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Belinda

Marble Book

Somewhere, CA | Member Since 2015

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  • Jessica

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (683)
    Performance
    (361)
    Story
    (358)

    Jessica is based on the inspiring true story of a young girl's fight for justice against tremendous odds. A tomboy, Jessica is the pride of her father, as they work together on the struggling family farm. One quiet day, the peace of the bush is devastated by a terrible murder. Only Jessica is able to save the killer from the lynch mob: but will justice prevail in the courts? Nine months later, a baby is born...with Jessica determined to guard the secret of the father's identity.

    Robert says: "Jessica is a hidden gem!"
    "An inspiring story"
    Overall

    This is a very inspiring story. Jessica was a little woman with a big heart. Although her evil mother and sister had stolen the most previous in her life, she kept her journey by helping the others and won their friendship, admiration and respect.

    I couldn't stop listening to this great story delivered by an outstanding narrator. I stayed up late and my ears hurt by listening for continuous long time.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5693)
    Performance
    (3407)
    Story
    (3452)

    Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

    Robert says: "Six stars if I could"
    "Very slow pace. Nothing is interesting"
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    What disappointed you about The Forgotten Garden?

    Seems the story going nowhere.


    What was most disappointing about Kate Morton’s story?

    Just not interesting. Very boring. With the good reviews, I have listened for 5 hours, but nothing is interesting for the 5 hours. Have to give up.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Caroline Lee’s performances?

    Maybe.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Forgotten Garden?

    Maybe to condense the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Christine

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    Overall
    (704)
    Performance
    (523)
    Story
    (521)

    It was love at first sight. From the moment 17-year-old Arnie Cunningham saw Christine, he knew he would do anything to possess her. But Christine is no lady. She is Stephen King's ultimate vehicle of terror.

    marvin says: "excellent novel made better by great narrator"
    "Very boring"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Maybe younger kids who like ghosts and stuff


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not a horror book next time.


    Which character – as performed by Holter Graham – was your favorite?

    None.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Christine?

    None has interested me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kramer vs. Kramer: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Avery Corman
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    For Joanna and Ted Kramer, building a life in New York City is tough but full of joy thanks to their lovely little boy, Billy. Or so it seems, until one day Joanna walks out, unable to manage the burdens of family life and her own unfulfilled ambitions. Alone with Billy, Ted begins to navigate the challenges of single parenthood and forms a bond with his son that no one can break - except the courts.

    Belinda says: "Actually an interesting story"
    "Actually an interesting story"
    Overall
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    Where does Kramer vs. Kramer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Above average


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The father figure. I like how he was taking care of his child by himself, and at the same time overcame the hardship from being laid off twice.


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

    No.


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

    When he was packing the stuff for his kid...


    Any additional comments?

    Have seen posters about fathers' rights before, and it really sucks that mothers always get the kids regardless how the fathers love and care about their kids. Fathers' rights should be protected, too. Or else what's the point for guys to get married?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leaving Time

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Abigail Revasch, Kathe Mazur, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3290)
    Performance
    (2922)
    Story
    (2918)

    Refusing to believe that she would be abandoned as a young child, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice's old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts. Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest.

    Jan says: "Pickiest Reader Would Be Willing to Give 6 Stars"
    "Really good"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Leaving Time in three words, what would they be?

    Touching, engaging, exotic


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Leaving Time?

    They found a tooth


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

    Yes. Very different. Not comparable


    Who was the most memorable character of Leaving Time and why?

    Jenna. Funny, energetic and persistent


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All Fall Down

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jennifer Weiner
    • Narrated By Tracee Chimo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (468)
    Performance
    (414)
    Story
    (418)

    Allison Weiss is a typical working mother, trying to balance a business, aging parents, a demanding daughter, and a marriage. But when the website she develops takes off, she finds herself challenged to the point of being completely overwhelmed. Her husband’s becoming distant, her daughter’s acting spoiled, her father is dealing with early Alzheimer’s, and her mother’s barely dealing at all.

    Michelle says: "Love Jennifer Weiner!"
    "Quiet and scarystory about an ordinary housewife"
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    Any additional comments?

    I am glad that I listened to this book before checking the rating since I usually only listened to books with rating 4.2 or higher. All what I can say about this book is that it sounds very realistic, not dramatic, but that’s actually the scary part. It seems that it can actually happen to ordinary people.

    The first half of this book is kind of depressing, especially for the first quarter. For all those little details of the life, I can feel for her. Every family may have their own pain points that something you cannot easily escape from. For Allison, it’s her needing little girl, a husband who doesn’t help (isn’t that common?), a husband who may have an affair, a mother who cannot handle the sick father and then the demanding work. During this mess, she finds out a little pill that can help her, and one pill becomes more, and then all things are falling down… During the listening, I could feel her pain, and that made me kind of depressed. However, it’s so real that it kept me engaged during the whole listening.

    Once I read the news about a drunken woman who drove 4 kids including hers and her sister’s to the freeway, at the wrong direction, and had the kids killed together with the old couple who drove their car crashing into hers. After the accident, her husband was so surprised that he never found out that she was heavily drinking… after the story, I learned that many housewives actually are secretly drinking, probably to help them go through the day to day chores and get along with distant husbands, and other issues.

    In the book, Jennifer wrote so well about the details of the thoughts of the main character, her struggle, her fear and her falling down. She made me nervous listening to Allison’s rehab and possible relapse. I wonder how Jennifer got all those vivid details, and I wish the best for Allison and her family. In the story, Allison’s husband runs away from the family with marathons. Running long distance actually can help to cope with depressing situations, but just don’t let running eat away too much family time. Be well, everybody.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Mercedes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8022)
    Performance
    (7377)
    Story
    (7387)

    In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

    Joyce says: "Love this style of King!!!"
    "Not the best but a decent listen"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about Mr. Mercedes?

    The later part, that Hodges, Jerome and Holly try their best to track Brady down for the bomb plot. Finally, the book gets intense at that part. For the last several hours, it keeps me listening in one sitting.


    What other book might you compare Mr. Mercedes to and why?

    More like a detective's book instead of a horror book.


    Which character – as performed by Will Patton – was your favorite?

    Holly is my favorite. She's so fragile and at the same time, super smart and determined. A very interesting character.


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

    No. It's kinda boring in the beginning. It's somewhat like Mike Connelly's Harry Bosch series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Instinct: The Power to Unleash Your Inborn Drive

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By T. D. Jakes
    • Narrated By Ezra Knight
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (323)
    Performance
    (270)
    Story
    (276)

    Modern life can seem like being lost in a jungle. With distractions and dangers emerging from every direction, it's easy to lose focus. Over time, we lose touch with one of our most powerful, purposeful, God-given attributes - the desire to be fruitful and multiply, what Bishop T. D. Jakes calls our "instinct for increase". Combining historical, cultural, and personal examples with biblical insights, in Instinct Bishop Jakes outlines how to rediscover your natural aptitudes and reclaim the wisdom of your past experiences.

    Samika L. Williams says: "Wise Words Delivered Poorly!"
    "Nothing there"
    Overall
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    What would have made Instinct better?

    Don't think he has addressed that. Instant is just instant.


    Would you ever listen to anything by T. D. Jakes again?

    No


    How could the performance have been better?

    Content should be better. At least write something useful. It's seems nothing is in the book. Everybody has instant, and instant works. That's all about the book.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No


    1 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Daughter of the Forest: Sevenwaters, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Juliet Marillier
    • Narrated By Terry Donnelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (513)
    Performance
    (463)
    Story
    (460)

    Lovely Sorcha is the seventh child and only daughter of Lord Colum of Sevenwaters. Bereft of a mother, she is comforted by her six brothers who love and protect her. Sorcha is the light in their lives and they are determined that she know only contentment. But Sorcha's joy is shattered when her father is bewitched by his new wife, an evil enchantress who binds her brothers with a terrible spell, a spell which only Sorcha can lift - by staying silent.

    Bruce says: "My gratitude for this work of art!"
    "Very boring"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Juliet Marillier and/or Terry Donnelly?

    No


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Make the pacing faster


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

    Too slow


    Was Daughter of the Forest worth the listening time?

    No. I have listened for 5 hours, and couldn't stand it anymore


    Any additional comments?

    It's boring.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Heir of Novron: Riyria Revelations, Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4556)
    Performance
    (4181)
    Story
    (4202)

    On the holiday of Wintertide, the New Empire plans to burn the Witch of Melengar and force the Empress into a marriage of their own design. But they didn’t account for Royce and Hadrian finally locating the Heir of Novron—or the pair’s desire to wreak havoc on the New Empire’s carefully crafted scheme.

    Ron says: "Spectacular fantasy series"
    "Why no more?"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Heir of Novron in three words, what would they be?

    Way too engaging


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The two thieves. They are funny


    Which character – as performed by Tim Gerard Reynolds – was your favorite?

    Hadrian. When he talks, you can feel the confidence. It seems nothing can affect him


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

    The heir and the guardian, two thieves, will guide you to the wonderful world.


    Any additional comments?

    Too short. Don't want it to be ended so soon.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Down London Road

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Samantha Young
    • Narrated By Elle Newlands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (873)
    Performance
    (807)
    Story
    (810)

    Johanna Walker is used to taking charge. But she’s about to meet someone who will make her lose control....

    It has always been up to Johanna to care for her family, particularly her younger brother, Cole. With an absent father and a useless mother, she’s been making decisions based on what’s best for Cole for as long as she can remember. She even determines what men to date by how much they can provide for her brother and her, not on whatever sparks may - or may not - fly. But with Cameron MacCabe, the attraction is undeniable....

    SIMARA says: "Magnificent!"
    "Very boring"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Cannot pass the first 2 hours. The story is too detailed and extremely boring. The reader has heavy accent and annoying monotone. I could never focus on this story for continuous 20 seconds.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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