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Linda

I'm a mental health therapist, a fan of Writers' Retreat Workshop, and am working on writing paranormal suspense novels.

Oroville, WA, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • Time Travelers Never Die

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Jack McDevitt
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (253)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (138)

    When physicist Michael Shelborne mysteriously vanishes, his son Shel discovers that he had constructed a time travel device. Fearing his father may be stranded in time---or worse---Shel enlists Dave Dryden, a linguist, to accompany him on the rescue mission.

    Dave Cole says: "meh."
    "Terrible narration"
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    What disappointed you about Time Travelers Never Die?

    The narration was simply awful. I should have believed the other reviews and not wasted my credit!

    Regarding the story itself: I found myself unable to care about the characters or what became of them, and the disjointed forays into various historical moments were not at all compelling. The few scenes that had the possibility to engage my interest were suddenly dropped and, without warning, we were elsewhere.


    Has Time Travelers Never Die turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I have always been enthusiastic about time travel stories. However, I am now most definitely turned off to stories by Jack McDevitt.


    What didn’t you like about Paul Boehmer’s performance?

    The narration was almost unbearable. It was monotone, full of long pauses in the wrong places, and I couldn't even begin to identify which character was speaking. (Compare this to the superlative performances by Therese Plummer!) I finally used the book to help me go to sleep at night, and got through it that way. I will never buy another book read by Paul Boehmer.


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  • Virgin River

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1556)
    Performance
    (1057)
    Story
    (1071)

    Recently widowed, grieving Los Angeles midwife/nurse Melinda Monroe answers a small upstate town's ad for help. Nestled amongst California's giant redwoods, quaint Virgin River is host to many quirky characters - including bar owner Jack Sheridan, who may be just the man to make Melinda smile again.

    Houston mom says: "Great author if you like Nora Roberts!"
    "Awesome series! Beautiful narration!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I recommend not only this book, but the entire Virgin River series. I have listened to six Virgin River audiobooks, and have read several more on my Kindle. The town and people of Virgin River immediately became quite real to me, and remain so. As soon as I complete one book, I am swept right into the next.

    In my profession as a mental health therapist, I spend my days with many clients who have been seriously damaged by domestic violence, sexual assault, and other crimes. I find that immersing in the Virgin River stories is healing for my heart. They remind me that no matter the enormity or awfulness of the challenges someone faces, we can reach out with an open heart and truly help.


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  • The Gathering

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Kelley Armstrong
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (617)
    Performance
    (503)
    Story
    (505)

    Strange things are happening in Maya's tiny Vancouver Island town. First, her friend Serena, the captain of the swim team, drowns mysteriously in the middle of a calm lake. Then, one year later, mountain lions are spotted rather frequently around Maya's home and her reactions to them are somewhat . . . unexpected. Her best friend, Daniel, has also been experiencing unexplainable premonitions about certain people and situations.

    Paul White says: "Not a full story."
    ". . . and then what?"
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    Do you think The Gathering needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    The Gathering ended abruptly - so abruptly, that I actually thought the book was divided into 2 parts and that I had neglected to download the second part. This turned out to be wishful thinking, as there was definitely no Part 2. If a follow-up book is published, I would read it to satisfy my curiosity. However, I no longer trust the author. I wonder if she just ended the book in order to make a deadline.


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