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Debbie

Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.

Toney, Alabama | Member Since 2009

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  • Nowhere is a Place

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Bernice McFadden
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (152)

    Nothing can mend a broken heart quite like family. Sherry has struggled all her life to understand who she is, where she comes from, and, most important, why her mother slapped her cheek one summer afternoon. The incident has haunted Sherry, and it causes her to dig into her family's past. Like many family histories, it is fractured and stubbornly reluctant to reveal its secrets. But Sherry is determined to know the full story. In a few days' time, her extended family will gather for a reunion, and Sherry sets off across the country with her mother, Dumpling, to join them.

    Brenda says: "Richly textured and captivating"
    "Oh, What We Do Just to Draw Breath"
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    I have always loved historical fiction, especially that of the south. Being a southerner, I'm saddened about much of what happened in our history, while even like those in this story, still love so many things about it. Truth is a harsh task master, and while some listeners complain about the obvious incest and sexual abuse in the book, one must admit and face that, it happened. And the balm for healing is the facing up to the past, the taking in of the truth and moving on toward happiness. This book is more than a past tale of slavery, it's a story of strength DURING those times, of incredible LOVE, and horrific decisions that had to be made for survival, and the CHOICE to continue to LOVE after it was all said and done. It's also the story of a modern day mother and daughter, who have never seen eye to eye, but in the telling of the past are able to find themselves and each other. Narration is perfect. Writing is great.

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  • Birds of a Feather: Maisie Dobbs Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Winspear
    • Narrated By Kim Hicks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (748)
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    (456)
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    (455)

    Maisie Dobbs is back, and this time she has been hired to find a wealthy grocery magnate's daughter who has fled from home. What seems a simple case at first becomes complicated when Maisie learns of the recent violent deaths of three of the heiress's old friends. Is there a connection between her mysterious disappearance and the murders? Who would kill such charming young women? As Maisie investigates, she discovers that the answers to all her questions lie in the unforgettable agony of The Great War.

    Linda P-C says: "Yikes! This is a problem."
    "Miss Maisie Amazes"
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    The second in the Maisie Dobbs series is just as good as the first (apart from the change in narrator, which is definitely a downgrade). Following the Great War, Maisie continues her work as a sleuth with her assistant Billy, an injured war veteran by her side. The story centers around Mr. Waite, owner of several grocery stores who hired Maisie to find his grown daughter. She has again ran away from home. And the search turns into a tale of three murders . . . with his daughter, Charlotte soon to be the fourth. What is so amazing about the Maisie Dobbs series is that interwoven into the mysteries are wonderful tales of wartime families learning to deal with all manner of pain and adjustments to life following WWI. They are multi-layered, emotional stories that give real meaning to the period of time about which they are written, and true satisfaction at the conclusion of each book. Looking forward to number three in the series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hostage

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By James Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (514)
    Performance
    (371)
    Story
    (369)

    Jeff Talley was a good husband, a fine father, and a frontline negotiator with LAPD's SWAT unit. But the high stress, unforgiving job took an irreparable toll on his psyche. After a despondent father murders his wife and son and takes his own life, Talley hits bottom. His marriage ends, he resigns from SWAT, and he struggles to escape from his former life. But Talley's pursuit of peaceful small-town life is about to change.

    David says: "Wonderful clarity of plot and character"
    "Good Story Line . . . Unnecessary Language"
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    I bought this one based on how much I loved Suspect by Robert Crais. Hostage is good, but doesn't compare. What turned me off from the beginning was the unnecessary use of GD and other over the top bad language ALL THE TIME in this book, and by the GOOD GUYS. I listened to the end, and now that it's over I still feel kind of cheated, not satisfied like I usually do after finishing a really good book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Floor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
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    (4647)
    Story
    (4627)

    All is not well in Margrave, Georgia. The sleepy, forgotten town hasn't seen a crime in decades, but within the span of three days it witnesses events that leave everyone stunned. An unidentified man is found beaten and shot to death on a lonely country road.

    Ed says: "Comic book tough guy"
    "Larger than Life Thriller"
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    I had listened to another Jack Reacher book (out of order) earlier, so was glad to go back and get the this one and listen to the first one in the series. A lot to identify with . . . where are you from? Well, everywhere . . . That's probably what my own kids say, because they're army brats . . . I married an army brat . . . and my army brat son joined the army and married a marine brat girl and they are raising their own army brats now . . . and so it goes . . . That in itself gives a person a different perspective, a "one up" on some situations, a sense of detachment (not healthy sometimes), and can make for very independent thinking. I listened with interest as Jack unraveled the mystery, then set about the job of avenging the murder of his brother.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Firebird

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1024)
    Performance
    (932)
    Story
    (936)

    Nicola Marter was born with a gift. When she touches an object, she sometimes glimpses those who have owned it before. When a woman arrives with a small wooden carving at the gallery Nicola works at, she can see the object’s history and knows that it was named after the Firebird - the mythical creature from an old Russian fable. Compelled to know more, Nicola follows a young girl named Anna who leads her into the past on a quest through the glittering backdrops of the Jacobites and Russian courts, unearthing a tale of love, courage, and redemption.

    Sue says: "More heavy on the romance than the historical"
    "Historical Mystical Fairy Tale Romance"
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    I loved The Winter Sea, so I was anxious to listen to The Firebird. This one was more heavy on the romance, but I still loved it. The story of Anna as a child, Anna whisked away to a convent in Belgium for her own protection, Anna in St. Petersburg, Russia at the time of the Czars . . . and parallel story of Nicola and Rob in modern day who both have the "gift" of seeing into the past . . . I learned a lot about the history of the Jacobites, Scotland and Russia . . . and as for Rob and Nicola's physic abilities, well, they aren't plausible . . . but who doesn't love a good fairy tale?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Laiden's Daughter: Clan MacDougall, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Suzan Tisdale
    • Narrated By Erin Jones
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (146)

    Betrayed by lies told before her birth, Aishlinn is raised by a harsh and cruel stepfather. Her life is forever changed one horrifying night when she is forced to flee England for the safety of the Scottish Highlands. Rescued by a fierce band of highland warriors, Aishlinn soon learns that honorable men do exist. She finds a strength she never knew she possessed and it will be tested to the limits when she is forced to make a heart-wrenching decision…allow the English to kill those she loves, or surrender for the crime she committed.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: ".Highland Self Discovery"
    "Splendid Fairy Tale in the Scottish Highlands"
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    I am a lover of historical fiction, but this one was outside what I usually listen to . . . so happy that I bought it! The narration is perfect; the tale of young Aishlinn whose mother died when she was five tugs at your heart from the beginning. I learned a lot about the Scottish clans and the brutality of the English upper class. The story of Laiden and Aishlinn's heritage and their family in the Scottish Highlands was compelling. The romance was true romance, not graphic sex. And I really appreciated that. It made the book absolutely beautiful, just as it should be. Yet the appetites, coarseness and humor of the Scottish countrymen and women are not left out . . . that's what makes this such a splendid book . . . You will grow to absolutely love the Scottish highlanders.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Weight of Silence

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Heather Gudenkauf
    • Narrated By Jim Colby, Eliza Foss, Cassandra Morris, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (664)
    Performance
    (530)
    Story
    (528)

    It happens quietly one August morning. As dawn's shimmering light drenches the humid Iowa air, two families awaken to find their little girls have gone missing in the night. Now these families are tied by the question of what happened to their children. And the answer is trapped in the silence of unspoken family secrets.

    Sara says: "A jewel"
    "Inside Calli's Silence . . . I get it"
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    This book was chillingly familiar to me . . . I'm the child of an alcoholic . . . the woods and the river were my refuge, my peace, my place. I totally get it. I never had an older brother to protect me and I was never mute. I was the oldest child, and I was my own parent, just like Ben, Calli's older brother had to be. I listened with terror as Griff, Calli's dad took her off into the woods the morning he should have gone fishing. And then my terror escalated as Petra, looking out her window and seeing familiar faces followed. Heather Gudenkauf is an excellent writer, giving us the back story of Petra's parents, and of Antonia's childhood with her best friend, Lou who she fell in love with. Not all alcoholics have a mean and abusive heart, but Griff did, and unfortunately it does seem that most wives choose to placate them as Antonia did, at the detriment of herself and her children. There are many, many layers to this story, and a lot to think about. I, for one, am glad that Heather Gudenkauf wrote it, and I feel sure that beyond being an excellent book, it will be a healing balm to lots of children and families of alcoholics.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Dorothy Gilman
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (865)
    Performance
    (747)
    Story
    (750)

    Mrs. Virgil (Emily) Pollifax of New Brunswick, New Jersey, was a widow with grown children. She was tired of attending her Garden Club meetings. She wanted to do something good for her country. This first in the series sends Emily on her first case after she successfully persuades a skeptical CIA recruitment officer that she is the best person for the job.

    Barbara says: "Barbara Rosenblatt: THE Voice!"
    "Delightful Adventure"
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    Absolutely ADORE this story of widowed Mrs. Pollifax who volunteers to work for the CIA. Is it plausible? No . . . Is it entirely serious? No . . . Does it take you on an adventure you won't forget???? YES, YES, YES!!! You will be rooting for the quirky Mrs. Pollifax the entire journey and wondering about all the strange folks she meets along the way . . . This is better than "Murder She Wrote" . . . can't wait for the next installment!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ragtime

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By E. L. Doctorow
    • Narrated By E. L. Doctorow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (402)
    Performance
    (289)
    Story
    (289)

    The story opens in 1906 in New Rochelle, New York, at the home of an affluent American family. One lazy Sunday afternoon, the famous escape artist Harry Houdini swerves his car into a telephone pole outside their house. And almost magically, the line between fantasy and historical fact, between real and imaginary characters, disappears.

    Catherine says: "Ragtime and Doctorow are compelling"
    "Way Overrated, Degrading, Unnecessary Sex Scenes"
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    Historical fiction is usually at the top of my list, but this one is just "out there". The story is all over the place, the author obviously has an awfully high opinion of himself and is overly fixated on writing about sexual scenes, which detract greatly from the book. The book begins in 1906, an American era that I'm greatly interested in. I find it interesting, however, that Doctorow wrote the book in 1975 at the height of the "sexual" revolution in our country, and it's a sad commentary that he had to interject that into a novel written about the turn of the century America. I had to stop listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Six Years

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2880)
    Performance
    (2485)
    Story
    (2500)

    Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. Six years of hiding a broken heart by throwing himself into his career as a college professor. Six years of keeping his promise to leave Natalie alone, and six years of tortured dreams of her life with her new husband, Todd. But six years haven’t come close to extinguishing his feelings, and when Jake comes across Todd’s obituary, he can’t keep himself away from the funeral. There he gets the glimpse of Todd’s wife he’s hoping for...but she is not Natalie....

    G. House Sr. says: "Obsession, mystery, and you're hooked!"
    "Solid Mystery, Good Story, Ending Worth the Wait"
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    I can see from the reviews that some have taken the narrator, Scott Brick to the woodshed on this one, and I must admit at the beginning of the book some of the drama was really not called for. But all in all, I do love Scott Brick, and as the story progressed, so did the urgency. I really liked the actual story, and so what if it's a love story? It was that, but so much more. And it was anything but predictable. Excellent writing and kept me listening until the wee hours . . .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Emily and Einstein: A Novel of Second Chances

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Linda Francis Lee
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller, Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (486)
    Performance
    (417)
    Story
    (419)

    He was a man who didn’t deserve a second chance... but he needed one. Emily and her husband, Sandy Portman, seemed to live a gracious if busy life in an old-world, Upper West Side apartment in the famous Dakota building. But one night on the way to meet Emily, Sandy dies in a tragic accident. The funeral isn't even over before Emily learns she is on the verge of being evicted from their apartment. But worse than the possibility of losing her home, Emily is stunned when she discovers that her marriage was made up of lies.

    Allison says: "Well-written, kept my attention"
    "Delightfully Different Distraction :)"
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    Giving my mind a break from weightier historical fiction and crime novels, I gave Emily and Einstein a listen. Still meaty enough, yet light enough not require every brain cell, the book was just right. A little far-fetched fantasy (pardon the pun) where an almost dead husband is turned into a pooch never hurt anyone. Also, as a woman having tried to balance being a wife, mother and full time career during the 1970's, I found it quite refreshing to hear that Emily and Jordan's mother, a pioneer in the women's lib movement came to the startling realization that she COULDN'T do it all . . . just like we all did. I'm a lover of children's books, too . . . just as Emily is . . . so I found the book a very enjoyable detour.

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