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Delah

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  • 66 reviews
  • 106 ratings
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  • 22 purchased in 2014
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  • Table for Three

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jennifer Bacia
    • Narrated By Marie-Louise Walker
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Marnie, Tina and Lee are in their 20s when they share a house in Bondi. Each is running away from something: Marnie, wild, privileged and impetuous, is escaping from the stifling conservatism of Melbourne - and a father who will mark her relationship with men forever. Tina, driven to leave Brisbane and her migrant background, promises herself she'll own a home on the harbour by the time she's 30. But what if the price of success is too high? Lee dreams of showbiz fame to save her from suffocating life in the suburbs of Newcastle. When her dream is cut short, her daughter is meant to live it for her.

    Delah says: "Great Listen"
    "Great Listen"
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    I enjoyed this book. The narrator was terrific and the plot was very interesting with great pacing. I listened to it every chance I could get. The story follows three different characters so it was quite interesting. I highly recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • I Love You More: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jennifer Murphy
    • Narrated By Dorothy Dillingham Blue, Johnathan McClain, Cassandra Campbell, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    Picasso Lane is twelve years old when her father, Oliver, is murdered at their summer beach house. Her mother, Diana, is the primary suspect - until the police discover his second wife, and then his third. The women say they have never met - but Picasso knows otherwise. Picasso remembers the morning beautiful Jewels showed up at their house, carrying the same purse as her mother, and a family portrait featuring her father with two strange boys.

    RueRue says: "Interesting Thriller"
    "I just wanted it to be over"
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    "I Love You More" is catalogued under "mysteries/thrillers". It is not a thriller and not much of a mystery. The summary says it is "riveting". It is definitely not riveting. It was more like torture waiting for it to end. This book was all filler. The last chapter, i.e. the last 20 min could have been told in chap 2 and saved the reader 9 hrs out of their life. The rest of the book is mostly about the young girl's life at school, trying to fit in with the popular girls, trying to get a guy to like her, her passion for words and spelling, etc. There is a little detective work depicted in the novel but it is not the main focus, just a mention here and there. Mostly filler, just filler.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anthony Doerr
    • Narrated By Zach Appelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (303)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (274)

    Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

    Tawney says: "A remarkable listening experience"
    "A work of Art"
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    This book is very long but the writing and story is very good. The narrator is excellent. It takes the reader from 1934 to 1944 with two separate stories of the main characters (Marie-Laure and Werner) [pronounced with a "V"] until they meet in France for a brief time in a very dramatic way and then the story continues. Some parts of this story had me on the edge of my seat, the rest was pleasant to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Frankie's Letter

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Dolores Gordon-Smith
    • Narrated By David Thorpe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    A thrilling World War One spy story from the author of the acclaimed Jack Haldean series .“There’s a spy in England. Frankie’s letter. Read Frankie’s letter... ” The last words said by a dying man to Anthony Brooke in Kiel in Germany during the height of World War One. But who is Frankie? With his cover blown and the German army at his heels, English secret agent Anthony Brooke’s search to discover the truth leads him to an innocent-seeming country house.

    Delah says: "It was ok, kept my interest"
    "It was ok, kept my interest"
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    This book was ok. I'm pretty picky so the fact that I listened all the way through is saying a lot. The narrator was good w/ the male voices. He did his best w/ the female voices but they were not his forte. Overall, nice excape-ism.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Lady's Pleasure

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Robin Schone
    • Narrated By Victoria McGloven
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (19)

    She is a lonely spinster prepared to bid her dreams of passion farewell. He is a war-weary soldier who seeks shelter in a woman's desire. They strike a bargain to fulfill each others most erotic fantasies....only to discover that passion is as life-altering as the storm that brings them together.

    Delah says: "Great Character Development & Plot for Erotica"
    "Great Character Development & Plot for Erotica"
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    I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of character development and plot that went into this short story erotica. And it was all done w/o the "F" word. Kudos to the author. The narrator did all the voices quite well especially the male and female main characters. I don't usually re-listen to stories but I think after awhile I might give this one a re-listen. The plot and narrator were that good. Well done.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Cruellest Game

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Hilary Bonner
    • Narrated By Karen Cass
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    The lie was just the beginning... Marion Anderton lives the perfect life. She has a beautiful home, a handsome and loving husband, and an intelligent and caring son. But as easily as perfect lives are built, they can also be demolished. When tragedy strikes at the heart of her family, Marion finds herself in the middle of a nightmare, with no sign of waking-up. The life she treasured is disintegrating before her very eyes, but it's just the beginning of something much worse and altogether more deadly…

    Delah says: "Just ok - too wordy"
    "Just ok - too wordy"
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    This book is just over 11.5 hrs. In my opinion it should have been edited down. It was too long. I think some writers write a bunch of extra words just because they can and thus make what could have been a really good tight story a long and windy story. Where are the editors? The narrator is good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Mother's Shame

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Rosie Goodwin
    • Narrated By Juanita McMahon
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (8)

    On the outskirts of Nuneaton stands Hatters Hall, home to the mentally insane. One rainy, dismal day in 1857, Maria Mundy arrives there to work. She is ordered to care for Isabelle Montgomery, daughter of an influential land-owner, but it becomes apparent that she has been falsely imprisoned. It’s going to take courage, determination, and resolve - but freedom is always worth fighting for.

    Delah says: "Slow and Boring"
    "Slow and Boring"
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    This book started interestingly enough but it eventually became slow and boring. The characters, especially one of them, became caricatures. I could only finish Part 1 and then I had enough. I believe I could predict what was going to happen and how it was going to end. The narrator was good. She is probably the reason I hung in there as long as I did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Apple Tree Yard: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Louise Doughty
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (70)

    Yvonne Carmichael, renowned geneticist, public authority, happily married mother of two, sits in the accused box. The charge is murder. Across the courtroom, not meeting her eye, sits her alleged accomplice. He wears the beautiful pin-striped suit he wore on their first meeting in the Houses of Parliament, when he put his hand on her elbow, guided her to a deserted and ancient chapel, and began to undress her.

    Melinda says: "No Scarlet 'A' in Apple Tree"
    "Slow Start But Hang in There"
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    This was a very well written, well narrated story. It starts slow but it is worth the wait to hang in there until things get going. I don't like to give s synopsis of the story because you can read the summary on the Audible page. I would categorize this as psychological suspense. The author takes her time in revealing intermittent surprises but she keeps the story interesting along the way for the most part. I am one who doesn't have much patience for a boring story. I have returned more than a couple of books because I could not get into them. I did not return this one. I would recommend it slow start and all.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Quiet Twin: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Dan Vyleta
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Vienna, 1939. Professor Speckstein's dog has been brutally killed, and he wants to know why. But these are uncharitable times, and one must be careful where one probes. When an unexpected house call leads Dr. Beer to Speckstein's apartment, he finds himself in the bedroom of Zuzka, the professor's niece. Wide-eyed, flirtatious, and not detectably ill, Zuzka leads the young doctor to her window and opens up a view of their apartment block that Beer has never known. Across the shared courtyard there is nine-year-old Anneliese, the lonely daughter of an alcoholic.

    Delah says: "Very Engrossing"
    "Very Engrossing"
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    I really enjoyed this book. It took me a little while to get into it. Just when I was going to quit it, it got interesting and I was hooked from that point on. Really hooked. I don't need to give a synopsis, you can read the summary on Audible to find out what the book is about. It is well written and well narrated. I recommend it. I tried the sequel, i.e. "The Crooked Maid", but I felt the narrator was wrong and therefore could not get into it. I like Kate Reading as a narrator ordinarily (she narrates "The Crooked Maid") but I didn't think her voice fit that novel. One of the main characters is a German woman and I just don't associate her voice with that accent. I would have preferred Suzanne Bertish who narrated "City of Women", another really good book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Just What Kind of Mother are You?

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Paula Daly
    • Narrated By Laura Brattan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (48)

    Lisa Kallisto is the not-so-perfect model of the modern woman. During an impossibly hectic week, Lisa takes her eye off the ball for a moment and her world descends into a living nightmare. Not only is her best friend's thirteen-year-old daughter missing, but it's Lisa's fault. To make matters worse, Lucinda is the second teenage girl to disappear within the past two weeks. The first one turned up stripped bare and abandoned on the main street after a horrible ordeal. Wracked with guilt over her mistake, and after having been publicly blamed by Lucinda's family, Lisa sets out to right the wrong.

    Delah says: "Really Really Good"
    "Really Really Good"
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    This author didn't over do it by overwriting. This book was just right. Narration could not be better. This is in the category of psychological suspense, my favorite. I highly recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Absolutist

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By John Boyne
    • Narrated By Michael Maloney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (104)

    It is September 1919: Twenty-one-year-old Tristan Sadler takes a train from London to Norwich to deliver a package of letters to the sister of Will Bancroft, the man he fought alongside during the Great War. But the letters are not the real reason for Tristan's visit. He can no longer keep a secret and has finally found the courage to unburden himself of it. As Tristan recounts the horrific details of what to him became a senseless war, he also speaks of his friendship with Will - from their first meeting on the training grounds at Aldershot to their farewell in the trenches of northern France.

    Dennis says: "A Thin Red Line Between Love and Hate"
    "Stayed with me after the last word was read"
    Overall
    Performance
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    This story goes back and forth from 1916 while the 1st person narrator in the story is serving in the war and 1919 after he is out and visiting a sister of a friend from the war. The actual audio narrator is very good. The story is engrossing. I usually don't like stories that go back and forth between time periods but this one is good and the time periods are not that far apart. I recommend this book. Also, I don't usually care for war novels. This one I was able to handle as it was more about relationships and less about day to day war although it did describe what it was like for the soldiers to be at war and the things they were going through.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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