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Lynda

Variety...the spice of life! I read a variety of genres. From historical fiction, to murder mystery, to vampires and on to teen fiction.

Waseca, MN, United States | Member Since 2008

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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • Lie Down with Lions

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By Eric Lincoln, Lary Bradenburg, Donald Brearley, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (220)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (93)

    Ellis, the American. Jean-Pierre, the Frenchman.... They were two men on opposite sides of the cold war, with a woman torn between them. Together, they formed a triangle of passion and deception, racing from terrorist bombs in Paris to the violence and intrigue of Afghanistan - and on to the moment of truth and a deadly decision for all of them.

    Daniel Mcafee says: "Good, but the multiple voice reading was poor"
    "I really liked it."
    Overall

    Wasn't what I expected, but I really liked it a lot. It took some getting used to with the male and female voices, but after awhile, it became natural. Great storyline and a chance to learn some culture.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • FREE The Gray Man

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    Overall
    (1277)
    Performance
    (1130)
    Story
    (1151)

    Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man - a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his target. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness. Now, he is going to prove that for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living-and killing to stay alive.

    Rollin says: "Gripping, unremitting action"
    "Hold On for this FAST Ride!"
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    "Wow" is all I can say after finishing this "edge-of-your-seat" action thriller. It has been a long time since I read or listened to a book that portrayed action and adventure so consistently throughout each chapter. Court Gentry is the "gray man" in this series. You'll grow to love this character as you find he's not as evil as people may believe. He is definitely a killer (a very skilled one at that), but he only does the jobs (the hits) that he believes deserves the fate of death. In this story you'll find heart-thumping action, adventure, double-crossing, as well as some endearment that you'd never expect from a man like the gray man. Read or listen to this book, then move onto the next in the series. Mark Greaney is a very talented author that will leave you wanting more and contemplating the actions of the bad/good guy!

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

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6863)
    Performance
    (4833)
    Story
    (4822)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "Couldn't wait for my commute to work to listen!"
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    I can't believe how much I enjoyed The Kitchen House. If you like books like "Roots" and "The Help", you will love this book. What an engaging storyline. I love how the author built each character and how our lead character came to face the demons of her Master and Mistress as time went on. Each character was developed well and I came to really like each one, or dislike those that were evil. I'm faced with the indecision of the character of Marshall from the story. Do I despise his evil nature? Or do I feel sorry for him and sympathize with him for his awfully tainted childhood?!? You'll have to read and decide for yourself ! You won't regret getting this book. I couldn't wait each day for my commute so I could listen. I was even tempted to keep driving to keep the entertainment flowing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Allegiant: Divergent Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin, Aaron Stanford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7513)
    Performance
    (6892)
    Story
    (6962)

    What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation - like a single choice - changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected? The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times best-selling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of listeners in Divergent and Insurgent.

    Teddy says: "I hate it when this happens"
    "Something was just missing............"
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    I was very much looking forward to the third book in the Divergent Trilogy. I even pre-ordered it. Unfortunately, the story was only OK. It felt like something was missing throughout the whole story. I kept waiting for "it" to happen (whatever "it" was), but it never did. SPOILER ALERT: STOP READING IF YOU DON"T WANT TO KNOW A CRUCIAL PART OF THE STORY. The biggest let-down was killing off one of the two lead characters. I didn't at all see a need for that. Especially if this was a book written more for teens, the author definitely should not have done that. It did nothing for the story except provide an even bigger let-down than the story itself. I was actually hoping for more of an adventure for our Dauntless crew outside the city. However, this never came either. Oh well. Better luck next time.
    There are a few good points to the book, such as someone reconciling with a parent which was very much needed. All in all, it was an OK listen, but it could have been much better!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Warlock: A Novel of Ancient Egypt

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Wilbur Smith
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (106)

    After the death of his beloved Queen Lostris, Taita retreats into the forbidding deserts of North Africa to become a hermit. He devotes himself to the study of the occult and, armed with extraordinary powers, he gradually transforms himself into a warlock. After years of study, he discovers the divine purpose of his bereavement when he is called upon to save the dynasty of Lostris from the clouds of evil that loom over Egypt.

    Matthew says: "Poor sequel"
    "LOVE this series!"
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    Taita the warlock has seen a lot in his long years of living in ancient Egypt. This is the second book in this series. Read River God first before you read this one. You'll love that one just as much as this one and you'll learn the storyline that precedes this one. In this story, we have a new pharaoh (or wanna-be pharaoh) of ancient Egypt. Meanwhile, Taita must protect the true Pharaoh who is still young and help him to take the throne that is truly his. Taita is a medicine man of ancient Egypt (called a warlock or magus in those days). He has seen a lot in his life and witnessed much including wars. I love this book as it completely increases my curiosity about life in ancient Egyptian times. I highly recommend it! After this book, read the others in this series (The Quest and The Seventh Scroll). You won't be disappointed!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eye of the Needle

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By Eric Lincoln
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2017)
    Performance
    (1086)
    Story
    (1090)

    One enemy spy knows the secret of the Allies' greatest deception, a brilliant aristocrat and ruthless assassin - code name: "The Needle" - who holds the key to the ultimate Nazi victory.

    Scott says: "A Classic WWII Spy Thriller"
    "Ken Follet never disappoints me!"
    Overall
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    I really enjoyed this story, though it was written some time ago. It is a little hard at first to keep the characters straight and to figure out how all of their lives will be intertwined, but when you do the storyline really picks up. The writer describes the characters well and gets me to identify with them. I even sympathize with the bad guy for awhile........until the end when all hell breaks lose. I enjoy the fact that the real hero of the story will not be the strong male presences of the story, but the likeable female presence of the story. I would recommend this book to anyone. It kept me interested and entertained throughout.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (500)
    Performance
    (432)
    Story
    (433)

    From the locked archives of the Vatican to the overgrown jungles of Ethiopia, an unlikely trio begins a deadly search for the Holy Grail. Two journalists and a beautiful photographer are traveling together in a broken down Jeep while covering the 1975 Ethiopian civil war. Both men fall in love with the woman and that complicates things. When the trio winds up lost in the jungle, in the no man's land between the fighting factions, they take cover and dig in for the night. In their hiding place, they encounter a dying man who tells them an amazing and quite unbelievable story. But for some reason - one that they grapple with for the rest of their journey - that night they believe.

    Andy says: "The Quest to make money"
    "Love and 2 Adventures..........."
    Overall
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    I enjoyed this audiobook. I liked the fact that I got two adventures in one book. The book starts out with journalists in a war zone. This part is great by the way. The journalists learn of a secret in the jungle and upon returning to civilization, decide to go back for it......despite the dangers of returning to this war-ravaged country. This planning part gets a little long and I would have liked the 2nd adventure of traipsing through the jungle on their mission to be longer. However, all in all......it was an entertaining read. Packed with excitement, mystery and of course a love story (or two), I would recommend this book to anyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: Virgil Flowers, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (971)
    Performance
    (860)
    Story
    (841)

    In Israel, a man clutching a backpack searches desperately for a boat. In Minnesota, Virgil Flowers gets a message from Lucas Davenport: You're about to get a visitor. It's an Israeli cop, and she's tailing a man who's smuggled out an extraordinary relic - a copper scroll revealing startling details about the man known as King Solomon. Wait a minute, laughs Virgil. Is this one of those Da Vinci Code deals? The secret scroll, the blockbuster revelation, the teams of murderous bad guys? Should I be boning up on my Bible verses? He looks at the cop. She's not laughing.

    Debbi says: "Still a fan, but..."
    "That f@#$ing Flowers hard at work again!"
    Overall
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    I enjoyed this book in the Virgil Flowers series as much as the others. Most of the others involved Virgil tracking down murderers, but his one offered a bit of a refreshing break from that. Virgil has to track down a stolen relic from another country....stolen by a priest!!! The story left me guessing up to the end with a surprise ending. This was an enjoyable read and the reader does a nice job as usual with the characters' voices. I recommend the story. I love the fact that it was a Minnesota-based storyline. Anyone that lives in Minnesota will appreciate the part about the Mosquitoes and Poison Ivy. I had a good laugh!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Insurgent: Divergent, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    Overall
    (10900)
    Performance
    (9873)
    Story
    (9953)

    One choice can transform you - or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves - and herself - while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

    Lore says: "Decent but not as interesting as Divergent"
    "Enjoyable for teens and adults"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    This was a fast paced story that kept me interested and looking forward to the next listening session. I had listened to Divergent, the first in this series, and couldn't wait to listen to this one. I was not disappointed. An interesting storyline with imagination, yet not over the top. The story reminds me a little bit of Hunger Games, so if you like that series, you'll enjoy this one just as much. The reader did a nice job with voices as well and held my attention.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34681)
    Performance
    (25781)
    Story
    (26145)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "holy crap that was awesome!!!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I was captured from the start and couldn't stop listening.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hunger Games?

    Every moment is memorable.


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

    No...this was my first.


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

    The survival strategies of the main character.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is sooooooo darn good. I can't wait to see what happens in the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Watership Down

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Richard Adams
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2705)
    Performance
    (2027)
    Story
    (2040)

    Fiver could sense danger. Something terrible was going to happen to the warren; he felt sure of it. They had to leave immediately. So begins a long and perilous journey of survival for a small band of rabbits. As the rabbits skirt danger at every turn, we become acquainted with the band, its humorous characters, and its compelling culture, complete with its own folk history and mythos.

    B. Cable says: "Still one of the best!"
    "OMG What a lovely story!"
    Overall
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    Where does Watership Down rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    What a great story that made me feel young at heart. I was pulling for the rabbits every step of the way.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hazel of course. What a courageous and unselfish hero.


    If you could take any character from Watership Down out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would take Hazel and Blackberry. Hazel obviously because he's the lead hero, but Blackberry is so smart and clever. I'd like to talk to both.


    Any additional comments?

    Great story and performance. It was entertaining and made me care for the characters all the way.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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