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  • The Secret Life of Bees

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1316)
    Performance
    (851)
    Story
    (841)

    Sue Monk Kidd's ravishing debut novel has stolen the hearts of reviewers and readers alike with its strong, assured voice. Set in South Carolina in 1964, The Secret Life of Bees tells the story of Lily Owens, whose life has been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed.

    Laura says: "It's hard to stop listening..."
    "Beautiful!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Secret Life of Bees the most enjoyable?

    I thought Jenna Lamia did a great job with the voices and dramatization. I also thought the story was very touching. The characters grew and changed during the story, but were dear throughout! Well -- except for T-Ray!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters!


    What about Jenna Lamia’s performance did you like?

    Everything!


    If you could take any character from The Secret Life of Bees out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    August. She is so wise and down-to-earth. Maybe she would rub off on me!


    Any additional comments?

    I love this book, the story, the characters, and the many words of wisdom woven in. Lovely! I also learned a lot about bee-keeping!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unleashed: Andy Carpenter, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (444)
    Performance
    (383)
    Story
    (382)

    Andy Carpenter's accountant, Sam Willis, receives a surprise call from Barry Price, a friend he hasn't spoken to in years. Barry needs Sam's financial acumen and Andy's legal expertise. But when Sam almost runs over an injured dog on the way to Barry's house, he can't drive off without waiting for help. By then, Barry's taken off on a private airplane headed to who-knows-where. Soon after they learn that Barry's plane has crashed, and they come to the terrifying realization that Sam was also supposed to have been killed on that plane.

    Amazon Customer says: "Over Too Soon"
    "Hurray for David Rosenfelt and Andy Carpenter!"
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    Where does Unleashed rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    All of David Rosenfelt's books rank high on my list of audiobooks. I particularly like Grover Garder as narrator. His voice perfectly matched Andy Carpenter's dry wit! Unleashed was right up there with his other books!


    Which character – as performed by Grover Gardner – was your favorite?

    I also love Rosenfelt's includsion of dogs. I am a dog lover and, while Tara the dog is a not a major player in the book, she adds a nice touch and bring out the hero's best side: He's a dog lover!


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

    While the plot is tight and suspenseful, one of my favorite things about David Rosenfelts books in his humor. I always laugh out loud!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The First Phone Call from Heaven: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Mitch Albom
    • Narrated By Mitch Albom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (412)
    Performance
    (367)
    Story
    (372)

    The First Phone Call from Heaven tells the story of a small town on Lake Michigan that gets worldwide attention when its citizens start receiving phone calls from the afterlife. Is it the greatest miracle ever or a massive hoax? Sully Harding, a grief-stricken single father, is determined to find out. An allegory about the power of belief - and a page-turner that will touch your soul - Albom's masterful storytelling has never been so moving and unexpected.

    Marci says: "Every Character is Great"
    "Another good from Mitch Albom"
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    What did you love best about The First Phone Call from Heaven?

    I love Mitch Albom's books and I was not disappointent by First Call from Heaven. It was thought provoking and moving. Having the book read by Mr. Albom added a special touch as I knew that the expressions and tone of voice were what he intended. I very much enjoyed listening to the book!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Terminus

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Joshua Graham
    • Narrated By Daniel Dorse
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    Having witnessed one too many senseless deaths, Nikolai, a disillusioned Reaper 3rd Class, resigns his commission with the Angel Forces after a tedious century of gathering souls. Immediately, another division recruits him with the promise of a more rewarding career, and issues his initial assignments: To bring down a few very dangerous threats to the human race.

    Amazon Customer says: "Love Joshua Graham"
    "Love Joshua Graham"
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    If you could sum up Terminus in three words, what would they be?

    I am amazed that Joshua Graham can write such a wide variety of books. He is an excellent story teller and I enjoyed listening to Terminus. I would not have chosen a book about angels by anyone else, but I knew if Graham wrote it, it would be good. I was not disappointed! Bravo, Mr. Graham!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Best Kept Secret: The Clifton Chronicles, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Alex Jennings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (587)
    Performance
    (508)
    Story
    (507)

    Best Kept Secret opens a moment after the end of The Sins of the Father, with the resolution of the trial and the triumphant marriage of Harry Clifton and Elizabeth Barrington, finally uniting their family. Harry, now a best-selling novelist; Emma; their son, Sebastian; and orphaned Jessica make a new life for themselves, but all is not as happy and secure as it could be. Emma's brother, Giles, is engaged to a woman who may be more interested in Barrington's fortune and title than in a long and happy marriage.

    cristina says: "Plot without characters"
    "Not Archer's Best"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I might recommend this series to a friend, but I would warn them that so far this book is the weekest link in the chain. I look forward to the next book in the hopes that Archer will tie things up a little better.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I like Harry Clifton. He is the most real of the characters to me. I like it that he is a book writer, too!


    If you could rename Best Kept Secret, what would you call it?

    No Pain, No Gain Part 1


    Any additional comments?

    One of the things I love about Archer is how he cleverly brings things around in the end. His book are usually nicely wrapped packages, full of suspense. During this book I kept wondering, "Where's the big story?"
    I still love how Archer writes and I will still read the next installment, but I have to admit I was somewhat disappointed this time around.
    Listening to the book was no problem -- I enjoyed the narrator. If I had been reading the book I would have had more trouble with the lack of intrigue.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Thread of Truth: The Cobbled Court Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Marie Bostwick
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman, Pam Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (140)

    At 27, having fled an abusive marriage with little more than her kids and the clothes on her back, Ivy Peterman figures she has nowhere to go but up. Quaint, historic New Bern, Connecticut, seems as good a place as any to start afresh. With a part-time job at Cobbled Court Quilts and budding friendships, Ivy feels hopeful for the first time in ages.

    A User says: "another great read by Marie Bostwick"
    "Love This Series"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Thread of Truth the most enjoyable?

    I enjoy this series very much. The characters are well-developed and very real and I like them all. The audible version was read by two different women which added to the variety and listening enjoyment. As an added bonus I am now learning to quilt! It's something I can do while listening to books!


    What does Renée Raudman and Pam Ward bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Expression, clear definition of who is currently narrating


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Along Came a Spider

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Charles Turner
    Overall
    (1257)
    Performance
    (691)
    Story
    (707)

    Along Came a Spider first introduced Alex Cross, the brilliant homicide detective. When the daughter of a Hollywood actress and the son of the Secretary of the Treasury are kidnapped, Cross and the Secret Service are pitted against Gary Soneji, a murderous serial kidnapper who wants to commit the crime of the century.

    Robert Randell says: "Extremely disappointing"
    "Great book! Lots of bad language"
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    If you could sum up Along Came a Spider in three words, what would they be?

    I always enjoy books by James Patterson. Some of his books contain more profane language and this is one that does. It bothers me a little more when I am listening to a book like that that when I am reading the book. I understand that this is no big deal to some people -- I just don't want to pop out with any zinging language in my day to day dealings with children, so I try to watch what I listen to. Along Came a Spider is, of course, a GREAT read otherwise!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Innocent: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    Overall
    (3499)
    Performance
    (2925)
    Story
    (2943)

    Will Robie may have just made the first - and last - mistake of his career.... It begins with a hit gone wrong. Robie is dispatched to eliminate a target unusually close to home in Washington, D.C. But something about this mission doesn't seem right to Robie, and he does the unthinkable: He refuses to kill. Now, Robie becomes a target himself and must escape from his own people.

    Fleeing the scene, Robie crosses paths with a wayward teenage girl, a 14-year-old runaway from a foster home. But she isn't an ordinary runaway....

    andrea says: "I Hope There's a Sequel!!"
    "Classic Baldacci with good readers!"
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    Would you listen to The Innocent again? Why?

    Yes. It's a very entertaining read.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I like Robie. I'm not sure he's a very realistic character, but if I want realistic, I'll go to Walmart. Robie is very respectable, kind, and his character develops during the book. I think that is essential in a good read.


    What does Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    They add the masculine and feminine sides and make the flow of conversation easier to discern. There were a few times that having the same female read all of the remale characters was a bit confusing, but I think it added more than it detracted.


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

    I think I did tear up at the end. The little girl has such a sad life and has to face so much. The end is touching.


    Any additional comments?

    I do not think the sound-effects and music add to the book. I think it is distracting. I know it's a performance, but it's a book -- not a movie.

    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
    Overall
    (26946)
    Performance
    (13578)
    Story
    (13626)

    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!"
    "Outstanding performance!"
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    What did you love best about The Help?

    I love the characters! They are colorful, funny, and real. The readers who created this perfomance did a superb job of enhancing those characters in their interpretations.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Abilene, I think, though I thought they were all excellent.


    If you could rename The Help, what would you call it?

    How about "My Help". Growing up in the south I heard many times "My help will be here on Tuesday, so the house'll be clean for bridge club." I wouldn't really change the name though. "The Help" is perfect.


    Any additional comments?

    Wonderful book. Fabulous performance!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Calico Joe

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Erik Singer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (798)
    Performance
    (699)
    Story
    (695)

    Whatever happened to Calico Joe? It began quietly enough with a pulled hamstring. The first baseman for the Cubs AAA affiliate in Wichita went down as he rounded third and headed for home. The next day, Jim Hickman, the first baseman for the Cubs, injured his back. The team suddenly needed someone to play first, so they reached down to their AA club in Midland, Texas, and called up a 21-year-old named Joe Castle. He was the hottest player in AA and creating a buzz....

    Carolyn Hathaway says: "Baseball fans only"
    "Good read -- even for a non-baseball fan!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Calico Joe to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version, but, as a non-baseball-addict, I would not have enjoyed wading through all of the baseball facts had I tried to read it. I would have done it, but would not have been able to deal with it as gracefully as Erik Singer, the reader, did!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked the main character most. In general I like Grisham's main characters. Grisham makes them likeable and realistic.


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

    I have listened to Erik Singer many times and he does a superb job. He uses color and inflection for the different characters without over-doing the dramatization. His performance enhances the the book.


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

    I listened to it in about 2 days so I didn't miss by much! I was definitely hooked once I got started!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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