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Debi

salisbury, MD, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • War Brides

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Helen Bryan
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    Overall
    (219)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (195)

    As war moves ever closer, the sleepy English village of Crowmarsh Priors settles into a new sort of normal: Evacuees from London are billeted in local homes. The nightly German air raids become grimly mundane. Rationing curtails every comfort. Men leave to fight and die. And five women forge a bond of friendship that will change their lives forever in this engrossing novel of loyalty, loss, and love in the shadow of World War II.With the hardships of war intensifying every day, the women band together to defeat formidable enemies and find remarkable strength within themselves to help one another. It is a war-forged loyalty certain to endure years and distance. When four of the women return for a celebration fifty years later, their mission is not simply to commemorate or remember. They’ve returned to confront a traitor whose actions cost countless lives — and to avenge one of their own at last.

    P. Burdge says: "A Story of the Women and Children on the Homefront"
    "Good attempt at a historical saga"
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    Where does War Brides rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Not very highly...because the audio was difficult to understand. The narrator was attempting to imitate the cockney Brit accents or deep Irish brogues and ended up making it almost impossible to clearly 'get' what she was saying at times.


    What aspect of Tavia Gilbert’s performance would you have changed?

    See comments above. Less accent, more enunciation.


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

    No....took me a few months. Not something that gripped you


    Any additional comments?

    Would have been only 3 stars, but it picked up the pace at the end. At least it gave the story a close with it's prologue.

    5 of 6 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
    (2986)
    Performance
    (2652)
    Story
    (2650)

    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.

    Susan says: "Fascinating Journey for Two"
    "Loved the book...disliked the narrators"
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    I put this book off for a few months after I bought it b/c of the narrators. They grated on my ears. I finally pushed past the sound and got involved with the story, but did as many reviewers said, READ more than I listened to Orphan Train.
    Good story, amazing piece of history and I enjoyed the novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Billy Crystal
    • Narrated By Billy Crystal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1391)
    Performance
    (1265)
    Story
    (1262)

    Billy Crystal is 65, and he's not happy about it. With his trademark wit and heart, he outlines the absurdities and challenges that come with growing old, from insomnia to memory loss to leaving dinners with half your meal on your shirt. In humorous chapters like ""Buying the Plot"" and ""Nodding Off,"" Crystal not only catalogues his physical gripes, but offers a road map to his 77 million fellow baby boomers who are arriving at this milestone age with him. He also looks back at the most powerful and memorable moments of his long and storied life, from entertaining his relatives as a kid in Long Beach, Long Island, and his years doing stand-up in the Village, up through his legendary stint at Saturday Night Live, When Harry Met Sally, and his long run as host of the Academy Awards. Listeners get a front-row seat to his one-day career with the New York Yankees (he was the first player to ever ""test positive for Maalox""), his love affair with Sophia Loren, and his enduring friendships with several of his idols, including Mickey Mantle and Muhammad Ali. He lends a light touch to more serious topics like religion (""the aging friends I know have turned to the Holy Trinity: Advil, bourbon, and Prozac""); grandparenting; and, of course, dentistry. As wise and poignant as they are funny, Crystal's reflections are an unforgettable look at an extraordinary life well lived.

    Pamela says: "Growing up with Billy Crystal"
    "Maybe the BEST Audible book ever!"
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    I laughed so hard I cried, then I cried at the poignancy of his stories, and smiled at the memories he shared. What a life...and a great book!! Well done, Mr. Crystal.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Chaperone

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Laura Moriarty
    • Narrated By Elizabeth McGovern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2115)
    Performance
    (1865)
    Story
    (1851)

    >The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip.

    Amanda says: "Perfection."
    "Fake Accent?"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    McGovern is an enjoyable actress as Lady Cora, but as a novel reader, she was difficult to understand. She seemed to be placing a slight English accent on the character...who was from Kansas...and it didn't enhance the reading, but rather made it so difficult to understand the book, I bought the Kindle version and read it w/out my Audible. For someone who loves the new Voice Ready books, this is should tell you how BAD the reading was.
    LOVED the story and will seek out this author again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dirty Job

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Fisher Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4133)
    Performance
    (1428)
    Story
    (1443)

    People start dropping dead around Charlie, giant ravens perch on his building, and it seems that everywhere he goes, a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Strange names start appearing on his nightstand notepad, and before he knows it, those people end up dead, too. Yup, it seems that Charlie Asher has been recruited for a new job, an unpleasant but utterly necessary one: Death.

    colleen says: "I loved it!"
    "Funny"
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    Any additional comments?

    First book I've read by C. Moore. When I'd finished A Dirty Job, I immediately bought Lamb and found it even better! Both books are great reads/listens. Fisher Stevens is an amazing reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Fisher Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2684)
    Performance
    (1250)
    Story
    (1260)

    Verily, the story Biff has to tell is a miraculous one, filled with remarkable journeys, magic, healings, kung fu, corpse reanimations, demons, and hot babes. Even the considerable wiles and devotion of the Savior's pal may not be enough to divert Joshua from his tragic destiny. But there's no one who loves Josh more (except maybe "Maggie," Mary of Magdalan) and Biff isn't about to let his extraordinary pal suffer and ascend without a fight.

    Hope says: "A Worthy Book, indeed"
    "Historical...and entertaining"
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    If you could sum up Lamb in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, different, thought provoking


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

    Great voice inflections and changes for each character.


    Any additional comments?

    Brought back all the well known stories (gospels) from the Bible...homilies from Mass...and gave the perspective of how they might be said today. Explored the frustration of how the Son of God had to 'wing it' as he discovered and learned what his Father wanted from him during his life on Earth. Entertaining and thought provoking. Loved the book.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6690)
    Performance
    (4671)
    Story
    (4656)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "Great story in need of an ending"
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    What did you love best about The Kitchen House?

    Rich characters that you cared about. The plot lines were believable and the threads between all the characters well done.


    Any additional comments?

    As the title states, I invested the hours listening to this wonderful story, but the ending was abrupt. Without giving too much away, I felt as if the author just ran out of steam and stopped typing....gave it a quick summary paragraph and sent it to be published. Disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15168)
    Performance
    (13732)
    Story
    (13828)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Not even finishing"
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    Would you try another book from Veronica Roth and/or Emma Galvin?

    No, this is a genre I am not interested in.


    Any additional comments?

    I chose this book on peer recommendations, but ....I'm not even going to download the second half. It's like listening to paint dry. DULL....Narrator is ok...not great. However, the story is a revised for of Hunger Games. Once was enough in this genre for me...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17066)
    Performance
    (15150)
    Story
    (15107)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Great 'read'"
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    What made the experience of listening to 11-22-63 the most enjoyable?

    I found myself in that great spot of not wanting the book to end, but very curious HOW it was going to wrap up. Fabulous book~ As a history teacher, I was fascinated!!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rules of Civility: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Amor Towles
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1719)
    Performance
    (1366)
    Story
    (1351)

    Set in New York City in 1938, Rules of Civility tells the story of a watershed year in the life of an uncompromising 25-year-old named Katey Kontent. Armed with little more than a formidable intellect, a bracing wit, and her own brand of cool nerve, Katey embarks on a journey from a Wall Street secretarial pool through the upper echelons of New York society in search of a brighter future.

    Emily - Audible says: "Like a Country Pastoral for City Rats"
    "Dull"
    Overall

    Wasted my time hoping for an interesting turn to the plot that would make this investment worthy of the last days of summer. It didn't happen. My history textbooks I will be teaching with next week will have more drama!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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