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Raquel

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  • Secrets of a Summer Night: The Wallflowers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Lisa Kleypas
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1553)
    Performance
    (912)
    Story
    (923)

    Annabelle Peyton, determined to save her family from disaster, decides to use her beauty and wit to tempt a suitable nobleman into making an offer of marriage. But Annabelle’s most intriguing — and persistent — admirer, wealthy, powerful Simon Hunt, has made it clear that while he will introduce her to irresistible pleasure he will not offer marriage. Annabelle is determined to resist his unthinkable proposition…but it is impossible in the face of such skillful seduction.

    DARA says: "Love the Wallflowers"
    "Forgettable, but FUN"
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    Where does Secrets of a Summer Night rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    So far I have listened to 10 audiobooks and this one ranks closer to the bottom than to the top.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The older American sister was my favorite character. She was fun loving and willful and I look forward to learning more about her in the next book in the series.


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

    She brings an additional level to the characters that was a treat to listen to. With a minor inflection, I knew I was listening to a completely different character. She did a great job.


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

    Not in particular.


    Any additional comments?

    As far as romance novels go, this one had stronger characters and a believable plot. Parts of it were quite predictable, but the author did such a great job creating a relationship between the wallflowers that I plan to listen to the next book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • From the Moment We Met

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Marina Adair
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    After years of designing her family’s grand wineries (and a few not-so-grand closets on the side), Abby DeLuca knows she has what it takes to be an award-winning interior designer. Newly divorced and happily man-free, Abby lands the career opportunity of a lifetime and refuses to let anything - or anyone - stand in her way. And that includes St. Helena’s most irresistible contractor, the man who makes her melt every time she sees him - even though he shattered her heart years ago.

    Cottonbaba says: "The Best in the Series!!!!!"
    "Contemporary but Not too Cheesy"
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    What did you love best about From the Moment We Met?

    I liked how the heroine was not a nubile virgin. She was a businesswoman with her own home and her own past.

    I also liked how we were introduced to her love interest before getting to know their back story. I felt it gave me as a reader a chance to size him up, before the heroine did.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of From the Moment We Met?

    When she shares embarrassing details over speaker phone to Jack and her brothers hear.


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

    I have not, but I really enjoyed this one.


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

    No, I listened to it in segments while I cleaned the house.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Helene Wecker
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2523)
    Performance
    (2325)
    Story
    (2325)

    Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

    Tango says: "Enchanting Debut Novel - Delicious!"
    "A Magical Relationship Between Two Worlds"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Golem and the Jinni the most enjoyable?

    The way the Golem and the Jinni complimented each other. They're conversations really illustrated how different their temperaments were and yet, there was a common thread between them that I think often exists with such odd pairs.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Golem and the Jinni?

    There were many fragmented moments that held great potential. However, there was no scene in particular that gripped me.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I think my favorite scene was when the Golem, the Jinni, and ice cream man Sala all end up on the front steps of Sophia Winston's house. Sophia, although bombarded by almost strangers, kept her cool and treated her guests with hospitality. I also appreciate that she used a situation that could have been quite destructive to her benefit and found a way to have her parents consent to her traveling the world.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    In the city of New York, the magical world of the immigrant comes to life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The King's Deception: A Cotton Malone Novel, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Steve Berry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (415)
    Performance
    (369)
    Story
    (375)

    Cotton Malone and his 15-year-old son, Gary, are headed to Europe. As a favor to his former boss at the Justice Department, Malone agrees to escort a teenage fugitive back to England. But after he is greeted at gunpoint in London, both the fugitive and Gary disappear, and Malone learns that he’s stumbled into a high-stakes diplomatic showdown - an international incident fueled by geopolitical gamesmanship and shocking Tudor secrets.

    Carol says: "First Book Mr Berry fell flat on."
    "A Light Listen Filled with HIstorical Intrigue"
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    If you could sum up The King's Deception in three words, what would they be?

    Elizabethan, paternity, and corruption.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The young pickpocket and Ms. Mary. They add a bit of humanity to the book that may have otherwise been missing.


    Did Scott Brick do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    For the most part he did a great job. There were times I found it difficult to separate his portrayals because their voices and mannerisms were quite similar, but for the women he did a pretty nice job.


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

    Not particularly.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't typically read Steve Barry books, but I purchased it for a road trip I was taking with my husband. I found the action packed narrative to go quite well with my cleaning schedule.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Orphan Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christina Baker Kline
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3583)
    Performance
    (3188)
    Story
    (3182)

    Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to "aging out" out of the foster care system. A community-service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse.... As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

    Susan says: "Fascinating Journey for Two"
    "A Sweet Narrative of Intergenerational Strength"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this audiobook. I found the story to carry a message of hope that strengthened my spirits. This book used two points of views, one from an adolescent perspective, and one from an senior perspective, which gave it a unique ability to deal with the both the emotions and wisdom that come from life's difficulties.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the relationship that unfolded between the two protaganists. It gave me hope that love comes in all forms and when you least expect it.


    Which character – as performed by Jessica Almasy and Suzanne Toren – was your favorite?

    Viv was my favorite character. She has both a whimsical and steely aspect to her personality that made me care about her experiences.


    Who was the most memorable character of Orphan Train and why?

    Duchy was the most memorable character. His character seemed to have a lot of heart and I really like the scratchy voice the narrator used for him.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (6254)
    Performance
    (5690)
    Story
    (5700)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Kinda Saw It Coming"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Cuckoo's Calling to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version of The Cuckoo's Calling, but I really enjoyed the performance.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Cuckoo's Calling?

    Meeting the designer. His character came alive for me and I could just picture him sauntering around and complaining about Lulu's family.


    What about Robert Glenister’s performance did you like?

    How he changed the pace and tone of his voice to line up with the characters.


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

    Not particularly. I would categorize this book as a light read.


    Any additional comments?

    I think the last paragraph of the epilogue was a message from J.K. Rowling to her readers. Such a mystery in itself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bloody Jack

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By L.A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (1215)
    Performance
    (721)
    Story
    (716)

    Life as a ship's boy aboard HMS Dolphin is a dream come true for Jacky Faber. Gone are the days of scavenging for food and fighting for survival on the streets of 18th-century London. Instead, Jacky is becoming a skilled and respected sailor as the crew pursues pirates on the high seas. There's only one problem: Jacky is a girl. And she will have to use every bit of her spirit, wit, and courage to keep the crew from discovering her secret.

    Terry says: "Sometimes it clicks"
    "Pirates and Puberty"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Bloody Jack to be better than the print version?

    In this case yes. I think the narrator did a fantastic job with the voices. She had a jaunty and fun accent that emphasized the nautical feel of the book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bloody Jack was of course. I'm now an adult but this story is so great for females who long to read about adventure on the wild seas. It was really interesting to read about Mary aka Jackie's transition from girl to boy to girl.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were a lot to choose from. Ultimately my favorite scene was when Jackie got her first meal on The Dolphin. Her excitement, pleasure, and contentment with a full meal was palpable. She and the others seemed so pleased with such questionable cuisine (it might have been horse meat, but one is never quite sure) that it made me smile.


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

    Yes. I listened to it on a 400 mile drive and I was reluctant to leave the car when I finally arrived at my destination. I wanted to know what would happen to Jackie!


    Any additional comments?

    If you want fun and entertainment and hints of depth, then I definitely think this book fits the bill. It's a great adventure book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Marissa Meyer
    • Narrated By Rebecca Soler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1871)
    Performance
    (1687)
    Story
    (1694)

    Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.... Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle.

    Staaj says: "Surpised by how much I enjoyed it"
    "Less Drama and More Plot"
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    Where does Cinder rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Cinder fits snugly in the middle. The narration is strong, but sometimes the female characters were grating.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The melding of science and fantasy was really fun. The otherworldly component of the Lunar was great. The feudal system still in place seemed a little out of sync with the technological advancements.


    What about Rebecca Soler’s performance did you like?

    Her male voices and android voices were dynamic and believable. Her portrayal of Audree and the Lunar Queen were a little over done (angry vocalizations peaked early with nowhere to go).


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Is the plague the only cure?


    Any additional comments?

    Way to be creative and try melding new technology.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dragon Bound: Elder Races Series #1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Thea Harrison
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    Overall
    (2057)
    Performance
    (1806)
    Story
    (1820)

    Half human and half Wyr, Pia Giovanni spent her life keeping a low profile among the Wyrkind and avoiding the continuing conflict between them and their Dark Fae enemies. But after being blackmailed into stealing a coin from the hoard of a dragon, Pia finds herself targeted by one of the most powerful---and passionate---of the Elder Races.

    V says: "Woo Freakin Hoo!"
    "Great Potential but Lacked Fire"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    It depends on what my friend wants. This book provided a great distraction and there were parts of it that I thought were extremely compelling, but overall a lot of scenes were fell flat and I was left wanting more.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting part of this story was the secret identity of the heroine. I thought it was extremely creative and it was fitting of a great fantasy novel.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Sophie Eastlake?

    Sadly no. I found her voice rather annoying when she played the male roles.


    Do you think Dragon Bound needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I think a follow-up book has potential, but I am not hankering for more. I think the story stands well on its own.


    Any additional comments?

    I think that the greatest part about this book was the creativity and the really fun character development. One thing that I would fix or improve upon or expand upon is the dialogue. I just kept thinking that there were things that these characters would not really say in real life. They were too corny or just not realistic enough and I found this detracted from how I felt about the characters.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hobbit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8689)
    Performance
    (7805)
    Story
    (7935)

    Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

    Darwin8u says: "Victory after all, I suppose!"
    "All the Comforts of a Hot Chocolate and Warm Fire"
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    What did you love best about The Hobbit?

    I love the narrator's dynamic reading. His rendition of the dwarf songs added a layer of magic to the book that one can only get by listening. (I always skipped the songs in my readings because I am not musically inclined).


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I'm rather fond of Gandalf the Grey. I think he embodies boldness, grit, and wisdom that engages my attention in new ways each time I encounter this story.


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

    I have not, but I found this one enjoyable.


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

    No extreme reactions, but it was great fun.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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