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  • Fifty Shades Darker: Book Two of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9317)
    Performance
    (8116)
    Story
    (8131)

    Daunted by the singular tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house. But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist.

    Tracy L says: "I CAN'T LISTEN ANY LONGER! I'M BUYING THE BOOK."
    "You had me at Fifty.......Darker was sublime!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Fifty Shades Darker to be better than the print version?

    Didn't read it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Anna of course! She's THE perfect person for 'fifty'.


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

    I'm not crazy about her male voices, but give her credit for doing so many of them well. I do like her voice as it brings Anna's character to life. I would like to hear other books by Ms. Battoe.


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

    I have to say I did have an extreme reaction. I'm surprised I got past the first book since 'erotica' isn't what I choose to read. However, the story is so compelling it turned into the best book I've 'heard' in a very long time.


    Any additional comments?

    It definitely lives up to the hype!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bridge to Haven

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Francine Rivers
    • Narrated By Kate Forbes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (283)
    Performance
    (258)
    Story
    (260)

    To those who matter in 1950s Hollywood, Lena Scott is the hottest rising star to hit the silver screen since Marilyn Monroe. Few know her real name is Abra. Even fewer know the price she' s paid to finally feel like she' s somebody. To Pastor Ezekiel Freeman, Abra will always be the little girl who stole his heart the night he found her, a wailing newborn abandoned under a bridge on the outskirts of Haven.

    Candace says: "Francine Rivers is the best for a reason."
    "A little boring."
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    What did you like best about Bridge to Haven? What did you like least?

    I can't really point out anything I liked best. I appreciate Francine Rivers writing/stories for the most part and have loved more than a few of her books. This one just went on too long, characters weren't as charismatic and the ending was unsatisfying.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Francine Rivers? Why or why not?

    Yes, of course. She is usually brilliant. Her stories are usually rich with history and details.


    Which character – as performed by Kate Forbes – was your favorite?

    The only interesting or realistic character was Mitzie.


    Did Bridge to Haven inspire you to do anything?

    Not at all.


    Any additional comments?

    At the end of the book the author explains why she wrote this book. I just wasn't able to relate or feel the connection from her inspiration to the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9282)
    Performance
    (8361)
    Story
    (8369)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Quite enjoyable!"
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    If you could sum up Sycamore Row in three words, what would they be?

    Very good book.


    What other book might you compare Sycamore Row to and why?

    Michael Robotham books like Suspense.


    What about Michael Beck’s performance did you like?

    He is very good at providing lots of background for characters. In culinary terms I felt it was a flavorful book.


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

    Not one things.


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyable but not stellar.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Juror

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1575)
    Performance
    (392)
    Story
    (386)

    In 1970, one of Mississippi's more colorful weekly newspapers, The Ford County Times, went bankrupt. To the surprise and dismay of many, ownership was assumed by a 23 year-old college dropout, named Willie Traynor. The future of the paper looked grim until a young mother was brutally raped and murdered by a member of the notorious Padgitt family. Willie Traynor reported all the gruesome details, and his newspaper began to prosper.

    Danielle says: "Grisham's Finest"
    "Good, not great!"
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    What did you like best about The Last Juror? What did you like least?

    Cannot answer this question really. It was all about the same throughout. Nothing grabs you.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    3/4 into the book was just filler. I think it needed more crisis and intensity.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None.


    Was The Last Juror worth the listening time?

    Mmmmm sure, if there wasn't a book you are waiting to read in the wings!


    Any additional comments?

    I expected a little more from Grisham.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bleed for Me

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (305)
    Performance
    (266)
    Story
    (261)

    A teenage girl - Sienna, a troubled friend of his daughter - comes to Joe O'Loughlin's door one night. She is terrorized, incoherent-and covered in blood. The police find Sienna's father, a celebrated former cop, murdered in the home he shared with Sienna. Tests confirm that it's his blood on Sienna. She says she remembers nothing....

    Beverly says: "Outstanding Thriller"
    "Robotham continues to entice!"
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    Where does Bleed for Me rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    #4 of the 4 I have read so far. Only because I have to rate it. I continue to be glued to this series and don't want it to end.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bleed for Me?

    The beginning is always memorable because Robotham lays out hideous details of the story and subsequent solving of the mystery.


    What about Sean Barrett’s performance did you like?

    I feel he captured each and every accent quite well.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoy your first read just know you've got a great list of books to enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (571)
    Performance
    (403)
    Story
    (401)

    After a woman is brutally slain, investigators bring psychiatrist Joe O'Loughlin in for expert consultation. Joe is shocked to discover the dead woman is a former patient of his who cried rape when he rebuffed her sexual advances. Citing doctor/patient confidentiality, Joe hides this information. But the truth emerges, and suddenly he is the prime suspect.

    Bonnie says: "Found"
    "I'm loving Robotham!"
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    Would you listen to Suspect again? Why?

    Absolutely! I love his writing style, the narrator and just plain great story. My first was Say You're sorry. It was so good I went to #1 to start from the beginning. I find myself listening at every opportunity and then so disappointed when it's over. Books are the same as movies for me, if I like it I can do it over again and enjoy it just as much as the first time.


    What other book might you compare Suspect to and why?

    A couple of Robert Goddard's books are this good.


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

    Because I'm not a great reader, the narrator brings books to life. A really good narrator makes a read feel like a movie. Prebble does a great job of it.


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

    No laughing or crying, just can't put it down.


    Any additional comments?

    It's just so enjoyable to find a series you like as much this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Say You're Sorry

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (280)
    Performance
    (251)
    Story
    (251)

    When pretty and popular teenagers Piper Hadley and Tash McBain disappear one Sunday morning, the investigation captivates a nation but the girls are never found. Three years later, during the worst blizzard in a century, a husband and wife are brutally killed in the farmhouse where Tash McBain once lived. A suspect is in custody, a troubled young man who can hear voices and claims that he saw a girl that night being chased by a snowman.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Robotham is the real deal!"
    "My first, and was it ever GREAT!"
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    If you could sum up Say You're Sorry in three words, what would they be?

    Well written, fast paced, intriguing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Piper. She is such a sympathetic character, yet she triumphs in spirit beyond anybody's expectations.


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

    No I haven't listened to him perform. I think he is in the top tier of narrators.


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

    Yes. Many more that stirred my spirit.


    Any additional comments?

    To those who have read many of the authors novels my opinions will be redundant. This book was exceptional in my opinion. It wasn't overly predictable. It's fast paced and holds your interest until the last word.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Firebird

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1099)
    Performance
    (996)
    Story
    (999)

    Nicola Marter was born with a gift. When she touches an object, she sometimes glimpses those who have owned it before. When a woman arrives with a small wooden carving at the gallery Nicola works at, she can see the object’s history and knows that it was named after the Firebird - the mythical creature from an old Russian fable. Compelled to know more, Nicola follows a young girl named Anna who leads her into the past on a quest through the glittering backdrops of the Jacobites and Russian courts, unearthing a tale of love, courage, and redemption.

    Sue says: "More heavy on the romance than the historical"
    "VERY ENJOYABLE READ!"
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    Would you listen to The Firebird again? Why?

    Yes, I did. I didn't know about the prequel to this book. So after I listened to The Winter Sea, I re-listened to this one.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Again, Anna. She has such character. She's humble, kind, smart and funny.


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

    No I haven't but I certainly loved this one!


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

    I don't cry but I smile a lot during this book.


    Any additional comments?

    It will be difficult to find another series I liked as much as this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Winter Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2834)
    Performance
    (2383)
    Story
    (2389)

    History has all but forgotten.... In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown. Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next best-selling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write. But then she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction....

    Martha says: "Get Out Your Hankies"
    "LOVE...LOVE.... LOVE THIS BOOK."
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    Would you listen to The Winter Sea again? Why?

    Yes, absolutely! I listened to the sequel first, then this. Loved them both so I went back and listened to the sequel again. At some point I will listen to them both again.


    What other book might you compare The Winter Sea to and why?

    Speaks the Nightbird. First of all, the history. Both of these writers bring that era to life for me, as if I am watching a movie. The detail, and the narrators.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Rosalyn Landor?

    I didn't care for this narrator as much as The Firebird's.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Winter Sea and why?

    Anna, of course.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like historical fiction with a love story (or two) woven in you can't miss with this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Face of Death

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Cody McFadyen
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (37)

    “I want to talk to Smoky Barrett or I’ll kill myself.” The girl is sixteen, at the scene of a grisly triple homicide, and has a gun to her head. She claims “The Stranger” killed her adoptive family, that he’s been following her all her life, killing everyone she ever loved, and that no one believes her. No one has.

    Valerie says: "WONDERFUL!!!"
    "I just can't get through this book!"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different narrator.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Changed the narrator. This one was a bowl of oatmeal.


    What didn’t you like about Joyce Bean’s performance?

    Her cadence was off. Her male voices were absurd.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not sure. I may listen from time to time when I can tolerate the narrator just to hear how it ends.


    Any additional comments?

    I guess you can't always get the real picture from reviews. I doubt I will try another Joyce Bean book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Speaks the Nightbird

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2978)
    Performance
    (2660)
    Story
    (2642)

    The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

    aaron says: "Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!"
    "Historical Fiction at it's Best!"
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    The finely woven details. Not knowing where this book was going until it ended. The rich descriptions of the times, although I could have loved even more. Especially the medical techniques available at that time. I don't think I would have made it through this book had I read it. The glorious narration of Edoardo Ballerini brought the richness of tumult to beguile the senses and keep you wanting more.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    Attention to detail. I love the details. I read a complaint that the book should have lost the entire midsection. I disagree! Each and every detail,even hideous and vile, make the book and characters more real and believable.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    Yes absolutely. I don't know how he achieves this. He is truly gifted with words and provides such detail you feel as though you really know what it would be like in this time and in this story.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    NOT ONE THING. I am in awe of Mr. Ballerini's interpretations of characters voices. I want to hear more. The marriage of this author and this narrator is a symphony.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    I rarely come across books that, as they say "I can't put down" but this is one of them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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