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  • The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope

  • By: Rhonda Riley
  • Narrated by: Stina Nielsen
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 121

In the waning months of World War II, young Evelyn Roe's life is transformed when she finds what she takes to be a badly burned soldier, all but completely buried in the heavy red-clay soil on her family's farm in North Carolina. When Evelyn rescues the stranger, it quickly becomes clear he is not a simple man. As innocent as a newborn, he recovers at an unnatural speed, and then begins to change - first into Evelyn's mirror image, and then into her complement, a man she comes to know as Adam.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing!! BEAUTIFUL Writing and Narration.

  • By Beth Anne on 07-16-13

An Enchanting Imaginative Novel

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

Reviewed: 02-07-15

What did you love best about The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope?

The best part of this story is the imaginative mind that wrote it. Such a great love story. The character of Addie/Adam is unlike any other. Evelyn was my favorite character however because of her courage in living out an extraordinary life.

What about Stina Nielsen’s performance did you like?

Although the reader was excellent, as was the story, I did not want to read it in one sitting: I wanted it to last and last and last.

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  • And the Mountains Echoed

  • By: Khaled Hosseini
  • Narrated by: Khaled Hosseini, Navid Negahban, Shohreh Aghdashloo
  • Length: 14 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,437
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,934
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,922

Khaled Hosseini, the number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Does the End Justify the Means

  • By FanB14 on 05-24-13

Too Many Echos

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

Reviewed: 02-07-15

What would have made And the Mountains Echoed better?

This book was difficult to follow with many characters and a lot of skipping about in time and between generations. It would be helpful to explain the connection of one character to another a little more as the book unfolds.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Currently listening to 13 Moons

How could the performance have been better?

Although the Afghanistan accents added to the authenticity of the story sometimes they were difficult to understand and their reading lacked energy. Professional readers would be helpful.

  • Frenchman's Creek

  • By: Daphne du Maurier
  • Narrated by: John Castle
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 66

Seeking peace of mind, Lady Donna de Colomb flees the stews of London and the Restoration court for remote Navaron. There she finds the boundless passion her spirit craves - daring to love the pirate hunted by all Cornwall.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spellbinding...I loved every moment!

  • By Tara on 05-05-10

Enchanted

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

Reviewed: 01-02-14

Would you listen to Frenchman's Creek again? Why?

Yes, yes, yes. Castle's voice was melodic, perfectly timed with just the right inflections. Best reading of any book I have listened to. I knew when I heard his voice that I would love the book.

And the story is about finding life - a magnificent love story.

Which character – as performed by John Castle – was your favorite?

Both Donna, the heroine and the Frenchman. He captured her aloofness and reserve as well as her abandon. The accent of the Frenchman was superb.

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

Oh yes and I almost did. I listened to it in the car, at the YMCA working out, in the kitchen cooking dinner, and in bed before turning out the lights just so that I could finish it. It was lovely.

  • A Game of Thrones

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 33 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100,582
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87,038
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 86,968

Winter is coming. Such is the stern motto of House Stark, the northernmost of the fiefdoms that owe allegiance to King Robert Baratheon in far-off King's Landing. There Eddard Stark of Winterfell rules in Robert's name. Far to the north, behind the towering Wall, lie savage Wildings and worse - unnatural things relegated to myth during the centuries-long summer, but proving all too real and all too deadly in the turning of the season. Yet a more immediate threat lurks to the south, where Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King, has died under mysterious circumstances....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Review of First 5 Books

  • By DCinMI on 09-12-13

A Game of Chess

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

Reviewed: 09-30-13

Would you consider the audio edition of A Game of Thrones to be better than the print version?

Although I have not read the print version my hunch is this is much better: like listening to well-acted theater.

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite character was Denarius because she grew from a timid and fearful girl into a stong woman afraid of no one and willing to follow her destiny.

What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

Roy Dotrice had very definite shifts in voice from character to character that kept the listener's attention.

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

Yes.

Any additional comments?

A novel of fine character development with black kings and queens battling white kings and queens in an age long gone with dragons and black magic.