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  • The Whip

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Karen Kondazian
    • Narrated By Robin Weigert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (79)

    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"
    "Incredible story, incredible performance"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Whip the most enjoyable?

    The narrator, Robin Weigert, did a wonderful job developing her characters, with individual voices for each one. Not only did she carefully choose her voices, she was consistent, never faltered, and the children voices aged appropriately. Not only is the narrator excellent, the story was well-written, and the topic was very interesting.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character carried the story magnificently.


    What about Robin Weigert’s performance did you like?

    She inhabits her characters faultlessly. She is so versatile... she believeable portrayed young children, black men, crusty stagecoach drivers, an Italian woman, and a cockney bandit. Each was fantastic.


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

    yes!


    Any additional comments?

    This collaboration of author, narrator, and director created a believable, engaging audiobook. I listen to alot of them, and this one is one of the few which I really couldn't wait to get back into, whenever I had to stop listening.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Merle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Ted Kerasote
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (546)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (206)

    Ted Kerasote met and adopted Merle, a Labrador mix, while he was on a camping trip. Merle had been living in the wild, and after taking the dog home with him to Wyoming, Kerasote soon realized that Merle could not adjust to inhabiting exclusively the human world. So he put a door in his house to let Merle live both outside and in. A deeply touching portrait of a remarkable animal, Merle's Door explores the issues that all animals and their human companions face.

    John says: "The Best Audio Book I've ever listened to"
    "Excellent narration, good story"
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    This story about the relationship between a man and the pup he adopted when he found him running loose in the wilderness is a great, non-dramatic account of their life together. Merle, the dog, is very independent but lets his owner adopt him and together they experience fantastic hikes, hunts, skiing outings and even city life, briefly. The narrator, Patrick Lawlor, does a brilliant job in letting the flavor of the story come through without forcing emotions or vocal contrivances. He moves it along at a nice pace and his delivery is straightforward. The story had many interludes history, biology lessons, dog behavior lessons, and other scientifically-based topics. These I did not find interesting, and the text dragged a bit. However, I found it did lend credibility to the author in how he related to Merle. Letting Merle roam at liberty around the small village where they lived, and the installation of the doggy door that let Merle come and go as he pleased without having a fenced yard, were things I greatly admired because of the trust each had in the other. It was a really good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • After the Fire: Hidden Cove Series, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Kathryn Shay
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (218)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (186)

    Three firefighters from the Malvaso family are trapped in a burning building and almost lose their lives. After they are rescued, they decide to change the way they've been living. Mitch, the eldest, wants to make some decisions about his dysfunctional marriage and spend more time with his kids. Jenn decides to have a baby - with her best friend, Grady. And Zach, the bad boy of the group, vows to make up for his past sins and become a better man.

    cglewis says: "Could not stop listening!"
    "Well-written and well-narrated"
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    In this story about firefighters and paramedics and detectives, the personal lives of those who serve us are revealed. We get a glimpse of how the devotion of these heroes to their jobs impacts their private lives, and how they learn to cope with tragedy, betrayal, and interpersonal relationships. The characters were credible, the situations realistic, and the conclusion at the end was not rushed or forced. Jeffrey Kafer's narration moves the story along at a good pace, and kept my interest. His female voices were not contrived, and were believable. I found myself rooting for the main character, Mitch, and hoping somehow he could get free of his crazy wife. I completely forgot this story was being read to me, I felt like a fly on the wall. I am looking forward to listening to Mr. Kafer again, and would not hesitate to read a book by this author. It was a good match.
    I received a free download of this book, but that did not influence my candid review of it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Windflower

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Laura London
    • Narrated By Christa Lewis
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    The classic tale of passion on the high seas, available for the first time in 20 years... Merry Wilding is a lady of breeding, of innocence, and of breathtaking beauty. With high hopes for a holiday in England, she sets sail from New York - but the tide of her life is destined to turn. Mistakenly swept aboard an infamous pirate ship, Merry finds herself at the mercy of a wicked crew...and one sinfully handsome pirate. Soon she's spending her days yearning for escape, and her nights learning the pleasures of captivity.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Eloquently Written Pirate Romance"
    "Great listen; didn't even notice it was so long!"
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    "Windflower" was an engrossing listen. It is a WHOPPING 18 hours long, but the narrator moves it along at a good pace, and keeps the energy level appropriate to the story. Although the book gets quite wordy in spots, the story is well-written and my favorite part about it is that the authors incorporate humor into many of the situations. The change of scenery throughout the book (from an estate in America, to taverns, to pirate ships, to remote islands, to the English countryside) kept the plot engaging. Each character is very well-developed, and toward the end of the book, many questions the listener may have about some of the main characters are explained cleverly and eloquently.
    There were a myriad of characters with wide variances in personalities and each was voiced competently by the narrator, who was consistent in her accents and cadences. She differentiated between each character very well, and voiced the many male characters with surprising agility, which can be challenging for a female narrator. The narrator has a sultry voice, which lends itself well to the suspenseful scenes, and the romance scenes as well.
    I would highly recommend this audiobook to anyone who enjoys a good romance with adventure and humor woven in. I rate the narration an A+ and the story an A.

    I received a free download of this book as a gift, no strings attached.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • If Walls Could Talk: Haunted Home Renovation, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Juliet Blackwell
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (271)
    Performance
    (246)
    Story
    (242)

    Melanie Turner has made quite a name for herself remodeling historic houses in the San Francisco Bay Area. But now her reputation may be on the line. At her newest project, a run-down Pacific Heights mansion, Mel is visited by the ghost of a colleague who recently met a bad end with power tools. Mel hopes that by nailing the killer, she can rid herself of the ghostly presence of the murdered man - and not end up a construction casualty herself....

    Ann says: "DIY murder, that spans the here and hereafter...."
    "DIY murder, that spans the here and hereafter...."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of If Walls Could Talk to be better than the print version?

    N/A


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I particularly enjoyed the first time Mel saw Kenneth's ghost.


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

    I loved all of the times Graham showed up and helped Mel.


    Any additional comments?

    Mel is a thoroughly relatable character, and XE Sand's portrayal of her is spot-on. She channels Mel in every aspect of her delivery, and flawlessly conveys all of Mel's emotions, down to wry humorous moments. XE does an admirable job on the elderly ladies, and the younger men, but I found at times I had difficulty hearing all of the older men's parts, and also Matt's, because the volume dropped off. Her pacing was wonderful, and the pauses were well-placed. This narrator inhabits each of her characters and has a solid grasp on how to differentiate between each of them. I would absolutely look for more from this narrator/author combination.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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