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  • The Inn at Rose Harbor: A Rose Harbor Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Debbie Macomber
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (440)
    Performance
    (367)
    Story
    (373)

    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
  • Emily and Einstein: A Novel of Second Chances

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Linda Francis Lee
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller, Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (280)
    Performance
    (230)
    Story
    (231)

    He was a man who didn’t deserve a second chance... but he needed one. Emily and her husband, Sandy Portman, seemed to live a gracious if busy life in an old-world, Upper West Side apartment in the famous Dakota building. But one night on the way to meet Emily, Sandy dies in a tragic accident. The funeral isn't even over before Emily learns she is on the verge of being evicted from their apartment. But worse than the possibility of losing her home, Emily is stunned when she discovers that her marriage was made up of lies.

    Allison says: "Well-written, kept my attention"
    "Fun and original"
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    Would you listen to Emily and Einstein again? Why?

    I might listen again in a few years because it was fun and motivational. I really liked how she picked herself up by the boot straps and took control. I also enjoyed the narration.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked so much in this book... The New York book industry setting, Emily taking up running, the swank New York apartment ... But mostly I loved the dog...her arrogant dead husband locked in a dog's body. And he just never gets over himself... Arrogant even with paws!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene is when she runs the marathon, hits "the wall", collapses... Then at her very lowest she has a revelation and her life turns around!


    Who was the most memorable character of Emily and Einstein and why?

    This is a no-brainer... EINSTEIN! Einstein is her deceased husband stuck in a dog's body... Heaven's way of giving him a second chance to redeem himself. But being the arrogant man he was, it takes nothing short of a miracle to help him see the light. It was also fun to see the "man" transform mentally into a dog. Very clever!


    Any additional comments?

    The narration was great... And I really loved the male/female duo... I don't like when male narrators have to create women's voices... Too weird. And vice versa with women. This book lent itself perfectly to the male/female narrators.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chasing Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1544)
    Performance
    (1037)
    Story
    (1050)

    Little else in life is as dangerous as fire jumping. Flying past towering pillars of smoke, parachuting down to the edge of an all-consuming blaze, shoveling and sawing for hours upon hours, days at a time, all to hold the line and push back against the raw power of Mother Nature. But there’s also little else as thrilling - at least to Rowan Tripp. The Missoula smoke jumpers are one of the most exclusive firefighting squads in the nation, and the job is in Rowan’s blood: her father is a legend in the field. She’s been fighting fires since her eighteenth birthday.

    M. Davis says: "Another winner by Roberts!"
    "Five stars are not enough!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Chasing Fire the most enjoyable?

    The backdrop of jumping out of planes into forest fires was a new venue for me; coupled with murder, mayhem, lust and love you've got a winning formula. This was one of those books you simply cannot put down. Highly recommended to anyone that likes a good story with lots of intrigue.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Wow...if I had to pinpoint something in particular, I'd have to say the drama of fighting forest fires with an emphasis on those that jump from planes into the fires. That backdrop really added a unique element to an already fabulous story.


    What about Rebecca Lowman’s performance did you like?

    Rebecca did a great job of differentiating the characters. Also, her voice appealed to me and never got in the way of the story.


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

    I definitely would have if I'd had the luxury of doing so.


    Any additional comments?

    I was totally consumed by the drama of the fire jumpers. Fascinating reading. Nora did an amazing job weaving the entire story around this original backdrop.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Run: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (323)
    Performance
    (298)
    Story
    (296)

    Five days ago a rash of bizarre murders swept the country. Senseless. Brutal. Seemingly unconnected. A cop walked into a nursing home and unloaded his weapons on elderly and staff alike. A mass of school shootings. Prison riots of unprecedented brutality. Mind-boggling acts of violence in every state. Four Days Ago the murders increased ten-fold. Three days ago the President addressed the nation and begged for calm and peace. Two days ago the killers began to mobilize. Yesterday all the power went out. Tonight....

    Jacqueline says: "Violent, Depressing, Mostly Sci Fi"
    "Heart Pounder"
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    What did you love best about Run?

    The mystery of why so many people had suddenly turned bad was fascinating.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Run?

    The most memorable moment for me was when their little boy told them he "knows" who they are and why it's all happening.


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

    Have never heard the narrator that I'm aware.


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

    In the square near the end when all seems hopeless and husband and wife are reunited.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First Sight: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Danielle Steel
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (48)

    First Sight is a tale of daring to take risks, and losing control just enough to have a life, when the opportunity presents itself. When two very different worlds and strong-willed people collide, everything changes in an instant, as they confront the age-old question of whether to lay oneself bare and risk intimacy - or not. Are they brave enough to face what comes next? And will they do it together or apart?

    Jan says: "So disappointing"
    "Fun Summer Read"
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    What did you love best about First Sight?

    I really enjoyed the career of the lead character, Timmie, as a fashion designer running a fashion industry empire. The pressure, the models, the cities, etc.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of First Sight?

    There were many memorable moments it's hard to pick one, but I think I'll go with her illness that leads her to meeting Jean Charles.


    What three words best describe Arthur Morey’s performance?

    Did not like


    If you could rename First Sight, what would you call it?

    The name is good...nothing else that comes to mind is better.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breakfast at Tiffany's

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Truman Capote
    • Narrated By Michael C. Hall
    Overall
    (453)
    Performance
    (420)
    Story
    (423)

    Golden Globe-winning actor Michael C. Hall (Dexter, Six Feet Under) performs Truman Capote's masterstroke about a young writer's charmed fascination with his unorthodox neighbor, the "American geisha" Holly Golightly. Holly - a World War II-era society girl in her late teens - survives via socialization, attending parties and restaurants with men from the wealthy upper class who also provide her with money and expensive gifts. Over the course of the novella, the seemingly shallow Holly slowly opens up to the curious protagonist.

    FanB14 says: "Michael C. Hall in Your Ear + Capote = Bliss"
    "Ugh!"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I wish I hadn't bought the book or listened to it. For me it was a total waste of time.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Truman Capote again?

    I have In Cold Blood already, but after that I am so through with Truman Capote.


    Which character – as performed by Michael C. Hall – was your favorite?

    No favorite, hated everyone and everything about the book. And I generally am not hard on books at all; I usually love every book I read, but this is an exception.


    Could you see Breakfast at Tiffany's being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It was made into a movie and I remember liking it...but now I wonder why. I will rewatch the movie again to see how much they changed the script to make it palatable. Audrey Hepburn is such a class act and the girl in the book is a drug pedaling slut...no comparison!


    Any additional comments?

    Hated EVERYTHING!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thérèse Raquin

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Emile Zola
    • Narrated By Kate Winslet
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (819)
    Performance
    (746)
    Story
    (737)

    Once upon a time, a teenaged Kate Winslet (The Reader, Titanic, Revolutionary Road) received a gift that would leave a lasting impression: a copy of Emile Zola’s classic Thérèse Raquin. Six Academy Award nominations and one Best Actress award later, she steps behind the microphone to perform this haunting classic of passion and disaster.

    Jean says: "worth a listen"
    "Zola really "nails" it"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend, but not to just everyone. I would recommend to those that enjoy "classics" and don't need to be in the present in order to relate. I've always felt that human emotions are the same across the ages...we love, hate, cry, get angry, have passion...only the surroundings change, the heart is the same. This is a bit on the heavy side, but for those that like a closer look at humanity, I would definitely recommend.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Thérèse Raquin?

    The most memorable moment was the ending...I didn't expect it, but it was absolutely PERFECT! (No spoilers here!!!)


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ending was my favorite...so fitting.


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

    Again, the ending was the moment that moved me. The whole book leads to this one great climax! Brilliant book!


    Any additional comments?

    There was no other location regarding the narrator, but I have to give Kate Winslet her credit here. She was fabulous. The only reason I read this book in the first place was because she was the narrator, but I'm glad I discovered it. A fabulous book read by a gifted actress. Loved the combination.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Notes from the Internet Apocalypse: The Internet Apocalypse Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Wayne Gladstone
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    When the Internet suddenly stops working, society reels from the loss of flowing data and streaming entertainment. Addicts wander the streets talking to themselves in 140 characters or forcing cats to perform tricks for their amusement, while the truly desperate pin their requests for casual encounters on public bulletin boards. The economy tumbles and the government passes the draconian NET Recovery Act.

    George says: "A beautiful story"
    "Really fun read"
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    What did you love best about Notes from the Internet Apocalypse?

    I love technology and the thought of life without the Internet really intrigues me.


    What other book might you compare Notes from the Internet Apocalypse to and why?

    I haven't read any other Apocalypse-type books, so I can't really compare. I know most of those are really grim and serious, while this one was light and fun! You never guess what's coming.


    Have you listened to any of Paul Michael Garcia’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I believe this is the first book I've listened to by Paul Michael Garcia. To be honest, I don't pay much attention to the narrator unless it's bad...and I have heard at least one or two that really put me off, but most are really well done. This was no exception...fantastic narration.


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

    The only "extreme" reaction I had was the ending. Not sure it made me cry, but it was an absolutely unexpected and rather tender ending.


    Any additional comments?

    Short, fun read. Highly recommended for those of you that love the Internet...imagine life without technology. I wouldn't know how to get up in the morning. Food for thought, but you'll never see the ending coming (no peeking!!!).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Collector

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1434)
    Performance
    (1284)
    Story
    (1304)

    From #1 New York Times-best-selling author Nora Roberts comes a novel of a woman who needs nothing, a man who sees everything, and the web of deceit, greed, and danger that brings them together - and that could tear them apart… As a professional house-sitter and freelance writer, nothing ties Lila Emerson down - not her work, not a home, and definitely not a relationship. She spends her life moving from one job to the next, sometimes crashing at a friend 's Manhattan apartment. And though she can appreciate her clients ' extraordinary homes, their expensive collections, and their adorable pets, Lila has never longed for possessions of her own. Everything she has, including her heart, is portable.

    Elaine says: "One of Nora's best in years"
    "Great read!!!"
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    Where does The Collector rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Hard question but I'd say in the top five.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Collector?

    There are many, but I believe the first "shock" at witnessing a murder is the moment that stands out.


    What about Julia Whelan’s performance did you like?

    She was great at creating the different character voices. Seldom was I not sure which person was speaking. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment.


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

    I would have enjoyed listening in one sitting, but it was just a bit too long. I did finish in about four days while weeding the garden and commuting. It was hard to turn off when I had to.


    Any additional comments?

    Great story by Nora Roberts. While I have many Nora Roberts' books, this is the first one I've listed to/read. I love her style. I would definitely say it's "Chick Lit", but some guys might like the murder aspects; there was a lot of suspense. Fun summer read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Goodnight Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (5 mins)
    • By Margaret Wise Brown
    • Narrated By Buffy Allen
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (93)

    A little rabbit is lulled to sleep surrounded by all that he knows and loves best in the great green room of his house.

    Allison says: "Enhanced Format"
    "Put me to sleep, that's for sure"
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    What would have made Goodnight Moon better?

    A story perhaps? BOR-RING!


    What was most disappointing about Margaret Wise Brown’s story?

    There is NO STORY. It is simply saying "good-night" to everything in the room. Amazon recommended this as one of a hundred books one should read in their lifetime, so I did. What were they thinking???


    What about Buffy Allen’s performance did you like?

    The performance was as good as you can get with such boring material.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?


    Anger, disappointment, frustration...I can't even imagine reading this to a baby. Ugh!


    0 of 0 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
    (71)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (60)

    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

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