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Gayle

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Colerain, OH, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • A Bitter Veil

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Libby Fischer Hellmann
    • Narrated By Diane Piron-Gelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    It all began with a line of Persian poetry . . . Anna and Nouri, both studying in Chicago, fall in love despite their very different backgrounds. Anna, who has never been close to her parents, is more than happy to return with Nouri to his native Iran, to be embraced by his wealthy family. Beginning their married life together in 1978, their world is abruptly turned upside down by the overthrow of the Shah, and the rise of the Islamic Republic.

    Snoodely says: "Impending Doom"
    "What a Fascinating Story!"
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    Could not stop listening. Beautifully written, a very strong main character, and told within the backdrop of the Iranian Revolution. Listening brought forth so many emotions in me--love, sadness, fear, and strength of the human spirit--to name just a few. The characters are well-developed, the narration fabulous, and the history of the Revolution very well researched. When I hear of Iran, I will always think of this tale because if the right circumstances lined up this upheaval could occur in any country (as similar situations have in recent history). Bottom line is--I LOVE THIS STORY!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Understudy

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Carole Bellacera
    • Narrated By Angie Hickman
    Overall
    (1)
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    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Robin Mulcahey has always dreamed of being a big-time actress. As a college student, she took endless drama classes and finally snagged the lead of Maggie in Tennessee Williams's Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Now, six years later, she's one of the country's hottest soap-opera stars. She's just won a Daytime Emmy for her portrayal of South Riding's bad girl, and now when it seemed life couldn't get any more perfect, she's wed Declan Blair, an up-and-coming Irish film actor. So what's the problem? Robin Mulcahey is dead.

    Gayle says: "GREAT STORY"
    "GREAT STORY"
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    This was my first Carole Bellacera listen but will not be my last. A rich girl and a poor girl become great friends while college roommates. Car accident and an identity switch, handsome brother/boyfriend, and the story of Amy & Robin becomes a real page turner. Characters to love and a few really disgusting human beings. The narration by Angie Hickman is fabulous and the ending leaves no unanswered questions. I could not stop listening..... HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

    Audiobook provided for an honest review

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Place Your Betts: The Marilyns, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Katie Graykowski
    • Narrated By Pam Dougherty
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Betts Monroe is a country music rags-to-riches story. As the daughter of the town slut, she clawed her way up from the bars of Bourbon Street to the Country Music Hall of Fame. She's America's sweetheart, darling of the media, and a multi-platinum star. But she has a secret. At the age of sixteen, she had a baby and gave him up for adoption because her boyfriend wasn't ready for fatherhood. Now she finds out that her precious baby boy has been living with his father from day one.

    Terri B. says: "A Delightful Romantic Comedy!"
    "So GOOD....."
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    Such a great listen~absolutely loved every minute. Betts Monroe is a country music star who had a son when she was a teenager. She reluctantly gave the baby up for adoption and finds out that he (now a teen) has been living with his biological father, Gabe Swanson, for years. The characters are so likable and very well developed. Though it deals with various serious topics the story moves along delightfully and at times I was laughing out loud. Narration by Pam Dougherty is fabulous. PLACE YOUR BETTS was so much fun that upon completion I immediately purchased and downloaded Katie Graykowski's PERFECT SUMMER.

    Highly recommended.

    Audiobook provided for an honest review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Actor

    • UNABRIDGED (14 mins)
    • By Marilyn Parel
    • Narrated By Ron Herczig
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Meet The Actor. Finally, he had it all. It had not been easy. Then, he met a woman. His life changed forever.

    DEBORAH says: "Sassy, short and succinct - loved it!"
    "SHORT AND NOT SO SWEET"
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    The Actor is a selfish man and The Wife a selfish woman. I liked the fact that the actor was not given a name as I can imagine many famous men in this role. The narrator was good~the ending quite unexpected.

    Audiobook provided for an honest review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • My Stupid Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Aurora Smith
    • Narrated By David Dietz
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    All seventeen-year-old David really wants is to fly under life's radar. In a typical cold winter day in Montana he does something extraordinary: he rescues smart, funny, gorgeous good-girl Lucy Peterson from drowning in a freezing lake. As their friendship grows, David realizes that risking his life was the easy part. His friendship with a girl who is different from him in every imaginable way forces David to challenge himself and those around him.

    John P. DERMODY says: "Excellent narrator despite a two-star story"
    "Just WONDERFUL"
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    I could not stop listening to this audiobook. You will laugh, cry, and fall in love with David and Lucy. Loved that all but one chapter is told from David's POV. Many tough topics (young love, parental love, virginity, adoption, abortion, child abuse, death) are so tastefully covered. There is also religion but not in a preachy way. This beautiful story grabbed my attention from the beginning to the very last word. This is an audiobook I will listen to again and also recommend to others. Male or female, ages 15 to 90+ ~ will enjoy this listen.

    Audiobook provided for an honest review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Adjusting Journal Entries: Eviscerating the Snake, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Ashley Fontainne
    • Narrated By Sara Morsey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. But when it comes to human emotions, the reaction is never equal. No one understands this lesson better than the partners at the prestigious accounting firm of Winscott & Associates. Greed, power, money and sex left six people dead and four in the hospital. Audra Tanner never realized how far and deep the ripple she created in her revenge pool would extend.

    LilMissMolly says: "Great ending to a thrilling trilogy!"
    "GOOD ENDING OF TRILOGY"
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    Nice wrap up to EVISCERATING THE SNAKE TRILOGY. So many twists and turns. Be warned that this series must be read in order to be able to understand each character and their motivations. Nice satisfying ending. Recommended....

    Audiobook provided for an honest review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Advocate's Betrayal: The Advocate Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Teresa Burrell
    • Narrated By Meghan Kelly
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    The Killer left nothing behind but a rosary, a kitchen knife, and a dead man. but the dead man is a friend of Sabre Orin Brown. When his unsuspecting wife is accused of the murder, Sabre will stop at nothing to uncover the truth, even if it means unearthing chilling secrets. From a San Diego jail to the shady Chicago nightlife, Sabre's search for the true killer forces her to face the question: What do you do when the ones you trust the most are the ones with the most to hide?

    Gayle says: "GREAT SECOND IN SERIES"
    "GREAT SECOND IN SERIES"
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    Really enjoyed this audiobook. Love the continuing story of Sabre, JP, and Bob in The Advocate Series. Betty's story had so many twists and turns, Lucas was interesting and Sabre's work as a children's advocate is fascinating. Looking forward to listening to the rest of the series.

    Audiobook provided for an honest review.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • What's in a Name?

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Terry Odell
    • Narrated By Pamela Almand, The Captain's Voice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Kelli Carpenter has changed her name, her appearance-her life-to avoid being connected to a crime she committed in self defense years ago. But just when she thinks she has nothing to fear, handsome stranger Blake Windsor shows up.

    Pamela says: "Awesome Audiblebook!"
    "INTERESTING STORY"
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    Enjoyed this audiobook~Kelli & Blake were really likable, interesting, and well developed characters. There were many twists and turns but the story became too slow in some parts although it was wrapped up quite nicely at the end~a worthwhile listen.

    Audiobook provided for an honest review

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jane's Melody: A Novel (Atria)

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Ryan Winfield
    • Narrated By Emily Beresford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (67)

    What boundaries would you cross for true love? That's the question a grieving mother must answer when she takes in a young street musician to learn about her daughter's death and finds herself falling for him. A sexy but touching love story that will have you equally tantalized and in tears. Jane's Melody follows a forty-year-old woman on a romantic journey of rediscovery after years of struggling alone. Sometimes our greatest gifts come from our greatest pain. And now Jane must decide if it's too late for her to start over, or if true love really knows no age.

    Carolyn says: "Love, Love Love Jane and Caleb"
    "EMOTIONAL BUT REWARDING LISTEN"
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    Really enjoyed JANE'S MELODY~a tale of loss, love, and a second chances. Jane and Caleb's journey made me cry and smile. The narration by Emily Berisford was just wonderful. This is my first Ryan Winfield listen but will not be my last. Was very happy to read that the sequel, JANE'S HARMONY, will soon be available as I did not want this story to end....

    Audiobook provided for an honest review.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Zero Balance: Book Two of Eviscerating the Snake (Volume 3)

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Ms. Ashley Fontainne
    • Narrated By Sara Morsey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Nine months ago, Audra Tanner exposed the hidden secrets locked away at the prestigious accounting firm of Winscott & Associates. No one escaped her wrath. And once the smoke had cleared, everyone watched as the diabolical Olin Kemper was led away in handcuffs. Now Audra's meticulous revenge has thrust her into the role of managing partner. But the firm is struggling to survive amidst the turmoil and media attention surrounding the shocking arrest and upcoming murder trial of Olin.

    LilMissMolly says: "Great second book in thrilling series!"
    "AND THE REVENGE CONTINUES"
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    Book 2 in the trilogy~Eviscerating the Snake. The revenge continues and it is sometimes hard to tell who is the most evil. There are so many twists and turns, and the domino effect of revenge is devastating to so many innocent people. So far Olan and Piper are the King and Queen of sociopaths. I enjoyed ZERO BALANCE but not quite as much as ACCOUNTABLE TO NONE. Now moving on to the final book, ADJUSTING JOURNAL ENTRIES~need to know the conclusion of this fascinating series.

    Audiobook provided for an honest review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Accountable to None: Eviscerating the Snake, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Ashley Fontainne
    • Narrated By Sara Morsey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Welcome to the prestigious accounting firm of Winscott & Associates. Welcome to Audra Tanner's personal hell. She had heard the rumors about her employer. The whispered secrets. But she had thrown herself into work to escape the pain of her miscarriage and the demise of her marriage. Idealistically, she thought if she worked hard she would be rewarded. She thought wrong. Savagely initiated into the brutal underbelly of the firm, Audra learns too late that the rumors are true.

    LilMissMolly says: "Never underestimate those who appear timid and shy"
    "PLANNED REVENGE"
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    WOW~loved every minute. Audra Tanner is brutally raped by a managing partner in the accounting firm where she is employed (not a spoiler~just how the story begins). The male characters (except for Steve) are deplorable, despicable, immoral, and greedy human beings. Audra plans for five years to avenge her attack. I was hooked at the beginning and could not stop listening~so many twists, turns, and surprises. Who knew a book about an accounting firm could be so compelling but Ashley Fontainne has accomplished just that~TICK TOCK and the plan proceeds.... Since this is Book 1 of a trilogy (Eviscerating the Snake), I am happily moving on to Book 2 (ZERO BALANCE) today!

    Audiobook provided for an honest review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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