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Joie

Jo

California | Member Since 2007

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  • Sleeping Beauty

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Judith Ivory
    • Narrated By Violet Primm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (24)

    The beautiful courtesan Coco Wilde is famous for her ability to keep the wealthiest men in 19th-century London hanging on her every smile. But she maintains a careful emotional detachment from all admirers. When she meets Sir James Stoker, however, the raven-haired Coco is attracted by his radiant smile and dangerous eyes. Determined to capture her, James must find a wat to break the spell of indifference Coco has cast around herself.

    Avid Reader says: "Very entertaining and different"
    "Different"
    Overall

    Odd tale for Judith Ivory and the ending is unbelievable.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Cold, Cold Ground

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1252)
    Performance
    (1080)
    Story
    (1076)

    Adrian McKinty was born in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. He studied politics and philosophy at Oxford before moving to America in the early 1990s. Living first in Harlem, he found employment as a construction worker, barman, and bookstore clerk. In 2000 he moved to Denver to become a high school English teacher and it was there that he began writing fiction.

    Alan says: "What a stunning book"
    "Cheater"
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    Would you try another book from Adrian McKinty and/or Gerard Doyle?

    No, I wouldn't buy another book by this author. I should have known better since there was no description of the book but a lot bout the author.


    What was most disappointing about Adrian McKinty’s story?

    I'm not interested in individuals in the IRA.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He makes clicking sounds when he speaks


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Cold, Cold Ground?

    Don't know since the narrator irritated me so much I couldn't finish the first chapter


    Any additional comments?

    I won't buy any more books from unknown authors which have no plot line.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seduction and Snacks

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Tara Sivec
    • Narrated By Romy Nordlinger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (338)
    Performance
    (312)
    Story
    (310)

    Claire is a 20-something, single mom who grudgingly helps her best friend sell sex toys while she attempts to make enough money to start her own business to give her foul-mouthed, but extremely loveable (when he's asleep) toddler a better life. When Carter, the one-night-stand from her past that changed her life forever, shows up in her hometown bar without any recollection of her besides her unique chocolate scent, Claire will make it a point that he remembers her this time. With Carter's undisguised shock at suddenly finding out he has a four-year-old son and Claire's panic that her stretch marks and slim-to-none bedroom experience will send the man of her dreams heading for the hills, the pair will do whatever they can to get their happily ever after.

    Angela says: "Very Good"
    "Great Book"
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    What made the experience of listening to Seduction and Snacks the most enjoyable?

    I haven't laughed so hard since reading Janet Evanovich. What a great sense of humor and she really knows how to communicate the fun.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Allegiant: Divergent Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin, Aaron Stanford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6656)
    Performance
    (6116)
    Story
    (6173)

    What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation - like a single choice - changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected? The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times best-selling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of listeners in Divergent and Insurgent.

    Teddy says: "I hate it when this happens"
    "Excellent End of the Trilogy"
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    I like this book and I disagree with many of the reviews that criticized the book for the plot being unbelievable, and for the book's ending. Of course the book is unbelievable. The whole premise of the trilogy is dysporia and is created in the authors imagination. While I'm not pleased with the ending, at least it wasn't unbelievably sweet like so many reviewers would have liked it to be. Life does have disappointments. And the comment about the goverment's reaction to giving up on a project is 'unbelievable' was untrue because who knows what the state of the US government would be after a major revolution. It isn't any less believable than the experiment itself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Escape Velocity

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Anah Crow, Dianne Fox
    • Narrated By Charles Carr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (116)

    Linguist Elios Campbell is thrilled to be granted flight time in a Colonial Guard fighter jet, until he catches sight of his pilot. Spending time with Sender Kinnison holds even more appeal than the flight itself.

    Steve says: "This could be the first of a great series!"
    "Misled"
    Overall
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    Stories about men romance doesn't interest me. I have no problem with anyone who can find love but I can't relate with the characters

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shatter Me

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Tahereh Mafi
    • Narrated By Kate Simses
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (756)
    Performance
    (687)
    Story
    (692)

    "You can't touch me," I whisper. I'm lying, is what I don't tell him. He can touch me, is what I'll never tell him. But things happen when people touch me. Strange things. Bad things. No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon. But Juliette has plans of her own.

    Amanda says: "Don't let the sample fool you - So Good!"
    "Quite Different than Expected"
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    Wow! I thought that this was going to be another frivolous sci-fi fantasy but its just the opposite. Say hello to the flip side of Atlas Shrugged. This book is about the public wrenching the power back from the amoral, power hungry few. It also describes what happens when you rely on the government to solve problems instead of personally getting involved. It is very provocative in addition to being a great read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • With This Ring

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Amanda Quick
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (256)
    Performance
    (224)
    Story
    (227)

    With 22 million of her books in print, and 12 consecutive New York Times best-sellers to her credit, Amanda Quick is a phenomenally popular author of historical romances. With This Ring, set in Regency England, sends a beautiful, headstrong woman on a perilous quest for the Forbidden Rings of Aphrodite. To recover her family’s meager fortunes, Beatrice Poole must locate the antiquities stolen from her favorite uncle shortly before his highly suspicious death.

    CAROLYN says: "Good ..... but not great!"
    "Marvelous"
    Overall
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    I'd forgotten how witty Amanda Quick (Jayne Krentz) was in her earlier works. I thoroughly enjoyed this romp through regency England and may revisit more of her 1990's books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Royal Blood: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1677)
    Performance
    (1445)
    Story
    (1429)

    Penniless and 34th in line to the throne, Lady Georgiana Rannoch finds herself in a truly draining state of affairs. To escape her hateful brother, Georgie accepts an invitation from the Queen to represent the royals at a wedding in Transylvania. But at the macabre- looking castle, Georgie finds the bride with blood running down her chin, and a wedding guest is poisoned.

    Amazon Customer says: "A little predictable"
    "Love the Series"
    Overall
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    Good, clean fun. The conflicts created by the lack of money and royal protocol create a lot of interest especially for this American. There is just enough actual historical circumstances and characters to make the plot seem believable and the author has a great sense of humor. Very enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dare the Devil

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Elaine Raco Chase
    • Narrated By Destiny Landon, Lee James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    Welcome to Glacier Country! Luthor Devlin and his ranch hands were out tracking 20th-century rustlers when they stepped into a time warp! There on the jagged cliffs was a woolly mammoth, a sabre-toothed tiger, and a tawny, near-naked savage. She was a primal fantasy come true - that left him stunned!

    Brandy C. says: "Different .. in a GREAT WAY!!!"
    "Male Narration Amateurish"
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    The experience of this book would be improved if the male narration was improved. The-female narrator was between a 3and 4 but there is no place to rate the narrators separately. The plot and writing weren't that great either. I won't be buying any more books by this author or the male narrator.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hexed: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7439)
    Performance
    (6668)
    Story
    (6682)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, doesn’t care much for witches. Still, he’s about to make nice with the local coven by signing a mutually beneficial nonaggression treaty when suddenly the witch population in modern-day Tempe, Arizona, quadruples overnight. And the new girls are not just bad, they’re badasses with a dark history on the German side of World War II. With a fallen angel feasting on local high school students, a horde of Bacchants blowing in from Vegas, and a dangerously sexy Celtic goddess of fire vying for his attention, Atticus is having trouble scheduling the witch hunt.

    Adam says: "Authenticity, Humor and Brilliant Writing"
    "Great Series"
    Overall
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    Story

    The plot is riviting, writing is wonderful, but what I especially like is the sense of fun that weaves throughout the story and there are quite a few belly laughs in this book. I listen with earphones and my husband hates it when I burst out laughing which makes it all the more fun because he has to listen to the book himself later.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Happy Hour at Casa Dracula: The Casa Dracula Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Marta Acosta
    • Narrated By Patricia Fructuoso
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    Milagro De Los Santos needs to get her career on track - and a sexy man to come home to. At a party for her ex-boyfriend, she meets the unusually attractive Oswald Grant, who sweeps her off her feet. But when he bites her in the heat of passion and she instantly falls ill, Milagro realizes Oswald is not just any fabulous man - he's a vampire. Whisked away to his family's estate to recover, Milagro learns the ins and outs of vampirism while falling for a wickedly inappropriate man.

    Samantha says: "Enjoyable"
    "Uninspired Narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story is fun and entertaining but was ruined by the narrator. There were scenes that would have been humorous had the narrator done a better job. Breaths were taken too often at inappropriate times, the tone was amateurish and the characters were not developed. The overall rating was mediocre because of poor narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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