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Sandy

We are RV'ers traveling the USA. I love Romance, Mysteries, and Thriller Novels. Good listening while on the road.

Orlando, FL | Member Since 2012

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  • 36 purchased in 2014
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  • The Handmaid's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Claire Danes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3303)
    Performance
    (2975)
    Story
    (2992)

    Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

    Melinda says: "Not So Far-Fetched -- Still Chilling"
    "NOT my cup of Tea"
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    I have never read any of Margaret Atwood's novels. I don't think I will purchase anymore.
    This was an interesting story I thought from the reviews. It was awful. I knew it was a far fetched story,, but it had no story. I fell asleep listening to this one. I couldn't keep my interest going and only did because of Claire Dane's Narration. She is wonderful.
    I even tortured myself and listened to the last 30 minutes summing up this bizzare story.
    Don't bother getting this one. Awful!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Orphan Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christina Baker Kline
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3135)
    Performance
    (2784)
    Story
    (2781)

    Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to "aging out" out of the foster care system. A community-service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse.... As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

    Susan says: "Fascinating Journey for Two"
    "Heart Gripping Story"
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    This is so well written and narrated. It's touching, funny, and very heartbreaking what these women go through in life. I love the way the author used the past and present in this and how these women became so close. Get your hanky out, you'll need it in several places. Worth the credit and them some.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Forever Black

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Sandi Lynn
    • Narrated By Felicity Munroe, David Benjamin Bliss
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (437)
    Performance
    (395)
    Story
    (396)

    When Ellery moved to New York with her boyfriend, she thought they’d live happily ever after in their small New York apartment. She never thought he’d pack his bags and leave because he “needed space”. With her newfound single status and fear of being alone, Ellery buries herself in her artwork and paintings until one night she helps a mysterious intoxicated stranger get home safely. Little did she know the mysterious stranger is none other than CEO and millionaire Connor Black.

    Mary says: "Boring, predictable …"
    "This series will grab you"
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    When you start reading romance stories, you prepare yourself that it is just a fantasy read. This is exactly that. I did like it a lot and got wrapped up in Ellory and Connor and their whirlwind romance. Sandi Lynn does know how to describe a really Hot Sex scene. WOW!! If you liked 50 Shades of Grey, this is much better and the narrator is also 1000 times better too. I choose to purchase "Forever You" which is the same exact story but it's Connor who tells his side of the romance. I'm almost finished with it and figured I would add my 2 cents saying, you don't really need to buy this 2nd book in the series unless you want to hear his sexy voice, which is pretty good. You do have to get used to his female voice. It's not that great. Onto the 3rd book in the series....
    This series is worth the credits if you want to take yourself into a fantasy world for a while.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Temptation Ridge

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    Overall
    (773)
    Performance
    (551)
    Story
    (567)

    In RITA Award-winning, New York Times best-selling author Robyn Carr’s Temptation Ridge, two lonely hearts are surprised by love while visiting the close-knit mountain community of Virgin River. Shelby, a sheltered and idealistic 25-year-old, doesn’t want to fall for a man like Luke. And 38-year-old Luke, a battle-hardened Blackhawk pilot, fears being hurt by a young lady like Shelby.

    LeftyMom says: "The best!!"
    "LOVED IT!!"
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    Robyn Carr did it again. I keep thinking when I read one of her books that it will be too similar to the last one. I loved her Thunder Point series and with every book, it was a good and different story.
    This one hooked me from the start. These books do entertain and keep my interest with every one even though it's easy listening.
    Temptation Ridge is a great listen. I love the characters and storyline in this book. There are a lot of them and surprised she didn't make a series out of this one. It's worth a credit.
    Therese Plummer is fantastic narrator. I can see why she narrates most of ther books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Next Always: Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2194)
    Performance
    (1944)
    Story
    (1947)

    The historic hotel in Boonsboro has endured war and peace, the changing of hands, and even rumored hauntings. Now it’s getting a major face-lift from the Montgomery brothers and their eccentric mother. As the architect in the family, Beckett’s social life consists mostly of talking shop over pizza and beer. But there’s another project he’s got his eye on: the girl he’s been waiting to kiss since he was sixteen.

    krista says: "A cozy romance"
    "Narration was so distracting to a good story."
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    This was a good story and it could have been an easy listen. MacLeod Andrews was so bad with his imitation of the women in the book and especially the kids. I had to yank out my ear buds when he would imitate the small boys. He made them seem mentally challenged with a disorder or something instead of normal cute boys. I want to listen to the next book in the Triology but I can't buy it since this narrator I know will ruin it. He was ok as he spoke as the men in this story, but the rest is not worth the struggle. Sorry I won't finish the rest of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Out of Breath: The Breathing Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Rebecca Donovan
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (411)
    Performance
    (384)
    Story
    (387)

    Emma Thomas is hiding. From everything and everyone... including herself. But she can't hide forever. Her past will find her, and her secrets won't remain quiet - not if she wants to be forgiven. Emma learns that honesty can hurt worse than betrayal, and the truth may cost her the only love she's ever known.

    Jordy says: "Finally No More cliffhangers! I love a good HEA!!"
    "Fantastic Triology!!"
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    I loved each of these books in this Triology. Even though it was so sad at times I don't remember when I couldn't wait to get back to listening to this story. This narrator, Kate Rudd was so good with all the characters and the emotions and personalities of every one came through so well. You will catch yourself tearing up, gasping, and getting so attached to Emma.
    This series of books is for all ages.
    I can't wait for Rebecca Donovan to write another one.
    I am emotionally drained after listening to these 3 all in a couple of weeks. WOW...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reason to Breathe: Breathing, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Rebecca Donovan
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (698)
    Performance
    (647)
    Story
    (646)

    In the affluent town of Weslyn, Connecticut, where most people worry about what to be seen in and who to be seen with, Emma Thomas would rather not be seen at all. She’s more concerned with feigning perfection - pulling down her sleeves to conceal the bruises, not wanting anyone to know how far from perfect her life truly is. Without expecting it, she finds love. It challenges her to recognize her own worth - at the risk of revealing the terrible secret she’s desperate to hide.

    Nancy Devault says: "Awesome"
    "So Pleasantly Surprised!!"
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    I got this book on sale and since it had so many great reviews, I bought it.
    I have never been so pleasantly surprised with a book on sale before. Usually they are so so. I loved this story even though it was sad. Emma does frustrate you in this story but you eventually understand her. I don't like how they leave you hanging in the epilogue.
    It isn't clear what happens. Good thing I can't wait to purchase the next book in this series. I couldn't put this one down. WOW!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Likeness

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Heather O'Neill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2717)
    Performance
    (1628)
    Story
    (1636)

    Tana French's debut, In the Woods, hit the New York Times best-seller list and drew rave reviews from the Times (London) and Booklist. Picking up six months later, this riveting sequel finds Detective Cassie Maddox still scarred by her last case. When her boyfriend calls her to a chilling murder scene, Cassie is forced to face her inner demons. A young woman has been found stabbed to death outside Dublin, and the victim looks just like Cassie.

    Michael says: "Really on a Different Level"
    "Long and drawn out story."
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    Where did all the 5 star reviews come from?? I have never been so bored with a story. I want to return it, but thankfully got this one on sale. The author could have made this a lot better if she cut it in half. Way too much useless filler/garble inserted into a scene when your waiting for something to happen with one of the storylines. I kept thinking, "I listened 30 minutes for that?" Nothing happens for hours, but boredom waiting for an OH WOW or whats next?
    Awful Awful Awful. I'm so disappointed I already bought the next one by Tana French and I so hope it's much better than this one.
    The Narrator was excellant. Whew!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carnal Innocence

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1153)
    Performance
    (991)
    Story
    (1001)

    New York Times best-selling novelist Nora Roberts captivates millions of fans with her provocative blend of scorching passion and chilling suspense. With Carnal Innocence, she creates a gripping tale of murder, infatuation, and true love in a small southern town. After beautiful concert violinist Caroline Waverly breaks up with her conductor and lover Luis, she escapes to her late grandmother’s home in Innocence, Mississippi.

    Karen says: "The wait has ended"
    "The Best of Nora Roberts is here"
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    I loved this book. The narrator made this story even better as he played the different characters. I'm sure many of you have listened to boy meets girl and she resists love stories. This is so much more than that. The mystery of who done it and how she made these characters come to life through this wonderful Narrator made this book so much better. I just loved this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7896)
    Performance
    (7120)
    Story
    (7117)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "John Grisham has another Huge Hit"
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    The narrator Michael Beck made this story 1000% more gripping than if I had read this book. He is amazing and his different accents of all the characters were fantastic.
    I loved this story and this was one I couldn't put down easy. I couldn't wait to get back to it the next day where I wouldn't be interrupted. This is a must read/listen.
    I went back and watched "A Time to Kill" so I could remind myself of the characters that were along Jake's side in this story. I can't say enough about his one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Alyson Richman
    • Narrated By George Guidall, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1163)
    Performance
    (1031)
    Story
    (1036)

    In pre-war Prague, the dreams of two young lovers are shattered when they are separated by the Nazi invasion. Then, decades later, thousands of miles away in New York, there's an inescapable glance of recognition between two strangers. Providence is giving Lenka and Josef one more chance. From the glamorous ease of life in Prague before the Occupation, to the horrors of Nazi Europe, The Lost Wife explores the power of first love, the resilience of the human spirit, and the strength of memory.

    Sister Mary Kelly says: "Not my favorite book."
    "EXCELLANT, MOVING, SO WONDERFUL!!"
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    The narration couldn't be better and made this wonderful story so much more emotional.
    It's a must listen. Sit back and enjoy. And yes, I couldn't put this aside for very long. I finished this in just a few days.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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