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Joan

Mountain Top, PA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Descendants

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Kaui Hart Hemmings
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (871)
    Performance
    (757)
    Story
    (760)

    Matthew King was once considered one of the most fortunate men in Hawaii. His missionary ancestors who came to the islands were financially and culturally progressive - one even married a Hawaiian princess, making Matt a royal descendant and one of the state’s largest landowners. But now his luck has changed. His two daughters are out of control - 10-year-old Scottie has a smart-ass attitude and a desperate need for attention and 17-year-old Alex is a recovering drug addict.

    Michael says: "Not Sappy instead honestly elicits tears & laughs"
    "It was beautifully read!"
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    Where does The Descendants rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Well compare to the other books I have listen to this ranks right up there at the top. It matched up to the same flow as when I watched the movie. The mood of each character was brought to life and everyone once in awhile brought a smile to my face.


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

    He really did a great flow of reading the book. I could actually hear the voice of George Clooney as he read his lines! Kudos I look forward to here other books that he has narrated.


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Back to Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Dennis Canfield
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Is there any hope at all for the Krumwerth family? Marmel doesn't think so, and he should know, because he has one hundred and seven Christmases of experience in these matters. Amanda Krumwerth has just two days to prove Marmel wrong about her family, but she's determined to do it. Find out what happens when an elf who doesn't understand the meaning of Christmas meets a family that doesn't understand the meaning of family.

    Susan says: "Back to basics."
    "A totally Family Christmas Listen!!!"
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    OMG I loved it! Is what I sent the author halfway thru the book that is barely 3 hrs long. That is how enchanted I was by this cute Christmas story. I have to admit I am a sucker for a good Christmas story! and as with all Christmas stories yes it does have a happy ending! It was the journey getting to the end from the beginning that was so much fun! Dennis Canfield well thought out storyline and I did laugh out loud a few times. Found myself smiling knowing some of the young kids I would say 5+ would get the most out of this story and sit and listen to the whole thing. I could see this being made into a cartoon or movie for Christmas following that Hallmark christmas theme.

    Oh the story you say. Well the Krumwerth family is finding themselves on the naughty list for the third time. Is there hope for them? Well one elf in charge of the nice and naughty list kind of letting them slip by on the nice list. NO NO NO! He is caught and is assigned to the Krumwerth family and picks their daughter Amanda to get them back on the nice list or they will be on the permanent naughty list FOREVER! They have less than 2 days to do this and Amanda(the daughter) thought for sure this will be easy. Not as easy as she thought.

    So Marmel the elf does not think she could do it in 2 days. So when she completes the first 2 task he was surprised in one day. Now the 3rd and final task could she do it? Time to bring out the Reverse Santa to help. Can he? who is he? Amanda's tech savvy family is so into their toys and gadgets that everything starts breaking and stopping. At least that is what they think. And thru all this and other problems that arise Amanda's suggestions get them to where they need to be.

    The narrator Ralph Lister oh did he bring the characters to life. I have said time to time how narrators can change up their voice somewhat so you know the difference of the characters. But he gives each character a downright personality! I have already suggested this audio to many of my friends with kids. I feel with his narration I could see kids sitting at the kitchen table or laying on the floor coloring and crafting their Christmas decorations and gifts while listening to this book! May sound hookie but, I don't care but, I LOVED IT!

    Note: This review was posted to Goodreads, Amazon and Audible. The Book was provided for review by the author Dennis Canfield. All views are strictly mine and not in anyway influenced by others. Thank you for your time reading this and comments are always welcome on the other sites I have listed above!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Botanicaust: Botanicaust, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Tam Linsey
    • Narrated By Meghan Kelly
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    The only crop left ... is human. After genetically altered weeds devastate Earth's croplands, Dr. Tula Macoby believes photosynthetic skin can save the human race. Her people single-mindedly embark on a mission to convert the cannibals roaming what's left of Earth. But when Levi, a peaceful stranger, refuses alteration, Tula doesn't think the only options should be conversion or death.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "well thought out and unique story"
    "If you enjoyed Divergent you'll love BOTANICAST"
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    I always start my reviews by reviewing the narrator. Since they are the voice that makes or breaks a performance of the book! Will it want to make you want to go back and read the book! Meghan Kelly as in other books I have listen to her narrate excels in a flawless transition from one character to the next. Maintaining that difference or mood of the character as they journey thru this book by Tam Linsey. I do hope that she is brought back for any future sequels. There is nothing more disappointing when authors use another voice in a series. She really brings to life and moods of my favorite character Dr Tula Macoby.

    So let me continue with the characters without giving many spoilers! Dr. Tula Macoby coming from a society called the Haldanians, that believes can help selected others from the bio-engineered weeds that wiped out plant life 400 years earlier making all plants poison. Tula, a counselor assigned to those that are converted with photosynthetics to adjust to their new lifestyle. A society/scientist that believes they are the saviors of sorts in converting the cannibals that also roam the Earth. They also decide who lives or dies if their capturers do not fit the profile of converting to a plant society. Believing that her way of life will save them. That is until she meets Levi Kraybill whom she believes in the beginning is part of a captured cannibal family. Only to find out he is from another society called the The Old Order. Feeling that her people may not have all the answers. With him as the story unfolds throughout she learns the truth behind her own past! Trying to understand why her feelings are so passionate for someone of a different culture and to wrong yet feels so right at the same time.

    Tam Linsey takes and draws you into the passion! Into the uncertainty! Into the truth that maybe bought her and Levi together are not ready to face about each other!

    Levi Kraybill is from a society that believes what Tula's kind are doing is an abomination. They are a peaceful farming community. Believing that God has sent them down the rules to believes are they the only way of life!

    After Tula assist Levi to escape and now making them both outlaws on the run from the Haldandians! Tula learns from him the survival tactics as they travel back to his society without being captured by the cannibals or killed by the Burners. Learning along the way that Levi was on the search for a cure for his son. Only to be saved/captured by what they thought is a fourth society, Fossilites. Which they did not know existed. Only to find out that all those Tula thought were killed are actually used for experiments of a different kind for the search for immortality. Will Tula make the decision to stay with them if they are willing to give Levi the cure they said they had for his son? Will his clan let him back? Since leaving against the Old Orders rules shunned Levi!


    They do escape and head for Levi's clan with 2 of the ones Tula thought were killed by her people. When they get back to Levi's home. Are they all left to come within the Old Order's protective field? What does Tula learn about herself? Will they accept her and the other 2 Haldadians? What becomes of Levi's son?

    Leaving some of these unanswered will peak a curiosity that you will not be sorry to learn as the book whines down. There is not a real cliffhanger leaving this book up in the air till part 2. It can stand as a stand alone read/listen to. Made me wish that I could move to the next book now! I really was pleasantly surprised with this story after listening to and reading other post apocalypse novels. This is certainly a well thought out plot. Totally different! The story can definitely take itself in any direction for future parts. I would like to see the following part have that back story of how the weeds took over the other plants. Seeing it build around Levi and/or Tula family ancestors. This 10 hr plus listen really felt so much longer. Ready for a detail yet full story made me want to sit and listen right thru in a day or 2.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blades of Magic: Crown Service, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Terah Edun
    • Narrated By Sylvia Roldn Dohi
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    It is not a peaceful time in the Algardis Empire. War is raging between the mages and seventeen-year-old Sara Fairchild will be right in the middle of it. She just doesn't know it yet. Sara is the daughter of a disgraced imperial commander, executed for desertion. Sara is also the best duelist and hand-to-hand combatant in Sandrin. She lives quietly with her family's shame but when challenged about her family's honor, her opponent inevitably loses.

    Nay Denise says: "Superb YA Fantasy !"
    "Non-stop energy from the main Character!"
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    Sylvia Roldn Dohi gives a great narration to this book by Terah Edun. I hope to hear her in other books and hope that she does the next book in the series. One thing for me that makes or breaks a book is the narrator. The story could be amazing but if the narrator does not preform well makes me stop the book and move on. In this case she can keep me the reader listening from start to finish in a couple days. Has a great transition between characters she portrays.

    Now onto the story itself. The main character Sara Fairchild a young girl with something to prove to herself and others that she has the talent to be a mighty warrior like her dad. However, living thru the disgrace of her father's death. Sara's mother asked her to get a job at the fishery. Sara agrees and finds herself reluctantly takes on another position that is offered by the fishery owner.

    Sara is asked by the owner of the fishery to become his Watcher. Watch what? His warehouse of special artifacts. Agreeing Sara finds herself paired up with the 2nd main character Ezekiel, curator of antiquities. Sara finds herself thinking "What has she gotten herself into. This guy is a scary cat." or is he!

    The plot has you wondering all the way thru what her dad has done or did not do. Why so many are after a certain artifact and are willing to kill for it. How Sara ends up becoming a Mercenary to unravel the mysteries while learning how to use her special gift of Battle Magic. Learning the different Mages talents. And discovering what is truly inside her to get thru this war she is drawn into by the Mercenaries to learn more about her dad.

    The only Con that I had with this book was the long repetitious back story in the beginning of the book could have been reduced. Though once the story gets underway only some backstory where needed is given to hold the storyline together.

    Ezekiel by far is my favorite with his weak whimsy character only to turn around to be a very strong character next to Sara! Can't wait to hear Book 2 when it comes out! I'm a sucker for a good fantasy series!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Haylee Awakened Seed: a paranormal adventure (Haylee and the Traveler's Stone Book 1)

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 43 mins)
    • By Lisa Redfern
    • Narrated By Meghan Kelly
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    An ancient pattern begins anew… Generations of oracles, seers, soothsayers and healers pass a relic of their lineage from hand-to-hand. They protect and prepare one another for the eventual blooming of a mysterious and terrible secret… Until one among them breaks the chain. Haylee Garrett, a California farm girl growing up in the '70’s, has no idea that she is about to take part in an age-old relay. With an emotionally remote father, Haylee has become an expert at coping with things on her own.

    Deedra says: "Haylee Awakened Bk 1"
    "Great YA to Senior Listen"
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    Meghan Kelly did a wonderful job narrating the book. She maintain an even change between the characters that she was preforming throughout the book.

    I found that this book is a great listen for the teenage girl. It was a coming of age and a coming of what changes Haylee Main character) found her body going thru. Even though her mother told her that she was special like the other women in her mom's side of the family. She never knew quite what expect except for the talent she had from a young age with animals. What you ask? Well not spoiling this part of the book.

    With her father left to raise her unaware of her gifts and how to handle Haylee's coming of age. It made me smile to think of all those father's raising their daughters' on their own and how he handle her becoming a woman. How serious and funny her dad was at the same time it would in my words would have listeners blushing.

    When her dad rushes her to the hospital unaware why his daughter looked like she was dying. While he was waiting for the doctors to take care of Haylee, the on duty nurse Gloria comforts her dad. A magical connection between them makes me feel that the nurse in this story may become a character in the next book.

    The end does make you want more because of the abrupt ending. Had me a bit confused had me go back a chapter to listen again. Would go onto Book 2 just so I can see what will happen next. I feel that this book is great short listen from teen to senior. Being in my 50's I enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wander and Roam: Wander Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Anna Kyss
    • Narrated By Shiromi Arserio
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    In the last year, Abby Bentley has failed out of college and lost her high school sweetheart. Unwilling to return home, Abby signs up to volunteer on an Australian farm, where she can hide away from her family and isolate to her heart's desire. Best of all, no one will care about her past. Abby soon discovers she'll be sharing most of her daylight hours, as well as a very small yurt, with the farm's other volunteer: sexy, flirtatious Sage. The more hours they spend together, the more conflicted Abby becomes.

    LilMissMolly says: "Solid New Adult Story Set in Australia"
    "Left me Falling Love and Crying - Great Listen!"
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    Let me start with the narrator which can be a deciding factor to any book that I listen to. It can decide whether or not I will listen to a book from start to finish in a few days or over a lengthy time frame or they are not doing the story justice and I stop listening. The narrator Shiromi Arserio did the book justice. Her eventone voice and the way the story leaves you wondering what will happen next was right on the mark.

    Now the story itself. I feel in love with the 3 main characters. The author keeps the listener or reader wanting to learn more about the main character Abby. As the book opens up you think why this young teen throwing away her college career with bad academics. Who is this Robbie? And why are her parents the way they are!

    Abby leaves very subtle hints about a relationship with her boyfriend Robbie. What has happen to what seemingly seems to be a bad relationship. However, as the book moves forward keeping the listener/reader guessing till her day in Sydney, Australia with the next main character, Sage. She reveals the reason behind her relationship with Robbie.

    Sage as the character meets Abby for the first time.You find yourself falling for him right from the start. How the flushing Abby feelings are confused since she is there in Australia to work on an organic farm to clear her head (okay run away) from her feelings for Robbie. She wanted the solitude to try and see if she could come to terms with the relationship. As she writes letters to Robbie and putting them in these purple envelopes will she send them or are they part of something else?

    The next character Susan, the owner of the organic farm. She is a good grounding character between Sage and Abby. Her young and good advice leaves Abby thinking she is butting in to get her and Sage together. But, as the story winds down becomes the friend that Abby never thought she could have. Learning the backstory to Susan's life on the farm.

    So as to not spoil the listen/read this book actually had me welling up with my own emotions of losing a love one. This book really caught me off guard (in a good way)and at the end of the listen hoping for more of Sage and Abby coming in Book 2. At least I hope they are part of the next book. But, leaving the reader with the feeling there is always a second chance in life's loves.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shiftless: Werewolf Paranormal Fantasy: Wolf Rampant, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Aimee Easterling
    • Narrated By Kelly Mccall Fumo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Forget the full moon, female werewolves shift uncontrollably at that time of the month. But after years of practice, teenaged Terra learns to squash her wolf, which allows her to flee the repressive village where she grew up. A decade later, Terra realizes she has an even worse problem. After hiding from her wolf for so long, she is now shiftless, unable to change back into canine form.

    magicmonster says: "werewolf read for teens"
    "A listen thru Book from Start to Finish"
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    The narrator Kelly Fumo really kept this book flowing from start to finish. I compare her to Dina Pearlman that does the Anna Strong Series by Jeanne C Stein. Kelly has me on ready for the next in the series!

    The characters were well fitted to the story. Found myself drawn into the story and actually seeing the characters in my mind. The chemistry between Terra and Wolfie is predictable but the story does have a few twist and turns. Terra's flight from her family life as a werewolf and how she is drawn back to the pack at her fathers' request for her or her nephew she has never seen. How will she handle it? Well without a spoiler to the story this quick 4 1/2 hr read will have you hanging on from start to finish wanting more!

    I really do hope that the next book is longer! Enjoy the read!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6209)
    Performance
    (5376)
    Story
    (5370)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Was completely drawn in....."
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    Where does Beautiful Ruins rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is right there in the top 10 of the romantic books I have listen to! I was so drawn in that I was wishing for each chapter to see what or where in time the author was taking the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I was hestitant that it was a male narrator but 2 thumbs up. He did an amazing job. The story flow well transitions from the past to the future. I could place myself in these eras quite well.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Pascale heads to Rome to find answers and comes across more than he plans.


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

    If I could yes! But, it was a pleasure just being able to listen it to and from my travels.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10256)
    Performance
    (7701)
    Story
    (7746)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    haesel says: "Where was this woman's editor?"
    "The Story was Enchanting"
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    What did you love best about A Discovery of Witches?

    I love how Deborah Harkness develops the characters by pulling parts of their personalities slowly and then moving into each of their past lives as a steady pace throughout the book. So you are hooked all the way to the very end.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How each character blended so well with each other whether it was a friendly or not so friendly scenes. I love how the dry humor throughout the book. The tenderness between the main Characters of Matthew and Diana. Yet the strength that is added to the characters.


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

    I love how she kept the flow of the character voices. I have listen to many audio books and she is now on my list of listen to narrators!


    Any additional comments?

    I purchase this book on a sale and when I found out another series book. Well I love series, and this book has exceeded my expectations. From the story line to the narration. Just finish the first one. now onto book 2nd and hope that book 3rd hits the site soon!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack: Burton & Swinburne, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Mark Hodder
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (1230)
    Performance
    (1096)
    Story
    (1100)

    Sir Richard Francis Burton and Algernon Charles Swinburne are sucked into the perilous depths of a moral and ethical vacuum when Lord Palmerston commissions Burton to investigate assaults on young women committed by a weird apparition known as Spring Heeled Jack - and to find out why werewolves are terrorizing London's East End.

    Robert says: "Fun Steampunk but on the outlandish side"
    "This reminds me of a Sherlock Holmes mashup!"
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    What did you love best about The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack?

    It was a strange way the book was laid out, but as it progresses through the sequence of the events and writing. It made sense and loved the approach of the author. The narrator certainly brought life to this book and incredible ways he approached each character and their voice personalities.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Actually Swineburne was an exquisite as the "I want to prove how useful I can be" for Sir Richard Burton


    What about Gerard Doyle’s performance did you like?

    The way he brought each character to life with their personality and never missed a switchup in voice reconizing each of them.


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

    When Spring-heeled jack knew that his one decision to correct what he thought was correcting his family out come really started with him - or did it? Have to listen to see if you agree


    Any additional comments?

    MUST LISTEN TOO!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

    • UNABRIDGED (12 mins)
    • By Dr. Seuss
    • Narrated By Walter Matthau
    Overall
    (471)
    Performance
    (410)
    Story
    (428)

    The Grinch, whose heart is two sizes too small, hates Whoville's holiday celebrations, and plans to steal all the presents to prevent Christmas from coming. To his amazement, Christmas comes anyway, and the Grinch discovers the true meaning of the holiday.

    Stacy Coombs says: "Awesome Grinch"
    "How cute!"
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    Would you listen to How the Grinch Stole Christmas! again? Why?

    I will have this near my book so that the little ones can follow along! Thanks for the gift Audible!


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was well narrated. Walter Marrhau did a great job!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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