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Eileen

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  • The Snow Angel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Glenn Beck
    • Narrated By January LaVoy, Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (145)

    Rachel Price’s one happy memory from her childhood is of playing outside with her father, Mitch, on a cold and snowy day. In that moment he took her hands in his and called her his angel. She felt safe, loved, and protected. Rachel’s mother dies in a car crash a few years later - a sudden and unresolved ending to a complicated relationship. Mitch’s reaction to certain realities surrounding the death pushes Rachel away and confirms her fear that Mitch never truly loved her at all. Years later, Rachel’s daughter, Lily, is the only light in her dark life.

    Carolyn says: "Story of a life of abuse."
    "Awesome Book"
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    Where does The Snow Angel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the books that I have purchased, it is at the top of the stack. I have read many books over the years and this one was one of the best. It was simple and not complicated. It was smooth. It showed abuse, neglect, and love all in the same book. The story of Sara's (the mother), daughter shows a great love towards her mother. It is impressive. If you are in the mood for a change and want something that is not heavy then purchase this book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked it best when the book showed re-uniting with unconditional love. I'd love to say a whole lot here but it would spoil the book for other readers. It showed me that a good marriage allows you freedom and a abusive marriage chokes the life out of you. This is just what I got out of the book. You will find something just for you when you listen to the story for yourself.


    Have you listened to any of January LaVoy and Ron McLarty ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I would listen to any books that January LaVoy or Ron McLarty narrated. The narrators of this book may have told a story but you never felt like they were reading to you. They were smooth, animated and both of their voices were pleasant. They drew you into the story.


    If you could rename The Snow Angel, what would you call it?

    If I had my choice to rename the book I would stick with the original name of the book, "The Snow Angel." The name of the book picks out a precious moment in Sara's life and shares it with its readers.


    Any additional comments?

    If you choose to read this book, you will have anger in your heart at times, and at other times you will drop a tear. In my opinion it is worth the money and most of all it is worth your time. It was definitely worth my time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Friday's Child

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Eve Matheson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (267)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (177)

    This story of mistaken love is a romantic fiction set in the English Regency period. It centers on Lord Sheringham who has been rejected by the woman he loves but the woman who has secretly loved him since childhood is waiting.

    jaspersu says: "This is a good one from Heyer"
    "Excellent Story"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would recommend this book to anyone. It keeps your interest and the main characters are interesting.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Friday's Child?

    The marriage of the couple was good but the most memorable moment was the closing scene which I can't share with you because it would make the ending known and no one wants that.


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

    This was my first listening to Eve Matheson's books but I will read all of her books if it compares to this book.


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

    No extreme reactions to the book, just sadness at one part and listened intently at the rest of the book. I didn't want to lay it down which I had to do at one point to go to bed. I hated having to listening in two parts because it was so interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like books that will keep you listening no matter what is going on then this romance is for you. It is a different type of romance where you don't know if they will get together or not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Penny: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Joyce Meyer, Deborah Bedford
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Jenny Blake has a theory about life: big decisions often don't amount to much, but little decisions sometimes transform everything. Her theory proves true the summer she's 14, when she makes the decision to pick up a penny embedded in asphalt and consequently ends up stopping a robbery, getting a job, and meeting someone who changes her life forever: Miss Shaw.

    Debbie says: "Absoultly wonderful"
    "Great Book"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Penny to be better than the print version?

    I always consider the audio edition to be better than reading the book instead. What is better than someone reading a story to you. Were all kids at heart.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The woman that wore the white gloves all of the time. It has been a little while so I have forgotten her name but she was my favorite character. She was deep, poised and had class. I loved hearing about her patience. She was unique. People dis-liked her because she was distant. But she was distant for a reason. I loved how things turned out for her. I thought it was wonderful how she was used to help this abused family and get them all out of the apartment that they were living in to get away from an abusive husband and father. She was a part of the whole book from beginning to end and she always wore her white gloves. She also always had patience for the 14 year old girl that worked for her in her store. No matter how the 14 year old girl acted up she just kept loving her.


    Which character – as performed by Emily Janice Card – was your favorite?

    I just answered that above.


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

    Yes I did but I was not able to do that because of my life. I did however listen to it in two settings. The last half of the book was better than the first half of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    It was fun to hear how picking up a penny changed a young girls life and eventually a whole family's life. The young girl that picks up the penny in this book is memorable. She has a difficult life with child abuse to deal with and the penny starts a chain of events that eventually leads to the ending of child abuse. It eventually leads her to a whole new life. The woman that wore the white gloves also made a huge difference in her life. The young girl was so happy about what the penny did for her that when someone was feeling low or out on their luck she gave them a penny. To add to the story the book has her family as characters and her best friend and her best friends family as characters. They all add to the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winter's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Mark Helprin
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (619)
    Performance
    (435)
    Story
    (444)

    One night, Peter Lake - orphan, master-mechanic, and master second-story man - attempts to rob a fortress-like mansion on the Upper West Side. Though he thinks the house is empty, the daughter of the house is home. Thus begins the affair between the middle-aged Irish burglar and Beverly Penn, a young girl who is dying. Because of a love that at first he cannot fully understand, Peter, a simple and uneducated man, will be driven "to stop time and bring back the dead".

    David says: "Great book and narrator - bad technical glitch"
    "It was OK"
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    What did you like best about Winter's Tale? What did you like least?

    The first 6-hours of this book was about Thieves and their lives. It was a little long winded for me. I also thought that the 1st romance of the book began in an unreal way. I found my self saying, "aw, come on." This Thief enters the home of a very rich family in NY. He is trying to crack the safe and makes a noise. The only person at home is the 18 year old daughter who is dying. See sees the Thief and holds out her arms to him saying, "OK, if your all there is come on." He is twice her age. They go upstairs where he talks to her for two hours and then they "make love." I thought yea that's going to happen.


    More to my unbelief, they fall in love, her family knowing that he is a thief, accepts him with open arms and they all become one happy family until she dies. It takes 6-hours for this couple to meet and at around the 9th hour of the book this romance is over. She is dead. You know how she is going to die but no details of how her death situation took place. Remember, the book is named "Winter's Tale." Her death didn't happen in the winter. It happened in the Spring. Also, remember this is a 27 hour reading of the book so you find your self wondering where the book is going to go from here now that she is dead?


    The young woman, the Thief and everyone in the family falls out of the book. Your left wondering about details and the book is now onto introducing new characters to the book. It is winter again but some how you go through the late 1800's to the early 1930's and all of a sudden you are in 1995. I found my self asking did I miss something here?


    Also, A part of the book that I found un-tasteful was in part one of the book when the Thieves gave the 12 year old boy a girl to sleep with and he looses his virginity. Then, the same boy at the age of 12 meets a couple of lesbians girls. He doesn't know they are lesbians but finds out one night. He finds out when he enters the sleeping place and the girls were having sex together. They let him in to become "satisfied" also, as the book states. It didn't linger on the subject but I found it extremely un-necessary for the book or for any part of the books success. I didn't sign up to listen to a story about a 12 year old's sex life. This 12 year old boy is the same Thief that grows up to have a romance with the dying girl. The second romance is a little better and I enjoyed it a little more because it had a taste of realism.


    The book goes into great details about Characters that will only be in the book once or for very short periods. Waaaaaay to much detail for my liking. I also found my self lost a few times while listening to the story. This could just be me because others gave this book 5-stars. I just couldn't do that.


    I bought this book because I like long books. I feel that I get more of my money's worth that way. On this book, I do wish that they ended the book after the 1st romance ended and just started another book. The book didn't flow for me. It jumped around and was not a smooth story to take in.


    I want to say a lot of other things here about the book but I am afraid to give the book away and spoil it for those that choose to purchase the book.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Mark Helprin? Why or why not?

    No I would not read another book from Mark Helprin. I didn't like his writing style or his attention to detail to the point of killing the subject.


    Which character – as performed by Oliver Wyman – was your favorite?

    I did like the Character of Virginia. I liked her mother also. They seemed more like real people.


    Could you see Winter's Tale being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I thought they were making it into a movie. Maybe I would do a lot better with the TV version of the book because they would leave out the over kill of details which this book gave to its readers.


    Any additional comments?

    The Narration of this book was excellent. I would listen to this Narrator in any book that he narrated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nowhere is a Place

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Bernice McFadden
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (161)

    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"
    "I didn't care for the book."
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    What would have made Nowhere is a Place better?

    The story was just not for me at all. I got to 4-hours and quit the book. I don't know how much further I had to listen on the book but I got as far as I could go. I would have stop listening to the book earlier but I hated to waste my money. There were stories within the main story. I just got going really good on the main story and the main character decides that she wants to write a book so she asked her mother to tell her a story from the family. The next thing that I know I find my self in an American Indian story and it wasn't short. After a while you find your self on the main story and her mother said she'd tell her other stories for her book later on. I wanted to listen to one story and not to something from the 1800's then back to the 2000's. I was then left up in the air about both stories now. When she said she would tell her other stories I clicked off the iPod. I didn't like the main story enough to put up with this back and forth. The main story didn't do a whole lot for me. The other story also didn't do a whole lot for me.


    Has Nowhere is a Place turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I decided after this book that I was going to pay close attention in the future to any book that I purchase. I didn't pay much for this book but what I did spend for this book could have been placed with other money to buy a better book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can't think of one that I really liked.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Bordom


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator of this book was very good even though I didn't like the book. I would recommend this narrator to anyone.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Miracles and Massacres: True and Untold Stories of the Making of America

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Glenn Beck
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Glenn Beck
    Overall
    (499)
    Performance
    (453)
    Story
    (460)

    History is about so much more than memorizing facts. It is, as more than half of the word suggests, about the story. And, told in the right way, it is the greatest one ever written: Good and evil, triumph and tragedy, despicable acts of barbarism and courageous acts of heroism.The things you've never learned about our past will shock you. For example, the reason why gun control is so important to government elites can be found in a story about Athens. Not the city in ancient Greece, but the one in 1946 Tennessee.

    Donaldo says: "Eye Opening"
    "Great Book"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Miracles and Massacres to be better than the print version?

    I never read the print version but I always prefer audible to reading the book if at all possible. I am reading a 700 page book right now and I wish that was on audible but it is not.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Well there is more than one story. As the book states in it's title, "Miracles and Massacres." There were stories from the civil war to other stories about battles and massacres. If you are a history buff you will love the stories. The different stories were fascinating. I especially found myself caught up in one Indian Massacre. It was an extremely sad story about how the American Army massacred a Village of Indians and lied about the story to make the Army look good. I even found myself becoming angry during the story. This was a good book and I have much respect for Glen Beck just for writing it.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I did not like the narrator at all. I got used to him towards the end of the book but his reading of the Civil War, and the parts that Massachusetts played in the war, was flat out hard to listen to. I feel that I even missed parts of the book because I was fussing in my mind about how I was going to listen to the whole book with this narrator. This could just be me though. I'd hate for people not to buy this great book because I didn't like the narrator. It's a good book.


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

    No it was too long to listen to in one sitting. I listened in two parts. However, I prefer the longer books than the shorter books. I find my self looking for the longer books.


    Any additional comments?

    Glen Beck really knew his stuff. I love history, and I grew up in Massachusetts, so I loved hearing about that states part in the Civil War. I knew a lot about the civil war but I didn't know about some of the battles fought in Massachusetts. This book is a good teacher on different battles of any war that it discussed. Glen Beck must have researched a lot before publishing this book. I wonder where he got his information on one Indian massacre because it was a good story. This is a great book with interesting stories. If the book was read with another narrator it would be one awesome book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Christmas Sweater

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Glenn Beck
    • Narrated By Glenn Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (414)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (114)

    When Eddie was 12 years old, all he wanted for Christmas was a bike. Although his life had gotten harder - and money tighter - since his father died and the family bakery closed...Eddie dreamed that somehow his mother would find a way to have his dream bike gleaming beside their modest Christmas tree that magical morning. What he got from her instead was a sweater. "A stupid, handmade, ugly sweater" that young Eddie left in a crumpled ball in the corner of his room.

    A User says: "Very Rewarding Listen"
    "Great Book"
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    If you could sum up The Christmas Sweater in three words, what would they be?

    Easy listening, enjoyable book, surprise ending. Glen Beck (the reader) was very easy to listen to and the story flowed with him reading the book. The book starts out with a sad beginning which causes the boys rebellion through out the book. Even though the boy is filled with rebellion you have sympathy for him because he is causing himself so much emotional harm. You understand the boy. The book did flow and there is one extremely happy part to the book that makes you want to cry tears of joy. The book is a good read.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The book was all about Ed a 13 year old boy with adults surrounding him. Ed or Eddie was my favorite character.


    What about Glenn Beck’s performance did you like?

    He is an awesome reader as well as an awesome writer.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (8998)
    Performance
    (7086)
    Story
    (7123)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Amazon Customer says: "Word Thief"
    "Good Book"
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    What did you love best about The Book Thief?

    The man that was reading the book was very good and very animated. He really made the book come alive. The book was very good. The story line flowed. There were happy parts and some parts that made you want to cry because they were so sad. The reader really drew you in. The part that I didn't like about the book was the cussing. There was a lot of cussing. I am a Christian and they took the Lords name in vein a lot. I had a hard time with that because we are not warned any place that there would be all of that cussing and disrespect to the Lord. Other than that the story line was extremely good.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the book from start to finish. Not just one special part.


    If you could take any character from The Book Thief out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Lesle because she had such a difficult life.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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