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Dave

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  • Dixie Divas: Dixie Divas Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Virginia Brown
    • Narrated By Karen Commins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (283)
    Performance
    (241)
    Story
    (241)

    Eureka "Trinket" Truevine, the newest Diva, gets more than she bargained for when she finds her best Diva girlfriend Bitty Hollandale's ex-husband in Bitty's hall closet. He's dead. Very dead. Now Trinket and the Divas have to help Bitty finger the murderer and clear her name.

    Maggie says: "Easy Read- Good Plot"
    "Good Story Line - Narrator is horrible"
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    The story line is good - but the narrator is depressing and horrible. I would pass on it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ladies of the Lake

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Haywood Smith
    • Narrated By Cynthia Darlow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (44)

    Sisters Dahlia, Iris, Violet, and Rose - all with grown children of their own - have a complicated relationship, so when their grandmother's will requires them to spend the whole summer - without friends or family - "camping in" at her run-down lodge on re mote Lake Clare in order to inherit the valuable land, old rivalries and new understanding emerge, with plenty of laughs along the way.

    Patricia says: "Dr. Phil and Oprah has a kid."
    "Haywood Smith Scores a Winner with this Book!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Ladies of the Lake to be better than the print version?

    Cynthia Darlow does yet another excellent job in capturing your attention with her interpretation of the characters in this book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The dead bodies in the dancing Santa bags.


    What about Cynthia Darlow’s performance did you like?

    Enjoyed her voice as Sissy


    Who was the most memorable character of Ladies of the Lake and why?

    Sissy, she was such a sassy character and as the story line progressed you change your attitude and perception of her.


    Any additional comments?

    Write a sequel!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Welcome to the World, Baby Girl

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Fannie Flagg
    • Narrated By Fannie Flagg
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    Welcome to the World, Baby Girl! is the funny, serious, and compelling new novel by Fannie Flagg, author of the beloved Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe (and prize-winning co-writer of the classic movie). Once again, Flagg's humor and respect and affection for her characters shine forth. Many inhabit small-town or suburban America. But this time, her heroine is urban: a brainy, beautiful, and ambitious rising star of 1970s television. Dena Nordstrom, pride of the network, is a woman whose future is full of promise, her present rich with complications, and her past marked by mystery.

    Karen says: "ABRIDGED? You must be kidding!"
    "Fannie Flagg Scores Weaves Her Story Magic Again"
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    What did you love best about Welcome to the World, Baby Girl?

    The story line. Fannie Flagg has a great why of weaving you through a story, and just when you think you know the story line it takes a sudden twist which grips you even further.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Norma - she was so pure and simple


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The sewer pipe and flood.


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

    It made me reflect on my own life which had similar situations.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Queen Bee of Mimosa Branch

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Haywood Smith
    • Narrated By Anne Gartlan
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (21)

    Southern housewife Linwood Breedlove Scott was happily content in her comfortable 30-year marriage, but when her husband cleans out their bank accounts and runs off with a stripper, her life takes a hilarious, yet touching, right turn into reality. With no place to go but home, she's forced back to her eccentric family she escaped by marrying at 19. But despite her newly dependent situation, Lin begins to stand on her own two feet and wake up to the joys - and perils - of life as a single woman.

    Dave says: "Haywood Smith is royal with this book!"
    "Haywood Smith is royal with this book!"
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    If you could sum up Queen Bee of Mimosa Branch in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, Sincere, Reflective


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Queen Bee of Mimosa Branch?

    Eating Brownies and Drinking Champagne!


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

    no - but she was great in this book!


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

    Small town life will never be the same again when this bee flys into town!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Waking Up in Dixie: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Haywood Smith
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (34)

    When Elizabeth Mooney escaped the shame of her "white trash" family to marry the crown prince of her small town, Howell Whittington, she never dreamed that 30 years later she'd end up trapped in a loveless marriage to the cruel banker who's foreclosing on all her friends. Then Howe has a stroke in church, and when he wakes up, he's transformed. He wants to be a real husband - which scares proper, repressed Elizabeth to death - and sets out to right past wrongs....

    Andra says: "Great story!"
    "A Great Haywood Smith Book"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Waking Up in Dixie to be better than the print version?

    Yes - Laurel Merlington makes the main character come to life. The other characters are great too! Excellent performance!!!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Waking Up in Dixie?

    Mama getting an earful from her son! Emily Post would have turned red.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Mama getting an earful from her son! Emily Post would have turned red.


    If you could rename Waking Up in Dixie, what would you call it?

    Until Death Do Us Part...Maybe


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wedding Belles

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Haywood Smith
    • Narrated By Cynthia Darlow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    Georgia, Linda, Diane, Teeny, and Pru have been best friends since high school, and never have they needed one another more. Georgia's precious 28-year-old daughter, Callie, has gone and gotten engaged. Usually this would be cause for celebration. But Callie's intended groom just happens to be a man they went to high-school and college with: Wild Man Wade!

    luvs2write2 says: "Charming, witty and fun!"
    "Buckhead Ladies on a roll again!"
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    Would you listen to Wedding Belles again? Why?

    Yes - just a comical story of crazy women in Buckhead.


    What other book might you compare Wedding Belles to and why?

    Summer Rental by Mary Kay Andrews


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The confrontation of the ex-wife with the future mother of the bride.


    If you could take any character from Wedding Belles out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Diane


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Still Dream About You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Fannie Flagg
    • Narrated By Fannie Flagg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (398)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (141)

    Meet Maggie Fortenberry, a still beautiful former Miss Alabama. To others, Maggie’s life seems practically perfect - she’s lovely, charming, and a successful real estate agent at Red Mountain Realty. Still, Maggie can’t help but wonder how she wound up in her present condition....

    J. S. says: "Another Winner . ."
    "The Magic City comes to Life Again!"
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    What made the experience of listening to I Still Dream About You the most enjoyable?

    I work in downtown Birmingham - Fannie Flagg allows me to travel back in time and visualize where I work the way it used to be.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of I Still Dream About You?

    The truth about the mystery in the attic


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

    That great southern accent and ability to make you believe that the main character is reading the book to you.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES!


    Any additional comments?

    Fannie Flagg needs to get this made into a movie just like FGT at WSC!!!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Summer Rental

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Mary Kay Andrews
    • Narrated By Isabel Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (456)
    Performance
    (336)
    Story
    (334)

    Ellis, Julia, and Dorie. Best friends since Catholic grade school, they now find themselves, in their mid-thirties, at the crossroads of life and love. Ellis, recently fired from a job she gave everything to, is rudderless and now beginning to question the choices she's made over the past decade of her life. Julia—whose caustic wit covers up her wounds—has a man who loves her and is offering her the world, but she can't hide from how deeply insecure she feels about her looks, her brains, her life.

    Sharon says: "Perfect fun summer reading!"
    "Great Story About Lifelong Friendships"
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    Would you listen to Summer Rental again? Why?

    Yes - it allows you to escape and relax as if you were actually in the story.


    What other book might you compare Summer Rental to and why?

    Savannah Breeze - by the same author - another great MKA must read!


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

    Yes - just as good


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

    Surf, Sand, and Mayhem make you want to check into this Summer Rental


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hissy Fit

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Mary Kay Andrews
    • Narrated By Isabel Keating
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (56)

    Keeley Murdock's wedding to A.J. Jernigan should have been the social event of the season. But when she catches her fiance doing the deed with her maid of honor at the country club rehearsal dinner, all bets are off. And so is the wedding. Keeley pitches the hissy fit of the century, earning herself instant notoriety in the small town of Madison, Georgia.

    Taunya says: "Good story, but a Southern narrator is better"
    "Great MKA story - Hissy Fit for me Yes!"
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    Again, this is another great story by Mary Kay Andrews, but this audiobook was a disappointment. First, I would recommend the audiobook if you want an abridged version to a MKA story - you will not be disappointed.

    However, if you are like me and enjoy the back story to the typical MKA book then you are going to want to throw a hissy fit on this one. I REALLY wished that you were offered to buy the abridged or unabridged version of these books. If that is not feasible then MKA books really need to be unabridged. The back story provides so much information.

    Isabel Keating who narrates a majority of the MKA books usually is great in bringing the story to life. However, this reading left me exhausted because it seemed to be read rapidly and over emotional.

    My review seems to be negative, and that is not what I am trying to be, but I am now buying the book version and having to read it to answer a lot of my questions about the characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Spring Fever

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Mary Kay Andrews
    • Narrated By Kathleen McInerney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (338)
    Performance
    (298)
    Story
    (300)

    Annajane Hudgens truly believes she is over her ex-husband, Mason Bayless. They’ve been divorced for four years, she’s engaged to a new, terrific guy, and she’s ready to leave the small town where she and Mason had so much history. She is so over Mason that she has absolutely no problem attending his wedding to the beautiful, intelligent, delightful Celia. But when fate intervenes and the wedding is called to a halt as the bride is literally walking down the aisle, Annajane begins to realize that maybe she’s been given a second chance.

    Sharon says: "Still funny, interesting characters, laughs"
    "Best MKA book I have listened to yet!"
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    Mary Kay Andrews has really created a great book in Spring Fever. The characters in this book come to life in the audio version. Kathleen McInerney's reading of the book allows your mind to drift right into Pacoe! North Carolina. I hated for this book to end. Without a doubt the character of Pokie added the greatest humor in the book. I would love for Mary Kay Andrews to do a follow-up book like Savannah Breeze did to Savannah Blues. I cannot wait until 2013 for her next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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