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Deborah

Electric City, WA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 7 reviews
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  • 85 titles in library
  • 7 purchased in 2014
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  • A Dog Named Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Greg Kincaid
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (634)
    Performance
    (514)
    Story
    (518)

    Todd, the youngest of four children, has a developmental disability that keeps him at home on the farm with his mother and father. One special holiday season, Todd hears an ad on the radio from a shelter looking for temporary homes for their dogs during the holiday week. When Todd's parents at last give in to his pleas for this charitable cause, the family is faced with an entire shelter full of dogs needing homes.

    Carolina Kat says: "Best Audible Book Yet! DON'T MISS IT"
    "Predictable and disappointing"
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    What disappointed you about A Dog Named Christmas?

    Very predictable story line. I didn't find it very heartwarming particulary because I grew so angry with the father two thirds of the way through the story. Plus, some of the animal behavior (the lion) was simply not beleivable from a natural history standpoint. Probably my most disappointing Audible purchase to date ... but I wanted something to listen to for the holidays.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Greg Kincaid again?

    Only if it were free .....


    What didn’t you like about Mark Bramhall’s performance?

    He started out strong, particularly with the son, but then tapered off.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • We Are Water: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Wally Lamb
    • Narrated By Wally Lamb, George Guidall, Maggi-Meg Reed, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1227)
    Performance
    (1106)
    Story
    (1111)

    After 27 years of marriage and three children, Anna Oh - wife, mother, outsider artist - has fallen in love with Viveca, the wealthy Manhattan art dealer who orchestrated her success. They plan to wed in the Oh family’s hometown of Three Rivers in Connecticut. But the wedding provokes some very mixed reactions and opens a Pandora’s Box of toxic secrets - dark and painful truths that have festered below the surface of the Ohs' lives.

    Suzn F says: "Lamb writes Fine Literature/What a Book!"
    "Very thought provoking ~ I highly recommend it"
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    Very thought provoking & well performed. It provoked a number of driveway moments ...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Man of His Own

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Susan Wilson
    • Narrated By Fred Berman, Jeff Gurner, Christina Delaine, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (25)

    Rick Stanton was a promising professional baseball player with dreams of playing in the major leagues and starting a family with his young wife, Francesca, when World War II changed everything. Rick returns from the war with his body broken and his dreams shattered. But it was not just body and spirit he sacrificed for the war. He and Francesca volunteered their beloved dog, Pax, for the Army's K-9 Corp, not knowing if they'd ever see him again.

    Deborah says: "The story line is OK"
    "The story line is OK"
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    Any additional comments?

    Although the story line showed early promise, by the end it became boring & predictable. And the narration was terrible. The worst narration I've heard on an Audible book yet. One of the men sounded the entire time like he was reading the weather. I myself could have done a better job. It began to really irritate me after awhile.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (9174)
    Performance
    (7248)
    Story
    (7284)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Amazon Customer says: "Word Thief"
    "An incredibly moving story"
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    If you could sum up The Book Thief in three words, what would they be?

    A symphony composed of words.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Liesel, of course. Because she is such an honest spirit. Unfortunately, she was not well narrated by Allan Corduner, who otherwise did a wonderful job of narration.


    Which character – as performed by Allan Corduner – was your favorite?

    The narrator, Death. I cannot imagine a better voice than Mr. Corduner for the narrator. A superb job. The only criticism I could possibly make of the book & it's narration is that he was very unsuited for Liesel's voice and it was like hearing nails drawn against chalkboard. He did such a wonderful job with most of the other characters - they probably should have had a female actor read Leisel.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No spoilers in my review.


    Any additional comments?

    The first time I attempted to listen to the book I was a bit put off by the preface and put it aside. I cam back to the book later and I am so glad I did - I just can't imagine not have listened to this book. It is, hands down, the best book I have listened to. (Prior to The Book Thief, The Help was my favorite, also wonderfully narrated). In my opinion, particularly given Mr. Corduner's talented, expressive narration, this is a book that is better to be listened to than read. I am in awe of Mr. Zusak's gift with language - this book is like a wonderful painting that compels you to sit for hours contemplating the use of color & light.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Alfred Lansing
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2702)
    Performance
    (1997)
    Story
    (2005)

    In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

    Jennie says: "Unbelievably riveting!"
    "Riveting!"
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    Any additional comments?

    Although I thought I was familiar with Shackleton's voyage, it turns out that I really was not. This is an almost unbelievable story of perseverance and survival. And leadership. I gained enormous respect for the man who led his crew through what they endured. The book certainly inspired me to spend a few hours on the web retracing this voyage. Great book and well worth the credit. The only negative for me was the narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Chosen One: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Carol Lynch Williams
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (378)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (176)

    Thirteen-year-old Kyra has grown up in an isolated polygamous community without questioning her father's three wives and her 20 brothers and sisters. Or at least without questioning them much - if you don't count her secret visits to the Mobile Library on Wheels to read forbidden books, or her meetings with the boy she hopes to choose for herself instead of having a man chosen for her.

    Kim says: "Riveting Story - Amazing Narration"
    "Hard to put down"
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    Would you listen to The Chosen One again? Why?

    Yes.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kyra, of course. The author did an excellent job of writing about Kyra's transition from child to young adult.


    What about Jenna Lamia’s performance did you like?

    There isn't anything I've listened to featuring Jenna Lamia that I haven't enjoyed. Her narration was superb, thoroughly believable.


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

    Yes - luckily I had a 10 hour drive that day. It tells you something when you have that far to drive and resent having to stop and get gas because you'll have to stop listening.


    Any additional comments?

    Although is a book intended for teens, I think most adults will also enjoy it. Only occasionally was I reminded that this book was actually written for a much younger audience. Just a thoroughly intriguing, thought- provoking novel.

    0 of 0 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27652)
    Performance
    (14240)
    Story
    (14294)

    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!"
    "Like everyone else, I am in love with this book .."
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    Where does The Help rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The tops - nothing else I have listened to comes close to this one.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't listened to any other performances by any of the narrators but I am hoping to. They were all superb.


    Any additional comments?

    Everything I can say about this performance has already been said. I can only endorse what has already been said - anyone who didn't love this book is deaf, dumb, or completely unfeeling.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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