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Connie

Lincoln, NE, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Secret Scripture

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Sebastian Barry
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (105)

    Roseanne McNulty, once one of the most beautiful and beguiling girls in County Sligo, Ireland, is now an elderly patient at Roscommon Regional Mental Hospital. As her 100th year draws near, she decides to record the events of her life, hiding the manuscript beneath the floorboards. Dr. Grene, Roseanne's caretaker, takes a special interest in her case. In his research, he discovers a document written by a local priest that tells a very different story of Roseanne's life than what she recalls.

    Amanda says: "Haunting and Lovely"
    "Enjoyed every aspect of The Secret Scripture"
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    If you could sum up The Secret Scripture in three words, what would they be?

    Three words to sum up The Secret Scripture? Well, endearing, shocking, graceful.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I sincerely loved dear old Roseanne.


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

    I had not listened to Wanda McCaddon's performances prior to this, but I won't hesitate to purchase any audiobook narrated by her. She is a fantastic narrator, switching up dialogues seamlessly, speaking at a steady pace, pauses and inflections were perfect. A true delight to listen to Ms McCaddon perform The Secret Garden.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Secret Scripture and why?

    Roseanne was the most memorable character, although it was easy enough to develop a fondness for (almost) all of the characters. To find out why, well, you'll need to listen!


    Any additional comments?

    This is a true keeper. So glad I purchased The Secret Scripture.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Orphanmaster

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jean Zimmerman
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (42)

    It’s 1663 in the tiny, hardscrabble Dutch colony of New Amsterdam, now present-day Manhattan. Orphan children are going missing, and among those looking into the mysterious state of affairs are a 22-year-old trader, Blandine von Couvering, herself an orphan, and a British spy named Edward Drummond. Both the search for the killer and Edward and Blandine’s newfound romance are endangered, however, when Blandine is accused of being a witch and Edward is sentenced to hang for espionage.

    Amazon Customer says: "Bizarre at times"
    "An intriguing blend!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Orphanmaster the most enjoyable?

    George Guidall is the perfect narrator for The Orphanmaster! His deep voice, pace, obvious literacy with several languages, and just plain story-telling abilities, renders this a totally enjoyable audiobook.


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

    The Orphanmaster is historical fiction, heavy on both history and fiction, residing in the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam (what would be come lower Mahnattan). I remember getting a slight feeling of Jack The Ripper, Sherlock Holmes, Dances With Wolves, and The Winter Sea, not in the story-lines, rather a tinge of understory.


    Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?

    George Guidall, the narrator, nailed the characterization of the Orphanmaster!


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

    I was particularly moved by the scene where the Orphanmaster... Well, that wouldn't be nice of me to divulge, lol!


    Any additional comments?

    The author has pulled together an amazing amount of historical information and coupled it with just the right amount of political intrigue, superstitious myth (or is it really?), romance, and even a sort of feminism of the time period. It's a read to be savored for it's informative content, sub-stories, and implications. I loved the character development and the way the characters (there are many) are carefully introduced. The novel is beautifully paced and structured. You can tell I loved it, I gave it 5 stars.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Arcadia Falls

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Carol Goodman
    • Narrated By Jen Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (383)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (243)

    In debt after her husband's unexpected death, Meg Rosenthal secures a job as a teacher at an upstate New York boarding school. Leaving suburban Long Island, Meg and her teenage daughter, Sally, embark on a new life in Arcadia Falls, a beautiful but isolated small town and the inspiration for a number of magically eerie fairy tales.

    Lenne says: "Decent book...horrible reader"
    "Charming rendition of a Changeling story."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend Arcadia Falls to a friend! I'm particularly interested in faery tale renditions and love the variety of possible interpretations of the Changeling story. Arcadia Falls is an uncomplicated story about complicated issues and the layers of sub-stories effectively highlight some social issues as well, in a non-judgemental way. Even more, it's a sweet story and a lovely read. Descriptions are wonderful.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Arcadia Falls: Free First Chapter

    • UNABRIDGED (20 mins)
    • By Carol Goodman
    • Narrated By Jen Taylor
    Overall
    (464)
    Performance
    (262)
    Story
    (266)

    In debt after her husband's unexpected death, Meg Rosenthal secures a job as a teacher at an upstate New York boarding school. Leaving suburban Long Island, Meg and her teenage daughter, Sally, embark on a new life in Arcadia Falls, a beautiful but isolated small town and the inspiration for a number of magically eerie fairy tales.

    Mia says: "I couldn't make it past 5 minutes"
    "Free first chapter convinced me enough to purchase"
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    What made the experience of listening to Arcadia Falls: Free First Chapter the most enjoyable?

    Nice preview of the rest of the story and narration style.


    What about Jen Taylor’s performance did you like?

    Jen Taylor's performance sounds fitting for this day and age.


    Any additional comments?

    I've been reading more-so historical-fiction, but always intrigued by Changeling stories. I'm excited to read Arcadia Falls.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Winter Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2655)
    Performance
    (2225)
    Story
    (2229)

    History has all but forgotten.... In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown. Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next best-selling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write. But then she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction....

    Martha says: "Get Out Your Hankies"
    "Love Love Love The Winter Sea in audio!!!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Winter Sea to be better than the print version?

    Reading is one of my favorite things to do and I loved the audio version of Winter Sea!! I'll read it again, I'll listen to it again, I'll listen while I read again!! I own both the paper and audio versions.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I am not able to name a favorite character; all of the strong, loyal, ethical, and humane characters are my favorites, The Winter Sea is loaded with them.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The vision of the small girl running on the beach at the very end.


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

    How far would you be willing to go for those you love?


    Any additional comments?

    The descriptions are magnificent. The historical references are magnificent. The storyline is magnificent. The characters are magnificent. It's all magnificent!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Rose Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1535)
    Performance
    (1340)
    Story
    (1366)

    Acclaimed author Susanna Kearsley's previous works have won the RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice Award, and finaled for both the UK Romantic Novel of the Year and the RITA awards.

    Eva Ward is a modern woman thrown back three centuries to 1715 - only to find that might be exactly where she belongs. There, she finds true love with Daniel Butler, but the discord surrounding Hanoverian King George plunges the lovers into a world of intrigue, treason, and romance.

    Angel Claire says: "Amazing story."
    "Enchanting"
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    What did you love best about The Rose Garden?

    I loved Susannah Kearsley's descriptions of Cornwall, the landscape and ocean in particular.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Rose Garden?

    Divulging the most memorable moment would require a spoiler alert, no spoilers here.


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

    I loved the narrator's use of English, Irish, and American accents in her storytelling, it served to make the experience realistic and fun.


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

    For me this was a light and enchanting novel. There are plenty of plot surprises with the occasional sadness. Overall, it's a feel-good story with a magical and happy ending.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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