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L. Mitchell

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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
    (789)
    Performance
    (681)
    Story
    (685)

    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"
    "An enjoyable read"
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    Would you listen to The Descendants again? Why?

    No once was enough for this one.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Descendants?

    The confrontation with the "other man".


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

    Great listen.


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

    waiting for my wife to die


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Voice in the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Francine Rivers
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1082)
    Performance
    (648)
    Story
    (659)

    This heart-stirring tale of a young slave girl, torn between her love for a handsome aristocrat and her faith in God, transcends genres with its awe-inspiring power and emotional intensity.

    Allicia says: "Christian Fiction That Doesn't Back Down"
    "Could not finish"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I am a Rivers fan and I have read this book years ago, but I did not like the narrator. Also, the overuse of the word "sardonic " became bothersome.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Did not finish.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Richard Ferrone?

    Probably not


    Did A Voice in the Wind inspire you to do anything?

    The actual book was very inspiring, but the audio was disappointing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Warm Bodies: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Isaac Marion
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (978)
    Performance
    (914)
    Story
    (911)

    R is a young man with an existential crisis—he is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams. His ability to connect with the outside world is limited to a few grunted syllables, but his inner life is deep, full of wonder and longing. After experiencing a teenage boy’s memories while consuming his brain, R makes an unexpected choice that begins a tense, awkward, and strangely sweet relationship with the victim’s human girlfriend, Julie.

    Tabitha says: "Incredible!"
    "Great listen"
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    What did you love best about Warm Bodies?

    I loved listening to R's thoughts, and then hearing how he managed to speak his mind.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    M was my favorite character. His humor was a definite plus to the plot.


    What about Kevin Kenerly’s performance did you like?

    He was quite zombie-like. Great job.


    If you could rename Warm Bodies, what would you call it?

    Love is not dead


    Any additional comments?

    I saw the movie first, and the book has some differences. That was ok and to be expected. There were occasions where it was difficult to determine which character was speaking. I will listen again though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Her Mother’s Hope

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Francine Rivers
    • Narrated By Stina Nielsen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (491)
    Performance
    (286)
    Story
    (290)

    Internationally best-selling author Francine Rivers—winner of a Christy Award and the ECPA Gold Medallion—crafts a riveting tale of mother/daughter bonds stretching across decades. Strong-willed Marta leaves Switzerland early in the 20th century and settles in California. Though Marta loves her eldest daughter Hildie, they often clash as they attempt to find their places in the world.

    Meaghan says: "Another Awesome Read From Francine"
    "Not what I expected, but still good"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    There were places in this book that seemed to drag. While I knew I was being dragged to a certain place and circumstance to set the stage for this legacy of disfunction to unwind, The experience was a little tedious at times.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Marta made me angry. It was difficult to identify with her. I found myself just wishing she would explain herself.


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

    First listen to this reader.


    Was Her Mother’s Hope worth the listening time?

    I would have to say Yes to that because I have read the sequel and I realize Book 1 was needed for Book 2 to have the impact it did.


    Any additional comments?

    Do not Listen to this book if you do not intend on listening to the sequel. You will be frustrated if you do.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breaking Dawn: The Twilight Saga, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin, Matt Walters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6599)
    Performance
    (3018)
    Story
    (3070)

    To be irrevocably in love with a vampire is both fantasy and nightmare, woven into a dangerously heightened reality for Bella Swan. Pulled in one direction by her intense passion for Edward Cullen, and in another by her profound connection to werewolf Jacob Black, she has endured a tumultuous year of temptation, loss, and strife to reach the ultimate turning point.

    Angie says: "I couldn't wait for the audio book"
    "A Great Ending to a Great Story"
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    If you could sum up Breaking Dawn in three words, what would they be?

    Satisfying, Entertaining, Captivating


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Breaking Dawn?

    There are many memorable moments so it's hard to pick the most memorable. Perhaps the honeymoon scenes, but don't hold me to that.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Oh this is so hard, because I have so many favorites. Perhaps when Bella finds out Jacob has imprinted on Nessie, but don't hold me to that.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There is a lot of humor sewn into the fabric of this story so I found myself smiling a lot of the time during this book. The strongest reaction for me by far was in the final scene when Bella and Edward feel all hope is lost and Bella releases Nessie to Jacob. I cry every time I listen to this scene.


    Any additional comments?

    This is my favorite book in the series. I intend to listen to this entire series again and again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One for the Money: A Stephanie Plum Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2109)
    Performance
    (1837)
    Story
    (1834)

    You’ve lost your job as a department store lingerie buyer, your car’s been repossessed, and most of your furniture and small appliances have been sold off to pay last month’s rent. Now the rent is due again. And you live in New Jersey. What do you do? If you’re Stephanie Plum, you become a bounty hunter. But not just a nickel-and-dime bounty hunter; you go after the big money. That means a cop gone bad. And not just any cop. She goes after Joe Morelli, a disgraced former vice cop who is also the man that took her virginity....

    Pat H. says: "NOT THE GREATEST."
    "Be prepared to laugh out loud."
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    Where does One for the Money rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Not exactly sure where I'd rank it...It is definitely one that I will listen to over and over. That in itself makes it a favorite.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Pretty much. Laughter, excitement, drama,


    What three words best describe C. J. Critt’s performance?

    pausing... inhaling,,,,exasperating


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laughed and Laughed, then laughed some more.


    Any additional comments?

    Explanation of C J Critt's performance. Her voices were fine but you could hear loud inhalations like a smoker inhaling and there were extremely long pauses, so long that you would think the book was over. These things detracted from the enjoyment of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Woods: Tales from the Hollows and Beyond

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (938)
    Performance
    (840)
    Story
    (844)

    For centuries, the woods have been a pivotal part of the wonder and danger of fairy tales, for once you enter anything can happen. Elves, druids, fairies - who knows what you will find once you dare step into the forest?

    And now, New York Times best-selling author Kim Harrison ventures into these mysterious, hidden lands of magic and mystery in her first short-story collection. Into the Woods brings together an enchanting mix of brand-new, never-before-published stories and tales from Harrison's beloved, best-selling Hollows series.

    m says: "A Must Have, for The Hollows Fans!"
    "Not what I expected, but still good"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Into the Woods to be better than the print version?

    I honestly consider the audio version of any book better than the print version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Into the Woods?

    I absolutely love the stories that included the perverted pixie with the foul mouth. Very funny stuff.


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

    This was the first time I heard Gavin.


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

    No way!! I listen to it in sections over a couple of weeks. It was easy to do that because it is a book of short stories.


    Any additional comments?

    This type of book is not usually my cup of tea, but I was surprised at how much I ended up enjoying it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To Win Her Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Karen Witemeyer
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (280)
    Performance
    (241)
    Story
    (241)

    RITA Award nominee Karen Witemeyer is acclaimed for her winning blend of history, humor, and romance. In this heartstirring tale, repentant exconvict Levi Grant comes to Spencer, Texas, in 1887 - hoping to put his past behind him and start out fresh as the town’s new blacksmith. To promote civility, Eden Spencer runs her own lending library, where she discovers Levi’s love of literature. But just as romance begins to bloom, Eden learns of Levi’s prodigal past.

    Amazon Customer says: "Impossible to part from! Heartwarming! :)"
    "A winning story where true love is the victor"
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    What made the experience of listening to To Win Her Heart the most enjoyable?

    There was a humorous edge from the very beginning.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The big brawny blacksmith with his constant struggle between appearing stupid and sounding stupid.


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

    This was like watching a movie without using your eyes.


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

    I never listen to books all in one sitting. I would rather savor the book slowly, listening to several parts more than once.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a book based on faith and values. If you are looking for steamy sex encounters you might find this a bit tame.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Eclipse: The Twilight Saga, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5854)
    Performance
    (2270)
    Story
    (2310)

    As Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob - knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella has one more decision to make: life or death. But which is which?

    Kirsty says: "Continues to Please"
    "I listen to this one many times"
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    If you could sum up Eclipse in three words, what would they be?

    A great listen


    What did you like best about this story?

    The conflict and sparring between Edward and Jacob


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

    She is an exceptional reader


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laughed at the tent scene with Edward and Jacob


    Any additional comments?

    Second favorite in the series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • New Moon: The Twilight Saga, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5883)
    Performance
    (2281)
    Story
    (2332)

    For Bella Swan, there is one thing more important than life itself: Edward Cullen. But being in love with a vampire is even more dangerous than Bella ever could have imagined. Edward has already rescued Bella from the clutches of one evil vampire, but now, as their daring relationship threatens all that is near and dear to them, they realize their troubles may be just beginning.

    cmclien says: "Emotionally Painful..."
    "New moon review"
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    Would you listen to New Moon again? Why?

    I love the Twilight series, so I definitely would and will listen to new moon again. Of the 4 books New Moon is my least favorite, because it feels somewhat depressing.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of New Moon?

    Bella growing relationship with Jacob. The cliff diving scene where Bella gets caught in the fierce currents is one of my favorite.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The birthday party where Bella gets a paper cut opening her present is my favorite .


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Edward's cold words when he left Bella make me angry.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great series and I will be glad when I have all the books in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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