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Tami B.

Henderson, NV
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  • Squanto: The Life and Legacy of the Patuxet Native Who Saved the Pilgrims of the Mayflower

  • By: Charles River Editors
  • Narrated by: Colin Fluxman
  • Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

While Squanto's name could have meant "the rage of the Manitou" in his native language, there was nothing rageful about this man who, in spite of a lifetime of hardship and mistreatment, nonetheless had the strength of character to help a small group of starving English families survive their first winter in the "New World." At the same time, one of the obstacles in understanding Squanto's life is the fact that almost everything now known about him is based on information recorded by others who had a certain stake in what they wrote.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A more balanced look

  • By Tami B. on 11-19-18

A more balanced look

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

Much more complete and thorough than what you learn in grade school. Even covers some of the controversies surrounding him.

  • Veritas

  • By: Quinn Coleridge
  • Narrated by: Ruby Hankey
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Hester Grayson's own soul is at stake when she works with the dead. Either they cross over to the spirit world in a timely fashion or become hideous wraiths doomed to haunt her for eternity. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Strong start

  • By Tami B. on 11-06-18

Strong start

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

Reviewed: 11-06-18

The writing was great and I loved the characters, I just feel like it changed too drastically in the second half and broke a lot of the promises it had set up in the beginning.

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  • The Coming Storm

  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Michael Lewis
  • Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,746
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,083

Tornadoes, cyclones, tsunamis… Weather can be deadly – especially when it strikes without warning. Millions of Americans could soon find themselves at the mercy of violent weather if the public data behind lifesaving storm alerts gets privatized for personal gain. In his first Audible Original feature, New York Times best-selling author and journalist Michael Lewis delivers hard-hitting research on not-so-random weather data – and how Washington plans to release it. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why you shouldn't ignore the weather forecast

  • By Elisabeth Carey on 09-10-18

Important yet slanted

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

Reviewed: 09-13-18

The data stuff has weight, the politicization and constant jabbing made it less useful. Also the random profanity was unwelcome.

  • The Dream of the Iron Dragon

  • An Alternate History Viking Epic (Saga of the Iron Dragon, Book 1)
  • By: Robert Kroese
  • Narrated by: J. D. Ledford
  • Length: 14 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85

In the 23rd century, humanity has been hunted to the verge of extinction by an alien race. When an exploratory ship accidentally travels back in time to Viking-age Scandinavia, the human race is given a second chance. Pursued by the power-hungry King Harald, the four surviving crew members join a ragtag band of Vikings as they pillage their way across Europe. To save humanity, they must somehow return to the stars. Thus begins a decades-long effort to teach the Vikings to build a craft capable of reaching space - a ship that will come to be known as the Iron Dragon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Huge Kroese fan. I approve.

  • By clayton p michaud on 08-17-18

Great sci-fi/alt hist

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

Reviewed: 08-30-18

There were a few glitches in the recording, some repeated lines in one or two spots, but the guts of the story were strong. Not too slow anywhere, and it really gave you a boots-on-the-ground feel. A solid blend of future tech and Earth analog living.

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  • The Sewing Machine

  • By: Natalie Fergie
  • Narrated by: Angus King, Ruth Urquhart
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 194
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168

It is 1911, and Jean is about to join the mass strike at the Singer factory. For her, nothing will be the same again. Decades later, Connie sews coded moments of her life into a notebook, as her mother did before her. More than 100 years after his grandmother's sewing machine was made, Fred unpicks the secrets of four generations, one stitch at a time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Historical perspective

  • By susan schumacher on 03-06-18

There better be a next book

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

Reviewed: 06-06-18

As an avid pro quilter and seamstress, the title caught my eye. I couldn’t stop listening as the threads of story were woven together so carefully. And then the ending!!! I do hope a next installment is forthcoming as it was an excellent, albeit cliffhanger of an ending.

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  • Every Hidden Thing

  • By: Kenneth Oppel
  • Narrated by: Whitney Dykhouse, Jake Mate
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Somewhere in the Badlands, embedded deep in centuries-buried rock and sand, lies the skeleton of a massive dinosaur, larger than anything the late nineteenth century world has ever seen. Some legends call it the Black Beauty, with its bones as black as ebony, but to seventeen-year-old Samuel Bolt it's the "rex," the king dinosaur that could put him and his struggling, temperamental archaeologist father in the history books if they can just quarry it out.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting take on the Bone Wars

  • By Tami B. on 04-06-18

Interesting take on the Bone Wars

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

Reviewed: 04-06-18

Oppel created some new characters to retell a chapter of American history between rival paleontologists. (See also Michael Crichton's DRAGON TEETH.)

Great story and good narration, but the overdetailed focus on the sex scenes was way too much.

  • Servant of the Crown

  • Crown of Tremontane Series, Book 1
  • By: Melissa McShane
  • Narrated by: Gemma Dawson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

Alison Quinn, Countess of Waxwold, is content with her bookish life - until she's summoned to be a lady-in-waiting to the Queen of Tremontane's mother for six months. Even the prospect of access to the Royal Library doesn't seem enough to make up for her sacrifice, but Alison is prepared to do her service to the Crown. What she's not prepared for is Prince Anthony North, Queen Zara's playboy brother, who's accustomed to getting what he wants - including the Countess of Waxwold.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Could NOT stop listening.

  • By Tami B. on 04-06-18

Could NOT stop listening.

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

Reviewed: 04-06-18

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

Considering I got the second and third book at the library and was on a longer than I wanted to wait list to get this book, YES the audio was better than the print version. It is one of the rare occasions where I had to increase the speed of the narration. The narrator was in no rush to tell the tale (not neccessarily a bad thing) and I could still understand her accent at the 1.25 speed.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I don't have one favorite character. All were well written, and because I don't want to share spoilers, all I will say is their wasn't any fluff in McShane's details. Pay attention because it will be worth it.

What about Gemma Dawson’s performance did you like?

She did a decent job of even the men's voices and I really appreciated that.

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

I was a little upset by a detailed seduction scene, but it was very important for many reasons. Sorry for that little spoiler.

Any additional comments?

I have a complete book hangover, but got so much work done because I just couldn't stop listening. Can't wait to get to the next two books in the series.

  • Just One Wish

  • By: Janette Rallison
  • Narrated by: Heather Masters
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

Seventeen-year-old Annika Truman knows about the power of positive thinking. With a little brother who has cancer, it's all she ever hears about. And in order to help Jeremy, she will go to the ends of the Earth (or at least as far as Hollywood) to help him believe he can survive his upcoming surgery. But Annika's plan to convince Jeremy that a magic genie will grant him any wish throws her a curveball when he unexpectedly wishes that his television idol would visit him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You will cry.....But it will be for a great reason

  • By Tracze on 04-18-17

A cancer story that doesn't grate

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

Reviewed: 02-03-17

If you could sum up Just One Wish in three words, what would they be?

A good book

Who was your favorite character and why?

The writer in the trailer was amusing.

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

No.

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

When Steve did something spoiler-y

Any additional comments?

You should listen to this one, it's good.

  • My Fairly Dangerous Godmother

  • By: Janette Rallison
  • Narrated by: Heather Masters
  • Length: 13 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

Some people bomb auditions. Sadie Ramirez throws up during her tryouts on TV show America's Top Talent. Her performance is so bad, it earns her a fairy godmother through the Magical Alliance's Pitiful Damsel Outreach Program. Enter Chrysanthemum Everstar: a gum-chewing, cell-phone-carrying, high-heel-wearing fairy godmother in training.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cute

  • By Farrell on 01-03-17

Great story

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

Reviewed: 02-03-17

Where does My Fairly Dangerous Godmother rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I've listened to a lot of audiobooks. It was pretty good.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Donovan was a believable love interest.

Which character – as performed by Heather Masters – was your favorite?

Donovan.

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

When Donovan did something spoiler-y.

Any additional comments?

Great story. I didn't really get into it until the first act was over, but once all the pieces were on the table and the real conflict was revealed, it got a lot more interesting. The resolution was a lot of fun too--neat and tidy, but not unduly so.

  • The Creeping Shadow

  • Lockwood & Co., Book 4
  • By: Jonathan Stroud
  • Narrated by: Emily Bevan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 682
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 638
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 630

After leaving Lockwood & Co. at the end of The Hollow Boy, Lucy is a freelance operative hiring herself out to agencies that value her ever-improving skills. One day she is pleasantly surprised by a visit from Lockwood, who tells her he needs a good Listener for a tough assignment. Penelope Fittes, the leader of the giant Fittes Agency, wants them - and only them - to locate and remove the Source for the legendary Brixton Cannibal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Spooky Stars for The Creeping Shadow!!

  • By Kathy @ My Nook, Books & More on 10-29-16

Stroud's got more!

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

Reviewed: 09-19-16

Did not see that ending coming. I thought the bombshell at the end of the third book was big. Nope! The whole story was very well-woven, but that ending makes me want the next one before another year goes by. If I say anymore, I'll give away spoilers.

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