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Sandra L. Jacob

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  • Dead and Gone: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #9

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (3749)
    Performance
    (1967)
    Story
    (1980)

    In her ninth adventure, Sookie has just tied on her cocktail waitress apron for a night's work when a special report comes on the television. The time has come. The wereanimals have revealed themselves.

    Anne Hoag says: "High expectations not met"
    "I love them all but this was my favorite"
    Overall

    I reluctantly started listening to these books after Audible had some of them on sale. I had debated listening to them as I had watched Season one of True Blood and wasn't at all enthralled with it. I thought there was too much gratuitous sex and also was underwhelmed by Bill Compton. I had fallen in love with the show on CBS, Moonlight, and was extremely disappointed when it got canceled and probably felt some sour grapes about the advent of True Blood.

    I've never considered myself a huge vampire fan. I read halfway through one of Anne Rice's books and couldn't finish it. But I've become totally addicted to Sookie Stackhouse's story and I'm a sucker for a good love story. I've listened to the whole series twice and to this last one three or four times.

    Sookie has a unique voice and is quite charming and brave and funny. Eric is also funny and totally hot. It's been interesting to see the progression of their relationship with each other. One of the reviewers said this one ends in a cliffhanger and I don't see it that way at all. Sookie's great grandfather doesn't specify which vampire he thinks is a good man and truly loves Sookie, but after all, Sookie is going to have to make up her own mine, isn't she?

    I find myself hoping that she and Eric realize that they are in love, and even that somehow Sookie could have his baby -- after all, there is magic involved in the whole series, and clearly Sookie has something special that we are yet to learn.

    The narrator is fabulous and really brings the characters to life. Thanks to Charlaine Harris for a truly inventive series and to Audible for bringing the books to me. Listening is the only way I read any more, and I have probably become one of Audible's best customers.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Dog Who Could Fly: The Incredible True Story of a WWII Airman and the Four-Legged Hero Who Flew at His Side

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Damien Lewis
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (367)
    Performance
    (317)
    Story
    (321)

    An instant hit in the UK, this is the true account of a German shepherd who was adopted by the Royal Air Force during World War II, joined in flight missions, and survived everything from crash-landings to parachute bailouts-ultimately saving the life of his owner and dearest friend. In the winter of 1939 in the cold snow of no-man's-land, two loners met and began an extraordinary journey that would turn them into lifelong friends.

    Jane says: "4 ½ stars. Audiobook needs a pdf file for pictures"
    "Awesome story"
    Overall

    For dog lovers everywhere. Awesome story with excellent narrator. And for World War II addicts. Heart stopping narrow escapes. Listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Still Missing

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Chevy Stevens
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1876)
    Performance
    (1198)
    Story
    (1204)

    On the day she was abducted, Annie O’Sullivan, a 32-year-old Realtor, had three goals: sell a house, forget about a recent argument with her mother, and be on time for dinner with her ever-patient boyfriend. The open house is slow, but when her last visitor pulls up in a van as she’s about to leave, Annie thinks it just might be her lucky day after all.

    Richard Delman says: "A singular voice; a horrendous story."
    "Creepy and sad."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Better narration than others I've listened to by Angela Dawes. Story is icky. And there were gratuitous twists at the end. As if it isn't bad enough just being held and raped for a year, the author had to add stuff.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Gabrielle Zevin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1612)
    Performance
    (1423)
    Story
    (1428)

    The irascible A. J. Fikry, owner of Island Books - the only bookstore on Alice Island - has already lost his wife. Now his most prized possession, a rare book, has been stolen from right under his nose in the most embarrassing of circumstances. The store itself, it seems, will be next to go. One night upon closing, he discovers a toddler in his children’s section with a note from her mother pinned to her Elmo doll: I want Maya to grow up in a place with books and among people who care about such kinds of things. I love her very much, but I can no longer take care of her.

    Trish says: "Loved, Loved, Loved It!!"
    "Charming."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A wry, charming story about a bookstore and much much more. And for once, Scott Brick didn't ruin it even though his narration didn't add anything. With another narrator it might've earned 5 stars.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Sorcerer's Legacy

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Janny Wurts
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    In Janny Wurts' Sorcerer's Legacy, we discover a world full of magic and intrigue. It is into this world that Elienne has chosen to come, to save a prince's life. Lady Elienne finds herself captive in the dungeons of the one who killed her husband and conquered her lands. While there, a great wizard appears to her, offering to take her away. Does she stay and suffer certain cruelties from the one who now wants to make her his new queen...? Or does she go with this wizard who claims that she is the only one who can save his prince's life?

    Katherine says: "Janny Wurts' debut now on audio"
    "A fast moving, peril ridden journey!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Delightful! A fast moving, peril ridden journey for both a prince and his consort. Emily Gray is a wonderful narrator. I don't think I've listened to her before. I hadn't read this book before this audio edition was released. It was kind of hard to come by and it's only in paperback, used, and I cannot read the small print in paperbacks. So I was glad I could read this one. I think now that I've read all of Wurts' work.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Master of Whitestorm

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Janny Wurts
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    Korendir’s name was the stuff of legend... Man of mystery...deadly mercenary...obsessed adventurer... From a life of misery, chained as a galley slave under the whips of the marauding Mhurgai, Korendir contrived an escape against impossible odds, only to gamble his hard-won freedom against ever more deadly stakes - in a world endangered by elementals, shape-changers, demons and perilous wizardry. Even Haldeth, fellow captive at the oar and his only accepted friend, can not understand what drives Korendir to repeated risk.

    Katherine says: "A satisfying self-contained story"
    "Prebble's narration brings new clarity and emotion"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was introduced to Janny Wurts by first reading The Curse of the Mistwraith and totally loving it, so was hooked. Being my compulsive self, I couldn't stop reading until I finished that series before working my way backward through her earlier works.

    This book tells the story of Korendir, first introduced as a galley slave. He's a 'typical' Wurts hero in that he's tough, defended, smart, prickly (extremely), and underneath it all, a total cream puff. Having been introduced to this sort in the Mistwraith series, I was therefore patient with him and enjoyed the ride through his adventures early in the book. As events unfold, we finally learn the reasons for his behavior, and he becomes more human. This slow uncovering is also a Wurts hallmark, and one that I totally enjoy. While I was sure that would happen, other plot twists are less predictable and we are served up the climax with psychological depth and deep understanding - another Wurts characteristic, which is only one of the things I enjoy so much about her writing.

    This is a standalone novel and a good introduction to the writing of Janny Wurts. The writing style is less complex than the style of the Mistwraith series, and so it's an easier read, for those who would like to dip their toe into the work of this outstanding author.

    REREAD: I listened to the new audio edition of this book and couldn't believe how rich the narration of it is. Simon Prebble's voice and interpretation is magnificent. He pours emotion into his reading that is rare in other books I've listened to him read. I was sobbing at the end. Beautiful.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Come Unto These Yellow Sands

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Paul Fleschner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (125)

    Lover of fine poetry and lousy choose-your-own-adventure novels, Professor Sebastian Swift was once the bad-boy darling of the literati. The only lines he does these days are Browning, Frost, and Cummings. Even his relationship with the hot, handsome Wolfe Neck Police chief, Max Prescott, is healthy. When one of his most talented students comes to him bruised and begging for help, Swift hands over the keys to his Orson Island cabin - only to find out that the boy's father is dead and the police are suspicious.

    Tony Squared says: "Suspense (with poetry)"
    "This is a marvelous story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It's a mystery/romance but so much more than that. I had to listen to it twice to get the full depth of it. Lanyon truly writes some terrific character studies. One of the few that I've read about addiction that gets it right.

    The narrator occasionally emphasizes the wrong word and is a little superficial at times, but still good enough that it doesn't detract from the story... Well worth a listen.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Run: Dangerous Ground, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Adrian Bisson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (45)

    The boys are back in town - and Paris is burning! For Special Agents of the Department of Diplomatic Security, Taylor MacAllister and Will Brandt, the strain of a long distance relationship is beginning to tell after eleven months of separation. A romantic holiday could be just the thing to bridge the ever-growing distance, but when Taylor spots a terrorist from the 70s, long believed dead but very much alive, it's c'est la vie.

    Riva says: "Still loving the series"
    "Points off for contrived plot line"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Not my favorite story twist, but still a good one. Lanyon's writing is tight and evocative. The narrator is excellent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Heat: Dangerous Ground

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Adrian Bisson
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (45)

    Special Agents for the Department of Diplomatic Security, Taylor MacAllister and Will Brandt have been partners forever and lovers for three months, but their new relationship is threatened when Will is offered a plum two-year assignment in Paris.

    Riva says: "Typical middle book of the series"
    "Another exciting episode."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This one makes me laugh. Poor Taylor with his love of nature and possibly a baby to deliver. Very good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Old Poison: Dangerous Ground, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Adrian Bisson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (53)

    Someone from DSS Special Agent Taylor MacAllister's past - the past he doesn't discuss with his partner and now-lover Will Brandt - wants him scared. Dead scared. Or maybe just dead. Will fears the past will end a future romance. Or any future at all.

    Riva says: "I'm hooked"
    "A solid 2nd installment"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Taylor's history catches up to him in this convoluted tale. His and Will's relationship gets tighter.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dangerous Ground

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Adrian Bisson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (79)

    Special Agents for the Department of Diplomatic Security, Taylor MacAllister and Will Brandt have been partners and best friends for three years, but everything changed the night Taylor admitted the truth about his feelings for Will. But it's complicated... Taylor agreed to a camping trip in the High Sierras - despite the fact that he hates camping - because Will wants a chance to save their partnership.

    KC says: "Great story, great narration"
    "Lanyon's writing is excellent"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a nice beginning to this series. I like both protags and the plot is tight and believable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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