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Betty Sakuma

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  • Heft

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liz Moore
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne, Keith Szarabajka
    Overall
    (870)
    Performance
    (787)
    Story
    (785)

    Forrmer academic Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn’t left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career - if he can untangle himself from his family drama.

    Melinda says: "Intriguing--Captivating--Altering"
    "Deeply touching and thought provoking"
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    What did you love best about Heft?

    I loved the honesty and lack of pretense. The characters were alive, their problems real. Very well done.


    What other book might you compare Heft to and why?

    The only other book I could think to compare Heft to is Wuthering Heights... Disfunctional characters trying to survive.


    What about Kirby Heyborne and Keith Szarabajka ’s performance did you like?

    The narrators did an excellent job. They were very good with the New York accents of Charlene and the Spanish-New York of Yolanda. They sounded like gum snapping, diner waitresses and I was fascinated that Arthur gave them the time of day. The contrast between them seemed too wide a gap to bridge.


    If you could rename Heft, what would you call it?

    Dear Char...


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the book and was deeply engrossed in the drama. The ending was a bit confounding, but the story never let's you go. It haunts your thoughts even after you put it down.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Missing: The Secrets of Crittenden County, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Shelley Shepard Gray
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne Flagler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    Can two young people survive the suspicions of their friends and neighbors when tragedy strikes a close-knit Amish community? Perry Borntrager had been missing for months from the quiet community of Crittenden, Kentucky, when his body is discovered at the bottom of a well. The first death from mysterious circumstances in more than two decades brings the scrutiny of the outside world: A police detective arrives to help the local sheriff with the investigation. His questioning begins with Lydia Plank, Perry's former girlfriend, and Perry's best friend, the Englischer Walker Anderson.

    Jan says: "Just couldn't get into it..."
    "Captivating"
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    If you could sum up Missing in three words, what would they be?

    curious, upsetting, shocking


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Missing?

    The shocking, accidental discovery of a murdered Amish boy.


    Which character – as performed by Bernadette Dunne Flagler – was your favorite?

    Can't say I have a favorite, but the narrator does such a good job that you always can sense which character is speaking.


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

    The murder that rocked the Amish community


    Any additional comments?

    This book is part of a trilogy, so you are left wanting more. I love Amish books and the interesting way in which the Amish survive amongst the Englishers. I never seem to weary of the contrasts and the attraction of one to the other. It's intriguing, too, to witness how the older Amish generations guide the youngsters, but there is no leniency...if they don't follow the Amish "ways", the are "shunned". I find it amazing that families will ostracize their own children...I can't understand how one could turn away from one's child. Strict love, more like God's tough love.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • You've Been Warned

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Howard Roughan
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (38)

    Kristin Burns is making her way in New York City. Her photos are being considered at a major Manhattan gallery, she works by day with two wonderful children, and the man of her dreams is almost hers for keeps. But just as everything she's ever wanted is finally within reach, her life changes forever with one murderous nightmare.

    Kathleen says: "Stay Away"
    "Intriguing"
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    Would you listen to You've Been Warned again? Why?

    Maybe...after enough time has gone by that I don't remember all the details. The thrill of the first time would be missing as I know what happens. However, I realize during a second reading I would pick up things I missed the first time around.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was Kristin, the lead character; however, there's this creepy guy that keeps popping up telling her "You've been warned" that adds the creepy, scary element to the book...he's a pretty good character, too, although not one you like but essential to the story line.


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

    I have not heard this narrator before.


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

    I don't think it made me laugh or cry, but it did have me biting my nails...the chilling photos and twists kept me turning pages long past lights out.


    Any additional comments?

    While there's a supernatural element to the book, I really got into it. I tend to dislike books with supernatural elements as I like being grounded in reality...like vampires, witches, ghosts...I just can't get into those. But this one is subtle and, initially, you're not even aware of it. You get pulled into it naturally. I am a James Patterson fan and have read his book, "When the Wind Blows" about the bird/child, Max. Those were not believable but I was totally caught up in them and cried my eyes out over the poor kids.

    Fun, intriguing book. I highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3635)
    Performance
    (3244)
    Story
    (3244)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "Awesome book"
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    Where does Suspect rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Suspect ranks #1


    What other book might you compare Suspect to and why?

    I'd compare it to Merry Christmas Alex Cross in the intensity and narration. This book has the bonus of the dog. Crais really got into the head and nose of the dog. That added a phenomenal dimension I'd never experienced before.


    What about MacLeod Andrews’s performance did you like?

    Great reading, perfect voice... Loved his intensity when situations escalated.


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

    We're pack... Alpha safe, pack safe!


    Any additional comments?

    The dog element was phenomenal... Craig really got the dog element right!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Good American

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Alex George
    • Narrated By Gibson Frazier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (33)

    It is 1904. When Frederick and Jette must flee her disapproving mother, where better to go than America, the land of the new? Originally set to board a boat to New York, at the last minute, they take one destined for New Orleans instead ("What's the difference? They're both new."), and later find themselves, more by chance than by design, in the small town of Beatrice, Missouri. Not speaking a word of English, they embark on their new life together.

    Kathy says: "Deeeeelightful!"
    "I liked the idea but..."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Good American to be better than the print version?

    Probably


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

    The most interesting aspect was the immigration; the insurmountable hurdles these folks had to go through yet did so with all their hearts and souls. They appreciated America more than their offspring ever could.


    What does Gibson Frazier bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He's a good narrator and made the accents believable giving it the authenticity of immigration.


    If you could take any character from A Good American out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would like to take the original immigrants, Frederick and Jette, to dinner. It would be an amazing experience to discuss the strength it took to board a ship going to a new country with no prospects for employment, housing or medical... And Jette was nearly full term in a pregnancy that led to all the events of the book. Terrifying what immigrants went through back then.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the early part of the book but less so with each subsequent generation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Inn at Rose Harbor

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Debbie Macomber
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (423)
    Performance
    (350)
    Story
    (356)

    Jo Marie Rose first arrives in Cedar Cove seeking a sense of peace and a fresh start. She purchases a local bed-and-breakfast - the newly christened Rose Harbor Inn - ready to begin her life anew. Yet the inn holds more surprises than Jo Marie can imagine. Her first guest is Joshua Weaver, who has come home to care for his ailing stepfather. The two have never seen eye to eye, and Joshua has little hope that they can reconcile. But a long-lost acquaintance from Joshua's high school days proves to him that forgiveness is never out of reach and love can bloom even where it's least expected.

    Cara says: "Wish I Hadn't"
    "Undecided"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Inn at Rose Harbor to be better than the print version?

    I don't think so. I didn't care for the narrator too much. I thought the different voices sounded odd.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the bed and breakfast idea but the characters and storyline seemed off somehow. For one thing, the inn owner and both guests were all dealing with death. That seemed a bit over the top.


    What about Lorelei King’s performance did you like?

    I liked the straight narration but didn't care for the "voices" of the characters.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was glad Josh and Richard made peace but it was a bit strained I thought.


    Any additional comments?

    While I liked the premise, the story writing and characters felt off a bit. I didn't care much for the narration and I'm wondering if I would have liked it more had I read it in print form. I gave it 4 stars reluctantly...but I'm not sure I'd read another Macomber book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Naomi's Gift: An Amish Christmas Story

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Amy Clipston
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Naomi's Gift re-introduces twenty-four-year-old Naomi King, who has been burned twice by love and has all but given up on marriage and children. As Christmas approaches - a time of family, faith, and hope for many others - Naomi is more certain than ever her life will be spent as an old maid, helping with the family's quilting business and taking care of her eight siblings. Then she meets Caleb, a young widower with a 7-year-old daughter, and her world is once again turned upside-down. Naomi's story of romantic trial and error and youthful insecurities has universal appeal.

    Lisa says: "sweet holiday story"
    "Delightful"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I wouldn't recommend this book to all friends, but I would definitely recommend to my Christian friends that like tender love stories.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the Amish theme and the cooking and caring of all...the warmth that emanates takes me back to a simpler time when people looked out for others rather than themselves.


    What three words best describe Kimberly Farr’s performance?

    The three words that come to mind are: warm, gentle, convincing. That aside, some good sound effects would have added to the overall experience, like background noise at social gatherings and the clip-clopping of horses hooves when riding in the buggies.


    If you could take any character from Naomi's Gift out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would like to take Suzie so I could hear what's going on in her little head...although she's very outspoken and does reveal her thoughts regularly.


    Any additional comments?

    Like all Amish stories, Naomi' s Gift is warm and inviting and you feel part of the tight-knit community. I love spending Christmas with the Amish family found within the pages of this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Merry Christmas, Alex Cross

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Michael Boatman, Stephen Kunken, Cristin Milioti
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (642)
    Performance
    (518)
    Story
    (503)

    It's Christmas Eve and Detective Alex Cross has been called out to catch someone who's robbing his church's poor box. That mission behind him, Alex returns home to celebrate with Bree, Nana, and his children. The tree decorating is barely underway before his phone rings again - a horrific hostage situation is quickly spiraling out of control. Away from his own family on the most precious of days, Alex calls upon every ounce of his training, creativity, and daring to save another family.

    Gayle A. Orner says: "Yawn!"
    "Edge of the seat thriller!"
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    What did you love best about Merry Christmas, Alex Cross?

    The story was fantastic, but I have to say, the presentation really brought it to life. The narrators were terrific but the thrill was in the sound effects. This was absolutely the best Audible book I've heard to date!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story line was fantastic and living on the east coast really adds a whole new dimension to it. Having worked for Amtrak for many years, I knew how authentic and well researched the details were. Terrifying and thrilling! Great job Mr. Patterson!


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Naturally, Alex Cross was my favorite character, but the female terrorist was a close second. The narrator for her was very convincing, and the whole mindset of her and "the family" was a real eye opener.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were many touching moments that were punctuated by Alex Cross' s love and concern for his family and what his job was doing to them. In addition, my heart went out to the children throughout the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend not only the book, but particularly the Audible version. This was truly the best audio production I've ever heard! I was captivated from beginning to end!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Rich Roll
    • Narrated By Rich Roll
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (684)
    Performance
    (623)
    Story
    (614)

    An incredible but true account of achieving one of the most awe-inspiring midlife physical transformations ever

    In October 2006, the night before he was to turn forty, Rich experienced a chilling glimpse of his future. Nearly fifty pounds overweight and unable to climb the stairs without stopping, he saw where his sedentary lifestyle was taking him. Most of us look the other way when granted such a moment of clarity, but not Rich.

    J. Camara says: "Insightful conquering life's challenges"
    "Drones on"
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    What disappointed you about Finding Ultra?

    Rich was not the person to read this. His voice was a bit monotone and began to irritate me. Also, while ultra books usually are motivating, the only motivation I got from this one was to finish.


    Has Finding Ultra turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I love inspirational books and am seldom bored or disappointed.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Rich Roll’s performances?

    No


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Finding Ultra?

    Not sure what would help. It was just boring...


    Any additional comments?

    Get a new narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (10506)
    Performance
    (9061)
    Story
    (9021)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Chris says: "Good Biography, Fine narrator"
    "Difficult Genius"
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    Would you listen to Steve Jobs again? Why?

    I would read this book again; it was fascinating and inspirational. He really set the bar high for his engineers to reach the unreachable...but they always did!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Steve was difficult and weird but I loved his vision and philosophy. "Make it something WE want!" He always demanded a lot, often at the expense of others, but he sure got people to rise to the challenge and they always came through (or they were through). I really loved his vision for simplicity...he had great taste...all Apple products have always had tremendous aesthetic appeal. He really inspires me to strive and not settle for less than perfection.


    What about Dylan Baker’s performance did you like?

    The delivery was excellent. I'm in awe of someone that can read such a lengthy book, yet always sounding as fresh as the first page! I almost felt like he was Jobs...but I've never heard Jobs speak.


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

    The Difficult Visionary


    Any additional comments?

    I was never an Apple or Jobs fan but I have a new respect for both. His vision changed the world, there's no doubt about that. And while I also enjoy Android, I realize now that even Android most probably would not have been born had it not been for Jobs' vision. He spurred the competition to new heights. Who would have ever thought a cell phone could do so much...not to mention music players and tablets! Thank you Steve...you have greatly enhanced our lives!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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