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Maddy

Wife, Mom of 4, Grandma of 11, Great-Grandma of 2, fiber artist, love dogs, birds, flowers, and BOOKS in any way, shape, or form!

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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • The First: A Prequel to 'The Returned'

    • UNABRIDGED (33 mins)
    • By Jason Mott
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    Overall
    (441)
    Performance
    (376)
    Story
    (379)

    It's been just over a year since Edmund Blithe died, and just over a month since his fiancee, Emily, stopped wearing her engagement ring. Emily has finally begun to move on - until Edmund mysteriously and inexplicably returns. Edmund is only just the beginning. Around the world, people's loved ones are returning from beyond, seeking only to reenter the lives they left behind.

    Maddy says: "Under the Spell"
    "Under the Spell"
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    Whatever sort of magic Jason Mott weaves, he has completely captivated me in the 34 short minutes of this prequel. As one who is easily disappointed by this genre, I am actually looking forward to August 27 and the release of The Returned.

    The prequel promises much while not giving away anything - a difficult trick to pull off! During this brief introduction to Edmund and his "situation," which is apparently not limited just to him, the narrator immediately brings to life the author's portrayal of the characters' personalities.

    Both writer and performer have left me spellbound and anxious for the story to continue. Well done

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Picture Perfect: The Jodi Arias Story: a Beautiful Photographer, Her Mormon Lover, and a Brutal Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Shanna Hogan
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Travis Alexander was a handsome, hard-working, practicing Mormon who lived in Mesa, Arizona. His good looks and easygoing manner made him popular with everyone, especially the ladies. So when he was found with a bullet wound in the face and his throat slashed, the brutal murder sent shock waves throughout his community. Who could have done something so sinister? But soon a suspect was singled out-Jodi Arias. A beautiful, aspiring photographer, Jodi had been in a long-distance relationship with Travis the year before.

    Memyselfhjb says: "Better than HLN's book"
    "Verdict Watch"
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    A short TV news update on the status of the punishment phase in the Jodi Arias trial, as well as a few extra audiobook credits, led me to Picture Perfect. Having followed the trial and all its sex, lies, and audiotapes, and knowing the ending to this sad story has yet to be written, I was interested in seeing Shanna Hogan's take on it all. Ms. Hogan appeared often as a guest commentator on Jane Velez-Mitchell's show during HLNs wall to wall coverage of the trial.

    (JVM also published a book on the trial. Exposed: The Secret Life of Jodi Arias is a not-quite objective detailing of the life of the young murderess. I say that because the book reads like the unabridged version of JVMs on-air rants about Arias. Having said that, I am quick to add that I agree with most of what she wrote about Arias and I enjoyed the book.)

    Picture Perfect is well written. The mood of the book is not as dark and heavy as the terrible crime it tells of. I found that to be a good balance for me, as the reader/listener; it kept the story from becoming too horribly oppressive.

    The facts are in keeping with those brought out in the trial. I especially appreciated when the author put "meat to the bones," so to speak. This book obviously is more than a trial transcript. Not only does the author give us details about the two major players in the story, she also brings life to the secondary characters, the friends, co-workers, and family of Travis Alexander.

    The author elegantly side-stepped the all-too-obvious temptation to include details of the many, varied, and sometimes unusual sexual activities engaged in by Jodi Arias and Travis Alexander. Thank you, Shanna Hogan, for sparing us, your readers, from the explicit text messages and, particularly, the phone-sex tape.

    I found just one problem with Picture Perfect -- the non-ending. Yes, the jury found Jodi Arias guilty of first degree murder. Yes, the death penalty is on the table. And Arias has been sentenced to...? Nothing...yet. Court is scheduled for sometime in September, unless that changes, again!

    I can, on one hand understand why Ms. Hogan rushed to publish. I'm sure she wanted to avoid becoming just one more book about a love affair gone so wrong. On the other hand, had she waited for the last bang of the gavel and given us the rest of the story, her obvious talent would have elevated Picture Perfect above the rest that is sure to come.

    All in all, a good and easy listen. Well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15300)
    Performance
    (12626)
    Story
    (13267)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "No Grey Way"
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    I cannot think of anyone who might truly enjoy this book. The writing is dumbed-down, the story uneven, and the narration poor.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    Improve her writing skills.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    Voice uneven. Sound like she's wearing braces.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    Waste of time and money. I CANNOT believe they are making this schlock into a movie! Well, yes, I can...

    I am glad I only bought the first book. Now I just need to figure out how to delete this junk from My Library.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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