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sharon

love to read and love audio books!Favorite authors: Marcia Willett,Nevil Shute,Mary Stewart,and Jacqueline Winspear. I could go on and on but wont bore you! I belong to a book group and we often" Listen" to the books we have selected for the month while using a paper copy for the discussion notes. It really enhances the quality of the story.

san diego, california, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • 299 titles in library
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  • The Road to Grace: The Third Journal in the Walk Series: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Richard Paul Evans
    • Narrated By Richard Paul Evans
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (129)
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    (120)
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    (118)

    Reeling from the sudden loss of his wife, his home, and his business, Alan Christoffersen, a once successful advertising executive, has left everything he knew behind and set off on an extraordinary cross-country journey. Carrying only a backpack, he plans to walk to Key West, the farthest destination on his map.

    Trish says: "Book Three--"
    "Another winner from Evans"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Road to Grace to be better than the print version?

    I Love to LISTEN to the books although I frequently read them too.Audio enhances the story for me.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Of course the main character stands out. I really like the fact his character is consistent. I also like the references to his assistant back in Seattle she is a rock for him and does not press him to return she wants him to heal.


    Which character – as performed by Richard Paul Evans – was your favorite?

    He is a really good narrator and brings his story to life with the voice inflections stressing the importance of the dialogue as he meant it to be.


    Any additional comments?

    I really like all the books by R.P.Evans most of the time I read them first then purchase the audio and "listen" listening makes the story come alive. I have listened to "The Sunflower" several times over the years . A good narrator really makes a difference too. Evans was great. Looking forward to the next installment!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To See the Moon Again

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jamie Langston Turner
    • Narrated By Eva Kaminsky
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    The first step to letting go of the past is forgiving it …Every day of her life Julia Rich lives with the memory of a horrible accident she caused long ago. In the years since, she has tried to hide her guilt in the quiet routine of teaching at a small South Carolina college, avoiding close relationships with family and would-be friends. But one day a phone call from Carmen, a niece she has never met, disrupts her carefully controlled world.

    sharon says: "Beautiful Story of Forgiveness and Selfless Love"
    "Beautiful Story of Forgiveness and Selfless Love"
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    I Just finished this thoughtful and riveting story of forgiveness .It is about a Bitter middle aged English Professor who is visited by her brothers daughter ... a homeless runaway named Carmen . She is a delight.This is a multi-layered story of family disfunction ,grudges and wrong choices.
    Deeply analytical it comes to a wonderful climax of right choices and redemption.If I could give this book more than 5 stars I would.
    The Narrator was perfect . I love Jamie Langston Turner .Her books are always well developed with wonderful characters . Try "Some Wildflower in My Heart" which is another amazingly well written story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Sea Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Marcia Willett
    • Narrated By Lucy Rayner
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    Three generations, oneheartbreaking secret - and the past about to be uncovered … Jess Penhaligon is on her way to London to receive an awardfor her botanical painting. Hosting her will be Kate, who gladly welcomes herinto her home. Jess' own family fell apart several years ago, so she is gratefulfor Kate's friendliness - and for her close unit of extended family and friends,who embrace Jess just as warmly.

    sharon says: "Another Great Read!"
    "Another Great Read!"
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    Marcia Willett writes a consistently good story and The Sea Garden no exception.. Her character development and wonderful story carry you along with her into a delightful spot in rural England .Her descriptions of the countryside make you fell as if you are there.
    I will be looking forward to MORE of Marcia Willet in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Glass Kitchen

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Linda Francis Lee
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
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    (26)
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    (26)

    Portia Cuthcart never intended to leave Texas. Her dream was to run the Glass Kitchen restaurant her grandmother built decades ago. But after a string of betrayals and the loss of her legacy, Portia is determined to start a new life with her sisters in Manhattan... and never cook again. But when she moves into a dilapidated brownstone on the Upper West Side, she meets 12-year-old Ariel and her widowed father Gabriel, a man with his hands full trying to raise two daughters on his own.

    sharon says: "DID NOT LIKE IT!"
    "DID NOT LIKE IT!"
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    I had hopes for this story but it was a flop . Would hesitate to get another book buy this author. Try Marcia Willett Rachel Hore or Kate Morton instead.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pilgrim's Rest: Miss Silver Mysteries, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Patricia Wentworth
    • Narrated By Diana Bishop
    Overall
    (80)
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    (68)
    Story
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    When Judy Elliott’s sister and her husband are killed in an air-raid in the Blitz, she is the only one able to look after their little girl, Penny. Unfortunately jobs are hard to come by, especially when there is a child in tow, and she is forced to take the position of housemaid in a house in the country called Pilgrim’s Rest. When she is warned by an old friend that there is a curse on the house she laughs it off, but accidents keep happening - accidents that threaten the lives of all those who live there.

    Nancy J says: "Excellent mystery with red herrings"
    "MOVE OVER... AGATHA CHRISTIE!"
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    This book was a delightful surprise. A well written complex mystery with perfect narration.
    I was not familiar with this author and decided to take a chance. The book does not depend on salacious material ,graphic violence or crude dialogue to keep you interested . I will definitely buy some more of the "Miss Silver" mysteries.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Etta Mae's Worst Bad-Luck Day: Miss Julia, Book 16

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Ann B. Ross
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (19)
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    Etta Mae is frustrated with her trailer-park life and her no-good family, and she has big dreams for something better. Working as the home nurse for the elderly but wealthy Howard Connard, Sr., she finally sees her chance - with her sexy curves and infectious charm, Etta Mae is determined to become his wife. Unfortunately, Connard's scheming, money-hungry son and stuck-up daughter-in-law are equally determined to make sure she doesn't.

    Julie says: "Not part of the Miss Julia series!!"
    "Disappointing"
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    I love the Miss Julia books and had hopes for this one too. It was very disappointing! The story was a departure from the usual funny stories and likeable characters I am used too . The story was tacky, there,were too many sexual references and crude language . I HATED the descriptions of the party and the unfunny behavior of the women after too much drink. I hope Ms Ross returns to her original template for Miss Julia and her friends in her next book.
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    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Heist

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (895)
    Performance
    (798)
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    (802)

    Master novelist Daniel Silva has thrilled listeners with 16 thoughtful and gripping spy novels featuring a diverse cast of compelling characters and ingenious plots that have taken them around the globe and back - from the United States to Europe, Russia to the Middle East. His brilliant creation, Gabriel Allon - art restorer, assassin, spy - has joined the pantheon of great fictional secret agents, including George Smiley, Jack Ryan, Jason Bourne, and Simon Templar.

    Brian says: "If new to Daniel Silva, great book. Otherwise..."
    "His Best Book Yet!!!"
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    Great read! Daniel Silva does such a great job with character development and a completely up to date plot that it could have jumped off the front page of the New York Times.
    Gabriel Alon is my favorite Hero! George Guidall is the Best! His narration makes you fell like you are right there and know every character. His diction is perfect. I hated for it to end. Eagerly Looking forward to my next Silva novel.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Care and Management of Lies: A Novel of the Great War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Winspear
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (52)

    By July 1914, the ties between Kezia Marchant and Thea Brissenden, friends since girlhood, have become strained - by Thea's passionate embrace of women's suffrage, and by the imminent marriage of Kezia to Thea's brother, Tom, who runs the family farm. When Kezia and Tom wed, just a month before war is declared between Britain and Germany, Thea's gift to Kezia is a book on household management - a veiled criticism of the bride's prosaic life to come.

    Hope says: "A reminder of the truth of World War I"
    "I Wish The Author Stuck To Maisie Dobbs Stories"
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    Not a winner! I did not like this book.It was too grim and had too many descriptions of food
    preparation which did NOT make my mouth water! Did not like either of the main women characters.Absolutely HATED the narration.Her male voices are cloying.
    Got through chapter 10 but have no desire to finish it. Very Disappointed. Hope Winspear
    sticks to Maisie Dobbs in the future.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Trains and Lovers

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Robert Ian Mackenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (33)

    In the words of Alexander McCall Smith: "You feel the rocking of the train, you hear the sound of its wheels on the rails; you are in the world rather than suspended somewhere above it. And sometimes there are conversations to be had, which is what the overarching story in this collection is all about. It is a simple device: people brought together entertain one another with tales of what happened to them on trains. It takes place on a journey I frequently make myself and know well, the journey between Edinburgh and London. It is best read on a train, preferably that one."

    Jennifer says: "Nice, but somehow left hanging"
    "Loved It"
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    This book is written somewhat in the style of the 44 Scotland Street Stories. It consists of 4 different stories told in chapters each going back and forth between four passengers riding together on a train.. Each story very different but with a central theme, Love. Likeable characters made the stories they shared very entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Goodnight June: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Sarah Jio
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Goodnight Moon is an adored childhood classic, but its real origins are lost to history. In Goodnight June, Sarah Jio offers a suspenseful and heartfelt take on how the "great green room" might have come to be. June Andersen is professionally successful, but her personal life is marred by unhappiness. Unexpectedly, she is called to settle her great-aunt Ruby's estate and determine the fate of Bluebird Books, the children's bookstore Ruby founded in the 1940s.

    Trish says: "Sweet Story!!"
    "A Great Story For Lovers of Childrens books"
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    I have never read anything by this author and was pleasantly surprised. I liked her style and loved the setting in the Bluebird book store.I Have recommended it to my book group
    as the selection for August.. I was fascinated by the friendship between the owner of the store and the famous Children's book author Margaret Wise Brown. Through letters we got to know them well.
    Did not really like the voice of the narrator She sounded too old and did not do multiple voices well. I Wish she had a softer voice, she sounded too loud and raspy.
    But I liked the story so I tried to get used to the voice.
    Will look for another by Sarah Jio but hope to see another narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Lavender Ribbon

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Heather Burch
    • Narrated By Emily Sutton-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (52)

    Can a stack of long-hidden love letters from a WWII war hero inspire a heartbroken woman to love again?Reeling from a bitter divorce, Adrienne Carter abandons Chicago and retreats to the sun, sand, and beauty of Southern Florida, throwing herself into the restoration of a dilapidated old Victorian beach house. Early into the renovations, she discovers a tin box hidden away in the attic that reveals the emotional letters from a WWII paratrooper to a young woman who lived in the house more than a half-century earlier.

    yogi says: "too slow"
    "Beautiful Old Fashioned Romance"
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    I thoroughly enjoyed this excellent book. It is so refreshing to find a modern author that does not have to rely on bad language, violence, or steamy sex scenes to carry the story along.
    The plot concerns a young woman who finds a box of old love letters when she is renovating an old house .Intrigued by the letters she sets out to find the author,a WW2 veteran living in a nearby town with his devoted handsome grandson .The book is full of likable characters and believable situations all set in a delightful beach town in Florida.

    The narration was first rate and I will certainly look for more books by this author.
    Thanks Audible for making this available.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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