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  • The Hearts of Horses: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Molly Gloss
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    The irresistible tale of 19-year-old Martha Lessen, a female horse whisperer trying to make a go of it in a man's world. It was thought that the only way to break a horse was to buck the wild out of it, and broken ribs and tough falls just went with the job. But over several long, hard winter months, many of the townsfolk in this remote county of eastern Oregon witness Martha's way of talking in low, sweet tones to horses believed beyond repair---and getting miraculous, almost immediate results.

    Julie W. Capell says: "Simple, Honest, Wonderful"
    "Slow Ride"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story needed to set the hook faster...creating intrigue, wonder and the I can't quit listening button!


    Has The Hearts of Horses turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not necessarily....just needs to have a story woven within that causes the mind to wonder instead of wander!


    Would you be willing to try another one of Renée Raudman’s performances?

    Probably


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Hearts of Horses?

    I didn't really read that far into the book to describe 'what I would do'...just found it uninteresting and slow.


    Any additional comments?

    I grew up riding all of my life til age 25....for me, having the experience of working with, riding for pleasure and training for show....this novel wasn't there. Perhaps for someone with little or no experience in the horse world, maybe a good read. Not for me though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Little Heathens: Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Mildred Armstrong Kalish
    • Narrated By Ruth Ann Phimister
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (34)

    As foreclosure fragments her family, five-year-old Mildred and her three siblings find refuge with her grandparents enjoying a modest retirement. When the "little heathens" flush the seniors and their child-rearing skills out of retirement, the grandparents deploy tough but loving bedtime schedules, Bible and prayer routines, and plenty of character-building chores. Having no electricity or indoor plumbing and with little heat or money on the farm, Mildred learns to find joy in the priceless blessings of life.

    Susan says: "Makes you appreciate today's living"
    "Slow and Disappointing"
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    What would have made Little Heathens better?

    Perhaps a different narrator. I felt as though a senior citizen was sharing the past pieces of depression....


    Would you be willing to try another one of Ruth Ann Phimister’s performances?

    Not at this time


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Places: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakins, and others
    Overall
    (4214)
    Performance
    (3472)
    Story
    (3492)

    Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas". As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived, and famously testified that her 15-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who've long forgotten her.

    Glenda Jeffers says: "Riveting but brutal"
    "Not My Type"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Not sure. The story flips back and forth so often and keeps your mind in constant 'trailing' mode. Too deep, too sticky and the different narrators .... I found confusing.


    Has Dark Places turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Possibly. I want my read to flow and I don't want to be challenged to keep score on times, dates, years, places and people....I want it to feed me in a nice, continuous type thread.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

    Not sure...but one exemplary person would have been terrific.


    What character would you cut from Dark Places?

    ????


    Any additional comments?

    Made it 3/4 way through and was worn out...didn't really care how it ended...not enough good, constant plot to keep me wanting more...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Montana Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Erika Leigh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (669)
    Performance
    (494)
    Story
    (503)

    When Jack Mercy died, he left behind a lot of enemies...and a ranch worth nearly $20 million. Now his three daughters - each born of a different marriage, and each unknown to the others - are gathered to hear the reading of the will. The women are shocked to learn that before any of them can inherit, they must live together on the ranch for one year.

    L.W. says: "Gripping"
    "Once Hooked, Could Not Cease Listening"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend it; however, I would have preferred one of the excellent male narrators to have shared the unwinding, twisting mystery through the trail of the Montana Sky. Nevertheless, the story is gripping, enchanting and worth every second of the many hours of listening!


    What other book might you compare Montana Sky to and why?

    The Witness and Carnal Innocence. Mystery, murder, love, deceit....all worked out by the end of the story. This is another great read from Nora Roberts!


    What three words best describe Erika Leigh’s voice?

    Okay, challenging and female.


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

    Many moments...hard to pick one single event. But, I thoroughly enjoyed the journey...loved the characters....loved the conclusion in their lives....and, wish I could sit atop a horse and ride through those pastures under the blue sky!!!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carnal Innocence

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1197)
    Performance
    (1029)
    Story
    (1041)

    New York Times best-selling novelist Nora Roberts captivates millions of fans with her provocative blend of scorching passion and chilling suspense. With Carnal Innocence, she creates a gripping tale of murder, infatuation, and true love in a small southern town. After beautiful concert violinist Caroline Waverly breaks up with her conductor and lover Luis, she escapes to her late grandmother’s home in Innocence, Mississippi.

    Karen says: "The wait has ended"
    "Carnal Pleasure"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This one took about four chapters to set the 'hook' in me! But, once there, can't put it down or turn it off. Great mystery, again! She has a style all her own!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Carnal Innocence?

    In this first part....the murder in the swamp!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Tucker and Caroline enjoying the sunset on the back porch of his home.


    Any additional comments?

    Tucker, Caroline and Useless...my favorites!!!

    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
    (7449)
    Performance
    (6485)
    Story
    (6475)

    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"
    "My first audio book!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Witness to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print...but, the listen was wonderful. Perhaps the narrator could have been somewhat better...but, overall, loved every second of it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Witness?

    It took me a few minutes to get 'hooked'...moved a little slow for me; however, the scene with her friend at the big house...her escape to refuge and the tempo of the story finally pulled me in.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The final 'big scene' with guns, bullets and death!


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

    Her ability to allow herself to become trusting, empathetic and involved in life with people.


    Any additional comments?

    FANTASTIC NORA ROBERTS!!! Write another one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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