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Denise

I love reading books. I love and read several genres. I like books that make me think and feel.

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  • Brownies and Broomsticks: A Magical Bakery Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Bailey Cates
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (454)
    Performance
    (399)
    Story
    (402)

    Katie Lightfoot's tired of loafing around as the assistant manager of an Ohio bakery. So when her aunt Lucy and uncle Ben open a bakery in Savannah's quaint downtown district and ask Katie to join them, she enthusiastically agrees. While working at the Honeybee Bakery - named after Lucy's cat - Katie notices that her aunt is adding mysterious herbs to her recipes. Turns out these herbal enhancements aren't just tasty - Aunt Lucy is a witch and her recipes are actually spells!

    Kathryn says: "A Little Mystery with your Magic"
    "Not bad for a first book in the series"
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    Would you listen to Brownies and Broomsticks again? Why?

    Yes I will. It's an easy story. I like the reader.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I think it's hard to say because the writer is trying to introduce a lot of people that will be developed as the series continues.


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

    No this is the first book I have her that she has performed. I will be looking for more now.


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

    Not really.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Story Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lisa Wingate
    • Narrated By Abby Craden
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Successful New York editor Jen Gibbs is at the top of her game with her new position at Vida House Publishing - until a mysterious manuscript from an old slush pile appears on her desk. Turning the pages, Jen finds herself drawn into the life of Sarra, a mixed-race Melungeon girl trapped y dangerous men in turn-of-the-century Appalachia.

    Denise says: "I kept wait for the story to come together"
    "I kept wait for the story to come together"
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    What disappointed you about The Story Keeper?

    I really liked the idea of what the story was supposed to be about but it just didn't come together for me. There were too many stories and none of them really flowed well together or individually.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Lisa Wingate again?

    I truly loved The Prayer Box. So yes I would read another book by Lisa Wingate.


    What character would you cut from The Story Keeper?

    Even's brother. It would have been better to have had his niece be orphaned that to have included the brother. His part of the story made no contribution to the over all story.


    Any additional comments?

    Again I liked the concept of the story. I just wished there was more of any one of the main storylines that came together in a more complete way.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1027)
    Performance
    (917)
    Story
    (934)

    He lives in solitude beneath the city, an exile from society, which will destroy him if he is ever seen. She dwells in seclusion, a fugitive from enemies who will do her harm if she is ever found. But the bond between them runs deeper than the tragedies that have scarred their lives. Something more than chance - and nothing less than destiny - has brought them together in a world whose hour of reckoning is fast approaching.

    Michael says: "Among Koontz’s Best Slow Interesting Books"
    "The Narration was great"
    Overall
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    What disappointed you about Innocence?

    There really wasn't a story to the story. There was a ton of things that happened basically in one night. I wish I could say something nice but this book was a rehash of Odd Thomas in a less interesting way. The end left me think that's it???


    What about MacLeod Andrews’s performance did you like?

    I would listen to MacLeod Andrews again. He has a pleasant voice.


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

    No not really.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Go the F--k to Sleep

    • UNABRIDGED (6 mins)
    • By Adam Mansbach, Ricardo Cortes (cover illustration)
    • Narrated By Samuel L. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11764)
    Performance
    (7144)
    Story
    (7035)

    Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction) rocks this mock bedtime story, capturing a hilarious range of emotions as the voice of a father struggling to get his child to sleep. Go the F**k to Sleep is a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world, where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don’t always send a toddler sailing blissfully off to dreamland.

    Darwin8u says: "Read the F--king REVIEW!"
    "If you are offend by the word f**k don't listen"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Go the F--k to Sleep to be better than the print version?

    not sure haven't read it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    While I don't cuss much I know what it's like to just want a child to go to sleep. I know the frustration of waiting for little ones to fall sweetly and blissfully to sleep.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • If You Could See What I See

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Cathy Lamb
    • Narrated By Amy McFadden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    For decades, the women in Meggie O’Rourke’s family have run Lace, Satin, and Baubles, a lingerie business that specializes in creations as exquisitely pretty as they are practical. The dynamic in Meggie’s family, however, is perpetually dysfunctional. In fact, if Meggie weren’t being summoned back to Portland, Oregon, by her grandmother, she’d be inclined to stay away all together. Since her husband’s death a year ago, Meggie’s emotions have been in constant flux, and so has her career as a documentary filmmaker. Finding ways to keep the family business afloat - and dealing with her squabbling sister and cousin - will at least give her a temporary focus.

    S. Sarabasha says: "Fast Forward on this one."
    "Deep insightful and funny!"
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    What other book might you compare If You Could See What I See to and why?

    South of Broad by Pat Conroy. Cathy Lamb like Pat Conroy has mastered that magic of conversations between characters. At once deep and serious yet suddenly funny, sweet, and light hearted. I love the inter actions between Meggie and her sisters Lacey and Tory. They remind me of conversations I'd have with my best friends.


    Which character – as performed by Amy McFadden – was your favorite?

    I love Meggie. Amy McFadden takes Cathy Lambs words and give a deep realistic touch to depression and finding a way out of it. Meggie is deeply depressed after going through an emotionally abusive marriage with a mentally ill husband. In finding her way back to herself she goes back to her family business and finds out that it's in financial trouble. Instead of walking away and just dealing with her own issues she steps up deals with the company, her sisters, her niece and nephews, her grandmother, her mother, her interest in the man across the street and finding her way back to who she really is. Not always in a health manor but in the manor that works for Meggie. I am looking forward to listening more to Amy McFadden!


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

    I did laugh and cry. I would say this is one of the best books I have listened to all year.


    Any additional comments?

    I am hoping that Audible brings more of Cathy Lambs books to Audibles!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9801)
    Performance
    (7287)
    Story
    (7326)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    haesel says: "Where was this woman's editor?"
    "It's different"
    Overall

    I like this book. The narrator caught my attention by the detail to the various and many different voices and accents. I like the leads and the romance isn't too bad. The story does drag a bit in spots but hey for a debut book Wow! I am looking forward to seeing Dianna becoming stronger in book two. For those people who feel there is too much attention paid to the “romance” part of the story it’s call back ground plot development that takes time and gives us a chance to see the “why of what is to come” in the next book or books. If you are looking for a deep meaningful book this isn’t the one but if you are looking for a true “story” with twist and turns that is a great escape. This is a wonderful book to add to your wish list!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Little Giant of Aberdeen County

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Tiffany Baker
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (402)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (142)

    Truly Plaice, an overly large and ungainly girl, is the polar opposite of her sister, Serena Jane, the epitome of feminine perfection. With their parents dead, Truly and Serena Jane are separated: Serena Jane to live a life of privilege as the future May Queen and Truly to live on the outskirts of town, the subject of constant abuse and humiliation.

    Tracie says: "Pretty good - but could have been Truly good!"
    "Fantastic"
    Overall

    I was looking for an inbetween credits inexpensive audiobook. The paperback sale was just the thing. I found this book so well written and read. I am a new fan of Tiffany Baker and the reader Carrington MacDuffie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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