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Joni

BLANDING, UT, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • More Than You Know

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Penny Vincenzi
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (29)

    A privileged girl from a privileged class, Eliza has a dazzling career in the magazine world of the 1960s. But when she falls deeply in love with Matt, an edgy working-class boy, she gives up her ritzy, fast-paced lifestyle to get married. By the end of the decade, however, their marriage has suffered a harrowing breakdown, culminating in divorce and a dramatic courtroom custody battle over their little girl. Also at risk is Eliza's gorgeous family home, a pawn in the game, which she can't bear to give up.

    Paul Hersh says: "Like a box of chocolates..."
    "Not a waste/not memorable"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    During the winter by the fire-yes it was a good book. If I had better things to do than I would have been dissappointed.


    If you’ve listened to books by Penny Vincenzi before, how does this one compare?

    Havent


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2973)
    Performance
    (2559)
    Story
    (2572)

    England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

    Maria says: "Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!"
    "This is the best book I've read this year."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Secret Keeper the most enjoyable?

    The twists of the story are not predictable and oh so interesting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That the events that happened are very likely and realistic.


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

    NO


    If you could take any character from The Secret Keeper out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Vivian


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inside the Kingdom: My Life In Saudi Arabia

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Carmen bin Ladin
    • Narrated By Shohreh Aghdashloo
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (33)

    On September 11, 2001, Carmen bin Ladin heard the news that the Twin Towers had been struck. She instinctively knew that her brother-in-law was involved in these horrifying acts of terrorism, and her heart went out to America. She also knew that her life and the lives of her daughters would never be the same again.

    Richard says: "An inside view of the Saudi women's life"
    "Couldn't wait to pick it up again"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes and I have because it had a good story and was so interesting.


    What other book might you compare Inside the Kingdom to and why?

    Growing up Bin Ladin, because they were about the same topic.


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

    many


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Annette Gordon-Reed
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (267)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (120)

    This epic work tells the story of the Hemingses, whose close blood ties to our third president had been systematically expunged from American history until very recently. Now, historian and legal scholar Annette Gordon-Reed traces the Hemings family from its origins in Virginia in the 1700s to the family's dispersal after Jefferson's death in 1826. It brings to life not only Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson but also their children and Hemings's siblings, who shared a father with Jefferson's wife, Martha.

    Dianne says: "Fascinating"
    "A lot of information/ no story"
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    What disappointed you about The Hemingses of Monticello?

    It was not told as a story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    sally hemmings


    How could the performance have been better?

    Yes, I think that the characters should have had dialogue and then had different readers for each character.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mattimeo: Redwall, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brian Jacques
    • Narrated By Brian Jacques, Full Cast
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (65)

    Mattimeo should have been named "trouble". Always getting into mischief and quick to lose his temper, the young mouse seems an unlikely candidate to take up the great sword once wielded by the legendary Martin to defend Redwall Abbey's peaceful way of life. But when Mattimeo and his friends are kidnapped by the fierce fox Slagar the Cruel, the bold little mouse learns that there is far more to becoming a true warrior than simply brandishing a sword.

    Bryan says: "i love the books"
    "From a teacher- not a good choice"
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    Would you try another book from Brian Jacques and/or Brian Jacques and Full Cast ?

    No


    What was most disappointing about Brian Jacques’s story?

    I thought it would be motivating for my students; but it was too many different plots in one story and drug out too long.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    IDK


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    New and different vocabulary for english learners


    0 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Next Time You See Me

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Holly Goddard Jones
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (242)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (210)

    Thirteen-year-old Emily Houchens doesn’t have many friends; her classmates find her strange. When one day she happens upon a dead body hidden in the woods near her house in Roma, Kentucky, she decides not to tell anyone about her discovery - a choice that begins to haunt her. Susanna Mitchell has always been a good girl, the dutiful daughter and wife. While her older sister, Ronnie, trolled bars for men and came home late, Susanna kept a neat house, a respectable job, and a young daughter.

    Tango says: "Fascinating Characters - Great Book!"
    "Interesting enough to finish"
    Overall
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    During the winter, yes. If it were summer time I should have been in my garden


    Would you recommend The Next Time You See Me to your friends? Why or why not?

    no, there are much better books that I would recomment


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    IDK


    Did The Next Time You See Me inspire you to do anything?

    no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Storyteller

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mozhan Marno, Jennifer Ikeda, Edoardo Ballerini, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3151)
    Performance
    (2746)
    Story
    (2757)

    Jodi Picoult's poignant number one New York Times best-selling novels about family and love tackle hot-button issues head on. In The Storyteller, Sage Singer befriends Josef Weber, a beloved Little League coach and retired teacher. But then Josef asks Sage for a favor she never could have imagined - to kill him. After Josef reveals the heinous act he committed, Sage feels he may deserve that fate. But would his death be murder or justice?

    Sue says: "Interesting...different than I thought it would be"
    "Not disappointed, not going to remember"
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    What did you love best about The Storyteller?

    The performance was so good that it made it a better book. I think it would not have been as good to read instead of listening.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Wondering what choice the girls was going to make.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The different voices for the different characters.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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