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lynn

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  • The Sparrow: A Prequel to 'The Returned'

    • UNABRIDGED (40 mins)
    • By Jason Mott
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    Overall
    (308)
    Performance
    (270)
    Story
    (267)

    When Heather and Matt Campbell find 10-year-old Tatiana Rusesa on the side of the highway, she is thousands of miles away from her village in Sierra Leone. She hasn't seen her family in almost two decades, not since she and her mother were killed by rebel soldiers. Now Tatiana has inexplicably returned, a lost orphan with no place to call home. As the world dives deeper into uncertainty and chaos, Heather is determined to save Tatiana and help her find her way back to her family. But how much is she willing to lose to protect a girl she doesn't even know?

    AudioAddict says: "Touching prequel that will leave you wondering..."
    "hmm never thought of that..."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Sparrow the most enjoyable?

    Good narration but with this one the story starts to take shape and make me want to orderr the full book. I had not thought about all the aspects of what happens when someone returns. In this one, I had a lot of questions. Do they remember their deaths? Will the evil and the innocent return? And the "centers" is this shelter for the lost or detention centers? Would you want to leave heaven to sit in a detention center?


    If you’ve listened to books by Jason Mott before, how does this one compare?

    Just the prequels, but I am going to get the full book soon


    Which character – as performed by Therese Plummer – was your favorite?

    I liked the young woman, but the girl was not my favorite in narration terms.


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

    Aroused my curiosity


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • You Belong to Me: And Other True Cases: Ann Rule's Crime Files, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Ann Rule
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (46)

    A former Seattle policewoman, Ann Rule has extensive experience of violent crime and brings this knowledge to bear in this collection of fascinating case studies. You Belong to Me focuses on one of Florida's most shocking criminals - Tim Harris, the poster-perfect 'All-American' State Trooper who hid bizarre and fatal fantasies behind his badge of authority.

    Linda Lou says: "ANOTHER OVER-LONG, MEANDERING MIX"
    "my first ann rule"
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    Where does You Belong to Me rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    about middle, it wasn't bad and it kept my attention at work.


    What did you like best about this story?

    variety, I was a little bored at the beginning when she went into the history of everyone, but as the story unraveled I saw where it was important to know where these characters had come from.


    What three words best describe Laural Merlington’s performance?

    smooth, clear, and non-irritating


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

    no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Whistling Past the Graveyard

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Susan Crandall
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (178)

    In the summer of 1963, nine-year-old spitfire Starla Claudelle runs away from her strict grandmother's Mississippi home. Starla hasn't seen her momma since she was three - that's when Lulu left for Nashville to become a famous singer. If she can get to Nashville and find her momma, then all that she promised will come true: Lulu will be a star. Daddy will come to live in Nashville, too. And her family will be whole and perfect.

    Jen says: "Thank You Baby Jesus!"
    "disappointed"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I was really hoping for more from this book. The main character made me want to spank her and tell her to keep quiet. The writing about the times was almost like they were trying to outdo The Help. I really was disappointed, good books are supposed to encourage a reaction when you read. However I could not get involved with these characters, they just did not have enough depth.


    If you’ve listened to books by Susan Crandall before, how does this one compare?

    no I haven't, but one book that I do not like does not mean I won't try others.


    Did Amy Rubinate do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yeah she's ok.


    Could you see Whistling Past the Graveyard being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I was just let down after reading all the glowing reviews.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dirty Job

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Fisher Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4161)
    Performance
    (1452)
    Story
    (1468)

    People start dropping dead around Charlie, giant ravens perch on his building, and it seems that everywhere he goes, a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Strange names start appearing on his nightstand notepad, and before he knows it, those people end up dead, too. Yup, it seems that Charlie Asher has been recruited for a new job, an unpleasant but utterly necessary one: Death.

    colleen says: "I loved it!"
    "loved it thoroughly entertaining"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Dirty Job to be better than the print version?

    funny you should ask. I read the book two times and still found stuff in the audio version i had missed.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the humor (one of Moore best stories) and the narrators grasp of the characters.


    What about Fisher Stevens’s performance did you like?

    He was clear even when doing a Russian or Chinese accent. He sounded like he was having as much fun reading it as I was listening to it.


    Who was the most memorable character of A Dirty Job and why?

    Charlie, he is just trying to cope and all of the sudden life is on him in all kinds of ways.


    Any additional comments?

    this was such a good audio. I would definitely recommend it to everyone who likes humor and a good story.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jason Mott
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (287)
    Performance
    (257)
    Story
    (265)

    Harold and Lucille Hargrave's lives have been both joyful and sorrowful in the decades since their only son, Jacob, died tragically at his eighth birthday party in 1966. In their old age they've settled comfortably into life without him, their wounds healed through the grace of time.... Until one day Jacob mysteriously appears on their doorstep - flesh and blood, their sweet, precocious child, still eight years old. All over the world people's loved ones are returning from beyond.

    FanB14 says: "You'd Want to Return It"
    "really wanted to like it"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    the story was okay but it began to feel like the author was trying to teach me a lesson and i wanted entertainment.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    this could have been a series and taken many different turns, but it didnt and after awhile it was depressing.


    Have you listened to any of Tom Stechschulte’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no, he wasnt bad but I think the story was my main problem


    Was The Returned worth the listening time?

    not really, i did not even finish listening, it became a drag to listen to


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crazy Rich Asians

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kevin Kwan
    • Narrated By Lynn Chen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (173)

    Crazy Rich Asians is the outrageously funny debut novel about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his ABC (American-born Chinese) girlfriend to the wedding of the season.

    Teresa says: "Narration is horrible"
    "I want to be a crazy asian"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I have not even finished it yet and I would recmmend it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the story is varied and humorous. It kept my attention, I even backtracked to relisten and make sure that I got the story right with all the relationships. I read the reviews and was pretty hesitant to listen because of negative narration comments. But I fund i enjoyed the accents and different tones the narrator gave the characters.


    Have you listened to any of Lynn Chen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    If you could rename Crazy Rich Asians, what would you call it?

    the title is perfect.


    Any additional comments?

    give it a try it is definitely a good "listen".

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The First: A Prequel to 'The Returned'

    • UNABRIDGED (33 mins)
    • By Jason Mott
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    Overall
    (416)
    Performance
    (353)
    Story
    (355)

    It's been just over a year since Edmund Blithe died, and just over a month since his fiancee, Emily, stopped wearing her engagement ring. Emily has finally begun to move on - until Edmund mysteriously and inexplicably returns. Edmund is only just the beginning. Around the world, people's loved ones are returning from beyond, seeking only to reenter the lives they left behind.

    Maddy says: "Under the Spell"
    "good start"
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    Would you listen to The First again? Why?

    to refresh t he story in my mind. It was a good start to let me know background of story.


    What other book might you compare The First to and why?

    Starting as sci-fi, but not sure I can compareit to any story


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deeply Odd: Odd Thomas, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    Overall
    (1411)
    Performance
    (1278)
    Story
    (1289)

    How do you make sure a crime that hasn’t happened yet, never does? That’s the critical question facing Odd Thomas, the young man with a unique ability to commune with restless spirits and help them find justice and peace. But this time, it’s the living who desperately need Odd on their side. Three helpless innocents will be brutally executed unless Odd can intervene in time. Who the potential victims are and where they can be found remain a mystery. The only thing Odd knows for sure is who the killer will be: the homicidal stranger who tried to shoot him dead in a small-town parking lot.

    G. House Sr. says: "Oddly Excellent!"
    "He's back"
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    Where does Deeply Odd rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In top ten, i have books from other sites and it was in the overall ten. I like the chrectar of Odd Thomas.


    What other book might you compare Deeply Odd to and why?

    The first two of the series. With Three and Four he was drifting away and I was loing interest.


    What does David Aaron Baker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Well, I did not like his impersonation of Edie, he sounds like Tootsie.


    If you could rename Deeply Odd, what would you call it?

    Deepl disturbed


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Engagements

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By J. Courtney Sullivan
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (77)

    Evelyn has been married to her husband for 40 years - 40 years since he slipped off her first wedding ring and put his own in its place. Delphine has seen both sides of love - the ecstatic, glorious highs of seduction, and the bitter, spiteful fury that descends when it’s over. James, a paramedic who works the night shift, knows his wife’s family thinks she could have done better; while Kate, partnered with Dan for a decade, has seen every kind of wedding - beach weddings, backyard weddings, castle weddings - and has vowed never, ever, to have one of her own.

    Tifani says: "This story required some brain exercise."
    "surprised"
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    What did you like best about The Engagements? What did you like least?

    the stories were interesting and not just a lot of sappy romance. Nice long listen. wasn't crazy about narrator.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the diversity and build up of the intertwining stories. I was interested enough to not only listen while at work but at other times too.


    What three words best describe Kimberly Farr’s performance?

    okay


    Was The Engagements worth the listening time?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    I use the audiobooks to pass time at a mundane job. I stand for 8 to 10 hours, this helped pass the time and was interesting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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