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Panthera

Dogs believe they are human. Cats believe they are God.

ratings
12
REVIEWS
9
FOLLOWING
1
FOLLOWERS
4
HELPFUL VOTES
7

  • The Darkest Child

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Delores Phillips
    • Narrated By Lizzie Cooper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (97)

    Delores Phillips' heart-rending debut novel is set in 1950s Georgia where most of Rozelle Quinn's 10 children can pass as white. Her brightest child, Tangy Mae, however, has the darkest skin of them all, and she longs to continue her education. But Rozelle thinks it's time for 13-year-old Tangy Mae to follow in her own footsteps and earn money "cleaning for whites" and bedding men at the "Farmhouse."

    Alysia says: "Not really resolved!"
    "One of the best books on Audible!"
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    Would you listen to The Darkest Child again? Why?

    Yes! First of all Lizzie Cooper is fantastic as a narrator! The author, Delores Phillips, knows how to write! She keeps you hanging on chapter after chapter. It's hard not to finish this book in one session. It's that good!





    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Darkest Child?

    There are so many. Just watching the mother become more and more diabolical and her children doing whatever they can to survive is heart wrenching. There are many facets to this story and that's what keeps you totally immersed.


    What about Lizzie Cooper’s performance did you like?

    She is undoubtably one of the best narrators on Audible! She has the ability to become each of the characters. She takes on their personalities. I am looking for more books that she narratives.


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

    There are many. This book is an emotional roller coaster.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book! It's one of the best!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Forty Acres

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Dwayne Alexander Smith
    • Narrated By Andre Blake
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    Martin Grey, a smart, talented black lawyer working out of a storefront in Queens, becomes friendly with a group of some of the most powerful, wealthy, and esteemed black men in America. He's dazzled by what they've accomplished, and they seem to think he has the potential to be as successful as they are. They invite him for a weekend away from it all - no wives, no cell phones, no talk of business. But far from home and cut off from everyone he loves, he discovers a disturbing secret that challenges some of his deepest convictions.

    Jen says: "Exciting Social Conscience Twister"
    "I loved the book at the beginning but then...."
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    What did you like best about Forty Acres? What did you like least?

    The story had great possibilities but failed to deliver for me. I didn't like the main character because he seemed so,unrealistic. He seemed like a child faced with some difficult realizations. He didn't seem to think through anything just 1,2,3 ...make a decision.

    The storyline was unique but the story fizzed out. I should add that I didn't finish the book. Too upset with the character.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dwayne Alexander Smith again?

    Maybe


    What about Andre Blake’s performance did you like?

    I loved Andre's performance. He was the best thing about the book!


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I was disappointed. A strong beginning with a whimpy character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wench: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Dolen Perkins-Valdez
    • Narrated By Quincy Tyler Bernstine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (115)

    Tawawa House in many respects is like any other American resort before the Civil War. Situated in Ohio, this idyllic retreat is particularly nice in the summer when the Southern humidity is too much to bear. The main building, with its luxurious finishes, is loftier than the white cottages that flank it, but the smaller structures are better positioned to catch any breeze that may come off the pond. And they provide more privacy, which best suits the needs of the Southern white men who vacation there every summer.

    KENYA says: "An explosive ride!"
    "A Great Story Read by an Exceptional Narrator"
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    Where does Wench rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have enjoyed all my books. This one is up there with the best of them.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters. All were well developed and the narrator managed to give each their unique personalities.


    What does Quincy Tyler Bernstine bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She brought the story alive.


    Any additional comments?

    I totally enjoyed this book. It was emotional, sometimes humorous and highly entertaining. Totally recommend!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cutting Season: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Attica Locke
    • Narrated By Quincy Tyler Bernstine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (277)
    Performance
    (239)
    Story
    (238)

    Caren Gray manages Belle Vie, a sprawling antebellum plantation that sits between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, where the past and the present coexist uneasily. The estate's owners have turned the place into an eerie tourist attraction, complete with full-dress re-enactments and carefully restored slave quarters. Outside the gates, a corporation with ambitious plans has been busy snapping up land from struggling families who have been growing sugar cane for generations, and now replacing local employees with illegal laborers. Tensions mount when the body of a female migrant worker is found in a shallow grave on the edge of the property.

    C. Telfair says: "Mystery + Atmosphere = A Definite Winner!"
    "Good Mystery !"
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    Any additional comments?

    This was a good unique mystery. I enjoyed it. The author is very good at describing the atmosphere. As you listen, you can visualize almost every aspect of the story. The narrator voiced all of the characters very well and it was easy to tell who was speaking. Perfect book for a rainy day.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Copper Sun

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Sharon M. Draper
    • Narrated By Myra Lucretia Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (44)

    Fifteen-year-old Amari witnesses the murder of her family and the destruction of her remote African village. She endures countless humiliations as she is beaten, branded, and forced to board a slave ship. The atrocities continue as she struggles through endless days of backbreaking work and daily degradation on a plantation.

    ann coleman says: "One of Best!!"
    "Don't miss this one"
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    Have you listened to any of Myra Lucretia Taylor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The performance of Myra Taylor deserves an award. Her talent and skill for becoming several characters, all different from one another is extraordinary.


    Any additional comments?

    A truly remarkable experience. I enjoyed it immensely. So glad I discovered it on Audible!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nowhere is a Place

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Bernice McFadden
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (161)

    Nothing can mend a broken heart quite like family. Sherry has struggled all her life to understand who she is, where she comes from, and, most important, why her mother slapped her cheek one summer afternoon. The incident has haunted Sherry, and it causes her to dig into her family's past. Like many family histories, it is fractured and stubbornly reluctant to reveal its secrets. But Sherry is determined to know the full story. In a few days' time, her extended family will gather for a reunion, and Sherry sets off across the country with her mother, Dumpling, to join them.

    Brenda says: "Richly textured and captivating"
    "WOW! Really enjoyed this one!"
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    Any additional comments?

    Wish I could give 10 stars for this book! The story and the performance are top notch.
    This is one I will listen to again.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20115)
    Performance
    (18012)
    Story
    (18075)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Great Book! Highly recommend!"
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    If you could sum up Gone Girl in three words, what would they be?

    Unique. Dark. Edgy.


    What other book might you compare Gone Girl to and why?

    I can't compare it to another book but I can compare it slightly to the movie War of the Roses.


    What about Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s performance did you like?

    Everything! They WERE the characters.


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

    Yes. It's the first time I have hated both main characters and still couldn't stop listening.
    It's one of the best books I have read or listened to in a long time. It is really an experience.


    Any additional comments?

    This one is well worth a credit! It will surprise you in more ways than one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7551)
    Performance
    (6575)
    Story
    (6566)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    Amazon Customer says: "A great book"
    "A Good Average Story"
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    What did you like best about The Witness? What did you like least?

    I like that the author always manages to bring her characters to life. They practically jump off the pages..I don't normally read/listen to Nora Roberts because she seems like a formula writer to me.So I didn't expect any earth-shattering plots or story lines and I didn't get any.It was a good book with just a little tension thrown in.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Nora Roberts? Why or why not?

    No. I use to read the author years ago and didn't like her stories. They all seemed pretty much the same. I decided to try listening to one of her books and it was ok but I won't get another one.


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

    Yes. Julia is a good narrator.


    Do you think The Witness needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. There's nothing in it to follow up.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (3231)
    Performance
    (2775)
    Story
    (2796)

    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!"
    "Lots of detail but worth it"
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    Would you listen to The Secret Keeper again? Why?

    Yes. The audio is perfect. The reader sets the tone for the story. Her voice becomes the character. I don't know if another reader could have done as excellent a job.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Secret Keeper?

    The moment came when I thought I knew the secret. I was wrong. The secret turned out to much more complex than I thought.


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

    No


    If you could rename The Secret Keeper, what would you call it?

    I can think of no name more appropriate than The Secret Keeper.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great audiobook! It does, however, have a lot of detail. If I were reading this there would be a lot of sections I would skip. However, for this book, you can't skip. The characters stories are interwoven and the complexity of the secret is revealed through the details. All in all, an excellent story and well worth the read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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