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nancybruns

Hemet, CA, United States
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  • The Lying Game

  • A Novel
  • By: Ruth Ware
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,374
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,113
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,109

On a cool June morning, Isa Wilde, a resident of the seemingly idyllic coastal village of Salten, is walking her dog along a tidal estuary. Before she can stop him, Isa's dog charges into the water to retrieve what first appears to be a wayward stick - and to her horror, Isa discovers it's not a stick at all...but a human bone. As her three best friends from childhood converge in Salten to comfort a seriously shaken-up Isa, terrifying discoveries are made, and their collective history slowly unravels.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • REALLY LET DOWN, I'm not gonna lie! (No spoilers)

  • By Very disappointed on 07-27-17

Captivating

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-10-18

Really enjoyed this book. The writer definitely pulls you in that you can even picture the characters and the surrounding area. I am definitely going to look for more books by this author as I truly enjoyed this book. Its a good read

  • Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows

  • A Novel
  • By: Balli Kaur Jaswal
  • Narrated by: Meera Syal
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,389
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,199
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,189

Nikki lives in cosmopolitan West London, where she tends bar at the local pub. The daughter of Indian immigrants, she's spent most of her 20-odd years distancing herself from the traditional Sikh community of her childhood, preferring a more independent (that is, Western) life. When her father's death leaves the family financially strapped, Nikki, a law school dropout, impulsively takes a job teaching a "creative writing" course at the community center in the beating heart of London's close-knit Punjabi community.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Story about Stories

  • By kurdis teed on 04-02-18

I loved it. Good pick Reese!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-31-18

At first I wasn’t about the book but oh my goodness. What a beautiful story. The narrator was prefect for this book. I loved it!

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  • Happiness: A Memoir

  • The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After
  • By: Heather Harpham
  • Narrated by: Heather Harpham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,285
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,189
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,182

Happiness begins with a charming courtship between hopelessly attracted opposites: Heather, a world-roaming California girl, and Brian, an intellectual, homebody writer, kind and slyly funny, but loath to leave his Upper West Side studio. Their magical interlude ends, full stop, when Heather becomes pregnant - Brian is sure he loves her, only he doesn't want kids. Heather returns to California to deliver their daughter alone, buoyed by family and friends.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Long & Tedious. If Only She'd Had a Good Editor.

  • By Carolyn on 07-05-18

Wow!!!

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

At first when I listened to the sample I did not think I could get pass the readers voice. It was perfect and yet complicated. After a little bit she made you think the writer was right there telling you her story. I would recommend this book to anyone.

  • The Good Daughter

  • A Novel
  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Early
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,405
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,783
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,726

Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn's happy small-town family life was torn apart by a terrifying attack on their family home. It left their mother dead. It left their father - Pikeville's notorious defense attorney - devastated. And it left the family fractured beyond repair, consumed by secrets from that terrible night. Twenty-eight years later, Charlie has followed in her father's footsteps to become a lawyer herself - the ideal good daughter. But when violence comes to Pikeville again, Charlie is plunged into a nightmare.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Karin Slaughter has done it again!

  • By shelley on 08-09-17

The good read

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-03-18

Really enjoyed these read had the twists that was promised in the reviews. The listener will not be disappointed.

  • The Bell Jar

  • By: Sylvia Plath
  • Narrated by: Maggie Gyllenhaal
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,243
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,931
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,916

The Bell Jar chronicles the crack-up of Esther Greenwood: brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful but slowly going under - maybe for the last time. Sylvia Plath masterfully draws the reader into Esther's breakdown with such intensity that Esther's insanity becomes completely real and even rational, as probable and accessible an experience as going to the movies. Such deep penetration into the dark and harrowing corners of the psyche is an extraordinary accomplishment and has made The Bell Jar a haunting American classic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully written, brilliantly performed.

  • By Debra W. on 02-04-16

Finally appreciated the book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-06-18

I started to read this book in 8th grade and never finished it due to it needed to be returned to the library. I’m so glad I read it now to appreciate and understand it. I thought the reader was made for this role and brought you into the characters personality and mind.
I would recommend this book highly.

  • Dracula

  • By: Bram Stoker
  • Narrated by: Tom Casaletto, Fredric Scadron, Mary Beth Quillen Gregor, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Bram Stoker’s classic Gothic horror novel about a vampire’s search for new blood… Perhaps the most famous vampire story of all time, Dracula is an awesome tale of a thrillingly bloodthirsty vampire whose nocturnal atrocities embody the dark underside of an outwardly moralistic age. As he searches for new prey, desirous to spread the undead curse, Dracula looks toward England. There he is met with resistance from a small band of men and women, led by the intrepid Professor Abraham Van Helsing. Will the people be able to keep the fearsome Dracula from terrorizing their community? This novel is part of Brilliance Audio's extensive Classic Collection, bringing you timeless masterpieces that you and your family are sure to love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dracula classics collection by Brilliance audio

  • By Chris on 07-13-16

Dracula-not like the movie. Better!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-25-18

I really wasn’t sure what I was listening to when it hit the diaries. I watch the movie so many times that I thought for sure I didn’t get the right book but I enjoyed it a lot and am glad I brought it. It was better then the movie by far.

  • Grim Tempest

  • Aisling Grimlock, Book 8
  • By: Amanda M. Lee
  • Narrated by: Karen Krause
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

A series of storms hits, and the Michigan populace starts turning downright dangerous. Aisling is convinced the storms are magical in origin. Of course, because she’s prone to theatrical fits, no one believes her...until the storms hit too close to home, and Aisling herself is in danger from the one person she trusts above all others. As a cop, Griffin Davenport is used to putting his life on the line. What he’s not comfortable with is being a threat to the people he’s supposed to be helping. The storms, you see, don’t affect reapers, but those they love are in a heap of danger.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cool

  • By Tina Temple on 11-10-18

Better

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-20-18

I really enjoyed this book the best. It lightly went into the history of them without spending too much time on that. Enjoyable!

  • The Secrets She Keeps

  • A Novel
  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,724
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,218
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,142

Agatha is pregnant and works part time stocking shelves at a grocery store in a ritzy London suburb, counting down the days until her baby is due. As the hours of her shifts creep by in increasing discomfort, the one thing she looks forward to at work is catching a glimpse of Meghan, the effortlessly chic customer whose elegant lifestyle dazzles her. Meghan has it all: two perfect children, a handsome husband, a happy marriage, and a stylish group of friends, and she writes perfectly droll confessional posts on her popular parenting blog.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Secrets - but Nothing New here

  • By Marie on 09-09-17

Great read

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-01-18

I really enjoyed this novel. The story was new with every turn and twist. A little surprised at the ending.

  • Mother-Daughter Book Camp

  • Mother-Daughter Book Club Series, Book 7
  • By: Heather Vogel Frederick
  • Narrated by: Cris Dukehart, Amy Rubinate, Kate Rudd, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15

After so many summers together, Emma, Jess, Megan, Becca, and Cassidy are reunited for one final hurrah before they go their separate ways. The plan is to spend their summer as counselors at Camp Lovejoy in a scenic, remote corner of New Hampshire, but things get off to a rocky start when their young charges are stricken with a severe case of homesickness. Hopefully, a little bit of bibliotherapy will do the trick, as the girls bring their longstanding book club to camp.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • At last

  • By nancybruns on 05-09-18

At last

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-09-18

What a great ending to a series. I wish we could follow these girl into their adult lives. I will miss the book club!

  • Home for the Holidays

  • Mother-Daughter Book Club Series, Book 5
  • By: Heather Vogel Frederick
  • Narrated by: Cris Dukehart, Amy Rubinate, Kate Rudd, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

This year, the girls are everywhere but home for the holidays. From a tropical cruise to a ski trip to Switzerland, it promises to be a Christmas to remember. Becca, Megan, Emma, Cassidy, and Jess have plenty of reading material to bring on their trips, too, because the book club is tackling the Betsy-Tacy series before their next meeting on New Year's Eve.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Little monotonous

  • By nancybruns on 03-29-18

Little monotonous

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-29-18

Ok I really enjoy this series but in the beginning of each book the story behind each girl is repeated. It’s nice but too much repetitiveness. I would recommend this book and this whole series to anyone who wants enjoyable smiling listening.