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Sonya

LIHUE, HI, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Fall from Grace: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Richard North Patterson
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (211)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (171)

    The mysterious, violent death of a prominent New England patriarch exposes a nest of dark family secrets in bestselling author Richard North Patterson’s twentieth compelling novel. Adam Blaine arrives on the island of Martha’s Vineyard to attend the funeral of his estranged father, Ben Blaine, a famous and charismatic writer who has served as patriarch of his clan for many years.

    Sonya says: "Worth my credit!"
    "Worth my credit!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Fall from Grace again? Why?

    Yes. I usually go back to the stories I give 5 stars too.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, if the


    What does Dennis Boutsikaris bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    He is the reason I decided to download the audiobook. Popular mysteries aren't usually my thin, but sometimes I'm open to trying something other than a romance novel and Mr. Boutsikaris sample was clear and strong and I can't explain how I was so drawn to his voice.


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

    Patterson is an excellent wordsmith. I did not laugh or cry ... but I did thrill, gasp and sniffed through the scandalous plot. I liked that this story was set within the confines of a small town and that it navigated slippery family issues.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The PMS Murder: A Jaine Austen Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Laura Levine
    • Narrated By Brittany Pressley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    On the frontlines of the battle of the bulge, otherwise known as trying on bathing suits in the communal dressing room at Loehmann's, freelance writer Jaine Austen makes a new friend - a wannabe actress named Pam - and gets a new job: sprucing up Pam's bare-bones resume.

    Beatrice says: "A+++"
    "Read to relax"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    1) Lovable heroine
    2) After 3 books, I've come to really appreciate the narrator's performance of each character.
    3) Storyline is an easy read without being half-baked.
    4) Writer comes up with some pretty original and witty lines, found myself laughing despite my initial detachment from narrator's performance. (Now I like her).


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

    No. At first I thought her performance was over-the-top but now I like her and appreciate how it makes the heroine more likable.


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

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Lee Strobel
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    A corrupt judge in a mob murder case. A disillusioned pastor, hungry for power. A cynical reporter, sniffing for a scandal. A gambling addict whose secret tape threatens the lives of everyone who hears it. New York Times best-selling author, Lee Strobel, weaves these edgy characters into an intricate thriller set in a gleaming, suburban megachurch, a big-city newspaper struggling for survival, and the shadowy corridors of political intrigue.

    J. says: "Quite surprised"
    "An Easy & Intriguing Read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes because ... see below.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The storyline is a nice easy mystery that I could enjoy without having to think too hard - it kept me interested in the unfolding of the plot. I like how he presents and explores the themes of cynicism, pride and redemption. I was also pleasantly surprised at his subtle sense of humor, I wasn't expecting this from a writer who usually explores apologetics.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    I've listened to other Scott Brick narrated titles and I just like his clear voice. I suppose his lower-register voice perfectly keeps my attention and I never have to rewind because I can't make out what he read.


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

    Strobel is a good storyteller - I would love to see him write more fiction.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Left Behind: A Novel of the Earth's Last Days

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Tim LaHaye, Jerry B. Jenkins
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (565)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (149)

    What would happen if millions of people around the world suddenly disappeared one day? In this fascinating apocalyptic thriller, best-selling Christian inspirational authors LaHaye and Jenkins pool their considerable talents to answer that question. Narrator Richard Ferrone's unusually deep and hypnotic voice will keep you right in the middle of this not-unimaginable end of the world nightmare.

    Shannon L Hendon says: "Great series!"
    "Put aside our fear and skepticism & try."
    Overall

    Not to be preachy, but you'll miss out on a very good story.

    For believers in Christ, this is a great way to explore the reality of the one thing we are waiting for, the Second Coming. While this is only one theory about that time, it's a great way to visualize and understand what those complicated Revelation verses mean.

    For non-believers, if you enjoy thrillers -- listen. The characters are real, well-developed and the plot is intriguing. The authors take a Biblical theory and write a very gripping tale with great action. But of course, I pray that you'll find more than a good read.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Call Me Irresistible

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Shannon Cochran
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1011)
    Performance
    (466)
    Story
    (452)

    Call Me Irresistible is the book Susan Elizabeth Phillips's readers have long awaited. Ted, better known as "little Teddy," the nine-year-old heartbreak kid from Phillips's first best seller, Fancy Pants, and as "young Teddy," the hunky new college graduate in Lady Be Good, is all grown up now—along with Lucy from First Lady and Meg from What I Did for Love. They're ready to take center stage in a saucy, funny, and highly addictive tale fans will love.

    "unknown" says: "SEP is Back In The Game!! Loved It!"
    "Just listen!"
    Overall

    Where SEP comes up with her ideas for a story line are beyond me and that is why I personally LOVE THEM. And the author's tongue-in-cheek runs satisfyingly high in this novel. Expect to laugh, snicker, guffaw, and even cackle through out the listen. The romance builds up in a unique and satisfying development. The heroine is spunky but not smug. No excuses are made for her flaws; real life flaws that we can all relate to --- so you can't help but champion the heroine's endeavor to overcome.

    Adding her own distinct mark, Shannon Cochran fills in beautifully for the dearly missed Anna Fields. In my humble opinion, should now and forever be THE voice of an SEP audio production. Her voice is natural and she is very adept of giving each character their own unique tone. She conveys ALL the emotions, especially humor with excellent timing.





    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Maybe This Time

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1421)
    Performance
    (791)
    Story
    (792)

    When Andie tries to gain closure with her ex-husband, he asks one final favor of her. A distant cousin has died and left North the guardian of two orphans. When Andie meets the two children, she realizes the situation is much worse than she feared. Carter and Alice aren’t your average delinquents, and the creepy old house where they live is being run by the worst housekeeper since Mrs. Danvers. Complicating matters is Andie’s fiancé’s suspicion that this is all a plan by North to get Andie back.

    Jessica says: "Loved This Book"
    "There's a reason it's one of Audible's Best"
    Overall

    Jennifer Crusie has written quite a gem of a story. It's been a while since I've been blown away by a superbly imaginitive storyline backed by a strong herione and other endearing characters and this story is certainly told with a refreshing and insightful voice.

    Angela Dawe, my new favorite narrator, is the perfect voice for the spunky heroine! She's the type of narrator that makes me choose to listen to an audiobook that I probably wouldn't have listened to.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Allie Larkin
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (425)
    Performance
    (286)
    Story
    (284)

    Savannah “Van” Leone has loved Peter since the day they met. The problem is, Peter has loved Van’s best friend, Janie, since the moment they met. And now they’re walking down the aisle, with Van standing nearby in a Halloween-orange bridesmaid dress, her smile as hollow as one on a jack-o’-lantern. After the wedding Van drowns her sorrows in Kool-Aid-vodka cocktails and reruns of Rin Tin Tin, and does what any woman in her situation would do: She buys a German Shepherd over the Internet.

    Patricia says: "Love dogs? You will love this book"
    "Interestingly Honest ... I like the narrator."
    Overall

    This is my first book from this author and I was quite pleased. I like how she (the author) explores an awkward and heartbreaking love triangle. My only complaint (if that) is that it could have been longer!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Undead and Unwed: Queen Betsy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By MaryJanice Davidson
    • Narrated By Nancy Wu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1743)
    Performance
    (756)
    Story
    (752)

    Waking up in a tacky coffin and wearing off-brand shoes, Betsy Taylor can't believe the horrible turn her life has taken; then she discovers she's a vampire. Soon, Betsy becomes a participant in a power struggle between the forces of darkness. With only her friend Jessica and the hunky vampire Sinclair to help her, this new "Queen of Vampires" will have a tough time getting her afterlife straight.

    Vanessa says: "Great Concept / Annoying Character"
    "Smart and Sassy"
    Overall

    If you like smart and sassy heroines, cheeky dialouge with witty comebacks and a smart but easy to follow plot line then you should have a listen. The production of the audio is very good as well - Nancy Wu's voice is crisp and I personally LOVED her reading.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Voice in the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Francine Rivers
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1059)
    Performance
    (627)
    Story
    (638)

    This heart-stirring tale of a young slave girl, torn between her love for a handsome aristocrat and her faith in God, transcends genres with its awe-inspiring power and emotional intensity.

    Allicia says: "Christian Fiction That Doesn't Back Down"
    "An truly blessed author"
    Overall

    Nevermind that the story itself was unbelievably rich and entertaining and satisfying. Nevermind that the narrator has the deep voice that IS like a "voice in the wind". Ms. Rivers is certainly touched with the grace and love that she writes for her characters. In one work of fiction, she compellingly conveys the grace and love of the God she writes about.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Mistress of the Art of Death: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ariana Franklin
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1059)
    Performance
    (333)
    Story
    (333)

    In medieval England, four children have been murdered, and the townsfolk blame their Jewish neighbors. The doctor chosen to investigate is a woman, Adelia. As she examines the victims and retraces their last steps, she must conceal her true identity in order to avoid accusations of witchcraft. Along the way, she's assisted by Sir Rowley Picot, a man with a personal stake in the investigation. A former Crusader knight, Rowley may be a needed friend - or the fiend for whom they are searching.

    Irenehope says: "History-Mystery of the Year & its only March"
    "Great Storytelling."
    Overall

    It's true that it seemed that five sentences were necessary to convey one concept but most of descriptions are rich; the unravelling of a facinating story line is the reward.

    I do concede however that some concepts were simple enough NOT To require the 5 sentences written to convey the point. But overall, a good read.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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