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Sheila

Gibsonville, NC, United States

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  • Christmas At Timberwoods

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Fern Michaels
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year…and for Heather Andrews, security manager at Timberwoods Mall, undoubtedly the busiest. But this Christmas, Heather has more to contend with than frazzled parents and disgruntled Santas. Angela Steinhart, a young woman who designed the mall’s spectacular holiday displays, has had a premonition that tragedy will strike on Christmas Eve. And Angela’s visions have a habit of coming true. Heather would love to dismiss the warning as holiday stress.

    Sheila says: "Should have been Halloween at Timberwoods"
    "Should have been Halloween at Timberwoods"
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    What would have made Christmas At Timberwoods better?

    This wasn't the Christmas story that I expected. This story would have been more appropriate for Halloween. For a thriller, it moved too slowly.


    Has Christmas At Timberwoods turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    What three words best describe Tanya Eby’s performance?

    Her performance was excellent.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Christmas At Timberwoods?

    I would have condensed the story into an action-packed adventure. I would have cut much of the second half of the book.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6687)
    Performance
    (5810)
    Story
    (5788)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    Nicole says: "A great book"
    "One of the best books I've ever read!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Witness the most enjoyable?

    This book had mystery, romance, suspense and made you feel like you were at home among friends.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was Elizabeth/Abigail. She was very courageous and handled adversity in the best way possible and coped well with the hand that she had been dealt.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scenes with Abigail and Brooks' mother were my favorites! Brooks' mother was such an affectionate free spirit and that was just what Abigail needed. It was wonderful to watch Abigail discover the wonder of being mothered.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book made me laugh out loud and just generally feel happy. I enjoyed every minute.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rejoice

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Karen Kingsbury, Gary Smalley
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (26)

    A Terrible Tragedy. . . Brooke and Peter are struggling in their marriage when they are faced with the single worst moment ever. What was supposed to be a pool party for their two daughters and a handful of children ends in disaster. As three-year-old Hayley fights for her life, the Baxter family draws together, not even sure how to pray.

    Michael says: "Drama at its best"
    "I'm hooked on the series storyline!"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this book to a friend because the story of the entire series is irresistible. I really enjoy the Christian atmosphere of these books as well.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Rejoice?

    The family acceptance and support of the child after her injury was the highlight of the book. They never lost faith and never stopped loving her and appreciating that she survived.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I don't enjoy the portrayal of the male voices in the performance, but otherwise, it is wonderful.


    Was Rejoice worth the listening time?

    Rejoice was definitely worth the time. I feel blessed by these books.


    Any additional comments?

    The books are very short!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Redemption

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Karen Kingsbury, Gary Smalley
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (42)

    A Betrayal . . . Kari Baxter Jacobs is furious, hurt, and confused. Her husband, Tim, a respected professor of journalism, is having an affair with a student. Stunned, Kari returns home to the Baxter family to sort things out. But when an old flame shows up, she is more confused than ever.

    Debbie says: "Great Story Based on Christian Principles"
    "Good story despite outlandish plot direction"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I really enjoyed this book despite the fact that I thought that the plot was a little outlandish. I really enjoy the Christian characters and perspective. What really attracted me to the series, though, is the story. The story woven throughout the series is enough to get me past any deficiencies in individual books. The female characters are weak. That really bothers me. However, I got a kick out of how God took care of the loser cheating husband. The narration was great except that the narrator's voice does not do men's voices well. That bothered me a little. The bottom line is that I enjoy the stories so much that the little flaws just don't matter.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Baxter parents were my favorite characters. The younger female characters seem weak. The cheating husband was a total loser.


    What three words best describe Sandra Burr’s voice?

    Sandra Burr has a great voice. She is a wonderful narrator. Her portrayal of male voices bothers me a little. It would be better to have an actual male voice do those parts.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    If the female characters had more brains and backbone and the writing was more rich and smooth, these would be the best books ever!


    Any additional comments?

    This was certainly a very short book for the cost.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Comfort and Joy

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Kristin Hannah
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    Joy Candellaro used to love Christmas more than any other time of the year. Now, as the holiday approaches, she finds herself at loose ends. Recently divorced and estranged from her sister, she can't summon the old enthusiasm for celebrating. So without telling anyone, she buys a ticket and boards a plane bound for the rural Northwest. Yet Joy's best-laid plans go terribly awry. The plane crashes deep in the darkness of a forest.

    Erica says: "I usally LOVE Kristin Hannah."
    "Best Christmas Story!"
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    Where does Comfort and Joy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best and most magical Christmas stories I have read in years! I enjoyed every twist and turn. I was on the edge of my seat until hearing the last few words of the story. This story had the magic and heartwarming aura of Christmas too.


    Which character – as performed by Sandra Burr – was your favorite?

    Bobby was my favorite character. He was the pivotal character in the story who brought everyone together. It was a joy to see a broken and grieving little boy experience the joy of Christmas.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book thrilled me because it is rare to experience a story in which the wrongs are righted in such a wondrous and magical way. This book encompasses the saying: everything happens for a reason.


    Any additional comments?

    Kristin Hannah is my favorite author. She never disappoints me!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All I Want for Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Lauren Davis
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (104)

    Identical twin boys Zeke and Zach wanted only one gift from Santa this year: a new mom! But convincing their love-wary dad that their music teacher, Miss Davis, was his destiny and part of Santa's plan wasn't as easy as they'd hoped.

    Lisa says: "Entertaining"
    "A sweet and heartwarming Christmas read!"
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    If you could sum up All I Want for Christmas in three words, what would they be?

    Meant to be


    What was one of the most memorable moments of All I Want for Christmas?

    When she ran out of gas at the right place...


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

    No. She is an excellent narrator and I look forward to her other books.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book made me feel joy!


    Any additional comments?

    I thoroughly enjoyed the light fun and romance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Merle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Ted Kerasote
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (509)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (174)

    Ted Kerasote met and adopted Merle, a Labrador mix, while he was on a camping trip. Merle had been living in the wild, and after taking the dog home with him to Wyoming, Kerasote soon realized that Merle could not adjust to inhabiting exclusively the human world. So he put a door in his house to let Merle live both outside and in. A deeply touching portrait of a remarkable animal, Merle's Door explores the issues that all animals and their human companions face.

    John says: "The Best Audio Book I've ever listened to"
    "Merle rocks!"
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Merle was the star of the book. The book made you feel as if you could reach out and pet Merle and follow everything that he was doing.


    What does Patrick Lawlor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He was Merle's voice.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I had to stop listening to the book at one point because I was in a public place and couldn't cry in front of everyone. After several days, I was able to listen to the rest of the book and enjoy every word.


    Any additional comments?

    The book successfully captured his personality and quirks. The relationship between Merle and his human companion was beautiful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Oceans Apart

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Karen Kingsbury
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    Airline Captain Connor Evans has nearly forgotten that stormy weekend in Hawaii nearly ten years ago when he broke the greatest promise of all. Now Connor has the perfect life with his wife, Michele, and their two daughters, and the secret of that long-ago time is his own. But an ocean away, a flight attendant is raising her young son by herself when the plane she's working on crashes into the Pacific. Her will is very clear about one thing.

    Rachelle says: "You think you hit the bottom in life? Now what?"
    "A wonderful, intricate story"
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    If you could sum up Oceans Apart in three words, what would they be?

    Tense, challenging, and thought-provoking


    What did you like best about this story?

    The thing that I liked best about this story was the resolution. I was tense throughout the book, worrying about the future of a heart broken little boy. I was upset in the middle of the book when things just weren't going my way. This book was a great lesson in how God works things out!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The back yard scene at the end of the book was my favorite. I could picture it in my mind as if I were there.


    Who was the most memorable character of Oceans Apart and why?

    Max was the best character. The story revolved around him and his simple child-like faith was inspiring.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Redbird Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Fannie Flagg
    • Narrated By Fannie Flagg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (314)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (94)

    With the same incomparable style and warm, inviting voice that have made her beloved by millions of readers far and wide, New York Times best-selling author Fannie Flagg has written an enchanting Christmas story of faith and hope for all ages that is sure to become a classic.

    Buford says: "Quintessential Fannie Flagg."
    "Awesome, warm Christmas story"
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Orson was my favorite character because he started out as such a hopeless person and evolved throughout the story.


    What about Fannie Flagg’s performance did you like?

    The way that Fannie Flagg performed the book was part of its charm. Her voice took me to the small community and drew me in. Her narration was part of the atmosphere.


    If you could rename A Redbird Christmas, what would you call it?

    I wouldn't change anything about this book. It was perfect!


    Any additional comments?

    Reading this book was like becoming part of a small community with heart warming and quirky residents. I loved the way that the whole community rallied around a resident in need. The main character in the story, the redbird, was magical. This was a book with a good plot that I couldn't predict and a wonderful ending! I would recommend this book to anyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Firefly Lane: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kristin Hannah
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (963)
    Performance
    (478)
    Story
    (487)

    Firefly Lane is the poignant, powerful story of two women and the friendship that becomes the mainstay of their lives. For 30 years, Tully and Kate buoy each other through life, weathering the storms of friendship: jealousy, anger, hurt, resentment. They think they've survived it all, until a single act of betrayal tears them apart...and puts their courage and friendship to the ultimate test.

    FanB14 says: "Beachy Fare"
    "An amazing journey with twists and turns"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Firefly Lane to be better than the print version?

    Yes.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Firefly Lane?

    This was an action packed story and the narration made it even better. The scenes that stand out are those that impacted lives and changed people - and there were a lot of those! Wow! I can't even begin to list all of the memorable moments and I wouldn't put spoilers in my review.


    What about Susan Ericksen’s performance did you like?

    Susan Ericksen is a talented artist who enhanced the story with her voice. I feel that her voice drew me into the story and made me feel as if I were there. She became the characters.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book made me cry and then ending made me happy.


    Any additional comments?

    I started reading this book not knowing what to expect and at the end, this book was so good that I bought every other book written by Kristin Hannah. She is a very talented author.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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