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  • A Civil Contract

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Phyllida Nash
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (319)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (146)

    Set in the Regency period, this is a classic tale of misunderstood love and an arranged marriage.

    Janet says: "Excellent Narration"
    "A delicious read"
    Overall

    This was my first Georgette Heyer book, and I now have all of her 'audible listed' books in my wishlist or my shopping cart. Her style of writing is very slice of life. She develops characters with character. Without being preachy, she definitely supports making morally sound decisions.
    I once had an instructor who said American writers oversimplified peoples lives by not allowing their characters to have complex and sophisticated relationships. His point was that American Writers didn't write about affairs, and people making sexually immoral choices.
    Being moral is not simple, and Being unfaithful isn't 'sophisticated'. Georgette Heyer, although British seems to make my case.
    One of the things I appreciated about this book is that it shows how complex characters can be without crossing the line of marital fidelity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Number 13

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (549)
    Performance
    (472)
    Story
    (471)

    Alexander McCall Smith’s No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series has become a worldwide phenomenon thanks to the appeal of endearing protagonist Precious Ramotswe and the author’s charmingly quirky prose. In this 13th installment, Mma Ramotswe’s attention is focused on a pesky disciplinary problem at her adopted daughter’s school - while Grace Makutsi adjusts to wedded bliss and the famed Clovis Andersen arrives in Botswana looking for more than bush tea.

    Rugbysmom says: "This series + this narrater = great entertainment"
    "AMS is such a wonderful storyteller"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection to be better than the print version?

    I enjoy the accents and the voices, but would never even compare an audio book to a print book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    These questions have nothing to do with how I would review a book. If you have enjoyed any of the other AMS books in this series, you'll enjoy this one also. The characters are so natural and endearing that I invite them into my day often. I would choose these quirky women to be my own "actual" friends if I encountered.


    Which character – as performed by Lisette Lecat – was your favorite?

    AMS's books always cause me to marvel that they are written by a man. He has an uncanny insight into the character of women and a great sense of humor about them also.


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

    Again, I dislike the questions of this review. Who cares what I would tag a film of this book to be? Really?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ties That Bind

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Marie Bostwick
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin, Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (143)

    In her compelling, beautifully crafted novel, New York Times best-selling author Marie Bostwick celebrates friendships old and new - and the unlikely threads that sometimes lead us exactly where we need to go. Christmas is fast approaching, and New Bern, Connecticut, is about to receive the gift of a new pastor, hired sight unseen to fill in while Reverend Tucker is on sabbatical. Meanwhile, Margot Matthews’ friend, Abigail, is trying to matchmake, even though Margot has all but given up on romance.

    Andrew says: "Wonderful book!!"
    "a disappointment"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Marie Bostwick and/or Bahni Turpin and Xe Sands ?

    I've thoroughly enjoyed all of Marie Bostwick's previous books, but was disappointed by how little this one was like the others. The story line was very limited to one person in the story. I missed the other characters, the quilt shop and their functions in one another's lives. This book was a downer, with an OK ending. Sad but true


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    One of the Elm Creek Quilters books


    Which character – as performed by Bahni Turpin and Xe Sands – was your favorite?

    The cast of characters that were presented in any depth was so limited that if you didn't like Margo.... you lose!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment in the author.


    Any additional comments?

    Prior to this book, I've anxiously awaited each purchase of the Marie Bostwick books. Now, I'm not thinking of purchasing anymore. Her character development of the group of ladies has been very encompassing. This book left me missing my friends at Cobbled Court Quilts. If they don't reappear in force in another book very soon, they may be missing me :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12674)
    Performance
    (5139)
    Story
    (5200)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "What's all the hype about?"
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    Story
    Would you try another book from Sara Gruen and/or David LeDoux and John Randolph Jones ?

    I probably wouldn't read another book by this author simply because I didn't enjoy this book. The story was well developed, the characters also, but I just didn't like the story line. I didn't care for the various characters. Perhaps the circus just isn't my thing.


    What about David LeDoux and John Randolph Jones ’s performance did you like?

    The readers were fine. Rather harsh vocals, but they fit the characters and setting.


    Was Water for Elephants worth the listening time?

    Not in my book.


    1 of 1 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
    (4738)
    Performance
    (2571)
    Story
    (2602)

    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"
    "Pictures painted with words"
    Overall

    Kate Morton epitomizes "my kind of writer". She had innocence, and evil, without delving into depravity.
    She painted beautiful pictures with her words. It was such a pleasure to visit the cove, the maze, the paths of the garden, and to meet Christian and Eliza, Nell, and Kass.
    I'll be checking out more Kate Morton if I find it.
    I generally know what's going to happen in a story very early on, but Kate kept her secrets well hidden until the end. It was good to be kept guessing, and even to be wrong in my assumptions as I listened.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Apothecary's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Julie Klassen
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (70)

    After enjoying London's sophisticated society and the attentions of wealthy suitors, Lilly returns home to help her ailing dad. Determined to resurrect his apothecary business, Lilly labors tirelessly - praying her family's secrets and her rivals' schemes won't cloud her future.

    Cherri says: "A well told tale"
    "A well told tale"
    Overall

    This book was a sweet story with characters that grew in complexity throughout the tale. For a few days, I escaped into the garden, and the shop, and the village. A couple of characters were developed, and left hanging, as one situation was minimalized too simply after having so much time and concern devoted to it throughout the book,but over all, I really enjoyed this book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Sprig Muslin

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Sian Phillips
    Overall
    (329)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (170)

    Finding so young and pretty a girl as Amanda wandering unattended, Sir Gareth Ludlow knows it is his duty as a man of honour to restore her to her family.

    But it is to prove no easy task for the Corinthian. His captive in sprig muslin has more than her rapturous good looks and bandboxes to aid her - she is also possessed of a runaway imagination...

    A says: "Teen years favorite comes to Audible --at last!"
    "good entertainment"
    Overall

    This was a continuously entertaining book. The journey was a bit convoluted, but enjoyable. Georgette Heyer is a delightful story teller who seems to lean toward complex situations for characters who prefer simplicity.
    Sian Phillips reads well, without over emoting. I recommend the book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Right Attitude to Rain: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (251)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (72)

    Isabel's life is thrown for a few loops when her cousin Mimi arrives from Dallas with her husband Joe. Through Mimi and Joe, Isabel meets Texas hotshot Tom Bruce, who is about to marry someone Isabel suspects of gold-digging. Further complicating matters, Tom seems to have an unusual level of interest in Isabel. Meanwhile, Isabel has her own feelings to deal with, not to mention those of her beloved niece Cat, whose romantic interest may not be up to snuff.

    Marija says: "brain candy"
    "Another AMS victory"
    Overall

    Thanks for another wonderful character study.
    This was a delightful read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Friday Night Knitting Club

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Kate Jacobs
    • Narrated By Carrington Macduffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (759)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (147)

    Walker & Daughter is Georgia Walker's little yarn shop, tucked into a quiet storefront on Manhattan's Upper West Side. The Friday Night Knitting Club is the ad hoc creation of some of Georgia's regulars, who stroll into the shop looking for tips on knitting and end up finding much, much more. Once a week, they gather to work on their latest projects and to chat - and occasionally clash - over their stories of love, life, and everything in between.

    flimfrik says: "Wanted to like it but constantly disappointed."
    "entertaining"
    Overall

    This book was entertaining. The target reader will have to be into the fiber arts. Cancer deaths are getting very cliche in contemporary writing, and the author could have found some other creative ending.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Firefly Lane: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kristin Hannah
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (960)
    Performance
    (475)
    Story
    (484)

    Firefly Lane is the poignant, powerful story of two women and the friendship that becomes the mainstay of their lives. For 30 years, Tully and Kate buoy each other through life, weathering the storms of friendship: jealousy, anger, hurt, resentment. They think they've survived it all, until a single act of betrayal tears them apart...and puts their courage and friendship to the ultimate test.

    FanB14 says: "Beachy Fare"
    "slow read"
    Overall

    This audio book should have been about 1/3 the length. Although the story is OK, it just dragged on so long the reader gets tired of the characters.
    I wouldn't recommend it for a long car drive, as it may put you to sleep.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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