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Jerrilynn

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  • 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
    (9)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    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
  • Moonheart

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Charles de Lint
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (101)

    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
    (2159)
    Performance
    (1942)
    Story
    (1941)

    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
    (59)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (54)

    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
    (310)
    Performance
    (281)
    Story
    (283)

    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
    (115)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (105)

    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
    (1687)
    Performance
    (1024)
    Story
    (1031)

    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
    (2059)
    Performance
    (1712)
    Story
    (1720)

    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.

    Robin says: "Why did I think I liked Harlan Coben novels?"
    "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
    (616)
    Performance
    (558)
    Story
    (562)

    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
    (373)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (229)

    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
  • Murder Myself, Murder I Am

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jon Keehner
    • Narrated By Charles Ahl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (38)

    In the early morning hours of May 2, 1990, my stepfather, Rich Duncan, checked out of the Motel 6 in Moses Lake, Washington, and traveled over the North Cascades Highway en route to his home in Duvall, Washington. He was supposed to be home by four o'clock that afternoon. Two days later, police discovered his abandoned car in the small town of Darrington, Washington. As my mother desperately struggled to get law enforcement to help find her husband, his killer set out to cover up his crime and evade detection.

    Hillary says: "Jon Keehner Loves His Mom..."
    "Sad Justice"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If I knew anyone who liked true crime books I would definitely recommend this book.

    Why? I really have always liked books written in the first person. This is rare in true crime books. There are a few, "My Story" by Elizabeth Smart, and "Waiting to Be Heard" by Amanda Knox are a couple examples, but they are almost always written by a third party. This book is written by the step son of one of the two murder victims. He tells the story from the point of view of the family rather than as an impartial bystander. At the same time Keehner is very thorough in his research of the entire story and not just the part that his family was involved in.


    What other book might you compare Murder Myself, Murder I Am to and why?

    I don't think there is another book that would be a fair comparison.


    What about Charles Ahl’s performance did you like?

    Ahl does a great job portraying the voices in the book. He does a great job in pace, pauses, and breathing. His tone is appropriate and comfortable.


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

    The murderer, Phil Hillman appeared to have beaten the system for the third time and the judge made sure that he would never be a danger to society again by giving him a sentence appropriate to his crimes. I was moved by the relief of the family who feared he may be able to get out and kill again.


    Any additional comments?

    There are many reviews of this book praising the writing and style of the author. There are many more that praise the book. I can only say I whole-heartedly agree with them all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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