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Deborah D. Craggs

Enjoying life by the sea in St. Augustine FL. Started listening to books on cassette and in 1995 over the radio, hooked ever since!

Member Since 2007

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  • 5 reviews
  • 53 ratings
  • 354 titles in library
  • 23 purchased in 2014
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  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27647)
    Performance
    (14236)
    Story
    (14290)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Sorry to get to the end.."
    Overall

    I laughed and cried and enjoyed every minute of this thought provoking and entertaining read.
    So many great life lessons.. some very basic, but all very true. Well done. Hope my book club picks this one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • May the Road Rise Up to Meet You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Peter Troy
    • Narrated By John Keating, Allyson Johnson, Barrie Kreinik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (43)

    Ethan McOwen is an Irish immigrant whose endurance is tested in Brooklyn and the Five Points at the height of its urban destitution; he is among the first to join the famed Irish Brigade and becomes a celebrated war photographer. Marcella, a society girl from Spain, defies her father to become a passionate abolitionist. Mary and Micah are slaves of varying circumstances, who form an instant connection and embark on a tumultuous path to freedom. All four lives unfold in two beautiful love stories, which eventually collide.

    Cheimon says: "Four passionate performances give wings to story"
    "Road Rises to the occasion"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to May the Road Rise Up to Meet You the most enjoyable?

    Combining quite a few historical events, Civil war, slave freedom trail, immigration to the states, successfully is quite a trick, however, the May the Road Rise up to Meet You brought interest and life to several key characters in a short period of time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The character development in this book was great considering how many characters this author covered.


    Any additional comments?

    This story is a broad sweep of a very interesting time in our history. I enjoyed the journey.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23681)
    Performance
    (10268)
    Story
    (10349)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Couldn't stop listening"
    Overall

    Enjoyed every moment right up to the excellent ending.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Play Dirty

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Victor Slezak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (699)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (168)

    Griff Burkett has a multimillion-dollar contract with the Dallas Cowboys. But at the end of his football career, deep in debt, a crime kingpin offers him a chance to resolve his loans by throwing a game. Griff agrees, and walks into an FBI sting. After serving time, he finds only closed doors. Then he is summoned by eccentric millionaire Foster Speakman. Speakman, a recluse since a car accident left him crippled, is impotent. Deadly consequences ensue when he hires Burkett to impregnate his wife.

    Dave says: "Typically satisfying Sandra Brown novel"
    "Summer Fun"
    Overall

    Enjoyed this entertaining read with a football twist. Current events feature fallen QB's in the news, you would think Ms. Brown ahead of the game. Escape and enjoy.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Road

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6062)
    Performance
    (2640)
    Story
    (2676)

    America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

    Steven says: "Spellbinding"
    "Compelling"
    Overall

    Once started no going back. Poetic and stark, but finding moments of warmth in the relationship between Father and Son. A ray of light, the saving grace, hope prevails.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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