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Beth

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  • 8 reviews
  • 51 ratings
  • 127 titles in library
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  • The Wedding Dress

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Rachel Hauck
    • Narrated By Eleni Pappageorge
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (231)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (208)

    Charlotte owns a Birmingham bridal boutique. But with her own wedding day approaching, why can’t she find the perfect dress - or feel certain she should marry Tim? Then Charlotte purchases a vintage dress in a battered trunk at an estate sale. It looks brand-new, shimmering with pearls and satin, hand stitched and timeless in its design. But where did it come from? Who wore it? Charlotte’s search for the gown’s history begins as a distraction from her sputtering love life. But it takes on a life of its own as she comes to know the women who have worn the dress.

    Pamela Dale Foster says: "God Directs Who Wears the Gown Next"
    "I didn't want it to end!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would, and HAVE, recommended this book to a friend! She's listened to it, too!
    The Wedding Dress is beautifully written, with twists and turns - some expected, others perhaps not. I wish the author would write another story with the older couple - the preacher and his wife - as the main characters. Theirs would be a story I would love to hear.
    The fact that several of the characters this book talk a bit about their relationship with God, (without being 'preachy'), was icing on the cake for me. It's a sweet story, one that I was sorry to see end.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wedding Dress?

    The ending. I won't give it away, but she pulls it all together wonderfully!


    What about Eleni Pappageorge’s performance did you like?

    I enjoyed her performance. She did all the characters quite well.


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

    Again, the ending when everything came together. I was listening at work and had to fight to keep the tears from falling! ;)


    Any additional comments?

    It's like four sweet romances in one beautiful book. Read it!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • You're Next

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2606)
    Performance
    (2211)
    Story
    (2198)

    Mike Wingate had a rough childhood  —  he was abandoned at a playground at four years old and raised in foster care. No one ever came to claim him, and he has only a few, fragmented memories of his parents. Now, as an adult, Mike is finally living the life he had always wanted  —  he’s happily married to Annabel, the woman of his dreams; they have a precocious eight-year-old daughter, Kat.

    Janice says: "Edge of my seat."
    "BEST book I've listened to in a LONG time!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of You're Next to be better than the print version?

    Actually, I think with this book I would. Being able to hear Shep speak was probably better than what he'd have sounded like in my head if I'd read the book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of You're Next?

    I think every second of it was memorable. It is a very fast-paced book and if I'd have had the time, I would have listened to it all at once. It, for me, was one of those you just don't want to put down.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    It took me just a few minutes to get used to his portrayal of the female character(s). (I'm not a fan of men trying to sound like females. Most of the time it just doesn't work, in my opinion.) But after I got used to him, I enjoyed everything about his performance.


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

    How much and what all Mike did to protect his little girl and how patient he was with her.


    Any additional comments?

    Get this book! I don't think you'll be disappointed. I've already recommended it to a lot of my friends, and can't wait to pick out my next Hurwitz book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Those Christmas Angels: A Selection from Angels at Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Debbie Macomber
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (33)

    Every Christmas, three lovable angels visit Earth. Once a year, Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy are allowed to intervene (or, more accurately, interfere!) in human affairs. Despite their frequent misadventures and the chaos they often cause, things always seem to turn out right….

    Amazon Customer says: "A charming Christmas Story"
    "I love Shirley, Goodness & Mercy stories"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Those Christmas Angels: A Selection from Angels at Christmas to be better than the print version?

    I'm not sure that it's better, necessarily. I read the first three Angel books years ago, and thoroughly enjoyed them. I love reading books, but listening has become more convenient these days, as I can do it while working, and no one can tell it's a book, not music.
    I'm sure a lot of people find the Angel books sedate or even boring because there's no sex, cursing, or "ACTION". But that is precisely why I like them so much. This series is just a good read of a lot of sweet stories, with an abundance of Angel mischief thrown it to make it fun.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5770)
    Performance
    (4995)
    Story
    (4989)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "{YAWN}"
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    What would have made Beautiful Ruins better?

    A story you WANT to keep listening to...


    Has Beautiful Ruins turned you off from other books in this genre?

    YES


    Which character – as performed by Edoardo Ballerini – was your favorite?

    I think the only character I really liked was Pasquale. Mr. Ballerini was great, but, in my opinion, he just didn't have much to work with in terms of a story.


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

    fatigue and depression


    Any additional comments?

    I'm sorry... I can't see what EVERYBODY loves about this book. Almost everyone in it is either depressed, drunk, getting drunk, WANTS to get drunk or high, in a bad situation, sad, lonely... shall I go on?! No. I won't. I will say that, at this time, I have only listened to HALF of it, but good gosh, if it's THIS slow and depressing through the first half, what inspired those of you who loved it to finish it?! I would really like to finish it, just because I'm pretty stubborn about starting and finishing a book, but I'm not holding out much hope for this one. If I do finish it, I am praying the end will be worth all the pain.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • How It All Began

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Penelope Lively
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (231)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (189)

    When Charlotte Rainsford, a retired schoolteacher, is accosted by a petty thief on a London street, the consequences ripple across the lives of acquaintances and strangers alike. A marriage unravels after an illicit love affair is revealed through an errant cell phone message; a posh yet financially strapped interior designer meets a business partner who might prove too good to be true.

    Molly-o says: "Wonderful and beautifully written"
    "A Real Disappointment"
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    Would you try another book from Penelope Lively and/or Katherine Kellgren?

    Possibly... I'd have to read the synopsis and reviews first. (Although that did me no good this time.)


    What could Penelope Lively have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    It was just boring... I don't know, make it more entertaining! Throw a little excitement into it.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I can honestly say out of all the books I've listened to since joining audible.com in January (it is now almost September) this was the first book I REALLY didn't like the narrator. Having several friends who're British, I usually love the British accent. But this woman's voice got on my nerves from her very first word. It was extremely annoying. But I thought the book would make it worth listening to her. Sadly, I was wrong.


    What character would you cut from How It All Began?

    The guy with whom the old man's niece had the affair. He was just awful... a waste of space. I think the only character I could honestly say I liked was the woman who was the long-lost friend...towards the end of the book. SHE was interesting. The rest could be scrapped. Build a story around her.


    Any additional comments?

    It's very seldom I don't like a book. I can generally plow through it and find something to enjoy. But for me, there was very little to enjoy about this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • If You Ask Me

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Betty White
    • Narrated By Betty White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (392)
    Performance
    (319)
    Story
    (317)

    It-girl Betty White delivers a hilarious, slyly profound take on love, life, celebrity, and everything in between. Drawing from a lifetime of lessons learned, seven-time Emmy winner Betty White's wit and wisdom take center stage as she tackles topics like friendship, romantic love, aging, television, fans, love for animals, and the brave new world of celebrity. If You Ask Me mixes her thoughtful observations with humorous stories from a seven- decade career in Hollywood. Longtime fans and new fans alike will relish Betty's candid take on everything....

    Martha says: "A delightful visit"
    "Everybody Loves Betty White..."
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    Would you try another book from Betty White and/or Betty White?

    Yes, I think I'd try another of her books.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    It was entertaining, but it seemed more like a promotional piece for her career. I think I was expecting funny stories from when she started out in show business.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When she told about meeting the gorilla. Also, getting locked out of her house. :)


    Did If You Ask Me inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    She's so funny, I just expected it to be funnier than it was. Maybe another book would be, but this one was a bit disappointing. But a good buy since I got it on sale.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Light and Death: One Doctor's Fascinating Account of Near-Death Experiences

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Michael Sabom
    • Narrated By Tom Parks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (20)

    Begun in 1994, The Atlanta Study is the first comprehensive investigation of its kind into near-death experiences (NDEs). The study's name hardly captures what lies behind it: life-and-death dramas played out in operating rooms and hospital beds - and simultaneous events unseen by medical personnel but reported with astonishing clarity and conviction by nearly 50 individuals who returned from death's door. Now the founder of The Atlanta Study, Dr. Michael Sabom reveals their impact....

    Beth says: "Too clinical for my taste..."
    "Too clinical for my taste..."
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    What would have made Light and Death better?

    If there were more real-life stories and a LOT less scientific talk.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Michael Sabom again?

    Probably not


    What character would you cut from Light and Death?

    What characters?


    Any additional comments?

    I had thought this was going to be a collection of NDE (Near Death Experience) stories, but what it turned out to be - in my opinion - was some stories sprinkled in with a very clinical possible explanation for NDE's. I kept listening thinking, hoping, it would get better, but it just didn't — for me. If you think you would enjoy a scientific commentary on the mysteries of the mind, body and/or soul, then you'll probably like this one. It just wasn't what I was looking for... Next time, I'll read the reviews more carefully.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Garden Spells

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Sarah Addison Allen
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (967)
    Performance
    (518)
    Story
    (522)

    The Waverleys have always been a curious family, endowed with peculiar gifts that make them outsiders even in their hometown of Bascom, North Carolina. Even their garden has a reputation, famous for its feisty apple tree that bears prophetic fruit, and its edible flowers, imbued with special powers.

    Generations of Waverleys tended this garden. Their history was in the soil. But so were their futures.

    Together again in the house they grew up in, the Waverley sisters realize they must deal with their common legacy - if they are ever to feel at home in Bascom - or with each other.

    Joihelene says: "I so want to give it 5 stars...!!!!"
    "If you like magical stories, you'll love this one."
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    Would you listen to Garden Spells again? Why?

    No, but not because it's not a good book, it's just that there are very few books I have ever liked enough to read or listen to again.


    Any additional comments?

    I hate to compare it to the Sandra Bullock movie 'Practical Magic', but they're too much alike not to. Different, but similar. But, 'Practical Magic' is one of my favorite movies, and I've always had a penchant for all things 'magical', so I loved this book. The ending is different than the movie, thankfully. I wasn't exactly sure how she was going to pull it together, but, of course, she did. There's a lot of humor centering around The Tree, which is fun to read. And it was nice to see the two sisters grow closer, too. The only thing I wished the author had brought a resolution to was the phone call at the end. After it was made, it wasn't mentioned again. And, it would have been nice, in my opinion, for it to have been acknowledged by someone, sometime, somewhere...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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