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Jessica

GREENVILLE, SC, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • 13 reviews
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  • The Rise of Nine

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Pittacus Lore
    • Narrated By Neil Kaplan, Devon Sorvari, Marisol Ramirez
    Overall
    (738)
    Performance
    (667)
    Story
    (678)

    Until the day I met John Smith, Number Four, I'd been on the run alone, hiding and fighting to stay alive. Together, we are much more powerful. But it could only last so long before we had to separate to find the others.... I went to Spain to find Seven, and I found even more, including a tenth member of the Garde who escaped from Lorien alive. Ella is younger than the rest of us, but just as brave. Now we're looking for the others - including John. But so are they....

    Christopher says: "Entertaining Story"
    "Brilliant"
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    What did you love best about The Rise of Nine?

    I loved everything about it. I had been waiting a while to listen to it, and it did not disappoint


    What did you like best about this story?

    This whole thing is just so interesting to me. I am dying to hear the last one. I can't wait!!


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The narrator's have done a fantastic job with this whole series.


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

    Not really, I enjoyed it all


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First Lord's Fury: Codex Alera, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3011)
    Performance
    (2017)
    Story
    (2018)

    For years he has endured the endless trials and triumphs of a man whose skill and power could not be restrained. Battling ancient enemies, forging new alliances, and confronting the corruption within his own land, Gaius Octavian became a legendary man of war - and the rightful First Lord of Alera. But now, the savage Vord are on the march, and Gaius must lead his legions to the Calderon Valley to stand against them - using all of his intelligence, ingenuity, and furycraft to save their world from eternal darkness.

    Jason says: "Excellent conclusion"
    "Are the horns necessary...?"
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    I am both a fan of Jim Butcher and Kate Reading (the narrator). Both deliver a superb finish to a great series. Jim Butcher does a great job providing personality in his characters and Kate Reading delivers believable portrayals of each individual. I highly recommend the series to anyone looking for a great story. My only frustration are the horns, which I assume was to signify the change in cd's... If the editors can remove the horns it would be perfect!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ghost Writer: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert Harris
    • Narrated By Roger Rees
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (484)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (183)

    Adam Lang has been Britain’s longest serving—and most controversial—prime minister of the last half century. As pressure mounts for Lang to complete this memoirs, he hires a professional ghostwriter to finish the book. As he sets to work, the ghostwriter discovers many more secrets than Lang intends to reveal, secrets with the power to alter world politics - secrets with the power to kill.

    Jim says: "What a HUGE Surprise!"
    "Bored right out of the gate"
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    Would you try another book from Robert Harris and/or Roger Rees?

    Um probably not


    Would you ever listen to anything by Robert Harris again?

    Maybe, but probably not.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The performance was ok, but it really didn't grab me. I'm not sure if that was because of the writing or because of the narration


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

    Disappointment and anger honestly. This was just one in a line of books that I was disappointed with.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dust and Shadow: An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Lyndsay Faye
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1512)
    Performance
    (1159)
    Story
    (1152)

    Breathless and painstakingly researched, this is a stunning debut mystery in which Sherlock Holmes unmasks Jack the Ripper. Lyndsay Faye perfectly captures all the color and syntax of Conan Doyle’s distinctive nineteenth-century London.

    connie says: "the best of both Holmes"
    "Seriously another one?"
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    What disappointed you about Dust and Shadow?

    I was soooo excited for this book... but I was really let down. I thought Sherlock Holmes going after Jack the Ripper would have been phenomenal but I was sorely disappointed.


    What could Lyndsay Faye have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I think that the build up was ok, but ultimately the end was what got me. I just felt so let down after learning who Jack was. At the end of the book I just felt like I wasted my credit.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Again it was a very flat performance. Often times my mind would wander because that was more interesting than how the reader was reading.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really, and that really disappoints me.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In Cold Blood

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Truman Capote
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2554)
    Performance
    (1325)
    Story
    (1326)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s a story that most people know, told here in an unforgettable way – an audio masterpiece that rivals the best thrillers, thanks to Capote genre-defining words and Brick’s subtle but powerful characterizations. On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues.

    Lisa says: "Still the Best"
    "Good, but not memorable"
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    What did you like best about In Cold Blood? What did you like least?

    I liked the story. It was very interesting to me but I knew the back story of the book. I didn't really like the narrator, he read the book kind of flat.


    If you’ve listened to books by Truman Capote before, how does this one compare?

    I've never read any of his other works, but I would be interested to read more


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Scott Brick?

    Again, I'm not really sure but definitely someone who would have put more emotion into it.


    Did In Cold Blood inspire you to do anything?

    No not really


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Macbeth: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By A. J. Hartley, David Hewson
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1445)
    Performance
    (1208)
    Story
    (1205)

    Macbeth: A Novel brings the intricacy and grit of the historical thriller to Shakespeare’s tale of political intrigue, treachery, and murder. In this full-length novel written exclusively for audio, authors A. J. Hartley and David Hewson rethink literature’s most infamous married couple, grounding them in a medieval Scotland whose military and political upheavals are as stark and dramatic as the landscape in which they are played.

    Beverly says: "Narrator choice inspired"
    "Intrigued, but ultimately disappointed"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I'm not really sure who would have enjoyed it more. Maybe someone who had never really heard of Macbeth?


    Would you ever listen to anything by A. J. Hartley and David Hewson again?

    Possibly, but it definitely wouldn't be on the top of the list


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The accent got to be a bit much. I found myself concentrating on his accent and not what was happening in the book.


    What character would you cut from Macbeth: A Novel?

    I wouldn't cut any character


    Any additional comments?

    Very intriguing concept, but I was extremely disappointed. I had such high hopes, and maybe that's what got me in the end.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10514)
    Performance
    (7935)
    Story
    (7981)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    haesel says: "Where was this woman's editor?"
    "Ugh... just ugh"
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    Would you try another book from Deborah Harkness and/or Jennifer Ikeda?

    I think I will try the second book, just because I was slightly intrigued enough to want to see how it turns out. It won't be the first on my list of books I want to get though.


    Has A Discovery of Witches turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not really. Some fantasy is done well, and some of it is not done well.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jennifer Ikeda?

    I'm not really sure as I don't know a lot of the other narrators by name. She did ok, it was just a boring book and a boring read.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Discovery of Witches?

    I'm not really sure what I would have cut, but only because I'm not really sure that anything could have made it more interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    Very interesting concept, boring book, boring read. I'm kind of disappointed.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5427)
    Performance
    (3363)
    Story
    (3365)

    For LAPD homicide cop Harry Bosch - hero, maverick, nighthawk - the body in the drainpipe at Mulholland Dam is more than another anonymous statistic. This one is personal. The dead man, Billy Meadows, was a fellow Vietnam "tunnel rat" who fought side by side with him in a nightmare underground war that brought them to the depths of hell.

    Daniel Mcafee says: "What a Terrific Book"
    "Eh..."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I wouldn't necessarily change anything.


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

    The most interesting thing was that it was a new book. It definitely left you wanting to listen to the next book, but that was about it. The whole thing was a little ho hum. I guess one thing that I would definitely change was the fact that I knew who did it about half way through the book. I'm hoping that the next book isn't as predictable.


    What aspect of Dick Hill’s performance would you have changed?

    Nothing really he did a great job.


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

    Probably not because I think that there isn't much they could add to the movie to make it more exciting.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a good book, but I didn't like that I knew who did it halfway through. Maybe I need to stop listening to mysteries! Other than that the writing was good, but it definitely wasn't spectacular.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12759)
    Performance
    (9533)
    Story
    (9534)

    A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters.

    Tom says: "Excellent Story, Distracting Sound Engineering"
    "Great First Book!"
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    Would you listen to Storm Front again? Why?

    I would totally listen to this book again. It was just the right mix of thriller and fantasy. It definitely wasn't something that I was expecting, but now I can't wait to get to the rest of the series!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really enjoyed the fantasy aspect of it. I thought that it was very well written and that it was definitely something that could appeal to many different people.


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

    I haven't listened to the reader's performances before. I didn't really like how he read this book. His monotone made it difficult sometimes to differentiate between who he was talking about. Problem was that his reading was perfect for Dresden. By the end of the book you got used to it, but at the beginning it was a little difficult to get used to.


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

    Not really. It was an overall good book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4487)
    Performance
    (3991)
    Story
    (3992)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "Fantastic Tear Jerker"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Suspect to be better than the print version?

    While I've never read the print version, this is definitely one that I wouldn't mind having both the print and audio versions.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This story was impeccably well written. The way that the story was told from different points of view only added to the stories complexity.


    Which character – as performed by MacLeod Andrews – was your favorite?

    I liked Scott the best. He did a great job with all of the characters, and its really hard to pin a favorite. It seemed as though every character took on a life of its own through his reading. You really felt for and understood each character both individually and how they fit into the story as a whole.


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

    The parts with the dog really got to me. I'm a dog lover to my very core, and so this book was really right up my ally.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is definitely a tear jerker for sure!! It is definitely one book that I will be coming back to again and again and again. Bring a box of tissues, and be prepared to want to listen to this book from start to finish!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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