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Theresa

I love to read / listen and I write as well. Hope to have something published some day and see my work here for all to enjoy!

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  • All Fall Down

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Megan Hart
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    In the midst of a chaotic midnight assembly, Sunshine is forced outside into the darkness. Holding a scrap of paper scrawled with a stranger's name and address, Sunny grasps the hands of her three small children and begins her escape.

    Theresa says: "Not your typical Megan Hart book....."
    "Not your typical Megan Hart book....."
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    What did you like best about this story?

    This was surprising book for me. I expected hot and lusty and it wasn't there. I am a huge Megan Hart fan and this book was no exception. It's a great story, colorful and full characters and a really, really good story. The end could have lasted a couple of lines longer, but that might actually what made the book so good.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a story of human-ness...love.... and working through the rough stuff. Unique background and it played out in the book so well. If you like Megan Hart read this. If you don't like Megan Hart - read this. Looking forward to finding another I haven't read!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Fred Berman, Phoebe Strole
    Overall
    (5038)
    Performance
    (2305)
    Story
    (2335)

    Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was 36. They were married when Clare was 23 and Henry was 31. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous, his experiences unpredictable, alternately harrowing and amusing.

    Scott says: "Epic Drama & Love Story through Time Travel"
    "One of my all time favorites!!!"
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    I have listened to this over and over and over yet again. I love this book. The creativity, the detail and how human the characters are bring it to life. This book takes the reader on a journey and is actually a part of the story. You are not a reader / listener, but a part of it. The detail of the scenery is so amazing that you can feel the cold, the wind and can perfectly picture your surroundings. Though the detail is a great part of the story, it never bogs the story down or keep it from moving along. That is a unique gift of this writer and what, in part, makes this a great book. The book is well paced and when it ends, it's exactly the right time. Leaving you to review your emotions and put them in check. It's a book after all. Enjoy!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Salem Falls

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (915)
    Performance
    (372)
    Story
    (370)

    Jack St. Bride was a popular teacher and soccer coach at a girls' prep school when he was falsely accused of statutory rape. Released after eight months behind bars, he arrives in Salem Falls hoping to start fresh. He lands a job washing dishes at the local diner and even falls in love with the owner, Addie. But then a spoiled local girl accuses Jack of assault, forcing his past into the open and turning the town against him.

    Carolyn says: "Not My Favorite Picoult"
    "Not my favorite Picoult book...."
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    Before this book I have always enjoyed Picoult books. This one seemed all over the place. It was hard to keep track of the characters and who was who. Perhaps it was because it was an audiobook and not a reading book, but switching voice between one character and another was confusing. Many times I had to rewind the book to relisten to make sure I understood the transition and who was speaking or who was being spoke about. The story itself was a good one. The performance also good. Perhaps the arrangement was not the best?? I seriously considered quitting this book several times, but I had to know what the big twist at the end of the book was going to be. That, as with all of Picoult's books kept me guessing and as always, I would have never guessed. Great end. Picoult's "worst" is still better than many other's best... I'm torn on this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leaving Time

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Abigail Revasch, Kathe Mazur, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3920)
    Performance
    (3481)
    Story
    (3475)

    Refusing to believe that she would be abandoned as a young child, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice's old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts. Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest.

    Jan says: "Pickiest Reader Would Be Willing to Give 6 Stars"
    "Wow!!"
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    Wonderful story line. Unpredictable until the very end. Characters you will come to know well and be able to imagine. Educational as well. Maybe Picoult's best...?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Storyteller

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mozhan Marno, Jennifer Ikeda, Edoardo Ballerini, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3938)
    Performance
    (3440)
    Story
    (3455)

    Jodi Picoult's poignant number one New York Times best-selling novels about family and love tackle hot-button issues head on. In The Storyteller, Sage Singer befriends Josef Weber, a beloved Little League coach and retired teacher. But then Josef asks Sage for a favor she never could have imagined - to kill him. After Josef reveals the heinous act he committed, Sage feels he may deserve that fate. But would his death be murder or justice?

    Suzn F says: "The Baker, The Nun, The Virgin and The Monster"
    "Awesome as always Jodi Picoult!!"
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    Three stories that are intertwined, and it's amazing. Walk in the footsteps of a young girl as she is held captive in a concentration camp during WWII. Feel what she feels and practically see what she sees. The imagery is compelling and I had to stop reading a couple times as I cried. But the story need to be told over and over and over. You will search your soul and maybe find things you didn't realize were there. How do you forgive? Really, what does that mean?? I learned a lot. Things no one should know because they should have never happened. But they did and this book is the story of one... The story of too many. The story of too few.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dogs and Goddesses

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie, Anne Stuart, Lani Diane Rich
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (313)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (164)

    Abby has just arrived in Summerville, Ohio, with her placid Newfoundland, Bowser. She's reluctantly inherited her grandmother's coffee shop, but it's not long before she's brewing up trouble in the form of magical baked goods and steaming up her life with an exasperating college professor. And then there's Daisy, a Web-code writer, and her hyperactive Jack Russell, Bailey. Her tightly wound world spins out of control when she discovers the chaos within and meets a mysterious dog trainer.

    Cheri says: "Great story"
    "Not a typical Jennifer Crusie"
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    Generally I enjoy anything written by Jennifer Crusie... This is the exception. Very odd. Strange. Just plain weird. Couldn't wait for it to be over. The narrator was annoying as well. Don't waste your time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Sister's Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By uncredited
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3221)
    Performance
    (1404)
    Story
    (1409)

    New York Times best-selling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally riveting story of a family torn apart by conflicting needs and a passionate love that triumphs over human weakness.

    Lisa says: "Wonderful Book, Very Emotional"
    "Perhaps the best Jody Piccoult yet....."
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    What did you love best about My Sister's Keeper?

    Great characters. Compelling issue and a realistic view from all the characters


    What did you like best about this story?

    I felt like I knew each character and I agreed and disagreed with them all


    Any additional comments?

    Another winner! How ever does she write these books? I sobbed like a baby. An incredible story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Keeping Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Eliza Foss, Julia Gibson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (788)
    Performance
    (288)
    Story
    (285)

    Mariah has just discovered her husband Colin is having his second affair. During the divorce process, their seven-year-old daughter, Faith, meets an imaginary friend who may be God. Amidst much controversy, Colin sues for custody of Faith, compelling Mariah to find her inner strength.

    Carolyn says: "Crazy storyline but enjoyable"
    "Not my favorite Jodi Picoult book...."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Read others first. This was REALLY hard for me to get "into". I am a huge Picoult fan and I stopped listening halfway through. Generally Jodi's book grab me and I can't stop listening until the book is done. This one doesn't do it for for me...


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I didn't finish listening


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

    Yes. This may have been to serious of a book for her voice. She has somewhat of a whimsical tone to her voice. I do enjoy her work though.


    Was Keeping Faith worth the listening time?

    I hate to say "No" as all of Jodi Picoult's book have a great message, but this would be at the bottom of my Picoult list.


    Any additional comments?

    If you have never read Picoult, read anything else first. Don't let this be your first Picoult book as it might be your last. If this was from another author I might not expect as much and it might be "ok". I will try to listen again in the future to see if I like it better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Handle with Care

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Celeste Ciulla, Jessica Almasy, Jim Colby, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (880)
    Performance
    (333)
    Story
    (332)

    From mega-selling author Jodi Picoult comes an engrossing tale of medical morality and parental responsibility. Charlotte O'Keefe's daughter is born with osteogenesis imperfecta and will endure endless broken bones. Facing unthinkable medical costs, Charlotte considers a troubling solution. If she goes to court and says she would have terminated the pregnancy had she known of her daughter's condition, she might get enough money for a lifetime of medical expenses.

    Amy Augustine says: "Worth it"
    "Another winner for Jodi Picoult!!!"
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    What did you love best about Handle with Care?

    I love the realistic people and the situations in Jodi's books. I always learn something valuable that I would be hard pressed to learn about any other way. This is a great story of family, love and loss... If you are a Jodi fan...don't pass this up.


    What other book might you compare Handle with Care to and why?

    Jodi's book are somewhat formulatic but there is always something unique with them too. Never do they feel like a repeat of something else.


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

    Love the readers! They bring the story to life and make the listener feel like they are personally talking with the people. WONDERFUL!!!


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

    YES!!! I couldn't stop listening to it!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Read it! Enjoy it!

    0 of 0 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
    (21276)
    Performance
    (17726)
    Story
    (18334)

    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.

    Shopper24 says: "Laughed so hard, I nearly coughed up a lung!!"
    "Poor writing and story...but educational..."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I would have stopped listening within the first twenty minutes had this book not gotten so much press. It was poorly written, the narrator annoying and the content...a little much for this VERY open minded and liberal person. But where else could you safely learn the world of S&M? If you having problems hanging in there, do it. by the time you get to book two and three, the story is better developed and there is actually more to it than sex.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    No ending until the end of book three


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Becca Battoe?

    After the third book and she was better seasoned, she was better.


    Did Fifty Shades of Grey inspire you to do anything?

    LOL! no.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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