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Barb Freman

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  • Don't Lick the Minivan: And Other Things I Never Thought I'd Say to My Kids

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Leanne Shirtliffe
    • Narrated By Trudie Kessler
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (67)

    As a woman used to traveling and living the high life in Bangkok, Leanne Shirtliffe recognized the constant fodder for humor while pregnant with twins in Asia's sin city. But in spite of deep-fried bug cuisine and nurses who cover newborn bassinets with plastic wrap, Shirtliffe manages to keep her babies alive for a year with help from a Coca-Cola deliveryman, several waitresses, and a bra factory. Then she and her husband return home to the isolation of North American suburbia.

    Sara says: "I Guess You Had to Be There?"
    "Poor narration"
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    Where does Don't Lick the Minivan rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    middle, not the best, not the worst book I have listened to.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    poor recitation, flat, no emotion, choppy, with pauses where there should not be any. Poor narration distracts from the humor that the author wishes to portray


    Any additional comments?

    This was a poor listen, not because of the content, rather the poor naration .

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Beartown

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Fredrik Backman
    • Narrated By Marin Ireland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5052)
    Performance
    (4691)
    Story
    (4668)

    People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded this town. And in that ice rink is the reason people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be better than today. Their junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semifinals, and they actually have a shot at winning.

    Gillian says: "A Barrel To The Head, A Slug To The Gut--"
    "Thought provoking"
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    What are the components that make up a family, a community, a team? What is the difference between knowing right from wrong and good versus evil. And why do we place such importance on sports, teamwork and group think.

    As you listen to this story, You will laugh, you will cry, you will feel regret and anger, but most of all, you will question what is most important in your life

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (128385)
    Performance
    (113286)
    Story
    (113137)

    Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    BookReader says: "The Girl on The Train"
    "Pulls you in....."
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    Great story line that pulls you in and holds your attention. You think you have the story figured out, and the author throws you a ringer. The narrator does a wonderful job in portraying the personalities of all the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Call the Nurse: True Stories of a Country Nurse in Scotland's Western Isles

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Mary J. MacLeod
    • Narrated By Gwen Hughes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (277)
    Performance
    (248)
    Story
    (248)

    Tired of the pace and noise of life near London and longing for a better place to raise their young children, Mary J. MacLeod and her husband, George, encountered their dream while vacationing on a remote island in the Scottish Hebrides. Enthralled by its windswept beauty, they soon were the proud and startled owners of a near-derelict croft house - a farmer’s stone cottage - on “a small acre” of land. Mary assumed duties as the island’s district nurse.

    Sara says: "A 1970's Visiting Nurse on Rural Scottish Island"
    "Wonderful memoir"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was drawn in from the first sentence. Memoirs of nursing and a way of life that is filled with love and friendship.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • At the Water's Edge: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1302)
    Performance
    (1168)
    Story
    (1177)

    After disgracing themselves at a high society New Year's Eve party in Philadelphia in 1944, Madeline Hyde and her husband, Ellis, are cut off financially by his father, a former army colonel who is already ashamed of his son’s inability to serve in the war. Ellis and his best friend, Hank, decide that the only way to regain the colonel's favor is to succeed where the colonel very publicly failed - by hunting down the famous Loch Ness monster.

    Julie Angles says: "Disappointing"
    "Narrator difficult to get past"
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    Would you try another book from Sara Gruen and/or Justine Eyre?

    I would buy another book by, Sara Gruen. I WOULD NOT buy another book narrated by Justine Eyre. The narration had a strange breathless quality and ending of sentences That distracted from this story. I finally stopped listening after an hour. The narration was just too grating and unpleasant . I read this book rather than listened to it. it's an ok story line and plot, however, I was disappointed that the main character had the predictable story book ending. I would rather have seen her save herself, rather than been rescued in the end.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Choose another narrator. Justine Erye, does not do this book justice. She also seems to gallop through a sentence, then looses her breath at the end, sounding like she is struggling to get the last word out. I had purchased another book narrated by Justine, and ended up not finishing that story either.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably not


    Any additional comments?

    Entertaining story, poor, distracting narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First Frost

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Sarah Addison Allen
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    Overall
    (1328)
    Performance
    (1200)
    Story
    (1201)

    Autumn has finally arrived in the small town of Bascom, North Carolina, heralded by a strange old man appearing with a beat-up suitcase. He has stories to tell, stories that could change the lives of the Waverley women forever. But the Waverleys have enough trouble on their hands. Quiet Claire Waverley has started a successful new venture, Waverley's Candies, but it's nothing like she thought it would be, and it's slowly taking over her life.

    Spirit Wandering says: "Not as good as Garden Spells"
    "Disappointing sequel"
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    Would you try another book from Sarah Addison Allen and/or Susan Ericksen?

    I would buy another written by Sarah Addison Allen, however, i do not reccomend Susan ericksen as the narrator. Her style was flat, unemotional, and distracting to the story.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Her style was flat, umemotional, there was no differentation between charectors. It was "weird". I can not put my finger on what was off, but i almost stopped listening because of the narration style.


    Was First Frost worth the listening time?

    No. A good story, poor narration. This is a story i would rather have read i. Hard copy.


    Any additional comments?

    The story was ok, the narration was very poor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lake House

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13039)
    Performance
    (11993)
    Story
    (11978)

    Living on her family’s gorgeous lakeside estate in Cornwall, England, Alice Edevane is a bright, clever, inquisitive, innocent, and precociously talented fourteen-year-old who loves to write stories. But the mysteries she pens are no match for the one her family is about to endure ...One midsummer’s eve, after a beautiful party drawing hundreds of guests to the estate has ended, the Edevanes discover that their youngest son, Theo, has vanished without a trace.

    Maria says: "BRAVO!!!!!!!"
    "The best yet"
    Overall
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    Story

    As always, Kate Morton delivers a tale
    Full of twists and turns. Set in the early 1900's and spanning 2 world wars, this is a delicious double mystery. From the opening paragraph, you are drawn into the mystery. An excellent listen and the best Kate Morton story to date.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tales from the Nightside

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Simon R. Green
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (552)
    Performance
    (518)
    Story
    (518)

    Welcome to the Nightside. It's the secret heart of London, beating to its own rhythm, pumping lifeblood through the veins of its streets and alleys hidden in eternal darkness, where creatures of the night congregate and where the sun is afraid to shine. It's the place to go if you're looking to indulge the darker side of your nature—and to hell with the consequences.

    Kevin says: "A worthy addition to the nightside world!"
    "A walk in the dark side"
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    Entertaining, similar to , "The Twilight Zone" with a touch more darkness and macabre. This would make excellent British TV series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Secondhand Souls: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Fisher Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3378)
    Performance
    (3118)
    Story
    (3111)

    Something really strange is happening in the City by the Bay. People are dying, but their souls are not being collected. Someone - or something - is stealing them. No one knows where they are going or why, but it has something to do with that big orange bridge. Death merchant Charlie Asher is just as flummoxed as everyone else.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "NEED A CHEESE! NEED A CHEESE!"
    "Another enjoyable escape from reality"
    Overall
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    Story

    As always, Christopher Moore, has delivered a masterpiece. This story is the perfect blend of comedy, mystery, and total irreverent religious bits and pieces.

    It was like a family reunion to be reunited with the characters of this story

    Fisher Williams was pitch on perfect while narrating this

    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
    (8370)
    Performance
    (5357)
    Story
    (5360)

    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.

    Janie says: "Great Listen!"
    "Entertaining to the last word"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    As always, Christopher Moore spins a great tale. This story has it all; great plot, laughter, mystery, and romance. This story will grab you in draw you in within a few sentences.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas, Volume 1

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Rod Serling, Richard Matheson, Charles Beaumont
    • Narrated By full cast
    Overall
    (1412)
    Performance
    (1278)
    Story
    (1282)

    Experience one of television’s greatest science fiction series: The Twilight Zone. This collection of episodes is fully dramatized for audio and features a full cast, music, sound effects, and performances by some of today’s biggest celebrities.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "ELVES CAN'T LIE"
    "An entertaining evening"
    Overall
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    Story

    This edition reminded me of the old time radio series that we listened to as children. Well acted with good sound effects.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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