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Carol

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  • Blood of the Prodigal: An Amish-Country Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By P. L. Gaus
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (140)

    In the wooded Amish hill country, a professor at a small college, a local pastor, and the county sheriff are the only ones among the mainstream, or "English", who possess the instincts and skills to work the cases that impact all county residents, no matter their code of conduct or religious creed. When an Amish boy is kidnapped, a bishop, fearful for the safety of his followers, plunges three outsiders into the traditionally closed society of the "Plain Ones".

    Greg says: "A Solid 4 for kids"
    "Complex plot excellent start for series."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it is a compelling story for a lifestyle many can only try to understand. The humanity of people comes through no mater what the lifestyle or religious belief is. In a time when most of people are striving for more, stuff, things and excitement this simple lifestyle mixed with murder and mystery can be complicated to comprehend. The narrator really brings the story to life. The relaxed tone and intonation of the voice made this a great listen,


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

    Simple life is not so simple?


    Any additional comments?

    I will continue to read the series. It's nice to read a complex story with out all the muck and foul language. This is a book with a murder mystery but also good values. It's a nice change to all the bang bang shoot em up stories.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Izzy and Lenore

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Jon Katz
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (323)
    Performance
    (243)
    Story
    (243)

    Jon Katz is the New York Times best-selling author of numerous nonfiction tales of man's best friend. Here he presents the story of two dogs that profoundly affected his life and work. Skittish border collie Izzy pushes him into rewarding work with Hospice. And black lab Lenore's gentle spirit helps remind him why he wanted to work with animals in the first place.

    Dan says: "Amazing Book.."
    "So sad I couldn't finish... it made me depressed."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I don't know I could not make it past chapter 7


    What could Jon Katz have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Given it more hope or if there is something positive or some type of hope at the end it should give a glimmer it will come before one becomes so depressed they can't finish the story.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Sadness, disappointment and depression. I really mean depression. I felt so bad I could not finish the book I listened to 7 of 10 chapters hoping to get to a point where there was something to celebrate or to give hope to a happier ending but it was just so sad all the way through.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flowers for Algernon

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Daniel Keyes
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1496)
    Performance
    (1223)
    Story
    (1231)

    Charlie Gordon knows that he isn't very bright. At 32, he mops floors in a bakery and earns just enough to get by. Three evenings a week, he studies at a center for mentally challenged adults. But all of this is about to change for Charlie. As part of a daring experiment, doctors are going to perform surgery on Charlie's brain. They hope the operation and special medication will increase his intelligence, just as it has for the laboratory mouse, Algernon.

    FanB14 says: "Phenomenal Classic"
    "If Only in Real Life"
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    What did you love best about Flowers for Algernon?

    The way the author deviled right in and got into the real way people are. How we all behave unless we have checks and balances. How at times even the best of us forget to be compassionate but that we can always find our way back.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Flowers for Algernon?

    There were so many great moments in the story. Perhaps it's when Charlie went back to the classroom just before the end.


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

    With the story being so sad I don't think I could have read the book, I may not have been able to listen to the book if there wasn't such warmth in the voices Jeff gave each of the actors.


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

    It made me cry. We all have had good and bad experiences but unless there is a fatal illness we don't watch our-self fall quite the way Charlie does.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth the listen but not if you are in a down mood. There are times it is so sad it can be hard to keep one's self up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18761)
    Performance
    (12870)
    Story
    (12763)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Three times read and all well worth it"
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    What did you love best about Outlander?

    All the charters are well developed and felt necessary to the story. There is enough true history to give one a desire to believe in the story. Oh and the narrator! Davina Porter has a beautiful voice and has enough diversity to give voice to each of the different charters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Outlander?

    Clair and Jamie's wedding night was quite memorable. In fact there are many well placed romantic and very sexy sections in the book and all seem like they should be there for the story to be full and well rounded. I don't always feel sex scenes in books and movies belong that sometimes they are just there for sex appeal and not to further develop a charter or story. Here, as in the entire series, all are necessary and well written!


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

    I am sure I have but this series is my favorite with her as the narrator. What a talent she has. The narrator is as important to a good digital book as the story it's self. There are some voices I love to listen to and Davina Porter's is certainly one of them!


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

    There are so many moments in the book I cannot choose one to stand out over the others. All I can say is I am quite glad I have the books both physical and digitally because I am sure I will read and listen to them many times. In fact I am in need of a new paper set of the series now.


    Any additional comments?

    I am glad to see the movie come out. I have seen the first pilot/episode and feel the books have been justly represented. I suppose I may have to purchase those too.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Ruby Red: Ruby Red Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Kerstin Gier, Anthea Bell (translator)
    • Narrated By Marisa Calin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (435)
    Performance
    (388)
    Story
    (386)

    Gwyneth Shepherd's sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte has been prepared her entire life for traveling through time. But unexpectedly, it is Gwyneth who, in the middle of class, takes a sudden spin to a different era! Gwyneth must now unearth the mystery of why her mother would lie about her birth date to ward off suspicion about her ability, brush up on her history, and work with Gideon, the time traveler from a similarly gifted family that passes the gene through its male line, and whose presence becomes, in time, less insufferable and more essential.

    betsy says: "Where's the rest?"
    "Nice story. I really enjoyed"
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    Would you listen to Ruby Red again? Why?

    I liked the charters and the way they interact with each other. The story was fun and each book kept me interested


    What other book might you compare Ruby Red to and why?

    Time Travelers Wife


    Which character – as performed by Marisa Calin – was your favorite?

    The main character of course


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

    yes but I never have the time for that


    Any additional comments?

    I purchased the rest of the series after listening to the first book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • True Blue

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1080)
    Performance
    (426)
    Story
    (430)

    Mason "Mace" Perry was a firebrand cop on the D.C. police force until she was kidnapped and framed for a crime. She lost everything-her badge, her career, her freedom-and spent two years in prison. Now she's back on the outside and focused on one mission: to be a cop once more. Her only shot to be a true blue again is to solve a major case on her own, and prove she has the right to wear the uniform.

    Stephen says: "No connection to new heroine"
    "Great story, keeping the reader engaged to the end"
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    David Baldacci is always a good read in my opinion. The story was engaging and held my interests all the way to the end, There was no guessing the ending as there are many twists and turns through the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stormwalker: Stormwalker Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Allyson James
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (189)

    Half-Navajo Janet Begay possesses extraordinary power that is tied to the storms that waft across the desert. The only person who can control her when she's caught in the storm's evocative power is Mick, a dark-haired, blue-eyed biker Janet can't seem to touch with her powers. He can wield fire and not get burned, and Janet's never sure where he goes when they're not together.

    Vicki says: "Gods, Goddesses and Harleys"
    "Slow starter but all in all interesting story"
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    I read all 3 in this series. Each book builds on the next and the story gets better. It doesn't take long to get through each book. Mixing native american folk lore into a newer timeline story was interesting. I would read more from this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wedding Dress

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Rachel Hauck
    • Narrated By Eleni Pappageorge
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (257)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (229)

    Charlotte owns a Birmingham bridal boutique. But with her own wedding day approaching, why can’t she find the perfect dress - or feel certain she should marry Tim? Then Charlotte purchases a vintage dress in a battered trunk at an estate sale. It looks brand-new, shimmering with pearls and satin, hand stitched and timeless in its design. But where did it come from? Who wore it? Charlotte’s search for the gown’s history begins as a distraction from her sputtering love life. But it takes on a life of its own as she comes to know the women who have worn the dress.

    Pamela Dale Foster says: "God Directs Who Wears the Gown Next"
    "Interesting light read."
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    Rachel Hauck is a new author to me. I found the story good and interesting. Not knowing the author I was surprised with how much if felt like I was at church while listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nature Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Lee Adams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (637)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (145)

    Honey Santana, impassioned, willful, possibly bipolar, self-proclaimed "queen of lost causes", has a scheme to help rid the world of irresponsibility, indifference, and dinnertime sales calls. She's taking rude, gullible Relentless, Inc., telemarketer Boyd Shreave and his less-than-enthusiastic mistress, Eugenie, into the wilderness of Florida's Ten Thousand Islands for a gentle lesson in civility. What she doesn't know is that she's being followed by her Honey-obsessed former employer.

    Pamela Faber says: "Well worth the wait!"
    "Light and funny"
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    Looking for a quick easy listen... this is it. I can totally understand how Honey felt, wanting to get back at one of those telemarketers, especially since she felt personally insulted.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Camel Club

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (3130)
    Performance
    (1289)
    Story
    (1293)

    It exists at the fringes of Washington, D.C., has no power, and consists solely of four eccentric and downtrodden members whom society has forgotten. Their simple goal is to find the "truth" behind their country's actions.

    Alex says: "The Good, Bad, and the So-So"
    "Loved the charters and the story..."
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    Just when I thought I had it figured out, I didn't. That's OK as I love it when the plot has twists and turns, enough that it takes a bit to figure it out. A great read. But be careful you may not be able to put it down until you have read the entire book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dog Named Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Greg Kincaid
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (619)
    Performance
    (503)
    Story
    (505)

    Todd, the youngest of four children, has a developmental disability that keeps him at home on the farm with his mother and father. One special holiday season, Todd hears an ad on the radio from a shelter looking for temporary homes for their dogs during the holiday week. When Todd's parents at last give in to his pleas for this charitable cause, the family is faced with an entire shelter full of dogs needing homes.

    Carolina Kat says: "Best Audible Book Yet! DON'T MISS IT"
    "Funny, sad, predictable and over all great!"
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    This book was funny most of all. A little predictable at times but that is what made it so good. It is a story filled with warmth and made me think about naming one of my future pets Christmas just because of this story. I liked that is was not sappy but hit all the feel good things one likes in a short listen. I will listen to this again.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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