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Debbie

spiritseeker

Spicewood, TX, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • 12 reviews
  • 60 ratings
  • 150 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2015
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  • Summerland: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Chabon
    • Narrated By Michael Chabon
    Overall
    (197)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (72)

    It's summer, and the Clam Island fairies, or "ferishers," as the North American Fair Folk call themselves, are in grave peril. War is coming, another battle in an ancient conflict, a struggle against the Fell Smith and his power of Anti-life. He and his host of demon engineers, kobolds, and warriors have sought to destroy the fairies since time began. When the Clam Island band sends for a champion, they get an 11-year-old boy named Ethan Feld.

    A Reader says: "Unforgettable characters!"
    "Interesting concept"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The book was based on an interesting concept but it was pretty far out there

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29540)
    Performance
    (22988)
    Story
    (23073)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "An epic tale"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Game of Thrones to be better than the print version?

    yes the book comes to life with narration


    What did you like best about this story?

    it was an epic. Adventure and very unpredictable


    Which character – as performed by Roy Dotrice – was your favorite?

    tirian


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

    swords Dragons and sex


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Care of Wooden Floors: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Will Wiles
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (55)

    A British copywriter stays for a week at his composer friend Oskar’s elegant, ultramodern apartment in a glum Eastern European city. The instructions are simple: feed the cats, don’t touch the piano, and make sure nothing harms the priceless wooden floors. Content for the first time in ages, he accidentally spills some wine. Over the course of a week, both the apartment and the narrator’s sanity fall apart in this original and “weirdly addictive” (Daily Mail) novel.

    glamazon says: "Five out of Five!"
    "This was just a pathetic story"
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    What would have made Care of Wooden Floors better?

    nothing it was just a drunkalog


    What was most disappointing about Will Wiles’s story?

    it was supposed to be funny but it was pathetic


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    the narration was good the story was bad


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Care of Wooden Floors?

    all of them


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rosie Project: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Graeme Simsion
    • Narrated By Dan O'Grady
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2620)
    Performance
    (2350)
    Story
    (2348)

    Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a "wonderful" husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical - most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver. Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent - and on a quest of her own....

    Margaret says: "A fun listen"
    "An asbergers rom com"
    Overall
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    Where does The Rosie Project rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    this book is in my top 10


    What did you like best about this story?

    i loved the humor in the story


    What does Dan O'Grady bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    you really get the struggle of asbergers in the telling of the story live


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

    no I took it slow because I wanted to savor this book


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Orphan Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christina Baker Kline
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5873)
    Performance
    (5186)
    Story
    (5203)

    Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to "aging out" out of the foster care system. A community-service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse.... As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

    Kathi says: "Moving story of sharing and transformation."
    "Great historical novel"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes this book has some great history in it and I like the way It compared the two different orphan experiences


    What did you like best about this story?

    i like the comparison of the orphan experience then and now


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the time on the train


    If you could rename Orphan Train, what would you call it?

    ophans then and now


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Americanah

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    • Narrated By Adjoa Andoh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (948)
    Performance
    (853)
    Story
    (856)

    Anna-Bo-Banana says: "Dazzling, Romantic, and Witty"
    "Provocative"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I liked the meat of this book but felt it sold itself out in the end


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

    spend more time on Nigeria and the race issues and leave out the live story


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

    listening to the boom really brings the characters to life


    Did Americanah inspire you to do anything?

    it made for great discussions in our book group


    Any additional comments?

    great book group read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Whistling Past the Graveyard

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Susan Crandall
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (304)
    Performance
    (267)
    Story
    (269)

    In the summer of 1963, nine-year-old spitfire Starla Claudelle runs away from her strict grandmother's Mississippi home. Starla hasn't seen her momma since she was three - that's when Lulu left for Nashville to become a famous singer. If she can get to Nashville and find her momma, then all that she promised will come true: Lulu will be a star. Daddy will come to live in Nashville, too. And her family will be whole and perfect.

    Jen says: "Thank You Baby Jesus!"
    "Huckleberry Finn for girls"
    Overall
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    Where does Whistling Past the Graveyard rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    top 5


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Whistling Past the Graveyard?

    This was a very gripping boom to end


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved the baking


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

    yes this was a page turner


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Thousand White Women

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Jim Fergus, J. Will Dodd (introduction)
    • Narrated By Laura Hicks, Erik Steele
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (753)
    Performance
    (471)
    Story
    (475)

    One Thousand White Women is the story of May Dodd and a colorful assembly of pioneer women who travel to the Western prairies in 1875 to intermarry among the Cheyenne Indians.

    Glory says: "Incredible FICTION"
    "Great historical novel"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about One Thousand White Women?

    it is a rarely told tale of strong women


    What did you like best about this story?

    historical view point


    What about Laura Hicks and Erik Steele ’s performance did you like?

    the readers really brought the story to life


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

    nope it was a little slow at first


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susan Cain
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4896)
    Performance
    (4218)
    Story
    (4191)

    At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

    Teddy says: "Thought provoking and Uplifting.... A++++++++!!!!!"
    "Me thinks she doth protest too much"
    Overall
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    What did you like best about Quiet? What did you like least?

    The per forma ce was very soothing


    Has Quiet turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Her arguments are very one sided


    Did Kathe Mazur do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    There were no characters


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

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3158)
    Performance
    (2769)
    Story
    (2796)

    When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    cristina says: "I was surprised by how much I liked it"
    "J.K. is for real!!!!!!!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Excellent book. Not an adult Harry Potter but an adult literary masterpiece. Starts a little slow but definetly picks up. The ending is poetic

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Heart of Christianity: Rediscovering a Life of Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Marcus J. Borg
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    World-renowned Jesus scholar Marcus J. Borg shows how we can live passionately as Christians in today's world by practicing the vital elements of Christian faith. For the millions of people who have turned away from many traditional beliefs about God, Jesus, and the Bible, but still long for a relevant, nourishing faith, Borg shows why the Christian life can remain a transforming relationship with God. Emphasizing the critical role of daily practice in living the Christian life, he explores how prayer, worship, Sabbath, pilgrimage, and more can be experienced as authentically life-giving practices.

    connie says: "book worth rediscovering for both head and heart"
    "Interesting look at Christianity"
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    This book really challenged my thinking on all things Christian whisk is always good.while I am not sure I agree with all his premises they made for very interesting discussions in my church book study group.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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