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Joan Dellibovi

Savannah GA
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  • The Distant Shore

  • By: Debora M. Coty
  • Narrated by: Lee Ann Howlett
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

Mysteriously banished to live with demanding Aunt Augusta on Florida's remote, untamed Merritt island of 1904, young Emma-Lee Palmer discovers a dark family secret. Befriended by a kindly sea captain, Emma-Lee and Aunt Augusta discover courage, renewed hope, and the importance of family in this transcendent story of healing and redemption through God's unconditional love. Inspired by a true story, The Distant Shore is a powerful blend of action, adventure, romance, and the quest within each of us to find our heart's home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Characters and Story

  • By Joan Dellibovi on 02-23-17

Wonderful Characters and Story

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

Reviewed: 02-23-17

Where does The Distant Shore rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the top 10

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Distant Shore?

When a little girl got bitten by a snake and everyone came to the rescue! A great community and family bonding.

Have you listened to any of Lee Ann Howlett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is the first narration by Lee Ann Howlett I've listen to and her voice was perfect

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

It was bittersweet when the main character returned to Miami to visit her family and some truths were uncovered that would eventually prove unhappy.

Any additional comments?

This story was wonderfully written. The characters were well developed and the narration brought out their special difference and emotions. The book was full of twists and turns that included bad weather, sinister plots, devious characters, romance, love, and devotion to God. A must read! Delightful!

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  • Angelhood

  • By: A.J. Cattapan
  • Narrated by: Kaitlyn Radel
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Seventeen-year-old theater geek Nanette believes her life is headed toward stardom on Broadway. But when her dream theater college rejects her and her best friend dies in a terrible accident, Nanette decides the world would be better off without her. Unfortunately, the afterlife offers something less than a heavenly situation. Trapped between alternating periods of utter darkness and light, Nanette is stuck following a high school freshman around. Soon she learns she's a guardian angel.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Valuable Story Demonstrating Every Person's Worth

  • By An Open Book Family on 01-17-19

Great story great narration

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

Reviewed: 02-06-17

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

Kaitlyn Radel did an excellent job bringing the characters to life with her reading. The story of teen suicide and the conflicts of adolescence was well written and not depressing, but hopeful.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Angelhood?

When Nanette realized she was growing into Angelhood

Which character – as performed by Kaitlyn Radel – was your favorite?

Nanette was very well presented and her character came through as a hopeful and eventually regretful teen

If you could take any character from Angelhood out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Vera, the potential teen contemplating suicide who Nanette helps. Since her father rarely eats dinner with her, I think she needs some company and a night out for pizza.

Any additional comments?

Angelhood by A.J. Cattapan skillfully handles teenage suicide and brings attention to how growing up in this complicated world can be difficult for young adults. The teen characters were genuine and their struggles were authentic. As the main character grew into Angelhood she also blossomed into a young adult full of faith, hope, compassion and understanding. I recommend this book for any teen because it brings attention to the rarely discussed, but very important matter of suicide.

  • The Thornbearer

  • Penned in Time, Book 1
  • By: Pepper Basham
  • Narrated by: Rachael Beresford
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11

When her fiancé leaves her eight months before their wedding, the unexpected blow ignites a battalion of insecurities stemming from her father's intimate betrayal. Her worst fears are confirmed. Who could ever love a soiled woman? In an attempt to escape the shame and disappointment of her past, Ashleigh boards the ill-fated Lusitania to cross the war-torn waters of Europe. Much to her dismay, she isn't traveling alone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Authentic Characters and Wonderful Romance

  • By Joan Dellibovi on 01-18-17

Authentic Characters and Wonderful Romance

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

Reviewed: 01-18-17

Would you listen to The Thornbearer again? Why?

Yes. I thought it was very well read and I found the characters enchanting.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ashley. She was a woman full of courage and conviction even during times of personal conflict and wartime chaos.

What about Rachael Beresford’s performance did you like?

Her voice was very well suited to a romance happening during this time period.

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

I was a bit hesitant to listen to a story that stated out on the Lusitania, but I had hopes that not all the wonderful characters would go down with the ship, and I was not disappointed. Great story with a wonderful ending.

Any additional comments?

This story is a wonderful example of how faith, courage, forgiveness and hope makes our lives beautiful even in times of turmoil.

  • A Broken Road to Nowhere

  • By: Evie Alexis
  • Narrated by: Teri Wilder
  • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5

Mackenzie and Twila Sellars are the unfortunate daughters of Patrick Sellars, the latter better known to the Four Oaks community as the town drunk. The man's constant inebriation has left the girls, respectively twenty-one and eight, to shoulder a life of poverty, neglect, and physical and emotional abuse with only their kind neighbor, Sophia Lucasta, lending an occasional helping hand and attentive ear. After several years of having to serve as "stay-at-home sister", Mackenzie attempts to turn things around with her new waitressing job.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Inspirational Journey

  • By Joan Dellibovi on 09-26-16

An Inspirational Journey

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

Reviewed: 09-26-16

Would you listen to A Broken Road to Nowhere again? Why?

This book is an inspirational story about hope, faith, forgiveness, and compassion. The two sisters, Mackenzie and Twila, immediately captured my heart. As I came to understand their lives I found myself saddened by their seeming hopeless situation, but their determination, hope, and faith proved to be invaluable. The romance between Mackenzie and Ryan was warm, honest, encouraging and full of promising love. This story proves that, with determination, optimism, and a belief that life is full of opportunity, a broken road to nowhere can be changed to a path to a promising future.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mackenzie is a strong young woman character, who despite having to deal with more than her share of troubles, remains true to her convictions, is determined to achieve her dreams, is compassionate of others, and has a solid work ethic. All of her characteristics help her to move forward to a better future for herself and her sister.

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

Teri Wilder did an excellent voice audio for this book. She made the characters come alive and added extra nuances that really made this an enjoyable audio book.

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

A Broken Road To Nowhere; an inspirational journey to a promising future

Any additional comments?

I highly recommend this book. It is well written and the characters are engaging. It is truly an inspirational journey

  • Mixed Nuts

  • By: Venita Louise
  • Narrated by: Eric Fox
  • Length: 3 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

The Beals live in a upper middle class neighborhood in the mid 1960's. Frank is a jingle writer who is having more than a little trouble coming up with a shoe polish jingle. Trying to keep up with the neighbor's expensive tastes is a full time job in itself. But when Frank butts heads with a Voodoo practicing Brazilian gardener, he gets much more than he bargains for, especially when he is distracted by all the spells flying back and forth, with a force stong enough to turn his wife into a love-starved siren and his children into well-behaved angels.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun quirkey book

  • By Joan Dellibovi on 08-15-16

Fun quirkey book

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

Reviewed: 08-15-16

Where does Mixed Nuts rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the middle. I wanted something funny to listen too.

What did you like best about this story?

The collection of nutty characters, tangled up in unusual situations kept me laughing

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

No. this is the first Eric Fox narration I listened to.

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

No. I like to space out my listening.

Any additional comments?

This is a crazy story full of great characters. I love the Voodoo Brazilian gardener.

  • Shadowflesh

  • By: Shawn Martin
  • Narrated by: Jerry Tritle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Torn from her home and fighting bouts of suicidal depression, 17-year-old Aileen McCormick lands in the small coastal town of Redcliff, North Carolina. Her first day of school promises to be the worst day of her life when a menacing group of boys target the new girl. Shoved into the arms of arms of Addison Wake, she knows she'll never be the same. Addison’s otherworldly charm and drop-dead gorgeous face leave her breathless, but only for a moment. Grim and painful secrets lurk in his dark soul.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining Teen Paranormal Romance

  • By Joan Dellibovi on 08-15-16

Entertaining Teen Paranormal Romance

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

Reviewed: 08-15-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Shadowflesh to be better than the print version?

Perhaps it is better to listen than to read the book. I haven't read the book, only listened to the narration as a matter of my personal preference.

What did you like best about this story?

The paranormal romance had a unique twist.

What about Jerry Tritle’s performance did you like?

A dark mellow voice with a youthful sound. This was difficult because the main character, written in the first person, was a young teen girl. But it worked.

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

Going into Addison's world of paranormal existence. It put it all together. Nice descriptions of a surreal world.

Any additional comments?

Nicely done. I recommend this for the young teen looking for a paranormal romance.

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  • Secrets and Sacrifices

  • By: Diane Wylie
  • Narrated by: Christine Padovan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

A Civil War romance. Charlie is a crack sharpshooter for the Twenty-Fifth Virginia infantry. But Charlie has secrets.big secrets that could lead to heartbreak or even death. The slowly starving South, lack of medical supplies, and desperate runaway slaves motivate her and surgeon, Captain Daniel Reid, to take risks beyond their wildest imaginations. How could they possibly know that their paths would cross during the worst time in their lives and where that path would lead?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Quiet powerful narration - O.K. Civil War story

  • By Cecilia on 06-18-14

Great American Civil War Romance

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

Reviewed: 08-15-16

Would you listen to Secrets and Sacrifices again? Why?

Yes. I will listen to it again. The characters were real, believable and held my interest from the very beginning to the end. The events of the American Civil War that unfolded caused the characters to keep secrets and continually make sacrifices were a testament to their honor, beliefs, love and convictions. The heroine remains steadfast, strong and true, but soft and compassionate to those she meets. The romance is exceptional, the plot enticing and captivating. I won't keep a secret about this book. I'm going to spread the word and I recommend this to anyone looking for strong characters, a great story, and a wonderful heartfelt romance set in the backdrop of one of America's most tragic events.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Charlie. The heroine who is a strong woman when needed, but keeps herself open to love, faith and hope.

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

This is the first narration I listened to by Christine.

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

A testament to honor, belief, love and convictions.

Any additional comments?

Nice romance during the American Civil War. Very well written.

  • The Passenger

  • By: Joie Lesin
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Robinson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

The musky scent of skin, a brush on the shoulder, a gust of bitter air - all forewarn Elizabeth a spirit will soon seek her help to pass from this world to the next. Yet a living man's wounded soul offers her the challenge of a lifetime. Set in the 1940s, The Passenger tells the story of Elizabeth Reilly who travels to the Clemente Vineyard to help the spirit of an old man find peace and loses her heart to the son he left behind.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • ENJOYABLE & EMOTIONAL BUT VERY FRUSTRATING TOO

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 03-15-13

Enchanting Romance

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

Reviewed: 08-15-16

What did you love best about The Passenger?

This is a wonderful book that quickly got me onboard as a passenger into a warm heartfelt romantic story. My journey was guided by a ghost and the lovely young lady able to communicate with him. From Boston to the rich California wine country I found myself wrapped into the warmth of genuine characters who struggled to solve their problems, resolve personal issues and come to understand the value eternal love. The paranormal was there, but not overwhelming, which was nice because I found myself more interested in the living characters! We are all passengers on a great journey and this book is a wonderful reminder that, if we get onboard with our hearts open to receive love, we will most definitely find love. Excellent writing, richly developed characters, and a fantastic love story!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Elizabeth. I love a strong woman character, but also gentle and kind. Not to mention she has to deal with "the gift" while keeping a level head about it all.

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

Good accents applied to a variety of ethnic characters

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

No. I like to stop and think about it, maybe play it back

Any additional comments?

Wonderful characters!

  • Girl in the Middle

  • By: Christine Bailey
  • Narrated by: Wendy Pitts
  • Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Fifteen-year-old Skye, the middle child, finds herself wishing for a new life - one that doesn't include daily harassment from the in-crowd at Highland Creek High School. Skye barely survived freshman year. She only did because her best friend, Goose, a semi-popular fellow band geek, was by her side. But when their sophomore year starts, Goose ditches Skye for a new crowd. Cast into a lone existence at Highland Creek, Skye wishes for a touch of extraordinary that everyone, except her, seems to have. Her older sister, Sara Elizabeth, has it. Goose is getting close to it, and even her little sister is wildly popular in junior high. Skye would do almost anything to cast off her ordinary life...but at what price?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Teen Audio Book

  • By Joan Dellibovi on 08-15-16

Great Teen Audio Book

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

Reviewed: 08-15-16

What did you love best about Girl in the Middle?

Girl in the Middle was a wonderful surprise! It’s amazing how well Christina is able to touch on deep subject matter and see it all in the perspective of adolescence. The relationships between the sisters, parents, teachers, friends and romantic interest were spot-on! It brought to light how often we are caught in the middle during our places in life and the choices we make. An excellent well written read that I recommend to teens and anybody else who thinks they might be… in the middle.

What did you like best about this story?

The personal relationships within the family

Which scene was your favorite?

The library encounters

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

I drifted back to my high school years and identified with sense of being "stuck in the middle". Oh... If I knew then what I know now!!!

Any additional comments?

Very nice narration for this genre.

  • A Month of Tomorrows

  • By: Chuck Walsh
  • Narrated by: Christopher Richard
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

WWII hero Samuel Gable has weeks to live. Eighty-eight years old, his body ravaged by cancer, he's full of unrest for reasons that have nothing to do with the horrid disease. He has secrets to divulge, and local writer Pete Swift agrees to document what he assumes are a few tales of war. As Samuel recalls perilous days spent in the jungles of the South Pacific, however, Pete begins to live vicariously through Samuel's stories.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By K Ard on 10-22-18

heartwarming

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

Reviewed: 08-15-16

Would you listen to A Month of Tomorrows again? Why?

The characters in this book are wonderfully presented and the kind of people you'd love to know in real life. The story, as told by an old WWII solider to a man writing his memoires, is captivating, heartwarming, and sometimes sorrowful. The author is a true master at using a story within a story to take us back thru' time to experience love, faith, and hope for our tomorrows. There is more than one romance to enjoy as the characters go through experiencing the present and remembering the past.

I highly recommend this very well written book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Month of Tomorrows?

Listening to the main character tell his story

Which scene was your favorite?

the fishing adventure

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

It made me feel comforted and at peace

Any additional comments?

Very nicely presented.