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  • Butterfly's Shadow

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lee Langley
    • Narrated By Laurel Lefkow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (87)

    In a Japan still rigid with tradition, an apprehensive 15-year-old tea-house girl prepares to welcome her first client. In his gleaming white uniform, Lieutenant Pinkerton walks up the hill to a house in Nagasaki to find the female he has purchased for a few weeks. When he sails away, she waits, aching for his return. It is one of the world’s great love stories. And, as the curtain falls on Madame Butterfly, Cho-Cho hands over her son to his American father, before killing herself...

    R. J. Melton says: "You'll Need to Hug Mom when you finish this book!"
    "You'll Need to Hug Mom when you finish this book!"
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    Beautiful,bittersweet story, of family, loss, and love. Not drama drama drama, just heroic and heartbreaking. The piece gives you a snapshot of WWII, Japan's culture clash with American GI's, and the strength of women. I'd recommend this to anyone, the writing and reader are both very well done. I am amazed I got it for $5, it goes into my favorites pile.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Eighty-Dollar Champion: Snowman, the Horse That Inspired a Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Letts
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (391)
    Performance
    (349)
    Story
    (347)

    November 1958, New York. Into the rarefied atmosphere of wealth and tradition at the National Horse Show in Madison Square Garden comes the most unlikely of horses—a drab white former plow horse named Snowman—and his rider, Harry de Leyer. They were the longest of all longshots—and their win was the stuff of legend.

    eddie says: "When will this story become a movie"
    "Winner! Winner!"
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    Any additional comments?

    This horse story started just a bit slow, but by the second hour I was enthralled. I listened to the book in one marathon listen! This true story seems a metaphor for the American 'family and community spirit' rebuilding following the first World War. I thought the pacing was excellent. I was impressed with the work ethic of the Flying Dutchman and his jumper. I thought the ending was perfect. The reader was excellent, he never hit a sour note irritating me out of the story. The rich man, poor man thread was handled with dignity. Societal and Political details were sprinkled in without bias and bring a sense of credibility to an otherwise amazing story. Overall, I think this book about a horse is destined to become a classic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Coreyography

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Corey Feldman
    • Narrated By Corey Feldman
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (176)

    In this brave and moving memoir, Corey Feldman is revealing the truth about what his life was like behind the scenes: His is a past that included physical, drug, and sexual abuse, a dysfunctional family from which he was emancipated at age fifteen, three high-profile arrests for drug possession, a nine-month stint in rehab, and a long, slow crawl back to the top of the box office.

    R. J. Melton says: "Heartrending Loss of Innocence"
    "Heartrending Loss of Innocence"
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    Any additional comments?

    I don't like a guided review, so here are my thoughts...I always thought he was a talented actor. I enjoyed the chemistry between the two Coreys, I never gave one thought to what life was doing to those boys and I feel guilty that this happens over and over again in 'Hollywood'--but really throughout the world. Corey does a fine job of telling his story and highlighting Corey Haim's...his voice rings true in the telling. He also comes across as a survivor, a hero in his own lifestory--as he should. He stole a piece of my heart along the way. The mother in me wants to comfort the child he was, the lost boy he became, and the wounded man he is...but the woman in me knows this is unnecessary, he's all grown up. Scars and all, this man has found his way and does not need my comfort. I admire his fighting spirit and I wish him all the best, it takes real courage to strip away your defenses and expose yourself to the light.

    BRAVO Corey!

    I found the book to be well written, no cloying self pity clouding the storyline, just a glaringly honest accounting of his life to date. I do recommend the book.

    15 of 15 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
    (676)
    Performance
    (506)
    Story
    (502)

    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"
    "Beautiful tragic tale of 1860-1960 Hawaii!"
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    Where does Moloka’i rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    High, this is well written, historically correct, and characters are well developed.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There are so many, Rachel, Henry, Kenji, Katherine


    Have you listened to any of Anne Noelani Miyamoto’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I love her voice and the natural cadence of her voice, just beautiful to listento.


    If you could take any character from Moloka’i out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Uncle Pono, he was so funny and so loving...if I could include Henry we'd have a party!


    Any additional comments?

    This book will engage you, educate you, introduce you to Hawaiian Culture, make you laugh out loud, cry through a box of tissues and leave you wrung out. I loved every word.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cloudstreet

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Tim Winton
    • Narrated By Peter Hosking
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (102)

    Two rural families flee to the city and find themselves sharing a great, breathing, shuddering joint called Cloudstreet, where they begin their lives from scratch. For 20 years they roister and rankle, laugh and curse until the roof over their heads becomes a home for their hearts.

    Chrissie says: "Dysfunctional Families Australian Style"
    "Beautiful Austrailan coming of age tale"
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    What did you love best about Cloudstreet?

    I loved the honest innocence of the tale, the way Oriel raised two families, eventually all together as one tribe...and I loved Lester. I didn't need the ghosts, those two families struggling to survive poverty, the war, the depression was adventure enough for me.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Lester bought the racehorse for deliveries, I laughed till I cried. And I thought the scene of Dolly and Rose coming to comfort each other was beautifully done.


    Who was the most memorable character of Cloudstreet and why?

    Fish, such a beautiful boy and the tragedy of his life and his last glorious victory in the water.


    Any additional comments?

    I laughed and cried throughout the telling, this book is so geniune. I am sure I will know it by heart, before I tire of it. Worth the credit!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Swing: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Rupert Holmes
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    Two-time Edgar Award-winner Rupert Holmes, author of the critically acclaimed Where the Truth Lies and creator of the Tony Award-winning musical whodunit The Mystery of Edwin Drood, now fuses gripping suspense and evocative music in an innovative novel of intrigue set in 1940, during the very heart of the Big Band era.

    Becky says: "Grab this one at the highest resolution"
    "Big Band Swing Era Mystery"
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    Would you listen to Swing again? Why?

    Yes, I adored the music interludes!


    What other book might you compare Swing to and why?

    I think it is unique, maybe a Mickey Spillane orchestrated?


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

    His dead-on innocence in the lead character allowing for a leisurely awakening and reveal of the mystery...loved it! I've already listened to it twice!


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

    If only, but I measured it out for more enjoyment.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish there would be more orchestrated books celebrating Vaudeville, Ragtime. Broadway,
    Rockabilly, etc. I would buy them all!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tuscan Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Belinda Alexandra
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (275)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (206)

    A mysterious stranger known as 'The Wolf' leaves an infant with the sisters of Santo Spirito. A tiny silver key hidden in her wrappings is the only clue to the child's identity and so begins a story as intriguing and beautiful as the city of Florence itself. Belinda Alexandra's new novel, Tuscan Rose, is set in Italy during the time of Mussolini. This richly woven tale of passion, love, longing, witchcraft and magic promises to be everything her readers love and more.

    Ashley says: "Such a beautiful listen...."
    "Emotional slice of history"
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    Would you listen to Tuscan Rose again? Why?

    Yes, it read me to sleep a couple of times. I might have missed some details.


    What other book might you compare Tuscan Rose to and why?

    I read a piece awhile back called the Zookeepers Wife...a long winding beautiful tale that captured my attention and left me in a happy place.


    Which character – as performed by Caroline Lee – was your favorite?

    Antonio and the heroic Falcon


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

    It's a love story during the Italian struggle with facism and the resistance to the Nazi.


    Any additional comments?

    This is tale that puts you in Italy during the Facist regime of Mussolini and the struggle against the Nazi, Rose is a character driven by the historical events to expose the reader to the devastation these years wrought in Italy. It is an emotional listen, you will need a tissue.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Undead and Unwelcome: Queen Betsy, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By MaryJanice Davidson
    • Narrated By Nancy Wu
    Overall
    (515)
    Performance
    (242)
    Story
    (243)

    Sassy and quirky, with heaping doses of paranormal romance, MaryJanice Davidson's New York Times best-selling Queen Betsy series sinks its teeth into fans and never lets go. Here Betsy must return the body of her werewolf friend Antonia to her own kind in Cape Cod. And who knows how the wolves will greet her. Then there's her half-sister - the devil's own daughter - who is feeling her oats and beginning to raise a little hell.

    T. Moniz says: "Good, but short..."
    "Why is anyone still buying these?"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Something fresh, something funny, something intriguing...don't keep filling pages telling me (a fan) what I already know. I kept tuning out and having to back up to figure out where I was.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Maybe something by Jojo Moyes or Kate Morton, I need a break from paranormals.


    What didn’t you like about Nancy Wu’s performance?

    Her screechy character voices, I like a lower tone. When I read the books for myself, the voices in my head are nothing like what I am hearing here.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Ever After: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2453)
    Performance
    (2247)
    Story
    (2249)

    Number-one New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris has won numerous awards for her Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series, which has been adapted into the hit HBO show True Blood. In this 13th and final book, a murder rocks the town of Bon Temps and Sookie is arrested for the crime. After making bail, she sets out to clear her name - but her investigation only leads to more deaths.

    k says: "Bitter ending? Cleanse your palate."
    "Loved the first books; so HAPPY Sookie's done!"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I was fine with how it turned out, I was not in Eric, Bill, or Sam's camp. AND I am delighted to be out of Sookie's brain.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Charlaine Harris? Why or why not?

    Yes, Charlaine is an excellent writer, I just think she wrote herself out of a story in the last 2 or 3 books. Could have wrapped it up then, and probably should have.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dance for the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Thomas Perry
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (67)

    When eight-year-old Timothy Decker finds his parents brutally murdered, it's clear the Deckers weren't the intended victims: Timothy's own room---ransacked, all traces of his existence expertly obliterated---is the shocking evidence. Timothy's nanny, Mona, is certain about only one thing. Timmy needs to disappear, fast. Only Jane Whitefield, a Native American "guide" who specializes in making victims vanish, can lead him to safety.

    Cecil says: "*****5 Stars for Thomas Perry"
    "I liked it less than the first, but I perserver!"
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    Any additional comments?

    This book took off in the middle of a fight scene, one in which you did not know the characters, their motivations, or a clue of what JANE was up to. The answers drifted through the book like leaves in early fall...most of the time I was just trying to figure out WHY Jane chose to help this woman, she doesn't meet Jane's screwy criteria for assistance and it trudges most of the way thru with bright ahining moments of activity...I will say I now have a better idea of the S&L debacle in the 80's. I'm sticking thru book four only because I already bought 3 & 4, 5-8 are very unlikely...but we'll see if Jane fleshes out first.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vanishing Act

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Thomas Perry
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (229)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (111)

    Jane Whitefield is a Native American guide who leads solitary outcasts through hostile territory to escape the vengeance of their enemies. But the shaded forest paths her Seneca ancestors might have followed on such missions have all been converted to superhighways, and now the safest way stations are crowded urban buildings that offer the camouflage of anonymity. Still, the supply of runaways - and the need for a woman who will take great risks to save them - have never been greater.

    Cathy says: "The Book - 4 Stars; Narration - 3 Stars"
    "Started a little slow..."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Vanishing Act to be better than the print version?

    I like books, books,audible books, or e-books...I like them all.

    In this series, I am on the third "Shadow Woman" and am buying them as I go (in case I give it up as too tedious). Read them in order, you will need details of the previous books to have a chance at keeping up later on. Jane's character is a little hard to like, her reasons for tucking away criminals get pretty convoluted. The protagonist? How could she fall for that line? Never liked him. Jake, the neighbor, is well intentioned but way too careful. MAYBE I just stumbled on what's bothering me...everything and one are too careful, Jane is Superwoman on a great day. If you like thrillers that explain everything to you detail by detail, these books are for you...if you are filling a rainy day, good choice...looking for escapism, welcome to the great outdoors.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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