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Sunflower38

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  • Beautiful Days: A Bright Young Things Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Anna Godbersen
    • Narrated By Caitlin Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    For the bright young things of 1929, the beautiful days seem endless, filled with romance and heartbreak, adventure and intrigue, friendship and rivalry. After a month in New York, Cordelia Grey and Letty Larkspur are small-town girls no longer. They spend their afternoons with Astrid Donal at the Greys’ lush Long Island estate and their nights in Manhattan’s bustling metropolis. But Letty's not content to be a mere socialite. She is ready at last to chase her Broadway dreams - no matter the cost. Cordelia is still reeling from the death of her father at the hands of Thom Hale, the man she thought she loved....

    Sidni says: "LOVES!"
    "Better than the First"
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    I listened to the audio version of this book from Amazon's Audible. The reader, Caitlin Davies was FANTASTIC. Her voice was smooth and she livened the story. I would give Caitlin 5 stars. Sometimes, when listening to a book instead of reading it, the choice of the reader can be a terrible mistake that can negatively affect the book.

    I have read all of Anna Godberson's books thus far. Beautiful Days was a good read, nothing over top but a solid story. No doubt about it, Anna's writing is simply beautiful. She has a way with words. In this second installment the story centers aroung the girls, Letty, Cordelia and Astrid but also features more of Charlie. I liked that Charlie had a bigger role in the story as now he has to take over his Fathers Empire. I enjoyed watching Cordelia getting more aquainted and at ease in her new role and lifestyle. As many have said before me, Astrid is annoying, spoiled and whiny at best. So, I wont say much about her but that she gets in a whole heep of trouble, more than once, for her foolishness.

    Letty, is who I am rooting for to make it big and become the talk of the town. I am hoping in the next installment she has the limelight and the story will revolve around her.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Soul to Lose

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 48 mins)
    • By Rachel Vincent
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1414)
    Performance
    (808)
    Story
    (810)

    It was supposed to be a fun day, shopping at the mall with her best friend. Then the panic attack started and Kaylee Cavanaugh finds herself screaming, unable to stop. Her secret fears are exposed, and it's the worst day of her life....Until she wakes up in the psychiatric unit. She tries to convince everyone she's fine--despite the shadows she sees forming around another patient and the urge to scream which comes burbling up again and again.

    RaisinNut says: "It gave me a creepy Twilight Zone feeling..."
    "Haunting"
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    If you could sum up My Soul to Lose in three words, what would they be?

    Getting other books


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Aunt was my favorite character because she seemed so nonchalant.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The last scene was my favorite with the girl "taking too much".


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    Now, I must read the other 2-3 books in the series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26028)
    Performance
    (12683)
    Story
    (12724)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Very Entertaining"
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    Where does The Help rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks in the top 5.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was Minny.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    I could envision all the characters through them.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, when the women stepped up and agreed to tell their stories and the scene at the church.


    Any additional comments?

    If only all great books about slavery were given such high regards and notoriety.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6412)
    Performance
    (4423)
    Story
    (4412)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "On the favorite shelf"
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    I thoroughly enjoyed "The Kitchen House". I listened to the audio version of this book in two days. I found myself at times when not listening wandering what was going on with the characters, Momma, Belle, Lavinia, Papa and the others.To me, this story wasn't just another book about slavery and how slaves were treated but it had an interesting twist. In the story there's a little frail Irish girl who is brought by the Captain to work and live with the slaves. In doing so she forms an unimaginable bond and attachment to them that transforms her as a child and changes the course of her life as an adult.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Return of Chatman

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 54 mins)
    • By Miasha
    • Narrated By Jessica Pimentel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    A notorious self-made millionaire, who made his fortune in the sex trade, breaks out of prison to get revenge against his one-time top girl, Sienna, who set him up and brought his empire down. Known for his ruthlessness, Chatman is hardly ever crossed by anyone, but when and if he is, his wrath is felt. In The Return of Chatman, Chatman is on a murder rampage as he tracks down his nemesis, Sienna, killing anybody who stands between them.

    Andra says: "The Return of Chatman --- Not!"
    "Just okay"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Confusing if you haven't read other books


    If you’ve listened to books by Miasha before, how does this one compare?

    same


    What aspect of Jessica Pimentel’s performance would you have changed?

    The voice was annoying after some time.


    Did The Return of Chatman inspire you to do anything?

    It inspired me to read the other books to understand this one.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Night Women

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Marlon James
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (400)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (176)

    The story of Lilith, born into slavery on a Jamaican sugar plantation at the end of the 18th century. Even at her birth, the slave women around her recognize a dark power that they - and she - will come to both revere and fear. The Night Women, as they call themselves, have long been plotting a slave revolt, and as Lilith comes of age and reveals the extent of her power, they see her as the key to their plans.

    A User says: "read now to understand the past"
    "Better in Audio"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to a friend because it is a great listen and story. I love anything regarding slavery. It's a haunting and moving story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Book of Night Women?

    All the struggles of Lilith and with Lilith. The strength of Homer.


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

    This was the first listen by Robin Miles. I believe she did a great job.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The scene of the "Ultimate Betrayal".


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11511)
    Performance
    (10378)
    Story
    (10442)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "What was I waiting for?"
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    What can I say? I am sad that this book has come to an end. I don't think I've said that in a long while. This book surpassed my expectations. I went into it thinking good but not above par. It will take much for another to compete. The Audio was exceptional. Emma Galvin did an AWESOME job with all the characters, IMO. Did I feel that Divergent was written with only the YA reader in mind? NO.... and for that I gave it 5 stars. I will tell all and reccomend to everyone to read or listen to this gem. I am in GREAT anticipation for Insurgent on MAY 1ST.....CAN'T WAIT!!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Pandemonium

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Lauren Oliver
    • Narrated By Sarah Drew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1040)
    Performance
    (942)
    Story
    (946)

    I’m pushing aside the memory of my nightmare, pushing aside thoughts of Alex, pushing aside thoughts of Hana and my old school, push, push, push, like Raven taught me to do. The old life is dead. But the old Lena is dead too. I buried her.I left her beyond a fence, behind a wall of smoke and flame. Lauren Oliver delivers an electrifying follow-up to her acclaimed New York Times bests eller, Delirium. This riveting, brilliant novel crackles with the fire of fierce defiance, forbidden romance, and the sparks of a revolution about to ignite.

    Emily - Audible says: "Remarkably Mature for YA"
    "I LOVE Sarah Drew!!!!"
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    First, I have to give credit to Ms Sarah Drew. She was exceptional in this book and Delirium as well. I don't know if I would've liked this story or would've continued reading it if I wasn't listening instead. Sarah's voice got me through the dragging lulls in the story. As for the book, it was just okay. It definitely wasn't as good as the first and it wasn't what I was expecting, but not in a good way. Lauren Oliver is a great writer, make no mistake in what I'm saying. She can make any sentence a good one, smooth and flowing. I will continue to purchase anything from Ms. Oliver and listen to everything by Ms. Drew.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • 32 Candles: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Ernessa T. Carter
    • Narrated By Adenrele Ojo
    Overall
    (212)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (119)

    Davie—an ugly duckling growing up in small-town Mississippi—is positive her life couldn’t be any worse. She has the meanest mother in the South, possibly the world, and on top of that, she’s pretty sure she’s ugly. Just when she’s resigned herself to her fate, she sees a movie that will change her life—Sixteen Candles. But in her case, life doesn’t imitate art.

    Stephanie says: "WOW."
    "Simply Phenomenal"
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    I listened to the audio version of this book. The audio version with Adenrele Ojo added something extra. To me she became "Davie". I listened on my player in the home, I listened through the car stereo and then on my outings when out of the car. When not listening I couldn't stop my brain from wondering what was going on with Davie. This book had captivated me and I couldn't function until I knew the whole story of Davie Jones. Ms. Carter pulls you in from the first page. You immediately begin a relationship roller coaster with Davinia and James. The added bonuses to the novel, for me, are that I too share a love for the movies 16 Candles with Jake Ryan, Pretty in Pink with Duckie and Blaine and I thoroughly enjoyed the infusion of the characters and movie references in the book.. This is a must read for everyone. You wont be disappointed!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Darkest Child

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Delores Phillips
    • Narrated By Lizzie Cooper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (66)

    Delores Phillips' heart-rending debut novel is set in 1950s Georgia where most of Rozelle Quinn's 10 children can pass as white. Her brightest child, Tangy Mae, however, has the darkest skin of them all, and she longs to continue her education. But Rozelle thinks it's time for 13-year-old Tangy Mae to follow in her own footsteps and earn money "cleaning for whites" and bedding men at the "Farmhouse."

    Alysia says: "Not really resolved!"
    "I listened to first half then switched to the book"
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    The Darkest Child by Delores Phillips is soul wrenching horrendous. One would never believe that a Mother could so deeply harm a child, let alone "10" of them, emotionally, spiritually, physically and mentally. Rozelle is a woman who is Pure Evil! She cares for no one, not even herself. Unfortunately, the reader never finds out why Rozelle is the way she is. She's hateful, spiteful, souless, and completely mental. She has 10 children by 10 different men. Most are as white as she is with one being what she calls "A Dummy" and the other "Dark as her tires". This is a Mother who pimps her sons and prostitutes her daughters.

    They lived in a small town in 50's and 60's back when there were signs of segregation and blacks were no longer slaves but instead paid slaves, maids. The people in the town had just grown accustomed to the way things were and weren't looking nor asking for change. And when one does he dissappears. There are many complex characters in this story. It is a page turner for sure. I just couldn't stop reading about this mass of disfunction.

    I was disheartened to learn that Ms. Phillips hasn't written another novel. I wouldn't have thought from the texture and complex nature of this novel, it was her first. I'm sure I wont forget this book any time soon. It is hard for me to write this review without giving away spoilers. There's just too much to tell. Pick this book up. You wont be dissappointed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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