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D. Lohnes

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Barry, IL USA | Member Since 2008

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  • The Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3226)
    Performance
    (2770)
    Story
    (2791)

    England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

    Maria says: "Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!"
    "Kate Stumbles"
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    When I have finished with a Kate Morton book I am left with a sad sense of disappointment because I don’t want the story to end. I want to know more. I want to sit and chat with the protagonist and chew the story over. But sadly with this new book I have to say I was glad for it to finally be over. I’m still shocked that I feel that way. I find myself reexamining the feeling to be sure that’s what I really feel, and yes, sadly, it is.

    The characters of “The Secret Keeper” were extremely difficult to empathize with. I struggled from the very beginning to find one to latch onto, to root for. The leading characters were, for the most part, neither endearing nor engaging, however I slogged through the book, sure that Kate Morton wouldn’t let me down, and near the end I finally found what I had been looking for. The last third of the book held me riveted and redeemed the story. I finally discovered the character I wanted to keep as my imaginary friend. Sadly, it was too little too late.

    Caroline Lee’s delivery of the book was, as always, sublime.

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11324)
    Performance
    (10555)
    Story
    (10563)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Julie W. Capell says: "I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book."
    "Great Fantasy Romp for Every Techno Geek Over 20"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    H*** Yeah! Even though it's set in the not too distant future, this book was a wonderful romp down down memory lane.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author's love of technology and the players who just can't leave it alone shines through.
    He allows the geek in each one of us to indulge in a little player fantasy outside of our everyday lives..


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

    I have not heard any of his other performances, but this narration blew me away! He was spot-on.


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

    When Wade/ Parzival finds himself immersed in "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" and he realizes he must say the dialog from the movie perfectly - I think I was more excited than he was!


    Any additional comments?

    I was reluctant to purchase this book when it first came out. Fool!! This has been one of the best books I have listened to in some time. Buy, beg, borrow, or steal a copy. You won't regret it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Scripture

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Sebastian Barry
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (115)

    Roseanne McNulty, once one of the most beautiful and beguiling girls in County Sligo, Ireland, is now an elderly patient at Roscommon Regional Mental Hospital. As her 100th year draws near, she decides to record the events of her life, hiding the manuscript beneath the floorboards. Dr. Grene, Roseanne's caretaker, takes a special interest in her case. In his research, he discovers a document written by a local priest that tells a very different story of Roseanne's life than what she recalls.

    Amanda says: "Haunting and Lovely"
    "Heart Wrenching Story, Great Narrator"
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    Would you listen to The Secret Scripture again? Why?

    I would! I became so engrossed in the story as it switched between the past and the present that I think it would only enhance this story to listen to it again.


    What about Wanda McCaddon’s performance did you like?

    I loved her Irish accents. Though I wouldn't know how accurate she was, she subtly changed her voice to reflect intonations from different parts of Ireland. She really added to my enjoyment of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this audiobook to anyone who has enjoyed books by Kate Morton.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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