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CHARLESTON, WV, United States | Member Since 2015

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  • 21 reviews
  • 77 ratings
  • 171 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2015
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  • Some Kind of Fairy Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Graham Joyce
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (416)
    Performance
    (377)
    Story
    (373)

    Twenty years ago, 16-year-old Tara Martin disappeared from a small town in the heart of England. Now, her sudden return and the mind-bending tale of where she’s been will challenge our very perception of the truth. For 20 years after Tara Martin disappeared, her parents and her brother, Peter, lived in denial of the grim fact that she was gone for good. Then suddenly on Christmas Day, the doorbell rings at her parents’ home, and there, dishevelled and slightly peculiar looking, Tara stands. It’s a miracle, but alarm bells are ringing for Peter. Tara’s story just does not add up.

    Amanda says: "Extremely Well Done"
    "Cool fantasy novel"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Some Kind of Fairy Tale to be better than the print version?

    The novel keeps you guessing until the end. The narrator does a good job conveying the accents of the characters as well.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Calling Me Home: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Julie Kibler
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin, Lorna Raver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (497)
    Performance
    (442)
    Story
    (445)

    Eighty-nine-year-old Isabelle McAllister has a big favor to ask her hairdresser, Dorrie. She wants the black single mother to drop everything and drive her from Texas to a funeral in Ohio - tomorrow. Dorrie, fleeing problems of her own and curious about Isabelle’s past, agrees, not knowing it will be a journey that changes both their lives. Isabelle confesses that, as a teen in 1930s Kentucky, she fell in love with Robert Prewitt, a would-be doctor and the black son of her family’s housekeeper - in a town where blacks weren’t allowed after dark. The tale of their forbidden relationship and its tragic consequences just might help Dorrie find her own way.

    Alexandria Milton says: "I really wanted to like it"
    "Heartwarming"
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    It's sad, heartwarming, good but not great. Some parts I suffered through to reach the end and the final outcome. I would recommend it, but may not read it again myself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wedding Gift

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Marlen Suyapa Bodden
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, January LaVoy
    Overall
    (261)
    Performance
    (234)
    Story
    (238)

    When Cornelius Allen gives his daughter Clarissa’s hand in marriage, he presents her with a wedding gift: the young slave she grew up with, Sarah. Sarah is also Allen’s daughter and Clarissa’s sister, a product of his longtime relationship with his house slave, Emmeline. When Clarissa’s husband suspects that their newborn son is illegitimate, Clarissa and Sarah are sent back to her parents, Cornelius and Theodora, in shame, setting in motion a series of events that will destroy this once-powerful family.

    C. Crawford says: "Wow! You must listen to this audio book!"
    "No Words"
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    Phenomenal story and performance! I loved it all through, couldn't put it down!

    However, what happened to Emilene and Betsy? Does she really never see or hear from her family again? This novel was too good to stop at 1. You have to continue the story into the Civil War and post Civil War! I expect a follow up novel! Hell, do a whole series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Fannie Flagg
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (374)
    Performance
    (297)
    Story
    (299)

    Folksy and fresh, endearing and affecting, Fried Green Here is the now-classic novel of two women in the 1980s; of gray-headed Mrs. Threadgoode telling her life story to Evelyn, who is in the sad slump of middle age. The tale she tells is also of two women - of the irrepressibly daredevilish tomboy Idgie and her friend Ruth - who back in the thirties ran a little place in Whistle Stop, Alabama, a Southern kind of Cafe Wobegon offering good barbecue and good coffee and all kinds of love and laughter, even an occasional murder.

    Janice says: "Better as audiobook"
    "Just like the movie"
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    I loved this book and I loved the movie too. The book is almost as good as The Help or The Kitchen House. I look forward to finding more novels like this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Endurance

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jack Kilborn
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (410)
    Performance
    (335)
    Story
    (329)

    The bed and breakfast was hidden in the hills of West Virginia. Wary guests wondered how it could stay in business at such a creepy, remote location, especially with its bizarre, presidential decor and eccentric proprietor. With the event hotel for the national Iron Woman triathlon accidentally overbooked, competitor Maria was forced to stay at the Rushmore. But after checking into her room, she quickly realized she wasn't alone....

    Terri says: "WOW.......GREAT BOOK!!!"
    "There are no hillbilly cannibals in West Virginia"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Hopefully no one will enjoy this book.


    What was most disappointing about Jack Kilborn’s story?

    It was most disappointing because it was obviously written by someone who has never been to West Virginia and knows nothing about us.


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

    The narrator was great. Although he narrated in an Allegheny accent, he used excellent emphasis in all the right places.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    This book annoyed and disappointed me.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope that books/stories like this do not shape the country's views of West Virginia and its citizens.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Laura Lane McNeal
    • Narrated By January Lavoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (392)
    Performance
    (352)
    Story
    (351)

    When Ibby Bell's father dies unexpectedly in the summer of 1964, her mother unceremoniously deposits Ibby with her eccentric grandmother Fannie and throws in her father's urn for good measure. Fannie's New Orleans house is like no place Ibby has ever been - and Fannie, who has a tendency to end up in the local asylum - is like no one she has ever met. Fortunately, Fannie's black cook, Queenie, and her smart-mouthed daughter, Dollbaby, take it upon themselves to initiate Ibby into the ways of the South both its grand traditions and its darkest secrets.

    Sudi says: "Tale of Old-New Orleans Well Paced"
    "Great Story"
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    What made the experience of listening to Dollbaby the most enjoyable?

    Loved it.


    What other book might you compare Dollbaby to and why?

    It really puts you in the Old South.


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

    I always enjoy January Lavoy's narration.


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

    It's relatable for anyone who has trouble with her mother.


    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Mercury Falls: Mercury, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Kroese
    • Narrated By Kevin Stillwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (245)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (222)

    Christine Temetri is at her wits’ end. For years she’s covered the increasingly bizarre activities of End Times cults for the Banner, a religious news magazine. Yet Christine, who once dreamed of being a "real" writer, has nothing to show for the gig other than a regular paycheck and serious doubt that Armageddon will occur in time for her next deadline. But after a mysterious man entrusts her with a locked briefcase and orders to "take it to Mercury", Christine finds herself face-to-face with a ping-pong-playing angel by the name of Galileo Mercury.

    Amazon Customer says: "Irreverent, inventive, witty."
    "Great story"
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    Where does Mercury Falls rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Awesome story, almost believable. If you enjoy stories on the supernatural or spiritual books you will enjoy this one. I hope he writes more.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8026)
    Performance
    (7405)
    Story
    (7424)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "Excellent novel"
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    What made the experience of listening to Doctor Sleep the most enjoyable?

    This was one of King's better works. I have read several of his titles and this one is better than most, which is saying something. He didn't overload this one with disgusting or vile scenes and it's an edge-of-your-seat plot that keeps you wondering.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The First Phone Call from Heaven: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Mitch Albom
    • Narrated By Mitch Albom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (560)
    Performance
    (496)
    Story
    (504)

    The First Phone Call from Heaven tells the story of a small town on Lake Michigan that gets worldwide attention when its citizens start receiving phone calls from the afterlife. Is it the greatest miracle ever or a massive hoax? Sully Harding, a grief-stricken single father, is determined to find out. An allegory about the power of belief - and a page-turner that will touch your soul - Albom's masterful storytelling has never been so moving and unexpected.

    Marci says: "Every Character is Great"
    "A little disappointed"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I have read two of Albom's other titles and thoroughly enjoyed them both. This book was disappointing. I didn't finish it to be completely honest. I kept waiting for something to happen or some great tidbit of wisdom or even something especially heartwarming, it never came, so I gave up.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The people calling from Heaven should have something a little more insightful to say. Angels should call too, at least, if not God.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Haunted Georgia: Ghost Stories and Paranormal Activity from the State of Georgia: Haunted States

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Sarah Ashley
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    Georgia has the reputation of being one of the most haunted States in the U.S. Because of its age, its history, and its sometimes tragic experiences, there are plenty of tales, ghost stories, and haunted locations that take creepiness to a whole new level. Join ghost hunter Sarah Ashley, as she shares with you some of the most popular locations in Georgia for paranormal activity. From the Pirate's House in Savannah to Spook Bridge in Lowndes County, she will expose to you the most chilling and frightening locations of reported paranormal activity in the state.

    Stacy says: "Not for entertainment"
    "Not for entertainment"
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    What would have made Haunted Georgia: Ghost Stories and Paranormal Activity from the State of Georgia better?

    If you are visiting Georgia this would be a great book to read. However, if you are looking for an entertaining story this is not it. It is written like a travel guide.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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