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Sonjyia

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  • Who Asked You?

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Terry McMillan
    • Narrated By Terry McMillan, Carole DeSanti, Phylicia Rashad, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (298)
    Performance
    (268)
    Story
    (270)

    Who Asked You? opens as Trinetta leaves her two young sons with her mother, Betty Jean, and promptly disappears. BJ, a trademark McMillan heroine, already has her hands full dealing with her other adult children, two opinionated sisters, an ill husband, and her own postponed dreams - all while holding down a job as a hotel maid. Her son Dexter is about to be paroled from prison; Quentin, the family success, can't be bothered to lend a hand; and taking care of two lively grandsons is the last thing BJ thinks she needs.

    JALAYNE says: "brillant"
    "Terry McMillan's best work .... Yet!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have already recommended this book to several friends!


    What other book might you compare Who Asked You? to and why?

    I would compare this book to the lives of so many of my friends an family members. Truly relatable.


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

    Girl, get your life!


    Any additional comments?

    Phylicia Rashad's voice is undeniable. I would love to see her in this role when this book is made into a movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unwritten: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Charles Martin
    • Narrated By Kevin Stillwell
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (62)

    Father Steady Capri knows quite a bit about helping others. But he is afraid Katie Quinn's problems may be beyond his abilities. But there is one person who still may be able to save her from herself. He will show her an alternate escape, a way to write a new life. Ultimately, he will need to leave his secluded home and sacrifice the serenity he's found to help her. From the Florida coast, they will travel to the French countryside where they will discover the unwritten story of both their pasts and their future.

    Amazon Customer says: "Florida location hooked me.."
    "Wonderful story"
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    What did you love best about Unwritten?

    This story was only somewhat predictable, but unfolded in the most beautiful way.


    Which character – as performed by Kevin Stillwell – was your favorite?

    Steady was my favorite.


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

    The great exchange. .. ..I believe he referred to puzzle pieces on one occasion and baggage on separate occasion, but the meaning was not missed.


    Any additional comments?

    I would like to compare the subtle threads of grace weaved throughout this story to those that each of us are given on a daily basis.
    The volume was not consistent and I had to continually adjust my head phones manually.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chasing Fireflies

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Charles Martin
    • Narrated By Andrew Peterson
    Overall
    (454)
    Performance
    (299)
    Story
    (302)

    When paramedics find a malnourished 6-year-old boy near a burning car that holds a dead woman, they wonder who he is - and why he won't talk. Seth, a small-town journalist who was raised by foster parents, is assigned to cover the story and investigate the boy's identity. But will his search unearth long-buried emotions - and answers to his own history?

    Amazon Customer says: "Meaningful"
    "Everyone needs an Uncle Willie in their life!"
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    Where does Chasing Fireflies rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is now in my top ten of all time favorites! This should be required reading.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Uncle Willie, Of course. The Willie-isms : )


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

    You would totally miss the realistic south Georgia accent. Great job with that even if he mispronounced 'muscadine' and 'Sapelo'.


    Any additional comments?

    I was amazed at how easily this story unfolded, but was held captive by so much of the accurate description of the marshland. I fell in love with the coastal islands of Georgia about the same time as this book was being written, and hope to retire there soon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Man in 3B

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Carl Weber
    • Narrated By Mike Ray, Shay Moore, King Parker, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (294)
    Performance
    (260)
    Story
    (262)

    Meet Darryl Graham, or as his new neighbors call him, The Man in 3B. Darryl's new to the Jamaica, Queens building, but from day one he's made quite an impression on his neighbors. He has made it very clear he greatly values his privacy, but he is the man every woman wants and every man wants to be, so inquiring minds want to know. Unfortunately, in Darryl's world, what you know can hurt you. And when he winds up dead, those inquiring minds become the prime suspects.

    Dream says: "Epilogue brings the story together"
    "Great ending!"
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    Would you listen to The Man in 3B again? Why?

    I would recommend it to others.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Definitely edgy with several unexpected twist and turns. Depth of characters were rich as was character development.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Good use of multiple readers.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Emperor of Ocean Park

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Stephen L. Carter
    • Narrated By Richard Allen
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (27)

    Set in the era of the Nixon and Reagan presidencies, this novel examines the American conscience while inviting us into the glittering world of the East Coast legal community. Stephen L. Carter's book follows black Ivy League law professor Talcott Garland as he investigates the death of his father, Judge Oliver Garland, the eponymous "Emperor."

    Maria says: "Not a bad book but where was the editor?"
    "Well written...sorely read."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Emperor of Ocean Park the most enjoyable?

    I am a fan of descriptive writing. The author did not disappoint.


    What aspect of Richard Allen’s performance would you have changed?

    The accent did not fit the time period of the character. Too soft... Too gentile.


    Any additional comments?

    Very slow start.... Far too many unnecessary characters, but still intriguing until the end. Did I miss the epilogue?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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