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  • Nothing but Trouble

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Rachel Gibson
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    Overall
    (295)
    Performance
    (254)
    Story
    (256)

    Rachel Gibson’s “eloquent prose” (Publishers Weekly) has earned the author a number of coveted awards, including the RITA, Golden Heart, and National Reader’s Choice. Nothing But Trouble features an injured,prickly Seattle Chinooks hockey player who is none too pleased to be bedridden.

    LeftyMom says: "I love this trouble!"
    "Fun off-the-ice romance"
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    If you could sum up Nothing but Trouble in three words, what would they be?

    Retired due to injury hockey player has his hands full with out of work actress assistant.


    Any additional comments?

    Susan Bennett's performance was enjoyable.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rebel Queen: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Michelle Moran
    • Narrated By Sneha Mathan
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    When the British Empire sets its sights on India in the mid-nineteenth century, it expects a quick and easy conquest. India is fractured and divided into kingdoms, each independent and wary of one another, seemingly no match for the might of the English. But when they arrive in the Kingdom of Jhansi, the British army is met with a surprising challenge.

    Mary says: "Rebel Queen"
    "Rebel Queen"
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    Where does Rebel Queen rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Will be on my Favorite Books of 2015 list.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I had two favorites: the Rani and Sita. Both strong characters.


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

    No but wouldn't hesitate to listen to more. She made the story come alive.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stardust Summer

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Lauren Clark
    • Narrated By Erin Mallon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (5)

    Single mom Grace Mason doesn't believe in miracles, magic, or love at first sight. She likes the quiet life, complete with her eight-year-old son, their tiny house, and her teaching job. For Grace, happiness means that nothing much ever changes in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Then, one thousand miles away, tragedy strikes. A massive heart attack leaves Grace's estranged father comatose in an Upstate New York hospital. Grace and Evan rush to his bedside to say their final goodbyes.

    Mary says: "Stardust Summer by Lauren Clark"
    "Stardust Summer by Lauren Clark"
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    Grace has no intention of going to see her father and step-mother when she receives a formal invitation to a library function at the college where her father works. They’ve been estranged for a long time and she’s just fine with her quiet life in Mississippi. Her plans change when her father has a heart attack. She and her son Evan hurry to New York hoping to arrive before it’s too late. Their plan is to stay for a week or so but their visit becomes much longer for various reasons. In that time Grace will discover information about her past that could change the way she views her future. Will she be able to change her feelings with the new information? And is she willing to make a fresh start?

    Dr. Ryan Gordon, Grace’s stepmother’s neighbor and friend, is at a place in his life where he finally understands the need for a life outside his practice. He shares Grace’s grief and would like to be more than a friend to her. He knows what it’s like to lose someone important so he understands, on some level, what Grace is going through. He also appreciates what is really important in life – family and good friends. Will Grace let him in and take a chance on love?

    I liked this book but had to wonder about how Kathleen navigated her grief. I paused at some of the things she did in the week following her husband’s funeral. That could be just me, though. At any rate, I found Grace and Ryan’s story interesting. Lauren Clark’s novel is one I’d recommend to fans of contemporary fiction. I loved the setting – and the cover.

    Narrator: I enjoyed Erin Mallon’s narration. From older Kathleen to younger Grace and Ryan to eight-year-old Evan, I thought she voiced the characters perfectly and would definitely listen to more of her performances.
    *I received a review copy in exchange for my opinion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Moment of Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Shelly King
    • Narrated By Kristen Sieh
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Maggie Duprès, recently "involuntarily separated from payroll" at a Silicon Valley startup, is whiling away her days in The Dragonfly's Used Books, a Mountain View institution, waiting for the Next Big Thing to come along. When the opportunity arises for her to network at a Bay Area book club, she jumps at the chance-even if it means having to read Lady Chatterley's Lover, a book she hasn't encountered since college, in an evening.

    Jen says: "Full of Heart and Wit"
    "Enjoyable vacation audiobook"
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    A breezy novel about a young woman who discovers different priorities as her job path takes a turn in an unexpected direction at a used book store. It was an enjoyable vacation audiobook. I liked the narrator and would look for more of her audiobook performances.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Heiress Effect: Brothers Sinister, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Courtney Milan
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (347)
    Performance
    (322)
    Story
    (319)

    Miss Jane Fairfield can't do anything right. When she's in company, she always says the wrong thing - and rather too much of it. No matter how costly they are, her gowns fall on the unfortunate side of fashion. Even her immense dowry can't save her from being an object of derision. And that's precisely what she wants. She'll do anything, even risk humiliation, if it means she can stay unmarried and keep her sister safe. Mr. Oliver Marshall has to do everything right. He's the bastard son of a duke, raised in humble circumstances...

    SIMARA says: "Great story with an even better narration..."
    "Another good book in The Brothers Sinister series"
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    I love this series. Recommended to HR fans. I love Courtney Milan's Heroes/Heroines. They are flawed but truly relatable. Read series in order. Could be read as stand alone but you'll get a better understanding of the relationships of all characters if you read from the first book. As always, Rosalyn Landor's narration is perfect. 4.5 stars

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Duchess War: The Brothers Sinister, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Courtney Milan
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (500)
    Performance
    (454)
    Story
    (454)

    Miss Minerva Lane is a quiet, bespectacled wallflower, and she wants to keep it that way. After all, the last time she was the center of attention, it ended badly - so badly that she changed her name to escape her scandalous past. Wallflowers may not be the prettiest of blooms, but at least they don't get trampled. So when a handsome duke comes to town, the last thing she wants is his attention.

    Jonna says: "A wonderful story!"
    "The Duchess War"
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    I'm a fan of Courtney Milan's books. This is the first in the Brothers Sinister series (wait, there's a prequel) and I look forward to reading the next book. Her characters have depth and I like that the heroines are intelligent and passionate.
    Minerva has a secret past that might become quite public which would ruin the quiet life she's resigned to live. Robert (a Duke) is secretly trying to right the wrongs of his father but Minnie finds him out. Milan fleshes their lives out as she slowly brings them together. I thought she did it perfectly. They ultimately see the goodness in each and find their HEA. I really liked it.
    As usual, I loved Rosalyn Landor's narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Only in Vegas

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Lindsey Brookes
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Being Italian and being sexy is supposed to go hand in hand, but somewhere along the line twenty-six-year-old Angelina Rossi’s genes forgot their Italian love goddess heritage. And now everyone at her work knows what a failure she is as a woman thanks to her ex-boyfriend and co-worker at Sunset Travel who has given Angie the nickname of ‘Ice Princess’, claiming no man will ever thaw her.

    Mary says: "A light, sexy Romance"
    "A light, sexy Romance"
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    They've been friends most of their lives. Angelina is his younger sister's best friend and Trey has been one of her best friends because of that. He's married to his business; she just wants to prove her ex-boyfriend/coworker wrong - she's not an ice princess. Trey agrees to accompany Angelina on a work trip to Las Vegas so her ex will see her in a new relationship - and see that the rumors he'd spread in their office were wrong.

    The story was ok for me. I found this friends-to-lovers romance funny, sexy and predictable. I do wish there'd been a little more depth to the characters and plot. That said, I'd try another book by Lindsey Brookes - especially if Karen White narrates.

    Karen White bumps the book up a star with her entertaining narration. She brings the characters to life and had me laughing several times with her delivery.

    If you're looking for a very light and sexy romance you'll find it with Only in Vegas.

    Cover: I almost never comment on book covers but I think they could have done a lot better with this cover.

    *I received a review copy in exchange for my opinion.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Christmas Eve, 1914

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 13 mins)
    • By Charles Olivier
    • Narrated By Cameron Daddo, Xander Berkeley, Cody Fern, and others
    Overall
    (517)
    Performance
    (456)
    Story
    (456)

    In 1914, the war which was to have been wrapped up by Christmas had - in reality - only just begun, as all sides entrenched themselves deeper into the Great War. Christmas Eve, 1914 follows one company of British officers as they rotate forward to spend their Christmas on the front lines, a mere 80 yards from the German guns. Upper- and working-class men and boys are thrown together into one trench and struggle to survive.

    Bonnie says: "I was just reading about this in my news paper"
    "Christmas Eve, 1914"
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    I liked this free audiobook from Audible. It harkens back to the radio dramas of the early to mid 20th century. I thought the actors did a fine job and the story, although close to being overly-romantic at times, was engrossing. Ultimately I found it to be a good choice for a Christmas Eve "listen". Thank you, Audible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Fortune Hunter: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Daisy Goodwin
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (70)

    Empress Elizabeth of Austria, known as "Sisi", is the Princess Diana of 19th-century Europe. Famously beautiful, as captured in a portrait with diamond stars in her hair, she is unfulfilled in her marriage to the older Emperor Franz Joseph. Sisi has spent years evading the stifling formality of royal life on her private train or yacht or, whenever she can, on the back of a horse. Captain Bay Middleton is dashing, young, and the finest horseman in England. He is also impoverished, with no hope of buying the horse needed to win the Grand National....

    Susan says: "Terrific book!"
    "Listen to this one"
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    I started out reading the print edition but couldn't find the time to just sit and read so I used a credit. So glad I did as the narration increased my enjoyment of this surprisingly quiet historical novel. For me it seemed the pace picked up a bit in the second half of the novel and I was quite happy to listen for large chunks of time.
    Especially appreciated is the author interview at the end. Very interesting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Man Called Ove

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Fredrik Backman
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (133)

    Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.

    Elle in the Great NorthWest says: "Thoughtful and meaningful novel / an unusual novel"
    "A Man Called Ove"
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    I was unexpectedly charmed by Ove and his story. He had a plan but so did life. It's on my 2014 Favorite Books list!

    Loved George Newbern's narration.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Hurricane Sisters: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Dorothea Benton Frank
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    Overall
    (169)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (150)

    Once again Dorothea Benton Frank takes us deep into the heart of her magical South Carolina Lowcountry on a tumultuous journey filled with longings, disappointments, and, finally, a road toward happiness that is hard earned. There we meet three generations of women buried in secrets. The Lowcountry has endured its share of war and bloodshed like the rest of the South, but this storm season we watch Maisie, Liz, and Ashley deal with challenges that demand they face the truth about themselves.

    Mary says: "The Hurricane Sisters"
    "The Hurricane Sisters"
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    I thought The Hurricane Sisters quite different in tone compared to The Last Original Wife but I still liked it. Some eccentricities aside the Waters family is not that different from mine. They accept and protect their own but sometimes (and this is where they differ from mine) they aren't so nice to each other. Underneath it all, they love each other and will defend them to the end. At the forefront of the novel are the rather naive Ashley, her long-suffering mother Liz, and the matriarch Maisy who doesn't tiptoe around anyone. Family secrets figure into the plot - rest assured all will be dealt with by the last page. The Hurricane Sisters is just the second book by Dorothea Benton Frank that I've read. I look forward to catching up with her backlist.
    As in The Last Original Wife, Robin Miles' narration was so enjoyable. Loved her performance.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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