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Gloria B. Winters

bookworm

Berkeley Springs WV USA | Member Since 2012

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  • 5 reviews
  • 18 ratings
  • 108 titles in library
  • 3 purchased in 2015
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  • Key of Light: Key Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1224)
    Performance
    (889)
    Story
    (892)

    The Malory Price Life Plan does not include a quixotic quest - but the strangers on Warrior's Peak claim that she must find a key that will release three souls held captive by an evil god.

    AudioAddict says: "Contemporary Romance Plus Ancient Mystery"
    "Not Nora's best"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Book 1 was so juvenile and predictable that I did not even finish it and, though I had purchased books 2 and 3 in good faith as a Nora fan, I did not start either of them. I would not recommend this trilogy. . .


    Would you ever listen to anything by Nora Roberts again?

    Yes, but I will preview much more carefully what it is that I am purchasing.


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

    I was too disappointed the recognize them if they were there.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Orchardist

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Amanda Coplin
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (693)
    Performance
    (597)
    Story
    (592)

    At the turn of the 20th century, in a rural stretch of the Pacific Northwest, a reclusive orchardist, William Talmadge, tends to apples and apricots as if they were loved ones. A gentle man, he's found solace in the sweetness of the fruit he grows and the quiet, beating heart of the land he cultivates. One day, two teenage girls appear and steal his fruit from the market; they later return to the outskirts of his orchard to see the man who gave them no chase. Feral, scared, and very pregnant, the girls take up on Talmadge's land and indulge in his deep reservoir of compassion.

    Marcia says: "Beautiful, rich, sweeping tale, not a fairy tale."
    "Heart-wrenching and heart-warming at the same time"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about The Orchardist?

    I loved the way the author blended the life of each character into the orchard . . .


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Della - she fought her entire life to overcome the disaster that was her childhood.


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

    The background descriptions - the landscape - the innards of the cabin


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

    When Della refused to be a part of the prison escape - she could not accept that anyone cared enough to help HER.


    Any additional comments?

    I chose this book on a whim... so glad that I did - wonderful read/listen!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Final Cut: A Brit in the FBI, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Catherine Coulter, J. T. Ellison
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman, MacLeod Andrews
    Overall
    (605)
    Performance
    (528)
    Story
    (526)

    Scotland Yard’s new chief inspector Nicholas Drummond is on the first flight to New York when he learns his colleague, Elaine York, the "minder" of the Crown Jewels for the "Jewel of the Lion" exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, was found murdered. Then the centerpiece of the exhibit, the infamous Koh-i-Noor Diamond, is stolen from the Queen Mother’s crown. Drummond, American-born but raised in the UK, is a dark, dangerous, fast-rising star in the Yard who never backs down. And this case is no exception.

    Ronda says: "A very good beginning for a new series!"
    "Welcome the Brit!"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you listen to The Final Cut again? Why?

    Only if there was a long interval between now and the time I get in to Book 2


    Any additional comments?

    It has been a while since I read anything by Coulter -- this was a nice return to action.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • French Silk

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (759)
    Performance
    (557)
    Story
    (561)

    Like the city of New Orleans itself, Claire Laurent is a vibrant beauty laced with a mysterious elusiveness. The founder of French Silk, a fabulous lingerie company, she has fought hard to make it a worldwide success. Then a TV evangelist attacks French Silk’s erotic sleepwear as sinful. And when he is killed, Claire becomes the prime suspect. District Attorney Robert Cassidy knows Claire is damning herself with lie after lie about the murder, even as he feels her drawing him into her world and her very soul....

    OLIVIA says: "Sandra Brown at her Best!!"
    "Slick as silk ..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of French Silk to be better than the print version?

    loved the audio version - puts you more in touch with the characters


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

    Good story but not Sandra Brown's best in my opinion - no tears - no laughter


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20421)
    Performance
    (16984)
    Story
    (17593)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Susan says: "Fifty Shades of Bad Writing"
    "Explicit sexual encounters overshadow a good story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from E. L. James and/or Becca Battoe?

    Maybe . . .


    What did you like best about this story?

    Becca did a great job with her interpretation of the material ...


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

    This was a first . . .


    Was Fifty Shades of Grey worth the listening time?

    Actually, the story could have been conveyed in one book, rather than three. I know the sexual inuendos are what "sell" the book - and the author appreciates that, but this was a really good story - just a little too much with the "kinky" actions in the bedroom.


    Any additional comments?

    I am glad I read it - could do with a little less sexual activity - all in all there was a good story line

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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