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Jaclyn LeRoy

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  • Full of Grace

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Dorothea Benton Frank
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (32)

    The rich atmosphere of South Carolina, both Hilton Head and Charleston, is brought vividly to life by Dorothea Benton Frank, a South Carolina native who, with her exquisitely evocative prose, makes you smell the sea air, see the palmettos, and savor the sweet tea, but this time it comes with a side of antipasti.

    Barbara says: "Great audio book!"
    "not impressed"
    Overall

    While a fan of Frank's other works, this book left me scratching my head. I couldn't get into the story at all and found myself continually getting distracted and waiting for the story to pick up and for there to be some action. Instead the story just ended and I feel like it never started. Big disappointment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Call Me by Your Name: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By André Aciman
    • Narrated By Armie Hammer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5966)
    Performance
    (5577)
    Story
    (5568)

    Call Me by Your Name first swept across the world in 2007. It is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents' cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera. During the restless summer weeks, unrelenting but buried currents of obsession, fascination, and desire intensify their passion as they test the charged ground between them and verge toward the one thing both already fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy.

    Nico L. says: "Amazing."
    "I must be missing something"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I wanted to love this book. I wanted to experience all that the other reviewers had experienced. Instead I found myself waiting for something to happen or to be deeply touched by something. The time wasted by the main characters is annoying and frustrating. The time spent listening to the book leaves me confused as to what I just spent so long listening to..... and why I spent that long listening.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • At Face Value

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Emily Franklin
    • Narrated By Ashley Litz
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    A tennis champion, straight-A student, and editor of the school paper, Cyrie Bergerac has learned to live with her (ahem) peculiar proboscis. And she's got an armory of witty retorts for every schnozz joke that comes her way. But despite her talents and charm, Cyrie is convinced that no guy - hot or otherwise - would deem her crushworthy.

    Kindle Customer says: "abrupt ending"
    "painful narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Emily Franklin and/or Ashley Litz?

    Emily Franklin - sure. Ashley Litz - NO WAY


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Ashley Litz?

    Anyone! This narrator is painfully squeaky for a character who is supposed to be a high school senior. Ashley also pronounces words awkwardly and puts emphasis on the wrong syllable frequently. The story might be okay, but this is hard to listen to….


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Castaways: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Elin Hilderbrand
    • Narrated By Katie Hale
    Overall
    (279)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (172)

    Greg and Tess MacAvoy are one of four prominent couples who count each other as best friends. As pillars of their close-knit community, the MacAvoys, Kapenashes, Drakes, and Wheelers are important to their friends and neighbors, and especially to each other. But just before the beginning of another idyllic summer, Greg and Tess are killed when their boat capsizes during an anniversary sail.

    Joy says: "not impressed"
    "eh"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about The Castaways?

    I was expecting some sort of compelling storyline, like Elin Hilderbrand's other books. I listened for hours and hours and even when the book ended, I couldn't figure out what the point of it was.... There was no real conflict or resolution, just miserable cheating characters.


    What could Elin Hilderbrand have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    too much to mention in this review.


    Which character – as performed by Katie Hale – was your favorite?

    I don't know.... perhaps Flynn and Chloe.... children aren't offensive like the other characters in the book.


    What character would you cut from The Castaways?

    all of them.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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