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lora

Mother of teenaged bear, Wife to chaos, Warrior

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  • The Spirit Clearing: A Michael Talbot Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (336)
    Performance
    (312)
    Story
    (315)

    After a horrific accident Mike wakes to find himself blind in one eye. He now sees things that others can't, and nobody will listen to him. That is, until he meets Jandilyn Hollow. Will she be able to pull him out of the depths of his despair? Can love transcend even death?

    Amanda says: "Spiritually deep and moving"
    "Spirit lost"
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    If you could sum up The Spirit Clearing in three words, what would they be?

    Got through it finally


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I felt like the story went no where I was always "wondering where's this going?"


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    More descriptive narration. When at the climax I still feel like he was reading the story as it was the beginning.


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

    This is a after school special at best.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Burial Rites: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Hannah Kent
    • Narrated By Morven Christie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (147)

    A brilliant literary debut, inspired by a true story: the final days of a young woman accused of murder in Iceland in 1829. Set against Iceland's stark landscape, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution. Horrified at the prospect of housing a convicted murderer, the family at first avoids Agnes. Only Tóti, a priest Agnes has mysteriously chosen to be her spiritual guardian, seeks to understand her.

    Robyn says: "Somber but Beautiful"
    "story telling at its best"
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    Burial Rites written by Hannah Kent is based on true events. The audio version is a long slow story. Campfires recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Bayou

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By James Daniels, Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (744)
    Performance
    (588)
    Story
    (593)

    Declan Fitzgerald had always been the family maverick, but even he couldn't understand his impulse to buy a dilapidated mansion on the outskirts of New Orleans. All he knew was that ever since he saw Manet Hall, he'd been enchanted - and obsessed - with it. So when the opportunity to buy the house comes up Declan jumps at the chance to live out a dream.

    Phyllis says: "Not the Norm"
    "Long time getting there"
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    I liked this book it was charming and witty. The second story background is just enough. The first story is positively brilliant. But it took a long time getting to the end and although it was interesting till the end it was predictable after you find out a certain " tidbit" of information. I felt the story was given away.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paper Towns

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (516)
    Performance
    (388)
    Story
    (396)

    Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life - dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge - he follows.

    Natalia P. Valdes says: "I picked you"
    "Hallow endings"
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    This book was outrageously funny. Smart and witty with true banter between friends. It was interesting enough to make me want to see where the book would go. I found the ending disappointing. It wasn't that it didn't tie up loose ends. Au contrair. It did just not the way I wanted it too. Would I recommend? you bet.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Helene Wecker
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1713)
    Performance
    (1577)
    Story
    (1581)

    Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

    Jefferson says: "Fine Romantic Urban Historical Immigrant Fantasy"
    "The great story unfolds"
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    There are some books that just read this one unfolds. Helene Wecker weaves a great story with back grounds and deep characterizations. It was fascinating but very long. I found that I was pushing towards the end. This book wasn't long and boring. It was just long I wanted the characters to have a great climax but when I got there it fizzled. Not in a bad way it just wasn't a great as I expected. the narration was very good but not spectacular and i believe this drew away from "something" from the climax.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Red Hill: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jamie McGuire
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin, January LaVoy, Zachary Webber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (68)

    When the world ends, can love survive? For Scarlet, raising her two daughters alone means fighting for tomorrow is an everyday battle. Nathan has a wife, but can't remember what it's like to be in love; only his young daughter Zoe makes coming home worthwhile. Miranda's biggest concern is whether her new VW Bug is big enough to carry her sister and their boyfriends on a weekend escape from college finals. When reports of a widespread, deadly "outbreak" begin to surface, these ordinary people face extraordinary circumstances and suddenly their fates are intertwined.

    Amy says: "Are the Lives Lost Worth Those Saved?"
    "AWESOME"
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    I'm always leery when trying new authors but i'm so glad I did with Jamie McGuire. It words flow smoothly the story is strong and realistic. I do hope their is a sequel to Red Hill. It isn't that the ending wasn't satisfying. It was. I'm just curious what happened to so many great characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5691)
    Performance
    (5194)
    Story
    (5227)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    RaisinNut says: "A story about LIFE, not death..."
    "sickness isn't always sadness"
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    Although this was a tough subject I found myself smiling in areas. It is a heartwarming book despite the subject (teens dying from cancer). The story was believable from a YA point of view. It flowed well and wasn't long and dragged out.I enjoyed it even though I was leery because of the subject.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Halfway to the Grave: Night Huntress, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5018)
    Performance
    (3387)
    Story
    (3406)

    Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father—the one responsible for ruining her mother's life. Then she's captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unlikely partnership. In exchange for help finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She's amazed she doesn't end up as his dinner…are there actually good vampires?

    Benoibe says: "Surprised! SPECTACULAR AND SEXY!"
    "Halfway awake"
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    Any additional comments?

    I'm usually into this genre but I felt this book just never got started. I was always waiting for something more exciting to happen. I half heard this book and didn't really feel bad when I fell asleep and missed parts. Perhaps I'm not giving a fair review but I have no desire to try this one again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rhythm and Bluegrass

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (432)
    Performance
    (403)
    Story
    (403)

    The anticipated follow up to Molly Harper's My Bluegrass Baby, which followed Sadie Hawkins as she jockeyed for the director's position at the Kentucky Tourism Commission with a sophisticated and handsome challenger.

    Melissa says: "Rhythm and Bluegrass"
    "Fun but..."
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    Where does Rhythm and Bluegrass rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was ok but I found the jokes the same ol' same old as in the first book but it was entertaining none the least..


    What other book might you compare Rhythm and Bluegrass to and why?

    The characters in this book just didn't have the same chemistry as in the first book but it was a good read


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

    I love Amanda Ronconi 's reading she brings the characters alive in a way that just simply reading the book could not.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Remaining: Fractured

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By D. J. Molles
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (640)
    Performance
    (606)
    Story
    (600)

    The Camp Ryder Hub is broken. Lee is nowhere to be found, and his allies are scattered across the state, each of them learning that their missions will not be as easy as they thought. Inside the walls of Camp Ryder, a silent war is brewing, between those few that still support Lee's vision of rebuilding, and the majority that support Jerry's desire for isolation. But this war will not remain silent for long.

    Mike Naka says: "incredible continuation of a great series"
    "Hooked on this series"
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    Would you listen to The Remaining: Fractured again? Why?

    I never really listen to books more than once but this series I would make an exception


    Which character – as performed by Christian Rummel – was your favorite?

    I like Lerouge I find him and Lee Harper very human


    Any additional comments?

    I found I was sneaking away just to listen. Sitting in the parked car just a little longer to listen. This whole series was nothing short of spectacular!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Remaining: Aftermath

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By D. J. Molles
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (803)
    Performance
    (763)
    Story
    (759)

    To Captain Lee Harden, Project Hometown feels like a distant dream and the completion of his mission seems unattainable. Wounded and weaponless, he has stumbled upon a group of survivors that seems willing to help. But a tragedy in the group causes a deep rift to come to light and forces him into action. In the chaos of the world outside, Lee is pursued by a new threat: someone who will stop at nothing to get what he has.

    Hassan says: "Surprising Start!!!"
    "After my heart stops racing"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Remaining: Aftermath the most enjoyable?

    I loved the excitement of this book! ups, downs, racing around, what will happen next? it was fabulous


    What did you like best about this story?

    Lee Harper is a character who is believable. He is very human.


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

    The voice was spectacular. I found my heart racing in the area where he was excited.


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

    One man, one mission, undefeatable odds


    2 of 8 people found this review helpful

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