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Mandi

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  • 25 reviews
  • 60 ratings
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  • 30 purchased in 2014
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  • The Secret History of the Pink Carnation

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Lauren Willig
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (775)
    Performance
    (326)
    Story
    (332)

    Deciding that true romantic heroes are a thing of the past, Eloise Kelly, an intelligent American who always manages to wear her Jimmy Choo suede boots on the day it rains, leaves Harvard's Widener Library bound for England to finish her dissertation on the dashing pair of spies the Scarlet Pimpernel and the Purple Gentian. What she discovers is something the finest historians have missed: a secret history that begins with a letter dated 1803.

    Jeny says: "Thoroughly entertaining"
    "Hilarious!"
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    As a fan of the Scarlet Pimpernel, I absolutely loved the Secret History of the Pink Carnation! The exploits of the ladies both in the past and modern day kept me interested and glad that there were several more books to follow! If you are looking for a laugh and aren't too fussy about your historical accuracy, this is definitely worth a try!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Emily Woo Zeller
    Overall
    (1155)
    Performance
    (1012)
    Story
    (1022)

    Best-selling author Mary Roach returns with a new adventure to the invisible realm we carry around inside. Roach takes us down the hatch on an unforgettable tour. The alimentary canal is classic Mary Roach terrain: The questions explored in Gulp are as taboo, in their way, as the cadavers in Stiff and every bit as surreal as the universe of zero gravity explored in Packing for Mars. Why is crunchy food so appealing? Why is it so hard to find words for flavors and smells? Why doesn’t the stomach digest itself? How much can you eat before your stomach bursts?

    Kirstin says: "Mary Roach Does Not Disappoint!"
    "Tickles Your Tastebuds"
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    Would you listen to Gulp again? Why?

    This is definitely going on the "listen again" list, Mary Roach packs so much information into her books that you can never digest (forgive me) it all in one go.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Roach isn't squeamish about tackling the less glorious topics, she looks into the angles that I want to know about, but am too afraid to ask.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are inquisitive, any of Roaches works are worth a listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: The Clifton Chronicles, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Alex Jennings
    Overall
    (421)
    Performance
    (360)
    Story
    (365)

    Be Careful What You Wish For opens with Harry Clifton and his wife Emma rushing to the hospital to learn the fate of their son, Sebastian, who has been involved in a fatal car accident. But who died, Sebastian or his best friend Bruno? When Ross Buchanan is forced to resign as chairman of the Barrington Shipping Company, Emma Clifton wants to replace him. But Don Pedro Martinez intends to install his puppet, the egregious Major Alex Fisher, in order to destroy the Barrington family firm just as the company plans to build its new luxury liner, the MV Buckingham.

    cristina says: "The demise of a great, fun author"
    "Can Hardly Wait for the Next Book"
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    If you could sum up Be Careful What You Wish For in three words, what would they be?

    Another Archer Success


    Any additional comments?

    Jeffrey Archer is one of my all time favorite storytellers, I have yet to find a book of his that I did not like. In true Archer fashion he hooks you in the beginning and leaves you hanging in the end, dying for the next book to come out!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sapphire Blue: The Ruby Red Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Kerstin Gier, Anthea Bell (translator)
    • Narrated By Marisa Calin
    Overall
    (243)
    Performance
    (217)
    Story
    (217)

    Gwen’s life has been a rollercoaster since she discovered she was the Ruby, the final member of the secret time-traveling Circle of Twelve. In between searching through history for the other time-travelers and asking for a bit of their blood (gross!), she’s been trying to figure out what all the mysteries and prophecies surrounding the Circle really mean. At least Gwen has plenty of help.

    Mandi says: "Had to get it immediately after the first"
    "Had to get it immediately after the first"
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    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I got hooked on the series and bought this and the third book as soon as I finished the first one.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Emerald Green: The Ruby Red Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Kerstin Gier
    • Narrated By Marisa Calin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (188)

    In Kerstin Gier's Emerald Green, Gwen has a destiny to fulfill, but no one will tell her what it is. She’s only recently learned that she is the Ruby, the final member of the time-traveling Circle of Twelve, and since then nothing has been going right. She suspects the founder of the Circle, Count Saint-German, is up to something nefarious, but nobody will believe her. And, she’s just learned that her charming time-traveling partner, Gideon, has probably been using her all along.

    Erin - Audible says: "The end!"
    "A little unrealistic, but thoroughly enjoyable"
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    Any additional comments?

    I have to admit that this series was a bit of a guilty pleasure - I felt a little ashamed to be listening to a teeny-bopper romance at my age, but I couldn't resist.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Solomon's Song: The Australian Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (1433)
    Performance
    (930)
    Story
    (923)

    Here is the story of two families, branches of the Solomons, transported to an alien land. Both branches eventually grow rich and powerful. But through three generations, the families never, for one moment, relinquish their hatred for each other. This novel is also the story of Australia, from its beginnings to its coming of age as a nation.

    Anne says: "Breathtaking!"
    "Interesting Trilogy, but leaves you hanging"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Solomon's Song to be better than the print version?

    Humphrey Bower's voice definitely adds to the piece.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I always appreciate Courtenay's attention to detail - you can see, hear, and even smell his stories.


    What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

    He did a nice job with a range of characters giving each a distinct personality.


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

    I will admit to walking around with headphones in during every spare moment for several days to the great annoyance of others around me during this one.


    Any additional comments?

    Well written and performed, but it left me feeling like the story was unfinished.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Laiden's Daughter: Clan MacDougall, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Suzan Tisdale
    • Narrated By Erin Jones
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (127)

    Betrayed by lies told before her birth, Aishlinn is raised by a harsh and cruel stepfather. Her life is forever changed one horrifying night when she is forced to flee England for the safety of the Scottish Highlands. Rescued by a fierce band of highland warriors, Aishlinn soon learns that honorable men do exist. She finds a strength she never knew she possessed and it will be tested to the limits when she is forced to make a heart-wrenching decision…allow the English to kill those she loves, or surrender for the crime she committed.

    sandy says: "Excellent"
    "No Brains Required!"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Making it less repetitive would be a step in the right direction. I felt as though the author was hitting the reader over the head repeatedly with the plot line so as to be sure the reader "got it" - it was loud and clear.


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

    I learned about Loki's daughters (approximately 30 seconds worth of material), which was interesting.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Erin Jones?

    Possibly in a different genre.


    Could you see Laiden's Daughter being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Please spare us, or at least relegate it to daytime TV.


    Any additional comments?

    A polite way to describe this piece would be "light.". I was trying to escape a stressful setting for a few minutes every day while I was listening, and it was great for that. Would I recommend it to a friend, no. Would I listen to it again, no. Am I glad I got it for under $5, yes - paying more would be a crime.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Loki's Daughters

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Delle Jacobs
    • Narrated By Sarah Coomes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (366)
    Performance
    (331)
    Story
    (333)

    For generations, Arienh’s people have feared the Viking raids. She knows all too well the terrible toll the Northmen have taken on the Celts, having lost most of her own family to their swords. So one stormy night when she encounters and wounds a Viking warrior, she has every right to want him dead. And yet she hesitates…. Ronan knows Arienh doesn’t recognize him. He was just a boy when his kinsmen raided her village and Ronan risked his own life to protect her. Now he has returned to claim the beautiful girl who captured his heart years before. But wooing a Celtic woman is no easy task.

    Clarice says: "Real characters and a great story."
    "Fluff"
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    What did you like best about Loki's Daughters? What did you like least?

    No thinking was required for this book at all.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator was trying too hard. A native would cry at her accent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Colony

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By F.G. Cottam
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (283)
    Performance
    (258)
    Story
    (263)

    For over a century, the New Hope Island vanishing has tantalized the world. How did 150 people disappear from a lonely Hebridean island, leaving no trace and no clues? Media magnate Alexander McIntyre decides to solve the mystery, and gathers a team of experts to mount an expedition to the island. He hopes running the story as a rolling exclusive will revive the fortunes of his flagship news-stand title. He hopes to find conclusive answers to questions that have teased a curious world for decades. And he wants his own secret theory triumphantly vindicated.

    Amanda says: "Solid atmospheric horror"
    "More Ghost Story than I was Expecting"
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    What did you like best about The Colony? What did you like least?

    I liked the premise of solving a ghost story, I thought it was interesting to see the setup through the eyes of a magazine working on the story and all the experts they called in; however, I was disappointed in the way the author resolved the story, I was expecting something a little more believable.


    Would you recommend The Colony to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, it wasn't believable in the end.


    Was The Colony worth the listening time?

    I am still debating. There were parts that provided me with some interesting material to ponder, but when I finished I felt very frustrated with the outcome.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Between Love and Honor

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Alexandra Lapierre
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (82)

    In 1839, after decades of conflict, the Russian army and the Muslims of Chechnya are on the verge of a truce. To prove his commitment to peace, warrior chief Imam Shamil offers a hostage: his son, Jamal Eddin. But once the truce is signed, the Russians spirit Jamal Eddin back to Russia, where Czar Nicholas “adopts” the boy. Immersed in imperial court life, Jamal Eddin matures into the consummate courtier. Still, he maintains his Muslim faith - until he falls in love with a beautiful Russian aristocrat.

    Vicki says: "It didn't do it for me."
    "Historically Interesting if nothing else."
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    What did you like best about Between Love and Honor? What did you like least?

    This book brought my attention to an area of history that I was unaware of before.


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

    Anticlimactic, but then it was based on reality, so a Hollywood ending wasn't expected.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Didymus Contingency

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeremy Robinson
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (290)
    Performance
    (256)
    Story
    (260)

    If you could go back in time...and witness any event...where would you go? When Dr. Tom Greenbaum faces that question after successfully discovering the secret to time travel, he knows the time, place, and event he will witness: the death and failed resurrection of Jesus Christ. Dr. David Goodman, Tom's colleague and closest friend follows Tom into the past, attempting to avert a time-space catastrophe, but forces beyond their control toss them into a dangerous end game.

    Wesley says: "Not what I expected at all."
    "Interesting idea, will not be listening again."
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    Would you try another book from Jeremy Robinson and/or R. C. Bray?

    At the right price, I could be convinced.


    Was The Didymus Contingency worth the listening time?

    This book gave me a different perspective to consider, which I always think is worthwhile. Was it life-changing, no.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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