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Debra

Emporia, KS, United States

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  • Dragonfly in Amber

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10882)
    Performance
    (7420)
    Story
    (7442)

    New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon enchanted scores of fans with Outlander, her electrifying historical saga set in 18th-century Scotland. Now this sequel sweeps listeners back into the past as Claire relates more of her perilous sojourn there with her Scottish warrior husband, James Fraser. Twenty years after her strange journey back in time, Claire has returned to Scotland with her daughter, determined to share with her the secret she has harbored since her time travel.

    Shelley says: "I ADORE this series!"
    "Woo Hoo"
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    Would you listen to Dragonfly in Amber again? Why?

    On a regular basis.


    If you could rename Dragonfly in Amber, what would you call it?

    Awesome.


    Any additional comments?

    Diana Gabaldon has the gift of words. And Davina Porter takes them to a whole new level.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Voyager

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8939)
    Performance
    (6056)
    Story
    (6034)

    Set in the intriguing Scotland of 200 years ago, the third installment in the romantic adventures of Jamie and Claire is as compelling as the first. Now that Claire knows Jamie survived the slaughter at Culloden, she is faced with the most difficult decision of her life. She aches to travel back through time again to find the love of her life, but, in order to do that, she must leave their daughter behind.

    A User says: "7 Stars!! Brilliant!!"
    "I love you."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Voyager to be better than the print version?

    Yes. Davina Porter is Claire. Hands down. 100%. She brings Claire and Jamie to life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jamie. He is what every girls wants in a man. Warts and all.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Drums of Autumn

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7746)
    Performance
    (5337)
    Story
    (5324)

    Twice Claire has used an ancient stone circle to travel back to the 18th century. The first time she found love with a Scottish warrior but had to return to the 1940s to save their unborn child. The second time, 20 years later, she reunited with her lost love but had to leave behind the daughter that he would never see. Now Brianna, from her 1960s vantage point, has found a disturbing obituary and will risk everything in an attempt to change history.

    Frances M says: "You listened, Audible!"
    "Never read an author like Diana"
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    Would you listen to Drums of Autumn again? Why?

    Yes. Yes. A thousand times, YES. Davina Porter is fantastic. And Diana's writing is unparalleled. Together, they make the best series of all time.


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

    Yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Echo in the Bone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6091)
    Performance
    (4232)
    Story
    (4241)

    Jamie Fraser knows from his time-traveling wife Claire that, no matter how unlikely it seems, America will win the Revolutionary War. But that truth offers little solace, since Jamie realizes he might find himself pointing a weapon directly at his own son - a young officer in the British army. And Jamie isn't the only one with a tormented soul - for Claire may know who wins the conflict, but she certainly doesn't know whether or not her beloved Jamie survives.

    Charles says: "Read all of Gabaldon's stuff before this one"
    "Diana, you are my hero"
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    What did you love best about An Echo in the Bone?

    It is classic Diana Gabaldon, the writing is exquisite. The characters are richly developed. The story is engaging, funny, suspenseful, steamy, deep.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The gorgeous writing. No one does words like Diana.


    Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favorite?

    Claire. Davina is Claire. Hands down. And she has the ability to be each character so flawlessly. Davina Porter is the best narrator of any audiobook I have ever listened to.


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

    It better be as good as the book, or you will have a big ol mess of angry fans knocking on your door. With pick axes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book IV

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (4271)
    Performance
    (2479)
    Story
    (2504)

    It is not long before the survivors, outlaws, renegades, and carrion eaters start to gather, picking over the bones of the dead and fighting for the spoils of the soon-to-be dead. Now in the Seven Kingdoms, as the human crows assemble over a banquet of ashes, daring new plots and dangerous new alliances are formed, while surprising faces, some familiar, others only just appearing, are seen emerging from an ominous twilight of past struggles and chaos to take up the challenges ahead.

    Aaron says: "No Roy Dotrice"
    "Talk about a thriller"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Feast for Crows the most enjoyable?

    Not knowing what will happen next.


    What other book might you compare A Feast for Crows to and why?

    None. Mr. Martin's willingness to write wherever the story takes him is awesome, and terrifying. No other author I have read would take the risks he takes with his characters.


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

    It made me afraid to turn the next page. I found myself saying, "Why Mr. Martin...Why/"


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28331)
    Performance
    (22065)
    Story
    (22286)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    GS says: "Conflicting Emotions"
    "Have to keep in mind it is a YA novel"
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    If you could sum up Mockingjay in three words, what would they be?

    Fun, thought provoking


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mockingjay?

    Not the ending. That was disappointing


    Any additional comments?

    This was a good series. It made me wish for a deeper experience, though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30586)
    Performance
    (23643)
    Story
    (23830)

    Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

    FanB14 says: "Dissent Rules"
    "Makes you want more"
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    What made the experience of listening to Catching Fire the most enjoyable?

    The story


    Any additional comments?

    It is a fun story and hard to put down. Leaves you wanting more. As an older reader, I can see the potential for a deeper, more epic tale in these YA books. Don't get me wrong, I love this series. But oh...what it could have been if written as a more adult style fiction.

    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
    (35908)
    Performance
    (26912)
    Story
    (27296)

    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"
    "Nice Read"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Hunger Games the most enjoyable?

    It was a good story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Fun and engaging.


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    It was a good story. Not as fleshed out as it could have been, but being a YA novel that is understandable. It was a fun read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades Freed: Book Three of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8396)
    Performance
    (7382)
    Story
    (7403)

    When unworldly student Anastasia Steele first encountered the driven and dazzling young entrepreneur Christian Grey it sparked a sensual affair that changed both of their lives irrevocably. Shocked, intrigued, and, ultimately, repelled by Christian’s singular erotic tastes, Ana demands a deeper commitment. Determined to keep her, Christian agrees. Now, Ana and Christian have it all - love, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of possibilities for their future. But Ana knows that loving her Fifty Shades will not be easy.

    SIMARA says: "We ate the dessert first..."
    "Gonna miss Mr. Grey"
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    What made the experience of listening to Fifty Shades Freed the most enjoyable?

    There is a lot of sex, but it is well written in that regard. Not your typical romance novel vocabulary. Those tend to make you roll your eyes, Fifty Shades makes you need a cold shower.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was a fun and easy read.


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

    no


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

    Well.... it made my husband happy.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades Darker: Book Two of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9441)
    Performance
    (8235)
    Story
    (8248)

    Daunted by the singular tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house. But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist.

    Tracy L says: "I CAN'T LISTEN ANY LONGER! I'M BUYING THE BOOK."
    "Good Times"
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    Where does Fifty Shades Darker rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks in the same category of the Twilight Saga, and the Hunger Games. It is an easy read. Highly entertaining, but not emotionally wrenching, as more in depth novels can be.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Uh....Mr. Grey. Elevator. Nuff said.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Fun, sexy, easy read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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