Jill Simpson

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  • Ripper

  • A Novel
  • By: Isabel Allende
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 14 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 378
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 333
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 341

The Jackson women, Indiana and Amanda, have always had each other. Though their bond is strong, mother and daughter are as different as night and day. Indiana, a beautiful holistic healer, is a free-spirited bohemian. Long divorced from Amanda's father, she's reluctant to settle down with either of the men who want her - Alan, the wealthy scion of one of San Francisco's elite families, and Ryan, an enigmatic, scarred former Navy SEAL. While her mom looks for the good in people, Amanda is fascinated by the dark side of human nature - as is her father, the SFPD's deputy chief of homicide.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Extremely entertaining

  • By cristina on 02-04-14


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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-12-18

After reading other books by Allende, I was looking forward to this one. If you are looking for great writing by Allende, try Island Beneath the Sea. If you are looking for a wordy, angsty crime novel with only moderately like-able characters, choose this one.

  • Nineteen Seventy Four

  • Red Riding Quartet
  • By: David Peace
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 278
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 91

Jeanette Garland, missing Castleford, July 1969. Susan Ridyard, missing Rochdale, March 1972. Claire Kemplay, missing Morley, since yesterday. It’s winter, 1974, Yorkshire, Christmas bombs, Lord Lucan on the run, the Bay City Rollers, and Eddie Dunford’s got the job he wanted – crime correspondent for the Yorkshire Evening Post. He didn’t know it was going to be a season in hell. A dead little girl with a swan’s wings stitched into her back. A gypsy camp in a ring of fire. Corruption everywhere you look.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliantly refreshing and original

  • By Ms Letty on 07-14-10

Absolutely Terrible

1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-03-10

Never have I run across such an entirely unlikeable cast of characters. The hero is uninspiring at best. There is so much profanity in this book, it is difficult to discern the storyline. This book is the worst book I've ever read or heard. Do not waste your time or money on this title when there are so many truly great options to choose from!

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