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Melinda

Galveston, TX, USA | Member Since 2009

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  • Byzantium

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Stephen R. Lawhead
    • Narrated By Stuart Langton
    Overall
    (399)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (208)

    Although born to rule, Aidan lives as a scribe in a remote Irish monastery on the far, wild edge of Christendom. Secure in work, contemplation, and dreams of the wider world, a miracle bursts into Aidan's quiet life. He is chosen to accompany a small band of monks on a quest to the fabled city of Byzantium, where they are to present the beautiful and costly hand-illuminated Book of Kells to the emperor of all Christendom.

    Christine says: "Unforgettable!"
    "tedious narration"
    Overall

    Story is not bad but I felt I had to suffer through the narrator's very slow and deliberate telling of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Voyager

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8089)
    Performance
    (5258)
    Story
    (5237)

    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.

    Kathy says: "Hurry up! I want them all!"
    "Can't get enough of this series!!"
    Overall

    Glad to have more adventures of Jamie and Claire. Davina Porter is a dream to listen to. As soon as I hear her voice I am whisked back to the 18th century and fall in love with Diana Gabaldon's stories all over again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Peony in Love: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Lisa See
    • Narrated By Janet Song
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (341)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (117)

    For young Peony, betrothed to a suitor she has never met, lyrics from The Peony Pavilion mirror her own longings. In the garden of the Chen Family Villa, amid the scent of ginger, green tea, and jasmine, a small theatrical troupe is performing scenes from this epic opera, a live spectacle few females have ever seen. Like the heroine in the drama, Peony is the cloistered daughter of a wealthy family, trapped like a good-luck cricket in a bamboo-and-lacquer cage.

    L. Swartz says: "Unusual and excellent book"
    "Another amazing story!"
    Overall

    Another perfectly amazing story that sucks you in and keeps you riveted to the last word.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Lisa See
    • Narrated By Janet Song
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1253)
    Performance
    (489)
    Story
    (490)

    Lily is haunted by memories of who she once was, and of a person, long gone, who defined her existence. She has nothing but time now, as she recounts the tale of Snow Flower and asks the gods for forgiveness.

    Barbara A Danner says: "Disappointing"
    "Amazing!"
    Overall

    Lisa See has an incredible gift for making you feel what her characters feel. They become real. And Janet Song is a gifted narrator. This was my first audio book by Lisa See and I experienced more emotions than I can name while listening to this story. It has a very graphic description of foot binding which is not for the squeamish but well worth listening to. I never knew how much these women went through for social status and a better life. The relationship between these 2 girls/women is remarkable. Must listen!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Drums of Autumn

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7077)
    Performance
    (4708)
    Story
    (4701)

    Twice Claire has used an ancient stone circle to travel back to the 18th century. The first time she found love with a Scottish warrior but had to return to the 1940s to save their unborn child. The second time, 20 years later, she reunited with her lost love but had to leave behind the daughter that he would never see. Now Brianna, from her 1960s vantage point, has found a disturbing obituary and will risk everything in an attempt to change history.

    Frances M says: "You listened, Audible!"
    "More about Jamie and Claire! WooHoo!"
    Overall

    Davina Porter is one of the most gifted narrators I have ever listened to. No matter how many characters she is portraying you have no difficulty in knowing which one is speaking. I love this series. What can say? Can't wait to get to the next book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Spire

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Richard North Patterson
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (309)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (78)

    Mark Darrow grew up in a small Ohio town with no real advantages beyond his intelligence and athletic ability. But thanks to the intervention of Lionel Farr - a professor at Caldwell, the local college - Darrow became an excellent student and, later, a superb trial lawyer. Now Farr asks his still-youthful protégé for a life-altering favor. An embezzlement scandal has threatened Caldwell's very existence - would Darrow consider becoming its new president?

    anita says: "Great Book!"
    "Good listen"
    Overall

    I listen to books on my long drive to and from work. This story, if not riveting, kept my attention. Personally, I did not like the narrator as much as others. Always good to listen to samples first. This was a good mystery but not a big surprise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shibumi

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Trevanian
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (723)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (287)

    Nicholai Hel, born in the ravages of World War I China to an aristocratic Russian mother and a mysterious German father, raised in the spiritual gardens of a Japanese Go Master, survives the destruction of Hiroshima to emerge as the world's most artful lover and its most accomplished and highly paid assassin. Genius, mystic, master of language and culture, Hel's secret is his determination to attain a rare kind of personal excellence, a state of effortless perfection: shibumi.

    David says: "Only a Russian could be this shibumi"
    "Good story, dated, but good!"
    Overall

    I read this book when it came out in the early 80's. If you were very young then or cannot remember that time at all you will find the computer reference's very dated. For those of us that lived it, well it's fun to remember. Once you get past that this is a good story. The narrator does a very good job maintaining his characters and bringing the story to life. I loved it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Diane Setterfield
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4813)
    Performance
    (1697)
    Story
    (1705)

    All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

    PA Law says: "Haunting and beautiful tale"
    "My favorite audiobook!"
    Overall

    I loved this story. It is humorous and haunting at the same time. The characters develop so well throughout the story and I love the 2 women narrators. It is almost as if the story is being acted out. I was carried away by this book. Just loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winter Journey

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Diane Armstrong
    • Narrated By Deidre Rubenstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (60)

    Halina Shore is a Polish born forensic dentist living in Australia. When she travels to Poland to take part in the investigation of a war crime, she finds herself at the center of a bitter struggle in a community that has been divided by a grim legacy. As the investigation proceeds, her professional assignment becomes a confronting personal odyssey as the truth about her own past begins to emerge.

    Sara says: "A great listening experience"
    "What a journey!"
    Overall

    Winter Journey is beautifully written and takes the reader along on the journey of discovery. Though some of the story seems slightly contrived it will play on every emotion you have. The narrator tells the story well and is very committed to the story. Loved it!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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