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Debby

SALINAS, CA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Immaculee Ilibagiza, Steve Erwin
    • Narrated By Lisa Renee Pitts
    Overall
    (327)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (165)

    In 1994, Immaculee Ilibagiza's world was ripped apart when her native country of Rwanda descended into a bloody genocide. Her family was brutally murdered during a killing spree that lasted three months and claimed the lives of nearly a million Rwandans. Miraculously, Immaculee survived the slaughter.

    Kim says: "What a triumphant spirit"
    "Compellling, Inspirational and Fascinating"
    Overall

    I resisted reading this book, thinking that any story about the genocide in Rawanda would be too depressing for me to cope with. I was wrong. This story is written and narrated so well, that I listened to the book in one day. Gory details are not what the author focuses on. It is her story of the power of forgiveness and faith. I was so deeply touched by this story that I had to review my own view on faith. I highly recommend this story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Innocent Traitor: A Novel of Lady Jane Grey

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Alison Weir
    • Narrated By Stina Nielsen, Davina Porter, Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1496)
    Performance
    (732)
    Story
    (739)

    The child of a scheming father and ruthless mother, Lady Jane Grey is born during a time when ambition dictates action. Cousin to Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I, she is merely a pawn in a political and religious game in which one false step means a certain demise. But Lady Jane has remarkable qualities that help her to withstand the constant pressures of the royal machinery far better than most expect.

    Jt says: "Superior listen!"
    "Poignant but well narrated"
    Overall

    I'm very spoiled after listening to the Outlander Series. It took about an hour of listening to this story, before I could adapt to the narrator's different voices. This is a very poignant story, but one that seems to depict a pretty accurate historical version of this young girl who died far too young. I'm looking forward to reading more books from this author, since I truly enjoy historical fiction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bride

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2243)
    Performance
    (1472)
    Story
    (1484)

    By edict of the king, the mighty Scottish laird Alec Kincaid must take an English bride. His choice was Jamie the feisty youngest daughter of Baron Jamison. Alec ached to touch her, to tame her, to possess her forever. But Jamie vowed never to surrender to this highland barbarian. Though his kisses fired her blood, shadowed secrets from Alec's past threatened Jamie's happiness. She brazenly resisted him - until one rapturous moment quelled their clash of wills.

    XYZPDQ says: "Early works released in MP3 at last!!"
    "Okay with a bit of crea cheese"
    Overall

    It's hard to listen to this book, after finishing the Outlander Audible series, narrated by Davina Porter. For that very reason, I had a hard time adjusting to this narrator. I felt as though her attempt at male voices sounded more like someone with a bad case of sore throat. In all fairness, I got used to her male voices. The story is okay, but not really exciting. I found myself rolling my eyes at some of the cheeseball romantic parts. I'm a grown woman, but maybe a really young teenager would "swoon" at this. The plot was totally predictable and left me feeling a bit let down that there wasn't more adventure.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Horse Boy: A Father's Quest to Heal His Son

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Rupert Isaacson
    • Narrated By Rupert Isaacson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (330)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (124)

    When his son Rowan was diagnosed with autism, Rupert Isaacson was devastated, afraid he might never be able to communicate with his child. But when Isaacson, a lifelong horseman, rode their neighbor's horse with Rowan, Rowan improved immeasurably. He was struck with a crazy idea: why not take Rowan to Mongolia the one place in the world where horses and shamanic healing intersected?

    Linda says: "Magical"
    "Heart Warming Story"
    Overall

    I chose this book because I am an equestrian. I am aware of autism but have never experienced first-hand experience with someone who has it.
    First, I think the author narrated the book well. There were times when I found myself feeling frustrated at Rowan's tantrums and lack of toilet training. Then, I stopped and realized that I was only hearing the story and I began to have profound compassion for what his parents went through. Being a Christian, I'm not into the whole Shamman religion. But, again, I found myself thinking that there could be something to it. The story was a quick read (I usually read lengthy historial novels). I won't give the ending away. Suffice it to say, that at the end of his story I found that my heart was warmed by their journey. I also admire the dad's words about his son, at the very end. I'm glad that I downloaded this book and I wish this family well in how they are paying forward from their experience

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chiefs

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1931)
    Performance
    (1300)
    Story
    (1300)

    In 1919, Delano, Georgia, appoints its first chief of police. Honest and hardworking, the new chief is puzzled when young men start to disappear. But his investigation is ended by the fatal blast from a shotgun. Delano's second chief-of-police is no hero, yet he is also disturbed by what he sees in the missing-persons bulletins. In 1969, when Delano's third chief takes over, the unsolved disappearances still haunt the police files.

    karen says: "In my 'Top Ten' books of all time!"
    "Great story-- but the narrator drove me nuts!"
    Overall

    It doesn't help that I just finished listening to Shantaram, narrated by Humphrey Bower-- who is the BEST narrator I've heard yet... so, when the narrator of Chiefs started with his slow, gravelly voice I was crestfallen. I like Stuart Woods, and have read many of his novels. The story was good-- poignant-- not really what got me on the edge of my seat. The narrator drove me nuts, because he was so slow! It was a "good" story, but it would have been great had the narrator had a little life in him.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Shantaram

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (3367)
    Performance
    (1700)
    Story
    (1703)

    This mesmerizing first novel tells the epic journey of Lin, an escaped convict who flees maximum security prison in Australia to disappear into the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city's poorest slums and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The keys to unlock the mysteries that bind Lin are held by two people: his mentor Khader Khan, mafia godfather and criminal-philosopher; and the beautiful, elusive Karla, whose passions are driven by dangerous secrets.

    Jamie says: "Do Not Miss This"
    "Love the narrator almost more than the story"
    Overall

    I am officially a fan of Humphrey Bower, who narrates this lengthy story so well. His voices are so well done, that he feels like to many different characters--including women. I balked, at first, at how long the book was. I was quickly engrossed in the story, though. I found myself wanting to skip through some of the lengthy philosophical discussions, but that's hard to do with an iPod. I rolled my eyes at some of the over-the-top prose. I'm not wild about war, and I could have done without some of the graphic descriptions of wounds and killings. But, it is what it is. Still the story is one that captured my attention until the very end. This will be a movie, this year, I hear--starring Johnny Depp. I can see why-- it's a roller coaster ride of adventure and I loved the audio version.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kindred in Death: In Death, Book 29

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1278)
    Performance
    (761)
    Story
    (771)

    In this novel from number-one New York Times-best-selling author J. D. Robb, the newly promoted captain of the NYPSD and his wife return a day early from their vacation, looking forward to spending time with their bright and vivacious 16-year-old daughter, who stayed behind. Not even their worst nightmares could have prepared them for the crime scene that awaits them inside.

    Mary A. Wieben says: "Love the series but..."
    "Like getting a root canal without anesthesia"
    Overall

    I'm a total fan of suspense thrillers and whodunnit's. I'm glad that I only spent $9.95 on this as a fire sale on Audible. Maybe that's why. I've never listened nor followed such drivel in a long time. I've never read the series, and I'm lost about some past stories that are mentioned. I couldn't believe that I hung in there for 3 hours, listening to over-the-top descriptions of how the girl was killed. All right, already! I'm 3/4 through and the ONLY reason I'm going to stick this out is to find out who did it. This is my first, and last J.D. Robb book and that narrator-- absolutely boring.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By David Wroblewski
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2929)
    Performance
    (831)
    Story
    (838)

    Born mute, speaking only in sign, Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life with his parents and an unusual breed of dogs on their farm in remote northern Wisconsin. But when tragedy strikes the Sawtelle family, Edgar flees to the surrounding wilderness. He comes of age in the wild, fighting for his survival and that of the three yearling dogs who follow him.

    Ella says: "Just OK"
    "Took a while to get hooked, but I liked it"
    Overall

    Some of the reviewers were pretty brutal about this audio book. I almost didn't buy it, but I thought I'd give it a go. I liked the narrator.
    I don't want to give any parts of the book away. I enjoyed the story. I grew attached to some of the dogs, and I felt sorrow in some parts.
    It's one of those books that doesn't have a "neat" ending all tied up in a bow. That might be why some people didn't like the story-- the ending... well, it might leave some folks hanging.

    Overall, I'm not sorry that I downloaded it. Though, it took a LONG time to finish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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