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Judy

Sarnia, Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2008

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  • 19 reviews
  • 19 ratings
  • 537 titles in library
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  • Face the Fire: Three Sisters Island Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (938)
    Performance
    (632)
    Story
    (632)

    Mia Devlin knows what it is like to love with your whole heart - and then watch your love walk away. Years ago, she and Sam Logan shared an incredible bond built on passion, legend, and fate. But then one day he fled Three Sisters Island, leaving her lost in memories of the magic they shared - and determined to live without love. But now Sam has returned....

    Camden says: "Great Story but Some Character Flaws"
    "Enjoyable series! If possible, hear #1 first."
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    Very enjoyable listens! Again, Book #1 started with a topical subject,which I applaud her for! She did manage to move the other two books to more fun/intriquing subjects, and made the journey interesting and smooth.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Anna Karenina

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (632)
    Performance
    (268)
    Story
    (272)

    This is the story of the unhappy family of Anna Karenina. The novel contains much concerning Tolstoy's spiritual crisis and his search for the meaning of life. But it is also chiefly about marriage, and the growth and death of love.

    AnnaH says: "Even Better Aloud"
    "A great version - thanks to Davina Porter"
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    The Russian names can be confusing - spent a lot of time trying to figure out "who was who",but that was how Tolstoy wrote the book. Davina Porter is one of my favorite narrators, and she handled the names probably better than anyone could.
    Enjoyed tackling a Tolstoy, and loved having a long book for a change!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jane Eyre [Brilliance Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Charlotte Bronte
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1242)
    Performance
    (924)
    Story
    (942)

    After a sad and neglected childhood as an orphan, Jane Eyre was hired by Edward Rochester as governess for his ward. Jane was pleased with the quiet country life at Thornfield, with the beautiful old manor house and gardens, with the book-filled library, and with her own comfortable room. But there were stories of a strange tenant, a woman who laughed like a maniac, and who stayed in rooms on the third floor.

    bebe says: "a book that can be heard/read again and again"
    "Loved it! Great narration !"
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    Thoroughly enjoyed the story, and found that Susan Ericksen was a comfortable listen!
    Good to hear an old story once and awhile.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12524)
    Performance
    (8429)
    Story
    (8472)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Annie M. says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Probably the best book in some time!!!"
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    I have been a great fan of Bryce Courtenay's books, (and since his death, I will dearly miss his writing) - a lot that dealt with wars and the way the characters dealt with them. However, I think that I enjoyed Laura Hillenbrand's writing more!
    Her historical facts, and references to the individuals' personalities made me feel that this is a true story, and I appreciated that the story moved along without dwelling on lingering details.
    I have not read Seabiscuit, but think that I might, just to hear more from Laura.
    Edward Herrmann handled the narration perfectly!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Modern Witch: A Modern Witch, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Debora Geary
    • Narrated By Martha Harmon Pardee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (913)
    Performance
    (826)
    Story
    (847)

    Lauren is downtown Chicago's youngest elite realtor. She's also a witch. She must be - the fetching spell for Witches' Chat isn't supposed to make mistakes. So says the woman who coded the spell, at least. The tall, dark, and handsome guy sent to assess her is a witch too (and no, that doesn't end the way you might think). What he finds in Lauren will change lives, mess with a perfectly good career, and require lots of ice cream therapy.

    ShySusan says: "Perfect antidote for vampire & zombie overdoses"
    "A good break from serious!"
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    I was really pleased to listen to something light and fun! The narrator did a good job of all the different characters, and the quality of her voice was good.
    The story leaves us with the possibility that some of the situations could actually exist, or could happen, and makes one consider the importance of our intuitions!
    The story also makes us realize the potential of the internet!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sea Swept: The Chesapeake Bay Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By David Stuart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (961)
    Performance
    (667)
    Story
    (684)

    A champion boat racer, Cameron Quinn traveled the world spending his winnings on champagne and women. But when his dying father calls him home to care for Seth, a troubled young boy not unlike Cameron once was, his life changes overnight.

    Louise says: "Outstanding"
    "Loved the series!"
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    Loved the sense of family loyalty, and how they all gathered to help keep Seth in the family!
    Good family fun, strong determinations, romance, sailing, "you name it", it's there!
    Great narration by David Stuart.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11998)
    Performance
    (10996)
    Story
    (11060)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "Heartache, and admiration with some fun!"
    Overall
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    Two young people, supportive parents, one loyal friend, a great support group, and a book! John Green shows us how it's possible to cope with devastating, eventual fatal disease.
    The story kept me concerned and delighted from start to finish.
    Kate Rudd did a comendable job with the narration!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carnal Innocence

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1201)
    Performance
    (1032)
    Story
    (1044)

    New York Times best-selling novelist Nora Roberts captivates millions of fans with her provocative blend of scorching passion and chilling suspense. With Carnal Innocence, she creates a gripping tale of murder, infatuation, and true love in a small southern town. After beautiful concert violinist Caroline Waverly breaks up with her conductor and lover Luis, she escapes to her late grandmother’s home in Innocence, Mississippi.

    Karen says: "The wait has ended"
    "Great mix of romance and mystery!"
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    Loved all of the characters, and had fun guessing who the murderer was! Good impression for the reader, of the south.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Perfect Hope: Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1808)
    Performance
    (1594)
    Story
    (1607)

    Ryder is the hardest Montgomery brother to figure out - with a tough-as-nails outside and possibly nothing too soft underneath. He’s surly and unsociable, but when he straps on a tool belt, no woman can resist his sexy swagger. Except, apparently, Hope Beaumont, the innkeeper of his own Inn BoonsBoro.... As the former manager of a D.C. hotel, Hope is used to excitement and glamour, but that doesn’t mean she can’t appreciate the joys of small-town living. She’s where she wants to be - except for in her love life....

    Katheryne says: "Third times the charm"
    "The series was excellent! Highly recommend all 3!"
    Overall
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    Loved the way Nora worked in all the characters - including the ghost!
    The stories flowed well from one to the next.
    The voices of the young boys were true to kids that age - thought I was hearing my own Grandsons (3 of the same age grouping)!
    Would be best to start with #1 if possible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Northern Lights

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Gary Littman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1152)
    Performance
    (837)
    Story
    (849)

    Lunacy was Nate Burke's last chance. As a Baltimore cop, he'd watched his partner die on the street - and the guilt still haunts him. With nowhere else to go, he accepts the job as chief of police in this tiny, remote Alaskan town. Aside from sorting out a run-in between a couple of motor vehicles and a moose, he finds his first few weeks on the job are relatively quiet. But that's about to change.

    Michele says: "Makes you want to see Alaska for yourself"
    "Not my favorite Nora book, but interesting enough!"
    Overall
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    As usual, Nora keeps us guessing. It took a while to reveal the murderer, and she played it well to keep us guessing.
    I liked the description of the Alaskan town, and most of the characters. However, I cringed every time she had the Mayor speak - Gary Littman overdid the supposed harshness of that woman's voice!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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