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  • The Fire Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By Kate Black-Regan
    Overall
    (292)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (194)

    Accepting employment as a governess after hard times hit her family, medieval scholar Rosalind Hawkins is surprised when she learns that her mysterious employer has no children and only wants her to read to him through a speaking tube.

    Chelyn says: "Great story, poorly presented"
    "A disappointing rehash of an old classic."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    no... I think there are better works by these authors


    If you’ve listened to books by Mercedes Lackey before, how does this one compare?

    Very disappointing. It had none of the usual magic that makes her books so compelling. Very bland


    What does Kate Black-Regan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    good read and good depth in the characters. very easy to build a picture in your mind


    Do you think The Fire Rose needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. this story was flossed out to the extremes just to make it as long as it was. it wasn't done well and a follow up would just be ridiculous.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ship of Magic: The Liveship Traders, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (50)

    From the author of the classic Farseer trilogy, Ship of Magic is the first part of the Liveship Traders. Set in a land bordering the Six Duchies, Robin Hobb begins her epic of pirates, talking ships, magic, sea serpents, slave revolts, dashing heroes and bloody battles.

    Tracey says: "Interesting concept"
    "Worst Narrator Ever!!!! Slow, Monotone, Bland"
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    I am sure the book is quite good but I will be asking for a refund for this one. The Narration is just terrible. I am really sorry Anne Flosnik but this is not your calling.

    There is no depth to the characters, she is incredibly slow even at 1.25 times the speed. its very mono tone so the book doesn't develop any real feeling as to what is going on. The spacing between sections in chapters is almost non existent and its really hard to follow from one part to the next. And all the characters sound the same boy or girl, old or young.

    Looking at other reviews of this narrator this is a common feeling so its really disappointing that the entire series is read by this one lady. She just doesn't give the book justice.

    Will be reading this one myself thanks!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Virgin River Christmas: A Virgin River Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (614)
    Performance
    (483)
    Story
    (496)

    New York Times best-selling author Robyn Carr’s Virgin River novels are beloved by countless fans. Since Marcie Sullivan’s Iraq War-veteran husband died, she’s been unable to move forward. She decides to seek out Ian Buchanan—the man who disappeared after saving her husband’s life four years earlier. Then when Marcie nearly dies and Ian saves her, the couple’s relationship deepens.

    Karen says: "Enjoyable"
    "A missable entry to the series. Not an essential"
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    Its not an essential read for the Virgin River series. Its more of an overlap than part of the time line. Not as good as the others and you don't miss anything by not reading it.
    Wasn't as involving in the community as the other books but still a nice escape.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shelter Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    Overall
    (1222)
    Performance
    (816)
    Story
    (814)

    Marine veteran John "Preacher" Middleton intimidates just about everyone who walks into his bar. But when an abused young mother comes in, seeking protection from her ex-husband, Preacher promises to become her guardian - and maybe something more.

    Judy says: "These books are fantastic!"
    "More the continued story of Jack and Mel..."
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    I was so looking forward to the John Preacher story and was really disappointed to see the character take a back seat to the first book couple. Its an enjoyable listen still but I really hope that its not a sign of the books to come. Jack and Mel are awesome but, not why I chose this book.

    Therese is by far one of the best Narrators out there though. Beautiful clear voice that really gives life to the characters and story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Whispering Rock

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    Overall
    (1028)
    Performance
    (689)
    Story
    (697)

    In Robyn Carr's Whispering Rock, wounded LAPD Sergeant Mike Valenzuela finds the help and healing he needs in Virgin River. Now he longs for the marital bliss his Marine Corps buddies enjoy. And he thinks he's found the right woman. But after she's brutally attacked, Mike must show her how to trust again.

    Julie says: "Special stories"
    "Things are getting a little weird in Virgin River"
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    I'm not sure its one of the best of her series but she is getting better at focusing on the main characters rather than the old favorites. I think she needs to back off the womens health issues a bit too. They are starting to over shadow the story and its making the prospect of continuing with the series a little bit daunting. Its the story, the romance and the drama I enjoy - not the continued up close and personal look at all the characters lady bits. Seriously... Not everyone is obsessed with having babies or detailed descriptions of babys entering the world. Surely they could have worked out a better way to do that by now!!!

    Fantastic reading by Therese Plummer though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Farmer's Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Rachael Treasure
    • Narrated By Miranda Nation
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (6)

    Rachael Treasure’s funny, heartwarming sequel to Jillaroo follows Rebecca and the farm through tumult and heartbreak to discover what’s really important in life. Ten years ago, Rebecca took up the reins of the family farm and her boyfriend, Charlie, came on board to help - her life was complete. But now Rebecca’s relationship is in trouble, and so is the farm. Can she rebuild her life and her livelihood on her own?

    Kindle Customer says: "Heartbreaking, Inspirational, Truthful, Mesmerised"
    "Heartbreaking, Inspirational, Truthful, Mesmerised"
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    Would you listen to The Farmer's Wife again? Why?

    Yes, It was mesmerising.. So sweet with a story that really sucks you in without lacking in the little details about the reality of living on the land in this beautiful sunburt country.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Farmer's Wife?

    The incident in the kitchen... It was read so well by Miranda, you could hear the emotion charging her voice and Rachael really left no detail out. The grittiness that is the reality of those situations wasn't left out and whilst it was confronting, it wasn't in a away that took away from the rest of the book. A truly truthful representation of a situation that all to many women go through all too often and also a representation that shares useful ways to move on and get through it.


    What about Miranda Nation’s performance did you like?

    She has an amazing way of bringing these stories and characters to life. I have yet to come across another narrator that is as apt as her for giving the characters this level of emotion or even give so many characters such different persona's.


    Any additional comments?

    A brilliant book that is perfect for audio. Rachael has written a wonderful piece that truly represents the real world of farming in recent times. No corner of this way of life is glossed over or forgotten and I especially liked the way the kids in the book were used as way to provide explanations to the listeners who may not have the background of someone more familiar to the farming world, via oral teachings from their parents.

    The first book I have read/listened that I truly thought "this could have been my life!"

    Written by a master of the genre and read by a truly up and coming narrator. Well done to both of you! Its a credit to your talents and professionalism.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (89)

    Amy Harper Bellafonte is six years old, and her mother thinks she's the most important person in the whole world. She is.... Anthony Carter doesn't think he could ever be in a worse place than Death Row.... He's wrong. FBI agent Brad Wolgast thinks something beyond imagination is coming.... It is.

    Alan says: "Tops"
    "Fantastic Epic Story.. Really drags you in."
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    What did you like best about this story?

    i liked the believability of the characters


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

    Awesome narration. really brings depth to the different characters and emotion to the story. He really engages your mind and its quite easy to sink into the story for hours.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fever Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Lincoln Child, Douglas Preston
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    Overall
    (3034)
    Performance
    (1635)
    Story
    (1645)

    At the old family manse in Louisiana, Special Agent Pendergast is putting to rest long-ignored possessions reminiscent of his wife Helen's tragic death, only to make a stunning - and dreadful - discovery. Helen had been mauled by an unusually large and vicious lion while they were big game hunting in Africa. But now, Pendergast learns that her rifle-her only protection from the beast-had been deliberately loaded with blanks. Who could have wanted Helen dead...and why?

    Snoodely says: "Intelligent, spooky thriller"
    "Mediocre"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    story seemed to drag on a bit but i couldn't say if that was due to the plot or the almost monotone reading.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10773)
    Performance
    (5993)
    Story
    (6040)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "Confronting but very enjoyable and unpredictable"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, Its well read and very interesting and entertaining


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Life of Pi?

    the comparison of stories at the end.


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

    the accents of the characters. Brilliant representation


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

    the end, when he's safe but hoarding food compulsively


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Montana Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Erika Leigh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (670)
    Performance
    (495)
    Story
    (504)

    When Jack Mercy died, he left behind a lot of enemies...and a ranch worth nearly $20 million. Now his three daughters - each born of a different marriage, and each unknown to the others - are gathered to hear the reading of the will. The women are shocked to learn that before any of them can inherit, they must live together on the ranch for one year.

    L.W. says: "Gripping"
    "No always means no. Disappointing themes"
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    What did you like best about Montana Sky? What did you like least?

    The main Character seems to be involved with a guy who doesn't seem to take no for an answer.... seem pretty standard but, the aggression portrayed and the way he forces her... No always means no. not themes I think should be promoted in society and not something i thought i would find in one of Nora's books.


    What could Nora Roberts have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    not portrayed the relationship between the lead characters as being one that borders on abusive.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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