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Jo Ann Turner

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  • 13 reviews
  • 22 ratings
  • 1166 titles in library
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  • Songs of the Humpback Whale

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Jim Colby, Elizabeth Morton, Jonathan Davis, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (64)

    The powerful debut novel from New York Times best-selling author Jodi Picoult, Songs of the Humpback Whale is a moving story of love and family told through the eyes of five people: Jane Jones, her daughter Rebecca, and three very different men in their lives. After a watershed moment in their marriage, Jane leaves Oliver, her renowned marine biologist husband, and begins a journey across the country with Rebecca in search of understanding about her troubled past.

    Cindy says: "So Glad This is now Available on audio"
    "Disappointed"
    Overall

    I've liked her books before this one. I've stopped listening about half way through the first half. Maybe I can get back to it but not sure.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10152)
    Performance
    (9290)
    Story
    (9308)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Long but very good."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Goldfinch in three words, what would they be?

    Wonderful, great, and good


    What other book might you compare The Goldfinch to and why?

    The Help because I loved that book too.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Where his mother died.


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

    yes but I couldn't stay up that long and my kindle ran out of power . LOL


    Any additional comments?

    The reader brought the story alive. A great job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Road

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6048)
    Performance
    (2626)
    Story
    (2662)

    America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

    Taryn says: "Will touch your soul"
    "Really Good"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Road?

    It was so different. The man or the boy didn't have names but they didn't need names.


    What did you like best about this story?

    What was happening at that time was so important . You kept hoping things would change for both of them.


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

    I always get so much more having the book read to me.


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

    When the cart was stolen from them . The conflict between the father & son was really raw feelings.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a great story. So glad I picked it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Between, Georgia

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Narrated By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (585)
    Performance
    (306)
    Story
    (305)

    Nonny Frett understands the meanings of "rock" and "hard place" better than any woman ever born. She's got two mothers, "one deaf-blind and the other four baby steps from flat crazy". She's got two men: her husband, who's easing out the back door; and her best friend, who's laying siege to her heart in her front yard. She has a job that holds her in the city, and she's addicted to a little girl who's stuck deep in the country.

    Karen says: "Great listen!"
    "Really Good."
    Overall

    I love the way she writes. It is a good story. So much love between the people in the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mildred Pierce

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By James M. Cain
    • Narrated By Christine Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (62)

    Mildred Pierce had gorgeous legs, a way with a skillet, and a bone-deep core of toughness and determination. She used those attributes to survive a divorce in 1940s America with two children and to claw her way out of poverty, becoming a successful businesswoman. But Mildred also had two weaknesses: a yen for shiftless men and an unreasoning devotion to her monstrous daughter.

    P. Giorgio says: "Mildred -- you pierce my heart"
    "Good Story---narrator ???"
    Overall

    The narrator was way too loud at times. After some time you seemed to not notice it but then there it was back again.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Saving Ceecee Honeycutt

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Beth Hoffman
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2766)
    Performance
    (1462)
    Story
    (1476)

    Laugh-out-loud funny and deeply touching, Beth Hoffman's sparkling debut is, as Kristin Hannah says, "packed full of Southern charm, strong women, wacky humor, and good old-fashioned heart." It is a novel that explores the indomitable strengths of female friendship and gives us the story of a young girl who loses one mother and finds many others.

    A User says: "Saving CeeCee Honeycutt"
    "Very good."
    Overall

    I really liked the book. I don't rate it as high as..The Help.. but it's very good.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Emma Donoghue
    • Narrated By Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4644)
    Performance
    (2112)
    Story
    (2100)

    To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, but what she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

    Kathleen says: "A truly memorable read"
    "Love it. Very good."
    Overall

    Different than most books I pick. So glad I got it. Will check to see if Audible.com has more from this writer. Will listen to it several times. The really good books are the ones I listen to 2 & 3-4-5- times. It's hard to have to wait for my Ipod to recharge.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13662)
    Performance
    (6049)
    Story
    (6129)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Good story."
    Overall

    I thought this book was very good. And both readers were rigth for their age in his ilfe. I've heard it will be a movie so I'll watch for it in the coming year.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Woman of the Frontier

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Zane Grey
    • Narrated By Terence Aselford
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Logan Huett is a former Army scout who discovers magnificent Sycamore Cañon in central Arizona, where he intends to homestead. With some trepidation he wires East to the woman he had courted back in Missouri, proposing marriage. Lucinda Baker, a schoolteacher, accepts. But pioneer life proves very hard for her. Living is crude....

    Jo Ann Turner says: "Good story."
    "Good story."
    Overall

    I'm 74 and have loved reading many many years so I should have read a Zane Grey book before but this is my first. I will listen to this book again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • If I Stay

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Gayle Forman
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1171)
    Performance
    (898)
    Story
    (901)

    In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeen year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck.

    AudioAddict says: "The Ultimate Choice"
    "Very Good"
    Overall

    Good story & great reader. Glad that I saw the book and bought it. I was hoping that it would end like it did.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful

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