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valerie

I am an avid reader! Now I guess an avid Listener. I am addicted to Audible, and love how it keeps me focused when I am trying to get my work done. I am also a really fun kids entertainer... some Adults too!

newport news, VA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 37 reviews
  • 55 ratings
  • 307 titles in library
  • 48 purchased in 2014
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  • The Darkest Child

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Delores Phillips
    • Narrated By Lizzie Cooper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (90)

    Delores Phillips' heart-rending debut novel is set in 1950s Georgia where most of Rozelle Quinn's 10 children can pass as white. Her brightest child, Tangy Mae, however, has the darkest skin of them all, and she longs to continue her education. But Rozelle thinks it's time for 13-year-old Tangy Mae to follow in her own footsteps and earn money "cleaning for whites" and bedding men at the "Farmhouse."

    Alysia says: "Not really resolved!"
    "Tragic Story of a down trodden people"
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    I could not put this book away! I listened and listened I cried, laughed and yelled at many of the characters in this book. Despite the tragedies and there are many , I really loved the ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Jolly Roger: Bloody Jack #3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By L. A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (666)
    Performance
    (408)
    Story
    (401)

    In the third book of the "Bloody Jack" series, unlikely heroine Jacky Faber, a pirate at heart, returns to the sea in a truly swashbuckling tale filled with good humour, wit, and courage. After leaving the Lawson Peabody School for Young Girls in Boston--under dire circumstances, of course - Jacky boards a whaling ship bound for London, where she hopes to find her beloved Jaimy. But things don't go as planned, and she is off on a wild misadventure at sea.

    Eileen says: "Best book in the series (so far!)"
    "I LOVE Bloody Jack!"
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    This is an amazing series! The stories are fa fetched and crazy and of course the heroine always gets out of trouble. But I like to quote her famous words to myself..."Why can't I be Good? She is Rebellious and Raucous, wild, fearless, and just plain Bloody Jack! You will fall in love I promise." But you must start at the beginning so choose the first in the series and work your way down because much of the series is based on true historical lore.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Invention of Wings: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6274)
    Performance
    (5699)
    Story
    (5693)

    From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

    Jan says: "Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!"
    "Riveting!"
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    You can never be disappointed when you go with an Oprah book club Choice. This story is rich with characters, depth of heart, hate, morality and love. If you enjoyed 12 Years a Slave you will love this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Dorothy Gilman
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (947)
    Performance
    (823)
    Story
    (827)

    Mrs. Virgil (Emily) Pollifax of New Brunswick, New Jersey, was a widow with grown children. She was tired of attending her Garden Club meetings. She wanted to do something good for her country. This first in the series sends Emily on her first case after she successfully persuades a skeptical CIA recruitment officer that she is the best person for the job.

    Barbara says: "Barbara Rosenblatt: THE Voice!"
    "frivolous"
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    This is one of those books that you read to not have to think too hard. Mrs. Pollifax is a sweet lady but the whole thing is silly. You know she will be alright in the end, but so much of it is totally unbelievable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reliquary: Pendergast, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2525)
    Performance
    (1604)
    Story
    (1599)

    Hidden deep beneath Manhattan lies a warren of tunnels, sewers, and galleries, mostly forgotten by those who walk the streets above. There lies the ultimate secret of the Museum Beast. When two grotesquely deformed skeletons are found deep in the mud off the Manhattan shoreline, museum curator Margo Green is called in to aid the investigation.

    Anastasia says: "Should have made this one into a movie..."
    "Eh......"
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    This story however thrilling to a science Junkie wasn't really great for me. I got bored with it half way through. I really didn't get the summary and took a chance. Bunch of non human /reptilians killing people under the streets of Manhattan. REALLY? OK, so I finished it because I was intrigued by a few of the great characters in the book. But other than that it wasn't my cup a.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jack of Diamonds

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (660)
    Performance
    (569)
    Story
    (566)

    Born and raised in a poor, working-class family in Toronto, Jack Spayd is the son of an unhappy marriage. After being taken under the wing of "Miss Frostbite", the owner of a local jazz club, Jack becomes a gifted musician, playing piano and harmonica. Fame and the allure of gambling takes him to Vegas, and prospects of fortune take him to the Belgian Congo, where he's heard it's possible to earn big money working in the most dangerous parts of the local copper mines.

    Brodie says: "On the Day we lost Bryce"
    "Piano and card shark"
    Overall
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    This is a very unusual story of a guy who should have never had a chance at life, but got a great start and the adventures are endless.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Cheryl Strayed
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3330)
    Performance
    (2927)
    Story
    (2935)

    At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

    FanB14 says: "Glad I Took the Trip"
    "go on the trail!"
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    This is a great story of a broken person finding themselves and with that finding getting back on the track of life. the story starts out a little slow because the background of how and why she goes on the trail must be understood. But once she gets on that trail the beauty of the trail and the people cannot be explained here. I highly recommend this book to everyone who loves people and nature.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bounty Hunter: Rafe's Story: Redbourne Series, Book Two

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Kelli Ann Morgan
    • Narrated By Troy Duran
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    Tayla Hawthorne finds herself far from home with no memory of her past - her only connection an ornately carved locket. But when a dark and dashing stranger triggers a familiar yearning inside her, she discovers that the key to her future lies in her past. Rafe Redbourne has a lock on his heart. For eight years he has carried the weight of his past on his shoulders, immersing himself in his life as a bounty hunter, tracking fugitives.

    Kathy says: "Memories and Resentment collide into Trust"
    "hated it"
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    I bought this book because everyone raved about it. But it was the sappiest romance novel ever written. I returned it after maybe 4 hours. I couldn't take another word of the obvious drivel that it was.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • An Echo in the Bone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5773)
    Performance
    (3946)
    Story
    (3955)

    Jamie Fraser knows from his time-traveling wife Claire that, no matter how unlikely it seems, America will win the Revolutionary War. But that truth offers little solace, since Jamie realizes he might find himself pointing a weapon directly at his own son - a young officer in the British army. And Jamie isn't the only one with a tormented soul - for Claire may know who wins the conflict, but she certainly doesn't know whether or not her beloved Jamie survives.

    Charles says: "Read all of Gabaldon's stuff before this one"
    "oops it got boring"
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    I didn't finish this one. It veered off into a minor characters life and I couldn't stick with it anymore.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Breath of Snow and Ashes

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (4202)
    Performance
    (3674)
    Story
    (3654)

    A Breath of Snow and Ashes continues the saga of 18th-century Scotsman Jamie Fraser and his 20th-century, time-traveling wife, Claire. The year is 1772, and the rift between Britain and its American colonies has put a frightening word into the minds of all concerned: revolution. In the backwoods of North Carolina, violence has already reared its ugly head, as cabins have been burned to the ground. To preserve the colony for King George III, the governor pleads with Jamie to bring the people together and restore peace. But Jamie has the burden of knowing that war cannot be avoided.

    B.J. says: "Another terrific listen."
    "more wonderful story"
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    I just love this series, and anyone who stats just can't stop. Jamie the main Character is awesome as well as all the other great characters in this series. So much history revealed on these pages, and much of it taking place where I live in Virginia.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Son

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Philipp Meyer
    • Narrated By Will Patton, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Shepherd, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1320)
    Performance
    (1180)
    Story
    (1201)

    Part epic of Texas, part classic coming-of-age story, part unflinching portrait of the bloody price of power, The Son is an utterly transporting novel that maps the legacy of violence in the American West through the lives of the McCulloughs, an ambitious family as resilient and dangerous as the land they claim. Spring, 1849: Eli McCullough is 13 years old when a marauding band of Comanches takes him captive. Brave and clever, Eli quickly adapts to life among the Comanches, learning their ways and waging war against their enemies, including white men - which complicates his sense of loyalty and understanding of who he is.

    Melinda says: "Five Stars for the Lone Star, The Son, & Meyer"
    "not as great as they said"
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    I thought this was a very depressing story, not one thing positive about it that I could see. If this is true history. I am sad for all those people.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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