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Justin

Collingswood, NJ, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 5 reviews
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  • 66 titles in library
  • 4 purchased in 2014
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  • A to Z

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Marie Sexton
    • Narrated By Mark L. Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (102)

    Zach Mitchell is stuck in a rut. His college boyfriend left him ten years ago, but Zach still lives in the same apartment, drives the same car, and feeds his ex-boyfriend’s ungrateful cat. His Denver business, A to Z Video Rental, is struggling. He has annoying customers, eccentric neighbors, and an unfulfilling romance with his landlord, Tom. But things start to change when Zach gives a job to a combat boot-wearing punk with an attitude, Angelo Green.

    Justin says: "A good love story with plenty of steaminess!!!"
    "A good love story with plenty of steaminess!!!"
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    The characters seemed 3-dimensional, full of life and emotion. Love can be complicated, blind and all of the above. I thought the author portrayed the characters well. They were both frustrating and exciting. Definitely worth the listen but beware that the narrator is terrible and takes some getting used to.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (609)
    Performance
    (421)
    Story
    (420)

    Winner of the CWA Ellis Peters Historical Dagger Award, Dark Fire revisits acclaimed master of historical fiction C. J. Sansom's colorful and rapier-witted lawyer, Matthew Shardlake. Set in 1540, this beguiling tale of murder and mayhem is set against a rich backdrop of medieval London. Here, hunchbacked Matthew Shardlake is called upon to investigate the peculiar case of a young woman accused of murder.

    Julie says: "Great Historical Mystery"
    "A smart mystery with plenty of action!!"
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    I love the story line and how it was woven so cleverly with true events in history. Though fictional, using "dark Fire" as the driver for the plots for the rise and fall of the reformist movement was great. Using a lawyer as the main character is awesome. There was plenty of wit and smarts about the novel. It was a true crime drama. Crossley made this novel worth listening to. His accents and voices were well varied and i knew who was speaking based om his cues. This is the first book I've read of the Matthew Shardlake series because I didn't know anything about it when I started. This book has made me go get the others in the series. I can't wait to get started.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paris A to Z

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Marie Sexton
    • Narrated By Mack L. Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (63)

    Zach Mitchell and his lover Angelo Green are headed to Paris (along with their Coda friends Matt and Jared) to attend Jon and Cole's wedding. Matt will have to face Jared's former lover, and Angelo will have to spend an entire week with Zach's ex-boyfriend. Between Matt's jealousy and Angelo's temper, Zach thinks they'll be lucky to get through the week without one of the grooms being punched.

    Justin says: "Contrived but a fun story"
    "Contrived but a fun story"
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    Even though Strawberries for Dessert was a good story, it seemed ridiculous that they would all end up in Paris. But if you just go with the story, the character interactions are solid and real. I think Promises was the best story with Matt & Jared but this story revolves more around Zach, Angelo, Zach's ex and the unresolved issues among them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Faithful Place: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3643)
    Performance
    (2030)
    Story
    (2033)

    New York Times best-selling author Tana French has won the prestigious Edgar, Barry, Macavity, and Anthony awards. As her third novel featuring the Dublin Murder Squad opens, 19-year-old Frank Mackey is waiting in vain for Rosie, who he’s supposed to run away to London with. But when she doesn’t show, Frank leaves Dublin without her—thinking never to return.

    Buffalogal says: "Incredible"
    "Great Listen"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this audiobook to anyone who enjoys murder mysteries. The book goes through a bit of a seedy side of Dublin and that was a fascinating backdrop for me. really kept me engaged.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narrator was excellent. This was my first Tana French book and I was told that I will enjoy her other books even more. The interactions of the characters seemed real and emotional which helped me get into the story.


    Which character – as performed by Tim Gerard Reynolds – was your favorite?

    The characters were all well performed. The subtle differences for each character were noticeable each time. I had no issue picking up Kevin from Francis or any of the other minor characters.


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

    Pulled back to a community he gladly left behind, what really happened to a long lost love may redefine a man's view on life and family.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12840)
    Performance
    (5203)
    Story
    (5244)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "I couldn't turn it off!"
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    If you could sum up The Pillars of the Earth in three words, what would they be?

    Epic Medieval Love-story


    What other book might you compare The Pillars of the Earth to and why?

    I'm still looking for another book that compares to this one. Haven't found it yet.


    Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

    This is tough. There are so many good well-developed characters in this book. There is the tough as nails Phillip, the fierce Aliena, the unruly Jack, but my favorite has to be Jack's mother, Ellen. No one else could stand on a table in the priory, "curse" the bible and get away with it like she did.


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

    I laughed out loud several times, I hissed at William with scorn. I shouted with excitement when the townspeople fought off William and his knights and when Aliena and Jack found each other at last. Follet is a master at drawing me into the action. I felt like i was there.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an epic adventure. Follet had me from chapter 1 and the best part is that I had no idea i would get so caught up in the lives of these characters. I had no idea where these characters would take me but the ride was so interesting. The characters were so developed i didn't want the book to end.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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