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Gravenhurst, Ontario, Canada
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  • Daughters unto Devils

  • By: Amy Lukavics
  • Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie
  • Length: 5 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

When 16-year-old Amanda Verner's family decides to move from their small mountain cabin to the vast prairie, she hopes it is her chance for a fresh start. She can leave behind the memory of the past winter; of her sickly ma giving birth to a baby sister who cries endlessly; of the terrifying visions she saw as her sanity began to slip, the victim of cabin fever; and, most of all, of the boy she has been secretly meeting with as a distraction from her pain. The boy whose baby she now carries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Little House on the Prairie meets Stephen King

  • By Carmen on 11-24-17

Little House on the Prairie meets Stephen King

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

Reviewed: 11-24-17

I saw this book described as this and had to give it a try - it definitely did not disappoint! It was scary, but not over the top and the Jorjeana Marie was the perfect choice as a narrator. I did feel the ending was a bit rushed, but overall this one hooked me and I enjoyed every minute!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Cinderland: A Memoir

  • By: Amy Jo Burns
  • Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6

Amy Jo Burns grew up in Mercury, Pennsylvania, an industrial town humbled by the steel collapse of the 1980s. Instead of the construction booms and twelve-hour shifts her parents’ generation had known, the Mercury Amy Jo knew was marred by empty houses, old strip mines, and vacant lots. The year Burns turned ten, this sleepy town suddenly woke up. Howard Lotte, its beloved piano teacher, was accused of sexually assaulting his female students.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Small Town Burning

  • By Susie on 11-06-14

I can't wait to listen again!

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

Reviewed: 11-11-17

I absolutely loved this book. And, while I've just finished it and am anxious to give it the accolades it is due, I'm almost lost for words. Amy Jo Burns has a thoughtful and provocative writing style that makes it impossible not to get lost in the characters, places, and moods of the story.
She could not have picked a better person to read it as well. Jorjeana Marie was meant to read this book - I can't imagine anyone else would have done it it's full justice.
Just give it a listen - you'll be glad you did.

  • The Most Beautiful

  • My Life with Prince
  • By: Mayte Garcia
  • Narrated by: Mayte Garcia
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,675
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,524
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,522

In The Most Beautiful, a title inspired by the hit song Prince wrote about their legendary love story, Mayte Garcia for the first time shares the deeply personal story of their relationship and offers a singular perspective on the music icon and their world together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I can see why Prince fell in love with her.

  • By S. Winchester on 04-07-17

The Most Beautiful indeed......

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

Reviewed: 08-13-17

I won't lie, I got sucked into this book because I had an interest in learning a bit about Prince. I was never a huge fan, but I always appreciated his incredible talent for making music and putting on a show.
But this is not the story of Prince - it's the story of Princess Mayte and her incredible spirit. Even if you've never heard a Prince song in your life, there's no way you won't be sucked into her incredible story and be laughing, crying and dancing right along with her.
I enjoyed every minute and it was made even more authentic by the fact that she read it herself. The true emotion came through loud and clear in every word she spoke. I can say now, with full conviction, I am definitely a huge Mayte fan!

  • Tilt-a-Whirl

  • John Ceepak, Book 1
  • By: Chris Grabenstein
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,614
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,834
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,819

There isn't much fun in the sun when a billionaire real estate tycoon is found murdered on the Tilt-a-Whirl at a seedy seaside amusement park in the otherwise quiet summer tourist town of Sea Haven. John Ceepak, a former MP just back from Iraq, has just joined the Sea Haven police department. The job offer came from an old Army buddy who hoped to give Ceepak at least a summer's worth of rest and relaxation to help him forget the horrors of war. Instead, Ceepak will head up the murder investigation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • the reader makes this book

  • By L. Haight on 08-30-07

A brilliant surprise!

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

Reviewed: 07-30-17

Wasn't sure what to expect with this in the first 20 minutes or so, but it ended up being one of best audiobooks I've listened to in ages. A well written mystery that is packed with fun - great for my long commute.
I have to say though - the thing that really makes this book awesome is the narrator. Jeff Woodman absolutely makes this book!

  • The Smell of Other People's Houses

  • By: Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
  • Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie, Erin Tripp, Karissa Vacker, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109

Alaska, 1970. Being a teenager here isn't like being a teenager anywhere else.... Ruth has a secret that she can't hide forever. Dora wonders if she can ever truly escape where she comes from, even when good luck strikes. Alyce is trying to reconcile her desire to dance with the life she's always known on her family's fishing boat. Hank and his brothers decide it's safer to run away than to stay home - until one of them ends up in terrible danger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Could not put it down

  • By J Crane on 12-23-17

What a wonderful story!

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

Reviewed: 07-02-17

I absolutely loved this book! The writer is incredibly gifted at painting a picture that puts you right there with the characters - right down to the smells surrounding them.
The story of Ruth, Dora, Alice and Hank and the way their lives and stories intertwine is beautifully written and read wonderfully by each of the characters.
What a wonderful surprise!

  • All the Ugly and Wonderful Things

  • A Novel
  • By: Bryn Greenwood
  • Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,052
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,660
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,647

As the daughter of a drug dealer, Wavy knows not to trust people, not even her own parents. It's safer to keep her mouth shut and stay out of sight. Struggling to raise her little brother, Donal, eight-year-old Wavy is the only responsible adult around. Obsessed with the constellations, she finds peace in the starry night sky above the fields behind her house until one night her stargazing causes an accident. After witnessing his motorcycle wreck, she forms an unusual friendship with one of her father's thugs, Kellen, a tattooed ex-con with a heart of gold.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not a love story everyone will love

  • By Alyse Stolz on 02-27-17

This one really blew me away....

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

Reviewed: 09-21-16

Let me start by saying that I drive 2 hours every day to and from work - so I listen to A LOT of audiobooks. This one was by far one of the best in a long time.
Yes, it was tough to listen to in parts and I didn't agree with many things I was hearing - but that's what, in my opinion, makes a great book! Something to challenge and make me think outside of my comfort zone.
The writing was brilliant and I found myself able to identify with each and every person and see things from their side. Not an easy task in a book with so many characters. And speaking of which - the narrator did a really fantastic job of covering so many characters. She was absolutely PERFECT for this book.

While this was not the sort of love story people expect - it was no doubt a love story, in what might otherwise be a hopeless place. I absolutely loved it. All the way.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Fireman

  • A Novel
  • By: Joe Hill
  • Narrated by: Kate Mulgrew
  • Length: 22 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,942
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,563
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,546

No one knows exactly when it began or where it originated. A terrifying new plague is spreading like wildfire across the country, striking cities one by one: Boston, Detroit, Seattle. The doctors call it Draco Incendia Trychophyton. To everyone else it's Dragonscale, a highly contagious, deadly spore that marks its hosts with beautiful black and gold marks across their bodies - before causing them to burst into flames. Millions are infected; blazes erupt everywhere. There is no antidote. No one is safe.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A bit disappointed

  • By NCBluebonnet on 06-06-18

Another Great One!

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

Reviewed: 06-04-16

I have to be honest and say that the concept of this story is out of the realm of what I would usually enjoy - but when Joe Hill and Kate Mulgrew combine forces I had to give it a chance.

At first I found our heroine Harper to be a bit weak and wishy washy, but she quickly proved herself to be of heroine status and I absolutely loved her character and the way she held everyone together through the good and bad - even when they were against her. The rag-tag group of survivors (I hate to call them "the sick") and their great adventure will stick with me and I'm hoping there is indeed more to come! *Do yourself a favour and listen alllllll the way to the end*

I do have to wonder if I would have stuck with this book had I been reading it vs. listening to it since it's quite what I usually go for. That said, Kate Mulgrew absolutely makes this book. She doesn't just read it, she PERFORMS it, as only she can. I can honestly say I'll miss hearing her voice now that I'm done. I'm thinking of listening to NOS4A2 again soon just to enjoy her reading style some more.

0 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Orphan X

  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,544
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,353
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,320

Evan Smoak is a man with skills, resources, and a personal mission to help those with nowhere else to turn. He's also a man with a dangerous past. Chosen as a child, he was raised and trained as part of the off-the-books black box Orphan program, designed to create the perfect deniable intelligence assets - i.e. assassins. He was Orphan X. Evan broke with the program, using everything he learned to disappear.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Excellent Distraction

  • By A. Musser on 06-03-16

Hooked me fast and held on tight!

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

Reviewed: 02-21-16

While I found this book a little over the top, it sure hooked me and kept me guessing. Because it was so outside of the realm of the world I live in, it was fun to have the whole thing unravel before me as Evan travelled through his days. And, I could listen to Scott Brick read the phone book and be captivated.
I'm really hoping this book is just the start of a series I can look forward to!!

  • You

  • By: Caroline Kepnes
  • Narrated by: Santino Fontana
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,058
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,264
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,247

Beck is everything Joe has ever wanted: she's gorgeous, tough, razor-smart, and sexy beyond his wildest dreams. Joe needs to have her, and he'll stop at nothing to do so. As he begins to insinuate himself into her life - her friendships, her email, her phone - she can’t resist her feelings for a guy who seems custom-made for her. So when her boyfriend, Benji, mysteriously disappears, Beck and Joe fall into a tumultuous affair. But there's more to Beck than her oh-so-perfect façade.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow. This. Book.

  • By Emily - Audible on 07-17-15

WOW!!

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

Reviewed: 09-14-15

This book sucked me in immediately and never let go. I loved the way it was written and the narrator did a fantastic job of bringing it to life. (I almost have to wonder if I would have enjoyed it as much to read?) It was one of those rare books that left me wanting more every time I had to shut it off and left me feeling alone when it was over. What a roller coaster ride!

1 of 2 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 7,813
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,786
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,746

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

What a treat!

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

Reviewed: 08-28-15

I'll admit - back in the 80's I had a great thumping crush on Rob Lowe. So, when I saw this book and had an extra credit - I thought I'd give it a try. I had no idea what to expect. What a wonderful surprise!

The stories shared are entertaining and enlightening. I learned so much about Rob that I never would have guessed and came away from this book with a new respect for him and his work. This man is not just another pretty face floating around Hollywood. He's a hard working professional that isn't taking anything for granted. He has worked hard and never lost sight of his ultimate goal.

Of course, even the most beautifully written book can be squashed if the reader doesn't nail it - and this book was read so beautifully by Rob I was absolutely captivated. What a fabulous story teller!

I have to say, this is one of the best books I've listened to in a long time - and, I will admit that the crush I had back in the 80's is back - on a whole new level.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful