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debra

vermont, Australia | Member Since 2013

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  • Bittersweet

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Colleen McCullough
    • Narrated By Deidre Rubenstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Bittersweet follows the lives of four sisters - two pairs of twins. Edda, Grace, Kitty, and Tufts are about to become the first batch of nurses to be professionally trained in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales. For Edda, it is the closest she can come to her dream of being a doctor. For Grace, the hospital is a terrifying place of sickness and mess, while Tufts discovers her hidden talents. For Kitty, it is a way to escape the suffocating love of her mother, who can see nothing beyond Kitty's astonishing beauty.

    Lyn McQuade says: "This was awful"
    ""Not My Cuppa Tea""
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    Would you try another book from Colleen McCullough and/or Deidre Rubenstein?

    I was once a fan of Colleen McCullough..but that was when I was in my teens! In retrospect I believe I was a romantic simple girl. This book was boring soppy and unrealistic..how can there be four women so very very beautiful and clever and ahead of their times? Now really!


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not a Colleen McCullough book!


    What didn’t you like about Deidre Rubenstein’s performance?

    Everything! Within the first 5 minutes I wasnt sure if I could listen to this book, she was horrible! It was a challenge..not only listening to the narrator, but getting through the story! Her voice grated on my nerves!


    What character would you cut from Bittersweet?

    All of them! Especially Kitty....she was just far toooo beautiful. (she actually tried to grate her face because she couldn't stand being so beautiful)


    Any additional comments?

    This book was predictable, boring, unrealistic and very annoying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Consumed: The Hunger, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jason Brant
    • Narrated By Wayne June
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    Nestled in the Appalachian Mountains and dissected by three rivers, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is an idyllic city. It's quiet, the traffic is nonexistent, and floating down the Allegheny River on a boat is peaceful and serene. It's perfect...as long as you can ignore the mindless monstrosities roaming the streets, vampires ruling the night, and the insane, power-hungry human survivors. Mankind has devolved, mutating into mindless horrors. Only weeks ago, they built skyscrapers and traveled to space.

    Mike Naka says: "worthy continuation of the story"
    "Scary Zombies!"
    Overall
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes..although a little predictable. I was a bit disappointed with this second book..I was expecting more.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting....Lance seemd just an ordinary man with no military background..no special 'powers' he seemed realisticThe least ...Cass she was just too exceptional in all aspects..although I like her character she wasnt just your average girl!


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

    no


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

    Yes indeed!


    Any additional comments?

    I thought there would have been a better ending..predictable!
    Jyust another zombie book..but it was fun!
    Oh yeah the zombies were really scary..not your average walking dead!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • We Used to Be Kings

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Stewart Foster
    • Narrated By Tom Lawrence
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Six years ago Tom's brother died. The next day he came back. It's Tom and Jack's 18th birthday, but it isn't a cause for celebration. For the past three years they've been in a care home for troubled children, a place where Dr Smith tries to silence the voice of Jack in Tom's head. But Tom doesn't want that. He's already lost his brother once, he's not going to lose him again. And so, when they go in front of the review board, they will have to pretend Jack has gone so they won't be sent to the Young Men's Institution or they'll have to escape.

    Janice says: "A gathering storm"
    "Different!"
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    What made the experience of listening to We Used to Be Kings the most enjoyable?

    I'm not sure if you could say this book was enjoyable..but it was very good (in my opinion) It was a very sad depiction of a mentally ill boy who had experienced devastating loss in his young life. This story was quite unique. I havent read anything like this before. Told partly in first person we experienced first hand what it would be like to have another 'voice in your head' I did find it at times a little amusing, visualising this 18 year old boy man talking to himself as an 18 year old and with the voice of his brother a 10 year old.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tom...who was Jack who was Tom


    What about Tom Lawrence’s performance did you like?

    He was very clever in differentiating the two characters one the 18 year old and the other the 10 year old..I was not confused at all who was talking


    Any additional comments?

    I did like this book..it has kind of haunted me. Depressing and sad..very well preformed and written!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hopeless

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Colleen Hoover
    • Narrated By Angela Goethals
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (487)
    Performance
    (452)
    Story
    (459)

    Would you rather know a truth that makes you feel hopeless, or keep believing the lies? Beloved and bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with the spellbinding story of two young people with devastating pasts who embark on a passionate, intriguing journey to discover the lessons of life, love, trust--and above all, the healing power that only truth can bring.

    Jordy says: "Another 5 Star Favorite"
    "A nice story, more for teenagers."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It was very easy to listen to. A good story. And the narrator was wonderful. I have recommended this book to my 3 daughters.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Colleen Hoover? Why or why not?

    Yes. She had a realistic way of telling a story. It was written well and the story line wasnt that predictable.


    What about Angela Goethals’s performance did you like?

    She narrated this book in an easy going way She did not over dramatize and had a very convincing teenager way about her.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wedding Dress

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Rachel Hauck
    • Narrated By Eleni Pappageorge
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (213)

    Charlotte owns a Birmingham bridal boutique. But with her own wedding day approaching, why can’t she find the perfect dress - or feel certain she should marry Tim? Then Charlotte purchases a vintage dress in a battered trunk at an estate sale. It looks brand-new, shimmering with pearls and satin, hand stitched and timeless in its design. But where did it come from? Who wore it? Charlotte’s search for the gown’s history begins as a distraction from her sputtering love life. But it takes on a life of its own as she comes to know the women who have worn the dress.

    Pamela Dale Foster says: "God Directs Who Wears the Gown Next"
    "Too Much Jesus!"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    cut out the religion


    What was most disappointing about Rachel Hauck’s story?

    too much jesus


    What didn’t you like about Eleni Pappageorge’s performance?

    she was ok


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    it was a cute story..but jesus got in the way!


    Any additional comments?

    too much jesus

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Road

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5669)
    Performance
    (2295)
    Story
    (2323)

    America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

    Darwin8u says: "My wife says he's that Cold Desert Writer I love."
    "A dark poetic view of humanity"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Road to be better than the print version?

    Although I haven't read the print version, it was read with passion, and i loved it!


    What did you like best about this story?

    It told a story of desperate hope in a world where we question humanity.


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

    He brought passion


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

    The moment when the 'man' reminisced about the best day of his childhood on the lake with his uncle. (how such a simple day brought him to realise the beauty of such simple things..and how important it is to appreciate these simple pleasures)Also when the 'man' realises that the 'boy'is his reason for living and that their world existed, only, for each other..


    Any additional comments?

    I thought it was a wonderful depiction of ethics and hope, in a post apocalyptic time. It was desperate, dark and beautifully written. I now question humanity. I question all the things we take for granted, and unfortunately I question us and our morals and what we would be like in such a time!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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