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Jan

Woodbridge, VA, United States

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  • Midnight Bayou

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By James Daniels, Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1284)
    Performance
    (1070)
    Story
    (1075)

    Declan Fitzgerald had always been the family maverick, but even he couldn't understand his impulse to buy a dilapidated mansion on the outskirts of New Orleans. All he knew was that ever since he saw Manet Hall, he'd been enchanted - and obsessed - with it. So when the opportunity to buy the house comes up Declan jumps at the chance to live out a dream.

    Phyllis S. Mike says: "Not the Norm"
    "Good Book, but Ok Ending..."
    Overall

    I love stories with a paranormal twist. This story definitely grabbed my attention. It had love, sex, and intrigue, but the ending fell a bit short for how interesting the story was. It was still an enjoyable read, so I do recommend it, but the story seemed to quickly end, tying up all loose ends within a few minutes. All and all, still a good, entertaining read. I will now go watch the movie to see which one is better. :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The House On Tradd Street

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Karen White
    • Narrated By Aimee Bruneau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (772)
    Performance
    (377)
    Story
    (374)

    Practical Melanie Middleton hates to admit she can see ghosts. But she's going to have to accept it. An Old man she recently met has died, leaving her his historic Tradd Street home, complete with housekeeper, dog - and a family of ghosts anxious to tell her their secrets.

    Joanna says: "Pleasantly surprised"
    "Intrigue, Suspense, Ghosts and Love!!!"
    Overall

    What a fantastic book! I just couldn't stop listening! It kept my interest from the moment I heard the first words until the end! The narration was superb and the story was wonderful! I just ordered the sequel because I just can't get enough! Instead of a who-dun-it, it's more of a OMG, what happened and a where is "it"? To best describe this story without giving anything away, it's like Ghost Whisperer meets Dan Brown (The Da Vinci Code) intrigue, meets Nicolas Sparks (The Notebook) rated G to PG love story. What a great ending, wonderful characters, and story development!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Fred Berman, Phoebe Strole
    Overall
    (4461)
    Performance
    (1806)
    Story
    (1830)

    Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was 36. They were married when Clare was 23 and Henry was 31. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous, his experiences unpredictable, alternately harrowing and amusing.

    Scott says: "Epic Drama & Love Story through Time Travel"
    "Good Book, Great Potential, But OK Ending..."
    Overall

    At first you have to get used to a few concepts: 1. Having 2 good readers, 2. The dates, and 3. The characters' ages. After a few chapters, you stop focusing on the characters' ages and the actual dates; and more about the story, and the "time" the chapter was being told from. The story was very interesting. It definitely grabs your attention. The time traveling is a bit far-fetched, but instead of focusing on that and getting distracted, just accept it as fiction and get drawn into the story. It was entertaining, but the ending was a little lackluster. I wanted more. It felt like it just ended. **SPOILER ALERT** If a time traveler dies, does he actually go away? He's always time traveling so does that mean he lives forever? That's the part I couldn't really come to terms with.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shack

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Wm. Paul Young
    • Narrated By Roger Mueller
    Overall
    (4068)
    Performance
    (1695)
    Story
    (1749)

    Mackenzie Allen Philips' youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare.

    Renato says: "much more than I expected"
    "It's Ok, but be forewarned...HEAVY on theology..."
    Overall

    I was looking for a great murder mystery and found a book on theology with a little murder mystery. So if you like theology, or like to read spiritually themed books, then this is for you. However, if you are looking for a great who-dun-it, this is NOT for you. There are no twists and turns and is VERY heavy on God; as well as thoughts that have to do with God, and how "he" works. Not for me, but may be for you...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Painted Veil

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (591)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (238)

    First published in 1925, The Painted Veil is an affirmation of the human capacity to grow, change, and forgive. Set in England and Hong Kong in the 1920s, it is the story of the beautiful but shallow young Kitty Fane. When her husband discovers her adulterous affair, he forces her to accompany him to a remote region of China ravaged by a cholera epidemic.

    Kevin says: "A Joyous Realm"
    "Dreadfully Slow, Not a Big Plot."
    Overall

    Although this book was originally published in 1925, I thought that it would take me to a different time and place. It definitely did that, but I was looking for a deeper plot. It was very boring to me. Don't get me wrong, this book was well written and the narrator did a fantastic job, but the story line itself did nothing for me. This book received raved reviews, but I truly did not see what all the fuss was about. It was ok. Unfortunately, I will not listen to this one again...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13674)
    Performance
    (6063)
    Story
    (6143)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Raw and Intriguing!!! LOVED IT!"
    Overall

    From the moment I pressed play, I just couldn't stop listening! What a clever story! Very well written and so creative! I cannot wait for the movie; hope it's as good as the book! You won't be disappointed! It has everything! Love, lust, intrigue, action, heartbreaking, sweet and all under the "big top". I was a bit skeptical about having 2 narrators, but it was very well done. The transitions are seamless, painting such vivid pictures!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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