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Darla

Grants Pass, OR, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • 16 reviews
  • 19 ratings
  • 236 titles in library
  • 13 purchased in 2014
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  • The 39 Clues, Book 1: The Maze of Bones

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (997)
    Performance
    (502)
    Story
    (506)

    What would happen if you discovered that your family was one of the most powerful in human history? What if you were told that the source of the family's power was hidden around the world, in the form of 39 Clues? What if you were given a choice - take a million dollars and walk away...or get the first Clue? If you're Amy and Dan Cahill, you take the Clue - and begin a very dangerous race.

    Craig says: "Riordan Rulz"
    "Didn't realize this was a childrens book"
    Overall

    I am now on book 4 and loving it. I didn't know it was a childrens book but have enjoyed so much anyway. There is lots of history hidden in the story and I will share this with my granddaughters. I wish it wasn't quite so much for each book as they are short and require many purchases.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Rhythm and Bluegrass

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (790)
    Performance
    (732)
    Story
    (731)

    The anticipated follow up to Molly Harper's My Bluegrass Baby, which followed Sadie Hawkins as she jockeyed for the director's position at the Kentucky Tourism Commission with a sophisticated and handsome challenger.

    Cynthia says: "SO SO SO SO SO GOOD!"
    "Great fun and a little history too!"
    Overall
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    Where does Rhythm and Bluegrass rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Well for a lighthearted read which I seem to look for more and more, maybe the news is always a bummer ...I think it was great. The story was good and I felt the research for the story line informative.


    What other book might you compare Rhythm and Bluegrass to and why?

    And one more thing.. same lighthearted fun romance but I found myself belly laughing at the one more thing, this one almost hit the mark but certianly worth the read.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I guess the car burning scene


    Any additional comments?

    I would recomend this to my friends for just a fun book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Demonic: How the Liberal Mob Is Endangering America

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Ann Coulter
    • Narrated By Elizabeth White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (362)
    Performance
    (257)
    Story
    (254)

    The demon is a mob, and the mob is demonic. The Democratic Party activates mobs, depends on mobs, coddles mobs, publicizes and celebrate mobs - it is the mob. Sweeping in its scope and relentless in its argument, Demonic explains the peculiarities of liberals as standard groupthink behavior. To understand mobs is to understand liberals.

    Willis McLaughlin says: "Read your own book"
    "What a History Lesson!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Demonic the most enjoyable?

    The facts that we have not been taught. I feel like I need to go back to school and re learn the story of our country!


    What about Elizabeth White’s performance did you like?

    Very good,


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not really just a bit mad at the way our country is heading and why.


    Any additional comments?

    This should be required by any person allowed to vote!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wench: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Dolen Perkins-Valdez
    • Narrated By Quincy Tyler Bernstine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (206)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (116)

    Tawawa House in many respects is like any other American resort before the Civil War. Situated in Ohio, this idyllic retreat is particularly nice in the summer when the Southern humidity is too much to bear. The main building, with its luxurious finishes, is loftier than the white cottages that flank it, but the smaller structures are better positioned to catch any breeze that may come off the pond. And they provide more privacy, which best suits the needs of the Southern white men who vacation there every summer.

    Donna says: "Fascinating and disturbing, an amazing debut..."
    "Interesting"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about Wench?

    The Reader was Excellent! Story was ok and I did enjoy the book It is just that I've read this kind of thing before. The other thing I would mention is the book is not a feel good kind of read I always felt a little sad while reading and even a short while after turning it off. So If you need a pick me up put this on off for a while, but still read because we should know how bad it is in bondage I feel it is worth the read and everyone should know the truth.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Keeper of Lost Causes: Department Q, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1701)
    Performance
    (1478)
    Story
    (1477)

    Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's premier crime writer. His books routinely top the bestseller lists in northern Europe, and he's won just about every Nordic crime-writing award, including the prestigious Glass Key Award-also won by Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, and Jo Nesbo. Now, Dutton is thrilled to introduce him to America.

    Ted says: "Dark, Cold, and Danish"
    "Loved It"
    Overall
    Performance
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    If you could sum up The Keeper of Lost Causes in three words, what would they be?

    Kept me coming back for more, the suspense was good and not predictable.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the books I would say was worth the read and I will look for another by this author.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By John Burnham Schwartz
    • Narrated By Janet Song
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (11)

    Meticulously researched, and superbly imagined, The Commoner is the mesmerizing, moving, and surprising story of a brutally rarefied and controlled existence, at once hidden and exposed, and of a complex relationship between two isolated women who, despite being visible to all, are truly understood only by each other.

    connie says: "works on several levels"
    "Such a sad life"
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    Would you listen to The Commoner again? Why?

    No, just a little depressing for me. I'm glad I listened to the book as I learned so much. The book is well written and the characters were well developed the story is interesting but depressed me a bit. The reader did a great job


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cleopatra's Daughter: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Michelle Moran
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (338)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (177)

    The marriage of Marc Antony and Cleopatra is one of the greatest love stories of all time, a tale of unbridled passion with earth-shaking political consequences. Feared and hunted by the powers in Rome, the lovers choose to die by their own hands as the triumphant armies of Antony's vengeful rival, Octavian, sweep into Egypt. Their three orphaned children are taken in chains to Rome; only two---the 10-year-old twins Selene and Alexander---survive the journey.

    Annette says: "A pretty engaging story"
    "Good history"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Cleopatra's Daughter in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting history lesson


    Would you be willing to try another book from Michelle Moran? Why or why not?

    Not sure


    Have you listened to any of Wanda McCaddon’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    she was good, not sure if I remember any other of her performances


    If you could take any character from Cleopatra's Daughter out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The man the daughter ended up marrying. He was a very interesting man.


    Any additional comments?

    This story just never grabbed me, the characters were not developed enough but the history I learned from the book was terrific. So I guess I would say, if this time in history is interesting to you, you should read the book. I hope this helps, I read this as a book for my book group and someone said the book was written for young readers which could be why it just didn't have what I would call depth.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • And One Last Thing...

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2897)
    Performance
    (2246)
    Story
    (2243)

    Lacey Terwilliger's shock and humiliation over her husband's philandering prompt her to add some bonus material to Mike's company newsletter: stunning Technicolor descriptions of the special brand of "administrative support" his receptionist gives him. The detailed mass e-mail to Mike's family, friends, and clients blows up in her face, and before one can say "instant urban legend", Lacey has become the pariah of her small Kentucky town and a media punch line....

    Ducky says: "For me this was such a HOOT!!!"
    "Just what I needed"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to And One Last Thing... the most enjoyable?

    Funny, Real, Sad, Romance...Just what I was looking for, I wanted something light and fun to brighten up the winter weather we are having. I have recommended this book to my book club as a must read as it isn't long so they can add it to their other reads and just have some fun. This is one of the times I found myself laughing out loud and looked to see if anyone saw me.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Made me laugh a lot.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Knack: How Street-Smart Entrepreneurs Learn to Handle Whatever Comes Up

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Norm Brodsky, Bo Burlingham
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    Overall
    (585)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (193)

    People starting out in business tend to seek step-by-step formulas or specific rules, but in reality there are no magic bullets. Rather, says veteran entrepreneur Norm Brodsky, there's a mentality that helps street-smart people solve problems and pursue opportunities as they arise. He calls it "the knack" and it has made all the difference to the eight successful start-ups of his career.

    morton says: "Practical Advice with Real Life Examples"
    "Excellent"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to The Knack again? Why?

    Yes I'm planning to re listen in a month I'm sure I'll get more information there is so much great stuff it's hard to retain it all the first time.


    Have you listened to any of Sean Pratt’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes and great as before


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

    Yes there were times I didn't want to turn it off


    Any additional comments?

    For anyone interested in a start up company this is a must listen and as in my case their was so much information for an existing business owner I really loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Point of Impact

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Stephen Hunter
    • Narrated By Beau Bridges
    Overall
    (333)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (168)

    He was one the best Marine snipers in Vietnam. Today, 20 years later, all Bob Lee Swagger wants is to be left alone. But a shadowy military organization seduces him into one last mission for his country - unaware until too late that the game is rigged. The assassination plot is executed to perfection until Bob Lee Swagger, alleged lone gunman, comes out of the operation alive, the target of a nationwide manhunt, with his only allies a woman he just met and a discredited FBI agent.

    Randy says: "Magnificent"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    This story was great, none of the predictable story lines that you sometimes find in these kind of novels. The writer did a great job keeping you in suspense and the reader was a good match for the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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