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Nicole Bednar

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  • Far from Perfect: A Love from the Heartland Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Barbara Longley
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (427)
    Performance
    (375)
    Story
    (373)

    For Ceejay Lovejoy, life in Perfect, Indiana, has been anything but. Abandoned by her parents and left pregnant by her boyfriend, Ceejay has had to fight every step of the way to carve out a future for herself and her daughter. She swears off men for good - until the day Noah Langford appears on her doorstep. Noah narrowly survived the roadside bombing in Iraq that cost him his leg, returning home to the news that his stepbrother, Matt, has died in a car accident. It is the final blow to Noah’s shattered soul - until he learns about the girlfriend and baby Matt abandoned.

    TexasKeyLady says: "An Excellent Story. Wonderful Characters."
    "Wonderful feel-good, human interest story"
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    What made the experience of listening to Far from Perfect the most enjoyable?

    The character development and voice recordings were really enjoyable and really had me looking forward to my next opportunity to listen.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Far from Perfect?

    The transformation of both families to unite into one.


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

    Her voice couldn't have been a more perfect match for this story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pontoon: A Novel of Lake Wobegon

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Garrison Keillor
    • Narrated By Garrison Keillor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (878)
    Performance
    (598)
    Story
    (602)

    Garrison Keillor's latest book is about the wedding of a girl named Dede Ingebretson, who comes home from California with a guy named Brent. Dede has made a fortune in veterinary aromatherapy; Brent bears a strong resemblance to a man wanted for extortion who's pictured on a poster in the town's post office. Then there's the memorial service for Dede's aunt Evelyn, who led a footloose and adventurous life after the death of her husband 17 years previously.

    Shelli Bell says: "Brillliant but not lighthearted"
    "What a spectacular storyteller!
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    Always love a good Lake Wobegon story 93rd by the master! kept me listening and smiling!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Auschwitz Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1079)
    Performance
    (979)
    Story
    (983)

    A terrible darkness has fallen upon Jacob Weisz’s beloved Germany. The Nazi regime, under the leadership of Adolf Hitler, has surged to power and now hold Germany by the throat. All non-Aryans - especially Jews like Jacob and his family - are treated like dogs. When tragedy strikes during one terrible night of violence, Jacob flees and joins rebel forces working to undermine the regime. But after a raid goes horribly wrong, Jacob finds himself in a living nightmare - trapped in a crowded, stinking car on the train to the Auschwitz death camp.

    DebaDeb says: "Amazing, horrifying, and heartwarming!"
    "Simply Fantastic"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Auschwitz Escape to be better than the print version?

    I don't have time to read print given my busy lifestyle, but even if I did, this performance was wonderful.


    What about Christopher Lane’s performance did you like?

    Very convincing and emotional performance. Really brought the characters to life.


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

    This audio-version was very well done, and invoked feelings of suspense, deep sorrow, grief and remorse. I found it hard to stop listening, and at times arrived at work in tears.


    Any additional comments?

    A must read for sure.

    0 of 0 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
    (10727)
    Performance
    (9628)
    Story
    (9632)

    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)"
    "Entertaining - great twist."
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    My first Grisham. Liked it, but not in the top of my list. Story was unnecessarily wordy at points, and sometimes hard to keep up with all the characters. Twist attention he end was compelling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (20338)
    Performance
    (18103)
    Story
    (18068)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "My Favorite King!"
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    Where does 11-22-63 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It would be at the top of the list. The story line was complex, included a little bit of history, and completely had me hooked! I could have listened to another 30 hours!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 11-22-63?

    I loved the Sadie/George romance, but I was most taken by the Jake/George character. He was likeable, thoughtful, sincere and resourceful.


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

    Not sure if I've heard Craig before, but he was spectacular.


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

    I don't think that would be possible given the length, but I certainly found myself looking forward to my commutes to and from work just so I could listen!


    Any additional comments?

    Wonderfully written with explicit detail. I felt as if I was right there with George/Jake through the entire adventure!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Needful Things: The Last Castle Rock Story

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    Overall
    (1176)
    Performance
    (894)
    Story
    (897)

    A new store has opened in the town of Castle Rock, Maine. It has whatever your heart desires...if you're willing to pay the price. In this chilling novel by one of the most potent imaginations of our time, evil is on a shopping spree and out to scare you witless. Presented unabridged and read by the author.

    Brandon says: "Very bizarre..."
    "Not One of My Favorites"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Too long for what it is. Concept was probably more appropriate for a short story.


    Would you recommend Needful Things to your friends? Why or why not?

    Probably not.


    What about Stephen King’s performance did you like?

    I thought it was great to have the book narrated by the author so we can hear his intended emphasis and emotion. He did a great job and was passionate about the reading. Some other listeners commented on the music. I agree it was kind of strange, but I think it was meant to be and I don't think it had a negative impact on the performance.


    Was Needful Things worth the listening time?

    Not really - I would rather have listened to something else, but I stuck with it anyway.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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