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Kristin Remias

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  • The Eyre Affair: A Thursday Next Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1797)
    Performance
    (1389)
    Story
    (1393)

    In Jasper Fforde's Great Britain, circa 1985, time travel is routine, cloning is a reality (dodos are the resurrected pet of choice), and literature is taken very, very seriously. England is a virtual police state where an aunt can get lost (literally) in a Wordsworth poem and forging Byronic verse is a punishable offense. All this is business as usual for Thursday Next, renowned Special Operative in literary detection.

    Amazon Customer says: "six stars"
    "Strange, silly humor...just ok."
    Overall

    I think you need to be in the right silly mood for this quirky, somewhat twisted tale. I enjoyed it as far as all the goofiness, and the premise behind the book, but it was a little weak and a bit too round about as far as the plot is concerned. Not sure if tried and true Jane Eyre fans will appreciate this one, but if they have a bit of a love for tongue in cheek, then maybe they will.

    18 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest: The Millennium Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25022)
    Performance
    (14706)
    Story
    (14724)

    Lisbeth Salander—the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels—lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority.

    B.J. says: "Perfect."
    "GOOD...but tighter editing needed."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest in three words, what would they be?

    Clever. Surprising. Under edited. Oops that is four.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Most- Salander's strength, intelligence, and her connections. Least- the excessive details regarding Swedish secret service. If I was reading this book and not listening, I would have put it down.


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

    He brings more depth to the characters. I am still amazed with many of the performers and how they change their voices to portray so many characters, and with so many accents and dialects, ages and sexes! What a gift, and Vance does a great job with these books. I would look for more of the books he has performed.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the first two books more, but I was satisfied with the resolution.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Home Front

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Kristin Hannah
    • Narrated By Maggi-Meg Reed
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (623)
    Performance
    (540)
    Story
    (534)

    From a distance, Michael and Joleen Zarkades seem to have it all: a solid marriage, two exciting careers, and children they adore. But after twelve years together, the couple has lost their way; they are unhappy and edging toward divorce. Then the Iraq war starts. An unexpected deployment will tear their already fragile family apart, sending one of them deep into harm’s way and leaving the other at home, waiting for news. When the worst happens, each must face their darkest fear and fight for the future of their family.

    Patricia says: "Great story"
    "Thoroughly enjoyable!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Home Front?

    I loved that Hannah portrayed a point of view of war that I had not really considered, and it really touched my heart. I also loved that the general story line with regards to the relationships of the characters was soemthing everyone could relate to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It ended up being Michael because I admire that he stepped up to the plate as a father and husband. I could not stand him at first, but was proud that his eyes were opened, as well as his heart.


    What does Maggi-Meg Reed bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She brought more life and animation to the characters.


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

    A family's life is saved through the consequences of war.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Firefly Lane: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kristin Hannah
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3427)
    Performance
    (2723)
    Story
    (2722)

    Firefly Lane is the poignant, powerful story of two women and the friendship that becomes the mainstay of their lives. For 30 years, Tully and Kate buoy each other through life, weathering the storms of friendship: jealousy, anger, hurt, resentment. They think they've survived it all, until a single act of betrayal tears them apart...and puts their courage and friendship to the ultimate test.

    Lisa says: "Chick lit meets Forrest Gump"
    "Very good book!"
    Overall

    Wow! I really feel connected to these characters - like I grew up along with them! I could see myself in both of the main characters. I found so many life lessons in this book! I can't wait to read more by Kristin Hannah!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • True Colors

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Kristin Hannah
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (463)
    Performance
    (324)
    Story
    (325)

    The Grey sisters had only each other when their mother died years ago. Their father provided for them physically on Water's Edge, the ranch that had been in their family for three generations, each of them however, longed for their father's love.

    Brenda says: "Well written, POORLY narrated... :("
    "Very enjoyable"
    Overall

    This was my second book by Kristin Hannah, and again I was not disappointed. I like how Hannah builds relationhips . Although I have not experienced many of her works, I seem to find parts of myself in her characters, and that makes it more enjoyable for me. The story seems more personal on some level. I would definitely recommend this one!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Safe Haven

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Nicholas Sparks
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2782)
    Performance
    (1834)
    Story
    (1848)

    When Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children; and another with her plainspoken single neighbor, Jo. Despite her reservations, Katie begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community..

    Tina says: "Safe Haven"
    "Loved it!"
    Overall

    This was probably my favorite Nicholas Sparks book yet! I can't imagine how crazy it must have been to get into the head of the story's villain. Very entertaining read!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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