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Heather

Audio Books make people better drivers! I’m never in a hurry to get where I need to go because I would rather be in Tudor England, listening to a good historical fictional novel. Or I could be somewhere far away with dragons and magic, listening to fantasy. When that is too much drama, I love keeping up with fashion and girl talk with one of my favorite “chick lit” novels.

PALM BAY, FL, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Kingmaker's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (594)
    Performance
    (524)
    Story
    (516)

    In The Kingmaker's Daughter, number one New York Times best-selling author Philippa Gregory presents the riveting story of Anne Neville, her sister Isabel, and their ever-changing fortunes. The Kingmaker's Daughter is the gripping and ultimately tragic story of the daughters of the man known as the "Kingmaker", the most powerful magnate in England through the Cousins' Wars. In the absence of a son and heir, he uses the two girls as pawns in his political games.

    Heather says: "Marvelous Story Maker"
    "Marvelous Story Maker"
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    Would you listen to The Kingmaker's Daughter again? Why?

    The thing about Philippa Gregory’s books is you can always read them again! I find my self cross referencing her other books in this series.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It’s amazing how you read one of the books in the series, and you are completely behind the main character. Then you read another and you change your mind completely. I think now that I have read all three, I need to read them again to decide which character is really my favorite.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was when Anne and Isabelle made up after fighting for so long. I think it was a perfect scene to show how sisters can have so much hate and envy towards each other, but sisterly love is forever. However, the most intense scene was when Isabelle went into labor on the ship. It was so intense and powerful. The scene set the tone for the events that followed.


    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Duet

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kimberley Freeman
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (312)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (187)

    From the London pop scene, to the opera stages of Europe; from a tiny Greek island, to a stifling manor house full of secrets and deceptions; from the sun-drenched Queensland coast, to the silent outback; Angela and Ellie are two women both looking for something. One in search of her identity and her memory; the other in search of the love that she had and lost; theirs is a duet whose last note will not be sung until the heart-stopping climax, when a shadow from the past returns to claim them both.

    A User says: "Gosh that was a great story!"
    "I will listen to more from Kimberley Freeman"
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    Would you try another book from Kimberley Freeman and/or Caroline Lee?

    I have listen to Caroline Lee before, and I think she is awesome. As for Kimberley Freeman, she had me looking for other novels before I finished this one.


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

    I want to be a spoiler, so I will say I liked how it all played out. I don’t think it was as predictable, and I liked getting to know each character. I will say it was slow at times, and there was a little something missing. Nevertheless, I liked it and I will find more from this author.


    What three words best describe Caroline Lee’s voice?

    Entrancing, Delightful, and Captivating. She really is one of my favorites.


    Could you see Duet being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I could see this becoming a movie, or at least a lifetime movie. I’m not sure on the cast, but as long as they were convincing, it would be worth watching.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Cliff

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Lucinda Riley
    • Narrated By Gerri Halligan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (101)

    Troubled by recent loss, Grania Ryan has returned to Ireland and the arms of her loving family. It is here, on a cliff edge, that she first meets a young girl, Aurora. Strangely drawn to Aurora, Grania discovers that their families are deeply entwined. From a bittersweet romance in wartime London to a troubled relationship in contemporary New York, the Ryans and the Lisles have been entangled for a century.

    DHackney says: "Sweeping Family Drama Beyond my Expectations"
    "Pleasing, keeps you intrigued."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I thought this was a good story. It was a little predictable but still worthwhile. If I could change anything it would be something about Grania. Because she was a major character and intertwined in the story, she is very important. However, at times unlikeable, annoying, and unconnected. Grania’s and Matt’s dialog with the “honey and baby” got to be very over the top. Also, I would have liked to hear more of a back story about Ann’s Russian mother. I’m not sure if changing these factors would elevate the book to a “great”.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Girl on the Cliff?

    Lucinda Riley did a remarkable job moving from past to present. I prefer listening to stories from the past, but because she kept a natural flow to the story, the present day story was also captivating. Listening to the story of Mary was the best part of the story for me. I liked Aurora as the narrator of the story, she was the glue that put it all together.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4998)
    Performance
    (2799)
    Story
    (2834)

    Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

    avid reader says: "Hours of enjoyable, fun listening"
    "Enchanting Mystery"
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    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I enjoyed the book of Fairy Tales, and how each of the tales revealed more about the mystery. I thought the setting was a wonderful aspect of the story. The old castle and mysterious cottage took the audience away on the journey.This is my second book by Kate Morton, and it is clear she does intensive research. Her attention to detail makes her stories believable. After I read this book, I wanted to hunt down this factious book of Fairy Tales.Its a easy listen, and very enjoyable.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Caroline Lee?

    Yes!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (7652)
    Performance
    (5865)
    Story
    (5884)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Shannon says: "Word Thief"
    "One of the Best Books Ever!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Book Thief the most enjoyable?

    This one of those rare books you will want to experience more than once. Its pulls you in fast, and before you know it’s over, and you it leaves you breathless. I could stop thinking about each of the characters, like they were family.
    I really believe everyone should read this book. Once your deep into this book, you have the feeling things are going to end bad, but as much as you cry, you also laugh, and feel good for have listened to someone telling a important story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I think the most impressive thing about this book is, it is narrated by “Dealth” or the Grim Reaper, and who knew a person could feel compassion for the Grim Reaper.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don’t want to give any scenes away, because I actually read reviews. But once you commit to this book, you will love it.


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

    "The only thing worse than a boy who hates a girl, is a boy who loves a girl."


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2844)
    Performance
    (2439)
    Story
    (2451)

    England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

    Maria says: "Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!"
    "Awesome...Really keeps you on your toes!"
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    If you could sum up The Secret Keeper in three words, what would they be?

    Enjoyable, Twists, Memorable


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I enjoyed all the characters in this book, and I loved how much each character developed as the book reveals its secrets.


    What about Caroline Lee’s performance did you like?

    Awesome performance, loved listening to this book.


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

    "You may never know all your family secrets." I think it would make a great movie.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first Kate Morton book I have read, but I have already downloaded my next. The story was engaging; it really kept you guessing until the end. The back drop of war time and the history details inserted into the story were interesting. Perfect for readers who love a good story and want to feel like they are learning something about the past.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Where the Red Fern Grows

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Wilson Rawls
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (426)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (215)

    Since its publication over forty years ago, this heartwarming tale of a boy and his dogs has touched millions. A tale of adventure, special friendship and coming-of-age, Where the Red Fern Grows makes for delightful listening. This unabridged production, featuring a moving performance by Anthony Heald, brings this enduring classic to life and makes a powerful story even more unforgettable.

    Mary A. says: "What a great story!"
    "An Oldie but Goodie"
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    What did you love best about Where the Red Fern Grows?

    The way Wilson Rawls truly captures the love Billy has for his dogs.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Old Dan & Little Anne, truly loyal dogs.


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

    I downloaded this one for a road trip. I remembered parts of it, as I read it in school, but it was a great listen. It tugged on my heart stings.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Where We Belong

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Emily Giffin
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (618)
    Performance
    (520)
    Story
    (525)

    Marian Caldwell is a 36-year-old television producer, living her dream in New York City. With a fulfilling career and satisfying relationship, she has convinced everyone, including herself, that her life is just as she wants it to be. But one night, Marian answers a knock on the door ... only to find Kirby Rose, an 18-year-old girl with a key to a past that Marian thought she had sealed off forever. From the moment Kirby appears on her doorstep, Marian’s perfectly constructed world - and her very identity - will be shaken to its core.

    Jeanette says: "Lovely Book"
    "Best Book from Emily Giffen"
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved all the characters in this book. Kirby Rose was my favorite; she was a perfect representation of most 18 year old girls who don’t have the rest of their life mapped out. I enjoyed Marian, a thirty something, who seems to have it all. However, she is likeable because she proves women who seem to have everything also have major imperfections. Then again, the men in this book take it up a notch. Peter and Conrad are both gorgeous and I hope this one makes it to the big screen!


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

    I enjoyed the personality she brought to each character. The narration performance was fabulous; I especially liked what she did with Kirby.


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

    Yes, I finished it in a few days. But, the second part was even harder to stop.


    Any additional comments?

    Everything from Emily Giffen is good, but I think this book is her best!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The American Heiress: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Daisy Goodwin
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (466)
    Performance
    (337)
    Story
    (338)

    Be careful what you wish for. Traveling abroad with her mother at the turn of the 20th century to seek a titled husband, beautiful, vivacious Cora Cash, whose family mansion in Newport dwarfs the Vanderbilts’, suddenly finds herself Duchess of Wareham, married to Ivo, the most eligible bachelor in England. Nothing is quite as it seems, however: Ivo is withdrawn and secretive, and the English social scene is full of traps and betrayals.

    Maria says: "I loved this book!"
    "Recommendable"
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    What did you love best about The American Heiress?

    Enjoyable Historical Fiction! I thought the performance of Katherine Kellgren was fantastic. She did multiple accents convincingly and no annoyance factor.
    I liked this book; it was easy to picture the characters and the setting. At times I was right there with Cora into the art, fashion, and social scene.
    But, I did think the ending was less desirable. Although the outcome was sought-after the rest of the side stories, involving other characters, fell flat.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Daisy Goodwin? Why or why not?

    Overall, I thought it was a well written book, and I hope to read more from Daisy Goodwin.


    If you could rename The American Heiress, what would you call it?

    The American Dutchess


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lady of the Rivers

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (678)
    Performance
    (589)
    Story
    (581)

    Jacquetta always has had the gift of second sight. As a child visiting her uncle, she met his prisoner, Joan of Arc, and saw her own power reflected in the young woman accused of witchcraft. They share the mystery of the tarot card of the wheel of fortune before Joan is taken to a horrific death. Jacquetta understands the danger for a woman who dares to dream. Jacquetta is married to the Duke of Bedford, English regent of France, and he introduces her to a mysterious world of learning and alchemy.

    Bonnie-Ann says: "Philippa back on track"
    "One of my favorites from Philippa Gregory!"
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    I loved how it fit perfectly with The White Queen. The story of Melusina is so enchanting, and the constant conflicts Jacquetta faces keeps you intrigued.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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