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Sherry McNee

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  • Trapped: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5677)
    Performance
    (5202)
    Story
    (5225)

    After 12 years of secret training, Atticus O’Sullivan is finally ready to bind his apprentice, Granuaile, to the earth and double the number of Druids in the world. But on the eve of the ritual, the world that thought he was dead abruptly discovers that he’s still alive, and they would much rather he return to the grave. Having no other choice, Atticus, his trusted Irish wolfhound, Oberon, and Granuaile travel to the base of Mount Olympus, where the Roman god Bacchus is anxious to take his sworn revenge - but he’ll have to get in line behind an ancient vampire, a band of dark elves, and an old god of mischief.

    Melissa says: "Not as good as some of the others in the series"
    "SO DISSAPPOINTED!"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I worried when book 4 ran out of steam at the end and book 5 is all war and gore and none of the enchanting character insights and interactions. The author is bored or tired, but the narrator is still in great form. It ties up loose ends if you need that but I wish I hadn't wasted my time with it


    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Madame Picasso

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anne Girard
    • Narrated By Leslie Carroll
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (146)

    When Eva Gouel moves to Paris from the countryside, she is full of ambition and dreams of stardom. Though young and inexperienced, she manages to find work as a costumer at the famous Moulin Rouge, and it is here that she first catches the attention of Pablo Picasso, a rising star in the art world. A brilliant but eccentric artist, Picasso sets his sights on Eva, and Eva can't help but be drawn into his web.

    Donna says: "Picasso - The Early Years"
    "Warm and wonderful"
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    Great story told with humor and sensitivity. A look into Paris before world war 1. A peek behind the curtain in the life of Picasso

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Housewife Assassin's Handbook: The Housewife Assassin, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Josie Brown
    • Narrated By Melissa Moran
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (566)
    Performance
    (521)
    Story
    (517)

    Every desperate housewife wants an alias. Donna Stone has one - and it happens to be government-sanctioned. But Donna earned it the hard way: Her husband was killed the day she delivered their third child. To avenge her husband's murder, Donna leads a secret life as an assassin. But espionage makes for strange bedfellows, and brings new meaning to that old adage, "Honey, I'm home...."

    kimberlee says: "Unique"
    "Sex and murder; what a combo"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you try another book from Josie Brown and/or Melissa Moran?

    Melissa Moran sounds about 12 years old so the voice is jolting in this story of a mother of 3 turned assassin. She has a habit of ending her sentences with a rising inflection which makes everything sound like a question. Captain Kirk fans would love it.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Concept was good, writing was decent, I think. I kept waiting for the narrator to pop her gum and break out the valley girl "ya know"


    Was The Housewife Assassin's Handbook worth the listening time?

    No, I am returning the book


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wrong Stuff: The Adventures and Misadventures of an 8th Air Force Aviator

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Truman Smith
    • Narrated By James Killavey
    Overall
    (367)
    Performance
    (320)
    Story
    (320)

    Between April and July 1944, Truman Smith flew 35 bombing missions over France and Germany. He was only 20 years old. Although barely adults, Smith and his peers worried about cramming a lifetime's worth of experience into every free night, each knowing he probably would not survive the next bombing mission. Written with blunt honesty, wry humor, and insight, The Wrong Stuff is Smith's gripping memoir of that time.

    Ronald says: "Great first hand view."
    "BORING"
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    Would you try another book from Truman Smith and/or James Killavey?

    NO. I tried three sessions and the story never started, I just kept hearing about why it was written and how different perceptions were at that point in history


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    not sure


    How could the performance have been better?

    It could have told an actual story


    Any additional comments?

    I was looking forward to a young man's view of going off to war. I got so bogged down in the prelude, introductions etc. etc. etc. I gave up.

    1 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • Traveling to Infinity: The True Story Behind 'The Theory of Everything'

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jane Hawking
    • Narrated By Sandra Duncan
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (63)

    In this compelling memoir, Jane Hawking relates the inside story of her extraordinary marriage. As Stephen's academic renown soared, his body was collapsing under the assaults of motor neurone disease, and Jane's candid account of trying to balance his 24-hour care with the needs of their growing family is inspirational. This is a book about optimism, love and change that will resonate with listeners everywhere.

    Sara says: "Perplexing & Puzzling"
    "A look into the diary of Mrs Stephan hawking"
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    Profoundly personal story of the early family life and career of the famous professor Hawking and its toll on his wife and children

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Still Alice

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Lisa Genova
    • Narrated By Lisa Genova
    Overall
    (2400)
    Performance
    (1811)
    Story
    (1812)

    Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At 50 years old, she's a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a world-renowned expert in linguistics with a successful husband and three grown children. When she begins to grow disoriented and forgetful, a tragic diagnosis changes her life - and her relationship with her family and the world - forever.

    Bruce says: "Made for TV Movie .."
    "A peek inside life with EOAD"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Compelling story of one woman's internal decay and its effects on her family.

    The narrator is good but her young voice is usually at odds with the mind voice of a middle aged woman fighting an old people disease.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Moving Day

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jonathan Stone
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (496)
    Performance
    (450)
    Story
    (443)

    Forty years’ accumulation of art, antiques, and family photographs are more than just objects for Stanley Peke - they are proof of a life fully lived. A life he could have easily lost long ago. When a con man steals his houseful of possessions in a sophisticated moving-day scam, Peke wanders helplessly through his empty New England home, inevitably reminded of another helpless time: decades in Peke’s past, a cold and threadbare Stanislaw Shmuel Pecoskowitz eked out a desperate existence in the war-torn Polish countryside, subsisting on scraps, dodging Nazi soldiers.

    Joe Crescenzi says: "What a fantastic story... a real treat!"
    "Great story with poor writing"
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    I couldn't stop listening as the story twisted and turned. Great pace. Decent chapter development. If the author would quit repeating words and phrases quite so often,...if every noun did not always require half a dozen adjectives. Each verb 2 or 3 adverbs, ... It would have been a story I could recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jennifer Worth
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2196)
    Performance
    (1955)
    Story
    (1964)

    At the age of 22, Jennifer Worth left her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in postwar London’s East End slums. The colorful characters she met while delivering babies all over London - from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lived to the woman with 24 children who couldn't speak English to the prostitutes and dockers of the city’s seedier side - illuminate a fascinating time in history.

    Kathy says: "This is one I didn't want to put down!"
    "Lulling whisper but engrossing story"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Call the Midwife in three words, what would they be?

    Historical, and personable the narrative is wonderfully informative in an entertaining way. Not a story as much as a collection of remembrances.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The description of life in England in the 1950's with the history of the buildings and the way of life


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    she whispers when she narrates. Actual stories and character voices are great, but the voice that ties them together is the one I use reading a good night story to make a toddler drift off.


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

    it would be a lousy film, no action all history


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • What You're Really Meant To Do: A Road Map for Reaching Your Unique Potential

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Robert Steven Kaplan
    • Narrated By Wes Talbot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    How do you create your own definition of success - and reach your unique potential? Building a fulfilling life and career can be a daunting challenge. It takes courage and hard work. Too often, we charge down a path leading to “success” as defined by those around us - and ultimately, are left feeling dissatisfied. Each of us is unique and brings distinctive skills and qualities to any situation. So why is it that most of us fail to spend sufficient time learning to understand ourselves and creating our own definition of success?

    A. Yoshida says: "Answer is from within, not the book"
    "VERY MISLEADING career growth orientated"
    Overall
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    What would have made What You're Really Meant To Do better?

    Better would have spent the first chapter on something more interesting than why to read the book. I do have it already. The second chapter discussed how to get more out of your annual employment interview (I'm self employed, not helpful). The third chapter focused on coaching and mentoring, still no information about how to figure out what you (or I) am ment to do


    Would you ever listen to anything by Robert Steven Kaplan again?

    No, no, do not pass go, do not collect 200 dollars, heck NO


    1 of 2 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
    (10718)
    Performance
    (9621)
    Story
    (9625)

    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)"
    "Fantastic"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Great plot twists and character development


    What did you like best about this story?

    The people, the history, the scheming.


    What about Michael Beck’s performance did you like?

    Voices especially the accents


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

    The end


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dragon Bound: Elder Races Series #1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Thea Harrison
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2361)
    Performance
    (2086)
    Story
    (2099)

    Half human and half Wyr, Pia Giovanni spent her life keeping a low profile among the Wyrkind and avoiding the continuing conflict between them and their Dark Fae enemies. But after being blackmailed into stealing a coin from the hoard of a dragon, Pia finds herself targeted by one of the most powerful---and passionate---of the Elder Races.

    Amazon Customer says: "Woo Freakin Hoo!"
    "delightful, unexpected, a fun romp"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to Dragon Bound the most enjoyable?

    The experience was most enjoyable because of the variety of mythical creatures dealing with modern day life....sort of


    What other book might you compare Dragon Bound to and why?

    The Anne McCafferty Dragon series, also speaks with the voices of dragons and the people who love them. In this book add a little gang tension and a Vegas style mob. Then shuffle up the talents so nobody is boring.


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

    The voices were wonderful.


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

    I laughed and cried. If they would have left out all the sex I would recommend it to everybody.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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