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Connie

Lebanon, Ohio, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Stars for Light

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Lynn Morris, Gilbert Morris
    • Narrated By Kate Forbes
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Twenty-four-year-old Cheney Duvall believes she will be taken seriously once she finishes medical school. Months later, however, she still is without a position; no one wants to consult a woman doctor. When she hears of a shipload of hopeful brides-to-be bound for Seattle, however, her luck changes. The ship's authorities are eager to have a woman physician on board. But once Cheney meets the 100 women - and her disturbing male nurse assistant - she fears she has gotten in way over her head.

    Connie says: "I don't like "Christian" fiction."
    "I don't like "Christian" fiction."
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    What does Kate Forbes bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Although I didn't care for the sappiness of this book, the narrator was very good, and made it much more palatable than it would have been in written form.


    Any additional comments?

    If this had been clearly labeled as Christian Fiction I would have stayed away. I am a Christian and I really don't like the sappy and generally trite stories that this genre generates. It was recommended to me on goodreads because of other titles I had read and was not clearly labeled as a

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Whole Enchilada: A Novel of Suspense: Goldy Bear Culinary Mysteries, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Diane Mott Davidson
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (314)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (273)

    >Goldy Schulz knows her food is to die for, but she never expects one of her best friends to actually keel over when she's leaving a birthday party Goldy has catered. At first, everyone assumes that all the fun and excitement of the party, not to mention the rich fare, did her in. But what looks like a coronary turns out to be a generous serving of cold-blooded murder. And the clever culprit is just getting cooking. When a colleague - a woman who resembles Goldy - is stabbed, and Goldy is attacked outside her house, it becomes clear that the popular caterer is the main course on a killer menu.

    ChihuahuaMomma says: "BEST book in the entire series."
    "Author needs to do her research"
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    I've listened to a lot of Diane Mott Davidson's Goldie Shultz series, and enjoyed them. They are formulaic, but I like the characters. This one however made me a bit angry. If the author chooses to have a character's religion play a part in the plot then the author should thoroughly research what they are writing. In this case a Catholic character is said to have attended an Episcopalian church because she was "refused communion" and "excommunicated" from the Catholic Church because she was divorced. Since this character had not remarried she would not have been either denied communion or excommunicated.

    Otherwise the book was sufficiently entertaining for a mystery of it's genre.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Bloodline: A Sigma Force Novel, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By James Rollins
    • Narrated By Peter Jay Fernandez
    Overall
    (499)
    Performance
    (429)
    Story
    (443)

    Galilee, 1025. A cunning Templar knight uncovers a holy treasure: the Bachal Isu - the staff of Jesus Christ - a priceless icon that holds a mysterious and terrifying power that will forever change humanity if unleashed. A millennium later, Somali pirates hijack a yacht off the coast off the Horn of Africa, kidnapping a young pregnant American woman and brutally killing her husband. Painter Crowe and his SIGMA team are enlisted for the top secret rescue mission. The kidnappee is the daughter of the U.S. President.

    Amazon Customer says: "Another Sigma Win!"
    "The best of the Sigma Force Series"
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    I debated whether I wanted to listen to any more of the Sigma Force novels. I love the characters, but the last few were just okay. This one however did not disappoint!!! I'd rank it with the Da Vinci Code in story telling. I loved it, loved it, loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Jonathan Aris, Paula Wilcox
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1449)
    Performance
    (681)
    Story
    (680)

    In 1799, the artificial island of Dejima lies in Nagasaki Harbor as Japan’s outpost for the Dutch East Indies Company. There, Jacob de Zoet has come to make a fortune large enough to return to Holland and marry the woman he loves.

    Darwin8u says: "A NEAR Perfect Novel."
    "Great Narration, Slooooooooow story"
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    I really wanted to like this book. The narration really brought the characters to life, but the story was just too slow moving for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3794)
    Performance
    (3380)
    Story
    (3394)

    The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

    Daniel says: "History Made Interesting"
    "Disappointed in Bill O'Reilly"
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    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed Killing Kennedy and Bill O'Reilly's narration of it. But I could barely get through this. One of my big pet peeves in life is when someone mixes up Cavalry and Calvary and Bill O'Reilly does it about 1000 times in this book. I guess that makes him not a patriot but a pinhead.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pillar & Bulwark

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Marcus Grodi
    • Narrated By Kevin O'Brien
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    After nearly losing his life to an assassin, Stephen LaPointe resigned from his pastorate as a Congregational minister. He made this radical decision as the result of a crisis of truth. This decision had many immediate ramifications for his vocation, his career, and most significantly for his marriage and family. Now, a year later, no one knows where he is. He has disappeared. Out of love, as well as remorse, several people - an old friend, his estranged wife, and a potential enemy - set out separately to find him.

    Connie says: "Glad to see this one on Audible!"
    "Glad to see this one on Audible!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Pillar & Bulwark the most enjoyable?

    The story was very good. A lot of disparate threads all come together in the end.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Kevin O'Brien?

    Maybe. At first I thought "This is the worst narrator EVER." As I got used to him the experience improved. I don't think he was the best choice for this book, but it didn't ruin it for me either.


    Who was the most memorable character of Pillar & Bulwark and why?

    Rafe. Because he grew so much during the course of events.


    Any additional comments?

    I am very familiar with Marcus Grodi from his radio and television programs. I read the first book in this sequence, "How Firm a Foundation" and liked it, so I was glad to see they are now available in audio format.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Narrated By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1400)
    Performance
    (1207)
    Story
    (1183)

    A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty is a powerful saga of three generations of women, plagued by hardships and torn by a devastating secret, yet inextricably joined by the bonds of family. Fifteen-year-old Mosey Slocumb-spirited, sassy, and on the cusp of womanhood-is shaken when a small grave is unearthed in the backyard, and determined to figure out why it's there. Liza, her stroke-ravaged mother, is haunted by choices she made as a teenager. But it is Jenny, Mosey's strong and big-hearted grandmother....

    Janice says: "I wanted to cheer out loud!"
    "A rare one!"
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    Where does A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A Grown-up Kind of Pretty was wonderful. I've listened to hundreds of audiobooks and this one is first rate.


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

    I generally hate it when authors read their own books, they often ruin what would be an otherwise wonderful book, not so this one. Joshilyn Jackson makes this book sing!


    Any additional comments?

    My first thought when I listened to the sample of this book was

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Crooked Little Vein: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Warren Ellis
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (54)

    Michael McGill is a burned-out private detective who suddenly becomes enlisted by an army of presidential goons to retrieve the Constitution of the United States, but not the one we all know about. This would be the real Constitution (the one with invisible amendments), created by some of the Founding Fathers as a fall back for their great experiment.

    A User says: "Ignore the prude"
    "Awful! Couldn't finish"
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    Any additional comments?

    The synopsis led me to believe this was about the hunt for a lost U.S. Constitution. Instead I got a catalog of strange sexual perversions. Don't listen if you don't have the stomach for it.

    1 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Woman in White

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated By Roger Rees, Rosalyn Landor, John Lee, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (313)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (244)

    Secrets, mistaken identities, surprise revelations, amnesia, locked rooms and locked asylums, and an unorthodox villain made this mystery thriller an instant success when it first appeared in 1860, and it has continued to enthrall ever since. From the hero's foreboding before his arrival at Limmeridge House to the nefarious plot concerning the beautiful Laura, the breathtaking tension of Collins's narrative created a new literary genre of suspense fiction, which profoundly shaped the course of English popular writing.

    JGrace says: "Another multi-cast winner"
    "Wonderful!"
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    What did you love best about The Woman in White?

    It's timeless. Although it was written in 1859 it stands the test of time.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    This book is written as first person accounts by several different characters. Having a different narrator for each character really made it enjoyable!


    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Affair: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3355)
    Performance
    (2773)
    Story
    (2779)

    Everything starts somewhere. For elite military cop Jack Reacher, that somewhere was Carter Crossing, Mississippi, way back in 1997. A young woman is dead, and solid evidence points to a soldier at a nearby military base. But that soldier has powerful friends in Washington. Reacher is ordered undercover - to find out everything he can, to control the local police, and then to vanish. Reacher is a good soldier. But when he gets to Carter Crossing, he finds layers no one saw coming, and the investigation spins out of control. Local sheriff Elizabeth Deveraux has a thirst for justice - and an appetite for secrets.

    Melinda says: ""All Aboard!""
    "Another awesome Jack Reacher novel."
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    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Absolutely! I found the character of Elizabeth Deveraux fascinating.


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

    Dick Hill is one of my favorite narrators. I will consider listening to anything he narrates.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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