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Jennifer

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  • I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had: My Year as a Rookie Teacher at Northeast High

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Tony Danza
    • Narrated By Tony Danza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (513)
    Performance
    (462)
    Story
    (463)

    Long before he starred on some of television’s most beloved and long-running series such as Taxi and Who’s the Boss? and went on to distinguish himself in a variety of film and stage roles, Tony Danza was a walking contradiction: an indifferent student who dreamed of being a teacher. Inspiring a classroom of students was an aspiration he put aside for decades until one day it seemed that the most meaningful thing he could do was give his dream a shot. What followed was a year spent teaching 10th-grade English at Northeast High - Philadelphia’s largest high school with 3,600 students....

    Cheryl R Rowe says: "I may be a little biased, but ...."
    "Welcome to the Teaching World, Mr. Danza!"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    Tony Danza enters the real world of teaching for one year and tells it like it is. Everyone thinks they know what teaching is all about, since they've all been students in school once, but there is so much more to the job that only teachers know. Danza tells it like it is, including his emotional investment in "his" kids, the bureaucracy in the education world, and the difficulty in letting go in the end. As a teacher I thoroughly enjoyed this book!


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

    There was a letter sent to Mr. Danza near the beginning of the book from a retired teacher from the same school. This letter should be sent to every new teacher in America! It was moving, funny, touching, and full of truth.


    2 of 2 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
    (1556)
    Performance
    (1389)
    Story
    (1409)

    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.

    Elaine says: "One of Nora's best in years"
    "Story picks up half-way through, bad narration!"
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    Where does The Collector rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The story became very entertaining about halfway through when the main characters became endangered.


    What aspect of Julia Whelan’s performance would you have changed?

    Her male voices are horrible! They all sound exactly the same with no inflection at all. Just a woman trying to speak with as low of a voice as possible. It made me not like the main character for a long time because she made him so dry.


    Any additional comments?

    There were several times when I wanted to wring the main female character's neck because for a smart woman she made horrible choices over and over. And then over again. Very annoying!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Charm School

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1588)
    Performance
    (844)
    Story
    (836)

    Something very strange -- and sinister -- is going on in the Russian woods at Borodino. In a place called Mrs. Ivanova's Charm School, young KGB agents are being taught by American POW's how to be model citizens of the USA. The Soviet goal -- to infiltrate the United States undetected. When an unsuspecting American tourist stumbles upon this secret, he sets in motion a CIA investigation that will reveal horrifying police state savagery and superpower treachery.

    Char says: "Incredibly Good"
    "Starts Slow, But Worth the Wait!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a great spy novel with complex characters and unexpected plot turns. It's a long book but worth it!


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

    I loved Scott Brick's Russian accents - he sounded very authentic. His Southern accent is horrible though!! Scott, please don't attempt Southern again!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Christmas Note

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Donna VanLiere
    • Narrated By Donna VanLiere
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    From author of The Christmas Hope series, which has enthralled millions, comes a new inspirational novel about an unlikely friendship between two women, but one that will change each of their lives forever. Gretchen Daniels has recently moved into an apartment with her two children to be closer to her mother, Miriam. She and her children are building a life together in a new community when a mysterious young woman, Melissa McCreary, moves into the apartment next to them.

    Debbie says: "Warm Christmas Story of Hope"
    "Like Watching a Hallmark Movie!"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you enjoy light, fluffy stories with predictable endings, this is for you.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The author tries to imitate a British and a Southern accent, and both are bad. Sometimes they run together and become even worse. Authors shouldn't narrate their own books if the stories require voice acting skills.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It should become a movie on the Hallmark or Lifetime channels for the holidays.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5735)
    Performance
    (4963)
    Story
    (4957)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Rich Characters Whose Lives Intertwine"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of Beautiful Ruins?

    This book culminates in most of the characters meeting together that takes your breath away. As a reader I was already so emotionally invested in each of the characters that are so vividly described, that when they finally met I needed to hear it several times to view it from each perspective.


    Which character – as performed by Edoardo Ballerini – was your favorite?

    All of the Italian characters' voices ring true with a great accent.


    Any additional comments?

    The only improvement I would suggest is the voice of the heroine, Deborah (Dee.) Throughout most of the book the narrator voices her character in a martyr-like voice that was completely devoid of energy. I found it very annoying!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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