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Sara Rutgers

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  • Rumpelstiltskin

  • By: The Brothers Grimm
  • Narrated by: Heidi Gregory
  • Length: 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9

In order to appear superior, a miller lies to the king, telling him that his daughter can spin straw into gold. The king calls for the girl, shuts her in a tower room filled with straw and a spinning wheel, and demands she spin the straw into gold by morning or he will cut off her head. Listen in to find out the fate of this poor girl. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Book comes to life

  • By Sara Rutgers on 05-22-18

Classic Book comes to life

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-22-18

Fun listen of a classic fairy tale. Heidi Gregory did an excellent with this well-known story. Characters were brought to life with expertise.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears

  • By: Robert Southey
  • Narrated by: Heidi Gregory
  • Length: 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

Listen to this classic and beloved children's fairy tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommended for little ones. 👨‍👧‍👧

  • By mandymay on 05-20-18

Classic story well told!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-16-18

I don't think I have ever listened to or read the original version of this classic fairy tale, but I am glad I did. Well-written story or course. I loved the comment about how polite and well-brought up the bears were and the little girl was not well-brought up at all.

The narration was just right for the story. I am sure it would be an easy listen to keep children entertained.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

  • Man Hands

  • By: Tanya Eby, Sarina Bowen
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels, Erin Mallon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 422
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 395
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 396

At 34, I'm reeling from a divorce. I don't want to party or try to move on. I just want to stay home and post a new recipe on my blog: Brynn's Dips and Balls. But my friends aren't having it. Get out there again, they say. It will be fun, they say. I'm still taking a hard pass. Free designer cocktails, they say. And that's a game-changer. Too bad my ex shows up with his new arm candy. That's when I lose my mind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny because most of it is real

  • By Maria on 01-28-18

Romantic comedy at its best!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-23-18

Brynn and Tom didn't want anything to do with relationships after each of them had a bad break-up. Brynn's friends encouraged her to go after the next man she saw, and she surprised them all by following their suggestion. Tom was at the same posh party Brynn was attending and he seemed like a safe bet for Brynn since he was the gardener, except it turns out he wasn't the gardener at all and that is where the fun begins.

I loved listening to this book. Lots snappy dialogue back and forth keeps the story moving and had me laughing out loud many times. I also learned that the setting of the book is about an hour north of me, so it was fun to listen for some of those location references.

Tanya's narration is excellent and easy to listen to.

Highly recommended book.

I received a copy of this audiobook for an honest review.

  • The Secret Garden

  • By: Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Narrated by: Heidi Gregory
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12

The Secret Garden is a children's novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, first published as a book in 1911 after a version was published as an American magazine serial beginning in 1910. Set in England, it is one of Burnett's most popular novels and is considered a classic of English children's literature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic for many reasons

  • By cosmitron on 03-01-18

A classic brought to life!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-20-18

I have always loved the musical of The Secret Garden and I remember owning the book when I was younger, but I don't remember actually reading it, now I wish I had read it.

Listening to this book was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. I didn't want to put it down (or press the pause button!) The story is a classic for a reason, well written, engaging characters, and a beautiful setting, plot that moves and engages all characters.

The narration from Heidi Gregory was perfect and truly brought the story to life. Her English accent fit the setting of the book and the characters. The Yorkshire accent in the book was also easy to understand. This audiobook might become my favorite audiobook.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

  • An Unbidden Visitor

  • By: Dianne Ascroft
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Klett
  • Length: 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

March 1913: Struggling to make ends meet, widow Bridget Murphy finds life in rural Ireland difficult, raising six children while farming her small acreage. With the help of neighbors and friends, Bridget is able to cope with the many arduous tasks and chores required of her. When an unnatural and terrifying force invades their house, threatening their family, Bridget is surprised to see so many backs turning on her. Fearing for themselves, those she once counted on for help and support will not risk their safety for her. Father Smyth, their priest, is the only one who stands alongside their family in the battle against the uninvited and fearsome poltergeist. But, prayers alone won't run the farm. Will Bridget find a way to save her home and her family before there's nowhere left to turn?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Beginning of a Horror Story.

  • By pixledust on 03-03-18

If not a rat, what could it be?

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-17-18

This story is based on true events and takes place in 1913 in Ireland when a family realizes that the sounds in the attic are more than a rat.

Elizabeth Klett's narration captures the Irish accent and characters perfectly, but at the same time she is very clearly spoken and is an easy listen.

The story moves quickly through the events of the time, following closely the mistress of the home who does what she has to in order to keep her family together and her sanity in one piece. I agree with another reviewer that the story could have been stretched out more, but at the same time, this is a great snapshot of the poltergeist story from Ireland and the interactions of one family with the unknown.

I received this book for free from the author, narrator or publisher and I voluntarily left this review.

  • Pauline

  • By: John Isaac Jones
  • Narrated by: Joan Dukore
  • Length: 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

Jen and Shirley Ann had been best friends in Palm Springs, CA for more than 31 years. Jen later purchased a home in Colorado so she could be near her ailing mother Pauline. Once Jen moved, Shirley Ann made frequent weekend trips to visit and go hiking. During one of those weekends, Pauline suddenly died. Her insurance policy didn't cover the transportation for returning her body to Palm Springs for cremation. So, guess who was charged with that grisly chore? The spooky journey would not only test their friendship, but it would be an adventure they would always remember!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Best Friends on a Strange Road Trip

  • By DK on 02-26-18

What we learn about Pauline

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-10-18

Pauline's daughter, Jen, and former daughter-in-law, Shirley Ann, have to drive Pauline's corpse from Colorado to California after she passes away suddenly. While we never really meet Pauline, we learn a lot about her from the conversations between Jen and Shirley Ann, the good and the bad. The trip was an adventure to remember as the ladies run into every trouble that could could possibly come their way. Through it all, their conversations about Pauline and their family brought understanding and healing as Pauline enters her final rest.

The narrator did a great job. I wasn't too fond of the voice given to Jen, but with the conversation between Jen and Shirley Ann happening, I appreciated the very distinct voices so I could know for sure who was saying what.

Well written story, combining a touch of dark humor and adventure.

I was given this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

  • Silent Love

  • By: Barbara Goss
  • Narrated by: Kandace Peppers
  • Length: 4 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Caroline is desperate to reach Oregon and find her only living relative. She persuades Simon, a man traveling on a wagon train, to let her pose as his wife. As they face and overcome capture by Indians and other dangerous adventures along the Oregon Trail, Caroline and Simon bond as friends. When they reach Oregon and Caroline's Aunt Hattie, they go their separate ways as agreed upon at the beginning of their farce. Soon, they both realize that parting was a mistake. Did love come too quietly for them to recognize it—and have they lost their chance? Will they find each other again?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Silent Love

  • By Catrina P on 03-05-18

Love wins!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-05-18

Carrie needed a way to Oregon and Simon needed someone to cook for him on the wagon train ride west. In order to avoid scandal it seemed logical to pretend to be married. Life on the wagon train is a learning experience for Carrie and many adventures ensue. Upon arriving in Oregon, both Carrie and Simon had stuck to the rules they had set for their trip and speaking of feelings for one another would have broken those rules. So they parted ways and said nothing.
Later, they both realize that they should have said SOMETHING. Finding each other again seems like a big challenge and then there is the problem of another man who has his heart on winning Carrie's heart.

I can always count on a book from Barbara Goss to be sweet and a worthwhile listen. This book was excellent! Lots of action, a plausible story line, believable characters, and a lovely narrator to listen to. Everything was top notch and I look forward to more from this author and narrator!

I received a free copy of the audiobook version and this is a voluntary and unbiased review.

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  • Max and the Map

  • Homer's Odyssey for Children
  • By: Edward Alan Kurtz
  • Narrated by: Rayman Jilani
  • Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

The story of Max and the Map is centered around a young boy, Max, and his two best friends, Kathy and Brad. The story begins with Max finding an old book at the library. At first he is unaware of its significance, but later on he discovers that it is full of old maps. Max shares his discovery with his two close friends and upon touching one of the book's maps, they are all suddenly transported to the Mediterranean Sea during the time of ancient Greece. How will they get back home to Ithaca, NY?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Adventure to find in the Map!

  • By Sara Rutgers on 02-05-18

Adventure to find in the Map!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-05-18

Max found a book of maps at the library and checked it out, even if he wasn't fond of books. While looking at the book later, he and his friends seemed to fall into the map and found themselves visiting places on the map. These places will seem familiar to anyone familiar with The Odyssey. To the reader not familiar with The Odyssey, this is a great introduction to the classic book and no prior knowledge of The Odyssey is needed.

The narrator is easy to listen to. There are even sound effects to make the book come alive to the young listener. I enjoyed listening to this rewritten story and have already recommended it to a friend.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

  • Finding Freedom

  • The Zion Series, Book 1
  • By: Brittany Nicole Lewis
  • Narrated by: Rick Barr
  • Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Katie was born into a cult. Her family lived there for generations. As she got older, she realized the Elders were keeping secrets from the community. Risking everything, she leaves the cult and searches for the truth. With the help of outsiders, Katie and her young husband David are put in touch with an organization called Purple Haven, which provides medical care, shelter, counseling and job training to individuals who have escaped from cults. She soon discovers she’s pregnant.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very Interesting Topic

  • By LaPazBC on 02-22-18

Escaping Zion

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-01-18

Katie was born into a cult and the first part of the book details the idiosyncrasies of her lifestyle. Girls wear long dresses and long hair, men get first dibs at meal time, spouses are chosen by the elders when a girl is 16-17 and a Bible is the only thing that should be read.
At 17, Katie decides that Zion isn't the place for her so she makes the decision to leave. She has the support of her parents and a young man from the community and together they leave. There are lots of changes and adjustments that happen. Katie and David get married and quickly find support at a community house intended for people in their situation.
Katie has to decide how much she is willing to move on from Zion or if she is going to cling to the old ways. Even though she is free of the cult, she has a lot of learning to do about who she is, who God is to her and how she can be truly free.

There was a lot more internal plot than external plot here as Katie worked through many issues, but the story kept me listening through to the end simply to see if Katie could work through everything. The narration by Rick Barr was excellent and high quality.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Huge X3

  • Huge Series
  • By: Stephanie Brother
  • Narrated by: Meghan Kelly
  • Length: 4 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

I dream about twins; four hands, two mouths, and two other things huge enough to blow my mind. So when a set of deliciously sexy identical brothers suddenly appear in my small town nightclub, I don’t know what to do. Should I take the gift that fate is offering? They look like Bryan, the man I’ve been secretly in love with for years. Maybe that's why I end up blindfolded in their pool house, discovering reality is a whole lot more stimulating than fantasy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great steamy listen!

  • By Heather North on 02-19-18

Give me more!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-31-18

This was my first foray into this genre and my only reaction at the end of the book was, "Is that really the end, I want more!"

We all have fantasies and Caitlin knew that she wanted a bit more then the normal. She was pleased to meet twins Austin and Jason, even more so when they invited her home with them. But then reality hits when there is the possibility of health troubles. Then she meets her mom's boyfriend and realizes the connection between the boyfriend and Austin and Jason. And what about her long time crush Andrew? Caitlin finally found what she wanted, but she isn't sure if it will last.

Meghan Kelly is the perfect narrator for this, voices were great, pausing and speed was just right, very easy to listen to.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

1 of 1 people found this review helpful