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Regina

Believer in what you can't see

SOUTHINGTON, CONNECTICUT, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Water Bound: A Sea Haven Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Angela Brazil
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (410)
    Performance
    (271)
    Story
    (285)

    The last thing Sid remembered was being enlisted to protect a vulnerable young woman in the coastal town of Sea Haven. Then, as if in some nightmare, he was lost in the swirling currents of the ocean, and sucked deeper into a freezing black eddy. Just as quickly, he was saved - pulled ashore by a beautiful stranger. Her name is Rikki, a sea-urchin diver in Sea Haven. Soon they will be bound by tantalizing secrets, which will engulf them both in a whirlpool of passion and danger.

    Angela says: "A new start with a dash of reunion"
    "Series after the Drake Sisters"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The audiobook was all right, but I like the book better. The voice and images are better in my mind, than they are when I listen to the narrator.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Water Bound?

    Finding out what happens to Ilya's brother.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I like it when Rikki brings the water to her and puts out the fire.


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

    When Lev is determine to protect Rikki from everyone, even though he has never done it before.


    Any additional comments?

    Very nice continuation of the Drake's sister series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Garden of Happy Endings: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Barbara O'Neal
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    In Barbara O’Neal’s novel of hope and renewal, two very different sisters discover that life is like a garden: Tend to it daily, nourish it with patience and optimism, and then watch the beauty unfold. After tragedy shatters her small community in Seattle, the Reverend Elsa Montgomery has a crisis of faith. Returning to her hometown of Pueblo, Colorado, she seeks work in a local soup kitchen. Preparing nourishing meals for folks in need, she keeps her hands busy while her heart searches for understanding. Meanwhile, her sister, Tamsin, as colorful as Elsa is unadorned and steadfast, finds her perfect life shattered when she learns that her husband is a criminal.

    Dina says: "Spiritually Stunted"
    "How helping others bring its own reward"
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    If you could sum up The Garden of Happy Endings in three words, what would they be?

    Learning through helping.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The boy who was killed and became a ghost and an angel for the field.


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

    Eby's brings the voices to the characters, but O'neal writes story that stand alone.


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

    At the end of the story when the gang members attack Elisa and she ends up in the hospital and the angels and saints help her recuperate. I also like the community garden and kitchen and all the positive relationship that come from it.


    Any additional comments?

    I like the garden and recipe stories it seems to me they should fit together some how, but unfortunately they don't.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goddesses of Kitchen Avenue

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Barbara Samuel
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Struggling to pick up the pieces after her marriage falls apart, Trudy Marino finds support from a quirky, eclectic group of friends, her goddesses of Kitchen Avenue. There's Jade, a fiery social worker who's finding unexpected strength to deal with her "player" ex-husband; Jade's grandmother, Roberta, who has just lost her husband of 62 years, and through memory and grief wonders what to do with the rest of her life.

    glamazon says: "Too sexy "but"...or "and"?"
    "Another great story about women"
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    Would you listen to The Goddesses of Kitchen Avenue again? Why?

    Yes, I love the relationships that are in this story. Samuel has a knack of creating great characters and plots that just makes me want more.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Goddesses of Kitchen Avenue?

    Most memorable moment is when Trudy and Rick start to get their relationship back together. I like that it was a little work for them to learn more about each other and to treat each others as adults not just someone your with.


    What about Bernadette Dunne’s performance did you like?

    She did a great job with the characters voices. She had the intensity some of the characters needed in order to understand them.


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

    When the beginning novelist went to the writers retreat even when her husband left her, but then once he realized she wasn't going away he was her biggest fan.


    Any additional comments?

    Good story, but I have loved every novel from Barbara O'neal has written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Skye: Immortals After Dark, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (444)
    Performance
    (414)
    Story
    (419)

    As a boy, Thronos, prince of Skye Hall, loved Lanthe, a mischievous Sorceri girl who made him question everything about his Vrekener clan. But when the two got caught in the middle of their families’ war, tragedy struck, leaving Thronos and Lanthe bitter enemies. Though centuries have passed, nothing can cool his seething need for the beautiful enchantress who scarred his body - and left an even deeper impression on his soul.

    tina says: "No one does it like Kresley Cole"
    "Finally Thronos and Lanthe"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Dark Skye to be better than the print version?

    I don't know since I only have the audio version, but I prefer to have both. I love the written word and the audio version brings the characters to life.


    What other book might you compare Dark Skye to and why?

    No Rest for the Wicked and Pleasure of a Dark Prince. They both have couples who have to do any adventure to bring them together, but once it does the love is great.


    Which character – as performed by Robert Petkoff – was your favorite?

    Lanthe is my favorite. I like how nice she is even though she's suppose to be evil, but she just can't. I love that she becomes more self confident as Thronos and Lanthe try to solve their problems.


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

    No, because then I have to wait for the next novel in the series, so I like to savor the story.


    Any additional comments?

    The last two stories are in keeping with the earlier stories and of course I LOVE NIX. When she gets her story the guy will have to be fantastic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Bed of Spices

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Barbara Samuel
    • Narrated By Anne Johnstonbrown
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    The exquisite Frederica der Esslingen fled from her father's castle to the herbalist's cottage, vowing she could never give in to her father's wishes and marry the man her twin sister loved. Another man, a stranger forbidden to her, touched her very soul. A man who listened when she spoke...a man with a tumble of black curls and clever lips.... He understood her bold, searching heart. Yet he was denied her forever.

    Regina says: "Great story of how forbidden love can change lives"
    "Great story of how forbidden love can change lives"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Bed of Spices the most enjoyable?

    This a very good story, but there is darkness in it that makes want to throw up you hands and walk away from the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How authentic the story line was from true history.


    Which character – as performed by Anne Johnstonbrown – was your favorite?

    Frederica because she perseveres under tremendous odds and some how survives.


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

    Yes, when the Jews are gather into a synagogue and burn to death, it my breath stop and made me want to cry for those lose souls.


    Any additional comments?

    Barbara Samuels or Barbara O'neal stories are fantastic, they will make you think, laugh, sigh and fall in love with all her characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead but Not Forgotten: Stories from the World of Sookie Stackhouse

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris (editor), Toni L. P. Kelner (editor), Rachel Caine, and others
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (331)
    Performance
    (312)
    Story
    (311)

    Charlaine Harris' smash-hit Sookie Stackhouse series may have reached its conclusion, but the world of Bon Temps, Louisiana, lives on in this all-new collection of 15 stories. Written by a killer lineup of authors, including New York Times best-sellers Rachel Caine, MaryJanice Davidson, Jonathan Maberry and Seanan McGuire, and with introductions read by Charlaine herself, Dead but Not Forgotten puts your favorite characters center stage.

    Catherine says: "Bitter Sweet"
    "It was good catching up with great characters"
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    If you could sum up Dead but Not Forgotten in three words, what would they be?

    Major character update


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like that a lot of the secondary characters were given a story of their own ( Dianta, Quinn, Eric, etc) now we need a sequel on the sequel.


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

    She brought life to the story and she brings life to the sequel.


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

    The one with Dianta made me laugh and Eric's made me happy.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a very good series and another sequel would be great.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • What's So Funny?: My Hilarious Life

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Tim Conway, Jane Scovell, Carol Burnett
    • Narrated By Tim Conway, Carol Burnett, Dick Hill, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (613)
    Performance
    (558)
    Story
    (555)

    Six-time Emmy Award-winning funnyman Tim Conway, best known for his characters on The Carol Burnett Show, offers a straight-shooting and hilarious memoir about his life on stage and off as an actor and comedian. In television history, few entertainers have captured as many hearts and made as many people laugh as Tim Conway. There's nothing in the world that Tim Conway would rather do than entertain - and in his first-ever memoir, What's So Funny?, that's exactly what he does.

    Richard says: "Very Enjoyable"
    "Funny as always"
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    Where does What's So Funny? rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It stands alone. What can I say Tim Conway is a hoot. He was funny as an adult and his story of childhood is fun and endearing. I highly recommend this lighthearted audiobook.


    What other book might you compare What's So Funny? to and why?

    I don't have any other audiobook that compares, but it does encourage me to get more non-fiction entertainment.


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

    Yes, have your ever heard of "The Carol Burnett Show," and this is right up there with that show.


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

    Yes, in fact I listen to the audiobook a second time already.


    Any additional comments?

    Tim Conway I hope you make me laugh for another 40 years.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Life: All Souls, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2521)
    Performance
    (2367)
    Story
    (2354)

    After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness's enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew's ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches - with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency.

    Loren says: "too many loose threads in this weaving"
    "Good ending but the chasing was almost too much"
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    What did you love best about The Book of Life?

    The babies being born and Diana and Matthew changing their world.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gallowglass who was very colorful, fun and loyal no matter what. I wish he would have found someone in this novel.


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

    She bring Diana Bishop to life and give the text a magical quality.


    Any additional comments?

    Very good series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Bake a Perfect Life: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Barbara O'Neal
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    In a novel as warm and embracing as a family kitchen, Barbara O’Neal explores the poignant, sometimes complex relationships between mothers and daughters - and the healing magic of homemade bread. Professional baker Ramona Gallagher is a master of an art that has sustained her through the most turbulent times, including a baby at 15 and an endless family feud. But now Ramona’s bakery threatens to crumble around her. Literally. She’s one water-heater disaster away from losing her grandmother’s rambling Victorian and everything she’s worked so hard to build.

    L.W. says: "Good Listen..."
    "Warm and toasty"
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    Where does How to Bake a Perfect Life rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Toward the top of the list, it's about how decisions can change your life for the better and that you never know what will be around the next corner.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of How to Bake a Perfect Life?

    Jonah shows up in Ramona's life again and for good. It's funny how we have all these big dreams but sometimes you get something completely different.


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

    The nuances of the character, I had a more emotional connection to the characters than if I just read the book.


    If you could rename How to Bake a Perfect Life, what would you call it?

    Where the road will take you.


    Any additional comments?

    I love the actual recipes in the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The All You Can Dream Buffet: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Barbara O'Neal
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    Barbara O’Neal’s novel of food, friendship, and the freedom to grow your dreams brings together four very different women longing to savor the true taste of happiness. Popular blogger and foodie queen Lavender Wills reigns over Lavender Honey Farms, a serene slice of organic heaven nestled in Oregon wine country. Lavender is determined to keep her legacy from falling into the profit-driven hands of uncaring relatives, and she wants an heir to sustain her life’s work after she’s gone.

    Ronna says: "Who will inherit the lavender farm?"
    "Good story but predictable"
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    What did you love best about The All You Can Dream Buffet?

    That the journey the women take help them heal and grow.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That some one loves to farm and take care of the land.


    Which character – as performed by Joyce Bean – was your favorite?

    Jennie because she is doing a lot of things for the first time and doesn't give in to guilty and corrosion from people who try to make her afraid of the unknown.


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

    When the farm becomes Rudy's and not one of the nephews who want to sell the land.


    Any additional comments?

    Good story but a little predicable. I like "How to Bake a Perfect Life. " and "No Place like home," better.They plots are more real and complicated.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The King: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1365)
    Performance
    (1278)
    Story
    (1284)

    After turning his back on the throne for centuries, Wrath, son of Wrath, finally assumed his father's mantle - with the help of his beloved mate. But the crown sets heavily on his head. As the war with the Lessening Society rages on, and the threat from the Band of Bastards truly hits home, he is forced to make choices that put everything - and everyone - at risk. Beth Randall thought she knew what she was getting into when she mated the last pure blooded vampire on the planet: An easy ride was not it.

    Erin says: "Excellent as Usual!!"
    "No matter how much Ward writes I always want more"
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    If you could sum up The King in three words, what would they be?

    Surprises everywhere


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

    There are to many to name just one. There is Beth and Wrath, Assail and Sola, Wrath's father and Wrath's mother, Layla and Score and Selena and the Shadow. All good and memorable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Beth has a baby and when she has her needing and doesn't even know she is pregnant already.


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

    I am always happy when the love interest get together and that the brothers are still all together and in one piece.


    Any additional comments?

    Another excellent story with a lot of surprises that will make you sigh and cheer and sometimes wish circumstances were different.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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