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Jill

buena Park, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 54 purchased in 2014
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  • The Heist: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich, Lee Goldberg
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1235)
    Performance
    (1096)
    Story
    (1103)

    FBI Special Agent Kate O’Hare is known for her fierce dedication and discipline on the job, chasing down the world’s most wanted criminals and putting them behind bars. Her boss thinks she is tenacious and ambitious; her friends think she is tough, stubborn, and maybe even a bit obsessed. And while Kate has made quite a name for herself for the past five years the only name she’s cared about is Nicolas Fox - an international crook she wants in more ways than one.

    Janels says: "Evanovich, no longer trite--entertaining romp"
    "Was expecting more. . ."
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    I'm a big fan of both authors and was hoping for better characters, more laughs and a more memorable story. It wasn't terrible, but for the most part largely forgettable. I don't feel that I wasted my time listening to it, but it's not a book I'd read twice.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Rainbow Rowell
    • Narrated By Laura Hamilton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (828)
    Performance
    (734)
    Story
    (737)

    Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder, coworkers at The Courier, know the newspaper monitors their office e-mail. But they still spend all day sending each other messages, gossiping about their coworkers, and baring their personal lives like an open book. Jennifer tells Beth everything she can’t seem to tell her husband about her anxieties over starting a family. And Beth tells Jennifer everything, period. Meanwhile, Lincoln O’Neill still can’t believe that it’s his job to monitor other people’s e-mail.

    Julie says: "Just what I'd hoped for"
    "Didn't Work for Me"
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    I thought the story line was interesting, but I couldn't get past the repetition of hearing "Beth to Jennifer" and Jennifer to Beth" over and over again. The narrator did do a nice job of narrating though all of that back and forth dialog.

    While it's entirely possible that this book would be great if read instead of listened to, I was to irritated to listen to more than a few chapters and didn't finish it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ghoul Next Door: A Ghost Hunter Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Victoria Laurie
    • Narrated By Eileen Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (145)

    On a well-deserved hiatus from the ghoulish grind of their TV show, Ghoul Getters, psychic medium M. J. Holliday, her boyfriend, Heath, and her best friend, Gilley, are back home in Boston. But there’s no rest for the weary ghost busters. M. J.’s ex comes to her for help - his fiance’s brother Luke seems haunted by a sinister spirit.

    JEAN says: "another winner"
    "Creepy Ghost Mystery"
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    Victoria Laurie, has another winner! Funny, charming, witty and one SCARY demon make for a fantastic story. Narration was flawless and added to my enjoyment of the listening experience. The only bad thing is now we have to wait for the next book, so sad about that! Oh well, these books are great to hear over and over, so I can always start at the beginning and listen to them all again. Thanks VL, LOVED it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Season of the Harvest

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Michael R. Hicks
    • Narrated By Edward E. French
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (36)

    At a genetics lab where a revolutionary strain of corn is being developed, FBI Special Agent Jack Dawson's best friend and fellow agent is brutally murdered, his body torn apart. Jack is convinced that Naomi Perrault, a beautiful geneticist and suspected terrorist, is behind the murder. But when Jack is framed for setting off a bomb that devastates the FBI lab in Quantico, Naomi becomes Jack's only hope of survival.

    Kim Venatries says: "Genetically Modified Conspiracy"
    "Chilling!"
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    It's scary how much this story could be happening, right now! I happened upon Season of the Harvest by accident and I'm SO GLAD I found it. This very believable book has it all, great narration, characters, suspense, terror, mystery and romance. Can't wait to read the second book. I wish audible would add it to their library, but I bought the Kindle version just in case they don't : ) LOVED IT!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Montana

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Debbie Macomber
    • Narrated By Emily Beresford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (130)

    Her grandfather wants her to come home, and Molly thinks she just might. His ranch will be a good place for her sons to grow up, a place to escape big-city influences. Then she learns - from a stranger named Sam Dakota - that her grandfather is ill. Possibly dying. Molly packs up the kids without a second thought and makes the long drive to Sweetgrass, Montana. Once she arrives, she immediately has questions about Sam Dakota. Why is he working on her grandfather’s ranch? Why doesn’t the sheriff trust him? Just who is he?

    Maria says: "Trusting Again isn't Easy."
    "Stop and Smell the New Mown Hay!"
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    This story was a great getaway!

    Usually I can guess the way a story will go, but this one offered up some surprises.
    I really like that. The main characters were well developed and likeable, or easy hate, depending on their particular role. A host of suspicious ranch accidents, created constant money problems for Molly's struggling Grandfather.

    Molly and Sam, were corralled into a relationship, by her Grandfather, in order to save the ranch. Both of them, were recovering from past errors. . . financial, relationship and being in the wrong place at the wrong time. They would need to overcome fear of failure, and distrust of each other, to find laughs, love and a new life in Sweetgrass, Montana.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • It Had to Be You

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1255)
    Performance
    (646)
    Story
    (645)

    It's Dan Calebow's worst nightmare: Phoebe Somerville, a trendy New York knockout, inherits the Chicago Stars, the football team he coaches. And she wants to help him run it. Phoebe's sure he needs her. He's a sexist good-ol'-boy jock with a one-track mind. Surely she can straighten him out.

    bluebelle says: "Classic Susan Elizabeth Philips"
    "LOVED IT!"
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    Wonderful way to pass the time! Great story that will tug at your heartstrings, make you laugh out loud and leave you wanting more. I'm looking forward to reading the other books in the series. Excellent job by Anna Fields on the Narration too!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pines

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2514)
    Performance
    (2282)
    Story
    (2283)

    Wayward Pines, Idaho, is quintessential small-town America — or so it seems. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrives in search of two missing federal agents, yet soon is facing much more than he bargained for. After a violent accident lands him in the hospital, Ethan comes to with no ID and no cell phone. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into his colleagues’ disappearance turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he make contact with his family in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what’s the purpose of the electrified fences encircling the town? Are they keeping the residents in? Or something else out? Each step toward the truth takes Ethan further from the world he knows, until he must face the horrifying possibility that he may never leave Wayward Pines alive…

    Linda B says: "Well done story"
    "Twilight Zone meets X-Files-Page Turner!"
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    In the same tradition of a Twilight Zone meets X-Files story, secret service agent Ethan Burke goes to Wayward Pines, Idaho, his mission is to locate and recover two federal agents who went missing.

    He wakes up next to a stream, in a black suit and white shirt speckled with blood stains. No wallet. No money. No ID. No keys. No phone. That's all I'll say, don't want to spoil the story.

    On every page, I kept trying to guess what would happen next, to no avail, and then the ending completely blew my mind!

    Blake's vivid descriptions, constant action, thrills, mystery and intrigue, reminded me of my favorite books by Stephen King and Dean Koontz.

    Intense and gripping, Pines is a masterpiece that had me thinking about the story, long after turning the last page.

    I read this book on Kindle and enjoyed it so much I wanted to get the Audio version to pass the time while on the road. LOVED the narration of Paul Michael Garcia, it was perfect and made the book even more enjoyable. Brilliant!

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Objects of My Affection

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jill Smolinski
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (351)
    Performance
    (301)
    Story
    (305)

    In the humorous, heartfelt new novel by the author of The Next Thing on My List, a personal organizer must somehow convince a reclusive artist to give up her hoarding ways and let go of the stuff she’s hung onto for decades.

    Kadgee says: "Hoarders a refreshing view!"
    "Charming, Funny, Heartwarming. . .WONDERFUL!"
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    I must first admit, I didn't really read enough of the book description before reading/listening it. I thought it was a self-help on organizing and de-cluttering. So imagine my very PLEASANT surprise to find a charming, witty story, wrapped around a reclusive, elderly, artist with a hoarding problem. LOVED this book and as a FANTASTIC side effect, it's inspired me to clear out all my old crap too! Jill is a new author to me, but I intend to read all her other books and will be the first in line to read a sequel or anything else she publishes! Great job narrating by Xe Sands too!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7549)
    Performance
    (6573)
    Story
    (6564)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    Amazon Customer says: "A great book"
    "FANTASTIC!"
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    Everything was perfect, story, narration and production! It was so good, I listened 2 times in a row and that's a first for me! It would make a great movie or TV show. Loved spending my credit on this, I'll listen to this one over and over.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bootscootin' Blahniks: The Bootscootin' Books, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By D. D. Scott
    • Narrated By Christine Padovan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Manhattan apparel designer Roxy Rae Vaughn, who's also a still-in-the-closet, country line dancing queen, wants to be a fashion success story. Tired of being nothing more than a Fifth Avenue up-and-comer, thanks to her elitist parents, Roxy moves to Nashville, Tennessee and opens a boutique in a local tractor supply store, the only retail space she can afford. Short on cash and way, way down on luck, she rear-ends a pick-up truck belonging to a tomato-growin', bootscootin' cowboy.

    rebecca says: "My favorite story in the series"
    "Bootscootin' BLAH!"
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    First of all, I LOVED the story line and wanted to love the book, I just didn't. This is my favorite kind of genre, sadly the characters weren't very likeable. The story jumped around too much and seemed to get stuck in long-winded, flowery, descriptions that didn't add anything to the book.

    I liked the tonal quality of the narrator, but didn't like her for this book. Her southern accents were terrible and many times it was hard to tell if the male or female character was speaking. The males sounded a bit girly and the females a little bit masculine for young women. She does have a pleasant voice and was good for the descriptive parts, but not great in the conversations.

    I heard quite a few wrong words, not sure if it was editing or narration errors, but I found it distracting.

    I'm sad to say this was one of the few audiobooks, I wasn't able to finish. There were some really great elements to the story and I loved the theme. Maybe an additional editing session could have merged the pieces into something better, but this wasn't it for me.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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