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Debra

EAU CLAIRE, WI, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Three-Day Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Michael Kardos
    • Narrated By Ray Chase
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    Will, Jeffrey, and Nolan are lifelong friends. Each has gone their separate ways as adults, living their own lives while forging their own careers. They have no reason to believe anything extraordinary will befall them. Until one shocking moment changes everything. Will is a part-time drummer who spends the rest of his time in recording studios. Then one night Jeffrey attempts to rob a convenience store, drags a young woman into Will’s car, and shouts a single word: "Drive!" Shaken and confused, Will obeys.

    Jami E. Nettles says: "Gem of a novel"
    "Wonderful read"
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    Would you listen to The Three-Day Affair again? Why?

    I would listen to the book again


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    It certainly did. You never knew exactly what was going to happen next. Lots of twists and turns.


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

    He actually made you feel like one of the characters


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book. I would definitely recommend it and have to my friends.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Killing Hour

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (548)
    Performance
    (246)
    Story
    (241)

    A serial killer watches and waits. Each time, he takes two victims, preparing the first's body with all the clues the police need to find the second, who is still alive. The clock ticks, and the second one can still be saved. But the police never make it in time. The second one dies. For years, the killer has plagued the city with the same pattern, but the police never pick up on it quickly enough.

    Mina Brown says: "Captivating--it hooks you!"
    "Predictable - Disappointing"
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    What disappointed you about The Killing Hour?

    Narrator - wouldn't get another book read by her. Also, book very predictable. I have enjoyed all of the other Lisa Gardner books I have read up until this one.


    What could Lisa Gardner have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Different reader.


    What didn’t you like about Anna Fields’s performance?

    Made all the men sound old and very much the same.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Killing Hour?

    All the love scenes. Just didn't seem to fit in the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I usually thoroughly enjoy her books, but wouldn't get another book by this reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jessica

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (640)
    Performance
    (320)
    Story
    (318)

    Jessica is based on the inspiring true story of a young girl's fight for justice against tremendous odds. A tomboy, Jessica is the pride of her father, as they work together on the struggling family farm. One quiet day, the peace of the bush is devastated by a terrible murder. Only Jessica is able to save the killer from the lynch mob: but will justice prevail in the courts? Nine months later, a baby is born...with Jessica determined to guard the secret of the father's identity.

    Robert says: "Jessica is a hidden gem!"
    "Loved this book"
    Overall
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    Where does Jessica rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would put this book in the top 15 I have listened to.


    Which character – as performed by Humphrey Bower – was your favorite?

    Jessica.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Six Years

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3013)
    Performance
    (2600)
    Story
    (2616)

    Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. Six years of hiding a broken heart by throwing himself into his career as a college professor. Six years of keeping his promise to leave Natalie alone, and six years of tortured dreams of her life with her new husband, Todd. But six years haven’t come close to extinguishing his feelings, and when Jake comes across Todd’s obituary, he can’t keep himself away from the funeral. There he gets the glimpse of Todd’s wife he’s hoping for...but she is not Natalie....

    G. House Sr. says: "Obsession, mystery, and you're hooked!"
    "Interesting plot"
    Overall
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    Story
    Where does Six Years rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Not among my top 10 favorites.


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

    Nothing was as it seemed. A little hard to believe you would still pining for someone you haven't dated for 6 years.


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

    Yes - many. He is a good reader


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

    Interesting once you got into it, but a little unbelievable.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Me Before You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3423)
    Performance
    (3107)
    Story
    (3121)

    Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

    Michael says: "Who or What defines Quality of Life?"
    "Worth reading"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Me Before You in three words, what would they be?

    Human interest story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Louisa - story was based on her experience


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

    I have not listened to any before this.


    Who was the most memorable character of Me Before You and why?

    The aide - he seemed to have a good understanding of both of the main characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved the English accent and some of their words.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5468)
    Performance
    (3450)
    Story
    (3481)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Sara says: "A terrifying story"
    "Interesting concept."
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    It was an okay book - kept your attention, but not much different from some of the movies out there.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Predictable


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When it first happened and everyone realized what was going on.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Have seen several.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Good House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ann Leary
    • Narrated By Mary Beth Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1505)
    Performance
    (1360)
    Story
    (1353)

    The Good House tells the story of Hildy Good, who lives in a small town on Boston's North Shore. Hildy is a successful real-estate broker, good neighbor, mother, and grandmother. She's also a raging alcoholic. Hildy's family held an intervention for her about a year before this story takes place - "if they invite you over for dinner, and it’s not a major holiday," she advises "run for your life" - and now she feels lonely and unjustly persecuted. She has also fooled herself into thinking that moderation is the key.

    Rhonda Morrison says: "What a great book, Hildy is a great character!"
    "Worthwhile read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Good House?

    Interesting all the way through. Not exactly a cliffhanger, but a good book, enjoyable.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hildy was great.


    What about Mary Beth Hurt’s performance did you like?

    At first I didn't think I would like the reader, but she was perfect for the book.


    If you could take any character from The Good House out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Hildy. She would be a blast at a party.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3168)
    Performance
    (2820)
    Story
    (2826)

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Walkabout"
    "You will enjoy this book"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you listen to The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry again? Why?

    Yes - definitely


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry?

    When you find out how many miles he actually walks.


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

    Loved the English accent


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dog's Purpose: A Novel for Humans

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By W. Bruce Cameron
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2156)
    Performance
    (1449)
    Story
    (1452)

    After a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey is surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden-haired puppy. Bailey's search for his new life's meaning leads him into the loving arms of eight-year-old Ethan. During their countless adventures, Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog. But this life as a beloved family pet is not the end of Bailey's journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders, will he ever find his purpose?

    Blythe says: "Best dog book ever!"
    "Love, love, loved this book"
    Overall
    Performance
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    If you could sum up A Dog's Purpose in three words, what would they be?

    Read this book


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything


    What does George K. Wilson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He put you right inside the dog's head and you experience the emotions of the dog.


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

    All of it was moving I wouldn't have missed a second of it. Will listen to it again.


    Any additional comments?

    This was the perfect book; made you laugh, made you cry, made you sad and made you happy. I would highly recommend this book. I know I look at my dog differently now. Would rank it right up there as one of the best books I have read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5887)
    Performance
    (3806)
    Story
    (3820)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    FanB14 says: "Artful Surprise"
    "A definite Listen"
    Overall
    Performance
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    What made the experience of listening to The Art of Racing in the Rain the most enjoyable?

    The whole story is told from the dog's perspective.


    What other book might you compare The Art of Racing in the Rain to and why?

    No other book, really. That is what made it such an ejoyable read.


    What about Christopher Evan Welch’s performance did you like?

    He was easy to listen to.


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

    Most definitely. I am listening to it for the second time and have told others what a good book it is.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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