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P. J. Zannini

Charlotte, NC USA
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  • This Matter of Marriage

  • By: Debbie Macomber
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 362
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 362

The alarm on Hallie's biological clock is buzzing away. She's hitting the big three-0, and there's no prospect of marriage, no man in sight. But Hallie's an organized, goal-setting kind of person. She gives herself a year to meet Mr. Knight in Shining Armor. But all her dates are disasters. (There's the cheapskate and the sex fiend and - well, never mind.) Too bad she can't just fall for her good-looking neighbor, Steve Marris. He's definitely not her type.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story but disappointing content

  • By MrsAlex on 06-15-17

Not the Macomber of Later Years

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

Reviewed: 05-30-18

And as much as I typically like Kate Rudd, her reading on this project is stilted and almost monotone at points.

The character development in this book was good, just protracted. Some of the scenes - well - not exactly PG and the odd part is that you can almost feel an awkwardness in the writing.

Readers that haven’t read DM’s later works (with their more PG ratings) will probably enjoy this more than I did.

  • The Great Divide

  • By: Davis Bunn
  • Narrated by: Buck Schirner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

When attorney Marcus Glenwood resigns from his prestigious corporate law firm to retreat to the small town of Rocky Mount, North Carolina, and rebuild his life after a devastating personal tragedy, he has no idea that the biggest, most emotionally trying case of his entire career is about to fall into his backyard. It is a fragile and spiritually wounded Glenwood who first meets his distraught clients, Alma and Austin Hall. Their daughter, Gloria, has disappeared in China while investigating the slavelike labor practices of a factory owned by the international giant New Horizons....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Courtroom Drama to Truly Enjoy

  • By P. J. Zannini on 05-22-18

A Courtroom Drama to Truly Enjoy

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

Reviewed: 05-22-18

I’ve been a reader and fan of T. Davis Bunn since the late 80s. I’ve enjoyed his take on several different genres of fiction infused with faith. This is in my top three without a doubt.

The Great Divide isn’t just a courtroom drama, it’s a social observation, a light on human rights issues that still exist in China to this day (18 years after its publication), and a redemption story all wrapped into one.

Narration is great too - if there was ever a male born to read for a living- this dude is it. He shows a surprisingly good range of characters considering his voice is the bell weather for all male voices - deep, resonant and amazing.

Overall - I can’t imagine anyone NOT enjoying this book and/or performance.

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  • Poverty, Riches, and Wealth

  • Moving from a Life of Lack into True Kingdom Abundance
  • By: Kris Vallotton
  • Narrated by: Kris Vallotton
  • Length: 4 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 176

Prosperity. It's one of the most dividing words in the church. Some pastors use it to tell their congregations that God will make them all rich, rich, rich! Others spurn the word and insist that true Christlikeness is found in forsaking all worldly riches and possessions. The truth is, both are right - and both are wrong. With refreshing honesty, humor, and keen insight, best-selling author and pastor Kris Vallotton mines the Scriptures in an eye-opening study of what the Bible really says about money, poverty, riches, and wealth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AWESOME READ

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-10-18

Read it several times

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

Reviewed: 05-12-18

I’m once through and in the book club. Read it, meditate on it. It’s not about riches but true wealth. It doesn’t mean you’re going to have a lot of money - but unless we’re a proper receptacle and a proper avenue - it does mean that we likely won’t.

  • American Pharoah

  • The Untold Story of the Triple Crown Winner's Legendary Rise
  • By: Joe Drape
  • Narrated by: Aaron Abano
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,020
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,835
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,826

History was made at the 2015 Belmont Stakes when American Pharoah won the Triple Crown, the first since Affirmed in 1978. As magnificent as the champion is, the team behind him has been all too human while on the road to immortality.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Audible freebie after 2018 Kentucky Derby

  • By Wayne on 05-29-18

It’s certainly not Seabiscuit

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-10-18

But, it’s a decent enough story. The writer tries too hard to create drama and texture without quite getting there. The narrator was ok - typically I’d say you’re only as good as the horse 🐎 you’re riding- in this case I’d say if he was better than the story he missed the opportunity to show his strength.

Fun to listen to though, and enough character pieces to keep it interesting.

  • Elixir

  • By: Davis Bunn
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

When Revell Pharmaceuticals approaches Taylor Knox and his company with the possibility of a merger, the future has never looked better. Not only will the merger benefit Taylor and his company, but in order to obtain this personal share, Taylor must find the missing pharmaceutical heiress, Kirra Revell (once the love of his life) who seems to have disappeared without a trace. According to her sister, Kirra has been kidnapped. But as Taylor travels the globe, he realizes that Kirra simply doesn't want to be found.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another Bunn in the Oven

  • By P. J. Zannini on 03-20-18

Another Bunn in the Oven

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

Reviewed: 03-20-18

Or, in the bookshelf in this case.

A better than solid performance, with a story that moved along well enough and enough twists to keep from getting bored. Maybe not my all time favorite, but I really liked a lot of the different parts and angles. Loved the texture of the characters - always a strong point.

  • The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.

  • A Novel
  • By: Neal Stephenson, Nicole Galland
  • Narrated by: Laurence Bouvard, Shelley Atkinson, Laural Merlington, and others
  • Length: 24 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,259
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,877
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,864

From best-selling author Neal Stephenson and critically acclaimed historical and contemporary commercial novelist Nicole Galland comes a captivating and complex near-future thriller combining history, science, magic, mystery, intrigue, and adventure that questions the very foundations of the modern world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really, really fun

  • By Lovisa on 08-05-17

Great concept - lacking in execution.

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

Reviewed: 03-09-18

I was excited when I started to read this books, it got into the flow, the characters were pretty interesting - then it slowed to a virtual stop. I can only compare the middle part of this book to the middle books of WOT - slog through it (speed it up if necessary) to get to the last 1:50. Very disappointing.

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  • Hidden in Dreams

  • By: T. Davis Bunn
  • Narrated by: Antoinette LaVecchia
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

Dr. Elena Burroughs’s life is spiraling out of control. Her controversial stance on dream interpretation has cost her a job, a romance, and all credibility in academic circles. Her literary agent tries to leverage the outcry into a publicity tour, which soon attracts a quirky following. Among the skeptics and mystics is a condescending scientist. But Elena finds his research holds ominous parallels with her own. A certain dream pattern has foretold every major catastrophe stretching back to the dawn of civilization.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • T. Davis Bunn always delivers.

  • By P. J. Zannini on 02-08-18

T. Davis Bunn always delivers.

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

Reviewed: 02-08-18

And he’s done it again with Hidden in dreams. Good characters, Not everything is obvious from the second paragraph of the book. Faith, without it being used as a cudgel, and a good story. The only thing I might question is his understanding of ADHD - as someone with the condition - I feel like he missed some understanding. The rest? Pretty good stuff!

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  • Call Me Mrs. Miracle

  • By: Debbie Macomber
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Van Dyck
  • Length: 4 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67

This Christmas, Emily Merkle (call her Mrs. Miracle!) is working in the toy department at Finley’s, the last family-owned department store in New York City. And her boss is none other than…Jake Finley, the owner’s son. For Jake, holiday memories of brightly wrapped gifts, decorated trees and family were destroyed in a Christmas Eve tragedy years before. Now Christmas means just one thing to him - and to his father. Profit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sweet Christmas Blessing

  • By Debbie on 12-17-13

Lovely Christmas Story, Poor Narration.

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

Reviewed: 12-23-17

It’s a classic Debbie Macomber Christmas story. Sweet, a bit romantic and full of lessons.

And as much as I’d rather not say this - because, you know it’s a Christmas book - this narrator was not good. I don’t know where she learned her narration style from - but she should ask for her money back.

Aside from that? Like I said, love the book, loved Mrs. Miracle. Fun and sweet to the end.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Twelve Clues of Christmas

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,545
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,096
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,076

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me—well, actually, my true love, Darcy O’Mara, is spending a feliz navidad tramping around South America. Meanwhile, Mummy is holed up in a tiny village called Tiddleton-under-Lovey with that droll Noel Coward! And I’m snowed in at Castle Rannoch with my bumbling brother, Binky, and sourpuss sister-in-law, Fig.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It was a great Christmas Who-Done-It!

  • By Felicia The Geeky Blogger on 11-25-12

It might be my favorite

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

Reviewed: 12-10-17

Not one lag, full on fun with Georgi et. al. at Christmas time. And in a place that only the British could name. 🎄

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Joel C. Rosenberg - Twelfth Imam Series

  • The Twelfth Imam, The Tehran Initiative, Damascus Countdown
  • By: Joel C. Rosenberg
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 43 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122

Tensions are rising in the Middle East. Iran's president vows to annihilate the United States and Israel. Israel's prime minister says someone must hit Iran's nuclear sites "before it's too late." The American president warns against a preemptive strike on Iran's nuclear facilities and says negotiations are the key to finding peace.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lengthy, yet it held my attention

  • By Amazon NOT Audible on 07-31-16

Completely Unexpected

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

Reviewed: 11-17-17

When I picked this series up it was a bit out of desperation, I wanted something that was a good action/thriller but was tired of the over the top violence, blood, guts and foul language. I mean, really, how many times do you really need to use an f-bomb? Is it supposed to be a sign that it’s a “grown up” novel?

Anyway, what I got was great writing, fantastic research, some brilliant scenarios, some pretty darn good thinking points on Middle East politics and a good story. And, wow, it was a FAST listen- I mean through all three of the books. This is one of the best deals you’ll get for a credit!

Well done and worth the time.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful