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Darinda

Coldwater, Michigan | Member Since 2007

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  • The Prize

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (597)
    Performance
    (366)
    Story
    (370)

    In the resplendence of William the Conqueror's London court, the lovely Saxon captive, Nicholaa was forced to choose a husband from the assembled Norman nobles. She chose Royce, a baron warrior whose fierce demeanor could not conceal his chivalrous and tender heart. Resourceful, rebellious and utterly naive, Nicholaa vowed to bend Royce to her will, despite the whirlwind of feelings he aroused in her.

    A. Masters says: "narration takes away from the story"
    "Narration makes it hard to listen to"
    Overall

    Over the years I've read this book probably 4 or 5 times. I just love Julie Garwoods historical romances and was so pleased to find it available in audio format. I eagerly downloaded it and turned on my ipod only to hear a narrator that made the young heroine sound about 80 years old. The accent was over the top and I had difficulty picturing the hero who should have been "manly" but sounded like an old lady. Grrrrr.......

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Stranger Beside Me

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Ann Rule
    • Narrated By Ann Rule
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (27)

    Ann Rule was working on the biggest story of her career, tracking the trail of victims left by a brutal serial-killer. Little did this future bestselling author know that the savage slayer she was hunting was the young man she counted among her closest friends.

    D. Blaskie says: "Painful at best"
    "Painful at best"
    Overall

    Someone HAS to be honest with a writer who decides to narrate their own books. Not everyone is cut out to be a narrator and as good an author as Ann Rule is, she is absolutely NOT a narrator! I read this book quite a while ago and really enjoyed it, but listening to the abridged version read by Ann was painful. Save your money and buy the book, you will enjoy it so much more!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Ties

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Kay Hooper
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (67)

    The elite Special Crimes Unit, the FBI's most controversial and effective team, is a group of mavericks and misfits trained to use their unique psychic abilities to hunt the worst monsters imaginable - human ones. Led by the enigmatic Noah Bishop, the SCU team has earned a reputation for pitting their skills and cunning against killers that other cops fear.

    A User says: "Too many characters"
    "Horrible"
    Overall

    I believe this is the first audio book that I've not been able to finish. I thought it was about a murder but then the story line would turn to the relationships of the psychic characters so I started thinking that it was really about the group of psychic detectives, then it went back to the murder. I couldn't figure out if the murder was an afterthought or what. Terrible narration, terrible story line, hideous characters. I would not recommend this book to anyone and would like to redeem my credit for another book entirely! Save your credits and your money.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Of Bees and Mist: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Erick Setiawan
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Of Bees and Mist centers on Meridia, who, at age 16, tries to escape her alienating childhood and her mysterious parents by running away to marry a tenderhearted young man, whose family is harboring secrets of their own. There is a grave hidden in the garden. There are two sisters groomed from birth to despise each other. And there is Eva, the formidable matriarch whose grievances swarm the air in an army of bees

    Christine says: "Bizarre But Good"
    "Depressing"
    Overall

    My daughter raved about this book so I bought it. What a waste of a credit! She loved the magick and the poignancy of the story. I loved the magick and whimsy as well, but I found it extremely depressing. The main character is used, abused, neglected, cheated, etc. throughout the entire novel. I read to be entertained, not to feel as if I need to start an antidepressant and go for counseling. This is just not a book I would recommend.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9795)
    Performance
    (4738)
    Story
    (4766)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Suzanne says: "The scare is in the human nature under stress."
    "Awesome Stephen King..."
    Overall

    I had quit reading Stephen King for several years because his novels were coming out so fast and the quality of his writing seemed to decline instead of getting better. I felt that the publishers were pulling everything he'd ever written from dusty old closets just to get one more book on the market to cash in on his name. I decided to take a chance on "Under the dome" and was so glad I did! This is classic King and I've loved every minute of it. I had a pleasant surprise when I heard references to one of my favorite characters by an entirely different author, and used accurately! I stopped my ipod and thought "did he really say ____" (don't want to kill the surprise for you!). I am in the 5th download and do not want the story to end. Will it be too far out there for some people? Probably, but I read for pure entertainment and don't get my knickers in a knot when plot lines seem implausible. Is it good entertainment? Yes! Would I recommend it? Absolutely!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Katherine Howe
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1021)
    Performance
    (378)
    Story
    (383)

    Connie's mother asks her to sell an abandoned house once owned by her grandmother in Salem, Mass. Relunctantly, Connie moves to the small town and inhabits the crumbling, ancient house, trying to restore it to a semblance of order. Curious things start to happen when Connie finds the name "Deliverance Dane" on a yellowed scrap of paper and begins to have visions of a long ago woman condemned for practicing "physick," or herbal healing, on her neighbors in 1690s Salem.

    Darinda says: "Love it!"
    "Love it!"
    Overall

    This book draws you in and holds your interest until the very end. I enjoyed the shifts between the current storyline and the historical events of the Salem Witch trials of the late 1600's and how they eventually became tied together. The narrator did an excellent job and was easy to listen to. I would highly recommend this book!

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • The Mystical Life of Jesus: An Uncommon Perspective on the Life of Christ

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Sylvia Browne
    • Narrated By Jeanie Hackett
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    New discoveries in archaeology and recent bestsellers and movies such as The Da Vinci Code and The Passion of the Christ have sparked a renaissance of the many controversies that have remained unanswered in Christianity and other religions. At the heart of these controversies is Jesus. With a unique perspective only Sylvia Browne could bring, The Mystical Life of Jesus is filled with the details of Jesus' inspiring life.

    keynotes says: "A Must Read!"
    "Keep an open mind"
    Overall

    I have really enjoyed reading Sylvia Browne's books but this was the first I've listened to. I had to keep an open mind and decide what information I wanted to keep and what I wanted to throw out because it didn't feel right to me. I like to get new perspectives to mull over and this certainly allowed me do that. I have one request of Sylvia- PLEASE do not narrate your own books! This one was thankfully narrated by someone other than Sylvia, but I have put off purchasing others because they are narrated by her. Love Sylvia as an author, but she does not have the voice to narrate.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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