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Jody

Gambrills, MD, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Merry Christmas, Alex Cross

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Michael Boatman, Stephen Kunken, Cristin Milioti
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (700)
    Performance
    (567)
    Story
    (553)

    It's Christmas Eve and Detective Alex Cross has been called out to catch someone who's robbing his church's poor box. That mission behind him, Alex returns home to celebrate with Bree, Nana, and his children. The tree decorating is barely underway before his phone rings again - a horrific hostage situation is quickly spiraling out of control. Away from his own family on the most precious of days, Alex calls upon every ounce of his training, creativity, and daring to save another family.

    Gayle A. Orner says: "Yawn!"
    "Christmas Books"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Merry Christmas, Alex Cross to be better than the print version?

    I love audio books and the narrator of this book is incredible. It puts much more life into the story.


    Would you be willing to try another book from James Patterson? Why or why not?

    Whenever James Patterson's books come out I almost immediately read them -- then when I've read them I have trouble finding others to fill the void. I have read almost everything single book he has written and am still catching up with some older ones.


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

    Yes, and after listening to these books I often times search on the narrator to determine what book I will listen too next. I get a sort of comfort from the storyteller.


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

    Yes it was. I looked for times to sneak away and listen.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Painted Girls: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Cathy Marie Buchanan
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Julia Whelan, Danny Cambell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (273)
    Performance
    (234)
    Story
    (230)

    Paris, 1878: Following the death of their father from overwork, the three van Goethem sisters find their lives upended. Without their father’s wages, and with what little their mother earns as a laundress disappearing down the absinthe bottle, eviction from their single boarding room seems imminent. With few options for work available for a girl, bookish 14-year-old Marie and her younger sister Charlotte are dispatched to the Paris Opera, where for a scant seven francs a week, the girls will be trained to enter its famous ballet. Their older sister, stubborn and insolent 17-year-old Antoinette, finds herself launched into the orbit of Émile Zola....

    Carole says: "Abundance of Misery"
    "Wonderful Historic Perspective"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, this book provided so much insight into the times and the lives of the young girls in Paris as well as their plight.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The changing from perspective of story. From sister to sister.


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

    No, she was truly wonderful.


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

    Yes


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Skipping Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (701)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (191)

    Best selling author John Grisham (A Time to Kill, The Brethren) returns with a new tale for modern times, offering a hilarious look at the chaos and frenzy that have become a part of our holiday tradition.

    Lisa says: "Simple Pleasures!"
    "Wished I would have skipped this book"
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    Would you try another book from John Grisham and/or Dennis Boutsikaris?

    Yes, I would try another book. I just don't think this was my type of story. I was driving to Ohio the weekend before Christmas and looking for stories to listen to on my 7 hour drive. This was not one that I enjoyed at all -- just was a drag -- I knew it was sort of "anti christmas" the celebratory kind -- but I couldn't wait for it to be over. I didn't stop listening just because I had nothing better to do during my drive.


    Has Skipping Christmas turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, not at all.


    What didn’t you like about Dennis Boutsikaris’s performance?

    He had a nice voice -- I would like to hear stories by him again.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Skipping Christmas?

    The beginning and middle -- I liked the end.


    Any additional comments?

    Just like Christmas with the Kranks (movie) not a book I would recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Dog's Purpose: A Novel for Humans

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By W. Bruce Cameron
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2168)
    Performance
    (1461)
    Story
    (1464)

    After a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey is surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden-haired puppy. Bailey's search for his new life's meaning leads him into the loving arms of eight-year-old Ethan. During their countless adventures, Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog. But this life as a beloved family pet is not the end of Bailey's journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders, will he ever find his purpose?

    Blythe says: "Best dog book ever!"
    "A Dog's Purpose -- wonderful!"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to A Dog's Purpose the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was truly wonderful.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I honestly didn't have a favorite character -- I enjoyed every single one of them.


    What does George K. Wilson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I love listening to books from geat narrators, it is like being told a story that you never want to end.


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

    Every moment moved me -- I didn't want it to end.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I, Michael Bennett: Michael Bennett, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge
    • Narrated By Bobby Cannavale, Jay Snyder
    Overall
    (633)
    Performance
    (532)
    Story
    (536)

    Detective Michael Bennett arrests an infamous Mexican crime lord in a deadly chase that leaves Bennett's lifelong friend, Hughie McDonough, dead. From jail, the prisoner vows to rain epic violence down upon New York City - and to get revenge on Michael Bennett. To escape the chaos, Bennett takes his 10 kids and their beautiful nanny, Mary Catherine, on a much-needed vacation to his family's cabin near Newburgh, New York. But instead of the calm and happy town he remembers, they step into a nightmare.

    JACKIE says: "Disappointing"
    "I Michael Bennett"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I enjoy reading all of the Michael Bennett stories, however this one was one of my favorites. The cliff hanger aspect was anticipated based on the type of action that was taking place. Just not certain how the authors will move on from here. Looking forward to the next book, however not as much as I typically do.


    Would you be willing to try another book from James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge ? Why or why not?

    Yes, I enjoy the anticipation and mystery.


    Which character – as performed by Bobby Cannavale and Jay Snyder – was your favorite?

    Michael Bennett


    Could you see I, Michael Bennett being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Narrated By Scott Holst
    Overall
    (6906)
    Performance
    (5272)
    Story
    (5354)

    While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

    Haden says: "My friends thought I was crazy."
    "Not such a Good Listen"
    Overall
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    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story did not have enough of a pull to keep me interested. It droned on without purpose.


    What was most disappointing about Seth Grahame-Smith’s story?

    That the beginning never came to closure at the end of the book.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Holst – was your favorite?

    Henry


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

    Disappointment


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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