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Jody Swink

Irondale, MO USA
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  • The Fractured

  • Jonathan Quinn, Book 12
  • By: Brett Battles
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237

Jonathan Quinn has had better years, but now most of the trouble is behind him. There is one issue that remains unresolved - the break between him and his partner, Nate. Quinn and his girlfriend, Orlando, are hired for a new mission, but they must include on their team the operative who is one of the few to have ever seen the face of the job’s target. This operative is unknown to the client, but not to Quinn and Orlando. Now, to stop a plan that could slaughter tens of thousands of people, they must turn to the one person who wants nothing to do with them. If they can even find him in time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Always an adrenaline rush...

  • By shelley on 09-27-18

Too Busy

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

Reviewed: 10-31-18

Great adventure with familiar characters, but there were so many subplots it got distracting. Perhaps too much subplot and not enough actual plot.

  • I'll Be Your Blue Sky

  • A Novel
  • By: Marisa de los Santos
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe, Erin Bennett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236

On the weekend of her wedding, Clare Hobbes meets an elderly woman named Edith Herron. During the course of a single conversation, Edith gives Clare the courage to do what she should have done months earlier: break off her engagement to her charming - yet overly possessive - fiancé. Three weeks later Clare learns that Edith has died - and has given her another gift. Nestled in crepe myrtle and hydrangea and perched at the marshy edge of a bay in a small seaside town in Delaware, Blue Sky House now belongs to Clare.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Well-Built Novel with an Inspiring Heroine

  • By Karissa on 04-20-18

Slow starter

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

Reviewed: 09-30-18

I liked the book, but it is a slow starter to say the least. I was on my fourth attempt when I about turned it in for refund, but changed my mind.
The first two chapters are slow and stressful.
It perks up.

  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

  • By: Mark Haddon
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,476
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,546
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,569

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Unexpected Gift.

  • By Amanda on 12-07-11

Made me nervous

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

Reviewed: 09-06-18

The book came highly recommended by a friend... that teaches special ed.
It made me a nervous wreck though.

  • Middlesex

  • By: Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Narrated by: Kristoffer Tabori
  • Length: 21 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,307
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,220
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,255

In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worth Waiting It Out

  • By D. N. Meads on 08-28-09

Too much sex.

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

Reviewed: 09-02-18

I couldn’t finish it, sorry.
Too much sex, especially right off the start.
I liked the narrator though.

  • The Amulet of Samarkand: The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 1

  • By: Jonathan Stroud
  • Narrated by: Simon Jones
  • Length: 13 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,157
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,850
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,846

Nathaniel is eleven-years-old and a magician's apprentice, learning the traditional art of magic. All is well until he has a life-changing encounter with Simon Lovelace, a magician of unrivaled ruthlessness and ambition. When Lovelace brutally humiliates Nathaniel in public, Nathaniel decides to speed up his education, teaching himself spells far beyond his years. With revenge on his mind, he masters one of the toughest spells of all and summons Bartimaeus, a five-thousand-year-old djinni, to assist him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific Trilogy

  • By Randy on 05-09-08

I love this book!

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

Reviewed: 07-01-18

The narrator is brilliant.

I have read and listened to this book over and over. It’s clever and funny with just the right about of snark and imagination.

  • The Ex

  • A Novel
  • By: Alafair Burke
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,818
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,661
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,661

Widower Jack Harris has resisted the dating scene ever since the shooting of his wife Molly by a fifteen-year-old boy three years ago. An early morning run along the Hudson River changes that when he spots a woman in last night’s party dress, barefoot, enjoying a champagne picnic alone, reading his favorite novel. Everything about her reminds him of what he used to have with Molly. Eager to help Jack find love again, his best friend posts a message on a popular website after he mentions the encounter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ex: cellent

  • By Lady S. on 04-29-17

Clever

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

Reviewed: 05-31-18

I enjoyed the book. Just when I thought I was about to guess its course the plot twisted again. It has a nice pace to it and I loved the narrator. It was just dark enough to be serious but not enough to stay with you and drag you down.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 84, Charing Cross Road

  • By: Helene Hanff
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat, John Franklyn-Robbins
  • Length: 1 hr and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138

When Helene Hanff makes an innocent inquiry about the possibility of purchasing hard-to-find books through Marks and Co., Booksellers, she begins a 20-year love affair with Frank Doel, the proper English bookseller who answers her letter and sends along her first order in the fall of 1949. They are two very unlikely correspondents.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A True Story About How Books Connect People

  • By Kitty on 01-11-18

Sweet

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

Reviewed: 12-02-17

I had put this book off, for reasons unknown. It was on three different suggestion lists for light hearted enjoyable reads.
I concur, those are the right lists for this book.

The irony is I’ve been awake with with pregnant lady insomnia. I have listened to this entire sweet book in one long go and can now go back to sleep with a smile.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Hunted on the Fens

  • DI Nikki Galena Series, Book 3
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 569
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 535
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 535

DI Nikki Galena faces her toughest challenge yet. Can she save her team and herself from a cruel and determined adversary who will stop at nothing to harm Nikki and her colleagues? First she must work out who wants revenge against her or one of her detectives. Full of twists and turns, this is a crime novel that will keep listeners riveted until the stunning ending.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Page Turner

  • By Jean on 02-26-17

Clever

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

Reviewed: 12-01-17

I am enjoying this series. Clever. On the verge or dark, but nightmare stage. I do recommend listening in order.
The narrators lisp drove me a little nuts in the beginning, but I’m used to it now.

  • The Queen's Accomplice

  • A Maggie Hope Mystery
  • By: Susan Elia MacNeal
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 364
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 335
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329

England, 1942. The Nazis' relentless Blitz may have paused, but London's nightly blackouts continue. Now, under the cover of darkness, a madman is brutally killing and mutilating young women in eerie and exact re-creations of Jack the Ripper's crimes. What's more, he's targeting women who are reporting for duty to be Winston Churchill's spies and saboteurs abroad. The officers at MI5 quickly realize they need the help of Special Agent Maggie Hope to find the killer dubbed "the Blackout Beast". A trap is set.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I love these books, but had to stop listening....

  • By Jodi Muller on 10-06-16

Lacking

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

Reviewed: 11-29-17

Strong female, British murder mystery... just my thing, only it’s not.
It just couldn’t keep my interest. I unknowingly chose the book out of order and have no interest in what before nor what comes after.
Sorry

  • The Romanov Ransom

  • A Sam and Remi Fargo Adventure, Book 9
  • By: Clive Cussler, Robin Burcell
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,520
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,398
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,386

In 1918, a ransom of enormous size was paid to free the Romanovs from the Bolsheviks, but, as history knows, the Romanovs died anyway. And the ransom? During World War II, the Nazis stole it from the Russians, and after that - it vanished. Until now. When a modern-day kidnapping captures the attention of husband-and-wife team Sam and Remi Fargo, the couple soon learn that these long-lost riches may be back in play, held in trust by the descendants of a Nazi guerrilla faction called the Werewolves.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good not great

  • By USA Buyer on 10-05-17

Great Adventures

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

Reviewed: 11-27-17

I have accidentally joined into the Sam & Remi adventures out of order with no major consequence.
While totally unbelievable, they are so much fun. Enough action and relative history to keep you hanging on, but not so scary to leave you with bad dreams.

My favorite thing... they'll suggest a date night and no matter where they are or what they're doing - each others idea is the most lovely brilliant idea. Made me smile.