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Debra

Arlington, TX, United States

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  • 14 reviews
  • 14 ratings
  • 138 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2014
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  • Voyagers of the Titanic: Passengers, Sailors, Shipbuilders, Aristocrats, and the Worlds They Came From

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Richard Davenport-Hines
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (74)

    Late in the night of April 14, 1912, the mighty Titanic, a passenger liner traveling from Southampton, England, to New York City, struck an iceberg four hundred miles south of Newfoundland. Its sinking over the next two and a half hours brought the ship—mythological in name and size—100 years of infamy.

    Tad Davis says: "Thorough, panoramic"
    "Fantastic read for the Titanic buff"
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    When you have read as many books on the Titanic disaster as I have, it is really difficult for me to find a new slant on the shipwreck. This author has done just that for me, he has found a new way to tell the story, from the viewpoint of the people who participated. Instead of focusing on how the ship reacts to the iceberg, he focuses on how the people react to the disaster. You feel as though you get to know the people who planned the ship, those who built the ship, those who sailed on the ship and those who survived the ship and went on to live out the rest of their lives. I was deeply inthralled to learn so much about the people. A fantasic read for the true Titanic buff. The reader for this title was excellent and I thoroughly enjoyed my audio experience.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Single Thread: The Cobbled Court Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Marie Bostwick
    • Narrated By Pam Ward, Lorna Raver
    Overall
    (409)
    Performance
    (342)
    Story
    (341)

    Marie Bostwick weaves the unforgettable story of four very different women whose paths cross, changing their lives forever. It’s a long way from Fort Worth, Texas, to New Bern, Connecticut, yet it only takes a day in the charming Yankee town to make Evelyn Dixon realize she’s found her new home. The abrupt end of her marriage was Evelyn’s wake-up call to get busy chasing her dream of opening a quilt shop. Finding a storefront is easy enough; starting a new life isn’t....

    betty says: "Just a hint."
    "Great start to a series."
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    Evelyn Dixon is newly divorced and looking for something. She's not sure what it is, but when she happens across New Bern, Connecticut, she finds it. The it in this case is a charming little shop in a cobbled court. She vows to open a quilt shop there, Cobble Court Quilts. As she is getting the shop up and running and making new friends, she is blindsided with a breast cancer diagnosis.

    At the same time, we are getting to know Abigail, a philanthropic millionaire with only one living relative, a nineteen-year-old girl named Liza. When Liza is arrested for shoplifting, Abigail is forced to take responsibility for the girl. As they live together, and get to know Evelyn, their lives begin to change.

    As we get to know the shop of characters of this book, the reader gets to know that family that is Cobbled Court Quilts. This is book #1 of a series and I am already eagerly anticipating the rest of the series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5267)
    Performance
    (3033)
    Story
    (3076)

    Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

    avid reader says: "Hours of enjoyable, fun listening"
    "A beautiful read!"
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    What does Caroline Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She has a wonderful voice and I loved listening to her. I am looking forward to purchasing more titles that she reads.


    Any additional comments?

    A little girl is found abandoned on a dock in Australia, sitting on her little white suitcase. When the dockmaster finds her, and nobody comes to collect her, he takes her home and he and his wife raise her as their own. On Nell's 21st birthday, her father tells her how she was found on the dock as a small child. Although raised with love and kindness, she is curious as to where her family is and how she came to be abandoned. As Nell, and her granddaughter Cassandra after Nell's death, begin the search, they are lead to England and Blackhurst Manor on the Cornish coast. The reader is taken along and alternating chapters tell the story of what is happening now and what happened then and the mystery is slowly, and wonderfully, revealed. A fascinating book that I could hardly put down. Highly recommended!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ashenden

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Wilhide
    • Narrated By Carole Boyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Spring, 2010. When Charlie and Ros inherit Ashenden from their aunt Reggie, a decision must be made. The beautiful 18th-century house, set in acres of English countryside, is in need of serious repair. Do they try to keep it in the family, or will they have to sell? Moving back in time, in an interwoven narrative spanning two and a half centuries, we witness the house from its beginnings through to the present day. Along the way we meet those who have built the house, lived in it and loved it.

    Stephanie says: "Not what I expected"
    "Good, but not great."
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    When Charlie and his sister inherit their aunt's run-down estate in rural England, Ashenden Park, they disagree over what they should do with it. Charlie, who now resides in New York City, knows they can't afford to keep such an enormous estate and his sister Ros wants to keep it and live there. As they are contemplating the decisions they need to make, the reader is transported back to different periods in the history of Ashenden Park, from it's design and contruction, to a later owner who had the money to make it a great estate, to its becoming a hospital for soldiers during WWI and on to Charlie's aunt purchasing the estate and restoring it in the 1950s. The book was reviewed as Downton Abbey-ish, but I did not feel that it was. It was a good book, but not a great one. Recommended, with that caveat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Cheryl Strayed
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3620)
    Performance
    (3188)
    Story
    (3199)

    At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

    FanB14 says: "Glad I Took the Trip"
    "Tale of a real-life adventure."
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    Author Cheryl Strayed details the walk she took on the Pacific Coast Trail one summer, hiking over 1100 miles in the process. Still grieving over the loss of her mother, her solitary hike gave her the time she needed to learn about herself and accept her mother's death. Along the way, she met a variety of characters, most friendly and helpful to her. Underestimating the amount of cash she would need on her journey and buying boots one size too small were but two of her challenges. I enjoyed the book very much, but would have enjoyed more descriptions of the trail and surrounding landscape and a little less of the author's drug use and sex life. Still, recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Notorious Nineteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1877)
    Performance
    (1631)
    Story
    (1646)

    After a slow summer of chasing low-level skips for her cousin Vinnie's bail bonds agency, Stephanie Plum finally lands an assignment that could put her checkbook back in the black. Geoffrey Cubbin, facing trial for embezzling millions from Trenton's premier assisted-living facility, has mysteriously vanished from the hospital after an emergency appendectomy. Now it's on Stephanie to track down the con man. Unfortunately, Cubbin has disappeared without a trace, a witness, or his money-hungry wife. Rumors are stirring that he must have had help with the daring escape...or that maybe he never made it out of his room alive.

    G. House Sr. says: "Tedious Formulaic with same-old same-old"
    "Typical Stephanie Plum fare."
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    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Not unless Hollywood did a better job than they did on "One for the Money".


    Any additional comments?

    Typical Stephanie Plum fare. Cars explode, Stephanie survives, but can't decide between Ranger and Morelli. A nice formula for Janet Evanovich, but nothing outstanding.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Submission: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Amy Waldman
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (89)

    Claire Harwell hasn't settled into grief; events haven't let her. Cool, eloquent, raising two fatherless children, Claire has emerged as the most visible of the 9/11 widows who became a potent political force in the aftermath of the catastrophe. She longs for her husband, but she has found her mission: she sits on a jury charged with selecting a fitting memorial for the victims of the attack.

    Barbara says: "Some books were meant to be read..."
    "Very timely, very topical."
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    In this fictional work, a committee has been chosen to select the 9/11 memorial to be erected on ground zero in New York City. When the committee reaches consensus on the design to be chosen, everyone is stunned to discover that the artist responsible for the design is a Muslim. An American. And also a Muslim. What follows is outrage, hurt feelings, betrayals and fighting to determine if they are to go forward with a design by a Muslim, or a different design. It was a good book, very topical, and written before the controvery with the Mosque being built near ground zero. I did not like how it ended and was disappointed in how the author wrapped up the story. I won't tell you the ending; you'll have to read that for yourself!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Your First Listen

    • ORIGINAL (4 mins)
    Overall
    (22396)
    Performance
    (9045)
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    (9256)

    Your Audible adventures begin right here.

    aareal says: "It was great"
    "The title says it all."
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    What did you like best about Your First Listen? What did you like least?

    It was good to download something as a test to make sure the service worked on my old iPhone that I've converted to use as an iPod.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone with the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Margaret Mitchell
    • Narrated By Linda Stephens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3262)
    Performance
    (2216)
    Story
    (2249)

    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Literature, Margaret Mitchell's great novel of the South is one of the most popular books ever written. Within six months of its publication in 1936, Gone With the Wind had sold a million copies. To date, it has been translated into 25 languages, and more than 28 million copies have been sold. Here are the characters that have become symbols of passion and desire....

    dallas says: "not to miss audible experience"
    "A must read!"
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    Of course, I've read this many times in the past, but this was my first time in audio. Recorded Books has done a fantastic job on this book; narrator Linda Stephens does a wonderful job conveying the voices of the characters. A must-buy to GWTW fans!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18422)
    Performance
    (8569)
    Story
    (8611)

    Lisbeth Salander—the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels—lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority.

    B.J. says: "Perfect."
    "Everything wraps up."
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    Everything wraps up (finally) in this third book of Stieg Larsson's trilogy. As Lisbeth awaits trial for her actions against her father, she is cleared of the murders from book two. Mikael works tirelessly to clear everything up and is the hero of the day. In the end, Lisbeth once again accepts Mikael's friendship. Loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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