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Jill S. Santti

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  • Hidden Places

  • By: Lynn Austin
  • Narrated by: Ruth Ann Phimister
  • Length: 15 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 721
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 583
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 583

Fragrant blossoms herald spring, but the orchard is also a place of secrets and heartache. After the death of her husband Frank, Eliza is left with three young children and mounting debts. When a gentle stranger enters her orchard, she experiences a peculiar sensation of familiarity with the man. But will his unknown past jeopardize all that she has fought for?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Austin is Wonderful

  • By Karen on 06-24-07

Enjoyable story

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

Reviewed: 07-24-17

Where does Hidden Places rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the middle. I probably wouldn't listen to it twice, but definitely enjoyed it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Aunt Batty - she was so full of surprises.

What aspect of Ruth Ann Phimister’s performance would you have changed?

I felt her voice was too old for that of the main character. She reminded me of an older lady and I felt it should have been someone who was in their later 20's.

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

Aunt Batty - she was just so interesting.

Any additional comments?

An enjoyable story.

  • Jeremy Poldark

  • A Novel of Cornwall, 1790-1791
  • By: Winston Graham
  • Narrated by: Oliver Hembrough
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 919
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 832
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 832

Reeling from the tragic death of a loved one, Captain Poldark vents his grief by inciting impoverished locals to salvage the contents of a ship run aground in a storm - an act for which British law proscribes death by hanging. Ross is brought to trial for his involvement, and, despite their stormy marriage, Demelza tries to rally support for her husband, to save him and their family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Loving This Series!

  • By Julie B on 07-22-15

A bit of suspense and romance

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

Reviewed: 11-14-16

What made the experience of listening to Jeremy Poldark the most enjoyable?

So many characters that I have come to know over the past few books have made them all enjoyable. The court scene had me by the edge of my seat. I loved Judd's statement during the trial.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I still like Ross and Demelza. I also enjoyed Judd's reappearing.

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

I think he does a great job.

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

Hmm, that is a hard one. I would think maybe the elderly aunt...

  • Demelza

  • A Novel of Cornwall, 1788-1790
  • By: Winston Graham
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,175
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,064
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,065

An impoverished miner's daughter, Demelza Carne is now married to Ross Poldark, who once rescued her from a fairground brawl. Her efforts to adapt to the ways of the gentry - and her husband - place her in hilarious and embarrassing situations, through which she becomes self-assured, mannered, and lovely, and the birth of her first child brings a joy she never experienced before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THE POLDARK SAGA...CONTINUED...

  • By Janna Wong Healy on 09-11-15

I am now a Poldark Fan for sure.

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

Reviewed: 11-14-16

What did you love best about Demelza?

She has such a happy zest for life, even though her early years brought such heartache.
Demelza's innocent and honest personality.

What did you like best about this story?

The family they have become. Judd and Prudy are brought to life with such humor. I feel like I am in the same room with them.

Which scene was your favorite?

Hmm, not sure.

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

I almost did. Had lots of driving to do, and then listened while I was making supper and folding laundry. Didn't want it to end.

  • Ross Poldark

  • A Novel of Cornwall, 1783-1787
  • By: Winston Graham
  • Narrated by: Oliver Hembrough
  • Length: 14 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,913
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,719
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,722

Ross Poldark returns to Cornwall from war, looking forward to a joyful homecoming with his family and his beloved Elizabeth. But instead, he discovers that his father has died, his home is overrun by livestock and drunken servants, and Elizabeth, having believed Ross dead, is now engaged to his cousin. Ross must start over, building a completely new path for his life, one that takes him in exciting and unexpected directions....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hats off to the Screenwriters and Actors

  • By Donna Miller on 07-05-15

Slow start, but now I am a fan!

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

Reviewed: 11-14-16

If you could sum up Ross Poldark in three words, what would they be?

Somewhat mysterious. So far he is a true hero and a man of integrity. I hope he doesn't let me down.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Ross Poldark?

marrying Demelza, not so much that he felt obligated, but that he wanted to.

What about Oliver Hembrough’s performance did you like?

Did a great job overall

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

Just thoroughly enjoyed it. Didn't want it to end before I could download the second in the series.

  • Sully

  • My Search for What Really Matters
  • By: Chesley B. Sullenberger, Jeffrey Zaslow
  • Narrated by: Michael McConnohie, Chesley B. Sullenberger
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 557
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 508
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 507

On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed a remarkable emergency landing when Captain "Sully" Sullenberger skillfully glided US Airways flight 1549 onto the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 passengers and crew. His cool actions not only averted tragedy but made him a hero and an inspiration worldwide. His story is now a major motion picture from director/producer Clint Eastwood and starring Tom Hanks, Laura Linney, and Aaron Eckhart.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring biography--but incomplete

  • By Kathi on 09-24-16

Loved the move, listening a bit dull.

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

Reviewed: 10-14-16

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I watched the movie and feel the story itself is very moving. Listening to the story was a bit like being in a board meeting listening to someone read minutes from a meeting. I felt liked it lacked emotion.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Not sure, probably Sully, as that is who the story is about.

Have you listened to any of Michael McConnohie and Chesley B. Sullenberger ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I haven't

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  • Two by Two

  • By: Nicholas Sparks
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 14 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,996
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,000
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,988

At 32 Russell Green has it all: a stunning wife, a lovable six-year-old daughter, a successful career as an advertising executive, and an expansive home in Charlotte. He is living the dream, and his marriage to the bewitching Vivian is the center of that. But underneath the shiny surface of this perfect existence, fault lines are beginning to appear, and no one is more surprised than Russ when he finds every aspect of the life he took for granted turned upside down.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I Am Stunned At The Good Reviews!

  • By Wendi on 10-17-16

I stopped listening after 4 hours

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

Reviewed: 10-14-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I did not continue the story. I kept thinking it would get better and another hour would go by and I realized it was the same depressing story. I think after the first hour it was obvious the husband was being treated poorly by his wife. After another 3 hours of listening to Vivian diss Russ, it just got old. I gave it another 1/2 hour and when the old girlfriend surfaced, decided I knew where the story was going and stopped listening.

What was most disappointing about Nicholas Sparks’s story?

Like I said, I only made it through the first 4 hours or so, and although I really tried to like it, I just thought it was boring and depressing.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Two by Two?

Hour 2-4 of listening.

Any additional comments?

Disappointed.

  • Flowers from the Storm

  • By: Laura Kinsale
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Boulton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,495
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,332
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,336

He's a duke. He's a mathematical genius. He can't talk and he's locked in a lunatic asylum. Only a modest Quaker girl can reach him, but when she helps him to escape, she's swept into his glittering aristocratic world, her life torn apart by his desperate attempt to save himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ~COMPELLING!!~ Love This Author! Love This Book!

  • By 🇺🇸🌸DARA on 10-01-13

A nice listen for a long drive

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

Reviewed: 10-14-16

Where does Flowers from the Storm rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

About in the middle. I think the story could have been shortened by a couple of hours. Seemed to drag a bit in the beginning.

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

I have not listened, but I think he was a good reader

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

Maybe a bit frustrated by Maddy. I am not an expert on Quaker theology, but I think she would have taken the vows more seriously. It seemed marriage was presented as almost a drudgery, yet she had such a close relationship with her father, I find it a bit doubtful that she would not have felt it her duty to be a wife.

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  • The Girl on the Cliff

  • By: Lucinda Riley
  • Narrated by: Gerri Halligan
  • Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 826
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 755
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 754

Troubled by recent loss, Grania Ryan has returned to Ireland and the arms of her loving family. It is here, on a cliff edge, that she first meets a young girl, Aurora. Strangely drawn to Aurora, Grania discovers that their families are deeply entwined. From a bittersweet romance in wartime London to a troubled relationship in contemporary New York, the Ryans and the Lisles have been entangled for a century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sweeping Family Drama Beyond my Expectations

  • By DHackney on 12-30-12

Enjoyed, although some of story was predictable

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

Reviewed: 09-05-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, was a good read. Seeing people being able to get beyond past hurts is always encouraging.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Girl on the Cliff?

Not really.

What about Gerri Halligan’s performance did you like?

Yes, liked going back into the past.

Who was the most memorable character of The Girl on the Cliff and why?

Narrator was overall pretty good.

Any additional comments?

There was a lot of predictability..with Charlie, that was quite obvious. I would have liked to have known the issue between the two main characters earlier in the book. Matt was being portrayed as such a nice guy, and I couldn't imagine what he could have done to make Grania leave after such a long relationship with him.Even with finding out what made Grania leave, it seemed unreasonable. Also, Spent most of the book wondering which one was being unreasonable. I also think with Matt's psych background, he would have gone to her and seen what Charlie was trying to pull. It was also obvious that Aurora's dad was ill..maybe I picked up on that because I am a nurse...

  • The Light Between Oceans

  • A Novel
  • By: M. L. Stedman
  • Narrated by: Noah Taylor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,576
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,772
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,734

In 1918, after four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia to take a job as the lighthouse keeper on remote Janus Rock. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes only four times a year and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Three years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel is tending the grave of her newly lost infant when she hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up on shore carrying a dead man and a living baby.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story.....terrible narrator.

  • By Sandra on 08-14-12

Intense story that was hard to stop listening to

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

Reviewed: 08-26-16

Where does The Light Between Oceans rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Well, I tend to compare everything to Outlander, but it does rank high. I am sure I will see the movie. I have recommended this book to friends.

What did you like best about this story?

The intensity of the emotion the characters had in the story. The struggle with wanting to make things right after finding out the truth.

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

yes, but not able to. Found myself taking the long way home so I could listen while driving.

  • When Breath Becomes Air

  • By: Paul Kalanithi, Abraham Verghese - foreword
  • Narrated by: Sunil Malhotra, Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,621
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,485
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,431

At the age of 36, on the verge of completing a decade's worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Inspirational yet Existential Crisis Inducing

  • By Celia on 05-31-16

Thought provoking.

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

Reviewed: 08-18-16

Would you listen to When Breath Becomes Air again? Why?

No. It was a very good story, but sad. I rarely listen to a book twice.

What did you like best about this story?

The honesty. The struggle the author had with figuring out how to live life with such a horrible diagnosis.

Which scene was your favorite?

When he wanted to hold his baby at the end.

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

Not sure?

Any additional comments?

The oncologist seemed to be very instrumental in helping the author with making decisions about his life, while he was struggling with what to do with his limited time.