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  • The Age Of Innocence

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Edith Wharton
    • Narrated By Mary Sarah
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (73)

    Wharton’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel set in upper class New York City. Newland Archer, gentleman lawyer and heir to one of New York City's best families, is happily anticipating a highly desirable marriage to the sheltered and beautiful May Welland. Yet he finds reason to doubt his choice of bride after the appearance of Countess Ellen Olenska, May's exotic, beautiful 30-year-old cousin, who has been living in Europe. This novel won the first ever Pulitzer awarded to a woman.

    Kristi says: "Tale of unrequited love per society rules."
    ""Yikes""
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    What did you like best about The Age Of Innocence? What did you like least?

    So far in my audio history, this is the worse book I have listened to. Not that it wasn't a good story, it was just boring. The storyline was relevent but it was just so boring. I forced myself to listen to the entire audio, all the while saying, "it has got to get better" but it never did. I think it would have been better to have had voices narration rather than just what seemed as just reading a book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Age Of Innocence?

    none


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Mary Sarah?

    I doubt it


    Could you see The Age Of Innocence being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It's possible because the storyline is noteworthy but it needs a shot of energy.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3912)
    Performance
    (3336)
    Story
    (3333)

    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    Shauna says: "Defending Jacob"
    "Mother's Love"
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    This was a great book. It teaches of betrayal, denial, addictions and afflictions. Andy was in total denial about his entire family gene and condition that he did not allow himself to help his son when he had a chance to do so. One would think his wife was a little crazy but in actuality even in her fear, she was willing to face her fear in an effort to help her son Jacob. I believe even in Jacob's death, she felt she was helping him and saving him from entering a lifeof doom like his great great grandpa, great grandpa, grandpa. Very good reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Gregory Boyle
    • Narrated By Gregory Boyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (425)
    Performance
    (376)
    Story
    (377)

    As a pastor working in a neighborhood with the highest concentration of murderous gang activity in Los Angeles, Gregory Boyle created an organization to provide jobs, job training, and encouragement so that young people could work together and learn the mutual respect that comes from collaboration.

    Jeremy says: "Perhaps the best book I've read in years."
    "Never judge just the cover"
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    I was hesitant to listen but was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I could identify with references in the book. I found myself laughing out loud and at times my heart swelled in me at the senseless killings. I was moved at the references to true Christianity in action. Forgiveness and compassion. G gave so much of himself to the cause to help to save even the ones thatt didn't want to be saved. I was truly moved with true compassion listening to this book. It also cautioned me not to judge or jump to conclusions without practicing compassion. Very good work!!!!

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

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6752)
    Performance
    (4727)
    Story
    (4712)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "Take the shackles off my heart"
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    Wow, what a great reader. I shared in the accolades of the other readers. This was a great book. It further resonated with me that hatred is not birth but taught and allowed to grow as with Marshall and others. Slavery is real and even today so many people are enslaved mentally and physically and cannot see anyway out as did Lavina. I applauded Belle, Mama, Papa and all those people in the Kitchen House/Big House for their resilience and faith in one day being free (the Israelites in Egypt). I also applauded Beetie for her sacrifice of self to save her entire family. I have trouble reading books on slavery and prejudices, etc., because I still have a hard time accepting that one person can dehumanize another to that degree and think that they are right and just in their actions. Thank God for Jesus that one day, we all will be judged and will have to give accounts for the hurt/harm to other human beings.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deliverance

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By James Dickey
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1326)
    Performance
    (1173)
    Story
    (1175)

    The setting is the Georgia wilderness, where the state's most remote white-water river awaits. In the thundering froth of that river, in its echoing stone canyons, four men on a canoe trip discover a freedom and exhilaration beyond compare. And then, in a moment of horror, the adventure turns into a struggle for survival as one man becomes a human hunter who is offered his own harrowing deliverance.

    Katherine says: "excruciatingly vivid, marvelously written and read"
    "Deliver Us from Evil"
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    This was a great reader. I loved that Ed in spite of his fears and doubts pushed ahead and encouraged Bobby to stay strong amid his excruciating experience on what was supposed to have been an adventure for the men. Mr. Dickey and Mr. Patton did a great job in writing and narrating. I loved the narration, the mellow voice of Ed and the country tone of Lewis who was crazy and daring, Bobby who always sounded afraid. Each man had to come to terms with his conscience and moral of what’s right and wrong and survival.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Naked in Death: In Death, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4045)
    Performance
    (2320)
    Story
    (2336)

    Eve Dallas is a New York police lieutenant hunting for a ruthless killer. In over 10 years on the force, she's seen it all - and knows that her survival depends on her instincts. And she's going against every warning telling her not to get involved with Roarke, an Irish billionaire - and suspect in Eve's murder investigation. But passion and seduction have rules of their own, and it's up to Eve to take a chance in the arms of a man she knows nothing about - except the addictive hunger of needing his touch.

    Felicity Fairchild says: "Don't Judge the Series by the First Book!"
    ""WoW" Surprise!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely, a very good reader. Not too much sex, great mystery and I loved the irish accent of Rouke.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Eve Dallas witrh her crazed-up self. Loved her commitment to her job.


    Which character – as performed by Susan Ericksen – was your favorite?

    Eve, Rouke, Feenie, Charles


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

    I was surprised by the end, for sure it was someone else, but could accept the senator but he only killed 1 and the end was a big surprise!


    Any additional comments?

    This was my first J.D. Robb reading. I really enjoyed reading this book. I loved Eve's strong will and commitment. I also loved Rouke with his Irish brogue. I was glad that it was not too much explicit sex, sometimes it takes away from a mystery. Great reader and I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series as soon as I finish my Harry Bosch.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4836)
    Performance
    (2829)
    Story
    (2825)

    For LAPD homicide cop Harry Bosch - hero, maverick, nighthawk - the body in the drainpipe at Mulholland Dam is more than another anonymous statistic. This one is personal. The dead man, Billy Meadows, was a fellow Vietnam "tunnel rat" who fought side by side with him in a nightmare underground war that brought them to the depths of hell.

    Daniel Mcafee says: "What a Terrific Book"
    "Whom do you trust"
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    Where does The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 3. I love Michael Connelly's writing. The first one I read was the Lincoln Lawyer and I am hooked on the mysteries and the brashness mixed with lite humor, makes for enjoyable reading.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harry and Eleanor


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    I thought Dick Hill did a great job with the narration and not having all the voices sound the same. That's a turn-off for me.


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

    No extreme, was somewhat surprised at the end, but as the book got closer, I realized that Eleanor might be the partner.


    Any additional comments?

    Once again, I really enjoyed the Connelly books and will continue to read them. I was really rooting for lasting romance with Harry and Eleanor but she was lost retribution for her brother. Great work Connelly and Hill.

    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
    (4003)
    Performance
    (3576)
    Story
    (3572)

    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!!"
    "Don't leave the Pack"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely, I really enjoyed reading this book. As a puppy lover, I could relate to the relationship between Scott and Maggie. Wish humans could be as loyal as their pets.


    What other book might you compare Suspect to and why?

    The closest book I have read with such devotion to the pack was Breaking the Rules by Suzanne Brockmann.


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

    This is my first


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

    You don't leave the pack, protect the pack, protect the alfa


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book because of the deep affection between man and dog. I loved the whole K-nine interaction. I visualized Maggie on the console of Scott's car because my puppy does the same when in the vehicles. The passenger seat is his seat no matter who sits there. Scott resilience was note-worthy. Just an all-around good reading. I tried to drag it out and make it last because I made a connection. Great work Crais and Andrews.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10406)
    Performance
    (5663)
    Story
    (5696)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "Great reader, heart felt"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Life of Pi to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the printed version but saw the television movie and I enjoyed the audio greatly.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Pi and Richard Parker. In their own unspoken way they needed each other and could not have made it without each other.


    Which character – as performed by Jeff Woodman – was your favorite?

    Pi


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

    Yes, I loved the simplicity and yet complexity of a youndg man who has lost everything but still had such a great zeal for life and it kept him alive through the worst of circumstances.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a great book of love, family religion, just plain humankind surviving against all odds. Faith and determination will see you through the most trying times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nothing but the Truth

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By John Lescroart
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (319)
    Performance
    (224)
    Story
    (235)

    When San Francisco attorney Dismas Hardy gets a call saying his wife never picked the kids up from school, he's worried. Frannie's a great mother. Turns out there's a good explanation: She's in jail. Unbeknownst to her husband, Frannie has just appeared before a grand jury - and refused to share a crucial piece of information about her friend Ron, who's accused of killing his wife.

    MEMcL says: "Disappointing"
    "Tangled Webs"
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    What did you love best about Nothing but the Truth?

    The perseverance of Dismas Hardy to not only free his wife but to right the wrong for Ron and his kids.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Not quite, it was suspenseful but not utterly


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

    no, this is my first


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

    none


    Any additional comments?

    This was my first book by John Lescroart and I really enjoyed the mystery. Great work

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cold Dish: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3279)
    Performance
    (2415)
    Story
    (2413)

    Award-winning author Craig Johnson's critically acclaimed debut Western mystery takes listeners to the breathtaking mountains of Wyoming for a tale of cold-blooded vengeance. Four high-school boys were given suspended sentences for raping a Cheyenne girl. Now, two of the boys have been killed, and only Sheriff Walt Longmire can keep the other two safe.

    Dataman says: "Not Your Ordinary Western Novel (Series)"
    "Sad Dish"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Cold Dish to be better than the print version?

    Don't know did not read the printed version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It puts me in the mind of a country community and in every community no matter where you live country or urban, they all are afflicted with the same trials and tribulations. No one is exempt from experiencing the infestation of prejudice, bigotry, incest and the stigmas accompanied them.


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

    I love his voice, that raspy somewhat mono tone. You could not get that reading the book.


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

    Yes but I made myself put it down and when I picked it up again, I rewound a few steps back to catch-up.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a great book. I could not have imagined Vonnie being the killer. I loved the camaraderie between Walt and Henry, Vic with her pent up energy. I loved the stories of the Indians and their beliefs. This was an all-around really good reader.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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