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  • Whitethorn

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (430)
    Performance
    (341)
    Story
    (343)

    From the author of The Power of One comes a new novel about Africa. The time is 1939. White South Africa is a deeply divided nation with many of the Afrikaner people fanatically opposed to the English. The world is also on the brink of war, and South Africa elects to fight for the Allied cause against Germany. Six-year-old Tom Fitzsaxby finds himself in The Boys Farm, an orphanage in a remote town in the high mountains, where the Afrikaners side fiercely with Hitler's Germany.

    Karin says: "Whitethorn"
    "What can I say...it's Bryce Courtenay!"
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    Every time I begin to read a Bryce Courtenay story, I am thinking to myself, "How can this one be as good as the last one I read?", and every time I am quite surprised to find that the one I'm reading is just as fantastic as all the others! His stories are all different, but engaging and interesting all the same.
    In this story, which is, incidentally read by the INCOMPARABLE Humphrey Bower (so wonderful and easy to listen to and whose voice is perfect for Bryce's stories) there are characters who fall on hard times and through his/her life experiences, find a way to conquer his/her demons. Going along for the ride, learning for ourselves along the way, make this book, as all the others, great listens.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9668)
    Performance
    (8093)
    Story
    (8095)

    Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    L. O. Pardue says: ""Rear Window" Meets "Gone Girl""
    "A nice surprise!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would. It has many twists and turns and it keeps you guessing.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Girl on the Train?

    Rachel's dreams.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The narrators have very pleasing voices.


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a refreshingly different mystery story, and it can be a bit slow sometimes, but it is worth the wait!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Eighty-Dollar Champion: Snowman, the Horse That Inspired a Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Letts
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (583)
    Performance
    (521)
    Story
    (517)

    November 1958, New York. Into the rarefied atmosphere of wealth and tradition at the National Horse Show in Madison Square Garden comes the most unlikely of horses—a drab white former plow horse named Snowman—and his rider, Harry de Leyer. They were the longest of all longshots—and their win was the stuff of legend.

    eddie says: "When will this story become a movie"
    "A fantastic, feel good story!"
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    Where does The Eighty-Dollar Champion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This has to be one of the top ten books I've read. It is an awesome story of humanity, connectedness and kindness, which has an unbelievable story line, and it's a true story! I doesn't get better than this-


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Snowman and his owner are the main characters and they are both impressive, trusting, and awe inspiring characters.


    Which character – as performed by Bronson Pinchot – was your favorite?

    Snowman


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

    My reaction to this story was a renewed love for the equine spirit and for the connectedness between a horse and its "in tune" and sensitive owner; such a gift of partnership and unconditional love.


    Any additional comments?

    Just read this story, you won't be sorry!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (3620)
    Performance
    (3122)
    Story
    (3143)

    England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

    Maria says: "Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!"
    "Second Hand Smoke!!!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I am not compelled to rave about this book to anyone; it's a good story, but not a great one. The story, I feel, is much longer than it needed to be. There were other reviewers that mentioned that there was a lot of "smoking" in the book. Well, they were right! But the story line seemed to glorify smoking, which is what bothered me. It was just not necessary or pleasant to have it in the story so much. The narrator has a very pleasing voice.


    Would you recommend The Secret Keeper to your friends? Why or why not?

    No I would not. It's not the kind of story that is a "stand out".


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can't think of a favorite scene.


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

    Much Ado About Nothing


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18097)
    Performance
    (16791)
    Story
    (16794)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Macgyver on Mars"
    "What a nice surprise!"
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    What did you love best about The Martian?

    I loved the humor of the main character and the scientific subject matter.


    What did you like best about this story?

    A very well written, interesting throughout, and a very unique story.


    Have you listened to any of R. C. Bray’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I haven't, but I need to!


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I was nicely surprised with this book; a very engrossing, entertaining and thought provoking story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Brass Verdict: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    Overall
    (4492)
    Performance
    (2016)
    Story
    (2010)

    Things are finally looking up for defense attorney Mickey Haller. After two years of wrong turns, Haller is back in the courtroom. When Hollywood lawyer Jerry Vincent is murdered, Haller inherits his biggest case yet: the defense of Walter Elliott, a prominent studio executive accused of murdering his wife and her lover. But as Haller prepares for the case that could launch him into the big time, he learns that Vincent's killer may be coming for him next.

    Jeff says: "Five Star Book; Three Star Narration"
    "It was ok"
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    If you could sum up The Brass Verdict in three words, what would they be?

    Courtroom without drama


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There was no character that really grabbed me.


    Did Peter Giles do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Not really, they all sounded similar. There are many negative comments about the narrator, and although he wasn't great and he was guilty of emphasizing at the wrong times, he wasn't too annoying or displeasing for me to tolerate listening to him; and I am kind of picky when it comes to narrators. I wouldn't avoid a good book if he was the narrator.


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

    Not really


    Any additional comments?

    Just a so-so courtroom drama; it kept my attention somewhat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26078)
    Performance
    (23123)
    Story
    (23193)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "WOW, what a story!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Gone Girl to be better than the print version?

    Yes, because the different voices of the characters make it feel more real.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was probably Nick, because regardless of his flaws, I still liked him. He was basically a good person who made mistakes, while his wife was just plain crazy, conniving, dangerous, and sociopathic.


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

    The Dangers of Marriage


    Any additional comments?

    This book was an enjoyable, slow burn which kept you guessing through a good part of the book. When the reader understands what is going on, it is a shocker.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • If I Die

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Rachel Vincent
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (370)
    Performance
    (326)
    Story
    (324)

    The entire school's talking about the gorgeous new math teacher, Mr. Beck. Everyone except Kaylee Cavanaugh. After all, Kaylee’s no ordinary high-school junior. She's a banshee - she screams when someone dies. But the next scream might be for Kaylee. Yeah, it's a shock to her, too. So to distract herself, Kaylee's going to save every girl in school. Because that hot new teacher is really an incubus who feeds on the desire of unsuspecting students.

    Danyale says: "Best of the series!"
    "Not For Me"
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    Would you try another book from Rachel Vincent and/or Amanda Ronconi?

    Probably not.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Rachel Vincent again?

    Probably not.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The narrator's voice was very pleasant to listen to, until she performed the male characters, which sounded like a baby pirate(arrrrrrrrr). Thus, I found her male "voices" quite annoying.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from If I Die?

    I would start from scratch! Not to give anything away, but it just seemed to go on and on about the same "theme".


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Immune: The Rho Agenda, Book Two

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Richard Phillips
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1191)
    Performance
    (1078)
    Story
    (1079)

    Anyone who dares challenge the Rho Project is being systematically picked off. At the top of the hit man’s death list: NSA fixer Jack Gregory, and the three teenagers who first exposed the Rho Project’s dark agenda to the world.On the run for their lives, Heather, Mark, and Jennifer know that the Rho Project’s alien nano-technology has been released into the world, disguised as a miracle cure. But what they don’t yet know is that the serum has taken on a life of its own....

    Orson says: "A second volume that stands alone - brilliantly"
    "Much Ado About Nothing"
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    What did you like best about Immune? What did you like least?

    The only thing I liked about this book was the narrator; his voice was like "buttah" and his many character changes were all different and believable; a very talented narrator. This genre may not be for me, but the book read, to me, like an juvenile Hardy Boys story. I just didn't keep my attention, I thought it dragged on and on and the ending was very abrupt.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Richard Phillips? Why or why not?

    I don't think so. If it is similar to the book I just read, it would be a no.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None


    Do you think Immune needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I guess so, for those people who enjoyed the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The First Deadly Sin

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lawrence Sanders
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (822)
    Performance
    (648)
    Story
    (663)

    One of the most popular suspense novels of all time. A well-dressed man stalks the high-class neighborhoods of New York City. He is armed with an ice axe. His victims are strangers. And one cop, Captain Ed Delaney must solve a series of bizarre, gruesome murders that defy logic or method. This shocking story has captured the imaginations of millions like no other modern thriller.

    Parusski says: "Evening with an old friend!"
    "Great read!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The First Deadly Sin the most enjoyable?

    The character development and the insights into the mind of a demented serial killer were the most interesting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This book was 24 or so hours long, and you would never know it! I had a slower(not slow) build-up, good character development, and the investigative process kept me very interested.


    What does Marc Vietor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice is pleasing to listen to, and he was able to perform different voices without it being obvious.


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

    "Perfectly Demented"


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Big Little Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5749)
    Performance
    (5079)
    Story
    (5075)

    Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

    Sandy C. Jourdain says: "Not interesting"
    "Very entertaining!"
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    What did you love best about Big Little Lies?

    The character development, the characters themselves, and the somewhat "dark" humor


    What did you like best about this story?

    There are lessons to be learned, and all of its flawed characters teach us those lessons.


    What does Caroline Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her voice inflections greatly added to the story, she has a very pleasing voice to listen to.


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

    How to avoid a "train wreck" in life.


    Any additional comments?

    The story droned on just a bit in areas, but the characters were so entertaining that I didn't mind.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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