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  • Breakfast with Buddha: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Roland Merullo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (361)
    Performance
    (305)
    Story
    (306)

    When his sister tricks him into taking her guru on a trip to their childhood home, Otto Ringling, a confirmed skeptic, is not amused. Six days on the road with an enigmatic holy man who answers every question with a riddle is not what he'd planned. But in an effort to westernize his passenger---and amuse himself---he decides to show the monk some "American fun" along the way.

    Mary McCarthy says: "a thoughtful and often hilarious journey"
    "Charming"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, It really made me think.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Breakfast with Buddha?

    The voice of Rinpoche was very innocent and yet sophisticated. I was charmed by this book. It really made me think about the American culture.


    What about Sean Runnette’s performance did you like?

    I loved the way he spoke in Rinpoche's voice. He made him very intriguing and likable.


    Who was the most memorable character of Breakfast with Buddha and why?

    Rinpoche. I wanted to be in his presence. He was so unassuming and forgiving.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this audio book. It touched my heart.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The House at Tyneford

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Natasha Solomons
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (332)
    Performance
    (286)
    Story
    (289)

    It’s the spring of 1938 and no longer safe to be a Jew in Vienna. Nineteen-year-old Elise Landau is forced to leave her glittering life of parties and champagne to become a parlor maid in England. She arrives at Tyneford, the great house on the bay, where servants polish silver and serve drinks on the lawn. But war is coming, and the world is changing. When Kit, the son of Tyneford’s master, returns home, he and Elise strike up an unlikely friendship that will transform Tyneford - and Elise - forever. An irresistible World War II story of a forbidden romance in a great English country house.

    Emily - Audible says: "Mixed Opinion"
    "Perfect Naration"
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    What did you love best about The House at Tyneford?

    I really liked this book. The narration was perfect for the story. I love stories set in this era.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This was a beautiful story. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I loved Elise's courage and beautiful soul.


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

    The voice of Justine Eyre was so perfect for this book. She made me feel like I was at Tyneford.


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

    I was very eager to get back to the story each time, but I wanted to savor it. I didn't want it to end.


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth the credit I used to purchase it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Moon Over Manifest

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Clare Vanderpool
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Cassandra Campbell, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (342)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (280)

    Abilene Tucker feels abandoned. Her father has put her on a train, sending her off to live with an old friend for the summer while he works a railroad job. Armed only with a few possessions and her list of universals, Abilene jumps off the train in Manifest, Kansas, aiming to learn about the boy her father once was. Having heard stories about Manifest, Abilene is disappointed to find that it's just a dried-up, worn-out old town. But her disappointment quickly turns to excitement when she discovers a hidden cigar box full of mementos.

    Rae says: "AWESOME book! LOVED it!"
    "Charming story."
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    Would you listen to Moon Over Manifest again? Why?

    Yes I would listen to this story again. The narration was excellent! I would compare this book to The Secret Life of Bees.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was a charming story. I like the time period the story was set in and the characters were well done and I cared about the outcome. I couldn't quit listening but I also didn't want the story to end.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This book had a cast of narrators. They were all excellent.


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

    This book made me laugh many times and was very poignant.


    Any additional comments?

    Worthwhile read. You won't be sorry you used a credit on this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jacqueline Kelly
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (75)

    The summer of 1899 is HOT in Calpurnia Virginia Tate's sleepy Texas town, and there aren't a lot of good ways to stay cool. Her mother has a new wind machine from town, but Callie might just have to resort to stealthily cutting off her hair, one sneaky inch at a time. She also spends a lot time at the river with her notoriously cantankerous grandfather, an avid naturalist. It turns out that every drop of river water is teeming with life - all you have to do is look through a microscope!

    MummyCooke says: "Great Listen"
    "Charming, endearing, loved it!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version but the audio version was wonderful.


    What other book might you compare The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate to and why?

    It's just a great book, on the order of The Secret Life of Bees, or Saving CeeCee Honeycutt.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved the scene where Grandfather has Calpurnia help him taste test his pecan whiskey.


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

    I wanted to savor it and did not want it to end.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book. The relationship between an 11 year old girl and her grandfather was so sweet and endearing. For me, this book was magical. It reminded me that life is full of possibility and wonder if we have the courage to live our dreams.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Dog's Purpose: A Novel for Humans

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By W. Bruce Cameron
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2114)
    Performance
    (1412)
    Story
    (1415)

    After a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey is surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden-haired puppy. Bailey's search for his new life's meaning leads him into the loving arms of eight-year-old Ethan. During their countless adventures, Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog. But this life as a beloved family pet is not the end of Bailey's journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders, will he ever find his purpose?

    Blythe says: "Best dog book ever!"
    "Good, not great."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    In the end I liked this book. It had a slow start and I wasn't sure I wanted to continue, but I'm glad I did.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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