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Mary

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  • The Good House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ann Leary
    • Narrated By Mary Beth Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1557)
    Performance
    (1404)
    Story
    (1397)

    The Good House tells the story of Hildy Good, who lives in a small town on Boston's North Shore. Hildy is a successful real-estate broker, good neighbor, mother, and grandmother. She's also a raging alcoholic. Hildy's family held an intervention for her about a year before this story takes place - "if they invite you over for dinner, and it’s not a major holiday," she advises "run for your life" - and now she feels lonely and unjustly persecuted. She has also fooled herself into thinking that moderation is the key.

    Rhonda Morrison says: "What a great book, Hildy is a great character!"
    "Entertaining novel about a woman in my age group!"
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    Hildy Good is a character that will stay with me for a long time. I adored Mary Beth Hurt’s performance. The voice she gave to Hildy was perfect. So glad I decided to listen to this book.

    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
    (428)
    Performance
    (388)
    Story
    (390)

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Only in Vegas

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Lindsey Brookes
    • Narrated By Karen White
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Free: Christmas Eve, 1914

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 13 mins)
    • By Charles Olivier
    • Narrated By Cameron Daddo, Xander Berkeley, Cody Fern, and others
    Overall
    (281)
    Performance
    (251)
    Story
    (250)

    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
    (53)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (47)

    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....

    Mary says: "Listen to this one"
    "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
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (78)

    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
    (137)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (123)

    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
  • The Governess Affair: The Brothers Sinister, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Courtney Milan
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (309)
    Performance
    (286)
    Story
    (284)

    Three months ago, governess Serena Barton was let go from her position. Unable to find new work, she's demanding compensation from the man who got her sacked: a petty, selfish, swinish duke. But it's not the duke she fears. It's his merciless man of business - the man known as the Wolf of Clermont. The formidable former pugilist has a black reputation for handling all the duke's dirty business, and when the duke turns her case over to him, she doesn't stand a chance. But she can't stop trying....

    Karen says: "Short But Sweet"
    "The Governess Affair"
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    An intro to The Brothers Sinister series, The Governess Affair has me curious about the upcoming books. I enjoyed the characters in this story, the repartee between Serena and Hugo, and the sense that upcoming books will be enjoyable. I'm a fan of Courtney Milan so I know The Brothers Sinister will be a fun series.
    I've listened to many of Rosalyn Landor's audiobook performances and think she does a wonderful job with historical romances.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Supreme Macaroni Company: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Adriana Trigiani
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (106)

    For over a hundred years, the Angelini Shoe Company in Greenwich Village has relied on the leather produced by Vechiarelli & Son in Tuscany. This ancient business partnership provides the twist of fate for Valentine Roncalli to fall in love with Gianluca Vechiarelli, a tanner with a complex past...and a secret.

    Deanna says: "Dissapointing"
    "Loved it"
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    Sorry that this is the final book in the Valentine series. Trigiani's story wraps things up (to a point) and left me hoping that someday another book would join the series. I'm going to miss these characters!
    Cassandra Campbell's narration is wonderful - glad I decided to listen. Just a heads up: have some tissues nearby.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Best Man

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Kristan Higgins
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (491)
    Performance
    (445)
    Story
    (442)

    Faith Holland left her hometown after being jilted at the altar. Now a little older and wiser, she's ready to return to the Blue Heron Winery, her family's vineyard, to confront the ghosts of her past, and maybe enjoy a glass of red. After all, there's some great scenery there.... Like Levi Cooper, the local police chief - and best friend of her former fiancé. There's a lot about Levi that Faith never noticed, and it's not just those deep green eyes.

    Elizabeth says: "Authentic - Funny - Vulnerable"
    "The Best Man"
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    The Best Man was funny, tender, romantic and I loved it. Typical Kristan Higgins. Once again, proof of why her books are an auto-buy for me! Amy Rubinate was a wonderful narrator for Higgins' story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Letters From Skye: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jessica Brockmole
    • Narrated By Elle Newlands, Katy Townsend, Lincoln Hoppe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (30)

    March 1912: 24-year-old Elspeth Dunn, a published poet, has never seen the world beyond her home on Scotland’s remote Isle of Skye. So she is astonished when her first fan letter arrives, from a college student, David Graham, in far-away America. As the two strike up a correspondence - sharing their favorite books, wildest hopes, and deepest secrets - their exchanges blossom into friendship, and eventually into love. June 1940: At the start of World War II, Elspeth’s daughter, Margaret, has fallen for a pilot in the Royal Air Force. Her mother warns her against seeking love in wartime, an admonition Margaret doesn’t understand....

    RueRue says: "Very Romantic"
    "Letters from Skye"
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    Wonderful performances added to my enjoyment of this epistolary novel. (I followed along with the print version.) I liked the era (WWI-WWII years), the characters and the story. Highly recommended to fans of epistolary novels.
    Overall rating: 4.5 stars

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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