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FRAMINGHAM, MA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Dead Bolt: Haunted Home Renovation Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Juliet Blackwell
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (116)

    Turner Construction's latest restoration project is a historic Queen Anne Victorian in San Francisco. This time, general contractor Mel Turner has to work around the owners, who insist on sticking around-along with some ghosts that insist in their own way that the work stops. The ghosts aren't the only ones standing in the way of the renovations. A crotchety neighbor, Emile Blunt, secretly wants this house and could be behind some of the disturbances. But when Emile is found dead, it's Mel who appears guilty.

    LaurelOlivia says: "Easy listen"
    "Picking up"
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    If you could sum up Dead Bolt in three words, what would they be?

    female mystery ghosts


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

    Interested, yes; on the edge, no.


    What about Xe Sands’s performance did you like?

    Love her.


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

    Maybe not. Probably big chunks, but one sitting would have turned it bore-some.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope the writer follows up with the witchcraft series rather than this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Uncommon Grounds

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Sandra Balzo
    • Narrated By Karen Savage
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (91)

    A body in a pool of skim milk. An unsavory discovery at any time, but especially inconvenient when the milk puddle is in front of the espresso machine the very morning you're scheduled to open your chic suburban coffee house, Uncommon Grounds. AND the body is one of your partners, leaving you and your other partner - the one who's still alive - as suspects. Which would all be bad enough, even if your husband HADN'T just dumped you for his dental assistant....

    beatrice says: "I'll have another cup please"
    "Meh"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. I gave up mid way. I don't know if it was the main character or the narrator that irritated me.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Sandra Balzo? Why or why not?

    Maybe. If different narrator.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Karen Savage?

    Xe Sand or the one that read "A world without end"


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

    Not sure, I didn't finish.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • If Walls Could Talk: Haunted Home Renovation, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Juliet Blackwell
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (180)

    Melanie Turner has made quite a name for herself remodeling historic houses in the San Francisco Bay Area. But now her reputation may be on the line. At her newest project, a run-down Pacific Heights mansion, Mel is visited by the ghost of a colleague who recently met a bad end with power tools. Mel hopes that by nailing the killer, she can rid herself of the ghostly presence of the murdered man - and not end up a construction casualty herself....

    Ann says: "DIY murder, that spans the here and hereafter...."
    "Good but overshadowed by the Witchcraft series"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of If Walls Could Talk to be better than the print version?

    I really like the voices of the narrator, but I think reading and listenings can't be compared. Listening you receive the story and the interpretation of the narrator, while reading the interpretation is up to the reader.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the rythm


    What about Xe Sands’s performance did you like?

    The different voices for different characters, especially the male characters. I usually find this a critical marker for a narrator and Xe Sands does a terrific job.


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

    It made me chuckle a couple times.


    Any additional comments?

    There were a bit too many male characters to keep track of.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Brené Brown
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (811)
    Performance
    (707)
    Story
    (707)

    Researcher and thought leader Dr. Brené Brown offers a powerful new vision that encourages us to dare greatly: to embrace vulnerability and imperfection, to live wholeheartedly, and to courageously engage in our lives. In Daring Greatly, Dr. Brown challenges everything we think we know about vulnerability. Based on 12 years of research, her book argues that vulnerability is not weakness but rather our clearest path to courage, engagement, and meaningful connection.

    Fulfillment and Exuberance says: "Love Brene Brown, didn't like the narrator"
    "Deeper analysis of a few topics from prior book"
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    It focuses on certain topics described in the gifts of imperfection and hones on them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anastasia: The Last Grand Duchess, Russia, 1914

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Carolyn Meyer
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    In this fictionalized journal, Anastasia Romanov lives again. Through her eyes, we witness the day-to-day splendor the czar's family experienced before the onslaught of the Russian Revolution. However, one senses also that crowding the outskirts of Anastasia's ornate diary are hundreds of thousands of teeming serfs, just beginning to percolate.

    Sarai says: "Interesting"
    "Original Structure of Poor Content"
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    Anastasia retells what she writes in her diary as she writes it. She shows her perspective of the history as she perceives it. Since she knows very little of what is happening outside her house and family life, it has little to nothing to tell about her times.
    I guess it tries to imitate the idea of the diary of Anne Frank. But it's boring as hell.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Bang Theory and Philosophy: Rock, Paper, Scissors, Aristotle, Locke

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Dean Kowalski (Editor), William Irwin (Editor)
    • Narrated By Andrew Eiden
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Ever wonder what Aristotle might say about the life Sheldon Cooper leads? Why Thomas Hobbes would applaud the roommate agreement? Who Immanuel Kant would treat with "haughty derision" for weaving "un-unravelable webs"? And - most importantly - whether Wil Wheaton is truly evil? Of course you have. Bazinga!

    This book mines the deep thinking of some of history's most potent philosophical minds to explore your most pressing questions about The Big Bang Theory and its nerdy genius characters.

    Janine says: "The talking heads"
    "Boring overly analitical review"
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    They analyze the psychology and philosophy of every single line. At first I thought it wasn't what I expected but it might be interesting from another point of view. I really don't need an analysis of the friendship types in the show as depicted by Aristotle. But it might tickle your fancy. My fancy was not tickled. My fancy fell asleep.

    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
    (3489)
    Performance
    (1969)
    Story
    (1984)

    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."
    "Amazing! Highly recommended"
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    A little gruesome at the beginning, but the tone of the writer and the respect with which the topic is approached provides a fenomenal overview of how cadavers help improve the lives of the still living. I had no idea there was any use for cadavers other than organ donation. Highly recommend it. Even if you have a weak stomach, the writer helps you get past it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • If You Ask Me

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Betty White
    • Narrated By Betty White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (388)
    Performance
    (315)
    Story
    (313)

    It-girl Betty White delivers a hilarious, slyly profound take on love, life, celebrity, and everything in between. Drawing from a lifetime of lessons learned, seven-time Emmy winner Betty White's wit and wisdom take center stage as she tackles topics like friendship, romantic love, aging, television, fans, love for animals, and the brave new world of celebrity. If You Ask Me mixes her thoughtful observations with humorous stories from a seven- decade career in Hollywood. Longtime fans and new fans alike will relish Betty's candid take on everything....

    Martha says: "A delightful visit"
    "After 6 books she has nothing left to say"
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    I got it because I heard her in interviews and thought she was hilarious. This book is not funny nor interesting. I didn't finish it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The American Heiress: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Daisy Goodwin
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (465)
    Performance
    (336)
    Story
    (337)

    Be careful what you wish for. Traveling abroad with her mother at the turn of the 20th century to seek a titled husband, beautiful, vivacious Cora Cash, whose family mansion in Newport dwarfs the Vanderbilts’, suddenly finds herself Duchess of Wareham, married to Ivo, the most eligible bachelor in England. Nothing is quite as it seems, however: Ivo is withdrawn and secretive, and the English social scene is full of traps and betrayals.

    Maria says: "I loved this book!"
    "Great read. Abrupt open ending"
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    The story is clearly following the life of Consuelo Vanderbuilt. The rythm and narration are wonderful, but the end is very abrupt which is not consistent with the rest of the book. It is not a book that lends itself to an open ending either.
    Loved it all the way and crushed by the ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fiery Cross

    • UNABRIDGED (55 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (3985)
    Performance
    (3510)
    Story
    (3502)

    The year is 1771. Claire Randall is still an outlander, out of place and out of time. But now she is linked by love to her only anchor: Jamie Fraser. They have crossed oceans and centuries to build a life together in North Carolina. But tensions, both ancient and recent, threaten members of their clan. Knowing that his wife has the gift of prophecy, James must believe Claire, though he would prefer not to. Claire has shared a dreadful truth: there will, without a doubt, be a war.

    Dawn says: "THANK YOU!!!"
    "Strong Scottish accent; couldn't listen"
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    It's really nice that being a Scottish history is read with Scottish accent, but too heavy for me to fully understand. The performance is very good but I can't say for the story because it was too frustrating to be guessing what was going on.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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