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Deborah

Old Saybrook, CT, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Rescue: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Anita Shreve
    • Narrated By Dennis Holland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (25)

    A rookie paramedic pulls a young woman alive from her totaled car, a first rescue that begins a lifelong tangle of love and wreckage. Sheila Arsenault is a gorgeous enigma--streetwise and tough-talking, with haunted eyes, fierce desires, and a never-look-back determination. Peter Webster, as straight an arrow as they come, falls for her instantly and entirely. Soon Sheila and Peter are embroiled in an intense love affair, married, and parents to a baby daughter.

    glamazon says: ""Rescue""
    "Not the Anita Shreve I remember"
    Overall

    I've not read (or listened to) Anita's last 3 books - but have read/listened to all of her other books. I thought I'd listen to Rescue however. The book was not bad BUT it was no where near the depth and emotion of her previous stories. I was disappointed to say the least. I don't want to take away from the fact that this story actually had a story and it was a good one. I am ONLY saying if you love Fortune's Rock, Sea Glass, The Last Time They Met, etc. then this book might as well been written by someone else.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Thread So Thin: The Cobbled Court Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Marie Bostwick
    • Narrated By Pam Ward, Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (120)

    While New Bern, Connecticut, lies under a blanket of snow, Cobbled Court Quilts remains a cozy haven for its owner, Evelyn Dixon, and her friends. Evelyn relishes winter’s slower pace—besides, Internet sales are hopping, thanks to her son Garrett’s efforts. In addition to helping out at the shop, Garrett has also been patiently waiting for his girlfriend, Liza, to finish art school in New York City.

    Penelope says: "Frustrating storyline"
    "Good 3rd series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story line was a bit predictable - -I thought of where it was going long before we got there. Some of the characters were a bit naggy but that does fit with the story so it is OK. Over all was good. I'd recommend the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Thread of Truth: The Cobbled Court Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Marie Bostwick
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman, Pam Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (146)

    At 27, having fled an abusive marriage with little more than her kids and the clothes on her back, Ivy Peterman figures she has nowhere to go but up. Quaint, historic New Bern, Connecticut, seems as good a place as any to start afresh. With a part-time job at Cobbled Court Quilts and budding friendships, Ivy feels hopeful for the first time in ages.

    Jodie says: "Truly one of my new favorite authors!"
    "Easy listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Characters picked right up from the previous story, which was good. I listened to the 4 stories in a row and now am going back to give the review. I did not make a mental note of any negative so that is good. I would recommend the stories series to anyone.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Single Thread: The Cobbled Court Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Marie Bostwick
    • Narrated By Pam Ward, Lorna Raver
    Overall
    (398)
    Performance
    (332)
    Story
    (330)

    Marie Bostwick weaves the unforgettable story of four very different women whose paths cross, changing their lives forever. It’s a long way from Fort Worth, Texas, to New Bern, Connecticut, yet it only takes a day in the charming Yankee town to make Evelyn Dixon realize she’s found her new home. The abrupt end of her marriage was Evelyn’s wake-up call to get busy chasing her dream of opening a quilt shop. Finding a storefront is easy enough; starting a new life isn’t....

    betty says: "Just a hint."
    "An easy and enjoyable listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Story line was good. Character development was good. Whoever was Abigal's voice was horrid. It was hard to listen to her lines but I did. I did not let this ruin the story. I looked forward to the later stories.
    This actually got me interested in quilting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Threading the Needle: The Cobbled Court Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Marie Bostwick
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber, Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (110)

    From New York Times best-selling author Marie Bostwick comes a beautiful novel of sisterhood lost and found - and of the ways we create the rich tapestries that encompass the past and the future. The economic downturn has hit New Bern, Connecticut, and Tessa Woodruff’s herbal apothecary shop, For the Love of Lavender, is suffering. So is her once-happy 34-year marriage to Lee. They’d given up everything to come back to New Bern from Boston and start their business, but now they’re wondering if they made the right decision.

    betty says: "Just wonderful!!!"
    "Good continuation from previous stories"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I felt that book #4 was a good story but that it did not necessarily "connect" to the 3 previous ones. It just felt disconnected with the characters OR maybe there just was not enough of the past characters in this story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Helen Simonson
    • Narrated By Peter Altschuler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2476)
    Performance
    (1185)
    Story
    (1177)

    You are about to travel to Edgecombe St. Mary, a small village in the English countryside filled with rolling hills, thatched cottages, and a cast of characters both hilariously original and as familiar as the members of your own family. Among them is Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired), the unlikely hero of Helen Simonson's wondrous debut. Wry, courtly, opinionated, and completely endearing, Major Pettigrew is one of the most indelible characters in contemporary fiction.

    Sara says: "A Surprising Treat!"
    "Very entertaining."
    Overall

    This book was mentioned at our book club recently but some had already read it. Not me so I thought I'd download it. I was not sure what to expect. LOVE the british accents. I found the story to be very pleasurable and would highly recommend it. I appreciate the mixture of cultures and it was a good reminder that no family is perfect. Well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Safe Haven

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Nicholas Sparks
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2126)
    Performance
    (1243)
    Story
    (1254)

    When Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children; and another with her plainspoken single neighbor, Jo. Despite her reservations, Katie begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community..

    Ruth Adamson says: "Not Nicholas Sparks best, but ok"
    "Good "trip" story"
    Overall

    I listened to this one with my 17 year old daughter on a road trip. We both enjoyed it. Would recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Geometry of Sisters

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Luanne Rice
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne, Jaclyn Gaines
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    After years away, Maura Shaw has returned to Newport, Rhode Island, to teach English at the academy. Behind her lies her life as the perfect Midwestern wife and mother, a life that seemed on the surface to be all she had ever wished for. That illusion vanished in a storm off Mackinac Island in the wake of an accident that engulfed Maura's husband and her older daughter, Carrie. Now, with her son and younger daughter, she hopes to find a new beginning.

    Deborah says: "Delicate Life Choices"
    "Delicate Life Choices"
    Overall

    This story was very enjoyable. Luanne Rice has written some amazing stories and she just keeps on doing it over and over.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Scent of the Missing: Love and Partnership with a Search-and-Rescue Dog

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Susannah Charleson
    • Narrated By Susannah Charleson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (131)

    After the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, Susannah Charleson was so impressed by the newspaper photo of an exhausted handler and his search-and-rescue dog that she decided to train a dog of her own. A dog lover and pilot with search experience herself, Charleson got Puzzle, a strong, bright Golden Retriever, who from the start, exhibited a unique aptitude for search-and-rescue work. But the puppy’s willfulness challenged even Susannah, who had raised dogs for years.

    #24 fan says: "Fascinating"
    "Excellent!"
    Overall

    This story was great. I really appreciated the perspective from the inside. I respect all trainers, handlers, and of course, the rescue animals. I love the bond that forms. Very happy to have listened to this story.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Summer Island

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Kristin Hannah
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (52)

    Thirty-four-year-old Ruby Bridge is a not-too-successful comedienne who uses her mother, a nationally-syndicated "moral and spiritual counselor" as the main fodder for her cynical, rather bitter humor. Her mother Nora, long divorced from Ruby's father, is a woman whose past is just about to catch up with her - in the form of blackmail by a former lover.

    Deborah says: "Thought it would be a typical story"
    "Thought it would be a typical story"
    Overall

    The story line has been done and done again, but having grown up in a broken home, I appreciated the story line and it was a nice grown up reminder that we really don't know all that we think to know about things that happened in our family / families life when we were kids.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Plum Island

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2657)
    Performance
    (1935)
    Story
    (1927)

    Wounded in the line of duty, NYPD homicide cop John Corey is convalescing in rural eastern Long Island when an attractive young couple he knows is found shot to death on the family patio. The victims were biologists at Plum Island, a research site rumored to be an incubator for germ warfare. Suddenly, a local double murder takes on shattering global implications - and thrusts Corey and two extraordinary women into a dangerous search for the secret of Plum Island....

    DERALD says: "Great on par with" LION'S GAME""
    "Great story - funny at times"
    Overall

    OK - after reading some other's review I was not sure what my take would be but I did really enjoy this story. I found the humor quite funny. I enjoyed the detective aspect - - classic "who dun it" etc. I liked the characters and found myself thinking about a part 2. Well done!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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