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Kathryn @theBookDate

Paraparaumu, New Zealand | Member Since 2004

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  • The Indiscretion

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Judith Ivory
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (78)

    Lydia is a delicate British lady. Sam is a dusty Texan. When they are stranded together on bleak and dangerous Dartmoor, they must stay close to each other to survive. But this closeness creates more than safety: it leads to an indiscretion that could destroy them both.

    A says: "Well-written Regency romance"
    "Worth a listen"
    Overall

    After one or two chapters I nearly erased this book. However I persevered because I had paid for it!! In the end I enjoyed it. Good for light listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Stealing Home: Sweet Magnolias Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Sherryl Woods
    • Narrated By Janet Metzger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (82)

    Maddie Townsend might live in a town called Serenity, but there’s been nothing calm or peaceful about her life since her marriage broke up. This stay-at-home mom has no job skills, an out-of-control 16-year-old son, a talkative 14-year-old who’s suddenly gone silent, a six-year-old daughter whose heart is broken, an ex-husband whose younger girlfriend is expecting their baby and two best friends who think she’s somehow qualified to help them open a fitness spa for women.

    L'Ara says: "Wood is good, this one was slow to start..."
    "A worthwhile listen"
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    I accidentally read Swan Point, so now I am going back to start at the beginning. Anyone who has rethought life choices in their forties will appreciate this series. Small town community and strong friendships between women. Supportive of each other. Happy to have used a credit. Well narrated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Long Road Home

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Mary Alice Monroe
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Her husband’s suicide left Nora MacKenzie alone, and his shady Wall Street dealings left the Manhattan socialite penniless. By a miracle, she’s held on to their mountainside farm - and she’ll keep holding on, no matter what. The property is Nora’s one chance to wring some dignity out of the sham she’s been living. The Vermont locals think she’s a city girl on a nature kick, but she’s not afraid to get her hands dirty. Nora’s serious about learning the farming business…if she can figure out where to begin.

    Kathryn @theBookDate says: "Well worth the listen"
    "Well worth the listen"
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    I really enjoyed this book, and will certainly ready more by Mary Alice Monroe. Greed and power versus faith, love and trust. Sandra Burr as usual does an excellent narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carolina Home: A Dare Island Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Virginia Kantra
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (115)

    Home to the Fletcher family for generations, Dare Island is a fishing village rocked by changing times - its traditions slipping away like sands of the North Carolina coast. Single dad and fishing boat captain Matt Fletcher deferred his own dreams to support his innkeeper parents and build a future for his sixteen-year-old son. Matt has learned to weather life's storms by steering a steady emotional course...and keeping a commitment-free approach to love.

    Kathryn @theBookDate says: "Enjoyed my first visit to Dare Island"
    "Enjoyed my first visit to Dare Island"
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    I have had this audio for awhile and finally got around to listening to it. I really enjoyed it. One of those great family oriented contemporary stories, that I know I just want to keep listening to, to catch up with the family. Loved the plot, the characters and the narrator did a fabulous jobe.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Running Wild: The Men from Battle Ridge

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Linda Howard, Linda Jones
    • Narrated By Maggie Wheeler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (209)
    Story
    (207)

    Carlin Reed lives in fear, off the grid, moving from place to place. So Battle Ridge, Wyoming, a small town in the middle of nowhere, seems like a good place to lie low for a while. But after becoming cook and housekeeper to cattle rancher Zeke Decker, Carlin suspects that she’s made her first mistake. Rugged, sexy, and too distracting for his own good, Zeke is pure temptation mixed with something deep and primal that makes Carlin feel almost safe. Soon things are getting way too hot in the kitchen.

    Molly says: "ON the RUN~ 5 STAR all the way HOWARD /Jones Gem~~"
    "Why did I put off listening to this book?"
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    I really enjoyed this book and listened to it over a few days once I got going. I purchased this on audible when it was published but never got around to it. I saw a few negative reviews early on, and then sort of lost the drive to listen to it.

    Goes to show I should never take too much notice of what others say. This book was a very pleasant listen, with varying amounts of tension in it to keep me interested.

    I liked the narrator, she enhanced this story, I liked the way she read and phrased the sentences, where she put emphasis. Awesome work and I would listen to another one by her in a heartbeat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Place to Call Home

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Deborah Smith
    • Narrated By Kymberly Dakin
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (126)

    Twenty years ago, Claire Maloney was the willful, pampered, tomboyish daughter of the town's most respected family, but that didn't stop her from befriending Roan Sullivan, a fierce, motherless boy who lived in a rusted-out trailer amid junked cars. No one in Dunderry, Georgia - least of all Claire's family - could understand the bond between these two mavericks. But Roan and Claire belonged together...until the dark afternoon when violence and terror overtook them, and Roan disappeared from Claire's life.

    Kimberly says: "Great book!"
    "Heart Wringer!"
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    I really loved this story, the first part while Clare and Roan are children, the second part as adults. It is about family - the joys and failings. Wonderful old people, amazing young members of family.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Return to Willow Lake: Lakeshore Chronicles, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Susan Wiggs
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (73)

    Sonnet Romano’s life is almost perfect. She has the ideal career, the ideal boyfriend, and has just been offered a prestigious fellowship. There’s nothing more a woman wants - except maybe a baby...brother?When Sonnet finds out her mother is unexpectedly expecting, and that the pregnancy is high risk, she puts everything on hold - the job, the fellowship, the boyfriend - and heads home to Avalon. Once her mom is out of danger, Sonnet intends to pick up her life where she left off.

    Kathryn @theBookDate says: "Another Great Read from Susan Wiggs."
    "Another Great Read from Susan Wiggs."
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    This is 9th in the series, and I have enjoyed them all and loved Sonnet's story with a catch up on Nina her Mum as well.While this is 'romance' it is more women's fiction and a young person finding her real self.It begins and ends with a wedding, all very satisfying.While this is a series book, it can easily be read by itself, the series just gives backgroound knowledge of some of the minor characters to the reader who has read them all. No big deal.Joyce Bean does an excellent narration.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Miracle

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Deborah Smith
    • Narrated By Deanna Moffitt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Haunted by a past filled with poverty and abuse, Amy Miracle finds escape and release in the vineyards of Georgia - and in Sebastian de Savin, a brilliant and arrogant surgeon whose own past has hardened his heart. Amy finally breaks through de Savin's shell and teaches him to love and laugh again, and Sebastian helps Amy blossom into a magnificent woman.

    Mona says: "Entertaining"
    "Enjoyable and Well Narrated."
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    A little too long, the author could have edited some of the material out, it reminded me of a Danielle Steele saga. Narrator was very good and all in all it was a worthwhile listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Winter Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2710)
    Performance
    (2276)
    Story
    (2281)

    History has all but forgotten.... In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown. Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next best-selling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write. But then she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction....

    Martha says: "Get Out Your Hankies"
    "Outstanding"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    Great listening, narrator did excellent job. Didn't like the double story at the beginning but perservered and pleased that I did.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Twenty Wishes: A Blossom Street Book

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Debbie Macomber
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby Sirois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (70)

    Anne Marie Roche wants to find happiness again.

    On Valentine's Day, Anne Marie and several other widows get together to celebrate...what? Hope, possibility, the future. They each begin a list of 20 wishes. Anne Marie's list starts with "Find one good thing about life". It includes learning to knit, doing good for someone else, falling in love again.

    She begins to act on her wishes, and when she volunteers at a local school, an eight-year-old girl named Ellen enters her life. It's a relationship that becomes far more involving than Anne Marie intended. It also becomes far more important than she ever imagined.

    Jane says: "An uplifting, morale boosting book."
    "Enjoyable."
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    If you have read the previous books in the series then listen to this one. If you are slightly older then read it - probably for those in their 40's onwards. If you are looking for something different than gentle loving relationships and bonds between friends and family, forget it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Insurgent: Divergent, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    Overall
    (10821)
    Performance
    (9805)
    Story
    (9882)

    One choice can transform you - or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves - and herself - while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

    Lore says: "Decent but not as interesting as Divergent"
    "Intense and Full of Action."
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    The second book, every bit as good as the first, read really well. This book sets up for the next, unfortunately that will be some time away.

    I do believe I will need to listen to both Divergent and Insurgent again before that third book comes out. So that I am really clear and ready for it. Well written and very well worth the listen.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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