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  • Dragonfly in Amber

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10543)
    Performance
    (7103)
    Story
    (7129)

    New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon enchanted scores of fans with Outlander, her electrifying historical saga set in 18th-century Scotland. Now this sequel sweeps listeners back into the past as Claire relates more of her perilous sojourn there with her Scottish warrior husband, James Fraser. Twenty years after her strange journey back in time, Claire has returned to Scotland with her daughter, determined to share with her the secret she has harbored since her time travel.

    Shelley says: "I ADORE this series!"
    "Wonderful"
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    Would you listen to Dragonfly in Amber again? Why?

    Yes. I may re listen to the entire series. I love this writer.


    What other book might you compare Dragonfly in Amber to and why?

    Actually there's some similarity to The Rose. Joanna Kernsley. A trip back in time. Similar but not. Hard to explain. You need to read or listen to both writers.


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

    She's amazing


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Echo in the Bone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5960)
    Performance
    (4114)
    Story
    (4122)

    Jamie Fraser knows from his time-traveling wife Claire that, no matter how unlikely it seems, America will win the Revolutionary War. But that truth offers little solace, since Jamie realizes he might find himself pointing a weapon directly at his own son - a young officer in the British army. And Jamie isn't the only one with a tormented soul - for Claire may know who wins the conflict, but she certainly doesn't know whether or not her beloved Jamie survives.

    Charles says: "Read all of Gabaldon's stuff before this one"
    "A must read in the Outlander series"
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    If you could sum up An Echo in the Bone in three words, what would they be?

    A great read!


    Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favorite?

    Claire Fraser. What a tough lady!


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

    The ending left me wanting to see when the HBO series will be available. Equal to Game of Thrones, as far as story line and content.


    Any additional comments?

    Going to re-listen to the series while I wait for the ending.... No... The next series will be about Brianna, and Jem.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    Overall
    (931)
    Performance
    (544)
    Story
    (542)

    It is 1758, and the flames of the Seven Years' War are burning hotter than ever. The rigors and dangers of battle are actually a welcome respite for Lord John and his brother Hal, who feel the constant strain of their family's troubled history. Blending war, family secrets, and forbidden love, Gabaldon crafts a suspenseful novel that loyal fans and newcomers alike with find irresistible.

    Dina says: "A Vital Link"
    "Passing on the remainder of the series."
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    Would you try another book from Diana Gabaldon and/or Jeff Woodman?

    I loved The Outlander series and was hoping this series would offer a similar story line. I am disappointed.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The final book in The Outlander series? Waiting patiently.


    What three words best describe Jeff Woodman’s performance?

    Very good voice.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Sorry, no. I did listen to it all the way to the end, but just couldn't get into it. I'm no quitter, and even though I wasn't completely interested I did finish the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Nope.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rather Outspoken: My Life in the News

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Dan Rather, Digby Diehl (contributor)
    • Narrated By Dan Rather
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (139)

    Rather - who has won every prestigious journalism award in his distinguished career - discusses all the big stories from his decades of reporting. This very personal accounting includes (but is certainly not limited to) his dismissal from CBS, the Abu Ghraib story, the George W. Bush Air National Guard controversy, his coverage of the JFK assassination, the origin of "Hurricane Dan", as well as inside stories about all the top personalities Dan has either interviewed or worked with over his remarkable career.

    J. James-Long says: "Excellent first-hand exploration of media today"
    "Better than expected !!!!!!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Rather Outspoken to be better than the print version?

    Yes. Although I will not be able to read the printed version. I love to listen to Dan Rather.He is an amazing story teller.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked all of it, and will re-listen to it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No scenes, just great stories. An eye opener of inside journalism and our media, and how things are not always as we hear or see them. Our US network media does a lot of cut and paste.


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

    It was perfect. I will re-listen to this book again.


    Any additional comments?

    It's perfect! Thank you Mr. Rather.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • People of the Raven

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kathleen O'Neal Gear, W. Michael Gear
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    Mammoths, mastodons, and giant lions have become extinct, and Rain Bear, the chief of Sandy Point Village, knows his struggling Raven People may be next. One day a beautiful red-haired woman, Evening Star, stumbles into his council lodge and begs him for sanctuary. He soon learns that she's an escaped slave from the North Wind People, a Caucasoid race and the Raven People's mortal enemies.

    Ann says: "People of the Raven"
    "Not what I expected... Disappointing..."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I don't think I would recommend to anyone interested in this series. At least not this book.


    What could Kathleen O'Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    They should put the reader in the area of 40 thousand years ago. The language that the clans used was that of a college professor. Their conversations with each other were completely unbelievable. The people of the raven or any other tribe/clan would not be using this advanced vocabulary during this time period. I would have liked to know how they grew their food, hunted, and gathered, made and used tools, and lived day to day. I understand they needed the drama of "conflict" and "sex" but.... Having grown up in the Pacific Northwest, I would have liked to hear of some geographic similarities. We have many beautiful scenes here, I'm pretty sure Mt Rainier, Mt. St. Helen's, and the others in the Cascades and Olympic areas were here. Having just returned from Kennewick, I think they could have described the area better. What were the people were seeing, and put the reader there. To the east are the plains, and high desert of Washington and Oregon, to the south the Columbia River, to the west the Central Cascade mountain range that stretches from Canada to California. The weather is extreme in the high desert. Summers are very hot and can be in the 90's and 100's for days. Winters are harsh, snow is common and measured in feet. Very cold, and weeks of temperatures in the 20's or lower. Overall...... Disappointing.


    What three words best describe Grover Gardner’s performance?

    I liked his performance. It's too bad that he had to read a novel that read like a college thesis. These people did not speak to each other with type of vocabulary. The people in 2012 don't converse with this vocabulary, I'm pretty sure the people of 40 thousand years ago had a more simple vocabulary.


    Do you think People of the Raven needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    They have follow up books, although not all of them are in audio versions that are downloadable most are still on CD's.


    Any additional comments?

    I have removed the remainder of the " People " series from my wish list.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12891)
    Performance
    (8770)
    Story
    (8818)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Annie M. says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Amazing.. A must read!"
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    If you could sum up Unbroken in three words, what would they be?

    How in the world did he survive this? I can't even imagine how one would get through this experiences.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27496)
    Performance
    (14099)
    Story
    (14148)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Wonderfully written."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely... I can hardly wait to get the movie. I missed seeing it in the theaters


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked all of it, I remember a great deal of the 60's. Although grew up in the pacific northwest, I have trouble believing the circumstances in the southern states. The arrogance.


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

    No


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Winter Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2831)
    Performance
    (2382)
    Story
    (2388)

    History has all but forgotten.... In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown. Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next best-selling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write. But then she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction....

    Martha says: "Get Out Your Hankies"
    "Good book with a twist."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Winter Sea to be better than the print version?

    I have read / listened to the book twice. It's a good reread.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Survivors: A Novel of the Coming Collapse

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By James Wesley, Rawles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (789)
    Performance
    (688)
    Story
    (697)

    America is in the thrall of a full-scale socioeconomic breakdown. The stock market plummets, hyperinflation destroys the value of the dollar, and the population, unprepared for hardship, panics. Practically overnight, the high technology infrastructure and chains of supply collapse and wholesale rioting and looting grip every city. Law enforcement, transportation, electricity, fuel, and medical supplies are all in the past now, as the country staggers beneath its own weight.

    Glenn says: "Good Story Line"
    "Keep looking"
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    Would you try another book from James Wesley, Rawles and/or Dick Hill?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I stopped listening in the first hour. I never finished the book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Rose Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1683)
    Performance
    (1467)
    Story
    (1494)

    Acclaimed author Susanna Kearsley's previous works have won the RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice Award, and finaled for both the UK Romantic Novel of the Year and the RITA awards.

    Eva Ward is a modern woman thrown back three centuries to 1715 - only to find that might be exactly where she belongs. There, she finds true love with Daniel Butler, but the discord surrounding Hanoverian King George plunges the lovers into a world of intrigue, treason, and romance.

    Angel Claire says: "Amazing story."
    "A wonderful romantic tale."
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    Would you listen to The Rose Garden again? Why?

    I have listened to it twice. It's a great story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The writer describes the area, it makes you feel like you are there.


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

    No. I prefer to listen to books that contain more than 15 hours. I seek out the longer books.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18228)
    Performance
    (12372)
    Story
    (12270)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "I can hardly wait for the next book."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Outlander to be better than the print version?

    Yes, I prefer audio.


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

    She can make the voices I hear in my head. She brings the story alive.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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