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Tara

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  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6684)
    Performance
    (4666)
    Story
    (4651)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "OUTSTANDING!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Kitchen House the most enjoyable?

    The narrators told a period story with such passion, I could not put it down. The slave's characters were so believable, you felt as if you were on the farm working with them. The folk in the 'big house' were as real as it gets for that time period. I truly loved the story.


    What other book might you compare The Kitchen House to and why?

    The Help. However set in an entirely different time period, the pain endured by the colored folk was as strong in The Help as it was in The Kitchen House. My heart bled for them as their fears were set forth on a day to day basis.


    What does Orlagh Cassidy and Bahni Turpin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Compassion, love strength and perseverance. Both narrators were outstanding!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Three Fates

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Bernadette Quigley
    Overall
    (657)
    Performance
    (534)
    Story
    (531)

    When the Lusitania sank, more than one 1,000 people died. One passenger, however, survived to become a changed man, giving up his life as a petty thief but keeping a small silver statue that would become a family heirloom to future generations. Now, nearly a century later, that heirloom, one of a priceless, long-separated set of three, has been snatched away from the Sullivans.

    Barbara says: "Nora at her best!"
    "So much fun!"
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    Would you listen to Three Fates again? Why?

    Yes, definitely! This book, with its great narrator told an exciting story complete with murder, adventure and of course love.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved all the characters in this book. All were individual all had a story of their own and all had personality!!


    What about Bernadette Quigley’s performance did you like?

    She was amazing. Her reading was superb, & the characters individual. You knew who was talking by the change of her voice. No character sounded the same.


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

    No. I loved the whole book. Once I started I had a hard time putting my Ipod down. I think I finished the book in 3 days.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5445)
    Performance
    (3408)
    Story
    (3414)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    Lora says: "Enzo (because he's so wize) for president."
    "Interesting story line"
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    If you could sum up The Art of Racing in the Rain in three words, what would they be?

    when I purchased this book I thought it would be different. The twists and turns in the book kept me intrigued. The storyline really made me think about people, and what they will do to get their own way. Its a great read/listen.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Art of Racing in the Rain?

    When Enzo too off running as far as he could go (my dog does this) to release his frusterations. Interesting point of view from the dogs persepective.


    What does Christopher Evan Welch bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Patience.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Peace Child: An Unforgettable Story of Primitive Jungle Treachery in the 20th Century

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Don Richardson
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (35)

    In 1962, Don and Carol Richardson risked their lives to share the gospel with the Sawi people of New Guinea. Peace Child tells their unforgettable story of living among these headhunters and cannibals who valued treachery through fattening victims with friendship before the slaughter. God gave Don and Carol the key to the Sawi hearts via a redemptive analogy from their own mythology.

    Don Lance says: "Great first-hand missionary account"
    "Not what I thought"
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    Would you try another book from Don Richardson and/or Paul Michael?

    Yes. This book was great, but I thought it was going to be more exciting. When you have a primitive village with cannibals and outsiders that come to share the word of God, there has to be more excitement then just


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    yes


    Did Peace Child inspire you to do anything?

    no


    1 of 2 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
    (33887)
    Performance
    (25076)
    Story
    (25420)

    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"
    "Whew Hew what a ride!"
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    Where does The Hunger Games rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks in the top 5


    What other book might you compare The Hunger Games to and why?

    I've not listened to anything similar to Hunger Games. It was truly a gripping audio book. I couldn't put it down!


    Which character – as performed by Carolyn McCormick – was your favorite?

    Katniss because she's so badass.. She doesn't take any gruff from anyone, and has the skill to back it up!


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

    The book moved me!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Hingson, Susy Flory
    • Narrated By Christopher Prince
    Overall
    (258)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (220)

    On the 78th floor of the World Trade Center’s north tower, no alarms sounded, and no one knew what had just happened at 8:46 a.m. that morning, September 11, 2001. Blind since birth, Michael couldn’t see a thing, but he could hear the sounds of shattering glass, falling debris, and terrified people flooding around him and his guide dog, Roselle. However, Roselle sat calmly beside him. In that moment, Michael chose to trust Roselle’s judgment and not to panic. They were a team....

    Reader says: "Good but too broad"
    "Good Dog!"
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    Would you listen to Thunder Dog again? Why?

    Yes. Because there is much to learn about what the blind endure on a daily basis..


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Thunder Dog?

    When Roselle was bringing his handler down the twin tower.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    This book was more about the blind and the discrimination towards them. I thought there were be more insight to them coming out of the twin towers. It was a great book, but I thought it was going to be different then it was.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Chasing Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1544)
    Performance
    (1037)
    Story
    (1050)

    Little else in life is as dangerous as fire jumping. Flying past towering pillars of smoke, parachuting down to the edge of an all-consuming blaze, shoveling and sawing for hours upon hours, days at a time, all to hold the line and push back against the raw power of Mother Nature. But there’s also little else as thrilling - at least to Rowan Tripp. The Missoula smoke jumpers are one of the most exclusive firefighting squads in the nation, and the job is in Rowan’s blood: her father is a legend in the field. She’s been fighting fires since her eighteenth birthday.

    M. Davis says: "Another winner by Roberts!"
    "Your in for a ride!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Chasing Fire to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version. The audio book was great and I have suggested it to everyone I know.


    What about Rebecca Lowman’s performance did you like?

    Everything! Shes amazing, she brings the characters to life. She makes you feel as if you are right there at camp.


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

    Gul! He sounds like the perfect man. Or her dad, he seems like a great guy, or Rowan who is amazing.. Heck I love to take the whole cast out out we'd need a big table with lots of food and drink.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was fun, exciting, with some romance thrown in there. If you want to have a good time, this is the book for you. You'll laugh, shed a tear, your heart will get to pumping with excitement... Enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steppenwolf

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Hermann Hesse
    • Narrated By Peter Weller
    Overall
    (523)
    Performance
    (349)
    Story
    (352)

    Harry Haller is a sad and lonely figure, a reclusive intellectual for whom life holds no joy. He struggles to reconcile the wild primeval wolf and the rational man within himself without surrendering to the bourgeois values he despises. His life changes dramatically when he meets a woman who is his opposite, the carefree and elusive Hermine.

    Darwin8u says: "Save this Hesse novel for your midlife crisis."
    "yawn"
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    What disappointed you about Steppenwolf?

    It was painfully slow.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Hermann Hesse again?

    I would listen to him again. As this material was slowwwwwww, he may be different in the next book. 2nd chance is always warranted


    What aspect of Peter Weller’s performance would you have changed?

    Given hiim a new book to narrate.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5015)
    Performance
    (3027)
    Story
    (3053)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Andy Spooner says: "A page-turner, no doubt, but..."
    "Awesome!"
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    If you could sum up One Second After in three words, what would they be?

    An outstanding read!


    What other book might you compare One Second After to and why?

    Patriots. However, One Second After is well written, wonderfully performed, and exciting from start to finish. It brings the


    What about Joe Barrett’s performance did you like?

    Everything! He brings the characters to life. A great narrator, and outstanding performer, the story flowed with ease.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought this book to be of great value. Theres good information in here where the

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Julie

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Catherine Marshall
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (35)

    Julie Wallace is just eighteen in 1934 when her father risks their life savings on a struggling newspaper and moves the family to a flood-prone Pennsylvania town. It is here a young woman's convictions take firm root, as Julie finds herself taking sides when battle lines are drawn between desperate steelworkers and the mill owners who control their lives.

    Lisa says: "Great choice!"
    "Fun"
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    If you could sum up Julie in three words, what would they be?

    Headstrong, ambitious and smart!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Julie; She has drive, desire to do something with her life. She is young but has direction and is ambitious.


    What three words best describe Cassandra Campbell’s voice?

    She was great!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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