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Wendy

Salt Springs, FL, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Miracle in the Andes: 72 Days on the Mountain and My Long Trek Home

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Nando Parrado, Vince Rause
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    Overall
    (238)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (86)

    Nando Parrado was unconscious for three days before he woke to discover that the plane carrying his rugby team, as well as their family members and supporters, to an exhibition game in Chile had crashed somewhere deep in the Andes. He soon learned that many were dead or dying, among them his own mother and sister. Those who remained were stranded on a lifeless glacier at nearly 12,000 feet above sea level, with no supplies and no means of summoning help.

    KHarrang says: "A Must Listen"
    "Don't Leave Home Without It!"
    Overall

    I read the original factual account of the Andes story ("Alive" by Piers Paul Read) when I was a teenager and never forgot the story. As an adult revisiting the amaziing story of the survival of the 16 young men trapped in the Andes mountain was well worth my time. The essence of this book for me is that through time and healing, Nando Parrado has reflected on everything that happened in those mountains and turned his experience into a positive message from which the entire world can benefit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Mercedes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4045)
    Performance
    (3786)
    Story
    (3795)

    In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

    Joyce says: "Love this style of King!!!"
    "I am a huge Stephen King fan, but ...."
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    Story

    I really didn't like this book. It is not the typical creepy or supernatural book and that is okay, I have liked it when Stephen King has strayed from his "norm". The characters, as always, are very well developed and in depth for the most part. However, I felt like I was reading a movie script versus a novel. The serial killer was strange, but not really believable. The twists of fate and last minute save the day scenarios were predictable. I'm sorry Mr. King, while I would not say it is a bad book, it simply wasn't your best. If you are a Stephen King fan and even if you are not, the book is worth the read, but again, not his best work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bloodline: Repairman Jack #11

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By F. Paul Wilson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (60)

    It starts off simply enough. (Doesn't it always?) Jack has been on hiatus since the tragic events in Harbingers. With his beloved Gia's encouragement he dips his toe back into the fix-it pool.Christy Pickering's 18-year-old daughter is dating Jerry Bethlehem, a man twice her age. Christy sensed something shady and sinister about him, so she hired a private investigator to look into his past. But the PI isn't returning her calls. Will Jack find out why?

    Barbara says: "Don't start with this late entry in the series!"
    "Another great book accept for the narrator."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I love this series! The story is masterfully written as always. But why in the blue blazes would you change narrators in the middle of the series and especially to this narrator? He makes Repairman Jack sound like a cheap New York joke.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Haunted Air: Repairman Jack Series, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By F. Paul Wilson
    • Narrated By Christopher Price
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (63)

    Repairman Jack doesn’t believe a house can be haunted. But he’s about to change that tune… In the borough of Queens, just across the river from Manhattan, two clever practitioners of spiritualist hocus-pocus use high-tech tricks to dupe their marks. Perhaps they’re too good: they’ve lured too many clients from other mediums and are now under attack. Unable to go to the police for fear of exposing their own scams, they hire Repairman Jack to fix their problem.

    Wendy says: "Repairman Jack"
    "Repairman Jack"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Light reading and very entertaining. This book was enough to make me want to try the whole Repairman Jack series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By James Wesley Rawles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1429)
    Performance
    (1076)
    Story
    (1088)

    America faces a full-scale socioeconomic collapse in the near future. The stock market plummets, hyperinflation cripples commerce and the mounting crisis passes the tipping point. Practically overnight, the fragile chains of supply and high-technology infrastructure fall, and wholesale rioting and looting grip every major city.

    Hugh says: "Accidentally Good"
    "Get A Clue"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book should have been titled "Get A Clue - It Will Happen to You". Whether or not you are a prepper, I would recommend reading this book. If you are a prepper it will strengthen and expand your knowledge. If you are not a prepper, the book is entertaining if not a bit technical at times. Well read, well written. Worth the credit.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Graveyard Book

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6485)
    Performance
    (3266)
    Story
    (3287)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Gaiman’s not just an award-winning author, but a narrator who earns rave reviews – and fields requests from other authors to perform their books, too! Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead....

    Guillermo says: "Masterful Fantasy for the Jaded Heart"
    "Could not even finish reading."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I listened for about two hours into this book and simply became so bored I quit listening. The concept is good, or at least I thought it sounded good from other reviewed. However, I just didn't care about the characters. Without that, who can care about the book? I regret spending the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17818)
    Performance
    (15844)
    Story
    (15799)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Thank You Mr. King!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was hooked from beginning to end. As with all of Mr. King's books, I actually felt I knew the characters because they were so well written. This book was very interesting. I was not only entertained, I leared a few things. In the past, I have not always been happy with the end of Mr. King's novels. However, I was absolutely thrilled with the ending of this novel --- bitter sweet writing at it's best.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    Overall
    (27082)
    Performance
    (13704)
    Story
    (13748)

    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!"
    "One of the best audio books ever!"
    Overall

    The story is beyond amazing, it is a real eye opener. The emotion the book evokes as you listen runs from laughter to pure anger, tears to fears, desolation to hope ... but above all you will find yourself examining how you preceive and treat fellow humans .... black, white or purple. This is worth beyond a mere credit. Do not miss listening to this book. Your risk missing out on a chance to grow as a compassionate and understanding human. A personal thank you to Miss Kathryn Stockett for writing this book and for the narrators who bring the book alive. Well done!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Irish Country Doctor: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Patrick Taylor
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (586)
    Performance
    (406)
    Story
    (405)

    Barry Laverty, M.B., can barely find the village of Ballybucklebo on a map when he first sets out to seek gainful employment there, but already he knows that there is nowhere he would rather live than in the emerald hills and dales of Northern Ireland. The proud owner of a spanking-new medical degree and little else in the way of worldly possessions, Barry jumps at the chance to secure a position as an assistant in a small rural practice.

    Lavonne says: "Delightful Entertainment"
    "Thoroughly Enjoyed - An Irish Country Doctor"
    Overall

    I would highly recommend this audio novel for the story line itself. The bonus is the narrator! The characters are so well written, that you wish they were you friends. Instead of a fictional novel you are so engrossed in the characters that the story just sort of happens. Well worth the read --- don't miss the great audio book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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