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M&M

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  • One for the Money

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lori Petty
    Overall
    (778)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (196)

    Meet Stephanie Plum, a bounty hunter with attitude. Desperate for work, with her Miata repossessed and her refrigerator empty, she cons her way into a job as an "apprehension agent" for a bail bondsman. This best selling debut earned Evanovich nominations for the Edgar, Anthony, Agatha, Shamus, and Macavity awards.

    Connie says: "Abridged......Left out so much!"
    "Introducing Stephanie Plum"
    Overall

    This is a really fun book to listen to. I wish there was an unabridged version. I also wish they would reissue this with a different reader. Lorelei King who does many of the later books is much better.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Castaways in Time: The After Cilmeri Series, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Sarah Woodbury
    • Narrated By Laurel Schroeder
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    With a scarlet-fever epidemic raging throughout London, a rogue baron on the loose, a new baby keeping him up at night, and a kingdom to run, the last thing David has time for is a trip to the 21st century. But as he should know by now, time waits for no man, not even the king of England.

    M&M says: "Better Than Reading the Book!"
    "Better Than Reading the Book!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I've read all the books in the After Cilmeri series and love them all. This one had been my least favorite - until I listened to it on audio. Listening gave me new perspective on the story and changed my opinion significantly.
    Callum and Cassie, who have become two of my favorite characters, play a significant role in this particular story as they travel from the middle ages forward to the 21st century with David. Because they come from modern times originally and because of their very different backgrounds, they add new dimensions and depth to the ensemble of characters. Back in modern Wales, they are pursued by various government agencies who all want to learn about time travel and find some way to take advantage of it for their own purposes. Meanwhile, in the middle ages, Lilly, Anna, and the others are dealing with a full scale war brought by one of David's enemies. I liked that the other characters were able to successfully operate without David's direction although you could feel his influence working throughout.
    I thought once the story line moved from being primarily about Wales (after David became King of England) that it would become less and less interesting, but that has not been the case at all. Ms. Woodbury has found ways to keep the story moving ahead and keep it fresh and interesting. At the end of each book, I think she couldn't possibly continue the story any longer at the high level of interest and quality. I'm thrilled to say I've been wrong - every single time. Each story has left me anxiously awaiting the next installment. Listening to this story makes me want to reread the next one, Ashes of Time.
    If you've only read the After Cilmeri series, you're missing out on an important part of the enjoyment which to me is hearing tongue-twisting, yet melodic Welsh words. Take a break from the modern world and step into this alternate universe's version of the middle ages.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Exiles in Time: The After Cilmeri Series

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Sarah Woodbury
    • Narrated By Laurel Schroeder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Two years in Afghanistan; four years working for MI5, the British security service; and the death of both of his parents from cancer. At the age of 34, Callum thought he'd experienced the worst that life could throw at him. That was until his boss ordered him to open a buried file on his desk and to take it seriously. His new assignment: to detain and question a pregnant woman and her ailing husband - and, if need be, to stop them from returning to medieval Wales.

    SBlass says: "Gets Better And Better"
    "One of my favorite of the series"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended the After Cilmeri series to all my friends. Even though I've read each book in the series several times, I've been looking forward to the experience of listening to them. The audio version makes the characters really come alive for me. I can't wait for the next one!


    What other book might you compare Exiles in Time to and why?

    These aren't your typical time travel stories. The author has created more of an alternate universe that gives you a feel for how it would be to be a modern person transported back to medieval times. The characters bring modern ideas and ways of thinking into their daily lives and are also changed by the times in which they now live.


    What about Laurel Schroeder’s performance did you like?

    I love hearing the Welsh words pronounced because it's almost impossible to figure out how to say them - even though the author provides a pronunciation guide in the beginning of each book.


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

    I can't pick out just one particular moment, but what I liked best about the book in general was the growing relationship between Collum and Cassie. They're both from the present and had no say in being sent back to medieval Wales. Each has been struggling to make the best of it. Fortunately, their prior experiences allow them to adapt more quickly than some. Collum was in special forces so he's familiar with fighting and Cassie, part Native American, was taught by her grandfather important outdoor activities that helped her to survive, such as using bow and arrows and hunting.


    Any additional comments?

    Be sure to read the After Cilmeri books in order. I've grown so attached to Llywelyn that it's hard for me to read non-fiction history books in which he is murdered. It's just too sad. I prefer this alternate universe in which he's saved and has a happier life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Red Queen: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (963)
    Performance
    (626)
    Story
    (639)

    Heiress to the red rose of Lancaster, Margaret Beaufort never surrenders her belief that her house is the true ruler of England and that she has a great destiny before her. Her ambitions are disappointed when her sainted cousin Henry VI fails to recognize her as a kindred spirit, and she is even more dismayed when he sinks into madness.

    Karin says: "Good book, unsympathetic heroine"
    "Great writing, unlikeable main character"
    Overall

    Margaret Beaufort is one of those intriguing people whose role is pivotal in history but whose name we barely recognize. She is a descendent (although somewhat indirectly) of Edward I of England and eventually mother of the boy who became Henry VII. Of the Lancaster line, her whole life was supposedly devoted to marrying the right men, making the right allies and putting her son on the throne of England where she believed he should be instead of the one of the Yorks. The War of the Roses is a fascinating time in English history, full of intrigue, extreme ambition and violence. According to this story, she fancied herself a sort of Joan of Arc of England who was chosen by God to put the rightful king on the throne. There's some doubt in my mind that at that point the Lancaster's claim was any stronger than the York's but it all came down to who could out maneuver the other. She believed she was on God's mission but never questioned if it was truly God's work or her own ego that drove her. In short, I got bored with her self-righteous attitude and found myself disliking her intensely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38009)
    Performance
    (28708)
    Story
    (29115)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "I couldn't stop listening"
    Overall

    I bought this book because it was a Nancy Pearl recommendation and it sounded intriguing. A post-apocalyptic story in which teenagers are chosen by lottery and forced to fight to the death? How could that be anything but depressing? The book was not at all what I was expecting. This is a great story with unforgettable and well-developed characters that looks what happens when the people with power do everything they can to force others into submission through fear and intimidation.
    In spite of everything that the main character goes through, she manages to retain her humanity and her sense of right and wrong. Part of what keeps Katniss on track is her relationship with her fellow competitor, Peeta whose kindness and devotion are so strong that Katniss it helps her see things more clearly. Although this book is intended for teenage readers, I found myself in love with the characters and hooked on this unusual coming of age story.
    Now I can't wait to see what happens in the next two books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anne of Green Gables

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By L.M. Montgomery
    • Narrated By Barbara Caruso
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (290)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (181)

    On Prince Edward Island, aging siblings Mathew and Marilla Cuthbert decide to adopt a boy to help with chores around the farm. But when Mathew arrives at the train platform, the only living creature in sight, legs dangling from the piles of shingles where she sits, is a freckled, green-eyed, redheaded little girl. Mathew senses immediately that life at Green Gables is going to be very different. And how right he is.

    Catherine says: "kindred spirit"
    "One of my favorites"
    Overall

    I love the Anne of Green Gables series and I really enjoyed listening to it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All Things Bright and Beautiful

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By James Herriot
    • Narrated By Christopher Timothy
    Overall
    (730)
    Performance
    (368)
    Story
    (373)

    Herriot continues the rich and rewarding day-to-day life of a small-town veterinarian, and we journey with him across the dales, meeting a whole new cast of unforgettable characters - humans, dogs, horses, lambs, parakeets - all of them drawn with the same infinite fascination, affection and insight that made James Herriot one of the most beloved authors of our time. And all the stories are warmly, evocatively told by the world-renowned "voice" of Dr. Herriot: Christopher Timothy.

    meredith says: "Marred by background noise"
    "Heart-warming stories"
    Overall

    Even if you're not familiar with the BBC series or the book by the same name, you'll still enjoy these heart-warming animal stories. Taking place mainly during the 30's and 40's in Yorkshire, England, Herriot's descriptions of the characters he encounters -- both human and animal -- often make me laugh out loud or bring me to tears.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Four to Score

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1236)
    Performance
    (796)
    Story
    (802)

    Stephanie Plum, Trenton, New Jersey's favorite pistol-packing, condom-carrying bounty hunter, is back and on the trail of a revenge-seeking waitress who's skipped bail. With the help of 73-year-old Grandma Mazur, ex-hooker Lula, a transvestite musician named Sally Sweet, and the all-too-hospitable, all-too-sexy Joe Morelli, Stephanie might just catch her woman.

    Mike says: "Narrator was great!"
    "Enjoyable listen"
    Overall

    Love the story but I wish Lorelei King had been the reader.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The King's General

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Daphne Du Maurier
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    Honor Harris is only eighteen when she first meets Richard Grenvile, proud, reckless - and utterly captivating. But following a riding accident, Honor must reconcile herself to a life alone. As Richard rises through the ranks of the army, marries and makes enemies, Honor remains true to him, and finally discovers the secret of Menabilly.

    Rebecca says: ""Generally" Good, pun intended"
    "Fascinating historical romance"
    Overall

    This story is set against the backdrop of the conflict between Cromwell and the King of England, Charles I. It's one of the ultimate stories of yearning and devotion to a love that can never be.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rebecca

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Daphne du Maurier
    • Narrated By Anna Massey
    Overall
    (238)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (50)

    This mysterious tale is the best known and best loved of du Maurier's work. After honeymooning in Italy, the dashing Max de Winter returns to Manderley, his beautiful country estate, with his innocent young bride. But the unsettling presence of Rebecca (the first Mrs. de Winter) still lingers within the mansion's rooms and halls, and most of all in the persistent reminders from the grim housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers.

    Amazon Customer says: "Rebecca"
    "Great classic"
    Overall

    This is one of the best ever thrillers! This story has it's roots in Austen and Bronte and has been an influence on all romance stories that have followed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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