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Gail

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  • Trust No One

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Patrick G. Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (209)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (145)

    As Nick peels back layer after layer of lies and deception, buffeted between the buried horrors of the past and the deadly intrigues of the present, he finds his own life - and the lives of nearly everyone he loves - at risk. And the only thing guiding him through this deadly labyrinth are his stepfather's dying words: TRUST NO ONE.

    Erin says: "Couldn't Put It Down"
    "Enjoy Most of this Author's Books"
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    Where does Trust No One rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Definitely in the top 25%....not the very best, but an engrossing story. I did figure...or THOUGHT i'd figured out "who done it", and was right, but the story still kept my interest.I've always liked Gregg Hurwitz's books.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love suspense and characters that show some initiative, as Nick and Enduma did, so I can't say they "increased" my interest....it was already there.

    (question changed...so answer doesn't fit)
    Nick and Enduma were my favorite characters...see above.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The political scene was disheartening but probably more true than not. Like the story, I know there is SO much in politics that we don't know.


    SEE below.


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

    I didn't really "dislike" the performance, but thought some of the character's voices didn't match my ideas of them.....but maybe that's just me. He was "good enough".

    This was for the question....about the performance! It keeps changing places.

    I liked the interaction with Nick and his stepdad.


    Any additional comments?

    Nick's endings might have ended differently, but were probably more original the way they were.
    DO YOU KEEP CHANGING THE QUESTIONS? THEY NEVER SEEM TO MATCH UP TO MY ANSWERS WHEN SUBMITTED.

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  • Dolly Is Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By J. S. Borthwick
    • Narrated By Chris Thurmond
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Everybody loves Dolly Beaugard.... At least that's what Maine college professor and amateur sleuth Sarah Deane always thought. But when Dolly's bloated body washes ashore on the same spot as the drunken Gattling brothers the day before, the police rule homicide. Unfortunately for Sarah, she and her doctor-husband Alex have a local reputation for sharp-eyed detection, so Dolly's sister, Alice, who doesn't trust the police, insists they get involved. Sarah and Alex begin to discover that the connection between the reviled Gattlings and the reputable Beaugards is surprisingly close....

    Gail says: "Wish I hadn't used the Credit"
    "Wish I hadn't used the Credit"
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    Would you try another book from J. S. Borthwick and/or Chris Thurmond?

    No. I absolutely could not get "into" the story and the reading was ....well, I didn't like it at all. Maybe if the narrator had been different I could have finished the story. I tried for
    almost 4 hours (not at one time...just couldn't continue), but finally gave up.


    What could J. S. Borthwick have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I didn't like the characters and the story seemed to jump around enough for me not to continue.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Chris Thurmond?

    I can't even think. I don't think I liked the story enough to consider another narrator.
    I thought of Barbara Rosenblat, but don't think she'd WANT to read this.


    What character would you cut from Dolly Is Dead?

    Alice....but the way the reader
    "read" her, SHE sounded dead.


    Any additional comments?

    Could not finish the first part.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12316)
    Performance
    (8243)
    Story
    (8283)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Annie M. says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "One of the best WWII stories"
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    What made the experience of listening to Unbroken the most enjoyable?

    Laura Hillenbrand's ability to put you RIGHT there with Louis Zamperini while he went through horrific WWII POW experiences and Edward Herrmann's narration made listening to this book almost a fixation until it was done. A true story of endurance, friendship, and the horrors that people can inflict on each other was totally compelling. There were tears at times and amazement that people could actually live through it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Unbroken?

    I think one of the most memorable moments was when the Americans came flying by, dropping life-saving food, drink and medicines. It's hard to even imagine what that truly felt like to those men.


    What about Edward Herrmann’s performance did you like?

    Not only is Edward Herrmann a great actor, but his voice phrasing, inflections put you into the story. Only when you had to stop at times did I realize what a perfect voice he had for this story.


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

    There were really MANY moments that moved me to tears and/or wonderment. The time in the raft, the sufferings in the camp, the rescue. The fact that this is a true story and that he is still alive at 95 made it even more amazing.


    Any additional comments?

    Laura Hillenbrand's writing is perfection to me. Seabiscuit had us glued to the cd. The fact that my husband's uncle was a jockey at Santa Anita at that time gave us a little thrill of connection. I spent 2 hours on the computer reading even more. Now, with Unbroken, I did the same thing. Right to the computer....looking up the Zamperinis.
    If you love great writing, read these books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Saving Ceecee Honeycutt

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Beth Hoffman
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2708)
    Performance
    (1407)
    Story
    (1421)

    Laugh-out-loud funny and deeply touching, Beth Hoffman's sparkling debut is, as Kristin Hannah says, "packed full of Southern charm, strong women, wacky humor, and good old-fashioned heart." It is a novel that explores the indomitable strengths of female friendship and gives us the story of a young girl who loses one mother and finds many others.

    Jeanne says: "A Wonderful Listen!"
    "Love can get you through anything"
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    Where does Saving Ceecee Honeycutt rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Ceecee Honeycutt would be near the top of my audiobooks, with a slight downturn for
    predictability after she moved to her great aunt's home.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way Ceecee cared for her mother in spite of her mental illness...and the women who
    came to her aid. From her wonderful neighbor to the bevy of women who lived in Savannah, she was able to come to grips with her situation and realize that she was loved.


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

    Have not listened to her before, but would definitelly enjoy her again.
    She did such a good job on the different accents/voices and her voice was smooth
    and realistic for a young girl.


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

    Loved Ceecee but it would be the cook, Oletta. Loved her direct talk seasoned by love.


    Any additional comments?

    Very enjoyable listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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