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Vida

High Ridge, MO, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 12 reviews
  • 14 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 22 purchased in 2014
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  • Bud, Not Buddy

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Christopher Paul Curtis
    • Narrated By James Avery
    Overall
    (227)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (98)

    Bud, Not Buddy, a Newbery Medal winner, is full of laugh-out-loud humor and wonderful characters, hitting the high notes of jazz and sounding the deeper tones of the Great Depression.

    Robert says: "Bud, Not Buddy"
    "Not just for kids"
    Overall

    I purchased this book when my granddaughter (age 11) and I had to drive to a distant town that was a 6 hour round trip. As we started to drive and I started the book, she was thrilled because she said her class at school had just listened to it this year and she loved it. I really enjoyed it myself, too. The narrator did a great job and was easy to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sixth Grave on the Edge: Charley Davidson, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (677)
    Performance
    (643)
    Story
    (638)

    Most girls might think twice before getting engaged to someone like Reyes Farrow - but Charley Davidson is not most girls. She’s a paranormal private eye and grim-reaper-in-training who’s known to be a bit of a hell-raiser, especially after a few shots of caffeine. Her beloved Reyes may be the only begotten son of evil, but he’s dark and sultry and deeply sexy and everything Charley could hope for. Really. But when the FBI file on Reyes’ childhood happens to land into her lap, she can’t help herself: She opens it...and then the real fun begins.

    Hassan says: "Fantastic As Always!! Funny Too!!!"
    "What a cliffhanger!"
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    This series has been great and book six is no exception. I love that there are parts that seriously make you cry and parts that are so funny. Great characters, great story and great performance by Lorelei. The only downside is waiting for the next book to come out, especially with the cliffhanger. Highly recommend this series, just be sure to listen in the order they are written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fiery Heart: Bloodlines, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Richelle Mead
    • Narrated By Emily Shaffer, Alden Ford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (475)
    Performance
    (435)
    Story
    (434)

    Sydney Sage is an alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets - and human lives. In the Indigo Spell, Sydney was torn between the alchemist way of life and what her heart and gut were telling her to do. And in one breathtaking moment that Richelle Mead fans will never forget, she made a decision that shocked even her...But the struggle isn't over for Sydney. As she navigates the aftermath of her life-changing decision, she still finds herself pulled in too many directions at once.

    Amanda says: "Why mess with a good thing?"
    "What the heck? So disappointed with narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Great story but I almost had to stop listening within the first few minutes. Those of us who have been dedicated fans of the series were so happy with the narration do Emily Shaffer that this was a real letdown. Even though the story was divided between POV, Emily had Adrian's voice nailed in the other books, why not have her do both roles here too? No accent this time even in Emily's role when she had to speak of Adrian's comments. I don't know who who's decision this was, but it was a bad one.


    What did you like best about this story?

    All of the story was good


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    WRONG Voice and accent


    Do you think The Fiery Heart needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Of course, this is kind of a stupid question, big cliffhanger...


    Any additional comments?

    Why has Audible switched to this format of reviewing. I would much sooner read and write reviews with a regular open format. Result is I write much fewer reviews.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Twice Tempted: A Night Prince Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1604)
    Performance
    (1489)
    Story
    (1503)

    Leila's psychic abilities have been failing her, and now she isn't sure what the future holds. If that weren't enough, her lover, Vlad, has been acting distant. Though Leila is a mere mortal, she's also a modern woman who refuses to accept the cold-shoulder treatment forever - especially from the darkly handsome vampire who still won't admit that he loves her.... Soon circumstances send Leila back to the carnival circuit, where tragedy strikes.

    Hassan says: "A Book FULL of events and actions"
    "Good story, terrible audio editing"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to Twice Tempted the most enjoyable?

    Enjoyed the continuing story of Vlad and Leila


    What did you like best about this story?

    Different storyline than other books in the series


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

    Tavia Gilbert does a fine job of narrating the story but I assume it is the audio editing that drove me crazy throughout the book. There is no pause at the end of most chapters, and it is very disconcerting to be listening to an action packed scene at one moment and without a breath in between the next chapter starts. This is the second book I have listened to within the last couple of weeks with this problem. The other was a Chicagoland Vampire series book. Is anyone in the production of these audiobooks actually listening to them after they are put together?


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

    Love and Betrayal


    Any additional comments?

    While I enjoyed the story, if I was to "read" it again, that is what I would do...read it. It ruins the experience of the story to always be playing catch up when a new chapter starts.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • First Grave on the Right: Charley Davidson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3224)
    Performance
    (2598)
    Story
    (2584)

    A smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper. Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light”. But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life...and it turns out he might not be dead after all.

    Maggie says: "Loved this audiobook!"
    "Love the characters and story line"
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    Would you listen to First Grave on the Right again? Why?

    Yes, as a matter of fact I just listened to all four of the books again


    What did you like best about this story?

    First, it is nice to have a heroine that is funny and snarky but is a very caring person. She leads a semi-normal life in spite of her paranormal self. So many heroines today are either whiny or use others to get what they want.

    Second, it is such a different storyline that it doesn't sound like every other paranormal book out there. Yes, there is sort of a love story going on here but the reader never quite knows if that is how it will end, since one could end up killing the other.

    Third, besides two main characters the others are very well done and there couldn't be a better counter part to Charlie than Cookie - we would all like a friend like her.


    What about Lorelei King’s performance did you like?

    She is a great narrator for this book. She carries off the lines between Charlie and Cookie with perfect cadence and hilarity. Her male voices are extremely well done.


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

    Of course, but life gets in the way of that sometimes


    Any additional comments?

    This review is basically for the first four of the series, and I have it marked on my calendar for one the fifth one comes out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Snow Angel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Glenn Beck
    • Narrated By January LaVoy, Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (166)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (143)

    Rachel Price’s one happy memory from her childhood is of playing outside with her father, Mitch, on a cold and snowy day. In that moment he took her hands in his and called her his angel. She felt safe, loved, and protected. Rachel’s mother dies in a car crash a few years later - a sudden and unresolved ending to a complicated relationship. Mitch’s reaction to certain realities surrounding the death pushes Rachel away and confirms her fear that Mitch never truly loved her at all. Years later, Rachel’s daughter, Lily, is the only light in her dark life.

    Carolyn says: "Story of a life of abuse."
    "Very realistic story and narrarators were spot-on"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Snow Angel?

    it was a very true-to-life story about how sometimes we can take a bad life and turn it around yet we can never truly fix everything from our past. It is what it is.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Snow Angel?

    When Mitch was watching his granddaughter make snow angels through the window


    What about January LaVoy and Ron McLarty ’s performance did you like?

    It took a while to get used to 2 voices in the story, but after a bit it seemed the natural thing to do. Both were great.


    If you could rename The Snow Angel, what would you call it?

    Wouldn't rename it, it is perfect


    Any additional comments?

    For me it hit very close to home so sometimes I had to turn it off because it would dredge up my past to the point of making me cry. However, it is a good story and just like in my own life, the story illustrates how things can become better.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3384)
    Performance
    (2330)
    Story
    (2328)

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Alan says: "Outstanding"
    "Wouldn't listen to again"
    Overall

    I am rating this a 2 because the premise of the story is good. However, it was all I could do to force myself to finish this book. What I really didn't like about it was the authors constant "I hate America" theme, which didn't add to the story. The author comes off sounding like a spoiled, angst-ridden ex-pat professor who feels like he has to constantly condemn Americans and every thing about Americans. The narrator did a good job except that 'the voice" of Owen Meany was so grating, that if you feel you must read this book, do exactly that, read it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Town Like Alice

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Robin Bailey
    Overall
    (1207)
    Performance
    (691)
    Story
    (694)

    Wanting to repay a wartime debt to the Malays, Jean Paget returns. There she hears a story which leads her to Australia.

    Barbara says: "Better still in Audio form"
    "Great book, great narration"
    Overall

    I purchased this book because it was a sale book and certainly didn't regret it. It falls in the category of books I will read or listen to again. It spans over many years and makes you truly understand the main character. The narrator does a fantastic job of also expressing the character of the attorney whose point of view the book is written in. At first, you aren't sure you are going to like him because he seems void of excitement is his life but you learn by the end that his life was so defined by this untouchable woman that you really understand him as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Thomas

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    Overall
    (4314)
    Performance
    (1793)
    Story
    (1810)

    "The dead don't talk. I don't know why." But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill and rapturously in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, Stormy Llewellyn.

    Denise says: "No Doubting Thomas"
    "Just love this series"
    Overall

    This is one of those books that even though I have the actual book, I purchased the audiobook as well because I really like it. When I enjoy a book, I will read or listen to it several times over the years and this book falls into that category.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Shawshank Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (808)
    Performance
    (512)
    Story
    (516)

    Based on a a novella from Different Seasons, this unabridged tale focuses on a man convicted of murder, who finds himself in a prison ruled by a sadistic warden and secretly operated by a clever convict.

    Eric says: "This makes the movie better"
    "One of King's Best"
    Overall

    Having never read the book before seeing the movie several times, I chose to listen to it recently and of course really enjoyed it. Have read most of Stephen King's books over the years and this is one of my favorites. Frank Muller does a great job of narrating as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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