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Pamela

Published poet/author, retired public school science teacher, classical dance educator/choreographer, editor, illustrator and avid reader/Audible fan.

Odenville, AL, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Speaks the Nightbird

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2681)
    Performance
    (2395)
    Story
    (2380)

    The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

    aaron says: "Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!"
    "Speaks the Nightbird"
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    If you could sum up Speaks the Nightbird in three words, what would they be?

    Magical Mystery Tour!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Speaks the Nightbird?

    The truth behind the arrest of Rachel.


    What about Edoardo Ballerini’s performance did you like?

    Edoardo made each character come alive, with their own voice, personality and believability.


    Any additional comments?

    The Hero Matthew Corbett brings the reality of life in 18th century Colonial America alive in vivid historical type fiction. Witch trials, pirates, traveling circuses...along with Heroic chivalry makes this one of McCammon's best novels of all!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shakespeare's Champion: Lily Bard Mysteries, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (323)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (169)

    When Lily stumbles upon the well-built corpse of a local body builder - his neck broken by a barbell - the town's underlying racial tension begins to boil over. The white victim was somehow connected to two unsolved murders of black residents of Shakespeare - and a dogged policeman is determined to stop the killing. But it is Lily herself who may have to decide whether to stay and fight for justice, or run away one more time.

    Kathi says: "Good/Bad--depending on your taste in crime reading"
    "Kept on twisting and turning...so much fun!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Shakespeare's Champion the most enjoyable?

    Just when you thought you had it figured out...it took a turn to the unexpected.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lilly herself is my favorite character as she is smart...never stops looking at life as a puzzle to solve, fights her demons and from the shadows solves the mystery in a tiny little town where everyone knows everyone else except the hidden heart within Lily.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene happened when Lily let her guard down and accepted a mysterious "dectective" into her life.


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

    Oh yes and I did!


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

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Jonathan Marosz
    Overall
    (728)
    Performance
    (638)
    Story
    (639)

    In an ancient tunnel underneath New York City a charnel house is discovered. Inside are 36 bodies all murdered and mutilated more than a century ago. While FBI agent Pendergast investigates the old crimes, identical killings start to terrorize the city. The nightmare has begun. Again.

    Nancy says: "Enjoyable, but not my favorite"
    "A true effort of good research and imagination...."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Cabinet of Curiosities the most enjoyable?

    Between a learning experience, a thrill, a twist, a turn I found The Cabinet of Curiosities one of the most captivating books I've read. From finding out what a "Cabinet of Curiosities" was to the culture of those times, to Pendergasts' involvement. It was excellent in every way. It was full of surprises! I highly recommend this one!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Five

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Nick Landrum
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (104)

    The Five features a rock band skirting the margins of success while touring the American Southwest. Life on the road, however, takes a strange turn when they encounter an Iraq War veteran. Soon thereafter, violence descends on the group, and their lives are tuned to a terrifying pitch.

    Sean Dustman says: "This story flows like a river"
    "Same excellence but wildly different"
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    Would you listen to The Five again? Why?

    Yes, McCammon is the master of subtlety and I'm sure I would learn more about his characters and the plot....


    What other book might you compare The Five to and why?

    Perhaps in character interaction and variety of colorful personification of characters, so different yet united and are forced together in a desperate situation it is reminiscent of Stephen King's "The Stand".


    Which character – as performed by Nick Landrum – was your favorite?

    How could you not love Arielle? (sorry just listened not sure how he spelled it) However, the performance was spellbinding!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Yes....a diploma makes a difference! Ask Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons.


    Any additional comments?

    From "Swan Song" to "The Stand" I will (as an auditory learner) enjoy listening to this again...and redundancy bores me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Servant of the Bones

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Anne Rice
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (71)
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    (70)

    Having created fantastic universes of vampires and witches, Anne Rice now carries us into the realms of the occult, the mystical and the magical, and into the presence - now and through centuries - of a dark and luminous hero: the powerful, witty, smiling Azriel, Servant of the Bones. Also available abridged.

    Stephanie says: "Prepare for"
    "Boring"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone into historical demonology


    What was most disappointing about Anne Rice’s story?

    It was written without the vivid descriptions that Anne Rice embellishes all of her wonderful books with. It was one word after the other....and a topic that bothered me in an odd way. I simply could not get into it....follow it....or attach myself to it in anyway that could persuade me to finish it.


    What didn’t you like about Michael Prichard’s performance?

    Michael Prichard was monotone, with no clear distinctions between character that kept me confused and frustrated.


    What character would you cut from Servant of the Bones?

    I simply didn't care for the subject matter.


    Any additional comments?

    I am a hard core Anne Rice fan, but this book appeared to be written by someone else...totally out of her classic style.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 56 mins)
    • By Kate DiCamillo
    • Narrated By Judith Ivey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (63)

    Kate DiCamillo takes us on an extraordinary journey, from the depths of the ocean to the net of a fisherman, from the top of a garbage heap to the fireside of a hoboes' camp, from the bedside of an ailing child to the bustling streets of Memphis. And along the way, we are shown a true miracle, that even a heart of the most breakable kind can learn to love, to lose, and to love again.

    Christopher says: "Stunning, Healing"
    "A Magical Getaway time!"
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    Would you listen to The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane again? Why?

    This Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane was highly recommended by a school librarian and I decided I'd follow the good teachers advice. At first, as retired high school science teacher, I didn't really know how to take it...It was a children's book! I decided to give in and give it a go. Before I knew it, I was totally engrossed in this little character's "search for self" and found myself identifying with him and his bumpy road to self discovery...What a treat! I'm so glad I "Listened to Teacher"! This is a great family book...for children's, adults even something very special to share with Grandchildren....Well Done everyone involved!


    What other book might you compare The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane to and why?

    It reminded me a bit of Pippi Longstocking meets the Velveteen Bunny!


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

    Yes, it will make you laugh and cry. This book will bring out the cheerleader, friend and the nurturer in the reader


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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