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Denise

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  • Shades of Honor (Grayson Brothers, Book 1)

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Wendy Lindstrom
    • Narrated By Julia Motyka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (201)

    Prepare to fall in love with the Grayson brothers in Shades of Honor, the first novel in the best-selling series by award-winning author Wendy Lindstrom. Haunted by a gruesome war and his own dark secrets, former Union soldier Radford Grayson returns home, seeking a loving reunion with his brothers and a place where he and his young daughter can make a home. Desperate for peace, Radford is ambushed by his unexpected and forbidden love for Evelyn - his brother's fiancée.

    Deborah says: "Embers grow into a Magnificent Love !!!"
    "Radford....is he honorable?"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    The inner struggle that Radford has to deal with....ptsd, and the attraction to someone's fiancé...


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    A good read, the author keep me on a see-saw....do I want him to get the girl...or...should he pack up his daughter and move away. Is the attraction he feels more important that the love of his brother?


    Will AUDIBLE be brining the rest of the series to us?

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Collector

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2844)
    Performance
    (2536)
    Story
    (2553)

    From #1 New York Times-best-selling author Nora Roberts comes a novel of a woman who needs nothing, a man who sees everything, and the web of deceit, greed, and danger that brings them together - and that could tear them apart… As a professional house-sitter and freelance writer, nothing ties Lila Emerson down - not her work, not a home, and definitely not a relationship. She spends her life moving from one job to the next, sometimes crashing at a friend 's Manhattan apartment. And though she can appreciate her clients ' extraordinary homes, their expensive collections, and their adorable pets, Lila has never longed for possessions of her own. Everything she has, including her heart, is portable.

    Joan says: "Good author and good narrator"
    "A heartless Bitch!"
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    Where does The Collector rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Good story…romance, history, murder & lovable pets…this story held my attention.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The beautiful asian women, Jai. A heartless and ruthless b. She keeps you wondering where is she going to show up next.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Wounded Heart: The Amish Quilt Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Adina Senft
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    A widow with two small children, Amelia Beiler is struggling to make ends meet. She is running her late husband’s business, but it’s not what she was raised to do, which is run a home. When she gets an offer for the business from Eli Fischer, she’s only too relieved to consider it—especially when it looks like Eli’s interest might include more than just the shop. But when she begins to experience strange physical symptoms and is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, it’s difficult not to question God’s will.

    Susan Fryman says: "The Wounded Heart"
    "The Wounded Heart"
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    Would you listen to The Wounded Heart again? Why?

    Spiritually uplifting. I find that listening to the stories of the Amish not only an enjoyable way to spend a few hours with a good story, but thought provoking also. Something I feel that is needed in my busy life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moloka’i

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Alan Brennert
    • Narrated By Anne Noelani Miyamoto
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (812)
    Performance
    (623)
    Story
    (621)

    The powerful debut novel from Alan Brennert, Moloka’i tells the story of Rachel Kalama, a seven-year-old Hawaiian girl who contracts leprosy and is quarantined on the island of Moloka’i during the 1890s. Separated from her family and forced to grow up in the leper colony of Kalaupapa, Rachel experiences intense isolation. But she remains strong, finding moments of joy, and even love. Rich in Hawaiian history, this novel proves itself a stellar piece of historical fiction.

    Blaine says: "Unexpected Jewel"
    "Amazing story, well told!"
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    Where does Moloka’i rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    top 10


    What about Anne Noelani Miyamoto’s performance did you like?

    Listening to Anne read I could feel and hear the islands in her voice and inflection. Having someone that speaks the Hawaiian language made all the difference.


    Any additional comments?

    I think Moloka'i is a wonderful story of survival. Although I felt it was depressing in the beginning, the pulling apart of families, and the bigotry, I can in some ways understand the fear of the community when you don't understand the disease. I came away inspired by the thousands of people that choose to make the best they could out of a horrible situation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19710)
    Performance
    (13742)
    Story
    (13636)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Jamie Fraser....I'd travel back to meet him!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Outlander?

    Amazing story telling...adventure, history, romance & time travel all rolled into one exceptional story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Outlander?

    When Clarie and Jamie travel to the rocks to send Clair back to her own time, and she changes her mind to stay with Jamie


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

    I love the sound of the voices in my head...It brings the characters to life.


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

    I sometimes laughed, especially when Claire would say things that made no sense to anyone she was speaking to because of the barrier between times.


    Any additional comments?

    I read the series and loved it, listening to it know brings it all back, and I find that I had forgotten some things...I can't wait to listen to the rest.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17223)
    Performance
    (14332)
    Story
    (14953)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "IF I WAS 30 YEARS YOUNGER!!!"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    The fantasy, taking me to a place I would never have gone sexually...I liked too, that it was erotic, with out getting into real s & m...that I could not have endured.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The development of the relationship


    What about Becca Battoe???s performance did you like?

    I thought the performance was well done.


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

    It made me dream!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait to get the next one~

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Celebrity in Death: In Death, Book 34

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1785)
    Performance
    (1555)
    Story
    (1545)

    Her career in homicide has taken her into the darkest depths of New York City’s underground - and sometimes Lieutenant Eve Dallas feels more comfortable in those kinds of places than in the high-rise, high-society world of her billionaire husband, Roarke. But while she’s no party girl, she’s managing to have a reasonably good time at the celebrity-packed bash celebrating the debut of The Icove Agenda. This time it’s Eve, not Roarke, who’s a guest of honor, since the film is based on one of her famous cases. Her partner, Peabody, is practically giddy....

    Amy Huber says: "Susan Ericksen is amazing!"
    "Not up to par"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, I recommend the In Death series all the time.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I'm not sure, but I just feel that this story fell flat in comparassion to the previous books.


    Do you think Celebrity in Death needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Absoutly! I love following the back story lines of each of the characters...the way their stories develop over time. This is the series I look forward to most of all that I read.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Holiday Classics by O. Henry

    • UNABRIDGED (51 mins)
    • By O. Henry
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Oliver Wyman, Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (3731)
    Performance
    (1224)
    Story
    (1232)

    When it comes to the holidays, no story brings us back to the true spirit of giving like O. Henry’s classic "The Gift of the Magi". So this year we’ve asked some of your favorite Audible narrators—Audie Award winners Katherine Kellgren, Oliver Wyman, and Jonathan Davis—to bring to life this timeless tale, plus two more of O. Henry’s gems: "The Cop and the Anthem" and "The Last Leaf", in this holiday collection.

    Sherry says: "Thank You"
    "Merry Christmas to you too!"
    Overall

    Thank you to Audible. How nice to receive a gift from you! I look forward to listening to one story each of the three night before Christmas with my husband. Thank you for giving me what I hope will be a new Christmas tradition. Merry Christmas!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Search

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3196)
    Performance
    (1900)
    Story
    (1911)

    To most people, Fiona Bristow seems to have an idyllic life — a quaint house on an island off Seattle’s coast, a thriving dog-training school, and a challenging volunteer job performing canine search and rescue. Not to mention her three intensely loyal Labs. But Fiona got to this point by surviving a nightmare.

    amyjh98 says: "Not very exciting"
    "FUN"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book, though it was fun...
    I love dogs, and I very much enjoyed the inneraction between the main characters. Not your usual love story. I laughed out loud with is always a plus for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Simply Unforgettable: Simply Series #1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Mary Balogh
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    Overall
    (268)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (77)

    With this, the first in a dazzling new quartet of novels, best-selling author Mary Balogh invites us into a special world, a select academy for young ladies, a world of innocence and temptation. Drawing us into the lives of four women, teachers at Miss Martin's School for Girls, Balogh introduces this novel's marvelous heroine: music teacher Frances Allard...and the man who seduces her with a passion no woman could possibly forget.

    Irisandu2 says: "Pleasant Escape"
    "Great Fun"
    Overall

    I loved this book. I enjoy historical romances and when they make me laugh and cry both they rate very high on my list. I look forward to the next addition to this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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