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Peggy P

Norton, OH, US


  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    FanB14 says: "Artful Surprise"
    "What a Story!"

    It's been a while since I listened to a book and felt moved enough to write a review but this is one of the best this year. The premise is outlandish but it really works, the writing is beautiful. This story has everything in it - humor, friends, family, love and death. Within the first 5 minutes you are hooked on this story and will have a hard time turning it off. The narration and production of this book is excellent.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Girl Underwater

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Claire Kells
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan

    Nineteen-year-old Avery Delacorte loves the water. Growing up in Brookline, Massachusetts, she took swim lessons at her community pool and captained the local team; in high school, she raced across bays and sprawling North American lakes. Now a sophomore on her university's nationally ranked team, she struggles under the weight of new expectations, but life is otherwise pretty good. Perfect, really.

    Courtney says: "I couldn't put it down!"
    "Great debut!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Girl Underwater to be better than the print version?

    The narrator was excellent but then I've listened to her before and she is a favorite.

    What other book might you compare Girl Underwater to and why?

    Well, any good listen that leaves you with a "book hangover", you know, you can't listen to another for a few days because nothing would be that good... this was that book.

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

    I liked her voices for the "little boys" and Colin too.

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

    Absolutely - I had to know what was going to happen next - for once I was thankful for a ton of laundry that needed done!

    Any additional comments?

    I rarely review but this was such an unexpected story - it had its rough spots but overall was a great story with great narration - what a concept this was!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Falling Glass

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle

    Richard Coulter is a man who has everything. His beautiful new wife is pregnant, his upstart airline is undercutting the competition and moving from strength to strength, his diversification into the casino business in Macau has been successful, and his fabulous Art Deco house on an Irish cliff top has just been featured in Architectural Digest. But then, for some reason, his ex-wife Rachel doesn’t keep her side of the custody agreement and vanishes off the face of the earth with Richard’s two daughters. Richard hires Killian, a formidable ex-enforcer for the IRA, to track her down before Rachel, a recovering drug addict, harms herself or the girls.

    Cheryl says: "Hold on to your seat!!!"
    "An Adrian McKinty Fan, Anyway"

    I've only listened to McKinty's books, never "read" them and it makes me wonder - would I enjoy them as much without Gerard Doyle's reading and interpretation? I don't know but they are all one helluva good listen, oops, including "Fifty Grand" which was definitely not read by Doyle!

    Good storytelling, great character development and fast pace make this a credit worthy listen. Best quote from a younger thug before beating the crap out of older thug - "You are Jay Leno and I am Conan O'Brian". I laughed like hell over that line though it will date the novel terribly in about 5 more years. Highly recommend any of this author's books.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Still Missing

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Chevy Stevens
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    On the day she was abducted, Annie O’Sullivan, a 32-year-old Realtor, had three goals: sell a house, forget about a recent argument with her mother, and be on time for dinner with her ever-patient boyfriend. The open house is slow, but when her last visitor pulls up in a van as she’s about to leave, Annie thinks it just might be her lucky day after all.

    Richard Delman says: "A singular voice; a horrendous story."
    "Compelling Story - Great Narration"

    I know when you read the blurb for this book you may think "ewww, not for me". This story is told in flashbacks as Annie talks to her therapist, so the story come out is small doses and mixes with the present time and her trouble with rejoining "real" life. Her family and friends all have opinions on how she should be handling things (don't they always?). I know this sounds like a depressing book but it isn't and Annie's cynical outlook about her past & future is humorous and down to earth, she just tells it like it is.

    Angela Dawe's narration is spot on and really enhanced my enjoyment of the story, she doesn't talk too slow and handles male voices well.

    The story has some twists and what seems like a simple abduction, isn't. I'm still thinking about the plot and story a few days after finishing it ... which I take as the measure of good author.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Slightly Shady

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Amanda Quick
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Sastre

    Lavinia Lake knew Tobias March was nothing but trouble. She never imagined that soon he would become her partner in a quest that would grow more deadly - and more compelling - with each passing day.

    M. Pennell says: "Awful"

    If you read the other 2 books (like me) and decided to go back to the beginning to "catch up", don't! The other books in this series are unabridged, for whatever reason this one is abridged and badly. The story hop, skips and jumps with seemingly little reason. I swear this recording even starts in the middle of a sentence! I'm going to get the book out of the library, I'm sure it's a fine book - just don't waste a credit on this pitiful abridgement!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Stolen Child

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Keith Donohue
    • Narrated By Andy Paris, Jeff Woodman

    Seven-year-old Henry Day is kidnapped and renamed "Aniday" by changelings, ageless beings who inhabit the woods near his home. The changelings also leave behind one of their own, who flawlessly impersonates Henry except for one noteworthy detail: the new Henry is a prodigiously talented pianist.

    Jon says: "Not Anything Close to the Hype"
    "Loved It!"

    It's hard to explain the premise of this book - but what a wonderful story! I was completely drawn in within the first few minutes and could not stop listening. This book is wonderfully read, the story moves along nicely and certainly makes you wonder about "life & death". I highly recommend this book even if (like me) you're not a big fantasy/science fiction fan.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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