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Gabby

West Covina, CA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Water Bound: A Sea Haven Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Angela Brazil
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (350)
    Performance
    (217)
    Story
    (227)

    The last thing Sid remembered was being enlisted to protect a vulnerable young woman in the coastal town of Sea Haven. Then, as if in some nightmare, he was lost in the swirling currents of the ocean, and sucked deeper into a freezing black eddy. Just as quickly, he was saved - pulled ashore by a beautiful stranger. Her name is Rikki, a sea-urchin diver in Sea Haven. Soon they will be bound by tantalizing secrets, which will engulf them both in a whirlpool of passion and danger.

    Susan says: "Paranormal with a poignant twist"
    "Different but good"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes - it was an interesting story with a few twists and turns.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Christine Feehan? Why or why not?

    Yes - It had an interesting story line.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes - the reader was good.


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

    I'm not sure.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Marriage Trap

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jennifer Probst
    • Narrated By Madeleine Maby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (680)
    Performance
    (609)
    Story
    (612)

    To satisfy his late father’s wishes, hot and single billionaire Michael Conte must find a bride - someone who will fit into his traditional family back home in Italy - and fast, so his engaged sister will be allowed to wed. With no intention of being tied down, Michael "proposes" to fiery, free-spirited photographer Maggie Ryan: If she will play the part of his fiancée during her trip to Milan for a photo shoot, he will keep away from her married best friend, Alexa, and stop making Maggie nuts with their too-close-for-comfort flirtations. But once in Italy, sexual tension sparks the hottest no-strings-attached arrangement on any continent....

    Katheryne says: "Another Simple romance, but I liked it"
    "3rd book doesn't disappoint"
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    The magic is not quite over. Probst manages to pull off another story with a strong female character that gets her man.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Which Brings Me to You: A Novel in Confessions

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Steve Almond, Julianna Baggott
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne, Renée Raudman
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Two rambunctious, romantic flameouts. One boring wedding. One heated embrace in a quiet coatroom. This is not exactly the recipe for true love. John and Jane’s lusty encounter at a friend’s wedding isn’t really the beginning of anything with any weight to it; even they know that. When they manage to pull back, it occurs to them that they might start this whole thing over properly. They might try getting to know one another first, through letters.

    Jazmin says: "Wonderful "two sides of the coin" book"
    "Pen pals bare all"
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    Imagine sharing your deepest darkest secrets about your past boyfriends to a potential one - who would you talk about? How much would you share? I like the idea that these two characters are trying to get to know each other by divulging the strengths and weakneses about their past romances and in the process revealing a lot more about themselves than they would in a traditional relationship.

    I also really enjoyed the two readers they brought a lot of character and emotion to the book. I liked being able to hear a man's voice when the male character spoke and a woman's when a female spoke. So much so that I'm wondering if there are any other books like this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Just One Look

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Joan Reeves
    • Narrated By Felicia Greenfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (40)

    What would you do if the gynecologist subbing for your regular doctor turned out to be your old high school crush? Successful psychologist Dr. Jennifer Monroe does what any normal, well-adjusted woman would do. She makes an excuse to send the doctor and nurse from the room, dives into her clothes, and flees! Unfortunately, her running away makes conscientious Dr. Penrose conclude she has some kind of sexual hangup. He's determined to refer her to another doctor for her health's sake. If he can just talk to her, he'll suggest counseling for what he thinks are emotional problems.

    ebookluver says: "Fantastic battle of the sexes romance"
    "What was the rush? Too short/bad reader."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Just One Look to be better than the print version?

    I should have read it. I did not like he reader. I kept saying slow down!! She read parts so fast I thought she was running out of breath.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Just One Look?

    When the man realizes who she is and understands that he is being played.


    How could the performance have been better?

    If the story had been read much slower it would have been better. What was the rush? I even tried to slow down the speed but it was way to slow. It was very inconsistent and bothered me so much that I couldn't wait to finish the story and move on.The description caught my attention but the characters were not developed. Characters were introduced but not developed - like the doctor he was sitting in for. The history between the two was very vague and I was surprised to hear that he had liked her all along as well. Didn't really make sense. The writer, like the reader, were in rush to finish the story.


    Who was the most memorable character of Just One Look and why?

    It's hard to say because the book was too short and I don't feel like I got to know the characters at all.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought the story and the characters could have been developed a little more. I wish there had been a little bit more about what they were like when they were younger. Develop the story about what happened - I didn't understand from the story that he was into her at all when she was younger. It felt like it was truncated and I was disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9945)
    Performance
    (5270)
    Story
    (5291)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "Read it before watching the movie!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Life of Pi to be better than the print version?

    I don't know I only heard the audio version and the reader was perfect.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Life of Pi?

    My favorite part of the book was Pi's openness to practice three different religions. His description of each one was priceless. Adults in his life tried to make him choose one. His reasoning "I love god!" - who can argue with that?


    Which character – as performed by Jeff Woodman – was your favorite?

    Pi was my favorite. He was able to portray a precocious and witty child and later a young man and his journey so well. I loved this character.


    If you could rename Life of Pi, what would you call it?

    I wouldn't. Now that I finished it I can't think of what else to call it.


    Any additional comments?

    I had heard it was a good book but was kind of hesitant because the movie previews just showed a boy with a tiger in a boat. I was mildly interested. I had it on my list of books to hear for a month before I finally gave in and I absolutely loved it. A must read. One of my favorites this year. You won't be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Beloved World

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Sonia Sotomayor
    • Narrated By Rita Moreno
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (424)
    Performance
    (358)
    Story
    (364)

    The first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor has become an instant American icon. Now, with a candor and intimacy never undertaken by a sitting Justice, she recounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench, a journey that offers an inspiring testament to her own extraordinary determination and the power of believing in oneself.

    Jean says: "Overcoming proverty via education"
    "Inspiring! Must read."
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to My Beloved World the most enjoyable?

    What I love is that we get to know about her life story before the bench. It says a lot about her humility. She is a wonderful storyteller and I'm so glad that she allowed us to get to know her in this way.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved that she talked about real life issues that impact many families. She covered alcoholism, juvenile diabetes, poverty and the myriad of obstacles that many young latinos face along the road to higher education from not knowing how to study to not knowing they system.


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

    She brings flavor and sounds a bit like the Justice given their backgrounds so at times I felt like it was the Justice herself reading it.


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

    Yes. When she gives advice to women about neglecting their partners. It's so true and yet so frustrating to create that balance.


    Any additional comments?

    Every young latina with aspirations to enter the legal world must read this story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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