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Deborah

MARSHFIELD, MA, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • North and South: North and South Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By John Jakes
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (982)
    Performance
    (861)
    Story
    (867)

    Two strangers, young men from Pennsylvania and South Carolina, meet on the way to West Point.... Thus begins this brilliant novel of antebellum America, spanning three generations and chronicling the lives and loves of two great family dynasties. The Hazards and the Mains are brought together in bonds of friendship and affection that neither jealousy nor violence can shatter - until a storm of events sunders the nation and brings the cataclysm of war!

    Parusski says: "Captivating novel of the Civil War"
    "True History! Great Story!!!"
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    I love historical fiction when it is done right. This novel was great in that way. True historical events happen to and around the fictional characters. I hear a deep and complex story of interwoven families; live and grow with them. All the while, they are impacted by the current events around them. The impending Civil War. I like to learn a little bit while I am being entertained!! I only left off a star because there was no one particular character that I fell in love with.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By David Wong
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (945)
    Performance
    (891)
    Story
    (898)

    Warning: You may have a huge, invisible spider living in your skull. This is not a metaphor. You will dismiss this as ridiculous fearmongering. Dismissing things as ridiculous fearmongering is, in fact, the first symptom of parasitic spider infection - the creature secretes a chemical into the brain to stimulate skepticism, in order to prevent you from seeking a cure. That’s just as well, since the “cure” involves learning what a chain saw tastes like. You can’t feel the spider, because it controls your nerve endings.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Velvet Jesus Painting, My Jimmies Are Rustled"
    "I wanted more John!!"
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    I was sad when this book ended. I fell in love with John in the fist book, John Dies at the End, and unfortunately did not get as much John in this one. However, I enjoyed how this one was a bit darker and full of more horror. The moral implications of 'who actually is the bad guy?' was a fun topic to ponder. Also, the theory of mass paranoia being so much more dangerous than the actual threat was outlined well. Still a bit slapstick and gross, but thought provoking and brilliant, nonetheless!

    I wish there was a movie for this one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Return of the Pale Feather: Time Walkers, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By E.B. Brown
    • Narrated By Stephanie Bentley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Winn and Maggie return for a new journey in the turbulent times of 1600s Jamestown... When Maggie McMillan is sent back to 1622 by the power of a magical Bloodstone, she makes the choice to remain in the past with the Powhatan warrior who holds her heart captive. Cursed with the knowledge of what the future holds for both the English and the Powhatan people, Maggie and Winn struggle to find safety for their family in a world gone mad.

    Deborah says: "Excellent sequel in the series!"
    "Excellent sequel in the series!"
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    What can I say?! I am attaching quite easily to these characters. This book was told beautifully from the points of view of many. There is an excellent surprise in the beginning and the dramatic tension stayed at just the right pitch throughout the novel.

    I was happy to hear more from Rebecca and Makadewa! I am eager to see how that plays out. I will miss Teyas, too and hope to find that she is happy.

    I was only confused a bit during a part when Maggie was really angry at her guardian for not telling her more information when she was growing up. This didn't make sense to me because she had already learned how she and her family would have been in danger if she knew more information. I read and re-read that part thinking I might have missed something. Maybe I did. But, Maggie's behavior really annoyed me.

    I read the first 1/3 or so on my kindle and then did the whispersync with audible. I wish I stuck to reading with my eyes. I have listened to hundreds of books over the years and I can honestly say that this girls narration was the absolute worst! She did Maggie like a whiny 10 year old! Not how I imagined Maggie to sound at all. All of the Indian men sounded identical in a deep monotone, all of the Norse men sounded identical in a deep Scottish-like monotone.

    A great example of the poor narration: She would loudly and animatedly cry a line like: "But, I love you" , followed by: "Maggie whispered". It was so distracting!! That was not a whisper! Poor, poor poor.

    Anyway, that is not the book's fault and did not want my rating to reflect the awful listening experience. I can't wait for the next one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Obituary Writer

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ann Hood
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (409)
    Performance
    (362)
    Story
    (357)

    A sophisticated and suspenseful novel about the poignant lives of two women living in different eras.... On the day John F. Kennedy is inaugurated, Claire, a young wife and mother obsessed with the glamour of Jackie, struggles over the decision of whether to stay in a loveless but secure marriage or to follow the man she loves and whose baby she may be carrying. Decades earlier, in 1919, Vivien Lowe, an obituary writer, is searching for her lover, who disappeared in the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906.

    Kathi says: "Parallel stories of love and loss"
    "I love Dueling Timelines"
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    Well this was more like 3.5. I really liked it but I am not sure how memorable it will be for me.

    I love stories told with dueling timelines and I eagerly waited for the connection to unveil itself. However, it was a bit anti-climactic. I equally enjoyed hearing from both women but couldn't help but cringe at the 1960 housewife suburban life that Clair led. Amazing that American women lived that way.

    I liked the ending and how it was left open for me to imagine what will happen next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Stephen Chbosky
    • Narrated By Noah Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1966)
    Performance
    (1787)
    Story
    (1809)

    Most people think 15-year-old Charlie is a freak. But then seniors Patrick and his beautiful stepsister Sam take Charlie under their wings and introduce him to their eclectic, open-minded, hard-partying friends. It is from these older kids that Charlie learns to live and love.

    FanB14 says: "Intelligent, Absorbing Coming of Age Story"
    "He just kept on Crying!?"
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    Well, this was a very quick and easy read. It brought me back to high school and how important it was to be with your friends and how emotional those years were.
    However, the main character, Charlie (and many of the other characters, too) simply cried too much! Yes, seriously, Charlie, a 16 year old boy hardly went a scene without crying over something. Weird.

    Anyway, I was quite surprised by the ending but it explained a lot. I am definitely irked though, that I don't think I will ever know who Charlie was writing his letters to.
    Why does that not seem to bother anyone else?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Replay

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ken Grimwood
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (988)
    Performance
    (639)
    Story
    (647)

    In 1988, 43-year-old Jeff Winston died of a heart attack. But then he awoke, and it was 1963; Jeff was 18 all over again, his memory of the next two decades intact. This time around, Jeff would gain all the power and wealth he never had before. This time around he'd know how to do it right. Until next time.

    Jonathon says: "Entertaining and more than worth the price!!"
    "Loved keeping track of the lives!"
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    Great book!! Loved keeping track of the lives and how Jeffery Winston chose to live each of them. The concept of reliving the same life over and over was very thought provoking and I am sure I will remember this book as a standout. Highly recommend!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Attachments: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Rainbow Rowell
    • Narrated By Laura Hamilton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (618)
    Performance
    (542)
    Story
    (543)

    Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder, coworkers at The Courier, know the newspaper monitors their office e-mail. But they still spend all day sending each other messages, gossiping about their coworkers, and baring their personal lives like an open book. Jennifer tells Beth everything she can’t seem to tell her husband about her anxieties over starting a family. And Beth tells Jennifer everything, period. Meanwhile, Lincoln O’Neill still can’t believe that it’s his job to monitor other people’s e-mail.

    Julie says: "Just what I'd hoped for"
    "Soooo very Cute! Worth a Listen."
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    Very, very cute. I enjoyed myself immensely while listening to this book. Rainbow Rowell is new to me and I think I would like to read more by this author.

    I don't usually seek out romance novels but I can stomach the occasional quirky romantic comedy. This one especially had such a unique premise, I was sold after reading the summary. It reminded me a bit of The Rosie Project, not that the stories were similar, but the original and offbeat way the man and woman come together.

    Also, I fell in LOVE with Lincoln!

    Highly recommended for romance lovers who are sick of the same old:
    "She's back in her hometown, can she stand the advances of her old flame that broke her heart years ago?" UGH! BARFFFFFFFF!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood: Outlander, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2260)
    Performance
    (2125)
    Story
    (2116)

    Hurtled back through time more than two hundred years to 1743 Scotland, Claire Randall finds herself caught in the midst of an unfamiliar world torn apart by violence, pestilence, and revolution and haunted by her growing feelings for a young soldier, James Fraser.

    G. House Sr. says: "Eloquent Fabulous Historical - Grand Continuation"
    "Oh, Outlander! How you take over my LIFE!"
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    Ooooh, what can I say about this epic saga? Is it over? It could be. I would be alright with the way it ended. A few lingering questions, but overall, satisfying.

    It is difficult to rate just this one book, really, as the lives of the many complex characters have ebbed and flowed over the course of all 8 novels. However, I will surely report to any fan that has not read this one yet, that I was not disappointed.

    As I always like to mention (when worthy), Davina Porter, the narrator of the series in audio is vying for 1st place in my heart along with Jim Dale. Distinguishing and consistently performing such a huge cast of characters in different and memorable voices is a rare talent. Seriously, I have listened to hundreds of audiobooks and only few narrators stand out as having this unique and rare ability. Bravo! Standing O and all that.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Winter's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Mark Helprin
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (573)
    Performance
    (394)
    Story
    (401)

    One night, Peter Lake - orphan, master-mechanic, and master second-story man - attempts to rob a fortress-like mansion on the Upper West Side. Though he thinks the house is empty, the daughter of the house is home. Thus begins the affair between the middle-aged Irish burglar and Beverly Penn, a young girl who is dying. Because of a love that at first he cannot fully understand, Peter, a simple and uneducated man, will be driven "to stop time and bring back the dead".

    David says: "Great book and narrator - bad technical glitch"
    "I finished this book and went: "Huh?""
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    Alright, so I finished this book and went: "Huh?"

    First, what I liked about it. Helprin is a master of metaphors. The writing is beautiful and poetic. For the first 1/3 of the book, I was sold! I loved Peter Lake's story of how he grew up and eventually found himself on the run from Pearly and the Short tails. I enjoyed his meeting and loving Beverly despite her tragic, inevitable future. Also, I will always remember the white horse. Almost every scene written containing horse was a riveting one.

    It was about 1/3 of the way into the book, when this storyline winds down and we meet a whole new cast of characters. Some held my interest but many did not. The author has a way of completely digressing from the main story arc. This happened so many times and I kept finding myself thinking, "why did I have to know all that to progress the plot?"

    Don't get me wrong, some digression can be excellent in a book to help us understand the characters and why they make certain choices.

    In this book's case, the entire novel could have been cut in half and I think I would have enjoyed it more. So much of it was not necessary and should be trimmed right out!

    Also, there were many points where I just didn't know what was going on. Many of the characters had magical discussions about life and death and that's alright. But the many of the speeches became a sort of monotonous ranting. Like, the discussions about time being now and then and the future all at the same time and the journey to discover a "Just City". What exactly is a "Just City"? Helprin never tells us. Unless I missed some huge message written between the lines.

    I love fantasy stories where anything is possible. In fact, I belong to a book club focused entirely on time travel, but I was not entranced by the long winded and tedious, extravagant speeches in this book.

    The ending. Hmmmmm. I have always been a hard sell when it comes to endings. I may have rated the book a lot higher if I was satisfied with the ending. Maybe I didn't understand it and I will refrain from saying more on the risk of spoilers.

    There are wonderful times when an ending to a story may leave the reader to ponder intricate meanings or possibilities, however, I was left with too many questions at the end of this book. Way too many.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Winter People: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jennifer McMahon
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (348)
    Performance
    (318)
    Story
    (319)

    West Hall, Vermont, has always been a town of strange disappearances and old legends. The most mysterious is that of Sara Harrison Shea, who, in 1908, was found dead in the field behind her house just months after the tragic death of her daughter, Gertie. Now, in present day, 19-year-old Ruthie lives in Sara's farmhouse with her mother, Alice, and her younger sister, Fawn. Alice has always insisted that they live off the grid, a decision that suddenly proves perilous when Ruthie wakes up one morning to find that Alice has vanished without a trace. Searching for clues, she is startled to find a copy of Sara Harrison Shea's diary....

    D. says: "Get past the narration of the first chapter"
    "If you could bring a loved one back to life....."
    Overall
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    This book was compact and sweet (not in the sugary sense!). Tied up most of the loose ends nicely in the end and a bit predictable. I did think it was creepy and thought provoking. If I could spend one more week with a beloved who has passed on, would I?

    I might have rated the book higher but I only finished the book yesterday and I have already mentally stored it in the file of forgotten books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • NOS4A2: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Kate Mulgrew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2816)
    Performance
    (2606)
    Story
    (2615)

    Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

    Jacqueline says: "Finish to Start Excellent is Novel This"
    "Deliciously Disturbing!"
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    So exciting, freaky and deliciously disturbing! I seriously was rude to my family for several days because I could not take the buds out of my hears.

    This novel consists of real, raw characters with flaws as well as a supernatural spin. Charlie Manx is an excellent villain who truly believes in his cause. Vic Mcqueen is damaged and vulnerable yet strong and completely relatable. Honorable mention to Lou, whom I couldn't get enough of.
    This book is about parenting, addiction, internal monsters and self worth.

    Highly recommend the story in audio. Kate Mulgrew reading this book has made my top 10 list of unforgettable narrated experiences. Bravo!

    I will warn Dracula fans to not be fooled by the title, as this is not your traditional vampire novel. Hardly!







    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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