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Cheryl

Douglasville, GA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • 87 reviews
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  • The Lieutenants: Book One of the Brotherhood of War Series

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (539)
    Performance
    (470)
    Story
    (482)

    They were the young ones, the bright ones, the ones with the dreams. From the Nazi-prowled wastes of North Africa to the bloody corridors of Europe, they honorably answered the call. War - it was their duty, their job, their life. They marched off as boys and they came back - those who made it - as soldiers and professionals forged in the heat of battle....

    Rochelle says: "Not just a Novel about War"
    "Like "M-A-S-H", loved The Lieutenants book one."
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    This was my first W.E.B. Griffin book and I absolutely loved it. It was similar to the t.v. series “M-A-S-H” where you got to know the characters, their heroics and their failures in their military and personal lives. I loved the character Lowell who was a rich kid that was drafted into the Army and in his teens.

    The book gives a great image of military culture and the brotherhood of soldiers. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series! So glad I found this author and this book.

    Eric G. Dove was a great reader/performer too!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Wise Man's Fear: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10094)
    Performance
    (8401)
    Story
    (8473)

    "My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep...."

    Geoff says: "I dig it."
    "Very Entertaining Fantasy"
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    I have to say that I absolutely love the narrator, Nick Podehl. He was able to make the story much better than it probably actually was. I believe I would pretty much enjoy any novel that he reads.

    However, even though I found the second book in the trilogy entertaining, it was not better than the first book in the trilogy. There are still a lot of side stories happening that I felt I could have done without. I was hoping that the side stores from the first book, would have continued in the second. However, he added different side stories that had nothing to do with the past side stories, so I could have just done without them. They did not add to the story line.

    I don’t think I will be rushing to get book 3 at this time, however, I am sure at some point I will want to conclude the trilogy . . . just to see how it all ends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    Overall
    (12083)
    Performance
    (9733)
    Story
    (9853)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "Outstanding Fantasy!"
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    This was a very well developed fantasy and I enjoyed it very much.

    At times it was a little confusing; there seemed to be a lot of unnecessary side stories happening; or maybe it was because it was book 1 in the series. Needless to say, I will be reading book 2 to continue the story/journey of Kvothe.

    The narrator, Nick Podehl, was FABULOUS.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Virgin River

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1612)
    Performance
    (1105)
    Story
    (1121)

    Recently widowed, grieving Los Angeles midwife/nurse Melinda Monroe answers a small upstate town's ad for help. Nestled amongst California's giant redwoods, quaint Virgin River is host to many quirky characters - including bar owner Jack Sheridan, who may be just the man to make Melinda smile again.

    Houston mom says: "Great author if you like Nora Roberts!"
    "Pleasant Romance Novel"
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    To me this was a typical romance novel. I'm not really into reading romance novels, but occasionally I do. I liked the small town setting and I liked the main characters - Jack the 40 year old ex-marine, bar owner; and Mel, the nurse/midwife recovering from her loss.

    Sweet story; and I liked the way that the people in the small town really cared about each other.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Swan Song

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3055)
    Performance
    (2664)
    Story
    (2702)

    Facing down an unprecedented malevolent enemy, the government responds with a nuclear attack. America as it was is gone forever, and now every citizen - from the President of the United States to the homeless on the streets of New York City - will fight for survival. In a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, earth's last survivors have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil, that will decide the fate of humanity.

    Amanda says: "Simply an Amazing Story"
    "Phenomenal"
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    This was an outstanding post-apocalypse good vs. evil story! The author, Robert McCammon, developed all of the characters so well that it was easy to start to feel emotions towards them.

    The post-nuclear world that he drew was very dismal and detailed. The aftermath of the radiation exposure to the characters in the book were gruesome. The Devil and his followers in the theme are terrifying! Thank goodness there were the characters Swan, Sister Creep, and the professional wrestler named Josh with their power of courage and love.

    I think you will enjoy the outstanding characters and the suspense and the terror in this novel. Everything is excellent about it, including the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Attenbury Emeralds

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jill Paton Walsh
    • Narrated By Edward Petherbridge
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (263)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (183)

    The recovery of the magnificent gem in Lord Attenbury's dazzling heirloom launched a shell-shocked young aristocrat on his career as a detective in 1921. Thirty years later, a happily married Lord Peter has just shared the secrets of that mystery with his wife, the detective novelist Harriet Vane. Suddenly, the new Lord Attenbury—grandson of Lord Peter’s first client—seeks his help to prove who owns the emeralds.

    Michael says: "Classic Sayers"
    "A Rambling Tale"
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    It was not a very exciting mystery as the lead character, Lord Peter, looks back over 30 years in a complicated plot. It was an historical fiction mystery and I did enjoy reading about the post-World War II descriptions of England and the friends and relatives who were unable to return to their aristocratic lifestyles. I also liked discovering the relationship between Bunter, the man servant, and Lord Peter. That was very interesting.

    The mystery dragged, however, and this was my first book ever of the Dorothy L. Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey novels. Perhaps if I was already a fan of the Lord Peter Wimsey series, I would have enjoyed it better.

    The narrator, Edward Petherbridge, was excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shelter Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    Overall
    (1199)
    Performance
    (797)
    Story
    (795)

    Marine veteran John "Preacher" Middleton intimidates just about everyone who walks into his bar. But when an abused young mother comes in, seeking protection from her ex-husband, Preacher promises to become her guardian - and maybe something more.

    Judy says: "These books are fantastic!"
    "Domestic Abuse"
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    This story did handle the issue of domestic abuse very well. I felt sorry for Paige, the woman who was running from her husband.

    I really liked John “Preacher” and the way that he connected with her 3 year old son.
    I also liked the characters Mel and Jack.

    It’s definitely a beach read . . . not complicated, romance, and with a happy ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Winter Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2744)
    Performance
    (2305)
    Story
    (2310)

    History has all but forgotten.... In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown. Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next best-selling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write. But then she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction....

    Martha says: "Get Out Your Hankies"
    "DNA memory theory . . . NOT BELIEVABLE"
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    The positives were that it was easy to read with good characters. I liked the Scotland setting and the history, but it was definitely not at the Diana Gabaldon level!!

    I did not like the way that the author jumped from past to present. What I particularly disliked was her creation of "DNA Memory." That was stupid.

    Rosalyn Landor did a great job narrating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Midshipman Hornblower

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By C. S. Forester
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    Overall
    (656)
    Performance
    (574)
    Story
    (574)

    The year is 1793, the eve of the Napoleonic Wars, and Horatio Hornblower, a 17-year-old boy unschooled in seafaring and the ways of seamen, is ordered to board a French merchant ship and take command of crew and cargo for the glory of England. Though not an unqualified success, this first naval adventure teaches the young midshipman enough to launch him on a series of increasingly glorious exploits.

    Emrys says: "Superb narration of a great story"
    "Choppy Seas"
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    Each chapter seemed to be unconnected and I often found the story boring. It was, therefore, easy to stop listening to or to become distracted while listening.

    I did like the main character, Hornblower, his many fears, and his sense of honor. I have read reviews by others that the remaining books in the series are much better than this one. Maybe I will try one of them if they happen to be on sale.

    If you like stories of the sea and sailing and ships and history, you may find this story very entertaining.

    The narrator, Christian Rodska, was the best part of the story!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Long Way Home: A Young Man Lost in the System and the Two Women Who Found Him

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Laura Caldwell
    • Narrated By Laura Caldwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (95)

    Nineteen-year-old Jovan Mosley, a good kid from one of Chicago's very bad neighborhoods, was coerced into confessing to a crime he didn't commit. Charged with murder, he spent five years and eight months in a prison for violent criminals. Without a trial. Jovan grew up on the rough streets of Chicago's Southeast Side. With one brother dead of HIV complications, another in jail for arson and murder, and most kids his age in gangs, Jovan struggled to be different. Until his arrest, he was.

    Ginger Heyman Pigott says: "Compelling and important"
    "Interesting, but way too long and not that good"
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    It was very clear in the beginning how the legal system is very unfair. It is very sad what happened to Jovan Mosley, however, I feel that it could have been written in a different way to make us care more about the different characters involved.

    I felt that she repeated herself several times and I found it annoying. Perhaps if it had been read by a different narrator than the author, I may have enjoyed it more. I feel that this would probably be much better viewed as a movie than read as a book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breakfast at Tiffany's

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Truman Capote
    • Narrated By Michael C. Hall
    Overall
    (920)
    Performance
    (846)
    Story
    (850)

    Golden Globe-winning actor Michael C. Hall (Dexter, Six Feet Under) performs Truman Capote's masterstroke about a young writer's charmed fascination with his unorthodox neighbor, the "American geisha" Holly Golightly. Holly - a World War II-era society girl in her late teens - survives via socialization, attending parties and restaurants with men from the wealthy upper class who also provide her with money and expensive gifts. Over the course of the novella, the seemingly shallow Holly slowly opens up to the curious protagonist.

    Michael says: "Subtle yet Extravagant"
    "Unrequited Love"
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    Fabulous book by Truman Capote. You will enjoy it again if you have already read it, and if not, I think you will be very pleased. The narrator, Michael C. Hall, did a superb job reading it.

    I liked Holly a lot in the story and the way that she was everything and more. I also liked Paul her neighbor and the way that he loved her no matter what.

    What a great writer Truman Capote was!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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