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  • The Good House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ann Leary
    • Narrated By Mary Beth Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Good House tells the story of Hildy Good, who lives in a small town on Boston's North Shore. Hildy is a successful real-estate broker, good neighbor, mother, and grandmother. She's also a raging alcoholic. Hildy's family held an intervention for her about a year before this story takes place - "if they invite you over for dinner, and it’s not a major holiday," she advises "run for your life" - and now she feels lonely and unjustly persecuted. She has also fooled herself into thinking that moderation is the key.

    Mel says: "Soberingly Funny"
    "The best narrator I have ever listened to."
    Which character – as performed by Mary Beth Hurt – was your favorite?

    I loved Hildy and hated for the story to end because I won't be able to keep up with her. Mary Beth Hurt MADE this book so enjoyable and real.

    If you could take any character from The Good House out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Hildy because we would drink wine and have a good talk.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Leaving Time

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Abigail Revasch, Kathe Mazur, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Refusing to believe that she would be abandoned as a young child, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice's old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts. Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest.

    Jan says: "Pickiest Reader Would Be Willing to Give 6 Stars"
    "Too much SAD elephant information!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Anyone who doesn't mind reading about the mistreatment of animals and hearing stories of animal suffering and cruelty. (truth or fiction)

    What could Jodi Picoult have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Much of the elephant information felt like filler and wasn't really required to tell the story.

    Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

    I have enjoyed every one of her other novels.

    What character would you cut from Leaving Time?

    I would replace the catatonic voice of the mother.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Garden Spells

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Sarah Addison Allen
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Waverleys have always been a curious family, endowed with peculiar gifts that make them outsiders even in their hometown of Bascom, North Carolina. Even their garden has a reputation, famous for its feisty apple tree that bears prophetic fruit, and its edible flowers, imbued with special powers.

    Generations of Waverleys tended this garden. Their history was in the soil. But so were their futures.

    Together again in the house they grew up in, the Waverley sisters realize they must deal with their common legacy - if they are ever to feel at home in Bascom - or with each other.

    Joihelene says: "I so want to give it 5 stars...!!!!"
    "Loved the characters."
    Any additional comments?

    This book included a love story along with some magic and mystery, all of my favorite things.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

    Robert says: "Six stars if I could"
    "A long and interesting story, great characters."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I commute four hours a day and looked forward to getting in the car each day, sometimes driving around the block before getting out of my car.

    What other book might you compare The Forgotten Garden to and why?

    The characters have stayed with me long after I finished the book.

    Have you listened to any of Caroline Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Bluegrass Baby

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Sadie Hutchins loves her job at the Kentucky Tourism Commission. Not only could her co-workers double as the cast of Parks and Recreation, but she loves finding the unusual sites, hidden gems, and just-plain-odd tourist attractions of her home state. She’s a shoo-in for the director’s job when her boss retires at the end of the year…until hotshot Josh Vaughn shows up to challenge her for the position. Josh is all sophisticated polish while Sadie’s country comfort, and the two have very different ideas of what makes a good campaign.

    Diana Turmenne says: "Made me want to visit Kentucky!"
    "Distractingly Snarky!"
    What would have made My Bluegrass Baby better?

    The main character in this book tried make every sentence a sarcastic joke, very "snarky" and corny humor. There really wasn't much of a story and the characters were detestable.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Molly Harper again?

    I would definately preview before purchasing.

    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator did fine, she didn't have much to work with.

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

    Annoyance and a lot of eye rolling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    M. Davis says: "Classic Nora - Outstanding!!!!"
    "Good story but unbelievable."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would make the main character a little more believable. I felt at times like I was reading a novel intended for someone in junior high, no one could be as niave and clueless as this main character. I would have liked a LOT less romance and a little more detail about the crime and criminals. I found myself rolling my eyes through much of this book at how ridiculous the romance was but maybe I'm just old and jaded.

    What other book might you compare The Witness to and why?

    Nothing comes to mind. I didn't realize that Nora Roberts was a romance writer and it felt as though I was reading one of the old fashioned Harlequin Romance novels.

    Do you think The Witness needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, the problem was solved, case closed.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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