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Lynda

Austin, TX, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 14 reviews
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  • Sidney Sheldon's Mistress of the Game

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Sidney Sheldon, Tilly Bagshawe
    • Narrated By Karen Ziemba
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (71)

    In a family rife with secrets - murder, hidden identities, perversions - and a depraved sense of honor, the player who wins the game may be the only one who will survive. Full of the late master's trademark elements - remarkable characters, dazzling plotting, and a page-turning narrative style - this sizzling sequel vividly captures the master's voice and irresistible magic.

    P. C..S. says: "I second the "Disaster" comment"
    "Entertaining narrator."
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    Where does Sidney Sheldon's Mistress of the Game rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Non stop listen.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes.
    Family deceiving and so much jealousy.


    Which character – as performed by Karen Ziemba – was your favorite?

    Does amazing accents.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Lindsey finally got married and had a baby.


    Any additional comments?

    HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Harbor

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By John Ajvide Lindqvist
    • Narrated By Julian Rhind-Tutt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (92)

    One ordinary winter afternoon on a snowy island, Anders and Cecilia take their sixyearold daughter Maja across the ice to visit the lighthouse in the middle of the frozen channel. While the couple explore the lighthouse, Maja disappears - either into thin air or under thin ice - leaving not even a footprint in the snow. Two years later, alone and more or less permanently drunk, Anders returns to the island to regroup. He slowly realizes that people are not telling him all they know....

    Jennifer says: "Delightfully Creepy"
    "Disappointed"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from John Ajvide Lindqvist and/or Julian Rhind-Tutt?

    No I wouldn't.


    What could John Ajvide Lindqvist have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Ending was so boring......


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Performance was so so. I listen to better.


    What character would you cut from Harbor?

    No, not really


    Any additional comments?

    Nope

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Color Purple

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Alice Walker
    • Narrated By Alice Walker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1027)
    Performance
    (635)
    Story
    (627)

    Celie is a poor black woman whose letters tell the story of 20 years of her life, beginning at age 14 - when she is being abused and raped by her father and attempting to protect her sister from the same fate - and continuing over the course of her marriage to "Mister", a brutal man who terrorizes her.

    Lauren says: "Good Listen"
    "Watch The Movie, Not Read The Book"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    None of my friends.


    What could Alice Walker have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The movie was so much better than the book. Seems like it should be the other way around.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Don't understand the question...


    What character would you cut from The Color Purple?

    ummmmmmm, no comment.


    Any additional comments?

    Nope!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Until Tuesday

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Luis Carlos Montalvan
    • Narrated By Luis Carlos Montalvan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (703)
    Performance
    (546)
    Story
    (551)

    A highly decorated captain in the U.S. Army, Luis Montalvan never backed down from a challenge during his two tours of duty in Iraq. After returning home, however, the pressures of his physical wounds, traumatic brain injury, and post-traumatic stress disorder began to take their toll. In constant physical pain, he soon found himself unable to climb a simple flight of stairs or face a bus ride to the VA hospital. He drank; he argued; he cut himself off from those he loved. Then Luis met Tuesday, a beautiful and sensitive golden retriever....

    Char says: "Very Good Book"
    "And all ages group read."
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    If you could sum up Until Tuesday in three words, what would they be?

    Education/emotional/involvement


    What other book might you compare Until Tuesday to and why?

    This is the first time I've read a book like this. I would surely like to read more books like this.


    Have you listened to any of Luis Carlos Montalvan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, first time read.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was very emotional the animal lover I am. Tuesday is a one of kind dog.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Still Missing

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Chevy Stevens
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1296)
    Performance
    (677)
    Story
    (687)

    On the day she was abducted, Annie O’Sullivan, a 32-year-old Realtor, had three goals: sell a house, forget about a recent argument with her mother, and be on time for dinner with her ever-patient boyfriend. The open house is slow, but when her last visitor pulls up in a van as she’s about to leave, Annie thinks it just might be her lucky day after all.

    Richard Delman says: "A singular voice; a horrendous story."
    "Scary"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to Still Missing the most enjoyable?

    A real page turner, action, sad, I had a lot of emotions reading this book. I know it's true when people go missing but to actually read what they go through was horrifying. And to have your mother involved with the kidnapping. Yikes!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Still Missing?

    The very end when Annie actually told Christian her babies name was HOPE.


    Which character – as performed by Angela Dawe – was your favorite?

    Annie was of course.


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

    Yes but I couldn't.


    Any additional comments?

    Education on survival skills.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Snow Child

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Eowyn Ivey
    • Narrated By Debra Monk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1259)
    Performance
    (1102)
    Story
    (1087)

    Debut novelist Eowyn ivey’s experience living in the Alaskan wilderness brings a palpable authenticity to The Snow Child. Alaska in the 1920s is a difficult place for Jack and Mabel. Drifting apart, the childless couple discover Faina, a young girl living alone in the wilderness. Soon, Jack and Mabel come to love Faina as their own. But when they learn a surprising truth about the girl, their lives change in profound ways.

    Bonny says: "Magical, realistic and well worth listening to"
    "A great girlie book"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to The Snow Child the most enjoyable?

    So many adventures, hardships and happy times.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Seewana coming into the lives of Jack and Mabel


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Seewana was always able to take care of herself, so knowledgably about the outdoors. Survival skills.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Seewana melted away leaving her husband and son behind.


    Any additional comments?

    Book is a good read for young teens to young adults. However of my age I still enjoyed it very much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13121)
    Performance
    (5562)
    Story
    (5631)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "5 Star Read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Water for Elephants?

    The love Jacob had for Marlena and the circus animals.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jacob.... finally stuck for the circus people and animals.


    Which character – as performed by David LeDoux and John Randolph Jones – was your favorite?

    Both.... they both read 2 thumbs up.


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

    Absolutely!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Undead Sublet: A Free Story from 'The Undead in My Bed'

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    Overall
    (1520)
    Performance
    (1344)
    Story
    (1346)

    In "Undead Sublet" by Molly Harper, executive chef Tess Maitland is banned from her five-star kitchen in Chicago to recover from "exhaustion". Choosing a random rental house in Half-Moon Hollow to spend time in, she's unaware that the house comes with a strange man. Even though Sam Masden's ex-wife has rented the house out from under him, the divorce settlement allows him access to it for another ninety days. With Tess unable to go anywhere else, and Sam unwilling, a war of epic proportions is declared - and romantic sparks and heavy pots fly.

    Taryn says: "Completely awful"
    "Great READ!!!"
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    Would you listen to Undead Sublet: A Free Story from 'The Undead in My Bed' again? Why?

    YES.... Love story/struggles/jealousy rolled up in this book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tess and Steve.
    Acting like school kids with all their little tricks on each other. I loved it... True love there.


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

    No
    Loved her different charter voices.


    If you could rename Undead Sublet: A Free Story from 'The Undead in My Bed', what would you call it?

    Love At First Bump In The Night


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Hours

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2700)
    Performance
    (1229)
    Story
    (1242)

    The legend began in the obscure little town of Pico Mundo. A fry cook named Odd was rumored to have the extraordinary ability to communicate with the dead. Through tragedy and triumph, exhilaration and heartbreak, word of Odd Thomas' gifts filtered far beyond Pico Mundo, attracting unforgettable new friends - and enemies of implacable evil.

    Cynthia says: "Odd Hours-Disappointing"
    "Boring"
    Overall
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I wouldn' recommend to anybody.


    What was most disappointing about Dean Koontz’s story?

    Story line itself. Just very boring.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Didn't have a favorite scene.


    What character would you cut from Odd Hours?

    The story itself.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Thomas

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    Overall
    (4359)
    Performance
    (1834)
    Story
    (1851)

    "The dead don't talk. I don't know why." But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill and rapturously in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, Stormy Llewellyn.

    Denise says: "No Doubting Thomas"
    "Boring"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Odd Thomas better?

    Story line would of been better. Kept jumping around that you lose track on the overall story.


    What could Dean Koontz have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Never written it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Didn't have a favorite scene.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    No emotion showed when I read this book. Just a lot of yawning and rewinding my ipod.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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