lawyers, witnesses, and evidence, written with eyes wide open. This is what most people never see: the events that occur during a murder trial. With all the elements of an American tragedy, complete with the elevation of the mother to celebrity status, Casey Anthony stood accused of murdering her two-year-old daughter.

    Jerrilynn says: "This Could be a Great Read, But It's Not"
    "This Could be a Great Read, But It's Not"
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    Would you listen to The Casey Anthony Murder Trial again? Why?

    No Chance. I will read it again, but listen, no way. I purchased this book because it is written regarding the trial of Anthony, and I have never really understood how she was found not guilty. This is something I was truly looking forward to listening to in order to get answers. Unfortunately Eastman reads this book with no interest. In fact the way he reads this reminds me of how I read text books in high school. In other words, he reads with no inflection, no change in tone to indicate a change in speakers, and as quickly as possible to enunciate his words.

    It is difficult to stay connected to the story because the reader invites you to let your attention wander. The next thing you know you have no idea who is speaking because there is absolutely no change in his voice between when he is explaining court procedure and when he is reading out the testimony of a witness.

    I considered the idea that he was trying to keep from inferring any personal feelings. I considered he might have been trying to convey the dryness of a court room proceeding. No matter what excuses I make for the exceptionally poor narration of this book the bottom line is that I think the book might be great. Unfortunately I am finding it impossible to follow what's going on because the narrator gives no voice to the story.


    What other book might you compare The Casey Anthony Murder Trial to and why?

    Perhaps Helter Skelter would be a good comparison. Like this book it is focused primarily on the trial and the proceedings. Fortunately the narrator in that case was very good.


    What didn’t you like about John Eastman’s performance?

    Having already described this at length above I will just say he reads as though he is not interested in the story.


    If you could give The Casey Anthony Murder Trial a new subtitle, what would it be?

    How to Get Away With Murder for Dummies.


    Any additional comments?

    I've listened to 2/3 of the book. I still can't believe they didn't find her guilty. Perhaps there is a shocking surprise in the last 1/3 that will change my mind. Perhaps in the mind numbing narration I missed something that would have caused me to find her not guilty. At this point in the book the pathologist is explaining the duct tape around the babies mouth and nose region. I'm still wondering how in the world these people established reasonable doubt in their minds...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Frederick Douglass
    • Narrated By Andrew L. Barnes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Frederick Douglass, prominent abolitionist, civil rights activist, and reform journalist, was raised in the malicious system of slavery. His keen intellect as an anti-slavery crusader led some to question his past as a slave. To counter doubts about his life experience as a slave, Douglass wrote an autobiography providing full details of his life. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas, an American Slave, is an emotional journey into the atrocious system of slavery, and the inspirational triumph against insurmountable odds.

    Jerrilynn says: "Prepare For a Full Range of Emotions"
    "Prepare For a Full Range of Emotions"
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    What did you love best about Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave?

    Frederick Douglass takes you through his life. You experience his thoughts, his feelings, his ache, his need, his trials, his dejection, his fear, and his jubilant success. You cheer when he stands his ground, you sorrow when he sorrows. This book moves the reader.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave?

    The most memorable moment for me was in a scene where Douglass stands up to one of the master's refusing to be whipped. The courage that took must have been exceptional.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    As could be predicted my favorite scene is Douglass's success in escaping to freedom and sending for his fiancé. Shortly there after they were married in a traditional Christian ceremony, which was not allowed for African American's in the South.


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

    The whole book is moving. If there is one moment that is most striking it is when Douglass is rebuking the cruelty of the Southern view and interpretation of Christianity.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Angelfall: Penryn & the End of Days, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Susan Ee
    • Narrated By Caitlin Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1036)
    Performance
    (954)
    Story
    (963)

    It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her 17-year-old sister, Penryn, will do anything to get her back. Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel. Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl. Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival.

    Brooke says: "Creep-tastic!"
    "Unique, Exciting, Interesting, Hopeful"
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    What made the experience of listening to Angelfall the most enjoyable?

    This book was selected specifically because it fell in the genre of Youth. It was a delightful surprise to find that I was every bit as entertained as my 12 year old daughter. The characters are well developed. While listening to this book it is difficult to not relate to the characters in one way or another. It is completely engaging in sharing the experiences of the main characters, their thoughts and feelings are wide open and felt.


    What other book might you compare Angelfall to and why?

    Tiger's Curse. Like Tiger's Curse there is an understanding of the characters thoughts and feelings. Another similarity is the predictable happy ending isn't exactly as predictable as you think while listening to the story. Finally there is a quest involved in each that is only begun.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It is hard to offer up a favorite scene without offering up a spoiler, so I would recommend skipping this question if you don't want a spoiler. My favorite scene is probably when Penryn is trying to hold the angel wings on and convince the gang that she is an angel. But it could just as easily be when she is kicking butt in the camp. Or maybe when Raf is flying off and she is content just to know he's alright. There are so very many great scenes in this story and it is so easy to see them all through the eyes of Penryn that the story is one that will stay with me for a very long time.


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

    Again, if you don't want a spoiler, please don't read this section... I think I was most moved when Penryn finds her sister Paige. Her heartache when she sees what has happened to Paige was a moment that would move anyone who has ever loved a child.


    Any additional comments?

    My daughter loved this story even more than I did. It took her less than 5 minutes to ask me to purchase "World After" which is the second book in the series. She is already waiting for the 3rd. If you are looking for literature to keep your child engaged in something other than just video games this is a very good choice. Many of the books in my library recently purchased were for that purpose. If she's going to sit and play video games, she's going to fill her mind with something else at the same time. We listen to classics, we listen to mysteries, we listen to true crime, and lately we've been listening to teen lit.

    I would definitely recommend this book for anyone who just likes a good story and particularly for young women. It's full of girl power!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • If Loving You Is Wrong

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Gregg Olsen
    • Narrated By Kathleen Godwin
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Within hours of giving birth to her sixth child, Mary Kay Letourneau had her baby daughter whisked from her arms. She was then shackled and returned to her jail cell. Just years before, the pretty, personable Seattle schoolteacher was living a life many would envy - she had a handsome husband, four beautiful children, and a beloved following of students. Then she was accused of raping one of her students, and her whole world turned upside down.

    Laura says: "Put me out of my misery!"
    "Seriously Disappointing"
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    What disappointed you about If Loving You Is Wrong?

    I've never written a review of a book I did not love before. It is my position that on the whole, I can't play football, so I don't judge the players. I can't write a good story, so the same rule applies. This being said, from the title and the description it could be supposed that this book would give perhaps an insight into the minds of the two individuals most involved. At very least interviews of the players, something. This book reads like the most boring fiction novel I have ever encountered. I'm 7.5 hours in and I expect I will only be listening until this review is completed. At 7.5 hours we have not yet heard anything more than Mary Kay is a disorganized, lousy house keeper, her children loved her, and her husband may have been, but might not have been abusive. I think it took me a full 45 seconds to summarize that here. Why it took Olsen 7.5 hours to say I can't begin to guess.


    What was most disappointing about Gregg Olsen’s story?

    My biggest reason for indulging in true crime novels is to get insight into the psychology involved in atypical behaviors. This was not to be found here. I would have probably found more reading the news clippings of the offense.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I can hardly blame the narrator. She sounds disinterested, but then, the material didn't help.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    None. I had no reaction to any of the characters. Olsen turns them into nameless, faceless individuals with no relatable characteristics.


    Any additional comments?

    This is my second Gregg Olsen book. The first one I purchased was Abandoned Prayers. When I finish this review I believe I will go remove other's of his from my wish list.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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