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Brad B

Brad Black

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  • A Little Night Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Lucy March
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1256)
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    (1156)
    Story
    (1145)

    Olivia Kiskey needs a change. She’s been working at the same Nodaway Falls, New York, waffle house since she was a teenager; not a lot of upward mobility there. She’s been in love with Tobias, the cook, for the last four years; he's never made a move. Intent on shaking things up, Olivia puts her house on the market, buys a one-way ticket to Europe, and announces her plans to her friends - but then she meets Davina Granville, a strange and mystical Southern woman....

    Elizabeth says: "Not quite Molly Harper, but not bad.."
    "Fireworks: Sparkled then Fizzled"
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    What did you love best about A Little Night Magic?

    Best of all was Amanda Ronconi. Her voice is amazing!


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    It had such potential, the story line was taking a new path in the witch genre. But the story became disjointed and fizzled in the end.


    Which character ??? as performed by Amanda Ronconi ??? was your favorite?

    Every character. This woman opens her mouth and I listen.


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

    I did laugh on several occasions. It helps to have a narrator that knows how to deliver a line.


    Any additional comments?

    I will read this author again. In fact, I like the premise of this book and would give a sequel a try. I like the life long friendship of the girls, the old home owned by Olivia, Elizabeth and her CCE's Waffled House, etc. Of course, it needs to be narrated by Ms. Ronconi

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Six Years

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2951)
    Performance
    (2545)
    Story
    (2559)

    Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. Six years of hiding a broken heart by throwing himself into his career as a college professor. Six years of keeping his promise to leave Natalie alone, and six years of tortured dreams of her life with her new husband, Todd. But six years haven’t come close to extinguishing his feelings, and when Jake comes across Todd’s obituary, he can’t keep himself away from the funeral. There he gets the glimpse of Todd’s wife he’s hoping for...but she is not Natalie....

    G. House Sr. says: "Obsession, mystery, and you're hooked!"
    "Love sick - made me sick."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. People make fun of the teen series - Twilight - for the female character being so love sick. Well, to have the adult, male lead, (a professor at that) be so besotted be puts lives in danger is just nauseating.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Harlan Coben again?

    Yes, I have really enjoyed the books of his I have read. This one was good in so many ways, but a love sick, educated male is off putting. I ended up despising the lead chapter.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Didn't really have one.


    Did Six Years inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, to watch TV and take a break from an overload of - you can't call this romance because that type of love is in no way romantic.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Big Stone Gap: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Adriana Trigiani
    • Narrated By Adriana Trigiani
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (127)

    Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, the tiny town of Big Stone Gap is home to some of the most charming eccentrics in the state. Ave Maria Mulligan is the town's self-proclaimed spinster, a thirty-five year old pharmacist with a "mountain girl's body and a flat behind." She lives an amiable life with good friends and lots of hobbies until the fateful day in 1978 when she suddenly discovers that she's not who she always thought she was.

    Brad B says: "Laughs, Tears & a Place I'd Like to call Home"
    "Laughs, Tears & a Place I'd Like to call Home"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. I would for my friends who love peaceful journeys, who enjoy meadering down the path to see what each day brings. This book was a pleasure.


    What other book might you compare Big Stone Gap to and why?

    Jan Karon's Mitford Series. They are similar in they are about small town life, the characters who live, love, laugh, and pass into and out of your life. These are the type of books that refuel me.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    One that made me laugh outloud was the scene at the football games Halftime activies in front of the visiting dignitaries Elizabeth Taylor and her husband, Senate hopeful, John Warner.


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

    Yes, and I leave that to the reader/listener to decide for themselves. I don't want to give anything away.


    Any additional comments?

    Yes, I was very concerned with the author being the narrator. In most cases I have found that doesn't work, but I wanted this book quite a lot so I gave in. Adriana Trigiani has won me over. She is perfect for the part. She IS the book. In fact, I was so please with this book & narrator I imediately purchased the next two in the series. I would have purchased the 4th but I ran out of credits.Thank you Adriana Trigiani for an absolutely delightful stroll through Big Stone Gap, a place I'd love to live.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4169)
    Performance
    (3567)
    Story
    (3564)

    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    Kelli N. Perkins says: "Still Thinking About This Tale Weeks After"
    "Real life nightmare"
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    If you could sum up Defending Jacob in three words, what would they be?

    Real life nightmare


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Defending Jacob?

    I would prefer not to say as I don't want to spoil it for others


    Have you listened to any of Grover Gardner???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, I have and I have thoroughly enjoyed all his work.


    If you could take any character from Defending Jacob out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Jacob's mother. Again I don't want to give the reason as it would be a spoiler.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a very good book, with twists and turns and an unexpected ending. I will certainly watch for more books by this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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