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Gina Winter

Apex, NC USA | Member Since 2002

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  • 1149 titles in library
  • 54 purchased in 2014
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  • Castle of Wizardry: The Belgariad, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By David Eddings
    • Narrated By Cameron Beierle
    Overall
    (1142)
    Performance
    (644)
    Story
    (664)

    It all began with the theft of the Orb that protected the West from the evil God Torak. Before that, Garion had been a simple farm boy. Afterward, he discovered he's a sorcerer. Now, at last, the Orb has been regained and the quest nears its end. Of course, the questors must still escape from a crumbling enemy fortress, flee across a desert filled with Murgo soldiers, and avoid the Grolim Hierarchs seeking to destroy them with dark magic.

    Bryan J. Peterson says: "One step closer..."
    "Great books, not so great narrator"
    Overall

    I love these books and re-read them often. I decided to purchase an audio copy so that I could multi-task. The narrator however, is very disappointing. He is decent for the narration, but his accents & pronunciations are inconsistent, he mispronounces words and his vowels (git instead of get, for example) are awful. With a better narrator I would give it 5 stars.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Return to Tradd Street

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Karen White
    • Narrated By Aimee Bruneau
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (179)

    Facing her future as a single mother, psychic Realtor Melanie Middleton is determined to be strong and leave her past with writer Jack Trenholm behind her.

    Cheryl says: "Another great story!"
    "Satisfying addition to a fun series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Return to Tradd Street the most enjoyable?

    Karen White does a great job mixing paranormal mystery and romance, and it was very satisfying to have some plot lines resolved while still leaving room for re-visiting Charleston and Tradd St. The characters are very enjoyable, although their emotions, actions, and reactions become a bit repetitive and therefore tedious. This is especially true of Melanie, although the author does her best to remind us that Melanie is in effect, trapped in adolescence.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The series makes you visualize and want to see Charleston. My husband and I spent several days there last summer, and I came home and listened to the entire series again, so I have eagerly been awaiting this one.


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

    Aimee Bruneau perfectly captures the voices of Wells' characters.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Rule of Four

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ian Caldwell, Dustin Thomason
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    Overall
    (328)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (67)

    Princeton. Good Friday, 1999. On the eve of graduation, two students are a hairsbreadth from solving the mysteries of the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili. Famous for its hypnotic power over those who study it, the 500-year-old Hypnerotomachia may finally reveal its secrets to Tom Sullivan, whose father was obsessed with the book, and Paul Harris, whose future depends on it. As the deadline looms, research has stalled, until an ancient diary surfaces.

    Michael says: "BETTER than Dan Brown"
    "Satisfying listen"
    Overall

    I understand the criticism that this book tries to be too much (a coming of age story, as well as a thriller) but it didn't stop me from listening to it in record time. It's a good story and the narrator is also good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Virgin Blue

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Tracy Chevalier
    • Narrated By Janine Carter, Gigi Marceau Clarke
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    Meet Ella Turner and Isabelle du Moulin, two women born centuries apart, yet bound by a fateful family legacy. When Ella and her husband move to a small town in France, Ella hopes to brush up on her French, qualify to practice as a midwife, and start a family, but a peculiar dream of the color blue propels her on a quest to uncover her family's French ancestry.

    Beth says: "excellent listening, mediocre story"
    "Wonderful listen!"
    Overall

    I loved this book. The readers were excellent and the story was captivating. Part mystery, part romance, totally satisfying.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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