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Gregg

Advance, NC, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • The Winter Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2794)
    Performance
    (2348)
    Story
    (2354)

    History has all but forgotten.... In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown. Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next best-selling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write. But then she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction....

    Martha says: "Get Out Your Hankies"
    "I tried"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What was most disappointing about Susanna Kearsley’s story?

    Slow. I think she means to entice you to hope something happens at some point but, after 3 hours, nothing is happening.


    What three words best describe Rosalyn Landor’s voice?

    Assured, calm, robotic.


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

    The descriptions of the areas were good.


    Any additional comments?

    There is nothing going on in the book. She keeps hinting at something but, I don't know what it is. She seems enamored with the setting but doesn't have any explanation or emotional connection as to why...just a blank mysteriousness. I, also, have a lot of difficulty understanding some of the brogue and it's very distracting as she reads forward while I'm trying to decipher it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Hearing Heartbeats: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jan-Philipp Sendker
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (525)
    Performance
    (435)
    Story
    (442)

    When a successful New York lawyer suddenly disappears without a trace, neither his wife nor his daughter Julia has any idea where he might be - until they find a love letter he wrote many years ago to a Burmese woman they have never heard of. Intent on solving the mystery and coming to terms with her father’s past, Julia decides to travel to the village where the woman lived. There she uncovers a tale of unimaginable hardship, resilience, and passion that will reaffirm the listener’s belief in the power of love to move mountains.

    Monica says: "Basic Story Interesting, But..."
    "Not good"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Jan-Philipp Sendker and/or Cassandra Campbell?

    Probably not. I couldn't relate to the characters at all.


    What was most disappointing about Jan-Philipp Sendker’s story?

    I couldn't connect with the story. I found the mysterious, airy mental qualities of the main character overdone and weaving that with the story didn't work for me.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Art of Hearing Heartbeats?

    I couldn't relate to the characters at all.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Marie Lu
    • Narrated By Mariel Stern, Steven Kaplan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1107)
    Performance
    (995)
    Story
    (1012)

    What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic's highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country's most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem. From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths - until the day June's brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect.

    Arwen says: "A Legend in Some Minds..."
    "Couldn't finish...aweful narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Dunno. I only got through 3 chapters.


    What didn’t you like about Mariel Stern and Steven Kaplan ’s performance?

    I was stunned with how emotionless the narration was. A very heartbreaking event happens in the book and the narrator sounds like she's reading a job description. No pause...steady rhythm...reading right through it. After just completing one of Sarah Drew's performances I'd have to say it was close to the opposite.


    Any additional comments?

    My daughter recommended this book to me (she read the paper book) and said it was excellent. I'll probably go that route.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Identical Strangers: A Memoir of Twins Separated and Reunited

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Elyse Schein, Paula Bernstein
    • Narrated By Alma Cuervo, Effie Johnson
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    This is the astonishing true story of Elyse Schein and Paula Bernstein, who shared a personal history for more than three decades - and didn't know it. In her mid-30s, Schein finally decided to call an adoption agency to learn about her biological mother. Not expecting much, she instead got the surprise of her life. Her identical twin sister, Bernstein, lived just minutes away.

    Barry says: "Heartwarming story"
    "An astonishing book"
    Overall

    An astonishing book with a compelling story that rewired my thinking about nature vs. nurture.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Millionaire MBA Business Mentoring Programme, Week 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Richard Parkes Cordock
    • Narrated By various
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (20)

    Whether you are planning to start your first business, or are growing an existing business, having a mentor who has been there and done it before is an invaluable tool.

    Gregg says: "Still Resonates"
    "Still Resonates"
    Overall

    I listened to and wrote a review of this series a couple of years back when my business was first starting out. Now, two years having gone by, I thought it would be good to come back and tell how this series has made an effect.
    Back when I first started my business, I really didn’t have much of a vision as to what makes up a successful businessperson: how they think, what they focus on, how they get what they need. Not having an idea of what that was, I was nervous. Would I make the right choices? Would I focus too much on one thing and miss something else? These books were my first glimpse into that black box of the successful business person’s mind. The affect has been wonderful. No other book or audiobook resonates with me with as much consistency. In this series, you hear it straight from the businessmen. Their rhetoric is, it seems to me, straight from their heart. They talk about the significant events that happened to them, that they made happen and the way they pulled it all together. From time to time they interject a powerful point that they learned and you ‘get that’ without having to learn it the way they did. Throughout my days I hear their voices talking to me when circumstances and opportunities come up to me. Those voices provide common sense and guidance that I use to help me to make better choices. It has helped me immensely and encouraged me when things are hard.
    The author has done a wonderful job of arranging the interviews, first by subdividing the interviews into topics and then providing the entire interviews in the latter books. The important topics are brought back to you several times and that’s good because it makes it stick.
    Bottom line, I recommend this book most heartily. I still enjoy listening to them and I would challenge someone to find an audiobook series that contains as much material.

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful

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