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Melinda Citron

Agoura Hills, CA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 16 reviews
  • 44 ratings
  • 92 titles in library
  • 7 purchased in 2015
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  • Porch Lights

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Dorothea Benton Frank
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (125)

    When Jimmy McMullen, a fireman, is killed in the line of duty, his wife, Jackie, and ten-year-old son, Charlie, are devastated. Charlie idolized his dad, and now the outgoing boy has become quiet and reserved. Trusting in the healing power of family, Jackie decides to return to her childhood home on Sullivan's Island. Awaiting them is Annie Britt, the matriarch who has kept the porch lights on to welcome them. Thrilled to have her family back again, Annie promises to make their visit perfect - even though relations between mother and daughter have never been smooth.

    lucy says: "Another WINNER!!!!!!!!!!!"
    "Enjoyed it"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Porch Lights to be better than the print version?

    Yes, great narration with a great southern accent


    Which character – as performed by Robin Miles – was your favorite?

    The mother- glam-ma


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    History lesson, importance of family in rough times, learning to trust again


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mistletoe Promise

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Richard Paul Evans
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (86)

    A new holiday story from the best-selling master of the Christmas novel. It isn’t Christmas without a Richard Paul Evans novel. Ever since he wrote the book that inspired the genre, The Christmas Box, his best-selling holiday stories have become a beloved literary tradition.

    Sue says: "Great escape book"
    "Cute holiday romance"
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    Any additional comments?

    Sweet holiday romance, leaving the past in the past and finding love when you didn't expect it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Atossa Leoni
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (38)

    Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

    Jeanie says: "Truly a literary work"
    "Really Good"
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    If you could sum up A Thousand Splendid Suns in three words, what would they be?

    Afghanistan, turmoil and women


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Thousand Splendid Suns?

    One of best books I have ever read. It is all memorable a book that makes you think and stays with you for a long time.


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

    Atossa enunciation of the afghan language and she is excellent narrator makes you feel like you are there with the characters.


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

    The moment the women became friends and that friendship and understanding touched me with every sacrifice they made.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Butterfly Forest

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Tom Lowe
    • Narrated By Michael David Axtell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (355)
    Performance
    (317)
    Story
    (320)

    After 40 years in San Quentin, Luke Palmer leaves with a state-issued suit, $100 dollars to buy a bus ticket, and a map that will lead to a promise and into the heart of a dark forest. College graduate student Molly Monroe is about to release rare butterflies not far from where the FBI used 4,000 bullets in a shootout to kill Ma Barker and one of her gangster sons in 1935. Molly snaps a picture that will frame something she never sees coming.

    shelley says: "Really good story, Super Narator!"
    "Sean O'brien"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Butterfly Forest the most enjoyable?

    Narrator very good at voice changes for all the different charcters in the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved all the charcters in book especially Obriens friends at the marina.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leaving Time

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Abigail Revasch, Kathe Mazur, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3922)
    Performance
    (3483)
    Story
    (3477)

    Refusing to believe that she would be abandoned as a young child, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice's old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts. Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest.

    Jan says: "Pickiest Reader Would Be Willing to Give 6 Stars"
    "Elephants"
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    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I loved Jenna's determination to find her mother and when Alice meets the psychic


    Any additional comments?

    I wonder if the story would have been just as good without adding the paranormal story line.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Out of Breath: The Breathing Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Rebecca Donovan
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (608)
    Performance
    (562)
    Story
    (561)

    Emma Thomas is hiding. From everything and everyone... including herself. But she can't hide forever. Her past will find her, and her secrets won't remain quiet - not if she wants to be forgiven. Emma learns that honesty can hurt worse than betrayal, and the truth may cost her the only love she's ever known.

    Jordy says: "Finally No More cliffhangers! I love a good HEA!!"
    "Captivating"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Out of Breath in three words, what would they be?

    tragic, boy meets girl, happiness. Great series


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Evan wow does a boy like that really exist.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cutting Edge

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Linda Howard
    • Narrated By Lesa Lockford
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (79)

    Can love survive the ultimate test? Brett Rutland, Carter Engineering's top troubleshooter, is sent to the L.A. office to crack a case of embezzlement. Brett's a hard man, so it hit him like a sledgehammer when he fell in love with Tessa Conway. Half the men in the office had been in love with her for years, but Brett was the first she'd loved in return. Their love is perfect, too perfect to last. And when Brett discovers the identity of the embezzler, his whole world is about to come crashing down.

    Molly says: "IS she Guilty?Brett will find out NO matter WHAT ~"
    "Poor story line"
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    What did you like best about The Cutting Edge? What did you like least?

    Didn't really care for this book Too much how to get the guy or the girl without a interesting plot or story line


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Left Drowning

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jessica Park
    • Narrated By Arielle DeLisle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (522)
    Performance
    (478)
    Story
    (480)

    What does it take to rise from life's depths, swim against the current, and breathe? Weighted down by the loss of her parents, Blythe McGuire struggles to keep her head above water as she trudges through her last year at Matthews College. Then a chance meeting sends Blythe crashing into something she doesn't expect - an undeniable attraction to a dark-haired senior named Chris Shepherd, whose past may be even more complicated than her own.

    Ruffian says: "Applauds for Left Drowning"
    "Tragic meets eortica"
    Overall
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    What did you like best about this story?

    The family bond, helping each other get through tough life changing turmoil.


    Any additional comments?

    There are serious intimate sexual details described in the book. For me bordered on too much.

    12 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Flat-Out Love

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jessica Park
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1085)
    Performance
    (992)
    Story
    (998)

    He was tall, at least six feet, with dirty blond hair that hung over his eyes. His T-shirt read Nietzsche Is My Homeboy. So, that was Matt. Who Julie Seagles likes. A lot. But there is also Finn. Who she flat out loves. Complicated? Awkward? Completely. But really, how was this freshly-minted Boston transplant and newbie college freshman supposed to know that she would end up living with the family of an old friend of her mother’s? This was all supposed to be temporary.

    Patricia says: "I Loved this book!"
    "Flat out good!"
    Overall
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    What does Julia Whelan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Good character voice changes. It feels like your listening to a play.


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely worth the a read or listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Light in August

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By William Faulkner
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (1840)
    Performance
    (1290)
    Story
    (1293)

    An Oprah's Book Club Selection regarded as one of Faulkner's greatest and most accessible novels, Light in August is a timeless and riveting story of determination, tragedy, and hope. In Faulkner's iconic Yoknapatawpha County, race, sex, and religion collide around three memorable characters searching desperately for human connection and their own identities.

    FanB14 says: "Perseverance in Face of Cruelty"
    "Not my cup of tea"
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    Would you try another book from William Faulkner and/or Will Patton?

    I would not be interested in reading another Faulkner book however I thought Will Patton did good job of narrating.


    What was most disappointing about William Faulkner’s story?

    The overly descriptive nature of Faulkner's work is lost on me. I find myself daydreaming or getting lost on what he was describing or talking about. I really hated reading this book but I kept reading in hopes that it would have some redeeming ending. Not.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10802)
    Performance
    (9694)
    Story
    (9698)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Very Good"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    It was a very good listen. However, the slavery story of south has been done before and I felt this made the book a little predictable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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