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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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  • 68 reviews
  • 122 ratings
  • 330 titles in library
  • 7 purchased in 2015
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  • A Star for Mrs. Blake: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By April Smith
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    The United States Congress in 1929 passed legislation to fund travel for mothers of the fallen soldiers of World War I to visit their sons’ graves in France. Over the next three years, 6,693 Gold Star Mothers made the trip. In this emotionally charged, brilliantly realized novel, April Smith breathes life into a unique moment in American history, imagining the experience of five of these women. They are strangers at the start, but their lives will become inextricably intertwined, altered in indelible ways.

    sharon says: "Boring Did not finish it"
    "Boring Did not finish it"
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    Hoped for a good listen as the synopsis sounded good. Listened for @1 1/2 hours and grew bored . Did not finish it .Unfamiliar with the author but would not get another by her.

    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
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    "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
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    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
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    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
    (45)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    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
  • Pilgrim's Rest: Miss Silver Mysteries, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Patricia Wentworth
    • Narrated By Diana Bishop
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (79)

    When Judy Elliott’s sister and her husband are killed in an air-raid in the Blitz, she is the only one able to look after their little girl, Penny. Unfortunately jobs are hard to come by, especially when there is a child in tow, and she is forced to take the position of housemaid in a house in the country called Pilgrim’s Rest. When she is warned by an old friend that there is a curse on the house she laughs it off, but accidents keep happening - accidents that threaten the lives of all those who live there.

    Leslie says: "Ms. Silver delivers"
    "MOVE OVER... AGATHA CHRISTIE!"
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    This book was a delightful surprise. A well written complex mystery with perfect narration.
    I was not familiar with this author and decided to take a chance. The book does not depend on salacious material ,graphic violence or crude dialogue to keep you interested . I will definitely buy some more of the "Miss Silver" mysteries.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Etta Mae's Worst Bad-Luck Day: Miss Julia, Book 16

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Ann B. Ross
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (37)

    Etta Mae is frustrated with her trailer-park life and her no-good family, and she has big dreams for something better. Working as the home nurse for the elderly but wealthy Howard Connard, Sr., she finally sees her chance - with her sexy curves and infectious charm, Etta Mae is determined to become his wife. Unfortunately, Connard's scheming, money-hungry son and stuck-up daughter-in-law are equally determined to make sure she doesn't.

    Miriam says: "funniest of all!"
    "Disappointing"
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    I love the Miss Julia books and had hopes for this one too. It was very disappointing! The story was a departure from the usual funny stories and likeable characters I am used too . The story was tacky, there,were too many sexual references and crude language . I HATED the descriptions of the party and the unfunny behavior of the women after too much drink. I hope Ms Ross returns to her original template for Miss Julia and her friends in her next book.
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    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Heist

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1362)
    Performance
    (1208)
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    (1211)

    Master novelist Daniel Silva has thrilled listeners with 16 thoughtful and gripping spy novels featuring a diverse cast of compelling characters and ingenious plots that have taken them around the globe and back - from the United States to Europe, Russia to the Middle East. His brilliant creation, Gabriel Allon - art restorer, assassin, spy - has joined the pantheon of great fictional secret agents, including George Smiley, Jack Ryan, Jason Bourne, and Simon Templar.

    Brian says: "If new to Daniel Silva, great book. Otherwise..."
    "His Best Book Yet!!!"
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    Great read! Daniel Silva does such a great job with character development and a completely up to date plot that it could have jumped off the front page of the New York Times.
    Gabriel Alon is my favorite Hero! George Guidall is the Best! His narration makes you fell like you are right there and know every character. His diction is perfect. I hated for it to end. Eagerly Looking forward to my next Silva novel.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Care and Management of Lies: A Novel of the Great War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Winspear
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (74)

    By July 1914, the ties between Kezia Marchant and Thea Brissenden, friends since girlhood, have become strained - by Thea's passionate embrace of women's suffrage, and by the imminent marriage of Kezia to Thea's brother, Tom, who runs the family farm. When Kezia and Tom wed, just a month before war is declared between Britain and Germany, Thea's gift to Kezia is a book on household management - a veiled criticism of the bride's prosaic life to come.

    Hope says: "A reminder of the truth of World War I"
    "I Wish The Author Stuck To Maisie Dobbs Stories"
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    Not a winner! I did not like this book.It was too grim and had too many descriptions of food
    preparation which did NOT make my mouth water! Did not like either of the main women characters.Absolutely HATED the narration.Her male voices are cloying.
    Got through chapter 10 but have no desire to finish it. Very Disappointed. Hope Winspear
    sticks to Maisie Dobbs in the future.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Trains and Lovers

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Robert Ian Mackenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (38)

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Goodnight June: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Sarah Jio
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    Goodnight Moon is an adored childhood classic, but its real origins are lost to history. In Goodnight June, Sarah Jio offers a suspenseful and heartfelt take on how the "great green room" might have come to be. June Andersen is professionally successful, but her personal life is marred by unhappiness. Unexpectedly, she is called to settle her great-aunt Ruby's estate and determine the fate of Bluebird Books, the children's bookstore Ruby founded in the 1940s.

    Trish says: "Sweet Story!!"
    "A Great Story For Lovers of Childrens books"
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    I have never read anything by this author and was pleasantly surprised. I liked her style and loved the setting in the Bluebird book store.I Have recommended it to my book group
    as the selection for August.. I was fascinated by the friendship between the owner of the store and the famous Children's book author Margaret Wise Brown. Through letters we got to know them well.
    Did not really like the voice of the narrator She sounded too old and did not do multiple voices well. I Wish she had a softer voice, she sounded too loud and raspy.
    But I liked the story so I tried to get used to the voice.
    Will look for another by Sarah Jio but hope to see another narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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