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Bonnie

When my younger sister learned to read'd beg me to listen as she brought words on the page to life. That's how I got addicted ....

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  • Circle of Quilters: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jennifer Chiaverini
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (91)

    New York Times best-selling author Jennifer Chiaverini has charmed countless readers with her heartwarming Elm Creek Quilts novels. Like the other delightful entries in the series, Circle of Quilters offers an engaging story, endearing characters, and fascinating bits of quilting lore.

    Cathy says: "Extremely Entertaining"
    "Delightful surprise"
    Overall

    I was so prepared to hate this book, questioning what had intrigued me into buying it. I'm not (yet) a quilter and I still don't know what made me put it into my shopping cart. Even when I started it, right after finishing a wonderful book, I was expecting to be disappiointed. As the charactrs were laid out before me, the negative anticipation gave way to empathy and delight. I really cared about the five "applicants" and now, a day or two later, I'm thinking should get a book later in the series just to see how they have fared.

    The downside of this novel is that now I am not certain the I will ever take up quilting, which I've always planned to do "eventually." The book makes it sound very complicated and time consuming and a pasttime requiring more attention and time than I have available. For those who are already quilters, it is probably lots of fun to read about familiar designs and techniques, and even perhaps get hints of new ones.

    I have read that this particular novel is different from others in the series. I will certainly read another of the novels. This, as a stand-alone, is quite good.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Missing You

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1890)
    Performance
    (1670)
    Story
    (1682)

    Number-one New York Times best-selling author Harlan Coben set huge sales records with last year’s Six Years - and he’s poised to do it again in his next breathtaking stand-alone thriller. Harlan Coben, author of six consecutive instant number-one New York Times best sellers and a total of 24 award-winning, best-selling, and internationally acclaimed novels, returns with another ripped-from-real-life thriller full of impossibly high emotional stakes and the real-to-life characters for which he has become famous.

    Susan says: "I Ain't Missing You"
    "Amateurish and disappointing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is the first time I've listened to a Harlan Coben story that was outside his normal Bolitar series and it is debatable that i will give him "another chance." His light-weight, simplistic narration style does not lend itself to this intentionally convoluted tale. Our main character is a disfunctional woman officer who is stuck in a 20 year old past. Suddenly "things" happen so she can unravel and resolve issues ... it is all very amateurish. At one point when people's lives are at stake and she is hot on a trail of kidnappers, she pulls off to make a personal side-trip, abandoning all that is urgent to "take care" of something that can clearly wait. Even the ending, which was supposed to leave us "wondering" instead gave me the feeling that the author just didn't know how to write a decent ending so he dropped it.

    I wanted to like the characters .... uh, not so much. A few smatterings of humanity here and there, but overall they are forgettable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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