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Debbie

Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.

Toney, Alabama | Member Since 2009

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  • Wild Man Creek: A Virgin River Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (681)
    Performance
    (530)
    Story
    (530)

    New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Robyn Carr is renowned for her Virgin River series. When Colin Riordan is caught in a devastating helicopter crash, Virgin River seems like the ideal place to recover - both physically and emotionally. But when PR guru Jillian Matlock, who rents a Victorian home down the street, finds Colin trespassing, an instant connection blossoms between them - which leads to more than either expects.

    SIMARA says: "My new favorite book in the series!"
    "Um . . . Just Okay"
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    This is the first Robyn Carr book for me. What drew me to it was the story line of the injured army pilot who comes to Virgin River to heal after his helicopter crash, and Jillian the young corporate executive who leaves that environment for some "time off" to think. I loved the way that Jillian found her roots and real satisfaction in gardening, and that the experiences that she shared with her grandmother as a young child served to comfort, heal and teach her so many years later. Colin's story of flying helicopters in the army and his shallow relationships prior to meeting Jillian were not surprising. I would have liked even more development of the relationship between Colin and Luke and the rest of the brothers, more about Colin's painting. What I found to be shallow and underdeveloped in this book, and I suspect in this series, is that the relationship between Jillian and Colin never really went beyond Robyn Carr's descriptions of their love making . . . which she repeatedly writes about. Younger women reading this series will surely have "stars in their eyes" and I just find it lacking in substance.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Lotus Eaters

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Tatjana Soli
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    Overall
    (271)
    Performance
    (157)
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    (160)

    It's 1975 and the North Vietnamese army is poised to roll into Saigon. As the city falls into chaos, two lovers make their way across the city to escape to a new life. Helen Adams, an American photojournalist, must take leave of a devastated country she has come to love. Nguyen Pran Linh, the man who loves her, must deal with his own conflicted loyalties. As they race through the streets, they play out a drama of love and betrayal that began twelve years before.

    A User says: "Best book I've read yet this year"
    "Peel Back the Skin of the Onion . . ."
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    Things as never as they look from the outside . . . and many don't want to peer into the darkness anyway. But those who are brave enough find untold beauty, unknown strength, and unbelievable horror. This is the Vietnam story I have been looking for, the only one that makes any sense, and as hard as it is, the one I can understand. I was a teen during the Vietnam war and watched it unfold on television, not understanding why America was unable to conquer this small country ... seeing so many boys in my small town be drafted go off to war. Although The Lotus Eaters is more than a love story, the love between Helen and Linh begins an eruption of emotions and we begin to see even more of the Vietnam that had broken Linh's heart in the first place. As things began to culminate, the fear rose in me that I would be angry with the ending of this book, but happily I was wrong. I cannot stand to go through an entire book and get to a pitiful end. This book did not disappoint.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pontoon: A Novel of Lake Wobegon

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Garrison Keillor
    • Narrated By Garrison Keillor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (762)
    Performance
    (490)
    Story
    (496)

    Garrison Keillor's latest book is about the wedding of a girl named Dede Ingebretson, who comes home from California with a guy named Brent. Dede has made a fortune in veterinary aromatherapy; Brent bears a strong resemblance to a man wanted for extortion who's pictured on a poster in the town's post office. Then there's the memorial service for Dede's aunt Evelyn, who led a footloose and adventurous life after the death of her husband 17 years previously.

    A User says: "Brillliant but not lighthearted"
    "Offbeat and Entertaining"
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    Believe it or not, this is my first Lake Wobegon . . . the voice of Garrison Keillor is a sing song melody that is soothing, steadfast, and funny. The characters of the small town are brought to life in ways I wouldn't think possible . . . and they grow on you . . . and you are reminded not to take yourself or your problems too seriously.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Razor's Edge

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (343)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (206)

    The Great War changed everything and the years following it were tumultuous - most of all for those who lived the war first-hand. Maugham himself is a character in this novel of self-discovery and search for meaning, but the protagonist is a character named Larry. Battered physically and spiritually by the war, Larry's physical wounds heal, but his spirit is changed almost beyond recognition.

    Dave says: "This book changed the way I look at life."
    "What to say, What to say?"
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    As Solomon said, there is nothing new under the sun . . . While I found this book quite interesting, particularly the historical accounts of WWI and pre and post depression America and Europe, I ultimately found the characters doing what all of humanity has always done . . . chase their tails like cats. There was nothing truly profound or enlightening here, just men and women doing what the human race has always done, seeking self gratification. In the beginning I really liked Larry, well, I even liked him in the end, but by then, I found him to be more like a 1970s hippie, than an injured soul seeking spiritual understanding. Wandering around life with few human attachments, thinking he has lived lives in other bodies, etc. I had hoped that he would find God, the ONE true God. But it didn't happen. Having said all that, Larry's choices and that of all the other friends in the author's tale are not upheld, justified, nor scolded . . . only told . . . and that is the only salvation for this book . . . and the one reason that I could find it an enjoyable listen. The era is one of turmoil, of changes, of a time, particularly in Europe, that I find fascinating . . . that's the part I enjoyed most.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tilt-a-Whirl

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Chris Grabenstein
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1453)
    Performance
    (857)
    Story
    (852)

    There isn't much fun in the sun when a billionaire real estate tycoon is found murdered on the Tilt-a-Whirl at a seedy seaside amusement park in the otherwise quiet summer tourist town of Sea Haven. John Ceepak, a former MP just back from Iraq, has just joined the Sea Haven police department. The job offer came from an old Army buddy who hoped to give Ceepak at least a summer's worth of rest and relaxation to help him forget the horrors of war. Instead, Ceepak will head up the murder investigation.

    Bryan says: "A Guilty Pleasure"
    "Living by THE CODE"
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    I really liked this book about murder on the Tilt-a-Whirl, narration was great. Lots of evil exposed here, although my favorite part is probably the developing relationship between the part time summer cop, Danny and the ex-military MP, Ceepak. Ceepak, freshly back from the war in Iraq, is regimented, and out to do GOOD. He faces the bag lady, druggies, and the powerful rich . . . will he cross over to the dark side?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Beekeeper's Apprentice, or On the Segregation of the Queen: Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (803)
    Performance
    (724)
    Story
    (721)

    In 1915, Sherlock Holmes is retired and quietly engaged in the study of honeybees when a young woman literally stumbles into him on the Sussex Downs. Fifteen years old, gawky, egotistical, and recently orphaned, the young Mary Russell displays an intellect to impress even Sherlock Holmes - and match him wit for wit. Under his reluctant tutelage, this very modern 20th-century woman proves a deft protégée and a fitting partner for the Victorian detective.

    Steph says: "A fabulous new take on Sherlock Holmes"
    "Just My Style . . . Loved it!"
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    I'm not ordinarily a big Sherlock Holmes fan, I'm not addicted to the movies . . . but something about this book attracted me from the beginning . . . excellent writing, great sleuthing, and the relationship that develops between the "retired" Holmes and Mary is amazing . . . not sappy, not fake, not at all what you would expect. That's what makes this series so spectacular . . . what a team they make!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • These Things Hidden

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Heather Gudenkauf
    • Narrated By Ali Ahn, Angela Lin, Angela Goethals
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (349)
    Performance
    (286)
    Story
    (280)

    Once the golden child of tiny Linden Falls, Iowa, Allison Glenn watches her reputation crumble as she is sent to prison for five years—convicted of a terrible crime. But what really happened that fateful night? Allison’s younger sister is the only other person who knows the truth. Now out of prison, Allison is more desperate than ever to set the record straight, but the revelation of the truth could have far-reaching consequences.

    C. Morris says: "Please save yourself the time"
    "Psychological Mystery for Kind Hearts"
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    I started listening to this one and couldn't stop. I like Heather Gudenkauf's writing, her depth of perception, and her intuition. She has a way of picking out the wounded in this world and rooting for them, despite the horrible things that have been done to them, and shows us that light that is hidden deep within them. She shows us the selfish, all-wrapped-up-in-themselves people, too, and what they do to those around them. I am never disappointed with the outcome of her stories. If you are a thinker and want to see below the surface, you will love These Things Hidden.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Light to My Path

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lynn Austin
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (231)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (135)

    Raised on a South Carolina plantation as the house pet of her white master's daughter, Kitty never made a decision for herself. Now, as a young adult, she must preserve her faith while making the biggest decision ever: stay with her master and go south to avoid the Yankees or run away tonight to the North with Grady, the field slave she has come to love.

    Karen says: "Intense"
    "Captivity . . Hatred . . Forgiveness . . Mercy"
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    This is the last in the Civil War trilogy by Lynn Austin, and it will stay with me for a long, long time. What Lynn Austin has accomplished in this series is nothing short of amazing. She has stripped away all the prejudices of black and white, north and south, and left us with only people, real, suffering people. The good, the bad and the ugly. The color of their skin is irrelevant, then and now. God's hand was in the Civil War. It was HE who set the captives free, for it is HE who sets up rulers and takes down rulers. But hatred itself is a worse master than a physical captor, and Lynn Austin captures this fact throughout her writing. If you want to really learn about the Civil War and it's effects on people, there is no better series than the Refiner's Fire series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fire by Night

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lynn Austin
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (132)

    Two-time Christy Award winner Lynn Austin is hailed for her inspiring historical novels. As in Candle in the Darkness Austin transports us back to the turbulence of the Civil War.

    Patricia says: "You could listen to this book over and over!"
    "Absolute BEST Civil War Fictional Series"
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    Just finished Fire by Night, the second in the Refiner's Fire trilogy by Lynn Austin. The first one, Candle in the Darkness, was so good, I didn't think this one could match it, but it does. This time the family is on the Union side, although few family members are actually enlisted as soldiers in the war. Class differences existed in the north, which is evidenced by the wealthy being able to "buy" their way out of serving in the Union army. I admire the way that Lynn Austin is able to cut through Christian hypocrisy and show the truth of our Savior's grace and love. The Civil War, on both sides, was very evil, and this series, is the best I have read/heard in divulging the human failures of the war. Slavery is and was absolutely wrong. And it is by divine providence that the north won the war and slavery was abolished. That said, the price that our nation paid was a grievous one, and many horrors were perpetrated by the blue and the gray.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First to Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3150)
    Performance
    (2225)
    Story
    (2225)

    When you're the best at what you do, it's not always easy to walk away. Nathan McBride was retired. The trained Marine sniper and covert CIA operative had put the violence of his former life behind him. But not anymore. A deep-cover FBI agent has disappeared along with one ton of powerful Semtex explosive, enough to unleash a disaster of international proportions. The U.S. government has no choice but to coax Nathan out of retirement.

    Ed says: "Sniper thriller par excellence"
    "Covert Action to the Max!"
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    Excellent Listen by Andrew Peterson . . . Narrated by Dick Hill . . . couldn't be better . . . two ex-marines who own their own security company are called back into action . . . double crossed by people they thought they knew . . . and chasing the worst of the worst criminals. Who can they REALLY trust?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Forced to Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (1801)
    Performance
    (1403)
    Story
    (1416)

    Bravery. Honor. Sacrifice. These are more than mere words to trained Marine sniper Nathan McBride. He’s never backed away from danger and he’s not about to start now, even if it means confronting the cold-blooded interrogator who tortured him to the brink of death more than a decade ago.

    1BookJ says: "Awsome sequel!!!"
    "WOW!!! Just WOW!!!"
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    Okay, another one for the Marines!!! Retired or not, Nathan McBride and partner, Harvey still rock! Didn't realize this was the second in the series, now I have to go back and listen to the first one. My husband and I listened to this on the road to our son's house. He's a retired Army guy. We both enjoyed the military ops terms, wouldn't be the same without it. Dick Hill nailed it with the narration. Ending was perfect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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