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D. DeVries

I have a quilting business. Since I love to read, I cannot read a book and quilt at the same time. Now I can listen to books and quilt too.

Northwest, IN. | Member Since 2009

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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
    (2558)
    Performance
    (2285)
    Story
    (2271)

    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!"
    "Wow, enjoyed from beginning to end."
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    What made the experience of listening to Speaks the Nightbird the most enjoyable?

    Of course the story line. It is not the 'usual' historical novel. I truly enjoyed the whole story. I think what made the book even better...was the narrator. Top notch in all his characters. He is now my favorite narator for sure. I plan to listen to the whole series.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Matthew was my favorite character.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Matthew and Rachel are in the Indian camp. But there were so many favorites.


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

    At the end when Matthew and Rachel were saying goodbye and also the times where Matthew stood up for his principles.


    Any additional comments?

    I have to say I was hesitant, but I am very happy that I did listen to this book. As I said in the beginning...wow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hauntings of Cold Creek Hollow

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Alexie Aaron
    • Narrated By Emily Beresford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    Little Mia Cooper's ability to see the dead made her an outcast in her hometown. Several years later, she has finally managed to blend in, but her hard-won peace is threatened by the arrival of a bumbling team of paranormal investigators. Mia is drawn in reluctantly as an advisor on what, at first, seems to be a fairly straightforward case, only to discover that the Hollow has much more in store for her. An ancient evil is rising in Cold Creek Hollow. What begins as a ghost hunt will become a fight for survival.

    Jennifer Longdail says: "completely captivating and longing for more!"
    "Some good parts...some not so good parts."
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    What did you like best about The Hauntings of Cold Creek Hollow? What did you like least?

    I did enjoy the narrator Emily Beresford...although I don't know if this was the right book for her to read. There were parts that did confuse me. I don't think the story went from scene to scene in several cases smoothly. Although that could be the authors fault. I did enjoy many parts of the book, especially the last 3 hours.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The ghost farmer.


    Did Emily Beresford do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    She did a very good job with the reading and making a difference in the tone of her voice. I know being a person of the opposite sex it is difficult to do a male voice if you are female. I don't like the way she portrayed Whitney I guess is my issue. For that matter...I didn't like the character of Whitney.


    Was The Hauntings of Cold Creek Hollow worth the listening time?

    In the beginning I didn't think so al all. But when I was about to give up on it, I became interested again.


    Any additional comments?

    All in all I enjoyed the book. As I said the last 3 hours kept me glued to the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Misery

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Lindsay Crouse
    Overall
    (391)
    Performance
    (276)
    Story
    (278)

    Thrown from the wreckage of his '74 Camaro, Paul Sheldon, author of a best-selling series of historical romances, wakes up one day in a secluded Colorado farmhouse owned by Annie Wilkes, a psychotic ex-nurse who claims she is his number one fan. Immobilized from the pain of two shattered legs and a crushed knee, Sheldon is at Annie's mercy.

    Renee says: "Excellent narrator plus great source material"
    "WOW! LOVED IT!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Misery to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version. But the Narrator Lindsay Crouse did a fabulous job of Annie Wilks and Paul.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Paul sets his own fire.


    Who was the most memorable character of Misery and why?

    Both Annie and Paul.....The psycho in Annie and the mental changes in Paul.


    Any additional comments?

    I was a bit skeptical...but all I can say is wow. The audio version read by Lindsay Crouse added so much to the characters...especially Annie. I could hear the undertones in the characterizations of both Annie and Paul. Crouse helped me to feel the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rose Madder

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Blair Brown
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (774)
    Performance
    (437)
    Story
    (434)

    Escape from her macabre marriage is not as easy as fleeing to a new city, picking a new name, finding a new job, and lucking out with a new man. Not with a husband like Norman...

    Mrs. Margaret says: "AWESOME"
    "I am Woman!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Rose Madder the most enjoyable?

    Although I have never been in an abusive relationship....the story was easy to absorb because of what I have seen in life


    What did you like best about this story?

    The strength of when she displayed about leaving.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were so many. But I think it was when she first decided to leave...and she kept going no matter how scared she was.


    If you could rename Rose Madder, what would you call it?

    That is a perfect name for her.


    Any additional comments?

    I totally enjoyed the book and will listen to it again. Great job by author and narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Never Forgotten: A Mary O'Reilly Paranormal Mystery, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Terri Reid
    • Narrated By Erin Spencer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (48)

    He crept forward between the tall narrow aisles created by the shelves. Just before he reached the corner he heard a thump, the sound of a body hitting the floor. He rushed forward into the corner of the room. The desk was empty. The chair was pushed up against it, neatly awaiting its usual occupant. No one was in the corner. No one was there to make the sound. No one...alive.

    Amazon Customer says: "Murder By Narrator"
    "Best one yet!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Never Forgotten to be better than the print version?

    I can't compare as I did not read the print version. I was totally please with the audio edition of this book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Reid has a talent for writing a main story along with side stories...and you are interested in all of them.


    What about Erin Spencer’s performance did you like?

    I was very happy with her performance.


    If you could take any character from Never Forgotten out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    All the 'dead' women. I would like to know their own heartfelt feelings on how they put up with what they had been dealt in life.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read all books in this series and very pleased with #1 and #2...but this book took it out of the park. I was very pleased with everything.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14561)
    Performance
    (8967)
    Story
    (8836)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Outstanding!"
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    Where does Outlander rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It sits in a tie between Outlander or Swan Song.....both are #1


    What other book might you compare Outlander to and why?

    Not read another book to compare to the story line in this book.


    Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favorite?

    It is hard to pick just one...but I think Jamie


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

    Time travel, war, love and history


    Any additional comments?

    I was a bit doubtful about this book. I was afraid it would be a love story with time travel....which is it was....but it was so much more. The narrator was excellent. She had me thinking about the book in a Scottish brogue! She did all the characters with an individual accent and style. The story: I was truly anxious to see what the characters would do. I am just now finishing this first book and have purchased the 2nd book. I just have to know how everything and everyone turns out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Restorer: The Graveyard Queen, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Amanda Stevens
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (279)
    Performance
    (253)
    Story
    (254)

    My name is Amelia Gray. I'm a cemetery restorer who sees ghosts. In order to protect myself from the parasitic nature of the dead, I've always held fast to these rules passed down from my father…until now. Detective John Devlin needs my help to find a killer, but he is haunted by ghosts who shadow his every move. To warn him would be to invite them into my life. I've vowed to keep my distance, but the pull of his magnetism grows ever stronger even as the headstone symbols lead me closer to truth and to the gossamer veil that separates this world from the next.

    Ducky says: "WOW!!! What a series~"
    "Totally enjoyed"
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    Where does The Restorer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I enjoyed this book because it had a different 'take off' than many of the other 'ghost stories' that you read.


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

    I don't compare this too much with any others. I try to be even and individual about each book. As I said, this book had a nicely done different take off than other books I have read in this genre.


    Which character – as performed by Khristine Hvam – was your favorite?

    The main character....I enjoyed her very much.


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

    I love my graveyard


    Any additional comments?

    I think I most enjoyed the way the author had a different take on the whole ghost story/graveyard theme. Very nicely done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Demonologist: The Extraordinary Career of Ed and Lorraine Warren - The True Accounts of the Paranormal Investigators Featured in the film 'The Conjuring'

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Gerald Brittle
    • Narrated By Todd Haberkorn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (405)
    Performance
    (386)
    Story
    (382)

    If you think ghosts are only responsible for hauntings, think again. The Demonologist reveals the grave religious process behind supernatural events and how it can happen to you. Used as a text in seminaries and classrooms, this is one book you can't put down. For over five decades, Ed and Loraine Warren have been considered America's foremost experts on demonology and exorcism. With over 3,000 investigations to their credit, they reveal what actually breaks the peace in haunted houses. Don't miss the Warrens in the new blockbuster movie The Conjuring.

    eric says: "WARNING!: THIS IS BASED ON REAL CASES,TERRIFYING!"
    "Very interesting and informative"
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    What did you love best about The Demonologist?

    The true stories that were told.


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

    I can't think of another book to compare to this one.


    Which character – as performed by Todd Haberkorn – was your favorite?

    I liked his characterization of Ed Warren. The reader I felt did a very very good job with all the voice characters in the book. He did exceptionally good with the voices of the demons.


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

    Beware...can be damaging to you dreams.


    Any additional comments?

    I did not find the book terror filled and scary as others have mentioned. I found it certainly scary to a point. But I found it....in my belief system... very informative and educational. The book helped me to understand more about how we can avoid the demons of the world. And what can be done if the bad ones do come after us.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Haunted

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Bentley Little
    • Narrated By Dan Butler
    Overall
    (493)
    Performance
    (448)
    Story
    (454)

    The Perry family's new house is perfect - except for the weird behavior of the neighbors, and that odd smell coming from a dark corner in the basement. Pity no one warned the family about the house. Now it's too late. Because the darkness at the bottom of the basement stairs is rising.

    Jessica says: "Scarier Than I Thought it Would Be"
    "Enjoyed very much"
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    If you could sum up The Haunted in three words, what would they be?

    Totally Different Scary


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The father


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When grandpa goes to visit the house on his own.


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

    The ending


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed listening to this book....I didn't give it a 5 because I have read better. Although as I said, I did enjoy this book. It has a scary theme and very well written and read. So all in all I am glad I bought this book. The setting and sense of the book I felt were very well thought out and very well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (5778)
    Performance
    (5352)
    Story
    (5372)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "Top Notch"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Doctor Sleep to be better than the print version?

    I can't compare because I did not read the print book. But, the audio version is wonderful. Although I wouldn't mind having a print copy to read on a cold winter day/night. This book would be enjoyed in both audio and print.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I think I liked best the fact that Danny's story from a little boy took him to a grown man and how he battled his 'own demons' and went past them.


    What does Will Patton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He truly brought the characters to life for me. I have never listened to an audio book read by Patton, althoug know him from TV and the movies. I was truly very pleasantly surprised and pleased at what a fabulous job he did with all the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    I was 100% happy with the story and the reading. This one will be listened to over and over. Great job by King and Great job by Patton.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Swan Song

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2918)
    Performance
    (2541)
    Story
    (2580)

    Facing down an unprecedented malevolent enemy, the government responds with a nuclear attack. America as it was is gone forever, and now every citizen - from the President of the United States to the homeless on the streets of New York City - will fight for survival. In a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, earth's last survivors have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil, that will decide the fate of humanity.

    Amanda says: "Simply an Amazing Story"
    "Loved it!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Swan Song to be better than the print version?

    I loved the audio version and did not read the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The emergence of the characters...either for the good the bad or the ugly.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Swan forgives 'Friend'.


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

    I did not laugh or cry...but I was very moved by the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    I was a bit leary....but after I got into listening I became very involved with the characters and loved the whole book. If you enjoyed the concept of what could/would happen if we had a nuclear holocaust as in Stephen Kings The Stand, you will totally enjoy this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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