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Elena

Character, humor, and drama witten with intelligence and heart, from fantasy to non-fiction is what I'm after in a great listen.

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  • We Are Water: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Wally Lamb
    • Narrated By Wally Lamb, George Guidall, Maggi-Meg Reed, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1217)
    Performance
    (1101)
    Story
    (1105)

    After 27 years of marriage and three children, Anna Oh - wife, mother, outsider artist - has fallen in love with Viveca, the wealthy Manhattan art dealer who orchestrated her success. They plan to wed in the Oh family’s hometown of Three Rivers in Connecticut. But the wedding provokes some very mixed reactions and opens a Pandora’s Box of toxic secrets - dark and painful truths that have festered below the surface of the Ohs' lives.

    Suzn F says: "Lamb writes Fine Literature/What a Book!"
    "My Hopes Fulfilled!"
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    I waited patiently for the release of this one, and it did not disappoint. The performances are excellent, the characters complex, and the story simply swept me away. Chock full of heart and human frailty.

    19 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • The Returned: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jason Mott
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (334)
    Performance
    (301)
    Story
    (311)

    Harold and Lucille Hargrave's lives have been both joyful and sorrowful in the decades since their only son, Jacob, died tragically at his eighth birthday party in 1966. In their old age they've settled comfortably into life without him, their wounds healed through the grace of time.... Until one day Jacob mysteriously appears on their doorstep - flesh and blood, their sweet, precocious child, still eight years old. All over the world people's loved ones are returning from beyond.

    FanB14 says: "You'd Want to Return It"
    "I Wanted To Love It..."
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    I really did. The First free short story was inviting. The next two, good. The actual novel though written quite well, fizzled for me. The story bottomed out and left me flat. There were so many places to go, but the author chose to freeze time and not take the story to any daring places. I feel like I already know what was revealed. I feel as though most of us already know it very well, so no new light was shed. No revelations.

    10 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • White Trash Zombie Apocalypse

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Diana Rowland
    • Narrated By Allison McLemore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (995)
    Performance
    (936)
    Story
    (931)

    Our favorite white trash zombie, Angel Crawford, has enough problems of her own, what with dealing with her alcoholic, deadbeat dad, issues with her not-quite boyfriend, the zombie mafia, industrial espionage, and evil corporations. Oh, and it’s raining, and won’t let up. But things get even crazier when a zombie movie starts filming in town, and Angel begins to suspect that it’s not just the plot of the movie that's rotten. Soon she's fighting her way through mud, blood, bullets, and intrigue, even as zombies, both real and fake, prowl the streets.

    Andrea says: "Absolutely loved it!"
    "Humor, Heart And A Real Story!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    The third in the series, "White Trash Zombie Apocalypse" did not disappoint. Angel is a rich character with lots of room for growth in the storyline. The "silly" premise of zombies-hood falls away instantly because all of the characters are firmly grounded in real life. The writing is good, the plot moves forward and I very much look forward to #4.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Shelter

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Susan Palwick
    • Narrated By David Roche
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    The three basic human needs are food, water...and shelter. But in the late 21st century, compassion is a crime. You can get your memories wiped just for trying to help. Papa Preston Walford's world doesn't allow for coincidences. Accidents. Secrets in the backs of closets. Or the needs of his own daughter. Meredith Preston has reason to seek shelter. She needs protection from the monsters in her mind, in her history, in her family. And the great storms of a changing climate have made literal shelter imperative.

    Elena says: "Edit, Edit, Edit!"
    "Edit, Edit, Edit!"
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    Redundant! This book could have been a marvelous read. The premise is quite interesting. However, the author gives us little to ponder because she drives home every possible point with an iron fist! Each motive for every character is dissected and delivered not only once by multiple times. Had I been editor, I would have cut half of the content. Had I been the author, I would have paced the story so the first half did not drag and the last third did not hurry to tie up all of the loose ends. In my opinion, a missed opportunity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Ever After: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3007)
    Performance
    (2734)
    Story
    (2749)

    Number-one New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris has won numerous awards for her Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series, which has been adapted into the hit HBO show True Blood. In this 13th and final book, a murder rocks the town of Bon Temps and Sookie is arrested for the crime. After making bail, she sets out to clear her name - but her investigation only leads to more deaths.

    k says: "Bitter ending? Cleanse your palate."
    "Sookie's Right of Passage"
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    Heavy sigh, the end of the series. But, this last chapter in Sookie Stackhouse's fantastic life, answers our questions and presents Sookie as an older and wiser young woman, comfortable with herself and her disability/talent while maintaining all of her humor and spirit. If you've enjoyed the series, this one is a must listen. Thank you Charlaine Harris for this creative, well written, funny, charming and open-hearted series. Also, kudos to Johanna Parker whose delightful narration completed a most enjoyable experience.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Shine Shine Shine

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Lydia Netzer
    • Narrated By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (89)

    When Maxon met Sunny, he was seven years, four months, and 18 days old. Or, he was 2693 rotations of the Earth old. Maxon was different. Sunny was different. They were different together. Now, 20 years later, they are married, and Sunny wants, more than anything, to be “normal”. She’s got the housewife thing down perfectly, but Maxon, a genius engineer, is on a NASA mission to the moon, programming robots for a new colony. Once they were two outcasts who found unlikely love in each other. But now they’re parents to an autistic son. And Sunny is pregnant again. And her mother is dying in the hospital.

    Slay the Writer says: "A Delightful Surprise"
    "A few stars, cloudy sky"
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    The writing is good, the performance good, the presentation of the story....confusing. The author takes chances here. The characters are fresh and interesting and she takes them almost to a place of satisfaction, then drops off. This is the sort of book that I wish brought home the build up, but it just doesn't. I think it's character heavy while the three main characters= the family, are short changed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Days: The Dresden Files, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5921)
    Performance
    (5508)
    Story
    (5507)

    After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad - because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long.

    Ethan M. says: "Thwarts Every Expectation - In a Good Way"
    "Harry D., Icon"
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    I'm a big fan of every book in the series. Listening to Cold Days is like coming home. Harry, dead or alive, is the model modern man/wizard. He's strong, smart, vulnerable, funny, compassionate and ready to save the underdog and/or the world even without a moment's notice. James Marsters's narration is perfection. The only down side to listening is finishing and waiting for Book 15.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3207)
    Performance
    (2851)
    Story
    (2858)

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Walkabout"
    "Nuanced And Touching"
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    Would you listen to The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry again? Why?

    Yes. The writing and performance captures small details in such an understated way that a second listen would remain a rich experience.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the ordinariness of the characters;feet of clay, with varied perceptions, but with understandable intentions.


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

    The narrator brings a kindness to the tone of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Certainly well worth my credit. I will listen again and recommend this audiobook wholeheartedly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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