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  • The Hollow: Sign of Seven, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Marie Caliendo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (508)
    Performance
    (246)
    Story
    (245)

    For Fox, Caleb, Gage and the other residents of Hawkins Hollow, the number seven portends doom - ever since, as boys, they freed a demon trapped for centuries when their blood spilled upon The Pagan Stone.

    Josaphine says: "Great Story...but"
    "Exceptional"
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    What did you love best about The Hollow?

    It's a very well-written, well-plotted, scary, romantic story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hollow?

    The 6-pronged attack against the whole group. Very scary.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The walk to the Pagan Stone at the end of the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Dahlia: In the Garden, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Susie Breck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (924)
    Performance
    (652)
    Story
    (651)

    Trying to escape the ghosts of the past, young widow Stella Rothchild, along with her two energetic little boys, has moved back to her roots in southern Tennessee - and into her new life at Harper House and In the Garden nursery. She isn't intimidated by the house - nor its mistress, local legend Roz Harper.

    bluebelle says: "Wonderful!"
    "Excellent listening"
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    What did you love best about Blue Dahlia?

    Th story is part of one of my favorite Nora Roberts trilogies. I love everything about it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It's hard to pick a favorite. They are all equally well-developed.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I love the dinner scene near the end when Amelia reveals her madness.


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

    I think the descriptions of Amelia's response to the loss of her baby and Stella's response to the loss of her husband both ring very true- very real.


    Any additional comments?

    In this book and in the other three, the narration is superb. I have never heard anyone that did accents and individual verbal characteristics so well. She is a pleasure to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2503)
    Performance
    (1644)
    Story
    (1664)

    First appearing in print in 1890, the character of Sherlock Holmes has now become synonymous worldwide with the concept of a super sleuth. His creator, Conan Doyle, imbued his detective hero with intellectual power, acute observational abilities, a penchant for deductive reasoning and a highly educated use of forensic skills. Indeed, Doyle created the first fictional private detective who used what we now recognize as modern scientific investigative techniques.

    David says: "mouth watering"
    "Excellent narration"
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    Would you listen to The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1 again? Why?

    Yes. I love the stories.


    What about Charlton Griffin’s performance did you like?

    He was excellent. Perfect accent and inflection. He did not make Dr. Watson sound like an idiot the way the old Basil Rathbone movies did. The books do not support that idea and I appreciate Griffin's narrating the characters as I think they were truly written.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pagan Stone: Sign of Seven, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (514)
    Performance
    (247)
    Story
    (248)

    Years ago, after their blood brother ritual, Gage, Fox, and Caleb emerged from the woods, each with a piece of bloodstone. Now, it will become their weapon in the final fight against the demon they awakened. Winner take all...Shared nightmares, visions of blood and fire, and random violence begin to plague the longtime friends and Quinn, Layla, and Cybil, the women bound to them by fate. None of them can ignore the fact that, this year, the demon has grown stronger.

    Kristina says: "Rating"
    "Rousing Finish"
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    What did you love best about The Pagan Stone?

    I loved the filling out of the characters of Sybil and Gage.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Pagan Stone?

    The dog attack is a shocker.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene is Gage's near death and Sybil's reaction to it.


    Any additional comments?

    This set of books is one of my favorite. I have re-read them many times and now enjoy listening to them. The first and third are narrated by a man, who does the male voices very well and the female pretty good. The second is narrated by a woman and the opposite applies, of course. I particularly enjoy her Sybil voice. But they both do extremely well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Brothers: Sign of Seven, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (579)
    Performance
    (290)
    Story
    (294)

    Every seven years, on the seventh day of the seventh month, strange things happen. It began when three young boys - Caleb, Fox, and Gage - went on a camping trip to the Pagan Stone. And 21 years later, it will end in a showdown between evil and the boys who have become men - and the women who love them.

    beth says: "So-So for Nora"
    "Excellent"
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    If you could sum up Blood Brothers in three words, what would they be?

    Scary, well-plotted, interesting


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sybil, because of her complexity


    What about Phil Gigante’s performance did you like?

    He voiced the parts quite well, although a few minor characters didn't sound like the book descriptions.


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

    The town where hell visits every seven years


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The White Dragon: Dragonriders of Pern

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Anne McCaffrey
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (609)
    Performance
    (361)
    Story
    (361)

    Never had there been as close a bonding as the one that existed between the daring and adventurous young Lord Jaxom and his extraordinary white dragon, Ruth. Pure white and incredibly agile, Ruth was a dragon of many talents, though almost everyone on Pern thought he was a runt that would never amount to anything. But Jaxom knew better.

    David says: "One of my all time favorites!"
    "Excellent story ann narration"
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    What made the experience of listening to The White Dragon the most enjoyable?

    The narration was done very well.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jaxom and Ruth are my favorite characters. As you will hear, they are inseparable and count as one.


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

    Having that masculine voice was nice, and each person had their own accent, which helped keep the characters straight as I listened.


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

    Jaxom's illness in Southern was particularly poignant to me. Imaging Ruth as he realized Jaxom was sick and summoning help all on his own initiative was definitely a moment to be imagined.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish Dick Hill had read all of the books. The other narrator is ok, but I often find it hard to hear the change in character, and Master Robinton sounds terrible. Dick's rendition is so much better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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