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Ann

Palos Verdes Estates, CA, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • 50 titles in library
  • 7 purchased in 2014
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  • 16 Lighthouse Road: Cedar Cove, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Debbie Macomber
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (735)
    Performance
    (428)
    Story
    (435)

    "You don't know me yet, but in a few hours that's going to change. You see, I'm inviting you to my home and my town of Cedar Cove, because I want you to meet my family, friends, and neighbors. Come and hear their stories - maybe even their secrets!"

    Ginger says: "Drama"
    "Narrator ruined any possibility of an OK story"
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    Being a knitter, I have enjoyed Macomber's books in the past. Got this on $4.95 sale. Would be possible to listen to a nice story, but the narrator's tone is that of an old busy buddy with a little bun on top of her head. She simply was too irritating to listen to past Chapter 3. I quit.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15888)
    Performance
    (10197)
    Story
    (10078)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "tried 3 times"
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    Tried 3 times to start it. Just found my mind drifting each time. Simply couldn't get into it. Tried to return it, but return not working.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • A Dog's Purpose: A Novel for Humans

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By W. Bruce Cameron
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    Overall
    (2108)
    Performance
    (1406)
    Story
    (1409)

    After a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey is surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden-haired puppy. Bailey's search for his new life's meaning leads him into the loving arms of eight-year-old Ethan. During their countless adventures, Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog. But this life as a beloved family pet is not the end of Bailey's journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders, will he ever find his purpose?

    Blythe says: "Best dog book ever!"
    "Great story ruined by children's book narration"
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    I loved the book. The narrator spoke as if he were reading to elementary school kids sitting on a rug. Ruined it. The book is too meaningful to be cutsie. Interestingly enough, in the second book, A Dog's Journey, same narrator- fantastic job. Could definitely listen again to Purpose for the story- but narration would make it painful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Near-Death Experience and Journey into the Afterlife

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Eben Alexander
    • Narrated By Eben Alexander
    Overall
    (1714)
    Performance
    (1492)
    Story
    (1505)

    On November 10, 2008, Dr. Eben Alexander was driven into coma by a disease so lethal that only 1 in 10,000,000 survive. Seven days later, he awakened with memories of a fantastic odyssey deep into another realm that were more real than this earthly one - memories that included meeting a deceased birth sister he had never known existed. Dr. Alexander deployed all his knowledge as a scientist to find out whether his mind could have played a trick on him. In its shutdown state, there was no way it could have.

    Kelly says: "Compelling"
    "Allows you to follow him to the other side"
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    If you could sum up Proof of Heaven in three words, what would they be?

    Calming, intriguing, clear


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Proof of Heaven?

    That his sister was the butterfly


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved when he saw dogs there.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved the narrator. Voice was perfect to follow on this journey. I was actually lying on my stomach getting a tattoo on my back. I listened to the entire book at once. Kept me interested and relaxed. Perfect choice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15106)
    Performance
    (12445)
    Story
    (13084)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "Narrator destroys and detracts"
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    What would have made Fifty Shades of Grey better?

    A credible narrator


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Racing in the Rain


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The worst narration I have ever heard. Bought series and have been stuck on Chapter 3 of first book. Can't go on. Serious casting misstep on someone's part.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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