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Sharon

Afton, VA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 9 purchased in 2014
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  • The Prince of Frogtown

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Rick Bragg
    • Narrated By Rick Bragg
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (24)

    Rick Bragg closes his circle of family stories with an unforgettable tale about fathers and sons inspired by his own relationship with his 10-year-old stepson.

    Suzn F says: "one of my very favorite authors"
    "Rick Bragg does it again"
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    If you could sum up The Prince of Frogtown in three words, what would they be?

    reflective, writes in a believable manner, love that Rick read this one


    Any additional comments?

    Following his other books which were stories about his mother and his grandfather, this book is about his father and how he grew up and became the man that he was and he wasn't a good man all the time. It is reflective and cathartic as Rick tries to understand why his father did what he did, the drinking, the separations, the abuse. All of us can find something to honor in this book. Another prize from Rick Bragg.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gregor the Overlander: Underland Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (781)
    Performance
    (512)
    Story
    (523)

    When Gregor falls through a grate in the laundry room of his apartment building, he hurtles into the dark Underland, where spiders, rats, and cockroaches coexist uneasily with humans. This world is on the brink of war, and Gregor's arrival is no accident. A prophecy foretells that Gregor has a role to play in the Underland's uncertain future. Gregor wants no part of it, until he realizes it's the only way to solve the mystery of his father's disappearance.

    Joey says: "Second best book series in print"
    "Good for young adults"
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    Any additional comments?

    I read this based on the knowledge that the author had written "The Hunger Games". It was a cute book but a little too adolescent for me. I'm 57 and would love for my grandkids to read this but that's about it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6726)
    Performance
    (4702)
    Story
    (4687)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "What a fabulous book!"
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    Where does The Kitchen House rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    it ranks very near to the top


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Kitchen House?

    There were so many "gasp" moments. The beating of Ben, the rape of Belle, the abuse suffered by many of the characters, white and black. don't want to name to many and be a spoiler!


    What about Orlagh Cassidy and Bahni Turpin ’s performance did you like?

    I loved that Livinia was Irish, as was the reader.


    If you could take any character from The Kitchen House out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Marshall, he truly was a tortured soul


    Any additional comments?

    Wonderfully read, a story I will never forget!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17211)
    Performance
    (15290)
    Story
    (15243)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "A good Stephen King"
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    Where does 11-22-63 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks as #3


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 11-22-63?

    The ending, what a sweet, sweet ending.......


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

    Nothing


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    This was a great book, I'm glad I listened vs. reading. I do find Stephen King to be somewhat long winded in his writing. He has always stated he can't write love stories but I would beg to differ on this. He did a great job with Jake (George) and Sadie, they were very believable and the love that he wrote about cannot be described this well without having felt it yourself.
    The only part that bothered me A SPOILER HERE......
    was upon Jake's return to the future everything in the world was SO VERY different. I found most of the book believable except that part. I find it hard to believe that the death of ONE person could have that much of effect on the world in such a negative way.
    Other than that I thoroughly enjoyed it. I haven't read Stephen King in a long time but recently went back to audible and listened to Salem's Lot which led me to 11/22/63. It's worth the listen, both of them!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Salem's Lot

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    Overall
    (1688)
    Performance
    (656)
    Story
    (666)

    Stephen King's second novel, Salem's Lot, is the story of a mundane town under siege from the forces of darkness. Considered one of the most terrifying vampire novels ever written, it cunningly probes the shadows of the human heart and the insular evils of small-town America.

    Eileen says: "Classic King on audio - FINALLY"
    "Still the scariest book I ever heard!"
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    What did you love best about Salem's Lot?

    I read this book when it first was written and published, I guess around 1976-77. I can remember vividly being frightened out of my wits then and watching every window and hearing every creak and groan of the house. I thought, 40 years later, that it might not scare me as bad...........wrong. It was as terrifying this go around as the last. What makes it so terrifying? That the town and the characters are so normal, that this could happen anywhere. Every time I drive through a town which seems to have


    Which character – as performed by Ron McLarty – was your favorite?

    Matt the school teacher


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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