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Victoria

Warrenton, VA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 30 reviews
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  • 409 titles in library
  • 67 purchased in 2014
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  • Goliath

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Susan Woodring
    • Narrated By Clarinda Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (49)

    When Percy Harding, Goliath’s most important citizen, is discovered dead by the railroad tracks outside of town one perfect autumn afternoon, no one can quite believe it’s really happened. Percy, the president of the town’s worldrenowned furniture company, had seemed invincible. Only Rosamond Rogers, Percy’s secretary, may have had a glimpse of how and why this great man has fallen, and that glimpse tugs at her, urges her to find out more.

    Holly Helscher says: "Agonizing"
    "OH MY GOSH!!!!!!!"
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    I'M sure this book was a good one. I purchased it because of the reviews it got on amazon, not reading the reviews on Audible. I sure wish I had read the reviews! The narrator should be shot! Wow, I can't describe how painful it was listening to her awful dictation and unbelievable pacing and wrong inflection. My 6 yr old grandson does a better job reading out loud. Please take my advice and stick to the written copy of this book to save your sanity.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Dan Walsh
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (56)

    Aaron Miller knows a thing or two about loss. He’s lost love. Dignity. Second, and even third, chances. Once honored for his heroism, he now lives in near obscurity, working as a handyman in a humble trailer park. But God is a master at finding and redeeming the lost things of life. Unbeknownst to Aaron, someone is searching for him. With deep insight into the human heart, consummate storyteller Dan Walsh gently weaves a tale of a life spent in the shadows but meant for the light. Through tense scenes of war and tender moments of romance, The Reunion will make you believe that everyone can get a second chance at life and love.

    Ruth says: "Laughed and Cried...Cried and Laughed"
    "This is a religious book"
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    I read most of the reviews before I picked out this book to listen to and not one mentioned that this was a heavily leaning Christian book. The story skips around a lot in the beginning to get in all the characters stories then hits you with the god loves you message. The narrator was not right for this book at all! His voice is more suited to a western or something along those lines. I couldn't finish it. Between the story and the narrator I just gave up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night Broken: Mercy Thompson, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2312)
    Performance
    (2154)
    Story
    (2149)

    An unexpected phone call heralds a new challenge for Mercy. Her mate Adam’s ex-wife is in trouble, on the run from a stalker. Adam isn’t the kind of man to turn away a person in need—and Mercy knows it. But with Christy holed up in Adam’s house, Mercy can’t shake the feeling that something about the situation isn’t right. Soon her suspicions are confirmed when she learns that Christy has the furthest thing from good intentions. She wants Adam back, and she’s willing to do whatever it takes to get him, including turning Adam’s pack against Mercy.

    Hassan says: "Good Addition!!"
    "Another great one"
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    I enjoy this series very much. Mercy is a very like able character who unlike many other strong women being written today doesn't whine or overthink, or act stupid. Patricia Briggs gives us a great story, with a believeable plot and many interesting heros and villains. I like how she keeps old characters but adds new ones too. A very enjoyable, fast read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jonathan Safran Foer
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman, Barbara Caruso, Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (2217)
    Performance
    (1380)
    Story
    (1388)

    Jonathan Safran Foer's best-selling debut novel, Everything Is Illuminated, wowed critics on its way to winning several literary prizes, including Book of the Year honors from the Los Angeles Times. It has been published in 24 countries and will soon be a major motion picture. Foer's talent continues to shine in this sometimes hilarious and always heartfelt follow-up.

    Peter J. Maerz says: "Suffused my being..."
    "talented writer"
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    This is a remarkable book! Others will tell of the story line, but I will tell of my longing for time immersed in the story listening and wanting for more time to remain there. There is such power in this story, a way into the heart of love, lost, and how hard it is to be a parent. I just couldnt believe how much more powerful it was than the movie.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • One Shot: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2455)
    Performance
    (1717)
    Story
    (1735)

    Six shots. Five dead. One heartland city thrown into a state of terror. But within hours the cops have it solved: a slam-dunk case. Except for one thing. The accused man says: "You got the wrong guy". Then he says: "Get Reacher for me". And sure enough, from the world he lives in - no phone, no address, no commitments - ex-military investigator Jack Reacher is coming. In Lee Child's astonishing thriller, Reacher's arrival will change everything - about a case that isn't what it seems, about lives tangled in baffling ways, about a killer who missed one shot - and by doing so gives Jack Reacher one shot at the truth.

    Carol says: "Reacher said..."
    ""and Reacher said nothing""
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    All in all this was an entertaining book. I am glad that I read it after watching the movie with Tom Cruise as Reacher as I would have ruined the movie for my husband by constantly pointing out the differences between the two! The only flaw with the book is the constant saying of "and Reacher said nothing". It must have been in there 100 times! Not kidding. Gave it four stars for the entertainment value.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Train Your Dragon

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Cressida Cowell
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (342)
    Performance
    (237)
    Story
    (237)

    Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III may be the son of the brave leader of the mighty Viking tribe the Hairy Hooligans, but he certainly doesn’t feel very heroic. When Hiccup and the other boys his age are challenged to pick baby dragons from the dragon nursery, Hiccup actually manages to catch a small one. But now how will he train his stubborn new pet?

    Susan says: "Not the same as the movie"
    "Great book for everyone"
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    Although this is a book probably written for males 8 yrs to 12 years old as it is filled with adventure, dragons, vikings, buggers, poop, and other interesting items sure to keep the young males happy and engaged, I found it to be very entertaining and fun filled! It is not a copy of the movie which has the same name, which was a bit of a shock, but it is similar. It was good enough that I also have purchased other books in the series. The narrator, G, Doyle is fantastic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Woods: Tales from the Hollows and Beyond

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (942)
    Performance
    (843)
    Story
    (847)

    For centuries, the woods have been a pivotal part of the wonder and danger of fairy tales, for once you enter anything can happen. Elves, druids, fairies - who knows what you will find once you dare step into the forest?

    And now, New York Times best-selling author Kim Harrison ventures into these mysterious, hidden lands of magic and mystery in her first short-story collection. Into the Woods brings together an enchanting mix of brand-new, never-before-published stories and tales from Harrison's beloved, best-selling Hollows series.

    m says: "A Must Have, for The Hollows Fans!"
    "Added a lot to the series"
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    First, read the series before this book! It is really not a stand alone book. This adds to the series filling in the gaps between stories and expanding on some of the stories you know. Some of the shorts in this book are really not so short at all but are novellas. I really enjoyed some of them and some were just meh, but Kim Harrison is a great writer and she delivers well with this collection.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Agincourt

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Charles Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1486)
    Performance
    (605)
    Story
    (616)

    Young Nicholas Hook is dogged by a curse, haunted by what he has failed to do and banished for what he has done. A wanted man in England, he is driven to fight as a mercenary archer in France, where he finds two things he can love: his instincts as a fighting man, and a girl in trouble. Together they survive the notorious massacre at Soissons, an event that shocks all Christendom. With no options left, Hook heads home to England, where his capture means certain death.

    Andrew says: "Fantastic!"
    "Great way to get history"
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    I normally steer away from war books but the reviews on this one was very good so I gave it a chance. Even dealing with the subject matter this is a very good listen. The characters were interesting and the pace very consistent. It is not a gory book, details of the battles and what happens in them are not written to shock, but to inform.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How It All Began

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Penelope Lively
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (196)

    When Charlotte Rainsford, a retired schoolteacher, is accosted by a petty thief on a London street, the consequences ripple across the lives of acquaintances and strangers alike. A marriage unravels after an illicit love affair is revealed through an errant cell phone message; a posh yet financially strapped interior designer meets a business partner who might prove too good to be true.

    Molly-o says: "Wonderful and beautifully written"
    "Perfectly lovely book"
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    First the narrator, while taking a bit to get use to, was absolutely fantastic. She nailed the characters, the pace was spot on, and she was able to keep you in step with the emotionally changes in the book. The story itself was surprisingly unexpected. Great story, I began to love the people involved and hope it came out all right for everyone. Highly recommend this gem of a story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bloodshot

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Cherie Priest
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (299)
    Performance
    (227)
    Story
    (226)

    Raylene Pendle (AKA Cheshire Red), a vampire and world-renowned thief, doesn’t usually hang with her own kind. She’s too busy stealing priceless art and rare jewels. But when the infuriatingly charming Ian Stott asks for help, Raylene finds him impossible to resist - even though Ian doesn’t want precious artifacts. He wants her to retrieve missing government files: documents that deal with the secret biological experiments that left Ian blind. What Raylene doesn’t bargain for is a case that takes her from the frozen outskirts of Minneapolis to the mean streets of Atlanta.

    Eivind says: "A notch above"
    "it will do"
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    Right now vampire books are popular, so a lot of authors go where the money is, as is evident in this book by Cherie Priest. I have loved her steam punk books and was a little disappointed with this book tho it was better than some I have listen to in this category. Probably won't read more in the series, but it wasn't a total waste of money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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