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Samantha

Love to listen to historical fiction, paranormal, romance, and general fiction while commuting. Audiobooks help make the drive bearable!

Omaha, NE | Member Since 2010

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  • Cleopatra's Daughter: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Michelle Moran
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    Overall
    (326)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (169)

    The marriage of Marc Antony and Cleopatra is one of the greatest love stories of all time, a tale of unbridled passion with earth-shaking political consequences. Feared and hunted by the powers in Rome, the lovers choose to die by their own hands as the triumphant armies of Antony's vengeful rival, Octavian, sweep into Egypt. Their three orphaned children are taken in chains to Rome; only two---the 10-year-old twins Selene and Alexander---survive the journey.

    Annette says: "A pretty engaging story"
    "Learned a lot while on a road trip"
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    What made the experience of listening to Cleopatra's Daughter the most enjoyable?

    I listened to this book on a cross country road trip with my sister-in-law, and I loved chatting about different cultural aspects the book covered. The age at which a child becomes an adult in this time period is much younger than now, and we found that royal/noble children were forced to grow up even more quickly. The book does a nice job of highlighting this coming of age.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Juba! His character is much more complex than I originally thought.


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

    No, I think I needed time to process each section of the book - the material was fairly dense and we sometimes had to jog our memories to recall who a specific character was. I think if we had listened to it in one sitting, the characters would have jumbled together.


    Any additional comments?

    This novel covers quite a few deep themes: slavery, class, conquest over an enemy, love, teenage pregnancy, and more - it does rush through some of them, but overall does a nice job tackling these big topics.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sweet Surrender: Sweet Series #1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Caroline Wintour
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (654)
    Performance
    (582)
    Story
    (589)

    Dallas cop Gray Montgomery is on a mission: find the guy who killed his partner and bring him to justice. So far, he's found a link between the killer and Faith - and if Gray has to get close to her to catch the killer, so be it. Faith is sweet and feminine, everything Gray wants and desires in a woman, but he suspects she's playing games. No way would she allow a man to call the shots in their relationship. Or would she? Faith sees in Gray the strong, dominant man she needs, but he seems determined to keep her at a distance.

    Amazon Customer says: "Love this Series."
    "Eh...didn't do it for me"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really. I didn't think the characters were particularly interesting or fully fleshed out. I never really cared about what happened with Faith's mother. I was pretty bored at many points in the book, and was happy the book was fairly short.


    Did Caroline Wintour do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, though some of the male voices (like Mick's) were actually distracting.


    Do you think Sweet Surrender needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, I don't think there are any open story lines - I'm not sure that there's anything to follow up on.


    Any additional comments?

    Try a different Maya Banks book - this one wasn't one of her best.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Grave Sight: Harper Connelly Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1459)
    Performance
    (761)
    Story
    (767)

    Grave Sight draws listeners into the intriguing world of Harper Connelly, a woman with a unique gift: she can "see" the deceased and how they died. A teenage girl from a small Ozarks town is missing and feared dead. Hired by local police, Harper locates the girl's body in a nearby forest. But there's more than one corpse in those woods, and the second one raises questions no one wants to ask.

    Connie says: "Enjoyable. Interesting. Recommend!"
    "Little bit of mystery, little bit of paranormal"
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    Where does Grave Sight rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was a fun, light read. I've listened to quite a few books - while this doesn't crack my top favorites list, I still found it enjoyable, and occasionally found myself staying in the car longer than necessary to hear a bit more.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Grave Sight?

    Imaging Harper and Hollis at the gospel choir while Tolliver likely pouted at the motel was pretty funny.


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

    I haven't heard her other books, but I can say I think she did well with a slow southern drawl.


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

    I laughed out loud at a few points. I did get pretty annoyed by some of Harper's tics.


    Any additional comments?

    Charmaine Harris usually writes enjoyable books, and this one didn't disappoint. It was worth a credit to me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Aphrodite

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Russell Andrews
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (127)

    It looked for all the world like a terrible, tragic accident. Susanna Morgan had gotten up in the middle of the night, tripped, fallen, and broken her neck. Yet when detective Justin Westwood inspects the victim's apartment, he can't help noticing that the details don't quite add up. The glass on the bedside table is knocked over but there are no cuts on her body. The scrape on her knee looks suspiciously fresh. And then a terrified witness comes forward, confirming his worst fear.

    Tenesha says: "Really Enjoyed this......"
    "Intriguing read"
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    What made the experience of listening to Aphrodite the most enjoyable?

    I didn't guess most of the "aha" moments - I like that in thriller novels.


    What other book might you compare Aphrodite to and why?

    Possibly John Grisham books...this isn't a legal thriller, but some of the plot and characters are Grisham-esque.


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

    This was my first one, I certainly enjoyed it.


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

    When the hero thought or spoke about his former life. I found these scenes to be pretty powerful.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16353)
    Performance
    (14532)
    Story
    (14570)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Gripping story, great performance"
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    Would you listen to Gone Girl again? Why?

    While I really liked this book, I don't think I'd listen to it again - a big part of my enjoyment was wondering what would happen next. That said, the narration was simply excellent, so it wouldn't be bad to have an encore listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked how the author really made me love then hate different characters at different points throughout the book.


    What about Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s performance did you like?

    Fantastic narration and pitch perfect emotions. The narrators made a good book great.


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

    There were many points where I could really relate to the characters - I really liked that. Then there were points that were so crazy, I couldn't believe it. Fun ride!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14939)
    Performance
    (12300)
    Story
    (12934)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "Speeding up the narration helps a LOT"
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    If you could sum up Fifty Shades of Grey in three words, what would they be?

    Guilty pleasure listen


    What did you like best about this story?

    For me, the story is pure escapism - liked seeing how "the other half" lives (on several levels)


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Spoken faster - the only way I could get through this book (particularly the boring beginning) was to listen to the narration at 1.5x speed! At that speed, it seems more like normal speaking - I can't even imagine listening to it at regular speed.


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

    No, I listen to it while working out, and it feels like it has good breaking points - while I want to hear more, it's not enough to keep me on the treadmill! :)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dragonfly in Amber

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9140)
    Performance
    (5790)
    Story
    (5810)

    New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon enchanted scores of fans with Outlander, her electrifying historical saga set in 18th-century Scotland. Now this sequel sweeps listeners back into the past as Claire relates more of her perilous sojourn there with her Scottish warrior husband, James Fraser. Twenty years after her strange journey back in time, Claire has returned to Scotland with her daughter, determined to share with her the secret she has harbored since her time travel.

    Daniel says: "Finally! The unabridged version is here!"
    "Davina Porter brings a cherished series to life"
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    What did you love best about Dragonfly in Amber?

    I've been a fan of the Outlander series for years, and periodically go back to read them. I've also listened to several of the books on audiobook, and Davina Porter simply brings the story to life. The characters become old friends, and I find myself hearing Davina's narration when I am reading the e-books.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dragonfly in Amber?

    There are lots of great moments in the book, but a particularly amusing one was when Jamie tells Claire about the men who were chasing him in Paris, and he grabbed a large sausage as a weapon. His storytelling (and Porter's excellent narration) made the moment truly funny. It also introduces a great character, Fergus.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    This is a tough one, because there are so many wonderful scenes. The entire section around Wentworth Prison was gripping and the bond Jamie and Claire have is so clear. I am certainly not saying the scenes between Randall and Jamie were my favorite, but the connection Claire rebuilds with Jamie afterward was hard-fought and moving.


    If you could take any character from Dragonfly in Amber out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Maybe Jenny - she doesn't go out on many "adventures", but is clearly the rock of Lallybroch. I would love to talk with her about that.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First Grave on the Right: Charley Davidson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3357)
    Performance
    (2714)
    Story
    (2701)

    A smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper. Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light”. But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life...and it turns out he might not be dead after all.

    Maggie says: "Loved this audiobook!"
    "Fun start to the series"
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    Where does First Grave on the Right rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book was a pretty good start to the series - I liked it enough that I bought the second book! It's not the best audiobook I've heard, but the narrator generally does a nice job conveying Charlie's sarcasm and attitude. Overall, I would recommend this book (in fact, I got my mother to read it too).


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character is probably Charlie - I enjoyed her snarkiness.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It's hard to say without spoiling the story, but it involves the little girl ghost.


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

    Yes, it involved the little girl ghost (don't want to spoil the scene).


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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