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Peggy A. Corino

Burleson, TX
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  • The Darkness of Sunnypoint

  • The Sunnypoint Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Audible Original Kids
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 3 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 164

Moving from the big city to the picturesque town of Sunnypoint seems perfect for Dillon and her mom. But the new house - a big, old Victorian - creeps Dillon out, especially the old trunk in the attic that seems to move by itself. As if that weren't bad enough, the tight-knit popular girls at her new school hate her instantly. Dillon finds solace with the quirky kids - Quinn, the film nerd, Birdie, the back-of-the-class wit, and Kumail, the history fanatic. Together they find a mysterious necklace in the trunk, and when Dillon wears it, all of her wishes seem to come true.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Creepy and fun!

  • By Angela on 10-24-17

Loved This

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

Rarely do I ever find a book that puts me on the edge of my seat. This story gave me that old school chill factor waiting for the next thing. Love it.

  • The Phantom of the Opera

  • By: Gaston Leroux
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,595
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,341
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,354

The story begins with an investigation into some strange reports of an "opera ghost", legendary for making the great Paris opera performers ill-at-ease when they sit alone in their dressing rooms. Some allege to have seen the ghost in evening clothes moving about in the shadows. Nothing is done, however, until the disappearance of Christine during her triumphant performance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phantom of the Opera

  • By Miriam on 02-12-05

All Time Favorite!

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

Reviewed: 03-29-18

Gaston Leroux wrote an amazing novel with complex characters and a mystery to solve to boot. The story swept you away to another time and place where you root for the love between Christine and Raoul while hurting for Eric at the same time. The author broke down his novel to feature specific characters and what they were thinking or doing throughout the book, but you never found yourself confused or lost within the story line of what was going on. There really is nothing to critique this novel on other than the repetitive nature when a character addresses a person - the names were repeated each time a statement was made instead of letting the reader follow the dialogue without the repetitive names. I am sure the author wrote as the people spoke in that age, but it did become annoying at times.

  • Cane River

  • By: Lalita Tademy
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171

Cane River is an isolated community that lies on a small river in central Louisiana. There in the early 19th century, slaves, free people of color, and Creole French planters lived and worked, loved and bore children. And there, 165 years later, Tademy discovers her amazing heritage. Beginning with her great-great-great-great grandmother, a slave owned by a Creole family, Tademy chronicles four generations of strong, determined black women.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book and story was wonderful

  • By Courtney on 11-04-17

Intense

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

Reviewed: 03-20-18

This book was INTENSE! The time-frame is from the 1830s to the 1930s. The backdrop was in Louisiana on a medium-sized Creole plantation owned by a family named Derbanne. The four main women in the book were Elisabeth, Suzette, Philomene, and Emily. The author, Lalita Tademy, created this work of fiction based on stories she heard about her great, great, great, great grandmother, who happened to be the girl in the fifth generation in the book. While the time and experiences shared in the book were based on historical facts, the story line itself was a work of fiction created from the author's own mind on how life might have been like for her great, great, great, great grandmother. I normally do not like reading books like this, however, I found myself enjoying the dynamics of each complex character and how the women found a way to overcome what life threw at them no matter how the dice rolled against them. I found this a very emotional read and enjoyed the book until the end. The end pissed me off so much that I threw the book across the room. I felt it was wrong to end the book the way the author did.

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  • Before We Were Yours

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Wingate
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin, Catherine Taber
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,530
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,548
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,396

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family's Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge - until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children's Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents - but they quickly realize the dark truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I was rivetted, finished in three days.

  • By Lin Cloward on 06-26-17

Emotional

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

Reviewed: 03-18-18

This story is an emotionally draining story in my opinion. It is written in first person (which I hate) and toggles between 1939 Tennessee and present-day South Carolina. Even though I do not like first person, it worked well in this book because of the different players you are following throughout. Lisa Wingate created well developed characters in this book and even though the topic was deep and depressing, you did find moments of humor and lightness to help comfort the reader and give them a break from the heaviness of the subject. The story became very predictable as I read the book and by the middle, I had already figured out who each person was and how it was going to end. This was sad for me because, while I am reading a depressing topic, I was hoping the author would put a twist in there so the reader was surprised by the ending instead of underwhelmed and left with a feeling of, “Meh, okay.” The book is a work of fiction but is based on real life events that happened in Memphis, Tennessee with Georgia Tann and her kidnapping of children from poor homes to place them (at an expensive cost) in the homes of financially well, established members of society.

  • News of the World

  • A Novel
  • By: Paulette Jiles
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,929
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,498
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,484

In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction from the author of Enemy Women that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cookie cutter cowboys need not apply

  • By david1j on 01-13-17

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 03-14-18

I did not like this book. Many, many times I found myself wondering what the purpose was of the author, Paulette Jiles, when she decided to write this story. Not only was it boring, but there seemed to be no core purpose in the storyline aside from traveling 400-miles. I know fiction does not have to have a purpose, but it does have to make sense and this book did not make sense to me with how it was formatted. When it seemed like some action was going to happen, I was disappointed to see nothing happen, and the minimal moments when there was action it was underwhelming. The characters were not as developed as I like and there were moments of humor and moments of emotion, but not enough to keep me engaged as much as I could have been.3There was great imagery and some clever sentences in the book, but it did not help this book capture my attention like so many other books have. I know the author really tried to engage the audience, it was almost palpable during many scenes, but she just could not take it the rest of the way through. Kudos to the author for writing a passion project, because that is the only thing that makes sense to me after reading this book.

  • The Name of God Is Mercy

  • By: Pope Francis, Oonagh Stransky - translator
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey, Fred Sanders
  • Length: 3 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 511
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 448
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 447

In his first official book published as Pope, in celebration of his Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis here addresses all humanity in an intimate and personal dialogue. At the center of this book is the subject closest to his heart - mercy, which has long been the cornerstone of his faith and is now the central teaching of his papacy. These words resonate with a desire to reach all those souls who are looking for meaning in life, a road to peace and reconciliation, and the healing of physical and spiritual wounds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This message is for everyone

  • By elinor logan on 02-08-16

Encouraging

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

Reviewed: 07-26-17

Pope Francis is a true lover of God and people. He talks of loving and accepting others for who they are as Jesus did. He states even if you do not agree with the choices of others, you should still love them as Christ loved them.

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

  • The Millennium Series, Book 1
  • By: Stieg Larsson, Reg Keeland - translator
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,146
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,861
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,934

Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic Mystery with Wonderful Characters

  • By Robert on 12-22-08

Interesting

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

Reviewed: 01-25-17

I have not watched the movies but was told I need to listen to the novels first. I found the storyline interesting.

  • Gone Girl

  • A Novel
  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 19 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49,549
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,209

It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!

  • By Theodore on 01-20-13

Decent Story

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

Reviewed: 02-20-16

There seemed to be a lot of toggling back & fourth between each character's views throughout the book which made it hard to really infuse yourself in the story; Other than that, I did enjoy the book.

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  • Rose Madder

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Blair Brown
  • Length: 17 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,200
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 828
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 816

Escape from her macabre marriage is not as easy as fleeing to a new city, picking a new name, finding a new job, and lucking out with a new man. Not with a husband like Norman...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • WHYYYY

  • By Chantelle on 12-01-11

Genius

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

Reviewed: 04-01-15

Great balance of the two readers. They allow the listener to envision the story are an actual movie experience.

  • The Dark Tower

  • The Dark Tower VII
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 28 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,945
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,166
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,191

All good things must come to an end, Constant Listener, and not even Stephen King can write a story that goes on forever. The tale of Roland Deschain's relentless quest for the Dark Tower has, the author fears, sorely tried the patience of those who have followed it from its earliest chapters. But attend to it a while longer, if it pleases you, for this volume is the last, and often the last things are best.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing - a must have..

  • By Lori on 11-30-04

Exceptional Fantasy

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

Reviewed: 02-21-15

The final twist will capture any and all's imagination & mage then think, "What if?"