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Dana

I'm a busy mom who loves to listen to books. Mostly I listen on my way to and from work.

Surprise, AZ, United States

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  • The Best Man

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Kristan Higgins
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (277)
    Performance
    (247)
    Story
    (248)

    Faith Holland left her hometown after being jilted at the altar. Now a little older and wiser, she's ready to return to the Blue Heron Winery, her family's vineyard, to confront the ghosts of her past, and maybe enjoy a glass of red. After all, there's some great scenery there.... Like Levi Cooper, the local police chief - and best friend of her former fiancé. There's a lot about Levi that Faith never noticed, and it's not just those deep green eyes.

    Mary says: "Funny, flawed characters and great, dry dialogue."
    "Fun, loving and sweet story"
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    Where does The Best Man rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    As a very good listening experience. I was always anxious to turn it back on.


    What other book might you compare The Best Man to and why?

    I am not good at comparing but it had a fun story. I laughed several times and just really enjoyed it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were many but probably when they first kiss as teenagers.


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

    When he takes care of her and explains how her accident happened. It was so sweet.


    Any additional comments?

    Really enjoyed this book but I love a good love story with a happy ending.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Christopher McDougall
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4344)
    Performance
    (2135)
    Story
    (2168)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Want to join the “superhumans”? Luckily you don’t have to run to catch up with them, thanks to McDougall’s and Sanders’ inspiring (and motivating) journey through history, science, physiology, health, entertaining characters and unlikely friendships. Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure.

    Corey says: "Amazing read - even for non-runners"
    "AMAZING!!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have and will continue. Not just for running friends either.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen?

    The story of Ann Trayson! I really enjoyed that.


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

    He is an excellent narrator. He really did the book justice. Great job!!!


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

    The whole book moved me but definitely the end when you find out who he is.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent book and I really learned alot. Being a runner it really made me love running even more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nice Girls Don't Date Dead Men: Jane Jameson, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3483)
    Performance
    (2613)
    Story
    (2607)

    Once a devoted children's librarian, Jane Jameson now works at a rundown occult bookstore. Once a regular gal, she's now a vampire. And instead of a bride, she's an eternal bridesmaid -- which leads her to question where exactly her relationship with her irresistibly sexy sire, Gabriel, is headed. Mercurial, enigmatic, apparently commitment-phobic vampires are nothing if not hard to read.

    Kickez says: "A great continuation from the 1st book!"
    "Always Good!"
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    What did you love best about Nice Girls Don't Date Dead Men?

    The story is just too funny! I could totally see this series made into a TV show and Whitney Cummings playing Jane Jameson.


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

    She is aboslutely amazing! Love her voice! Never have I heard her narrate a bad one.


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

    Turned? I don't know but maybe that.


    Any additional comments?

    Fun series and looking forward to the last one. Molly Harper is definitely in my top 5 of authors. Just love her writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Troop

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Nick Cutter
    • Narrated By Corey Brill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (115)

    Once every year, Scoutmaster Tim Riggs leads a troop of boys into the Canadian wilderness for a weekend camping trip - a tradition as comforting and reliable as a good ghost story around a roaring bonfre. The boys are a tight-knit crew. There’s Kent, one of the most popular kids in school; Ephraim and Max, also well-liked and easygoing; then there’s Newt the nerd and Shelley the odd duck. For the most part, they all get along and are happy to be there - which makes Scoutmaster Tim’s job a little easier.

    Kim Venatries says: "Seriously Messed Up Gruesome Horror"
    "My first scary book and probably my last!"
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    What did you love best about The Troop?

    The story was definitely intense and kept you sucked in.


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

    Oh my! There was so many. Some of the things that happen in this book are just mind boggling.


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

    The sample does not do Corey Brill justice. I did not like the sample but it was the a book club choice so I felt I had to do it. Glad I did because he did a great job of narrating the book.


    If you could rename The Troop, what would you call it?

    Contagion!


    Any additional comments?

    The book was very descriptive (almost too much) but overall was very well written. Even though I will probably have nightmares it was worth it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 'Twas the Night Before Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (3 mins)
    • By Clement Clarke Moore
    • Narrated By George Takei
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (105)

    What better way to celebrate the season, and all things Audible, than with the Audible.com 2013 Audio Holiday Card. "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" is one of our holiday favorites - and who better to bring this classic to life than the brilliant George Takei. We’re thrilled to offer this holiday treat FREE for a limited time. Wishing you a Happy Holidays from the team at Audible.com - Oh My!

    Dave says: "Santa isn't White or Black - He's George Takei!!!"
    "Very Sweet!!!"
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    What did you love best about 'Twas the Night Before Christmas?

    It is a great, classic story.


    Have you listened to any of George Takei’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Have not.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a great way to hear it. Love George Takei.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Beginning

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Christina Lauren
    • Narrated By Grace Grant, Sebastian York
    Overall
    (324)
    Performance
    (308)
    Story
    (306)

    Wedding bells can't chime soon enough for Chloe Mills and Bennett Ryan. Chloe, exasperated and stressed by all the last-minute to-dos, is on the verge of saying "I do" to eloping. For his part, Bennett's so worried about being distracted by Chloe's body that he makes a no-sex-until-the-wedding-night rule that only seems to be making things worse by continually backfiring on him.

    Jordy says: "Filthy, dirty, hilariously sweet love story!"
    "Truly a Beautiful Begninning!"
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    Which character – as performed by Grace Grant and Sebastian York – was your favorite?

    These two are great together. Love listening to them.


    Any additional comments?

    It is a great book and great end to the series. I enjoyed each one and this was definitely one of my favs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Ransom Riggs
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (59)

    This second novel in the Miss Peregine's Home for Peculiar Children series begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine's island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. Along the way, they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other surprises. Complete with dozens of newly discovered (and thoroughly creepy) vintage photographs, this new adventure will delight fantasy fans of all ages.

    JACK says: "Peculiar and Suspenseful"
    "A GREAT Part 2!!!!"
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    What did you love best about Hollow City?

    It keeps the story going and has some great twists and turns. I could hardly stop listening to this book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    They are all my favorite. Each one brings something different to the table. He does a great job of describing the characters and their peculiarisms.


    What about Kirby Heyborne’s performance did you like?

    He is so great! Love, Love, Love, him!!!!


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

    Yes, it just sucks you in.


    Any additional comments?

    A thrid book is coming out early next year and now I have to wait. This is the second book of the MIss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. They are wonderful books that use or imagniation and make it seem like we are right there with them. HIghly Recommend this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Player

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Christina Lauren
    • Narrated By Grace Grant, Sebastian York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (558)
    Performance
    (527)
    Story
    (523)

    When Hanna Bergstrom receives a lecture from her overprotective brother about neglecting her social life and burying herself in grad school, she's determined to tackle his implied assignment: get out, make friends, start dating. And who better to turn her into the sultry siren every man wants than her brother's gorgeous best friend, Will Sumner, venture capitalist and unapologetic playboy?

    Jordy says: "another hot installment in the Beautiful series!"
    "Love Me Some Will!!!"
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    Any additional comments?

    What a great story! It was fun, and hot. I really enjoyed the whole story. Some fo the scenes were hot and steamy and some were quite funny. Overall a great listen and definitely one of my favs from the series. Love the two narrators.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Undeniably Yours

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Shannon Stacey
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (329)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (223)

    Bar owner Kevin Kowalski is used to women throwing their phone numbers at him, but lately he's more interested in finding a woman to settle down with. A woman like Beth Hansen. If only their first meeting hadn't gone so badly. Beth's tending bar at a wedding when she comes face-to-face with a tuxedo-clad man she never thought she'd see again. She tries to keep her distance from Kevin but, by last call, she can't say no to his too-blue eyes or the invitation back to his room.

    LeftyMom says: "Undeniably bad"
    "Hurry up already!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend the whole series but this was my least favorite.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was an interesting story but she dragged her feet way too long.


    What about Lauren Fortgang’s performance did you like?

    Love Lauren! Another great job!


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

    When she finally wakes up to smell the coffee.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifteen Minutes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Karen Kingsbury
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (38)

    Zack Dylan has a dream. He wants to sing on the biggest stages, for the biggest crowds, and he’ll do whatever it takes to make it come true. But Zack also made a promise to his college sweetheart when he left Kentucky to compete on the popular TV show Fifteen Minutes: If he made it, nothing would change him or his faith in God. Overnight, Zack becomes the nation’s most popular contestant. As his star rises, Zack is often asked to compromise his beliefs. Just as he’s on the verge of winning it all, his choices lead him to the brink of personal disaster.

    Jan says: "Not sure if its the books fault or just me..."
    "Definitely Not the Ending I expected!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Fifteen Minutes the most enjoyable?

    It was so true and applied to many different things in life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Of course Zach! He tried hard to stay true but the temptation of life plays its part.


    Have you listened to any of Kirby Heyborne’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I really, really enjoyed this narrator. Good tone of voice and he had great emphasize over the material.


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

    When he finally realizes what he has done and lost.


    Any additional comments?

    An excellent listen and I highly reccomend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Yours to Keep

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Shannon Stacey
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (414)
    Performance
    (317)
    Story
    (317)

    Sean Kowalski no sooner leaves the army than he's recruited by Emma Shaw to be her fake fiance;. Emma needs to produce a husband-to-be for her grandmother's upcoming visit, and, though Sean doesn't like the deception, he could use the landscaping job Emma's offering while he decides what to do with his civilian life. And, despite his attraction to Emma, there's no chance he'll fall for a woman with deep roots in a town he's not planning to call home.

    SIMARA says: "Melt-the-heart kind of good!!"
    "A keeper!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Yours to Keep the most enjoyable?

    I have enjoyed this whole series. It has a good feel to it.


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

    I like Lauren Fortgang. She does a good job.


    Any additional comments?

    Just an overall good love story!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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