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Trish

I have always loved to read, and now I really enjoy listening to my books as well!!

Virginia | Member Since 2005

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  • The Lost Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Alyson Richman
    • Narrated By George Guidall, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1734)
    Performance
    (1544)
    Story
    (1553)

    In pre-war Prague, the dreams of two young lovers are shattered when they are separated by the Nazi invasion. Then, decades later, thousands of miles away in New York, there's an inescapable glance of recognition between two strangers. Providence is giving Lenka and Josef one more chance. From the glamorous ease of life in Prague before the Occupation, to the horrors of Nazi Europe, The Lost Wife explores the power of first love, the resilience of the human spirit, and the strength of memory.

    Sara says: "Love, Strength & Survival"
    "A Wonderful Listen!!"
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    This was a very good story, but in my opinion, the narration was exceptional and made the book. The story unfolds from the perspectives of the two main characters, both narrated individually. You live through their tragedies and triumphs, the whole time willing them back to a life together. It has some very sad moments, but considering the setting, it could have been much worse.

    My one very small issue with the storyline is one side of the story seemed rushed at the end--I would loved to have had more of the story filled in before it ended. But that does not keep me from rating it highly and recommending the book--especially this audio version.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Izzy and Lenore

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Jon Katz
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (324)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (244)

    Jon Katz is the New York Times best-selling author of numerous nonfiction tales of man's best friend. Here he presents the story of two dogs that profoundly affected his life and work. Skittish border collie Izzy pushes him into rewarding work with Hospice. And black lab Lenore's gentle spirit helps remind him why he wanted to work with animals in the first place.

    Dan says: "Amazing Book.."
    "Another Interesting Jon Katz Story--"
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    I have listened to several books by Jon Katz--they have all been different, and very interesting.

    This story is mainly about Izzy, the author's border collie. It contains some very touching stories (and yes, sad) about Jon and Izzy's work with the Hospice organization. It is truly amazing how much joy animals can bring to people, even in short visits.

    If you like books about animals, you will enjoy Izzy and Lenore. I certainly did, and I will continue to look for books by Jon Katz.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rolling Thunder: A John Ceepak Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Chris Grabenstein
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (586)
    Performance
    (326)
    Story
    (317)

    A prominent citizen suffers a heart attack on opening day of a brand new boardwalk roller coaster in the seedy seaside resort town Sea Haven, New Jersey. Initially ruled a tragic accident, it isnt long before there are suspicious hints of foul play, especially after another dead body is discovered: a stunning young beach beauty. Fortunately for mystery lovers, the straight-arrow cop John Ceepak and his wise-cracking young partner Danny Boyle are on the case.

    Janet says: "Great story and narration as usual!"
    "Another Fun Ride!!"
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    I love the way all the books in the John Ceepak series are named for the amusement park attractions in Sea Haven, New Jersey. It's one example of the very clever writing of these books. I have not given the author, Chris Grabenstein, enough credit in past reviews.

    I enjoyed this book as much as I have the previous installments. This story took us back to Sea Haven, with more mysterious crimes for Ceepak and Danny Boyle to solve. Is was as humorous as always, keeping it light and entertaining. And the narrator does a wonderful job bringing the story to life.

    This is a series I highly recommend--I don't think it will disappoint anyone looking for an entertaining listen--

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mind Scrambler: A John Ceepak Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Chris Grabenstein
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (611)
    Performance
    (373)
    Story
    (367)

    John Ceepak and Danny Boyle are making the rounds in Atlantic City when Danny runs into his former crush, Katie. She's working for a magician named Rock, and her life seems to be in better order than Boyle could have hoped for. But Ceepak and Boyle soon find themselves on another case when Katie is found strangled to death. It is up to Ceepak and Boyle to find out who killed her. Their lives and the lives of others depend on it.

    Amazon Customer says: "Fun ride on the Mind Scrambler"
    "A Visit to Atlantic City!"
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    In this installment of the John Ceepak series, the police officers from Sea Haven find themselves involved in solving multiple mysteries in Atlantic City. I enjoyed the different setting, especially since I decided to listen to a few of these books back-to-back.

    This is one of my favorite series, and if you have not discovered Danny Boyle and John Ceepak, I highly recommend them all. They are well written, perfectly narrated, and a very entertaining way to spend several hours. Enjoy!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hell Hole: A John Ceepak Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Chris Grabenstein
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (724)
    Performance
    (424)
    Story
    (420)

    Hell Hole is the fourth book in the mystery series featuring hardened former military PD and current Sea Haven, New Jersey, police officer John Ceepak and his partner, wise-cracking Danny Boyle.

    In Hell Hole, Ceepak is confronted with his most personal case yet when he must investigate the alleged suicide of a military corporal who recently returned from Iraq. It turns out that this "locked stall" rest-stop suicide is anything but an open-and-shut case.

    Susan says: "Another Terrific Ceepak Mystery"
    "Always Enjoy!!"
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    This is one of my go-to series--and this installment did not disappoint.

    The police detective team of John Ceepak and Danny Boyle continue to solve crimes and keep the peace in the resort town of Sea Haven, New Jersey. This story involved the suicide of a soldier recently home from a tour of duty in Iraq. But as usual, all is not as it seems.

    I would classify this genre as light mystery, but I realized the crimes involved are not so "light". But the author's style of writing keeps the stories from being gruesome. The mysteries are always well constructed, start to finish. And the series' narrator, the multi-talented Jeff Woodman, is second to none.

    As always, I highly recommend this book, as well as the entire John Ceepak series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Haatchi & Little B: The Inspiring True Story of One Boy and His Dog

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Wendy Holden
    • Narrated By Gabrielle Glaister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Owen - known to his family as "little buddy" or "Little B" - has a rare genetic disorder that leaves him largely confined to a wheelchair. Before being united with Haatchi, Little B was anxious and found it difficult to make friends. Haatchi - an adorable Anatolian Shepherd puppy - was abused and left for dead on railroad tracks. But kind-hearted Will and Colleen Howkins, Little B's father and step-mother, decided to introduce the big dog and the little boy to each other, and an unbelievable bond was formed that transformed both boy and dog in miraculous ways.

    Joy says: "Excellent! A must listen!"
    "An Amazing Story—"
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    The first two chapters of this book were very hard to listen to—they describe Haatchi’s (the dog) and Little B’s (the adorable little boy) lives and circumstances before they found each other. Hang in there to reach the best part of their story—their love and devotion to each other, and the powerful effect this relationship has on, not only themselves, but those around them, including total strangers near and far.

    I’m glad I found their story—it will stick with me for a very long time. Best wishes to them and their family!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hundred-Foot Journey: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Richard C. Morais
    • Narrated By Neil Shah
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1155)
    Performance
    (1059)
    Story
    (1055)

    Born above his grandfather’s modest restaurant in Mumbai, Hassan first experienced life through intoxicating whiffs of spicy fish curry, trips to the local markets, and gourmet outings with his mother. But when tragedy pushes the family out of India, they console themselves by eating their way around the world, eventually settling in Lumière, a small village in the French Alps.

    R. L. Royce says: "YIkes, I don't speak French"
    "Good, but not my favorite--"
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    Others may enjoy this book more than I did. It is very well written--with beautiful and detailed descriptions--and narrated perfectly. However parts of the story really turned me off, especially some of the descriptions of the haute cuisine and the preparation involved.

    Even though this novel was not my favorite, I would try others by the author--I love beautiful description in books--and that was this book's best feature.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Plus One: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Bower, Ben Elliot, Nicola Stanton, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1048)
    Performance
    (946)
    Story
    (955)

    Suppose your life sucks. A lot. Your husband has done a vanishing act, your teenage stepson is being bullied, and your math-whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can't afford to pay for. That's Jess' life in a nutshell - until an unexpected knight-in-shining-armor offers to rescue them. Only Jess' knight turns out to be Geeky Ed, the obnoxious tech millionaire whose vacation home she happens to clean. But Ed has big problems of his own, and driving the dysfunctional family to the Math Olympiad feels like his first unselfish act in ages...maybe ever.

    Kathy says: "Sometimes I need a book that is just fun to read."
    "Thoroughly Enjoyable!!"
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    I really enjoyed One Plus One--it is a well written novel with a sweet story. And I love multiple narrators when appropriate, and all four of these narrators portray the characters perfectly--it was a great book to listen to!

    I loved the reality of this family--struggling in today's tough times, but hanging in there with the ever-optimistic Jess leading the way. And even Ed, who is unexpectedly thrown into Jess' family chaos, has very real-world issues he has to deal with. But you end up rooting for all of them--and it's an up and down journey the whole way.

    I highly recommend One Plus One--not only is it entertaining, but it is a refreshing reminder that optimism, honesty and generosity are still the best traits for us to embrace.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Landline

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Rainbow Rowell
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (251)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (232)

    Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply - but that almost seems beside the point now. Maybe that was always beside the point. Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her - Neal is always a little upset with Georgie - but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up the kids and go without her.

    Judi says: "Its not Eleanor and Park or Fangirl but its good"
    "Let's Plug In Our Landlines!!!"
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    I loved this story! It is well written, well narrated, and it's philosophy will stay with me--I'll just think of the landline :)

    The novel is presented very well--told in the present, revealing the past through remembrances. And then the "magic phone"--the old yellow landline--throws a bit of time travel into the story. That sounds weird, but it totally works!! I began to look forward to the landline conversations almost as much as Georgie did!

    I highly recommend Landline--I thoroughly enjoyed it and will definitely look for other books by this author.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Chiefs

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1544)
    Performance
    (949)
    Story
    (947)

    In 1919, Delano, Georgia, appoints its first chief of police. Honest and hardworking, the new chief is puzzled when young men start to disappear. But his investigation is ended by the fatal blast from a shotgun. Delano's second chief-of-police is no hero, yet he is also disturbed by what he sees in the missing-persons bulletins. In 1969, when Delano's third chief takes over, the unsolved disappearances still haunt the police files.

    karen says: "In my 'Top Ten' books of all time!"
    "An Interesting Saga!!"
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    Once again, I must give credit to wonderful people who write reviews--otherwise, this book never would have come across my radar!

    I read a review by a listener that I follow, and saw that this book had an excellent overall rating, plus the rave review I was currently reading. I put it on my Wish List. When I got around to listening to it, I was very glad I did. Chiefs is a very interesting novel spanning over 40 years, and starts with the first Chief of Police appointed in a small Georgia town. A recurring mystery flows through the stories of three of the early chiefs--one of the ways the stories tie together.

    This book was very well written, and truly held my interest throughout. The narrator was not my favorite--but that was my only very small issue with an otherwise very entertaining listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Love Life

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Rob Lowe
    • Narrated By Rob Lowe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (678)
    Performance
    (625)
    Story
    (622)

    Love Life serves up another delicious selection of intimate stories and observations from Rob Lowe's life, told with humor, warmth, and brutal honesty. After writing his acclaimed debut effort, Lowe felt he had more stories to share and many more friends to introduce. The result is a touching memoir about the business and craft of acting, the pitfalls of success, family, love, and much more.

    russell says: "He did it again"
    "Welcome Back!!"
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    I adored Rob Lowe's first book, Stories I Only Tell My Friends, and it is still one of my very favorite audiobooks. I also enjoyed this second memoir, possibly a tiny bit less than the first, but still laughed along with Rob at some very human stories and experiences. As expected, the narration is wonderful once again!

    In case you're looking for--or looking to avoid--the love life details, they're not here. Rob Lowe loves and embraces the life he has chosen, and I'm glad he continues to open the door and invite us to peek inside!

    **If you listen to the credits, his son wrote and performed the music on this audiobook production--very cool!!**

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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