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Yvonne

Devlin, Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2008

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  • 312 titles in library
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  • Beguiled

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Deeanne Gist, J. Mark Bertrand
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (21)

    Christy Award-winning author Deeanne Gist and J. Mark Bertrand team up for a romantic crime mystery. Dogwalker Rylee Monroe believes she’s being stalked by a serial thief who is targeting a wealthy Charleston community. Reporter Logan Woods covers the break-ins, hoping to pen a true-crime blockbuster. But as danger draws closer, will Logan chase the story, the villain, or the beguiling Rylee?

    Yvonne says: "odd"
    "odd"
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    this was an odd book. I didn't mind the story, it wasn't exactly edge of your seat thriller or anything. The romance was kind of thrown into the mix but not developed to the extent that you would really think they were madly in love. It was read okay and written fine enough to be a light entertaining, unbelievable type tale. Wouldn't necessarily recommend it but also wouldn't say not to listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Saul Reichlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1440)
    Performance
    (702)
    Story
    (703)

    Lisbeth Salander lies in Intensive Care with a bullet lodged in her head. She will face trial for three murders and one attempted murder on her release. With the help of journalist Mikael Blomkvist, Salander must not only prove her innocence, but identify and denounce the corrupt politicians that have allowed the vulnerable to become victims of abuse and violence. Salander is now ready to fight back.

    Olga says: "A Fabulous Finale"
    "wow! a gripping conclusion to the series"
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    What about Saul Reichlin’s performance did you like?

    The voices! He can change it up so that it feels like you are in the room and actually watching different people speak.


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

    It made me angry and sad more like. It's fiction, which is good, but it's so unfair what happens to this poor girl. Yet it makes you cheer her on even more!


    Any additional comments?

    I am thinking this book is probably better in audio format than in print since there is a lot of info. and background info. given about different characters that is just so much noise. I'd rather hear more of the story than hear background stuff. There are a lot of words that could be cut and the book would still be complete. So when I am working on things and listening with only half an ear it's still okay since lots of the words are extra. (in my opinion) so the plot is great, the story is great, the characters are great but there are too many words. The narrator was fabulous too. That can really make or break a story!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Laughing Without an Accent: Adventures of an Iranian American, at Home and Abroad

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Firoozeh Dumas
    • Narrated By Firoozeh Dumas
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (77)

    In the best-selling memoir Funny in Farsi, Firoozeh Dumas recounted her adventures growing up Iranian American in Southern California. Now she again mines her rich Persian heritage in Laughing Without an Accent, sharing stories both tender and humorous on being a citizen of the world, on her well-meaning family, and on amusing cultural conundrums, all told with insights into the universality of the human condition. (Hint: It may have to do with brushing and flossing daily.)

    Sara says: "Sigh"
    "What Hoot!"
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    I Love this author and will listen to anything she writes (then reads) She has a great sense of humour, and laughs readily at herself, even sharing cringe worthy details of her life. Love how she gets into family and culture and ties it all together in her stories letting us in on her past the good and the bad. The only thing I wasn't thrilled with was her stories aren't in any order that I could see, they seemed to jump around the time line a lot. So there was some overlapping and backtracking. However, that aside, I would recommend this book highly and again have to say would love to meet her and spend some time with her and her famiy!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Saul Reichlin
    Overall
    (1843)
    Performance
    (903)
    Story
    (922)

    Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder - and that the killer is a member of his own family. He employs journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, truculent computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history.

    Joe says: "worthwhile"
    "wowe! what a story!"
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    This was the type of book that I could not wait to get back to. The story kept me wondering right to the end. I did not figure it out. All the caracters are introduced and you think you have an idea as to how this will work but there are so many twists and turns you just never know. The book is quite descriptive of some aweful stuff so if you are sensitive to that it's probably better to read it so you can skim those things. However it was so well written, I'll "read" more by this author. Well read too!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Shepherd's Voice: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Robin Lee Hatcher
    • Narrated By Pam Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    For 10 years, Gabe Talmadge languished in prison, convicted of a horrible crime. Now, he is free once again but unable to find work in the midst of the Great Depression. In desperation, Gabe returns to Ransom, Idaho, hoping that his uncaring father will give him food and shelter, if not love. But the prodigal son is not welcomed home. Hungry and hopeless, Gabe is rescued by the owner of a sheep ranch south of Ransom. Incredibly, Akira Macauley gives him a place to live and work to do.

    Yvonne says: "nice story"
    "nice story"
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    Nice faith based story. it was a bit odd at the beginning but all in all a nice listen. Robin Lee Hatcher has some real great books out there. (this one is average) but as a whole I read/listen to everything that she puts out there. You just never know what you will get, however you do know that she is a quality writer and it will be interesting.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • True Love and Other Disasters

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Rachel Gibson
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (564)
    Performance
    (390)
    Story
    (393)

    Best-selling author Rachel Gibson is acclaimed for her quick-witted and endearing romances. True Love and Other Disasters begins as the Seattle Chinooks hockey team owner dies, bequeathing the team to his young widow, Faith. Faith is determined to be taken seriously as the owner, and she’s not going to let anyone—especially dreamy star player Ty Savage—get in her way.

    S says: "More Rachel Gibson, please!"
    "Canucks NOT canooks!!!"
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    this story has a lot of female drama in it. A good deal of explicit sex and sex talk. and the narrator does not know how Canadians use "eh". She also mispronounced the name of the Vancouver Canucks. It rhymes with luck, shuck, huck, muck etc. It does not rhyme with crook. Also Canadians add "eh" to the last word in the sentence, no pause. for ex. "It's been a good runeh?" or "come in out of the coldeh?" turning the sentence into a question. NO PAUSE!!! other than getting unreasonably irritated at that, the book was okay. Story a bit weak, it's a typical romance. If that is what you are looking for that's what you are getting.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Sidney Sheldon's Mistress of the Game

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Tilly Bagshawe
    • Narrated By Karen Ziemba
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    It began with Jamie MacGregor, stealing diamonds in Africa. It continued with his daughter, the powerful Kate Blackwell, who grew her father's company into a world wide conglomerate. Now the story passes to the next generation. Spanning the decades and picking up exactly where Sidney Sheldon's bestselling Master of the Game finished, Mistress of the Game follows the Blackwell family as they love, lose, scheme and murder through the 80s up until the present day.

    Jbran says: "Good narration but the story has no purpose"
    "yikes, it could be Sidney"
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    This could be Sidney Sheldon's writing. I was so sorry when there were no more books from Sidney Sheldon (for obvious reasons) but Tilly Bradshaw is pretty much as good. These stories are not feel good happyily ever after types so I can't listen to more than one in a row, having said that, I listen to a couple fluff pieces and then head right back to Tilly's writing. Well written and read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Back to the Bedroom

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By C.J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (243)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (68)

    She was the mysterious woman in the long black cloak. He was the sexy guy next door. They shared a common wall between their Capitol Hill townhouses and not much else...until disaster scored a direct hit on the mystery woman's bedroom and the sexy guy's heart. He baked her a cake, she learned to throw a football, there were some misunderstandings in the living room, some mishaps in the yard, and some romantic moments everywhere.

    Blandina says: "SO SO"
    "okay"
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    this book was not as funny as I expected. It had it's moments but it's not a stephanie bond quality. Not a bad read if you aren't into the bond series. I guess I keep comparing everything to that and it seems as though the characters are repeated in this book just slightly different but not enough to make it better. Could only give it a 3 because it's not bad, not awsome, but not bad either.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Call Me Irresistible

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Shannon Cochran
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1025)
    Performance
    (476)
    Story
    (465)

    Call Me Irresistible is the book Susan Elizabeth Phillips's readers have long awaited. Ted, better known as "little Teddy," the nine-year-old heartbreak kid from Phillips's first best seller, Fancy Pants, and as "young Teddy," the hunky new college graduate in Lady Be Good, is all grown up now—along with Lucy from First Lady and Meg from What I Did for Love. They're ready to take center stage in a saucy, funny, and highly addictive tale fans will love.

    "unknown" says: "SEP is Back In The Game!! Loved It!"
    "enjoyable"
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    I always like S.E.P but this one wasn't quite as fun as some of her others, this one was a bit too sinister at times. Mostly well written and funny and fun but occasionally not so much. would still recommned it and most likely listen to it again or get the book and read it myself this time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • She's in a Better Place

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Angela Elwell Hunt
    • Narrated By Carol Monda
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    The novels of New York Times best-selling author Angela Hunt have garnered the Holt Medallion, Christy Award, and countless other honors for their cutting-edge Christian themes. In this compelling sequel to She Always Wore Red, a busy single mom runs a Florida funeral home. But her mortuary work becomes even more poignant when her assistant discloses his terminal illness.

    Yvonne says: "interesting"
    "interesting"
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    Listened to the entire series. they had their ups and downs but for the most part I enjoyed all three of the books and was sorry to come to the end since I had formed an attatchment to the characters. Still think about the books months later and would consider listening to them again. my only draw back was learning a few too many details about the funeral process ie embalming and such. Otherwise it was well written, interesting, believable and fun. There were challanges and sadness too but well written and balanced. (of course this is all my opinion)

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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