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California Rose

Anaheim | Member Since 2004

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  • 10 reviews
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  • 25 purchased in 2014
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  • Waiting for Summer's Return

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Kim Vogel Sawyer
    • Narrated By Barbara Caruso
    Overall
    (206)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (107)

    Suddenly all alone in 1894 Kansas, Summer Steadman can't find the employment she needs to settle near the fresh graves of her husband and four children. Bitter against the Lord and refusing to eat, she collapses in despair. Remembering his own painful loss, godly widower Peter Ollenbuger offers her food and shelter for tutoring his 10-year-old son.

    California Rose says: "Wonderful"
    "Wonderful"
    Overall

    This is the author's debut novel? This is a very well written and thought provoking inspirational piece. Very impressive. It is food for the heart and the soul. Of course, the narration by Barbara Caruso absolutely makes this a must-read novel. Her narration is a large part of why this novel is so much better for me as an audiobook, than it would have been on paper. Kudos, to author and narrator for a wonderful read. I can't wait for your next novel.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • We Need to Talk About Kevin: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (556)
    Performance
    (480)
    Story
    (482)

    Eva never really wanted to be a mother - and certainly not the mother of a boy who ends up murdering seven of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker, and a much-adored teacher who tried to befriend him, all two days before his 16th birthday. Now, two years later, it is time for her to come to terms with marriage, career, family, parenthood, and Kevin’s horrific rampage, in a series of startlingly direct correspondences with her estranged husband, Franklin.

    aaron says: "A smart, chilling story. Told in a very unique way"
    "Author is actually a women"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of We Need to Talk About Kevin to be better than the print version?

    I have to confess that I am only part way through this novel, but I was so intrigued by this book that I went to my library site, in order to read author's notes and published reviews. The author is actually Margaret Ann Shriver, (she simply prefers the use of the name Lionel). As was noted by another reviewer, it seems improbable that a man could have so acutely voiced what it is like to give birth, and the ambivalent emotions that so often entail and follow the experience. A highly recommended novel. The narrator is spot on, and once I have finished the book, my next task will be to watch the movie. I remember that the movie was quite well reviewed, but I find it hard to believe that it could be better than the book. Of course, for me I find that a novel is almost always enhanced by its narration. The nuances of character and plot are fleshed out by its narrator, and this book is a case in point.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Always Grace

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Tim LaHaye
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Dylan and Grace Cooper expected to be together forever, but when World War I tears them apart, both are forced to move on with their lives. Twenty years later, Dylan discovers Grace's whereabouts, and the reunion that follows challenges them both to conquer painful memories and attempt to rekindle a long-lost love

    California Rose says: "Incomplete"
    "Incomplete"
    Overall

    I wanted to give fair warning to anyone considering the purchase of this book. I would have given it much higher than a 3 star rating, because it is actually well written and quite interesting, but the download is missing most of Chapter 22, all of Chapter 23, and most of Chapter 24. It is an obvious break in the story line. I had to get the book from the library to find out what was in the missing section, because it was driving me crazy.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The History of Love

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Nicole Krauss
    • Narrated By George Guidall, Barbara Caruso, Julia Gibson, and others
    Overall
    (1001)
    Performance
    (348)
    Story
    (360)

    Nicole Krauss' first novel, Man Walks Into a Room, was shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times Book Award and her short fiction has been collected in Best American Short Stories. Now The History of Love proves Krauss is among our finest and freshest literary voices.

    Kathryn Lunetta says: "Beautiful story, beautifully written."
    "A Waste of money"
    Overall

    Boring, disjointed, and difficult to follow. I normally love the narrators in this novel, but perhaps I am missing the gene that would cause me to appreciate this book as others have. I purchased the book because of the literary praise it received from other reviewers, but it did not hold my interest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Honor's Reward: Rocky Mountain Legacy #5

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Kristen Heitzmann
    • Narrated By Suzanne Niles
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    As the newly married wife of Cole Jasper, Abbie is certain life will never again be dull. What she doesn't know is whether her blossoming love for Cole will allow her to bid farewell to the nightmares that have plagued her since Monte's brutal death.

    Esther says: "Mixed"
    "Where is Kate Forbes?"
    Overall

    Not to be too critical, but after listening to Kate Forbes in the narration of the Honor's series, I cannot listen to Suzanne Niles without thinking that I am missing the true character's voice in this book. What a wonderful narrator is Kate Forbes! I only realize this when it is not her voice bringing life to the characters. Excellent book, but somewhat lost in the translation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3581)
    Performance
    (2049)
    Story
    (2063)

    For two thousand years, cadavers have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. They've tested France's first guillotines, ridden the NASA Space Shuttle, been crucified in a Parisian laboratory to test the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, and helped solve the mystery of TWA Flight 800. For every new surgical procedure, from heart transplants to gender reassignment surgery, cadavers have been there alongside surgeons, making history in their quiet way.

    Matthew says: "Darn funny if you're open to the idea."
    "facinating"
    Overall

    When I was a student, in 1984, I took a summer class in which I prepared cadavers for the next semester's anatomy and physiology class. It was one of the best summer's of my life. Those memories will carry me to my grave, so to speak. One of the cadavers that I worked on was a physician (in his former life), one was a woman, and one was a man of no particular distinction. I am now a nurse of some 24 years. My experiences then still reverberate to this day. This book addresses all of the feelings and emotions that I experienced at that time. It is an amazing, humorous, light-hearted, yet serious work, that captured the essence of what it means to be a cadaver. No small feat. Bravo, Mary Roach. Well done.

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Summer of Light

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By W. Dale Cramer
    • Narrated By Ed Sala
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    After a series of bizarre events, ironworker Mick Brannigan finds himself knee-deep in laundry - and considering a retreat to his hopelessly littered kitchen. He soon learns important lessons from unlikely sources. W. Dale Cramer, multiple Christy Award-winning author of Bad Ground and Levi's Will, delivers a Romantic Times Top Pick tale of a reluctant Mr. Mom who discovers what matters most.

    California Rose says: "Wonderul!"
    "Wonderul!"
    Overall

    Another really wonderful book by W. Dale Cramer. Calling it a Mister Mom type of book is really not accurate. It has a lot more layers and depth to it than that, but is also a thoroughly enjoyable read. And this is the best work to date that I have heard from Ed Sala, the narrator. He really takes you into the center of the story, and you hate to leave this family when the book is done.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Ground

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Dale W. Cramer
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Author of Sutter's Cross, a Booklist Top Pick, W. Dale Cramer evokes the ambiance of a small Southern town in this inspiring novel. Jeremy's mother has passed away, leaving him with an odd request. He is to find his Uncle Aiden, a hardrock miner, and stay with him, regardless of Aiden's wishes. Jeremy's faith in God gives him the courage to find the humanity behind this tough-as-steel man.

    S Jones says: "good story- but a lot of mouth noise."
    "Excellent!"
    Overall

    I would not normally have walked into a book such as this, with the characters, setting, and plot-line that this book has. But there you go, that's what a good writer does. He carries you into places where you would have never thought to go. This was a thoroughly enjoyable book, and the narration was very well done as well. I suppose a man would generally enjoy this book more than a woman, but women, don't be mislead. This is a must-read book. I stumbled upon W. Dale Cramer as an author, but I will not make that mistake again. I look forward to listening to his next book. Excellent!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Breaking Point

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Karen Ball
    • Narrated By Jack Garrett
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (5)

    In The Breaking Point, two people struggle to survive after their truck plunges off a snowy mountain. As they battle the cold, they also begin to figure out how to save their failing marriage.

    A User says: "Very Preachy"
    "A Must Read"
    Overall

    Are you a Christian woman, (or man), who is hanging on to your marriage for dear life, with gritted teeth? This is one of those stories that rings true, and gives thought-provoking, honest counsel concerning marriage in today's world. It took a lot of the things that I already knew and made it fresh for me. I will listen to this book again. It really touched me. I highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret on Ararat: Babylon Rising, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Tim LaHaye, Bob Phillips
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (76)

    In the second Babylon Rising novel, Biblical scholar, archaeologist, professor, and hero for our times Michael Murphy is in pursuit of one of the most mysterious and sought-after of all Biblical artifacts, Noah's Ark. As Murphy undertakes his death-defying quest to ascend Mount Ararat, he will discover dramatic revelations of Biblical prophecies and be drawn even closer to the most terrifying evil about to be unleashed on all mankind.

    Tammy says: "Incredible"
    "Fascinating"
    Overall

    hello, editors, this is Susan, and I have already written a review for this book. In reading over the review that I submitted, I noticed that a word in the review is spelled incorrectly. The word martial, should actually be marital. Can you please correct this in my original review? I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you so much, Susan

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful

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