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Debbie

POMPANO BEACH, FL, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • The Hobbit (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By An Ensemble Cast
    Overall
    (1194)
    Performance
    (775)
    Story
    (789)

    Bilbo Baggins, a gentle hobbit who loves the comforts of home, reluctantly joins a company of dwarves on a journey to recover plundered gold from a fierce dragon. It's a tale of high adventure and astonishing courage, and a magical prelude to the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

    Zreea says: "Many years of enjoyment"
    "Hobbit Play"
    Overall

    Overall, the "audio play" was enjoyable. However, there were times when trying to follow which character was speaking was quite confusing. Since I have read the book in the past, I was a bit disappointed by the length and how much it was abridged.

    I would have preferred an unabridged book just read by a single performer. Unfortunately that was not available.

    17 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Enchanted, Inc.: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Shanna Swendson
    • Narrated By Eva Wilhelm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1269)
    Performance
    (1130)
    Story
    (1131)

    Katie Chandler had always heard that New York is a weird and wonderful place, but this small-town Texas gal had no idea how weird until she moved there. Everywhere she goes, she sees something worth gawking at and Katie is afraid she's a little too normal to make a splash in the big city. Working for an ogre of a boss doesn't help. Then, seemingly out of the blue, Katie gets a job offer from Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc., a company that tricks of the trade to the magic community. For MSI, Katie's ordinariness is an asset.

    Theresa says: "Enjoyable Story Ruined by Awful Narrator!"
    "Delightfully different"
    Overall

    A wonderful quirky story. Set in NY, the main character attributes all the odd things she sees to the fact she is a small town Texas girl living in NY, and big cities have oddball people living in them right? Not necessarily.

    Her ability to see what others can't sets her up for a new job opportunity. Good premise for the story which also brings in roommate fix ups with blind dates, working for an overbearing boss, applying life/work knowledge from a small town to be successful in the big city. Several very humorous situations, overall an enjoyable story. The narrator was spot on too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Party Crashers

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Stephanie Bond
    • Narrated By Ann M. Richardson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (44)

    Jolie Goodman never yearned for a life in Atlanta's fast lane. All she wants is a career in real estate, and she's willing to sell shoes at Neiman Marcus over the holidays to make ends meet. But recently, her boyfriend vanished - with her car - and her search for answers leads her to some very exclusive circles. Jolie hooks up with a pair of retail fashionistas who have made crashing society bashes an art form, and soon finds herself rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous...and rubbing other body parts with one of Atlanta's most eligible bachelors!

    Beatrice says: "Fun and entertaining"
    "Enjoyable Romance"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is the kind of light romance I enjoy. With a little mystery thrown in for a bonus. Good story, mostly predictable but the dialog is good; the characters fit the story and the narration wraps it up for an enjoyable listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Irish Country Doctor: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Patrick Taylor
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1035)
    Performance
    (804)
    Story
    (806)

    Barry Laverty, M.B., can barely find the village of Ballybucklebo on a map when he first sets out to seek gainful employment there, but already he knows that there is nowhere he would rather live than in the emerald hills and dales of Northern Ireland. The proud owner of a spanking-new medical degree and little else in the way of worldly possessions, Barry jumps at the chance to secure a position as an assistant in a small rural practice.

    Sara says: "Fun Book"
    "Delightful"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Charming story read by an excellent narrator. Wonderful characters, touching moments. The outcomes were very predictable but they were all positive so it is a nice feel good book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Forever Charmed: The Halloween LaVeau Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Rose Pressey
    • Narrated By Saskia Maarleveld
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (118)

    Halloween LaVeau is descended from a long line of witches. Yes, her name is Halloween. The cosmic universe is definitely playing some kind of sick joke on her. She's the ultimate witch cliche, complete with a black cat and spooky house. Thank heavens she's missing the warts and flying broom. When Halloween inherits her great aunt's manor, she decides to put the house to good use as a bed and breakfast. Her first guest is the sinfully good-looking Nicolas Marcos, but he's not here for the continental breakfast.

    Amazon Customer says: "uggg"
    "So much potential"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The idea for the story was promising. I wanted to like it. Almost quit several times but persevered. Plot lines too obvious; dialogue was groan worthy in some sections. Narrator did not overcome poor writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Murder on the House: Haunted Home Renovation Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Juliet Blackwell
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (196)

    Word has spread that contractor Mel Turner can communicate with the spirits of the dead, and she's having a hard time maintaining a low profile. She decides to embrace her reputation for the chance to restore a historic house that calls to her. The new owners, who hope to run a haunted bed-and-breakfast, want Mel to encourage the ghosts that supposedly roam the halls to enhance the house's paranormal charm. The catch: Mel has to spend one night in the house to win the project.

    Beatrice says: "Very enjoyable"
    "My new favorite series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The first two books in the series were good. This one though goes a step ahead in developing characters and the story line. It also sets the premise for Mel to accept her unwanted ability to see ghosts.

    The narrator is perfect for the series. She sets the right tone and hits all the right emotional pitches.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cat, the Professor and the Poison: A Cats in Trouble Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Leann Sweeney
    • Narrated By Vanessa Johansson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (144)

    Between her kitty quilt-making business and her three beloved cats, Jill has her hands full. That doesn't stop her from wanting to solve the mystery of the milk cow that's gone missing from her friend's farm. But imagine her surprise when a stolen cow leads to the discovery of 50 stray cats and one dead body - a victim of cold-blooded murder....

    Linda says: "WHAT A WONDERFUL STORY"
    "Get another narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story was OK. Interesting plot and story line. Narrator was so grating I felt like quitting several times during the book. Her voice of Candace the police officer was so bad it made me gnash you teeth. With a better narrator story would have been more enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Cary Elwes, Joe Layden, Rob Reiner (foreword)
    • Narrated By Cary Elwes, Christopher Guest, Carol Kane, and others
    Overall
    (1629)
    Performance
    (1487)
    Story
    (1479)

    From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes a first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner.

    Anne Morris says: "I don't normally write reviews but..."
    "If you loved the movie...."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you loved the movie, you'll of course love this book. What could be better than fun reminiscing with the key players (actors, director and producers)? I thoroughly enjoyed hearing the stories behind getting the movie made, actors being selected for their roles, preparing for scenes and mishaps during filming as told in their own words and voices. As I was listening to the book I saw the relevant scenes being replayed in my mind.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pines

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3088)
    Performance
    (2774)
    Story
    (2780)

    Wayward Pines, Idaho, is quintessential small-town America — or so it seems. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrives in search of two missing federal agents, yet soon is facing much more than he bargained for. After a violent accident lands him in the hospital, Ethan comes to with no ID and no cell phone. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into his colleagues’ disappearance turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he make contact with his family in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what’s the purpose of the electrified fences encircling the town? Are they keeping the residents in? Or something else out? Each step toward the truth takes Ethan further from the world he knows, until he must face the horrifying possibility that he may never leave Wayward Pines alive…

    Linda B says: "Well done story"
    "WOW!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The most unique book I have read in ages. At each phase of the book, you think you have an idea of what is going on. Then you turn the page and there is another twist. What a minute- how can that be? A fantastic read.

    Great for readers of many genres; mystery, thriller, science fiction- it well represents all of them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2090)
    Performance
    (1902)
    Story
    (1914)

    >When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of "rogue" wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn't take them. In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.

    Tango says: "Beautiful story, beautifully written"
    "Enjoyed it immensely"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I tend to like books based on real life. This one is great, wonderful experiences well told. I could easily visualize the settings, along with all the emotions; joys, fears, sadness. I highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Distant Hours

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1655)
    Performance
    (1143)
    Story
    (1152)

    Edie Burchill and her mother have never been close, but when a long lost letter arrives one Sunday afternoon with the return address of Milderhurst Castle, Kent, printed on its envelope, Edie begins to suspect that her mother’s emotional distance masks an old secret.

    Simone says: "Right Mood At The Right Time"
    "Not my favorite Kate Morton Book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I am an avid Kate Morton fan. The style of her books are mostly the same, open with a brief view of an event from the past, come to modern day and work the story between the two time frames. The author is an excellent story teller.

    That being said this book takes a long while to get the point where the mystery of the past gets interesting. Almost half way through I was thinking if I had never read any of her previous books I would probably wonder why I bought this book.

    The last third of the book is very engaging and keeps you turning the pages to find out exactly what did happen in the past.

    So overall it is still a good story, don't give up.

    If you have never read a Kate Morton book before- this should NOT be your first one, please try another one first. Start with "The House at Riverton" or The Forgotten Garden"

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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