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Edna

Roanoke, TX, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 7 purchased in 2014
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  • Meet Me at Emotional Baggage Claim

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Lisa Scottoline, Francesca Serritella
    • Narrated By Lisa Scottoline, Francesca Serritella
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (27)

    In Meet Me at the Emotional Baggage Claim, the mother-daughter duo of Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella continue the conversation with more hilarious and honest tales of life inside an ordinary, extraordinary family. These stories will make you laugh, cry, and call your mother, daughter, and all your girlfriends.

    Monica says: "Anyone that loved "Bossypants" will love this book"
    "I could not get past the first chapter"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I don't know but I wasted money on this one!


    Has Meet Me at Emotional Baggage Claim turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Don't know yet


    Would you be willing to try another one of Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella ’s performances?

    Maybe


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Could not relate


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your money!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret: Highlands' Lairds, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1043)
    Performance
    (943)
    Story
    (951)

    Judith Hampton was as beautiful as she was proud and loyal. Her dear Scottish friend from childhood was about to give birth, and Judith had promised to be at her side. But there was another reason for the journey from her bleak English home to the Highlands: to meet the father she had never known, the Laird Maclean. Nothing prepared her, however, for the sight of the Scottish barbarian who was to escort her into his land...Iain Maitland, laird of his clan, a man more powerfully compelling than any she had ever encountered.

    CAROLYN says: "MEDIEVAL HIGHLAND ROMANCE AT IT'S BEST"
    "Great laughs!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Oh yes, great story line and amazing characters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Secret?

    The wedding!


    What about Susan Duerden’s performance did you like?

    Yes, she did a great job with the voices and personalities.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    OHGosh, I was driving during the wedding scene and almost had to pull over because I was laughing so much!!!


    Any additional comments?

    I recently started reading Julie Garwood's books and this one is by far my favorite!!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13123)
    Performance
    (5564)
    Story
    (5632)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Much Much better than the movie!"
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    Where does Water for Elephants rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's up there!!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jacob of course.


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

    I would have liked to.


    Any additional comments?

    I read this book and was so interested in it that I rented the movie, I was not as impressed with the movie because it they left so much out. I had my husband watch it too and he really liked the movie but I found I had to explain some scenes so he understood. This is a book that I would not mind listening to again.
    Having this read brought so much personality to the book that I felt I knew Jacob.
    HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend!!!!!

    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
    (3155)
    Performance
    (2802)
    Story
    (2798)

    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.

    Susan says: "Fascinating Journey for Two"
    "What a touching story!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Orphan Train the most enjoyable?

    I loved the story and how it opened more history to what happen back in the days of the depression. To be honest, I never knew this existed. This was a truly heartbreaking story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene at the bar and the very last scene. Loved Vivian, Molly and Dutchie!!


    Any additional comments?

    I would highly recommend this book! The only challenging part was the speed at which the book was read, she reads/speaks very fast.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tiger's Quest: Tiger's Curse, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Colleen Houck
    • Narrated By Annika Boras
    Overall
    (385)
    Performance
    (341)
    Story
    (343)

    Back in Oregon, Kelsey tries to pick up the pieces of her life and push aside her feelings for Ren. But danger lurks around the corner, forcing her to return to India where she embarks on a second quest--this time with Ren's dark, bad-boy brother Kishan, who has also fallen prey to the Tiger's Curse. Fraught with danger, spellbinding dreams, and choices of the heart, Tiger's Quest brings the trio one step closer to breaking the spell that binds them.

    Arwen says: "Compelling Story!"
    "Great Series!!!"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to Tiger's Quest the most enjoyable?

    I loved the adventures and at the end I sat at thought "Oh - is THAT why he did that" and "Oh - I can see why" and "OMG - how sad".


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved them all!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Awe man, so many!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both.


    Any additional comments?

    I was sad that it was all over and there was not another book to follow. I can see where things can be easily picked up and would love to see a book #5!
    HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tiger's Curse

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Colleen Houck
    • Narrated By Annika Boras, Sanjiv Jahveri
    Overall
    (612)
    Performance
    (534)
    Story
    (532)

    The last thing teenager Kelsey Hayes thought she'd be doing over the summer was meeting Ren, a mysterious white tiger and cursed Indian prince! When she learns she alone can break the Tiger's curse, Kelsey's life is turned upside-down. The unlikely duo journeys halfway around the world to piece together an Indian prophecy, find a way to free the man trapped by a centuries-old spell, and discover the path to their true destiny.

    F. DesBouillons says: "Great Book!!!"
    "Very entertaining"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book was very refreshing to listen to, an innocent romance,fiction, fantasy book that you can easily be drawn into. This is a book that an 18 year old would enjoy as well as a 75+ would enjoy, I do recommend this book!


    What did you like best about this story?

    It kept you wondering "what's next".


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

    "A Tiger???"


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this because of a sale that Audible ran, I figured what the heck it was cheap..well, it was well worth the money because I enjoyed it and then read the 4 that followed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10377)
    Performance
    (5635)
    Story
    (5668)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "Unable to finish"
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    What would have made Life of Pi better?

    Another person reading the book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Yann Martel again?

    NO! I had a hard time with Yann's reading, no voice inflection and I did not find where he added personality to the characters. I had such a tough time that I only heard about 2 hours of the book and had to put it down - I never finished the book!
    Sad that I used up a point for this book.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Add some personality.


    What character would you cut from Life of Pi?

    I never got that far to be able to answer this one.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm disappointed that I wasted a point to purchase this book. I truly tried to listen to more but after having some amazing readers in the past (Kate Reading with The Wilderness series) I was hoping for another one. I could not get into the book, could not get into the characters or into the story. I had heard it was a great one so who knows, maybe I'll watch the movie.
    Yann's accent seemed forced and was not consistent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dawn on a Distant Shore

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Sara Donati
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (413)
    Performance
    (271)
    Story
    (280)

    Elizabeth and Nathaniel Bonner have settled into their life together at the edge of the New-York wilderness in the winter of 1794. But soon after Elizabeth gives birth to healthy twins, Nathaniel learns that his father has been arrested in British Canada. Forced to leave Hidden Wolf Mountain to help his father in Montreal, Nathaniel himself is imprisoned and in danger of being hanged as a spy.

    Wendy says: "A real Treat"
    "Highly recommend!"
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    What did you love best about Dawn on a Distant Shore?

    Loved the adventures and Elizabeth's strength!!


    Any additional comments?

    These guys do all seem to get into some things that nobody else would but it sure does seem like fun ( at least to read).

    Highly Highly Highly recommend!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Queen of Swords

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Sara Donati
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (310)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (206)

    It is the late summer of 1814, and Hannah Bonner and her half brother Luke have spent more than a year searching the islands of the Caribbean for Luke's wife and the man who abducted her. But Jennet's rescue, so long in coming, is not the resolution they'd hoped for. In the spring she had given birth to Luke's son, and in the summer Jennet had found herself compelled to surrender the infant to a stranger in the hope of keeping him safe.

    Linda says: "I love this series"
    "I'm hooked!!!"
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    If you could sum up Queen of Swords in three words, what would they be?

    Love Love Love


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ben, he's such a great man!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can't give it away but, I loved Ben's comment after Hannah asked the important question!


    If you could rename Queen of Swords, what would you call it?

    Don't want to- the name is perfect!


    Any additional comments?

    I'm going to be very sad after I finish the next and last book, I've become very close to this family. This NEEDS to be made into a movie!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Wilderness: Wilderness Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Sara Donati
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (742)
    Performance
    (459)
    Story
    (462)

    Weaving a vibrant tapestry of fact and fiction, Into the Wilderness sweeps us into another time and place...and into the heart of a forbidden, incandescent affair between a spinster Englishwoman and an American frontiersman. Here is an epic of romance and history that will captivate readers from the very first page.

    Jeanette says: "Love and Adventure"
    "OMG...a MUST read!!!"
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    Where does Into the Wilderness rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I am HOOKED, this is an amazing author and an amazing story!! I just can't put these down.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I feel connected to the characters and feel like I know them personally. Have loved every bit of this book and the five that follow!


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

    She gives the characters personalities like I've not experienced with any other reader.


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

    Yes, but I don't want to give the story away.


    Any additional comments?

    I love this series and will be very sad when I finish the last book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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