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Judith D. Collins

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West Palm Beach, Fl | Member Since 2013

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  • 22 reviews
  • 25 ratings
  • 66 titles in library
  • 13 purchased in 2014
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  • Tell Me

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lisa Jackson
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (155)

    The most hated woman in Savannah, Georgia, is about to be set free. Twenty years ago, Blondell O’Henry was convicted of murdering her eldest daughter and wounding her two other children. The prosecution argued that beautiful, selfish Blondell wanted to be rid of them to be with her lover. Now Blondell’s son, Niall, has recanted his testimony and demolished the case in the process. Reporter Nikki Gillette is determined to get the true story, and not just for professional reasons. Blondell’s murdered daughter, Amity, was Nikki’s childhood friend.

    Janie says: "Tell me, or perhaps don't."
    "A Great Mystery and Romance!"
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    Wow! This was my first book by Lisa Jackson --will definitely be reading more from this talented author. I look forward to reading the other prior books (Savannah 1 & 2) in the series, as Tell Me was #3; however, it can be read as a standalone.

    I purchased the audio version from audible.com and the narrator (Julia Whelan) was outstanding –capturing the essence of each character perfectly with the southern charm. I was listening to the book while hiking in the Carolinas in the woods, so the ideal setting. I also liked the reference to the Dahlonega, GA (Lumpkin County) cabin -- a very quaint little town north of Lake Lanier (I previously dated a guy who lived on the lake in the area, and is rather remote) so can envision the hideaway for the snakes. Savannah, GA is so historic and was fitting area for Nikki, the author in the book and the central character with some mystery.

    I could not put down my iPod as listened to the wee hours of the morning, as you do not want to miss a thing. The books goes back and forth from the original murder to today, twenty years later when the mother (Blondell) imprisoned for a murder of her daughter Amity who was pregnant and damage to her other children. Her sentence is being overturned, due to the testimony of her son, since he was only 8 during the original trial.

    Nikki is close to the situation as Amity was her best friend, the murder took place in her uncle’s cabin (and the lawyer for Blondell, who is now in a rest home), snakes, and an array of characters and men connected to this blond bombshell femme fatale. There are many other connections and secrets from the past leading up to the murder and Nikki is bringing a lot of these to the surface while she battles her own past (which I will learn more about from her previous book).
    During this time, Nikki is assigned to write a story, and her fiancé Reid is a police detective, assigned to the case. Lots of romance and sex with this dynamic duo (similar to Castle except Nikki is the crime writer and Reid is the PD).

    I loved Lisa Jackson’s writing style, as she gives you enough to keep the tension mounting yet not as gruesome as some mystery and crime writers. I highly recommend – a 5 star and look forward to reading her previous work as well as new ones to come! PS I figured out the killer before the ending; however, had to keep reading to confirm. Full of crime, mystery, suspense and romance!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Someday

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Dianne Dixon
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (12)

    Someday, Livvi Gray will break free from her past. Someday, she will escape her recurring nightmare about a stranger in a shimmering silver dress. Someday, she will have a family of her own. Now she's found Andrew, and someday seems to be right around the corner.

    But there's so much Livvi doesn't know. Shortly before her 30th birthday, she will come face-to-face with the stranger from her dream - an encounter that will alter Livvi's future and crack open everything she knew about her past.

    Judith D. Collins says: "Captivating and Mesmerizing!!"
    "Captivating and Mesmerizing!!"
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    The Book of Someday is a well-written complicated and in depth story of love, forgiveness, love, deception, suspense, mystery, and abuse.

    The story of three women Micah, Anna Lee, and Olivia (Livva) –all with a past and during the novel you do not know how these three are connected. It is only at the end you find out their connection.

    The author does an outstanding of job of suspending you in time and building for the finale which is bittersweet.

    I purchased the audio version and the narrator did an exceptional job; however, at times I had to rewind if busy driving, to go back and capture an important part I may have missed to keep up with the characters.

    The book is mesmerizing and captivating –centered around Micah’s secrets----as usual, Dianne Dixon does not disappoint her fans!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Gods of Guilt

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3359)
    Performance
    (2971)
    Story
    (2963)

    Mickey Haller gets the text, "Call me ASAP - 187," and the California penal code for murder immediately gets his attention. Murder cases have the highest stakes and the biggest paydays, and they always mean Haller has to be at the top of his game. When Mickey learns that the victim was his own former client, a prostitute he thought he had rescued and put on the straight and narrow path, he knows he is on the hook for this one. He soon finds out that she was back in LA and back in the life.

    Ted says: "Luxury Vehicle… Does It All"
    "Brilliantly Written - Let's hope for another movie"
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    As a huge fan of the Mickey Haller *5 series (Lincoln Lawyer) – I really enjoyed Michael’s Connelly’s thriller--The Gods of Guilt! Michael is a brilliant writer and knows how to keep the suspense building.

    Loved connecting with all the characters and hoping there will be a movie based on the book (with McConaughey, of course)!

    I always buy the audio version as Peter Giles is a great performer and ideal for the storyline and characters. As usual, Mickey Haller is in the middle of one of the highest stake murder case---he is either always at the top or at the bottom (wow, this guy can preserve!).

    When Mickey learns the victim was his own former client, a prostitute (which we learned about in his former books) – he is haunted by ghosts of the past and works diligently to solve the case.

    Andre La Cosse, a high-tech pimp, is charged with murdering one of his clients, Giselle Dallinger, a prostitute who turns out to be known to Haller as Gloria Dayton, from 2005's The Lincoln Lawyer.
    As usual, Halley can smell trouble and he and his staff pulls out all the stops --Cisco and Lorna Taylor, as well as associate Jennifer and of course driver Earl. Haller's strategy is not to uncover the truth but to develop a credible alternative theory of the crime—of course, there is always high level of drama in the courtroom----as Haller appeals directly to the members of the jury, "the gods of guilt".

    You will be able to catch up with his ex-wives, and his estranged daughter --- of the title. Brilliantly written to make the legal system proud-- Michael Connelly is at the top of his game!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Seaside Christmas: A Chesapeake Shores Novel, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Sherryl Woods
    • Narrated By Christina Traister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (55)

    As the only child of a single mom, Jenny Collins wanted nothing more than to be part of a large, rambunctious family like the O'Briens. Ironically, though, when her mother married into that family, Jenny found herself feeling more like an outsider than ever. Now, after years in Nashville as an established songwriter, Jenny's drawn back to Chesapeake Shores to collaborate on a Christmas production...and to make peace with the past. As if that's not challenging enough, Caleb Green, the singer who broke her heart, has followed her to town, determined to win her back.

    Judith D. Collins says: "Gets you in the holiday mood"
    "Gets you in the holiday mood"
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    A Seaside Christmas (Chesapeake Shores #10) is a light seasonal Christmas read. I would recommend reading the other Chesapeake books in order to keep up with the array of O’Brien characters.

    The audio book was nicely done and the narrator Christina Traister’s voice was pleasant to get you in the holiday season mood.

    As the only child of a single mom, Jenny Collins wanted to be a part of a large family; however, she was jealous and behaved like a brat. After a few years in Nashville she returns to Chesapeake Shores to help her friend Bree with a Christmas production and hopefully make peace with her mother. However Caleb, the country music star who broke her heart by cheating follows her there to try and win back her trust.

    As usual the O’Brien’s come together and stick their nose in make things happen to develop a sweet romance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Takedown Twenty: A Stephanie Plum Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1587)
    Performance
    (1414)
    Story
    (1432)

    Stephanie Plum is back in all-new adventure from #1 bestselling author Janet Evanovich.

    janet says: "Still funny"
    "Outstanding - a total riot!"
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    I have read all 20 books in Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series. When it comes to this crew, I always buy the audio, as Lorelei King is outstanding! Just to hear Stephanie, Lulu, Joe, Ranger, Viney, and Grandma Mazur -----a story in itself! The characters always leave you laughing no matter if you are jogging or working – they are a riot!! Lulu is my favorite – and hope there will be another movie!

    As usual, Stephanie is staking out a mob guy “Uncle Sonny” – breaking her finger, thrown off a bridge, senior moments, and all the things which happen being a bounty hunter. As long as Stephanie can get chicken and donuts…. The book was hilarious, entertaining, and hope it never ends (if it does make sure and give Joe and Stephanie a happily ever after) and use Lulu for another series as she is just too funny to retire. (Good job with the one liners, Janet)… I have enjoyed the Plum Series more than some of the other series.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Nantucket Christmas: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Nancy Thayer
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Holidays on this Massachusetts island are nothing short of magical, and the season’s wonderful traditions are much loved by Nicole Somerset, new to Nantucket and recently married to a handsome former attorney. Their home is already full of enticing scents of pine, baking spices, and homemade pie. But the warm, festive mood is soon tempered by Nicole’s chilly stepdaughter, Kennedy, who arrives without a hint of holiday spirit. Determined to keep her stepmother at arm’s length - or, better yet, out of the picture altogether - Kennedy schemes to sabotage Nicole’s holiday preparations.

    Meagan says: "WORST BOOK IN MY ENTIRE LIBRARY"
    "A Short Sweet Christmas Story"
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    A Nantucket Christmas was a beautiful light short Christmas holiday story, which captures the reader from the cover to the ending. The cover itself is what we all dream about when we think of Christmas with the snow lined streets and quaint lit shops-- Kind of reminds you of Richard Paul Evans Christmas books, he is so famous for.

    Nancy Thayer is an excellent author and one of my favorites, as have read all her books, and she does not disappoint. I purchased from audible as had so many other books to read on e-book so thought this would be nice while jogging and running errands. I had to finish it in one day as could not wait for the ending.

    The story begins with a dog from his perspective (haven’t we all always wondered what goes on in the minds of our dogs)? Mixed together with a little boy named Maddox, a spoiled rich girl-Kennedy, her selfish mother, and her father Sebastian who is now married to Nicole. Of course, Kennedy dislikes Nichole (as she is not as glamorous and more down to earth), and she continues to compare the rich glamorous mother to her plain but nice stepmother, who cooks and helps everyone. She is set to make her life miserable when Nicole hosts the family Christmas at Kennedy’s former family home on Nantucket.

    Kennedy is so rude to Nichole and sits around while Nichole waits on her and the mind games begin. She is also pregnant and milks it to the maximum with her poor me and daddy buy me this-wishing her mom and dad would get back together.

    The one salvation is the adorable Maddox (Kennedy’s son) and his only wish is a dog. Of course his mother and rich grandmother (who is off with a younger man in Switzerland) would not dream of such a thing. However, since this is now Nichole’s home, she will allow a dog. When the ex-wife (Kennedy’s mother) has a breakup with her younger lover, shows up unannounced at the home of Nichole/Sebastian and now poor Nichole has two women to contend with – the heat turns up!
    Things turn for Nichole when Kennedy goes into labor, and Nichole being a nurse is there to take charge and Maddox goes missing with his favorite new friend (the dog Pooch) – and the two men go in search of him – Nichole is left with the ungrateful daughter and rude ex-wife.

    When this happens everything changes – for a holiday miracle! Highly recommend for a feel good holiday story of how a dysfunctional family can be saved!

    PS Not a fan of Joyce Bean as her voice is too gruff; however, the story was still good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outtakes from a Marriage: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Ann Leary
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (81)

    Julia and Joe Ferraro are living the good life in Manhattan now that Joe's finally made it; he's the star of a hit TV show and has just been nominated for a Golden Globe award. After many lean years, they've got a grand Upper West Side apartment and an Amagansett beach house, and their two kids go to elite private schools. Even better, Julia and Joe are still madly in love. Or so Julia thinks.

    Patricia says: "Views of a marriage from the inside."
    "Excellent author!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I loved Ann Leary’s Book (The Good House) and reading her earlier books. Joe is a TV star and living in Manhattan and he has been nominated for a Golden Globe award. All is well with their marriage, financial, and two kids in private school. Until she listens to his voice mail one night by accident and hears some southern belle leaving some pretty up close and personal sexy messages.

    Julia does not confront him in the beginning and continues to listen to his messages. She immediately starts going to a shrink, gets hair extensions, Botox, sunless tanning spray, and begins shopping to ensure she looks great for the Golden Globe awards ceremony.

    She feels useless as she has given up on her writing to be a wife and mother. Julie becomes obsessed with finding out the person behind the voice. Prior to her marriage she was a wild child and has changed so much. To try and keep an affair from coming out she writes all this bogus stuff on cyberspace about Joe being gay and keeping all the other mom’s at her son’s preschool at bay.

    She confronts Joe and he makes up an excuse, but is her really telling her the truth? A humorous read about marriage, family and how women sometimes get lost in their duties of being a perfect wife and mother. The audio was excellent and Cassandra Campbell did an excellent job as always of the performer – look forward to reading more from this author!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Who Asked You?

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Terry McMillan
    • Narrated By Terry McMillan, Carole DeSanti, Phylicia Rashad, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (322)
    Performance
    (290)
    Story
    (292)

    Who Asked You? opens as Trinetta leaves her two young sons with her mother, Betty Jean, and promptly disappears. BJ, a trademark McMillan heroine, already has her hands full dealing with her other adult children, two opinionated sisters, an ill husband, and her own postponed dreams - all while holding down a job as a hotel maid. Her son Dexter is about to be paroled from prison; Quentin, the family success, can't be bothered to lend a hand; and taking care of two lively grandsons is the last thing BJ thinks she needs.

    JALAYNE says: "brillant"
    "The Funniest Book You Will Ever Read!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Who Asked You? to be better than the print version?

    Yes. I am sure the print would have been excellent; however, with this type of book, nothing better than a talented writer and excellent performers-- which are made for the character's part. Each of these performers were five star quality, and you could envision each unique character within each setting.

    I had purchased the book; however, had to drive from West Palm Beach, FL to Amelia Island, FL (south to north) and from there to North Carolina---could not wait to start so purchased the audio for my road trip. I had to buy the audio, as could not wait--have read all Terry McMillan's books and when I listened to the audio sample - I knew this would be the ideal book to listen to on my iPod for the long trip.

    It exceeded all my expectations and more. Turned out, it rained the entire two days of travel and I did not even mind, as I laughed out loud at all the funny characters and it made the time go by faster. I actually finished the entire book about an hour before I reached my destination. I could not even listen to another book, as wanted to just bask in the wonder of this incredible book and smile as I wanted to meet each one of these characters.
    I loved all the many different characters! My favorite character was BJ, and of course the banter with her sisters and oh did I love Luther, Omar, and Quinten. It was hard to choose a favorite as each of them had a take away.

    If you love humor, wit, family drama- this book is for you. Movie worthy and can only image the cast! Tyler Perry needs to be all over this on OWN. Would definitely listen to this again!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The real emotions, the humor, life stories with heart felt takeaway. Will make you cry and laugh. Shows how much impression adults make on children.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Loved them all but BJ, Omar, Luther, Vanessa and Quinten were my favorites.


    If you could take any character from Who Asked You? out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Luther as he is smart and is an old soul with a heart of gold. I also would like Omar and Quinten as both of them would make me laugh all night! Hard to choose as all the women were sassy and witty.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the best books - Terry you outdid yourself! I see another movie based on this book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • All the Summer Girls

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Meg Donohue
    • Narrated By Heather Henderson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    In an effort to regroup, Kate, Vanessa, and Dani retreat to the New Jersey beach town where they once spent their summers. Emboldened by the seductive cadences of the shore, the women begin to realize just how much their lives, and friendships, have been shaped by the choices they made one fateful night on the beach eight years earlier - and the secrets that now threaten to surface.

    Judith D. Collins says: "Long and Drawn Out"
    "Long and Drawn Out"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Narrator did a good job however the story was long and drawn out (see below)


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The Longest Ride


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Narrator did a good job


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

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator (Heather Henderson) did a good job. A beach read about three gals --friends since childhood and have all gone separate ways. Pretty long and drawn out ---

    Kate (Phili), successful lawyer, pregnant, and boyfriend has just broken off their upcoming marriage; Vanessa (NY) is a mom with 2 yr old daughter and her husband has kissed another woman (she talks about this the entire book); Dani (San Fran), is an addict (drugs and drinking) throughout the book. Cannot get her act together and has just been fired from a book store (author). But she is always drunk or drugged, so cannot write. Pretty sad and depressed bunch!

    After the bachelorette party is called off they all plan to meet in Avalon, NJ (this spot was never great, in my opinion). The book is centered on Colin (Katie’s twin brother) everyone thinking they caused his death years ago ---guilt, regrets, and secrets. Goes back and forth from years ago until present tense. There is some humor to the story which will get you through.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Family Pictures

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jane Green
    • Narrated By Amy Quint
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (117)

    From the author of Another Piece of My Heart comes the gripping story of two women who live on opposite coasts but whose lives are connected in ways they never could have imagined. Both women are wives and mothers to children who are about to leave the nest for school. They're both in their 40s and have husbands who travel more than either of them would like. They are both feeling an emptiness neither had expected. But when a shocking secret is exposed, their lives are blown apart.

    Kathi says: "Two families' lives in shock"
    "Best of Jane Green"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, felt this was the best of Jane Green's books


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Family Pictures?

    How all the women grew during the book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Some scenes with Maggie when she was a snob and after losing it all her life in the country.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Family Drama


    Any additional comments?

    I have read quite a few books by Jane Green; however, Family Pictures was one of her best! Without giving away the book, it is a heartfelt story of two women with two families and find they have a lot in common. Only when one daughter visits the other, their world crumble.

    There are many take-a-ways from this book – people are not always as they seem, and it takes something bad to happen in order for us to find our true selves. Things do not bring happiness and you find out your true friends when lose it all. You really learn to love Maggie towards the end of the book and sometimes---we can find family in others when we cannot find it the biological way. Highly recommend!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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