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Terry

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Waynesville, NC, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Barefoot: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Elin Hilderbrand
    • Narrated By Rachael Warren
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    Overall
    (30)
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    (27)
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    (25)

    It's summer on Nantucket, and as the season begins, three women arrive at the local airport, observed by Josh, a local boy, home from college. Burdened with small children, unwieldy straw hats, and some obvious emotional issues, the women - two sisters and one friend - make their way to the sisters' tiny cottage, inherited from an aunt. They're all trying to escape from something, and soon Josh is part of the chaotic household, acting as babysitter, confidant, and, eventually, something more....

    L. Calder says: "Barefoot in the sand with blueberry pancakes"
    "What happened to Josh?"
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    I have enjoyed so many of Elin Hilderbrand's books and was looking forward to this one. It was initially easy to get wrapped up in the characters: Vicky and her cancer, Brenda and her legal troubles, Melanie and her husband's infidelity. But as the story went on, I got tired of Vicky's inability to connect with her husband, Melanie's use of Josh, and Brenda's gagging whining (albeit to herself) about the troubles that she had brought on herself. She was certainly my least favorite character. I really thought Walsh deserved better. But the thing that disturbed me the most was the ending. We are brought up to date about Vicky, Brenda, and Melanie, but what happened to Josh - the most important character in the book? That's what I really want to know.

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  • The Snow Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 14 mins)
    • By Hans Christian Andersen
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    Overall
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    (3075)
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    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"
    "Timeless and beautiful"
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    Hans Christian Anderson is timeless. And Julia Whelon is one of the best. Some books should be listened to, not read. This is one of them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'easter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Lisa Patton
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (57)

    Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'easter is the story of a sweet Southern belle who leaves her beloved Memphis, Tennessee, to follow her husband's dream of becoming the proprietor of a quaint Vermont inn.

    Venita says: "A good book"
    "LeeLee hits Vermont!"
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    I loved the title of this book and I really wanted to like the story, but I got stuck in the little Southern woman's subservience to the big strong Southern selfish man. I almost quit several times. But I did stick it out and got to see the little Southern doormat wife begin her rise to the top. LeeLee Satterfield is not my favorite character of all time, but I came to respect her as she dug herself out of the hole her husband put her in. The Vermont characters are a hoot and by the end of the book I was rooting for the Southern Belled to stay in Vermont. It ended with somewhat of a cliffhanger so now I have to read the second book.

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  • Save the Date

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Mary Kay Andrews
    • Narrated By Kathleen McInerney
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    Overall
    (309)
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    (279)
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    A savannah florist is about to score the wedding of a lifetime - one that will solidify her career as the go-to-girl for society nuptials. Ironically, Cara Kryzik doesn't believe in love, even though she creates beautiful flower arrangements to celebrate them. But when the bride goes missing and the wedding is in jeopardy, Cara must find the bride and figure out what she believes in. Maybe love really does exist outside of fairy tales after all. Told with Mary Kay Andrews' trademark wit and keen eye for detail, mark your calendars for Save the Date!

    Jen says: "Delightful!!"
    "Southern weddings are the best"
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    I have lived in the South my entire life. It has its own way of life. Every time I read MK Andrews books, I am reminded of people I know or grew up with. Save the Date revolves around Cara, a Savannah florist, trying to make it into the "big leagues" of Southern weddings. Her various brides and their mothers (and one notable stepmother) are just like the girls I went to high school and college with. Yes, her books are light reading, but they always make me laugh out loud .... and remember when. Though not as good as some of her earlier novels (especially Hissy Fit and Savannah Breeze), Save the Date is certainly worth reading.

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  • Southern As A Second Language: A Novel: Dixie, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Lisa Patton
    • Narrated By Lisa Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (23)
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    Not only do Southerners talk slowly, but sometimes the whole language is hard to understand. No one realizes that more than Memphis belle Leelee Satterfield. Watching her tackle life and love in Vermont was only the tip of the iceberg when it came to antics, charades, mischief, and romance. Now that she’s back in Memphis, and starting a new relationship with Peter, the Yankee chef from her New England inn, you’d think she’d sit back and enjoy her newly crafted life back home in Dixie. But that just wouldn’t be as much fun.

    Terry says: "LeeLee returns!"
    "LeeLee returns!"
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    LeeLee Satterfield has finally opened her restaurant, The Peach Blossom Inn, in Memphis TN. Her true love Yankee Doodle Dixie, Peter Owen, has moved to the south to be her chef and life is good. But, then, LeeLee finds out her old nemesis, Helga is suing to keep LeeLee from using the Peach Blossom name and Baker returns to try to win her back. What else can go wrong? Don't ask. Of all LeeLee and the girls' (Virginia, Alice, and Mary Jewell) adventures, the Pampered Chef Cookie Swap party was the funniest. Wonder if Hedge ever found the egg nog in the beer stein? And will Peter and LeeLee have a happy ever after or will Baker win out? And what is the future of the Peach Blossom? I almost hate to see this trilogy end. It has been very entertaining and warmed my southern heart.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mean Streak

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (956)
    Performance
    (835)
    Story
    (848)

    Dr. Emory Charbonneau, a pediatrician and marathon runner, disappears on a mountain road in North Carolina. By the time her husband Jeff, miffed over a recent argument, reports her missing, the trail has grown cold. Literally. Fog and ice encapsulate the mountainous wilderness and paralyze the search for her. While police suspect Jeff of "instant divorce," Emory, suffering from an unexplained head injury, regains consciousness and finds herself the captive of a man whose violent past is so dark that he won't even tell her his name.

    KC in Lexington says: "Ms. Brown's book far exceeds usual quality."
    "Love the twists!"
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    Dr. Emory Charbonneau is practicing for a marathon in Atlanta by running mountain trails in North Carolina. She is found unconscious by a reclusive man who refuses to give her his name. Was her head injury an accident or was it deliberate? Who is this mystery man and why does he refuse to name himself? When Emory is returned to civilization, why is her husband playing the wronged spouse?
    True to her writing style, Ms. Brown layers intrigue on top of intrigue. And then there's the twist ...

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  • Driving with the Top Down

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Beth Harbison
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
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    Overall
    (32)
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    (29)
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    (30)

    Sometimes life doesn't take you in the direction you expect. Colleen Bradley is married with a teenage son, a modest business repurposing and reselling antiques, and longtime fear that she was not her husband's first choice. When she decides to take a road trip down the east coast to check out antique auctions for her business, she also has a secret ulterior motive. Her one-woman mission for peace of mind is thrown slightly off course when 16-year-old Tamara becomes her co-pilot.

    Terry says: "Back on track"
    "Back on track"
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    After the Harbison's so-so story in "Chose the Wrong Guy, Gave Him the Wrong Finger," I was a little apprehensive about reading "Driving with the Top Down." I needn't have worried. She's back on track. I loved the interplay between Colleen, Bitty, and Tamara. I'm hard pressed to pick my favorite character. As they travel down the east coast looking for "treasures," each they all begin to trust each other in lives they have begun to mistrust. They share there stories: Coleen, who feels she has always been her husband's second choice; Bitty, who realizes that without her husband's identity, she has ceased to exist; and Tamara, a sixteen year old who couldn't make a good decision if you put a gun to her head. This is a beautiful story of learning to trust and love again and finding the true meaning of your life. And learning to live it while you're "driving with the top down."

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  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23810)
    Performance
    (21225)
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    (21294)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    FanB14 says: "Amazing Amy"
    "What a disappointment"
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    I loved the way the male and female voices went back and forth as they told Nick and Amy's story. After all the hype the book received, I was excited to see where the story led me. It didn't take me long to get bored. The first part of the book dragged and I almost stopped listening three or four times. But I had already invested so much time in the book, I felt like I had to keep going. I do have to say that I predicted the twist. (I had seen this in a long ago episode of The Young and the Restless soap opera.) Even so, the details were mind boggling. So I kept listening. And then came the end. What a disappointment. It's as if someone told Ms. Flynn, "you have 10 minutes to finish the book" and so she flew to the end. It ended so flat. So, nineteen hours and fourteen minutes later, I can say that I read "Gone Girl," but I can't tell you why.

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  • The Husband's Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4350)
    Performance
    (3875)
    Story
    (3891)

    Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret - something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive....

    Margaret says: "Escape to the land down under..."
    "Payback is hell"
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    The Australian narrator was amazing!

    Cecilia, the perfect mother of three girls who attend St. Angela's School in Sydney, finds a letter from her husband to be read in the event of his death - only he's not dead. It contains the "husband's secret." She agrees not to read it but then she finds him looking for it in the middle of the night after unexpectedly returning from a trip to Chicago.

    Tess' husband Will has decided that he is in love with Tess' beloved cousin Felicity after she loses a massive amount of weight and is not "pretty." He thinks they can all live together, Tess, Will, their son Liam, and Felicity. Tess and Liam take off for Sydney where Tess enrolls Liam in St. Angela's School.

    Rachel, a grandmother working as a secretary at St. Angela's School, is still grieving over the murder of her 17 year old daughter Janey, 28 years ago. The murder has never been solved and she thinks the PE teacher at the school may be the murderer.

    These three women's lives will intersect on a Good Friday and their lives will never be the same. I have to say that I figured out the "husband's secret," although I didn't figure out the "why?" But the I never saw the second twist coming.

    Some of the reviews I read were really bad, but I thought the book and the story was great. Some books are better listened to. This was one of those.

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  • Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Susan Gregg Gilmore
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
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    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (32)

    In the latest novel from Susan Gregg Gilmore, sometimes you have to return to the place where you began to arrive at the place where you belong.

    Terry says: "Love the South"
    "Love the South"
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    I know some of the reviews of this book were off putting, but I read it anyway. And I'm glad I did. Having lived all but three of my 61 years in the South, I am always happy to visit it in a book. I loved the characters and can promise that I went to high school with a lot of them. I knew my own Emma Sue and Ruthie Morgan. And my mama knew a Gloria Jean. What wonderful characters! I have eaten a dilly bar (although we called it something else) at the Dairy Queen. And we have all looked for salvation. How wise was Eddie Franklin? Very. I went to school with him too.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich, Lee Goldberg
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1325)
    Performance
    (1179)
    Story
    (1183)

    FBI Special Agent Kate O’Hare is known for her fierce dedication and discipline on the job, chasing down the world’s most wanted criminals and putting them behind bars. Her boss thinks she is tenacious and ambitious; her friends think she is tough, stubborn, and maybe even a bit obsessed. And while Kate has made quite a name for herself for the past five years the only name she’s cared about is Nicolas Fox - an international crook she wants in more ways than one.

    Janels says: "Evanovich, no longer trite--entertaining romp"
    "MI meets Leverage meets the A Team!"
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    Think "Mission: Impossible" (the TV series) meets "Leverage" meets "The A-Team." The con and "The Heist" are on. Nick Fox is delicious. A charming con man with the brains and the charm to pull off any scheme. FBI Agent Kate O'Hare is smart, sexy, deadly. They are surrounded by a wonderful cast of characters: Willie, the sexy older woman who can drive any vehicle; Brad, a perfectionist actor who really gets into his roles; Tom, an average man who got swindled by the bank and enjoys a little payback; Chet, make up artist extraordinaire.

    Once Kate finally catches Nick, he persuades the FBI to allow him to continue his cons on white collar crooks who the law can't seem to find or catch. With his band of merry men and women, he plots a con to catch up with Derrick Griffin, who stole $500 million and departed for parts unknown. The only one who knows his whereabouts is his lawyer. Thus begins the show.

    I loved this book and have already bought "The Chase." Can't wait. It's rare that a book makes me laugh out loud, but this one did. I thought Dick Hill was the greatest reader ever, but Scott Brick sure is a close second. He is marvelous.

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