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Michael

Spanaway, WA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Wildflower Hill

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Kimberley Freeman
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (519)
    Performance
    (439)
    Story
    (441)

    In 1920s Glasgow, Beattie Blaxland falls pregnant to her married lover Henry just before her nineteenth birthday. Abandoned by her family, Beattie and Henry set sail for a new life in Australia. In 2009, London, prima ballerina Lydia Blaxland-Hunter is also discovering that life can also have its ups and downs. Unable to dance again after a fall, Lydia returns home to Australia to recuperate.

    Sara says: "Story telling at its best!"
    "Absolutely Enchanted!"
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    Where does Wildflower Hill rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is easily one of the top 3 audiobooks I've listed to this year!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wildflower Hill?

    I was utterly absorbed in this story from start to finish. The writing is lovely, the characterization is rich, the pacing is perfect, the narrative switches between Beattie in the past and Emma in the present in all the right places. I think when Beattie gets what she desearves (and more) after the card game is one of the most memorable moments in the story. It was one of the most satisfying, fitting, and perfect endings I've listened to in a long time. I loved this story!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The switching from present to past and back again made it impossible to choose just one favorite scene!


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

    Honestly I don't think I could make one up that can match what a great film this book would make!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil in the Junior League

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Linda Francis Lee
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (505)
    Performance
    (298)
    Story
    (298)

    Mercedes Hildebrand Ware is a member beyond reproach...until her life begins to unravel. When her husband betrays her, steals her money, and runs off to places unknown, it's something Frede would prefer to keep under wraps. The last thing she needs is to become fodder for the JLWC gossip mill. And to make matters worse, there's only one person in town who stands a chance at helping her get revenge - Howard Grout, a tasteless, gold-chain-wearing lawyer who has bought his way into Frede's tony neighborhood.

    bebe says: "Loved it"
    "Such an Entertaining Read!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I will be recommending this book to all of my friends that love a good book. At first I thought The Devil in the Junior League might be a bit silly and that I might not like Frede, the main character, but as the book went on, I loved the humor and the twists and turns.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Devil in the Junior League?

    I was surprised when poor Frede found out that her beloved husband, Gordon, had a vasectomy before they were ever married. In addition, all of his affairs, when they came to light were pretty humorous as well since it incites good revenge from Frede.


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

    I loved her southern accent. It gave depth to Frede that she might not have otherwise.


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

    I just loved all the humor. It was such an enjoyable story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shifting Fog

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (250)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (216)

    Summer 1924: On the eve of a glittering society party, by the lake of a grand English country house, a young poet takes his life. The only witnesses, sisters Hannah and Emmeline Hartford, will never speak to each other again. Winter 1999: Grace Bradley, 98, one-time housemaid of Riverton Manor, is visited by a young director making a film about the poet's suicide. Ghosts awaken and memories, long consigned to the dark reaches of Grace's mind, begin to sneak back through the cracks.

    Karen says: "Alternate title for "The House at Riverton""
    "Such A Good Listen!"
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    What did you love best about The Shifting Fog?

    I loved the story within the story. The Shifting Fog tells the story of a Manor House in Essex during WW1 in the early 1920's, told from the perspective of Grace Bradley, a housemaid, now 98 and living in a retirement community in 1999. When Grace finds out that a film is being made of a tragic event at the house - the suicide of a young poet who fought in the war - she recounts her memories leading up to that night, and the part she played in it.


    What other book might you compare The Shifting Fog to and why?

    Other books that remind me of The Shifting Fog are The Distant Hours, The Forgotten Garden, Duet, The Winter Sea, and The Secret Keeper.


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

    Caroline Lee brings a depth to the characters and the story that you just wouldn't experience if you read the book rather than listen to it.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Shifting Fog and why?

    I thought Hannah was the most memorable character in this book because she had all the wonderful tragic flaws you end up loving about them.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5277)
    Performance
    (3041)
    Story
    (3085)

    Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

    avid reader says: "Hours of enjoyable, fun listening"
    "Great Casual Listen!"
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    What did you love best about The Forgotten Garden?

    When people keep recommending a book to you, sometimes you should listen. The Forgotten Garden is such a book. Finally I did as suggested and listened, now I'm wondering why in the world I waited so long. Kate Morton provides the intricate layering of different times and places in a masterful manner, gifting the reader with a story that captures the imagination and warms the heart.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked how unpredictable this story was. Nell, as the lost child, is the pivotal character around which all mysteries and actions revolve. A tale that begins in England and travels across the many miles to Australia, comes home again to England to undo over a hundred years of secrets. Like the entwining vines of the garden, the story twists and turns, making the path seem impassable, but tenacity is rewarded with clarity.


    What about Caroline Lee’s performance did you like?

    Caroline Lee has such a pleasant way of telling a tale that I have listened to almost all of the audiobooks she has narrated.


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

    Absolutely!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (3277)
    Performance
    (2815)
    Story
    (2837)

    England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

    Maria says: "Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!"
    "Yes!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Secret Keeper the most enjoyable?

    I love this book with all my heart! Kate Morton became one of my absolute favorite authors this year after reading The Forgotten Garden and The Shifting Fog (also known as The House at Riverton), but this latest novel absolutely cements and guarantees her continued place there. The Secret Keeper blew my mind and it just showed me more of what Kate Morton does so very very well. All the time taken and careful preparations of the plot, scene, characters clearly show, and add up to make this novel a compulsive read filled with vibrant and flawed characters.


    What other book might you compare The Secret Keeper to and why?

    I would compare authors rather than books. I think Kate Morton is in the same league as Susanna Kearsley and Kimberley Freeman in my opinion.


    Which character – as performed by Caroline Lee – was your favorite?

    I just LOVE Caroline Lee and any character that she perfoms is exceptional!


    If you could take any character from The Secret Keeper out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Hmmmm...Not sure about this one.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Stephen Chbosky
    • Narrated By Noah Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2273)
    Performance
    (2068)
    Story
    (2087)

    Most people think 15-year-old Charlie is a freak. But then seniors Patrick and his beautiful stepsister Sam take Charlie under their wings and introduce him to their eclectic, open-minded, hard-partying friends. It is from these older kids that Charlie learns to live and love.

    FanB14 says: "Intelligent, Absorbing Coming of Age Story"
    "Gripping, Raw and Beautiful."
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    What did you love best about The Perks of Being a Wallflower?

    This was a well written story about a young man and how much easier it is to pretend tragedy hasn't touch him rather than face the truth, although it is rarely the right thing to do.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really enjoyed not being able to predict this story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was when Charlie, Patrick, and Sam are in the vehicle driving under the bridge...I remember that feeling as a teenager...being "infinite".


    If you could take any character from The Perks of Being a Wallflower out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I think I would take Sam out to dinner since I have had many friends like her before and we would probably have a great time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rose Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1704)
    Performance
    (1486)
    Story
    (1513)

    Acclaimed author Susanna Kearsley's previous works have won the RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice Award, and finaled for both the UK Romantic Novel of the Year and the RITA awards.

    Eva Ward is a modern woman thrown back three centuries to 1715 - only to find that might be exactly where she belongs. There, she finds true love with Daniel Butler, but the discord surrounding Hanoverian King George plunges the lovers into a world of intrigue, treason, and romance.

    Angel Claire says: "Amazing story."
    "Enchanted..."
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    Where does The Rose Garden rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Rose Garden is easily in the top 5 audiobooks I've listened to this year.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Susanna Kearsley is such a great author. She has a delightful way of spinning tales that sweep you up and keep you wanting more. I loved how she wove past and present into a tidy ending but kept the story magical.


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

    I have not but she was very pleasant to listen to.


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

    I didn't feel like laughing or crying while listening to this story but I loved every moment of it regardless!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fever: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Mary Beth Keane
    • Narrated By Candace Thaxton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (352)
    Performance
    (322)
    Story
    (319)

    Mary Mallon was a courageous, headstrong Irish immigrant woman who bravely came to America alone, fought hard to climb up from the lowest rung of the domestic service ladder, and discovered in herself an uncanny, and coveted, talent for cooking. Working in the kitchens of the upper class, she left a trail of disease in her wake, until one enterprising and ruthless "medical engineer" proposed the inconceivable notion of the "asymptomatic carrier" - and from then on Mary Mallon was a hunted woman.

    Sand says: "A vivid and revealing slice of NYC history"
    "Could Have Been Great..."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Listening to this book was not an entire failure but the story just never fufilled it's promise...


    Would you be willing to try another book from Mary Beth Keane? Why or why not?

    I would be willing to try another book from this author because this wasn't a complete loss.


    What about Candace Thaxton’s performance did you like?

    I thought Candace Thaxton was good, the story just didn't deliver.


    Did Fever inspire you to do anything?

    It inspired me to do a little research about Mary since I had heard the reference of Typhoid Mary before.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Ever After: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3022)
    Performance
    (2747)
    Story
    (2762)

    Number-one New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris has won numerous awards for her Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series, which has been adapted into the hit HBO show True Blood. In this 13th and final book, a murder rocks the town of Bon Temps and Sookie is arrested for the crime. After making bail, she sets out to clear her name - but her investigation only leads to more deaths.

    k says: "Bitter ending? Cleanse your palate."
    "Almost Like an Afterthought"
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    Would you try another book from Charlaine Harris and/or Johanna Parker?

    I have been completely drawn in by almost everything Charlaine Harris has written and was so excited to see that she had written another Sookie Stackhouse. Unfortunately this was such a disappointment. The entire time I kept waiting for some excitement...but alas, it was not to be...


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    If the story line would have been as exciting as her previous ones have been, it would have been more enjoyable.


    What three words best describe Johanna Parker’s performance?

    Good. Familiar. Enjoyable.


    Do you think Dead Ever After needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I think Dead Ever After needs to be re-written all together.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wait Till Helen Comes: A Ghost Story

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Mary Downing Hahn
    • Narrated By Ellen Grafton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    Twelve-year-old Molly and her 10-year-old brother, Michael, have never liked their younger stepsister, Heather. Ever since their parents got married, she's made Molly and Michael's life miserable. Now their parents have moved them all to the country to live in a house that used to be a church, with a cemetery in the backyard. If that's not bad enough, Heather starts talking to a ghost named Helen and warning Molly and Michael that Helen is coming for them.

    AppleCrazy says: "Read but don't listen to this book.."
    "So Disappointing..."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Anyone under the age of 15 would probably really enjoy this book.


    What was most disappointing about Mary Downing Hahn’s story?

    The narrator was a child and it made the entire book sound like a child had written it.


    How could the performance have been better?

    If an adult would have narrated it, it may have been more believable.


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

    Just disappointment. I was really looking forward to a good ghost story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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