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  • Driving Mr. Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3464)
    Performance
    (3151)
    Story
    (3149)

    Miranda Puckett has failed at every job she’s ever had. Her mother just wants her to come home, join the family law firm, and settle down with Jason, the perfect lawyer boyfriend. But when Jason turns out to be a lying cheater, Miranda seizes on a job that gets her out of town: long-distance vampire transportation. Her first assignment is to drive vampire Collin Sutherland from Washington to sleepy Half Moon Hollow without incident—no small feat for a woman whom trouble seems to follow like a faithful hound dog!

    Ducky says: "Molly Harper can't write fast enough for me!!!!"
    "yawn!"
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    What did you like best about Driving Mr. Dead? What did you like least?

    It was a very dull plot. I went on the reviews I read, should not have done that!


    What three words best describe Amanda Ronconi’s performance?

    Childish! silly, boring!


    Did Driving Mr. Dead inspire you to do anything?

    Go with my gut


    Any additional comments?

    Very basic boring book. A waste of a credit!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Widow's Story: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Joyce Carol Oates
    • Narrated By Ellen Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (89)

    In a work unlike anything she's written before, National Book Award-winner Joyce Carol Oates unveils a poignant, intimate memoir about the unexpected death of her husband of 46 years and its wrenching, surprising aftermath.

    glamazon says: "Breathless!"
    "sad and dull"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think someone who is already a widow or has experienced the loss of a loved one, would like this book......I really thought it might give me more of a feeling of appreciation for my family and husband while they are still healthy and happy. Not! It was just really boring....


    What could Joyce Carol Oates have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Nothing, it was just a bad choice on my part. Someone who has experienced loss may enjoy this book.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Ellen Parker?

    Ellen Parker was not the person to read this book. I could not even try to enjoy this book with Ellen reading it....Maybe Jane Fonda or Kim Cattrall


    Any additional comments?

    If the person reading this book had done a better job I think the book may have been a bit more interesting...Maybe a paperback would work better..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Hope, Deception, and Survival at Jonestown

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Julia Scheeres
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (564)
    Performance
    (478)
    Story
    (481)

    In A Thousand Lives, the New York Times best-selling memoirist Julia Scheeres traces the fates of five individuals who followed Jim Jones to South America as they struggled to first build their paradise, and then survive it. Each went for different reasons - some were drawn to Jones for his progressive attitudes towards racial equality, others were dazzled by his claims to be a faith healer. But once in Guyana, Jones' drug addiction, mental decay, and sexual depredations quickly eroded the idealistic community.

    Rachel says: "Unforgettable"
    "It's clearer now!"
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    Any additional comments?

    This book was written in such a way that I now have a much better understanding of how and why people would follow someone to the point of suicide...At the beginning, Jone's made people who were on the periphery of society feel wanted.....As I continued to listen, I could really feel the desperation and hopelessness set in....I often asked myself while listening to this book, what would I do? what would I do? Robin Miles did a great job reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Good House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ann Leary
    • Narrated By Mary Beth Hurt
    Overall
    (1350)
    Performance
    (1215)
    Story
    (1208)

    The Good House tells the story of Hildy Good, who lives in a small town on Boston's North Shore. Hildy is a successful real-estate broker, good neighbor, mother, and grandmother. She's also a raging alcoholic. Hildy's family held an intervention for her about a year before this story takes place - "if they invite you over for dinner, and it’s not a major holiday," she advises "run for your life" - and now she feels lonely and unjustly persecuted. She has also fooled herself into thinking that moderation is the key.

    Rhonda Morrison says: "What a great book, Hildy is a great character!"
    "Narrator was great!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Good House to be better than the print version?

    I really think all books are better in audio, provided the narrator is good.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a nice read, plain and simple

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Easy

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Tammara Webber
    • Narrated By Tara Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (609)
    Performance
    (566)
    Story
    (573)

    A girl who believes trust can be misplaced, promises are made to be broken, and loyalty is an illusion. A boy who believes truth is relative, lies can mask unbearable pain, and guilt is eternal. Will what they find in each other validate their conclusions, or disprove them all?

    Rita says: "Didn't Want to Stop Listening"
    "BAD!"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    A girl aged 12 might enjoy this book. We should know the age of the people who rate books....I am 50 and it was very immature.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3383)
    Performance
    (2329)
    Story
    (2327)

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Alan says: "Outstanding"
    "Super enjoyable!"
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    If you could sum up A Prayer for Owen Meany in three words, what would they be?

    Great , great, story!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Owen!


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

    He brought Owen to life. I really can't imagine reading this and not listening to it.


    Who was the most memorable character of A Prayer for Owen Meany and why?

    Owen!


    Any additional comments?

    Great book! I will read more of John Irving's books because of this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Potato Factory: The Australian Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3240)
    Performance
    (2278)
    Story
    (2278)

    Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

    karen says: "Best audiobook of the year!"
    "Enjoyable!"
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    What did you love best about The Potato Factory?

    The Story was historically interesting


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Potato Factory?

    Too many to pick just one


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

    Each person in the story had their own voice, sometimes I forgot it was the same man reading all the characters, very well done!


    Any additional comments?

    All and all a great listen, mayby a bit long.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Age of Innocence

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Edith Wharton
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (68)

    Newland Archer, Wharton's protagonist, is charming, tactful, enlightened - a thorough product of this society. He accepts its standards and abides by its rules, but he also recognizes its limitations. His engagement to the impeccable May Welland assures him of a safe and conventional future, until the arrival of May's cousin Ellen Olenska.

    Darwin8u says: "Masterpiece of literary construction"
    "Bring along a dictonary!"
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    Would you try another book from Edith Wharton and/or Laural Merlington?

    No


    What was most disappointing about Edith Wharton’s story?

    Character description was way over the top in length and vocabulary. You need a pocket dictonary while reading.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, very very very slow!


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Age of Innocence?

    I could not make it past the third chapter.


    Any additional comments?

    Once again, I chose this book based on good reviews, not always so...

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Royal Flush: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1915)
    Performance
    (1656)
    Story
    (1632)

    With its posh clientele in the country for the summer, Georgie's housecleaning business has fizzled. So she tries hiring herself out as a dinner and theatre companion. But her first client has quite the wrong idea. To avoid further scandal, Georgie's shipped home to Castle Rannoch, where her summer plans include honoring a promise to Her Majesty to keep Castle Rannoch's divorcedhouseguest from seducing the Prince of Wales.

    Coffee Lover says: "The joy continues!"
    "Boring"
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    Would you try another book from Rhys Bowen and/or Katherine Kellgren?

    The narrator was great the book was very boring. I didn't finish it.


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

    the narrator was good


    Any additional comments?

    Unfortunately, I followed the reviews when choosing this book, yikes!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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