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Michele Rae White

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  • Deeply Odd: Odd Thomas, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    Overall
    (1415)
    Performance
    (1280)
    Story
    (1291)

    How do you make sure a crime that hasn’t happened yet, never does? That’s the critical question facing Odd Thomas, the young man with a unique ability to commune with restless spirits and help them find justice and peace. But this time, it’s the living who desperately need Odd on their side. Three helpless innocents will be brutally executed unless Odd can intervene in time. Who the potential victims are and where they can be found remain a mystery. The only thing Odd knows for sure is who the killer will be: the homicidal stranger who tried to shoot him dead in a small-town parking lot.

    G. House Sr. says: "Oddly Excellent!"
    "Another Hit for Dean Koontz"
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    Would you listen to Deeply Odd again? Why?

    I would listen to "Deeply Odd" again, it is a precious story with an extremely lovable character. Odd Thomas again finds himself thrust into a world of chaos with just his extraordinary talent for communing with the dead. Once again, he is pit against evil with only his talent for seeing things in a a unique way and his willingness to use self-defense against those who would do him and others harm. The performers portrayal of Thomas Odd's character is good (when I read Odd Thomas books, he sounds different in my head than the actor who portrays Odd in the recording). But I still enjoyed his performance. Odd is funny and touching in ways that is rarely equaled in any genre.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Memory of Light: Wheel of Time, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4830)
    Performance
    (4391)
    Story
    (4439)

    Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time® burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, listeners have been anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over 40 million copies in over 32 languages. When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork.

    Amazon Customer says: "End of one of my favorite fantasy series ever."
    "Stunning and Fantastic Ending to the Saga!"
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    Where does A Memory of Light rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the best Wheel of Time Book since Jordan passed away. Outstanding ending to a well thought out fantasy world. As there are no real beginnings or endings...This was a superior effort on Brandon Sanderson's part. Well done! Adults rejoice for a kind of fantasy experience that outdoes its children's Harry Potter counterpart.


    What other book might you compare A Memory of Light to and why?

    I would compare this book to the first three installments of the wheel of time. Brandon finally got that good. I would also compare this to the Dune series in the depth and breathe of development of characters, however, it stands alone.


    What does Michael Kramer and Kate Reading bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I would have rushed the ending if I was reading this as a book in my hands. As R. Dahl says "the suspense is terrible . . . I hope it lasts!"


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

    It made me cheer! Yea for Rand's sacrifice. The Christ-like comparisons between this story and the new testament are there for everyone to see. Just like John Coffey in Stephen King's The Green Mile. It makes you happy and sad at the same time. You really feel for the characters...just like they are old friends you have missed for a long time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gathering Storm: Book Twelve of the Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4866)
    Performance
    (2652)
    Story
    (2669)

    Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, struggles to unite a fractured network of kingdoms and alliances in preparation for the Last Battle. As he attempts to halt the Seanchan encroachment northward - wishing he could form at least a temporary truce with the invaders - his allies watch in terror the shadow that seems to be growing within the heart of the Dragon Reborn himself.

    D. Ramirez says: "I normally wouldn't, but..."
    "Finally They are All Back!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Gathering Storm the most enjoyable?

    The wait of several years until the story finally picked up and we are back with our old friends... Rand, Matt, Perrin and the women folk as well. Very strong characters all around. An exciting rich fantasy world full of life and death.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Gathering Storm?

    Rand's insanity as he struggles to remain sane until the final battle where he can finally face his destiny.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Kramer and Kate Reading ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my first, but not my last time listening to Michael Kramer and Kate Reading's performances.


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

    And YOU thought Harry Potter's world was so Cool. Wait until you see this!


    Any additional comments?

    One of the top ten fantasy epics of all time. Right up there with Tolkien, Orson Scott Card, etc.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (3702)
    Performance
    (2027)
    Story
    (2077)

    Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything: a fine reputation, an appointment as captain of a ship, and the heart of a beautiful woman. But his perfect life is shattered when three jealous friends conspire to destroy him. Falsely accused of a political crime, Dantès is locked away for life in the infamous Chateau d'If prison. But it is there that Dantès learns of a vast hidden treasure.

    Prsilla says: "Really-REALLY Classic!"
    "Superior story and Edge of Your Seat Action"
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    If you could sum up The Count of Monte Cristo in three words, what would they be?

    Family Entertainment Extravaganza


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Edward, the Count of Monte Cristo himself is the best character in the book. His quest for vengeance is appealing to one's sense of justice. As Edward thinks "May God give me justice!" An original cat-and-mouse epic tale of betrayal, revenge, justice, and finding one's place in the world.


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

    John Lee's steady voice and pace make one want to Re-read the book again and again. His melodic sounds create a sense of tension and the story steadily builds towards Edward's goals are achieved and he surpasses his own designs.


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

    This is a book you want to savor. I listened to the first four part several times before listening the last part of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Makes me want more literature favorites like Les Miserable and anything by Charles Dickens.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Comanche Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry, Frank Muller
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (554)
    Performance
    (288)
    Story
    (290)

    We join Texas Rangers August McCrae and Woodrow F. Call as they are just beginning to deal with the perplexing tensions of adult life -- Gus, and his great love, Clara Forsythe, Call and Maggie Tilton, the young whore who loves him -- when they enlist with a Ranger troop in pursuit of Buffalo Hump, the great Comanche war chief; Kicking Wolf, the celebrated Comanche horse thief; and a deadly Mexican bandit king with a penchant for torture.

    Robert E. Scarcelle says: "Even for those that don't like Westerns"
    "Not as Good as Lonesome Dove"
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    If you could sum up Comanche Moon in three words, what would they be?

    Worthy Effort


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Comanche Moon?

    The most memorable moment is when Gus is the focus of the novel. He and Call are the most interesting characters.


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

    Never heard Frank Muller's other performances and he was so understated that I would avoid getting another audible title with him as the performer.


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

    No. This wasn't a real cliff hanger by any stretch of the imagination.


    Any additional comments?

    I really am disappointed. I really loved Lonesome Dove and this one just didn't stack up at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Stand

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6150)
    Performance
    (5420)
    Story
    (5467)

    This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides - or are chosen.

    Meaghan says: "My First Completed Stephen King Novel"
    "The Ultimate Stephen King Book"
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    What did you love best about The Stand?

    I loved that I could just relax and let the story cradle me in its arms. I really liked the made for television movie of this book as well and I was pleasantly surprised by how well the narrator wove the story around the different characters.


    What other book might you compare The Stand to and why?

    I would compare The Stand to Robert McCammon's Swan Song. If you loved the Stand you will love Swan's Song by McCammon.




    Which character – as performed by Grover Gardner – was your favorite?

    I love Stu as a character and Frannie as well. I also like Tom and Larry Underwood. All the characters are so well rounded.


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

    The End is Just the Beginning


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Aftershock

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Andrew Vachss
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante, Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (15)

    After a life in various war zones, Dell and Dolly have settled in this town, fulfilling Dolly's lifelong dream. Though she has given up her nursing career and moved smoothly into civilian life, Dell had been a mercenary, so they both have to sacrifice their prior identities. When the star of the girls' softball team shoots and kills the most popular boy in school, Dolly asks Dell to uncover the motive behind this inexplicable crime. It doesn't take him long to uncover a horrifying rite of passage.

    Michele Rae White says: "Aftershock By Vachss Rocks!"
    "Aftershock By Vachss Rocks!"
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    Would you listen to Aftershock again? Why?

    I would definitely listen to Aftershock again and again. It reminds me of Hard Candy by Vachss which I read over a decade and a half ago. Definitely not for the faint of heart. Thanks again Andrew, the children of the secret are still reading and listening!


    What other book might you compare Aftershock to and why?

    Hard Candy, Sacrifice, Flood, Shella, and Strega. All Vachss books written with love and razor blades in equal parts.


    What does Phil Gigante and Natalie Ross bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Phil and Natalie were exemplary in their depiction of Vachss's book of characters that are so tightly wound that they would snap in two like a wood board if their burden was any heavier. Phil and Natalie were absolutely 100% authentic in their smooth depiction of Andrew's work. I would love to hear another Vachss novel that was read by these two.


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

    My tag line for a film of this book would be Aftershock . . . grabs you by the short hairs and does not let go!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Apocalypse: An Odd Thomas Novel, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2154)
    Performance
    (1896)
    Story
    (1896)

    Once presided over by a flamboyant Hollywood mogul during the Roaring ’20s, the magnificent West Coast property known as Roseland is now home to a reclusive billionaire financier and his faithful servants. And, for the moment, it’s also a port in the storm for Odd Thomas and his traveling companion, the inscrutably charming Annamaria. In the wake of Odd’s most recent clash with lethal adversaries, the opulent manor’s comforts should be welcome. But there’s far more to Roseland than meets even the extraordinary eye of Odd, who soon suspects it may be more hell than haven.

    D says: "Odd Apocalypse; Oddly Great"
    "Least Favorite Odd Book Thus Far"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Although I love the Thomas Odd series and this book was very creatively written, it just did not pull on my heart strings like when I read the book. I don't know if the narrator's voice just doesn't sync up with my vision in my skull about how Thomas would sound, but he sounds like a bit of a whiner instead of a good nature young adult with a sense of humor about the horrors of this world and possibly the next.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I probably would have kept auditioning for someone more in tune with the character as far as David Aaron Baker goes.


    What three words best describe David Aaron Baker’s voice?

    David Aaron Baker should work on his delivery, for Thomas Odd's character is one where th e character is filled with wonder and amazement and sorrow and most importantly a sense of humor about the whole crazy situation.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dr. Phil McGraw: Life Code

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Phil McGraw
    • Narrated By Phil McGraw
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (289)
    Performance
    (248)
    Story
    (245)

    The rules for living in the real world have changed, because the world we live in has changed. Much of the conventional wisdom the last generation has passed on just doesn't apply like it once did. If you want to win, and win big, and, more importantly, keep what you work so hard for, you need a crystal-clear view of how the real world works - not how you wish it worked, but how it actually works.

    christy says: "Read it, so don't mention it anymore Dr. Phil..."
    "Life Code a Way through the Barriers of Life"
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    If you could sum up Dr. Phil McGraw: Life Code in three words, what would they be?

    Insightful, Groundbreaking, Imperative


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Dr. Phil's description of his wife's inability to negotiate was touching and uncomfortable to listen to as a woman since my bargaining skills are extremely lacking. It made me realize that I really need to work on my negotiating skills as a woman. I don't want to be taken advantage of.


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

    Dr. Phil's commitment to his sons is particularly moving as well as his desire to protect his wife and the people who watch his show and buy his books.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended! I did not like the previous Dr. Phil book, but this one is a winner!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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