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Sherry

East Texas, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Some Kind of Fairy Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Graham Joyce
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (353)
    Performance
    (320)
    Story
    (317)

    Twenty years ago, 16-year-old Tara Martin disappeared from a small town in the heart of England. Now, her sudden return and the mind-bending tale of where she’s been will challenge our very perception of the truth. For 20 years after Tara Martin disappeared, her parents and her brother, Peter, lived in denial of the grim fact that she was gone for good. Then suddenly on Christmas Day, the doorbell rings at her parents’ home, and there, dishevelled and slightly peculiar looking, Tara stands. It’s a miracle, but alarm bells are ringing for Peter. Tara’s story just does not add up.

    Amanda says: "Extremely Well Done"
    "Reader Beware....Not an Innocent Fairy Tale!"
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    What would have made Some Kind of Fairy Tale better?

    I think it is beyond saving.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not sure, exempt that it will not be by this author.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Some Kind of Fairy Tale?

    Too numerous to choose. There were so many!


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not sure why I expected, but this was horrible. Don't think because the title suggests it's a type of fairy tale that you can listen with children. You absolutely should not!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Not in the Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Chris Fabry
    • Narrated By Chris Fabry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    Truman Wiley used to report news stories around the world, but now the troubling headlines are his own. He’s out of work and out of touch with his family, but nothing keeps him awake at night more than his son’s failing heart. With hospital bills mounting faster than Truman can gamble his life savings, it seems there’s no way out... until his estranged wife throws him a lifeline - the chance to write the story of a death row inmate willing to donate his heart to Truman’s son.

    Sherry says: "Fantastic book!"
    "Fantastic book!"
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    Would you listen to Not in the Heart again? Why?

    Definitely.....in a year or two. It reminded me to not judge people by what I see. It was heartwarming, a who done it, and just a beautiful book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't want to give anything away. I'll just say it was the last scene that took place in the governor's mansion.


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

    It was interesting enough, but I prefer to stretch out and savor the really good books.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not sure if this was classified under Christian fiction or not. It did have Christians in it, but did not read as "religious". If you aren't a believer, please don't let that stop you from getting this book. You won't be offended nor disappointed,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (3269)
    Performance
    (2808)
    Story
    (2830)

    England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

    Maria says: "Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!"
    "I loved it!"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the way it told the story in flashbacks, and kept you wondering about the secrets to be discovered.


    What about Caroline Lee’s performance did you like?

    I don't normally like narrators with British accents, but this was an exception. She did an excellent job. I wasn't overly impressed with her depiction of a few characters, especially the pompous ones. I particularly loved the voice of Dolly. Ms. Lee did a good job of conveying the characters' personalities by her rendition of their voices.


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

    The elderly mother, in hopes she would share some of her wisdom....and secrets.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mirror Image

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (493)
    Performance
    (328)
    Story
    (325)

    The crash of a Dallas-bound jet wasn't just a tragedy to TV reporter Avery Daniels; it was an act of fate that handed her a golden opportunity to further her career. Mistaken for a glamorous, selfish woman named Carole Rutledge, the badly injured Avery would find that plastic surgery had given her Carole's face, a famous senatorial candidate for a husband, and a powerful Texas dynasty for in-laws.

    San I Am says: "A light read"
    "Do NOT listen with children!"
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    What would have made Mirror Image better?

    More actual storyline and less explicit sex


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Let me imagine what was happening in the numerous sexual encounters, rather than giving details. And ho hum details, at that.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Another narrator


    Any additional comments?

    This book is filled with explicit sexual content, so please don't listen with children. I like the old movies that went to blackouts when the couple became amorous. You knew what was happening....you just didn't have to watch. Likewise, with books. I would have preferred to listen to more actual storyline than the numerous descriptions of people having sex. And not very imaginative sex, at that. What a waste of the author's talent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Word of Honor: Newpointe 911 Series #3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Terri Blackstock
    • Narrated By Juanita Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (8)

    Of the four people at the Newpointe post office when the bomb went off, three were killed instantly. The fourth, a five-year-old boy, lies comatose in the hospital and isn't expected to survive. Who would do such a thing? The answer appears to come in the form of a gunman crashing through the door into attorney Jill Clark's hotel room. The young attorney finds herself the hostage of a desperate man whose actions hardly fit his claim of innocence.

    Sherry says: "Not worth the credit!"
    "Not worth the credit!"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. The story wasn't bad, but characters got stuck in conversations that went on and on and on...saying the same things over and over and over...


    Would you be willing to try another book from Terri Blackstock? Why or why not?

    Sure. I've liked some of her other books.


    What three words best describe Juanita Parker’s voice?

    Not regionally authentic!


    Did Word of Honor inspire you to do anything?

    Not really.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bridge to Haven

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Francine Rivers
    • Narrated By Kate Forbes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (309)
    Performance
    (283)
    Story
    (283)

    To those who matter in 1950s Hollywood, Lena Scott is the hottest rising star to hit the silver screen since Marilyn Monroe. Few know her real name is Abra. Even fewer know the price she' s paid to finally feel like she' s somebody. To Pastor Ezekiel Freeman, Abra will always be the little girl who stole his heart the night he found her, a wailing newborn abandoned under a bridge on the outskirts of Haven.

    Candace says: "Francine Rivers is the best for a reason."
    "Great story! Could have been read in less time."
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    What did you love best about Bridge to Haven?

    It was Christian fiction, but not a religious book. The characters seemed like real people, with real flaws, not cookie cutter Christians, all alike.


    What other book might you compare Bridge to Haven to and why?

    None come to mind. I like Christian fiction where Christians aren't presented as super spiritual, but more like us real life Christians. People who love the Lord but still make bad choices and have to face life's problems.


    What aspect of Kate Forbes’s performance would you have changed?

    She could have shortened the audio time by reading a little faster. I almost gave up early in the book, I was so put out at how slowly she read. Glad I didn't....would have missed a good book.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Soul's Gate: A Well Spring Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By James Rubart
    • Narrated By James Rubart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (26)

    What if you could travel inside another person’s soul? To battle for them. To be part of Jesus healing their deepest wounds.Thirty years ago that’s exactly what Reece Roth did. Until tragedy shattered his life and ripped away his destiny. Now God has drawn Reece out of the shadows to fulfill a prophecy spoken over him three decades ago. A prophecy about four warriors with the potential to change the world...if Reece will face his deepest regret and train them. They gather at a secluded and mysterious ranch deep in the mountains of Colorado, where they will learn to see the spiritual world around them with stunning clarity.

    Lisa says: "Not for me, but I loved his other books"
    "Hire a narrator!"
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    What would have made Soul's Gate better?

    A different narrator


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

    The most interesting was presenting the reality of spiritual warfare.
    The least interesting was presenting it as a necessity of entering another person's soul.


    Would you be willing to try another one of James Rubart’s performances?

    No!
    I would try another of his books if another narrator performed it.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Soul's Gate?

    None specifically.


    Any additional comments?

    I think this would have been better if I had read, rather than listened to, the book. I believe the author tried to wear too many hats in reading it himself. The story was possibly better than I think it was, but in my opinion, was flawed by the performance.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Water's Edge

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Robert Whitlow
    • Narrated By Joseph Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (37)

    Robert Whitlow is a practicing lawyer acclaimed for his legal thrillers. In Water’s Edge, hot-shot Atlanta attorney Tom Crane is poised to become a partner in his firm when his father dies in a boating accident. Then on that same day, he loses his job and his girlfriend, as well. Returning to his hometown to close out his father’s smalltown legal practice, he uncovers a hidden stash of two million dollars. Soon he finds himself entangled in a web of intrigue and murder that endangers his life - and drives him to his knees.

    Andrew says: "Robert Whitlow's best!"
    "How is this part of the series?"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really. Story was just okay and narrator was not good.


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

    No surprises...predictable.


    How could the performance have been better?

    During dialogue portions of the book, he sounded like a kid learning to read and sound out words. Didn't sound natural.


    Do you think Water's Edge needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not really. Characters were not interesting enough for me to care about what else happens to them.


    Any additional comments?

    This is shown as the 4th book in The Tides of Truth series. I'm not sure why. None of the characters appeared in the other 3 books. It had absolutely nothing in common with the others, except that it was a Christian book. There was no continuity with the others.If you buy it expecting to see what else is happening in the lives of the characters from the previous books, as is the usual case in a series, you will be very disappointed. I usually like Robert Whitlow's books, but this one just doesn't measure up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18793)
    Performance
    (12899)
    Story
    (12794)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "3 Strikes...It's out!"
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    Would you try another book from Diana Gabaldon and/or Davina Porter?

    No!


    What could Diana Gabaldon have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Chosen a different narrator


    What didn’t you like about Davina Porter’s performance?

    It was very hard to understand what she was saying, her voice was so whiny.


    What character would you cut from Outlander?

    I can't say because I couldn't finish book.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this book over a year ago and couldn't listen to it. I tried again a second time a few months later and still hated it. Today, I tried again a third time, hoping I could like it. I couldn't. It wasn't me...it was the book. I actually listened for 2 hours today, but it never got any better. To be honest, I couldn't tell you what the story was even about. It was that hard to understand the narrator. Wish I had saved my credit.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The House at Riverton

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (2723)
    Performance
    (1786)
    Story
    (1783)

    Summer 1924: On the eve of a glittering Society party, by the lake of a grand English country house, a young poet takes his life. The only witnesses, sisters Hannah and Emmeline Hartford, will never speak to each other again....Winter 1999: Grace Bradley, 98, one-time housemaid of Riverton Manor, is visited by a young director making a film about the poet's suicide. Ghosts awaken, and memories, long consigned to the dark reaches of Grace's mind, begin to sneak back through the cracks.

    Cathy says: "superbly written mystery"
    "Just as Bad the Second Time"
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    Would you try another book from Kate Morton and/or Caroline Lee?

    Maybe. I bought this a few years ago because I'd listened to another book by the author and liked it. This one was soooo boring that I quit listening. I recently listened to another by the same author and liked it, so decided to try this one again. Narrator did a good job.


    What could Kate Morton have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Condense it! I listened to nearly 6 hours before I gave up on it this time. She could have told in 30 minutes what was told in those 6 hours.


    What three words best describe Caroline Lee’s performance?

    Job well done.


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

    If it did, I never made it to that part.


    Any additional comments?

    I wrote a negative review the first time I tried to listen to this book. I asked Audible to remove it, because after enjoying another of the author's books recently, I wanted to give it another chance. This might have been one of her earlier books, because I have enjoyed a couple that she wrote. I absolutely cannot recommend this one, however.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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