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Debra

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Fletcher, OK, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Empire of the Summer Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By S. C. Gwynne
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1300)
    Performance
    (886)
    Story
    (905)

    Few people realize that the Comanche Indians were the greatest warring tribe in American history. Their 40-year battle with settlers held up the development of the new nation. Empire of the Summer Moon tells of the rise and fall of this fierce, powerful, and proud tribe, and begins in 1836 with the kidnapping of a lovely nine-year-old girl with cornflower blue eyes named Cynthia Ann Parker.

    David says: "Evocation of landscape"
    "History comes alive"
    Overall

    I am living in the area around Fort Sill, and this really was an interesting tale about the history of the area and great plains Indians. I actually took a tour of Quannah Parker's STAR HOUSE where it has been moved to a little historical area at Cache, Oklahoma. The narrator is easy to follow and kept my interest.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Raspberries and Vinegar: A Farm Fresh Romance Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Valerie Comer
    • Narrated By Becky Doughty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Josephine Shaw: complex, yet singleminded. A tiny woman with big ideas and, some would say, a mouth to match. But what does she really know about sustainable living as it relates to the real world? After all, she and her two friends are new to farming. Zachary Nemesek is back only until his dad recovers enough to work his own land again. When Zach discovers three helpless females have taken up residence at the old farm next door, he expects trouble.

    Mommynificent says: "A Great Beginning to a Great Series!"
    "New genre for me - loved it."
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    What made the experience of listening to Raspberries and Vinegar the most enjoyable?

    Jo's relationship with her mother seems to be a source of her other problems. Jo is so sure of her purpose to set an example to live green on green acres, but her own insecurities surface when she is attracted to a young veterinary who is staying next door.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked how everywhere she goes, she is given "messages" to deal with her questions. God sometimes wants us to "be still" and let him work in our lives. Jo is falling in love with Zack, but he doesn't fit her "plan". She makes decisions she will regret with their relationship to stay on her perceived course in life.


    What does Becky Doughty bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I always feel the narrator performs the story and that enriches the whole experience of the story. I liked who the story was "slower" due to the narration than it would have been if I speed read it as usual. This was perfect to setting the scene for this country lifestyle portrayed.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Love can be sweet and sour, but it is just as addictive as raspberries and vinegar.


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

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Scott Sigler
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    Overall
    (569)
    Performance
    (525)
    Story
    (529)

    The entire human race balances on the razor's edge of annihilation, beset by an enemy that turns our own bodies against us, that changes normal people into psychopaths or transforms them into nightmares. To some, Doctor Margaret Montoya is a hero-a brilliant scientist who saved the human race from an alien intelligence determined to exterminate all of humanity. To others, she's a monster - a mass murderer single-handedly responsible for the worst atrocity ever to take place on American soil. All Margaret knows is that she's broken. The blood of a million deaths is on her hands.

    Shawna M says: "A Good Ending to the Series"
    "I will never look at Triangles the same again"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Pandemic to be better than the print version?

    I am a fan of the audiobooks. Due to my schedule and on the road a lot.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really liked Margaret throughout the series. And she steps out more fully as a character in the third book.


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

    Phil Gigante is one of my favorite narrators. Although Scott Sigler did the narration on books one and two in this trilogy, I had no problem with character identification in this book.


    Any additional comments?

    This trilogy grabs you and takes off like a rocket, but definitely should be read in order. 4 STARS

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Dog Named Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Greg Kincaid
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (698)
    Performance
    (575)
    Story
    (578)

    Todd, the youngest of four children, has a developmental disability that keeps him at home on the farm with his mother and father. One special holiday season, Todd hears an ad on the radio from a shelter looking for temporary homes for their dogs during the holiday week. When Todd's parents at last give in to his pleas for this charitable cause, the family is faced with an entire shelter full of dogs needing homes.

    Carolina Kat says: "Best Audible Book Yet! DON'T MISS IT"
    "Christmas never ends"
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    Would you listen to A Dog Named Christmas again? Why?

    I will be listening to this one again. Wonderful story about family and healing. Loved the characters and the first person telling of the story. The narrator was perfect for this one. Wonderfully surprised and ended with a heartfelt feel good spirit.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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