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Tammy

Wife, mom of one amazing son, and I have the second best job in the world, working in a bookstore :)

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  • The Invention of Hugo Cabret

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Brian Selznick
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    Overall
    (310)
    Performance
    (231)
    Story
    (238)

    Orphan, clock keeper, and thief, Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the station, Hugo's undercover life and his most precious secret are put in jeopardy.

    Jolie says: "engaging story for the whole family"
    "Good, but darker than the movie"
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    Very similar to the movie, but on the darker side. I wouldnt recommend it as a younger childs story. But overall enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Mercedes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5645)
    Performance
    (5262)
    Story
    (5268)

    In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

    Joyce says: "Love this style of King!!!"
    "Good story but creepy and disturbing"
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    This novel has all the elements of a great thriller. There were some parts that took me out of my comfort zone, but they needed to be in the story to fully understand just how, and why, disturbed "Mr Mercedes" really is. Also, the story seemed to be just the right length for a great story and to tidy up the ending. Nothing felt rushed or long winded.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Natchez Burning: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By David Ledoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (699)
    Performance
    (626)
    Story
    (631)

    Raised in the historic southern splendor of Natchez, Mississippi, Penn Cage learned all he knows of honor and duty from his father, Dr. Tom Cage. But now the beloved family doctor has been accused of murdering Viola Turner, the African-American nurse with whom he worked in the dark days of the 1960s. Penn is determined to save his father, but Tom, stubbornly invoking doctor-patient privilege, refuses to even speak in his own defense.

    Carolyn says: "Can't get past reader"
    "Worth listening to for 35+ hours"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Natchez Burning to be better than the print version?

    For the majority of novels I do enjoy audio versions better. If the narrator is good such as David, I think it adds to the story, you can really feel the emotion with all the different characters and accents. He really did an amazing job.


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

    Yes!!! Because it ended up being a "who done it" situation with many possibilities.


    Which character – as performed by David Ledoux – was your favorite?

    Penn Cage


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

    A sons dedication to the nth degree


    Any additional comments?

    I want to say that it is a similar story to Missippi Burning. It really kept me riveted right until the end.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anthony Doerr
    • Narrated By Zach Appelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1867)
    Performance
    (1677)
    Story
    (1679)

    Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

    Annie M. says: "Time well spent"
    "A great historical fiction"
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    What did you love best about All the Light We Cannot See?

    I loved that it was a story of a personal human side of the war and not so much about the war. It kind of reminded me of The Book Thief. Also the author did a great job describing things and places so that you felt like you were right there.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of All the Light We Cannot See?

    There were memorable moments that were shocking and then memorable moments that made you smile. I loved the beginning account of Marie-Laure and her dad working at the museum and then later her relationship with her great uncle.


    Which character – as performed by Zach Appelman – was your favorite?

    Marie-Laure


    If you could take any character from All the Light We Cannot See out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The great uncle because of his great imagination and the fact he has been through so much.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Vacationers

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Emma Straub
    • Narrated By Kristen Sieh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (161)

    For the Posts, a two-week trip to the Balearic island of Mallorca with their extended family and friends is a celebration: Franny and Jim are observing their thirty-fifth wedding anniversary, and their daughter, Sylvia, has graduated from high school. The sunlit island, its mountains and beaches, its tapas and tennis courts, also promise an escape from the tensions simmering at home in Manhattan. But all does not go according to plan.

    Toby says: "Engaging beginning, but interest declines"
    "Why?"
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    Would you try another book from Emma Straub and/or Kristen Sieh?

    The narrator Kristen did a good job, but the story just lacked substance, nothing connected you to the characters to like them. It really was a novel about nothing and no I will not read another Emma Straub novel.


    Has The Vacationers turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What about Kristen Sieh’s performance did you like?

    I liked how she could easily change from one character to another with accents, voice change, very well done.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. I spent a credit on this and I had to listen to this for a book club.


    Any additional comments?

    I truly cannot recommend this book. Not even as a fluffy summer read.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Winter People: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jennifer McMahon
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (425)
    Performance
    (390)
    Story
    (391)

    West Hall, Vermont, has always been a town of strange disappearances and old legends. The most mysterious is that of Sara Harrison Shea, who, in 1908, was found dead in the field behind her house just months after the tragic death of her daughter, Gertie. Now, in present day, 19-year-old Ruthie lives in Sara's farmhouse with her mother, Alice, and her younger sister, Fawn. Alice has always insisted that they live off the grid, a decision that suddenly proves perilous when Ruthie wakes up one morning to find that Alice has vanished without a trace. Searching for clues, she is startled to find a copy of Sara Harrison Shea's diary....

    D. says: "Get past the narration of the first chapter"
    "Excellent ghost story"
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    I really had no idea what to expect and I guess I had low expectations when I started to listen. Well!! the story sucked me in and I was totally immersed. It was spooky, thrilling, mysterious, I loved it. Best ghost story I have read or listened to in a long time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Places: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakins, and others
    Overall
    (4574)
    Performance
    (3807)
    Story
    (3826)

    Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas". As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived, and famously testified that her 15-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who've long forgotten her.

    Glenda Jeffers says: "Riveting but brutal"
    "Not for the weak of heart"
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    What made the experience of listening to Dark Places the most enjoyable?

    The characters were so well developed, it really was like reading a true life experience.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dark Places?

    I guess when Libby started to question the "truth" about her brother


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

    They brought the intensity and emotions to life


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

    Dark Places, enter if you dare.


    Any additional comments?

    This was probably the hardest story, subject-wise, to listen to. There were some parts that made me cringe and I almost wanted to fast forward, but resisted. I was pulled into the story from the get go and could not get enough. I listened to Gone Girl and thought it was pretty good, but Dark Places is so compelling, so well written, so so very dark. If you do decide to give it a listen, keep telling yourself that its just a story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20114)
    Performance
    (18011)
    Story
    (18074)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Dark and twisted"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It would depend on the friend. This isn't a story for everyone, it deals with some quite dark characters and situations


    What did you like best about this story?

    The twists and turns


    Which character – as performed by Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne – was your favorite?

    I guess it would have to be Amy, not because I thought she was a great person, but she was definitely the most interesting and well developed character


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

    Yes and I did manage to listen to it over 3 days. Thank goodness for 2x speed :)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On the Island

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Tracey Garvis Graves
    • Narrated By Heidi Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (422)
    Performance
    (386)
    Story
    (392)

    When 30-year-old English teacher Anna Emerson is offered a job tutoring T.J. Callahan at his family's summer rental in the Maldives, she accepts. T.J. Callahan has no desire to leave town, not that anyone asked him. Anna and T.J. are en route to join T.J.'s family in the Maldives when the pilot of their seaplane suffers a heart attack and crash-lands in the Indian Ocean. Their life jackets keep them afloat until they make it to the shore of an uninhabited island. Now Anna and T.J. just want to survive and they must work together to obtain water, food, fire, and shelter.

    Kim says: "Loved this book!"
    "Love love love this story!!!"
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    What did you love best about On the Island?

    I loved that I loved it I didn't know what to expect and it exceeded everything I thought.


    What other book might you compare On the Island to and why?

    Not sure. Such a different premise that I have not come across before.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I didn't like the narrator. Not the highly educated voice I was expecting. She sounded more like a teenage girl


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

    Love like you've never expected


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Next Always: Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2386)
    Performance
    (2113)
    Story
    (2121)

    The historic hotel in Boonsboro has endured war and peace, the changing of hands, and even rumored hauntings. Now it’s getting a major face-lift from the Montgomery brothers and their eccentric mother. As the architect in the family, Beckett’s social life consists mostly of talking shop over pizza and beer. But there’s another project he’s got his eye on: the girl he’s been waiting to kiss since he was sixteen.

    krista says: "A cozy romance"
    "So boring"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No one could possibly!


    What was most disappointing about Nora Roberts’s story?

    The lack of character development.


    What didn’t you like about MacLeod Andrews’s performance?

    Everything. A man narrating a girly kind of romance. It was wrong on so many levels.


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

    Every page and demand a total rewrite


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Chris Hadfield
    • Narrated By Chris Hadfield
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (117)

    As Commander of the International Space Station, Chris Hadfield captivated the world with stunning photos and commentary from space. Now, reading from his first book, Chris takes listeners deep into his years of training and space exploration to show how to make the impossible possible.

    DIANE says: "Fascinating account"
    "Not at all what you would think"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth to be better than the print version?

    Of course!! It was narrated by Chris!!!


    What other book might you compare An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth to and why?

    It's a book all on its own


    Which character – as performed by Chris Hadfield – was your favorite?

    Not applicable


    What did you learn from An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth that you would use in your daily life?

    Chris actually made me rethink how I can handle difficult situations and keep my cool. This is a great book for leadership.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an easy listen. Chris does not get too scientific and keeps it simple. The stories he tells about all his different challenges and struggles are so inspiring. This is a must listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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