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Venner

Long Beach, CA, United States

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  • One Was a Soldier

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Julia Spencer-Fleming
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (85)

    At the Millers Kill Community Center, five veterans gather to work on adjusting to life after war. Reverend Clare Fergusson has returned from Iraq with a head full of bad memories she's using alcohol to wipe out. Dr. George Stillman is denying that the head wound he received has left him with something worse than simple migraines. And Officer Eric McCrea is battling to keep his constant rage from affecting his life as a cop and as a father....

    Kathy says: "Outstanding"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    I have read all the books in this series and this is the only one to disappoint me.
    I have never been crazy about Toren's narration but I let that go to enjoy the story.
    I could not get past it this time and I am sorry to say I should have read it...not listened to it.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • A Lesson in Secrets: A Maisie Dobbs Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Winspear
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (540)
    Performance
    (381)
    Story
    (381)

    In the summer of 1932, Maisie Dobbs' career takes an exciting new turn when she accepts an undercover assignment directed by Scotland Yard's Special Branch and the Secret Service. Posing as a junior lecturer, she is sent to a private college in Cambridge to monitor any activities "not in the interests of His Majesty's government". She soon finds herself investigating a web of activities being conducted by the emerging Nazi Party.

    Jeanette Finan says: "A worthy edition to the series"
    "Great series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Author keeps this series alive...can't wait for the next one.
    Really terrific characters, history and story!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sing You Home

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer, Brian Hutchison, Mia Barron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1169)
    Performance
    (586)
    Story
    (587)

    Music has set the tone for most of Zoe Baxter’s life. And it’s music that brings her back to love. When fertility issues lead to a divorce, Zoe throws herself into her career as a music therapist. As an unexpected friendship with a woman slowly blossoms into love, she makes plans for a new life, but to her shock and inevitable rage, some people - even those she loves and trusts most - don’t want that to happen.

    CDN says: "A Good Listen (except the music)"
    "Very good...but..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The overall message was an important one and much appreciated by this listener.
    I also bought the book to read it...and I preferred that version. I found the audible version protracted, the music distracting and I think the readers chosen were not the best. I am certain I would have preferred one great reader like Barbara Caruso for the whole book. Still it was an important book and it should stay on the best sellar lists for a long time.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Flight of Swallows

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Audrey Howard
    • Narrated By Carole Boyd
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    Charlotte Drummond knows she has a duty to obey her father. Girls, especially well-bred upper-class ones, are expected to be submissive to the men in their lives. But Charlotte's father is a cruel man, viciously beating her and her brothers for the slightest reason. He even wants to marry her off, at just sixteen years old; to a man she does not love. Lion-hearted Charlotte wants to defy him but to protect her brothers from his fury she agrees to become the wife of Brooke Armstrong.

    Dreamsmith says: "Always give me an audiobook read by Carole Boyd"
    "standard Audrey Howard"
    Overall

    Carole byd who reads this one is fabulous!!! The story itself is over long but I loved it...mostly because Boyd makes each character an individual voice and holds my attention as if it were a play at the West end in London.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Apple Tree

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Elvi Rhodes
    • Narrated By Anne Dover
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    When Frances, recovering from a broken love afair, moves with her mother to lonely Beck Farm in the Yorkshire Dales, she is going into uncharted territory. Planning to open a guest house, she encounters only friendliness from the villagers. But there seems to be some mystery about the previous owner of the farm, Ben Thornton.

    Venner says: "Long book tells little"
    "Long book tells little"
    Overall

    I will not read this one again because it was to long, too descriptive and too detailed for my taste. Story could have been 4 hours shorter by my standard. BUT, I do love British novels so I am glad I read it once.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Helen Simonson
    • Narrated By Peter Altschuler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2509)
    Performance
    (1213)
    Story
    (1207)

    You are about to travel to Edgecombe St. Mary, a small village in the English countryside filled with rolling hills, thatched cottages, and a cast of characters both hilariously original and as familiar as the members of your own family. Among them is Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired), the unlikely hero of Helen Simonson's wondrous debut. Wry, courtly, opinionated, and completely endearing, Major Pettigrew is one of the most indelible characters in contemporary fiction.

    Sara says: "A Surprising Treat!"
    "very slow starter"
    Overall

    not the best british narrator I have heard. Story grows on one as the 2nd part begins. gives a reliable portrait of british village problems to this day

    6 of 15 people found this review helpful

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