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Melinda Citron

Agoura Hills, CA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 11 reviews
  • 27 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 10 purchased in 2014
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  • Left Drowning

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jessica Park
    • Narrated By Arielle DeLisle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (196)

    What does it take to rise from life's depths, swim against the current, and breathe? Weighted down by the loss of her parents, Blythe McGuire struggles to keep her head above water as she trudges through her last year at Matthews College. Then a chance meeting sends Blythe crashing into something she doesn't expect - an undeniable attraction to a dark-haired senior named Chris Shepherd, whose past may be even more complicated than her own.

    Mishawn says: "Hope...."
    "Tragic meets eortica"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    The family bond, helping each other get through tough life changing turmoil.


    Any additional comments?

    There are serious intimate sexual details described in the book. For me bordered on too much.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Cutting Edge

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Linda Howard
    • Narrated By Lesa Lockford
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (74)

    Can love survive the ultimate test? Brett Rutland, Carter Engineering's top troubleshooter, is sent to the L.A. office to crack a case of embezzlement. Brett's a hard man, so it hit him like a sledgehammer when he fell in love with Tessa Conway. Half the men in the office had been in love with her for years, but Brett was the first she'd loved in return. Their love is perfect, too perfect to last. And when Brett discovers the identity of the embezzler, his whole world is about to come crashing down.

    Molly says: "IS she Guilty?Brett will find out NO matter WHAT ~"
    "Poor story line"
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    What did you like best about The Cutting Edge? What did you like least?

    Didn't really care for this book Too much how to get the guy or the girl without a interesting plot or story line


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flat-Out Love

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jessica Park
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (698)
    Performance
    (651)
    Story
    (652)

    He was tall, at least six feet, with dirty blond hair that hung over his eyes. His T-shirt read Nietzsche Is My Homeboy. So, that was Matt. Who Julie Seagles likes. A lot. But there is also Finn. Who she flat out loves. Complicated? Awkward? Completely. But really, how was this freshly-minted Boston transplant and newbie college freshman supposed to know that she would end up living with the family of an old friend of her mother’s? This was all supposed to be temporary.

    Marie Medellin says: "Nerdtastic! Best Narration!"
    "Flat out good!"
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    What does Julia Whelan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Good character voice changes. It feels like your listening to a play.


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely worth the a read or listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Light in August

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By William Faulkner
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (1495)
    Performance
    (990)
    Story
    (987)

    An Oprah's Book Club Selection regarded as one of Faulkner's greatest and most accessible novels, Light in August is a timeless and riveting story of determination, tragedy, and hope. In Faulkner's iconic Yoknapatawpha County, race, sex, and religion collide around three memorable characters searching desperately for human connection and their own identities.

    FanB14 says: "Perseverance in Face of Cruelty"
    "Not my cup of tea"
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    Would you try another book from William Faulkner and/or Will Patton?

    I would not be interested in reading another Faulkner book however I thought Will Patton did good job of narrating.


    What was most disappointing about William Faulkner’s story?

    The overly descriptive nature of Faulkner's work is lost on me. I find myself daydreaming or getting lost on what he was describing or talking about. I really hated reading this book but I kept reading in hopes that it would have some redeeming ending. Not.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7877)
    Performance
    (7102)
    Story
    (7100)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Very Good"
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    Any additional comments?

    It was a very good listen. However, the slavery story of south has been done before and I felt this made the book a little predictable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Porch Lights

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Dorothea Benton Frank
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (100)

    When Jimmy McMullen, a fireman, is killed in the line of duty, his wife, Jackie, and ten-year-old son, Charlie, are devastated. Charlie idolized his dad, and now the outgoing boy has become quiet and reserved. Trusting in the healing power of family, Jackie decides to return to her childhood home on Sullivan's Island. Awaiting them is Annie Britt, the matriarch who has kept the porch lights on to welcome them. Thrilled to have her family back again, Annie promises to make their visit perfect - even though relations between mother and daughter have never been smooth.

    lucy says: "Another WINNER!!!!!!!!!!!"
    "Enjoyed it"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Porch Lights to be better than the print version?

    Yes, great narration with a great southern accent


    Which character – as performed by Robin Miles – was your favorite?

    The mother- glam-ma


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

    History lesson, importance of family in rough times, learning to trust again


    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
    (188)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (170)

    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!"
    "A good read! or I mean a good listen!"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    This is a really good story of southern life through a young girls eyes which is set in the 1960's.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Kite Runner

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini
    Overall
    (6471)
    Performance
    (1799)
    Story
    (1818)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Never before has an author’s narration of his fiction been so important to fully grasping the book’s impact and global implications. Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of its monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them.

    Joseph says: "A storyteller's story"
    "What a GREAT Book. Wow!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Kite Runner to be better than the print version?

    Yes, because the narration by the author makes the book come alive with his native language and english interpreation.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narration, the history of Afganstan, the story of a father and son (s). a story of two friends...I could go on and on.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jessica

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (587)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (268)

    Jessica is based on the inspiring true story of a young girl's fight for justice against tremendous odds. A tomboy, Jessica is the pride of her father, as they work together on the struggling family farm. One quiet day, the peace of the bush is devastated by a terrible murder. Only Jessica is able to save the killer from the lynch mob: but will justice prevail in the courts? Nine months later, a baby is born...with Jessica determined to guard the secret of the father's identity.

    Robert says: "Jessica is a hidden gem!"
    "Loved it"
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    What made the experience of listening to Jessica the most enjoyable?

    The narrator his Australian accent and impressive way he brought the characters to life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Tragic but beautiful.


    What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

    Everything! He is my favorite narrator to date!


    If you could take any character from Jessica out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Jessica, she is brave, strong, and her girl power speaks to me!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4438)
    Performance
    (4092)
    Story
    (4106)

    A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. He is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock. Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie - magical, comforting, wise beyond her years - promised to protect him, no matter what.

    Dave says: "Oh, the Wondrous Ocean!"
    "Not for me"
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    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It may interest a young reader...middle school or late grade school.


    Any additional comments?

    I found the book akin to Dr. Seuss the words read aloud were sing songey.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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