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Port Perry, ON, Canada | Member Since 2011

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  • 61 reviews
  • 236 ratings
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  • 170 purchased in 2014
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  • Me Before You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3440)
    Performance
    (3121)
    Story
    (3137)

    Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

    Michael says: "Who or What defines Quality of Life?"
    "Not your normal romance"
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    Life changing novel. Thoughtful, introspective approach to considering the different life views around a quadriplegic person.
    The person themselves, the caregivers and the family with the fears, challenges and joys to be found with each as well as together.

    Definitely a must read book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Leaving Time

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Abigail Revasch, Kathe Mazur, and others
    Overall
    (840)
    Performance
    (768)
    Story
    (776)

    Refusing to believe that she would be abandoned as a young child, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice's old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts. Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest.

    Jan says: "Pickiest Reader Would Be Willing to Give 6 Stars"
    "Unfinished Business"
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    Wow! What a book.
    Can't remember the last time I was so surprised by an ending that it had me noodling the story for days.

    Jodi Picoult - Well Done.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Queen of England: Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mystery, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Steve Robinson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (40)

    While on a visit to London, American genealogist Jefferson Tayte’s old friend and colleague dies in his arms. Before long, Tayte and a truth-seeking historian, Professor Jean Summer, find themselves following a corpse-ridden trail that takes them to the Royal Society of London, circa 1708.

    Doreen says: "Non-stop engaging story"
    "Queen Anne's Baby"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Love a mystery where you can learn something new in the process.

    The intrigue of a 300 year old Jacobin "plot" involves learning the ins and outs of the practice of Genelogy as well as a lessor known (for me anyway) piece of history - the reigns of Queen Anne and Queen Mary of Britain.

    Good story that keeps you guessing right up to the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Choices

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Hillary Rodham Clinton
    • Narrated By Kathleen Chalfant, Hillary Rodham Clinton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (382)
    Performance
    (331)
    Story
    (332)

    Hillary Rodham Clinton's inside account of the crises, choices, and challenges she faced during her four years as America's 67th Secretary of State, and how those experiences drive her view of the future. In the aftermath of her 2008 presidential run, she expected to return to representing New York in the United States Senate. To her surprise, her former rival for the Democratic Party nomination, newly elected President Barack Obama, asked her to serve in his administration as Secretary of State. This memoir is the story of the four extraordinary and historic years that followed.

    Prairie says: "An Excellent book on Modern History"
    "Really smart Lady...really boring book"
    Overall
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    Dry reading. A lot of facts and names.

    Just bought Blood Feud - about the Clintons and the Obamas -hear it is more lively read.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wayfaring Stranger

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (672)
    Performance
    (609)
    Story
    (609)

    It is 1934 and the Depression is bearing down when 16-year-old Weldon Avery Holland happens upon infamous criminals Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow after one of their notorious armed robberies. A confrontation with the outlaws ends as Weldon puts a bullet through the rear window of Clyde’s stolen automobile. Ten years later, Second Lieutenant Weldon Holland and his sergeant, Hershel Pine, escape certain death in the Battle of the Bulge and encounter a beautiful young woman named Rosita Lowenstein hiding in a deserted extermination camp.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Outstanding Addition to the Holland/Texas Saga"
    "Intrigue & Danger in Post WWII Texas"
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    Great book and found myself unable to pull myself away.

    From Texas in the 30's to the last days of the war in Germany, to living the American dream of post WWII - all are the setting for danger and good vs evil dialogue.

    The introspective approach to following the main characters as they deal with internal lusts & wants,and keeping true to oneself in the midst of ruin & danger makes this a captivating read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Revolution: The Sixties Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Deborah Wiles
    • Narrated By Stacey Aswad, Francois Battiste, J. D. Jackson, and others
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    It's 1964, and Sunny's town is being invaded. Or at least that's what the adults of Greenwood, Mississippi are saying. All Sunny knows is that people from up north are coming to help people register to vote. They're calling it Freedom Summer. Meanwhile, Sunny can't help but feel like her house is being invaded, too. She has a new stepmother, a new brother, and a new sister crowding her life, giving her little room to breathe. And things get even trickier when Sunny and her brother are caught sneaking into the local swimming pool....

    susan says: "A story and a history lesson continues..."
    "A story and a history lesson continues..."
    Overall
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    This book improves on the last (although the threads to the last book are tenuous enough that you could start with this one)

    It takes one of the characters a couple of years forward into 1964 Mississippi on the Freedom train.

    The main character ventures beyond her safe confined world and learns to deal with the changes inside and outside her home.

    This interspersed with "newsreel" type vignettes makes for a great listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Countdown

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Deborah Wiles
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (22)

    Franny Chapman just wants some peace. But that's hard to get when her best friend is feuding with her, her sister has disappeared, and her uncle is fighting an old war in his head. Her saintly younger brother is no help, and the cute boy across the street only complicates things. Worst of all, everyone is walking around just waiting for a bomb to fall.

    David Hamilton says: "A great story for young, and old!"
    "One story, two story, three..."
    Overall
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    What an unusual book.
    1) The awkwardness of a young teenager growing up in the 60's,
    2) The docu-drama pieces of what it was like to live through the Cuba missile scare, and
    3) The hint of the civil rights movement that was about to surface
    Characters are engaging and loved the narrator - her voice made the book a delight to listen to.
    Highly recommend the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Serpent's Tooth: A Walt Longmire Mystery, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1787)
    Performance
    (1597)
    Story
    (1594)

    In this ninth installment in the award-winning and New York Times best-selling Walt Longmire mystery series, the Wyoming sheriff follows his cowboy code of ethics in a religious range war that strikes a little too close to home.

    Dave says: "Craig Johnson's best!"
    "I just may try another book in the series...."
    Overall
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    An odd little detective saga that takes place in the West. Mormons, Indians, Sherriff and gunslingers up to a little mischief.

    Bought the book not realizing its nine of a series.

    An enjoyable read none the less.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Archetype

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By M. D. Waters
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (262)
    Performance
    (235)
    Story
    (241)

    Emma wakes in a hospital, with no memory of what came before. Her husband, Declan, a powerful, seductive man, provides her with new memories, but her dreams contradict his stories, showing her a past life she can't believe possible: memories of war, of a camp where girls are trained to be wives, of love for another man. Something inside her tells her not to speak of this, but she does not know why. She only knows she is at war with herself. Suppressing those dreams during daylight hours, Emma lets Declan mold her into a happily married woman and begins to fall in love with him.

    Katheryne says: "Stunning Debut Novel"
    "Not your average love story...."
    Overall
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    Girl wakes up with no memory. What is real? What isn't? Is this guy her husband? Just when you think she's figured it out. Bang. Another plot twist.
    Great listen to while away the week.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Paper Towns

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1065)
    Performance
    (888)
    Story
    (902)

    Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life - dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge - he follows.

    FanB14 says: "John Green Fans Will Enjoy"
    "A great summertime read!"
    Overall
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    An unusual book about two teenagers facing the end of high school. Twists and turns made you keep listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Haj

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Leon Uris
    • Narrated By Neil Shah
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (125)

    Leon Uris retums to the land of his acclaimed best-seller Exodus for an epic story of hate and love, vengeance and forgiveness. The Middle East is the powerful setting for this sweeping tale of a land where revenge is sacred and hatred noble. Where an Arab ruler tries to save his people from destruction but cannot save them from themselves. When violence spreads like a plague across the lands of Palestine - this is the time of The Haj.

    Jean says: "Oversimplification of Middle East problems"
    "Not your Paul Newman,Sophia Loren kind of story..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Saw the movie Exodus years back and thought it would be good to read Uris's perspective from the Palestinian view.

    Compelling read - but violent and didn't finish the book as a result

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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