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Goldsboro, NC, USA

  • 15 reviews
  • 153 ratings
  • 384 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2014

  • Eon: Dragoneye Reborn

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Alison Goodman
    • Narrated By Nancy Wu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Twelve-year-old Eon has been training for years. His intensive study of Dragon Magic, based on Oriental astrology, involves two kinds of skills: sword-work and magical aptitude. He and his master hope that he will be chosen as a Dragoneye - an apprentice to one of the 12 energy dragons of good fortune.

    But Eon has a dangerous secret. He is actually Eona, a 16-year-old girl who has been masquerading as a 12-year-old boy for the chance to become a Dragoneye.

    Levi says: "Fun, intriguing and addicting!"
    "engrossing story"

    I listened to the first chapter of this and liked the story and narrator well enough to download the book. This book was so engrossing that I found myself listening to it when I should have been doing other things, and thinking about the story when I was not listening. I was disappointed to discover that this was not a long series of books; I was looking forward to working my way through it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sufficient Grace

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Darnell Arnoult
    • Narrated By Cynthia Darlow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Gracie Hollaman finally decides to follow the voices in her head. She leaves behind her family for the small African-American town of Rockrun to join Mama Toot and Mattie. Together, the three will learn to shed their pasts to begin life anew.

    Kathy says: "the narrator "made" the book"
    "the narrator "made" the book"

    I enjoyed the book very much, but I think the narrator was perfect for it. Each character had their own voice, and the inflections were so good that I could easily picture the person speaking. I would highly recommend this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
    • Narrated By Paul Baymer, Susan Duerden, Roselyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The best book club you’ve never heard of – but will be eager to join, courtesy of a full cast of true characters. January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb....

    Kent says: "MUCH better than I ever expected! Give it a try!"

    The synopsis of this book does not do it justice, but I cannot think how to change it. Listening to the characters brings everything to life. I could picture the island and smell the salt air, and I felt like I knew these characters so well that I could have easily settled down in Guernsey myself. Definitely worth the five stars in my estimation!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Magician's Guild: The Black Magician Trilogy: Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Trudi Canavan
    • Narrated By Richard Aspel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Sonea is caught up in a confrontation between the hated Guild magicians and the angry youth of the slums. To her dismay, she discovers that she possesses the same powers as the reviled magicians. To avoid capture, she must seek protection from the city's feared underworld, The Thieves. In return, she must use her powers for them, but her magic never seems to do quite what she intends it to.

    Jeremy says: "The book is like a wooden roller coaster..."
    "kept my attention!"

    I hesitated to get this book because of the review about the narrator, but I read Magician's Apprentice (new hardcover) first, like it, and decided to try the audio book. I am enjoying it very much, and the narrator seems fine to me. The harsher voice (described by another reader as a smoker's voice) reminds me somewhat of Jim Dale-though he is in a category by himself!- the book is certainly worth reading, and I intend to get the rest of the series.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    FanB14 says: "Artful Surprise"
    "depressing to me"

    don't know if it was the realistic way the narrator read it, or that I read it so quickly, so became totally absorbed in it; but it was terribly depressing to me (thank goodness it ended well, to my satisfaction). I became very absorbed in the trials of the family, and the unfairness of the situations they found themselves in (trying not to give it all away). I would have to turn it off for hours because of the malaise it dragged me into. well-written, but I didn't laugh as much, and felt very frustrated for the family.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • First Family

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Camp David, USA. A birthday party turns into a nightmare when a child is snatched after the celebrations. The First Lady enlists the services of Sean King and Michelle Maxwell to bring the child home safely. But she and King share a past. Years ago he saved her then senator husband from political disaster. And this may not be all that passed between them. With Michelle still battling her own demons, the two are pushed to the limit, with forces aligned on all sides against them.

    jerry says: "Outstanding as always"
    "ok for long drive, but not my favorite"

    not as good as The Millionaires. My husband and I listened to it on a long drive; it held our attention and the basic story was ok, but there were several glaring errors (someone suddenly running who has a fractured ankle?!). We probably picked up more errors than if we were reading it. kind of a cross between Stuart Woods and Clive Cussler as far as the characters. probably won't buy any more DB any time soon. reader was not bad.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Peony in Love: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Lisa See
    • Narrated By Janet Song
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    For young Peony, betrothed to a suitor she has never met, lyrics from The Peony Pavilion mirror her own longings. In the garden of the Chen Family Villa, amid the scent of ginger, green tea, and jasmine, a small theatrical troupe is performing scenes from this epic opera, a live spectacle few females have ever seen. Like the heroine in the drama, Peony is the cloistered daughter of a wealthy family, trapped like a good-luck cricket in a bamboo-and-lacquer cage.

    L. Swartz says: "Unusual and excellent book"

    This was a strange book; it did not follow the same type format that I expected. There were unexpected twists and turns, and I kept getting irritated with the main character for not doing what I considered to be obvious (in our culture, not in hers). I found I liked it more after I had finished it- it was one of those books that you keep thinking about.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "one of the best sci-fi"

    stumbled across this book years ago and loved it. have introduced several people to it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Diane Setterfield
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

    PA Law says: "Haunting and beautiful tale"
    "nailbiting plot, beautiful writing"

    I listened to this book twice- it was even better the second time. Beautifully crafted descriptions, nail-biting plots, good narration (yes, I disagree with some of the other reviewers!). I picked up some things I missed the first time. A book to buy in hardback, as well. Should be a classic literary book. don't know how she will write a better one, but I hope she keeps writing! One of my favorites. I listened while shopping, driving, and finally gave up trying to do any work that required concentration when I was near the end- I chose work that would allow me to finish listening to the book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Changelings: Twins of Petaybee, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Anne McCaffrey, Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
    • Narrated By Robert Ramirez
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Nebula Award-winning duo Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough add another thrilling chapter to their sweeping Petaybee saga with Changelings. Yana and Sean are beside themselves with joy over the arrival of their twins Ronan and Murel. But the children's shape-changing abilities attract unwanted attention from an off-world scientist. Now Yana and Sean will do anything to protect their precocious youths from danger.

    Cheryl says: "Wonderful"
    "not like Pern books"

    I have read all the Pern books and many others- this book was disappointing in that I was expecting something similar to the other books, but this is more childlike. It read more like a children's book than an adult book, and for all I know, is. It was worth finishing, but just was not as gripping as the dragon books that I love.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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