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  • Cape Refuge: Cape Refuge Series #1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Terri Blackstock
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (137)

    When Thelma and Wayne Owens are found murdered in the warehouse where they held their church services, their son-in-law, Jonathan, is arrested for the crime - but his wife, Morgan, and her sister, Blair, as well as Thelma and Wayne's daughters, are confident that he didnt do it and set out to find the real killer.

    Nancy says: "I'd love to say I loved this.. but..."
    "Annoying narrator"
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    Would you try another book from Terri Blackstock and/or Renee Raudman?

    Yes, I might read another Blackstock book but wouldn't want to listen to this narrator. I can tell Renee worked really hard to give her all to the the characters, but many times I felt like giving up on it because of the whining quality of the two main character's (Blair and Morgan) voices. For me it was really hard to listen to! Story was good. Just wish I had read it instead of listened to it.


    What other book might you compare Cape Refuge to and why?

    If I had read the physical book I might be able to answer this question. But listening to it distracted me from so much of the storyline.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Renee Raudman?

    Don't know as each narrator brings something different to the characters. Their performance can make or break a story.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Not sure


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Let Them Eat Cake: French Twist, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Sandra Byrd
    • Narrated By Carine Montbertrand
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    In Sandra Byrd's Christy Award finalist Let Them Eat Cake, recent college graduate Lexi Stuart can't seem to earn a living wage or find Mr. Right. Forced to move back home, Lexi works at a bakery - hoping for a promotion and perhaps more from its handsome proprietor. But when she learns her parents are selling their house and her boss isn't what he seems to be, she doesn't know where to turn.

    Rebecca says: "A "Sweet" journey of faith and self-discovery"
    "narrator ruined book for me"
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    Would you try another book from Sandra Byrd and/or Carine Montbertrand?

    Based on on the audible version of this book I don't think I would.


    If you’ve listened to books by Sandra Byrd before, how does this one compare?

    This is my first. I bought this and the next book in the series before listening to the sample. I think I will possibly 'read' the Kindle version of Bon Appetit, and just let the audible version remain unopened in my audible app. I will try to continue by 'reading' the next one but not 'listen' to it.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Carine Montbertrand’s performances?

    No! This narrator has the voice of a children's cartoon character. I was totally put off by it. Not one person in the book rang true as a real person. She constantly sounded as though she were reading the book for the first time, pausing in inappropriate places. I went to amazon to read the reviews and was amazed this book garnered as many positives as it had. But the reviews were for the written book not the audible version. So I checked and found I had it on my kindle and started reading it. I then found it to be rather enjoyable. In my opinion, Audible did this author a great disservice by choosing this particular narrator to read her books as they can make or break a book. In this instance I don't feel she did the book justice.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably not.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Whistling Past the Graveyard

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Susan Crandall
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (228)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (202)

    In the summer of 1963, nine-year-old spitfire Starla Claudelle runs away from her strict grandmother's Mississippi home. Starla hasn't seen her momma since she was three - that's when Lulu left for Nashville to become a famous singer. If she can get to Nashville and find her momma, then all that she promised will come true: Lulu will be a star. Daddy will come to live in Nashville, too. And her family will be whole and perfect.

    Jen says: "Thank You Baby Jesus!"
    "possibly the best book I've listened to on audible"
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    What did you love best about Whistling Past the Graveyard?

    The two main characters were so endearing! The story was captivating and I couldn't wait to get back to it whenever I had to stop listening! Finished the book in a day and a half and hated for it to end. Sign of a really good book!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The color-blind way Eula and Starla saw each other. I also like Starla's outspokenness (she hated to see any unfairness), and the quiet love and protection Eula always gave Starla.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    They are too numerous to pick out just one. Perhaps the one where Eula took care of Starla when she was sick, even at the risk of putting herself in danger. Actually I loved all the scenes in this fast paced book, with the exception of the ones Mamie was in, but those were needed to get the story moving along. I can't mention some scenes without giving too much away and possibly ruining it for other listeners/readers.


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

    The title the author chose is good enough for me!


    Any additional comments?

    I wish there were more books like this. It was endearing, captivating, honest, fearless, both heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death of a Kitchen Diva

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Lee Hollis
    • Narrated By Tara Ochs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (28)

    Single mom Hayley Powell is barely keeping her leaking roof over her head when her boss at the Island Times gives her a new assignment - taking over the paper's food column. Hayley's not sure she has the chops - she's an office manager, not a writer, even if her friends clamor for her mouth-watering potluck dishes. But the extra income is tempting, and Hayley's chatty first column is suddenly on everyone's menu - with one exception. When rival food writer Karen Appelbaum is found face-down dead in a bowl of Hayley's creamy clam chowder, all signs point to Hayley.

    Melanie says: "Good listening and story!"
    "protagonist was boring"
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    What would have made Death of a Kitchen Diva better?

    In my opinion. it had no redeeming qualities so I guess anything would have been an improvement. The main character sounds like a lush, the story creeps along at a snail's pace, and then to make things worse, the story stops so a recipe can be read periodically throughout the book. I don't buy mysteries for the recipes! And I don't read cookbooks for the mysteries! Put the recipes in the back of the book so it doesn't interfere with the storyline!!


    Has Death of a Kitchen Diva turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not this genre, as I appreciate cozy mysteries, but won"t be reading anything else from this author.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Performance wasn't bad considering what she had to work with but she seemed to have trouble giving different voices to the characters. Also, her impersonation of Ricky Ricardo sounded more like Ethel Mertz giving a bad impersonation of Ricky Ricardo.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Death of a Kitchen Diva?

    Too numerous to mention. Definitely a waste of a credit.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Work

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2098)
    Performance
    (1314)
    Story
    (1325)

    Thanks to a heart transplant, former FBI agent Terrell McCaleb is enjoying a quiet retirement, renovating the fishing boat he lives on in Los Angeles Harbor. But McCaleb's calm seas turn choppy when a story in the "What Happened To?" column of the LA Times brings him face-to-face with the sister of the woman whose heart now beats in his chest.

    Andrew Stone says: "A Darn Good Book"
    "crude language"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who don't object to the language used.


    Has Blood Work turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not sure. I have read physical books of the Lincoln Lawyer, The Reversal, and Brass Verdict, and I really enjoyed them as I was able to skim past the language although I don't remember it being as excessive as this book. It's possible Connelly has toned down some of his later works.


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    Very good performance except the narrator sometimes forgets to change voices. Such as he was speaking as a female and then when he spoke for a male half the sentence continued in feminine voice. And I noticed it several times when he spoke in Hispanic voice for part of a sentence and then finished with English voice. I didn't mind though.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I don't have any reaction since I stopped reading after a small number of chapters. Too bad, because it looked like it might have been a good story.


    Any additional comments?

    I just wish that books were somehow rated as to language, etc. as movies do. It would help everyone make a better, informed decision.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pearl in the Sand

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Tessa Afshar
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (143)

    Striking beauty comes at a price. Rahab paid it when at the age of 15 she was sold into prostitution by the one man she loved and trusted—her father. With her keen mind and careful planning she turned heartache into success, achieving independence while still young. And she vowed never again to trust a man. Any man. God had other plans. Into the emotional turmoil of her world walked Salmone, a prominent leader of Judah, held in high esteem by all Israel.

    Joshua says: "A woman's heart revealed"
    "Good story, poor narration"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Pearl in the Sand to be better than the print version?

    In a way, yes, because some names and places were probably difficult to pronounce correctly. BUT the narrator had such a harsh voice when she 'spoke' in a male voice that t found it very annoying since all male voices seemed to sound extremely angry. In time it started grating on me and I found myself wanting the book to be over.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rahab


    What didn’t you like about Laural Merlington’s performance?

    Harsh, grating voice when speaking all the male talking parts in the book.


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

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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