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sharon

love to read and love audio books!Favorite authors: Marcia Willett,Nevil Shute,Mary Stewart,and Jacqueline Winspear. I could go on and on but wont bore you! I belong to a book group and we often" Listen" to the books we have selected for the month while using a paper copy for the discussion notes. It really enhances the quality of the story.

san diego, california, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • 130 ratings
  • 344 titles in library
  • 17 purchased in 2015
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  • Trains and Lovers

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Robert Ian Mackenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (45)
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    (44)

    In the words of Alexander McCall Smith: "You feel the rocking of the train, you hear the sound of its wheels on the rails; you are in the world rather than suspended somewhere above it. And sometimes there are conversations to be had, which is what the overarching story in this collection is all about. It is a simple device: people brought together entertain one another with tales of what happened to them on trains. It takes place on a journey I frequently make myself and know well, the journey between Edinburgh and London. It is best read on a train, preferably that one."

    sharon says: "Loved It"
    "Loved It"
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    This book is written somewhat in the style of the 44 Scotland Street Stories. It consists of 4 different stories told in chapters each going back and forth between four passengers riding together on a train.. Each story very different but with a central theme, Love. Likeable characters made the stories they shared very entertaining.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Recovering Charles

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Jason F. Wright
    • Narrated By Jason F. Wright
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
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    (5)
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    (5)

    A mysterious phone call compels Luke Millward to look for his estranged father in post-Katrina New Orleans. This riveting story of hope and healing, of finding love and, above all, faith is for every family who's had its share of tough times; for anyone who regrets things never said; for everyone who needs to know that life has a second verse.

    sharon says: "Did NOT Like It..."
    "Did NOT Like It..."
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    I have read other books by this author and liked them. I had never listened to one until now. The author narrated the book and he was awful. If I had never "listened" to a book before I would not want to again after this one, and I have hundreds of books in "my library" at audible. Maybe I did not listen long enough but the story which was supposed to be about "recovering Charles" seemed to dwell too long on playing musical instruments in Junior High . At Any rate the poor narration put an end to me "Recovering Charles" because I did not want to waste any more time on it .

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

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Marybeth Whalen
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
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    (6)

    When Macy Dillon was five years old, her father encouraged her to draw a picture in the guestbook of a Carolina beach house. The next year, Macy returned to discover a drawing by an unidentified little boy on the facing page. Over the next 11 years, the children continue to exchange drawings … until tragedy ends visits to the beach house altogether. During her final trip to Sunset, Macy asks her anonymous friend to draw her one last picture and tells him where to hide the guest book in hopes that one day she will return.

    sharon says: "Awful Narration!"
    "Awful Narration!"
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    I hatred the narration! The awful fake southern voices got on my nerves....listened to @ an hour before discarding....boring story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Quaker Café

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Brenda Bevan Remmes
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
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    (10)
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    (11)

    When Liz Hoole, a free-spirited liberal from the Midwest, marries into a conservative Quaker family, she knows that raising children in compliance with Quaker values will be challenging. Twenty-five years later, she still feels like she's falling short of expectations. Fortunately, her faith and her friends in the small, rural North Carolina town of Cedar Branch keep her strong.

    sharon says: "What a Bore! Skip this one!"
    "What a Bore! Skip this one!"
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    Never heard of this author but thought I would take a chance since the story sounded interesting....what a bore!!! The narration was very monotone too... Would NOT get another either by this author or the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Face

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Angela Hunt
    • Narrated By Holly Adams
    Overall
    (12)
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    (12)
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    (12)

    Orphaned and severely deformed, from her earliest moments Sarah Sims has been kept hidden away in a secret CIA facility - until an unexpected discovery gives her an opportunity to make a life for herself at last. Now Sarah has an ally, a long-lost aunt who has discovered her true identity. Aided by this brave psychologist, twenty-year-old Sarah must find the courage to confront the forces that have confined her for so long. And the strength to be reborn into a world she has never known.

    Susan says: "A moving,engaging and well- told story"
    "Unusual suspenseful gem"
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    I like most of Angela Hunts books (a few exceptions) This is a really good ,well researched novel about a girl born with Treacher-collins syndrome. (terrible facial malformations)
    It sensitively deals with the struggle of a brilliant young girl ,isolated from the world for her entire life dealing with her handicap in a positive way. Suspense is provided by the fact that she works for the CIA as a computer analyst and gets caught up in international intrigue.
    Great narration makes this book a winner.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss Julia Lays Down the Law

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ann B. Ross
    • Narrated By Cynthia Darlow
    Overall
    (26)
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    (22)
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    (21)

    It's November, and Miss Julia is looking forward to some quiet time before the holidays. That is until snobby Connie Clayborn and her rich husband move to town. At first Miss Julia and the other ladies are pleased to be invited over for coffee, but the afternoon turns into a slap in the face when their hostess spouts nonstop criticism about Abbotsville. Why, how dare she? Days later Miss Julia decides to confront Connie woman to woman, but when she arrives Connie is lying on the kitchen floor - lifeless in a pool of blood.

    Unknown says: "Love Miss Julia!"
    "Miss Julia wins Again"
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    Another delightfully funny and at times hysterical chapter in the life of my favorite senior citizen Julia Murdock and her faithful friend Lillian. I have read any enjoyed all the Miss Julia Books and highly recommend them to all... but especially to "women of a certain age"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Parallel Worlds: A Journey Through Creation, Higher Dimensions, and the Future of the Cosmos

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Michio Kaku
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1159)
    Performance
    (682)
    Story
    (675)

    In this thrilling journey into the mysteries of our cosmos, best-selling author Michio Kaku takes us on a dizzying ride to explore black holes and time machines, multidimensional space and, most tantalizing of all, the possibility that parallel universes may lay alongside our own.

    Robert says: "Don't be afraid"
    "great read"
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    I have always been fascinated by astronomy/cosmology but I am not conversant with physics. I found this nook by Kaku understandable and really enjoyable to a non scientist.
    Pleasant narration too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Humble Heroes: How the USS Nashville CL43 Fought WWII

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Steven George Bustin
    • Narrated By Mike Ortego
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
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    (4)
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    (4)

    "Top Secret" mystery missions, many without other ships in support, were becoming uncomfortably familiar for the crew of the USS Nashville CL43. It started like a Hollywood thriller, secretly transporting from England $25 million in British gold bullion, delivered to the ship in unguarded bread trucks, a pre-war "Neutrality Patrol" that was really an unofficial hostile search for the far bigger and more powerful German battleship Prinz Eugen, and sneaking through the Panama Canal at night with the ship’s name and hull number covered for secrecy.

    sharon says: "My Dad was on the Nashville"
    "My Dad was on the Nashville"
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    My Dad was on the Nashville from its commission until late 1940. I really enjoyed the detail about the ship and crew. As My dad never talked about his pre-war and war experiences this was a great find for me. The narrator was excellent and the story very smoothly written. Will share with my family.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To See the Moon Again

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jamie Langston Turner
    • Narrated By Eva Kaminsky
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    The first step to letting go of the past is forgiving it …Every day of her life Julia Rich lives with the memory of a horrible accident she caused long ago. In the years since, she has tried to hide her guilt in the quiet routine of teaching at a small South Carolina college, avoiding close relationships with family and would-be friends. But one day a phone call from Carmen, a niece she has never met, disrupts her carefully controlled world.

    sharon says: "Beautiful Story of Forgiveness and Selfless Love"
    "Beautiful Story of Forgiveness and Selfless Love"
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    I Just finished this thoughtful and riveting story of forgiveness .It is about a Bitter middle aged English Professor who is visited by her brothers daughter ... a homeless runaway named Carmen . She is a delight.This is a multi-layered story of family disfunction ,grudges and wrong choices.
    Deeply analytical it comes to a wonderful climax of right choices and redemption.If I could give this book more than 5 stars I would.
    The Narrator was perfect . I love Jamie Langston Turner .Her books are always well developed with wonderful characters . Try "Some Wildflower in My Heart" which is another amazingly well written story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Sea Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Marcia Willett
    • Narrated By Lucy Rayner
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Three generations, oneheartbreaking secret - and the past about to be uncovered … Jess Penhaligon is on her way to London to receive an awardfor her botanical painting. Hosting her will be Kate, who gladly welcomes herinto her home. Jess' own family fell apart several years ago, so she is gratefulfor Kate's friendliness - and for her close unit of extended family and friends,who embrace Jess just as warmly.

    sharon says: "Another Great Read!"
    "Another Great Read!"
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    Marcia Willett writes a consistently good story and The Sea Garden no exception.. Her character development and wonderful story carry you along with her into a delightful spot in rural England .Her descriptions of the countryside make you fell as if you are there.
    I will be looking forward to MORE of Marcia Willet in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Glass Kitchen

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Linda Francis Lee
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (49)

    Portia Cuthcart never intended to leave Texas. Her dream was to run the Glass Kitchen restaurant her grandmother built decades ago. But after a string of betrayals and the loss of her legacy, Portia is determined to start a new life with her sisters in Manhattan... and never cook again. But when she moves into a dilapidated brownstone on the Upper West Side, she meets 12-year-old Ariel and her widowed father Gabriel, a man with his hands full trying to raise two daughters on his own.

    Jen says: "Hot Mess from Otherwise Good Author and Narrator"
    "DID NOT LIKE IT!"
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    I had hopes for this story but it was a flop . Would hesitate to get another book buy this author. Try Marcia Willett Rachel Hore or Kate Morton instead.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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