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paula

HInsdale, MA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Voyager

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8921)
    Performance
    (6038)
    Story
    (6016)

    Set in the intriguing Scotland of 200 years ago, the third installment in the romantic adventures of Jamie and Claire is as compelling as the first. Now that Claire knows Jamie survived the slaughter at Culloden, she is faced with the most difficult decision of her life. She aches to travel back through time again to find the love of her life, but, in order to do that, she must leave their daughter behind.

    A User says: "7 Stars!! Brilliant!!"
    "still good"
    Overall

    It seemed to me that it took a while for the story to get going, but once it did, it moved right along and made me want buy the next bookin the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Being Positive and Staying Positive

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Pauline Rowson
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Changing work patterns, pressures of this fast-paced life, family problems, life cycle changes, and poor health can leave even the most positive of us feeling negative. So how do we cope when this happen? How do we resist the pressure to be all things to all men? How do we handle the guilt when we feel we are failing and inadequate? How can we learn to be more focused? This practical, easy, step-by-step guide shows you how to find contentment with yourself.

    paula says: "Over all pretty good"
    "Over all pretty good"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Being Positive and Staying Positive? What did you like least?

    I found this to ok. Not too deep if you are want more than basic encouragement. It focuses a lot on the work place in the second half. I'm not employed outside the home so that part really didn't relate to me. I liked the narrator.


    Could you see Being Positive and Staying Positive being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood: Outlander, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3883)
    Performance
    (3625)
    Story
    (3615)

    Hurtled back through time more than two hundred years to 1743 Scotland, Claire Randall finds herself caught in the midst of an unfamiliar world torn apart by violence, pestilence, and revolution and haunted by her growing feelings for a young soldier, James Fraser.

    G. House Sr. says: "Eloquent Fabulous Historical - Grand Continuation"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Written in My Own Heart's Blood? What did you like least?

    Hearing Davina Porter bring back all my favorite characters after missing them was great.Least favorite part was the ending, spoiler alert


    Would you recommend Written in My Own Heart's Blood to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend it only because if you've already read everything else, this only goes to follow. The story doesn't really move forward too much.


    Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favorite?

    I love all the characters, Jaime and Claire the best.


    Do you think Written in My Own Heart's Blood needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It definitely should have a follow up, there were too many things left undone.


    Any additional comments?

    After a long and twisting story, it seems like the author just got tired of writing and dumped the ending without working all the characters up to it, I felt disappointed after having put in all that time reading the book.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Breath of Snow and Ashes

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (4517)
    Performance
    (3966)
    Story
    (3944)

    A Breath of Snow and Ashes continues the saga of 18th-century Scotsman Jamie Fraser and his 20th-century, time-traveling wife, Claire. The year is 1772, and the rift between Britain and its American colonies has put a frightening word into the minds of all concerned: revolution. In the backwoods of North Carolina, violence has already reared its ugly head, as cabins have been burned to the ground. To preserve the colony for King George III, the governor pleads with Jamie to bring the people together and restore peace. But Jamie has the burden of knowing that war cannot be avoided.

    B.J. says: "Another terrific listen."
    "A long read, but worth it"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I loved having this unabridged version on audio, narration was great.


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

    some parts were tedious to listen to, so maybe I would have stuck closer to the plot


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

    this compares very well to her other performances


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

    choices and challenges


    Any additional comments?

    I love historical fiction, and having lived in Fayetteville NC for a time, I remembered some of the places mentioned in the book, especially the slave auction post that is still standing in the old downtown, as a reminder of that horrible part of US history. Once again, Diana Gabaldon hooked me till the end, I have just ordered book number 7.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Minding Frankie

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Maeve Binchy
    • Narrated By Sile Bermingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (459)
    Performance
    (256)
    Story
    (248)

    When Noel learns that his terminally ill former flame is pregnant with his child, he agrees to take guardianship of the baby girl once she's born. But as a single father battling demons of his own, Noel can't do it alone.

    Carolyn says: "Top Notch Binchy"
    "great story"
    Overall

    this is a great story,typical Maeve Binchy warmth and intrigue. The narrator has a lisp, but you get used to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Core Yoga: Yoga Class and Guide Book

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 1 min)
    • By Sue Fuller
    • Narrated By Sue Fuller
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (3)

    This easy to follow class is suitable for those with previous experience of yoga. It has been created by Sue Fuller, a leading yoga teacher and the resident yoga expert at Natural Health Magazine, to strengthen and bring awareness to the inner and outer muscles of the torso, lumbar spine, pelvis, hamstrings and glutei muscles that make up the greater core area.

    paula says: "very nice"
    "very nice"
    Overall

    I was pleasantly surprised by this choice, the yoga sequence has a nice flow, soothing backround music with good sound quality, very focused guidance, the narrator's voice is calm.I feel like I've gotten a workout, while relaxing at the same time!! I plan to buy more. Paula

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Winter Solstice

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Rosamunde Pilcher
    • Narrated By Lynn Redgrave
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (14)

    Elfrida Phipps tries to exorcise the pain of the past and find peace, taking refuge in a rambling house in the north of Scotland called Corrydale. Almost like a magnet, Corrydale attracts various waifs and strays, each of them escaping difficult personal pasts. As the holidays approach and the weather turns foul, it seems a perfect recipe for disaster.

    Eileen says: "A Good Read"
    "I Loved this Audio"
    Overall

    The reading by Lynne Redgrave was superb, she made my favorite characters come to life.The only thing I didn't like, was that I accidently bought the abridged version, my favorite part was edited out for the audio. Winter Solstice is my favorite Rosamund Pilcher book,

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • An Irish Country Village

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Patrick Taylor
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (329)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (185)

    Welcome back to the village of Ballybucklebo. Come and say hello again to Dr. O'Reilly's odd-as-two-left-feet patients; his housekeeper, Mrs. "Kinky" Kinkaid; and O'Reilly's pets: Arthur Guinness, the beer-swilling black Lab, and Lady MacBeth, the demonically possessed white cat. And of course, to young Dr. Barry Laverty. After Barry's first month as an assistant to crusty Dr. O'Reilly, he has been offered a permanent spot. But Laverty's excitement is dashed when one of his patients unexpectedly dies.

    N. Murdock says: "Such fun!"
    "A wonderful getaway"
    Overall

    I loved this book. It wasn't hard to get into, the characters are warm and real. John Keating is the perfect narrator who gives the story a feeling of validity. If you want to curl up with a cup of tea and get away, this is it, as are the sequels.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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