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Maria

Oscoda, MI, United States

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  • The Pub Across the Pond

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Mary Carter
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (53)

    Carlene Rivers is many things. Dutiful, reliable, kind. Lucky? Not so much. At 30, she’s living a stifling existence in Cleveland, Ohio. Then one day, Carlene buys a raffle ticket. The prize: a pub on the west coast of Ireland. Carlene is stunned when she wins. Everyone else is stunned when she actually goes. As soon as she arrives in Ballybeog, Carlene is smitten, not just by the town’s beguiling mix of ancient and modern but by the welcome she receives.

    Kathy says: "a romance read, disappointing for me."
    "Ugh! I couldn't get through it. Bad writing!"
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    I love all novels, of every genre. This story line and plot seemed so interesting! Right up my alley. But I could not get through it. I made it maybe 25 minutes in, and I had to stop. Clearly the author is a great storyteller, but not a great writer. Every line is, "he said" "she said" "he said" "she said" "Ronan said" "Sarah said" "Katie said" "Declan said" -- it not only gets exhausting, but it completely takes away from the story line and frustrates me. At one point while listening, after hearing the 15th "said" right in a row, I had to stop it. How about "he answered" or "she declared" or "Sarah insisted" or whatever? It was a huge hiccup and distraction, and I just could not get past it. Maybe it's not so glaring in the print version, but in audio it just made me want to scream. Too bad, because it sounded like a very cool story line. But after spending $17 on this, I'm moving on.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5128)
    Performance
    (2911)
    Story
    (2950)

    Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

    avid reader says: "Hours of enjoyable, fun listening"
    "An amazing story with a brilliant narrator!"
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    I love, love, loved this novel. I also loved the narrator. In fact, I adored Caroline Lee so much after these three novels that I was disappointed to find that she hasn't narrated anything else. I really enjoyed the fairy-tale theme woven throughout the book. It was wonderfully engaging.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Most Unsuitable Match

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephanie Grace Whitson
    • Narrated By Kate Forbes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (11)

    A multiple Christy Award finalist, best-selling author Stephanie Grace Whitson is acclaimed for her novels of the American frontier. In this soul-stirring tale, an unlikely attraction occurs between two passengers on a steamboat heading up the Missouri River. The Reverend Samuel Beck is on a mission to evangelize the rough-hewn settlers in the wilds of Montana, while the well-to-do Miss Fannie Rousseau is determined to solve a mystery that surfaced after her mother’s death. With little in common, they wonder if their paths will ever cross again.

    Maria says: "Loved it!!!"
    "Loved it!!!"
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    This was a very entertaining novel. The only downside is that it was too short. I would've liked to have more. Highly recommend for a clean, wholesome love story!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rose Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1619)
    Performance
    (1415)
    Story
    (1441)

    Acclaimed author Susanna Kearsley's previous works have won the RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice Award, and finaled for both the UK Romantic Novel of the Year and the RITA awards.

    Eva Ward is a modern woman thrown back three centuries to 1715 - only to find that might be exactly where she belongs. There, she finds true love with Daniel Butler, but the discord surrounding Hanoverian King George plunges the lovers into a world of intrigue, treason, and romance.

    Angel Claire says: "Amazing story."
    "Loved the story! Disliked the narrator."
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    This novel was highly entertaining and very gripping. I finished it all in one weekend. I could not turn it off. Problem was, the narrator wasn't so great. She read too fast, and barely paused. It was distracting and took away from the story. I had just listened to a novel read by the brilliant Caroline Lee, so the difference was like night and day. Still, the author was talented enough to keep me listening. I can't wait for more from Susanna Kearsley!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Winter Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2747)
    Performance
    (2308)
    Story
    (2313)

    History has all but forgotten.... In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown. Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next best-selling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write. But then she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction....

    Martha says: "Get Out Your Hankies"
    "I thought it was absolutely brilliant!"
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    I have to say, I LOVED the narrator. Much better than the other gal who read Susanna Kearsley's other novel. Her ability to go from an English to an American to a Scottish accent was flawless. The story was gripping, and I stayed up all hours of the night trying to finish this. The ending was so satisfying, even if you could see it coming a mile away. I truly enjoyed this book. The genealogy in it was fun, and the history was rich and entertaining. I'm sure the author is frustrated that she's compared to Diana Gabaldon. Is every legal thriller compared to John Grisham? I found they were two different stories enjoyed for two very different reasons. I can't wait for more. Well done to both author and narrator!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The House at Riverton

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2599)
    Performance
    (1677)
    Story
    (1673)

    Summer 1924: On the eve of a glittering Society party, by the lake of a grand English country house, a young poet takes his life. The only witnesses, sisters Hannah and Emmeline Hartford, will never speak to each other again....Winter 1999: Grace Bradley, 98, one-time housemaid of Riverton Manor, is visited by a young director making a film about the poet's suicide. Ghosts awaken, and memories, long consigned to the dark reaches of Grace's mind, begin to sneak back through the cracks.

    Cathy says: "superbly written mystery"
    "I loved this book!"
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    It was a beautiful, haunting story, and one I couldn't stop listening to -- the very end just about made me cry. I loved it, and absolutely recommend. It's long, but worth it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The American Heiress: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Daisy Goodwin
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (486)
    Performance
    (356)
    Story
    (358)

    Be careful what you wish for. Traveling abroad with her mother at the turn of the 20th century to seek a titled husband, beautiful, vivacious Cora Cash, whose family mansion in Newport dwarfs the Vanderbilts’, suddenly finds herself Duchess of Wareham, married to Ivo, the most eligible bachelor in England. Nothing is quite as it seems, however: Ivo is withdrawn and secretive, and the English social scene is full of traps and betrayals.

    Maria says: "I loved this book!"
    "I loved this book!"
    Overall

    Books like this come along only once in a very rare while. I loved it! If you're a fan of Jane Austen or Edith Wharton, you'll enjoy it immensely. I judge a book by how badly I want to get back to it and keep listening, and I finished this one in two days. The characters are well-developed, and the narrative beautifully written. The descriptions of the wealth and opulence of the gilded age were breathtaking -- as a female, I really enjoyed the detail about the clothing and manners and protocol. I found myself smiling so many times at the author's use of words, or the impeccable way her characters speak. As one who loves words, I found myself really appreciating how well the use of them flowed perfectly with the desired effect of grandeur and eloquence. Although unlike some gilded age novels, the flowery, descriptive language only added to the plot of the book rather than distracting from it. I fell in love with Cora, as well as all of the other characters -- even the ones I secretly didn't like. And the ending was perfect! The narrator was also magnificent as well. Some narrators really have a hard time pulling off the English accent/American accent mix between the characters, but Kellgren does it perfectly. I loved the way each of her characters sounded, and it only added to the complexity of this book. I thought overall it was fantastic and would highly recommend it!

    26 of 26 people found this review helpful

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