Monday, August 31, 2009

The Juror CD Review

The Juror by George Dawes Green: Download Cover

The Jurorby George Dawes Dawes Green, John Heard (Read by), Lolita Davidovich (Read by)

Descriptionn from Hachette (who I love for letting me review this audiobook)

Annie Laird is Juror 224. A sculptor with a career going nowhere. A single mother struggling to raise a son. A good citizen who has been summoned to what looks like a rountine tour of civic duty. But the trial she is called to serve on is no ordinary trial. It is a mob trial, whose outcome has been meticulously orchestrated by a man of insidious power and deadly precision. A man who lives by the teachings of Lao Tsu...whose magnetism is irresistible...whose mind is as brilliant as it is twisted. He is know to some as the Teacher, and he's set his sights on Annie Laird.

Pulled into the most chilling depths of the criminal underworld, Annie will be seduced by double-edged promises, stalked by the spector of terror, then, finally, driven to a shocking decision by the most basic motivation a woman can know. THE JUROR is a tour de force of crime and obsession, evil and innocence -- a story that taps into fears so primal they linger long after the last page has been read.

Now must of you know my preference for the unabridged versions of audio books, but I have to be honest...this was a good listen. We, DH and I, restricted ourselves to one disc a night. Let me tell you how much we anticipated "lights out" after listen to the first disc. I must also tell you the two readers was exceptional. This abridged version draws you along quite quickly (as in, you really want to keep listening).

Our young artist goes through so much, so many emotions, changes from start to finish without ever losing us believing in her and her character. I don't want to tell you much more for fear I will let something slip.

Just let me say, I want to read the entire book now! If you want to listen to it, see if you find an unabridged version as there are lots of suspenseful moment you will want the full thrill of...well I certainly do!

what are you reading monday

ok, i am new to this but i do know i need to link this back to J Kaye, so here's the link .

first job, what did i read last week?

Carrie Fisher's WISHFUL DRINKING, i listened. laughed a lot. got the message that mental illness is not something one should be ashamed of nor should one hesitate to get treatment. to laugh so much and learn so much at the same time...great. i also enjoyed her voice read as it is another way to really feel the book.

Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Deception (Jason Bourne Novels) by Robert Ludlum, Eric Van Lustbader, and Jeremy Davidson. let's just say i like carrie fisher's book better.

Love You to Death (Mass Market Paperback) by Shannon K. Butcher. this is definitely a romantic thriller; not one i would call a "cozy mystery". it was a great read but not a gory read.

on my list for this week:

The Juror [ABRIDGED] [AUDIOBOOK] (Audio CD). i am 2/3s through it and will probably finish it today. it is a really good listen! but i promised dh i would get the rest of the sleep i didn't finish today (uuuh, sunday).

The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker (Mass Market Paperback) by Leanna Renee Hieber. i have been following this book's reviews all over the web. it seems like a good fun read. but i will tell you more after i finish it.

Shades of Gray: A Novel of the Civil War in Virginia by Jessica James this is another one i have been looking forward to reading. lesson, a watched mail book with not make the books appear any faster.

if i can squeeze in one more (Shades of Grey is a bit lenghty), it will probably be A Time for Loving by Herbert Tarr. i was first introduced to the author during a long hospital stay with The Conversion of Chaplin Cohen and Heaven Help Us. if laughter does help to heal the body, i must say these definitely kept the mind healthy and me laughing out loud...thought it sometimes had to be into a pillow to keep from waking other people. if you want or need a laugh, these two will do it. you can sometimes find them on amazon or in a half priced book store. well worth every penny. i report to you soon, if this one matches up.

so my friends, if you don't see me on line much, you know my nose is stuck in one of these three books of fantasy or historical reality or pure humor. well, i did say i liked a wide variety of reading materials.

if a really get stuck in and don't get distracted by fact checking or curiousty about something lightly touched causing me look up stuff, i might even try to get into Stand in the Storm by Breena Clark, a novel about a couple of slaves who escape north to find....well, we'll just have to wait to see what they find.