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D. Knight

romans55

Nashville, TN USA | Member Since 2012

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  • 36 reviews
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  • 166 titles in library
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  • The Chaperone

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Laura Moriarty
    • Narrated By Elizabeth McGovern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2463)
    Performance
    (2162)
    Story
    (2148)

    >The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip.

    Amanda says: "Perfection."
    "Loved It!"
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    Would you listen to The Chaperone again? Why?

    So many surprises with these characters. It is interesting to see the changes in viewpoints and attitudes people can have as the events of their lives mold them.

    I loved this book and EM's wonderful performance.


    16 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Ties That Bind

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Marie Bostwick
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin, Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (242)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (209)

    In her compelling, beautifully crafted novel, New York Times best-selling author Marie Bostwick celebrates friendships old and new - and the unlikely threads that sometimes lead us exactly where we need to go. Christmas is fast approaching, and New Bern, Connecticut, is about to receive the gift of a new pastor, hired sight unseen to fill in while Reverend Tucker is on sabbatical. Meanwhile, Margot Matthews’ friend, Abigail, is trying to matchmake, even though Margot has all but given up on romance.

    Carol A. Smith says: "Surprise! Christian Fiction"
    "Sweet Story"
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    While Christian fiction sometimes gets a bad rap, I would hope that more would give this genre a try. This book isn't preachy or shoving Christianity in your face, however moral dilemmas and life altering decisions are faced by everyone. This is a sweet story and shows the bond of sharing a mutual hobby. Many people know that it starts becoming more about the people than the hobby. I really liked this book and might read more from this author. Great narration keeping two different characters alive throughout.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Alyson Richman
    • Narrated By George Guidall, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2059)
    Performance
    (1834)
    Story
    (1843)

    In pre-war Prague, the dreams of two young lovers are shattered when they are separated by the Nazi invasion. Then, decades later, thousands of miles away in New York, there's an inescapable glance of recognition between two strangers. Providence is giving Lenka and Josef one more chance. From the glamorous ease of life in Prague before the Occupation, to the horrors of Nazi Europe, The Lost Wife explores the power of first love, the resilience of the human spirit, and the strength of memory.

    Sara says: "Love, Strength & Survival"
    "Would Read Again!"
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    That's the best compliment I could give a book. Even knowing the entire story, I would listen to this book again. So "real" as many have said. The human perspectives come across believable and natural. It reminds me that many paths cross and lives intersect in amazing ways. Don't miss this one!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Like Jazz: Non-Religious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Donald Miller
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (271)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (168)

    In Donald Miller's early years, he was vaguely familiar with a distant God. But when he came to know Jesus Christ, he pursued the Christian life with great zeal. Within a few years he had a successful ministry that ultimately left him feeling empty, burned out, and, once again, far away from God. In this intimate, soul-searching account, Miller describes his remarkable journey back to a culturally relevant, infinitely loving God.

    Kiel West says: "The author's voice made annoying by narration?"
    "Not what you think...."
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    This is one man's story. Maybe it's not even a story per se. It's his opinion, outlook, philosophy and journey. It's not going to read like a novel and in my opinion I think it works better this way. All in all, I really enjoyed this book, however reading instead of listening was far more rewarding on this particular book. You'll need to throw away some of your pre-conceived notions and set aside legalistic thinking...but that's the point. Recommended either way, but loved the paperback.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14346)
    Performance
    (13084)
    Story
    (13160)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "Sweet & Touching"
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    I listened to this long before all the hype from the movie (which I haven't seen), This is a wonderful story that is both sad and triumphant. While portions of the story definitely smack of the YA genre that Green is known for, it can appeal to all readers in my opinion. Young people dealing with real life, grown up problems, even facing death, may seem like a downer but the story is sprinkled with so much more than that. Another winner from John Green as he tackled heavy subject matter and had me crazy about these kids to the last page.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Rebecca Skloot
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Bahni Turpin
    Overall
    (4749)
    Performance
    (3220)
    Story
    (3248)

    Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells, taken without her knowledge, became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first immortal human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than 60 years.

    Prisca says: "Amazing Story"
    "Incredible"
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    This is one of those books that I'm so glad I listened to instead of read. I know that there were times that science would've gotten too much and I may have abandoned it. SO GLAD I listened to this book! It's incredible and fascinating. The contribution given unknowingly by one woman has changed research, science and the world. It is both sad and victorious, and yet she will never know of her contributions.

    I loved the author's weaving of the scientific side of things with the family and personal side of the story. I am so glad it was highly recommended to me as "one book i should read this summer". I did and I'm glad.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • To Kill a Mockingbird

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Harper Lee
    • Narrated By Sissy Spacek
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3038)
    Performance
    (2730)
    Story
    (2739)

    Harper Lee’s Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south - and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred, available now for the first time as a digital audiobook. One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than 40 languages, sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the 20th century by librarians across the country.

    Alan says: "Stunning"
    "A Classic - Ahead of It's Time"
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    This book has been one of my favorites for years. It's been a long time since I read it and I was thrilled when it finally became available at Audible. While the content is indicative of the times, it may be uncomfortable for many. All in all the lessons learned and love-ability of the characters make this a classic story that you will never forget. How fortunate that we all know and love Atticus Finch, who gently taught his children what it meant to see beyond outward appearances, society's standards and racial tensions. An absolute MUST READ.

    PS. I have yet another reason to love Sissy Spacek. She was perfection.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Mercedes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8001)
    Performance
    (7356)
    Story
    (7366)

    In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

    Joyce says: "Love this style of King!!!"
    "Is there anything SK CAN'T do??"
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    While I love Stephen King, this wasn't my favorite. BUT, it was a good book and I definitely don't regret the listen. I actually listened to the whole thing in just a few days because it kept my interest all the way through. Not your run of the mill bad guy, but certainly the usual retired detective that just can't stay away....made for a story that could have been written by most detective novelists. However, King always has a way of giving you the creeps, making characters and scenarios stick with you, long after the book is finished. As always, my "bucket list" author I'd love to have dinner with.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The History of Love

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Nicole Krauss
    • Narrated By George Guidall, Barbara Caruso, Julia Gibson, and others
    Overall
    (1172)
    Performance
    (500)
    Story
    (512)

    Nicole Krauss' first novel, Man Walks Into a Room, was shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times Book Award and her short fiction has been collected in Best American Short Stories. Now The History of Love proves Krauss is among our finest and freshest literary voices.

    KLBrookline says: "Beautiful story, beautifully written."
    "Unique and Beautiful Writing"
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    What an interesting story written in such a lovely way. This book is different and the unusual cast of characters (voices) keeps the story moving (although you are kept wondering about the connections sometimes--but it's supposed to be like that, right?). To define love in such beautiful terms is refreshing and not the usual "sappy" romance. Both genders would like this book and I thoroughly enjoyed her lovely writing. Worth a listen!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8039)
    Performance
    (7000)
    Story
    (6995)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    M. Davis says: "Classic Nora - Outstanding!!!!"
    "loved it!"
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    Well first of all BRAVO to narrator Julia Whelan. I enjoyed and got lost in the distinct nature of the voices,even forgetting that all were done by one person. I cannot imagine reading this book in print and getting the same effect as hearing the voice of Liz. Superbly done. Such a great story and although a little predictable here and there,you just didn't mind! I would say around mid-way, I was thinking "get on with it" and no sooner than I thought that, the story picked up again. Great to the last page. I didn't expect to like this so much but it was worth a credit for sure.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Change of Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Nicole Poole, Stafford Clark-Price, Jim Frangione, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1241)
    Performance
    (453)
    Story
    (452)

    Known for tackling hot-button issues in her timely fiction, Jodi Picoult has sold millions of books. Change of Heart explores capital punishment and organized religion through the tale of death row inmate Shay Bourne. Bourne's last request is to donate his heart to his victim's ailing sister. The situation gets more complicated when Bourne begins performing miracles in full view of witnesses - including his Catholic spiritual advisor.

    Pat C says: "skip this one"
    "Worth a Listen!"
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    Worth the listen just for her wonderful writing! But....A little homage to Stephen King? Why? I'm not sure if references to Green Mile were a necessary part of the story and felt incomplete to me. It wasn't really expounded on as much and I wondered why it was even in there. However, I did enjoy this book and was drawn into the story. I love her writing and the performances were not at all distracting. I am able to listen while working and needed something I didn't need to pay close attention to in order to get the story. Somewhat predictable, this still fit the bill and I'm anxious to check out her other books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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