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Barbara

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  • 27 reviews
  • 109 ratings
  • 286 titles in library
  • 24 purchased in 2014
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  • Storm Warrior: The Grim Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Dani Harper
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (163)

    As a child, Morgan Edwards marveled at the faery tales spun by her beloved grandmother, stories of the magical beings hidden in the heart of ancient Wales. But now Morgan is all grown up, a veterinarian who believes only in what science can prove - until the night a massive black dog saves her from a vicious attack. Suddenly a stranger stands before her, the man of her dreams made flesh and blood, not by science, but by a magic that could bring them their hearts’ desires...or cost them everything they have.

    Barbara says: "A little all over the place......"
    "A little all over the place......"
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    Storm Warrior was good but missed great by quite a bit. There were too many plots going on simultaneously.....the steamy sex scenes seemed as though they belonged to another book. The Highland Warrior from 2000 years ago wasn't plausible - even the central character didn't buy it.....she ended up seeming shallow and sappy - how did she make it through Vet school? The magic was good - the final conflict was well done.
    If you want Highland Warrior - read The Secret and if you want Fae read the Fairwick Trilogy......
    Not moved enough to invest in the sequel.......

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By A. J. Hartley, David Hewson
    • Narrated By Richard Armitage
    Overall
    (545)
    Performance
    (515)
    Story
    (512)

    It is a tale of ghosts, of madness, of revenge - of old alliances giving way to new intrigues. Denmark is changing, shaking off its medieval past. War with Norway is on the horizon. And Hamlet - son of the old king, nephew of the new - becomes increasingly entangled in a web of deception - and murder. Beautifully performed by actor Richard Armitage ("Thorin Oakenshield" in the Hobbit films), Hamlet, Prince of Denmark takes Shakespeare’s original into unexpected realms, reinventing a story we thought we knew.

    Madeleine says: "The Devil's In the Details"
    "THE Audio Bookof the Year Hands Down!"
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    LOVED this book. Hartley and Hewson have a formula here. For all time MacBeth was my favorite Shakespeare play and on beginning this book, I was doubtful if they could surpass MacBeth (which was incredible) -- but they did! It was wonderfully done - the treachery and the undoing of an empire - the characters were so well fleshed out! Excellent from start to finish - and the narration was outstanding as well!
    More please.....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Sisterhood: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Anne Fortier
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (83)

    Oxford lecturer Diana Morgan is an expert on Greek mythology. Her obsession with the Amazons started in childhood when her eccentric grandmother claimed to be one herself - before vanishing without a trace. Diana’s colleagues shake their heads at her Amazon fixation. But then a mysterious, well-financed foundation makes Diana an offer she cannot refuse. Traveling to North Africa, Diana teams up with Nick Barran, an enigmatic Middle Eastern guide, and begins deciphering an unusual inscription on the wall of a recently unearthed temple.

    Barbara says: "Really wanted to like this...."
    "Really wanted to like this...."
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    I really wanted to like this book. Anne Fortier did an outstanding job with Juliet and this was disappointing. It seemed to drag and the story of the Amazons didn't catch me - wasn't plausible enough for me to continue the read. I bailed on this book.....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Perfume Collector: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Kathleen Tessaro
    • Narrated By Heather Wilds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (128)

    London, 1955: Grace Monroe is a fortunate young woman. Despite her sheltered upbringing in Oxford, her recent marriage has thrust her into the heart of London's most refined and ambitious social circles. Then one evening a letter arrives from France that will change everything. Grace has received an inheritance. There's only one problem: she has never heard of her benefactor, the mysterious Eva d'Orsey. Told by invoking the three distinctive perfumes she inspired, Eva d'Orsey's story weaves through the decades, from 1920s New York to Monte Carlo, Paris, and London.

    Tatiana Christiansen says: "Well written and the performance hypnotic."
    "Agree with other Reviewers - really good book!"
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    Part mystery, part history, this was a great story. This book immerses the reader in the sensual pleasure of smell....who knew where some basics of scents really come from!!
    The historical part is excellent - takes the reader back to the early 1900s.... a glimpse of the then rich and famous....
    Loved it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Remedy for Love

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Bill Roorbach
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    They’re calling it the "Storm of the Century", so Eric stops at the market for provisions on his way home from work. But when the unkempt and seemingly unstable young woman in front of him in line comes up short on cash, charity takes hold of his heart - 20 bucks and a ride home is the least he can do under the circumstances. The trouble is, Danielle doesn’t really have a home. She’s squatting in a cabin deep in the woods with no electricity, no heat, and nothing but the nearby river to sustain her.

    Barbara says: "I know this is fiction.....but really?"
    "I know this is fiction.....but really?"
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    Yes, this is fiction, but.......
    She appears needy and homeless.....
    He helps her pay for the groceries......
    He drives her home with the groceries in a raging snowstorm......really?
    Then chops wood for her.....really?
    Then brings her his own groceries.....really?
    Then his car gets towed.....come on!!! Enough for me!
    Unfortunately failed to hit the mark....not believable enough to stay interested....Bailed on this one!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lobster Kings: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Alexi Zentner
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    The Kings family has lived on Loosewood Island for three hundred years, and they've been blessed with the bounty of the sea. But for the Kingses, every blessing comes with a curse. Woody Kings, the leader of the island's lobster fishing community and the family patriarch, teeters on the throne. Cordelia, the oldest of Woody's three daughters, stands to inherit the crown after the death of her brother. To do so, however, she has to fend off meth dealers from the mainland while navigating sibling rivalry and the vulnerable nature of her own heart when she falls in love with her stern man.

    Barbara says: "The pride and weight of family...."
    "The pride and weight of family...."
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    This book was excellent - told from the first daughter's point of view. She is the "heir" of the family - the firstborn - and she bears the pride and weight of the family name - a family who has been fishing on a small island for centuries. This book spans her lifetime from the time she was a child - and has a component of myth, legend and stories - that form the "foundation" for them as the island's "First family"
    A truly enjoyable read!
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    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Starry Night: A Christmas Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Debbie Macomber
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (97)

    Carrie Slayton, a big-city society-page columnist, longs to write more serious news stories. So her editor hands her a challenge: She can cover any topic she wants, but only if she first scores the paper an interview with Finn Dalton, the notoriously reclusive author. Living in the remote Alaskan wilderness, Finn has written a mega best-selling memoir about surviving in the wild. But he stubbornly declines to speak to anyone in the press, and no one even knows exactly where he lives. Digging deep into Finn's past, Carrie develops a theory on his whereabouts.

    Sandra says: "Brings me back"
    "A Feel Good Story"
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    This a good book....all around feel good story; predictable in places but light easy reading that helped make my commute bearable.
    If you need a break from heavier things; reading, work, life - this is your book; restored my faith that there is still a place for simple, good love stories. Ahhhhhh

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Quest: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (545)
    Performance
    (473)
    Story
    (474)

    From the locked archives of the Vatican to the overgrown jungles of Ethiopia, an unlikely trio begins a deadly search for the Holy Grail. Two journalists and a beautiful photographer are traveling together in a broken down Jeep while covering the 1975 Ethiopian civil war. Both men fall in love with the woman and that complicates things. When the trio winds up lost in the jungle, in the no man's land between the fighting factions, they take cover and dig in for the night. In their hiding place, they encounter a dying man who tells them an amazing and quite unbelievable story. But for some reason - one that they grapple with for the rest of their journey - that night they believe.

    Andy says: "The Quest to make money"
    "Worth the Journey!"
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    This was definitely worth the journey! A bit slow getting started and nearly bailed an hour in but in the end I was glad I hadn't given it up.
    I understand that this title has been completely rewritten and the Author explains at the end why he was moved to do so. Hearing about what he changed - it sounds as though these were needed improvements. It was entertaining and the character Purcell was so dry....there were parts that were laugh out loud funny......."right....." A twisted love triangle helped keep it well balanced. Some parts dragged a bit -- their travels through Rome and the parts about the Vatican were great - the political climate he described in Ethiopia was interesting to say the least. Overall well worth the credit!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Losing It

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Cora Carmack
    • Narrated By Phoebe Strole
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (133)

    Virginity. Bliss Edwards is about to graduate from college and still has hers. Sick of being the only virgin among her friends, she decides the best way to deal with the problem is to lose it as quickly and simply as possible - a one-night stand. But her plan turns out to be anything but simple when she freaks out and leaves a gorgeous guy alone and naked in her bed with an excuse that no one with half a brain would ever believe. And as if that weren't embarrassing enough, when she arrives for her first class of her last college semester, she recognizes her new theater professor....

    Barbara says: "Entertaining but maybe just a little too cute"
    "Entertaining but maybe just a little too cute"
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    This held promise for a great book and the story line had so much potential.... It was good, but fell way short of great - just a little too young adult and a little too school girlish.....
    The narration was very good -- Bliss as herself and the Brit accent for Garrick was also very good.
    The story as is would make for a better movie than a book.
    Faking It - the next in the series - got much better reviews...but reluctant to use the credit given the lukewarm experience of this audiobook......

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Macbeth: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By A. J. Hartley, David Hewson
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1399)
    Performance
    (1163)
    Story
    (1160)

    Macbeth: A Novel brings the intricacy and grit of the historical thriller to Shakespeare’s tale of political intrigue, treachery, and murder. In this full-length novel written exclusively for audio, authors A. J. Hartley and David Hewson rethink literature’s most infamous married couple, grounding them in a medieval Scotland whose military and political upheavals are as stark and dramatic as the landscape in which they are played.

    Beverly says: "Narrator choice inspired"
    "Attention Shakespeare Fans!!"
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    I loved, loved, loved this book. I am admittedly a Shakespeare fan and have always loved Macbeth. This story is excellent and the narration is perfect. Macbeth's character fleshes out perfectly as does Lady Macbeth and the witches - OH THE WITCHES - are so perfectly dark and sinister.
    I have recommended this to friends who are Shakespeare fans and non Shakespeare fans alike for the story and narration. The epilogue at the end of how the story was developed and the authors' intent in writing the way they did was excellent. More please!!
    Thank you for an audiobook I thoroughly enjoyed and will listen to again and again!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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