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Debra

Fleetwood, NC, United States

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  • 4 reviews
  • 30 ratings
  • 147 titles in library
  • 10 purchased in 2014
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  • The Descendants

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Kaui Hart Hemmings
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (873)
    Performance
    (759)
    Story
    (762)

    Matthew King was once considered one of the most fortunate men in Hawaii. His missionary ancestors who came to the islands were financially and culturally progressive - one even married a Hawaiian princess, making Matt a royal descendant and one of the state’s largest landowners. But now his luck has changed. His two daughters are out of control - 10-year-old Scottie has a smart-ass attitude and a desperate need for attention and 17-year-old Alex is a recovering drug addict.

    Michael says: "Not Sappy instead honestly elicits tears & laughs"
    "A Sleeper, with an Awakening"
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    The Descendants teaches a number of small lessons wrapped into a bigger story. A true testament of how many working dads are unaware of the disconnection they have with their children, and the road back. How along that road, there are little bumps and great big bumps. However, each bump brings this father, back to being a dad.

    Knowing you have a spouse whose heath deteriorates to a place where there is no turning back, is much different than losing a spouse suddenly. Knowing this, Alex and Scotty begin finding their father as they lose their mother.

    Although, the story is that of a broken love and love that is lost to death, The Descendants goes deeper than only one subject. Within this tale you will find parenting, relationships, Hawaiian history, fun, and truth. It is a well written, well read novel that allows you the feeling of being there, helping the characters and learning along the way.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Weird Sisters

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Eleanor Brown
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (436)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (241)

    There is no problem that a library card can't solve. The Andreas family is one of readers. Their father, a renowned Shakespeare professor who speaks almost entirely in verse, has named his three daughters after famous Shakespearean women. When the sisters return to their childhood home, ostensibly to care for their ailing mother, but really to lick their wounds and bury their secrets, they are horrified to find the others there. See, we love each other.

    Sabrina says: ""I am not bound to please thee with my answers.""
    "Family Dynamic... Great Read"
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    In this book, I found myself hindered at first... as if, I was going to like it. Stood on the fences ... then the story BURST! Wow, what a wonderful, breathless read. If you have siblings, the birth order dynamic in this book will astound you in how closely you will relate (especially for the women of families with three girls).

    I immediately was drawn to the character of Rose... simply put, for I am Rose! You begin to find yourself in these characters. Although, "Dad" speaks as though he is a Shakespearean character, you will come to understand him and his "dad" ways!

    The mother... she is the pristine example of how most mothers will always see their children!

    I can revel in all this book brings about... but you need to read it to relate to it. GREAT JOB!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Georgia Bottoms: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Mark Childress
    • Narrated By Debra Monk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (67)

    A best-selling author of books for adults and children, Mark Childress pens his most outrageous work yet with Georgia Bottoms. The titular heroine is the epitome of the church-going Southern belle, except for one teeny-tiny aspect of her life. Georgia’s family inheritance has long since evaporated, and to maintain her genteel lifestyle, Miss Bottoms has taken six affluent lovers—the fly in the ointment being that one is a married preacher who’s about to reveal their infidelity to the whole congregation.

    Sue says: "Fun Listen"
    "*Yawn* a bit of a sleeper"
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    Upon reading the summary, I thought this was going to be outstanding... I was disappointed! It has its "parts". Those that are cute and maybe even a bit chuckling. Overall... it runs slow, jumps between "stories" and just seems a bit tiring.

    I listened it out, however, would not be quick to recommend, unless you were really in for a light-footed non-nonsensical story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The King of Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By John Hart
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (662)
    Performance
    (217)
    Story
    (212)

    John Hart creates a literary thriller that is as suspenseful as it is poignant, a riveting murder mystery layered beneath the southern drawl of a humble North Carolina lawyer. When Work Pickens finds his father murdered, the investigation pushes a repressed family history to the surface and he sees his own carefully constructed facade begin to crack.

    Scott says: "Better than a Grisham novel"
    "Great Story - Narration (eh)"
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    This book was written well, with a story-line to follow to the end. However, narration of the story needed a bit... let's say... of a drink of water, throughout. Mr. Chandler's narration at times, almost made me pause the book, take a breath, and re-start. There are many areas in which Mr. Chandler sounds as though HE has run out of breath, and he makes a swallowing/smacking sound as one of thirst. This seemed to grate on me a bit as the smoothness of "telling the tale" became broken.

    John Hart wrote a fantastic tale, woven with humor, interest, mystery, and solid story lines. This is the first audible I have entertained by Mr. Hart, but the second book. The Last Child I read and he continues to show great promise as an author. I would recommend this book to those persons who enjoy a good twist in mystery. However, forewarning the urge to yell "Please take a drink of water" to Mr. Chandler. Give yourself time to adjust as the outcome is well worth the ride.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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