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  • The Time Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Mitch Albom
    • Narrated By Dan Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (573)
    Performance
    (509)
    Story
    (514)

    From the author who's inspired millions worldwide with books like Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven comes his most imaginative novel yet, The Time Keeper--a compelling fable about the first man on earth to count the hours.

    Karen F says: "Intriguing and thought provoking story"
    "time flies when it is slipping away"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Time Keeper to be better than the print version?

    the audio version is better as it allowed me the freedom to truly relax and enter the story


    What other book might you compare The Time Keeper to and why?

    this is a modern version of the classic 'It's a Wonderful Life" as it reminds me, us, of what truly is of value, the gift of life and caring for others


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the very last scene was my favorite; who wouldn't want to go back, correct our mistakes and love life as it was intended to be by our Creator


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

    I wanted to listen to this in one sitting but unfortunately I had to do a little work, but I still finished it in one day and will listen to it again


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the concept of counting time as the framework of the story, and the reader did an excellent preformance

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • You're Next

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2727)
    Performance
    (2321)
    Story
    (2307)

    Mike Wingate had a rough childhood  —  he was abandoned at a playground at four years old and raised in foster care. No one ever came to claim him, and he has only a few, fragmented memories of his parents. Now, as an adult, Mike is finally living the life he had always wanted  —  he’s happily married to Annabel, the woman of his dreams; they have a precocious eight-year-old daughter, Kat.

    Janice says: "Edge of my seat."
    "family is family"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it is a page turner so to speak. The plot is full of twists and the narration adds to it as well.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Shep is my favorite character as his heart if bigger than his feet.


    Any additional comments?

    This was one I wanted to listen through from beginning to end. Truly enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Time for Goodbye

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Linwood Barclay
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (119)

    The house was deathly quiet. That was the first sign that something was terribly wrong. Fourteen-year-old Cynthia Bigge woke that morning to find herself alone. Her family - mother, father, and brother - had vanished without a word, without a note, without a trace. Twenty-five years later, Cynthia is still looking for answers. Now she is about to learn the devastating truth.

    S. Johnston says: "I truy enjoyed this book!"
    "when are friends enemies"
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    If you could sum up No Time for Goodbye in three words, what would they be?

    exciting, surprising, intriguing


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cyn because she wouldn't let life keep her down, or let it drive her crazy. She had a strong sense of self and even coming from the worst of situations was able to make a loving family.


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

    Once I started listening I just wanted to relax in a comfortable chair and listen. the book was fast paced, yet full of detail that brought it to life and it kept you on the edge of your seat.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the twist regarding Jane and will leave the listener to find out what I mean.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blessed Child: The Caleb Books, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Ted Dekker, Bill Bright
    • Narrated By Benjamin L. Darcie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (119)

    A young orphaned boy was abandoned and raised in an Ethiopian monastery. He has never seen outside its walls - at least, not the way most people see. Now he must flee or die. But the world beyond is hardly ready for a boy like Caleb. When relief expert Jason Marker agrees to rescue Caleb from the monastery, he unwittingly opens humanity’s doors to an incredible journey filled with political intrigue and peril. Jason and Leiah - the French-Canadian nurse who escapes the monastery with him - quickly realize Caleb’s supernatural power to heal. But so do the boy’s enemies, who will stop at nothing to destroy him.

    Kay says: "Moving Experience"
    "look with the eyes of your heart"
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    If you could sum up Blessed Child in three words, what would they be?

    moving, inspiring, comforting


    Any additional comments?

    For a believer, this story is wonderful; and hopefully for a non-believer they will consider there is something keeping everything in motion other than inertia. God is always at work, especially when we think He isn't.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thirteen Moons

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Charles Frazier
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (691)
    Performance
    (256)
    Story
    (252)

    This magnificent novel by one of America's finest writers is the epic of one man's remarkable journey, set in 19th-century America against the background of a vanishing people and a rich way of life. At the age of 12, under the Wind Moon, Will is given a horse, a key, and a map, and sent alone into the Indian Nation to run a trading post as a bound boy. It is during this time that he grows into a man, learning, as he does, of the raw power it takes to create a life, to find a home.

    P. Bergh says: "A fascinating, great epic tale"
    ""everything and everyone you love goes away""
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    What did you love best about Thirteen Moons?

    The bitter sweet melancholy of the passing of a way of life and time was presented in a splendid wistful manner. The author brought life to each scene and I caught myself remembering the sights and smells he described so wonderfully. Will faced all the fears of his life and grew stronger through each of them.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I enjoyed Bear, who faced life moment to moment, grasping and savoring whatever God places before us with each step. Truly living in the present is a gift.


    Have you listened to any of Will Patton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Patton could make the reading of a shopping list sound wonderful. His soft approach and mellow tones help bring this book to life with all the sight, sounds and smells the author presents for our enjoyment. I thoroughly enjoy Patton's style.


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

    I did want to listen to this book in one sitting and found myself putting aside things that needed to be done in order to enjoy this journey into memories past.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Our End of the Lake: Surviving after the 2012 Solar Storm

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Ron H. Foster
    • Narrated By Duane Sharp
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    A solar storm has just hit the world causing a EMP event. A emergency manager visiting Atlanta GA must find his way back home after this electromagnetic pulse has stranded him away from his vehicle and his beloved "bug out bag". With 180 miles to go to his destination, David must let his street smarts and survival skills kick in as food and water becomes scarce and societal breakdown proceeds at an unrelenting pace.

    Alan says: "More instruction then story but okay."
    "simple beginning prepper primer"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would only recommend this book if my friend had never considered any type of preparation for a grid failure.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I enjoyed the recommendations for equipment at the end of the book and am sure the author has a dog in that hunt!


    What didn’t you like about Duane Sharp’s performance?

    Sharp's performance was poor. I almost returned the book because his style of voice for the various characters was so hard to listen to. After an hour or so it was easier to listen past his presentation of the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a very simplistic book, with way to many easy coincidences, trying to help someone to prepare for some type of infrastructure failure. The plot was thin, and the main character too greedy for my taste, but the idea of coming together to help each other and celebrate life made it worth plowing through.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Better World: The Brilliance Saga, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Marcus Sakey
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (279)
    Performance
    (263)
    Story
    (260)

    The brilliants changed everything.

    Since 1980, 1% of the world has been born with gifts we'd only dreamed of. The ability to sense a person's most intimate secrets, or predict the stock market, or move virtually unseen. For thirty years the world has struggled with a growing divide between the exceptional...and the rest of us.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "Simply a solid continuation of a great idea"
    "An excellent followup!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book because I enjoyed the premise of brilliants and how set I our old world view can doom us.


    Any additional comments?

    The scattering of commercials throughout the text was amusing. I also enjoyed how the story line illustrated that computer technology can easily be turned against us.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lightning Fall: A Novel of Disaster

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Bill Quick
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (51)

    Three terrorist attacks are launched from freighters against the United States. Only one fully succeeds, but in the blink of an eye all of the country west of the Rocky Mountains is transformed into the technological equivalent of the 18th century - no electricity, no computers, no electronics of anykind, or any of the amenities of modern life that depend on them. This is the story of ordinary and extraordinary people, high and low, who struggle to survive in a mortally wounded nation, as America's enemies within and without circle for the kill.

    Jan says: "An Equal Opportunity Political Disaster"
    "two for one"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this to a friend as it is entertaining and suspenseful.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The end was a surprise in may ways and allows one to add their own spin to what happened.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the thugs were trying to burn the apartment complex down, and the Marines arrived to save them. What a classic - "The Marines have landed!"


    Did Lightning Fall inspire you to do anything?

    I made me think more about being prepared for an EMP attack, as well as any one of the many diseases that seem to be popping up in our country. Preparation is better than regret.


    Any additional comments?

    This also an interesting portrayal of the Oval Office. One that may in part be in our furture.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Personal: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (880)
    Performance
    (803)
    Story
    (802)

    "You can leave the army, but the army doesn’t leave you. Not always. Not completely," notes Jack Reacher - and sure enough, the retired military cop is soon pulled back into service. This time, for the State Department and the CIA. Someone has taken a shot at the president of France in the City of Light. The bullet was American. The distance between the gunman and the target was exceptional. How many snipers can shoot from three-quarters of a mile with total confidence? Very few, but John Kott - an American marksman gone bad - is one of them...

    Jeffrey says: "Lee and Dick seem tired"
    "Not the best, but worth it"
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    What three words best describe Dick Hill’s voice?

    Mr. Hill seemed to be off his mark for most of the book. I have enjoyed his style, but for some reason the vitality that his voice brought to the books was missing for most of the narration.


    Any additional comments?

    While it was good to spend time with Reacher, I have to agree the story was a little off. The ending should have been threaded through the whole story line. Mr. Child also needed to do a little more research on psychoactive drugs. Hopefully Reacher will come back to his normal self in the next book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lightning

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3792)
    Performance
    (2212)
    Story
    (2224)

    A storm struck on the night Laura Shane was born, and there was a strangeness about the weather that people would remember for years. But even more mysterious was the blond-haired stranger who appeared out of nowhere - the man who saved Laura from a fatal delivery. Years later - after another bolt of lightning - the stranger returned.

    Barry says: "One of Koontz' best, entirely enjoyable."
    "Lightening did strike!"
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    What did you love best about Lightning?

    I enjoyed the idea of time travel and defeating the Nazis, but I also enjoyed the closeness between the female leads.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lightning?

    The return to the orphanage after the fire.


    What about Christopher Lane’s performance did you like?

    I think this was the first time I listened to him and he is a great listen. He did bring the story to life.


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

    Can lightening illumine the past?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Eye of Heaven: Fargo Adventure, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Russell Blake
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (160)

    Baffin Island: Husband-and-wife team Sami and Remi Fargo are on a climate-control expedition in the Arctic, when to their astonishment they discover a Viking ship in the ice, perfectly preserved - and filled with pre-Columbian artifacts from Mexico. How can that be? As they plunge into their research, tantalizing clues about a link between the Vikings and the legendary Toltec feathered serpent god Quetzalcoatl - and a fabled object known as the Eye of Heaven - begin to emerge. But so do many dangerous people.

    dirtdoctor says: "What's happened to Cussler?"
    "I expected so very much more"
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    What would have made The Eye of Heaven better?

    The story line was great but shallow and weak development of the characters, and seemingly poor research on archeological techniques, made a very disappointing book. The trite and immature development of the main characters was a caricature in itself.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Clive Cussler and Russell Blake again?

    No, not in this series anyway.


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

    Scott brick is why I just pushed through the book. His deliverance of a story help compensate for the lackluster material he had to present.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Eye of Heaven?

    I would have sent the book back to the authors and told them listing expensive items for the Fargo's to use doesn't make them an equal to Pendergast. In many ways it seemed they picked up a Preston and Child book and proceeded to write their own adaptation of an eccentric big hearted detective novel, but making them archaeologists instead of detectives.


    Any additional comments?

    I did enjoy the idea of Vikings in Mesoamerica and decided to try the book just because of the Viking spin on things; but I will avoid this series. Too cliché and trite in many, many ways. Again, I almost returned it but for the excellent narration.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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