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Tiff

Trinity, TX | Member Since 2015

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  • A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows: An Outlander Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 59 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Robert Ian MacKenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1036)
    Performance
    (951)
    Story
    (948)

    Available for the first time as an audiobook in this original Outlander novella, Diana Gabaldon reveals what really happened to Roger MacKenzie Wakefield’s parents. Orphaned during World War II, Roger believed that his mother died during the London Blitz, and that his father, an RAF pilot, was killed in combat. But in An Echo in the Bone, Roger discovers that this may not be the whole story. Now, in "A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows," readers finally learn the truth.

    sandy says: "I miss davina porter"
    "A Must Read Before MOHB!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this book to a friend, and have. If you're reading the entire story, it gives you such good information as to what happened to Roger's parents. I'm in the middle of MOHB and am just waiting for some of the scenes from THIS book to happen, but from a different point of view...


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows?

    When the sirens start and Jerry heads for the tunnels... you just know what's going to happen and all the pieces sadly fall into place.


    What does Robert Ian MacKenzie bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I didn't like his voice at first, but the first time he started with the Scottish accent, I smiled big and sat back. I'm so used to Davina Porter reading this series, but he does a really fantastic job. I can't put my finger on anything specific, but I'd for sure give it a listen.


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

    Oh definitely, especially since it's so short.


    Any additional comments?

    For sure read this after ECHO and before MOHB. It's less than 2 hours! Do it, I say!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood: Outlander, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4972)
    Performance
    (4630)
    Story
    (4614)

    Hurtled back through time more than two hundred years to 1743 Scotland, Claire Randall finds herself caught in the midst of an unfamiliar world torn apart by violence, pestilence, and revolution and haunted by her growing feelings for a young soldier, James Fraser.

    G. House Sr. says: "Eloquent Fabulous Historical - Grand Continuation"
    "Just Awesome"
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    Where does Written in My Own Heart's Blood rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Gosh, I don't know. Pretty high up there though. I was laughing out loud (literally), crying, scandalized, and at the end my heart was pounding and I was grinning from ear to ear.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Written in My Own Heart's Blood?

    I can't say without giving away spoilers. The very last moment of the book was definitely memorable!


    Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favorite?

    She does them all so well, it's hard to choose. Probably Jamie... I love how she does the Scottish accents. Rachel was pretty good too though.


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

    Oh yes. This book had all of the ups and downs. There was one scene though where I had to put down my game I was playing on my phone because it was so sad, I felt like nothing was right in the world. And then of course, the ending that I already mentioned.


    Any additional comments?

    If you have read the other 7 books, this book is a MUST. It brings a bit of resolution to some of the things that happened in ECHO, and does not leave you saying, "She ended it THERE?!?" this time. LOL I loved how some of the characters who haven't interacted much, if at all, before had a chance to do so here. There were also cameos of several characters from the past. Makes me (hope &) wonder who is going to pop up in Book 9....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1052)
    Performance
    (652)
    Story
    (650)

    It is 1758, and the flames of the Seven Years' War are burning hotter than ever. The rigors and dangers of battle are actually a welcome respite for Lord John and his brother Hal, who feel the constant strain of their family's troubled history. Blending war, family secrets, and forbidden love, Gabaldon crafts a suspenseful novel that loyal fans and newcomers alike with find irresistible.

    Dina says: "A Vital Link"
    "Good Stuff"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend this audiobook. It gives some good background information into the history between John & Percy, and the nasty argument between John & Jamie that led to John secretly figuring out that Jamie had been raped by someone in the past. Events in this book come up again in ECHO and MOHB, so it's nice to have that background knowledge.


    What other book might you compare Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade to and why?

    Gosh, I don't know. I don't think I CAN compare it to another book, except for another Lord John book!!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Maybe that argument between John & Jamie. John goes there for help and ends up alienating Jamie instead.


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

    Um... I'm no good at marketing. Maybe... "When a man REALLY loves his brother...." hahaha


    Any additional comments?

    This is a really good book. However, as John and Percy are lovers, there are some scenes that are quite graphic. So if you're uncomfortable with that, maybe get the whispersync version so you can do a little peek here & there of the text to try to skip it and then start listening again? I got through it, but came out with alot more insight into how "things are done" than I had before.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Space Between: An Outlander Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (913)
    Performance
    (842)
    Story
    (845)

    Joan MacKimmie is on her way to Paris to take up her vocation as a nun. Yet her decision is less a matter of faith than fear, for Joan is plagued by mysterious voices that speak of the future, and by visions that mark those about to die. The sanctuary of the nunnery promises respite from these unwanted visitations...or so she prays. Her chaperone is Michael Murray, a young widower who, though he still mourns the death of his wife, finds himself powerfully drawn to his charge.

    Angel Claire says: "Le Comte and the Frog!"
    "I was not expecting that..."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Space Between to be better than the print version?

    I don't know, I didn't read this one in print.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Space Between?

    At the end when you find out why the Compte wasn't killed all those years ago.


    Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favorite?

    Michael. I'm hoping he comes up again in later books.


    If you could rename The Space Between, what would you call it?

    I wouldn't. The name is perfect, and each person has their own definition. You have to read it to see.


    Any additional comments?

    While I did enjoy this book and am glad I read it, I think I could just tell friends in a sentence or two what happened and they wouldn't have lost much by having the bare bones facts vs listening. Which I would not say is the case with any of DG's other books, including A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Drums of Autumn

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9154)
    Performance
    (6603)
    Story
    (6590)

    Twice Claire has used an ancient stone circle to travel back to the 18th century. The first time she found love with a Scottish warrior but had to return to the 1940s to save their unborn child. The second time, 20 years later, she reunited with her lost love but had to leave behind the daughter that he would never see. Now Brianna, from her 1960s vantage point, has found a disturbing obituary and will risk everything in an attempt to change history.

    Frances M says: "You listened, Audible!"
    "The bear attack scene IS missing from Chapter 15"
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    Any additional comments?

    I found another listener's comment from about a week ago. I've listened to this book once before and am on my second round of the series preparing for Book 8 in June. Originally, I downloaded the book to my Sansa Fuze and I SWEAR I heard this scene (it's quite unforgettable). I no longer have a computer with Windows on it & unfortunately Audible doesn't support Linux so I can't redownload it to check if it's just a download format issue. I just compared the print copy using the Look Inside feature on Amazon and sure enough it skips the scene from somewhere on page 241 through most of 245. They are currently researching it & added me to the ticket so I'd get notified when it was fixed. :o(

    But, hey, as far as the book as a whole goes... I love it!!! Great series and if you're on #4 already, you're probably hooked. And it just keeps getting better! MUST READ!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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