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Brandy

Lowell, OH, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • 7 reviews
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  • 83 titles in library
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  • The Scarlet Letter

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Hawthorne
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (49)

    It is 1642 in the Puritan town of Boston. Hester Prynne has been found guilty of adultery and has born an illegitimate child. In lieu of being put to death, she is condemned to wear the scarlet letter "A" on her dress as a reminder of her shameful act.

    Aaron Elliott says: "Hasts and Thous"
    "Good but Exhausting"
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    What would have made The Scarlet Letter better?

    I enjoyed the story and the most of the characters, but since they all spoke in the old King's English, I found myself growing tired of continuously translating. I listened to this book in an audio version, so by the time I translated one part, the narrator was already on another.

    I did get enough out of this story to feel sorrow for Hester as she was treated poorly and ridiculed for having a baby outside of wedlock in which she refused to confess who the father was. I was able to accurately predict who the father was about halfway through the story and find the father's confession to the old-fashioned New Englanders a sad moment. I was hoping once he confessed that there would finally be peace for him and for Hester and a state of normalcy for little Pearl.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Redeeming Love

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Francine Rivers
    • Narrated By Kate Forbes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1159)
    Performance
    (785)
    Story
    (791)

    Francine Rivers is one of America's favorite romance writers and a bestselling inspirational author. Her many heartfelt novels have won awards and the adoration of fans accross the country. In Redeeming Love, she retells the Biblical story of Hosea, setting it in the 1850s, amidst California's gold country.

    JDP says: "Not Just For Girls"
    "An encouraging story of forgiveness, perseverance"
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    What did you love best about Redeeming Love?

    I downloaded the audio version of this book simply because I had added it to my Goodreads 'Want to Read' list at some point. When I started listening to this story, I really had no idea what it was about; however, I was instantly hooked. This is truly a captivating tale for those who enjoy Historical Fiction and Christian Fiction as this story marries both genres blissfully.

    The story begins with a child and her broken upbringing that quickly lands her on a path of survival through prostitution during the gold rush era in California. The author does an outstanding job at exploring the pain, desperation and separation of emotion girls like this endure when sold into this disgusting trade. By divine intervention, this particular girl, Angel, encounters a man of strong faith and endurance, Michael. Michael is a Godly man who trusts in the Lord completely and pushed forward with God's plan despite the heartache and resistance he encountered. Following Michael's tale makes you examine your own heart and motives in the choices we are faced with daily. After many, many trials, Michael finally wins Angel's heart, but that is only where the story begins. Angel is accustomed to being a soiled and tarnished woman and does not feel worthy of this man who will not leave her alone. Angel and Michael's journey is relatable today as we often cannot hear that still small voice over our own wants and desires. Michael exhibits biblical love in so many ways, that you can't help but grow a little by reading this amazing story. I highly recommend this book!

    Recommended for adult readers due to slight sexual content and implied graphic nature.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nights in Rodanthe

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Nicholas Sparks
    • Narrated By JoBeth Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (295)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (88)

    Nicholas Sparks, best selling author of A Bend in the Road and A Walk to Remember, returns with this touching tale of two vulnerable people who find love in the eye of a storm.

    Karla says: "Not a "happily ever after" book!"
    "Cheesy but Entertaining"
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    What disappointed you about Nights in Rodanthe?

    A nice quick read but so much cheese that it gave me a stomach ache! A typical Sparks novel full of cliché love scenes, corny dialogue and the untimely death of a character just important enough to hopefully get the reader emotionally connected to the story. Ending was predictable but bittersweet none the less. This book is a great reality break for a few hours and does keep you turning pages if you are looking for light entertainment. Recommended for Adults due to slight sexual content.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Can't Wait to Get to Heaven

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Fannie Flagg
    • Narrated By Fannie Flagg
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Combining southern warmth with unabashed emotion and side-splitting hilarity, Fannie Flagg takes readers back to Elmwood Springs, Missouri, where the most unlikely and surprising experiences of a high-spirited octogenarian inspire a town to ponder the age-old question: Why are we here?

    Scott says: "A Thought-provoking listen"
    "A Feel-Good Story of Purpose"
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    What made the experience of listening to Can't Wait to Get to Heaven the most enjoyable?

    Another feel-good story from Fannie Flagg. This book was a true comfort for me as my grandmother passed just two weeks ago. The author does a great job reminding us that there is a wonderful life beyond this world; a life of reunion, joy and eternity. Once again, the small-town charm and simple characters provide a nostalgic peace and a longing for simpler times. The story centers mainly around one character, Elner Shimfissle, a quirky old lady who touches many lives without knowing. This story represents the butterfly effect and reminds us that we all have a purpose and the smallest things we do can change the fate of many.

    I truly love the Elmwood Springs stories by Fannie Flagg. I recommend them for everyone!


    If you could take any character from Can't Wait to Get to Heaven out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Aunt Elner, you never know what she is going to say and how she could become an important person in your life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37473)
    Performance
    (28254)
    Story
    (28652)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Entertaining but not Extraordinary"
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    What did you like best about The Hunger Games? What did you like least?

    I did enjoy this book but I don't think I will be a fanatic with this series as I am with Harry Potter, Twilight, VA and other series. I do appreciate the great detail the author gives as to why and how the country is in the state it is in and the purpose of these demented games unlike other dystopian novels I have read. I appreciate the character building and the descriptions of the various settings and feel that the plot was interesting but at the end, I wasn't anxiously ready to start the next in the series. I find it rather convenient that two tributes were allowed to survive these games where as all other years there could only be one winner. As someone who has yet to read the rest of the series, I can only assume the other books build on a love triangle and government-like complications due to how the games ended.

    All in all, still an entertaining story that I recommend to anyone who doesn't mind blatant murder tales and survivor type plots.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Secrets of Eden: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Chris Bohjalian
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall, Susan Denaker, Rebecca Lowman, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    "There," says Alice Hayward to Reverend Stephen Drew, just after her baptism, and just before going home to the husband who will kill her that evening and then shoot himself. Drew, tortured by the cryptic finality of that short utterance, feels his faith in God slipping away and is saved from despair only by a meeting with Heather Laurent, the author of wildly successful, inspirational books about ...angels.

    A User says: "Good beginning Good end. Stupid Middle.."
    "No Secrets in Eden"
    Overall

    I must say I was disappointed with this book. I have never read any books by this author before but ever since its release I was interested in reading this story. The summary made this book sound very interesting and even the cover had me intrigued. I finally purchased this book through Audible.com and listened to it on my MP3 player. The fact that the story was read by several different narrators to represent the different characters helped me get through this book. The book basically repeats the same story four times through different view points of those involved and got to be quite boring. The best thing about this book is the ending which totally took me by surprise. For a murder mystery story, this book wasn’t suspenseful and didn’t get the reader too involved by making you think about who the killer was. Instead, it make the killer very obvious and left you waiting for his demise, however, the ending completely abolished those thoughts and actually made me gasp with the shock of who the real killer was. This wasn’t the worst book I have ever read by far, but was not interesting enough for me to follow the author either.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9401)
    Performance
    (5962)
    Story
    (5949)

    Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

    Keith says: "Ken Follett and John Lee / Audible's Dream Team"
    "My first Audible Experience"
    Overall

    This book was actually pretty amazing. I am not a fan of war stories and this book takes place during World War I and the Russian Revolution so I had my doubts. However, the author introduces you to several characters from different countries and does an excellent job introducing you to them and their families as well as getting you emotionally involved. There are several stories of romance, trials, joys, and historic backgrounds tied into this book. I actually listened to this book through Audible.com and the reader made this experience even better with his wonderful interpretations of the different accents the characters would have actually spoken with. This was a long story but never dull and kept me going and going until the very end. I loved how the ending took place even though it didn't tie up any loose ends, as this book is the first in a three part series. I can't wait until the next one comes out. Excellent book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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