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Norma

McPherson, KS, USA

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  • Better Than I Know Myself

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Virginia DeBerry, Donna Grant
    • Narrated By Lisa Renee Pitts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (368)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (140)

    The beloved #1 Essence best-selling authors of Tryin' to Sleep in the Bed You Made now deliver a novel in which you'll meet their most unforgettable characters yet. Carmen, Jewel, and Regina could not be more different. When they meet as freshmen at Columbia University, they're pretty confident that a friendship among them isn't in the cards.

    Victoria says: "A great listen!"
    "Give this book a chance!! You will love it."
    Overall

    I purchased this book and then put off listening to it for months. I even wondered why I had ever purchased it after all it's not my usual style. Then, finally, I decided that since I had purchased it I should at least listen to it or try to anyway. Well what can I say other than "I LOVED THIS BOOK" I never wanted to turn it off. As other reviewers have said, I felt like I was losing my best friends when this book ended and I will miss all of them. I am finding it hard now to start listening to another book. WOW I want to find more books by these authors but I don't think Audible has any more of them...so sad. I really like the way it was read also and I plan on looking for other books read by her.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Moloka’i

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Alan Brennert
    • Narrated By Anne Noelani Miyamoto
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (722)
    Performance
    (549)
    Story
    (543)

    The powerful debut novel from Alan Brennert, Moloka’i tells the story of Rachel Kalama, a seven-year-old Hawaiian girl who contracts leprosy and is quarantined on the island of Moloka’i during the 1890s. Separated from her family and forced to grow up in the leper colony of Kalaupapa, Rachel experiences intense isolation. But she remains strong, finding moments of joy, and even love. Rich in Hawaiian history, this novel proves itself a stellar piece of historical fiction.

    Blaine says: "Unexpected Jewel"
    "Read this!"
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    Would you listen to Moloka’i again? Why?

    I never plan on listening to any of my books again and then, as I am scrolling through my library, I see a title that I listened to a few years back and once again I am drawn to it. I am sure this will be one such book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Moloka’i?

    When she heard her daughters voice on the phone, very emotional.


    What about Anne Noelani Miyamoto’s performance did you like?

    The gentleness of her voice, very easy to listen to. It was listening to the sample she read that convinced me to purchase this book.


    If you could rename Moloka’i, what would you call it?

    I love this title so I can't think of one that would be better.


    Any additional comments?

    YES, purchase this book! I almost didn't. I put in on my wish list and thought several times about whether to purchase it or not. I wasn't sure if I wanted to hear about the pain and suffering I knew in this book but I was drawn in by the cover as well as the title, then I listened to the sample and that convinced me. I am so glad I did! This story took me so many places in my head and my heart.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Chaperone

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Laura Moriarty
    • Narrated By Elizabeth McGovern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2112)
    Performance
    (1863)
    Story
    (1849)

    >The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip.

    Amanda says: "Perfection."
    "Loved it, loved it, did I mention I loved it!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Chaperone to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version. I use to love reading a book but found myself torn because there were so many other things I needed to be doing. Now I listen and find it hard to even want to read a book. Elizabeth McGovern add so much, as the narrator she breathed life into the story :)


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cora, she just touched my heart.


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

    I love Elizabeth McGovern's voice, I thought it was perfect for this story.


    If you could take any character from The Chaperone out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Cora, so we could talk for hours about all the changes she witnessed in her lifetime.


    Any additional comments?

    I purchased this book not knowing it had anything to do with Kansas. I nearly fell out of my chair when I heard the cities of Wichita and McPherson mentioned over and over. I live in McPherson and regularly visit Wichita so I could identify with Union Station, Douglas Ave and many more places. I could imagine how wonderful it must have been growing up just outside McPherson in the late 1800, early 1900 because it is still a wonderful place to live. I loved that so many actual historical events were covered in this book. So many of the 'ways' of the first half of the 1900's that I remember or have heard about but had forgotten, I enjoyed being taken back in time and reminded how far we have come.

    This story made me think about so many things, like complicated relationships. I think we often assume these are things that are only dealt with in todays world but that is only because so many things, back then, were so hush-hush, they existed but just were never spoken of. I remember well, as a teenager in the 60's, the absolute shame and dishonor attached to being 'knocked-up', your family and friends might even disown you! It would completely ruin your life forever if anybody found out about it. Just the rumor that you might have 'gone all the way' with a boy could ruin your reputation forever. To this day I think still about women my age who probably still miss the babies they were forced to give up for adoption &/or abort. I do think many things have changed for the good, but there are still some things that I wish would have remained the same.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4963)
    Performance
    (2768)
    Story
    (2801)

    Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

    avid reader says: "Hours of enjoyable, fun listening"
    "I wish I could have a secret garden :)"
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    What did you love best about The Forgotten Garden?

    How it kept me thinking I had it figured out and how wrong I was.
    I really enjoyed the fairy tales throughout the book and I loved the way they intertwined with the story.


    What other book might you compare The Forgotten Garden to and why?

    None compare except maybe Kate Morton's other books because they are alike because they are so well written, yet they are very different stories. Kate's style of writing is just beautiful.


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

    I also listened to her read The Secret Keeper. Her voice is lovely and I just love listening to her. I plan on listening to her read Kate Morton's other books and I will also be checking to see what other books she has read.


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

    I laughed, cried and many times I was shocked by the twists and turns. I was amazed how I always thought I had it all figured out only to find out I was wrong, I love that about her books.


    Any additional comments?

    I was totally hooked at the very beginning and I love the timeline of this book, the way it skips from generation to generation yet you never get confused by it. It was a long story but I could have listened to it forever.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2798)
    Performance
    (2402)
    Story
    (2412)

    England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

    Maria says: "Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!"
    "Never wanted it to end"
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    What did you love best about The Secret Keeper?

    I actually loved the way it all took place across so many years. The time frame is nearly the same as my own life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The mother, probably because she reminded me of my mother who is terminally ill.


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

    The end of course :)


    Any additional comments?

    It was a long story and I loved every single minute of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2866)
    Performance
    (2545)
    Story
    (2547)

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Walkabout"
    "Really makes you stop and think - at least for me"
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    Would you listen to The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry again? Why?

    Yes. I listen while I sew and cook so there may be portions I missed or did not listen to as closely as I should have.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything! It would really be interesting to take a journey much like this one. To me it was a very touching story and it really makes you stop and think about things that have happened or are happening in your own life.


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

    I don't think I have or I would remember but I will certainly look for more because he was a pleasure to listen to.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    What could have been


    Any additional comments?

    I couldn't turn this book off even though it brought me to tears several times. It also brought many smiles. I started listening late one afternoon and finish listening the next evening. I felt as though these were real people and I wish I could go over and visit with them so I could learn more about them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22820)
    Performance
    (9476)
    Story
    (9549)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "So worth it!"
    Overall

    I was so uncertain about purchasing this book even though I had read several very good reviews of it.
    What if I buy it and don't like it?, what if I can't get into it? what if I don't understand it because it is foreign? - then I've wasted my money and my time!!
    Now however - I have finished listening to this wonderful story - a story that I wish would never end. I feel as though I am losing contact with my friends, like they are moving away and I'll never see them again. I really liked the readers accent and wish I could go on listening to it forever.
    I am writing this review mainly to tell you "do not be afraid" you will enjoy this book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1161)
    Performance
    (341)
    Story
    (343)

    Julia Hamill has made a horrifying discovery on the grounds of her new home in rural Massachusetts: a skull buried in the rocky soil � human, female, and, according to the trained eye of Boston medical examiner Maura Isles, scarred with the unmistakable marks of murder.

    Book and Movie Lover says: "Back and forth through time"
    "Unusually Entertaining"
    Overall

    I loved this Book!!! In the beginning I did not think I was going to enjoy this book but soon I did not want it to end.
    I thought, over and over, that I had figured out the ending just to find out in the end how wrong I was!
    I can't wait to purchase many more of this authors books and I certainly hope they will turn out to be as enjoyable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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