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jes2370 | Listener Since 2005

  • 21 reviews
  • 66 ratings
  • 0 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2015

  • The Abortionist's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Elisabeth Hyde
    • Narrated By Beth McDonald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Two weeks before Christmas, Dr. Diana Duprey is found floating face-up in a small lap pool in her back yard. A medical doctor with an abortion practice, and a national figure who inspired passion and ignited tempers, she had been the target of violent threats by right-to-life activists. Her husband, Frank Thomson, a lawyer in the district attorney's office, fought bitterly with her on the morning of her murder. To reveal the nature of their argument would cost him his career, and more. says: "The Abortionist's Daughter"
    "The Abortionist's Daughter"

    Not a terrible book, yet not a great book. The biggest problem is the narrator. The voice in character is too much. Since this medium is so reliant on the narrator, I tended to miss the content. This is a book that I would probably take out of the library and read myself to form a fairer opinion.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Guns

    • UNABRIDGED (49 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In a pulls-no-punches essay intended to provoke rational discussion, Stephen King sets down his thoughts about gun violence in America. Anger and grief in the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School are palpable in this urgent piece of writing, but no less remarkable are King's keen thoughtfulness and composure as he explores the contours of the gun-control issue and constructs his argument for what can and should be done.

    Daniel E. Jacobs says: "putting his voice on what people have been saying"
    "It's about time"
    Would you listen to Guns again? Why?

    Oh yes because the author makes many good points an I would lik to go back to understand them all a bit better

    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Stephen King is a gun owner and advocate, yet he admonishes the 'powers that be' for lax gun control. There is a compromise to be made here. If and when it is accepted will drastically reduce the number of lives wasted.

    What about Christian Rummel’s performance did you like?

    He was good; but I would have preferred the author in this instance.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Certainly; it's short compared to other audiobooks.

    Any additional comments?

    Other than Stephen King's chronic bad language, I thought the essay was very well written. The topic is timely and the subject was well researched To me it is simple; no guns nobody dies. I realize that this is akin to closing the barn door after the horses have taken the bus back to town, but as Mr.King puts it 'how many people have to die before something, anything changes. Does it have to be in our neighbourhood, involve someone we know or love before a change is demanded?' So I think that it's about time that someone voiced an opinion that may intiate the discussion in the hope that in the not too distant future, change might be realized.

    1 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • I Still Dream About You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Fannie Flagg
    • Narrated By Fannie Flagg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Meet Maggie Fortenberry, a still beautiful former Miss Alabama. To others, Maggie’s life seems practically perfect - she’s lovely, charming, and a successful real estate agent at Red Mountain Realty. Still, Maggie can’t help but wonder how she wound up in her present condition....

    Amazon Customer says: "Love Fannie Flagg"
    "Can't finish"

    Sadly, I won't be finishing this book because of language choice. I don't feel that it is acceptable to take our Saviour's name in vain and finishing this book, I feel would be hypocritical. Not only is it unfortunate, but so unnecessary. Why books, especially audio books, do not indicate offensive language is a mystery to me.

    9 of 67 people found this review helpful
  • Prophet

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Frank Peretti
    • Narrated By Cameron Beierle

    John Barrett, anchorman for News Six at Five, has a problem. He's caught his producer skewing a story to suit her own prejudices, then lying to cover her tracks. The "accidental" death of John's father is also now in question, after the father's controversial testimony. And a young girl has been murdered, and John is the only one who can prove it.

    Dean says: "A Very Good Listen"
    "less than 1 star"

    If I could have, I would have given this book zero stars. Not for the content. I can't listen to this narrator for another second and therefore have no idea what the book is about. So well rated, I didn't listen first to know that he would drive me this bananas. Another credit bites the dust - sigh

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • House Rules

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mark Turetsky, Nicole Poole, Andy Paris, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    One of America’s most popular authors, Jodi Picoult has earned a reputation for crafting riveting, topical fiction. In House Rules she examines how being different can have dire consequences. Teenager Jacob Hunt has Asperger’s syndrome. A forensic science wizard, he follows his scanner to show up at crime scenes and give law enforcement officials his advice.

    Charlotte says: "Great book until the ending"

    It must be unbelievably difficult to end a book well. House Rules ends so badly that you wonder who wrote that ending. Similarly, it seems to be impossible to write a book with language appropriate for everyone. Succumbing to the lowest common denominator is getting old. Just because one expects a character to respond a certain way, doesn't mean they have to.
    I normally like Picoult's books, yet this one for the above two reasons, doesn't rank with her best work. I did however learn a lot about Asperger's syndrome. I know two people who suffer from this particular health burden, and I feel that I now have a better understanding of what life is like for them.

    11 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jeannette Walls
    • Narrated By Jeannette Walls

    Jeannette Walls's memoir The Glass Castle was "nothing short of spectacular" (Entertainment Weekly). Now, in Half Broke Horses, she brings us the story of her grandmother, told in a first-person voice that is authentic, irresistible, and triumphant.

    "Not nearly as good"

    I looked forward to listening to this book but was sadly, disappointed. I found very little to like in the main character and for this reason had a difficult time finishing the story. With Jeannette Walls' next book, I'll save the credit and take it out of the library.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Hiding Place

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Corrie Ten Boom

    Walk alongside two unlikely World War II heroes in this best-selling memoir. The Hiding Place is the story of two spinster daughters, Corrie and Betsie, unlikely heroes who became the center of a major underground operation to hide Jewish refugees from the occupying Germans. Even when betrayed and sent away to the dreaded Ravensbruck concentration camp, they manage to create another Hiding Place for those around them. says: "Inspirational"

    This was not easy to get through as the subject matter is difficult to say the least. I am completely humbled by Corrie and Betsie's unwavering faith and their ability to find goodness in everything and everyone. Truly inspirational!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Great book with issues"

    I loved most everything about this book. The story was compelling and the characters are well developed. My issue was primarily with the language of the Skeeter character which is at times offensive. Had the language not been an issue for me I would have given this book 5 stars.

    However, a review of this book would not be complete without making mention of the wonderful narrators. While all were excellent, I find Jenna Lamia particularly exemplary despite the aforementioned language issues attributed to her character.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • When Madeline Was Young

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jane Hamilton
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Jane Hamilton, award-winning author of The Book of Ruth and A Map of the World, is back in top form with a richly textured novel about a tragic accident and its effects on two generations of a family. When Aaron Maciver's beautiful young wife, Madeline, suffers brain damage in a bike accident, she is left with the intellectual powers of a six-year-old.

    J. says: "Interesting"
    "No interest"

    This book starts off weird and just gets weirder. From the synopsis provided with the book, I expected something different. I'm only 3 hours in and I'm really uncertain as to whether or not I will bother to finish it. I'm not a fan of gratuitous inappropriate language and this book is choke full. Can't say I'm all that interested in what happens to Madeline.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Handle with Care

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Celeste Ciulla, Jessica Almasy, Jim Colby, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    From mega-selling author Jodi Picoult comes an engrossing tale of medical morality and parental responsibility. Charlotte O'Keefe's daughter is born with osteogenesis imperfecta and will endure endless broken bones. Facing unthinkable medical costs, Charlotte considers a troubling solution. If she goes to court and says she would have terminated the pregnancy had she known of her daughter's condition, she might get enough money for a lifetime of medical expenses.

    Amy Augustine says: "Worth it"
    "Not up to par"

    Jodi Picoult is one of my favourite authors. However, this being said, Handle With Care harkens back too closely to My Sister`s Keeper. Moreover, I find the idea of insurance fraud for `the sake of the children` appalling. While I normally enjoy the moral dilemma Picoult includes in many of her works, I did not find the mother character sympathetic. To my thinking, the author goes to great lengths to prove the adage; money can’t buy happiness.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mark Haddon
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman

    Fifteen-year-old Christopher Boone has Asperger's Syndrome, a condition similar to autism. He doesn't like to be touched or meet new people, he cannot make small talk, and he hates the colors brown and yellow. He is a math whiz with a very logical brain who loves solving puzzles that have definite answers.

    Robert says: "Endearing. Pathos, humor, reality, and insight."

    Having just finished listening to this book I have to say how surprised I am that it is listed in the kids section. The content is wholly inappropriate for children to say nothing of the language. I am completely dissatisfied with this book as I was expecting something completely different. It is disappointing really since this book was recommended to me and is very highly rated. It I could give it zero stars I would have

    7 of 18 people found this review helpful

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