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Wanda S Sauerland

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Reno | Member Since 2004

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  • 25 reviews
  • 70 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2014
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  • T Is for Trespass: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Sue Grafton
    • Narrated By Judy Kaye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1053)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (194)

    In what may be her most unsettling novel to date, Sue Grafton's T Is for Trespass is also her most direct confrontation with the forces of evil. Beginning slowly with the day-to-day life of a private eye, Grafton suddenly shifts from the voice of Kinsey Millhone to that of Solana Rojas, introducing listeners to a chilling sociopath. Rojas is not her birth name. It is an identity she cunningly stole, an identity that gives her access to private caregiving jobs.

    Marcia says: "kellysmom"
    "Awesome!"
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    Well, better and better. I was not ... for one moment bored. Nope! This publication of Grafton's series had me reaching back into the prior books that I had missed. The written synopsis of the book is well written as well.

    If you like Ms Grafton, and Judy Kaye as the reader, then sit back and be prepared for a one of a kind story. Perhaps, some of my enjoyment came because it has been two or so years since I listened to one of her books. Regardless the reason, I have read nothing else for the last 2 months then Sue Grafton. The plot on this book is nice and tight, the characters believable, the story line consistent; one can even taste the meatloaf! Yeah, have to read it to get that sentence.

    Just wondering what Ms Grafton will do when she reaches the END of the alphabet? Quit? Surely not! You can't let a character like this die off!! OR ride into the sunset!

    As to TV series, I was imagining Kyra Sedgwick could try her hand as Kinsey; a good turn-around for her from The Closer. Henry? Well, some good looking 80-something other. Plus. Rosa? Plenty of people for her.

    Just read the book, and enjoy like I did. Hey, I even read this while illustrating!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Midsummer Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Catherine Coulter
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (102)

    Philip Hawksbury, the Earl of Rothermere, obeying his father's dying wish, hies himself to Scotland to offer for one of the daughters of Alexander Kilbracken, the Earl of Ruthven. Frances Kilbracken, informed of the earl's arrival and his mission, disguises herself as a bespectacled dowd so she won't be the one selected by the young earl. But choose her he does, and for all the wrong reasons.

    Clarice says: "Not Coulter's best but still enjoyable"
    "Tired. But, seeing, I just had to write a review"
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    Here I am, tired, looking for a book to read, when I see this one, that I have already read. So, here is my short comments. LOVED it.

    OK. I mean, tooooo funny. To fantastic. Just have to love the lady in the story. Poor thing, her plan backfired. However, after some time ... who knows? She just might ...

    If I didn't know better, I would say she reminds me of Jo of Little Women, set in this time period, with the same problem. If you love to read, and you love Catherine Coulter, then by all means get this one. Never a boring moment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7177)
    Performance
    (6249)
    Story
    (6230)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    Amazon Customer says: "A great book"
    "Super Super Super"
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    Some say it is an easy read, and therefore, well ... too easy.

    But me? I loved every moment of the book. Yes, I guessed some ideas and knew this or that. However, I was still surprised and totally entertained by the story line.

    The heroine is lovely. The best friend is ... what I would like my best friend to be like. The husband is a dead beat (in many ways). The soon to be lovers (heroine and best friend) are they there, or not??

    The sadness is truly felt. Bravery is without fault. OK. I like Nora Roberts again.

    I loved, LOVED, that she did not have any love scenes that made my have to skip ahead. Not all of us out there want wild, unabandoned love scenes. Boy friends, kisses, and any of the rest, yes. But, when did we go from story line to sex stories?

    As a Jane Austen fan, I believe that the story should be enough to fulfill your mind.

    Good going, Nora!! I am getting ready to purchase another book. Don't disappoint me!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • F is for Fugitive: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Sue Grafton
    • Narrated By Mary Peiffer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (115)

    Everyone knew the kind of girl Jean Timberlake was: wild, looking for trouble. But she certainly wasn't looking for murder. She was found dead on the beach 17 years ago, and an ex-boyfriend named Bailey Fowler was convicted of her murder and imprisoned, and then escaped. Now private eye Kinsey Millhone steps into a case that should have never been closed, in a town where there's no such thing as a private investigation.

    Judy says: "Fun read, very entertaining."
    "Fabulous"
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    That one word above says it all. Fantastic! With out a doubt, most of her books are in the A pluses for me. Maybe she can switch to numbers next, and have a true man developing in her world? Just saying

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadow of the Lynx

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Victoria Holt
    • Narrated By Virginia Leishman
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    The Shadow of the Lynx follows beautiful young Nora Tamasin as she leaves her home in Victorian England. Recently orphaned, she sails toward the untamed lands of gold-rush Australia. Her journey will take her to the Lynx: the man her father designated as her guardian before he died. Rich, powerful, and commanding, the Lynx is a man who can safeguard her finances, but cannot control her heart. More than 56 million of Victoria Holt’s books have been sold worldwide. She also writes as Jean Plaidy and Philippa Carr.

    Wanda S Sauerland says: "Wow. Am so glad Audible has finally placed her"
    "Wow. Am so glad Audible has finally placed her"
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    Beginning was different than I envisioned. Since I can usually figure out a book within two to three chapters, this one had me good. It is her very METHOD OF STORY TELLING that intrigues me. She would have made Alfred Hitchcock a great wife. So grateful to find her here on Audible. As famous lines go, "Please Sir, I want some more!"

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Devil on Horseback

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Victoria Holt
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    Enamored by the handsome and arrogant Charles-Auguste, a wealthy French aristocrat, 18-year-old Minella is drawn into a complicated world of danger, betrayal, and murder. Denying her own suspicion that he has murdered his wife, she struggles with her fascination for the seductive and mysterious count. Against the backdrop of the incipient French Revolution, Minella’s life becomes a series of adventures that all lead to an exciting and unexpected climax. Davina Porter’s passionate narration transports readers....

    Dover says: "Enjoyable for Unexpected Reasons"
    "Oh what a mind she had!"
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    Loved it, not for kissing and gooey love stories - but rather for Ms Holt's ability to keep one interested. Not for everyone's tastes, perhaps. But, for a lover of literature and a stylistic approach, bravo, Ms Holt.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On the Night of the Seventh Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Victoria Holt
    • Narrated By Virginia Leishman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (29)

    In this entrancing novel, set in late 1800s Europe, a beautiful English schoolgirl participates in an ancient celebration, only to discover she no longer knows the difference between truth and myth. As shadows lengthen, 17-year-old Helena Trant and her classmates must finish their picnic in the Black Forest. Tonight young men will be out to honor Loke, the god of mischief, with drinking and pranks - no woman will be safe. As Helena walks through the misty woods, she loses her friends, but her fear turns to joy....

    A User says: "A classic ...."
    "Unique styling of writing."
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    Took an hour or so to understand the adventure, and the plot only thickens as the book progresses. YES it indeed is a romance. Good grief. Not all see in shades of black and white. Always allow for some gray. Read it. Surprises at every turn.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Forsyte Saga, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By John Galsworthy
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (14)

    A compelling drama and a merciless scrutiny of a newly monied upper-middle-class family at the turn of the 20th century, The Forsyte Saga has a sumptuous range of characters. If you have enjoyed The Forsyte Saga on television in the past, you will be familiar with this engrossing story; if not, prepare to be completely captivated and engaged by one of the best tales ever told.

    Wanda S Sauerland says: "Wonderful ... So real to life"
    "Wonderful ... So real to life"
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    I watched both PBS shows and they were great. The black and white being the most true to the books. However, the books, wow. So incredible. So amazing. I have now lived life from the 1880s to 1920s. I saw two wars. I lost a King and gained a King. I watched a woman flee from being a piece of property by a man, who really was indeed a good man, only he was brought up to believe that his way was the right way.

    The plot is too complicated to deal with here. However, it deals with a large family of wealth and consideration, and how that wealth colors their thinking and behavior. Believe me, it does do that in amazing ways; some for good, some for bad. Yet, you continue to read, you need to read to understand them better.

    These series of books, and there are many of them, I think 7 to 9, I have forgotten, but I read them all, are without doubt a MUST if one wants to understand the historical method of living in the past century. Also, it is a riveting read. The narration is positively wonderful. I cried when I was finished. I had lost my friends, indeed, almost my family; just as I did when War and Peace was finished. How dare they stop the book? I demand more. Please ... more.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26731)
    Performance
    (13368)
    Story
    (13412)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Wish I had more to read"
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    FANtastic!!!!! One of my favorite books that I have read, and I have been an avid reader since I was a young child. This book was so well written using the thoughts and feelings of women who truly "lived" the life ... walked that walk. They help us to understand in such an easy way what it meant to "be the help.' NEVER before had I remotely understood WHERE our black friends were coming from. Where my nanny came from, who I loved and missed when she left. This book explained it all. Better yet, the audio book brought it to LIFE!! You could HEAR the thoughts, the UmmHmm's which are said in a Southern sound. Reading this book drops you back into the early 1960s. Here is one little glimmer from the book: we were in the race to space, we dealt with the death of President Kennedy, and the a war was brewing on the horizon, yet, we believed that we might catch some bad disease if we allowed a black person to use a common restroom, drink from our warter fountains, etc. It is barbaric, yet, it was "we." Now, WE get to hear the other side of the story. Cool, eh? You bet!!

    I loved this book. I loved the author! Can't wait to see the movie. Hope that their is a sequel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sherbrooke Twins: Bride Series, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Catherine Coulter
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (32)

    The Sherbrooke family saga continues with James and Jason Sherbrooke, identical male twins who look exactly like their beautiful Aunt Melissande, and not at all like their father, the earl, which riles him no end.

    Jay says: "Great!!!!!!!!!!!!"
    "Slightly better than # 9"
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    Here there is more of a story. There is still the sex, which is up to individuals preferences, right? The plot here is better elicited. Two twins, handsome, of course, whose father and mother were married in an earlier book. There begins intrigue and danger, and one does not know why. Something about a ghost? The plot is about the father being in mortal danger, and how he and his family survives. See, a plot (read my review for book # 9 - Lyon's Gate). I must admit that after reading some truly fine pieces of Englich literature and returning to this, I find myself at a great loss. Sorry. There are some really fantastice pieces of historical literature out there, with true plots, real adventure, and life as it really was. I believe that Mrs. Coulter has her place in the scheme of things, but that ... if you want a true plot with real characters you might have to look elsewhere. Again, sorry.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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