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T. McCauley

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  • Cape Refuge

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Terri Blackstock
    • Narrated By Alan Nebelthau
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Terri Blackstock is the best-selling author of the Newpointe 911 mystery books. Cape Refuge is the beginning of her suspenseful new series. The murder of Thelma and Wayne Owens has rocked the peaceful Cape Refuge community. When their son-in-law is accused of the crime, the Owens’ daughter, Morgan, must clear his name and keep her parents’ ministry, a halfway house, running. She will need much courage and faith to succeed.

    T. McCauley says: "Come to like"
    "Come to like"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Cape Refuge in three words, what would they be?

    I liked all the different facets of the story and though some of it was a little predictable but there are a few surprises and it works well for an easy listen.


    Any additional comments?

    I started listening to the story and I have to be honest I was thinking I wouldn't finish because they were dwelling in the uncomfortable area of loss and how realistically people go through sorrow. However as the story progressed and interesting twists and turns relieved themselves much like that are in all our lives some way or another. I could see the subtle intention of the story and the meanings we all can see once we step back and analyze the situation later. Life isn't always pretty and God does let our lives play out for the oddest reasons. The ending was a little too fast and a little too tight, however over all it really was a very good story and a nice listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Lisa See
    • Narrated By Janet Song
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1276)
    Performance
    (505)
    Story
    (508)

    Lily is haunted by memories of who she once was, and of a person, long gone, who defined her existence. She has nothing but time now, as she recounts the tale of Snow Flower and asks the gods for forgiveness.

    Barbara A Danner says: "Disappointing"
    "Not My Normal Kind Of Book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    This story was a historic cultural and life lesson kind of a book. Not quite a biography however it read as a life story/recollection. It's about two girls in a world rich with tradition and cultural history. I don't know very much of Chinese history or if lives are still impacted by the lifestyle describe in this life recollection, but it's very full of traditions not normal to current day generalized families. It covers all the emotions, relationships, requirements/expectations and understandings of the day. It's one you get involved with right away and you need to find out how and what paths were chosen for these girls.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Narrated By Scott Holst
    Overall
    (6884)
    Performance
    (5252)
    Story
    (5334)

    While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

    Haden says: "My friends thought I was crazy."
    "Intriguing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter the most enjoyable?

    I enjoy the idea of what the story describes. I enjoy tales of science fiction in the midst of history and it adds to remembering actual and true facts. It's also fun to add a little because I know true history has left out much of the personal feeling an true intentions of our past. It's too black and white at times and the gray leaves everyone to their own experiences unless they were there.


    Did Scott Holst do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I did struggle in with this and lost who was good, bad, friend and acquainted. But it may have been more because I was listening not reading.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4297)
    Performance
    (3682)
    Story
    (3679)

    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    Kelli N. Perkins says: "Still Thinking About This Tale Weeks After"
    "Interesting"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Defending Jacob?

    I liked the questions raised in this book.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    It leaves a lot for each individual to evaluate and digest how or what they may do in such a position as some of these characters. It lost it's interesting edge when the authors personalities of the characters twisted the story and made it somewhat predictable - most common views in movies and books... (The "special" or unique view of a Jewish Lawyer or a Priest) - a more common majority stance may have added more.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a book selected by our book club. If this was made into a movie or TV series I would suggest the personal views of all sides of the situation be truly researched out bit more. For example: I definitely feel the the Catholic Church may have some conflict with the beliefs portrayed by the "father" in this book. And not to say that the "person" couldn't have those views however it's rare to imagine that someone, to dedicate their life to a faith, would have such conflict with some fundamental view of that faith. (I'm not Catholic) but I feel a little more research on that character could even add more to this book and the many questions and feelings it proposes. Also a little more development on the lawyer in similar aspects could enhance the process the book goes through. If the book played more to the commonality instead of the unique few of some of the publicly focused on characters I think the book would even pose more conflict in people and evoke the odd cross of feelings even better. Just my thoughts. I liked the ending and where it stands. I'm trying not to give anything away but it's worth a read for sure. Thanks

    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
    (35680)
    Performance
    (26697)
    Story
    (27076)

    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"
    "Satisfaction"
    Overall

    I don't write too many of these however I'd like to share I was surprisingly drawn into the story quickly. From the description I thought it sounded new but similar to some movies I'd seen and yet it was something, for me, I enjoyed. The only thing I would say was the ending left me a little unsatisfied. Whether that be by design or not ... I recommend this book for a change of imaginary pace.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Host: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5266)
    Performance
    (2858)
    Story
    (2899)

    Earth has been invaded by a species that takes over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. But Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away.

    Keith says: "Great story in a genre only touched upon before"
    "Can't Get into It?"
    Overall

    I've started several times over and picked up the hard copy too but I'm missing something in the story. An outside look into new life maybe reincarnation or what I'm not following well this odd view of the characters.

    If you can stick it out past the first quarter of the book you may find something more than I did. I was trying to be open to the idea and creativity of the story but ultimately I couldn't connect with anything in the story.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27520)
    Performance
    (14121)
    Story
    (14171)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Delightfully Surprised"
    Overall

    As I saw the reviews on the book I became very interested however the summary of the book didn't appeal to me.

    The first hour of listening I felt the book to be very slow. Once I started moving through chapters though, the different voices representing the different angles views and understandings, I found myself drawn into the lives of all the people in the book. I found myself tear over the hardships that I will never understand and the author truly transported to a time, alien to me.

    I recommend this book if anything for the rich history of raw feelings and emotions of a time not so far away.

    I didn't like the end. I wont go into detail because it doesn't spoil the book. However, it was a book of these women's lives beautiful, ugly and real as life is, and that may have been the point.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • True Honor

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Dee Henderson
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (77)

    Best-selling Christy Award winner Dee Henderson's novel portrays the selfless heroism of CIA agent Darcy St. James and Navy SEAL Sam Houston. When an old KGB friend suddenly stabs her, Darcy falls into the water. After coming to her rescue, Sam soon sees Darcy as the answer to his prayers, and Darcy thanks the Lord for tough-yet-tender Sam. But when the 9/11 attacks drive Darcy from retirement and her intelligence keeps Sam's SEAL team busy, they must put their future in God's hands.

    GeeBLate says: "Entertaining Romance"
    "Romantic"
    Overall

    A little predictable however enjoyable.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Velocity

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Michael Hayden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (682)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (152)

    Bill Wile is an easygoing, hardworking guy who leads a quiet, ordinary life. But that is about to change. One evening, after his usual eight-hour bartending shift, he finds a typewritten note under the windshield wiper of his car.

    Carlotta says: "A True Dean Koontz Novel...as I see it"
    "good"
    Overall

    I thought it was exciting. Not one of the best but it kept me interested.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When Joy Came to Stay

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Karen Kingsbury
    • Narrated By Barbara Caruso
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (62)

    When Joy Came to Stay illustrates the miraculous power of faith to overcome even the most debilitating suffering. Maggie Stovall has a successful career and a happy marriage, but she also bears the crippling weight of a secret from her past. As she slips farther and farther into depression, her only hope lies in God's loving forgiveness.

    Christine says: "Hopeful inspirational novel"
    "slow but picks up"
    Overall

    I had a hard time getting into the book however once the main people were developed it got better. It was a little predictable but it was enjoyable.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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