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  • The Inn at Rose Harbor: A Rose Harbor Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Debbie Macomber
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (452)
    Performance
    (378)
    Story
    (384)

    Jo Marie Rose first arrives in Cedar Cove seeking a sense of peace and a fresh start. She purchases a local bed-and-breakfast - the newly christened Rose Harbor Inn - ready to begin her life anew. Yet the inn holds more surprises than Jo Marie can imagine. Her first guest is Joshua Weaver, who has come home to care for his ailing stepfather. The two have never seen eye to eye, and Joshua has little hope that they can reconcile. But a long-lost acquaintance from Joshua's high school days proves to him that forgiveness is never out of reach and love can bloom even where it's least expected.

    Cara says: "Wish I Hadn't"
    "A Big Disappointment from Debbie Macomber"
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    What disappointed you about The Inn at Rose Harbor?

    Not a romance, but a "dealing with grief" book. I sincerely hope writing this book helped Debbie to deal with the loss of her son. It left me feeling totally wiped out and sad; not at all what I've come to expect from her uplifting stories.


    Has The Inn at Rose Harbor turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, but I will certainly not waste my money or time on any of the other books to come in this particular series.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Although Lorelei King is usually very good, she seemed to read much of this book in a monotone voice, as if speaking of grief. Her voice just added to the upsetting nature of the story.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Sadness, anger that I was drawn in, and great disappointment that Debbie has started an entire new series based on this type of story.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't think a book has ever drawn such a negative emotional reaction from me. I read to be entertained and uplifted, or to learn. I've read everything Debbie Macomber has written and always felt entertained and happy. This one was such a major downer. I cannot recommend it at all, and I will no longer follow her. I'll have to find a new favorite author.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Blackberry Pie Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Joanne Fluke
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (138)

    It's been a sleepy summer for the folks of Lake Eden, Minnesota. In fact, it's been a whole four months since anyone in the Swensen family has come across a dead body - a detail that just made the front page of the local paper. And that means Hannah Swensen can finally focus on her bakery. . .or can she? Life is never really quiet for Hannah. After all, her mother's wedding is a little over a month away and guess who Delores put in charge of the planning?

    Jeanne says: "Abrupt Ending"
    "A Book With No Ending"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story just abruptly stopped with no proper ending. It leaves the reader wondering what happens regarding the events happening in the book. Also, it is time for the long, drawn out love triangle to end!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Joanne Fluke again?

    Maybe, but I will wait for the reviews first. I think she has run out of ideas on this storyline.


    Which character – as performed by Suzanne Toren – was your favorite?

    Delores


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    These characters have become so boring and tedious and the love triangle so ridiculous. It is time for the author to wrap up the story and start something new. Also, the recipes would be better put at the end of the book instead of breaking up the story. And stop talking down to me so much in the recipes.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Original Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Dorothea Benton Frank
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (229)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (208)

    Leslie Anne Greene Carter is the Last Original Wife among her husband Wesley's wildly successful Atlanta social set. His cronies have all traded in the mothers of their children they promised to love and cherish - till death did them part - for tanned-and-toned young Barbie brides. If losing the social life and close friends she adored wasn't painful enough, a series of setbacks shake Les's world and push her to the edge. She's had enough of playing the good wife to a husband who thinks he's doing her a favor keeping her around. Now, she's going to take some time forherself - in the familiar comforts and stunning beauty of Charleston, her beloved hometown.

    Judith D. Collins says: "Full of Sass and Southern Humor - Loved it!"
    "Pretty Good Story, Terrible Narration"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Last Original Wife the most enjoyable?

    The story kept my interest and I kept listening to see what was happening next.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Last Original Wife?

    When Les actually left Wes.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The fake southern accents were the worst ever. The narrator actually made it painful to listen to the book. Surely a better narrator could have been found. If you are from the South, you will hate the way she pronounces many words, especially "about'.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, my only reaction was to the narration.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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