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Elf6111

Efland, NC USA | Member Since 2001

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  • The Rescue

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Nicholas Sparks
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (330)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (138)

    When confronted by raging fires or deadly accidents, volunteer fireman Taylor McAden feels compelled to take terrifying risks to save lives. But there is one leap of faith Taylor can't bring himself to make: He can't fall in love...

    Claudine says: "Can't put down story!"
    "Classic Sparks"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about The Rescue? What did you like least?

    The pace of the story is good for a commuting experience. I am from NC so the main reason I elected to listen was that the region is home to me. Characters are likable and you know the outcome will be happy. The book is predictable Nicholas Sparks formula. He has an uncanny love of fires and disasters.


    If you’ve listened to books by Nicholas Sparks before, how does this one compare?

    I have not. Only selected due to location.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He consistently and annoyingly mispronounce the name of the town. You would think he would have had the courtesy to ask.


    Was The Rescue worth the listening time?

    Yes, a feather weight diversion


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Fannie Flagg
    • Narrated By Fannie Flagg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (632)
    Performance
    (570)
    Story
    (568)

    Mrs. Sookie Poole of Point Clear, Alabama, has just married off the last of her daughters and is looking forward to relaxing and perhaps traveling with her husband, Earle. The only thing left to contend with is her mother, the formidable Lenore Simmons Krackenberry. Lenore may be a lot of fun for other people, but is, for the most part, an overbearing presence for her daughter. Then one day, quite by accident, Sookie discovers a secret about her mother's past that knocks her for a loop and suddenly calls into question everything she ever thought she knew about herself, her family, and her future.

    MissSusie66 says: "New favorite!"
    "Fannie is still funny"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion the most enjoyable?

    The humor. Ms. Flagg brings the full Southern flavor the novel and her characters are lovable flaws and all. She does homage to a group of courageous women who made major contributions to the WWII effort and set the stage for women in service to the country. It will leave you laughing and crying.


    What other book might you compare The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion to and why?

    Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Cafe. Same humor. Same strong women. Same heart warming story.


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

    Fannie Flagg's narration. Her accent is genuine, not the usual fake attempt to sound Southern. She loves her characters and that shines through


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Fun from Fannie as expected. I will give this as a gift to my favorite Alabamian for Christmas.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On the Island

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Tracey Garvis Graves
    • Narrated By Heidi Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (417)
    Performance
    (383)
    Story
    (389)

    When 30-year-old English teacher Anna Emerson is offered a job tutoring T.J. Callahan at his family's summer rental in the Maldives, she accepts. T.J. Callahan has no desire to leave town, not that anyone asked him. Anna and T.J. are en route to join T.J.'s family in the Maldives when the pilot of their seaplane suffers a heart attack and crash-lands in the Indian Ocean. Their life jackets keep them afloat until they make it to the shore of an uninhabited island. Now Anna and T.J. just want to survive and they must work together to obtain water, food, fire, and shelter.

    Kim says: "Loved this book!"
    "Leave narrator stranded"
    Overall
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    Story
    What did you like best about On the Island? What did you like least?

    Pleasant distraction.
    Missed opportunity to explore more social themes. Degenerates into a teenage romance novel.


    Has On the Island turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Yes. Annoying voice. Sounded like a 78 rpm replay of a 45 rpm record.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lone Wolf

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Natalia Payne, Louis Changchien, Celeste Ciulla, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1092)
    Performance
    (913)
    Story
    (920)

    In the wild, when a wolf knows its time is over, when it knows it is of no more use to its pack, it may sometimes choose to slip away. Dying apart from its family, it stays proud and true to its nature. Humans aren’t so lucky. Luke Warren has spent his life researching wolves. He has written about them, studied their habits intensively, and even lived with them for extended periods of time.

    Elle in the Great NorthWest says: "Typical Jodi Picoult plot, chik lit but good"
    "Lonely Wolf"
    Overall
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It did fill time during a drive.


    What could Jodi Picoult have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    More depth of the characters. More accuracy re: end of life decisions. Fewer wacko secondary characters.


    Could you see Lone Wolf being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    none. not movie material


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ford County: Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By John Grisham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (381)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (123)

    John Grisham returns to Ford County, Mississippi, the setting of his immensely popular first novel, A Time to Kill. This wholly surprising collection of stories reminds us once again why Grisham is America's favorite storyteller.

    Wendy S. Ohl says: "Good story, hard to listen to"
    "Great stories, Poor narration"
    Overall

    Ford County is a series of well written and provocative stories from the heart of impoverished rural America. The stories are remiscent of "A Painted House" rather than his legal thrillers and that is a real positive as I think is his best genre.

    I would recommend that you buy the book though. John Grisham's reading is monotonous and distracting, no, make that soporific.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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