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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
    (377)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (175)

    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 Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1483)
    Performance
    (1358)
    Story
    (1371)

    >When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of "rogue" wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn't take them. In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.

    Tango says: "Beautiful story, beautifully written"
    "FASCINATING!"
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    I loved this book from the beginning to the end. It spoke to me; I don't know why. I loved roaming around the African savanna and picturing the wild elephants and other creatures and learning about the many issues of a conservationist. The story was told with love and sensitivity and many small tales of the people and the animals woven in.

    The reader was perfect. I could picture him as the conservationist, himself, in khakis and a white savanna hat. HIs accents and tone where perfect.

    It was a touching tale that brought me to tears when it was completed--a unique experience for me. Highly recommended!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Plain Truth

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Christina Moore, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1193)
    Performance
    (433)
    Story
    (434)

    The discovery of a dead infant in an Amish barn shakes Lancaster County to its core. But the police investigation leads to a more shocking disclosure: circumstantial evidence suggests that 18-year-old Katie Fisher, an unmarried Amish woman believed to be the newborn's mother, took the child's life.

    Susan says: "Plain good!"
    "A FAVORITE BOOK!"
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    Any additional comments?

    I am surprised about some of the low reviews. I read this many years ago, recommended it to my book club and it flew amongst its members. We LOVED it! Listening was even better. As usually Picoult does an excellent job of exploring a subject from many angles. I felt this was a more enjoyable read that some of her other heart-renching explorations.

    Both narrators were good, but I didn't see a reason for 2 narrators. It didn't seem necessary or bring anything special to the book. Katie's voice was high pitched and innocent. Appropriate I felt.

    I highly recommend this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Longhorn IV: The Family: Longhorn Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Dusty Rhodes
    • Narrated By Gene Engene
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (127)

    Fate has brought about a reunion with a brother Buck Cordell thought was dead. Hard work and perseverance brought both of them success beyond their wildest expectations.

    Jean says: "Longhorn IV"
    "I miss my friends."
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    Any additional comments?

    I listened to the whole series back to back, and enjoyed Rhode's homey stories filled with action plus the details of cowboy life. There are some slow parts, but the story jumps from one action scene to another--often with realistic brutality. Gory scenes are short but to the point. No sex, no swearing. Magically, the characters have money and can pay their staff a healthy wage without balancing a budget, like the rest of us. The books are idealistic without the details of quarrels with staff, nit picky daily irritations and marriage quibbles, but I liked them all. I love the financial details of how much things cost in the 1860's and how a business and town grew. The characters all have difficult life problems that they work through. They show kindness to each other and strangers. The crooks and thieves of the era are dealt with quick cowboy justice.

    When I first heard the reader, I hated his slow pace. On the second try, I got used to it and was impressed by the range of characters he played. The women weren't perfect, but the men and dumb crooks were great.

    All in all, I enjoyed the series and miss my friends. I'd like to check out Cody's house, and sit on the porch and rock while I listen to their stories, watch the mining town process gold and enjoy the beauty of the waterfall.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eragon: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7982)
    Performance
    (3145)
    Story
    (3203)

    When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.

    Sandra says: "Utterly Awesome!"
    "love these books...but"
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    They don't have a climax--even after 3 books--no climax. Yet, I've read them 2xs and yearned for them again. I love the adventure, characters, the story. Truly gifted writer--just want an ending!! Perfect narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Week in Winter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Maeve Binchy
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (602)
    Performance
    (515)
    Story
    (518)

    Stoneybridge is a small town on the west coast of Ireland where all the families know one another. When Chicky Starr decides to take an old, decaying mansion set high on the cliffs overlooking the windswept Atlantic Ocean and turn it into a restful place for a holiday by the sea, everyone thinks she is crazy. Helped by Rigger (a bad boy turned good who is handy around the house) and Orla, her niece (a whiz at business), Chicky is finally ready to welcome the first guests to Stone House’s big warm kitchen, log fires, and understated elegant bedrooms.

    A User says: "Didn't want it to end....."
    "loved, loved..."
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    Another gently rolling Binchy book full of great rounded characters and interesting stories that all connect in a satisfying way along the journey. Loved the book. Thinking about reading it again right now. Big, happy sigh.... only problem--The reader made young characters sound old.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Enna Burning: Books of Bayern, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Shannon Hale
    • Narrated By Cynthia Bishop
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    It’s been two years since Enna was swept up in a heart-pounding court adventure. Now, having returned to her old life in the forests of Bayern, she is growing restless. When a strange force takes possession of her brother, Liefer, she returns to the capital to seek the help of her friend Isi, Bayern’s princess. But Bayern is tottering on the verge of war with neighboring Tira. When endowed with the terrifying gift that destroyed Liefer, Enna takes herself to war - only to embark on an epic journey of discovery and betrayal that will force her to come of age.

    Nadene says: "frightening"
    "frightening"
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    I would NOT recommend this to young adults. Very intense story of young adult with a strange power that she is fighting with to the point that she torches and kills several people. NOT a good thing for struggling potentially-mentally ill teens to get into their heads!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Goose Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Shannon Hale
    • Narrated By Cynthia Bishop, the Full Cast Family
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (299)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (97)

    Follow the adventures of Princess Anidori Kiladra of Kildenree as she struggles to regain not merely her crown, but her very name. Sweeping in its vision and enlivened by a huge cast of vivid characters, The Goose Girl has earned both rave reviews and an intensely loyal fan following.

    Amazon Customer says: "A Magical Listen"
    "MADE ME REMEMBER WHY I ALWAYS LOVED FAIRY TALES"
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    This was so fun for me to read! I hadn't read the origional Grimm's story, but this made me curious about it. It took me back to all those tales read in my youth, and reminded me why I loved them. The cast of readers was huge--over 30--and great. It had a good plot and wove a little whimsey and fantasy into the typical Middle Ages time frame of most folk tales. I enjoyed it as a 50 something, but I would love to share this with my grandkids on up. I've recomended to people of all ages. In fact, it was recommended to me by a middle school student.

    Today, I started the next story in the 4-part series. :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Dahlia: In the Garden, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Susie Breck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1114)
    Performance
    (816)
    Story
    (815)

    Trying to escape the ghosts of the past, young widow Stella Rothchild, along with her two energetic little boys, has moved back to her roots in southern Tennessee - and into her new life at Harper House and In the Garden nursery. She isn't intimidated by the house - nor its mistress, local legend Roz Harper.

    bluebelle says: "Wonderful!"
    "LOVED, LOVED LOVED"
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    The whole series was great fun! What is better than romance, real life issues that need to be solved with a little ghost looming in the background? Loved it all! Seemed realistic and believable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Freckles

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Gene Stratton-Porter
    • Narrated By Mary Starkey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    Freckles, a plucky young man, lands a job as a watchman for a lumber company that logs timber in a mysterious forest swamp called the Limberlost.

    Bart says: "Doesn't get better!"
    "tear jerking, poor narration"
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    My disappointment is that the narrator reads like a competent mother or teacher to her children. I would have preferred an actor to read this who could have honored Freckles great language and Irish brogue, voiced the Angel and the other characters.

    The story was beautiful and well rounded--continuing through to the end of the tale where other authors would have dropped the reader. My only criticism is that I think Freckles should have been closer to 17-18 rather than 20. I understand his background intimidated him and made him more innocent than the average boy, but I felt his reactions to Angel were a little too naive.

    Loved the book. Highly recommended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Forbidden Falls: Virgin River, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (652)
    Performance
    (455)
    Story
    (462)

    Recently ordained minister Noah Kincaid is used to taking on new challenges, so he has no problem tackling the renovation of the long-abandoned Virgin River church. But that’s before he meets the stunningly beautiful—and stubbornly headstrong—Ellie Baldwin. She may not be exactly what Noah wants in an assistant, but she may be exactly what he needs.

    LeftyMom says: "Excellent!"
    "they have become my friends"
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    When I read the first book of the series, Virgin River, I thought it was ok but doubted I would read another. Currently, I am on my 9th book and checking out the 10th. So, I have spent some time thinking about why these books are so compelling to me. Here you go: They introduce new characters in each book, yet continue with some old stories of people I have learned to care about. Often the stories have a building component--rebuild a ratty church--this book-- rebuild old river cottages, add on to the bar, build a new house... I like that. Plus the building and rebuilding of relationships and how that works with different types of people of all ages. I like the overall values of the little town--help others, push out the bad, nurture the good, love of children, strong family and relationships (I do think there is unneccessary detail about sex). I like the togetherness of the little town and the friendships they share. Lastly, I enjoy watching a little no-place become a town--starting with a doctor's office and a little store, then a bar that is open for meals, a midwife comes in, then a builder... I love it all and willl probably keep reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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