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Wanda

Wandah Panda

Pretoria, South Africa | Member Since 2012

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  • 83 reviews
  • 91 ratings
  • 228 titles in library
  • 11 purchased in 2015
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  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Fred Berman, Phoebe Strole
    Overall
    (5040)
    Performance
    (2305)
    Story
    (2335)

    Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was 36. They were married when Clare was 23 and Henry was 31. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous, his experiences unpredictable, alternately harrowing and amusing.

    Scott says: "Epic Drama & Love Story through Time Travel"
    "This is one star rating I have no problem with."
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    In essence this book is a love story.

    An epic one.

    The paranormal aspect is used only to highlight, to enlighten and to enhance that every epic love story has a sad side.

    A dark side, a side with graves. But the good side is really good and the epic status comes to pass when one can live without the other but not thrive. I got tears in my eyes when the story started to play out and I knew.

    This author has a truly original plot. She also has a voice all her own. One I loved to share, she engaged me. She enthralled me.

    Tha narratos did an excellent job in making the story come alive for me.

    WaAr

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Best of the Empty Nest

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 58 mins)
    • By Becky Corwin-Adams
    • Narrated By Jae Huff
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    For more than 10 years, Becky Corwin-Adams has been a freelance writer and columnist for The Farmland News in Archbold, Ohio. Her columns have appeared under the title "The Empty Nest". These columns address topics such as humorous takes on life, heartfelt dog rescue pieces, and stories about major storms.

    Wanda says: "A WaAr audio book review!"
    "A WaAr audio book review!"
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    Hands down the best book that I have read by the author and I have had the pleasure to read most of them!
    This is a collection of columns that has been previously published and takes us through normal everyday life of a woman, mom, wife and mother and rescuer of Cocker Spaniels!

    From snow to a determined to escape her cage, we get to glimpse what life is like for this autjor with highs and lows such as saving three out of the four Spaniels she and her husband needed to go save.

    From Limo rides to a game and flying to a breakfast. From thirty hour of non stopsnow to taking her mom to her mom's old highschool to building a teddybear or....well I lost count but they built a lot of teddy bears.

    This is a fun short read and I had the pleasure to listen to the book on audio and this narrator really nailed the intent of the author.

    I loved it. Can you tell?

    WaAr

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Plague Dogs: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Richard Adams
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (133)

    After being horribly mistreated at a government animal-research facility, Snitter and Rowf escape into the isolation—and terror—of the wilderness. Aided only by a fox they call “the tod,” the two dogs must struggle to survive in their new environment. When the starving dogs attack some sheep, they are labeled ferocious man-eating monsters, setting off a great dog hunt that is later intensified by the fear that the dogs could be carriers of the bubonic plague.

    Jefferson says: "Canine Spartacus and Fool in the Lake District?"
    "Beware!"
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    The Plague Dogs

    I honestly do not know if I should recommend this book or warn people off of it.
    It is a good book but any violence towards dogs, pets in general rubs me the wrong way and this degree of neglect, torture in the name of science etc is extreme.

    Note, the true message is awesome. The writing is superb, I have seldom disliked so many characters so violently!
    The plot line is intricate and flawless.
    But....the poor puppies. Even the rats got to me and trust me, rats, spiders, mice etc should according to my life philosophy not enter my domain as I try to avoid theirs.

    If however your easily distressed, then stay clear. If you need a reminder why people turn into tree huggers then by all means, have a listen.

    The narrator in this book is part of why this was so hard for me. He made every character unique with a voice all it's own. Brilliant.

    WaAr

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Love in the Present Tense

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Catherine Ryan Hyde
    • Narrated By David Coburn, Jeremy Redleaf, Duana Speights
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (3)

    Leonard is an eerily wise five-year-old boy with the ability to captivate everyone he meets. Pearl is Leonard's devoted teenage mother, desperately trying to hide a violent secret from her past. Mitch is Leonard's 25-year-old next-door neighbour. One day, Pearl drops Leonard off with Mitch, and never returns. As truth and fiction, memory and dreams collide, Mitch finds himself learning from a surprising source the true, magical definition of love.

    Wanda says: "Wow!"
    "Wow!"
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    Love in the Present Tense
    By


    http://www.audible.com/search/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_1_srAuth?searchAuthor=Catherine+Ryan+Hyde&qid=1427641616&sr=1-1


    So for a reader. And I do mean a reader, somebody that lives to read the next best book, little is as frustrating as not having a person, persons to tell all about your current amazing read. And as a reader, little is as frustrating as having a person tell you alllll about a book, a brilliant book, in the most minute detail. So we have a catch 22. While me the reader of the most brilliant book right this read wants to tell you everything about Love in the Present Tense a part of me knows I cannot.

    What I can do is to tell you that if you love a hero/anti hero all in one then the ready made "father" in this story is your ultimate character. He is so human. So frail. So strong. So perfectly imperfect.

    Pearl. She is present for so little of the book but the entire plot line, sub plot runs through her like breath through a human body. She is the perfect mom. Even at 14 this girl has her act together better than most real people I know. She is truly a pearl. A precious treasure. Not at all common.

    The kid. At 5 this little guy climbed into my heart. At 18 he has done so much. Lived so much. Grown so much that I moved from love to admiration. Not a perfect human. None of these people are. But real, intense and with a wisdom unique to all their own experiences.

    Can I recommend this book to any one?

    Yes indeed I can. I think everybody can learn something from this and I think everybody should read this to learn more. You have all of this inside of you but trust me, the chances of you actually voicing all of these emotions and realizations are extremely limited.

    I listened to this book on audio narrated by
    http://www.audible.com/search/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_1_srNarr?searchNarrator=David+Coburn&qid=1427641529&sr=1-1

    http://www.audible.com/search/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_2_srNarr?searchNarrator=Jeremy+Redleaf&qid=1427641529&sr=1-1 and


    http://www.audible.com/search/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_3_srNarr?searchNarrator=Duana+Speights&qid=1427641616&sr=1-1
    These three people made a brilliant story into a production to fall in love with.

    Incase you guys do not recall who the author is. She wrote the following book amongst others; Pay it Forward!

    This is one of those books where a 5 star rating simply does not do it justice.

    WaAr

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr Mercedes

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (100)

    Described as 'the best thriller of the year' Sunday Express, the No. 1 bestseller introduces retired cop Bill Hodges in a race against time to apprehend a killer. A cat-and-mouse suspense thriller featuring Bill Hodges, a retired cop who is tormented by 'the Mercedes massacre', a case he never solved. Brady Hartsfield, perpetrator of that notorious crime, has sent Hodges a taunting letter.

    Chris D. says: ""Bloody" awesome"
    "Chillingy brilliant. Truly"
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    What can I say? Between the amazing plot and the talented narrator this is a book I listened too twice. Back to back. Cause I wanted to make sure i missed nothing.

    WaAr

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Good Side of Sin (Save My Soul)

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By K. S. Haigwood
    • Narrated By Pyper Down
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Josselyn has just spent the last three months in intense Line of Defense training so she could join Malcolm's search party. Little did she know the archangels had no intention of letting her bring back into Heaven an angel who had opened a portal between Heaven and Hell, at least not before saving God's creations from the tight grasp of Lucifer first.

    med c says: "Love the series"
    "For the love of a man!"
    Overall
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    I listened to this book on audio and was enthralled from the start.
    Josselyn truly comes into her own in this. She is on a mission. One from the council, one powered by herself.
    Old characters come back into play giving the storyline a familiar and cozy feeling amongst this Heavenly battle. As the book progress an entire new set of characters is introduced as well. Some less likeable than other but loving to hate them is part of the fun.

    Honestly this book is the best in the series which is soooo weird. Normally authors start of with a bang and then start to falter.
    Not this author. It is as if she is peeling back an onion, giving the reader the opportunity to get to know the characters and world in book one, get to know the passion and driving force in book two and in this book the reader cannot help but get personally involved.

    Truly an amazing series and one that if you like this genre, then I am pretty sure you will love this series.

    Now I listened to this book on audio as I said so time to pay my dues to Pyper Down. The narrator has an uncanny ability to time her changes in characters so that it fits in perfectly with the normal plot pace. Truly an amazing production!

    WaAr.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Snow Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 14 mins)
    • By Hans Christian Andersen
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    Overall
    (5991)
    Performance
    (5259)
    Story
    (5305)

    This classic tale is a fantastical fable of two dear friends - one of whom goes astray and is literally lost to the north woods, while the other undertakes an epic journey to rescue him. This charming, strange, and wonderful story is a timeless allegory about growing up and the challenges of staying true to one's self, and it served as the wintry inspiration for the blockbuster hit Frozen.

    Sara says: "Strange & Fascinating"
    "Nope, no Frozen here!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    So I got this little gem for free from Audible. A Christmastime must read....

    Performed by audible best narrator of the year, the book the movie Frozen was based on....
    Seriously? So little of this book made it into frozen it is hardly worth mentioning. Still I do see so,e points overlapping in the larger scheme of things.

    So the narrator is very good at her job.
    The story is almost tragic with a nice save at the end. I cannot recall ever reading this book as a child but I have long since been convinced that fairytales may not be suitable for children. That said, the book is sweet, it is nice and I am soooo glad audible gifted their members a copy.

    WaAr

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Presence

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By John Saul
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (43)

    Beyond the sparkling Hawaiian beaches, masked by the deceptive beauty of the rainforest, evil awaits 16-year-old Michael Sundquist and his mother, Katharine, an anthropologist who has come to the Islands to study the unusual skeletal remains unearthed on the volcanic flanks of Haleakala, Maui.

    Sally says: "Not good"
    "A Saul novel"
    Overall
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    I must say usually the back drop of a story is of little interest to me. In this story however it plays a pivotal role. I liked the clean family fun thrill. I liked the characters especially the juvenile delinquent wannabe who is trying to cope with an abusive drunk parent. Little science so I could simply sit back and enjoy the ability of the narrator.

    All in alvl a good Saturday afternoon read/listen and everything one would expect from Saul.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Choice: A Prequel to 'The Returned'

    • UNABRIDGED (40 mins)
    • By Jason Mott
    • Narrated By David Ledoux
    Overall
    (384)
    Performance
    (336)
    Story
    (338)

    Peter Galvin was just 17 when Tracy Whitland - the love of his life - vanished without a trace. In the years after her death, he had finally moved on, gotten married, started a family. He is content with his life now - happy, even - until Tracy suddenly and inexplicably returns.

    AudioAddict says: "My least favorite of the three prequels"
    "Stark contrast makes it cold and chilling."
    Overall
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    As I said, I first saw the TV series then found these three books for free on audible and I was delighted. These are short stories, each depicting the return of one person and the impact it has.

    The narrator is very cool and calm in his story telling method which adds to the over all chilling effect of the stories.

    That said, I found these stories to be very dark and for now, although I think this is a brilliant way to promote the full length novel, I will wait a bit before I buy the novel.

    The TV series, although dark enough does not really convey the start reality of what it is like to have a loved one return from the dead, in that aspect these books should get a 5* rating for in these stories that reality is all too clear. Unfortunately the narrator is so good at his job that these stories, although I did not listen to them one after the other left me drained.

    If dark and gloomy is your thing, then you will adore this. If not, why not give these a try in anyway they are free after all.

    WaAR

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sparrow: A Prequel to 'The Returned'

    • UNABRIDGED (40 mins)
    • By Jason Mott
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    Overall
    (390)
    Performance
    (345)
    Story
    (343)

    When Heather and Matt Campbell find 10-year-old Tatiana Rusesa on the side of the highway, she is thousands of miles away from her village in Sierra Leone. She hasn't seen her family in almost two decades, not since she and her mother were killed by rebel soldiers. Now Tatiana has inexplicably returned, a lost orphan with no place to call home. As the world dives deeper into uncertainty and chaos, Heather is determined to save Tatiana and help her find her way back to her family. But how much is she willing to lose to protect a girl she doesn't even know?

    AudioAddict says: "Touching prequel that will leave you wondering..."
    "Cold and eerie."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    As I said, I first saw the TV series then found these three books for free on audible and I was delighted. These are short stories, each depicting the return of one person and the impact it has.

    The narrator is very cool and calm in his story telling method which adds to the over all chilling effect of the stories.

    That said, I found these stories to be very dark and for now, although I think this is a brilliant way to promote the full length novel, I will wait a bit before I buy the novel.

    The TV series, although dark enough does not really convey the start reality of what it is like to have a loved one return from the dead, in that aspect these books should get a 5* rating for in these stories that reality is all too clear. Unfortunately the narrator is so good at his job that these stories, although I did not listen to them one after the other left me drained.

    If dark and gloomy is your thing, then you will adore this. If not, why not give these a try in anyway they are free after all.

    WaAR

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The First: A Prequel to 'The Returned'

    • UNABRIDGED (33 mins)
    • By Jason Mott
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    Overall
    (517)
    Performance
    (439)
    Story
    (445)

    It's been just over a year since Edmund Blithe died, and just over a month since his fiancee, Emily, stopped wearing her engagement ring. Emily has finally begun to move on - until Edmund mysteriously and inexplicably returns. Edmund is only just the beginning. Around the world, people's loved ones are returning from beyond, seeking only to reenter the lives they left behind.

    Kindle Customer says: "Under the Spell"
    "I saw the tv series, then found these for free."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    As I said, I first saw the TV series then found these three books for free on audible and I was delighted. These are short stories, each depicting the return of one person and the impact it has.

    The narrator is very cool and calm in his story telling method which adds to the over all chilling effect of the stories.

    That said, I found these stories to be very dark and for now, although I think this is a brilliant way to promote the full length novel, I will wait a bit before I buy the novel.

    The TV series, although dark enough does not really convey the start reality of what it is like to have a loved one return from the dead, in that aspect these books should get a 5* rating for in these stories that reality is all too clear. Unfortunately the narrator is so good at his job that these stories, although I did not listen to them one after the other left me drained.

    If dark and gloomy is your thing, then you will adore this. If not, why not give these a try in anyway they are free after all.

    WaAR

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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