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Debbie

Gloucester, VA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Born at Midnight: Shadow Falls, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By C. C. Hunter
    • Narrated By Katie Schorr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (355)
    Performance
    (321)
    Story
    (319)

    One night Kylie Galen finds herself at the wrong party, with the wrong people, and it changes her life forever. Her mother ships her off to Shadow Falls - a camp for troubled teens, and within hours of arriving, it becomes painfully clear that her fellow campers aren’t just "troubled". Here at Shadow Falls, vampires, werewolves, shapshifters, witches and fairies train side by side - learning to harness their powers, control their magic, and live in the normal world. Kylie’s never felt normal, but surely she doesn’t belong here with a bunch of paranormal freaks either. Or does she?

    Angela says: "Outstanding!!"
    "Supernatural's Camp"
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    Wow, as if being a teenager dealing with the threat of her parents divorcing and having concerns about her own sanity because she has horrible nightmares and sees ghosts, now she is sent to a camp that she thinks is a punishment for a misunderstanding of events at a friends party. But the camp is not punishment, its a camp for teens who just happen to be supernaturals learning about their abilities as werewolves, witches, vampires and more and how to live in a human world and be accepted.

    Kylie is certain there are no such thing as supernaturals much less that she could be one herself. But she may be wrong about that.

    Its a good story, the characters are interesting and I look forward to following the mystery of Kylie discovering which boy she will choose to learning just what it is she may be.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Orphan Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christina Baker Kline
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1883)
    Performance
    (1668)
    Story
    (1660)

    Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to "aging out" out of the foster care system. A community-service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse.... As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

    Susan says: "Fascinating Journey for Two"
    "Beautiful story"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    I must agree with the other positive reviews Ive read before I picked this story. Its heartwarming and an easy story to fall into. Rarely have I found characters that I felt more for and wanted good things for. It is rich with strong characters who overcome diversity and challenges, people who would be wonderful to know in life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Twilight of Lake Woebegotten

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Harrison Geillor
    • Narrated By Eileen Stevens
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    When Bonnie Grayduck relocates from sunny Santa Cruz California to the small town of Lake Woebegotten, Minnesota, to live with her estranged father, chief of the local two-man police department, she thinks she's leaving her troubles behind. But she soon becomes fascinated by another student - the brooding, beautiful Edwin Scullen, whose reclusive family hides a terrible secret. (Psst: they're actually vampires. But they're the kind who don't eat people, so it's okay.)

    Debbie says: "Enjoyed this more than I thought I would."
    "Enjoyed this more than I thought I would."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it was familiar but took alternate routes that made this a new and interesting version of Twilight. Nicely done.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Narrator, referring to the character in the story not Eileen Stevens who did fit well for this audio.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Bonnie "turning" process and who caused it was fitting even if it were predictable.


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

    The last chapter and how the "Narrator" put the possibility to a great conclusion of this book together.


    Any additional comments?

    I would not call this a spoof as I would interpret that to mean a comic version. I did not find this funny but an alternate version of Twilight, making this for me a different story altogether.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night Broken: Mercy Thompson, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1044)
    Performance
    (974)
    Story
    (974)

    An unexpected phone call heralds a new challenge for Mercy. Her mate Adam’s ex-wife is in trouble, on the run from a stalker. Adam isn’t the kind of man to turn away a person in need—and Mercy knows it. But with Christy holed up in Adam’s house, Mercy can’t shake the feeling that something about the situation isn’t right. Soon her suspicions are confirmed when she learns that Christy has the furthest thing from good intentions. She wants Adam back, and she’s willing to do whatever it takes to get him, including turning Adam’s pack against Mercy.

    Hassan says: "Good Addition!!"
    "Great series"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Of course, this is my one of my top favorite series. Ive read them all and they have been consistently a great read.


    What other book might you compare Night Broken to and why?

    Another series by Allyson James, The Storm Walker series is very similar in the strength of the main character .


    What about Lorelei King’s performance did you like?

    I also follow Lorelei King as narrator. I am amazed that she can perform Mercy Thompson very convincingly and then she can also perform male voices just as well and can also make several male voices different and distinctive from each other. She helps to make this book even better not that the story itself lacks in anyway.


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

    Yes, I could not put it down until finished.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Moon Lake

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Billie Sue Mosiman
    • Narrated By Commodore James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Angie moved with her father from St. Louis to the deep south town of Moon Lake, Mississippi. The lake was huge and peaceful, but the high school wasn't very friendly and Tyeson Dompier thought he owned the lake and everyone who lived around it. He wanted Angie for himself the way he'd had every girl he wanted, but his cruelty ruined everything.

    Debbie says: "Wow, what a ride this was."
    "Wow, what a ride this was."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Moon Lake to be better than the print version?

    Ive only heard this story in Audio and it was really good. Commodore James has a great voice for this book, although, the southern accent was not quite right, I wish that had been refined a little more for this reading.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It had me spooked, sad, and cheering. Just what I was looking for.


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

    My first listen of his narration. I could easily choose another of his.


    Who was the most memorable character of Moon Lake and why?

    Tyeson. Yes, he was the villian in this book but I felt that his insanity, due to genetics and his position in the community as a family member of such a prominent family was overlooked, ignored and forgotten in his damaged mind. Allowing him to torture and abuse anyone he chose and get away with it. By humans anyway.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Little Night Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Lucy March
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (959)
    Performance
    (880)
    Story
    (872)

    Olivia Kiskey needs a change. She’s been working at the same Nodaway Falls, New York, waffle house since she was a teenager; not a lot of upward mobility there. She’s been in love with Tobias, the cook, for the last four years; he's never made a move. Intent on shaking things up, Olivia puts her house on the market, buys a one-way ticket to Europe, and announces her plans to her friends - but then she meets Davina Granville, a strange and mystical Southern woman....

    Elizabeth says: "Not quite Molly Harper, but not bad.."
    "I hope this becomes a long series"
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    What did you love best about A Little Night Magic?

    It stayed interesting through entire reading.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Davina, I was taken by surprise by this character and the part she played in this story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The explosion at the Diner.


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyable read that pulled me in. Good story and characters. I look forward to reading more Lucy March.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jennifer McMahon
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (144)

    West Hall, Vermont, has always been a town of strange disappearances and old legends. The most mysterious is that of Sara Harrison Shea, who, in 1908, was found dead in the field behind her house just months after the tragic death of her daughter, Gertie. Now, in present day, 19-year-old Ruthie lives in Sara's farmhouse with her mother, Alice, and her younger sister, Fawn. Alice has always insisted that they live off the grid, a decision that suddenly proves perilous when Ruthie wakes up one morning to find that Alice has vanished without a trace. Searching for clues, she is startled to find a copy of Sara Harrison Shea's diary....

    Susie says: "Atmospheric, Haunting, and Addictive"
    "Mysterious and spooky"
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    What did you love best about The Winter People?

    This one had a slow start for me, it begins with Sarah's diary and it is read in such a morose and raspy way that almost turned me off to the book. As I hate to waste a credit I continued and soon enough I found it drew me in unitl I had to learn if it was insanity or true monsters that plagued these people. It got better and better so glad a stuck to it.


    What other book might you compare The Winter People to and why?

    Hmm, I cant think of another Ive read like this but it was well worth my time in the end.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, she did. She did translate the sadness and soul of the characters very well. You can feel the depression.


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

    Oh I did cry toward the end when Sarah finally learns about how her daughter died and that she and her husband's love for her is very endearing.


    Any additional comments?

    I found slow areas for me but they were resolved quickly enough. A good spooky book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Eye: Pennies for the Ferryman

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jim Bernheimer
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (273)
    Performance
    (251)
    Story
    (253)

    "My name is Mike Ross. I'm a Ferryman. I help people with ghost problems, or ghosts with people problems. Funny thing, no one ever helps me with my problems. Civil War ghosts bent on killing me, Skinwalkers who just want my body, and a vindictive spirit linked both to my bloodline and my destiny... It turns out the dead still hold a good deal of influence over the world, and they don't want to give it up. I'm in way over my head. Fortunately, I'm too stubborn to quit."

    DonNel says: "Like Harry Dresden? You will love Michael Ross!"
    "Not Bad, I mostly enjoyed this one"
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    Where does Dead Eye: Pennies for the Ferryman rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Well, there are a few areas that feel rushed or could have been more complete. For example, in the beginning his realization that he could see ghosts was accepted by this injured soldier so easily was a little out of character for him and although this was a bother for me it did not stop this from being a fair story and I did download the second. I just ignored this and got into the rest of the story. Not Bad.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dead Eye: Pennies for the Ferryman?

    His first physical contact with the "mother ghost" . There is physical pain involved to his touching ghosts and this was a cool concept.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    His bus rides and how his pride is hurt and I felt sympathy and his injuries.


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

    A soldiers job is never done.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • An Open Spook: A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By E. J. Copperman
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    In an all-new novella in E.J. Copperman’s “funny, charming, and thoroughly enjoyable” (Spinetingler Magazine) series, the storm of the century bears down on the haunted guesthouse, and stirs up a gale of memories for a troubled ghost. Haunted guesthouse owner Alison Kerby may have only recently discovered her ability to communicate with ghosts, but for her mother Loretta, it’s been a lifelong gift.

    PeachPecan says: "Having a Good Time"
    "Love this angle for this great series"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you have been reading and are a fan of this series, you will know Loretta, Allison's mother. She is also a medium or seer of ghosts and she has the most adorable personality and I was very happy to read this addition in her voice and point of view. Endearing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The best was that Loretta was the main character...and she is a "character" for sure. Fun addition to the series.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The floating Roasted Chicken was really cute.


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

    Oh yes, as Ive been leading to in previous comments...this is one of my favorite series and this book is a cherry on top.


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoy Molly Harper, Lucy March and that type of humor, strength in female characters and a "real feel" to relationships of all types then I have no doubt you will enjoy E. J. Copperman as well as I do.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bigfoot Hunters: Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Rick Gualtieri
    • Narrated By Charlie Romanelli
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    Evolution is about to be kicked in the teeth by some very large feet. It started with a few missing hikers, a not uncommon occurrence for the remote town of Bonanza Creek. Now it's about to get a lot worse. The legendary creatures known as Sasquatch are emerging from the woods, and they're hell-bent on slaughtering everything in their path. The only ones standing in their way are a group of wayward campers, a few scared survivors, and the crew of a cable TV show.

    Nathan says: "Excellent. Thrills right of the bat!"
    "Cujo on Steroids"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this one. Its a classic set up for a nightmare, slasher type story. A group of young adults trekking off into the woods where you would expect them to meet with psychopath in the deep woods...and they do, just not The Crazy you may be expecting.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Danni, She is smart and strong.... making for a pretty good heroine.


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

    His "psycho voice" is really creepy. I loved those parts.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The graphic kills could be intense.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night of the Living Deed

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By E.J. Copperman
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (285)
    Performance
    (267)
    Story
    (264)

    Newly divorced Alison Kerby wants a second chance for herself and her nine-year-old daughter. She's returned to her hometown on the Jersey Shore to transform a Victorian fixer-upper into a charming-and profitable guest house. One small problem: the house is haunted, and the two ghosts insist Alison must find out who killed them.

    Zeny says: "So Happy I Found E.J. Copperman"
    "Enjoyable and entertaining."
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    Would you listen to Night of the Living Deed again? Why?

    Yes, I do plan to revisit this book and the whole series in the future. It had all the elements I enjoy for a well written and narrated listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked how the resident ghosts were introduced to the story line.


    Which character – as performed by Amanda Ronconi – was your favorite?

    No true favorites, Amanda Ronconi is one of my favorite narrators and she brings a great flavor to each character she reads. She can bring a strength to most lead characters that is not always found in audio.


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

    Yes, and actually did go through this whole series very quickly. I am hoping more in this series comes soon, Ill be first in line to pick them up.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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