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  • Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor: Friday Harbor, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lisa Kleypas
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (252)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (174)

    "Dear Santa, what I really want for Christmas is a mom...." In the close-knit community of Friday Harbor, secrets don’t last long. So when the local radio station reads Dear Santa letters on the airwaves, everyone knows this heartwrenching letter was written by Zarchary Nolan’s adorable young daughter Halle. Zachary has been a widower for two years, and his family and friends have decided it’s time for him to start dating. But will all their matchmaking efforts help to make Halle’s Christmas wish come true?

    K. says: "Synopsis is TOTALLY off, but the story is cute."
    "Synopsis is TOTALLY off, but the story is cute."
    Overall

    First, I have to say that I bought this story based on Lisa Kleypas' past work, and while it was short, it did not disappoint. I wish it had been a little fuller-bodied, but it is what it is, and I enjoyed it. That being said, the description of this story is NOT AT ALL (or hardly) what this book is about. First of all, the main character's name is not Zachary Nolan, it's Mark Nolan. He's not a widower, and his "daughter" is not named Hallie, but Holly. Also, the "Dear Santa" letter is never read on the radio. As a matter of fact, I don't recall the radio ever even being mentioned in the story. As far as the listener knows, only Holly & her uncles Mark and Sam even know about the letter that she wrote as a school assignment.

    Here is the Publisher's Weekly review of the hardcover - a much more accurate synopsis:

    "Kleypas (Love in the Afternoon) finds a little romantic magic in this spritely charmer. Mark Nolan's happy-go-lucky bachelorhood is interrupted by the death of his sister and his subsequent guardianship of her six-year-old daughter, Holly, who is traumatized into muteness and desperately seeking a maternal figure. Enter Maggie Collins, a toy shop owner who lost her own husband to cancer. As the holiday season draws closer, Maggie, Mark, and Holly begin to spend more time together, and Maggie and Mark's attraction becomes too powerful to ignore. Kleypas's holiday offering is sweet, romantic, and genuine, and avoids, thankfully, all the cheesy holiday miracle clichés. A solid romance with strong leads, this is a refreshing holiday treat."

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • True Betrayals

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Rose Anne Shansky
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    Kelsey Byden grew up believing her mother had died when she was three. Now at 26 and freshly divorced, she receives a letter from her mother explaining that she is alive and living on a Virginia horse farm. Deeply stung by lies told to protect her, Kelsey takes her anger out at her college professor father by going to visit her mother, who Kelsey learns spent over 10 years in prison for murder. But there are more secrets to be found out and Kelsey decides to stay at her mother's splendid horse farm where she falls in love with horses and the man next door, handsome gambler Gabe Slater.

    K. says: "Needs a different narrator."
    "Needs a different narrator."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I think book would have been well served by having had a different narrator. I'm about an hour into the book, and even though I've read this story before (and enjoyed it), I'm having a hard time with the audio version. The narrator seems to have a very small range of character voices at her disposal, and that makes it hard to tell who is who. On top of that, there is very little inflection in the voices, so it's hard to tell if the character is feeling remorse, excitement, concern, interest, etc.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Nora Roberts? Why or why not?

    Sure - I read a lot of Nora Roberts books. I'd give another one a chance.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Down Home Murder: Laura Fleming, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Toni L. P. Kelner
    • Narrated By Gayle Hendrix
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (319)
    Performance
    (264)
    Story
    (269)

    When a tragic family accident brings Laura Fleming back home to Byerly, North Carolina, the sleuth discovers that her beloved grampaw's fatal fall from a ladder in the old mill was not an accident.

    U. Gruber says: "Surprisingly offensive"
    "Glad this book was on sale!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better narration, primarily. I don't think this narrator was "bad", just not suited for this story. I had a hard time telling her characters apart, and was especially bothered that the main character and her aunt sounded to be almost the same age.


    What was most disappointing about Toni L. P. Kelner’s story?

    I'm only about an hour into it, and I'm very turned off by the overt racism. As other reviews have stated - this book was written and seems to be set in the 90's, not in the 50's. Granted, the main character expresses her dismay at her relative's comments, but that doesn't excuse the fact that they are there to begin with.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Gayle Hendrix’s performances?

    Perhaps, depending on the story.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    So far, not so much. If I ever listen to the rest of it and change my mind, I will come back and edit my review.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Next Always: Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2179)
    Performance
    (1930)
    Story
    (1934)

    The historic hotel in Boonsboro has endured war and peace, the changing of hands, and even rumored hauntings. Now it’s getting a major face-lift from the Montgomery brothers and their eccentric mother. As the architect in the family, Beckett’s social life consists mostly of talking shop over pizza and beer. But there’s another project he’s got his eye on: the girl he’s been waiting to kiss since he was sixteen.

    krista says: "A cozy romance"
    "Wrong narrator for this story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about The Next Always?

    I bought the audiobook before I read the actual written book. After many tries to get into the story via audio, I finally gave up and bought the book and read it myself. I just couldn't tolerate the narrator. His voice was monotone to me, and he made the story very boring, even though it actually is very good.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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