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Andrea

Kettering, OH, USA | Member Since 2008

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  • 241 titles in library
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  • The Woman in White

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated By Roger Rees, Rosalyn Landor, John Lee, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (308)
    Performance
    (235)
    Story
    (238)

    Secrets, mistaken identities, surprise revelations, amnesia, locked rooms and locked asylums, and an unorthodox villain made this mystery thriller an instant success when it first appeared in 1860, and it has continued to enthrall ever since. From the hero's foreboding before his arrival at Limmeridge House to the nefarious plot concerning the beautiful Laura, the breathtaking tension of Collins's narrative created a new literary genre of suspense fiction, which profoundly shaped the course of English popular writing.

    JGrace says: "Another multi-cast winner"
    "Kept my interest!"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this audiobook. Although I got the sense it could have been condensed into a shorter, less wordy version. It was hard for me, a modern woman, to suffer through the way women of that time were being treated (as the property of their father/guardian/husbands). But sticking with it proved rewarding.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • 11th Hour: Women's Murder Club, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    Overall
    (825)
    Performance
    (677)
    Story
    (678)

    Lindsay Boxer is pregnant at last! But her work doesn't slow for a second. When millionaire Chaz Smith is mercilessly gunned down, she discovers that the murder weapon is linked to the deaths of four of San Francisco's most untouchable criminals. And it was taken from her own department's evidence locker. Anyone could be the killer - even her closest friends. Lindsay is called next to the most bizarre crime scene she's ever seen: two bodiless heads elaborately displayed in the garden of a world-famous actor....

    Tracey says: "Narration is Extremely Disappointing."
    "Difficult to overcome the change in narrator!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    This narrator really wasn't bad. But I've been hearing Carolyn McCormick do all the voices through the whole series. I would say it was equal to tuning into a favorite TV show to find that they'd subbed out all the main characters. I was confused about who was talking when. Carolyn McCormick's voice is Lindsay Boxer to me, as she the books are read from her point of view.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15515)
    Performance
    (14043)
    Story
    (14137)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Catching a lot of the hype from The Hunger Games"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Any additional comments?

    I wanted to actually be educated before making the statement that this book was an awful lot like The Hunger Games and is probably riding on it's hype. But I couldn't find much online saying whether this author could have been influenced by The Hunger Games or not. I liked both. Both kept me listening. I just think this genre is the hype of the moment, though. Overall, a good, compelling read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34081)
    Performance
    (25250)
    Story
    (25593)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "I actually liked the narrator."
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely! It's the kind of story that draws you in from start to finish.


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

    I recognized right away that Carolyn McCormick is also the reader for James Patterson's series Women's Murder Club. I very much like her as Lindsay Boxer (the main character from whose point of view that series is being told) but I think she may not have been best suited to be Katniss Everdeen. I kept hearing the characters and same voices from the other series in her voices for this one. I also think it could have been a hair better with a younger reader. But I like the way Carolyn McCormick reads and didn't find it overly distracting. I was still quickly and completely drawn in.


    Any additional comments?

    I finished it in two days. I couldn't stop. I didn't even want to sleep.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Praying God's Word: Breaking Free from Spiritual Strongholds

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Beth Moore
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    How do we practice II Corinthians 10: 3-5, "tearing down strongholds by captivating our minds with the knowledge of God"? Beth Moore tells you how in Praying God's Word. A topical prayer guide addressing 14 common strongholds and what Scripture reveals about each of them, Praying God's Word presents Scriptures in prayer form to be incorporated into your daily prayer life.

    Andrea says: "Incredible!"
    "Incredible!"
    Overall

    This book has been an incredible tool in building my faith and relationship with God. It has some commentary by the author and quotes by other authors but mainly scriptures in the form of prayers. In my experience, this book had far more than what could be caught just by listening in the car or while doing something else. It is probably best to follow along in an actual book or listen first to get the general idea and then study with an actual book.

    It's amazing the things the Holy Spirit can teach you and bless you with when you are praying scripture!

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Fire and Ice

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (336)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (135)

    Sophie Rose, a tough and determined newspaper reporter, is the daughter of Bobby Rose, a suave, charming, and handsome gentleman who also happens to be a notorious big-time thief sought by every law-enforcement agency in the country. When the major Chicago daily where she works insists she write an expose about her roguish father, Sophie refuses, quits her job, and goes to work at a small newspaper.

    Beverly A. Fremming says: "Garwood never lets you down"
    "Really liked the narration on this one :-)"
    Overall

    The writing was up to par. But I think it's the narrator that really pulls me into audiobooks. I thought this one did a really good job with the voices. I could tell who was speaking by the way she did the voice without even having to listen to the narration to know. Was it just me or was she even doing an Alaskan accent for the characters from Alaska? :-)
    I didn't realize the sexual scenes would be so graphic but I liked this one.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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