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Deborah

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  • The Light Between Oceans: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By M. L. Stedman
    • Narrated By Noah Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1407)
    Performance
    (1236)
    Story
    (1216)

    In 1918, after four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia to take a job as the lighthouse keeper on remote Janus Rock. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes only four times a year and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel.

    Sandra says: "Wonderful story.....terrible narrator."
    "A Touching Story told and read with great insight."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Light Between Oceans the most enjoyable?

    A great read. I highly recommend.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tom was my favorite character. His perseverance and overall sense of personal responsibility is remarkable. He is the kind of person that I have always strived to be. He makes very difficult choices because of his morality,and tries to protect those around him. Most people like to believe that they are like Tom, but few are able to make the tough choices. The author writes his characters carefully, but does not reveal information until needed.


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

    The story is set in Australia and is read by an Australian. The tone of the reader is distinctive - never too rapid, nor did it drag.


    Any additional comments?

    The 3 main characters have lived through very difficult times and circumstances. When a dead man and an infant show up on the island where Tom, the light keeper, and his wife Izzy live, the couple rescue the child, and bury the man. Persuaded by Izzy to keep the baby and raise her as their own, Tom is conflicted by guilt. How each person lives, loves, and make choices is the real point of the story. I could not help but be touched.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • 1632: Ring of Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Eric Flint
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (676)
    Performance
    (618)
    Story
    (623)

    New York Times best-selling author Eric Flint has received glowing critical praise for his Ring of Fire alternate history series. In this first installment, a West Virginia town is transported from the year 2000 to 1631 Germany at the height of the Thirty Years’ War. Thrust into conflict, the town residents must also contend with moral issues such as who should be considered a citizen.

    Sara says: "Great idea superficial follow through"
    "Good sci-fi historical story, GREAT narrator!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of 1632 to be better than the print version?

    Have no idea. Never read the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way Americans could adjust and triumph.


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

    It is so cliche' to say "He could read the phone book and make it sound interesting," but I truly believe that Mr. Guidall fits the saying. There were explanations in the story that were totally unnecessary. However, it was not until I looked back on the story, that I even realized the story was TOO long and why. I simply enjoyed listening to the story, and because of the performance, I believed that this unbelievable story really happened. Thank you George Guidall. After listening to the Longmire Series by Craig Johnson and Lost Wife, both read by Mr. Guidall, I am totally convinced that he can read anything and make it better.


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

    Ex-Pats ROCK ancient Europe!


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to Next year - 1633.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadows from the Past: Wyoming Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Lindsay McKenna
    • Narrated By Anthony Haden Salerno
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (36)

    When photojournalist Kamaria Trayhern goes undercover at the Mason family ranch, she's hoping to find her real father, not romance. But keeping everyone convinced she is who she claims to be will be harder than she expects - especially where one sexy ranch hand is concerned. After all he's been through, there's no way Wesley Sheridan wants to tangle with more heartache and lies. So the last thing he needs is to be drawn to the pretty new caretaker.

    Deborah says: "Formula written"
    "Formula written"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I am not sure if this book or performance could ever be an 4 or 5 experience. The book had the feel of a first write for a college student. Hopefully Ms. MicKenna will improve as she matures. The book is sooooooo predictable that it is Boring. A western gal myself, I hate it when the reader makes everything sound like a HICKfest. The book might have been better if it had a different reader......although not likely.


    What was most disappointing about Lindsay McKenna’s story?

    How unremarkable it was.


    What didn’t you like about Anthony Haden Salerno’s performance?

    The way he did the women's voices.


    What character would you cut from Shadows from the Past?

    The legitimate daughter. I can't even remember her name.


    Any additional comments?

    I purchased this book because it was on sale. Even on sale, it was not worth the money or the time listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In Want of a Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jo Goodman
    • Narrated By Talmadge Ragan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (100)

    Jane Middlebourne needs a way out. In 1891, life in New York is unforgiving for a young woman with no prospects, especially when her family wants nothing to do with her. So when Jane discovers an ad for a mail-order bride needed in Bitter Springs, Wyoming, she responds with a hopeful heart. Rancher Morgan Longstreet is in want of a wife who will be his partner at Morning Star, someone who will work beside him and stand by him. His first impression of the fair and fragile Jane is that she is not that woman.

    Mary says: "An enjoyable listen."
    "Great read, poor listen!"
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    Would you listen to In Want of a Wife again? Why?

    No, I would not recommend that anyone listen to "Siri" re-read this book. I would listen again if it were reproduced with a different LIVE reader.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of In Want of a Wife?

    I guess the most memorable moment was when Jane rescues herself by almost cutting off the penis of one of her abductors. Self-sacrifice, suspense, and timing all play a significant role in this scene.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Talmadge Ragan?

    I would like to listen to Kate Reading perform this book, but almost anyone else could have done a better job.


    If you could take any character from In Want of a Wife out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would like to take two characters out to eat, Rabbit and Finn. I am certain that there would not be a dull moment and I am sure I would learn much from them.


    Any additional comments?

    Good read for women who like western settings. I also found it interesting that one of the characters was sent to the west on an Orphan train.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lonesome Dove

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry
    • Narrated By Lee Horsley
    Overall
    (3353)
    Performance
    (1807)
    Story
    (1838)

    Larry McMurtry's American epic, set in the late 19th century, tells the story of a cattle drive from Texas to Montana, a drive that represents not only a daring foolhardy adventure, but a part of the American Dream for everyone involved.

    A. Wright says: "Inspired reading of a great book"
    "Hang on to your saddle! Best western ever!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Lonesome Dove the most enjoyable?

    Loaded with strong characters and action packed, Lonesome Dove captures your imagination whether you are male or female. Clara is probably the best written strong-willed female that I have ever read. If it needed doing, she did it. As someone that grew up on a ranch, I could taste the dirt and smell the horse sweat as they traveled. This book brought the history of the Goodnight Trail to life in my mind.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I guess like most, Gus was "hands down" my favorite. When they made the movie, Robert Duval captured Gus' essence. He felt everything deeply and had something to say about all the everything. The opposite of Woodrow Call, Gus cherished every minute of his life and lived it to the fullest. I laughed when he laughed and cried when he died.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was probably Laurie and Gus were swimming in the river and Blue Duck came down to water his horse. Gus was ready for him, and the two had a face to face. The scene went from fun and frolic to nerves and fear. In my mind, the scene is so ironic that Gus, sitting in the middle of the river in his worn underwear, stares down the most evil man in the west and becomes the hero at that point.


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

    All of the above. Anger, joy, fear, revotion, fatigue, excitement, and love. McMurtry is truly a gifted story teller.


    Any additional comments?

    Lee Horsley's performance was exactly PERFECT for this book. The length of the book may scare some readers (listeners) off, but at the end, you will understand that it could not have been any longer or shorter. Cinch up, gather your reins, and hang on. You are in for the ride of your life!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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