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Jerrilynn

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  • The Amistad Rebellion: An Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Marcus Rediker
    • Narrated By Peter Jay Fernandez
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    The slave ship Amistad set sail from Havana on July 2, 1839, on a routine delivery of human cargo. A few days into its voyage, the 53 African captives aboard would seize control and steer a new course - one that took them to freedom and ultimately into history. Though the Amistad rebellion has been celebrated in films and books, its story has largely been told through the eyes of white abolitionists, with the Supreme Court victory by the Africans as the ultimate triumph. Now, Marcus Rediker’s captivating new history turns the lens on the Africans themselves.

    Jerrilynn says: "Historically Informative"
    "Historically Informative"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would absolutely recommend this book. When I picked it up it was because I absolutely loved the movie. This book starts out telling the listener it is not a depiction of the movie, but it's better. The reader is drawn through the history of the event. You are shown how this one event was felt throughout the United States and the world. Your eyes are opened to what you knew, but forgot. One example was that the decision in favor of the African's of the Amistad was a landmark decision that would have been completely unexpected by the people of the time. We know it was a struggle, but through this narration we can feel it as well.


    What other book might you compare The Amistad Rebellion to and why?

    I don't think there is another book out there that I would compare to this book. It is an original work that brings a historical event to life for us.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite is at the very end of the book. When the missionaries take the African's home and learn that the changes they see in the returning African's is not a rejection of what they learned, but that they could never really be expected to reject their own heritage.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    That the writer of the "Star Spangled Banner" was pro-slavery and a prosecuting attorney. Somehow it seems that someone so completely pro-freedom should have understood the need to be free. The fact that he prosecuted individuals seeking that freedom and often sought the death penalty for these individuals was more than a little disappointing.


    Any additional comments?

    If history was presented this way to our children there would be less chance of them forgetting the lessons of the past.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Speaks the Nightbird

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3280)
    Performance
    (2926)
    Story
    (2911)

    The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

    aaron says: "Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!"
    "In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb"
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    Would you try another book from Robert McCammon and/or Edoardo Ballerini?

    I would try more books narrated by Edoardo Ballerini, but no to Robert McCammon. I seriously hope to avoid any more of his work.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Robert McCammon? Why or why not?

    There were rave reviews on this book, and I can see why. In the first half of the book we are introduced to well developed and exciting characters on a mission. There are mysteries to solve, a damsel in distress, bad guys galore, and common individuals that are like most real people, both good and bad.

    On the other hand, McCammon seems to have a predilection for abnormal sexual practices. For example, the descriptions of Rachel's supposed sex scenes with Satan, or the guy who prefers to have sex with his mare (yes I do mean his horse). I don't know if this was his attempt to titillate his readers, but I've seen a lot of negative responses to the sexual preoccupation of this book. I can't say I was forced into indignation, but at the same time I was repulsed. We all know there are examples of such doings, but really, is that what we signed up for when we purchased this book?

    This author does seem to have an obsession with the penis. There are many descriptions, inferences, and innuendoes that I doubt very seriously would have been in use in 1699. As a time piece the preoccupation with sex in the puritanical early America's seemed out of place and completely unnecessary.


    Did Edoardo Ballerini do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Ballerini does a stellar job at differentiating characters with tone, accent, and pauses.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Maybe, but unlikely. Not just because I wasn't crazy about the book either. I almost never watch t.v. and I manage to make it to the movies less than once a year.


    Any additional comments?

    The mystery was interesting if convoluted. The main characters were well developed and interesting. The story line, well, I've already covered enough of that to justify my rating.

    Would I recommend this book? No, not really.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Moonheart

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Charles de Lint
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (115)

    When Sara and Jamie discovered the artifacts, they sensed the pull of a dim, distant place, a world of misty forests, ancient magics, mythical beings, ageless bards...and restless evil.

    Vava says: "Enjoyable, different storyline"
    "de Lint needs an editor"
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    What disappointed you about Moonheart?

    This books drags so long and so much that it is exhausting to listen to it.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Charles de Lint again?

    Possibly. Memory and Dreams was a bit of a dragger too, but the story line was interesting enough to keep me plodding through. Not so with Moonheart.


    Did Paul Michael Garcia do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes. You can hear the different characters with change of pitch, tone, and appropriate pauses


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

    None. I found it impossible to stay interested enough to even remember the names of the characters, let alone have a reaction to them.


    Any additional comments?

    N/A

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leaving Time

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Abigail Revasch, Kathe Mazur, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3379)
    Performance
    (3006)
    Story
    (3000)

    Refusing to believe that she would be abandoned as a young child, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice's old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts. Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest.

    Jan says: "Pickiest Reader Would Be Willing to Give 6 Stars"
    "So Good!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this book to a friend. It was completely engaging. The character's are relatable. The story line is interesting. The different perspectives are fun. I could go on and on.


    What other book might you compare Leaving Time to and why?

    M. Night Shyamalan's The Sixth Sense. I think this is a book based on the movie rather than the other way around, but it's still the book most like this one.


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

    I have not heard any of the narrators' other performances. I would listen to them again though.


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

    Yes. I loved when Jenna finally talks to her mother.


    Any additional comments?

    I read a lot of negative reviews of this book on Goodreads, and honestly, I just don't get it. I can't see how having multiple view points that all converge at a given place and event can't be pulled together enough for readers to follow the flow of the book. I guess to each his own, but I would encourage anyone who enjoyed other Picoult books to give this one a try.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deadly Little Secrets: The Minister, His Mistress, and a Heartless Texas Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Kathryn Casey
    • Narrated By Gillian Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (59)

    To his parishioners, minister Matt Baker seemed a pious and good man. To his wife, Kari, he was a devoted husband and caring father. Always sunny and vivacious, Kari never questioned their frequent relocations from one small Texas Baptist church to another. Even when tragedy struck, Kari remained strong - until one day, inexplicably, she took her own life.

    Memyselfhjb says: "Preach on"
    "Outrageous"
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    What did you love best about Deadly Little Secrets?

    Justice was served in the end. All the details aren't wrapped up with a bow, and the reader walks away knowing the road to recovery will be long for this family, but it was the best possible result.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Deadly Little Secrets?

    I think the most memorable was Matt Baker when convicted and his mother shared a tight smile at the reception of the verdict. It was as if they were saying: "This isn't the end of this."


    Which scene was your favorite?

    A tale this sad doesn't really promote a favorite scene. The best I can do for this one is say that the best was when Kari's parents gained custody of her daughters with the plan of doing everything possible to get them the help they will need to recover.


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

    I did listen to this all in one sitting, driving, walking, working.


    Any additional comments?

    If it weren't for Kari's parents, she would have seen no justice. Kudo's to them for having the courage to keep pushing for an answer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unwholly

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Neal Shusterman
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (381)
    Performance
    (336)
    Story
    (338)

    Thanks to Connor, Lev, and Risa—and their high-profile revolt at Happy Jack Harvest Camp—people can no longer turn a blind eye to unwinding. Ridding society of troublesome teens while simultaneously providing much-needed tissues for transplant might be convenient, but its morality has finally been brought into question. However, unwinding has become big business, and there are powerful political and corporate interests that want to see it not only continue, but also expand.

    Leah says: "Can not wait for #3!"
    "A Worthy Sequel"
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    What did you love best about Unwholly?

    I loved seeing what was going to happen to Conner, Lev, and Risa. After finishing the first book I had to wait for a book credit to get this second installment of this series. It was completely worth it.


    What other book might you compare Unwholly to and why?

    None


    What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

    I like Luke Daniels. He is a good narrator. He portrays the material in a way that seems as though he is interested. There is nothing worse than a narrator who is bored with the book. He has appropriate reactions that allow the listener to hear the voices, punctuation, emotion, and spirit of the story.


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

    Absolutely


    Any additional comments?

    This book is part young adult, part thriller, part dystology, part romance, part drama, with a bit of comedy thrown in for good measure. I would recommend this book to anyone who has enjoyed, "Hunger Games," "Rogue," "Angelfall," or "Divergent."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • H.G. Wells Science Fiction Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By H. G. Wells
    • Narrated By Peter Batchelor, George Eustice, Alan Munro
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (119)

    Four classic science-fiction stories: 20 hours of great listening. This collection of classic Wells tales includes The Invisible Man, The Time Machine, The War of The Worlds, and The Island of Doctor Moreau.

    martie says: "good story lines, terrible narration"
    "Love HG Wells"
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    What did you like best about H.G. Wells Science Fiction Collection? What did you like least?

    I love all of the H. G. Wells stories. I have always liked his work. I hated the narration. I read some mixed reviews and wanted to give it a try.


    What other book might you compare H.G. Wells Science Fiction Collection to and why?

    None


    Did the narrators do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    You could hear the different characters by the change of pitch and appropriate pauses.


    Do you think H.G. Wells Science Fiction Collection needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. They are perfect stand alone editions.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Still Missing

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Chevy Stevens
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1840)
    Performance
    (1164)
    Story
    (1170)

    On the day she was abducted, Annie O’Sullivan, a 32-year-old Realtor, had three goals: sell a house, forget about a recent argument with her mother, and be on time for dinner with her ever-patient boyfriend. The open house is slow, but when her last visitor pulls up in a van as she’s about to leave, Annie thinks it just might be her lucky day after all.

    Richard Delman says: "A singular voice; a horrendous story."
    "So good when it was done I wanted to start over"
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    If you could sum up Still Missing in three words, what would they be?

    Witty, Exciting, Interesting


    What other book might you compare Still Missing to and why?

    I can't think of any other stories like this one. It is written from the point of view of a victim that escaped her abductor. But when I was listening to it I did sometimes think of "My Story" by Elizabeth Smart. The only similarities are that the creeps that abducted them raped them repeatedly and meant to keep them as life partners.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I'm not sure I can say it's exactly a favorite scene, that's the wrong word. But the scene that had the most impact **** spoiler alert **** was when Annie defends herself against her abductor and saves herself.


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

    Lost is Not Forgotten


    Any additional comments?

    This book had a lot of bends in the current. It's exciting. I completely recommend this book to anyone who likes mystery, thrillers, or drama.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stay Close

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2126)
    Performance
    (1772)
    Story
    (1780)

    Three people living lives they never wanted, hiding secrets that even those closest to them would never suspect, will find that the past never truly fades away. Even as the terrible consequences of long-ago events crash together in the present and threaten to ruin lives, they will come to the startling realization that they may not want to forget the past at all.

    Janet says: "I Had a Hard Time Finishing"
    "Unpredictable"
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    If you could sum up Stay Close in three words, what would they be?

    Great Suspense Listen


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Okay, call me predictable, but I like Detective Broom. He is relentless, a characteristic I admire. He is intelligent, a quality I require in anyone I'm going to spend time with. He makes mistakes, but plods on without letting the mistakes take away from his core being. I like that too.


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

    I LOVE Scott Brick performances. He is my ideal reader for a suspense novel. Brick brings characters to life, he reads individual voices, he stays interested in the book, and he knows how to read punctuation. He's a fantastic narrator.


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

    This is a book I did listen to all in one sitting with breaks only for a couple of phone calls, and reading time with my daughter where I am the narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    I am up and down on Harlan Coben. I have really loved this story which has well developed characters and an intense, moving plot. It has encouraged me to try more from Coben.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cragbridge Hall, Book 1: The Inventor's Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Chad Morris
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (648)
    Performance
    (586)
    Story
    (589)

    Imagine a school in the year 2074 where students don't read history, but watch it happen around them; where running in gym class isn't around a track, but up a virtual mountain; and where learning about animals means becoming one through an avatar. Welcome to Cragbridge Hall, the most advanced and prestigious school in the world. Twins Abby and Derick Cragbridge are excited as new students to use their famed grandfather's inventions that make Cragbridge Hall so incredible.

    Douglas says: "Harry Potter meets DaVanci Code -Young Adult title"
    "Fun for young readers"
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    What made the experience of listening to Cragbridge Hall, Book 1 the most enjoyable?

    I listened to this story with my daughter and drew parallels between this book and the Harry Potter series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Abby begins to feel her own self worth


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The end of the book when Abby is able to ignore the slights by a girl in school who had tried her best to make Abby feel she is not good enough to be at Cragbridge Hall


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

    We did listen all in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    I mentioned parallels to the Harry Potter series. The stories are not much alike, but there are some similarities. There are three main child characters. The children are sent away to a school to develop their abilities. They solve a mystery and save the day through investigating and resolving to resolve the problems. Finally it becomes a situation that jeopardizes not just these children but the world as we know it and the kids are responsible for saving our world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stolen Innocence: My Story of Growing Up in a Polygamous Sect, Becoming a Teenage Bride, and Breaking Free of Warren Jeffs

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Elissa Wall, Lisa Pulitzer
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (388)
    Performance
    (234)
    Story
    (241)

    In September 2007, Elissa Wall, the star witness against polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs, gave captivating testimony of how Jeffs forced her to marry her first cousin at age 14. This harrowing account proved to be the most compelling evidence against Jeffs, showing the harsh realities of this closed community and the lengths to which Jeffs went in order to control the sect's women. Now, in this courageous memoir, Wall tells the incredible story of how she emerged from the confines of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints and helped bring one of America's most notorious criminals to justice.

    Christine says: "Chris from Cedar City, UT USA"
    "Sad"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Maybe. Elissa Wall tells her story, and it is moving and powerful. The reader/listener is bound to feel empathy for her. Unfortunately, I do not think that the book paints a fair picture of some of the other victims in this book., It is because of the one sidedness that I do not know that I would recommend this book. Elissa Walls was a child, deserved to be protected, she was a victim, but she is not the only victim in this story. The two main perpetrators of these crimes were Warren Jeffs and her step father Frank. For Jeffs, justice is served. I don't think the step father got his justice.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Clarrissa Jeffs! She found her strength, escaped, and made a life for herself.


    What about Renée Raudman’s performance did you like?

    She reads at a good pace, good breathing and pausing where appropriate. She conveys voices.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    I didn't really learn anything new from this book. I've listened to two other autobiography/memoir stories from this same group and from the same time period. Each person is depicting the same stories from different points of view.


    Any additional comments?

    I would like to hear Allan Steel's side of this story. Elissa portrays him as a child rapist, but he was a 19 year old boy trying to adhere to the guidance of his religion the same way Elissa was. I realize by our laws he was the adult and she was the child, but because of their isolation, is that really true? I don't think so. I think he was as much coerced as she was, does that make him equally guilty to the men who forced the marriage on them both? What young man wants to marry a girl who insists she hates him? Well, that's just me wanting to know what is unknown in the telling of this story.

    I wish Elissa good luck now that she has the option to make her own life the way the rest of us can. I wish her hope, happiness, and most of all healing from the harm done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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