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Deborah

Gainesville, TX, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6908)
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    (4874)
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    (4862)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "This is not The Help!"
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    Where does The Kitchen House rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I found The Kitchen House difficult to listen to, although compelling, but I don't quite understand the comparisons to The Help. The books are entirely different. The Kitchen House is set during slavery, and it is hard to listen to characters you have come to love being subjected to horrible acts of violence, and the total absence of human decency. Having said that - I did complete the book and was happy at the ending. While The Help was about fighting back against racial inequality, The Kitchen House is about surviving during slavery. Good story, great characters, but not even on the same planet.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Inescapable: Premonition, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Amy Bartol
    • Narrated By Emily Woo Zeller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (258)
    Performance
    (236)
    Story
    (242)

    Soon-to-be college freshman Evie Claremont had hoped that once she'd arrived on Crestwood's campus, the nightmare that she'd been having would go away. It hasn't. She may be an inexperienced 17-year-old, but she's grounded... sane. She looks for rational explanations to even the strangest circumstances. Since meeting sophomore Reed Wellington, however, nothing makes any sense. Whenever he's near, she feels an attraction to him - a magnetic kind of force pulling her toward him.

    Falon says: "Mysteriously Delicious!"
    "Very Surprising!"
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    Where does Inescapable rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I bought this title on a special 2 for 1 offering by audible, not really understanding that it was a YA book. After listening to it for awhile, I became interested in the main characters and invested in what happened to them, especially Evie. When I finished listening to Inescapable, I immediately bought the next 2 titles and then the 4th as well. I also downloaded them to my spare iPod to share with my 13 yr old granddaughter, so we could listen to them together. Emily Woo Zeller is a fabulous narrator, there are so many voices and dialects in this series and you forget that it is only 1 person reading it!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Not predictable, there is really no way to know where it is going, especially by the time you get to book 4.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Driven: Driven Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By K. Bromberg
    • Narrated By Tatiana Sokolov
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (474)
    Performance
    (444)
    Story
    (449)

    In a world full of willing women, I'm a challenge to the roguish and achingly handsome Colton Donavan. A man used to getting exactly what he wants in all aspects of life. He's the reckless bad boy constantly skating that razor-thin edge toward out of control, on and off of the track.

    Dalmania says: "Not Driven Far Enough"
    "Awesome story, but narrator ruined it for me."
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    What did you love best about Driven?

    I LOVE this story and this author, and purchased the audio version because the story is so good. However this narrator just ruined the entire story for me. She spoke too fast most of the time, had very little emotion for the Rylee character, and her male voice, or at least her Colton voice, was a major turn-off. He just sounded sleazy.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I really hope there is a different narrator for Fueled, which is the next book in the 3 book series. Someone who can do a decent male voice and puts more feeling into the characters.


    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Stranger

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Christina Lauren
    • Narrated By Grace Grant, Jonathan R. Cole
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1049)
    Performance
    (975)
    Story
    (971)

    Escaping a cheating ex, finance whiz Sara Dillon's moved to New York City and is looking for excitement and passion without a lot of strings attached. So meeting the irresistible, sexy Brit at a dance club should have meant nothing more than a night's fun. But the manner - and speed - with which he melts her inhibitions turns him from a one-time hookup into her Beautiful Stranger.

    Jordy says: "Delicious!!"
    "Hot, Hot, Hot!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Beautiful Stranger to be better than the print version?

    I loved the narration, especially Jonathan Cole's narration of Max Stella. As much as I enjoy reading print books as well, the story would not be the same without the sexy growl of Max's voice.


    Any additional comments?

    The narration was great, loved the story line, which was different, and really enjoyed the development of the characters and the continuation of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rock Hard: Sinners on Tour, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Olivia Cunning
    • Narrated By Justine O. Keef
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (763)
    Performance
    (708)
    Story
    (716)

    The second book in the Sinners on Tour series features lead singer Sedric Lionheart, who became a playboy after his fiancee, Jessica, broke his heart. Trapped on a summer tour together for two entire months - but stubbornly desperate to stay apart - they find a million steamy reasons why they had that lovin' feeling in the first place.

    CAROLYN says: "Sex drugs & rock n roll but oh soooo much more"
    "Hot sex & rock n' roll!"
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    Where does Rock Hard rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really enjoy this series. The narrator does a great job with the voices and they stay consistent from volume to volume. Even the mens' voices are consistent, so you immediately recognize who is "talking" before the narration tells you. Great characters, good story lines and steamy sex - who can ask for more?


    What does Justine O. Keef bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her voices are really good, especially the mens' voices - and they are consistent, so you can recognize each one immediately.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17874)
    Performance
    (15891)
    Story
    (15848)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Outstanding and loved the narration!"
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    If you could sum up 11-22-63 in three words, what would they be?

    Compelling, thought-provoking, memorable


    What other book might you compare 11-22-63 to and why?

    I love the


    What about Craig Wasson’s performance did you like?

    I disagree with the negative comments about Craig Wasson's narration, I felt he did an excellent job. I liked the different voices he used for the characters, and his performance really helped to make George/Jake a


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

    Loved the ending, and could really feel Jake's pain.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11892)
    Performance
    (7847)
    Story
    (7883)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Anastasia Burke says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Fabulous true story!"
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    If you could sum up Unbroken in three words, what would they be?

    Riveting - heartwrenching - true


    What other book might you compare Unbroken to and why?

    Matterhorn - by Karl Marlantes, because it is based on truth, during wartime, it is riveting and sometimes, hard to believe


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

    excellent narration - hard to believe it was only 1 narrator


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me think, for days after listening to it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • First Grave on the Right: Charley Davidson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3443)
    Performance
    (2790)
    Story
    (2779)

    A smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper. Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light”. But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life...and it turns out he might not be dead after all.

    Maggie says: "Loved this audiobook!"
    "A first for me!"
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    Where does First Grave on the Right rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I did not expect to enjoy this, since I don't do the


    What about Lorelei King’s performance did you like?

    I love Lorelei King's narration!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Live Wire: A Myron Bolitar Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (798)
    Performance
    (398)
    Story
    (406)

    Myron Bolitar has always dreamed about the femme fatale walking into his office and asking for help. The woman standing in his doorway has killer curves all right: She’s eight months pregnant, which kind of ruins the fantasy. Former tennis star Suzze T and her rock star husband, Lex, are both clients, and over the years Myron has negotiated his share of contracts for the power pair. But now Lex has disappeared and Suzze is in tears, fearing the online rumors questioning the baby’s paternity have driven away Lex.

    Donald says: "The narrator is important"
    "Myron, I will miss you!"
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    What did you love best about Live Wire?

    I love Myron Bolitar, and Wynn, Esperanza and Big Cindy. These stories have captured and provided hours of entertainment for me. I know that all good things must come to an end, but I hate the thought of these wonderful, richly developed characters fading into oblivion.


    Which character – as performed by Steven Weber – was your favorite?

    none were portrayed as well as Jonathan Marosz, but adequate. Myron especially, took some time getting used to, but the others were fine.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shelters of Stone: Earth's Children, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (758)
    Performance
    (468)
    Story
    (478)

    After their epic journey across Europe, Ayla and Jondalar have reached his home, the Ninth Cave of the Zelandonii, the old stone-age settlement in the region known today as southwest France. Jondalar's family greet him warmly, but they are initially wary of the beautiful young woman he has brought back, with her strange accent and her tame wolf and horses.

    Thomas says: "Part V of a great read"
    "love this story"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Shelters of Stone the most enjoyable?

    I read the first volumes of the Earth's Children in print, and this was my first audio version, and I really enjoyed it. The narration was great, and I loved the detail, which I tended to skip over when reading the print version. Overall, a great story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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