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Lilian Santos

Long Island City, NY United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Heaven Is High: A Barbara Holloway Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kate Wilhelm
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (48)

    Barbara Holloway is a low-key attorney in Eugene, Oregon, who left her father’s high-powered firm to handle small legal problems for local residents and ponder her next move. But while trying to sort out her own future, two people, desperate for help, show up on her doorstep: former pro football player Martin Owens and his wife, Binnie. Binnie, who is mute, met her husband when she sneaked aboard his boat while it was docked in Haiti and smuggled herself into the US.

    Zoe says: "Out of sequence"
    "Wonderful series"
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    Would you listen to Heaven Is High again? Why?

    As usual, these books are well written, intelligent and entertaining. Love the series!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Interesting and not silly


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

    Wonderful voice. I have only listened to her in this series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brownies and Broomsticks: A Magical Bakery Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Bailey Cates
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (467)
    Performance
    (411)
    Story
    (414)

    Katie Lightfoot's tired of loafing around as the assistant manager of an Ohio bakery. So when her aunt Lucy and uncle Ben open a bakery in Savannah's quaint downtown district and ask Katie to join them, she enthusiastically agrees. While working at the Honeybee Bakery - named after Lucy's cat - Katie notices that her aunt is adding mysterious herbs to her recipes. Turns out these herbal enhancements aren't just tasty - Aunt Lucy is a witch and her recipes are actually spells!

    Kathryn says: "A Little Mystery with your Magic"
    "Light and funny"
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    Although the subject of witches may seem silly, the book is light but not silly. Great as a respite between serious books!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    Overall
    (9304)
    Performance
    (8527)
    Story
    (8536)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Unexpected Gem"
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    Although I had read very good reviews I thought it might be boring but I found it fascinating. Very well written and goes to very unexpected routes. All the time, being fascinating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Emily and Einstein: A Novel of Second Chances

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Linda Francis Lee
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller, Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (505)
    Performance
    (434)
    Story
    (437)

    He was a man who didn’t deserve a second chance... but he needed one. Emily and her husband, Sandy Portman, seemed to live a gracious if busy life in an old-world, Upper West Side apartment in the famous Dakota building. But one night on the way to meet Emily, Sandy dies in a tragic accident. The funeral isn't even over before Emily learns she is on the verge of being evicted from their apartment. But worse than the possibility of losing her home, Emily is stunned when she discovers that her marriage was made up of lies.

    Allison says: "Well-written, kept my attention"
    "Loved this book"
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    It is the story of a man/husband who dies and lives in the body of a dog (Einstein). It is sweet and adorable but interesting. It shows you also a bit of the publishing world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cold, Cold Ground

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1359)
    Performance
    (1176)
    Story
    (1171)

    Adrian McKinty was born in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. He studied politics and philosophy at Oxford before moving to America in the early 1990s. Living first in Harlem, he found employment as a construction worker, barman, and bookstore clerk. In 2000 he moved to Denver to become a high school English teacher and it was there that he began writing fiction.

    Alan says: "What a stunning book"
    "Wonderful surprise!!"
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    This book was a total surprise. The subject is historically interesting (new perspective). I can't wait to read the rest of the books of the series. It is interesting as a police mystery, add a bit of romance and you have a wonderful book. The narrator is wonderful, gets the accents just right.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cross-Country Quilters

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jennifer Chiaverini
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (105)

    In this entry from the popular series, five women meet at quilt camp and embark upon a project together. Over the next year, each woman must tackle a personal difficulty before adding her segment to their shared quilt. Despite the challenges they face, the women draw strength from their newfound sisterhood.

    Wendy says: "Thank you Jennifer"
    "Nice but not as good as the first books but..."
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    I'll still try the next book because I love the combination of life stories plus quilting tidbits. It is the first book of the series that did not "grab" me. But I will still read the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unlucky 13: Women's Murder Club

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (787)
    Performance
    (690)
    Story
    (691)

    The Women's Murder Club is stalked by a killer with nothing to lose. San Francisco Detective Lindsay Boxer is loving her life as a new mother. With an attentive husband, a job she loves, plus best friends who can talk about anything from sex to murder, things couldn't be better. Then the FBI sends Lindsay a photo of a killer from her past, and her happy world is shattered. The picture captures a beautiful woman at a stoplight. But all Lindsay sees is the psychopath behind those seductive eyes.

    Jennifer Bailey says: "Pointless Waste Of Time"
    "Written in a rush"
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    I love this series but this last book was written to get to a deadline on time and you could feel it all through the book. Disappointed...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Public Speaking Superstar: Overcome Stage Fright, Develop Compelling Stories and Riveting Presentations

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Dianna Booher, Les Brown, Patricia Fripp, and others
    • Narrated By Dianna Booher, Les Brown, Patricia Fripp, and others
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    Even though public speaking is the most common of all fears, it doesn’t have to be a roadblock on the path to your success. Whether you’re speaking to five or five hundred, you can learn to do it with confidence and charisma. The best advice from some of the world’s most inspiring speakers is gathered right here. These powerful tips and techniques will help you develop winning material, mentally prepare for your presentation, and communicate a powerful message.

    bethann says: "like it? not so much"
    "Unever"
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    It was missing a clear list of who is speaking when. And then there are some "classes" that are fabulous such as Patricia Fripp and others but it is difficult to know who is speaking. Chris Widener is also good. I think it was still worth listening since you could learn something with each person.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter: Dixie Hemingway Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Blaize Clement
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
    Overall
    (389)
    Performance
    (301)
    Story
    (300)

    Dixie Hemingway is a pet sitter for some of Florida's most pampered pets. But when she happens upon a man drowned in a cat's water bowl, Dixie's sleuthing powers from her time as a deputy sheriff return full-force. And as more bodies keep turning up, she'd better find out whodunit.

    A Wicked Old Lady from Boston says: "Incredible"
    "Light but interesting, well written, entertaining"
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    I am so glad to have found another series that is just what I look for when listening to books. Entertainment with some mystery but not gruesome and always a bit of humour without being silly. I am looking forward to the next books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Quilter's Apprentice: Elm Creek Quilts, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jennifer Chiaverini
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (241)

    An engaging tale full of warmth and wisdom, The Quilter’s Apprentice is the first novel in best-selling author Jennifer Chiaverini’s Elm Creek Quilts series. Sarah McClure takes a job helping elderly Sylvia Compson prepare her family estate for sale. Sylvia, a master quilter, agrees to share the tricks of the trade with Sarah. As the two women grow close, Sylvia shares her family’s tragic past, compelling Sarah to look at her own life more closely.

    jenny says: "I'm hooked!"
    "Loved it!!!"
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    It is a well written, lovely book! Enjoyed immensely! I highly recommend it to anyone who loves books and quilting!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What's a Ghoul to Do?: A Ghost Hunter Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Victoria Laurie
    • Narrated By Eileen Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (482)
    Performance
    (356)
    Story
    (354)

    M.J., her partner Gilley, and their client, the wealthy, de-lish Dr. Steven Sable, are at his family's lodge, where his grandfather allegedly jumped to his death from the roof-although Sable says it was foul play. But the patriarch's isn't the only ghost around. The place is lousy with souls, all with something to get off their ghoulish chests. Now M.J. will have to quell the clamor-and listen for a voice with the answers...

    Martha says: "How A Narrator Can Ruin A Story 101"
    "Not as good as Sophie Katz' series"
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    I loved her other series, this was definitely not in the same league. It was difficult to finish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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