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Deborah

Burke, VA, United States

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  • The Signature of All Things: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1352)
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    (1231)
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    (1242)

    In The Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction, inserting her inimitable voice into an enthralling story of love, adventure and discovery. Spanning much of the 18th and 19th centuries, the novel follows the fortunes of the extraordinary Whittaker family as led by the enterprising Henry Whittaker - a poor-born Englishman who makes a great fortune in the South American quinine trade, eventually becoming the richest man in Philadelphia.

    Molly-o says: "Don't miss this one"
    "A well written tale, masterfully read."
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    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the narrator made it an exceptional listen. It's a family saga, told from the daughter's point of view, and recounts her life and adventures through the 1800's. It is also an unusual tale of a strong, well educated woman of this time period, who has maximum freedom to live a life that few women could at the time. I did question some of Gilbert's choices in Alma's life and it's certainly not a happy, fairy tale type of story, but nonetheless, it is well researched and beautifully told.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Drums of Autumn

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7536)
    Performance
    (5135)
    Story
    (5124)

    Twice Claire has used an ancient stone circle to travel back to the 18th century. The first time she found love with a Scottish warrior but had to return to the 1940s to save their unborn child. The second time, 20 years later, she reunited with her lost love but had to leave behind the daughter that he would never see. Now Brianna, from her 1960s vantage point, has found a disturbing obituary and will risk everything in an attempt to change history.

    Frances M says: "You listened, Audible!"
    "Not her best book."
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    Of all the books in this series, this so far is the worst. The character of Brianna is so annoying and written as a silly, willful female who makes decisions that make no sense. Parts of this book really lost me.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Miranda Beverly-Whittemore
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (137)

    On scholarship at a prestigious East Coast college, ordinary Mabel Dagmar is surprised to befriend her roommate, the beautiful, wild, blue-blooded Genevra Winslow. Ev invites Mabel to spend the summer at Bittersweet, her cottage on the Vermont estate where her family has been holding court for more than a century. Before she knows it, she has everything she’s ever wanted: friendship, a boyfriend, access to wealth, and, most of all, for the first time in her life, the sense that she belongs. But as Mabel becomes an insider, a terrible discovery leads to shocking violence....

    RueRue says: "Waste of Time"
    "Worst narration ever!"
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    I tried three times to listen to this book, but gave up and will read it in print instead. This narrator is so bad , she grates on every last nerve. She reads dialogue like every sentence is a pleading whine, and the last word is ground to a gravelly end or hard long consonant. I can't get into the story because her reading is so distracting.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Winter's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Mark Helprin
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (618)
    Performance
    (434)
    Story
    (443)

    One night, Peter Lake - orphan, master-mechanic, and master second-story man - attempts to rob a fortress-like mansion on the Upper West Side. Though he thinks the house is empty, the daughter of the house is home. Thus begins the affair between the middle-aged Irish burglar and Beverly Penn, a young girl who is dying. Because of a love that at first he cannot fully understand, Peter, a simple and uneducated man, will be driven "to stop time and bring back the dead".

    David says: "Great book and narrator - bad technical glitch"
    "I wanted to love this..."
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    The first part of this story kept me very interested and enjoying the characters. The second part was so mixed up and filled with crazy, even unnecessary characters that I was sad for the story to go so awry. The best part by far, was the narrator who made the characters live. I wanted him to go on even though the story needed to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How the Light Gets In: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1234)
    Performance
    (1114)
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    (1113)

    Shadows are falling on the usually festive Christmas season for Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. When Gamache receives a message from Myrna Landers that a longtime friend has failed to arrive for Christmas in the village of Three Pines, he welcomes the chance to get away from the city. Gamache soon discovers the missing woman was once one of the most famous people not just in North America, but in the world, and now goes unrecognized by virtually everyone. As events come to a head, Gamache is drawn ever deeper into the world of Three Pines.

    Nancy J says: "Welcome Home!"
    "An exceptional story"
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    It took me a while to get into this book, get the characters straight, and follow the various threads, but once I did I couldn't stop listening until I finished. It's a beautiful pairing of an excellant story and a perfect narrator. I loved the setting, the reference to the Dionne quintuplets, the personal stories woven into the larger story, layered over the big story! And the characters are all unique and yet very much like people you know. The dialogue was wise, sarcastic and humorous, but never phony.
    It's my first book by Louise Penny but I just downloaded several more to start at the beginning. This is a wonderful mystery story with so much heart.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5239)
    Performance
    (3006)
    Story
    (3048)

    Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

    avid reader says: "Hours of enjoyable, fun listening"
    "I didn't want this book to end..."
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    I enjoyed this book so much I tried to stretch it out as long as possible, though I couldn't wait to listen everyday. I loved the story and the history it recounted, as well as the main characters Eliza, Nell and Cassandra. As a young girl I was an avid reader of fairy tales and Ms. Morton beautifully wove Eliza's tales into the story. I will miss this book now that it's finished, and since I've read all of Kate Morton's others, I will wait impatiently for her next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • NOS4A2: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Kate Mulgrew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3193)
    Performance
    (2956)
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    (2959)

    Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

    Jacqueline says: "Finish to Start Excellent is Novel This"
    "A disappointment to me..."
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    I've read a lot of positive reviews for this book, but sadly, I have to disagree with them. I found it very overwrought, wordy and unneccessarily sexually graphic. The language, especially his free use of the "C" word when referring to women, insults me. I just hate the word and it seems to be having a revival with some male authors.
    I found the story compelling, but the writing got in the way. In a book like this, I think "less is more" is the way to build tension, and the repetition of events from several characters did not add to the tale. This is the first book of his I've read so my criticism is only of this book, not the author in general.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Joyland

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Michael Kelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3252)
    Performance
    (3004)
    Story
    (3006)

    Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. Joyland is a brand-new novel and has never previously been published.

    Cozy Reader says: "The sweest and creepiest coming of age story!"
    "Loved this book!"
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    This was such a good story and the characters written in such a genuine way, I found myself tearing up several times. Being about the same age as the narrator, many of the recollections and interactions felt real and familiar. King makes you feel like you are there, taking part in the story. This is a short but well done novel I highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ship of Magic: The Liveship Traders, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (741)
    Performance
    (517)
    Story
    (515)

    Bingtown is a hub of exotic trade and home to a merchant nobility famed for its liveships---rare vessels carved from wizardwood, which ripens magically into sentient awareness. The fortunes of one of Bingtown's oldest families rest on the newly awakened liveship Vivacia. For Althea Vestrit, the ship is her rightful legacy unjustly denied her---a legacy she will risk anything to reclaim.

    Lorena says: "Something altogether new"
    "very good story"
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    I enjoyed this story for it's originality and characters. The fact that I really hated a few of them attests to how well they were depicted. I'm looking forward to reading book two.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wind Through the Keyhole: The Dark Tower

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2345)
    Performance
    (2141)
    Story
    (2124)

    In The Wind Through the Keyhole, Stephen King has returned to the rich landscape of Mid-World. This story within a story within a story finds Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, in his early days during the guilt-ridden year following his mother’s death. Sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a "skin-man", Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, a brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast’s most recent slaughter.

    Amazon Customer says: "An exceptional story, but I miss George Guidall."
    "very disappointed"
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    What a waste. King should have left the Dark Tower series alone. This revisiting of the story somewhere in the middle of the series is such a let down. And he should never be allowed to narrate a book on tape again. It's somewhere between boring and coma-inducing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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