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Kenny Cook

Baldwyn, MS
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  • Daughters of the Lake

  • By: Wendy Webb
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251

After the end of her marriage, Kate Granger has retreated to her parents' home on Lake Superior to pull herself together - only to discover the body of a murdered woman washed into the shallows. Tucked in the folds of the woman's curiously vintage gown is an infant, as cold and at peace as its mother. No one can identify the woman. Except for Kate. She's seen her before. In her dreams...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great ghost story!

  • By MissSusie66 on 11-06-18

Great storyline!

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

Reviewed: 01-20-19

Wow! what a great storyline! I kept thinking this would be a really scary movie. Xe Sands gave an excellent performance reading this (as always).

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • American Ghost

  • A Family's Haunted Past in the Desert Southwest
  • By: Hannah Nordhaus
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 110

The dark-eyed woman in the long, black gown was first seen in the 1970s, standing near a fireplace. She was sad and translucent, present and absent at once. Strange things began to happen in the Santa Fe hotel where she was seen. Gas fireplaces turned off and on without anyone touching a switch. Glasses flew off shelves. And in one second-floor suite with a canopy bed and arched windows looking out to the mountains, guests reported alarming events.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A true American tale

  • By Cleo on 05-29-15

Great story!

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

Reviewed: 01-18-19

What an interesting story. And, as usual, Xe Sands did an excellent job reading the story,

  • The Good Good Pig

  • The Extraordinary Life of Christopher Hogwood
  • By: Sy Montgomery
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86

A naturalist who spent months at a time living on her own among wild creatures in remote jungles, Sy Montgomery had always felt more comfortable with animals than with people. So she gladly opened her heart to a sick piglet who had been crowded away from nourishing meals by his stronger siblings. Yet Sy had no inkling that this piglet, later named Christopher Hogwood, would not only survive but flourish.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunningly great reading of great writing

  • By Randy L on 11-26-16

Good, Good Book!

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

Reviewed: 12-30-18

What a Good, Good Book! A must read for any animal lover. And Xe Sands, as always, adds heart and soul to the story of the Good, Good Pig, Christopher Hogwood. May he forever rest in peace.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Henry's Sisters

  • By: Cathy Lamb
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

Ever since the Bommarito sisters were little girls, their mother, River, has written them a letter on pink paper when she has something especially important to impart. And this time, the message is urgent and impossible to ignore - River requires open-heart surgery, and Isabelle and her sisters are needed at home to run the family bakery and take care of their brother and ailing grandmother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Audible Book I Have Listened To!

  • By Kenny Cook on 12-03-18

Best Audible Book I Have Listened To!

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

Reviewed: 12-03-18

First, Cathy Lamb, what a heartwarming novel you've written! You had me terrified, laughing, mad as Hell at some characters and completely in love with others.

And second, Xe Sands, you are my favorite voice actor, period. I have listened to so many Audible titles, that you've done, but I have to say that Henry's Sisters is, hands down, my personal favorite of your work. You made me laugh, you made me angry and (damn you) you made me cry!

Ladies, I thank you both for your work!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • My Oxford Year

  • A Novel
  • By: Julia Whelan
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,521
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,382
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,365

American Ella Durran has had the same plan for her life since she was 13: study at Oxford. At 24, she’s finally made it to England on a Rhodes Scholarship when she’s offered an unbelievable position in a rising political star’s presidential campaign. With the promise that she’ll work remotely and return to DC at the end of her Oxford year, she’s free to enjoy her Once in a Lifetime Experience. That is until a smart-mouthed local who is too quick with his tongue and his car ruins her shirt and her first day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful

  • By Karen on 05-03-18

Great!

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

Reviewed: 11-24-18

I just happened to be on vacation in Scotland when I started listening to this, so it seemed a fitting choice. I truly enjoyed the Audible production.

  • The Atomic City Girls

  • A Novel
  • By: Janet Beard
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 212
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 192

In November 1944, 18-year-old June Walker boards an unmarked bus, destined for a city that doesn't officially exist. Oak Ridge, Tennessee has sprung up in a matter of months - a town of trailers and segregated houses, 24-hour cafeterias, and constant security checks. There, June joins hundreds of other young girls operating massive machines whose purpose is never explained. They know they are helping to win the war, but must ask no questions and reveal nothing to outsiders.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I thoroughly enjoyed this book

  • By Mollie Morrison on 03-08-18

Great story of historic fiction.

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

And to top it off, I LOVE Xe Sands! I'm always glad to find more of her work.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Gilded Hour

  • By: Sara Donati
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 31 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,709
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,588
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,582

The year is 1883, and in New York City it's a time of dizzying splendor, crushing poverty, and tremendous change. With the gravity-defying Brooklyn Bridge nearly complete and New York in the grips of antivice crusader Anthony Comstock, Anna Savard and her cousin, Sophie - both graduates of the Woman's Medical School - treat the city's most vulnerable, even if doing so may put everything they've strived for in jeopardy.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Slow and plodding. More textbook than novel.

  • By Karen Kelly on 09-14-15

Very interesting...

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

Very interesting historical fiction dealing with Women's Roghts, Race, Birth Control and Immigration. Issues very relevant still today.

  • Death in a Stately Home

  • Murder on Location, Book 3
  • By: Sara Rosett
  • Narrated by: Sarah Mollo-Christensen
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125

Kate Sharp loves the perks of her location scout profession. When she fills in for a researcher at a Regency-themed English house party, she's looking forward to indulging in the posh atmosphere of tea on the lawn and elegant candlelight dinners, but when a guest is murdered in a locked room, Kate becomes the prime suspect. As she turns her attention to the guests, the staff, and the owners, Kate must unlock the mystery and uncover the murderer before she's arrested for a crime she didn't commit. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I really enjoyed this series.

  • By Kenny Cook on 10-02-18

I really enjoyed this series.

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

I really enjoyed this series. The descriptions of the manor homes, cottages and small villages was spot on. I love visiting the UK, I'm looking forward to an upcoming trip to Scotland and this was a good primer for my trip. Can't wait to get some real Fish & Chips!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Lily and the Octopus

  • By: Steven Rowley
  • Narrated by: Michael Urie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,586
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,462
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,462

When you listen to Lily and the Octopus, you will be taken on an unforgettable ride. The magic of this novel is in the listening, and we don't want to spoil it by giving away too many details. We can tell you that this is a story about that special someone: the one you trust, the one you can't live without. For Ted Flask, that someone special is his aging companion, Lily, who happens to be a dog.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • OMG WHY!!???!??? last hour redeemed the first 7

  • By Cynda on 03-21-18

Sweet, sweet story!

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

Reviewed: 09-14-18

What's not to like about this book? A great, cheeky main character and his dog he loves. I listened to the Audible version. The voice actor, Micheal Urie did a fantastic Jon and really brought everything together.

  • Fear

  • Trump in the White House
  • By: Bob Woodward
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,076
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,072
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,955

With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, author Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump’s White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files, and documents. The focus is on the explosive debates and the decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One, and the White House residence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Actually Humanized Trump for Me

  • By BigNutz on 12-15-18

I believe Bob Woodward over Trump 100%

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

Reviewed: 09-13-18

We should ALL live in FEAR until Trump no longer represents the U.S. I have no reason to not trust Woodward's research that went into this book. Trump is a pathological liar and has given me, and everyone else, plenty reasons to not trust him.

It's not just the fact that Trump is a liar that should concern us, it's the fact that he will look you square in your face and lie about something that can be fact checked, almost immediatemy, with a quick online query. Someone with that ability, doesn't just have low morals, they are simply without ANY morals, period.

His ignorance is just horrifying. He's just plain tacky and an embarrassment to our country. With him as our 'leader, I simply find it impossible to say, "I'm proud to be an American. "

3 of 9 people found this review helpful