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LJ Ducharme

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
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  • Jane Eyre

  • By: Charlotte Brontë
  • Narrated by: Emma Messenger
  • Length: 21 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,665
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,491
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,497

Jane Eyre follows the emotions and experiences of eponymous Jane Eyre, her growth to adulthood, and her love for Mr. Rochester, the byronic master of Thornfield Hall. The novel contains elements of social criticism, with a strong sense of morality at its core, but is nonetheless a novel many consider ahead of its time given the individualistic character of Jane and the novel's exploration of sexuality, religion, and proto-feminism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story, wonderfully narrated

  • By A. Thompson on 02-28-13

Why did it take me so long?

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-03-17

I was not going to read any of these classics because I thought I wouldn't like the stilted prose. Who was I kidding? No stilted prose or difficult thees and thous - just wonderful resound words and story. I loved every word.

But why did Rochester keep calling he Janet?

  • The Golden Dynasty

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Tillie Hooper
  • Length: 17 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,342
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,188
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,180

Circe Quinn goes to sleep at home and wakes up in a corral filled with women wearing sacrificial virgin attire - and she is one of them. She soon finds out that she's not having a wild dream; she's living a frightening nightmare where she's been transported to a barren land populated by a primitive people, and in short order she's installed very unwillingly on a white throne of horns as their queen.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not Sure Where To Stand On This

  • By Mykal on 09-13-16

Violence against women is never good

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-03-17

Would you ever listen to anything by Kristen Ashley again?

I love this series, but was disturbed by this particular book in the series. When a book starts out with a "Hunt" for wives and they wives are claimed by rape . . . . not a positive way to start. When the new wife falls into, what I can only call Stockholm Syndrome ..... not a good way to follow up rape.

If I could strip away the extreme violence committed against women in this book I would have given it all 5 stars across the board. I will continue to read this series, but I am not a fan of this particular book.

What about Tillie Hooper’s performance did you like?

She has a wonderful voice that conveys the emotion and atmosphere perfectly.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment.

Any additional comments?

See above comments about listening to a Kristen Ashley book again.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Trail Through Time

  • The Chronicles of St. Mary's, Book 4
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,525
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,291
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,284

"St Mary's is back and is facing a battle to survive in this, the fourth installment of the Chronicles. Max and Leon are re-united and looking forward to a peaceful lifetime together. But, sadly, they don't even make it to lunchtime. The action races from 17th century London to Ancient Egypt and from Pompeii to 14th century Southwark as they're pursued up and down the timeline.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best book yet!

  • By Steph on 11-18-14

as always .... a delight

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-04-17

I continue to enjoy this St. Mary's series. sucks me in every time. Read them all.

  • The Zookeeper's Wife

  • A War Story
  • By: Diane Ackerman
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,050
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,540
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,543

When Germany invaded Poland, bombers devastated Warsaw - and the city's zoo along with it. With most of their animals dead, zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski began smuggling Jews into the empty cages. Another dozen "guests" hid inside the Zabinskis' villa, emerging after dark for dinner, socializing, and, during rare moments of calm, piano concerts.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Boring

  • By Amy M Perez on 02-26-17

Fantastic

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-18-17

I so enjoyed this book. It brought to mind Schindler's List, but more gently told - at least that's how I felt.

  • A Second Chance

  • The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 3
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,789
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,529
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,528

St Mary’s is back and nothing is going right for Max. Once again, it’s just one damned thing after another. The action jumps from an encounter with a mirror-stealing Isaac Newton to the bloody battlefield at Agincourt. Discover how a simple fact-finding assignment to witness the ancient and murderous cheese-rolling ceremony in Gloucester can result in CBC - concussion by cheese.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This series is just gettihg better and better.

  • By MJ on 09-06-14

Always a good read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-26-16

I never tire of this series, and will have a book hangover when I turn the last page.

  • Fire

  • By: Kristin Cashore
  • Narrated by: Xanthe Elbrick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,016
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 809
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 817

She is the last of her kind...It is not a peaceful time in the Dells. In King City, the young King Nash is clinging to the throne, while rebel lords in the north and south build armies to unseat him. War is coming. And the mountains and forest are filled with spies and thieves. This is where Fire lives, a girl whose beauty is impossibly irresistible and who can control the minds of everyone around her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Totally Different from Graceling

  • By Allison on 01-14-10

Excellent

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-25-16

although this is book 2 of a trio and I already read books 1 & 2 .... Fire is almost a stand -alone and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  • A Symphony of Echoes

  • The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 2
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,561
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,240
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,228

Book Two in the madcap time-travel series based at the St Mary's Institute of Historical Research that seems to be everyone's cup of tea. In the second book in the Chronicles of St Mary's series, Max and the team visit Victorian London in search of Jack the Ripper, witness the murder of Archbishop Thomas A Becket in Canterbury Cathedral, and discover that dodos make a grockling noise when eating cucumber sandwiches.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed This Second St Mary's Time Travel Book

  • By Sires on 04-27-14

I absolutely love this series.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-06-16

Brilliantly witty as history is visited, corrected, and retold. It makes me want to timetravel.

  • Reawakened

  • The Reawakened Series, Book 1
  • By: Colleen Houck
  • Narrated by: Phoebe Strole, Mark Deakins
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195

When 17-year-old Lilliana Young enters the Metropolitan Museum of Art one morning during spring break, the last thing she expects to find is a live Egyptian prince with godlike powers who has been reawakened after 1,000 years of mummification. And she really can't imagine being chosen to aid him in an epic quest that will lead them across the globe.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • let down

  • By Denise on 08-06-16

I so wanted to like this book.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-12-16

I felt like I was rereading g 'Tiger's Curse" (which I loved, but not enough to read it again) only set in Egypt. I didn't like the main characters, and that makes or breaks a story for me.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Just One Damned Thing After Another

  • The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 1
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,697
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,174
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,168

Behind the seemingly innocuous façade of St Mary's, a different kind of historical research is taking place. They don't do 'time-travel' - they 'investigate major historical events in contemporary time'. Maintaining the appearance of harmless eccentrics is not always within their power - especially given their propensity for causing loud explosions when things get too quiet. Meet the disaster-magnets of St Mary's Institute of Historical Research as they ricochet around History.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Action Adventure Time Travel Novel w/ Good Reader

  • By Sires on 04-13-14

Excellent Time Travel Story.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-31-16

I loved every minute. Suspense, humour, and a story well told. More St. Mary's please.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends

  • An Autobiography
  • By: Rob Lowe
  • Narrated by: Rob Lowe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,168
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,067

A teen idol at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences. Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book and Great Story

  • By Natalie J. Belle MD on 04-30-11

A Wonderful Look Inside

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-03-15

I enjoyed this book immensely. I grew up in the same generation as Mr. Lowe, and appreciated so many touch points. in this audio book his voice draws you in, but his writing g keeps you there.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful