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  • Soldier Dogs: The Untold Story of America’s Canine Heroes

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Maria Goodavage
    • Narrated By Nicole Vilencia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (71)

    A leading dog-blogger offers a tour of military working dogs' extraordinary training, heroic accomplishments, and the lasting impacts they have on those who work with them. Maria Goodavage here tells heartwarming stories of modern soldier dogs and the amazing bonds that develop between them and their handlers. Beyond tales of training, operations, retirement, and adoption into the families of fallen soldiers, Goodavage talks to leading dog-cognition experts about why dogs like nothing more than to be on a mission with a handler they trust.

    Shea says: "Detailed and heart wrenching at times."
    "Excellent Portrayal of Soldier History"
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    Where does Soldier Dogs rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This ranks hig in my dog library. Soldier Dogs are the unsung heros.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Each story had a connection to real-life for a soldier. There's a redeeming factor of soldier dogs with their handlers. The bond comes through nice and clear


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Nicole Vilencia?

    The Narrator voice was a little flat, but it grows on you. In fact, the reporter-type perspective is what AMERICA needs more of. But it was a little flat, but not distracting.


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

    This was PERFECT to listen to in snippets. If you are busy, you can put it down, but the moment you need to pick it up again, you HAVE to pick it back up again!


    Any additional comments?

    Stories that stuck out is the WWI stuffed dog, the recuperating soldiers and dogs reuniting in another way. Sad we have to purchase overseas. We are a bite-phobic society.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadows of the Workhouse: Call the Midwife, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jennifer Worth
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (357)
    Performance
    (316)
    Story
    (319)

    When twenty-two-year-old Jennifer Worth, from a comfortable middle-class upbringing, went to work as a midwife in the direst section of postwar London, she not only delivered hundreds of babies and touched many lives, she also became the neighborhood';s most vivid chronicler. Woven into the ongoing tales of her life in the East End are the true stories of the people Worth met who grew up in the dreaded workhouse, a Dickensian institution that limped on into the middle of the twentieth century.

    Jan says: "Nice followup to "Call The Midwife""
    "All time favorite"
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    If you could sum up Shadows of the Workhouse in three words, what would they be?

    Acts of kindness goes a long way. See things through to the end. Judging people is a tricky thing; it comes back to bite you and say you were off. Loving people includes hands and feet, and learning to love well.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    the girl. )(...and the mother & old sister!)
    She was a good pivotal charachter.


    What about Nicola Barber’s performance did you like?

    refreshing.


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

    I cried when the old man passed; point taken.


    Any additional comments?

    "you loved well" in the end summed it up.
    Life is messy, you love in a messy world, you will end up doing pretty good in the end.
    man, wish others can read this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stand by Me: A SouledOut Sisters Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Neta Jackson
    • Narrated By Jackie Schlicher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Sometimes the person you most need is the one least like you. Kathryn Davies is a bright young woman form a prominent Phoenix family. But after making a leap of faith at a Christian music fest, dropping out of med school, and moving to inner city Chicago, her family all but disowns her. When Kat discovers SouledOut Community Church, she longs to become a part of the multicultural church family.

    Amazon Customer says: "Fantastic Story"
    "Fantastic Story"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would definately change the lingo. Normal folk usually don't catch christian-eze speak. Gotta speak to everyone and not put yourself in a niche. Keep true, just round the edges a bit.


    What did you like best about this story?

    reconciliation


    What three words best describe Jackie Schlicher’s voice?

    way cool.


    Was Stand by Me worth the listening time?

    I believe so.


    Any additional comments?

    love the inner city portions, the reconciliation for the daughter's part could have been developed a bit more. Some parts were not written as well, if that makes sense.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kindness of Strangers: Penniless Across America

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Mike McIntyre
    • Narrated By Chris Brinkley
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    Stuck in a job he no longer found fulfilling, journalist Mike McIntyre felt his life was quickly passing him by. So one day he hit the road to trek from one end of the country to the other with little more than the clothes on his back and without a single penny in his pocket. Through his travels, he found varying degrees of kindness in strangers from all walks of life - and discovered more about people and values and life on the road in America than he'd ever thought possible.

    Thistle says: "An amazing journey well told"
    "Real reporter was authentic in his story. THANKYOU"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The reporter had opinions, however, they didn't taint his reporting-ability in this story.
    He reported what others said and how he responded and we filled in the rest. perfecto!


    What did you like best about this story?

    heartland "crunchy around the outside, soft on the inside". Makes me want to move to the midwest.


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

    no


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

    yup. it kept me entertained all the way through.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the out-takes at the end; it wrapped it up. You gave everyone a good report.
    Thanks for sharing your story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Garden of Letters

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Alyson Richman
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Sastre, Alyson Richman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Portofino, Italy, 1943. A young woman steps off a boat in a scenic coastal village. Although she knows how to disappear in a crowd, Elodie is too terrified to slip by the German officers while carrying her poorly forged identity papers. She is frozen until a man she's never met before claims to know her. In desperate need of shelter, Elodie follows him back to his home on the cliffs of Portofino.

    Amazon Customer says: "Fantastic Storyline. Ending Resolution Needs..."
    "Fantastic Storyline. Ending Resolution Needs..."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This left me hungry to learn more about the Italian perspective to WWII and their involvement. The love story was beautiful. Plot beautiful. Love scenes droned on and on and took way too much time on the love than tying up loose ends.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Garden of Letters?

    The best memories are Husband's bond with his belated wife (extended family dissapeared after baby and mom dies...), african adopted child (what happened?) Viola and musical pieces were fantastic. Classic Book store. Chuck full of good stuff. stay in vienna was foggy and got lost for me.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite 'scene' is wrapping up the beginning scene and tying it into where it was in the book. (am I weird or what?).


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I wanted more resolution. This left me with a sense of wanting to know: where's mom? How did she 'bounce back' so quickly to fall in love with the doctor (count days on the calendar to drop true love off the list and move over to a doctor).


    Any additional comments?

    I am glad the doctor never came off as a 'hero', but a servant of healing inside and out, that he was shrewd, but tender hearted. time to heal. Italian bookstore was fun!
    Ditch the long steamy scenes; they took extra time from the plot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Alyson Richman
    • Narrated By George Guidall, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1840)
    Performance
    (1639)
    Story
    (1649)

    In pre-war Prague, the dreams of two young lovers are shattered when they are separated by the Nazi invasion. Then, decades later, thousands of miles away in New York, there's an inescapable glance of recognition between two strangers. Providence is giving Lenka and Josef one more chance. From the glamorous ease of life in Prague before the Occupation, to the horrors of Nazi Europe, The Lost Wife explores the power of first love, the resilience of the human spirit, and the strength of memory.

    Sara says: "Love, Strength & Survival"
    "Classic love story. loved it."
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    Would you listen to The Lost Wife again? Why?

    Absolutely


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Both main characters stayed in the limelight, however the wife was the mainstay.
    You lived through her eyes and even felt hungry she she was hungry.


    Which character – as performed by George Guidall and Suzanne Toren – was your favorite?

    Suzanne I would have to say...
    Sultry voice had a texture of "memory"


    Who was the most memorable character of The Lost Wife and why?

    The wife.
    She had compassion for others, determination, watched other characters respond and still kept the story alive.


    Any additional comments?

    Apart from slightly graphic scenes (less is more) I adore this story and would recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Smuggled: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Christina Shea
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Christina Shea follows up her compelling debut novel with an intimate look at the effects of history on an individual life. Smuggled out of Hungary to escape the Nazi menace, five-year-old Eva Farkas now lives with her aunt and uncle in Romania. Renamed Anca Balaj, she’s told to forget her Hungarian past and language and accept a new identity. But when communism smothers her adopted homeland, Anca fights to survive. After the Iron Curtain lifts decades later, she returns to Hungary in 1990, hoping to reclaim her forgotten heritage.

    Amazon Customer says: "vocals top notch, extra content distracting"
    "vocals top notch, extra content distracting"
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    Would you try another book from Christina Shea and/or Barbara Rosenblat?

    I am unsure. The content was flat, save the graphic scenes.


    What was most disappointing about Christina Shea’s story?

    Characters were detached, sexual content took away from the plot. Was this a pursuit to find mom, or just a story of surviving communism?


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Growing up with auntie.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not much.


    Any additional comments?

    Central theme was surviving communism? Exploitation of women? Left feeling lost in a sad story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Julie Powell
    • Narrated By Julie Powell
    Overall
    (385)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (102)

    With the humor of Bridget Jones and the vitality of Augusten Burroughs, Julie Powell recounts how she conquered every recipe in Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking and saved her soul.

    Elizabeth says: "A good laugh"
    "Fascinating Plot"
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    What would have made Julie and Julia better?

    Fascinating plot and loved the movie. The f-bombs were distracting. So was the discovery the 'joy of' book. It had no context to anything in the book and threw off the readers.
    The plot was absolutely fantastic! Negative thinking made it believable that the experience was rough getting through the process... It kept my attention until the end but twice I wanted to just turn it off and walk away.
    Otherwise an absolutely fantastic plot!


    If you’ve listened to books by Julie Powell before, how does this one compare?

    no


    Would you be willing to try another one of Julie Powell’s performances?

    maybe. F-bombs and sex book references involved? No. Way over the top.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Julie and Julia?

    joy of sex scene... 9-11 era reference: stereotyping 'republicans'.


    Any additional comments?

    Crab experience was awesome. Sub-plot of having a baby kept with the plot (didn't detract) I know what a 'gimlet' is now, however you spell it . Co-worker sub plots were hilarous.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Until Tuesday

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Luis Carlos Montalvan
    • Narrated By Luis Carlos Montalvan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (811)
    Performance
    (640)
    Story
    (645)

    A highly decorated captain in the U.S. Army, Luis Montalvan never backed down from a challenge during his two tours of duty in Iraq. After returning home, however, the pressures of his physical wounds, traumatic brain injury, and post-traumatic stress disorder began to take their toll. In constant physical pain, he soon found himself unable to climb a simple flight of stairs or face a bus ride to the VA hospital. He drank; he argued; he cut himself off from those he loved. Then Luis met Tuesday, a beautiful and sensitive golden retriever....

    Char says: "Very Good Book"
    "Fantastic Story"
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    What did you like best about Until Tuesday? What did you like least?

    Being upset with the system is ok. It was repeated too much; the book lost steam from over-repeating how upset the author is with his situation


    What did you like best about this story?

    Veteran experience and his initial transition into life.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    yes, pace was excellent. It stalled a little, tracking with all the people he met.


    Was Until Tuesday worth the listening time?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the story and how Tuesday & the author worked things out. It sounded a little too political; I got lost a few times, but absolutely pales in comparison to the whole story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Scent of the Missing: Love and Partnership with a Search-and-Rescue Dog

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Susannah Charleson
    • Narrated By Susannah Charleson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (138)

    After the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, Susannah Charleson was so impressed by the newspaper photo of an exhausted handler and his search-and-rescue dog that she decided to train a dog of her own. A dog lover and pilot with search experience herself, Charleson got Puzzle, a strong, bright Golden Retriever, who from the start, exhibited a unique aptitude for search-and-rescue work. But the puppy’s willfulness challenged even Susannah, who had raised dogs for years.

    #24 fan says: "Fascinating"
    "Best Dog Book I've read"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This by far, outweighs any whispering book. This story has grip, is simple and straightforward with the writing. The Narration is top notch & did not stray and fit quite well to the story. I am extremely impressed by the voice narration + the content. I learned a lot about scent training, what goes on for SAR and how it affects folks. Not too drippy, but portrays a human side of the facts of life. well done, Susannah (no, I don't know her)


    What other book might you compare Scent of the Missing to and why?

    Distinct book as far as dog books go.


    What about Susannah Charleson’s performance did you like?

    Susannah's Calm voice that has a reflection to it, but was soft enough to read through the book with clarity.


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

    absolutely yes. I could sit through the book.


    Any additional comments?

    The end of Columbia story and the beginning of her diagnosis was slightly foggy, but we caught on after a few minutes

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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