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Emmanuelle

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  • 166 titles in library
  • 32 purchased in 2014
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  • Don't Want to Miss a Thing

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Jill Mansell
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    An irresistible, heart-warming novel from the much-loved author of numerous Sunday Times best sellers, including A Walk in the Park and To the Moon and Back. Dexter Yates loves his fun, care-free London life; he has money, looks and girlfriends galore. But everything changes overnight when his sister dies, leaving him in charge of her eight-month-old daughter Delphi. How is he ever going to cope? Comic-strip artist Molly Hayes lives in the beautiful Cotswold village of Briarwood.

    Emmanuelle says: "Great book! Loved the story"
    "Great book! Loved the story"
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    What did you love best about Don't Want to Miss a Thing?

    The story was really entertaining, and kept me listening even when I didn't have anything to work on (I usually listen to audiobooks while photoshopping and all that stuff) because I couldn't wait to hear what happened next. The narrator was really talented, and while male voices are often a challenge for female narrators, she did really well overall.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    As soon as I heard Henry's description (Idris Elba, anyone?) I was in love. I'm a sucker for a gentle giant. Jill Mansell, as always though, creates a fun and lovable cast of characters that makes you wish you could run away and move to Briarwood.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it - definitely recommend it. Worth the credit!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • One Plus One: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Bower, Ben Elliot, Nicola Stanton, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1048)
    Performance
    (946)
    Story
    (955)

    Suppose your life sucks. A lot. Your husband has done a vanishing act, your teenage stepson is being bullied, and your math-whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can't afford to pay for. That's Jess' life in a nutshell - until an unexpected knight-in-shining-armor offers to rescue them. Only Jess' knight turns out to be Geeky Ed, the obnoxious tech millionaire whose vacation home she happens to clean. But Ed has big problems of his own, and driving the dysfunctional family to the Math Olympiad feels like his first unselfish act in ages...maybe ever.

    Kathy says: "Sometimes I need a book that is just fun to read."
    "Loved It!"
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    What made the experience of listening to One Plus One the most enjoyable?

    This was such a sweet story. I was pulled right in to the world Moyes created, and I must've listened to the entire book in two sittings. At first I didn't really understand the need for the multiple readers, but the chapters are each written in a character's unique voice, so it does make sense to employ four different people. They all gave stelar performances, and I wouldn't mind listening to anything else they read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was the perfect blend of funny, warm, and sweet, without ever stepping too far in one category. I'll definitely listen to books by this author again!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Uhh -
    Math, love, and the open road.
    Or maybe:
    Two lonely hearts. One car.


    Any additional comments?

    ... I shouldn't write tag lines.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Marry in Haste

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jane Aiken Hodge
    • Narrated By Kristin Kalbli
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Camilla Forest finds herself alone on a muddy road, left to fend for herself, when the carriage of Lord Leominster pulls up alongside. This sets off an agreement to a marriage of convenience with Camilla and Lavenham, the Lord. They move to Portugal, along with his sister, Chloe. Camilla finds herself falling in love with her husband. But will her French brother ruin everything?

    Emmanuelle says: "Sadly Mediocre"
    "Sadly Mediocre"
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    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I gave this author a try because I had read a comment on Audible that compared her to Georgette Heyer. In this, I was misled. While I realize that no two authors have the exact same voice, Heyer has a way of slipping seamlessly into a Regency era character, that Ms Hogde unfortunately doesn't quite master. Some of the dialogue spoken by the working class characters, in particular, was almost wince inducing, and gave them a cartoonish air. The narrator was at fault in no small part for this, I feel. Her cut glass enunciation somehow emphasized the vapidity of the story, and her attempts at foreign accents were grating. I forced myself through this book, but will definitely never listen to another Jane Hodge again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ex-Debutante

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Linda Francis Lee
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (286)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (158)

    When Carlisle Wainwright Cushing leaves her native Texas to start a new life in Boston, she has no regrets. The former Texas debutante, who never felt at home in her Southern skin, has found liberation - or so she thinks until, one day, she gets an urgent call from her mother.

    Beth says: "Fun and a Delight"
    "Boring Boring Boring"
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    Any additional comments?

    The main character spent the entire book focusing on what was wrong with the people around her - which usually boiled down to either how unsophisticated they were, not having come from old money like her, or how wrapped up they were in themselves, whether they were too involved with their looks, or their personal causes. Yet she didn't seem to notice that she was as selfish, and stuck up as those around her that she criticised for those very flaws.
    I rolled my eyes the entire way through the book, and the only reason I finished it was the fact that I was on a two week vacation with no Internet access.
    Not worth your time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Perfect Proposal

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Katie Fforde
    • Narrated By Jilly Bond
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Sophie Apperly has spent her whole life pleasing others - but when she realises her family see her less as indispensable treasure and more as general dogsbody, she decides she's had enough. So when an old friend offers her the chance of a lifetime, she decides to swap Little England for the Big Apple, and heads off to the land of opportunity.

    From the moment Sophie hits the bright lights of Manhattan she's determined to enjoy every minute of her big adventure.

    Leisha says: "Extremely Enjoyable"
    "It was alright"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    It wasn't bad - I wouldn't not recommend it. I can't say that I loved it though. The story was entertaining enough but it just seemed to go on without building up to anything, and the end seemed a bit tacked on. I would listen to it again - in a year or so, if I was really bored and had heard all my other books again. Well, the good ones, anyway.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sheer Mischief

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jill Mansell
    • Narrated By Annie Aldington
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (47)

    It's not that Janey Sinclair isn't pleased to see her sister, she just wishes that she could have arrived in a less dramatic style. Being woken up at seven in the morning by Maxine, complete with borrowed wedding dress and police escort, isn't quite how she'd planned to start her Sunday. Still, life's never dull when Maxine's around, and Janey, who's rebuilding her life after her husband disappeared off the scene, is delighted that her sister's back in town.

    Hannah says: "Good Story - Wrong Narrator"
    "Loved it"
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    What made the experience of listening to Sheer Mischief the most enjoyable?

    The story was a fun listen in typical Mansell style - episodic, and slowly moving towards a much hoped for conclusion. Not overly-predictable, lighthearted but with some deeper moments. Annie Aldington does a great job of bringing the characters to life, and manages to make you forget you are being read to.


    Any additional comments?

    Sheer Mischief is pure Jill Mansell gold. She always gets there in the end, with a few laughs along the way. I'd definitely recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Birds and the Bees

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Milly Johnson
    • Narrated By Becky Hindley
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (68)

    Romance writer and single mum Stevie Honeywell has only a week to go till her wedding when her fiancé Matthew runs off with her glamorous friend Jo MacLean. But Stevie knows exactly how to win her man back. Adam MacLean is aslo determined to get back his lady, Jo. All he needs to do is convince Stevie that they should team up – a prospect neither of them finds attractive, seeing as each blames the other for the mess they now find themselves in.

    Jan says: "Enjoyable read"
    "A good listen"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Birds and the Bees to be better than the print version?

    I've never come across the print version. I think it might have been better to read the book myself because I could then insert Gerard Butler's voice into Adam's lines, but overall, Becky Hindley does a good job.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Without a doubt the big strong Scotsman with the heart of gold.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a good, fun read - totally predictable, but in a good way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Civil Contract

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Phyllida Nash
    Overall
    (369)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (192)

    Set in the Regency period, this is a classic tale of misunderstood love and an arranged marriage.

    Janet says: "Excellent Narration"
    "A little too pragmatic"
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    I feel like this was Georgette Heyer's answer to Sense and Sensibility, but not as entertaining. I like Heyer's other books on Audible, but found this one to be a little too prosaic and pragmatic for my taste - I wasn't really able to fully immerse myself in the story and a escape a little as I did with her other books.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Friday's Child

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Eve Matheson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (273)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (183)

    This story of mistaken love is a romantic fiction set in the English Regency period. It centers on Lord Sheringham who has been rejected by the woman he loves but the woman who has secretly loved him since childhood is waiting.

    Patricia says: "Fun romp"
    "I never wanted it to end"
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    Yet I couldn't wait to finish it. That's how good it was. It's fun and light hearted, but warm and witty, and I can't recommend it enough.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Maybe This Time

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1464)
    Performance
    (828)
    Story
    (828)

    When Andie tries to gain closure with her ex-husband, he asks one final favor of her. A distant cousin has died and left North the guardian of two orphans. When Andie meets the two children, she realizes the situation is much worse than she feared. Carter and Alice aren’t your average delinquents, and the creepy old house where they live is being run by the worst housekeeper since Mrs. Danvers. Complicating matters is Andie’s fiancé’s suspicion that this is all a plan by North to get Andie back.

    Jessica says: "Loved This Book"
    "Great read!"
    Overall

    Jennifer Crusie is her usual entertaining self, and Angela Dawe is great as a narrator. She brought me completely into the story, and I didn't break out of it once due to bad reading. I'll be looking out for her again.
    It's an awesome book. I'd buy it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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