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Jennifer Beadle

Granite City, IL United States
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  • Noir

  • A Novel
  • By: Christopher Moore
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,932
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,806
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,795

It's not every afternoon that an enigmatic, comely blonde named Stilton (like the cheese) walks into the scruffy gin joint where Sammy "Two Toes" Tiffin tends bar. It's love at first sight, but before Sammy can make his move, an air force general named Remy arrives with some urgent business. 'Cause when you need something done, Sammy is the guy to go to; he's got the connections on the street.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Glad I stuck with it

  • By MD on 05-11-18

Christorpher Moore does it Again!

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

Reviewed: 06-04-18

I love Christopher Moore books! He can't possible write enough for me. I do have my favorites (the Dirty Job books and Bloodsucking Fiends) but I enjoy them all.

Noir is a bit different for him, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. The ending was good and I really got a kick out of the snake.

When are they going to make a movie out of one of his books? That is the only thing missing. I can imagine Dirty Job as a movie. I think it would be great.

  • 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 6,371
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,968
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,952

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.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • THIS BOOK IS HORRIBLE!!!

  • By Brent Nelson on 04-04-18

New Talent

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

Reviewed: 06-04-18

This was surprisingly good. I am not sure what I expected, but I certainly got more than what I anticipated. It kept me engaged and wanting to keep listening.

The only criticism I can give is that sometimes it seemed he was trying too hard for suspense. Too much suspense just makes me cringe. I did not enjoy some of those moments. And I had higher expectations of his characters at times..

I also don't know why he titled this the Fireman. It was not really about the Fireman. The central character is Harper.

Can't wait for the movie!

0 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • Scattered, Smothered, and Chunked

  • Bubba the Monster Hunter, Season 1
  • By: John G. Hartness
  • Narrated by: Andrew McFerrin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 692
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 658
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 655

Scattered, Smothered, and Chunked collects the entire first season of Bubba the Monster Hunter from his first graveyard-splattering adventure in Voodoo Children to the stunning cliffhanger at the end of Final Countdown! Fans of the rollicking redneck monster hunter will find plenty of value in this massive collection of monsters, strippers, beer, and bullets!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Picked it up by accident...

  • By Dave B on 01-06-16

Guilty Pleasure

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

Reviewed: 06-12-16

There is nothing uplifting or particularly unique about this book. But Damn! It sure was fun.

  • Practical Demonkeeping

  • By: Christopher Moore
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,026
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,542
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,546

In Christopher Moore's ingenious debut novel, we meet one of the most memorably mismatched pairs in the annals of literature. The good-looking one is one-hundred-year-old ex-seminarian and "roads" scholar Travis O'Hearn. The green one is Catch, a demon with a nasty habit of eating most of the people he meets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • HIS BEST BOOK!

  • By Aaron Smyth on 04-03-10

Demons, Seniors and Djinn - O My!

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

Reviewed: 07-11-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Practical Demonkeeping to be better than the print version?

I don't know if it's better, but I certainly enjoyed the audio version. All of Moore's books that I have listened to are so much fun.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Practical Demonkeeping?

I suppose when the demon killed the drug dealer at the beginning of the book. I really wasn't expecting that. I thought he was the main character, but nope - he was gone.

What about Oliver Wyman’s performance did you like?

The narrator was superb. He really knew how to read the book and keep you interested.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Sometimes you need to throw your Catch back.

Any additional comments?

This was just a fun listen - pure entertainment.

  • Ranger Confidential

  • Living, Working, and Dying in the National Parks
  • By: Andrea Lankford
  • Narrated by: Julia Motyka
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 531
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 488
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 489

The real stories behind the scenery of America’s national parks. For 12 years, Andrea Lankford lived in the biggest, most impressive national parks in the world, working a job she loved. She chaperoned baby sea turtles on their journey to sea. She pursued bad guys on her galloping patrol horse. She jumped into rescue helicopters bound for the heart of the Grand Canyon. She won arguments with bears. She slept with a few too many rattlesnakes. Hell yeah, it was the best job in the world! Fortunately, Andrea survived it.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Depressing from Cover to Cover

  • By Drew (@drewsant) on 04-13-15

Danger! Caution!

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

Reviewed: 07-07-14

If you could sum up Ranger Confidential in three words, what would they be?

Fascinating, true accounts

Who was your favorite character and why?

No favorite character, but a lot of great real life experiences from the courageous people of the park service.

Which scene was your favorite?

No particular scene but the accounts regarding the climbers. Unbelievably interesting.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I was pretty riveted to the book. Fascinating revelations about our National Park Service and particularly how they are underfunded.

Any additional comments?

The author certainly makes a convincing argument to increase funds to our National Parks and cutting out the A$$holes who syphon off the funds to their own pockets.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Past Midnight

  • By: Mara Purnhagen
  • Narrated by: Tara Sands
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 326
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 295
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 298

"Let me set the record straight. My name is Charlotte Silver and I'm not one of those paranormal-obsessed freaks you see on TV...no, those would be my parents, who have their own ghost-hunting reality show. And while I'm usually roped into the behind-the-scenes work, it turns out that I haven't gone unnoticed...."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fun with twinge of spooky

  • By janice on 06-24-14

Paranormal for Young Adults and the Young at Heart

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

Reviewed: 06-16-14

If you could sum up Past Midnight in three words, what would they be?

Lovely guilty pleasure

Who was your favorite character and why?

Charlotte Silver was the voice of the story and certainly the narrator of the tale. She was a sympathetic character and very much a young girl's voice. It was her story.

What does Tara Sands bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Tara's actual voice fits the character of Charlotte. She makes it believable - at least inasmuch as Charlotte is telling her tale.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No, but the story kept me listening. Overall, it is a very nice little story - a guilty pleasure.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mr. Mercedes

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,605
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,070

In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Sucks

  • By Jeff on 04-08-19

Nouveau King

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

Reviewed: 06-14-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Mr. Mercedes to be better than the print version?

For me it is. I don't have time for the print version. I can do things and listen.

What did you like best about this story?

It is a good story. For my tastes I preferred Joyland, but I certainly wouldn't turn my nose up at Mr. Mercedes.

Which character – as performed by Will Patton – was your favorite?

Possibly Hollee or Holly. She seemed to have a lot of issues, but she was still able to overcome them and be the 'hero.' I liked his portrayal of Jerome too. He was a smart sympathetic character.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Brady discovered he had accidentally poisoned his mother, King portraryed that even a monster can feel regret/sorrow. Brady was the 'bad' guy and often enough the bad guys don't have any regrets or semblences of conscience.

Any additional comments?

This is not typical horror King. He seems to be moving off into the mystery/detective genre. That's okay, but I hope he doesn't abandon horror/supernatural.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Paper Towns

  • By: John Green
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,377
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,620
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,652

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life - dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge - he follows.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I picked you

  • By Natalia on 07-04-10

Angst

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

Reviewed: 06-14-14

What did you love best about Paper Towns?

The story kept me engaged. It is definitely a young adult novel, but I could still enjoy it. I thought it had some relevancy for young adults in almost any age.

What other book might you compare Paper Towns to and why?

I might compare it to a Separate Peace. The characters in both novels have to find their own places in the world. Both books deal in some ways to the other. Although Paper Towns kind of justifies the abandonment of those who are different or adventurous for the sake of security.

What does Dan John Miller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I don't think I could have listened to the book without a good reader. He is definitely a good reader.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Reality is what you make it to be.

  • John Dies at the End

  • By: David Wong
  • Narrated by: Stephen R. Thorne
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,525
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,019
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,037

STOP. You should not have touched this flyer with your bare hands. NO, don't put it down. It's too late. They're watching you. My name is David Wong. My best friend is John. Those names are fake. You might want to change yours. You may not want to know about the things you'll read on these pages, about the sauce, about Korrok, about the invasion, and the future. But it's too late. You touched the book. You're in the game. You're under the eye. The only defense is knowledge. You need to read this book, to the end. Even the part with the bratwurst. Why?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Vulgar Funny. 4.95 Sale Win.

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-19-12

John Dies at the End - Uh, not exactly

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

Reviewed: 06-14-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I watched the movie first. (Four Times and counting) I had to get the audio book to compare it to the movie. I was so impressed how close the book was to the movie. Except there is more book and therefore well worth the listen.

What was one of the most memorable moments of John Dies at the End?

The most memorable part of the book was the scene with Arnie Blondestone, when John tells him he is dead and has been murdered and is only there because John basically made him up in his mind.

What about Stephen R. Thorne’s performance did you like?

Excellent performance, he made the audio book.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The only extreme reaction I had to the book was that I had a hard time putting it down. I know these two don't really compare, but this book and Joyland are my most recent favorites. I could hardly tear myself away from them.

Any additional comments?

Watch the movie and get the book. The movie is a great complement to the book.

  • This Book Is Full of Spiders

  • Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It
  • By: David Wong
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 14 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,825
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,518
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,523

Warning: You may have a huge, invisible spider living in your skull. This is not a metaphor. You will dismiss this as ridiculous fearmongering. Dismissing things as ridiculous fearmongering is, in fact, the first symptom of parasitic spider infection - the creature secretes a chemical into the brain to stimulate skepticism, in order to prevent you from seeking a cure. That’s just as well, since the “cure” involves learning what a chain saw tastes like. You can’t feel the spider, because it controls your nerve endings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If You're Considering This... Go Ahead!

  • By Tracey Rains on 05-29-13

John Dies at the End and Goes to Wonderland

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

Reviewed: 06-14-14

What made the experience of listening to This Book Is Full of Spiders the most enjoyable?

First off I loved John Dies at the End. Both books remind me of the sixties and old acid trip stories. Although I don't think that is where the author got his perspective. You really have to pay attention while you are listening to the book because you will get lost - like Alice or more like John Holmes did in his Wonderland.

What did you like best about this story?

It is more than a sequel to the first book, John Dies at the End. I loved the expanded role Amy got although her character still comes off as a bit weak, but maybe that's just me. It is just non-stop and you can't wait to hear what is happening next.

Have you listened to any of Nick Podehl’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have never listened to Nick Podehl before or at least that I can remember. But he really made the audio book. His performance was as good as the book and maybe he is the one that made tho audio version so engaging.

Who was the most memorable character of This Book Is Full of Spiders and why?

John and David are the book. The only thing I would have enjoyed more was if there were a bit more John or at least a bit more development of his character.

Any additional comments?

If you like entertaining fiction than engages you and makes you think (even crazy thoughts) this is it.