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HipStitchNC

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  • Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Bob Spitz
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (212)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (179)

    From Pasadena to Cambridge to New York, Washington, D.C., India, Ceylon, Paris, Marseilles, Santa Barbara, and Maine, Bob Spitz re-creates an extraordinary life. He takes us beyond the image of Julia as the tall, eccentric woman with a funny voice who taught America how to cook, to establish her as a genuine rebel and beloved icon, a woman who redefined herself in middle age, helped to change the role of women in America, set the standard for how to create a public personality in the modern media world.

    S. Vann says: "Deeply mixed feelings"
    "LOVELY Book!"
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    I thoroughly enjoyed this book - much more than I'd anticipated. At first the narrator didn't "sound" enough like Julia for me, but it quickly didn't matter at all. The story of Julia's life was engaging and I couldn't wait to get moments to listen to more. Highly recommend this book!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Coming Home to Myself: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Wynonna Judd, Patsi Bale Cox
    • Narrated By Ellen Archer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Coming Home to Myself is the result of that emotional journey, a song of personal discovery that taught Wynonna Judd to love not just what she does, but who she is. From a truly exceptional woman comes an unexpected memoir of survival, strength, hope, and forgiveness, filled with an exultant and empowering message certain to resonate with those who have dreamed of finding themselves, and who only needed the courage and inspiration to begin their own journey.

    Michael says: "Outstanding"
    "I wanted to like it more..."
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    Being a Judds fan from way back, I was interested to hear Wynonna's take on growing up with Naomi and in the limelight from such a young age. I loved those parts of the story.

    However, she often drifted off into "self-help book" speak and, while it was interesting and educational, I didn't think it flowed very well with the rest of the book.

    The narrator was all wrong for her "voice", as well. I really wish Wynonna would have read it herself - or at least had a narrator with an authentic Southern accent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13901)
    Performance
    (12271)
    Story
    (12299)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Awesome book - lots of twists!"
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    I rarely listen to or read a book that makes me audibly *gasp*, but Gone Girl did just that. It was a great book and the narration made it even better. Loved the "voices" of both husband & wife. Excellent!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (16058)
    Performance
    (14216)
    Story
    (14163)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Didn't think I would like this so much!"
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    Confession: I have never read a Stephen King novel. That said, I am now just into the 2nd part of 11-22-63 and thoroughly engrossed in this story! So much so that I find myself not wanting to work or sleep so I can hear more (sadly, that's not possible). The narration is awesome, the story is fascinating and makes me wish I were Jake. :)

    Part 1 would stand alone as a great book - I can't wait to see what the next 24 hours or so of listening have in store!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3560)
    Performance
    (3031)
    Story
    (3026)

    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    Shauna says: "Defending Jacob"
    "Wow..."
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    Just finished listening to this book and left with more questions than answers. But enjoyed it immensely. The story of a father's unending dedication to defend the son he loves - I could definitely identify with the desperation not to believe your child capable of evil.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead to the World: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (3648)
    Performance
    (1773)
    Story
    (1784)

    New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris thrills listeners with the fourth book of her spectacular Sookie Stackhouse series. Driving home from work, barmaid and telepath Sookie Stackhouse discovers vampire and area sheriff Eric on the side of the road missing his shirt, his shoes and his memories. Featuring vampires, werewolves and magic galore, Dead to the World will satisfy any listener's craving for the supernatural.

    Irenehope says: "Favorite Sookie Novel"
    "More crazy characters!"
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    This book introduces even more "sups" (supernatural beings) to Sookie's life and she gets more wound up in the drama of the vampire world than ever. It was a little hard to keep up with who's who or rather "who's what??" but a great story overall.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Living Dead in Dallas: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (4069)
    Performance
    (1986)
    Story
    (1991)

    After an unfortunate incident, Sookie finds herself beholden to a group of Louisiana vampires. So she agrees to travel to Dallas with her undead boyfriend Bill and track down a missing vamp, but only if the vampires promise to let local humans go unharmed.

    Jessica says: "enjoyed it but was not in love with it"
    "Enjoyed Sookie's travels"
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    I liked this book in the series since it was set somewhere different. I love the character of Eric and looked forward to his interactions with Sookie throughout the book. Bill who?? ;) Great story and performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Single Thread: The Cobbled Court Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Marie Bostwick
    • Narrated By Pam Ward, Lorna Raver
    Overall
    (331)
    Performance
    (273)
    Story
    (271)

    Marie Bostwick weaves the unforgettable story of four very different women whose paths cross, changing their lives forever. It’s a long way from Fort Worth, Texas, to New Bern, Connecticut, yet it only takes a day in the charming Yankee town to make Evelyn Dixon realize she’s found her new home. The abrupt end of her marriage was Evelyn’s wake-up call to get busy chasing her dream of opening a quilt shop. Finding a storefront is easy enough; starting a new life isn’t....

    betty says: "Just a hint."
    "Nice, light listen"
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    Good book with well developed characters. The narration was good. All in all, a good light listen to pass the time, especially if you're a quilter (as I am) and enjoy hearing about other womens "bees" and quilting friendships.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Until Dark: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (6879)
    Performance
    (3470)
    Story
    (3502)

    Vampires have officially "come out of the coffin", and Miss Sookie can't wait for one to come her way.

    Pamela says: "That Vampire Said ...."
    "Hooked!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    I'm late to the Sookie Stackhouse craze, but I am HOOKED! Loved this first book, although Sookie's "voice" is a little grating (as a Southern woman, I hate how most media way overdoes it on the southern accent). But overall, I LOVE this series and will continue listening to all of the books! My guilty pleasure. :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Healing Sands: A Sullivan Crisp Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Nancy Rue, Stephen Arterburn
    • Narrated By Pam Turlow
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    Ryan Alexander-Coe is a talented photojournalist who has been on assignment all over the world. But when her two sons choose to live with their father after her divorce, Ryan must give her career up for a small-town newspaper job in order to be near them.

    Suzanne says: "GREAT!"
    "Nice series"
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    I really like this series - part detective story, part psychology, part Christian romance. The only complaint I have at all is the constant use of the phrase "Ho-ly crow". :) Otherwise, I have highly enjoyed the three books in this series and look forward to more Sullivan Crisp stories!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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