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Gail

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  • Three Fates

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Bernadette Quigley
    Overall
    (661)
    Performance
    (536)
    Story
    (533)

    When the Lusitania sank, more than one 1,000 people died. One passenger, however, survived to become a changed man, giving up his life as a petty thief but keeping a small silver statue that would become a family heirloom to future generations. Now, nearly a century later, that heirloom, one of a priceless, long-separated set of three, has been snatched away from the Sullivans.

    Barbara says: "Nora at her best!"
    "Book would be better than the audio."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Three Fates?

    I loved the story, as I love to read/hear Nora Roberts.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Three Fates?

    I enjoyed the way six people were drawn together and bonded by "fate".


    Would you be willing to try another one of Bernadette Quigley’s performances?

    No. Her Irish accent and her speaking so fast made it difficult for me to hear the words and I had a hard time differentiating which of the characters were speaking. I had to continually rewind and re-listen to be able to follow the story line.


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

    Not really


    Any additional comments?

    It is a good book. Perhaps with a different narrator, I might have enjoyed it more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Elvenbane

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Andre Norton, Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By Aasne Vigesaa
    Overall
    (565)
    Performance
    (491)
    Story
    (484)

    Two masters of epic fantasy have combined in this brilliant collaboration to create a rousing tale. This is the story of Shana, a half-breed born of the forbidden union of an Elvenlord father with a human mother. Her exiled mother dead, Shana was rescued and raised by dragons, a proud, ancient race who existed unbeknownst to elven or human kind. From birth, Shana was the embodiment of the Prophecy that the all-powerful Elvenlords feared. Her destiny is the enthralling adventure of a lifetime.

    Johanna says: "A fun listen"
    "FUN and enjoyable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Elvenbane?

    The images and imagination it invoked.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Shawna and her adoptive mother.


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

    She brought the characters to life for me.


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

    No. I enjoyed thinking about it in-between listening.


    Any additional comments?

    I am waiting to buy the sequel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • High Noon

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (900)
    Performance
    (463)
    Story
    (467)

    Police Lieutenant Phoebe MacNamara found her calling at an early age, when a violently unstable man broke into her family's home, trapping and terrorizing them for hours. Now she's Savannah's top hostage negotiator, who puts her life on the line every day to defuse powder-keg situations.

    Charlotte says: "Couldn't get enough!!!"
    "Nora Roberts books are always great!"
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    Performance
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    Would you listen to High Noon again? Why?

    No. I enjoyed it, but the listening was difficult. I had difficulty differentiating the characters from each other.


    What other book might you compare High Noon to and why?

    Her books are always good. This one wasn't as easy to guess the ending as her books usually are.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I couldn't tell whether the men or the women were talking. She needs to change her tone or deflection more. It was a little confusing.


    0 of 0 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
    Overall
    (34237)
    Performance
    (25390)
    Story
    (25736)

    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"
    "Great read!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    What did you love best about The Hunger Games?

    All of it. I enjoyed Ms McCormick's reading and the way she changed the tone of her voice in different areas. The story was thrilling and I could hardly put it down.


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

    I don't think so, but I have now listened to Book 2, and have downloaded Book 3. I can hardly wait to start listening to it.


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

    The high emotions of the players and the way I could visualize the story line in my mind as I read it.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish there could be a Book 4!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Forever Odd: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3383)
    Performance
    (1056)
    Story
    (1075)

    He's the most unlikely hero you'll ever meet, an ordinary guy with a modest job you might never look at twice. But there's so much more to any of us than meets the eye, and that goes triple for Odd Thomas. For Odd lives always between two worlds in the small desert town of Pico Mundo, where the heroic and the harrowing are everyday events. Odd never asked to communicate with the dead, it's something that just happened.

    Sittingduck says: "Detailed Koontz"
    "I was a little disappointed"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Forever Odd? What did you like least?

    I did not like this book as much as I did the first one. The story line was kind of boring, but I will continue to hear the next book in this series, because I love the way Dean Koontz writes. The narration was still good.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Thomas

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    Overall
    (4384)
    Performance
    (1855)
    Story
    (1872)

    "The dead don't talk. I don't know why." But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill and rapturously in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, Stormy Llewellyn.

    Denise says: "No Doubting Thomas"
    "Dean Koontz is an awesome author"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Odd Thomas to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version, but I loved the audio.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. so many twists and turns and the ending took me by surprise!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I guess it was the last chapter. I am excited to continue reading about Odd Thomas, although I am disappointed that the next book in line, "Forever Odd" is only 8 hours long. I prefer longer, more involved reads.


    Who was the most memorable character of Odd Thomas and why?

    I liked his mentor, the professor, the one with 6 fingers and obese. He wasn't perfect, or handsome, but fitted perfectly in his role. I liked his mind.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    Overall
    (3749)
    Performance
    (3341)
    Story
    (3353)

    The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

    Daniel says: "History Made Interesting"
    "Excellent read"
    Overall
    Performance
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    What did you love best about Killing Lincoln?

    I loved the detailed information and the way it gave us historical facts in such an interesting way.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way it was written


    Have you listened to any of Bill O'Reilly’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes...his autobiography. This one was more interesting.


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

    The description of Lincoln's death.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deception Point: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2916)
    Performance
    (923)
    Story
    (926)

    When a NASA satellite discovers an astonishingly rare object buried deep in the Arctic ice, the floundering space agency proclaims a much-needed victory, a victory with profound implications for NASA policy and the impending presidential election. To verify the authenticity of the find, the White House calls upon the skills of intelligence analyst Rachel Sexton. Accompanied by a team of experts, including the charismatic scholar Michael Tolland, Rachel travels to the Arctic and uncovers the unthinkable.

    Mark says: "Some people are too picky -- This is a must"
    "My opinion"
    Overall

    I loved this book! And after I read some of the reviews about the narrator, Richard Poe, I was concerned that his sometimes "breathless" voice might distract me from the characters, but it was just the opposite. He was great, and he spoke just like many people that I talk to every day. The book was action packed, and the only thing that kept me sane, was that I had read other books by Dan Brown, and I knew that he would not let the hero/heroine die...Just when one problem seemed to be solved, another popped up. Great read/listen. I didn't care if the politics were accurate or not, or if the scientific data was accurate...it is fiction, after all. I recommend it 100%.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Drums of Autumn

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6630)
    Performance
    (4279)
    Story
    (4274)

    Twice Claire has used an ancient stone circle to travel back to the 18th century. The first time she found love with a Scottish warrior but had to return to the 1940s to save their unborn child. The second time, 20 years later, she reunited with her lost love but had to leave behind the daughter that he would never see. Now Brianna, from her 1960s vantage point, has found a disturbing obituary and will risk everything in an attempt to change history.

    Frances M says: "You listened, Audible!"
    "The Drums of Autumn"
    Overall

    Fantastic book, number 4 in the series. I love Devina Porter as the narrator. I wish the next two books had been unabridged! I will read the books rather than to listen to the abridged version. And I do not like the other narrator that I listened to on the samples. The first 4 books have been the best I have read (heard) in a long time. I recommend them to all, expecially the adult ladies. Rather sexually explicit for young girls. I feel like Jamie and Clair are part of my family. I shall miss them, now that I have finished these four books. PLEASE, PLEASE bring to us the UNABRIDGED version of The Fiery Cross, and A Breath of Snow and Ashes!!!!

    23 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • Dragonfly in Amber

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8903)
    Performance
    (5565)
    Story
    (5588)

    New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon enchanted scores of fans with Outlander, her electrifying historical saga set in 18th-century Scotland. Now this sequel sweeps listeners back into the past as Claire relates more of her perilous sojourn there with her Scottish warrior husband, James Fraser. Twenty years after her strange journey back in time, Claire has returned to Scotland with her daughter, determined to share with her the secret she has harbored since her time travel.

    Daniel says: "Finally! The unabridged version is here!"
    "Gail's opinion"
    Overall

    Fantastic, entertaining, and the narration is perfect! I feel like I was right there...in fact, in the continuing series, I feel like they are part of my family. Best book and following series that I have read (heard) in a long time.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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