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WODONGA, Australia | Member Since 2015

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  • In Pursuit of Eliza Cynster: A Cynster Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephanie Laurens
    • Narrated By Matthew Brenher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (192)

    The pleasure of your company is requested at the wedding of Miss Eliza Cynster ... but not until she’s rescued from a daring abduction by the mostunexpected of heroes! Brazenly kidnapped from her sister Heather’s engagement ball, Eliza Cynster is spirited north to Edinburgh. Desperate and determined to escape, she seizes upon the first possible champion who happens along - gentleman scholar Jeremy Carling. Villains and rescues are a far cry from Jeremy’s expertise, yet he cannot abandon a damsel in distress. But danger lurks and hurdles abound in their race....

    Marsha says: "A great story utilizing different personalitites"
    "Twists and turns like a rivers flow"
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    very interesting and enjoyable story, clear presentation, draws a picture and entertains - the strong characters, a villan with whom one can empathise, a secondary villan who's vileness is reprehensible... thanks

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The MacGregor Brides: The MacGregors, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (43)

    At age ninety, there is nothing the powerful patriarch of the MacGregor clan would like more than to see his three eldest granddaughters happily married. So Daniel MacGregor has handpicked three unsuspecting candidates he believes would make perfect husbands. But this might be his biggest matchmaking challenge yet; his granddaughters are so focused on their careers that marriage is the last thing on their minds. It's a good thing Daniel has a few tricks left up his sleeve....

    Yu Yan says: "The MacGregor"
    "Family dynamics, intriguing, fun, frustrating"
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    This story needed either 2 narrators, or one with more vocal range and skill. Not that it was an easy task for the narrator, that, I do acknowledge.
    Lovable conniving Daniel, 3 talented granddaughters and a missio .in some parts it felt like I was missing some family knowledge, and that was cut or left out to keep the book to within a certain size, the same with the wind up it felt convenient rather than realistic which was a little disappointing given the brilliance of most of Nora Roberts books.
    95% wonderful, good chuckles, heat and angst, just as the characters have depth. Thanks for inviting us back within the lives of the McGregor crew.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • House on Olive Street

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (400)
    Performance
    (319)
    Story
    (321)

    In this touching work, four women—all writers—come together after a painful loss. Recently deceased Gabby Marshall leaves behind a letter asking her friends to complete her unfinished manuscript. Taking vacations from their own lives, the ladies settle at Gabby’s home and get to work.

    Andrea says: "Good story/liked the characters"
    "Tissues Required"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This was not a story requiring a happy ending to be moving, the empathy displayed by Robyn Carr for the various senarios through which her characters journey are accurate to the journeys I hear working on a crisis line as a counselor. Well done for the sadness, the accuracy, the joy and the grief. As I said to a couple of fellow Audible mates, 1/2 a box of tissues required!


    What other book might you compare House on Olive Street to and why?

    this was a break away from the style of Robyn Carr books that I've been addicted to, and I admit to being somewhat dubious as to whether I'd enjoy the experience - why did I worry, as per normal she does not disappoint!


    What about Christina Moore’s performance did you like?

    Just a joy to listen to Cristina Moore, this is the first book I've heard her narrate and I'd love to thank her for making the listener feel the emotions of the characters without feeling "For God's sake settle down" as can happen when overplayed.


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

    Yes, and as I live with insomnia, there are times when I can do this, but I needed to savour this book, it was so fantastic I used it as my self-care for after each shift - such a wonderous escape into a realm of real women working together as only friends committed to a cause can do.


    Any additional comments?

    As above - give it a go, you will be as rapt as we have been of this I'm sure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angel’s Peak: Virgin River, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (679)
    Performance
    (496)
    Story
    (494)

    Robyn Carr’s best-selling Virgin River series captivates fans with stories of young men and women given second chances at love in a small northern California town. Four years ago, Sean and Franci broke up when he refused to commit. Now vacationing in Virgin River, Sean is shocked to run across Franci again. He’s grown up and wants to give things another shot, but she can’t afford to have him break her heart again.

    Helen says: "Return to Virgin River!"
    "Such fun characters"
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    Would you listen to Angel’s Peak again? Why?

    I've listened twice so far .... I'm really enjoying the reality and believability of each and every one of this series


    What other book might you compare Angel’s Peak to and why?

    Nora Roberts "Witness"


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

    yes, this is the way to relax, not raced not monotone, thank you


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

    yes, unfortunately I fell asleep and had to go back ....


    Any additional comments?

    Relaxing - humorous - slice of life back into these wonderful multifacieted characters lives, but also able to be read stand alone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fear No Evil: A Test of Faith, a Courageous Church, and an Unfailing God

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Brady Boyd
    • Narrated By Brady Boyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    In the years following the senseless and tragic shooting on the campus of New Life Church in northern Colorado Springs, Colorado, Senior Pastor Brady Boyd has received countless questions from the faith-filled and faithless alike. As the nation watched the suffering congregation reel from the gunman's rampage and, later, steady their stance once more, the one question on everyone's mind was, "How has New Life weathered such a horrible storm so well?"

    Linda Harrell says: "Outstanding book!"
    "Chaos to calm"
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    If you could sum up Fear No Evil in three words, what would they be?

    Pain, challenges, growth


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fear No Evil?

    The fear for loved ones, the compassion, love& support for each member of the congregation and the wider community


    How could the performance have been better?

    This needed to be read by someone who could feel the pain, not be controlled throughout. His story was so compelling, but he didn't seem able to show those feelings in the vocal..


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

    Due to the controlled nature of the telling the places which should have moved me to tears left the grief internalised, it also dampened the joy od conquest.


    Any additional comments?

    please get another who can be free to vocalise the emotions to redo this as it would make good brilliant

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ever After

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (62)

    Wearing an ancient star pendant, an enchanting woman journeys to an otherworldly land – and introduces a skeptical stranger to the magical powers of love.

    Amazon Customer says: "Short and Sweet"
    "hoooked me in didn't want to stop even 4 loo break"
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    impressed with the reader, felt drawn in, included, will be looking for others by other authors too, Nora of course did not let us down, thank you for the beauty of the pictures drawn so deeply, so graphically. looking forward to the next one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole: Guardians of Ga'Hoole, Books One, Two, and Three

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Kathryn Lasky
    • Narrated By Pamela Garelick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (491)
    Performance
    (267)
    Story
    (270)

    This box set contains the first three books by Kathryn Lasky, which are the basis of the animated movie, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole.... Soren is born in the forest of Tyto, a tranquil kingdom where the Barn Owls dwell. But evil lurks in the owl world, and Soren is captured and imprisoned in a dark canyon where there is a mysterious school. It’s called an orphanage, but Soren believes it’s something far worse. He and his new friend, the clever and scrappy Gylfie, know that the only way out is up.

    Nancy says: "please don't sing"
    "On behalf of my 8yr old grandson..."
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    Wow - Nanny is there any more books this is awesome and the person telling the story changes their voice for the different owls. It's got some really good scary parts. I beat nanny listening to it. I can't wait to get the other books. I have to earn them. I asked my Nanny to tell them I like this awesomely (per nanny - thanks guys, I got this based on your recommendation and am rapt with the enjoyment my grandson has got from it. He's also asked to get the books so he can read it at the same time. Audio books has helped tweek his interest in reading. Great job - thanks)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Viscount Breckenridge to the Rescue: A Cynster Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Stephanie Laurens
    • Narrated By Matthew Brenher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (369)
    Performance
    (309)
    Story
    (313)

    You are cordially invited to the wedding of Miss Heather Cynster... but not before she encounters kidnappers, danger, and a daring rescue at the hands of Viscount Breckenridge. Determined to hunt down her very own hero, one who will sweep her off her feet and into wedded bliss, and despairing of finding him in London’s staid ballrooms, Heather Cynster steps out of her safe world and boldly attends a racy soiree. But her promising hunt is ruined by the supremely interfering Viscount Breckenridge, who whisks her out of scandal....

    L. Reiner says: "Simon Prebble - come back!!"
    "Talented Author, entertaining"
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    thank you for the quality of storyteller and for presenting such a great story, I will definitely look for more books by this author and also read by this presenter. Not raced, storyline good twists, all prepared to detest the villian ... damn, he's not unlikable! Really glad I downloaded it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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