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Sheila

Champaign, IL, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • A Jane Austen Education

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By William Deresiewicz
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (190)

    An eloquent memoir of a young man's life transformed by literature. In A Jane Austen Education, Austen scholar William Deresiewicz turns to the author's novels to reveal the remarkable life lessons hidden within. With humor and candor, Deresiewicz employs his own experiences to demonstrate the enduring power of Austen's teachings. Progressing from his days as an immature student to a happily married man, Deresiewicz's A Jane Austen Education is the story of one man's discovery of the world outside himself.

    Cookie says: "A real joy!"
    "Great entertainment"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Jane Austen Education to be better than the print version?

    Yes, I love the narrator's voice and inflections


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Jane Austen Education?

    I looked at Austen differently than I have before. Enlightening.


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    Even Austenites will enjoy this.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Kill Alex Cross

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Andre Braugher, Zach Grenier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1182)
    Performance
    (980)
    Story
    (963)

    The president's son and daughter are abducted, and Detective Alex Cross is one of the first on the scene. But someone very high-up is using the FBI, Secret Service, and CIA to keep him off the case and in the dark. A deadly contagion in the water supply cripples half of the capital, and Alex discovers that someone may be about to unleash the most devastating attack the United States has ever experienced. As his window for solving both crimes narrows, Alex makes a desperate decision that goes against everything he believes....

    Lannette says: "Wait for "almost free" before buying"
    "Same, good old Alex Cross"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Kill Alex Cross the most enjoyable?

    Love it. Obviously James Patterson means very short chapters, easy dialogue, and nothing too surprising, but can't stop reading/listening to stories about Alex Cross.


    What does Andre Braugher and Zach Grenier bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Like the realness and the vernacular used.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sammy Keyes and the Skeleton Man

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Wendelin Van Draanen
    • Narrated By Tara Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Sammy and her friends are startled when they interrupt what seems to be an attempted murder on Halloween. While trick-or-treating at a spooky old, house, they find the door open, and inside a man is tied to a chair while a fire rages on the floor. A robbery? But what valuable could be missing from the home of a reclusive old man?

    Sheila says: "loved it"
    "loved it"
    Overall

    my kids and I loved it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sammy Keyes and the Sisters of Mercy

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Wendelin Van Draanen
    • Narrated By Tara Sands
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    While serving school detention in the soup kitchen at St. Mary's Church, Sammy finds herself the prime suspect in the theft of Father Mayhew's ivory cross. But there have been other robberies at the church recently, and as Sammy attempts to discover the real thief, all the suspects appear to be religious figures who are above suspicion. That is, until Sammy cuts through disguises to uncover an enormous heist!

    Sheila says: "loved it"
    "loved it"
    Overall

    my kids and I love this one

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sammy Keyes and the Search for Snake Eyes

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Wendelin Van Draanen
    • Narrated By Tara Sands
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (1)

    In her most dangerous mystery to date, Sammy runs into a strange girl trying to escape from a scary looking guy at the mall. When the girl asks Sammy to watch her shopping bag and then flees, Sammy is alarmed to discover that inside the bag is a baby! In her seventh adventure, the intrepid detective puts her life on the line as she confronts the seamy gang life of her hometown in her search for the baby's mother and the evil man who is threatening them all in this edge-of-your-seat mystery.

    Sheila says: "love it"
    "love it"
    Overall

    my kids and I love all of them

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sammy Keyes and the Psycho Kitty Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Wendelin Van Drannen
    • Narrated By Tara Sands
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (4)

    Cats are disappearing and Sammy is finding some of them in neighborhood garbage cans - dead! Miss Kitty, a local psycho cat lady, blames Sammy. Meanwhile, there's something fishy going on with one of the students from Slammin' Dave's Pro Wrestling School that just opened up next door to Sammy's friend Holly.

    Sheila says: "love them"
    "love them"
    Overall

    these are great for kids and adults

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sammy Keyes and the Curse of Moustache Mary

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Wendelin Van Draanen
    • Narrated By Tara Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    On a quiet weekend in the country, Sammy and her friends meet Lucinda Huntley and her 200-pound pig, and become involved in a centuries old family feud involving Lucinda's great grandma Moustache Mary. When Mary's pioneer cabin burns to the ground, it's up to Sammy to dig up the cause as the past collides with the present in this highly combustible mystery!

    dr. says: "Loved it!"
    "love it"
    Overall

    my kids and I love these.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sammy Keyes and the Dead Giveaway

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Wendelin Van Draanen
    • Narrated By Tara Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    Sammy accidentally makes a deadly mistake, but all clues point to her nemesis, Heather, and she gets blamed. As Sammy struggles with her conscience, she should confess, but there's a certain justice in Heather finally getting what she deserves, and she gets distracted helping an ailing senior citizen in her fight against urban renewal.

    Sheila says: "fun for whole family"
    "fun for whole family"
    Overall

    We listen to these books on trips in the car. My 14 year old son, and 12 and 10 year old daughters love them as do I.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Definitely Dead: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #6

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3410)
    Performance
    (1737)
    Story
    (1746)

    Wedding fever has come to Bon Temps, Louisiana! Unfortunately, buxom, blonde, beautiful, and telepathic cocktail waitress Sookie is not the bride-to-be, so she takes the opportunity to travel to New Orleans on family business. As heir to the estate of her newly dead cousin Hadley, Sookie unearths a big secret. Soon it becomes clear that more than a few people will do anything to stop Sookie from looking into Hadley's past.

    cmclien says: "More is revealed"
    "Vampires & Wares???"
    Overall

    I tried 4 or 5 times to listen to this because the description sounded interesting and the naration was good, but I just could not get into this whole vampire/warewolf/ thing. It would have made a good mystery without it, and I really don't think it should go in mysteries & thrillers without acknowledging that it is about the supernatural in the brief description.

    2 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Run for the Money

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Stephanie Feagan
    • Narrated By Alyson Silverman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    It all started with Whitney "Pink" Pearl's bank statement. More than $200,000 mysteriously showed up in her account...along with a paper trail linking her to embezzling from the charity she'd been hired to safeguard!

    Emily says: "Wonderful Surprise"
    "A FUN ROMANTIC MYSTERY"
    Overall

    THIS WAS A SURPRISE TREAT. I DIDN'T REALIZE THIS WAS A ROMANCE, SINCE I ORDERED IT OFF NEW RELEASES. I AM A MYSTERY READER. THIS BOOK IS FUN, CLELVER, HAS A GREAT MYSTERY PLOT, AND HAS A PERFECT NARATOR FOR THE PART OF "PINK". MODERN DETECTIVE READERS WILL ENJOY THIS BOOK. I ASSUME THE ROMANCE READERS WILL ALSO LIKE IT, ALTHOUGH IT IS NOT AS GRAPHIC AS OTHER ROMANCE NOVELS I HAVE READ (THIS IS A POSITIVE FOR ME).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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