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Linda

I'm often Parallel parked in a vertical world, but the view is spectacular from here!

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  • Black Rose: In the Garden, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Susie Breck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (669)
    Performance
    (468)
    Story
    (466)

    At 45, Rosalind Harper is a woman whose experiences have made her strong enough to bend without breaking - and weather any storm. A widow with three grown sons, she survived a disastrous second marriage, and built her In the Garden nursery from the ground up. But now her future is under attack.

    tina says: "great "
    "The Black Rose"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of Black Rose?

    I'm a sucker for intrigue, gardens, ghost and romance. This book has them all. Nice listen.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Second Glance

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (840)
    Performance
    (281)
    Story
    (275)

    An intricate tale of love, haunting memories, and renewal, Second Glance begins in current-day Vermont, where an old man puts a piece of land up for sale and unintentionally raises protest from the local Abenaki Indian tribe, who insist it's a burial ground. When odd, supernatural events plague the town of Comtosook, a ghost hunter is hired by the developer to help convince the residents that there's nothing spiritual about the property.

    Ella says: "Not up to par"
    "Ramblings of a Second glance."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I usually enjoy Jodi Picoult's work but this one was a disappointment. The best part of this book was when they were reflecting on the past and the characters of the haunting. It seemed to me that the modern day characters just felt like filler noise and trying to keep them straight was a challenge. I stopped reading at chapter 45 because it all seemed lost to reflecting and ramblings.


    Would you recommend Second Glance to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, It was too fragmented. Unfortunately it felt like work to listen to it and try to stay with the story.


    What didn’t you like about George Guidall’s performance?

    His ability wasn't the problem as much as the story he was working with. The gravel of his voice got old.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8223)
    Performance
    (7536)
    Story
    (7543)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Rambling Goldfinch"
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    What did you like best about The Goldfinch? What did you like least?

    I enjoyed the journey, but got a headache from listening to the rambling, philosophical rant that was the end. I just wanted it over after a few minutes.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Some authors tie up their ending with a bow, but this one is a long discombobulated braid of rope that seems to hang the entire story. A lot like the Goldfinch. I felt chained to listen to it because of the time I had invested.


    Was The Goldfinch worth the listening time?

    I would have thought so until the end was so frayed. It just blew it.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Key of Light: Key Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1056)
    Performance
    (737)
    Story
    (740)

    The Malory Price Life Plan does not include a quixotic quest - but the strangers on Warrior's Peak claim that she must find a key that will release three souls held captive by an evil god.

    AudioAddict says: "Contemporary Romance Plus Ancient Mystery"
    "Using the Lords name in vain. SMH./"
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    What would have made Key of Light better?

    I wish Nora Roberts and others with such amazing talent would stop using the Lords name in vain when other terms would be just as effective in painting a character or lack there of. It's unnecessary and feels out of place in most of her work. I find it offensive. I'm compelled to no longer listen or read anymore of her work. The way she puts the term in each and every book is like she is wanting to hurt the spirit of all her Christian readers. I'd bet she would never use the word Allah that way, so why God? I don't know one person who speaks that way. As they say, if you don't like it, turn the channel This is my choice, you will have to make your own. The story would have been so much better with some consideration, but even then this one came up short.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I was glad it was over.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Susan Ericksen?

    Sure


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lightning

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3545)
    Performance
    (1980)
    Story
    (1989)

    A storm struck on the night Laura Shane was born, and there was a strangeness about the weather that people would remember for years. But even more mysterious was the blond-haired stranger who appeared out of nowhere - the man who saved Laura from a fatal delivery. Years later - after another bolt of lightning - the stranger returned.

    Barry says: "One of Koontz' best, entirely enjoyable."
    "A time glitch of a novel!"
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    If you could sum up Lightning in three words, what would they be?

    Unique, Multidimensional,and intriguing.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    This story plays on a lot of the technology that are rumored to have developed by the Third Recht. I found this to be intriguing for how it was being developed during that time and how it was used and applied to present day and was a loop and weave within this story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I enjoyed this book when I had the time to really absorb the pace. It wasn't a mindless kind of listen, It made me ponder on some of the technology that may actually exist on some level.


    Any additional comments?

    For me this story was out of the box. I tend to like a writer who can take a historic subject and expand on it the way Dean Koontz did this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    Overall
    (8417)
    Performance
    (7596)
    Story
    (7593)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Sycamore Row"
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    Where does Sycamore Row rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The best! Loved it!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All of them! It's the way they bounce off each other.


    What about Michael Beck’s performance did you like?

    Incredible! His ability to change his voice for each character and lend them characteristics and color is amazing. One of his voices reminded me of the comedian Ron White with a breath of bourbon. Fantastic! I'll be going back to find more of his narrations.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes! I listened in the car, while I worked and at night I even turned the TV off in the evening so I could listen.


    Any additional comments?

    I always enjoy how John Grisham uses my stomping grounds in his books. I think Dothan, Panama City etc the entire Tri state area should have a John Grisham appreciation day. If you enjoyed reading A Time to Kill you'll love this book, but even if you've never read a Grisham novel give this one a listen. I'll be looking for this one on film.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Envy

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Victor Slezak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1472)
    Performance
    (636)
    Story
    (635)

    New York book editor Maris Matherly-Reed knows a best seller when she sees one - even if it is just a tantalizing partial manuscript submitted by a writer identified only as P.M.E., with the return address of an obscure island off the Georgia coast. Maris is intrigued enough to search for him.

    DMHVetSurveyor says: "Envy"
    "Envy, What tangled webs we weave."
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    What did you love best about Envy?

    I marathoned a listen of the book Envy over the weekend and considering the story held me captive during one of my favorite pass times of college football. Alabama had a bye week and to say this book filled that gap is a huge compliment to Sandra Brown.
    The story flows beautifully and I don't recall a dull moment, even during some of the segways where the author switches between the stories, that she has cleverly woven within the story, Sandra Brown makes use of a suspenseful common thread and ties the ending with a satisfying bow.
    I highly recommend this book, but it does have some steamy scenes, maybe three or four, that are sexual, but not outlandish, as well as some frat boy banter. I would suggest one should be thoughtful of this issue if listening in a car or any environment with children, but thats a no brainer for most but sometime we do forget. Read it and enjoy!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I enjoyed all of them!


    Have you listened to any of Victor Slezak’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I will look for him in the future. He did an amazing job and brought the characters through with the flow and tempo of his voice.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The letter from Noah's teacher that P.M.E includes in his book.


    Any additional comments?

    It's adult sexy, suspenseful and while it is a colorful read it still leaves plenty of room for one to paint their own pictures yet doesn't bog the reader down with to many details. I enjoy texture and color in a book, but only if it doesn't distract from the story. This story hit the mark.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6843)
    Performance
    (4815)
    Story
    (4804)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "The Kitchen House"
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    If you could sum up The Kitchen House in three words, what would they be?

    This book gives the reader/listener a peek into the less known reality of the white slaves that are also a part of our nations history. I enjoyed The Kitchen House very much and while it may have had a bit of a cliche ending, the journey was interesting, intriguing and very entertaining. I'm new to audible books so the accent of narrator was odd at first, but within the first chapter my mind adapted to it and the book was an easy listen.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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