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  • Riding Lessons

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By Maggi-Meg Reed
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (52)

    As a world-class equestrian and Olympic contender, Annemarie Zimmer lived for the thrill of flight atop a strong, graceful animal. Then, at 18, a tragic accident destroyed her riding career and Harry, the beautiful horse she cherished. Now, 20 years later, Annemarie is coming home.

    Pauline says: "Painful to the ear"
    "I liked the accents..."
    Overall

    One of the fun things about an audiobook is that a good narrator brings the story, and the characters, alive with his or her voice, and yes, ACCENT.

    Perhaps I was swayed by the fact that when Annemarie's mother first "spoke" in the story, she sounded just like my German grandmother. (An older woman's voice SHOULD be a bit shrill, yes?)

    Sure, the protagonist brings a lot of her misfortune on herself... I still liked the tale a lot. I wasn't expecting Great Literature. I wanted to be entertained, and I was.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cast in Chaos: Chronicles of Elantra, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Michelle Sagara
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (579)
    Performance
    (514)
    Story
    (517)

    Kaylin Neya is a Hawk, part of the elite force tasked with keeping the City of Elantra safe. Her past is dark, her magic uncontrolled and her allies unpredictable. And nothing has prepared her for what is coming, when the charlatans on Elani Street suddenly grow powerful, the Oracles are thrown into an uproar and the skies rain blood.

    Ali says: "Amazing Book Cant wait for the next one"
    "The story continues"
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    I find myself wondering what sort of fix Kaylyn will get herself into this time. Each book can stand alone, yet the series weaves together a larger tale as a whole.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood: Outlander, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3933)
    Performance
    (3673)
    Story
    (3662)

    Hurtled back through time more than two hundred years to 1743 Scotland, Claire Randall finds herself caught in the midst of an unfamiliar world torn apart by violence, pestilence, and revolution and haunted by her growing feelings for a young soldier, James Fraser.

    G. House Sr. says: "Eloquent Fabulous Historical - Grand Continuation"
    "Such amazing tales!"
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    Where does Written in My Own Heart's Blood rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top 2%.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Its a tossup between Jamie, because he's so true to his heart and doing the right thing. Clair because she loves Jamie so much and gets herself in such interesting situations. and Jenny because of her sharp and quick wit and wonderful responses to adversity.


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

    I've come to recognize each character as they speak through Davina Porter. She does a believable rendition of an assortment of male voices making each identifiable and unique. She brings the emotion of the words to telling.


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

    Yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scent of the Missing: Love and Partnership with a Search-and-Rescue Dog

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Susannah Charleson
    • Narrated By Susannah Charleson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (133)

    After the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, Susannah Charleson was so impressed by the newspaper photo of an exhausted handler and his search-and-rescue dog that she decided to train a dog of her own. A dog lover and pilot with search experience herself, Charleson got Puzzle, a strong, bright Golden Retriever, who from the start, exhibited a unique aptitude for search-and-rescue work. But the puppy’s willfulness challenged even Susannah, who had raised dogs for years.

    #24 fan says: "Fascinating"
    "Such a heartwarming book!"
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    That the author reads the story makes it so much better! I can "see" the smile on rescue dog, Puzzle's face and hear her "rooo-oooo" of success.

    Ms Charleston does a great job of describing the whole rescue team process as well as training her rescue dog. She deals shows compassion for the families of rescue victims described in the book.

    I loved her description of daily life with a houseful of dogs. Each with their own different personalities. Such delightful pandemonium!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10659)
    Performance
    (9638)
    Story
    (9724)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "OMG. PLOT TWIST!!"
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    Okay. This was a gripping book. BUT, for Pete's sake, it could have been about 1/3 shorter because of the sudden left turn the plot took just when it looked like the tale was nearing conclusion.

    I mean plot twist for no apparent reason beyond, "how can I suck my readers into a rabbit hole?" I really felt like I'd been had.

    That said, I've now added "Florence, Italy" to my life list of places I want to visit. The author's descriptions of the city and its history, really put me in the streets.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Precursor: Foreigner Sequence 2, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By C. J. Cherryh
    • Narrated By Daniel Thomas May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (212)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (187)

    National best-selling author and winner of three Hugo Awards, C.J. Cherryh returns to the universe of her acclaimed Foreigner trilogy - with an epic tale of the survivors of a lost spacecraft stranded on a planet inhabited by a hostile, sentient race. The beginning of a second trilogy, Precursor follows a single human delegate living among aliens, who are just gaining access to space.

    Professor says: "3 Years have passed!! )-: !!!!"
    "Engrossing inter-species politics."
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    I read the first sequence years ago. Glad that they're at last available on audible. The political twists are always exciting and I love reading the latest antics of Ilisidi. I think she's probably my favorite character (along with Bren of course).

    The author does such an excellent job of setting scenes and offering just enough explanation of the why's of things to inform, yet keep things moving along. The family issues pulling Bren in different directions add depth to the story. Jase's growth in his role has been interesting to "see."

    If I were to describe these books in two words, they would be "political intrigue." But there is so much more going on. The cultural heritage of the Atevi is so well developed, it feels right and believable. I find myself painting the Atevi culture with distinctly Japanese/Chinese flavor. . . Reverence for the dowager, their love of fine art and things handmade. . . not to mention the whole concept of an Assassin's Guild, to keep things from heading to civil unrest.

    I had to buy more credits to get the next book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dread: Fallen Kings Cycle, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Gail Z. Martin
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (56)

    The Dread, Book Two of the Fallen Kings Cycle, picks up the adventures of Tris, Jonmarc, and the Winter Kingdoms gang immediately after the events in The Sworn.

    Denise says: "So disapointed...."
    "Couldn't continue... too depressing"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This might be for the masochist or someone who needs to get into a depressive state of mind. Dark forces everywhere, no defense (or not enough). Just. Too. Much. Inevitability. Listened to the first installment and got used to the different narrator. But the second seems to be headed down a very long very very dark tunnel. Far more depressing than the Two Towers (J.R.R. Tolkien) even. If that's possible. Too bad I'm past the return period, or I would.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He's different. Not bad. I got used to him.


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

    Nope.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lover Revealed: Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2002)
    Performance
    (1393)
    Story
    (1407)

    Butch O'Neal is a fighter by nature. A hard-living ex-homicide cop, he's the only human ever to be allowed in the inner circle of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. And he wants to go even deeper into the vampire world-to engage in the turf war with the lessers. His heart belongs to a female vampire, Marissa, an aristocratic beauty who's way out of his league. And if he can't have her, then at least he can fight side by side with the Brothers.

    Antoinette says: "My Favorite"
    "Yay, Butch!"
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    Would you listen to Lover Revealed again? Why?

    Yes. The interactions between characters feel "normal" and real. Allowing for the unique vernacular "I feel you, brother." The humorous back and forth between the brothers feels like I'm listening to the conversation between long time friends. The way they relate to one another. I also love the warmth and tenderness of the romantic encounters. Yeah, they're spicy, but they also feel "real."


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No question, Butch. Love his toughness and humor. His willingness to do anything for his best pal, V. And what he goes through to be with Marissa.


    What about Jim Frangione’s performance did you like?

    Each character is distinct. His female voices feel a bit tougher to distinguish, but they work.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I really like J. R. Wards written conversations. There is more to them than just exchanging facts and information, or pleasantries. There are scenes and interactions that aren't critical to the tale, yet fill out the universe of Wrath's community and make for a richer story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Whip

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Karen Kondazian
    • Narrated By Robin Weigert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (85)

    The Whip is inspired by the true story of Charlotte "Charley" Parkhurst (1812-1879) who lived most of her extraordinary life as a man. As a young woman in Rhode Island, she fell in love with a runaway slave and had his child. The destruction of her family drove her west to California, dressed as a man, to track the killer. Charley became a renowned stagecoach driver for Wells Fargo, during the renowned California 'gold rush' days. She killed a famous outlaw, had a secret love affair, and lived with a housekeeper who, unaware of her true sex, fell in love with her.

    sherlock says: "MUST LISTEN"
    "An exciting period tale!"
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    That the book is based on an actual person makes it the more interesting. The period descriptions and characters were delightful. I could feel the sorrow and excitement. And was drawn into Charlies struggles.

    What an amazing life she led!

    I would definitely recommend this to a friend.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Snow Child

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Eowyn Ivey
    • Narrated By Debra Monk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1457)
    Performance
    (1268)
    Story
    (1256)

    Debut novelist Eowyn ivey’s experience living in the Alaskan wilderness brings a palpable authenticity to The Snow Child. Alaska in the 1920s is a difficult place for Jack and Mabel. Drifting apart, the childless couple discover Faina, a young girl living alone in the wilderness. Soon, Jack and Mabel come to love Faina as their own. But when they learn a surprising truth about the girl, their lives change in profound ways.

    Bonny says: "Magical, realistic and well worth listening to"
    "An enthralling "fairy tale""
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    What made the experience of listening to The Snow Child the most enjoyable?

    The whole story felt like a remembered fairy tale written at novel length. I loved the narration. The author's setting details made me feel the cold of the blowing snow and the warmth of the hearth. The characters were uncomplicated, but not one-dimensional.

    The conclusion was simply amazing.


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

    This tale was written to be read aloud, I think. Debra Monk made each of the characters unique.


    Any additional comments?

    The perfect listen for a snowy weekend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Into Thin Air

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated By Philip Franklin
    Overall
    (2137)
    Performance
    (945)
    Story
    (959)

    The definitive, personal account of the deadliest season in the history of Everest by the acclaimed journalist and author of Into the Wild. Read by the author. Also, hear a Fresh Air interview with Krakauer conducted shortly after his ordeal.

    David says: "Being There"
    "Incredible account!"
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    If you could sum up Into Thin Air in three words, what would they be?

    Gripping. Harrowing. Incredible.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That the author narrated the story. I loved the right there feel of the book. I could envision the scenery and the excruciating cold.


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

    Yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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