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Paraparaumu, New Zealand | Member Since 2007

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  • Winter Garden: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Kristin Hannah
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (741)
    Performance
    (473)
    Story
    (469)

    Meredith and Nina Whitson are as different as sisters can be. One stayed at home to raise her children and manage the family apple orchard: the other followed a dream and traveled the world to become a famous photojournalist. But when their beloved father fails ill, Meredith and Nina find themselves together again, standing alongside their cold, disapproving mother, Anya, who even now, offers no comfort to her daughters

    Alysa says: "Gut wrenching....but well done."
    "Excellent writing, excellent narrating."
    Overall

    Powerful story. I listened to the audio of this, very well done. It is not an easy story to listen to, but beautiful all the same. The way Kristin Hannah tells the story both in the present day and back to Stalin's time works seamlessly. In the telling of the story love and redemption eventually are born. But before that great pain and loss. Sometimes almost too unbearable to hear. Recommend the listen.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Looking for Me

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Beth Hoffman
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    Overall
    (767)
    Performance
    (685)
    Story
    (684)

    Beth Hoffman’s bestselling debut, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, won admirers and acclaim with its heartwarming story and cast of unforgettable characters. Now her unique flair for evocative settings and richly drawn Southern personalities shines in her compelling new novel, Looking for Me.

    Debra says: "Another fascinating story from Beth Hoffman!"
    "Loved this."
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    Just like many other readers I loved Looking For Me by Beth Hoffman. It was a wonderful southern story of family and loss and hope.

    Teddi was someone I'd love to know. Passionate and loving it is her journey and her story. It is told from her point of view and what a voice. From early on she loved all things ancient and antique - sold them at her farm gate until later on she opened a shop in Charleston. I loved that she had two mentors who happened along at the right time and helped her along with her passion. An expert on antiques and an expert in opening a business. She also had loyal friends and workers. She had a grandma in her nineties and Teddi took good care of her and her grandma took good care of Teddi.

    While she is successful in business she has losses to face and grieving to do for all that she has lost and none so dear as her younger brother Josh who has a passion for protecting nature and the beautiful wildlife that surrounds their Kentucky farm. When he disappears one day, Teddi almost never gives up hope that he is alive somewhere. Sometimes the signs seem to say he may have died, but Teddi leaves messages for him. When the time comes to face the fact that she cannot keep the farm she makes some decisions that are brave and thoughtful.

    This is a story of wonder and joy, heartbreak and sadness, humour and quirkiness. It's a tale of love - Teddi's love for many people and places and things. Teddi finds love with someone in an unexpected place and while it did not take centre stage it was a nice touch.

    Jenna Lamia did a fine job narrating this book, her voices for various characters was great, her pacing and expression - wonderful. She was Teddi! I would happily listen to any book she narrates. This book was already excellent but with her narration Jenna took it up to another level again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ten Tiny Breaths: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By K. A. Tucker
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Louise
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (539)
    Performance
    (484)
    Story
    (486)

    Four years ago Kacey Cleary's life imploded when her car was hit by a drunk driver, killing her parents, boyfriend, and best friend. Still haunted by memories of being trapped inside, holding her boyfriend's lifeless hand and listening to her mother take her last breath, Kacey wants to leave her past behind. Armed with two bus tickets, Kacey and her 15-year-old sister, Livie, escape Grand Rapids, Michigan, to start over in Miami. Kacey's not worried. She can handle anything - anything but her mysterious neighbor in apartment 1D.

    Jordy says: "One of my Favorite Books this year!"
    "Loved it."
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    Ten Tiny Breaths by K. A. Tucker has been in my view since 2013 when I watched it on NetGalley and saw many, many reviews for it. I just passed it by, it didn't seem like it was for me! I am not sure what made me finally give it a go, I must have read an audio review because that is the format I chose. So I found out then that it was not only New Adult but first person POV and written in the present tense. Hate that! Well I used to anyway because a sentence or two was only spoken and I was hooked and totally in for the ride.

    Kacey was in a car accident, where her parents, best friend and boyfriend were killed and she was left holding her dead boyfriend's hand until she could be cut out hours later. Kacey and Libby now need to escape the place where they are living because the uncle is not all he should be. They set up in a small apartment and Kacey finds work through a neighbour Storm.

    Kacey is a hard nosed young woman, but she has not coped well with the loss and anger that she experiences from the accident. She has tried many avenues and still nothing works. She hates anyone touching her hand. Her anger can be triggered and when it does - Libby is worried by what may happen. She forms a strong loving relationship with Trent the guy next door, yet this has its difficulties.

    I loved the cast of characters, they became like Kacey's and Libby's family. I smiled sometimes and I admit to a few tears too. I was able to predict what was to be a big shock for Kacey before it happened, yet I don't hold that against the book. I think most if not all readers would see what was coming.

    As I listened I was struck by how much damage happens by those who drink and drive and cause accidents that need never have happened. It impacts for sure those who lose their lives, but what about those on the wider circle who are victims too - the family and friends. Or those who live through the accident.

    The narrator was perfect for the book and I will certainly listen to some more in this series. One prejudiced reader won over!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Witch: The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2131)
    Performance
    (1929)
    Story
    (1930)

    With indifferent parents, Iona Sheehan grew up craving devotion and acceptance. From her maternal grandmother, she learned where to find both: a land of lush forests, dazzling lakes, and centuries-old legends. Ireland. County Mayo, to be exact. Where her ancestors’ blood and magic have flowed through generations - and where her destiny awaits.

    Jeri says: "Gotta love/hate Nora Roberts"
    "The narration was fine!"
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    I put off listening to this book for a couple of years because of the poor reviews about the narration. What a load of rubbish in my view. The narration perfectly suited the book and I thought Katherine Kellgren did a fine job. The book is a typical Nora Roberts magical story and really you know what you're going to get. That aside it was a very enjoyable listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rosie Effect: Don Tillman, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Graeme Simsion
    • Narrated By Dan O'Grady
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    The Rosie Effect is the charming and hilarious sequel to Graeme Simsion's bestselling debut novel The Rosie Project. With the Wife Project complete, Don settles into a new job and married life in New York. But it's not long before certain events are taken out of his control and it's time to embark on a new project . . .As Don tries to get to grips with the requirements of starting a family, his unusual research style gets him into trouble.

    Kathryn @theBookDate says: "Dan O'Grady is perfection"
    "Dan O'Grady is perfection"
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    The Rosie Effect follows on from The Rosie Project, and as I enjoyed the latter very much, I didn't wait too long to listen to the second book. I am still undecided about how much I liked The Rosie Effect. Like the first book I chose to listen to the audio version because Dan O'Grady totally nails the narration. To me he is the voice of Don Tillman! His voice, his phrasing and emphasis on certain words just brings this story so alive.

    Don is totally thrown when he learns that he and Rosie are expecting a baby. He goes into meltdown. And when he has finished with that he turns to the practicalities of preparing a baby. He becomes an expert on the total nine months and all birthing possibilities. You don't want to know his version of a pram and cot. Neither would Rosie. What Don neglects to do is give Rosie the support she needs and fails to be involved in ways that Rosie sees as essential.

    I wasn't that keen on the relationship between Don and Rosie in this book, except perhaps towards the end. The decision that Rosie came to in the course of events was something I felt might be inevitable. Rosie felt like a shadowy character in this book, she was there in the background, but not really fully fleshed.

    Don had a number of other characters to relate to in this book. They are in New York and there is the old rock star upstairs - George, Dave and Sonia - someone Don helps out with his business and then Sonia later helps Don out in a very funny kind of way. Then there is Lydia, he first meets her in a restaurant and then later as his 'social worker'. Gene also turns up on the door, I found I didn't mind him so much in this book.

    Don because of who he is lands himself in all kinds of funny situations that he takes totally seriously. He also shows the kind of person he is as he bends over backwards for his friends - he just forgot to do that for Rosie in a way that she needed!

    I enjoyed the reference to the media and the way some journalists muddle the facts and the poking of fun at the way airports operate these days.

    If you listen to audio, I would most definitely listen to it rather than read it. Dan O'Grady takes the book up some notches.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The One Plus One

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Bower, Ben Elliot, Nicola Stanton, and others
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (67)

    With two jobs and two children, Jess Thomas does her best day after day. But it’s hard on your own. And sometimes you take risks you shouldn’t. Because you have to.... Jess’ gifted, quirky daughter Tanzie is brilliant with numbers, but without a helping hand she’ll never get the chance to shine. And Nicky, Jess’ teenage stepson, can’t fight the bullies alone. Sometimes Jess feels like they’re sinking.... Into their lives comes Ed Nicholls, a man whose life is in chaos, and who is running from a deeply uncertain future. But he has time on his hands. He knows what it’s like to be lonely. And he wants to help....

    Kathryn @theBookDate says: "Wonderful. Excellent Narration"
    "Wonderful. Excellent Narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is my first book ever by Jojo Moyes and I believe it was a good introduction. I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. I mainly listen to audiobooks while walking, this book had me talking out loud to the characters, smiling at the world and discreetly wiping away some tears.

    This is probably the first time I have listened to a book with four narrators, the book tells the story from the point of view of four characters- Jess, Nicky, Tanzie and Ed. After a few moments of discomfort these narrators became the characters, and I am sure that they totally enhanced this book for me. I give them all top marks for bringing these characters alive in my imagination.

    Jess is an amazing woman, she has a husband who has deserted any sense of responsibility and disappeared, she has little money but works hard to support her small mismatched family. Money problems dog her much of the way, at one point she makes an error of judgement, however the way she handles that had me applauding her. She is a great mother and Nicky and Tanzie are very fortunate to have her.

    I also loved how the children Nicky and Tanzie were very much part of this story with their challenges of growing up and being their true selves. Norman the dog completes the family, and does he come to the party when it really matters - you bet! Big and slobbery but well loved and included in the family.

    Ed is almost against his will in the beginning sucked up into this family when he joins them to help them take a step to help Tanzie achieve a dream. They take a car journey together across country which turns out to be no picnic but all the same things happen! Loved the way Ed helped Nicky and Tanzie.

    A heart warming emotional read, where honesty, family, personal growth and change and small kindnesses stand out.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Violets of March

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Sarah Jio
    • Narrated By Lyssa Browne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (149)

    In her 20s, Emily Watson was on top of the world: she had a best-selling novel, a husband plucked from the pages of GQ, and a one-way ticket to happily ever after. Ten years later, the tide has turned on Emily's good fortune. So when her great-Aunt Bee invites her to spend the month of March on Bainbridge Island in Washington State, Emily accepts, longing to be healed by the sea. Researching her next book, Emily discovers a red velvet diary, dated 1943, whose contents reveal startling connections to her own life. The Violets of March announces Sarah Jio as a writer to watch.

    hampton says: "MUST LISTEN!"
    "Well worth the listen"
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    Story

    Loved this story and the narrator did an excellent job. Really liked the way she narrated the elderly people in the book, giving the impression of their fragility. Great debut novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Alice Forgot

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (54)

    When Alice Love surfaces from a beautiful dream to find she's been injured in a gym, she knows that something is very wrong – she hates exercise. Alice's first concern is her baby – she's pregnant with her first child, and she's desperate to see her husband, Nick, who she knows will be worried about her.But Alice isn't pregnant. And Nick isn't worried.

    Aimee says: "Didn't want it to end!"
    "Throroughly Enjoyable Listening."
    Overall
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    Story

    This is the second book I have listened to by Liane Moriarty and read by Caroline Lee. The narrator does an excellent job and really enhances the book. Always a plus when that happens. I liked the twists and turns in the plot and imagine if this really did happen.

    0 of 0 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
    (177)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (124)

    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
    (46)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    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"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    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
    (211)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (196)

    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.

    Kristen says: "Take a vacation on 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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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