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Deborah

MARSHFIELD, MA, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • 45 reviews
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  • The Firebird

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1174)
    Performance
    (1067)
    Story
    (1069)

    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"
    "Continuation of Winter Sea"
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    I wish I could have given it more stars. I really wanted to love it. I loved Winter Sea so much and seeing a revival of some of that story delighted me! There were parts of this book (the end) that were moving and satisfying, but for the most part, I didn't care for the modern day story involving actual psychics and Nicola's mission to help the sick girl. I felt this major plotline was underdeveloped and therefore almost forgotten making the entire point of the story easy to forget.
    It FELT to me like a strain to try and replicate Winter Sea but didn't work

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Rose Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1766)
    Performance
    (1539)
    Story
    (1568)

    Acclaimed author Susanna Kearsley's previous works have won the RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice Award, and finaled for both the UK Romantic Novel of the Year and the RITA awards.

    Eva Ward is a modern woman thrown back three centuries to 1715 - only to find that might be exactly where she belongs. There, she finds true love with Daniel Butler, but the discord surrounding Hanoverian King George plunges the lovers into a world of intrigue, treason, and romance.

    Angel Claire says: "Amazing story."
    "Good but forgettable"
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    Honestly, this book was good and I liked it. I was entertained. However, I felt that it took too long to get off the ground and not enough actually happened, but I felt connected to the characters. I loved the ending.

    I have enjoyed other Susanna Kearsley books more than this one.

    I only finished this book about a week ago and I actually had to think harder than one might expect to conjure up and remember the story to write this review.

    What does that tell you?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Claire North
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (375)
    Performance
    (330)
    Story
    (333)

    No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. Nothing ever changes. Until now.As Harry nears the end of his 11th life, a little girl appears at his bedside. "I nearly missed you, Doctor August," she says. "I need to send a message." This is the story of what Harry does next, and what he did before, and how he tries to save a past he cannot change and a future he cannot allow.

    Nathan says: "Read for the concepts and not for the characters"
    "Is Harry a good guy?"
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    I looked forward to reading this book so much!!

    3.5 Stars. I am, on the whole, a little bit disappointed in this book. Parts of it were very exciting and filled with action and parts were slow, tedious and seemed to stray too far from plot progression for my comfort.

    I loved the concept. I am a huge Time Travel fan and I can ponder the complexities and paradoxes of it for hours. This novel includes much of this. While it is not Time Travel, exactly, it still arouses many of the same questions.

    So, there are a percentage of people in the world that are born again and again. When they die, they go right back to being born again on the same date and time, same parents, location and circumstance. The difference is that they carry the knowledge and memories of the previous live(s) they already lived. They are able to make different choices based on their knowledge. The born again children are expected to pass on information to their elders who are much closer to death and starting over (about the state of the world and such). They also leave messages to each other over centuries in stone or what-not. (It only makes sense to me sometimes when I think about it!)

    Anyway there is a "bad guy" and our Harry August is the "good guy".

    *SPOILER* However, Harry flip-flopped too many times for me to be comfortable with trusting him as a true protagonist figure. I understand that a hero must be flawed, but Henry actually switches sides and then comes back! In my opinion, the reader is never given a compelling enough reason for his betrayal of the Chronus(sp) club. This bothered me.

    Much of the story is about the intimate relationship between Harry and Victor with snippets of history and side characters along the way. They spend a LOT of time pondering God, creation and morality.

    I listened to this book and was not particularly impressed with the narrator. Just forgettable, really. Unfortunately, the book itself will likely be forgettable, too. Bummer!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sapphire Blue: The Ruby Red Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Kerstin Gier, Anthea Bell (translator)
    • Narrated By Marisa Calin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (292)
    Performance
    (259)
    Story
    (260)

    Gwen’s life has been a rollercoaster since she discovered she was the Ruby, the final member of the secret time-traveling Circle of Twelve. In between searching through history for the other time-travelers and asking for a bit of their blood (gross!), she’s been trying to figure out what all the mysteries and prophecies surrounding the Circle really mean. At least Gwen has plenty of help.

    Deborah says: "For YA yet intriguing and complicated enough!"
    "For YA yet intriguing and complicated enough!"
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    What a great time travel series! It is clearly for the YA reader but still intriguing and complicated enough to keep me going. I will certainly read the last one!

    Gwynneth, in my opinion, is a realistic 16 year old, with her immaturity, naivety and interest in boys. I can relate to that. I remember that. Like yesterday, actually!

    In contrast, Gideon is the complete opposite of a realistic 18 year old boy. However, I am pretty sure that is the point.

    The story arc between book 1 and 2 was very smooth and brought the plot to exciting places! The characters time travel every day creating unique paradoxical conversations and situations. Gwyn meets the Count Saint Germain at a soiree and he tells her how happy he was about their conversation that took place yesterday. However, it was yesterday for him in the 18th century. It will be tomorrow for Gwyn in her own timeline. Awesome mind bending stuff!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Yes Please

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Amy Poehler
    • Narrated By Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, and others
    Overall
    (5644)
    Performance
    (4797)
    Story
    (4788)

    Amy Poehler is hosting a dinner party and you're invited! Welcome to the audiobook edition of Amy Poehler's Yes Please. The guest list is star-studded with vocal appearances from Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Michael Schur, Patrick Stewart, Kathleen Turner, and even Amy’s parents - Yes Please is the ultimate audiobook extravaganza.

    S.F. says: "Listen to this book for sure"
    "I want to be her friend!"
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    I have loved Amy Poehler as a fair-weather fan for many years. I mean, that I did not exactly follow her career but I remember her on SNL and especially in Deuce Bigalow: Male Jigolo. Then later on one of my favorite TV shows of all time: Parks and Rec.

    I listened to this book through Audible.com and it is narrated by the author herself. I am so glad I did! There are many casual conversations Amy has with her guests and many times where she sings and laughs and adds little bits under her breath. These wonderful ad libs could not possibly be captured besides in audio!

    She is from a town very close to where I grew up and therefore I related to her on a real level in many ways. She speaks of many specific SNL and UCB bits that had me pausing her narration and finding clips of what I could on youtube. This was only to further delve into her life. I wish I could be her friend.

    I enjoyed this book so much and it may possibly be one of the best I read this year.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Gabrielle Zevin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1093)
    Performance
    (974)
    Story
    (981)

    The irascible A. J. Fikry, owner of Island Books - the only bookstore on Alice Island - has already lost his wife. Now his most prized possession, a rare book, has been stolen from right under his nose in the most embarrassing of circumstances. The store itself, it seems, will be next to go. One night upon closing, he discovers a toddler in his children’s section with a note from her mother pinned to her Elmo doll: I want Maya to grow up in a place with books and among people who care about such kinds of things. I love her very much, but I can no longer take care of her.

    Trish says: "Loved, Loved, Loved It!!"
    "I love books about books!"
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    I love books about books. This book was real and raw with imperfect characters. It was also charming and engaging. I would love to live above a book store.
    It seemed that each character grew and changed a bit by the end of the novel. The police chief was my favorite character.

    The parallels to the fictional book inside the book called "The Late Bloomer" were all over the story if you were actively looking for them. I was; and this enhanced my experience. I recommend this book to any book lover.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anthony Doerr
    • Narrated By Zach Appelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4080)
    Performance
    (3623)
    Story
    (3632)

    Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

    Sandra says: "Be prepared to love the characters."
    "Beautiful story, beautiful writing"
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    This book was beautiful. I love stories of WWII and the ordinary people who tried to continue living despite the gradual onslaught of desolation around them.

    The characters in this novel all seemed to speak to me for different reasons
    I enjoyed the authors writing style and will look for more by him

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Survivor

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Chuck Palahniuk
    • Narrated By Paul Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (822)
    Performance
    (493)
    Story
    (500)

    Tender Branson, the last surviving member of the so-called Creedish Death Cult, is dictating his life story into the flight recorder of Flight 2039, cruising on autopilot at 39,000 feet somewhere over the Pacific Ocean. He is all alone in the airplane, which will crash shortly into the vast Australian outback. But before it does, he will unfold the tale of his journey from an obedient Creedish child and humble domestic servant to an ultra-buffed, steroid-and-collagen-packed media messiah.

    R. Flaherty says: "Whew...It's Over."
    "MORE! Don't end, book!"
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    I love when I lament coming to the end of a book. The whole thing was so insane, yet made perfect sense. The chapters counted down instead of up and the story unfolds backwards and forwards at the same time. However, I was never lost.

    This book, however short, is too complicated to give a synopsis and give it justice.

    I don't really know what else to say except that I found the writing to be brilliant. The story was fun and somehow completely relatable, despite the madness.

    You should read this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By David Wong
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1181)
    Performance
    (1106)
    Story
    (1118)

    Warning: You may have a huge, invisible spider living in your skull. This is not a metaphor. You will dismiss this as ridiculous fearmongering. Dismissing things as ridiculous fearmongering is, in fact, the first symptom of parasitic spider infection - the creature secretes a chemical into the brain to stimulate skepticism, in order to prevent you from seeking a cure. That’s just as well, since the “cure” involves learning what a chain saw tastes like. You can’t feel the spider, because it controls your nerve endings.

    Charles says: "Very Different than John Dies, but Equal"
    "I wanted more John!!"
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    I was sad when this book ended. I fell in love with John in the fist book, John Dies at the End, and unfortunately did not get as much John in this one. However, I enjoyed how this one was a bit darker and full of more horror. The moral implications of 'who actually is the bad guy?' was a fun topic to ponder. Also, the theory of mass paranoia being so much more dangerous than the actual threat was outlined well. Still a bit slapstick and gross, but thought provoking and brilliant, nonetheless!

    I wish there was a movie for this one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Return of the Pale Feather: Time Walkers, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By E.B. Brown
    • Narrated By Stephanie Bentley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Winn and Maggie return for a new journey in the turbulent times of 1600s Jamestown... When Maggie McMillan is sent back to 1622 by the power of a magical Bloodstone, she makes the choice to remain in the past with the Powhatan warrior who holds her heart captive. Cursed with the knowledge of what the future holds for both the English and the Powhatan people, Maggie and Winn struggle to find safety for their family in a world gone mad.

    Deborah says: "Excellent sequel in the series!"
    "Excellent sequel in the series!"
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    What can I say?! I am attaching quite easily to these characters. This book was told beautifully from the points of view of many. There is an excellent surprise in the beginning and the dramatic tension stayed at just the right pitch throughout the novel.

    I was happy to hear more from Rebecca and Makadewa! I am eager to see how that plays out. I will miss Teyas, too and hope to find that she is happy.

    I was only confused a bit during a part when Maggie was really angry at her guardian for not telling her more information when she was growing up. This didn't make sense to me because she had already learned how she and her family would have been in danger if she knew more information. I read and re-read that part thinking I might have missed something. Maybe I did. But, Maggie's behavior really annoyed me.

    I read the first 1/3 or so on my kindle and then did the whispersync with audible. I wish I stuck to reading with my eyes. I have listened to hundreds of books over the years and I can honestly say that this girls narration was the absolute worst! She did Maggie like a whiny 10 year old! Not how I imagined Maggie to sound at all. All of the Indian men sounded identical in a deep monotone, all of the Norse men sounded identical in a deep Scottish-like monotone.

    A great example of the poor narration: She would loudly and animatedly cry a line like: "But, I love you" , followed by: "Maggie whispered". It was so distracting!! That was not a whisper! Poor, poor poor.

    Anyway, that is not the book's fault and did not want my rating to reflect the awful listening experience. I can't wait for the next one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Obituary Writer

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ann Hood
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (473)
    Performance
    (421)
    Story
    (417)

    A sophisticated and suspenseful novel about the poignant lives of two women living in different eras.... On the day John F. Kennedy is inaugurated, Claire, a young wife and mother obsessed with the glamour of Jackie, struggles over the decision of whether to stay in a loveless but secure marriage or to follow the man she loves and whose baby she may be carrying. Decades earlier, in 1919, Vivien Lowe, an obituary writer, is searching for her lover, who disappeared in the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906.

    Kathi says: "Parallel stories of love and loss"
    "I love Dueling Timelines"
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    Well this was more like 3.5. I really liked it but I am not sure how memorable it will be for me.

    I love stories told with dueling timelines and I eagerly waited for the connection to unveil itself. However, it was a bit anti-climactic. I equally enjoyed hearing from both women but couldn't help but cringe at the 1960 housewife suburban life that Clair led. Amazing that American women lived that way.

    I liked the ending and how it was left open for me to imagine what will happen next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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