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Claire

Indio, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Red Chamber

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Pauline A. Chen
    • Narrated By Grayce Wey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (23)

    When orphaned Daiyu leaves her home in the provinces to take shelter with her cousins in the Capital, she is drawn into a world of opulent splendor, presided over by the ruthless, scheming Xifeng and the prim, repressed Baochai. As she learns the secrets behind their glittering facades, she finds herself entangled in a web of intrigue and hidden passions, reaching from the petty gossip of the servants' quarters all the way to the Imperial Palace.

    Robin says: "excellent story, of chinese origin"
    "Just OK"
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    Put your headphones on while you do your housework. It will keep you in the zone.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A Single Thread: The Cobbled Court Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Marie Bostwick
    • Narrated By Pam Ward, Lorna Raver
    Overall
    (328)
    Performance
    (271)
    Story
    (269)

    Marie Bostwick weaves the unforgettable story of four very different women whose paths cross, changing their lives forever. It’s a long way from Fort Worth, Texas, to New Bern, Connecticut, yet it only takes a day in the charming Yankee town to make Evelyn Dixon realize she’s found her new home. The abrupt end of her marriage was Evelyn’s wake-up call to get busy chasing her dream of opening a quilt shop. Finding a storefront is easy enough; starting a new life isn’t....

    betty says: "Just a hint."
    "Delightful"
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    A story of more than one lady whose life wasn't the perfect dream. The main character Evelyn Dixon got the short end of the stick in her marriage, but it turned out to be one of the best things that could have happened. The other character, Abigail, will have you wondering what her story was and how a single thread would weave her into your heart.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Americans: The Kent Family Chronicles, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John Jakes
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    The definitive volume in Jakes’s best-selling series finds the Kent family reaching to finally embrace its legacy - and its futureIn the final installment of the Kent Family Chronicles, the remaining Kents seek to fulfill Philip Kent’s original American dream. As Gideon Kent’s health deteriorates, he fears for the future of his family.

    Claire says: "American History"
    "American History"
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    I've done all of the Kent Chronicles. What I've learned is American history. Jon Jakes has an amazing knowledge of history. I listened and learned. However, the breasts, please, all the men notice the breasts. I say, "get over it". A question I'd like to ask is why is every main character a physical fighter. Regardless, it's a good series. Put your headphones on and do some housework or gardening. It's a great time filler.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Lars Kepler, Laura A. Wideburg (translator)
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (67)

    Flora Hansen calls herself a medium and makes a living by pretending to commune with the dead. But after a gruesome murder at a rural home for wayward girls, Hansen begins to suffer visions that are all too real. She calls the police claiming to have seen a ghost, but only one detective puts aside his skepticism long enough to listen: Joona Linna. Linna has spent more time at the scene of the crime than any other detective would.

    Hassan says: "Incredible Book, But Not As Scary"
    "Scared to Death"
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    What remarkable writing. Where does that come from? I couldn't sleep one night so I started listening to this book. Okay, then I really couldn't sleep! From the very beginning I was mesmerized, scared and intrigued by the story. The prime character Joona Linna is complex and at times endearing. The twists and turns throughout the story will keep you on your toes.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Nightmare: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Lars Kepler
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (106)

    On a summer night, police recover the body of a young woman from an abandoned pleasure boat drifting around the Stockholm archipelago. Her lungs are filled with brackish water, and the forensics team is sure that she drowned. Why, then, is the pleasure boat still afloat, and why are there no traces of water on her clothes or body?.... After spellbinding audiences in The Hypnotist, Detective Inspector Joona Linna is back in The Nightmare, an internationally best-selling Swedish thriller published to critical acclaim in dozens of countries.

    Amanda says: "A Tale of Two Authors"
    "A Symphony of Death"
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    Another great story by Lars Kepler, a pen name. The authors are a man and a woman. Nightmare is truly what its name implies. A wonderful boat trip takes a very wrong turn and will have you on the edge of your seat. Penelope is one hell of a woman, in my opinion and you'll see that as the story progresses. Joona Linna, an investigator, is the main character of the book and has an amazing aptitude for solving cases. Yes, he has secrets of his own too. If you enjoyed this book, try "The Fire Witness", another Lars Kepler novel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Garden of Stones

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Sophie Littlefield
    • Narrated By Emily Woo Zeller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    Lucy Takeda is just 14 years old, living in Los Angeles, when the bombs rain down on Pearl Harbor. Within weeks, she and her mother, Miyako, are ripped from their home, rounded up - along with thousands of other innocent Japanese Americans - and taken to the Manzanar prison camp. Corruption and abuse creep into every corner of Manzanar, eventually ensnaring beautiful, vulnerable Miyako. Ruined and unwilling to surrender her daughter to the same fate, Miyako soon breaks. Her final act of desperation will stay with Lucy forever... and spur her to sins of her own.

    Claire says: "Shame on US"
    "Shame on US"
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    Eye opening to the internment camps for the Japanese Americans. Gracious story with twists and turns, love and forgiveness. Nice book, good listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12672)
    Performance
    (5137)
    Story
    (5198)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Loyalty is Supreme"
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    Whether human or pachyderm, loyalty is the essence of the story. Great characters from the dwarf to the hobo to the enforcer. It was heart warming, especially at the end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond the Highland Mist: Highlander, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2008)
    Performance
    (1191)
    Story
    (1195)

    He was known throughout the kingdom as Hawk, legendary predator of the battlefield and the boudoir. No woman could refuse his touch, but no woman ever stirred his heart - until a vengeful fairy tumbled Adrienne de Simone out of modern-day Seattle and into medieval Scotland.

    Benoibe says: "I'm so in love and I'm SO moving to Scotland!"
    "Dumb and Dumber"
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    Look, if you want a great story with characters that you grow attached to and a story line that goes past one book and has some meat on it, don't get this book. If you want a sci-fi and a series that you can't put down, get the "Outlander" series by Diana Gabaldon. Beyond the Highland Mist is a wannabee copycat, but doesn't make the grade. Save your cash. Move on!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • To Win Her Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Karen Witemeyer
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (217)
    Story
    (216)

    RITA Award nominee Karen Witemeyer is acclaimed for her winning blend of history, humor, and romance. In this heartstirring tale, repentant exconvict Levi Grant comes to Spencer, Texas, in 1887 - hoping to put his past behind him and start out fresh as the town’s new blacksmith. To promote civility, Eden Spencer runs her own lending library, where she discovers Levi’s love of literature. But just as romance begins to bloom, Eden learns of Levi’s prodigal past.

    Holli says: "Impossible to part from! Heartwarming! :)"
    "Was Pleasantly Surprised"
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    I received this book as a surprise sale so I was skeptical. Regardless, it has a lesson about second chances. It was a good listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Secrets: The Michelli Family Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Kristen Heitzmann
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (27)

    Adored for her sweeping Rocky Mountain Legacy series, Kristen Heitzmann inspires countless fans with her tales of Christian faith and romance. The search for a family secret drives Lance Michelli to the old villa once owned by his grandparents. But its present owner, Rese Barrett, is independent enough, and beautiful enough, to derail his efforts, distract his heart and stir his faith.

    Jenny says: "Not the complete book..."
    "All around Good Listen"
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    The series was a good listen. Secrets is the first of the book series followed by Unforgotten then Echoes. I found parts of the book and series to be very slow but it came together in the end. I thought the characters of Rese and Lance to be a bit boring at times, but the knight in shining armour always comes through. Put your headphones on and clean your house. The time will pass.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • What the Dead Know

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Laura Lippman
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    Overall
    (619)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (166)

    Thirty years ago two sisters disappeared from a shopping mall. Their bodies were never found, and those familiar with the case have always been tortured by these questions: How do you kidnap two girls? Who or what could have lured the two sisters away from a busy mall on a Saturday afternoon without leaving behind a single clue or witness? Now a clearly disoriented woman involved in a rush-hour hit-and-run claims to be the younger of the long-gone Bethany sisters.

    Cayce says: "A page turner"
    "Who would have guessed!"
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    No one really wins in this story. Having said that, there is some closure at the end of the book and hope for the future.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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