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  • A Dog's Purpose

  • By: W. Bruce Cameron
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,075
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,582
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,579

A Dog's Purpose - which spent a year on the New York Times bestseller list – is heading to the big screen! Based on the beloved best-selling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, A Dog's Purpose shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Good Dog? The BEST Dog!!!

  • By Gillian on 01-20-17

Heartwarming

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

Reviewed: 07-05-17

Would you listen to A Dog's Purpose again? Why?

Oh, yes, I will be listening again. I was hesitant to read this one for quite a while because I would rather avoid highly emotional stories of pets, they just break my heart too much. This one is so well written that even though there is loss and is sad sometimes this story really highlights loving bonds of souls, devotion and how wonderful it is to reach out and care for others and be cared for in return. Just an amazing story and happy I didn't wait any longer.



  • The Vampire's Mail Order Bride

  • Nocturne Falls, Book 1
  • By: Kristen Painter
  • Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,053
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,798
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,795

After seeing her maybe-mobster boss murder a guy, Delaney James assumes a new identity and pretends to be a mail order bride. She finds her groom-to-be living in a town that celebrates Halloween every day. Weird. But not as weird as what she doesn't know. Her groom-to-be is a 400-year-old vampire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved It!....... It was Clean, Funny, and Sweet!

  • By Cheri on 02-11-16

Just ok story.

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

Reviewed: 12-28-15

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would hesitate to recommend as it was only a mediocre story that lacked intrigue or a great character connection for me.

Has The Vampire's Mail Order Bride turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, I love the genre but I have found many more that held my interest much more and produced much more memorable characters.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

B.J. Harrison did fine work here, his voice was the best part.

Was The Vampire's Mail Order Bride worth the listening time?

Meh, it was lacking much excitement.

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  • A Christmas Story

  • The Book That Inspired the Hilarious Classic Film
  • By: Jean Shepherd
  • Narrated by: Dick Cavett
  • Length: 3 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 568
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 407
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 415

The holiday film A Christmas Story, first released in 1983, has become a bona fide Christmas perennial, gaining in stature and fame with each succeeding year. Its affectionate, wacky, and wryly realistic portrayal of an American family's typical Christmas joys and travails in small-town Depression-era Indiana has entered our imagination and our hearts with a force equal to It's a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Poor Jean Shepherd

  • By Jimmy on 05-28-11

Enjoyed the Audiobook, but prefer the film

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

Reviewed: 12-28-15

If you could sum up A Christmas Story in three words, what would they be?

Fun, Familiar and Enjoyable

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Christmas Story?

The pack of dogs taking the ham right off the table, especially after the description of the long process to prepare.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

I was happy to find many aspects of the film were accurate in the book version, though not in exact sequence. Dick Cavett , as great as his voice is, may not have been the top choice for the narration.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Sure, it was not that long and I did enjoy it.

Any additional comments?

As other reviews and also touched upon in this one, if you are looking for the exact version you see in the film, you wont find it here but you will find enough that you can picture the same kids, adults, and many other scenes that will be easily identified. Read this with that in mind and it is still a fun story.

  • Dark Recollections

  • Adrian's Undead Diary, Volume 1
  • By: Chris Philbrook
  • Narrated by: James Foster
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,056
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 992
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 987

For the first time, the Internet phenomenon is now in print! Beheading a zombie isn't easy in a world where you're more afraid of the living than the dead. Adrian Ring's simple life is thrown into chaos when the world is ripped apart by a plague of undead and legions of desperate survivors. Retreating to Auburn Lake Preparatory Academy, Adrian attempts to rescue friends and family on the way while dancing around his impending insanity over who and what he left behind, and evading maniac survivors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply amazing

  • By J.D. on 10-22-14

Zombie Fallout meets The Syand

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

Reviewed: 08-21-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, yes, yes. Zombie fans, paranormal fans, horror fans, there is so much to this series for everyone. As I write this review I have just completed all available to the 8th book. I was so involved in story I didn't want to stop listening. Absolutely no question how to spend my credits until I had them all. (This is written for all of them)

Who was your favorite character and why?

The hero, Adrian, realizes that the world is turning upside down and that zombies are becoming a real threat. Adrian, in his efforts to prepare and find shelter neglects to attempt to retrieve his girlfriend, Cassie. That decision was not a conscious one but through a series of events he did not go to her. This weighs heavy on his heart and the guilt of that situation makes him protective and driven to find and help others.

He begins writing his thoughts, plans and interaction with others in a diary he calls, " Mr. Journal".

Which scene was your favorite?

Any with Otis the cat.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This is witty, raw and manly.

Any additional comments?

As my headline states this is Mark Tufo's Zombie Fallout with wit, action, heart and bravery meets Stepehn King's The Stand with many different characters you'll care about each one and the battle for humanity' s survival between good and evil and the spirit of each human to prove his worth.

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  • A Man Called Ove

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57,206
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52,332
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52,235

Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Laughed and I Cried

  • By Bill on 08-22-15

Wonderful and heartwarming

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

Reviewed: 07-10-15

Any additional comments?

I purchased this book as a "daily deal". Special. And it was very special indeed. I thoroughly enjoyed Ove, his friends, memories and the love he had for his wife and soul mate. I giggled and loved the time in this story to learn about a very stubborn - set in his ways ole fella with a well concealed loving, generous and HUGE heart. I will always remember this story for how it perfectly paced itself into one of the best books I've read in a very long time.

  • Iron Lake

  • Cork O'Connor, Book 1
  • By: William Kent Krueger
  • Narrated by: David Chandler
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,130
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,886
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,883

Anthony Award-winning author William Kent Krueger crafts this riveting tale about a small Minnesota town’s ex-sheriff who is having trouble retiring his badge. Cork O’Connor loses his job after being blamed for a tragedy on the local Anishinaabe Indian reservation. But he must set aside his personal demons when a young boy goes missing on the same day a judge commits suicide—and no one but O’Connor suspects foul play.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good start to a mystery series

  • By L. O. Pardue on 11-17-11

Not convinced yet.

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

Reviewed: 03-09-15

What made the experience of listening to Iron Lake the most enjoyable?

Not a total bust but I purchased this after reading so many positive reviews but found that it lacked the excitement and intensity I was hoping for. The story lagged and moved along slowly at times. The mystery was there and the Indian lore woven in was interesting which were the greatest factors in keeping me in this novel. David Chandler gave a great voice to Cork, nice work there. Don't rule this one out, it just takes a little to warm up to.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Spinoza Trilogy

  • Spinoza, Books 1 to 3
  • By: J.R. Rain
  • Narrated by: Justin Fraction
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Three years ago, high school student Veronica Fortune witnessed the brutal murder of her parents. Now armed and dangerous, she sets out to hunt down the very thing that destroyed her life. That is, until she disappears. Spinoza is a private investigator who specializes in finding the missing. He's good at what he does. Damn good. But he's also a recovering alcoholic and a royal mess.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spinoza And Vampires

  • By Debbie on 02-18-15

Spinoza And Vampires

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

Reviewed: 02-18-15

What did you love best about The Spinoza Trilogy?

Spinoza is a great character. An investigator with a few demons of his own specializes in finding missing persons and in the course of a few of his cases he discovers the existence of vampires.

What other book might you compare The Spinoza Trilogy to and why?

I can't think of specific title to compare but this is a great fix for us J. R. Rain fans who love his stories, this does not disappoint.

Which scene was your favorite?

Contact with his son.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A lost P.I. For the missing.

Any additional comments?

I do recommend. A very good trilogy.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Tiger's Promise

  • By: Colleen Houck
  • Narrated by: Annika Boras
  • Length: 3 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

Before Kelsey there was a girl, raised by a villain, whose love for a hero changed the course of history. Trapped under the thumb of her abusive and powerful father Lokesh, Yesubai struggles to keep her own magical abilities secret while evading his dark powers. When Lokesh promises Yesubai to the prince of a neighboring kingdom, she becomes the central pawn in his plot to destroy the ruling family and take power for himself. Yesubai is trapped by her father's threats and desperate to protect the man she comes to love, but she knows that any decision she makes will have dire consequences. As dark forces gather around her, Yesubai must decide if she's willing to reveal that somewhere deep within her she has the power to change everything.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It was OK

  • By Marisa Talley on 03-06-17

Sorry this was only a short story

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

Reviewed: 02-16-15

Where does Tiger's Promise rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I Love the Tiger Series and this was a wonderful addition. Well done.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Tiger's Promise?

Yesubai is a wonderful character and although there was truly not much more that could be added to make it possible to stay in the plot and direction of entire series, it was sad that such a good character could only play a small part. I really enjoyed her.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes, it was short story.

  • Never Turn Your Back on an Angus Cow

  • My Life As a Country Vet
  • By: David Fisher, Dr. Jan Pol
  • Narrated by: Tom Perkins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86

Dr. Jan Pol is not your typical veterinarian. Born and raised on a dairy farm in the Netherlands, he is the star of Nat Geo Wild's hit show The Incredible Dr. Pol and has been treating animals in rural Michigan since the 1970s. Dr. Pol's 20,000-plus patients have ranged from white mice to 2,600-pound horses and everything in between.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Fun Read

  • By Jean on 02-26-18

Love the show and the book

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

Reviewed: 02-16-15

Would you listen to Never Turn Your Back on an Angus Cow again? Why?

I would listen to this one again.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Well, Dr. Pol of course. I am an animal lover and own several, if Dr. Pol was my local vet I would hire him everytime. Im a fan of the show and so happy this book was written. He has led a wonderful life doing what he loves and it shows in his energy and sense of humor.

Which character – as performed by Tom Perkins – was your favorite?

Narration was fine but I wish that Dr. Pol could have read this himself. I like the accent very much.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When he discussed his feelings about euthanasia. Its the hardest emotional issue any pet owner may have to face at sometime and it was nice to know Dr. Pol sympathizes with these choices too as he had to make this choice even for his own pets.

Any additional comments?

Dr. Pol Rocks. If you like the show you need to read this.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dollbaby

  • A Novel
  • By: Laura Lane McNeal
  • Narrated by: January Lavoy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 873
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 782
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 782

When Ibby Bell's father dies unexpectedly in the summer of 1964, her mother unceremoniously deposits Ibby with her eccentric grandmother Fannie and throws in her father's urn for good measure. Fannie's New Orleans house is like no place Ibby has ever been - and Fannie, who has a tendency to end up in the local asylum - is like no one she has ever met. Fortunately, Fannie's black cook, Queenie, and her smart-mouthed daughter, Dollbaby, take it upon themselves to initiate Ibby into the ways of the South both its grand traditions and its darkest secrets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ibby Bell & The Big House

  • By Debbie De on 08-15-14

Secrets

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

Reviewed: 02-16-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I do recommend this novel. The narration was done well and I liked each of the characters.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I think Doll Baby was my favorite character, especially once I found out the family secrets about her. I would have enjoyed even more detail about this kind, strong and devoted woman. All the characters had enjoyable traits that could make me giggle and sympathize with their antics and lives.

Which character – as performed by January Lavoy – was your favorite?

Fannie is a character in the true sense. She is comical and mysterious and January Lavoy's reading gave her enjoyable life.

Any additional comments?

Fans of The Help and The Kitchen would also enjoy this novel. I do recommend giving this one a try.