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sherylsplace

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  • To Heaven and Back: A Doctor’s Extraordinary Account of Her Death, Heaven, Angels, and Life Again

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Mary C. Neal
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (270)
    Performance
    (230)
    Story
    (231)

    In 1999 in the Los Rios region of southern Chile, orthopedic surgeon, devoted wife, and loving mother Dr. Mary Neal drowned in a kayak accident. While cascading down a waterfall, her kayak became pinned at the bottom and she was immediately and completely submerged. Despite the rescue efforts of her companions, Mary was underwater for too long, and as a result, died. To Heaven and Back is Mary’s remarkable story of her life’s spiritual journey and what happened as she moved from life to death to eternal life, and back again.

    Joyce says: "To Heaven and back"
    "A fascinating read...."
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    Don't miss this fascinating read of a woman's spiritual journey. She goes from being a teen with a purely academic knowledge of what she's been taught to a woman with a vibrant, active faith. If you read this just for the "what's heaven like" experience you'll be disappointed as it's relatively short. It's all the adventure leading up to it and how God changed her entire life that will captivate you. Because she is an adventurous person and one who is not content with a mundane life, her story weaves in many experiences where God showed up in unmistakeable ways. If you are seeking to know God in a deeper, more meaningful way, this book will be encouraging to you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Trophy Hunt: A Joe Pickett Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By C. J. Box
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (390)
    Performance
    (324)
    Story
    (328)

    It's an idyllic late-summer day in Saddlestring, Wyoming, and game warden Joe Pickett is fly-fishing with his two daughters when he stumbles upon the mutilated body of a moose. Whatever - or whoever - attacked the animal was ruthless: half the animal's face has been sliced away, the skin peeled back from the flesh. Shaken by the sight, Joe starts to investigate what he hopes in an isolated incident.

    Carole P. Bronico says: "Joe Pickett at his best!"
    "Twistingly Complex"
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    This is my 4th or 5th Joe Picket novel by C.J. Box. And this may be the most complex plot of them all, growing deeper and deeper. Box knows how to build tension, picking up the pace as the climax nears until I find myself grasping for excuses to drive somewhere, run an errand, anything to have time to listen to more of the story.

    Besides the main characters, Box creates amazingly memorable secondary characters, such as Not Ike, one of two black men in the town who people constantly mix up. One is Ike, and his cousin becomes known as Not Ike. Where does he come up with this stuff? It all adds to the deep realism that makes me feel like I've been to Saddlestring, Wyoming and met these people.

    Great story. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lightning

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4337)
    Performance
    (2700)
    Story
    (2718)

    A storm struck on the night Laura Shane was born, and there was a strangeness about the weather that people would remember for years. But even more mysterious was the blond-haired stranger who appeared out of nowhere - the man who saved Laura from a fatal delivery. Years later - after another bolt of lightning - the stranger returned.

    Barry says: "One of Koontz' best, entirely enjoyable."
    "Superb supernatural suspense"
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    A finely crafted novel of mind twisting jumps across time. Perhaps the best suspense ending I've heard. The increased pacing is masterful! And Koontz's language is always surprising, making the reader want to improve his own vocabulary. Excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First to Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3541)
    Performance
    (2579)
    Story
    (2581)

    When you're the best at what you do, it's not always easy to walk away. Nathan McBride was retired. The trained Marine sniper and covert CIA operative had put the violence of his former life behind him. But not anymore. A deep-cover FBI agent has disappeared along with one ton of powerful Semtex explosive, enough to unleash a disaster of international proportions. The U.S. government has no choice but to coax Nathan out of retirement.

    Vida T. Yancy says: "Very Good"
    "Good thriller"
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    Complex character with lots of painful backstory. Overall, I enjoyed this book, and I purchased the following 2 as well.

    But I'm not crazy about the narrator, and I'm not sure why he gets good remarks. Dick Hill's Latin characters all sound alike. Nathan McBride's partner, Harvey, sounds just like the bad guy (same for book 3). And his female characters all sound like insipid weaklings, even the department heads. The 12 year old girl in Book 3 is the same way. And a lot of the male law enforcement or military sound like they're from New Jersey. Kind of ruins the experience.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22739)
    Performance
    (17132)
    Story
    (17190)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Janice says: "Indescribable"
    "Incredible, Inspiring"
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    Unbroken helps us not forget the unspeakable horror of WWII in the Pacific. But man's cruelty to man is conquered by Louis Zamperini's unbreakable spirit. Laura Hillenbrand's masterful writing paints the good and the bad in stark clarity and contrast, and the story gives me new insight as to my own father's fight with his demons after returning from the war in Italy. I am so glad she wrote this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Inn at Rose Harbor: A Rose Harbor Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Debbie Macomber
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (510)
    Performance
    (428)
    Story
    (431)

    Jo Marie Rose first arrives in Cedar Cove seeking a sense of peace and a fresh start. She purchases a local bed-and-breakfast - the newly christened Rose Harbor Inn - ready to begin her life anew. Yet the inn holds more surprises than Jo Marie can imagine. Her first guest is Joshua Weaver, who has come home to care for his ailing stepfather. The two have never seen eye to eye, and Joshua has little hope that they can reconcile. But a long-lost acquaintance from Joshua's high school days proves to him that forgiveness is never out of reach and love can bloom even where it's least expected.

    Cara says: "Wish I Hadn't"
    "Unrealistic characters"
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    What disappointed you about The Inn at Rose Harbor?

    Characters felt false. In one case (semi-spoiler alerts), emotion swung from 15 years of bitter hatred to forgiveness in 30-60 minutes. In another, from near complete indifference to total devotion in about the same amount of time. The one bad guy that was interesting due to Rover the dog, never showed up again. Dialogue was awkward and didn't feel natural. Overall, very disappointing for the cost of one credit. Definitely would not recommend.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not sure.


    What three words best describe Lorelei King’s voice?

    Rough. Decent attempt.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Inn at Rose Harbor?

    Reconciliation between Abbey and the Whites. Fakey loving turnaround by Josh.


    Any additional comments?

    The innkeeper and dog were the most interesting characters. Others REALLY didn't feel natural.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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