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Carol A. Smith

Marquette, MI United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Ties That Bind

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Marie Bostwick
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin, Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (209)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (182)

    In her compelling, beautifully crafted novel, New York Times best-selling author Marie Bostwick celebrates friendships old and new - and the unlikely threads that sometimes lead us exactly where we need to go. Christmas is fast approaching, and New Bern, Connecticut, is about to receive the gift of a new pastor, hired sight unseen to fill in while Reverend Tucker is on sabbatical. Meanwhile, Margot Matthews’ friend, Abigail, is trying to matchmake, even though Margot has all but given up on romance.

    Andrew says: "Wonderful book!!"
    "Surprise! Christian Fiction"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No. The combination of the heavy Christian slant and the voice of one of the narrators spoiled this experience for me. I might listen to another Marie Bostwick book, now that I know it's Christian fiction--I'd just tune out the heavy-handed parts, just as I do with overdone sex scenes--but I won't listen to another book from this narrator.


    What other book might you compare Ties That Bind to and why?

    Debbie Macomber's Blossom Street books.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Xe Sands sounds tired, bored and condescending, which results in the narrator coming across as passive and tired. If I'd noticed she was one of the narrators I would not have purchased the book.


    Do you think Ties That Bind needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I liked the characters and the story. Regular church-going choir member that I am, the heavy-handed Christian elements were quite a bit too much for me.


    Any additional comments?

    If a book is Christian (or any other heavy-handed religious) fiction, please state that up front so customers are not unpleasantly surprised.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Angels at Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Debbie Macomber
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (101)

    Every Christmas, three lovable angels visit Earth. Once a year, Shirley, Goodness and Mercy are allowed to intervene (or, more accurately, interfere!) in human affairs. Despite their frequent misadventures and the chaos they often cause, things always seem to turn out right.

    Keith says: "Light and fun"
    "If you like Debbie Macomber"
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    What did you love best about Angels at Christmas?

    It's light and easy to listen to while doing something else. I didn't like it as much as I do the Blossom Street books, but it was fine and did a bit to capture the season.

    And of course, Sandra Burr always does an excellent job.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Objects of My Affection

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jill Smolinski
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (339)
    Performance
    (290)
    Story
    (294)

    In the humorous, heartfelt new novel by the author of The Next Thing on My List, a personal organizer must somehow convince a reclusive artist to give up her hoarding ways and let go of the stuff she’s hung onto for decades.

    Kadgee says: "Hoarders a refreshing view!"
    "Listen to the sample before you buy!"
    Overall
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    Make sure you listen to the sample before you buy this. Although I enjoyed the story and the characters, the narrator's voice made the main character, Lucy, quite unlikeable. I'm sure this narrator has some energy, but here, at least, her voice sounds tired, bored and condescending when she's in the main character's persona and most of the others as well. She does well, though, with Marva, who's an interesting character, one of whom I'd liked to read more of!

    This is a book I may well pick up the print copy of and so enjoy it the way so many others (see Amazon reviews) have!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Birthright

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Bernadette Quigley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (367)
    Performance
    (253)
    Story
    (262)

    On a hot July afternoon, a worker at an Antietam Creek construction site drives the blade of his backhoe into a layer of soil - and strikes a 5,000-year-old human skull. The discovery draws plenty of attention and a lot of controversy. It also changes the life of one woman in ways she never expected.

    Krista says: "Nora must be mad"
    "Listen first!"
    Overall

    I don't know if I'll be able to get through this. The narrator is stunningly bad. Galloping rhythm, inaccurate inflection and abysmal voices. What a disservice to listeners and to Ms. Roberts.

    How's the story? The narration gets in the way so much that it's honestly hard to tell.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Keeping Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (721)
    Performance
    (226)
    Story
    (222)

    Mariah has just discovered her husband Colin is having his second affair. During the divorce process, their seven-year-old daughter, Faith, meets an imaginary friend who may be God. Amidst much controversy, Colin sues for custody of Faith, compelling Mariah to find her inner strength.

    DMHVetSurveyor says: "Keeping Faith"
    "Very disappointing"
    Overall

    It's hard to tell if the story is a good one or not. The narrator reads so slowwwwwly that it's almost impossible to get any sense of the protagonist. The flat affect doesn't help, either. I realize she's trying to play a part, but it's dull and ineffective. I don't know if I'll be able to finish it......

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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