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Janet

A good narrator can make a mediocre book come alive. I love having a story read to me - it's a wonderful escape.

PLANO, TX, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • The Colony: The Harrowing True Story of the Exiles on Molokai

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By John Tayman
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (43)

    In 1866, 12 men and women and one small child were forced aboard a leaky schooner and cast away to a natural prison on the Hawaiian island of Molokai. Two weeks later, a dozen others were exiled, and then 40 more, and then 100 more. Tracked by bounty hunters and torn screaming from their families, the luckless were loaded into shipboard cattle stalls and abandoned in a lawless place where brutality held sway. Many did not have leprosy, and most of those who did were not contagious.

    Christine says: "Interesting"
    "Difficult"
    Overall

    This book was very factual, and very depressing. It was somewhat disjointed in its storytelling, and gave no positive attributes of the story surrounding the colony on Molokai. I had a difficult time listening to it at all.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18918)
    Performance
    (13015)
    Story
    (12909)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Wonderful and enjoyable"
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    If you want to "fill in the blanks" created by the Starz interpretation of this incredible book, definitely listen to this! It is long and very worthwhile. Davina Porter is wonderful with accents and expressions - a real professional. You will fall in love with Jamie and will get a real feel for the personalities of all the characters. The history is informative right down to plants and food of the day. Don't wait...get it!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Orphan Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christina Baker Kline
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4830)
    Performance
    (4309)
    Story
    (4319)

    Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to "aging out" out of the foster care system. A community-service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse.... As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

    Kathi says: "Moving story of sharing and transformation."
    "Moving and enjoyable"
    Overall
    Performance
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    This story is very interesting and I enjoyed the two narrators' interpretations of the main characters. It wasn't what I thought it was going to be, so I was surprised, but it was a good surprise. I felt the ending was a little abrupt, as though the author was at her deadline and had to just stop, but even that wasn't bad. I recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Queen of Hearts

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (831)
    Performance
    (765)
    Story
    (767)

    Lady Georgiana Rannoch, 35th in line for the British throne, knows how to play the part of an almost royal - but now she's off to Hollywood, where she must reprise her role as sleuth or risk starring in an all-too-convincing death scene...

    Calliope says: "Good but not her best"
    "Georgie at her best"
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    Georgie comes to America with her mom, her inept maid and all her friends. Well done, Ms. Bowen. The American characters are larger than life and Lady Georgie and friends are as perfectly quirky as ever. My personal favorite is Queenie, Bob' s yer uncle she is. I am never disappointed by Lady Georgie's mysteries and always look forward to the next one. Kathryn Kellgren turns each one into a movie in my head with her varied voices and exciting interpretations. Thank, Ms. Bowen...hurry with the next one. ★

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Big Little Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3144)
    Performance
    (2880)
    Story
    (2876)

    Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

    Joanne M. McGowan says: "I didn't want to press the stop button!"
    "Very good listen!"
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    This book has terrific characters and is suspenseful all the way through. As a mother I identified with so much of the feelings each mother in the story expressed that I found myself saying "Right on!" several times. It was a little predictable in the just the right story lines and completely surprising in the others. The ending was poignant and I loved it! Caroline Lee is my favorite narrator! She is Australian and has a lovely Aussie accent, but can do a very good American accent as well as British and I want to hear her do more. And, she has amazing vocal acting ability. I actually picked this book because she was the narrator. I highly recommend this book to anyone, but women will especially love it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Steelheart: Reckoners, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7400)
    Performance
    (6902)
    Story
    (6930)

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    D says: "He got the idea from a near traffic accident"
    "terrific!"
    Overall
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    This is a fast-paced story with lots of action and emotion. Well written with some twists and turns. I won't say the twists weren't expected, but they were interesting anyway. The narrator is excellent and a perfect choice for this production. Well worth the listen or the read. In fact, I intend to give it as birthday gifts to family members.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Season

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Samantha Shannon
    • Narrated By Alana Kerr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1582)
    Performance
    (1451)
    Story
    (1452)

    The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people's minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant, and in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.... It is raining the day her life changes forever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford - a city kept secret for 200 years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race.

    Steph says: "Fabulous but mismarketed - its not Harry Potter"
    "almost"
    Overall
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    This book has gotten a lot of hype and I suspect many will think it is warranted. Honestly, I might have enjoyed it with a different narrator. Ms. Kerr has a beautiful voice but it is too monotone and uneventful for my taste. I would probably employ her voice for some poetry rather than this highly energetic story. She left me bored and disinterested and even "sang" me to sleep a couple of times.

    Other than that, I believe the story is a good one. It started out very strong, but waned during the middle and didn't really build well into any type of crescendo. I really wanted to like it, but didn't really.

    As I understand it this is the first of a new series. I will try the next book in the series, but if the same narrator is used, I will read it instead to see if that helps me enjoy it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9253)
    Performance
    (3457)
    Story
    (3540)

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    Paul says: "In love with books again"
    "A bit strange"
    Overall
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    I loved the premise of this book and the information about DC and the Masonic Temple was very interesting, but I found the "bad guy" and the ending to be trite and even odd. I enjoyed the previous two in this series much more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (3278)
    Performance
    (2816)
    Story
    (2838)

    England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

    Maria says: "Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!"
    "Another wonderful story by a talented writer!"
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    Kate Morton is amazing. What a talent she has to be able to create these intricate and captivating stories. This is the fourth of her books I have listened to and I marvel at her talent. I hate it when her stories end, even though they are long by normal standards. All her stories are family oriented with a mysterious and devastating secret - often murder - that is resolved at the end. The narrator, Caroline Lee, has a musical voice that works in different tones and accents for different characters. She is a pleasure to listen to.

    I will look forward to every one of Kate Morton's books in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Handmaid's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Claire Danes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4069)
    Performance
    (3674)
    Story
    (3702)

    Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

    Emily - Audible says: "My Top Pick for 2012"
    "Ok"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    First, Claire Danes was the perfect choice to read this book. She got the feeling right - her intensity was perfect for such a dire story. That said, the story could have been more interesting. It had a unique view of an over-thrown government and what could happen when the rights of our citizens are revoked - mostly women's rights in this story. At first I was really interested, and I longed to hear more from the "Handmaid" about how this state of the country occurred and what the main characters were like before the change-over, but there was too little time spent on that. It just left too many questions and holes in the story for me. I felt a little unfulfilled as though I had been listening to a poorly-edited abridgment. I would, however, give Margaret Atwood another chance and listen to another of her stories.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The House at Riverton

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (2729)
    Performance
    (1792)
    Story
    (1789)

    Summer 1924: On the eve of a glittering Society party, by the lake of a grand English country house, a young poet takes his life. The only witnesses, sisters Hannah and Emmeline Hartford, will never speak to each other again....Winter 1999: Grace Bradley, 98, one-time housemaid of Riverton Manor, is visited by a young director making a film about the poet's suicide. Ghosts awaken, and memories, long consigned to the dark reaches of Grace's mind, begin to sneak back through the cracks.

    Cathy says: "superbly written mystery"
    "Mesmerizing!"
    Overall
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    Kate Morton has a real talent for telling a complex story. She has a way with words that will wrap their arms around your eyes and ears and not let go. Ms. Morton's stories become personal and always involve families and mysteries surrounding those families. At the end of the book you will want more! This was the first of her books I listened to and I am nearly through with the rest of them. Caroline Lee, is a wonderful narrator for these stories with a very pleasant voice and just the right amount of inflection and speed. Well worth my time and I highly recommend all Ms. Morton's books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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