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Solvang, CA, United States | Member Since 2002

  • 5 reviews
  • 140 ratings
  • 365 titles in library
  • 21 purchased in 2014

  • When the Morning Comes: Sisters of the Quilt, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Cindy Woodsmall
    • Narrated By Jill Shellabarger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Her relationship with fiance Paul Waddell in tatters, Hannah Lapp has fled her secluded Old Order Amish community in hopes of finding a new home in Ohio with her shunned aunt. Hampered by limited education and hiding her true identity, Hannah struggles to navigate the confusing world of the Englischers.

    Back in Owl's Perch, Pennsylvania, Paul is wracked with regret over his treatment of Hannah.

    Patricia says: "When Morning Comes"
    "When Morning Comes"

    a pleasant diversion in the story; not greatly compelling, mildly entertaining but not very substantial

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Scottish Prisoner

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman, Rick Holmes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Winner of the Quill Award and the Corine International Book Prize, Diana Gabaldon is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Outlander series. This fourth novel featuring popular character Lord John Grey is told both from Lord Grey’s perspective and from that of Jamie Fraser, the star of the Outlander series.

    Teahouse Fox says: "Lord John 'Quixote' rides again"
    "Shame on Diana Gabaldon"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I have been a great fan of the Gabaldon novels before this. However, this time, the narrators were TERRIBLE and the story was long, slow, boring and predictable. She definitely capitalized on the greatness of her past novels for this one. A HUGE disappointment!

    How could the performance have been better?

    Narrators were amateurish sounding and annoying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches' cliff-hanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew's old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens. Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries.

    Hallie says: "Even better than A Discovery of Witches"
    "a disappointment"
    What did you like best about Shadow of Night? What did you like least?

    I was very disappointed in this sequel to Discovery of Witches. It lacked the tight story line and seemed redundant and weak. the characters lacked the focus and intensity in their characters that they possessed in the first book. I had the sense of too many excessive adjectives being used to pad out a thin story line.

    If you’ve listened to books by Deborah Harkness before, how does this one compare?

    Discovery of Witches was tightly written, engaging and exciting. I actually listened to it twice, which I almost never do with a book, and enjoyed it as well the second time.

    Was Shadow of Night worth the listening time?

    it was OK, just not wonderful.

    Any additional comments?

    when the first book is so outstanding it must be extremely difficult to live up to your initial standard. i would like to see if Ms. Harkness produces future works though and how she handles them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Her Daughter’s Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Francine Rivers
    • Narrated By Stina Nielsen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In the compelling conclusion to the New York Times best-seller Her Mother’s Hope, Christy Award-winning author Francine Rivers explores the sorrow that can tear families apart and the grace that can heal the deepest wounds. Just as Carolyn had formed a stronger bond with her Oma Marta than with her mother, so Carolyn’s daughter is drawn to her grandma more than to a mom who’s caught up in the 1960s counterculture....

    Alaina says: "Great book"
    "Bible thumping at it's worst"

    What began as a fairly well written first half that developed inter familiar relationships and misunderstandings, dissolved into the second half that was overwhelmingly cloying and annoying with sophomoric writing and events, laced with exhortations of following God, God's rules and punishments for not following his rules, Jesus knows the way, and the like. It became a tome meant for Christian convert readers who wanted to be inundated with religious dogma and hypocrisies. Boring, misleading as a book for general public enjoyment, offensive in it's preachiness. Give this book to your local convert chapter of evangelicals who want to brainwash their children into being "good Christians". Come to think of it, it sounded a lot like Sarah Palin.

    0 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Voyager

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Set in the intriguing Scotland of 200 years ago, the third installment in the romantic adventures of Jamie and Claire is as compelling as the first. Now that Claire knows Jamie survived the slaughter at Culloden, she is faced with the most difficult decision of her life. She aches to travel back through time again to find the love of her life, but, in order to do that, she must leave their daughter behind.

    A User says: "7 Stars!! Brilliant!!"

    I normally rate Diana Gabaldon's books at 5, but this one was not as strong as the first two books in the series. First half was somewhat slow, repetitious and a bit boring, but the second half definitely picked up the pace. As a fan of her series though I would likely recommend it to be read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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