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Sandee

Marble Falls, TX, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Born in Shame: Born in Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Fiacre Douglas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (696)
    Performance
    (462)
    Story
    (462)

    Shannon Bodine is a talented graphic artist whose life revolves around her job at a prestigious New York advertising agency. Her world is turned upside down when she learns the identity of her real father: Thomas Concannon. Respecting her late mother's wish, Shannon travels, however reluctantly, to County Clare. There, her loneliness and shame melt away in the embrace of the family she never knew existed.

    Astrid says: "Good book, Reader not so appealing"
    "A Perfect Ending to a Great Trilogy!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would. I would only recommend this book as part of a great trilogy. One really needs to read the first two books in the series before reading this one. This book was a perfect ending to one of Nora Roberts most enjoyable trilogy's.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Born in Shame?

    The ending. I thought I had predicted the ending and then she threw me a curve, but came together in the end for a perfect love story.


    Which character – as performed by Fiacre Douglas – was your favorite?

    Murphy. In the first book,


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

    Pretty much. If I had time I would have, but I would have to put it down at times.


    Any additional comments?

    The

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15039)
    Performance
    (12388)
    Story
    (13023)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "Totally Unprepared!"
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    Where does Fifty Shades of Grey rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Probably in the middle. I had not read any of the hype on the Fifty Shades although there was quite a bit of it on Pinterest. I just didn't pay attention. By the end of the trilogy though it had grown on me and I would have to say that it had moved up in my list of favorites.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fifty Shades of Grey?

    When Anastasia meets grey at the Hotel and he brings the contract for her to read. Ana's character is such a thoughtful character and I liked that about her. She was her own person and she did not just rush into anything she did.. I adored her all through the trilogy.


    What about Becca Battoe’s performance did you like?

    Everything! She was spectacular! She did an awesome job narrating on all three books. She became one of my favorite narrators through this narrating of this trilogy.


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

    Yes I did because of the subject matter of the book, I found myself having emotions of anger, sadness, and even happiness at some points. It definitely is a series that takes you on a ride of emotions, so you had better be ready to expect that before you read the whole trilogy.


    Any additional comments?

    I started reading this series with trepidation but easily got sucked in by the story line. I know there are many that would not be brave enough to read it, but I am glad I did. I feel it is a piece of work well written and takes the listener on an emotional ride that you find yourself remembering parts of it long after you have finished it. I am flad it became a part of my library.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Holy Ghost Girl: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Donna M. Johnson
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    A compassionate, humorous story of faith, betrayal, and coming of age on the sawdust trail. She was just three years old when her mother signed on as the organist of tent revivalist David Terrell, and before long, Donna Johnson was part of the hugely popular evangelical preacher’s inner circle. At seventeen, she left the ministry for good, with a trove of stranger-than-fiction memories.

    Sandee says: "An Amazing Story of Courage and Hope"
    "An Amazing Story of Courage and Hope"
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    Where does Holy Ghost Girl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Because I know the author personally it rates pretty far towards the top of the list.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Donna and her brother. Because of the experiences they had to endure.


    What about Carrington MacDuffie’s performance did you like?

    In talking to Donna about the audible book she said sometimes she thought that maybe she should have narrated it her self, but, after listening to the book I think that Carrington did a superb job of narrating this book and portraying all of the characters. I sincerely enjoyed her performance.


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

    I did have an extreme reaction. There may have been some laughing but more crying. It was so sad to see how Donna's Mother left she and her brother long the way to be with this "evangelist". Of course later finally finding out that their Mom was sleeping with him and having children by him.
    The journey through her life following this lifestyle had to be one of complete confusion to a young child, but they followed along being made to feel this was the only life there was to live.
    As Donna became older and rebelled against the way she had been brought up, she always had thoughts in the back of her mind about David Terrell and his teachings., but mostly missing the children she had grown up with.


    Any additional comments?

    I have been to two events where Donna has come to talk about her book, they were intimate enough that I was fortunate enough to sit with her at both events. In talking to her and now having listened to the book, it is quite amazing to me that she grew up to be the outstanding person she is. Many others would have been felt beat down and not have risen above the life she endured.

    I highly recommend this book. It is a story that will leave you feeling so glad that she rose above her childhood and youth to become a wonderful woman and author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Separation of Power: Mitch Rapp Series

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By Ken Kilban
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1679)
    Performance
    (1415)
    Story
    (1412)

    Newly appointed CIA director Dr. Irene Kennedy is the target of an inside plot to destroy her and prematurely end the American President's term. To make matters worse, Saddam Hussein is close to entering the nuclear arms race - something Israel has vowed to stop. With the haunting specter of World War III looming, the president calls on his secret weapon: top counter-terrorism operative Mitch Rapp. But with only two weeks to take out the nukes, Rapp is up against a ticking clock - and impossible odds.

    Renda says: "Horrible Narration"
    "Together Again!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Separation of Power to be better than the print version?

    For me it is as I am blind and am unable to read the print version. I used to love to read the print versions of books and rarely listened to audio books; only if I was traveling. Now with it being my only option I am thrilled to have the option of audio books.


    What other book might you compare Separation of Power to and why?

    Since this is the only the 2nd Vince Flynn book I have listened too I would have to say the first one I listened to. The reason being is I like the continuity of the characters.


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

    The expression and different nuances of the characters. There are always some narrators that are better than others but I believe he does a fine job of bringing this book to life. and holding your interest from one chapter to the next.


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

    Another wild ride with Mitch Rapp


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Two for the Dough: Stephanie Plum, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1255)
    Performance
    (1049)
    Story
    (1052)

    Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is back, packing a whole lot of attitude. This time around, she's on the trail of Kenny Mancuso, a boy from the working-class burg of Trenton, New Jersey, who has just shot his best friend. Fresh out of the Army and suspiciously wealthy, Mancuso's also distantly related to Joe Morelli, a vice cop with questionable ethics, a libido in permanent overdrive, and a habit of horning in on Stephanie's investigations.

    debra says: "2 for the Dough - Funny, funny, and funny"
    "Two for the Dough is a Must Read!!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Two for the Dough the most enjoyable?

    CJ Critt is a great narrator for this series! She really makes each personality come to life. I enjoy having some of the same characters surface again in this second book of the Stephanie Plum series.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It has to be Stephanie Plum. She just plays such a dunder-head of a personality. In the part she plays as a Bounty Hunter, it is just so darn funny the way she plays the part. In reality I would think someone who would be as dense a part as she plays ,would surely get knocked off, but she always comes out on top with the help of all of her awesomely funny friends. I love it!


    What about C. J. Critt’s performance did you like?

    Like I said earlier. She has a knack for creating the characters in a way that they really come to life in your mind.s eye


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

    Yes. If I had the time to do that, I certainly would. great read!!


    Any additional comments?

    I really like this series. Janet Evanovich has a winning combination of characters in this series. I like her style of writing. Unlike some other authors that I read, she does not use a lot of minutia to clutter up the story. It is always quite straight forward.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Clear and Present Danger

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (517)
    Performance
    (428)
    Story
    (424)

    Colombian drug lords, bored with Uncle Sam's hectoring, assassinate the head of the FBI. The message is clear: Bug off! At what point do these druggies threaten national security? When can a nation act against its enemies? These are questions Jack Ryan must answer because someone has quietly stepped over the line.

    T. Heidner says: "Terrific Book. Much better Narrator"
    "Sitting on th the Edge of your seat!"
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    Would you listen to Clear and Present Danger again? Why?

    Yes and the reason is, it is so detailed there are so many things you can miss the first time through.


    What did you like best about this story?

    In the Jack Ryan series I always likeJack Ryan, but I also liked Mr.Clark and Mr. Chavez. the parts they play are very intense.


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

    Yes, Much the same. He is a very fitting narrator for the Jack Ryan series.


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

    When the helicopter landed on the small boat out in the middle of the ocean during the hurricane to bring the surviving men to safety.


    Any additional comments?

    I always enjoy the Tom Clancy books and especially the Jack Ryan series. I just really enjoy his personality.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Women: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By T. C. Boyle
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (273)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (112)

    Told through the experiences of the four women who loved him, this imaginative account of Frank Lloyd Wright's raucous life blazes with Boyle's trademark wit and invention. Boyle's protean voice captures these very different women and, in doing so, creates a masterful ode to the creative life in all its complexity and grandeur.

    Diane says: "didn't work for me"
    "The Dysfinctional Life of F L Wright and his Women"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Women the most enjoyable?

    Even though I felt like Frank Lloyd Wright was an opportunist and his outright abuse of the women and people in his life, the story was compelling enough to keep listening to the book.


    Would you be willing to try another book from T. C. Boyle? Why or why not?

    Yes, I would. He is so descriptive in his story line and he drew you into the story.


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

    I think he made the book much easier to follow than if I had been reading it. I can see where reading the book would have been much more difficult to follow. Mr Gardner was an extraordinary narrator in his performance. I would definitely want to listen to other books narrated by him.


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

    When he was in China and his paramour for the moment left him and traveled into the mountains to get away from Frank. Then the letter writing back and forth between the two and then Mr. Wright showing up on her doorstep, and the two spending some time together alone before they went back to Hong Kong. He had an uncanny way of always getting his way.


    Any additional comments?

    Anyone interested in this book, I would recommend they listen to it rather than read it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nemesis

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By Thor Knai
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (547)
    Performance
    (394)
    Story
    (383)

    Captured on closed-circuit television: A man walks into an Oslo bank, puts a gun to a cashier’s head, and tells her to count to 25. When he doesn’t get his money fast enough, he pulls the trigger. The young woman dies—and two million Norwegian kroner disappear without a trace.

    Richard says: "What a difference a narrator makes"
    "Unwinding story to the end"
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    What did you love best about Nemesis?

    I am enthralled by the way Jo Nesbo unreels a story from start to finish with barely a hint of


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes of course. All of the books in this series do that, by winding back and forth and up and down. You have to stay on your toes to keep up.


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

    No and actually I prefer Robin Sachs to do the performance for the Harry Hole series. Thor was ok, but Robin Sachs really brings it to life.


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

    Neither- It is a book that just leaves you wanting more.


    Any additional comments?

    For some reason I cannot find a book 6 in this series. It skips right from Book 5 to Book 7 & 8. Is there a book 6 that may have been written by someone else or am I just overlooking something?

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Todd Burpo, Lynn Vincent
    • Narrated By Dean Gallagher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2669)
    Performance
    (1987)
    Story
    (2031)

    When Colton Burpo made it through an emergency appendectomy, his family was overjoyed at his miraculous survival. What they weren’t expecting, though, was the story that emerged in the months that followed—a story as beautiful as it was extraordinary, detailing their little boy’s trip to heaven and back.

    Jill says: "Heaven is For Real"
    "Heaven IS for rreal!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Heaven Is for Real the most enjoyable?

    the way the little boy would come up with different things he remembered at different times about his Heaven experience.


    What other book might you compare Heaven Is for Real to and why?

    n/a


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Nothing. He was great. He had that Midwestern accent down pat~


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

    Yes- It was a short read and you could easily listen to it in a sitting. Especially if you are traveling by car or plane.


    Any additional comments?

    no

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Company: A Novel of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (5007)
    Performance
    (2113)
    Story
    (2106)

    "If Robert Littell didn't invent the American spy novel," says Tom Clancy, "he should have." In this spectacular Cold-War-as-Alice-in-Wonderland epic, Littell, "the American le Carre," takes us down the rabbit hole and into the labyrinthine world of espionage that has been the CIA for the last half-century. "Ostensibly a single novel, The Company can also be listened to as an anthology of cracking good spy stories," says (Publishers Weekly).

    Cynthia says: "Hang on to your Hat"
    "The Company: Keeps you riveted"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Company to be better than the print version?

    The Audible edition is much more compelling and brings the story to life.


    What other book might you compare The Company to and why?

    I have no knowledge base to compare it to. In some ways I would compare it to the trilogy of


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    He was able to impersonate the different characters vocally which is the key to a great performance audibly.


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

    As it was over 40 hours long, that was an impossible feat. But it was a book I had to come back to every spare minute I had.


    Any additional comments?

    I found

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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