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I love to read and I love to listen to good books! Because I can listen while I walk, its great for both my health and the health of my dog Rubi.

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  • Journey to the Center of the Earth: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jules Verne
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1358)
    Performance
    (1156)
    Story
    (1144)

    A Signature Performance: Tim Curry, the source of our inspiration, returns – this time, he captures the quirky enthusiasm of this goofily visionary adventure.

    Ramon says: "Feels like Jules Verne"
    "A Stunning rendering of a fabulous classic"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Journey to the Center of the Earth: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry to be better than the print version?

    Yes. The nuances of this master craftsman's voice added immeasurably to the pleasure of
    a much loved book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Its a classic. Written before we became so jaded. It is simple, imaginative and hugely entertaining.


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

    He brings expression to the old fashioned language of the era which can become a bit stilted to our modern way of expressing ourselves.


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

    I have read this book so many times. Enjoyed its cadence like an old friend but this time the old friend had a fantastic voice!


    Any additional comments?

    Tim Curry is a craftsman, an artist and whatever he was paid for doing this ..... it just was not enough. The man is a genius!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Jonas Jonasson
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2328)
    Performance
    (2086)
    Story
    (2104)

    After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he's still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn't interested (and he'd like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash.

    Sylvia says: "Full of Surprises and Unexpected Events"
    "Oddly delightful"
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    Any additional comments?

    I began listening to this book on the advice of a group of people who love books as much as I do. It didn't take long before i was wondering what on earth they loved about it! But even though I kept thinking I should delete it, something just kept saying "Just one more chapter" and without understanding how it happened, I was hooked. It has a Forest Gump appeal about it that is gently and sweetly captivating. Dont expect an action packed book - and yet there is plenty of action. Just go with the flow and enjoy the antics of this remarkable 100 year old man. It is a keeper.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Single Woman Seeks Revenge

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Tracy Bloom
    • Narrated By Julia Barrie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (44)

    Suzie Miller, a disillusioned agony aunt, can't believe she's been dumped from a great height yet again (this time by text!). So she decides the time is right to make every one of her exes feel the pain she felt when they carelessly cast her aside. Her methods are unusual but humiliation on a grand scale is no less than they deserve. And then she starts giving the same advice to her readers….

    Amazon Customer says: "Its no surprise she's single!"
    "Its no surprise she's single!"
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    What would have made Single Woman Seeks Revenge better?

    The main character is such a whiny, poor-me type that I just wanted to shake her till her teeth rattled. She comes across as needy and clinging and with absolutely no idea of the needs of anyone else but herself. She is a type of woman that makes every other woman cringe. I could not even finish the book.


    What could Tracy Bloom have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    This sort of subject needs to be handled with wit and charm or not at all. She should have left it in the bad ideas box as she has created a character who clearly does not have either wit or charm.


    What three words best describe Julia Barrie’s voice?

    Tired, bored, hopeless although to be fair, if I was forced to read that rubbish I would also feel tired, bored and hopeless. Julia Barrie actually does have a nice voice to listen to and it was only her that kept me listening for as long as I did.


    What character would you cut from Single Woman Seeks Revenge?

    The drippy, pathetic, clingy main character.


    Any additional comments?

    Dont waste your credits.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom's Landing: Freedom Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Anne McCaffrey
    • Narrated By Susie Breck
    Overall
    (328)
    Performance
    (227)
    Story
    (230)

    It's the dawning of a new age for mankind when the Catteni descend to Earth and easily overcome the Earth's population. Thousands are herded onto slave ships headed for the intergalactic auction block. Kris Bjornsen is captured in Denver on her way to her college classes and wakes up on the primitive planet Barevi.

    Carolyn says: "Mixed bag."
    "A Training tape gone wrong"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Actually this book is one of my favorites but the audio recording is so far removed from the book that its like a Readers Digest version performed by school kids


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Could be anything but it wont be something narrated by Susie Breck.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Her ordinary narration was ok apart from the mispronunciation of the word antipodean. but her accents were truly appalling. I thought my husband was the only person with the ability to make every accent the same but what that woman does to the aussie accent is not only unprofessional its so distracting that it ruins what is left of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Its been a while since I read this series but I am pretty sure there was much more to it than what was in this audio version. I dislike that it was advertised as an unabridged version when it clearly is not and I would be very surprised if the amazingly talented author was happy with this version. I was not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4595)
    Performance
    (4092)
    Story
    (4094)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "A story for Dog Lovers!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Suspect to be better than the print version?

    Have not read the print version. Loved the audio tho


    What other book might you compare Suspect to and why?

    I would not compare it to others. It stands alone as a book thats worth the read. I really enjoyed it. Will be exploring more from this author.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I love the part where our hero discovers he really is a dog person.


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

    I was so involved in this book that almost everything else took second place. My husband was told to wait till the end of a chapter and I even listened as I was walking my dog....big no no but she is practically deaf so I think she will forgive me.


    Any additional comments?

    Fabulous, Fabulous Fabulous!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chiefs

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1866)
    Performance
    (1246)
    Story
    (1244)

    In 1919, Delano, Georgia, appoints its first chief of police. Honest and hardworking, the new chief is puzzled when young men start to disappear. But his investigation is ended by the fatal blast from a shotgun. Delano's second chief-of-police is no hero, yet he is also disturbed by what he sees in the missing-persons bulletins. In 1969, when Delano's third chief takes over, the unsolved disappearances still haunt the police files.

    karen says: "In my 'Top Ten' books of all time!"
    "Wow.........just Wow"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Chiefs to be better than the print version?

    Have not read the print version but the audio was so powerful! It shocked, surprised and amazed me. Absolutely a keeper.


    What other book might you compare Chiefs to and why?

    I would compare it to Roots in that it stretches over generations and has the same ability to shock with the way people were treated. It reminds me of The Help in that we find that some people rose above that awful attitude to see others as they were not just at their colour.


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

    That fabulous accent!! and I think the slow pace, while initially a bit hard to get used to, actually suited the book perfectly. He was brilliant.


    Any additional comments?

    More please.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Local Custom: Liaden Universe Space Regencies, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Sharon Lee, Steve Miller
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (103)

    The first of the seven books set in the Liaden Universe tells a rich and sweeping story of warring families and star-crossed lovers in a fantastic, other-world galaxy.

    Charlie says: "Classic Heyer-esque Romance with Cultural Clash"
    "A universe where manners really count."
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Local Custom in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, compelling, rewarding


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

    Bernadette Dunne is fabulous in this recording. Her vocal rendition of the various characters is brilliant. Kept me interested and eager.


    Any additional comments?

    Bit disappointed at the hints of a sad deviation into fantasy and that will probably stop me moving further into the series which is a shame but while I love Sci Fi, talk of magic and fantasy stuff leaves me cold. It didnt really come into this story but does lay the groundwork and just seemed to be a cop out in a very science based story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Marriage Bargain: Billionaire Games, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Sandra Edwards
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (213)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (196)

    Julian de Laurent needs a temporary wife. Camille Chandler needs a job after he inadvertently gets her fired. If she agrees, he'll pay her five million to marry him. It's just a business deal, but neither could have foreseen what happens next, especially Camille, when she learns he's capable of stealing her heart.

    G. House Sr. says: "Pleasent Romantic Diversion"
    "This bargain cost too much."
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Sandra Edwards and/or William Dufris?

    Sandra Edwards? No. Sorry, it was annoying, illogical and full of holes. William Dufris has a beautiful voice. He is the only reason I listened to the end.


    What could Sandra Edwards have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The plot could have been more realistic, the characters a little less two dimensional and the whole thing a tad less formulaic.


    Which character – as performed by William Dufris – was your favorite?

    Julian. There is just something about a french accent done well and when its done in a voice as rich as chocolate and as deep as the ocean.....yum! Unfortunately even that didnt make this worth the listen.


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

    Some of the descriptive passages were not too bad,


    Any additional comments?

    Be very careful of books being sold off at $4.95. I can see why this one was.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Just This Once: Escape to New Zealand, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Rosalind James
    • Narrated By Claire Bocking
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (360)
    Performance
    (327)
    Story
    (326)

    Everyone needs to be rescued sometimes. Everyone but Hannah Montgomery, that is. She just needs a vacation. Three weeks in New Zealand to sort out her life, figure out what she wants, seems just right. Oh, and to relax. She should definitely put that on the agenda. She certainly isn't looking for a fling with a professional rugby player, no matter how attractive he is. Hannah doesn't do casual. But maybe just this once.…

    MJG says: "INTRODUCE YOURSELF TO NEW ZEALAND ... AND ..."
    "Thank heavens its only once"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Rosalind James and/or Claire Bocking?

    No. It was mental chewing gum. Not that I have anything against mental chewing gum - sometimes its important but this was not enough to tempt me to return.


    What was most disappointing about Rosalind James’s story?

    Her blind assumption that all New Zealanders love rugby. Hint: lots of us dont although I have to say if my husband knew that I had actually listened to a book about a rugby player he would laugh till he cried.


    What aspect of Claire Bocking’s performance would you have changed?

    It would have been nice if she had actually used a New Zealand accent instead of that knock off Aussie mess. The only time she came close was with the little girl. However, only a Kiwi would find fault with that. Otherwise she actually did a good job.


    Was Just This Once worth the listening time?

    Once yes but I don't think it will become a regular listen


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18018)
    Performance
    (16720)
    Story
    (16724)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Macgyver on Mars"
    "WOW..........just....WOW"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I started recommending this book to people before I finished it. It is brilliant!! The science is beautiful, the writing is witty, the characters are likable. It is absolutley a keeper.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The sheer and utter cool persona of the main character. His brilliant ability to do practical science and his wit. I also loved the whole concept.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The letters to the other members of the expedition! They were so funny. It was laugh out loud stuff. I was so annoyed that my MP3 player wont allow me to rewind a bit. Never mind....I will just listen to the whole thing again...and again.


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

    Yes. but you have to find it for yourself.


    Any additional comments?

    If this is a first novel then brother bring them on. I am going to be a collector. Andy Weir you are on the top of my list of authors to watch. Thank you so much for such a fantastic and well crafted story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Grey Mask: Miss Silver, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Patricia Wentworth
    • Narrated By Diana Bishop
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (86)

    The first of the classic mysteries featuring governess-turned-detective Miss Silver, who investigates a deadly conspiratorial ring. Charles Moray has come home to England to collect his inheritance. After four years wandering the jungles of India and South America, the hardy young man returns to the manor of his birth, where generations of Morays have lived and died. Strangely, he finds the house unlocked, and sees a light on in one of its abandoned rooms. Eavesdropping, he learns of a conspiracy to commit a fearsome crime.

    Frieda says: "Absolutely Marvelous!!"
    "Vapid Heiress escapes death! Shame really."
    Overall
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The Narrator. It just sounded wrong. Really wrong. Far to dull and she made the characters seem really insipid. Maybe they were written that way, I don't know I havn't read this particular book but really.... Really??


    Would you be willing to try another book from Patricia Wentworth? Why or why not?

    I enjoy reading Patricia Wentworth's books. Ok she is no Agatha Christie but her books are classic, enjoyable, nice-polite-murder-mysteries. A genre I love. However...I would not try another one read by Diana Bishop.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Perhaps she just does not like nice-polite-murder-mysteries. Maybe she was bored. She sounded bored. And ancient. And underpaid.


    Was Grey Mask worth the listening time?

    No. I will probably delete it from my library. Mind you, to be fair, it is the first of the series and many series start of with a slightly shaky start and grow to be worth having.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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