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  • 35 reviews
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  • 109 titles in library
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  • Jane Eyre [RNIB Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Charlotte Bronte
    • Narrated By Lucy Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (381)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (169)

    Jane Eyre remains a classic of 19th-century English literature and is the most famous and influential novel by Charlotte Bronte. Published in 1847, one of the most popular of all English novels, the story tells of the rise of a poor orphan girl against overwhelming odds. It is a work of fiction with memorable characters and vivid scenes exploring themes that have as much relevance today as in the time it was written.

    Tad Davis says: "Magnificent"
    "A pretty good listen"
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    I enjoyed the book, and will probably listen to it again. The narrator was great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Poison Study

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Maria V. Snyder
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2187)
    Performance
    (935)
    Story
    (941)

    About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace, and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia. And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster.

    A says: "Fantasy, with a touch of romance."
    "A good plot that kept me interested 'til the end."
    Overall
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    I'm thinking about moving on to book 2 at some point, because I want to know how the love affair turns out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Mary Baker Eddy
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (28)

    The demand for the healing message in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures is growing worldwide. People are asking for a more spiritual understanding of health, for a better basis for lasting relationships, and for the confidence that comes from finding a greater purpose to existence. Now, as they have for the past one hundred twenty-five years, readers are finding that Science and Health enriches their lives.

    Lani says: "Healing"
    "Loved it then, love it now, love it always."
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    This book is a sheer classic for mystical, cerebral types that can appreciate profound ideas!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades Darker: Book Two of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8883)
    Performance
    (7716)
    Story
    (7730)

    Daunted by the singular tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house. But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist.

    Tracy L says: "I CAN'T LISTEN ANY LONGER! I'M BUYING THE BOOK."
    "The sex over-shadows any possible character depth!"
    Overall
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Lighten-up a little on the sex, because after book 1 I'm longing to 'get inside of Christian's head'. Yeah, Christian alludes to some of his problems, but after finishing book 2, the man remains an enigma. By the middle of book 2, I began to fast-foward through the sex, because 'the thrill was gone' after book1 and the first 5 chapters of book 2.


    Would you recommend Fifty Shades Darker to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, but with a disclaimer that the story seems to promise a lot that just isn't delivered in the end. It's very unlikely that I'll move on to book 3.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I'm unsure.


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

    Yes, especially if the movie found a way to add depth to Christian.


    0 of 0 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
    (15332)
    Performance
    (12656)
    Story
    (13297)

    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"
    "A good plot with god sex, but no character depth!"
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    The story promises a good start to what might be a promising series, and the sexual plot is definitely good - and the book was enough that I purchased book 2 in the series, but I walked away without much knowledge about Christian Grey. It's worth a credit and your ear.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Echo in the Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Francine Rivers
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (748)
    Performance
    (465)
    Story
    (475)

    As a Roman trader grieves over a lost slave woman, he begins to learn about the faith that gave her enough strength to face death.

    Susan says: "Very well done!"
    "A great sequel!"
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    Enjoyed this sequel very much! The characters were interesting and engaging; and although the storyline contained thrilling romantic threads, a little graphic sex would have added some very necessary 'flesh' to this wonderful christian novel.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • As Sure as the Dawn: The Mark of the Lion, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Francine Rivers
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (516)
    Performance
    (335)
    Story
    (344)

    Atretes, a German barbarian who has won his freedom in the Roman arena, finds his life changed forever by an encounter with a young Christian woman. Atretes vows to move heaven and earth to find his son--the baby he thought was dead, and take him back to Germany. Only one thing stands in his way: Rizpah, the Christian widow who has cared for the child since his birth.

    David says: "Why only the third book available?"
    "Well worth the time & credit!!"
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    This book conveyed a smooth transition from "A Voice in the Wind", and I choose this book because I wanted to re-visit the character Atretes; and the story-line kept me engaged throughout the entire reading. Of course the narration was WONDERFUL, and the narrator remained consistent with my recollection of the previous book (A Voice in the Wind). I'm somewhat disappointed that the author didn't provide a more graphic depiction of Atretes sexual exploits with the servant girl, and especially Rizpah; because it would have furthered 'colored' the possible depths of his barbarism. And the mounting sexual tension between Atretes and Rizpah, could only have been properly relieved with a detailed account of their wedding night and it's consummation; and, I needed confirmation of the emotional bond between Atretes and Rizpah that only DETAILS could provide.

    Otherwise.....loved it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6377)
    Performance
    (5669)
    Story
    (5665)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "The Story is INTRIGUING, the narration is SUPERB!!"
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    There more to this story than the 1st read may render, because a deeper meaning constantly tugged at me, as the characters & storyline walked a metaphysical tightrope. I plan on reading this again, to grasp the deeper meaning, because there is one! This book was DESTINED for narration by Jim Dale. The narrator transported me to the Victorian era and kept me UP ALL NIGHT, because I couldn't put it down. After a second read, I may change this to a 5-star rating, but as it stands - it's a 4.5 in my book!

    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
    (16430)
    Performance
    (10701)
    Story
    (10582)

    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....

    Sara says: "The Time Travel VS Romance Quandary"
    "A bit long-winded, but I enjoyed it!"
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    This story-line was as irresistable as a soap opera, and it balanced a careful mix of sex, violence, politics and time travel. If it weren't so long, I'd give it another listen.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Tess of the D'Urbervilles

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated By Peter Firth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (92)

    When John Durbeyfield discovers a family connection to the ancient Norman family, the D'Urbervilles, the fate of daughter Tess is transformed. Sent by her ambitious parents to visit her wealthy D'Urberville cousins, Tess attracts the attention of the unscrupulous Alec. Seduced and discarded by him and alone in the world, she finds work as a milkmaid, and the love of Angel Clare. Yet his love cannot accept the truth about Tess's past.

    Claire says: "Peter Firth gets this book"
    "I didn't get bored"
    Overall

    I didn't get bored. It was a good listen....good narrator. Too bad the story couldn't have continued with Angel Claire relationship with Tess' younger sister...that might have been a juicy tale.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful

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