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Shirley.Segev

39 years old, married with 3 kids, full career as Marketing & Training manager in an international company. Published a book for children 2 years ago, leading 2 Book-Clubs, read slowly, therefore enjoy very much Audible books, which I can listen to while driving, jogging, and doing housekeeping tasks.... Audio books are the best! :-)

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  • The Rescue

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Nicholas Sparks
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (428)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (221)

    When confronted by raging fires or deadly accidents, volunteer fireman Taylor McAden feels compelled to take terrifying risks to save lives. But there is one leap of faith Taylor can't bring himself to make: He can't fall in love...

    Claudine Govier says: "Can't put down story!"
    "I've enjoyed it"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Rescue the most enjoyable?

    The world created by the author is interesting, the characters are delicate, there are moving moments, and the story is not too sweet.


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

    "The longest road" since it was written by the same author. both are very good and enjoyable.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, yet sometimes the accent was not clear (I'm not an English native speaker).


    If you could rename The Rescue, what would you call it?

    Healing for the wounds


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Longest Ride

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Nicholas Sparks
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, January LaVoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2195)
    Performance
    (1852)
    Story
    (1873)

    91 year-old Ira Levinson is kept concious after a car wreck by visions of his late wife, Ruth, who recounts stories of their lifetime together. A few miles away, at a local rodeo, Sophia Danko, a senior at Wake Forest, meets a young cowboy named Luke. Ira and Ruth. Sophia and Luke. Two couples who have little in common. Yet their lives will converge with unexpected poignancy, reminding us all that even the most difficult decisions can yield extraordinary journeys: beyond despair, beyond death, to the farthest reaches of the human heart.

    Bj says: "Fantastic story"
    "Very very good! like a box of chocolate!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Longest Ride the most enjoyable?

    First of all the story: romantic, touching, moving!Then the narration: Ira and Ruth were narrated by Ron McLarty, and Sophia and Luke by January Lavoy, both of them did great work! They made it accurately to the context, and to the text.In addition, my first degree is at Art History, so it was nice to have something in common with Ruth and Sophia. I loved listening to the names of the famous artists, and to feel the appreciation of the author for Art.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hard to say. I think Ira.He touched my heart.I love listening to old people, they have the wisdom of life, and Mr. Sparks wrote Ira beautifully.


    What about Ron McLarty and January LaVoy ’s performance did you like?

    As I said, I've enjoyed the narration very very much.


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

    YES, it did!!I must say one morning, when I was listening, and the story was about something upsetting, I was upset all day, I was really sad for the characters. And towards the end, when the inevitable happened, I even shed tears. Sounds crazy, but I did.
    I loved the end of the story very much.


    Any additional comments?

    I truly recommend this book.an enjoyable experience.Give yourself this lovely present!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hummingbird's Daughter: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Luis Alberto Urrea
    • Narrated By Luis Alberto Urrea
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (290)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (132)

    It is 1889, and civil war is brewing in Mexico. A 16-year-old girl, Teresita, illegitimate but beloved daughter of the wealthy and powerful rancher Don Tomas Urrea, wakes from the strangest dream, a dream that she has died. Only it was not a dream. This passionate and rebellious young woman has arisen from death with the power to heal, but it will take all her faith to endure the trials that await her and her family now that she has become the "Saint of Cabora".

    Steph says: "My New Favorite Book"
    "Interesting"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not so sure. This is a very long book. It was written over 20 years, and unfortunately it is a bit shown. Meaning sometimes the descriptions are too long, even boring. I read to the end but only because I've conducted a book club on this book. It was interesting to learn about the People of Mexico, customs, culture etc., but the story itself can be told in much less width - with all the respect to the author, whom I didn't know before, and viewed several YouTube videos following the book - he is a delightful sight.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Happy. Good end. Hope


    Have you listened to any of Luis Alberto Urrea’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably yes. I chose this book for its cultural arena - Mexico. I still believe this is one of its strengths. So a movie will add a dimension of views, sights, the food, and the people. I would be happy to see it.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the epilog by the author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wife 22

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Melanie Gideon
    • Narrated By Katharine Mangold
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Maybe it was because I was about to turn the same age my mother was when I lost her. Maybe it was because my husband and I were running out of things to say to each other. But when the online study called “Marriage in the 21st Century” showed up in my inbox, I had no idea it would change my life. It wasn’t long before I was assigned both a pseudonym (Wife 22) and a caseworker (Researcher 101). And, just like that, I found myself answering questions. Before the study, I was Alice Buckle. But now, I’m also Wife 22.

    Shirley.Segev says: "Enjoyable. Eye opener"
    "Enjoyable. Eye opener"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Wife 22 to be better than the print version?

    I wouldn't know, as I haven't read it, but the narrator was excellent, the best I heard so far, so I believe an audio version gives you an additional aspect to the total experience of reading a book


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved the main character as the story enables us to understand her most. I appreciate her: it is clear she has high potential for extravagant advertisement career, yet she chose to support her husband, family, and chose a drama teacher position in order to be more at home. but she has various colors and eventually her potential is accomplished.
    I also loved William, for the way he handles his "40th" crisis, loves his wife deeply and willing to make an effort for them both.


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

    No.


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

    The realization, but I don't want to ruin it for future readers


    Any additional comments?

    Worth listening!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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