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  • Every Day in Tuscany: Seasons of an Italian Life

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Frances Mayes
    • Narrated By Frances Mayes
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    In this sequel to her New York Times bestsellers Under the Tuscan Sun and Bella Tuscany, the celebrated "bard of Tuscany" (New York Times) lyrically chronicles her continuing, two decades-long love affair with Tuscany's people, art, cuisine, and lifestyle.

    Ron Brown says: "Travelers Guide"
    "Informative on Italian Art and Cooking, but......."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    If I had been interested in Italian cooking and/or someone's personal opinion of Italian art I would have loved this book. I'm sure I did learn something from this, but I had hoped for a good story set in Italy. This book is written like a diary or a day to day account of events with no plot. I believe Frances Mayes is a very intelligent woman with lots of energy and a lust for life, but her narration is almost unbearable. Her voice is unpleasant and her pronunciation of Italian words is irritating. She seems bored and disconnected when reading the book. It was hard to keep listening.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Frances Mayes again?

    Probably not.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Frances Mayes’s performances?

    No


    Could you see Every Day in Tuscany being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No! Well, maybe a TV cooking show.


    Any additional comments?

    I really wanted to like the book because I am going to Italy soon, but it was so hard to finish listening to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Executive Power: Mitch Rapp Series

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2354)
    Performance
    (1839)
    Story
    (1828)

    Returning from a covert mission, Mitch Rapp was publicly hailed by the president for his role in the fight against terrorism. After years of working in the shadows, Rapp was caught in the media spotlight - and marked for death by virtually every terrorist in the world. Now a CIA advisor, Rapp is ready to battle terror far from the front lines. But when a Navy SEAL team in the Philippines is ambushed, all evidence points to a leak within the U.S. State Department. And a greater threat lurks....

    Annie says: "A great wow!"
    "Can't wait to start on next book in Rapp Series"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Executive Power to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version


    What did you like best about this story?

    The detail of how Mitch and his accomplices ran their operations. Also, how David planned his mission. Part of the ending was unexpected.


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

    This was my first.....loved him.


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

    I did look forward to listening each day to the book to see what would happen next.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Memorial Day

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2831)
    Performance
    (1949)
    Story
    (1930)

    It's just seven days before Memorial Day, and a spike in CIA intelligence has pointed to a major terrorist attack on the United States. Now it's up to counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp to pull out all the stops. Rapp immediately leaves for Afghanistan, where he leads a special forces unit on a daring commando raid across the border into a remote Pakistani village. Their target: an al-Qaeda stronghold. Rapp and his team soon discover plans for a catastrophic nuclear attack on Washington, DC.

    Guy says: "Flynn's best Mitch Rapp Book"
    "Very Interesting"
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    What made the experience of listening to Memorial Day the most enjoyable?

    Trying to understand the different elements of the government and how they work together for the good (and sometimes detriment) of our country.


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

    At some points I was on the edge of my seat....I was always interested in knowing what would happen next. Flynn keeps several stories going at once so the audience is always waiting to see what will happen next with different characters.


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

    YES, same as other one......He's Fantastic!


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

    When Mitch gets frustrated with political officials for worrying about the appearance of the administration instead of the people in the US.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Room With a View

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By E.M. Forster
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (282)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (77)

    Set in Italy and England, this is a rich and romantic story of Lucy Honeychurch and the choice she must make between love and convention.

    Jefferson says: "More Funny, Beautiful, and Moving than the Movie"
    "So boring that I couldn't finish it!"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Some well mannered British lady that's about 100 years old.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not sure.....looking now.


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

    No, but I enjoyed her performance..........just couldn't choke on the content any longer.


    What character would you cut from A Room With a View?

    Any of them with their snobbish manners.


    Any additional comments?

    I wanted to get a feel for the Italian background and I didn't.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Breathing Room

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Kate Fleming
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (757)
    Performance
    (315)
    Story
    (318)

    Sometimes in life you need a little breathing room, especially when your life has just fallen apart. Dr. Isabel Favor, America's diva of self help, knows this all too well. She's lost her fiancé to an earth mother, her accountant has absconded with her money, and her self-help empire is in shambles. She flees the country to Tuscany, waiting for life to settle down, but the biggest disaster lies just ahead. On one unforgettable night, she's about to meet Lorenzo Gage, Hollywood's favorite villain.

    Brenda says: "An enjoyable read."
    "Opposites Attract in a beautiful Italian setting."
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    What did you love best about Breathing Room?

    The way the author gave the characters background and showed the way human experiences can shape a persons character and personality. Enjoyed the analysis that "Dr. FiFi" gave of several characters and the way she handled her emotions and handled conflict.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Breathing Room?

    When Ren and FiFi were in the vineyard before getting distracted.


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

    I have not.


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

    Not really, but I did enjoy it as a fun "get away" in my mind.


    Any additional comments?

    Kate Fleming did an excellent job of giving each character a vocal personality.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18440)
    Performance
    (8584)
    Story
    (8626)

    Lisbeth Salander—the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels—lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority.

    B.J. says: "Perfect."
    "Couldn't stop listening!"
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    What did you love best about The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest?

    Lizbeth never gives up!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest?

    Lizbeth's hospital stay and Bloomkvist's genius plan!


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

    Only Millennium Trilogy........really enjoyable.


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

    YES!! Even did the Millennium Tour in Sweden since the author used real addresses for his characters. So much information!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18912)
    Performance
    (8749)
    Story
    (8781)

    Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered.

    David says: "irritatingly engrossing"
    "Can't believe what happened!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Girl Who Played with Fire the most enjoyable?

    Details! Details! Details!


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

    Yes, the author puts you on a thrill ride throughout the book!


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

    On Zalachenko's farm


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23688)
    Performance
    (10273)
    Story
    (10355)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Oh My Gosh!!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo the most enjoyable?

    So many details to draw you into the story and keep you in suspense.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lizbeth..obviously


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Lizbeth getting her financial revenge.


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

    yes to both. Lizbeth suffered so much mental and physical abuse.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Twilight: The Twilight Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7661)
    Performance
    (3067)
    Story
    (3129)

    About three things I was certain. First, Edward was a vampire. Second, there was a part of him, and I didn't know how dominant that part might be, that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

    Mitch says: "My Not-So-Guilty Pleasure"
    "Entertaining once you get to know the characters!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Sure, it was entertaining!


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

    I have only listened to the Twilight Series but I love her performances!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35970)
    Performance
    (26968)
    Story
    (27352)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Wow!! What a story!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hunger Games to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read it, so I couldn't comment on this.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How Katniss was so perceptive and her instincts were dead on!


    Which character – as performed by Carolyn McCormick – was your favorite?

    Katniss


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

    Many times!! The story was heartbreaking in so many ways, but the people made the best of their circumstances and their joy was my joy while listening.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30642)
    Performance
    (23690)
    Story
    (23878)

    Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

    FanB14 says: "Dissent Rules"
    "Surprising and Entertaining"
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    Where does Catching Fire rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Highly Ranked....I listen to a lots of books.


    What other book might you compare Catching Fire to and why?

    Obviously the Hunger Games and Mockingjay. I couldn't wait to hear what happened next as I did in the "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" series.


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

    She is terrific! Her voice is thoughtful which makes you feel as if you are inside the head of Katniss.


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

    Sure, I laughed and cried at times. Even though the book is fiction, there is something stinging about the story that makes you feel like this could be a reality.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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