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Wanda

Wandah Panda

Pretoria, South Africa | Member Since 2012

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  • 69 reviews
  • 75 ratings
  • 197 titles in library
  • 53 purchased in 2014
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  • Adventures of an Air Force Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 14 mins)
    • By Becky Corwin-Adams
    • Narrated By Kerri Parr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a military wife? Did you know that young military families often struggle to survive on military pay? Listen to this book to learn more about the adventures and struggles of an 18-year-old Air Force wife. If being a young military wife wasn't difficult enough, add a baby to the family. The adventures begin at Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul, Illinois where the family of three lived in their first apartment. An overflowing bathtub, a missing hamster, and some too close neighbors added to the mayhem.

    Wanda says: "What a legacy!"
    "What a legacy!"
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    I always have a problem rating a true story i mean, how can you not like a true story? Even if it is a sad or brutal one?
    I have no such problems with this authors books. She writes in an every day conversational style with no thrills or fuss, no big drama it always covers the events she herself lived through. In this case it is herlife as an air force wife in the 70's.

    Starting a family, starting a life together with a new job. Living a life. Now for me the most amazing thing about this authors books is what a legacy she is leaving for generations following her. Her children and grand children must be so impressed with having these books as a reference to what life is like for their parents.

    The narrator, also an old favourite adds to the authenticity of the story as she relays the story as it is written, with little fuss and even less drama. Stunning.

    WaAr

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  • Somebody Tell Aunt Tillie She's Dead: Toad Witch Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Christiana Miller
    • Narrated By Marie Rose
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (73)

    Mara is having the worst month of her life. At least, that's what her cards tell her and they've never been wrong. She's evicted from her apartment, loses her job, and is banned from Beverly Hills. So when the tarot cards predict her imminent demise, she uses a little magic to make her world right. Suddenly, an aunt she's never met dies, leaving Mara as her sole heir. But when Mara moves into her inherited home, she discovers Aunt Tillie never moved out. She's still one pissed-off old lady, even postmortem.

    Chris F. Chamberlain says: "great tale, superb narration"
    "Loved this."
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    I must say, I enjoyed this book far more than I expected too. Mara is a bit of a whiny little witch. She seems to wait to be saved by everybody until it becomes clear that she is not going to be saved if she does not save herself. But....she has a friend. Gus. I adore Gus. He is fun, flamboyant. And totally outrageously addictively gay.


    The start of the book is very slow, the middle is well....the middle and the end goes at a break neck speed full of sex, hexing and ghosts and most of the time, especially at the start the book had me in stitches. Gus is truly a riot and I absolutely adore him.



    I cannot really tell you guys why I enjoyed it as much as I did. It might have a lot to do with Marie Rose, the narrator who did a brilliant job with this book. It might be Gus. It might be that it was far better than I expected. Who knows.

    In the end I cannot wait to listen to more in this series and more books narrated by Marie Rose


    WaAr

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Memories, Dreams & Deflections: My Odyssey Through Emotional Indigestion

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Valerie Gilbert
    • Narrated By Valerie Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (1)
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    A continuation of the serendipitous saga commenced in Raving Violet, Valerie Gilbert’s first non-fiction collection of short stories, Memories, Dreams & Deflections: My Odyssey Through Emotional Indigestion, picks up the sojourn of this sassy, single mystic, mired in her mind and cloistered above the streets of New York City. This volume explores Valerie’s intrepid and irreverent search for healing inside and out (both medical and mystical), the quest for peace (and quiet) and, as always, true love.

    Wanda says: "At times funny. Always thought provoking."
    "At times funny. Always thought provoking."
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    This is the second book I have listened to by this author.
    Although I do not agree with her taken on love, life and misery case in point a contract of souls between murderer and victim I found that in this book in particular much of what she has to say makes sense.
    No fluff no sex in the city although in my minds eye I did call up Carry Bradshaw in Manhatten while listening to this. Much of the musings of Carry and Valerie has one thing in common - how life influence us and we it.
    I did not listen to this book all in one go. Certain sections like the chapter on tort reform was at first glance not a perfect fit in this compilation until near the end when the authors passion comes out loud and clear and you realize...oh heck. Naturally. Media influence all we do. This particular chapter was facinating.
    Other chapters like where the author meets her ex-husband in a park after a few years and loves everything about him, not because he has turned into the perfect man or because she got high..rather because of what she learned from him, took from their time together was sweet and funny.

    The narrator and author is one and the same and although this is a thing I would discourage most, this woman has classical training and the clarity and obvious vested interest she brings to the production is clear.

    I would not hesitate to listen to more books narrated and or penned by this gifted author.

    WaAr

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lightning

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3705)
    Performance
    (2129)
    Story
    (2141)

    A storm struck on the night Laura Shane was born, and there was a strangeness about the weather that people would remember for years. But even more mysterious was the blond-haired stranger who appeared out of nowhere - the man who saved Laura from a fatal delivery. Years later - after another bolt of lightning - the stranger returned.

    Barry says: "One of Koontz' best, entirely enjoyable."
    "Love this man's writing"
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    Lightning by Dean Koontz

    I read this book when I was a teenager and it made a massive impression on my mind.
    So when I got this on audio was in turn excited and nervous to revisit my old friend.
    As a teenager this story had me glued to the page and as it turned out as an adult it again kept me glued.
    The narrator in this book was amazing. The man is a pure genius. From the voice of an 8 year old girl to a Nazi spy to an 8 year old boy this narrator had an amazing range.

    Now as an adult I loved this book for the authors singular talent to pace out a story with a bit of supernatural events and tons of normal human up and downs so that this time around I loved the human aspect. The true horror only humans can bring upon one another. The author created a cast of characters so nice, so lovable so evil....i loved the good guys. Abhorred the bad guys and this time around I got what Churchill was up to in the bunker. Ok so I am slow. I know that.

    So if you love to read a brilliantly well written time thriller. This is for you.
    If you love a well narrated audiobook about the human nature, then this book is for you. Whether your 14 or 41, this book is for you!

    WaAr

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vet Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 32 mins)
    • By Becky Corwin-Adams
    • Narrated By Chris Brinkley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Follow the Cast-Off Cocker Spaniels as they deal with surgeries, grooming mishaps, seizures, and emergency room visits.

    Wanda says: "Awh"
    "Awh"
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    My favorite book by this author thus far.
    I listened to this book on audio and I much prefer this narrator to the female narrator of previous books.
    The story is a retelling of the hi- and low - lights of the authors experience in veterinarian offices due to her pets.

    Some is funny some is sad. All is entertaining.

    WaAr

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • FREE Recession Proof Graduate: How to Land the Job You Want by Doing Free Work

    • UNABRIDGED (42 mins)
    • By Charlie Hoehn
    • Narrated By Ray Chase
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (49)

    Recession-Proof Graduate is a wildly popular career guide that's been downloaded over 150,000 times. This audiobook is frequently shared among students, teachers, parents, counselors, freelancers, and entrepreneurs. It's been integrated in the coursework at a number of universities, given away as a graduation gift, and translated to Italian. When I changed my strategy, I landed a handful of dream gigs, got to work with amazing people like Tim Ferriss and Ramit Sethi, and found myself turning down multiple paid job offers.

    Megan Hewins says: "Hit and Miss"
    "Now I never figured I would give 5* to this read"
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    Amazingly simplistic but not simple I can see why this book is so popular.
    The author did an amazing job in summing up his pov and to make his points clear.

    I seriously think this is a book EVERYBODY should read.
    WaAr

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Junkie Quatrain

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (929)
    Performance
    (853)
    Story
    (867)

    Six months ago, the world ended. The Baugh Contagion swept across the planet. Its victims were left twitching, adrenalized cannibals that quickly became know as Junkies. Civilization crumbled as people created isolated safe havens to hide from the infected... and the possibly infected. Now, as society nears a tipping point, lives will intersect and intertwine across two days in a desolate city.

    Tango says: "An awesome set of vignettes"
    "This guy sure can write!"
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    The Junkie Quatrain. By Peter Clines narrated by Christian Rummel and Therese Plummer.

    This is a short audible book narrated by Christian Rummel and Theresa Plummer depending on whether the main protagonist is male or female. The only thing negative I can say about Christian is that his range for female voices are all nasal and that confuses the listener. On the other hand he really shines when he does male voices ranging in tone, speed and accent for the various characters. Theresa does a brilliant job in making her characters pop.
    4* for the narrators.

    Now the book. It is not 14. The book that got me hooked on the author. It is far more like his ex-hero series which is not bad but it is not 14.
    However, the twists, the irony and the basic probability of the happenings in these 4 loosely connected zombie stories sure is worth the read /listen.

    I would recommend this book to all lovers of the genre

    WaAr

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Free: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

    • UNABRIDGED (15 mins)
    • By James Thurber
    • Narrated By Ben Stiller
    Overall
    (3102)
    Performance
    (2762)
    Story
    (2795)

    Mild-mannered Walter Mitty is a day-dreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. This well-known and beloved tale has launched its famous protagonist into the cultural lexicon, warranting his inclusion in English-language dictionaries and countless anthologies. Stiller's imaginative performance as Mitty is the perfect re-introduction to the classic character and a great preface to the upcoming film, for longtime fans and new listeners alike.

    Dave says: "We Only Live Once. Or Do We?"
    "Not for me."
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    I am sorry. Listened to this on audio. I am now convinced I will not be watching the movie. The story is .....boring and the existential element is over done. Daydreaming? Maybe.

    But do not take my word for it. Get your own copy.

    WaAr

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bruners Come to America

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 9 mins)
    • By Becky Corwin-Adams
    • Narrated By Laura Jackman
    Overall
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    (1)
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    (1)

    The events and people mentioned in this book span 13 generations, covering nearly three centuries of family history. The story begins in 1495 when the Bruner family lived in Switzerland. It continues with the 1729 immigration of the Bruner family from Germany to America. Many generations of the Bruner family have been proud to call America their home. This branch of the Bruner family settled in Maryland and later relocated to Ohio. The village of Brunersburg in Defiance County, Ohio was first settled by this family.

    Wanda says: "A living history!"
    "A living history!"
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    I prefer this authors stories about her puppies and pocket pets. This book I think will have greater appeal to people interested in this particular families genealogy.

    The one facet I really loved was the fact that the author gave the origins and meanings of some of the more popular family names. I found this really interesting.

    A fast read and if this is within your area of interest then I am sure you will enjoy the way the narrator interprets the story.

    WaAr

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hospital: The FREE Short Story: The First Mountain Man Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 37 mins)
    • By Keith C. Blackmore
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (702)
    Performance
    (642)
    Story
    (647)

    "Mountain Man" Augustus Berry is a survivor in undead suburbia. He scavenges what he can from what's left over. He is very careful in what he does and where he goes, taking no chances, no unnecessary risks, and weighing every choice...until he decides to visit the hospital at the edge of town, and experiences terror the likes he's never encountered before.

    Ian says: "Kind of Undersells Book 2"
    "An entertaining short story."
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    A perfectly good entertaining little horror story. At times the author went a bit too far for me in his description - a bit crude. Though let me add that in this story it fit and did not really bother me as much as it would have in another story or in another genre.
    The narrator did a smashing job of making this story come to life.

    WaAr

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Supernaturals

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By David L. Golemon
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (607)
    Performance
    (552)
    Story
    (553)

    Seven years ago, Professor Gabriel Kennedy's investigation into paranormal activity at Summer Place ended in tragedy, and destroyed his career. Now, Kelly Delaphoy, the ambitious producer of a top-rated ghost-hunting television series, is determined to make Summer Place the centerpiece of an epic live broadcast on Halloween night. To ensure success, she needs help from the one man who has come face-to-face with the evil that dwells in Summer Place, a man still haunted by the ghosts of his own failure. Disgraced and alienated from the academic community, Kennedy wants nothing to do with it. But Summer Place has other plans....

    Murray says: "A pleasantly chilling piece of entertainment"
    "Do not think twice!"
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    I listened to this book on audio.

    Let me tell you I am now in two if I should rush out to buy more audio books narrated by Kafer or more books from the author. Since I have two credits I am thinking one of each.

    As a haunted house thriller I expected to walk away going ahm....ok.
    I was wrong the book popped. I found myself gripped by the story. Wondering at work what would happen next!
    I kid you not.

    I can tell you about plot, flow, secondary character formation, the brilliance of the narrator etc but I wont.
    I am saying if your a haunted house fan. Love audio. Do not think twice.

    Buy today.

    WaAr

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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