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Rachel

R. Sexton

Plymouth, MI, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 30 ratings
  • 139 titles in library
  • 16 purchased in 2014
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  • The Outside of a Horse

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Ginny Rorby
    • Narrated By Emily Bauer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (19)

    The stories Hannah Gale’s father told her of breaking wild horses in Nevada one glorious summer when he was her age have captured her imagination. After her dad is called to fight in Iraq, she regularly stops to watch the horses at the nearby stable to feel closer to him, and finally gathers the nerve to ask the owner for a job. There she helps bring a rescued mare back from the brink, takes her first riding lesson, and witnesses the birth of the filly who steals her heart.

    Rachel says: "Fantastic Read (er Listen)!"
    "Fantastic Read (er Listen)!"
    Overall

    This story gives you a perspective of a Iraq war veteran and his family and also the healing power of horses. Something for everyone, I was sad when the story ended!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Glass

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Maria V. Snyder
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    Overall
    (430)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (197)

    As a glassmaker and a magician-in-training, Opal Cowen understands trial by fire. Now it's time to test her mettle. Someone has sabotaged the Stormdancer clan's glass orbs, killing their most powerful magicians. The Stormdancers--particularly the mysterious and mercurial Kade--require Opal's unique talents to prevent it happening again. But when the mission goes awry, Opal must tap in to a new kind of magic as stunningly potent as it is frightening.

    Amazon Customer says: "Interesting character, no Gabra"
    "The Narrator is completely wrong for this book"
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    What other book might you compare Storm Glass to and why?

    This book takes place in the same world as the Study series, I suggest you listen to those books first and then READ this book series because the narrator will ruin it for you.


    What didn’t you like about Jennifer Van Dyck’s performance?

    Jennifer Van Dyck is the absolute wrong narrator for this book, she makes the main character (who is 20) sound like a 40+ year old. The mispronunciations compared to The Study series are atrocious and distract from the story. I'm sure she is a fine narrator but she was the wrong choice for this book/series.


    Was Storm Glass worth the listening time?

    Absolutely not! Read this book don't listen!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Poison Study

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Maria V. Snyder
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2236)
    Performance
    (982)
    Story
    (987)

    About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace, and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia. And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster.

    A says: "Fantasy, with a touch of romance."
    "A New Favorite Author, Excellent Book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Poison Study in three words, what would they be?

    Surprising, Compelling & Well Done


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that the story had a strong dynamic female as the main character and a lot of other interesting characters as well. The story itself is very well written and though not my typical genre I will be listening to all of the books in the trilogy as well as other books by this author.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • After the Night

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Linda Howard
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1078)
    Performance
    (601)
    Story
    (605)

    "Of all of my novels, After the Night remains one of my personal favorites – and Faith Devlin and Gray Rouillard are two of my favorite characters. Faith is strong, proud, and fearless, and Gray – well, he’s just downright sexy. Faith’s search for the truth about the devastating scandal surrounding her mother and Gray’s father blazes with intrigue. Add some sultry Southern hear, and you’ve got a real scorcher of a listen." (Linda Howard)

    Judy says: "Can I give 6 stars?"
    "A Nice Romance, but not a good mystery"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to After the Night the most enjoyable?

    The author had a very nice tone to her voice and the descriptions in the book were very thorough. I thought the characters were intriguing although the plot as a mystery was not very surprising and I had it figured out towards the beginning of the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hot Shot

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (281)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (136)

    Her name is Susannah, but three men she brings together call her Hot Shot. She's the spark to a daring venture they start in a garage and build into an empire. For Sam, a rebel, the business is just the thrill he seeks; for Yank, an eccentric inventor, it's his vision fulfilled; and for Mitch, a starched marketing genius, it's a risk he has to take.

    Ron Bishop says: "Fun"
    "Not your average SEP But Still Very Good"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Hot Shot again? Why?

    Yes, the book had a interesting plot and a complicated romance. I really liked the descriptions of all of the technical aspects and I felt like I had a better understanding of the early computer industry after listening to this book.


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

    Anna Fields was amazing as usual, I recommend all of the books Anna Fields has narrated.


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

    Towards the end there was a lot of drama and it kept me riveted. I love when a book can accomplish that.


    Any additional comments?

    This is not SEP's usual book but it is one of her earlier ones and in my opinion one of her better ones. It doesn't follow the same format as some of her newer books and although I like those books too, this one has more substance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Eighty-Dollar Champion: Snowman, the Horse That Inspired a Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Letts
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (484)
    Performance
    (434)
    Story
    (430)

    November 1958, New York. Into the rarefied atmosphere of wealth and tradition at the National Horse Show in Madison Square Garden comes the most unlikely of horses—a drab white former plow horse named Snowman—and his rider, Harry de Leyer. They were the longest of all longshots—and their win was the stuff of legend.

    eddie says: "When will this story become a movie"
    "A Let Down"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about The Eighty-Dollar Champion? What did you like least?

    As an avid horse lover I was excited to see a new horse book added to audible's small collection. Unfortunately the reader sounded like a documentary narrator and the story went off track and mentioned too much history that did not pertain directly to the story. The story also repeated information in the same words multiple times.


    Any additional comments?

    I think that the author needed to focus more on the actual story and less on the history, the narrator did a pretty good job but the history chapters just seemed like a complete diversion from the actual story. Ultimately, I feel like I would use my credit for a different book. Listen if you want but it did not keep me riveted at all.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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