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Felita Daniels

Knoxville, TN USA
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  • Healing Ruby, Volume 1

  • By: Jennifer H. Westall
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 120

Ruby Graves, a young girl in Depression-era Alabama, faces the hardships of poverty and loss with as much faith as she can muster. At only the age of 13, she's already lost a younger brother to illness and now faces losing both her father and the boy who's stealing her heart to illnesses as well. Armed with her beloved scriptures, she prays daily for their healing, only to have her tender faith shattered by her father's death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • On my "Best of the Year" list already

  • By Felita Daniels on 05-11-16

On my "Best of the Year" list already

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

Reviewed: 05-11-16

The setting is Depression-era Alabama and Andi Arndt, the narrator, does an excellent job with the southern accent for Ruby and the other characters. The vocals are just the right balance, don’t imply the characters are uneducated, nor do they inhibit you from understanding what’s being said. Even when the narrator is voicing Ruby’s brothers, which you might think would be hard to follow which one was speaking since they are both young men, she manages them well by passing the authors different personalities for the brothers to you.
I read that this story is inspired by events in the life of the author’s grandmother. If so, she’s a woman I wouldn’t mind meeting someday. In respect to the story, don’t let the idea that this work is labelled as religious make you hesitate. Everyone asks themselves why do bad things happen to good people. How much hardship can land on a family? Ruby questions how to navigate her life, her faith and how to help those around her. I don’t mind saying there were many places in this work that brought tears to my eyes. There’s some real heartache included, but hope also.
There are times when a character may quote a Bible passage and I thought it helpful that the book, chapter and verse were sometimes mentioned. That way if you wanted to delve into that passage a little more you could.
This is not my regular genre for reading. I usually have my nose in a mystery, sci-fi or a how- to book. The storyline, the heart and the quality of writing wouldn’t let me put this book down. I took my tablet to work and listened to it while doing data entry. Others listen to music, I wanted to know what was going to happen next in Ruby’s world. I can’t recommend this book enough. It is one of my ‘best’ reads this year.
I was provided a free copy of this audiobook in order to listen and write my honest review of the work.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Green Remains

  • The Nora Tierney Mysteries Book 2
  • By: Mami Graff
  • Narrated by: Nano Nagle
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

American writer Nora Tierney is living at Ramsey Lodge in England's glorious Lake District, anticipating two life-changing events: the publication of her first children's book and the birth of her first child. Choosing a name for her son and checking proof pages with her illustrator, Simon Ramsey, fill her days - until a morning stroll along the shore of UK's largest lake, Windermere, leads her to discover the corpse of the heir to Clarendon Hall.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great second book!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 03-03-16

Wonderful stroll

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

Reviewed: 03-01-16

This work is a wonderful stroll through some British living and countryside of characters. The narrator’s accent puts you right into the ‘proper’ mood. I loved how she did Cook’s voice and personality. Nora Tierney is expecting, but doesn’t expect to keep discovering dead bodies! As any good heroine would, she wants to protect those around her from the fallout of a murder. Can the breakup of a romantic couple be avoided? Will she unearth the true culprit before the baby is born?

I really did enjoy listening to every minute of this novel. Though I have to say it has a very leisurely pace compared to other mystery novels I enjoy. It’s as if the novel is about Nora picking a baby name, deciding what to do about her romantic entanglements and then a murder mystery is layered on top of that. Somehow there doesn’t seem to be a sense of urgency about finding the killer.

This is the second work in the series. However, you can enjoy it as a standalone. I hadn’t read the first one, but had no problems understanding where everyone was coming from. It’s a lovely listen/ read. If you enjoy British and cozies, you might relax with this good book with a fire in the fireplace.

I was provided an audio version of this work at no charge, so that I could listen to it and write an honest review. This did not influence my opinions about the product.

  • Dying to Forget (The Station) (Volume 1)

  • By: Trish Marie Dawson
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Woods
  • Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

Piper Willow dies the summer after her high school graduation and finds herself in a spiritual terminal called the Station. She's given only two choices: Move on to the unknown where she'll be faced to spend an eternity in her own personal hell or be trained as a Volunteer and return to Earth as the subconscious for a person in need of outside assistance. Does Piper have what it takes to save a life, to be the nagging voice inside another person's head? Or will she fail and end up lost and tormented... forever?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Volume 1

  • By zoe on 10-31-15

Very Heartfelt

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

Reviewed: 06-01-15

When I first started listening to this work, I was disappointed that the narrator had a monotone style. Please don’t stop here. A few minutes into the story I understood why. The narrator’s voice was a good match for the main character. A young girl old enough to drive, but still finding her way through personal tragedy. Where the author started us with this character may cause you to worry that the book will be depressing. I believe we had to see where this character’s pivotal actions started.

This work doesn’t fit neatly into a genre category. I believe young adults will get a lot from this as the characters are very relatable and realistic. Also anyone that has experienced the loss of someone near to them that committed suicide might find a small measure of comfort. This is not a clinical psychological study. It is not any type of lecture either.

It is somewhat like the television show Quantum Leap from years ago. The main character finds themselves thrown in to help someone that is in jeopardy of committing suicide. The difficulty is that Piper willow doesn’t know why and where the pain comes from that the individual is facing. So she has to feel her way through the situation, look for clues and try to determine what will help this person.

This is a work that is not a standalone work, complete in itself. To feel a sense of finish, one will need to purchase the further books to see what has become of the characters you met in this one.
I was provided a code to listen and write an honest review.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Land Uncharted

  • By: Keely Brooke Keith
  • Narrated by: Kate Fisher
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

Lydia Colburn is a young physician dedicated to serving her village in the Land. When injured fighter pilot Connor Bradshaw's parachute carries him from the war engulfing the 2025 world to her hidden land, his presence threatens her plans, her family, and the survival of her preindustrial society.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The land Uncharted

  • By MeDi on 04-14-15

Wonderful Story

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

Reviewed: 05-08-15

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

Yes, there is a pleasant story here with just enough conflict. Anyone that likes to read without being offended by violence, foul language or explicit sex scenes will enjoy this story.

What other book might you compare The Land Uncharted to and why?

I honestly haven't read another book like it. It has a bit of opposites.. it's set in the future with a warrior thrown from a plane. But where he lands is a throwback society cut off from technology and living a simpler lifestyle where everyone takes care of each other.

What about Kate Fisher’s performance did you like?

The narrator Kate Fisher was wonderful. Sometimes when a narrator tries to do different voices- they become cartoony. That wasn’t the case here. Young, old, female or male the voices were done perfectly.

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

The only aspect of the story that disappointed me was Lydia’s obsession with how others thought of her and her reputation. This wasn’t about her dating life, it was about what they expected of her daily as the community’s potential doctor. For example, she got squeamish if someone she was having a conversation with started to lean toward gossiping. Lydia worried that others might see her and associate that she herself was a gossip. This wasn’t the only occurrence of her taking a ‘guilt by association’ type attitude.

Any additional comments?

There are themes about how to treat others with respect, responsibility toward others in the community, hospitality, etc. This is a book that could easily be read and shared with all ages in the family and then discussed.
I was provided a code for this audible in order to listen to and write an honest review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Mystery of the Invisible Hand

  • A Henry Spearman Mystery
  • By: Marshall Jevons
  • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17

Henry Spearman, the balding economics professor with a knack for solving crimes, returns in The Mystery of the Invisible Hand - a clever whodunit of campus intrigue, stolen art, and murder. Having just won the Nobel Prize, Spearman accepts an invitation to lecture at Monte Vista University. He arrives in the wake of a puzzling art heist with plans to teach a course on art and economics - only to be faced with the alleged suicide of womanizing artist-in-residence Tristan Wheeler.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mystery + Economics

  • By Jeffrey D Purtee on 03-31-15

Cerebral & I savored every word

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

Reviewed: 03-23-15

What did you love best about The Mystery of the Invisible Hand?

That there was interesting college level discussions and that the professor genuinely cared about his student's experience.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

I completely adored this novel. I wouldn't call it edge of your seat material. But it was an intelligent environment with smart conversations. New pieces of information about the motives, clues, people involved were dropped in evenly. I did see the killer's motive fairly early on.

What does Kevin Stillwell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He pronounced all the words correctly (even difficult ones) He didn't read the material in a monotone fashion. He could have made the lectures boring, but he conveyed the Professor's true desire in getting the students involved and keeping it interesting. When he switched voices to convey a different character- he didn't turn the others into cartoon voices. Excellent narration.

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

Sure, though I can't devote that amount of time with my schedule. But I did listen to it 3 days in a row until I was done.

Any additional comments?

I am definitely going to check out his other books.

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    Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
    16 ratings
    Overall 3.9
  • Creatura

  • By: Nely Cab
  • Narrated by: Helen Cricco
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

Isis can control her dreams. Or she could-until recently. The creature in her nightmares has been haunting her for months. As if being dumped wasn't bad enough, now she dreads going to sleep. She decides to confront the creature and win back some of her peace; only, she finds that he's not a monster and he's not a dream.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such an amazing, different story

  • By I Feel the Need, the Need to Read book blog on 12-23-16

Grab the book instead of the Audible

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

Reviewed: 03-22-15

What made the experience of listening to Creatura the most enjoyable?

The writing is solid. Isis starts out with her sleep problem, but soon has additional discoveries and conflicts in her life. She’s navigating a current romance, dealing with an ex, finding out about her birthright and secrets her mother may have kept from her. The author did a good job of interweaving these so that the novel felt like it was going forward to a critical point. Isis shows strength at times, and doubt at others. There’s a nice blend.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Creatura?

I don't like to give away spoilers about the story in a review. Can't think of a way to describe the memorable moment without doing that.

What didn’t you like about Helen Cricco’s performance?

The narrator, Helen Cricco, decided to give David an accent. I couldn’t tell if she was going for vampire, or Russian. He’s not from Russia. Clair, Isis’s mother, and Gabriel’s voices came off as childish sounding.

Any additional comments?

There is a lot resolved near the end, but there is a cliffhanger that will draw you into the second novel in the series. I would recommend the book version of this novel to anyone who enjoys young adult paranormal with a dash of drama.
I was given a code to enable me to download, listen to and write an honest review of this audiobook.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bridge Ices Before Road

  • By: S. Rose
  • Narrated by: Jeanne Whitehouse
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

The year is 1970. In a blue-collar suburb of Boston, two eleven year-old Catholic girls struggle to come of age in a culture still very much dominated by men. They watch in dismay as their fathers and priests determine the lives of the women around them. Loyalty to family and church is paramount; women and children suffer in silence rather than expose the men who do them harm.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't get past narration!

  • By Daryl on 04-24-15

All heart & a few nail-biting moments

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

Reviewed: 10-30-14

What did you love best about Bridge Ices Before Road?

This story is all heart with a few nail-biting moments. There are so many things packed into this story of a Catholic family in Boston, set in the 1970’s. Frances Orillio and Maddy Malone meet when they are about eleven and this work takes you through their lives to high school days. Some of the themes explored are the relationships between mothers and daughters, bullying, family secrets, bigotry and roles of men and women in that era. There were rich descriptions and the characters were fully developed. I worried for many of them as danger and heartache came into their lives. I laughed in certain circumstances and teared up in others.

What other book might you compare Bridge Ices Before Road to and why?

If you liked movies such as The Man in the Moon, or Steel Magnolias I believe you would enjoy this book also. They are not exact matches, but the mix of coming of age, endearment and also tragedy and drama is a pretty good approximation.

Have you listened to any of Jeanne Whitehouse’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I hadn't listed to Jeanne Whitehouse before, but she did a wonderful job. She utilized accents for the voices in just the right way, from the mother’s Boston accent, to Maddy’s tomboyish way, from young to old- Annie, the small child, to the grandmother, and men such as the brothers and Fathers. Her reading also conveyed the heart of the characters. This was a wonderful listen.

If you could rename Bridge Ices Before Road, what would you call it?

I think the title was appropriate and wouldn't rename it.

Any additional comments?

I was provided the audio version of this work in order to write an honest review. My opinion is what I truly feel about this listen. I think women might enjoy the first 1/3 of the book more than the men. Thereafter there is more a balance for men and women to appreciate.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful