Call anytime(888) 283-5051
 

You no longer follow Judy

You will no longer see updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can re-follow a user if you change your mind.

OK

You now follow Judy

You will receive updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can unfollow a user if you change your mind.

OK

Judy

FRIENDSWOOD, TX, United States | Member Since 2011

ratings
29
REVIEWS
11
FOLLOWING
0
FOLLOWERS
2
HELPFUL VOTES
12

  • Unraveling

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Norris
    • Narrated By Katie Schorr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (124)

    Two days before the start of her junior year, 17-year-old Janelle Tenner is hit by a pickup truck and killed - as in blinding light, scenes of her life flashing before her, and then nothing. Except the next thing she knows, she's opening her eyes to find Ben Michaels, a loner from her high school whom Janelle has never talked to, leaning over her. And even though it isn't possible, she knows - with every fiber of her being - that Ben has somehow brought her back to life.

    G. House Sr. says: "Unexpected -- Reels you in -- can't stop listening"
    "Finally! A complete book with a full story!It"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was a well written and well narrated story that didn't end with the inevitable cliff hanger that becomes a dozen books or more. It wasn't a pie in the sky story where good guys wear white hats and live out their lives. Some of the good guys actually get killed. The heroine of this story is Janelle Tenner who is smart, well read, stubborn, and doesn't use a lot of cliche driven conversation. Everything isn't tied up so neatly that she isn't challenged in her young life. It does leave the door open for a potential sequel but this volume can stand on it's own merit as written. I enjoyed it very much.

    I'm so sorry that I can't leave a longer review but I don't want to throw out any spoilers.
    Great narration by Katie Schorr. I only wish the pauses between chapters had been shorter. That's really being picky.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood: Outlander, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (2344)
    Performance
    (2205)
    Story
    (2197)

    Hurtled back through time more than two hundred years to 1743 Scotland, Claire Randall finds herself caught in the midst of an unfamiliar world torn apart by violence, pestilence, and revolution and haunted by her growing feelings for a young soldier, James Fraser.

    G. House Sr. says: "Eloquent Fabulous Historical - Grand Continuation"
    "A long awaited banquet with friends"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Satisfying, slowly consumed, and delicious. Diana's writing is more that of a sixty year old woman with twenty best sellers behind her name. She loves her characters and endows them with intelligence and a conscience. Realizing that there were no cell phones, even before Claire's first exit to the past, we know that we will have to wait for the journeys. The beauty of this is that Diana Gabaldon knows that it's the journey not the destination that builds character and memories. Davina Porter is an artist who paints words and characters with her voice. Her voice should hang, like a masterpiece, in the Louvre.

    I love these long stories that are told over the centuries because the characters draw you in and make you care about what may be waiting around every corner. I especially enjoy the medical applications and how Claire translates 20th century medicine to the 1700's. Learning how penicillin is made and what it takes to create ether is fascinating to me. You learn in little pieces of stories that illustrate the challenges of living in a time where convenience didn't exist.

    I close the book and a feeling of poignance comes over me. I know that like the journeys, there will be a stretch of time before I can once again experience the lives of characters that I've come to love. I will miss the histories that are nearly first hand, thanks to the authors kindest care with her research. But I know I will see these old friends again in future editions. For now I think I shall re-experience the beginning once again. Like a rich soup, it is often even better the day after it's made.

    Dear reader, I wish you a journey through this series to be remembered well enough to consume again and again. It is not for the instant coffee crowd, it's for those who appreciate grinding ones own beans and lovingly brewing a cup of smooth, rich coffee to be enjoyed in the most comfortable chair, feet up before a cozy fire, and with a Diana Gabaldon novel at hand.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Outlaw Demon Wails

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Gigi Bermingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1872)
    Performance
    (1084)
    Story
    (1088)

    To save the lives of her friends, Rachel did the unthinkable: she willingly trafficked in forbidden demon magic. And now her sins are coming home to haunt her. As Rachel searches for the truth behind a terrifying murder, an even greater menace threatens, for the demon Algaliarept will stop at nothing to claim her, and the discovery of a shocking family secret throws Rachel's entire life into question.

    Jaclyn A Rupert says: "Narrrator: 1 star, Story 5 stars!"
    "Hard to listen to the end, but for good reaaon"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    With all due respect to Gigi, it is hard to walk into a much loved series and take over where another well accepted reader was unavailable, for whatever reason. I admit that there were times when I thought I would have to order the electronic version of this volume. I'm rather forgiving but this recorded version should have been put on hold until the original reader could resume.

    It would also have made it better had she listened to the pronunciation of the names and accents previously used. At times she was practically shrill and at others she shredded the accents. Now, that said, Gigi is very capable and with the right book, she would be great but with this many accents and replacing a popular reader, poor Gigi was set up to fail and fail she did.

    It was a good book. I suggest you buy a printed version and continue the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15791)
    Performance
    (10109)
    Story
    (9990)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Well conceived, written, researched, RIVETING!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have not always written reviews and those I've written were not always positive. This one is an exception to all the rules. I couldn't put it down. It reads like a novel from an older experienced writer with at least ten best sellers on the resume. In the series you learn so many things you never expected to learn and they fit so neatly into the story. For instance, how is penicillin made? Bread mold, right? Well, yes and no. It isn't made from the mold but I won't spoil it for you because I want you to be just as amazed as I was by the things you will learn. The series is loaded with little things such as this and what a surprise to find out that this is the authors first novel!

    I would be completely remiss if I didn't mention Davina Porter. She is the best narrator I've ever heard read an audible book and I've read them for many years. When I was traveling and on the road for my company, it was a way of catching up on my reading and staying awake on the road. Davina's ability to do all the dialects and accents combined with her gender switches are nothing short of amazing. She does Jaime so well that even though I'm straight as an arrow, her rendition is a flat turn on.

    I can't say enough for this book and this series except that it keeps getting better and better. I wish you the joy of opening this book like you're opening a special package that you just know contains something wondrous and joyful. No spoilers here, my friends. I wouldn't do that to you. Instead, discover and pay it forward for this is one of those that when you turn the final page, you do so with joy but also a touch of regret, knowing that you will likely read it again but it can never again be your first time.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Tiger's Curse

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Colleen Houck
    • Narrated By Annika Boras, Sanjiv Jahveri
    Overall
    (638)
    Performance
    (558)
    Story
    (556)

    The last thing teenager Kelsey Hayes thought she'd be doing over the summer was meeting Ren, a mysterious white tiger and cursed Indian prince! When she learns she alone can break the Tiger's curse, Kelsey's life is turned upside-down. The unlikely duo journeys halfway around the world to piece together an Indian prophecy, find a way to free the man trapped by a centuries-old spell, and discover the path to their true destiny.

    F. DesBouillons says: "Great Book!!!"
    "I'm not buying the sequel!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    You know, this book had a good story going for it and then things went south. Frankly, I found that it is an insult to the intelligence of any age reader but certainly to any teen who loves to read. I won't elaborate because I don 't care for spoilers and the plot devices used by the author to advance her story were pitifully stupid. No self respecting young adult with a thimble full of self esteem would buy into the ending without being totally offended. They deserve more respect and if they are lacking in self esteem, this book certainly would not reinforce good self esteem. I won't be buying the sequels. I will say that it was well narrated. That's my take on it! Wish I could have been more positive but I was ticked off royally by the time I finished it. I then waited a couple more weeks so that I could think it over before submitting a review. Colleen, please do a better job next time, okay?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ignite Me

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Tahereh Mafi
    • Narrated By Kate Simses
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (316)
    Performance
    (292)
    Story
    (294)

    With Omega Point destroyed, Juliette doesn’t know if the rebels, her friends, or even Adam are alive. But that won’t keep her from trying to take down The Reestablishment once and for all. Now she must rely on Warner, the handsome commander of Sector 45. The one person she never thought she could trust. The same person who saved her life. He promises to help Juliette master her powers and save their dying world...but that’s not all he wants with her.

    Marjorie says: "Stunning conclusion!"
    "Captivating and well written"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Tahereh Mafi is a fine writer who delivers what she promises. Ignite me, like the previous two volumes were hard to put down and the narration by Kate Simses is masterful. I couldn't wait for this book to come out and when it did, I was not disappointed. I'm not going into the story or characters because I dislike spoilers whether intentional or not. It was a smart story and would be appreciated by all ages. Good reading!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Starcrossed

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Josephine Angelini
    • Narrated By Devon Sorvari
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (88)

    Helen Hamilton has spent her entire 16 years trying to hide how different she is. And it's getting harder. Nightmares of a desperate desert journey have Helen waking parched, only to find her sheets damaged by dirt and dust. At school she's haunted by hallucinations of three women weeping tears of blood... and when Helen first crosses paths with Lucas Delos, she has no way of knowing they're destined to play the leading roles in a tragedy the Fates insist on repeating throughout history.

    Judy says: "First novel of a trilogy?"
    "First novel of a trilogy?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I really enjoyed this read. The book was engaging, interesting, extremely well narrated, but it left me wondering where the second and third volumes were languishing. The second in the series is Dreamless. It was published and out in May of 2012. I'm really anxious to read the sequels because this writer doesn't short change the reader with a couple of dozen dime novels to tell a story when she can tell a full and compete story in a trilogy. I love the characters she painted with her words and I'm so surprised that I'm the first to write a review on this volume because it should have scads of them long since.

    I wonder if those who read it failed to post a review until they had continued the story in the sequels. If so, that's a pity because anyone who read the reviews would be downloading this book right now. As it is, I may have to go to Barnes&RobYou to download it to my Nook when I'd really enjoy it while on a long drive or even while cleaning house. I get so interested and into it that I fail to notice that I'm working or even working out, God forbid. Oh well... At least read Starcrossed because you will like it. I had had it in my library but was a tiny bit put off by the synopsis. That may need to be revisited in case anyone else had the same reaction. I thought, wow.... why didn't I read this sooner?

    Do yourself a favor and don't put it off. It's worth it.

    Oh, I nearly forgot. In my research, I put the authors name in my search engine and she has a website. So, I trucked on over there even though I should be in bed, and wouldn't you know? The third book in the trilogy is titled "Goddess." It can be pre-ordered in print but I think it can be downloaded now to my Nook. PLEASE, Audible... get these two recorded into audible books so we can buy them?

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Witch World

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christopher Pike
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Heading off for a weekend in Las Vegas with her friends, Jessie Ralle has only one worry: how to make it through the road trip in the same car as her ex, Jimmy Kelter. The guy she hasn’t come close to getting over since he broke up with her five months ago. The guy who’s finally ready to tell her why he did it, because now he wants her back. Only, sometimes knowing why doesn’t actually make things better. Sometimes it leads to bigger, more terrifying questions.

    Judy says: "Love Christopher Pikes new book!"
    "Love Christopher Pikes new book!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have enjoyed Christopher Pikes Thirst series and he is a wonderful writer who writes women quite well. And I have to give him props for writing a complete book. He doesn't give you a novella and call it a book. He WRITES a full story in each book. You receive hours of enjoyment from each book without having to buy fourteen quickies, ya know? Witch World held my interest. He was able to go back and forth between the real world and Witch World seamlessly and did so between the characters who existed in both worlds simultaneously. Not and easy job, that.

    I wish audible would put the entire Thirst series in their catalog. Even though I've read them, I'd read them again. I started audible books when I was on the road for my job going up and down the Texas coast. I found that when I listen to music, I would get sleepy because of the steady beat. Audiobooks keep my interest and I don't get sleepy. I certainly hope you put any sequels to Witch World in your line up.

    Pike tells a huge story that is complex and tells it in an uncomplicated manner. I was so excited to see this new book out and characters I could follow and unfold, finding more than a one dimensional character. From Russ to Whip to Jessie, Pike delivered. All I want is more more more... I understand that a finale for Thirst will be out soon and I will buy it and read it more than once. I so look forward to more of Witch World.

    The narration was by Justine Eyre who was nothing less than amazing. You guys did it again. Congratulations!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Thirst No. 3: The Eternal Dawn

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Christopher Pike
    • Narrated By Mandy Siegfried
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (30)

    Alisa has spent the past five thousand years as a vampire, living alone and fighting for survival. In her loneliness, Alisa cannot resist bringing Teria, a descendant of her human family, into her life. But Alisa is surrounded by death and destruction, and just by knowing Alisa, Teri's life is at risk. Alisa's guilt grows when she becomes involved in a dangerous conspiracy. A top-secret group knows Alisa's secret and will stop at nothing to use her powers for their cause.

    J. Ko says: "AMAZING!!!"
    "Christopher Pike"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Thirst No. 3: The Eternal Dawn rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love Christopher Pikes writing and especially his Thirst series. He lends a greater depth to his heroes and heroines as more than mere vampires. He tugs at their beginnings and underpinnings in such a way that you meet characters you never expected. Thus far, Audible has only the third in the series of four volumes. Read them in order. Each volume is meaty and not a quick read. It's more of a seven course meal that leaves one satisfied and content but not tied up too neatly. She is, after all, the worlds oldest vampire who is also shackled by her spirituality, living and breathing her Karma.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Bloods: Blue Bloods, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Melissa de la Cruz
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    Overall
    (228)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (109)

    The first book in the New York Times best-selling series, Blue Bloods introduces Schuyler Van Alen to the ancient world of the undead. Schuyler is an outcast at her prestigious private high school filled with fashionable upper-class socialites. But this off-limits world opens up to her when Schuyler turns 15 and discovers that her peers, like her, are budding vampires. Then vampires start getting killed, and Schuyler realizes something else - they are being hunted.

    Rebecca says: "Spoiled rich kids are vampires... no wait, angels"
    "Incomplete books"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Blue Bloods? What did you like least?

    I like the characters but I have problems with the story line in each book. Writing short books and ending each one with a hook so that you have to have the next in the series to complete the book you've read is an expensive trick because there's nothing cheap about it. When transferred to audio, the narrative has long pauses between chapters. They are so long, I begin checking my device to make sure it hasn't shut off. Why are these pauses so long? Could it be because they want to lengthen the listed length of the audio book? Do they think that adding five or ten minutes (or whatever the total time we spend tapping our toes wondering what happened to our story) will make us think we are buying a longer book?Then there are a couple of books that are noticeably short, yet they sell for a member price of ten to thirteen dollars. What's up with that? When Stephanie Meyer writes a book, each one is very complete and can stand on its own whether one reads the prior in the series or not. They aren't tiny books that are stretched to infinity, nor are there lengthy pauses. This author should combine two of these books into single books with a more complete story. It would make far more sense. I doubt if I'll be buying any of her other books when I conclude this series as there are simply better writers who try to do a more professional job of completing a story line. One more thing... I gave the narrator a 3 star because she mispronounces so many words in addition to the lengthy pauses, of which the latter is probably due to post production decisions.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.