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Patrice W. Parrish

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The Worst

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

Reviewed: 04-06-19

The book started out well but quickly became awful. I was so hoping for crazy twists like the saccharine sweet boyfriend would turn psycho but that never happened. Extremely eye rolling predictable and boring. Save yourself a credit. I returned the book.

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A 10 star book

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

Reviewed: 09-22-18

The Nightingale is without a doubt the best book I have read or listened to this year, hands down. After finishing the book I immediately began listening to it a 2nd time. After completing the 2nd listen I waited nearly a month before listening to another book. This is a story about all the different forms love can take across a background of Nazi occupied France during WW2. This book will not be for everyone; but if you are interested in a description of WW2 that does not include invasions, generals and armies and are interested in strong women and how they cope under adversity then you might like this. Due to the nature of the period, though, there are many heart wrenching accounts. The ending is what propelled me to immediately re-listen. The narrator was perfect. In fact everything was perfect. If there were 10 stars I'd give it 10.

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Terrific!

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

Reviewed: 03-15-18

This is the best of the 3 published so far! I can’t wait for Lethal Weapon to follow Robin and Cormoran’s relationship.

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The best so far!

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

Reviewed: 09-19-17

Margaret Pole. I have loved her character as Philippa Gregory brings her to life in the previous book and then devotes this book to her. She is a remarkable character set against the frightening history of the period. Best book in the series so far, in fact I am going to listen to it again.

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The best one

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

Reviewed: 07-23-17

This is a fabulous series and this last book the best one yet. I love how the author teaches us so much period history in the middle of
a marvelous mystery. I can't wait for the next one!

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not the same Hiaasen

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

Reviewed: 09-24-16

I have read all Hiaasen's books and absolutely loved them all. When this one came along I couldn't wait. It did start off classic Hiaasen totally wonderful. However, it just got ridiculous, like literary slapstick. Though others may like it, I'm not a slapstick type person and couldn't finish. Narrator was fine, it was the story that fell. What a disappointment.

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Fascinating

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-14-16

I live near Western NC so their descriptions of carving a life out of a wilderness was amazing to me. There were so many parts of this story that I loved. Lord John Gray and Brianna, Ian leaving to be a Mohawk brought tears to my eyes, especially his letter to Jamie and Claire. There were parts of this story, though, that had me tearing my hair out. Maybe a better title for the book should be COMMUNICATE! So many misunderstandings and awful things happened due to lack of communication. I was very frustrated with this but figured Diana Gabaldon knew what she was doing. I love listening to the story, because it makes me stay with it. If I were reading the book, I would be skimming and going forward to see how everything resolves and in doing that would miss so much of her incredible detail. Voyager remains my favorite after Outlander but I did love this book!

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The Best

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

Reviewed: 01-23-16

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

So far, I have listened to all the Outlander series books rather than read them. For me, I think this is best. The author goes into a great deal of detail and if i were using an actual book, I might skip or skim which would be terrible; I'd miss so much!

What other book might you compare Voyager to and why?

I like Dragonfly in Amber, but this book, Voyager, I think is as good if not better than Outlander especially the West Indies section. She sure does know how to totally surprise a reader! And as always, the ending!

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I did not want this to end!

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

Reviewed: 07-13-15

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

So far this one is the best. Though it is nonfiction book detailing the western migration, it is, also,the story of two brothers and their own personal history. Truly everyone has a story! I really did not know much about the Oregon Trail beyond my 4th grade American history. The author wove his trip with his brother and the OT history into an incredibly entertaining book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I love the differences the author described between he and his brother. To me there was not a favorite character. They each brought so much to the trip. I loved that Olive Oil, the dog, was along for the trip and loved the descriptions of the mule team.

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

This book is fabulous as an audio book. The author did a masterful job imitating the conversations he had with his brother which, often, were laugh out loud moments. Listening to how both Nick and Rinker talked to the mule team to get them calm or to get moving was conveyed so well. I often felt I was their along for the ride listening to this book. To me, it was a wonderful audio book.

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

I worried about what they would do with the mules once the trip was completed. I began worrying about that way before they got to Oregon. It was so obvious how much they loved the mules and after such an arduous trip, together, I couldn't imagine what they would do with them once the trip ended. I was incredibly moved by the couple they met serendipitously on the trail buying them. The last description of Rinker with Jake was tender.

Any additional comments?

The last chapter which is a conversation between Rinker and Nick reminiscing about the journey was a perfect way to end the book!