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Love Romance, Suspense, strong character development a must. Authors I go to: Erik Larson (NF), Stephen King, Suzanne Brockmann, Susan Elizabeth Phillips,

Columbia, MO, United States | Member Since 2009

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FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • Wrangled and Tangled: Blacktop Cowboys, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Lorelei James
    • Narrated By Scarlet Chase
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (173)

    The West was not so wild for Janie Fitzhugh. Living with her rancher husband, Abe Lawson, in rural Wyoming nearly broke her spirit, so she left. But eight years later, she returns to Muddy Gap to take a job at a new resort. When an unexpected danger arises, Abe seizes the chance to protect Janie and prove he's a changed man. Janie's employer at the Split Rock Ranch and Resort, Renner Jackson, has gotten himself tangled up in a devil's bargain trying to finish the construction. His new partner's daughter, Tierney Pratt, is a spoiled daddy's girl and off-limits-no matter how drop-dead gorgeous she is.

    Mary says: "The Good Stuff"
    "Mumbled and Jumbled - try a paperback"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes - the style of narration is mumbled. The "acting" is not what I am used to from other writers. I have read many of Lorelei James books and enjoyed them but this is so garbled it's hard to follow.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Nothing Really


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator should consider emphasizing consonant sounds even when using western dialect. A story is no good is the reader only "hears" half of it.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    Understanding what was said and much better character development. I really didn't care if any of these characters lived or died. I didn't "know" any of them.


    Any additional comments?

    Save your credits for something else. This needs a rewrite and a re-record

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Nabeel Qureshi
    • Narrated By Nabeel Qureshi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (174)

    Nabeel Qureshi describes his dramatic journey from Islam to Christianity, complete with friendships, investigations, and supernatural dreams along the way. Providing an intimate window into a loving Muslim home, Qureshi shares how he developed a passion for Islam before discovering, almost against his will, evidence that Jesus rose from the dead and claimed to be God. Unable to deny the arguments but not wanting to deny his family, Qureshi's inner turmoil will challenge Christians and Muslims alike.

    Timothy Pauls says: "An excellent reason for the author to narrate"
    "A lot of information"
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    I enjoyed this book but will have to listen to it again. The narrator speaks quickly with dialect - which is pleasing to the ear but, I'm hearing impaired and had to slow the narration down.

    The book is well thought out and very interesting

    0 of 0 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
    (4237)
    Performance
    (3777)
    Story
    (3779)

    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.

    Kathi says: "Moving story of sharing and transformation."
    "A good story"
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    I enjoyed this book - it's worth a credit definitely. The best part is the older lady's stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nobody's Baby But Mine

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1268)
    Performance
    (598)
    Story
    (583)

    Jane Darlington is a genius at physics, but there's one problem she can't solve. She yearns for a child, but wants to spare it the pain of growing up as...well, a nerd. And surely any child of Jane's would be a little too brainy for the playground set. So she sets out to find a special man to father her child, someone without too much gray-matter between his ears: in short, a big, strong dope. Cal Bonner, legendary pro quarterback, seems to fit the bill. But there's something Dr. Jane hasn't counted on.

    Ella says: "Lots of Fun"
    "Another Susan Elizabeth Phillips Classic"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because I can listen to it over and over again.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jane Darlington and probably Cal's grandmother. But I love Cal's mother too. They are all strong women who put their own sense of self first. I want to be one of SEP's characters in my next life!


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

    Anna Fields, may she rest in peace, is still one of the top 3 narrators in the world of Audible Fiction. Her characterization and intonation is consistent and flawless. I will miss her forever.


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

    When Cal's mom tells his dad how he made her feel when he didn't acknowledge her as his wife...


    Any additional comments?

    Any of SEP's books stand alone but they are all fabulous...this is in my top 2 or 3, no...top 2!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3121)
    Performance
    (1119)
    Story
    (1134)

    In his newest collection of essays, David Sedaris lifts the corner of ordinary life, revealing the absurdity teeming below its surface. His world is alive with obscure desires and hidden motives, a world where forgiveness is automatic and an argument can be the highest form of love. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim is another unforgettable collection from one of the wittiest and most original writers at work today.

    FanB14 says: "Read on...Hilarity Ensues"
    "Laughing Out Loud Alone in the Dark!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim the most enjoyable?

    The cynical humor Sedaris brings to everyday life...


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim?

    The Rooster! Sedaris' brother Paul is just hilarious as seen through the author's eyes.


    What about David Sedaris’s performance did you like?

    His voice is perfect because it is him! The hint of sarcasm is fabulous.


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

    The whole thing moved me to roll on the floor hugging my gut laughing


    Any additional comments?

    If you need a good belly laugh Sedaris is for you

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Napoleon Hill's Outwitting the Devil: The Secret to Freedom and Success

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Napoleon Hill, Sharon Lechter (editor)
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller, Phil Gigante
    Overall
    (587)
    Performance
    (514)
    Story
    (512)

    In 1938, just after publication of his all-time best-seller Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill revealed that he had broken the Devil’s Code, forcing him to confess his secrets. The resulting manuscript - Outwitting the Devil - proved so controversial, it was hidden for more than 70 years. Now, Sharon Lechter brings us this important book, annotating and editing it for a contemporary audience. Using his legendary ability to get to the root of human potential, Hill digs deep to identify the greatest obstacles we face in reaching our personal goals....

    Chelsea says: "the most powerful information of your life"
    "Power in Simplicity Hills Ideas Transcends Decades"
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    I listened to this book twice in one week. Profound information in a simple format. Don't be put off by the title. The name "devil" is a label for the negative forces. This book is filled with ideas to help you become proactive and positive right now. Read it! Listen to it! Do Both I just purchased a print version but the narration is AWESOME. Love Phil Gigante

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Whispering Rock

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    Overall
    (1027)
    Performance
    (688)
    Story
    (695)

    In Robyn Carr's Whispering Rock, wounded LAPD Sergeant Mike Valenzuela finds the help and healing he needs in Virgin River. Now he longs for the marital bliss his Marine Corps buddies enjoy. And he thinks he's found the right woman. But after she's brutally attacked, Mike must show her how to trust again.

    Julie says: "Special stories"
    "Virgin River Fan"
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    Where does Whispering Rock rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 25% - I have listened to over 500


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

    Yes. She keeps getting better. Keep listening. She mas more surprising performances.


    If you could take any character from Whispering Rock out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Bree's Dad. Close to my age


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Shannon Cochran
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (699)
    Performance
    (599)
    Story
    (599)

    Instead of saying "I do" to Mr. Irresistible, Lucy Jorik hitches a ride on the back of a beat-up motorcycle with a rough looking, bad-tempered stranger who couldn't be more foreign to her privileged existence. While the world searches for her, Lucy must search for herself, and she quickly realizes that her customary good manners are no defense against a man who's raised rudeness to an art form. Lucy needs to toughen up - and fast. Her great escape takes her to his rambling beach house on a Great Lakes island. Here, she hopes to find a new direction...and to unlock the secrets of this man who knows so much about her.

    April says: "Better than the last one"
    "Great Vacation Escape"
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    This is a perfect summer read. Lucy escapes the alter on the back of his motorcycle. All that togetherness leads to some steamy nights. Lucy is not ready to return to her "real" life and heads to a summer vacation community. There she meets new friends, all colorful characters fully developed by Ms. Phillips. But the crux of this novel is the heat between Panda and Lucy. Can the former first lady's daughter capture the heart of one damaged, former cop and soldier?

    Definitely worth finding out for yourself.
    Narration is good.
    Having been a fan of Anna Fields, I was deeply saddened to learn of her death. Shannon Cochran has a tough act to follow but does an admirable job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Fred Berman, Phoebe Strole
    Overall
    (4399)
    Performance
    (1748)
    Story
    (1774)

    Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was 36. They were married when Clare was 23 and Henry was 31. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous, his experiences unpredictable, alternately harrowing and amusing.

    Scott says: "Epic Drama & Love Story through Time Travel"
    "Beautifully Heart-wrenching"
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    I love the characters and the depth of their feelings for each other. I sobbed afterwards. Every person deserves this kind of devotion, but it comes at a cost.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18189)
    Performance
    (16224)
    Story
    (16278)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Gone Crazy Boys and Girls"
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    If you could sum up Gone Girl in three words, what would they be?

    Manipulate, Betray, Dubplicity


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    So far it's Nick, but I'm not quite finished yet


    What about Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s performance did you like?

    Both Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne give tremendous performances. The characters are consistent in voice and come to life through these talented actors.


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

    Is Every Marriage an Illusion?


    Any additional comments?

    I took a chance on this...not my usual authors and I cannot stop listening. It pulls you in and is a true page turner.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • True Love and Other Disasters

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Rachel Gibson
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (564)
    Performance
    (390)
    Story
    (393)

    Best-selling author Rachel Gibson is acclaimed for her quick-witted and endearing romances. True Love and Other Disasters begins as the Seattle Chinooks hockey team owner dies, bequeathing the team to his young widow, Faith. Faith is determined to be taken seriously as the owner, and she’s not going to let anyone—especially dreamy star player Ty Savage—get in her way.

    S says: "More Rachel Gibson, please!"
    "Love, Love, Love it! My Favorite of the Series"
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    Where does True Love and Other Disasters rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Oh boy, definitely in the top third. Rachel Gibson reminds me of Susan Elizabeth Phillips in her themes and style. Phillips has much deeper character development thus longer novels. Gibson's plot and characters have a lot of poten""al


    What was one of the most memorable moments of True Love and Other Disasters?

    "It's Miss July, not January"


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Love the sexy scenes between Savage & Faith


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

    Yes - anytime the love leads stay away from each other I have to keep listening


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great listen. Go for it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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