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D. Evans

Central New Jersey | Member Since 2008

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  • 32 reviews
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  • 322 titles in library
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  • The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Rebecca Wells
    • Narrated By Judith Ivey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (314)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (173)

    A tale of family and friendship, tragedy and triumph, loss and love, The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder features the warmth, humor, soul, and wonder that have made Wells one of today's most cherished writers, and gives us an unforgettable new heroine to treasure.

    Joanne says: "Sweet Southern Women"
    "Engaging story, great narration! A favorite listen"
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    I read a couple of other Rebecca Wells books in the past and enjoyed them, but this story -- about a young girl who grows up in the south -- was my favorite. Very engaging. I couldn't stop listening! It was such a fun story -- happy, sad, funny -- I was pulled in right away. I love Judith Ivey as an actress and was very happy with her acting/narration of the story. Overall it was one of my favorites of all the books I've listened to. And I've listened to a lot!

    I definitely recommend this book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Narrated By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1858)
    Performance
    (1618)
    Story
    (1590)

    A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty is a powerful saga of three generations of women, plagued by hardships and torn by a devastating secret, yet inextricably joined by the bonds of family. Fifteen-year-old Mosey Slocumb-spirited, sassy, and on the cusp of womanhood-is shaken when a small grave is unearthed in the backyard, and determined to figure out why it's there. Liza, her stroke-ravaged mother, is haunted by choices she made as a teenager. But it is Jenny, Mosey's strong and big-hearted grandmother....

    Elizabeth says: "Beautifully written and read!"
    "Good story read well by author"
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    I enjoyed the "figuring out" of events. Overall good story where I became invested in the characters.

    Didn't realize it was read by the author. Wasn't sure how that would go, but she did a good job. Decent voice changes to easily follow who was speaking.

    My only disappointment was that we didn't get to hear Big give Lawrence the "big news".

    Wanted to hear more of Big's story.

    Overall, very enjoyable! A credit well spent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie: Highland Pleasures, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jennifer Ashley
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3380)
    Performance
    (3113)
    Story
    (3119)

    It was whispered all through London society that he was a murderer, that he'd spent his youth in an asylum and was not to be trusted - especially with a lady. Any woman caught in his presence was immediately ruined. Yet Beth found herself inexorably drawn to the Scottish lord whose hint of a brogue wrapped around her like silk and whose touch could draw her into a world of ecstasy.

    Lupdilup says: "FANTASTIC BOOK, NICELLY PERFORMED."
    "a romance about someone with aspergers syndrome"
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    An unusual story about a man with aspergers who didn't think he could fall in love.
    I don't think I'm giving anything away by saying he finally found that he could love. This was a romance and mystery; and while I thought some of the plot was contrived, overall I enjoyed learning about the mystery and seeing it resolved.
    The narrator wasn't the best. it kept pulling me away from the story, as I tried to figure out how it might be read by someone else. Most of the Mackenzie men had the same voice, and at times it was hard determining who was speaking. The inflections were strange as well. A character could scream for help, say "damn you" and 'hello" and it would be pretty much the same inflection for all.

    Overall though, I enjoyed the story, itself. I liked the romance, the sex, the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Echo in the Bone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15963)
    Performance
    (13189)
    Story
    (13150)

    Jamie Fraser knows from his time-traveling wife Claire that, no matter how unlikely it seems, America will win the Revolutionary War. But that truth offers little solace, since Jamie realizes he might find himself pointing a weapon directly at his own son - a young officer in the British army. And Jamie isn't the only one with a tormented soul - for Claire may know who wins the conflict, but she certainly doesn't know whether or not her beloved Jamie survives.

    Charles says: "Read all of Gabaldon's stuff before this one"
    "Ms. Gabaldon left us hanging for a change!"
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    I've spent the summer listening to all 8 books. At approximately 45 hours per book, that's 400 hours with characters who have become like old friends!
    The stories are great, sometimes a little more battle history than I need to hear, but still love the books.
    It's unusual to get to know characters in a romance as they grow old together. I have enjoyed seeing Claire and Jaime fall deeper in love over time.
    The big question is... When will we get the next installment of the story? I guess it's better to know there is more coming, than to think the story is over! Can't wait!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dragonfly in Amber

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28648)
    Performance
    (23604)
    Story
    (23568)

    New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon enchanted scores of fans with Outlander, her electrifying historical saga set in 18th-century Scotland. Now this sequel sweeps listeners back into the past as Claire relates more of her perilous sojourn there with her Scottish warrior husband, James Fraser. Twenty years after her strange journey back in time, Claire has returned to Scotland with her daughter, determined to share with her the secret she has harbored since her time travel.

    Jeff says: "FOR GUYS AS WELL"
    "Now I'm hooked!"
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    I listened to Outlander and enjoyed it, but didn't think I'd be able to listen to more of the books. But, since Starz came out with the series, I'm hooked! I had to hear more of what happened to Jamie and Claire. Davina Porter is excellent, as usual. Though I think she had a little bit of a hard time giving an American accent to one character, when she also had an English and Scottish accent to handle at the same time. But I don't care! Quite a good story. The time-travel aspect gets a little confusing at times. But still, it's a great love story, and you get to learn about the history of Scotland and England while you're listening. I knew of the Jacobite times, but never really understood what it was all about. Now I know.

    Anyway -- I enjoyed listening to this second book, and am now in the process of downloading the third book in the series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By L. Frank Baum
    • Narrated By Anne Hathaway
    Overall
    (3379)
    Performance
    (2998)
    Story
    (3020)

    One of the best-known stories in American culture, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over 100 years. Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married, Alice In Wonderland), fresh from filming The Dark Knight Rises, lent her voice to this uniquely American fairy tale.

    Thomas M Clifford says: "In Time for the Holiday.Give the GIFT of a STORY!"
    "An unexpected treat"
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    I've seen the movie, of course, but never read the book. The story was fun. Quite different from the movie. As an adult, I could see places in the story where I'd think, "why didn't they just...." But then, there'd be no story! Anne Hathaway was excellent! All the voices she came up with! She made this a very fun listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Newcomer: Thunder Point, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1250)
    Performance
    (1153)
    Story
    (1149)

    Single dad and Thunder Point's deputy sheriff "Mac" McCain has worked hard to keep his town safe and his daughter happy. Now he's found his own happiness with Gina James. The longtime friends have always shared the challenges and rewards of raising their adolescent daughters. With an unexpected romance growing between them, they're feeling like teenagers themselves - suddenly they can't get enough of each other. And just when things are really taking off, their lives are suddenly thrown into chaos. When Mac's long-lost ex-wife shows up in town, drama takes on a whole new meaning.

    jonmontanavega says: "Needy, Hungry, Claimed and Length; One Man's View"
    "Carr never disappoints"
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    Enjoyed the continued story. It's easy to get caught up in the lives of the thunder point residents. Carr does a good job of creating characters you can relate to; and Therese Plummer is an excellent narrator. Next up for me--"the hero" the next in the series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Grapes of Wrath

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5384)
    Performance
    (4846)
    Story
    (4846)

    At once naturalistic epic, captivity narrative, road novel, and transcendental gospel, Steinbeck’s, The Grapes of Wrath is perhaps the most American of American classics. Although it follows the movement of thousands of men and women and the transformation of an entire nation during the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s, The Grapes of Wrath is also the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, who are forced to travel west to the promised land of California.

    P. Minor says: "Wish I could give it 10 stars!"
    "Excellent, but not if you're already depressed!"
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    Steinbeck knows how to draw a picture with words. I could feel the despair of the migrant workers. It's all so sad. And it will hopefully give people a better understanding of the migrant workers (illegal aliens) if today.

    The narrator was excellent. I googled him and recognized him. It gave me a new respect for the actor, Dylan Baker. He had a voice for each character, male and female; and I would swear that Henry Fonda was reading the Tom Jode part! Baker was that good!

    I highly recommend this book. I like Steinbeck, and now I'll also put Dylan baker-narrated books on my must-listen list!



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Before Jamaica Lane: On Dublin Street

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Samantha Young
    • Narrated By Lee Angel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1249)
    Performance
    (1158)
    Story
    (1153)

    The follow-up to the runaway bestsellers On Dublin Street and Down London Road. Despite her outgoing demeanor, Olivia is painfully insecure around the opposite sex - usually, she can't get up the nerve to approach guys she's interested in. But moving to Edinburgh has given her a new start, and, after she develops a crush on a sexy postgrad, she decides it's time to push past her fears and go after what she wants. Nate Sawyer is a gorgeous player who never commits, but to his close friends, he's as loyal as they come.

    Jordy ♡♡♡♡ says: "The story of Olivia and Nate. Loved it!!"
    "horrible narration!"
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    I agree with a previous reviewer. What kind of Scottish accent is this? It sounds like Dracula moved to Scotland! The previous books were great! As the books are set in Scotland, you'd think the ability to do the accent would be a priority!

    I can't review the story because I had to stop listening. I simply couldn't take hearing Ms. Angel read Nate's lines. I love this series. What a shame that I have to skip olivia's story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sister Carrie

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Theodore Dreiser
    • Narrated By Jim Killavey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    Theodore Dreiser's first and perhaps greatest novel appeared in 1900. The story is about a young country girl who moves to the big city, where she starts realizing her own American Dream by embarking on a life of sin rather than by hard work and perseverance. On publication, it met with outraged disapproval and was immediately withdrawn as "too shocking and sordid for polite readers".

    Bill says: "I Loved this! Could not wait each time I listened"
    "Simply not a good narration of Sister Carrie"
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    Listened to Sister Carrier once, when I first purchased it, and didn't care much for the narrator. At that time, I hadn't had much experience with Audible books, so I didn't have much to compare it to. Now I've been listening for years; and I've heard some WONDERFUL narrations.
    This book was chosen by our book club as our classic for this year, so I tried to listen to the book again and simply could not take listening to it again.
    The cadence of the speech, the voice, everything, just isn't good.
    The story isn't a happy one, and it really shows you the customs and value of women (or lack thereof) for the late 1800s/early 1900s.
    If you really want to read this book, find another version, or get a printed copy.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Edge of Always

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By J. A. Redmerski
    • Narrated By Daniel May, Leslie Bellair
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (249)
    Story
    (252)

    Camryn Bennett has never been happier. Five months after meeting on a Greyhound bus, she and her soul mate Andrew Parrish are engaged - and a wedding isn't the only special event in their future. Nervous but excited, Camryn can't wait to begin the rest of her life with Andrew, a man she knows in her heart will love her always. They have so much to look forward to - until tragedy blindsides them.

    Jordy ♡♡♡♡ says: "5 EXTREMELY SWEET AND INSANELY SEXY HEARTS!"
    "why the different narrators? Disappointing!!!"
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    I was excited for this audiobook to come out. I LOVED the first story and couldn't wait to hear this sequel.

    I have to ask the publisher -- was the narrator of the first book not available to complete this one? That's the only reason I can think of that you wouldn't have the same person narrate both books.

    I grew to accept Lauren Fortgang as the voice of Camryn and Andrew, and I expected to hear her continue the story in this new book.

    I am SO disappointed that she didn't narrate this book. It changed the whole experience.
    These narrators are ok. But they aren't the voices I expect to hear.

    Bottom line, the story is good, but the overall experience was ruined for me because of the change in narrators. Overall -- disappointed.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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