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Ruth M. Penson

Ruth

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  • 30 reviews
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  • Tommo and Hawk: The Australian Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2057)
    Performance
    (1411)
    Story
    (1413)

    Brutally kidnapped and separated in childhood, Tommo and Hawk are reunited at the age of 15 in Hobart Town. Together, they escape their troubled pasts and set off on a journey into manhood. From whale hunting in the Pacific to the Maori wars of New Zealand, from the Rocks in Sydney to the miners' riots at the goldfields, Tommo and Hawk must learn each other's strengths and weaknesses in order to survive.

    Angie says: "Brillant Narration"
    "Tommo and Hawk (Unabridged)"
    Overall

    Second in this series is as good as the first!!!
    It's a must read & enjoy!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Keeper of the Light: Keeper Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Diane Chamberlain
    • Narrated By Arielle DeLisle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    Dr. Olivia Simon is on duty in the emergency room of North Carolina's Outer Banks Hospital when a gunshot victim is brought in. Midway through the desperate effort to save the young woman's life, Olivia realizes who she is - Annie O'Neill, the woman Olivia's husband, Paul, is in love with.

    Ruth M. Penson says: "A soap opera!!!"
    "A soap opera!!!"
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    What a soap opera!!! I cannot believe this was written by the same author of 'The Silent Sister' or 'Breaking the Silence'.
    I could barely give this nonsense 1 star! Take my advice, skip this one!! What a waste of time!!
    The performance also left me wanting...especially when the narrator tried to use a New England accent which sounded as if uneducated people were speaking when the characters came from upper class, educated families. The attempt was to sound like a Kennedy speaking....didn't work!!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Leaving Time

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Abigail Revasch, Kathe Mazur, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1277)
    Performance
    (1177)
    Story
    (1180)

    Refusing to believe that she would be abandoned as a young child, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice's old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts. Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest.

    Jan says: "Pickiest Reader Would Be Willing to Give 6 Stars"
    "very interesting, but also very strange"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a very well written and very well performed book. Kudos & 5 stars to the narrators.
    I loved all the well researched information concerning elephants. We learn much about the similarity between elephant & human behavior. Yet the book is not about elephants alone. It also deals with a child's need for it's mother and a mother's need & love for her child. The book is as well written & interesting, as many of Picoult other books making important statements concerning our society. However, I found the ending of this story extremely strange (no spoilers here). I will say no more, though!! Come to your own conclusions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Italian Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lucinda Riley
    • Narrated By Eva Alexander
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (52)

    Rosanna Menici is just a girl when she meets Roberto Rossini, the man who will change her life. In the years to come, their destinies are bound together by their extraordinary talents as opera singers and by their enduring but obsessive love for each other - a love that will ultimately affect the lives of those closest to them. For, as Rosanna slowly discovers, their unison is haunted by irreversible events from the past.

    Hilde-Gunn says: "I hate faux, phoney accents!"
    "another enjoyable 'chick-lit'"
    Overall
    Performance
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    I enjoyed this story. I could not stand the narrator when she used her "faux" accents. At times she would also speed up her reading for no apparent reason. Had she just read in her normal voice instead of "trying" to use phony accents & deeper voices, the whole listen would have been far more enjoyable, but....instead it was really annoying and spoiled much of the listening experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hothouse Flower

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Lucinda Riley
    • Narrated By Beth Chalmers
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (70)

    As a child, Julia Forrester spent many idyllic hours in the hothouse of Wharton Park estate, where her grandfather tended the exotic flowers. So when a family tragedy strikes, Julia returns to the tranquility of Wharton Park and its hothouse. Recently inherited by charismatic Kit Crawford, the estate is undergoing renovation. This leads to the discovery of an old diary, prompting the pair to seek out Julia's grandmother to learn the truth behind a love affair that almost destroyed Wharton Park.

    ally says: "Too much like a soap opera"
    "enjoyable "chick-lit""
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    I enjoyed this story. I could not stand the narrator when she used her "faux" accents. Had she just read in her normal voice instead of "trying" to act, the whole experience would have been far better, but....instead it was really annoying and really bad!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gorky Park

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Martin Cruz Smith
    • Narrated By Henry Strozier
    Overall
    (548)
    Performance
    (367)
    Story
    (370)

    At first, the case of the bodies found in a Moscow park looked straightforward: a "troika", probably three on a bottle, drunk together and then frozen to death together in the brutal Russian night. But Chief Homicide Investigator Arkady Renko hits a sharp and complicated turn with the arrival of the KGB's Pribluda. Suddenly, his access to a routine investigation is blocked. Why?

    IVAL says: "Still the BEST"
    "Boring! Could NOT finish it!"
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    Found this very dull. Just did not hold my attention & i do know it was on the bestseller list.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood: Outlander, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3936)
    Performance
    (3676)
    Story
    (3665)

    Hurtled back through time more than two hundred years to 1743 Scotland, Claire Randall finds herself caught in the midst of an unfamiliar world torn apart by violence, pestilence, and revolution and haunted by her growing feelings for a young soldier, James Fraser.

    G. House Sr. says: "Eloquent Fabulous Historical - Grand Continuation"
    "A jumbled mess"
    Overall
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    What disappointed you about Written in My Own Heart's Blood?

    There was really no story, just characters constantly on the move who unexpectedly meet up with each other in different locations.


    What was most disappointing about Diana Gabaldon’s story?

    That it did not compare to the excellence of her other books in this series. I think she released this new book in the series to coincide with the TV production of The Outlander, as a $$$ grab!


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    She is a wonderful narrator who I could listen to, on & on. But, not even her amazing skills can save this audible book.


    What character would you cut from Written in My Own Heart's Blood?

    All of them!


    Any additional comments?

    I was extremely disappointed in this book!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: The Clifton Chronicles, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Alex Jennings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (573)
    Performance
    (491)
    Story
    (494)

    Be Careful What You Wish For opens with Harry Clifton and his wife Emma rushing to the hospital to learn the fate of their son, Sebastian, who has been involved in a fatal car accident. But who died, Sebastian or his best friend Bruno? When Ross Buchanan is forced to resign as chairman of the Barrington Shipping Company, Emma Clifton wants to replace him. But Don Pedro Martinez intends to install his puppet, the egregious Major Alex Fisher, in order to destroy the Barrington family firm just as the company plans to build its new luxury liner, the MV Buckingham.

    DIANE says: "A blockbuster! Waiting for the next book!!!"
    "mediocre at best!"
    Overall
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    very few...


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jeffrey Archer again?

    Yes, but it needs to be much better then this book was. What has happened to a very talented writer? This is more like a daytime soap, then an intelligently written book. This dribble seems to be a money grab by the author using his past successes to entice his readers to purchase more of his books.


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

    Mr. Jennings is a wonderful narrator. There should better material for him to narrate! He tries very hard to give life to these wooden character.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Be Careful What You Wish For?

    I would not have cut, but instead added a recap of The Clifton Chronicles to refresh the reader. It's a year between each book. Does the author really believe one remembers who is who, details, character motivation or what transpired in the last books? I certainly did not. I think most readers do not. There should have been some refresher information included. For example, Mr. Archer never recounts why Martinez hates the Clifton family so vehemently. Thus, I never knew what motivated the villain in this book.


    Any additional comments?

    The ending is terrible.....one has to wait a year for the next installment, to find out what happens. I think I shall not bother!!!! It's just down hill dribble!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Fannie Flagg
    • Narrated By Fannie Flagg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (707)
    Performance
    (640)
    Story
    (635)

    Mrs. Sookie Poole of Point Clear, Alabama, has just married off the last of her daughters and is looking forward to relaxing and perhaps traveling with her husband, Earle. The only thing left to contend with is her mother, the formidable Lenore Simmons Krackenberry. Lenore may be a lot of fun for other people, but is, for the most part, an overbearing presence for her daughter. Then one day, quite by accident, Sookie discovers a secret about her mother's past that knocks her for a loop and suddenly calls into question everything she ever thought she knew about herself, her family, and her future.

    MissSusie66 says: "New favorite!"
    "could not finish this book...."
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    What would have made The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion better?

    nothing!!!!


    Has The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion turned you off from other books in this genre?

    You bet!!!


    What didn’t you like about Fannie Flagg’s performance?

    She sound like she is just learning how to read. A 4th grader would have done a better job.


    What character would you cut from The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion?

    All of them!


    Any additional comments?

    The story was really stupid. The characters reactions to their situation were not real.The narrator was just terrible even though she was reading material she wrote herself.Skip this book. I gave up listening half way thru. If I had a choice, I would have given this one 0 stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Letter from Your Lover: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (412)
    Performance
    (372)
    Story
    (371)

    A sophisticated, pause-resistant double love story spanning 40 years - an unforgettable Brief Encounter for our times. It is 1960. When Jennifer Stirling wakes up in the hospital, she can remember nothing - not the tragic car accident, not her husband, not even who she is. She feels like a stranger in her own life until she stumbles upon an impassioned letter, signed simply "B", asking her to leave her husband. Years later, a journalist named Ellie discovers the same enigmatic letter in a forgotten file in her newspaper's archives....

    FanB14 says: "What's so Great About Jennifer?"
    "Wonderful love story"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    This is the best of Jojo Moyes' books in my opinion. Even better then her two books which are presently on the NYTimes best seller list.
    Susan Lyon's performance is simply wonderful!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Quest: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (545)
    Performance
    (473)
    Story
    (474)

    From the locked archives of the Vatican to the overgrown jungles of Ethiopia, an unlikely trio begins a deadly search for the Holy Grail. Two journalists and a beautiful photographer are traveling together in a broken down Jeep while covering the 1975 Ethiopian civil war. Both men fall in love with the woman and that complicates things. When the trio winds up lost in the jungle, in the no man's land between the fighting factions, they take cover and dig in for the night. In their hiding place, they encounter a dying man who tells them an amazing and quite unbelievable story. But for some reason - one that they grapple with for the rest of their journey - that night they believe.

    Andy says: "The Quest to make money"
    "DeMille should have left this book behind in 1975"
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    What would have made The Quest better?

    nothing!


    Has The Quest turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    As good as he is, he could not save this one!!!! But he certainly made every effort.


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

    The whole book!


    Any additional comments?

    DeMille should have left this book behind in 1975, never to be read again by anyone! This is a story that does nothing and goes nowhere. It just drags the reader thru an endless jungle with dull characters who are poorly developed. I love DeMille's writing, but not this. Had it been the first of DeMille's books I read, it would have also been the last! I cannot believe this is the same author who wrote "Up Country" or "Word of Honor", just to mention 2 of his excellent books. There just is no comparison between those books and "The Quest". As another reviewer said, this was a money grab!!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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