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Tammy

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  • The Stabbing in the Stables: A Fethering Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Simon Brett
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    Fethering's favorite sleuths are at it again. Jude and Carole Seddon find themselves in the midst of some horseplay after stumbling upon the body of ex-equestrian Walter Fleet at Long Bamber Stables. The police attribute the stabbing death to the mysterious "Horse Ripper," who's been mutilating mares across West Sussex and who Walter obviously caught in the act.

    Tammy says: "Kept waiting for it to improve"
    "Kept waiting for it to improve"
    Overall
    Performance
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I honestly don't know - it was incredibly dull. Kept waiting for something to happen


    Would you ever listen to anything by Simon Brett again?

    Most likely not


    Would you be willing to try another one of Ralph Cosham’s performances?

    yes


    What character would you cut from The Stabbing in the Stables?

    all


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Empire of the Summer Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By S. C. Gwynne
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1062)
    Performance
    (677)
    Story
    (692)

    Few people realize that the Comanche Indians were the greatest warring tribe in American history. Their 40-year battle with settlers held up the development of the new nation. Empire of the Summer Moon tells of the rise and fall of this fierce, powerful, and proud tribe, and begins in 1836 with the kidnapping of a lovely nine-year-old girl with cornflower blue eyes named Cynthia Ann Parker.

    John says: "Quannah Parker"
    "An amazing part of our history"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely - for anyone who enjoys history or has interest in Texas / Oklahoma it is a MUST read.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Empire of the Summer Moon?

    When Cynthia Ann died


    Which character – as performed by David Drummond – was your favorite?

    Quannah


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    An American tragedy


    Any additional comments?

    I think Quannah would be successful in any era. An amazing man, great war chief, then amazing business man.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • War Horse

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Michael Morpurgo
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (638)
    Performance
    (541)
    Story
    (536)

    In 1914, a beautiful foal with a distinctive cross on his nose is sold to the Army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western front. But his heart aches for Albert, the farmer's son he left behind. Will he ever see his true master again?

    Julie says: "Great idea for reluctant readers!"
    "A little too Hollywood"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Depends on the friend. I thought it was too planned


    Would you be willing to try another book from Michael Morpurgo? Why or why not?

    Maybe - depend on the subject matter. Not really drawn to his style


    What about John Keating’s performance did you like?

    Good pacing


    Could you see War Horse being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I went to the movie. The scenes of horses dying were upsetting, but it is part of history. I don't see any way to make a tv series. Honestly I was disappointed in the movie too.


    Any additional comments?

    Book and movie got a lot of hype and I'm not sure why

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Stand

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6603)
    Performance
    (5840)
    Story
    (5893)

    This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides - or are chosen.

    Meaghan says: "My First Completed Stephen King Novel"
    "One of my favorite saga's of all time"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up The Stand in three words, what would they be?

    Good Evil Humanity


    What other book might you compare The Stand to and why?

    One Second After How mankind would cope with such a world changing event. The battle of decent people to survive the dregs of society


    Which character – as performed by Grover Gardner – was your favorite?

    Can't pick just one


    If you could take any character from The Stand out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Stu, he had such a strong yet understated personality. I think he would be fun to hang out with.


    Any additional comments?

    A must read

    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
    (35022)
    Performance
    (26084)
    Story
    (26454)

    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"
    "Reality tv at it's worst"
    Overall
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    Where does The Hunger Games rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 5 - I can easily see myself listening to this series again


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hunger Games?

    When Katnis volunteers


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

    I enjoy the tone of her voice


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Awesome series - like chips, you can't have just one

    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
    (29774)
    Performance
    (22901)
    Story
    (23071)

    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"
    "A very scary world"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to Catching Fire the most enjoyable?

    Watching the characters grow and become more "real". Entering the future seeing how it compares to our present.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Catching Fire?

    Scene in the cave


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

    No I have not


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

    There were many and I don't want to post a spoiler


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed all the books in this series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27336)
    Performance
    (21154)
    Story
    (21360)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    GS says: "Conflicting Emotions"
    "Great story - engaging characters"
    Overall
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    Story
    If you could sum up Mockingjay in three words, what would they be?

    Empowering Resourceful Tenacious


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Katnis - she was believable. She found a way to achieve her goals that were compatible with her physical attributes and background.


    Have you listened to any of Carolyn McCormick’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?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Genghis: Birth of an Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Conn Iggulden
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (925)
    Performance
    (550)
    Story
    (553)

    He was born Temujin, son of a khan, raised in a clan of hunters migrating across the steppe. Temujin's young life was shaped by a series of brutal acts: the betrayal of his father by a neighboring tribe, his family left to die on the harsh plain. But Temujin endured, and from then on, he was driven by a fury to survive in the face of death, to kill before being killed, and to conquer enemies from beyond the horizon.

    David says: "Move over Bernard Cornwell"
    "Incredible - Genghis was a superb leader"
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    What did you love best about Genghis?

    He overcame so many obstacles in life to build an incredible empire and he was loyal to those he loved.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Genghis - because he was so tenacious and followed thru even on difficult decisions


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

    I have not, but I would


    If you could rename Genghis, what would you call it?

    No need to rename it


    Any additional comments?

    Showed me how gifted this man was. So much more than just a barbarian.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pushing the Bear: A Novel of the Trail of Tears

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Diane Glancy
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    In 1838, 13,000 Cherokee were forced to leave their home in the southeast and walk 900 miles to present-day Oklahoma. Hunger, cold, and disease threatened their very survival. Their grueling trek - the Trail of Tears - takes on new immediacy and meaning with this stunning work of fiction. Maritole loses not only her home and her settled life in North Carolina, but also many of the people closest to her. A chorus of voices joins hers to vividly recreate the tragic story of the Cherokee removal.

    Carol says: "A Big disappointment"
    "Did not connect with me at all"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Diane Glancy and/or the narrator?

    No - I love American history and really looked forward to this book. I tried to listen multiple times and just could not connect


    Would you ever listen to anything by Diane Glancy again?

    No


    What didn’t you like about the narrator’s performance?

    I think it was more the story than the narrator


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I did not make it very far into the book. Perhaps there was something buried in there that I did not find.


    Any additional comments?

    My fault in that I didn't listen to the preview. I think I would have skipped the purchase if I had.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15439)
    Performance
    (12756)
    Story
    (13395)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "More smoke than fire"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would have prefered a more realistic lifestyle. One that mere mortals could hope to escape to.


    Would you be willing to try another book from E. L. James? Why or why not?

    Most likely not - the dialog was repetitive, the characters predictable. I did like the email exchanges


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Jack was shot


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    It was not believable to me. A girl who is almost 22 and a virgin is going to consider this contract????


    Any additional comments?

    I think I've said all I have to say about this one. Mildly interesting.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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