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Dawn

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Joplin, MO, United States

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  • 14 reviews
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  • 24 titles in library
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  • Lust, Money & Murder: Books 1, 2, & 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Mike Wells
    • Narrated By Sue Sharp
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (96)

    Born in the worst suburb in Pittsburgh, Elaine Brogan is bright, beautiful and bold. When her father is falsely arrested for passing counterfeit $100 bills, Elaine vows to become a Secret Service agent and track down the man responsible. After barely surviving the arduous Secret Service Training Academy in Laurel, Maryland, she is transferred to bleak and blustery Great Falls, Montana. But things do not go as planned, and Elaine soon finds herself betrayed and thrown into an adventure that takes her halfway around the world, from dark and mysterious Sofia, Bulgaria, to Moscow Russia, and finally, to Milan, Italy.

    Parajunkee says: "Great Mystery!"
    "What a ride!"
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    Would you listen to Lust, Money & Murder again? Why?

    Yes. It was interesting to listen to and kept my attention. I found myself actually laughing out loud at times (embarrassing on an airplane, by the way).


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Elaine Brogan was my favorite character. She was a strong woman who was able to deal with everything that was thrown at her.


    What about Sue Sharp’s performance did you like?

    I liked that I was able to distinguish which character was talking based on Sue's voice.


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

    I don't know but this would make a great film!


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first audiobook I've listened to. I agreed to listen to it because I was going on a trip and thought it might help pass the time. I was right and I will definitely be listening to more audiobooks when I travel!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • We'll Always Have Paris: A Mother/Daughter Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jennifer Coburn
    • Narrated By Kate McIntyre
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Jennifer Coburn has always been terrified of dying young. So she decides to save up and drop everything to travel with her daughter, Katie, on a whirlwind European adventure before it's too late. Even though her husband can't join them, even though she's nervous about the journey, and even though she's perfectly healthy, Jennifer is determined to jam her daughter's mental photo album with memories - just in case.

    Dawn says: "Great Travel Memoir"
    "Great Travel Memoir"
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    I received a free audiobook for an honest review.

    We’ll Always Have Paris isn’t my usual genre but I thought I’d give it a try. These are Jennifer Coburn’s memoirs of her travels with her daughter. I admire that even though their home is in need of repairs, she’d rather save the money to take her daughter on trips to show her world while she can. It’s sad that her reason is because she thinks she’ll die young and, hopefully, she’s wrong. Better safe than sorry, though, I guess.

    One of the reasons I don’t read about travels very often is because some authors tend to get bogged down in the descriptions of where they’ve been. Jennifer Coburn, however, describes their travels very well but doesn’t overdo it so it kept my interest throughout. She also has a great sense of humor. I found myself laughing a few times, especially when they were in Panama.

    I liked the relationship between Jennifer and her daughter. If I had a daughter, I’d want our relationship to be similar to theirs. I also liked the memories of Jennifer’s parents, especially her father. It’s obvious that she loved him and misses him very much. She’s as good at describing relationships as she is at describing Paris.

    The narrator of the story was easy to understand. One thing that threw me off a few times was when I didn’t realize there’d been a change from the present to memories of the past and vice versa. A pause between those changes would have helped a lot.

    I definitely recommend We’ll Always Have Paris even if it’s not the type of book you usually read. I’m glad I decided to review this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I'm Not Talking about You, of Course: Quirky Essays for Quirky People, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (54 mins)
    • By Barbara Venkataraman
    • Narrated By Carrie Lee Martz
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    This work is a collection of humorous insights into important topics ranging from annoying pet people ("I’m Not Talking About You, of Course"), to analyzing your inner child ("Irrational Fears"), to living like the Amish in the aftermath of a hurricane ("A Jolt of Electricity").

    med c says: "Quirky essays"
    "Cute"
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    I had listened to A Trip to the Hardware Store & Other Calamities and I like Barbara Venkataraman’s sense of humor so I was happy to listen to this book, too. I’m Not Talking About You, Of Course has several cute stories that we can all relate to. While the stories didn’t make me laugh out loud, I did find myself smiling or giggling a few times.

    I could relate to many of the things that were talked about but the one that really hit home was the pain scale. You know, rating your pain on a scale from 1-10. Not only is what she says funny, but it is so true.

    If you like cute, short stories and life observations, you’ll enjoy I’m Not Talking About You, Of Course.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Secrets of the Elusive Lover: The Personal Journal of a Playboy (Books 1 & 2)

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Mike Wells
    • Narrated By Mark Torres
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Every woman knows an Adam. He's a "player", the type who professes true love, but with eyes that never stop wandering. He always has the perfect excuse when you find that long strand of blonde hair stuck to his collar, and fidgets whenever you get near his computer. Adam can't fool Bethany, who, despite her better judgment, falls head over heels for him. Bethany is far more intelligent and strong-willed than Adam bargains for, and he finds himself smitten, too.

    Dawn says: "The Life of a Die Hard Playboy"
    "The Life of a Die Hard Playboy"
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    I have read a few of Mike Wells' books in the past. The Elusive Lover was quite a bit different from the other books of his I've read, and even though I didn't care much for the main character, it was still an interesting read. And I like Mike Wells' writing style, which always helps.

    Adam has being a player down to an art. He did surprise me at times because he genuinely didn't want to see his "girls" hurt and he definitely didn't want to cause them any pain. While I didn't care for Adam's lifestyle, I did feel sorry for him at times.

    Adam's and Bethany's characters were well developed. Poor, naive Bethany was in over her head from the beginning.

    I listened to the audiobook and the first thing I thought when the book started was that Mark Torres was a good choice. His voice is what I would imagine Adam's to sound like.

    I've decided that the ending of this book was perfect. It made the book stick with me for quite a while.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • If You'd Just Listened to Me in the First Place...

    • UNABRIDGED (42 mins)
    • By Barbara Venkataraman
    • Narrated By Carrie Lee Martz
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    "Nagging just sounds so negative, and I am not a negative person. Truth is, I'm the kind of person you'd ask for directions if you were lost, or tell your life story to while waiting in line at the grocery store, which has happened on more than one occasion, believe me." Sure, Ella Boudreaux is great at nagging - in fact, she's the best - but where has it gotten her? Nowhere, that's where.

    Sapphire Reader says: "Best 42 mins EVER!"
    "Short but cute"
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    I received a free copy of the audiobook for an honest review.

    This audiobook was short but cute. It wasn’t laugh out loud funny but I enjoyed it. I’ve read and listened to several of Barbara Venkataraman’s books and she has a great sense of humor.

    The narrator, Ella, tells about how she met her husband, Charlie, as well as the many jobs she had before she found her true calling (I’d never heard of a barnacle cleaner before), and the relationship between Charlie and his dad. It’s all told matter-of-factly in a Louisiana accent.

    If you’re looking for a quick pick me up, If You’d Just Listened to Me in the First Place… will be sure to make you smile.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Almost Perfect

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Diane Daniels Manning
    • Narrated By Caroline Miller
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Fourteen-year-old Benny Neusner wants only one thing more than a dog: for his neglectful mother to be proud of him. He hasn't given up on impressing his mother, but a dog is out of the question. His father and stepmother will never permit it. They don't understand how lonely he is. He is not a brain like the other kids in his therapeutic school, and nothing he's tried has ever worked out for him. Benny meets Bess Rutledge, a 70-year-old woman who has dreamed of winning the Westminster Dog Show all her life.

    karina Larson says: "Good!"
    "A Good Story for Dog Lovers"
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    This is a sweet story about friendship, dreams, and dogs.

    Benny is a mildly autistic teen from a dysfunctional family. He becomes friends with his elderly neighbor, Bess, who has given up on her dream to win at Westminster.

    A friendship between Benny and Bess blossoms as she helps Benny learn how to be a dog trainer. Benny learns a lot from Bess but she learns a lot from him too. Speaking of relationships, McCreery and Breaker, two champion standard poodles, are a big part of this story and I enjoyed listening about them the most.

    The narrator of Almost Perfect did a good job for the most part. I have listened to books in the past that I could tell who was talking by the change in the narrator’s voice but that wasn’t always the case in this book.

    Although the book gets a little slow at times, the end at the Westminster Dog show is emotional and exciting. I think dog lovers would like this book, especially those who enjoy watching dog shows.

    FYI: the Westminster Dog Show takes place from February 16-17 this year!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Plagues of Eden: Eden Thrillers, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Sharon Linnea, B.K. Sherer
    • Narrated By Kristina Fuller Yuen
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    The race is on to stop a madman bent on unleashing the ancient plagues of Egypt against he modern world. Tell-el-Balumum, Egypt. The dig of an ancient temple is decimated by fiery hail from the heavens. And that's only the beginning. Buenos Aires. Paris. West Point. The countdown has begun. Only Army Chaplain Jaime Richards, along with rock star Mark Shepard, can stop the catastrophe and save the mysterious Sword 23 from the clutches of a psychopath...if they can find the true mastermind in time.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "non-stop action ride for 72 hours in book time"
    "Plagues of Eden"
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    Plagues of Eden is the fourth book in the Eden Thrillers series. I read the first book, Chasing Eden, and enjoyed it but I’m not sure how I missed the next two books in the series. Although I did like this book, I would have enjoyed it more if I’d read #2 and #3 first.

    This book has nonstop action and suspense but I was a little disappointed that there wasn’t more Biblical history. Where the first book had more than enough Biblical history, this one only mentions the plagues God brought upon Egypt because of the madman who is duplicating them.

    Because this is the fourth book in a series, there wasn’t a lot of character development. I think if I hadn’t read the first book, I may have been a bit lost. I did learn more about Yani. To me he was larger than life in Chasing Eden but knowing more about his past makes him just as human as everyone else.

    I think you’ll like Plagues of Eden if you like suspense but I would definitely recommend reading the first 3 books before this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Publicist

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Christina George
    • Narrated By Lisa Cordileone
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    As a publicist with a large, respected New York publishing house, Kate finds herself at the mercy of a broken publishing system, books that don’t sell, and author egos that are often, well, as big as the island of Manhattan. Enter the star editor, MacDermott Ellis: Tall, handsome, charismatic, married, and ready to save the day. Then there's Allan Lavigne, once a revered author - now as forgotten as last year's best sellers and his nephew Nick: Tall, gorgeous, sweet, single, and ready to sweep Kate off her feet.

    DogsMom says: "Who knew a book publicist had to be a super hero?"
    "Good Contemporary Romance"
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    I received a free copy of the audiobook for an honest review.

    I don’t read a lot of contemporary romance but I like to listen to audiobooks in my car so I thought I’d give this one a shot. It starts out funny so I was optimistic.

    I liked Christina George’s writing style and the way it was presented by the narrator, Lisa Cordileone. There were some situations that Kate found herself in as a publicist that were funny and other times in which she did a great job of “fixing” a situation.

    Kate’s character is a bit wishy washy. While she is an amazing publicist, she has no clue what she wants in her personal life. The relationships with two men at the same time turned me off (call me old fashioned). I did like the relationship she had with Allan, a famous author who wrote a book years ago but hasn’t published anything since.

    Even though Mac is married and has cheated on his wife for years, I couldn’t make myself dislike him. He’s caring and charming and a man in love.

    This is one of those books that upset me when it ended because it just ended with nothing resolved. It’s a good thing I was in my car or I may have thrown my phone across the room.

    The Publicist is a good read for those who enjoy contemporary romance. I’d be sure to have the second book an hand, though, to avoid frustration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Once Humans: Daimones Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Massimo Marino
    • Narrated By Jeff Hays
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Mankind is undergoing rebirth, the new arrivals closely watched by the Selected: the transgenic beings created by the Moirai. The new communities thrive with the aliens' support and peace and security reign on Eridu, as the planet Earth is known by the Moirai and in the galaxy.

    Dawn says: "Good book for scifi fans"
    "Good book for scifi fans"
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    I received a free audiobook for an honest review.

    I listened to the first book in the Daimones trilogy and found it intriguing so I was looking forward to listening to Once Humans to see how things turned out in this new world run by the Selected and the Moîrai.

    Unfortunately, for the most part, I was disappointed (not in the author but in the Selected and the remaining humans). I didn’t like how the first book ended and I was hoping the humans would rebel in the second book. Instead, they allowed themselves to be directed by the Moîrai almost completely. There were times when Dan stood up to them and he was respected for that but the other Selected just rolled over and then complained when the Moîrai weren’t around.

    I am not a die-hard science fiction fan but I think die-hard fans would get more out of this book because there are detailed descriptions of some of the aliens’ technology.

    Although this isn’t my favorite book I’ve read this year, I think it is well written and that it’s more of a personal preference. I believe that science fiction fans would really like it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daimones

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Massimo Marino
    • Narrated By Jeff Hays
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Dan and his family awake one day in a world where everyone is dead but no evidence points to a cause. Initial searches for survivors yield nothing and, in panic, the family turns their house into a stronghold. Eventually, they find Laura, a survivor who manages to win their hearts…and leads Dan to temptation. Laura reveals her panicking encounter with strange entities which Dan recognizes in his childhood hallucinations. He forces himself to find and confront them: An older power controls the fate of men.

    Raymond says: "Unexpected Masterpiece"
    "Good story"
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    I received a free audiobook for an honest review.

    Diamones starts out slowly and at first I wondered how I was going to be able to listen to it without my mind wandering. It did get interesting pretty quickly, though, when they woke up to a changed world, and it kept my attention throughout,.

    The way that Massimo Marino described what Dan, Mary, and their daughter were going through made me feel like I was there. I could feel their frustration when they couldn’t find another living person and their joy when they did find someone. I did think that there was a little too much detail at times. For example, I didn’t care to hear a list of all of the items in their neighbor’s desk drawer.

    I didn’t like the way Daimones ended but I am pretty sure (I hope) that was intentional by the author. I look forward to reading the next book in this series.

    I definitely recommend Daimones for all readers especially if you like post-apocalyptic stories without zombies (yay).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Time of Death: Book 1: Induction (A Zombie Novel)

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Shana Festa
    • Narrated By Sarah Tancer
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (93)

    In a few short days, 37-year-old Emma Rossi's hard work will finally pay off. She will don her cap and gown and graduate with a degree in nursing, but not before she loses her first patient and is confronted with a new reality. In Cape Coral, Florida, a storm approaches. The dead are coming back to life. And they're hungry.

    Tilo says: "Girls can tell zombie stories too"
    "Great Zombie Story"
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    I received a free audiobook of this novel for an honest review.

    It’s hard to believe that this is Shana Festa’s first full-length novel. I keep saying that I don’t like zombies but I keep getting books with zombies that I really like. Such is the case with Induction.

    Shana Festa was able to introduce Emma in such a way that the story wasn’t slow at the beginning as stories often are. I thought including some humor at the beginning was a great idea since the zombies hadn’t shown up yet and it’d be difficult to make zombies funny. I do, however, want to note that, while the whole Code Brown angle was really funny, I worked in Orthopedics for over 3 years and we only had one Code Brown during that time. Believe me, one was enough!

    Induction is full of suspense and had me on the edge of my seat often (probably not good when I’m driving). It was also explicitly gory so I would not recommend it for younger readers. The characters were well developed. In fact, I became attached to several of them and found myself crying a couple times.

    If you like post apocalyptic zombie stories, you’ll definitely like this book. Even if you don’t care for the whole zombie thing, you may still like it like I did. I look forward to reading the second book in the series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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