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Debra

W. Haven, UT, USA | Member Since 2008

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  • Dressed for Death

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Donna Leon
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (234)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (148)

    Commissario Guido Brunetti's hopes for a refreshing family holiday in the mountains are once again dashed when a gruesome discovery is made in Marghera--a body so badly beaten the face is completely unrecognizable. Brunetti searches Venice for someone who can identify the corpse but is met with a wall of silence. He then receives a telephone call from a contact who promises some tantalizing information.

    Tom says: "marvelous duo"
    "yuk"
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    What disappointed you about Dressed for Death?

    The language was horrible, The main character was unlikeable, I listened for an hour and turned it off. wow, havent read anything this bad in a long time.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Donna Leon again?

    no


    What character would you cut from Dressed for Death?

    Didnt find any that I cared enough about to keep


    Any additional comments?

    dont waste a credit

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6362)
    Performance
    (5656)
    Story
    (5652)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des RĂªves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "The Night Circus"
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    Any additional comments?

    First off I bought this because Jim Dale narrated and I love how he reads a book, this was not a disappointment, he is wonderful. I really liked this book, kind of a fantasy for adults, it was refreshing to have to go a little deeper. I would have loved to have my teens read this but there was one part that I was concerned about, I dont know might still let them. The good messages outweigh. but all in all great book, kind I didnt want to turn off.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Richard Paul Evans
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (844)
    Performance
    (731)
    Story
    (729)

    To everyone at Meridian High School, Michael Vey is an ordinary 14-year-old. In fact, the only thing that seems to set him apart is the fact that he has Tourette's syndrome. But Michael is anything but ordinary. Michael has special powers. Electric powers....

    Kraig says: "Your never too old to enjoy a good story"
    "Michael Vey"
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    Any additional comments?

    I wasnt inclined to read this book. I bought it for my son to listen to and had it for at least six months before he swore to me that it was great, and that I should read it, and surprise yes it was great. One of the better ya books I have read in a while. I love that Richard Paul Evans put nothing in that I have to cringe while I let my kids read. Its a fun, exciteing fast paced story, and I will read the next installment more quickly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight in Peking: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Paul French
    • Narrated By Erik Singer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (154)

    Peking in 1937 is a heady mix of privilege and scandal, opulence and opium dens, rumors and superstition. The Japanese are encircling the city, and the discovery of Pamela Werner's body sends a shiver through already nervous Peking. Is it the work of a madman? One of the ruthless Japanese soldiers now surrounding the city? With the suspect list growing and clues sparse, two detectives - one British and one Chinese - race against the clock to solve the crime before the Japanese invade and Peking as they know it is gone forever.

    Jeremy says: "When history can be stranger than fiction"
    "midnight in Peking"
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    Any additional comments?

    I really liked this book. I was concerned because I had heard it was hard to heel for the murdered girl. I didnt feel that, I feel like the book was more about the men who tried to bring her justice, and I felt for these men. I dont feel like I really needed to identify with the victim. I identified with the flawed haunted father. Truth is really stranger than fiction. Well done.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Marion Zimmer Bradley's Sword of Avalon

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Diana L. Paxson
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (56)

    Epic in its sweep and peopled by the remarkable women who have always inhabited Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley's Sword of Avalon expands the legendary saga that has enchanted millions of readers over the years and is sure to please Bradley's loyal readership and anyone who loves wonderfully told stories of history, myth, and fantasy.

    Judi says: "Sword of Avalon Audible version"
    "Better than I expected"
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    Any additional comments?

    I bought this book because it was on sale and my son is kind of a Fan of Arthurian stories, I didnt really expect much, I have never been interested. To my surprise I liked the story it was entertaining, I found that I enjoyed the characters, that they were more complex than I expected. The story moved along smartly and didnt lull the way some fantasy can. When I began the book I thought the narrator sounded a little old for the part she read, but I think she grew on me and whithin an hour enjoyed the narration. But I read theis at work and it kept my attention and was quite entertaining.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Wake of the Lorelei Lee: Bloody Jack #8

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By L. A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (405)
    Performance
    (288)
    Story
    (283)

    Jacky Faber, rich from her exploits diving for Spanish gold, has purchased the Lorelei Lee to carry passengers across the Atlantic. Believing she has been absolved of past sins against the Crown, Jacky docks in London to take on her crew, but is instead arrested and sentenced to life in the newly formed penal colony in Australia. To add insult to injury, the Lorelei Lee is confiscated to carry Jacky and more than 200 female convicts to populate New South Wales.

    Eileen says: "I decided to write one review...."
    "love this whole series"
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    Would you listen to The Wake of the Lorelei Lee again? Why?

    I love this series, Jackie is a strong and stubborn heroine, not so fond of the boy she is chaseing, he seems insipid to me. Every book has been good. Look forward to every new installment


    Any additional comments?

    even my boys love to read about jackie, but be warned she is unconventional and there is some semi adult situations in these books. My Nine year old wants to marry jackie Faber.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34881)
    Performance
    (25957)
    Story
    (26322)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "This book got my son reading"
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    Any additional comments?

    My son was struggling in fifth grade reading when I got his this audio book, this turned on a whole new world of books for him, and I will be forever grateful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Howl's Moving Castle

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Diana Wynne Jones
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    Overall
    (1175)
    Performance
    (933)
    Story
    (943)

    A Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book and ALA Notable and Best of the Year in Young Adult Fiction, Howl's Moving Castle is by acclaimed fantasy writer Diane Wynne Jones amd was transformed into an Academy Award nominated animated motion picture by Hayao Miyazaki. On a rare venture out from her step-mother's hat shop, Sophie attracts the attention of a witch, who casts a terrible spell transforming the young girl into an old crone.

    Elisa says: "Howl's Moving Castle is Amazing!"
    "Love everything about this book"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I love this book, the characters are intrigueing and complex for a ya novel, no helpless female lead here. I would recomend this to my daughters the female lead is smart and sassy. Like Sophie even better in the latter part of the book. Howl is lazy and concieted but completely attractive. Great book, one you will get lost in. I just wish she was around to write more.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Its just magic, I would love to meet howl in real life, if one fictional character could leap from the pages I wish it would be him. I think sophie is very relateable, we all feel like we have nothing going for us and thatt everyone else must be prettier and smarter.


    Any additional comments?

    even if youve seen the movie read the book, one of the best things Ive read. In the top five

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Earth Abides: The 60th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By George R. Stewart
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Connie Willis
    Overall
    (1429)
    Performance
    (887)
    Story
    (906)

    A disease of unparalleled destructive force has sprung up almost simultaneously in every corner of the globe, all but destroying the human race. One survivor, strangely immune to the effects of the epidemic, ventures forward to experience a world without man. What he ultimately discovers will prove far more astonishing than anything he'd either dreaded or hoped for.

    V. Sharol says: "Thought provoking and entertaining"
    "This Story Does Not Feel 60 Years Old"
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    What made the experience of listening to Earth Abides the most enjoyable?

    I was fascinated by the characters, He took a trite genre, (sci fy) disaster movie, and made it an intellegent and entertaining read. I was able to lose myself in this book, and that hasnt happened to me in a long time. I didnt exactly like his main character, he was a little bit of an intellectual snob, but I like the journey he takes and the lessons learned, and in the end I did feel for these people, and I did leave with a sense of hope.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Earth Abides?

    The parts that struck me most were the parts that showcased his lonliness especially as he aged, something that I feel happens to most.


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

    I listen at work and I found myself lost in the story and the time flying


    Any additional comments?

    This book did not feel 60 years old to me, I was hesitant to buy it but was pleasantly surprised.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Twilight: The Twilight Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7476)
    Performance
    (2893)
    Story
    (2953)

    About three things I was certain. First, Edward was a vampire. Second, there was a part of him, and I didn't know how dominant that part might be, that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

    Mitch says: "My Not-So-Guilty Pleasure"
    "fun but a little overhyped"
    Overall

    I had to read this twice to really get into it. Entertaining, but Bella drives me NUTS can we say true victorian heroine, I got a little sick of the damsal in distress, and Edward was a wee bit controling. Come on get a back bone. But have hope, the series does get better, and it is fun.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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