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Raquel

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  • From the Moment We Met

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Marina Adair
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (51)

    After years of designing her family’s grand wineries (and a few not-so-grand closets on the side), Abby DeLuca knows she has what it takes to be an award-winning interior designer. Newly divorced and happily man-free, Abby lands the career opportunity of a lifetime and refuses to let anything - or anyone - stand in her way. And that includes St. Helena’s most irresistible contractor, the man who makes her melt every time she sees him - even though he shattered her heart years ago.

    Cottonbaba says: "The Best in the Series!!!!!"
    "Contemporary but Not too Cheesy"
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    What did you love best about From the Moment We Met?

    I liked how the heroine was not a nubile virgin. She was a businesswoman with her own home and her own past.

    I also liked how we were introduced to her love interest before getting to know their back story. I felt it gave me as a reader a chance to size him up, before the heroine did.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of From the Moment We Met?

    When she shares embarrassing details over speaker phone to Jack and her brothers hear.


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

    I have not, but I really enjoyed this one.


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

    No, I listened to it in segments while I cleaned the house.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7301)
    Performance
    (6497)
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    (6501)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Grant says: "Something about this book bothered me."
    "An Enchanting Story That Draws You In"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Night Circus to be better than the print version?

    I am only familiar with the audio edition.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tsusiko. The moment she is introduced to the story a flair of mischief mystery is introduced. She seems both wise and distant and adds the perfect amount of thoughtfulness to the plot.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It's hard to pick just one scene. Any time a different tent in the circus was described I was mesmerized.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Night Circus and why?

    Chandresh, who started off with hosting midnight dinners, had a flair and torment of the soul that reflected the underpinning conflicts of the Night Circus.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Suffragette Scandal: Brothers Sinister, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Courtney Milan
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (79)

    Miss Frederica "Free" Marshall has put her heart and soul into her newspaper, known for its outspoken support of women's rights. Naturally, her enemies are intent on destroying her business and silencing her for good. Free refuses to be at the end of her rope...but she needs more rope, and she needs it now. Edward Clark's aristocratic family abandoned him to die in a war-torn land, so he survived the only way he could: by becoming a rogue and a first-class forger.

    Raquel says: "A Solid Romance with Little Spice"
    "A Solid Romance with Little Spice"
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    Where does The Suffragette Scandal rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would put it in the middle. It kept my attention and had a nice pace, but it lacked complexity.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked the kid brother. He was energetic and loyal.


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

    Yes, I particularly enjoy Ms. Landor's performances and that is why I tried this new author. She had a great performance as always.


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

    No, that's why it belongs in the middle.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Lily, Lily Blue: Book 3 of the Raven Cycle

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Maggie Stiefvater
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (231)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (211)

    Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs. The trick with found things, though, is how easily they can be lost. Friends can betray. Mothers can disappear. Visions can mislead. Certainties can unravel.

    FanB14 says: "Maggie is a Beautiful Writer"
    "Stale Lily, Stalled Lily"
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    What did you like best about Blue Lily, Lily Blue? What did you like least?

    The Raven Cycle has been broken into several books and the story could have been told in two. There are many redundancies and circular themes that get old after a while. I was hoping it would fare better than the second book, but I just felt like the story dragged on in a creepy, unsatisfying sort of way.


    What could Maggie Stiefvater have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Cut to the chase a little sooner. It felt like things were dragged on to make room for another book, not because it enriched the story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene between Adam and Ronin, when Ronin shows Adam his dream creature.


    Was Blue Lily, Lily Blue worth the listening time?

    If it had been cut in half, then yes, but it seemed to drag on.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sunrise Point

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (572)
    Performance
    (503)
    Story
    (503)

    RITA Award winner Robyn Carr is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. In this 19th installment of her Virgin River series, Tom Cavanaugh returns home to take over his family’s apple orchard and settle down. Single mom Nora Crane is nothing like the kind of woman he thought he’d fall for—yet he can’t take his eyes off her. And while they have different concepts about family, they soon find out how quickly those ideas can change.

    pewter says: "Mood Enhancing Series"
    "As Shallow as Darla"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The ending seemed quite abrupt and overly simplified. Also, the characters had potential, but they were often flat and any interesting parts of their personalities seemed skimmed over.


    What was most disappointing about Robyn Carr’s story?

    The storyline was a bit complicated, but because Carr didn't go into any depth it lacked richness. I was drawn to the plot because it wasn't a typical love story, but all the aspects that made this story unique were easily boxed up and moved out of the way. For example, she was living in a house that was being foreclosed on and boom, she got married and that was the end of the little problem.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked the scenes featuring Maxi.


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

    No. I felt like the challenges the protaganistic faced were not authentically represented.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Helene Wecker
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3688)
    Performance
    (3397)
    Story
    (3392)

    Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

    Tango says: "Enchanting Debut Novel - Delicious!"
    "A Magical Relationship Between Two Worlds"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Golem and the Jinni the most enjoyable?

    The way the Golem and the Jinni complimented each other. They're conversations really illustrated how different their temperaments were and yet, there was a common thread between them that I think often exists with such odd pairs.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Golem and the Jinni?

    There were many fragmented moments that held great potential. However, there was no scene in particular that gripped me.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I think my favorite scene was when the Golem, the Jinni, and ice cream man Sala all end up on the front steps of Sophia Winston's house. Sophia, although bombarded by almost strangers, kept her cool and treated her guests with hospitality. I also appreciate that she used a situation that could have been quite destructive to her benefit and found a way to have her parents consent to her traveling the world.


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

    In the city of New York, the magical world of the immigrant comes to life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The King's Deception: A Cotton Malone Novel, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Steve Berry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (476)
    Performance
    (422)
    Story
    (428)

    Cotton Malone and his 15-year-old son, Gary, are headed to Europe. As a favor to his former boss at the Justice Department, Malone agrees to escort a teenage fugitive back to England. But after he is greeted at gunpoint in London, both the fugitive and Gary disappear, and Malone learns that he’s stumbled into a high-stakes diplomatic showdown - an international incident fueled by geopolitical gamesmanship and shocking Tudor secrets.

    Carol says: "First Book Mr Berry fell flat on."
    "A Light Listen Filled with HIstorical Intrigue"
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    If you could sum up The King's Deception in three words, what would they be?

    Elizabethan, paternity, and corruption.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The young pickpocket and Ms. Mary. They add a bit of humanity to the book that may have otherwise been missing.


    Did Scott Brick do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    For the most part he did a great job. There were times I found it difficult to separate his portrayals because their voices and mannerisms were quite similar, but for the women he did a pretty nice job.


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

    Not particularly.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't typically read Steve Barry books, but I purchased it for a road trip I was taking with my husband. I found the action packed narrative to go quite well with my cleaning schedule.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Orphan Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christina Baker Kline
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5878)
    Performance
    (5190)
    Story
    (5206)

    Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to "aging out" out of the foster care system. A community-service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse.... As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

    Kathi says: "Moving story of sharing and transformation."
    "A Sweet Narrative of Intergenerational Strength"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this audiobook. I found the story to carry a message of hope that strengthened my spirits. This book used two points of views, one from an adolescent perspective, and one from an senior perspective, which gave it a unique ability to deal with the both the emotions and wisdom that come from life's difficulties.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the relationship that unfolded between the two protaganists. It gave me hope that love comes in all forms and when you least expect it.


    Which character – as performed by Jessica Almasy and Suzanne Toren – was your favorite?

    Viv was my favorite character. She has both a whimsical and steely aspect to her personality that made me care about her experiences.


    Who was the most memorable character of Orphan Train and why?

    Duchy was the most memorable character. His character seemed to have a lot of heart and I really like the scratchy voice the narrator used for him.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (8515)
    Performance
    (7700)
    Story
    (7715)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Kinda Saw It Coming"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Cuckoo's Calling to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version of The Cuckoo's Calling, but I really enjoyed the performance.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Cuckoo's Calling?

    Meeting the designer. His character came alive for me and I could just picture him sauntering around and complaining about Lulu's family.


    What about Robert Glenister’s performance did you like?

    How he changed the pace and tone of his voice to line up with the characters.


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

    Not particularly. I would categorize this book as a light read.


    Any additional comments?

    I think the last paragraph of the epilogue was a message from J.K. Rowling to her readers. Such a mystery in itself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bloody Jack

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By L.A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1735)
    Performance
    (1200)
    Story
    (1198)

    Life as a ship's boy aboard HMS Dolphin is a dream come true for Jacky Faber. Gone are the days of scavenging for food and fighting for survival on the streets of 18th-century London. Instead, Jacky is becoming a skilled and respected sailor as the crew pursues pirates on the high seas. There's only one problem: Jacky is a girl. And she will have to use every bit of her spirit, wit, and courage to keep the crew from discovering her secret.

    Terry says: "Sometimes it clicks"
    "Pirates and Puberty"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Bloody Jack to be better than the print version?

    In this case yes. I think the narrator did a fantastic job with the voices. She had a jaunty and fun accent that emphasized the nautical feel of the book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bloody Jack was of course. I'm now an adult but this story is so great for females who long to read about adventure on the wild seas. It was really interesting to read about Mary aka Jackie's transition from girl to boy to girl.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were a lot to choose from. Ultimately my favorite scene was when Jackie got her first meal on The Dolphin. Her excitement, pleasure, and contentment with a full meal was palpable. She and the others seemed so pleased with such questionable cuisine (it might have been horse meat, but one is never quite sure) that it made me smile.


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

    Yes. I listened to it on a 400 mile drive and I was reluctant to leave the car when I finally arrived at my destination. I wanted to know what would happen to Jackie!


    Any additional comments?

    If you want fun and entertainment and hints of depth, then I definitely think this book fits the bill. It's a great adventure book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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