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Debbie

POMPANO BEACH, FL, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • The Hobbit (Dramatized)

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By An Ensemble Cast
    Overall
    (1097)
    Performance
    (689)
    Story
    (702)

    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.

    Brianna 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 20 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
    (1775)
    Performance
    (1624)
    Story
    (1618)

    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
    (1111)
    Performance
    (1020)
    Story
    (1031)

    >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
    (1480)
    Performance
    (984)
    Story
    (991)

    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
  • Speaks the Nightbird

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2680)
    Performance
    (2394)
    Story
    (2379)

    The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

    aaron says: "Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!"
    "Squeezes out every ounce of possible adventure"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I really enjoy historical fiction and this book is very satisfying (and also a mystery which just makes it even better). It seems quite well researched as far as clothing, food, housing, etc. It is a great story and every time I thought, OK that should wrap it up, we are at a logical conclusion, a twist came up to extend the book. But the extensions were not just filler, they really made sense and added more enjoyment to the book. So even though it is really long, it is entertaining to the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24864)
    Performance
    (18767)
    Story
    (18828)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "I'm Hooked"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    My daughter has been after me to read (Listen to) this series for quite a while and I am glad she was persistent. Great story, good narration. Well developed characters, easy to follow even with so much going on. Only disappointment was it seemed to just stop. Whereas most series books come to a "pause point" that leads you to the next book, this one seems to abruptly end. So, of course I'll have to read the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Supreme Courtship

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Christopher Buckley
    • Narrated By Anne Heche
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (262)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (63)

    President of the United States Donald Vanderdamp is having a hell of a time getting his nominees appointed to the Supreme Court. After one nominee is rejected for insufficiently appreciating To Kill A Mockingbird, the president chooses someone so beloved by voters that the Senate won't have the guts to reject her.

    Jim says: "Comic Relief"
    "Non-plausible plot but a good read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A great concept given all the current TV judges. If you are willing to suspend belief and just enjoy the story it is a OK listen, despite a few trite plot lines.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Woman in White

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated By Josephine Bailey, Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1006)
    Performance
    (811)
    Story
    (812)

    One of the greatest mystery thrillers ever written, Wilkie Collins's The Woman in White was a phenomenal best seller in the 1860s, achieving even greater success than works by Charles Dickens. Full of surprise, intrigue, and suspense, this vastly entertaining novel continues to enthrall audiences today.

    David says: "Gripping novel, excellent production"
    "A Classic"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A little bit long, dragged at some times, especially at the beginning. Also seemed a bit repetitive in a few sections, but very good narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Saving Ceecee Honeycutt

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Beth Hoffman
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2631)
    Performance
    (1332)
    Story
    (1344)

    Laugh-out-loud funny and deeply touching, Beth Hoffman's sparkling debut is, as Kristin Hannah says, "packed full of Southern charm, strong women, wacky humor, and good old-fashioned heart." It is a novel that explores the indomitable strengths of female friendship and gives us the story of a young girl who loses one mother and finds many others.

    Jeanne says: "A Wonderful Listen!"
    "Sweet Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I really enjoy books that are "stories" and this one is perfect. A peek at mental illness in the 60's and the building of "families". Great narration, I could picture all the scenes in my mind and laughed out loud at some of the characters, who are so real.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Smoky Corridor: Haunted Places

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Chris Grabenstein
    • Narrated By J. J. Myers
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Zack is about to start at his new school, and his dad, who went there years before, tells Zack the stories of the haunted janitor's closet, the specter of a dead crossing guard, and the Donnelly brothers, who perished in a suspicious fire. Dad doesnt know that Zack has already met the Donnellys' ghosts, who have warned Zack that there is an evil zombie under the school.

    Debbie says: "More Adventures with Zack"
    "More Adventures with Zack"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I really enjoy all the Chris Grabenstein books. This series, although geared toward teens is thoroughly entertaining for the entire family, we have a teenager and a nine year old. We listen during vacation car trips. Good story lines, with a touch of scariness for the younger family members.

    At the beginning of the story, the narrator's pitch was irritating in the voice given to Zack, but it improved about halfway through the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The House at Riverton

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2541)
    Performance
    (1625)
    Story
    (1620)

    Summer 1924: On the eve of a glittering Society party, by the lake of a grand English country house, a young poet takes his life. The only witnesses, sisters Hannah and Emmeline Hartford, will never speak to each other again....Winter 1999: Grace Bradley, 98, one-time housemaid of Riverton Manor, is visited by a young director making a film about the poet's suicide. Ghosts awaken, and memories, long consigned to the dark reaches of Grace's mind, begin to sneak back through the cracks.

    Cathy says: "superbly written mystery"
    "Storytelling at its finest"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a wonderful example of crafted storytelling. It is woven slowly and methodically like a fine tapestry. It is an enjoyable journey with a well crafted mystery to make it even more interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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