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Brenda

Charlestown, IN, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • World Made by Hand: The World Made by Hand Novels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By James Howard Kunstler
    • Narrated By Jim Meskimen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (154)

    The electricity has flickered out. The automobile age is over. In Union Grove, a little town in upstate New York, the future is nothing like people thought it would be. Life is hard and close to the bone. Transportation is slow and dangerous, so food is grown locally at great expense of time and energy, and the outside world is largely unknown. There may be a president, and he may be in Minneapolis now, but people aren’t sure.

    David says: "A kind of Amish post-apocalypse"
    "good enough"
    Overall

    I didnt hate listening to it but there was nothing really to remember about it when I was done. If you like books about nothing, you will love this one.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ink Exchange

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Melissa Marr
    • Narrated By Nick Landrum
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (306)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (137)

    Unbeknownst to mortals, a power struggle is unfolding in a world of shadows and danger. After centuries of stability, the balance among the Faery Courts has altered, and Irial, ruler of the Dark Court, is battling to hold his rebellious and newly vulnerable fey together. If he fails, bloodshed and brutality will follow.

    Leanna says: "Best book in the series"
    "wonderful"
    Overall

    I loved it, it was beautifully written with full characters that you have a chance to love and hate! The story was haunting and held my interest to the end. There are 4 in this series, this is the second one. Very good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Some Sing, Some Cry

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Ntozake Shange, Ifa Bayeza
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (472)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (216)

    Audible presents the multigenerational epic Some Sing, Some Cry. Created by Ntozake Shange and Ifa Bayeza, this audiobook takes listeners on a journey through Reconstruction, two world wars, the Harlem renaissance, and Vietnam to modern day America.Some Sing, Some Cry begins at the threshold of one family’s freedom. We meet Betty Mayfield, newly emancipated from Sweet Tamarind, a lush and haunted rice plantation off the Carolina coast.

    Barbara says: "Southern Soul"
    "I fell asleep"
    Overall

    I loved a book called, THE HELP, this one promised to at least be similar. I was so confused, I could not keep up with the characters, could not keep up with the plot line. I wanted to, I just kept going to sleep. I am very upset as I gave it a good month of starting, restarting and really trying to read it. Maybe its just me??

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10558)
    Performance
    (5444)
    Story
    (5488)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Russell says: "Glad I Listened to 11-22-63 First"
    "the good, the bad and the ugly"
    Overall

    of course it is good, it's Stephen King....however, as with most of his stuff it is good up to the end where he seems to run out of ideas, goes way out on a limb and the ending was just rushed and stupid....so, except for the ending it was very good.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7111)
    Performance
    (5053)
    Story
    (5042)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "wonderful!!!!"
    Overall

    I loved the narrator of this book, the story was easy to follow, the characters were easy to love and hate. I enjoyed every minute of this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I'd Know You Anywhere

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Laura Lippman
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (994)
    Performance
    (313)
    Story
    (317)

    In the summer of 1985, when she was fifteen, Eliza was kidnapped by Walter and held hostage for almost six weeks. He had killed at least one girl and Eliza always suspected he had other victims as well. Now on death row in Virginia for the rape and murder of his final victim, Walter seems to be making a heartfelt act of contrition as his execution nears. Though Eliza wants nothing to do with him, she's never forgotten that Walter was most unpredictable when ignored.

    Susan says: "I found the reason compelling"
    "love it"
    Overall

    All of the characters were awesome! Written great, read great! Very very good book. I am a bit hard to please but this book had me all the way through. The narrator was exceptional as she went from character to character, young and old with ease. The story had a flow like no other that I have read in a long time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on Legare Street

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Karen White
    • Narrated By Aimee Bruneau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (322)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (199)

    A this sequel to The House on Tradd Street. When Melanie Middleton was seven years old, her mother, Ginnette, left home, abandoning her husband and her daughter. Now, nearly 33 years later, Ginnette has returned to Charleston, South Carolina, to confront her past and make amends with the daughter she left behind. Melanie is less than thrilled when her mother reappears in her life and asks for her help in buying back the family home.

    Kathy says: "Believable Paranormal Ghostly Story"
    "I loved parts of it....hated the rest"
    Overall

    I loved the first book, THE HOUSE ON TRADD STREET, this one got lost. Even some of the characters changed, like the main charachters dad, he was so strong and forceful in the first book and in this one...he was weak and bossed around a bit. I loved the idea of the book but something was missing, I didnt like any of the characters, could not identify with them at all! I waited so long for this sequel that I could just cry at how it turned out.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Unholy Ghosts: Downside Ghosts, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Stacia Kane
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (432)
    Performance
    (323)
    Story
    (318)

    In a future world under attack from the undead, the powerful Church of Real Truth, in charge since the government fell, has sworn to reimburse citizens being harassed by the deceased. Consequently, there are many false claims of hauntings from those hoping to profit. Enter Chess Putnam, a fully-tattooed witch and freewheeling ghost hunter. She’s got a real talent for nailing human liars and banishing the wicked dead.

    T. Hernandez says: "Not for the faint of heart"
    "Story is good enough but please read on"
    Overall

    I did enjoy the story line but I swear I read the other reviews and they most talked about the humor....I never heard any humor and never laughed outloud?! Also, who would you have a narrator that has a lisp? I disliked the narrator a ton and not only did she have a speech problem she sounds old and the character is young. I will not be listening to any other books read by this narrator.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7202)
    Performance
    (3558)
    Story
    (3561)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "I loved this book!"
    Overall

    I loved the story, the characters, the whole thing and I loved that the writer was not in a hurry to get to the end. This is the first book in a long time that held my attention, made me laugh, sad and at times wanna cry with the story! I also liked the narrator. I am hard on narrators but I really did like this one.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Hot Blooded

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Lisa Jackson
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (142)

    In Hot Blooded, she transports listeners into the heart of New Orleans, where a deluded murderer is on a holy quest of vengeance. Dr. Samantha Leeds hosts her own late-night radio talk-show on WSLJ. One day she receives a menacing phone call at her home, while miles away, a prostitute is strangled to death. Seemingly unrelated, nobody connects the two events until more murders occur under similar circumstances.

    Andrea McLaughlin (Kindle) says: "Cold Boredom"
    "Good Story, narrator is boring"
    Overall

    The book had a great plot line with wonderful twists to it. I recommend this book if you can tolerate the reader. Most of the time she reads the book with the cadence of William Shatner, start, stop...with little appropriate emotion where it should be. I wish she had made a difference in the character voices too.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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