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Cheryl

Fort St. John, BC, Canada | Member Since 2011

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  • The Thorn: The Rose Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Beverly Lewis
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (75)

    A Christy Award winner, New York Times best-selling author Beverly Lewis has garnered acclaim as the queen of Amish fiction. The Thorn begins her Rose Trilogy, the stirring saga of two Amish sisters on the fringes of the church—and the unforeseen discoveries that change their lives.... Rose Kauffman finds herself growing closer to the bishop’s foster son despite the warnings of her older sister, who knows more than she should about falling for the wrong man.

    susan says: "Beverly Lewis at her best"
    "Nothing Much Happens."
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    Would you try another book from Beverly Lewis and/or Christina Moore?

    I've listened to several of Beverly Lewis' books and I will again. I found Christina Moore's voice a little annoying. After a bit I got used to it, but if I stopped listening for a while and then came back, I would have to get used to it all over again.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Beverly Lewis again?

    Did I not just answer this question?


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    There were times where she would take long breaks. One time I actually checked my Ipod to see if it had died! I'm not sure that's her fault though. That probably falls on the producer.


    Do you think The Thorn needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    yes. It was pretty much a lot of lead up to the very last chapter. Even though nothing much happened, I learned so much about the characters that now I have to find out how they end up.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lightkeeper’s Daughter: Mercy Falls Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Colleen Coble
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (45)

    CBA best-selling author Colleen Coble sets this romantic tale in 1907, along California’s rugged coast. As 25-year-old Adeline struggles to determine if she’s really the long-lost daughter of a rich man—shipwrecked and presumed dead two decades ago—she becomes deeply immersed in mystery, danger, and love.

    Renate says: "Mystery, Romance & God's Plan"
    "Sweet story, a little heavy on unnecessary details"
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    A sweet romance set around a mystery. Christina Moore did a great job portraying emotion but had a little trouble with the male voices. I found that there was a lot of time spent on describing and explaining little domestic details like dress making and pouring tea. In my opinion it was too much and took away from the mystery and intrigue. There was a lot of time spent on the relationship between the main characters and it seemed as if the mystery was going no where until it did and then was solved. I would have liked to have seen less unnecessary details and more time fleshing out the mystery. Over all it's a pleasant listen if you are more interested in romance then mystery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Clockwork Angel: The Infernal Devices, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ehle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2301)
    Performance
    (1728)
    Story
    (1732)

    When 16-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.

    Sam says: "Fantastic book!!"
    "Excellent YA Story"
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    Dark and brooding, the story starts off slow but gets moving fairly quickly. If you are looking for an easy but captivating story about demon hunters, vampires, mystical powers and automatons then you've found it. I wouldn't say this is a book for adults, but parents should be aware of some swearing and allusions to sex, prostitution and alcoholism. I didn't particularly like the narrator. I don't think she portrayed the characters in the way they were supposed to be. She portrayed the Dark Sisters excellently, but failed to capture the main characters personalities and emotional states. It was a good story non-the-less, and I am looking forward to my next credit to start on the second book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Song

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Nicholas Sparks
    • Narrated By Pepper Binkley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (808)
    Performance
    (246)
    Story
    (258)

    Seventeen year old Veronica "Ronnie" Miller's life was turned upside-down when her parents divorced and her father moved from New York City to Wilmington, North Carolina. Three years later, she remains angry and alientated from her parents, especially her father...until her mother decides it would be in everyone's best interest if she spent the summer in Wilmington with him.

    Brittina says: "Um... WOW!"
    "Not Just a Romance."
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    The Last Song has become my favourite Nicholas Sparks book. The relatability of all the characters is what really does it for me. The Last Song is not just a romance but it deals with the whole spectrum of relationships; friendship, marriage, divorce, abuse, brotherhood, sisterhood, fatherhood, and rivalry. The book takes a look at the many issues that we all have to face in our lives, from the bumps and bruises of the everyday, to the raw and searing wounds of the past. The story is told from the perspectives of the different characters giving us different, but all entirely human, points of view. Sparks captures the action/reaction of relationship so naturally. What stuck out to me besides the obvious themes of love, sacrifice, forgiveness, and growing up, was that conflict is rarely about good vs. bad or right vs. wrong. It is almost always good and bad vs. good and bad, and right and wrong vs. right and wrong. I gave this book 5 out of 5, and I'm sure you wont be disappointed either!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Judgment: The Rose Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Beverly Lewis
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (50)

    A Christy Award winner, New York Times best-selling author Beverly Lewis enthralls millions with her inspiring tales of Amish life. Now engaged to hardworking Silas Good, Rose Kauffman struggles with her feelings for longtime friend Nick Franco, who left the Amish community under a cloud of suspicion. Meanwhile, Rose’s older sister has returned to her parents’ farm, hoping to re-establish her place among the People and to retain custody of her daughter.

    Jillian Elliott says: "Really Enjoyed it!"
    "Slow storyline"
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    Again, like the first in the series, the second book moves slowly and everything happens at the end. I found myself waiting for the storyline to move forward. If I didn't work while listening, I would have been bored. However, the themes did cause me to contemplate and ask questions. The dominating themes being God's goodness and His sovereignty. I find the lack of any mention of Jesus in these "christian" books to be concerning. Christina Moore's take on Nick sounds like a stoned surfer dude, but he is hardly in this book so it's not too much of a problem. In short, I've invested too much time and thought to not finish the series. Definitely not Beverly Lewis' best series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shameless: Banning Sisters Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Karen Robards
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (80)

    Lady Elizabeth, the youngest and most headstrong of the three Banning sisters, has been engaged three times, and has most scandalously broken off all three engagements. Her fear of becoming any man’s property has kept her from marriage and earned her a reputation in the town as a heartbreaking flirt.

    Kim says: "Highly entertaining"
    "Best Out of the Three"
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    Would you try another book from Karen Robards and/or Rosalyn Landor?

    Sure! I'd do some research first though.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I don't really know how to change it, but some how the story didn't flow nicely. Maybe it was the constant switching of point of view. Also, I would have liked to see more background on the hero. We know most of the heroine's history but we don't find out about the hero until the very end, and then only briefly.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I thought the performance was fine. Not awesome, not bad.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably if more story was added. The plot was a little shallow.


    Any additional comments?

    Over all, it was an ok listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crocodile on the Sandbank: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (2671)
    Performance
    (1463)
    Story
    (1457)

    Amelia Peabody inherited two things from her father: a considerable fortune and an unbendable will. The first allowed her to indulge in her life's passion. Without the second, the mummy's curse would have made corpses of them all.

    Carrie says: "Nice break from the usual-"
    "Fun, Witty, and a Wonderful Performance"
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    The strong, witty, and "feminist" character of Amelia Peabody is really what makes the story. The plot its self- though comical, suspenseful, and over all entertaining- is rather predicable. Still, I really enjoyed listening and Barbra Rosenblat gave a great performance. Amelia Peabody is a refreshing character in todays world as the "Bella Swans" seem rather pathetic and the "Katniss Everdene's" seem rough and course. Amelia embodies the strength of a woman; she is NOT a woman trying to be strong like a man. The man VS. woman seems to be a theme in this book and is so funny to hear in the banter and conversation between characters. It's great!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gunslinger: The Dark Tower I

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6796)
    Performance
    (3231)
    Story
    (3277)

    Eerie, dreamlike, set in a world that is weirdly related to our own, The Gunslinger introduces Roland Deschain of Gilead, of In-World that was, as he pursues his enigmatic antagonist to the mountains that separate the desert from the Western Sea in the first volume of The Dark Tower series. Roland, the last gunslinger, is a solitary figure, perhaps accursed, who with a strange single-mindedness traverses an exhausted, almost timeless landscape of good and evil.

    Valerie says: "Just As Wonderful as I Remembered!"
    "80% boring, 20% disturbing images burned on brain"
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    What disappointed you about The Gunslinger?

    Random utterly disturbing things would creep up that really weren't necessary. I am scarred for life.


    Has The Gunslinger turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Well, I defiantly won't be picking up another Stephen King novel on a whim. That guy obviously has a sick mind.


    What didn’t you like about George Guidall’s performance?

    It was lifeless. He didn't string the words or sentences together smoothy so it was awkward.


    What character would you cut from The Gunslinger?

    All of them!! There was not one redeeming character. In my opinion, this book should have been re-worked entirely.


    Any additional comments?

    Needless to say I deleted this book from my computer.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Mysterious Mr. Quin: 12 Complete Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (74)

    The 12 stories all feature an unusual detective team: Mr. Satterthwaite, a bachelor in his 60s who has spent his life as a spectator not a participant, and the mysterious Mr. Harley Quin, who appears unexpectedly and disappears as suddenly. Mr. Quin provides Mr. Satterthwaite with insight through carefully worded questions and observations that lead Mr Satterthwaite to the answers.

    Brianna says: "Magical Mystery at it's Best!"
    "Good Listen"
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    If you’ve listened to books by Agatha Christie before, how does this one compare?

    Mr. Quin is very much mysterious with a supernatural air. I've never met an Agatha Christie character quite like him. Each story stands alone as a fun mystery that makes you think. Together all the stories create an even bigger mystery that leaves you slightly shocked and a little confused, but all in all it's a good listen.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • And Then There Were None

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (433)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (181)

    Ten houseguests, trapped on an isolated island, are the prey of a diabolical killer. A famous nursery rhyme is framed and hung in every room of the mansion: 10 little Indian boys went out to dine; One choked his little self and then there were nine...

    Rosalind says: "My new favorite book!"
    "Wonderfully mysterious and creepy."
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    What did you love best about And Then There Were None?

    I enjoy how dark the story is. There is something wonderful about a good creepy story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was a lot like Clue, Agatha Christie style!


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

    yes!


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it! My favourite Agatha Christie novel so far!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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