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Thomas Swennes

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  • Both Sides Now

  • By: Shawn Inmon, Dawn Inmon
  • Narrated by: Elinor Bell
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

Every love story has two sides. Just as she was flowering into her teens, life uprooted Dawn from the tanned crowds and sunny beaches of southern California. It transplanted her into rainy, rural Washington, where she strove to adjust, mature and thrive. Love came to Dawn - and was ripped from her by events and manipulations she could not control. But Dawn had a core of steel. An emotional castaway, she battled grimly through life's trials and sorrows, safeguarding her heart against further ravages.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great love story of a life time!

  • By S. Leonhardt on 06-17-15

Some stories have the ability to change the world.

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

Reviewed: 11-12-16

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

Yes. It is the story most people have lived, in one way or another. Young love and first loves are never really forgotten and just a lucky chosen few can go back in time and do it right.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Shaun. Although the names, dates, places, and outcome aren't exactly the same, it could have been my story.

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

No.

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

I can't say that I had an extreme reaction but rather that a feeling of familiarity settled around me. It took me back fifty years, to another time and another place. The music raised nostalgic memories I had almost forgotten. It gave me peace and happiness to know that someone could break the barrier of time and go back to where they have always belonged.

Any additional comments?

I don't think that my comments and reaction to both of the books in this series is unique. I can well imagine that countless teenagers have wrestled with the hormone-induced agony and pure joy of a first real love. Like so many, the love is true but the timing is completely wrong. This book may not help young people in their turmoil of feelings and emotions, but it will show them that they are not alone; and for some, there is a way to happily ever after.

  • Birdsongs

  • By: Jason Deas
  • Narrated by: Nick Sarando
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 62

Birdsongs is a fast-paced mystery centered on former FBI agent, Benny James. Fired from the FBI for inadvertently sleeping with the perp in a murder case, he tries to disappear to a houseboat and retirement. Not having what it takes to relax, Benny starts a service offering discreet investigations. That is until a body is found crucified near his marina. The local police department requests Benny's help and he knows if he can catch the killer, redemption is his.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mayberry revisited

  • By Thomas Swennes on 04-20-16

Mayberry revisited

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

Reviewed: 04-20-16

Would you listen to Birdsongs again? Why?

Yes, the vocal characterizations are just great.

What other book might you compare Birdsongs to and why?

This story is an odd combination of many different books and styles.

Which scene was your favorite?

Anything concerning Red Jasper.

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

Not particularly as the whole story is moving.

Any additional comments?

I am adding my review for Goodreads:

Tilley, Georgia is a quiet hamlet where all the inhabitants know everyone and everything that goes on, not only in Tilley but the all of Gladdis County; not that much ever happens. That is until a murder victim, Ryan Mableton, is found crucified in a house under construction. The location isn’t really surprising as Ryan worked as a construction worker. Shortly after the discovery, another body, that of Danny Hill is found. He is also posed, although not in the same position. With this second discovery, it looks like a serial killer was working in Tilley. One homicide is a rarity, two have never previously happened. Needless to say, Tilley was soon in utter consternation and a paranoiac frenzy.
Forty-eight-year-old Benny James is an ex-FBI agent and currently the only employee of James Investigations. Being the only one in Tilley or Gladdis County with enough experience in this situation, he is soon attached to the case.

Originally I thought this story was going to be a crime story like were very popular in the 40’s and 50’s as it is packed full with colorful metaphors and similes. This impression is changed when cell phones and computers are introduced, making it sixty or seventy years later. The reader is introduced to a cacophony of colorful characters that are bound to either bring a smile to their lips or a chill down their spine. The short chapters move the stories (as it is, in fact, many stories gyrating around the murders) read easily and keep the reader interested. It is like Mayberry revisited with serious killers on the loose. *

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  • Pawnbroker

  • By: Jerry Hatchett
  • Narrated by: Jay Wohlert
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 57

Would you give killers what they want to get them to leave you and your family alone? Gray Bolton might, if he knew what it was. His life as a pawnbroker in a Mississippi town is good. He has a beautiful family and the future looks bright. Then he kills an armed robber and discovers that he was anything but a common criminal. Trouble cascades upon Bolton from the police, from home, and from unknown parties who may be the most vicious of all. They all appear to be after the same thing and they will all do anything to get it. Unfortunately, Bolton has no idea what that thing is.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An interesting convergence of characters

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-03-14

Move over James Patterson there's a new number one

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

Reviewed: 05-04-15

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

Yes. It is a relaxed way to read.

What other book might you compare Pawnbroker to and why?

Many James Patterson stories have the same format.

Which character – as performed by Jay Wohlert – was your favorite?

A toss up between Ray Earl and Rocky.

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

I can't think of one.

Any additional comments?

None