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Meagan

Redding, CA, United States

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  • Empress Orchid

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Anchee Min
    • Narrated By Alexandra O'Karma
    Overall
    (307)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (89)

    Seventeen-year-old Orchid belongs to an aristocratic family that has fallen on hard times. Unexpectedly, she is chosen as one of the emperor's lesser concubines. Within the Forbidden City are thousands of women hoping to bear the emperor a son and become his empress. Orchid, determined and resourceful, schemes her way into the royal bed and seduces the emperor. But as the opium trade erodes the might of the Ch'ing dynasty, Orchid find herself at the center of a crumbling nation.

    Stacey says: "Empress Orchid"
    "Good story, bad narrator & editng"
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    I very much enjoyed the story and generally enjoy audiobooks. However, in this particular recording every few seconds you can year the narrator swallowing her spit. Its very disgusting and distracting. Because of it I found it very difficult to finish the book. Who ever edited this book should have done a better job, a narrator cannot speak & swallow at the same time, it would have been easy enough but time consuming to edit out the swallowing noise.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows: An Outlander Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 59 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Robert Ian MacKenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (548)
    Performance
    (505)
    Story
    (501)

    Available for the first time as an audiobook in this original Outlander novella, Diana Gabaldon reveals what really happened to Roger MacKenzie Wakefield’s parents. Orphaned during World War II, Roger believed that his mother died during the London Blitz, and that his father, an RAF pilot, was killed in combat. But in An Echo in the Bone, Roger discovers that this may not be the whole story. Now, in "A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows," readers finally learn the truth.

    Jina says: "Overall a grim story, but oh, so well written."
    "Closure on Roger's Parents"
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    Ugh, the sad back story of Roger's parents. It neatly wraps up that story line, but I do hope the story will be expanded upon in the next book. It was a woefully short story from Ms. Gabaldon haha.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5489)
    Performance
    (5218)
    Story
    (5226)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold ""human error"" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Solitary Sarcastic Astronaut"
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    This is a fabulous book. I'm only about half way through it and am totally thrilled I bought it. A story about a stranded astronaut with a sarcastic, witty sense of humour. Two of my favorite things, sarcasm & science fiction. I can't wait to finish out the book and hear how it ends.

    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
    (6689)
    Performance
    (4670)
    Story
    (4655)

    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"
    "Race, incest, and drugs"
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    This book sounds like it has it all...but it falls as flat as a batch of bread dough that doesn't rise. I bought this one after listening to The Help, it was an Audible recommendation. Its way off base. Yes it has segregation and violence...but its a whole different kind of racial love beating the odds. Its okay on its own merits...just okay.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neverwhere

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5727)
    Performance
    (2537)
    Story
    (2557)

    Richard Mayhew is an unassuming young businessman living in London, with a dull job and a pretty but shrewish fiancée. Then one night he stumbles upon a girl lying on the sidewalk, bleeding. He stops to help her, and his life is changed forever. Soon he finds himself living in a London most people would never have dreamed of: a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels. It is a world that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations.

    Thomas says: "Neverwhere is Great"
    "A wonky magical fantasy"
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    I certainly enjoyed meandering through the secret, magical streets of London. Meeting random, creative individuals and learning that doors are often more than just their name. Seedy undergrounds and mole people of New York have nothing on some of these characters. Some of the events feel like they're just dropped onto the page with out any lead up, but isn't that the joy of writing a fantasy novel? Making a world to fit your own ideas and not what anyone else dictates, its good stuff.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • State of Wonder: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Hope Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4120)
    Performance
    (2956)
    Story
    (2952)

    Research scientist Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have disappeared in the Amazon while working on an extremely valuable new drug. The last person who was sent to find her died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding answers to the questions about her friend's death, her company's future, and her own past.

    F. B. Herron says: "Do yourself a favor and listen to this book!"
    "Infertility in the Jungle"
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    Its a story about a woman who goes looking for her good friend & coworker who is lost in the jungle. Along the way we meet a tough old bird who's exterior is peeled back to reveal a lost, tender woman who really can love. We meet our heroine after she's lost in the maze of her own mind for most of the story as she confronts her own desire to procreate. And we also meet silly, stereotypical natives. Its a long, grueling story that seems to take forever but in a matter of minutes you've reached the end and yearn for another chapter.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ten Thousand Islands

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Randy Wayne White
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (87)

    Fifteen years ago, a teenage girl found an ancient gold medallion on a small island off the Florida gulf coast. Soon she was having nightmares and later was found hanging from a tree. Although the death was ruled a suicide, the girl's mother, Della, is now sure there was foul play. Her trailer has been vandalized, and her daughter's coffin raided.

    Todd says: "How not to leave a boat."
    "Awesome, like the TV show The Finder, but better"
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    I love this book, I really do. It's like a better, more substantial version of the tv show The Finder. (Its a spin-off from the show Bones) Seriously, listen and enjoy. I'm pretty sure if I find this book in paperback, I'll buy it and actually read it with my eyeballs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Cajun Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Mindy Starns Clark
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (80)

    What secrets can be found by the light of the Cajun moon? New Orleans may be the "Big Easy", but nothing about it was ever easy for international business etiquette expert Chloe Ledet. She moved away years ago, leaving her parents and their famous French Quarter restaurant behind. But when she hears that her father has been shot, she races home to be by his side and to handle his affairs, only to learn a longhidden secret that changes everything she knew to be true about herself and her family.

    Deborah says: "Good clean mystery"
    "Pink and Gold Religion"
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    This is a love story that revolves around pink salt, gold, and religion. I really enjoyed the mystery of the story, the setting, and the characters. The only thing I could have done with out was the religious leading man. In fact, I think if you removed all of his Sunday Preacher moments, this book would be even better. Don't think that there is a ton, but its enough to turn a non-religious off while listening. Still, I enjoyed it enough to listen to it twice and intend on using it for my next 6 hour car trip to visit family. And not because its long, but because its a good listen overall.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Little Giant of Aberdeen County

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Tiffany Baker
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (391)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (132)

    Truly Plaice, an overly large and ungainly girl, is the polar opposite of her sister, Serena Jane, the epitome of feminine perfection. With their parents dead, Truly and Serena Jane are separated: Serena Jane to live a life of privilege as the future May Queen and Truly to live on the outskirts of town, the subject of constant abuse and humiliation.

    Tracie says: "Pretty good - but could have been Truly good!"
    "Good story but doesn't quite meet its potential"
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    The story of a woman growing up in a small town with a form of giant-ism. The writer could have done a better job facing the consequences of rape, runaway wives, suicide, and homosexuality. However given that the book is supposed to be more about an ancestors spell book and a physically unconventional woman learning to love herself, its a good listen. I think if we took every opportunity to make hard life lessons into actual lessons, story telling would be considered education not entertainment, and this book is entertaining in a gentle, slow summer breeze kind of way. Easy listening for sure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew Flinder's Cat

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (442)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (197)

    The story of a drunk, a boy, and a cat. Billy O'Shannessy, once a prominent barrister, is now on the street where he sleeps on a bench outside the State Library. Above him on the window sill rests a bronze statue of Matthew Flinders' cat, Trim. Ryan is a 10-year-old, a near-street kid heading for the usual trouble. The two form an unlikely bond.

    CYNTHIA L SPANNUTH says: "Extraordinary Story"
    "A touching, non-classic story"
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    Its surprising how much you can come to love a drunk and find faith in humanity again based on his platonic friendship with a runaway/homeless kid. I always enjoy a good fiction beyond the he loves her, she loves him, or the action hero who saves the day, or blah blah blah. If you're looking for a simple, sweet story, this is a good choice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Arcadia Falls

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Carol Goodman
    • Narrated By Jen Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (376)
    Performance
    (231)
    Story
    (235)

    In debt after her husband's unexpected death, Meg Rosenthal secures a job as a teacher at an upstate New York boarding school. Leaving suburban Long Island, Meg and her teenage daughter, Sally, embark on a new life in Arcadia Falls, a beautiful but isolated small town and the inspiration for a number of magically eerie fairy tales.

    Lenne says: "Decent book...horrible reader"
    "Good listen"
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    I liked this book. The synopsis is a little off base I think personally, but I very much enjoyed the weaving of fairytales & mystery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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