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  • 7 reviews
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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

    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"
    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
  • The Lost Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Alyson Richman
    • Narrated By George Guidall, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    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."
    Would you listen to The Lost Wife again? Why?


    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

    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"
    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

    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"
    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?


    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

    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"
    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?


    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

    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"
    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
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    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"
    "Excellent book more on the mature side"
    What did you love best about The Hunger Games?

    Audio book narrated beautifully.
    You will bond with one or more charachters people in the book.
    If your kid reads this book, he will most likely read the second and third; know they will have real-world stuff in here, down to imagry reflecting ethnic cleansing.

    What other book might you compare The Hunger Games to and why?

    Very unique book. Back-end politics like Star Wars , teen romance and WWII Europe history. Strange mix.

    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?


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

    The bread scene stuck in my head. Sienna's quiet responses.

    Any additional comments?

    When I got through with the first two books.... I still think Dad didn't get killed in the mine! I was expecting him to pop up and say,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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