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JoAyn

Maplewood, MN, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • 30 reviews
  • 33 ratings
  • 326 titles in library
  • 27 purchased in 2015
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  • Speaks the Nightbird

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3270)
    Performance
    (2918)
    Story
    (2903)

    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!"
    "Outstanding story!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended this book to many people because it is so unique and insightful into a dark past that shows it's ugly face even now on occasion in the ignorance and greed that still flourishes in dark corners everywhere. This author has done his homework and created a vivid and sometimes too colorful image of a time that intrigues people still today. This really is a huge book but it goes so fast. It really kept me guessing the whole way through and even had me understanding in some wierd way the reasoning behind finding witches guilty even when it was not the perfered decision.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Speaks the Nightbird?

    When Mathew goes into the barn for a second time knowing full well what will happen if he is discovered but also knowing that what ever is hidden there is necessary to find. That whole barn sceen and how it keeps popping up through the rest of the story is a hoot..


    Which character – as performed by Edoardo Ballerini – was your favorite?

    Mathew is outstanding and a clear favorite for being so forward thinking and not so easily fooled or led but understanding that he needs to play the role when necessary and bide his time till he can make the proper move.


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

    When Mrs Nettles helps Mathew even though she knows it may be the death of him.


    Any additional comments?

    I am so happy to find there is a sequel.. will be following this author!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Deborah Blum
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1484)
    Performance
    (995)
    Story
    (984)

    In The Poisoner's Handbook, Blum draws from highly original research to track the fascinating, perilous days when a pair of forensic scientists began their trailblazing chemical detective work, fighting to end an era when untraceable poisons offered an easy path to the perfect crime.

    Aaron - Audible says: "CSI eat your heart out"
    "Outstanding! Not what I thought."
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    This book is for everyone who loves shows that deal with forensic medicine. This is the beginnings of forensics and it is amazing with all the historic information. True is really crazy wild stuff here. It taught me things from the past that I never knew and would never have thought of. I wasn't sure if this would be a good story or dry and too much like a text book but I was really surprised by how much I loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dark Monk: A Hangman's Daughter Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Oliver Pötzsch
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (624)
    Performance
    (561)
    Story
    (558)

    It is 1648, a small village in the Alps: In the thick of a blizzard,a town priest discovers he’s been poisoned. As numbness creeps up his body, he summons the last of his strength and scratches a sign in the frost that will lead the town hangman, his daughter, and the town physician in pursuit of a treasure of the Knights Templar. But the priest’s murderer is already on their trail, and he’s not the only one after the legendary fortune: a dark monk is not far behind,and a band of thieves is roving the countryside, attacking solitary travelers and spreading panic.

    Snoodely says: "The Real Discovery of Penicillin!"
    "As good as the first."
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    I am really enjoying this series and I hope they keep coming.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ajax Penumbra 1969

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 49 mins)
    • By Robin Sloan
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (312)
    Performance
    (282)
    Story
    (281)

    Young Ajax Penumbra has not arrived in San Francisco looking for free love or a glimpse of the technological future. He is seeking a book: the single surviving copy of the Techne Tycheon, a mysterious volume that has brought and lost great fortune for anyone who has owned it. The last record of the book locates it in the San Francisco of more than a century earlier, and on that scant bit of evidence, Penumbra's university has dispatched him west to acquire it for their library.

    Bonny says: "Perfect prequel"
    "I loved this book!"
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    I can't stress enough that this book has something special going for it. It's completely original. I was so totally entertained with this story and I never knew where it was going or what they were going to do next. I think it takes a lot of imagination to come up with something like this when so many books just seem to be remakes of other books. Everything just came together on this book with great story, great narration and great characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Field of Prey: Lucas Davenport, Book 24

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1921)
    Performance
    (1686)
    Story
    (1684)

    The night after the fourth of July, Layton Carlson, Jr., of Red Wing, Minnesota, finally got lucky. And unlucky.

    He’d picked the perfect spot to lose his virginity to his girlfriend, an abandoned farmyard in the middle of cornfields: nice, private, and quiet. The only problem was...something smelled bad - like, really bad. He mentioned it to a county deputy he knew, and when the cop took a look, he found a body stuffed down a cistern. And then another, and another. By the time Lucas Davenport was called in, the police were up to 15 bodies and counting.

    Ed says: "Sandford and Ferrone deliver"
    "Intense and gory"
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    I had a bit of trouble with the disgusting aspects of the story which needed to be there for any sense of reality but the book was intense and kept my attention through till the end. A good overall story and narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Grounds to Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Wendy Roberts
    • Narrated By Haley Traub
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    Barista Jen Hanby's coworkers give her a hard time for bringing coffee and pastries to a homeless man who sits outside her café - but she has a secret. The scruffy man is her father. She's also hiding the little matter of why her palm itches. But how can she explain that her hand has a mind of its own and writes messages from the beyond? Right. That'll get her Employee of the Month. When she finds herself scrawling "Your boyfriend is cheating on you!" to herself on the bathroom mirror, she immediately dumps the guy. But then his little fling - who just happens to be her half sister - turns up dead....

    CrzGzr says: "Thoroughly enjoyable listen!"
    "Better than I thought."
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    This was a bit of a slow start for me but when I started to get into it I found it very entertaining. The characters were fun and memorable and the story moved along pretty well. It was pretty light and fluffy for a murder mystery but it seemed to work well for this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chiefs

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1931)
    Performance
    (1300)
    Story
    (1300)

    In 1919, Delano, Georgia, appoints its first chief of police. Honest and hardworking, the new chief is puzzled when young men start to disappear. But his investigation is ended by the fatal blast from a shotgun. Delano's second chief-of-police is no hero, yet he is also disturbed by what he sees in the missing-persons bulletins. In 1969, when Delano's third chief takes over, the unsolved disappearances still haunt the police files.

    karen says: "In my 'Top Ten' books of all time!"
    "One of the best books I've read in a long time!"
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    I wasn't sure this would be a book that I'd be interested in as I don't care for a lot of military / police books but this book transcends any category you try to put it into. It has virtually everything we read stories for and even though it was amazingly long, I was sad to have it end.
    While the narration was fairly good, it was not overly animated which seemed to suit the story as well. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes thrillers, mysteries and in general a great story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • We Have Always Lived in the Castle

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Shirley Jackson
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (711)
    Performance
    (603)
    Story
    (604)

    Six years after four family members died of arsenic poisoning, the three remaining Blackwoods—elder, agoraphobic sister Constance; wheelchair-bound Uncle Julian; and 18-year-old Mary Katherine, or, Merricat—live together in pleasant isolation. Merricat has developed an idiosyncratic system of rules and protective magic to guard the estate against intrusions from hostile villagers. But one day a stranger arrives—cousin Charles, with his eye on the Blackwood fortune.

    jaspersu says: "The narration changed my interpretation"
    "Poster child for birth control"
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    I found this book disturbing at best. I kept hoping it would improve but just got worse and worse. This was truly a look into the mind of a completely disturbed child that should have been institutionalized or better yet aborted. Not at all what I expected and not a pleasant surprise.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hangman's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Oliver Pötzsch, Lee Chadeayne (translator)
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1719)
    Performance
    (1535)
    Story
    (1528)

    When a dying boy is pulled from the river with a mark crudely tattooed on his shoulder, hangman Jakob Kuisl is called upon to investigate whether witchcraft is at play in his small Bavarian town. When more children disappear and an orphan is found dead with the same mark, the mounting hysteria threatens to erupt. Before the unrest forces him to torture and execute the woman who aided in the birth of his children, Jakob must unravel the truth.

    Margaret says: "Great but graphic"
    "Excellent but brutal"
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    This was an excellent book. It grabbed you from the first and completely carried you along to the end. I listened much longer than planned on several occasions just to find out what happened next. The performance was also outstanding. This book reminded me very much of the Robert McCammon series "speaks the nightbird".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dragon Bones: A Red Princess Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Lisa See
    • Narrated By Janet Song
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (46)

    When the body of an American archaeologist is found floating in the Yangzi River, Ministry of Public Security agent Liu Hulan and her husband, American attorney David Stark, are dispatched to Site 518 to investigate. As Hulan scrutinizes this death—or is it a murder?—David, on behalf of the National Relics Bureau, tries to discover who has stolen from the site an artifact that may prove to the world China’s claim that it is the oldest uninterrupted civilization on earth.

    Janice says: "Best of the Hulan Series... EXCELLENT!"
    "Boring as Hell."
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    I couldn't even make it through the first half. Way too much detail completely hid the story line. The performance was slow and very monotone which added to the difficulty in listening and following. The China setting with all the little detail added was really difficult to take. People expect a murder/ mystery to move faster and be much more exciting. A good example is "The Body".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Queen of Hearts

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1127)
    Performance
    (1020)
    Story
    (1022)

    Lady Georgiana Rannoch, 35th in line for the British throne, knows how to play the part of an almost royal - but now she's off to Hollywood, where she must reprise her role as sleuth or risk starring in an all-too-convincing death scene...

    Calliope says: "Good but not her best"
    "Rhys hits a speed bump."
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    I Love , Love Love this series but this one is the first one that I actually forgot what it was about shortly after reading, sign of a boring book for me. I appreciated the usual characters showing up to save the day here and there, but I think it was just that moving the story across the pond just kind of spoiled the magic for me. Please keep it in jolly old England and keep me loving these stories.
    As Always, Katherine Kellgren is outstanding!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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