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Debra

Love books, all kinds, all shapes, all formats! Audiobooks have made my daily commute so much less stressful! Major fan of Audible.

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  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13311)
    Performance
    (5734)
    Story
    (5808)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Delightful!"
    Overall

    Wonderful story. Excellent performances. A true delight to get to look forward to each commute in my car - just to get to hear the next installment of this wonderful audiobook!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Christmas Bliss

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Mary Kay Andrews
    • Narrated By Kathleen McInerney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (80)

    Twas the night before Christmas, and Savannah was breezy. But there's trouble afoot - and it's heading toward Weezie. Seems BeBe’s been holding a big secret back that would make Santa’s reindeer stop dead in their tracks. Can these two best friends wriggle out of these twists? Will they do it in time to ensure Christmas Bliss?

    Barbara C. French says: "Enjoyable - but not one of Mary Kay Andrews' best"
    "Another enjoyable episode of Bebe & Weezy"
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    I love Mary Kay Andrews - always download one of her books when I want to listen to something that I can not only identify with and also that I know will make me laugh out loud.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Whiskey Beach

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1231)
    Performance
    (1070)
    Story
    (1075)

    For more than 300 years, Bluff House has sat above Whiskey Beach, guarding its shore - and its secrets. But to Eli Landon, it’s home.… A Boston lawyer, Eli has weathered an intense year of public scrutiny and police investigations after being accused of - but never arrested for - the murder of his soon-to-be-ex wife. He finds sanctuary at Bluff House, even though his beloved grandmother is in Boston recuperating from a nasty fall. Abra Walsh is always there, though.

    Kim Venatries says: "Not So Good"
    "Nora Roberts never disappoints"
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    Intricate story, solid romance and decent murder mystery! Characters were clear and believable. I keep thinking that one day I will pick up a Nora Roberts book that I won't like - but it hasn't happened yet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • After the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Karen White
    • Narrated By Meredith Orlow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (33)

    A multiple RITA nominee, Karen White crafts engrossing stories that have found a special place in the hearts of fans nationwide. After The Rain stars freelance photographer Suzanne Paris. On her own since the age of 14, Suzanne has no intention of settling down in tiny Walton, Georgia. But to her surprise, Walton residents have a way of making even reluctant guests feel right at home. And the new connections she builds come in handy when a dark figure from her past returns, determined to ruin her life.

    Marian says: "My favorite Karen White, (so far)"
    "Always love Karen White's books"
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    Once again Karen White delivered a good story, based in a clearly described Southern setting with characters that came to life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Looking for Me

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Beth Hoffman
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (640)
    Performance
    (570)
    Story
    (570)

    Beth Hoffman’s bestselling debut, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, won admirers and acclaim with its heartwarming story and cast of unforgettable characters. Now her unique flair for evocative settings and richly drawn Southern personalities shines in her compelling new novel, Looking for Me.

    Debra says: "Another fascinating story from Beth Hoffman!"
    "Another fascinating story from Beth Hoffman!"
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    As much as I enjoyed Beth Hoffman's "Saving CeeCee Honeycutt" I think I enjoyed her newest book "Looking For Me" even more. Ms. Hoffman does a great job conveying real Southern scenery & portrays truly charming Southern characters.
    "Looking for Me" has a believable yet somewhat mystical story line that had me wanting to drive for just a little a while longer each day (in addition to my normally heinous daily commute to work) in order to hear just a little more of Teddy's story.
    I do hope to read many, many more Beth Hoffman novels in the future.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Survivor

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1015)
    Performance
    (899)
    Story
    (890)

    Nate Overbay, a former soldier suffering from PTSD and ALS, goes to an 11th-floor bank and climbs out the bathroom window onto the ledge, ready to end it all. But as he’s steeling himself to jump, a crew of gunmen bursts into the bank and begins viciously shooting employees and customers. With nothing to lose, Nate climbs back inside, confronts the robbers, and with his military training, starts taking them out, one by one. The last man standing leaves Nate with a cryptic warning: “He will make you pay in ways you can’t imagine.” Soon enough, Nate learns what this means.

    Theodore says: "Shakes you to your very core."
    "Did not disappoint!"
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    Scott Brick always does a superb job of narration - you truly forget that you are listening to a narrator and not to individual voices. Gregg Hurwitz always provides a phenomenal story with twists & turns that are believeable and scary at the same time. Read more/listen to more Hurwitz - you will not be disappointed!

    0 of 0 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
    (7307)
    Performance
    (6368)
    Story
    (6352)

    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.

    Amazon Customer says: "A great book"
    "Another fine story from Nora Roberts!"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    The pure imagination it must have taken to come up with this plot & storyline. This is old school Nora Roberts - at her absolute best.


    What about Julia Whelan’s performance did you like?

    That her transition from male to female voices becomes invisible - you don't realize when she is making the voice changes because she is so good at distinguishing between the characters.


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

    Absolutely - but I listen to audiobooks while commuting - so there is a pretty fixed amount of time I listen to audiobooks each week (but liek with this book - I find myself wanting to sit in the car until some "good part" of the book is finishing up before I turn it off!


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it! Love her more "romance novel" type books as well, but this book had a great plot, wonderful characterizations and lots of details that made you feel like you in the middle of that small Arkansas town - standing right next to the main characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Trust No One

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Patrick G. Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (202)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (139)

    As Nick peels back layer after layer of lies and deception, buffeted between the buried horrors of the past and the deadly intrigues of the present, he finds his own life - and the lives of nearly everyone he loves - at risk. And the only thing guiding him through this deadly labyrinth are his stepfather's dying words: TRUST NO ONE.

    Erin says: "Couldn't Put It Down"
    "Always terrifying!"
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    What did you love best about Trust No One?

    Gregg Hurwitz's plots are so detailed that they become believable and therefore frighteningly real.


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

    Absolutely!


    Any additional comments?

    Gregg Hurwitz is always enjoyable and scary and real.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spring Fever

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Mary Kay Andrews
    • Narrated By Kathleen McInerney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (344)
    Performance
    (304)
    Story
    (306)

    Annajane Hudgens truly believes she is over her ex-husband, Mason Bayless. They’ve been divorced for four years, she’s engaged to a new, terrific guy, and she’s ready to leave the small town where she and Mason had so much history. She is so over Mason that she has absolutely no problem attending his wedding to the beautiful, intelligent, delightful Celia. But when fate intervenes and the wedding is called to a halt as the bride is literally walking down the aisle, Annajane begins to realize that maybe she’s been given a second chance.

    Sharon says: "Still funny, interesting characters, laughs"
    "Andrews never disappoints!"
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    Would you listen to Spring Fever again? Why?

    Would listen again & again (but don't have time to even listen to all of the new books I want to hear!)


    Any additional comments?

    Always Southern in charm & always desriptive enough to bring you right into each scene.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Shoemaker's Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Adriana Trigiani
    • Narrated By Annabella Sciorra, Adriana Trigiani
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (221)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (181)

    The majestic beauty of the Italian Alps at the turn of the 20th century is the setting of the first meeting of Enza, a practical beauty, and Ciro, a strapping mountain boy. When Ciro catches the local priest in a scandal, he is banished and sent to hide in America. Soon Enza's family faces disaster and she, too, is forced to go to America. Unbeknownst to each other, they both build fledgling lives in America. Ciro masters shoemaking and Enza takes a factory job until fate intervenes and reunites them. But it is too late....

    MEMcL says: "Why the change in narrator?"
    "Trigiani never fails to tell a great story!"
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    What did you love best about The Shoemaker's Wife?

    Knowing that this is loosely based on her grandparents early lives makes this sotry all the more real.


    Which character ??? as performed by Annabella Sciorra and Adriana Trigiani ??? was your favorite?

    I loved how the nuns' early influence was recalled throughout the character's lives.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Shoemaker's Wife and why?

    All of the characters were solid and yet expansive - ever growing over time.


    Any additional comments?

    I love all of Adriana Trigiani's books - from Lucia, Lucia to Brava, Valentina - I will snap a new one up as soon as I see it published - do not even have to read a synopsis because I know I will enjoy each and every word.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • You're Next

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2647)
    Performance
    (2249)
    Story
    (2236)

    Mike Wingate had a rough childhood  —  he was abandoned at a playground at four years old and raised in foster care. No one ever came to claim him, and he has only a few, fragmented memories of his parents. Now, as an adult, Mike is finally living the life he had always wanted  —  he’s happily married to Annabel, the woman of his dreams; they have a precocious eight-year-old daughter, Kat.

    Janice says: "Edge of my seat."
    "Loved it - frightening realistic!"
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    What did you love best about You're Next?

    Stayed on the edge of my seat througout. Would never have guessed who was after this man or his daughter or why.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Shep - the safe cracker - whose motto of "the only things that matter in life are stamina & loyalty".


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    I think Scott Brick could read me the back of a cereal box and I would stay interested!


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

    A strong case for the fact that life does not necessarily have to "repeat itself"!


    Any additional comments?

    Loved the book. Am going to download more Gregg Hurwitz as soon as I have credits!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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