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Sandie

I'm married with 3 children and 2 grandchildren. Love to read books, and love to listen to audio books. Genre's UF/Sci-Fi/ dystopian/ fiction and mystery/thrillers

Elk Grove, CA, United States

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FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
21

  • A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Narrated By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1414)
    Performance
    (1219)
    Story
    (1195)

    A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty is a powerful saga of three generations of women, plagued by hardships and torn by a devastating secret, yet inextricably joined by the bonds of family. Fifteen-year-old Mosey Slocumb-spirited, sassy, and on the cusp of womanhood-is shaken when a small grave is unearthed in the backyard, and determined to figure out why it's there. Liza, her stroke-ravaged mother, is haunted by choices she made as a teenager. But it is Jenny, Mosey's strong and big-hearted grandmother....

    Janice says: "I wanted to cheer out loud!"
    "Jackson did it again !!!"
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    Fantastic book, I very rarely (actually NEVER) listen to a book twice, but a couple of days after I finished the book I missed the characters, and Ms. Jackson's lovely voice, so I listened to it again :) Highly recommend the book and author

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Emily and Einstein: A Novel of Second Chances

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Linda Francis Lee
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller, Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (473)
    Performance
    (405)
    Story
    (407)

    He was a man who didn’t deserve a second chance... but he needed one. Emily and her husband, Sandy Portman, seemed to live a gracious if busy life in an old-world, Upper West Side apartment in the famous Dakota building. But one night on the way to meet Emily, Sandy dies in a tragic accident. The funeral isn't even over before Emily learns she is on the verge of being evicted from their apartment. But worse than the possibility of losing her home, Emily is stunned when she discovers that her marriage was made up of lies.

    Allison says: "Well-written, kept my attention"
    "Loved this book :)"
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    I absolutely loved every minute of this book...:) Linda Francis Lee is 3 for 3, so far I have enjoyed all of her books on Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Age of Miracles: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Karen Thompson Walker
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (465)
    Performance
    (410)
    Story
    (408)

    On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, Julia and her family awake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. The days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, the environment is thrown into disarray. Yet as she struggles to navigate an ever-shifting landscape, Julia is also coping with the normal disasters of everyday life.

    Karen says: "Not sure I can measure up..."
    "Put me to sleep"
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    I just couldn't get into this book, I wanted to like it because I love YA dystopian books. But this one was very slow and pretty boring. I loved Life as we knew it by Susan Beth Pfeffer, very similar but much better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Delirium

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lauren Oliver
    • Narrated By Sarah Drew
    Overall
    (1917)
    Performance
    (1625)
    Story
    (1626)

    "Ninety-five days, and then I'll be safe. I wonder whether the procedure will hurt. I want to get it over with. It's hard to be patient. It's hard not to be afraid while I'm still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn't touched me yet. Still, I worry. They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don't."

    Joyce E McBride says: "Wonderful"
    "I don't understand all the 5 star reviews"
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    By the middle of the book I was just waiting for it to end. I had no interest in the characters, had no doubt as to how the plot would pan out, and simply persevered because I'd sunk the credit into it.. I recommend if you waste a credit on this book, just fast forward to the last hour, the rest of it is crap.

    I love YA novels and the dystopian genre, this one though shouldn't be wasted on anyone over 14, unless you like drama, and loooong boring descriptions on the setting sun, or her feelings.

    Through the whole book you get to snooze through long drawn out descriptions :

    EXAMPLE:
    Love, the deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don't.

    But that isn't it, exactly.

    The condemner and the condemned. The executioner; the blade; the last-minute reprieve; the gasping breath and the rolling sky above you and the thank you, thank you, thank you, God.

    Love: It will kill you and save you, both.

    The narrator did a good job, she got 5 stars :)

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Backseat Saints

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Narrated By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (505)
    Performance
    (303)
    Story
    (301)

    Rose Mae Lolley is a fierce and dirty girl, long-suppressed under flowery skirts and bow-trimmed ballet flats. As "Mrs. Ro Grandee" she's trapped in a marriage that's thick with love and sick with abuse. Her true self has been bound in the chains of marital bliss in rural Texas, letting "Ro" make eggs, iron shirts, and take her punches.

    J. E. JONES says: "Loved this audio!"
    "So VERY good !!!!"
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    I highly recommend this audio. I've listened to almost all her other books and loved them all she also does a great job narrating, she had Rose May, Ro Grandy and Ivy Wheeler's voices perfect. I absolutely love Joshilyn Jacksons books. .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On the Island

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Tracey Garvis Graves
    • Narrated By Heidi Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (416)
    Performance
    (382)
    Story
    (388)

    When 30-year-old English teacher Anna Emerson is offered a job tutoring T.J. Callahan at his family's summer rental in the Maldives, she accepts. T.J. Callahan has no desire to leave town, not that anyone asked him. Anna and T.J. are en route to join T.J.'s family in the Maldives when the pilot of their seaplane suffers a heart attack and crash-lands in the Indian Ocean. Their life jackets keep them afloat until they make it to the shore of an uninhabited island. Now Anna and T.J. just want to survive and they must work together to obtain water, food, fire, and shelter.

    Kim says: "Loved this book!"
    "Loved this book :)"
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    Not sure why people are complaining about the narrator I thought she did a good job. I gave her 4 stars because she didn't change her voice when switching between characters, but that didn't take away from the book at all, The way the author wrote the book you didn't need the voices to change, you knew when it was Anna or T.J.'s POV.



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gods in Alabama

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Narrated By Catherine Taber
    Overall
    (1069)
    Performance
    (497)
    Story
    (500)

    When Arlene Fleet heads up north for college, she makes three promises to God: She will stop fornicating with every boy who crosses her path; never tell another lie; and never, ever go back to the "fourth rack of hell", her hometown of Possett, Alabama. All she wants from Him is one little miracle: make sure the body is never found.

    Nicole says: "I couldn't turn it off!"
    "FAN-FRICKEN-TASTIC !!!!!!!!!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely, this is one of the best books i've listened to or read, and I listen and read A LOT of books.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gods in Alabama?

    I don't like this question, if I write it it will ruin the book for someone who hasn't read it yet. I'll just say, " The whole book is memorable", from start to finish.


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

    This was my first, she's a VERY good narrator.


    Who was the most memorable character of Gods in Alabama and why?

    Arlene (Lena) and Aunt Flo (Florence).


    Any additional comments?

    If your still thinking about getting this book, don't think no more. HIt the BUY button and enjoy ;) You'll love it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Regeneration

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Barbara Allan, Max Allan Collins, Barbara Collins
    • Narrated By Nancy Linari
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Joyce Lackey’s career has spiraled out of control, landing her an early - and humiliating - retirement. Destitute and alone, Joyce grows increasingly suicidal, until she receives a mysterious offer from X-Gen Agency. The corporation claims it can return Joyce’s lost youth and vitality. The catch? She must fake her own death and start a new life, kicking back much of her new salary to X-Gen to pay off the cost of the procedure. Desperate for the slimmest hope, Joyce signs the contract and is thrilled when X-Gen fulfills its promise. Yet even as she embraces her new life, she learns X-Gen is concealing a murderous conspiracy....

    Sandie says: "Kept my interest"
    "Kept my interest"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it was a fast paced and interesting book.


    Which character – as performed by Nancy Linari – was your favorite?

    Joyce, as a women in my 50's also I could relate to a lot of her feelings and fears.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crewel: Crewel World, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Gennifer Albin
    • Narrated By Amanda Dolan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    For generations, girls known as Spinsters have been called by Arras' Manipulation Services to work the looms and control what people eat, where they live, how many children they have, and even when they die. Gifted with the unusual ability to weave time with matter, 16-year-old Adelice Lewys is exactly what the Guild is looking for, and in the world of Arras, being chosen as a Spinster is everything a girl could want. It means privilege, eternal beauty, and being something other than a secretary. But Adelice isn’t interested.

    Marjorie says: "How am I supposed to wait a year for the 2nd book?"
    "I wish I could give this 6 STARS"
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    Where does Crewel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 5, very close to the top :)


    What other book might you compare Crewel to and why?

    The story was very different, I really can't compare to any other book I've read or listened to.


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

    This was my first time listening to her, but I'll definitely see what else she's narrated. She did a great job.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Angelfall: Penryn & the End of Days, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Susan Ee
    • Narrated By Caitlin Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1061)
    Performance
    (977)
    Story
    (985)

    It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her 17-year-old sister, Penryn, will do anything to get her back. Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel. Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl. Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival.

    Brooke says: "Creep-tastic!"
    "Started out really good,"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, It had a good story, it just seemed to drag a bit. I had a hard time finishing it.


    Has Angelfall turned you off from other books in this genre?

    NO WAY !!! I love this genre.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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