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April

Inverness, FL, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Garden Spells

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Sarah Addison Allen
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (956)
    Performance
    (506)
    Story
    (510)

    The Waverleys have always been a curious family, endowed with peculiar gifts that make them outsiders even in their hometown of Bascom, North Carolina. Even their garden has a reputation, famous for its feisty apple tree that bears prophetic fruit, and its edible flowers, imbued with special powers.

    Generations of Waverleys tended this garden. Their history was in the soil. But so were their futures.

    Together again in the house they grew up in, the Waverley sisters realize they must deal with their common legacy - if they are ever to feel at home in Bascom - or with each other.

    Joihelene says: "I so want to give it 5 stars...!!!!"
    "Delightful and different"
    Overall

    I originally listened to this book free through my library account, but I liked it so much, I bought it as a keeper.

    Garden Spells is funny, sad, poignant, and romantic, and there's that apple tree that just fascinated me.

    I predict this author will be hitting the NYT Bestseller list in the near future.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Strategic Moves

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Tony Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (293)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (151)

    Stone Barrington is enjoying his usual dinner at Elaine's when his boss at Woodman & Weld, the law firm where Stone is "of counsel," walks in, sits down, and hands Stone a check for one million dollars. It seems Stone's undercover dealings with MI6 have brought in a big new client for the firm, and they're willing to pay Stone a huge bonus and make him a partner. But almost as soon as he's taken the deal, Stone gets wind of an impending scandal that might torpedo his big promotion.

    Matt says: "Skip it!"
    "Stone appears to be slowing down"
    Overall

    The story was great, the narrator fantastic, and I'd have maxed the stars except that poor Stone appears to have become a little less less interested in women and a lot more interested in airplanes, and there's not enough Dino in the story for me.

    But - it was a great listen, an interesting premise, something I'll definitely listen to again.

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Courting Trouble

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Deeanna Gist
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Best-selling, Christy award-winning author's humorous romance - a 30-year-old single woman who draws up a list of the eligible bachelors in 1890's Texas.

    April says: "Not a Romance by any definition"
    "Not a Romance by any definition"
    Overall

    I can't begin to say how disappointed I was with this book.

    First, I bought it not realizing it was supposed to be a "Christian" romance.

    That was fine, once I realized it. What was not fine was the distinct impression I had that the author had been led by some third party to change the essential plot device in order to fit some unknown set of requirements.

    Third, an opportunity to show redemption and salvation to a nefarious character, it was discarded without enough explanation as to why.

    Fourth - a Romance always has a happy ending. If it doesn't, it isn't a romance.

    The author needs a new editor, I think, or a new publisher.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Grave Surprise

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1141)
    Performance
    (509)
    Story
    (507)

    Twenty-something Harper Connelly has a gift. After being struck by lighting as a child, she discovered an eerie ability to locate the deceased. In Memphis, skeptical Professor Nunley wants her to demonstrate that skill at an ancient cemetery. There, Harper stands atop a grave and says there are two bodies entombed: one centuries old, but the other, a young girl named Tabitha.

    April says: "Amazingly different"
    "Amazingly different"
    Overall

    I loved the narrator, so I disagree with the previous reviewer - but then everyone looks for something different when hearing a story.

    The premise of this story was so odd - but it held me from the beginning. I liked it so much, I went back and downloaded the first one in the series - Grave Sight - and loved that one, too.

    The third book, An Ice Cold Grave, is supposed to be released on September 25th- I sure hope Audible gets it right away.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Laurie Viera Rigler
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    Overall
    (457)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (122)

    After nursing a broken engagement with Jane Austen novels and Absolut, Courtney Stone wakes up and finds herself not in her Los Angeles bedroom, or even in her own body, but inside the bedchamber of a woman in Regency England. Who but an Austen addict like herself could concoct such a fantasy?

    Amazon Customer says: "Delightful"
    "Good Listen!"
    Overall

    This is one of the better "Time Travel" books I've listened to over the years. The imagery is good, descriptions of the things you wonder about but are never told about just how things work were a nice surprise.

    I would have liked to hear a bit more epilogue, and a bit more about the current time characters than was provided, but all in all, this one is worth listening to.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Mary Modern

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Camille DeAngelis
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Mara Demay Lawler, Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Lucy Morrigan, a young genetic researcher, decides to clone her grandmother in this modern, heartwarming twist on Mary Shelley's classic. Lucy lives with her boyfriend, Gray, in her crumbling family mansion and works in the high-tech basement lab she inherited from her father. Frustrated by her unsuccessful attempts to win tenure and bear a child, she takes drastic measures to achieve both. Hoping for a baby, she instead brings to life 22-year-old Mary.

    April says: "Could have been great, but..."
    "Could have been great, but..."
    Overall

    The story idea was marvelous, the characterizations were superb. The descriptions were compelling. The dialogue was such that you wanted to join the conversations. The narration was one of the best I've heard in a long time.

    I truly believe that this book could have made the NYT Bestseller List; if not for a single mistake. Sadly, this book has a fatal flaw that disrupted the flow of the story so markedly that what might have been great was made mediocre.

    The author could not resist political jabs at George Bush. The first time she referred to "Dubya" I was so distracted, I forgot what was happening and had to rewind at a crucial point in the plot.

    By the third time, I found myself wondering more about why her editor would have allowed it than what was going to happen to the characters. I actually turned off my iPod to consider the question at a time when I should have been resisting the urge to fast forward to see what was going to happen next.

    It was such a needless mistake. I can't imagine why she did not use a fictitious name for the Bush character, or why the author, editor, and publisher would all risk alienating more than fifty percent of their audience in order to make a political point. This is, after all, fiction.

    It would have been a simple matter to add five years to the dating - which would allow readers of all political persuasions to insert the evil politico of their choice to become the presidential character.

    If there had only been a few instances, it might not have been so bad, but by the time I hit part two, they had become so frequent, I began watching for them.

    Readers who share the author's political view will be just as distracted from the storyline as those who are diametrically opposed to it, as I can attest.

    I would say that the story is worth reading in spite of the political diatribes built in to it.

    However, be prepared to be distracted.

    19 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • The Thing About Jane Spring

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Sharon Krum
    • Narrated By Pamela Dillman
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (18)

    The thing about Jane Spring is...at 31, she has everything a woman could ask for and seemingly everything a man could long for - great legs, brains, rising star status in the Manhattan D.A.'s office - but she just can't find a man who'll fall madly in love with her. Men are always asking her out, but for some reason no one wants a second date.

    Jody says: "A very silly book"
    "Doris Day - Yay!"
    Overall

    I absolutely loved this book, it made ME want to hit the vintage stores and become Doris myself.

    I ended up staying up half the night to finish listening to it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Man Tamer

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Cindi Myers
    • Narrated By Elenna Stauffer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (10)

    There's not a man Rachel Westover can't tame. Or at least transform from a sloppy, sports-loving, self-absorbed male into the perfect mate. Then she meets Garret Kelly, aka The Wild Man. Talk about a challenge - in a gorgeous package, no less. Can her behavior-modification techniques take on a guy this set in his rumpled and surprisingly irresistible ways? Rachel's hormones, er, ambitions, are jumping at the chance.

    Michele says: "Man Tamer Review"
    "Mediocre"
    Overall

    This book would have been much better without the nasal Aussie accent that made the hero hard to like. Real men don't squeak.

    The story itself was so-so, seems as if the author has recently taken up an interest in Lacrosse. The secondary characters were barely there.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • All Smiles

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Stella Cameron
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    This seductive tale of passion and intrigue takes readers to 7 Mayfair Square, an elegant town house, during the glittering whirl of a London season. Here, with a little help from a most unusual matchmaker, anything is possible, even unlikely love between a nobleman and a confounding parson's daughter.

    Rachelle says: "Horrible"
    "Editor should go back to school"
    Overall

    I have read this book in print form, and it's lovely. The editor cut out everything but the sex scenes, including a half-dozen interesting and endearing characters and most of the personality traits and history of the main characters.

    The narrator made it all much worse, with horrendous accent and inflection.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Marriage at a Price

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Miranda Lee
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (43)

    What did an independent, spirited woman do when her stud farm was deep in debt? Marry for money? Never! Instead, Courtney set off for Sydney in search of a silent business partner.

    April says: "Irritating Accent"
    "Irritating Accent"
    Overall

    The story was fine, not great, but entertaining.

    What was NOT entertaining was the working class Aussie accents assigned to the upper class hero and heroine. It was so irritating that I found it difficult to listen to the story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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