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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
    (1413)
    Performance
    (1273)
    Story
    (1267)

    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 Hurricane Sisters: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Dorothea Benton Frank
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (60)

    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
    (266)
    Performance
    (246)
    Story
    (245)

    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
    (98)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (88)

    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
    (364)
    Performance
    (324)
    Story
    (324)

    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.

    Allison says: "Enjoyed a lot!"
    "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
    (29)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    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....

    Mary says: "Letters from Skye"
    "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
  • Nothing but Trouble

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Rachel Gibson
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (219)

    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 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2977)
    Performance
    (2652)
    Story
    (2655)

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Walkabout"
    "Enjoyable audiobook"
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    If you could sum up The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry in three words, what would they be?

    Journey to forgiveness.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Common themes shared by people of a certain age - as a reader, I appreciated that.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The last scene.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catch of the Day

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Marcia Evanick
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (45)

    When Gwen Fletcher moves to Misty Harbor, Maine to fulfill her dream of opening her own restaurant, she isn't prepared for the throng of suitors who want to pay homage to the town's only bachelorette. Much to the dismay of the town's gentlemen, Gwen has only two things on her mind - getting her restaurant open before the tourist season begins and getting to know carpenter Daniel Creighton. But the uncooperative Creighton's odd behavior may preclude her from doing either of these.

    LeftyMom says: "Great story"
    "Enjoyable start to a romance series"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'm so glad I took a chance on an author I'd never read before. I really liked Evanick's characters and setting. I hope Audible will make the rest of the series available to us! Recommended to fans of Contemporary Romance.


    Any additional comments?

    Johanna Parker did a wonderful job with the narration. Loved her performance!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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