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Connie

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  • An Irish Country Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Patrick Taylor
    • Narrated By Terry Donnelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (103)

    Readers of Patrick Taylor's books know Mrs. Kinky Kincaid as the unflappable housekeeper who looks after two frequently frazzled doctors in the colourful Irish village of Ballybucklebo. She is a trusted fixture in the lives of those around her, and it often seems as though Kinky has always been there.Nothing could be farther from the truth.

    Connie says: "Stick with it!"
    "Stick with it!"
    Overall

    I was undeterred by all of the reviews I had read here and purchased this book. It was my first by this author. The first few chapters, when Kinky is telling her story to the children is very off-putting and, to be honest, I almost abandoned it in agreement with the negative reviews. However, I stuck with it and ended up enjoying this book very much! Definitely worth it if you persist past the first few chapters.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Wily O'Reilly: Irish Country Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Patrick Taylor
    • Narrated By John Keating
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Long before Dr. Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly made most listeners’ acquaintance in Patrick Taylor's best-selling novel An Irish Country Doctor, he appeared in a series of humorous columns originally published in Stitches: The Journal of Medical Humour. These warm and wryly amusing vignettes provide an early glimpse at the redoubtable Dr. O’Reilly as he tends to the colourful and eccentric residents of Ballybucklebo, a cozy Ulster village nestled in the bygone years of the early '60s.

    Connie says: "Had to shut it off!"
    "Had to shut it off!"
    Overall
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    If you are a fan of the series, don't bother with this one. The story does not continue from the others, the time frame doesn't fit with the other books, key characters are strangley non-existent and, bluntly, it's very boring.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Storyteller

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mozhan Marno, Jennifer Ikeda, Edoardo Ballerini, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3146)
    Performance
    (2741)
    Story
    (2752)

    Jodi Picoult's poignant number one New York Times best-selling novels about family and love tackle hot-button issues head on. In The Storyteller, Sage Singer befriends Josef Weber, a beloved Little League coach and retired teacher. But then Josef asks Sage for a favor she never could have imagined - to kill him. After Josef reveals the heinous act he committed, Sage feels he may deserve that fate. But would his death be murder or justice?

    Sue says: "Interesting...different than I thought it would be"
    "Hard to listen to, hard to turn off!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have read all of Jodi Picoult's books and, like many others here, thoroughly enjoyed them with the exception of The Lone Wolf. I am truly a fan and watch for each new book to arrive. The atrocities in this story make it so difficult to listen to at times but it is such a compelling story and so well written that I couldn't stop listening.
    The narration is first rate and adds much to the book. I have to say that my favorite character in this book is Leo - I just loved him! I would like to have a sequel to this book from his life and point of view.
    The underlying theme of the nature and act of forgiveness is presented in such a thought provoking way toward the end of the book that makes you introspective. What would you do? I think you have to ask yourself what Minka would have done had she known all of the facts. She was a character with such strength and endurance but also realism and understanding.
    Great job, Jodi, in creating characters that will stay with the reader and add such personal perspective to history. There are a couple of other observations I'd like to mention, but no one likes a spoiler.
    Well worth the time and a credit!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sixty-Eight Rooms

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Marianne Malone
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (115)

    Almost everybody who has grown up in Chicago knows about the Thorne Rooms. Housed in the Children’s Galleries of the Chicago Art Institute, they are a collection of 68 exquisitely crafted miniature rooms made in the 1930s by Mrs. James Ward Thorne. Each of the 68 rooms is designed in the style of a different historic period, and every detail is perfect, from the knobs on the doors to the candles in the candlesticks. Some might even say, the rooms are magic....

    Ss says: "Great for family"
    "This is a children's book!"
    Overall
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    I chose this book because I am an avid miniaturist and I love the Thorne rooms but I was completely unaware from the description that this is a children's book. I have listened to many books narrated by Caroline Lee and she always does a good job but nothing could make me continue listening to this one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Silver Wattle

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Belinda Alexandra
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (83)

    In fear for their lives after the sudden death of their mother, Adéla and Klára must flee Prague to find refuge with their uncle in Australia. Later, Adéla becomes a film director at a time when the local industry is starting to feel the competition from Hollywood. But even while success is imminent, the issues of family and an impossible love are never far away.

    Paddington says: "a really terrific read"
    "Hated to have it end!"
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    I choose this book because of the narrator but I enjoyed it so much that I've just chosen another title by the same author. Very interesting period piece with characters who kept you invested and caring about what happened to them. The inclusion of silent pictures in the story and all of the detail in that was very interesting. Very enjoyable story! Moving on to the Golden Earrings with much anticipation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2955)
    Performance
    (2543)
    Story
    (2557)

    England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

    Maria says: "Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!"
    "Never Saw It Coming!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    As usual, Kate Morton has written an excellent story and without saying too much, "the secret" was one I never expected. Love her books and I think Caroline Lee is the best narrator I've encountered on Audible so far!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Maggi-Meg Reed
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1088)
    Performance
    (551)
    Story
    (562)

    It was a case that haunts Bobby Dodge to this day - the case that nearly killed him and changed his life forever. Now, the gruesome discovery of six mummified corpses resurrects his worst nightmare: the return of a killer he thought dead and buried.

    Chuck says: "Outstanding!!!!!!!!!!!!"
    "Great mystery!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Another great book from Lisa Gardner! Kept me hooked all the way through and I completely disagree with the previous reviews of the ending. I thought it was well crafted and I found it hard to turn off. I don't want to say more because I don't like spoiler reviews, but if you are one of Lisa's fans (and Bobby Dodge's) you won't be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sunlight and Joy: An eBook Original Short Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 33 mins)
    • By Barbara Delinsky
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Blessed with three wonderful children and a life full of material comforts, Rick and Ellen have always had a happy, if increasingly busy, marriage. But when Rick announces that he's been offered a promotion that will require the family to pick up and move across the country for a fourth time, Ellen is dismayed. What will he do when she tells him that she doesn't want to start all over again?

    Connie says: "What a ripoff!"
    "What a ripoff!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This "ebook" gives new meaning to SHORT story. The story is a very short portion of the stated time and it only lasts that long because it is read very slowly!

    As a long-time Delinsky fan, I am deeply disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Silver Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Elin Hilderbrand
    • Narrated By Janet Metzger, Marianne Fraulo
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (125)

    Meredith Martin Delinn just lost everything: her friends, her homes, her social standing - because her husband Freddy cheated rich investors out of billions of dollars. Desperate and facing homelessness, Meredith receives a call from her old best friend, Constance Flute. Connie's had recent worries of her own, and the two depart for a summer on Nantucket in an attempt to heal. But the island can't offer complete escape, and they're plagued by new and old troubles alike.

    Adrianne says: "Loved It!!"
    "Sequel, please!"
    Overall

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I thought the characters were very well-written and I hated to see it end. How about a sequel from the Connie perspective?
    This is only the 2nd book I've listened to from this author but I will definitely seek out others.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Return Journey

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Maeve Binchy
    • Narrated By Fionnula Flanagan
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    Connie says: "Poor audio quality"
    "Poor audio quality"
    Overall

    I am a big Maeve Binchey fan and have read or listened to almost all of her books. Unfortunately, this one is of such poor audio quality that it was impossible to enjoy. Even with best quality speakers turned up and anything else I tried, I had to give up. Very disappointing!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The House at Riverton

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2559)
    Performance
    (1641)
    Story
    (1637)

    Summer 1924: On the eve of a glittering Society party, by the lake of a grand English country house, a young poet takes his life. The only witnesses, sisters Hannah and Emmeline Hartford, will never speak to each other again....Winter 1999: Grace Bradley, 98, one-time housemaid of Riverton Manor, is visited by a young director making a film about the poet's suicide. Ghosts awaken, and memories, long consigned to the dark reaches of Grace's mind, begin to sneak back through the cracks.

    Cathy says: "superbly written mystery"
    "Thoroughly enjoyed it!"
    Overall

    This book was excellent. The beginning seems a little rambling because you are being introduced to all of the players but you will quickly become engrossed. I only wish Ms. Morton had more than just these 2 books! I would have a hard time choosing a favorite between this and "The Forgotten Garden".
    However, the title change to "The Shifting Fog" was very confusing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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