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Gina

Elmhurst, Il, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Five Quarters of the Orange

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Joanne Harris
    • Narrated By Rula Lenska
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (16)

    When the widowed Framboise moves back to the village of Les Laveuses, where she grew up, she is pleased to discover that no-one recognises her. She soon forges a new life for herself there, and before long has established a profitable creperie.

    Gina says: "Poorly edited"
    "Poorly edited"
    Overall

    Please remind me not to buy another abridged book. This one was shortened to the point that you lose all the suspense and characterization that I assume the author put in the original novel. If this book isn’t available as an audio book in the unabridged form, read it on paper.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Treading Water: Treading Water Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Marie Force
    • Narrated By Holly Fielding
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (64)

    Love is the last thing on Jack Harrington's mind when he sets out to meet Andi Walsh's flight. Recently back to work after spending more than a year tending to his comatose wife, Jack is focused on getting through each day and caring for his three daughters. However, the moment he sets eyes on Andrea Walsh, the interior designer who has come to decorate the hotel his company is building in Newport, Rhode Island, Jack begins to wonder if Andi might be his second chance.

    Lisabeth says: "Good story"
    "Treading Water- Recorded Underwater?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story line was expected and somewhat unbelievable. About par with the other stories in the romance genre. MY BIGGEST COMPLAINT was the quality of the recording. Many of the chapters had the same kind of hiss common in the old cassette days. Not worth the price for the quality of the recording alone.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Christmas Quilt

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jennifer Chiaverini
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (59)

    It has been more than 50 years since master quilter Silvia Compson decked the halls of Elm Creek Manor, and with all her family gone, she intends to observe a quiet Christmas. But her young quilting partner, Sarah McClure, has other ideas.

    New York Times best-selling author Jennifer Chiaverini delivers a spirited holiday yarn.

    Paula says: "Good Story"
    "I finished the book wanting less"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book was a disappointment. It did nothing to progress the Silvia Compson story. Silvia appears even more bitter and unlikeable than in earlier novels. While one of the plot lines was intended to provide background into her sisters life and motivation, this reader was still left with an unflattering picture of Claudia, and her relationship with Sylvia.

    The book was a reprise of various plots in other books in the series and lacked the historical references other books in the series bring.
    I finished the book wanting less.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sing You Home

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer, Brian Hutchison, Mia Barron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1130)
    Performance
    (550)
    Story
    (548)

    Music has set the tone for most of Zoe Baxter’s life. And it’s music that brings her back to love. When fertility issues lead to a divorce, Zoe throws herself into her career as a music therapist. As an unexpected friendship with a woman slowly blossoms into love, she makes plans for a new life, but to her shock and inevitable rage, some people - even those she loves and trusts most - don’t want that to happen.

    CDN says: "A Good Listen (except the music)"
    "Read Keeping Faith instead"
    Overall

    I thought this book was outside the formula when the main characters stepped into court without lawyers, but no, the book turned into the classic Pioult court battle about children. The difference is that the characters were unformed and shallow, and the music tracks were at best, just too long. Get this book and fast forward thru the music, or use your credit on Keeping Faith, instead.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • House on Olive Street

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (263)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (201)

    In this touching work, four women—all writers—come together after a painful loss. Recently deceased Gabby Marshall leaves behind a letter asking her friends to complete her unfinished manuscript. Taking vacations from their own lives, the ladies settle at Gabby’s home and get to work.

    Andrea says: "Good story/liked the characters"
    "Wrong Genre"
    Overall

    This is such a good book that it needs to be in regular fiction, not in romance. Robyn Carr is a good author, her Virgin River series is comprised of books with interesting characters, plots and places, but her dialog from the male characters is so flawed that I am constantly reminded that they are "romance novels"

    The main characters of this book are women, fully developed characters. Read it you will love it.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Magician's Assistant

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Karen Ziemba
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (630)
    Performance
    (353)
    Story
    (354)

    When Parsifal, a handsome and charming magician, dies suddenly, his widow Sabine - who was also his faithful assistant for 20 years - learns that the family he claimed to have lost in a tragic accident is very much alive and well.

    glamazon says: "Patchett Has It"
    "Good book, good narration, unsuitable music"
    Overall

    The Magicians Assistant has interesting characters, and interesting premise and a weak ending. The end leaves you hanging, but not to the point where you want a sequel, but it leaves you in a place where you as the reader no longer care about the characters. The narration is good enough for you to stay in story, but not good enough to be able to tell the characters apart by voice alone. The production is poor at best. In a book where the main characters like opera, classical and country music, at the end and beginning of the chapters is an upbeat jazz, that is inappropriate repetitive and ineffective.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nora Roberts' O'Hurley Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Marie Caliendo
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Nora Roberts brings you the remarkable O'Hurley triplets and their mysterious older brother. Their unique family upbringing has led to four extraordinary lives. Follow the saga of the O'Hurley family through these four captivating novels from Nora Roberts.

    Teresa says: "Great series with wonderful, rich characters!"
    "Worth the credit"
    Overall

    The Contemporary romances written in the late 80???s are a tad dated, but the stories are engaging enough to keep your focus. Excellent narration. Stories are a mix of romance, intrigue, and suspense. Worth the credit

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Sizzling Sixteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1584)
    Performance
    (590)
    Story
    (587)

    Trenton, New Jersey, bounty hunter Stephanie Plum has inherited a “lucky” bottle from her Uncle Pip. Problem is, Uncle Pip didn’t specify if the bottle brought good luck or bad luck..

    Mo says: "16... is a fizzle not a sizzle!"
    "Wait until this book goes on sale"
    Overall

    Weak plot, weak characterization, this tome is even missing the sexual pull between Stephanie and Ranger / Stephanie and Joe. Janet it may be time to hang up Plum's gun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heaven, Texas

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (969)
    Performance
    (469)
    Story
    (472)

    It seems like an easy assignment for an assertive but sweet woman like Gracie Snow: track down her friend, Bobby Denton, a famous ex-jock, and bring him to Heaven (Texas, that is) to shoot a movie. How could he refuse a glamorous offer like that? Easy....

    Diana says: "If you haven't met Bobby Tom . . ."
    "Good read, reminiscent plot"
    Overall

    Good read, don’t want to put it down, but plot reminiscent of other Phillips books.

    Protagonist is a washed up pro quarterback Bobby Denton looking for a new career. (not unlike Cal Bonner in Nobody's Baby But Mine) who falls in love with a woman who is not his type on a car trip. (Not unlike Natural Born Charmer).He has an attractive single mother Sue (Not unlike Natural Born Charmer). Sue ends up falling for the town’s most hated person. (Aint she sweet is centered on a similar character.)

    Even with the recycled plot, the book was worth the listen, Anna Fields is a narrator at home in contemporary romance as non fiction.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Natural Born Charmer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1495)
    Performance
    (661)
    Story
    (660)

    Dean Robillard is the Chicago Stars' hotshot quarterback. Not only does he have lightening reflexes on the field, he is also utterly gorgeous. First seen in the critically acclaimed Match Me If You Can, Dean is trying to recover (both mentally and physically) from a shoulder injury by taking a road trip. Along the way he meets Blue, a beautiful woman down on her luck, and as they spend more time together their attraction grows.

    MSEreads says: "Another CHARMER from SEP!"
    "Read after Match Me"
    Overall

    This book uses characters first introduced in Match Me If You Can. It is more of a spin off than a continuation. It is a delightful book full of rich characters and worth the read. Anna Fields is a great narrator. Her voices give you the flavor of the character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nobody's Baby But Mine

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1250)
    Performance
    (582)
    Story
    (569)

    Jane Darlington is a genius at physics, but there's one problem she can't solve. She yearns for a child, but wants to spare it the pain of growing up as...well, a nerd. And surely any child of Jane's would be a little too brainy for the playground set. So she sets out to find a special man to father her child, someone without too much gray-matter between his ears: in short, a big, strong dope. Cal Bonner, legendary pro quarterback, seems to fit the bill. But there's something Dr. Jane hasn't counted on.

    Ella says: "Lots of Fun"
    "No surprises but an entertaining read"
    Overall

    Susan Elizabeth Phillips has a gift for spinning interesting characters, and Nobody's Baby But Mine is full of them. The book is predictable, but worth the read, to the point where you don’t want to hear last chapter. The original release date of 1997 does not date the novel, set in the present. Anna Fields does a believable job of narration, her voices set the characters apart.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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