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Holly Jo

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  • This Heart of Mine

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (1152)
    Performance
    (504)
    Story
    (509)

    Molly Somerville knows she has a reputation for trouble. She did give away her $15-million inheritance, but, hey, nobody's perfect. Yes, Molly's happy about almost everything...except her long-term crush on the daredevil quarterback for the Chicago Stars. That awful, gorgeous Kevin Tucker, a man who can't even remember her name! One night, Molly's penchant for running into trouble runs her right into Kevin himself, turning her world upside down.

    Donna A says: "5 stars"
    "I love Molly"
    Overall

    This is not my typical genre but sometimes, you just need an escape... this is one of my favorites! Molly is probably favorite romantic heroines of all time. Honest, cute and sassy!! I've read/listened to several of Phillips books and this was the best of those. The narrator is top notch!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jessica

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (549)
    Performance
    (233)
    Story
    (233)

    Jessica is based on the inspiring true story of a young girl's fight for justice against tremendous odds. A tomboy, Jessica is the pride of her father, as they work together on the struggling family farm. One quiet day, the peace of the bush is devastated by a terrible murder. Only Jessica is able to save the killer from the lynch mob: but will justice prevail in the courts? Nine months later, a baby is born...with Jessica determined to guard the secret of the father's identity.

    Robert says: "Jessica is a hidden gem!"
    "Not a Courtenay Classic"
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    Performance
    Story

    I loved both Power of One and Brother Fish so Jessica was a disappointment. The relationships were underdeveloped, the characters unrealistic, and the story could (should) have been broken up into two books. It is hard to swallow there could be so many evil women out there... in one place... mothers and sisters no less. The only happy moments seemed to pop out of no where and without developing a vested interest in the outcome. Humphrey Bower was, as always, 5 stars! Jessica is 2 stars at best.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Stardust

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2497)
    Performance
    (1021)
    Story
    (1030)

    Tristran Thorn has lost his heart to the hauntingly beautiful Victoria Forester. One crisp October night, as they watch, a star falls from the sky, and Victoria promises to marry Tristran if he'll retrieve the star and bring it back for her. It is this promise that sends Tristran on the most unforgettable adventure of his life.

    Bob says: "Witty and magical"
    "Great performance.... yet again!"
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    Performance
    Story

    I love listening to Gaiman... I wish he could tuck me in and tell me bedtime stories. I enjoyed his performance and the story while not as much as The Graveyard Book which is my favorite of his so far. I couldn't imagine reading his books, however, if they are available on audible with him as the narrator!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Brother Fish

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (1249)
    Performance
    (572)
    Story
    (570)

    From the author of The Power of One comes an inspiring human drama of three lives brought together and changed forever by the extraordinary events of recent history. Inspired by real events, Bryce Courtenay's new novel tells the story of three people from vastly differing backgrounds. All they have in common is a tough beginning in life.

    Prsilla says: "And a Cast of Thousands!"
    "Holy Humphrey Bower!!"
    Overall

    What an amazing narrator!!! I can't say enough about how great he is and the unbelievable feat he accomplished by creating so many disparate and believable charactor voices. Bryce Courtenay is also an incredible writer. Interesting and real characters... intriguing storylines... heartwarming relationships... great dialogue (loved his colloquial speech)... BUT, I think this book would be better read vs. listened to. Courtenay has a habit of saying the same thing in many different ways. It gets tedious and repetitive and I found myself daydreaming while I was listening. Much could have been cut out. That is the only reason for the 4 rating. Otherwise, it would be a resounding 5. I'm going to read The Power of One vs. listen to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The English American

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Alison Larkin
    • Narrated By Alison Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (942)
    Performance
    (301)
    Story
    (305)

    When Pippa Dunn, adopted as an infant and raised terribly British, discovers that her birth parents are from the American South, she finds that "culture clash" has layers of meaning she'd never imagined. Meet The English American, a fabulously funny, deeply poignant debut novel that sprang from Alison Larkin's autobiographical one-woman show of the same name.

    Michael says: "Outstanding"
    "British Chick Lit"
    Overall

    If British Chick Lit is what you are looking for, this is it. Very cute, entertaining, and funny. I really liked the heroine. The narrator was great!! If I were to rate this versus my other favorites like The Help, and Girl with a Dragon Tattoo, I would rate it lower than a 4. BUT, in the world of Chick Lit... this is a 4.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Family Matters

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Rohinton Mistry
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (294)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (76)

    From the author of the highly acclaimed A Fine Balance, comes a brilliantly evocative novel that confirms Mistry's reputation as one of the finest writers of our time. "As close to perfect as a novel can get," raves Booklist.

    JOHN says: "More greatness from Rohinton Mistry"
    "Barely finished it"
    Overall

    I bought this book because of the "unraveling of the family's secrets and surprising revelations from the past" and the great reviews. The so-called secrets were obvious and too quickly revealed. There was no build up to any of the events that happened. I was very disappointed and often times BORED.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17626)
    Performance
    (7548)
    Story
    (7575)

    Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered.

    David says: "irritatingly engrossing"
    "Even better..."
    Overall

    This one was even better than Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. They are both fantastic, however, so get them both... and in order. I can't wait for the 3rd!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22294)
    Performance
    (8968)
    Story
    (9042)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "More than just a crime novel"
    Overall

    One of the best audiobooks I've listened to. Not a big fan of crime fiction but this was smart, interesting, and had flawed but lovable characters. Lots of difficult to remember Swedish names, but stick it out... it's rare I find an audiobook that can capture my attention so much so that I can't wait to get in the car to listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
    • Narrated By Paul Baymer, Susan Duerden, Roselyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3007)
    Performance
    (1191)
    Story
    (1191)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The best book club you’ve never heard of – but will be eager to join, courtesy of a full cast of true characters. January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb....

    Kent says: "MUCH better than I ever expected! Give it a try!"
    "Story is as original as the title"
    Overall

    Loved it! Pleasantly surprised that a book, solely of letters could be so satisfying. I loved every character, every storyline, and every narrator. One of my favorite audiobooks. I'll be giving this book as X-mas gifts!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Graveyard Book

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6021)
    Performance
    (2823)
    Story
    (2839)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Gaiman’s not just an award-winning author, but a narrator who earns rave reviews – and fields requests from other authors to perform their books, too! Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead....

    Guillermo says: "Masterful Fantasy for the Jaded Heart"
    "Pleasantly surprised"
    Overall

    I bought this book because of the rave reviews... not because of the description of the book. It started slowly for me, I almost thought I had made a mistake. Then, it sucked me in. Very cute and original story. The narrator (the author) was brilliant!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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