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Melissa

Boston, MA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • The Art of Hearing Heartbeats: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jan-Philipp Sendker
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (489)
    Performance
    (408)
    Story
    (411)

    When a successful New York lawyer suddenly disappears without a trace, neither his wife nor his daughter Julia has any idea where he might be - until they find a love letter he wrote many years ago to a Burmese woman they have never heard of. Intent on solving the mystery and coming to terms with her father’s past, Julia decides to travel to the village where the woman lived. There she uncovers a tale of unimaginable hardship, resilience, and passion that will reaffirm the listener’s belief in the power of love to move mountains.

    Monica says: "Basic Story Interesting, But..."
    "Wonderful story about enduring love"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Art of Hearing Heartbeats the most enjoyable?

    This is a wondeful story of enduring love that I would highly recommend. There is nothing to which it easily compares. I loved it so much I had to buy a physical copy of the book.


    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Princess Elizabeth's Spy: A Maggie Hope Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Susan Elia MacNeal
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (326)
    Performance
    (293)
    Story
    (289)

    Susan Elia MacNeal introduced the remarkable Maggie Hope in her acclaimed debut, Mr. Churchill's Secretary. Now Maggie returns to protect Britain's beloved royals against an international plot - one that could change the course of history. As World War II sweeps the continent and England steels itself against German attack, Maggie Hope, former secretary to Prime Minister Winston Churchill, completes her training to become a spy for MI-5.

    A. Dyer says: "Bring back Wanda McCaddon as narrator"
    "Entertaining Story; Painful Narration"
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    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Susan Elia MacNeal's series about the young spy, Maggie Hope, during World War II are entertaining enough. Maggie Hope is a likeable character and the books are enjoyable, light reads.


    What didn’t you like about Susan Duerden’s performance?

    Susan Duerden's narration of this book is downright painful. The cadence is monotonous. Please bring back Wanda McCadden for future novels.


    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
    (10643)
    Performance
    (9776)
    Story
    (9825)

    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.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "Author Brought These Characters to Life"
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    Any additional comments?

    This was an amazingly well told story about two teenagers living with cancer. The book masterfully captured their struggles causing the reader to care very deeply about them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Speaking from Among the Bones: A Flavia de Luce Novel, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Alan Bradley
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (478)
    Performance
    (422)
    Story
    (421)

    Eleven-year-old amateur detective and ardent chemist Flavia de Luce is used to digging up clues, whether they’re found among the potions in her laboratory or between the pages of her insufferable sisters’ diaries. What she is not accustomed to is digging up bodies. Upon the 500th anniversary of St. Tancred’s death, the English hamlet of Bishop’s Lacey is busily preparing to open its patron saint’s tomb. Nobody is more excited to peek inside the crypt than Flavia, yet what she finds will halt the proceedings dead in their tracks: the body of Mr. Collicutt, the church organist, his face grotesquely and inexplicably masked.

    Donald says: "the best Flavia yet!!"
    "Another Great Flavia de Luce Mystery"
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    Which character – as performed by Jayne Entwistle – was your favorite?

    Flavia de Luce is such a delightful and complex young girl and Jayne Entwistle does a great job bringing her to life.


    Any additional comments?

    Alan Bradley's Flavia de Luce mysteries are always entertaining. This particular books leaves you anxiously awaiting the next installment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pirate King: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    Overall
    (460)
    Performance
    (402)
    Story
    (402)

    As Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes embark on their 11th adventure together, they find themselves immersed in the world of silent filmmaking. Here, the pirates are real—and unlike the shooting done with a camera, this sort can be deadly.

    Chris says: "Not my favorite Mary Russell"
    "Generally Love this Series....Hate the Book"
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    Any additional comments?

    I eagerly await the release of Laurie R. King's books that are part of this series. Were it not for the solid ending, this book would have only received 1 star. I powered through it because I remain hopeful that the next book will be better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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