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Gwen

Killen, AL, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Rob Lowe
    • Narrated By Rob Lowe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3416)
    Performance
    (2719)
    Story
    (2707)

    A teen idol at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences. Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

    N. Belle says: "Great Book and Great Story"
    "Funny, insightful, & breautifully written!"
    Overall

    I hate to admit it, but I was very surprised to find the writing by Mr. Lowe to be so deep. The account of his interesting life would be an entertaining read. However, his thoughtful, near-philosophical written analysis of his path to maturity is beautiful. Several times, I thought, "The writer of this book could easily have been a very successful writer!" His choice of words is almost poetic at times. Who knew Mr. Lowe had these hidden talents! Listening to the audio adds depth...his own emphasis and emotion about his own life! GREAT READ!

    12 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • What She Left Behind

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Ellen Marie Wiseman
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (59)

    Ten years ago, Izzy Stone's mother fatally shot her father while he slept. Devastated by her mother's apparent insanity, Izzy, now 17, refuses to visit her in prison. But her new foster parents, employees at the local museum, have enlisted Izzy's help in cataloguing items at a long-shuttered state asylum. There, amid piles of abandoned belongings, Izzy discovers a stack of unopened letters, a decades-old journal, and a window into her own past.

    Marsha says: "Good story, not great. Very different reader."
    "LOVED this book! It's really two stories in one!"
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    Where does What She Left Behind rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Definitely in my top ten...and my library contains over 2000 audio books!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of What She Left Behind?

    I am afraid to answer this because I don't want to give anything away. The ending was beautiful, but there were so many moving points in the story!


    Which character – as performed by Tavia Gilbert – was your favorite?

    Izzy was my favorite in the modern story and Clara was definitely my favorite overall.


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

    I'm not creative enough to do this justice--my failing, not the book's!


    Any additional comments?

    I HIGHLY recommend this! I almost never give a book 5 stars!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Switch

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Megan Hart
    • Narrated By Filomena Contessa
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (348)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (164)

    "Don't get me wrong, I'm not in the habit of reading other people's mail, but it was just a piece of paper with a few lines scrawled on it, clearly meant for the apartment upstairs. It looked so innocent, but decidedly - deliciously - it was not."

    Stephanie says: "LOVE MEGAN HARTS BOOKS."
    "Good story, VERY strong/crude language!"
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    What did you love best about Switch?

    The story--a young woman receives notes addressed to someone else, reads each one & follows their "instruction" to change her life--is intriguing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Paige's former husband


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Don't want to spoil...when Paige delivers the "last" note to the hotel for the person the notes were actually addressed to.


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

    Yes! The language and play by play sexual info made me blush through the whole book!


    Any additional comments?

    I have to credit the author for having the talent for creative and unusual phrases. She has crafted an entertaining story with strong characters. I would have enjoyed it more if Paige didn't have such a "potty mouth" and I could have done without the TMI sexual play by plays. I'm no prude (listen to/read everything from The Bible & Christian fiction to Stephen King & Fifty Shades) but the language and extreme sexual info was distracting from the real story. For those who might be uncomfortable, I would say, "This is a Fifty Shades-type story...IF the main character in Fifty Shades, Anastasia, had a vocabulary that would make a sailor blush!"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Trial of Fallen Angels

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By James Kimmel Jr.
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Brek Cuttler has it all: a husband she loves, a daughter she adores, a successful law practice. And then one day everything she has ever known disappears. Brek finds herself standing on a deserted train platform, covered in blood. As she tries to comprehend what is happening to her, a man from her past approaches and explains that she has been chosen to join the elite team of lawyers charged with prosecuting and defending souls at the Final Judgment.

    Donna says: "SPECTACULAR - PHENOMENAL"
    "Wonderful! A new favorite with so many messages!"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Trial of Fallen Angels to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version, but listened to the UNabridged audio.


    Which character – as performed by Therese Plummer – was your favorite?

    Nana Bollini (sp?)


    Who was the most memorable character of The Trial of Fallen Angels and why?

    Brek Cutler


    Any additional comments?

    The Trial of Fallen Angels by James Kimmel Jr. is a wonderful read! I have read mixed reviews about the book, but I can say that it was easily one of the most moving things I have ever read! It is often compared in reviews to The Shack by William Young. I can see the reason for the comparisons. It is definitely fiction, but the fictional story depicts a modern-day example...parable, if you like...of life--the good and evil in each of us, the struggle we each have to balance love and forgiveness, the judgements we must make about our fellow man...and the judgements God must make on us. I don't want to spoil the message, but the book is deep. As with The Shack, it is not intended to be literal. It is merely intended to use a story to demonstrate what might be, in order to view the many sides of each story, each incident that makes up our lives, the reasons behind the choices we make. Ultimately, it's the story of the TRUE meaning of UNconditional love and justice. I recommend it highly. For my friends who might be offended, there are a few, very few curse words...just what I call "minor, true four-letter words" if I remember...and used only when someone is crying out in true, horrible grief. There is much in the story about history, the Jewish faith, the Christian faith, the flood, Noah, and Noah's reason for his sacrifice to God after he and his family left the Ark. There is also a huge message about the love and judgement of God and the power of forgiveness offered by my Jesus!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dirty Parts of the Bible: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Sam Torode
    • Narrated By Bruce Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (22)

    It’s 1936, and Tobias Henry is stuck in the frozen hinterlands of Michigan. Tobias is obsessed with two things: God and girls. Mostly girls, of course. But being a Baptist preacher’s son, he can’t escape God. When his father is blinded in a bizarre accident (involving hard cider and bird droppings), Tobias must ride the rails to Texas to recover a long-hidden stash of money. Along the way, he’s initiated into the hobo brotherhood by Craw, a ribald vagabond-philosopher. Obstacles arise in the form of a saucy prostitute, a flaming boxcar, and a man-eating catfish.

    Kathy says: "Laugh out loud funny and just irreverent enough."
    "Strong language and pee your pants humor!"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up The Dirty Parts of the Bible in three words, what would they be?

    hilarious, cussing, hilarious!


    What other book might you compare The Dirty Parts of the Bible to and why?

    Cake Icing, Butt Butter, and Tea Lids by Renee Andrews


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many to choose & I wouldn't want to spoil the story!


    If you could take any character from The Dirty Parts of the Bible out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Craw...although I would want my hubby along just for...safety!


    Any additional comments?

    I THOROUGHLY enjoyed this book, but I would warn readers that the story's main character is a young man who is controlled by daydreams and hormones...and many of the other characters are hobos. The language is very strong, appropriate to the situation and characters. The story is "pee your pants funny"!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wedding Belles

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Beth Albright
    • Narrated By Allison McLemore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Seven months pregnant and head over heels in love, Vivi Ann McFadden is busy pulling together the final details for her wedding to Lewis Heart, famous play-by-play announcer for the Crimson Tide. But with two wedding-planners-gone-wild, a psychic giving her advice, and the ceremony happening on the same day as the wildly popular Crimson Tide kickoff game, chaos reigns supreme. Luckily, maid of honor Blake O'Hara Heart is on the job. She'll tackle this wedding if it's the last thing she does!

    Grace says: "This book had good reviews; what am I missing?"
    "This Bama Grandma loved Wedding Belles!"
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    Where does Wedding Belles rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Definitely in the top 10 of what I call "fiction for fun"! I appreciate a book written about southern women who are bright, funny, intelligent, and upstanding. I appreciate a story about grown women who are not "adult mean girls". I appreciate characters who have flavor. Ms. Albright is very clever with southern phrases! I felt she did a great job in giving her characters southern charm without overdoing it. Some authors seem to have trouble in two areas: writing love scenes and writing dialogue, especially in giving different characters different "voices". I thought Ms. Albright did this VERY well! I'm a southern Grandma and I was impressed that all the characters spoke like I would expect and the scenes with intimacy were beautiful without giving too much information. Well done & ROLL TIDE, Ms. Albright!


    What other book might you compare Wedding Belles to and why?

    Perhaps the situation reminded me a little of another fav, The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks. The characters are very different, though. The southern flavor comes through loud and clear, without being overdone.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't want to give anything away, but the "taco cot in the closet" was particularly funny! I also loved the references to Alabama Football, the legendary coach, Bear Bryant, big hair and Aqua Net hairspray to combat the southern heat & humidity!


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

    Again, I will choose carefully so as not to give anything away, but when the main character realized the depth of the love she felt for the man she had given her heart to. That was beautiful.


    Any additional comments?

    I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE OTHERS TO BE AVAILABLE ON AUDIBLE.COM!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Alice Forgot

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Tamara Lovatt-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1742)
    Performance
    (1572)
    Story
    (1565)

    What would happen if you were visited by your younger self, and got a chance for a do-over?Alice Love is twenty-nine years old, madly in love with her husband, and pregnant with their first child. So imagine her surprise when, after a fall, she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! she HATES the gym!) and discovers that she's actually thirty-nine, has three children, and is in the midst of an acrimonious divorce.

    Yvonne says: "Loved..."
    "LOVED!!!"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to What Alice Forgot the most enjoyable?

    Although this book is fiction, I found a much deeper meaning in the idea of how one's life might be changed if a person had the opportunity to forget past disappointments. The idea that one could suddenly have no memory of a friend's betrayal, the disappointments that had clouded the happiness in a marriage, or the stresses of the past decade of life. As a Christian, I found this concept very thought-provoking and made me want to work even harder to be a good forgiver and not allow those negatives of daily life to cloud my life and relationships.

    As for the obvious, the story was gripping and entertaining. I found it very easy to imagine being in the place of the main characters. I enjoyed this book so much, I have already downloaded the other two by this author!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Alice...because her situation was a perfect example of why we should not store up hurts and allow them to get between us and the people we love.


    Have you listened to any of Tamara Lovatt-Smith’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


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

    I was moved to tears quite a few times during the book and I don't cry easily! I found this a very "deep-thought-provoking" book!


    Any additional comments?

    HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10211)
    Performance
    (5124)
    Story
    (5157)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Suzanne says: "The scare is in the human nature under stress."
    "One of my favorites!"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Under the Dome in three words, what would they be?

    Dramatic Social Breakdown


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

    I have not listened to others.


    If you could rename Under the Dome, what would you call it?

    N/A


    Any additional comments?

    I LOVED the characters who stopped behaving as society has taught us and started behaving according to those primal natures we all have and either learn to control (hopefully) or at least keep hidden. I could completely imagine that a catastrophic event would bring out the best or the worst in those involved.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Husband's Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3156)
    Performance
    (2830)
    Story
    (2846)

    Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret - something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive....

    Margaret says: "Escape to the land down under..."
    "Wow! Great story & great characters!"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Wow! WOW! W. O. W! So many characters, so intricately woven together...so much I never saw coming! I just finished this book and am going to purchase others by this author! LOVED it!


    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • He's Gone

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Deb Caletti
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (71)

    The Sunday morning starts like any other. But on this particular Sunday morning, she's surprised to see that her husband, Ian, is not home. As the hours pass, Dani fills her day with small things. But still, Ian does not return. And then, like a relentless blackness, the terrible realization hits Dani: He's gone. As the days pass, Dani will plumb the depths of her conscience, turning over and revealing the darkest of her secrets in order to discover the hard truth - about herself, her husband, and their lives together.

    Nicole says: "Every Partner's Worst Nightmare"
    "Could. Not. Put. This. One. Down!"
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    Where does He's Gone rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and was gripped from the first few minutes!


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

    YES!


    What about Cassandra Campbell’s performance did you like?

    I felt like I was listening to the main character tell "her story".


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

    I was moved into near-high blood pressure from the first chapter!


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Say You're Sorry

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (253)
    Performance
    (225)
    Story
    (224)

    When pretty and popular teenagers Piper Hadley and Tash McBain disappear one Sunday morning, the investigation captivates a nation but the girls are never found. Three years later, during the worst blizzard in a century, a husband and wife are brutally killed in the farmhouse where Tash McBain once lived. A suspect is in custody, a troubled young man who can hear voices and claims that he saw a girl that night being chased by a snowman.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Robotham is the real deal!"
    "LOVED the story, but had trouble with the accent!"
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    Where does Say You're Sorry rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I loved the story and I the narrator had a nice voice, but I had to listen VERY closely and slow down the audio from 1.5 to 1 because the thick British (?) accent was very difficult for this American Grandma to understand.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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