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Nadene

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  • The Chosen One: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Carol Lynch Williams
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (393)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (190)

    Thirteen-year-old Kyra has grown up in an isolated polygamous community without questioning her father's three wives and her 20 brothers and sisters. Or at least without questioning them much - if you don't count her secret visits to the Mobile Library on Wheels to read forbidden books, or her meetings with the boy she hopes to choose for herself instead of having a man chosen for her.

    Kim says: "Riveting Story - Amazing Narration"
    "a new plot idea"
    Overall

    I loved this book about a polygamist sect in a desert US state. The author did a great job of getting into the characters and show a strong sense of love of family, teen anxt and righteous indignation. It is one of the most disturbing YA books I have read recently. The reader was perfect--strong emotion in all the right places. At the end of the last disk, the author gives a great interview. Highly recommended.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Husband's Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5681)
    Performance
    (4995)
    Story
    (5009)

    Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret - something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive....

    Margaret says: "Escape to the land down under..."
    "Great plot, needs more editing"
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    The plot and reader were great. I thought it dragged in spots and could have used tighter editing. Still worth a sale credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Empire of the Summer Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By S. C. Gwynne
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1308)
    Performance
    (892)
    Story
    (911)

    Few people realize that the Comanche Indians were the greatest warring tribe in American history. Their 40-year battle with settlers held up the development of the new nation. Empire of the Summer Moon tells of the rise and fall of this fierce, powerful, and proud tribe, and begins in 1836 with the kidnapping of a lovely nine-year-old girl with cornflower blue eyes named Cynthia Ann Parker.

    David says: "Evocation of landscape"
    "Non-fiction narration"
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    Interesting narrated story--well documented. I learned a lot about what was really happening on the prairie, as well as to some key historical people.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fatal Fortune: Psychic Eye Mysteries, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Victoria Laurie
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Michaels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (247)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (222)

    In New York Times best-selling author Victoria Laurie’s newest Psychic Eye Mystery, Abby Cooper is trusting her intuition and heading to Sin City to bet on a friend’s innocence.... When police show Abby surveillance video of her best friend and business partner, Candice Fusco, shooting a man in cold blood, she can’t believe her eyes. And when the cops tell her they think the victim has ties to the Mob - and perhaps Candice does, too - she can’t believe her ears. Surely there is a logical explanation.

    Jill says: "Loved it!"
    "Fun series"
    Overall
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    This series is fun ride of twists and turns. The reader starts as inexperienced and gains skill and credibility over the series. This new author does a good job making you believe the ups and downs of being a psychic. The writing is mostly good but gets hung up on a few things like, "swearing is ok if...." This is a quote I hope to never hear again! The main character Abby is immature in ways such as her constant lying and deceiving her husband, the sweetheart Dutch. All in all, the books are a great ride through various cities, dangerous people and loving friendships.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deadly Forecast: Psychic Eye Mysteries, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Victoria Laurie
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Michaels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (342)
    Performance
    (317)
    Story
    (315)

    It’s said to be good luck if it rains on your wedding day, but Abby sees something darker than storm clouds on the horizon. She’s just had a disturbing premonition of her fianc’s murder. Her husband-to-be has been assigned to a case involving a series of suicide bombings, and Abby’s spirit guides warn her of imminent danger. FBI agent Dutch Rivers is keeping his cool, but Abby can’t quell her anxiety. After another suicide bombing at a local beauty salon, Abby vows to do everything in her power to keep Dutch safe and get him to the altar.

    Zeny says: "Wonderfully Thrilling"
    "Inconsistencies, but great story"
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    Fun series, great twisting story.

    The narrator has gotten way better, but still doesn't do male voices well. She came up with a new voice for agent Harrison, after him being in 2 previous books, that doesn't fit his personality.

    More inconsistencies: M.J. Who used to be Abby's best friend and partner, now seem like near strangers who haven't kept in contact. When Abby talks of her parents, they sound more abusive with each book.
    Kat, Abby's sister, seems completely crazy and obsessed, with no reference to the great love and dependence they have on each other, or how they call each other daily, or how Abby has and does stand up to her, or how she mainly lives in Boston with her husband and young twins.

    Despite it all, it was a fun romp.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Year of No Sugar: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Eve O. Schaub
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber, John Lee
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (165)

    With her eyes open by the work of obesity expert Dr. Robert Lustig and others, Eve challenged her husband and two school-age daughters to join her on a quest to eat no added sugar for an entire year. Along the way, Eve uncovered the real costs of our sugar-heavy American diet including diabetes, obesity, and increased incidences of health problems such as heart disease and cancer.

    Virginia says: "Too obsessed with sugar, too free with exceptions"
    "LIFE-CHANGING INFORMATION"
    Overall
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    This book was just the book I needed to teach me about the harmful effects of eating so much sugar. It has helped me look at what I am eating and evaluate the efficacy of my choices. Because of it, I have made many life-time changes to benefit my health. If I could I would have rated it 3.5. There was some rambling and could have been a few hours shorter. The reader did a fine job. It was worth the read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jen Sincero
    • Narrated By Jen Sincero
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1920)
    Performance
    (1676)
    Story
    (1671)

    Bestselling author, speaker, and world-traveling success coach Jen Sincero cuts through the din of the self-help genre with her own verbal meat cleaver in You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life. In this refreshingly blunt how-to guide, Sincero serves up twenty-seven bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, life-changing insights, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word.

    Jedson3614 says: "Good at times"
    "Excellent!"
    Overall
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    I have listened to this book over the last few days as I was planning and executing my 60th birthday party. My daughter said at this age I don't need inspirational books. So wrong! We all do at all ages. It reminded me that I am unique and precious, that I can reach life-long goals I've procrastinated and that I AM a badass! Read it!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Promise: Thunder Point, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (372)
    Performance
    (335)
    Story
    (336)

    Scott Grant has a bustling family practice in the small Oregon community of Thunder Point. The town and its people have embraced the widowed doctor and father of two, his children are thriving, and Scott knows it's time to move on from his loss. But as the town's only doctor, the dating pool is limited. That is, until a stunning physician's assistant applies for a job at his clinic.

    Wanda says: "As Promised...Robyn does it again."
    "Her only weak effort I've seen"
    Overall
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    If you are familiar with Carr's work, this fits in. It is a sweet love story with likable characters. It is the only book of Carr's that was a love story, only, with no plot. It is still worth the purchase just to see the town and characters progress.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Collector

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3379)
    Performance
    (3014)
    Story
    (3036)

    From #1 New York Times-best-selling author Nora Roberts comes a novel of a woman who needs nothing, a man who sees everything, and the web of deceit, greed, and danger that brings them together - and that could tear them apart… As a professional house-sitter and freelance writer, nothing ties Lila Emerson down - not her work, not a home, and definitely not a relationship. She spends her life moving from one job to the next, sometimes crashing at a friend 's Manhattan apartment. And though she can appreciate her clients ' extraordinary homes, their expensive collections, and their adorable pets, Lila has never longed for possessions of her own. Everything she has, including her heart, is portable.

    Diana says: "Definitely not one of Nora Roberts' best"
    "Take two!"
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    I loved this book! I listened to it every possible second over the Christmas holiday, and as soon as I finished, I started again. Within the first 30 minutes of the exposition, the story unfolds a murder. The rest of the story has you chasing the trail to the murderer. Great, plus a good plot kick in the last 30 minutes. Sometimes Nora gets a little graphic in her love scenes, this time it was just teasing references. She does talk a lot about drinking--a celebration, new friend, tiring day, party... Either way, one of the best!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Gentle Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Deborah Smith
    • Narrated By Suzy Harbulak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (179)

    A Connecticut heiress learns she's adopted and travels to northern Florida "cracker" cattle ranch to find her birth parents. There she also finds unexpected romance with the ranch's owner.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Extremely Touching!"
    "So funny!"
    Overall
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    Loved this book with the different handicapped characters on the farm and their love and devotion to people who care for them. Laugh-out-loud-funny and sweet!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Still Missing

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Chevy Stevens
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1874)
    Performance
    (1195)
    Story
    (1201)

    On the day she was abducted, Annie O’Sullivan, a 32-year-old Realtor, had three goals: sell a house, forget about a recent argument with her mother, and be on time for dinner with her ever-patient boyfriend. The open house is slow, but when her last visitor pulls up in a van as she’s about to leave, Annie thinks it just might be her lucky day after all.

    Richard Delman says: "A singular voice; a horrendous story."
    "Disturbing!"
    Overall
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    Painfully real and detailed look at living with a disturbed kidnapper.. A surprise and shocking ending. Great book that lingers in the mind days after the last page is turned.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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