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Julie

Springfield, OR, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Dog Who Danced

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Susan Wilson
    • Narrated By Fred Berman, Christina Delaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (116)

    If there’s been a theme in Justine Meade’s life, it’s loss. Her mother, her home, even her son. The one bright spot in her loss-filled life, the partner she could always count on, has always been Mack, her gray and black Sheltie - that is, until she is summoned back to her childhood home after more than 20 years away. Fiercely loyal, acutely perceptive and guided by a herd dog’s instinct, Mack has a way of bringing out the best in his humans.

    M. McClure says: "Great Road Trip Entertainment"
    "The was a perfect "feel good" book"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would absolutely recommend this book. I loved "Racing in the Rain" you'll love this book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love that the book got me hooked right out of the gate. None of that waiting for 5 or 6 chapters to finally get involved.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Man Called Ove

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Fredrik Backman
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (169)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (148)

    Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.

    Elle in the Great NorthWest says: "Thoughtful and meaningful novel / an unusual novel"
    "Loved me some Ove!"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters are so believable and charming. I was hooked right from the beginning. The book also didn't insult the reader by explaining things that the story made clear. I also loved that the character of Ove was politically incorrect but not prejudice.


    Any additional comments?

    Best credit I've spent all year!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anthony Doerr
    • Narrated By Zach Appelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9376)
    Performance
    (8168)
    Story
    (8189)

    Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

    Annie M. says: "Time well spent"
    "Cannot see the Point!"
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    What would have made All the Light We Cannot See better?

    I'm not a fan of people who use Too Many Words and don't say anything. That's what this book did. It took about an hour of listening before I could even figure out what was going on and that it was about 2 different characters. I kept remembering the good reviews and toughed it out. I would have never made it through the book if I wasn't listening to it.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Anthony Doerr again?

    Wouldn't listen to another of his books if they are anything like this.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator was just okay as narrators go. He didn't change his voice at all and had a strange cadence to his reading.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The only redeeming quality is that it's over.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Condition

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jennifer Haigh
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (342)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (122)

    The Condition tells the story of the McKotches, a proper New England family that comes apart during one fateful summer. One day on the beach, Frank McKotch is struck by an image he cannot forget: his 13-year-old daughter, Gwen, strangely infantile in her child-sized bikini, standing a full head shorter than her younger cousin Charlotte. At that moment, he knows a truth that he can never again unknow: something is terribly wrong with his only daughter.

    glamazon says: "Awesome read"
    "Do Not waste your credit!"
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    What would have made The Condition better?

    The only thing that could have made this book any better would have been A PLOT! Imagine that. The book it titled The Condition, but the there is maybe 15 minutes spent on the girl who actually has the Condition. The rest is depressing background information on all of the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    I kept waiting for the point of the story to come out. I finally just tossed it. What a waste!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8179)
    Performance
    (7121)
    Story
    (7118)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    M. Davis says: "Classic Nora - Outstanding!!!!"
    "Surprisingly good!"
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    What does Julia Whelan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Julia Whelan did a great job of building suspense and didn't disappoint by making the end too predictable.


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

    I loved that the book was "techy" without being too complicated to understand.


    Any additional comments?

    The only thing that would have made this book better was to have a scene where "Bert" got to use his skills.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Good Dog

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Susan Wilson
    • Narrated By Fred Berman, Christina Delaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (790)
    Performance
    (409)
    Story
    (410)

    Adam March is a self-made “Master of the Universe.” He has it all: the beautiful wife, the high-powered job, the glittering circle of friends. But there is a price to be paid for all these trappings, and the pressure is mounting—until the day Adam makes a fatal mistake. His assistant leaves him a message with three words: your sister called.

    Shelby says: "A cynic and a cynical dog - PERFECT!!"
    "Intriguing"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of One Good Dog to be better than the print version?

    The Narrator did such a good job with the voice of the Dog vs. the Man. It wasn't cheesy, but you knew who was talking just by the voice change.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved how the lives of the two intertwined


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

    I read listen while I'm driving my 45 minute commute to work and some days I couldn't wait to get on the road.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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