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Dorothy

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  • Then Came You: Gambler of Craven's Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lisa Kleypas
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (763)
    Performance
    (489)
    Story
    (485)

    Reckless, wild, and beautiful, Lily Lawson delights in shocking proper London society – and now she is determined to rescue her sister from an unwanted impending marriage to the notorious Alex, Lord Raiford, by fair means or foul. But while she succeeds outrageously, Alex is a master gamesman who is not to be undone.

    Amazon Customer says: "Addictive"
    "Just ok, the sex scenes were really overdone."
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    There was a pretty good story here, but endless, needless, sex scenes that didn't further the story. If I wanted to read porn, I would order it. I'm not bashful of sex scenes in books, but once they started (in the second half), it seems that was all there was! To the point where it really detracted from the story.

    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
    (121)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (69)

    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"
    "What was the point of this?"
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    I love this series, but this was very disappointing. I don't get it - for one thing, it's either placed out of order in the series or just goes back in chronology, but at least 60% of it hashes over events that were included in the previous books, often using the exact same words to relate the event. It was previously recorded on cassette and annoyingly tells us to turn the cassette over. I can't help but think the author needed some extra cash for Christmas shopping so hastily pieced together (no pun intended) little bits of previous stories and published a quick summary. Don't bother with this one. You won't miss anything! I will go on to the next and hope that she returns to the well written, enjoyable stories that I have so far loved.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Quilter's Apprentice: Elm Creek Quilts, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jennifer Chiaverini
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (276)
    Performance
    (247)
    Story
    (251)

    An engaging tale full of warmth and wisdom, The Quilter’s Apprentice is the first novel in best-selling author Jennifer Chiaverini’s Elm Creek Quilts series. Sarah McClure takes a job helping elderly Sylvia Compson prepare her family estate for sale. Sylvia, a master quilter, agrees to share the tricks of the trade with Sarah. As the two women grow close, Sylvia shares her family’s tragic past, compelling Sarah to look at her own life more closely.

    jenny says: "I'm hooked!"
    "I loved this."
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    Yes, it was somewhat predictable as another reviewer mentioned, but it was lighthearted and kept my interest from the beginning. I listened to it straight through, of course, while quilting, but even those who don't quilt will enjoy this story. I'm downloading the next one now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All the Colors of Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Peter Robinson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (41)

    Once on the investigation of a murder case involving a costume designer and his older and wealthier lover, Detective Alan Banks finds himself plunged into a case where nothing is as it seems. More and more his own words about the victim's latest production, Othello, are coming back to haunt him, for "jealousy, betrayal, envy, ambition, greed, lust, revenge: all the colors of darkness" are quickly becoming his world as well.

    Lehua says: "Good story damaged by producer"
    "Loved the story and narrator"
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    This is another great Banks novel. Someone else mentioned the weird music. I agree - it's jarring and unnecessary. Doesn't belong at all. What were they thinking?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • What Happens in London

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Julia Quinn
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (814)
    Performance
    (535)
    Story
    (539)

    When Olivia Bevelstoke is told that her new neighbor may have killed his fiancée, she doesn't believe it for a second, but, still, how can she help spying on him, just to be sure? So she stakes out a spot near her bedroom window, cleverly concealed by curtains, watches, and waits . . . and discovers a most intriguing man, who is definitely up to something. Sir Harry Valentine works for the boring branch of the War Office, translating documents vital to national security.

    Donna says: "Brilliant"
    "Silly fluff"
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    Somehow I didn't realize that this was going to be a dime romance novel. There is some witty dialog, but overall, it's predictable and unmemorable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Watch

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Sarah Waters
    • Narrated By Juanita McMahon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (76)

    New York Times best-selling author Sarah Waters received sweeping critical acclaim for her debut, Tipping the Velvet, and has been a finalist for the Orange and Booker Prizes. In The Night Watch she tells the riveting, intersecting tales of four Londoners during and after World War II. As these four people survive the devastation of war and experience the dizzying heights of life, their paths cross in ways none of them can foresee.

    AmazonShoppingQueen says: "may not work in audio"
    "Very slow."
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    I read the reviews before I downloaded this and, because they were mixed, hoped for the best. Truth is, I'm surprised I got through it, but was working on a project so didn't have time to look for something else. For me, it never got going. Overall, it was just mildly sad and substantially uninteresting . . . . .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blackout

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2117)
    Performance
    (1367)
    Story
    (1375)

    In her first novel since 2002, Nebula and Hugo award-winning author Connie Willis returns with a stunning, enormously entertaining novel of time travel, war, and the deeds - great and small - of ordinary people who shape history. In the hands of this acclaimed storyteller, the past and future collideand the result is at once intriguing, elusive, and frightening.

    Monica says: "Double review - Blackout and All Clear"
    "Really enjoyable"
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    I loved this book. Just downloading the second book now. . . it's not often that I can hardly wait to continue a story. The characters are mostly very engaging. The narration, particularly for Binnie and Alf is really outstanding. They all became a little part of my life for the few days they were with me. Can't be sure how accurate the description of what life was like during the blitz is, but it sure is believable and feels real. It's as if it brings the reader on a little trip in time with the characters. I recommend this one. It's interesting that these feel so different than the first two books, like they were written by someone else. The first book, although good, was gloomy. The second (To Say Nothing of the Dog) was downright silly. This is the best as far as I'm concerned.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Likeness

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Heather O'Neill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3064)
    Performance
    (1953)
    Story
    (1958)

    Tana French's debut, In the Woods, hit the New York Times best-seller list and drew rave reviews from the Times (London) and Booklist. Picking up six months later, this riveting sequel finds Detective Cassie Maddox still scarred by her last case. When her boyfriend calls her to a chilling murder scene, Cassie is forced to face her inner demons. A young woman has been found stabbed to death outside Dublin, and the victim looks just like Cassie.

    Michael says: "Really on a Different Level"
    "Not for me"
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    I read the first book and like it ok . . . .the self-destructive behavior of lead male character did get a bit old, but overall, that one was pretty good. After reading the glowing reviews for this book, I was encouraged, but I found I just couldn't listen to it. I lasted about an hour, but it was just too cheesy. The narrator was very annoying too - it all seems very forced.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Voyager

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8937)
    Performance
    (6054)
    Story
    (6032)

    Set in the intriguing Scotland of 200 years ago, the third installment in the romantic adventures of Jamie and Claire is as compelling as the first. Now that Claire knows Jamie survived the slaughter at Culloden, she is faced with the most difficult decision of her life. She aches to travel back through time again to find the love of her life, but, in order to do that, she must leave their daughter behind.

    A User says: "7 Stars!! Brilliant!!"
    "Very entertaining"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I liked this book the best so far - lots of twists and turns, for the most part, really fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hanging Hill

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Mo Hayder
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (111)

    One morning in picture-perfect Bath, England, a teenage girl's body is found on the towpath of a canal: Lorne Woods - beautiful, popular, and apparently the victim of a disturbingly brutal murder. Zoe Benedict - Harley-riding police detective, independent to a fault - is convinced the department head needs to look beyond the usual domestic motives to solve the case.

    Dorothy says: "Enjoyed it"
    "Enjoyed it"
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    Would you listen to Hanging Hill again? Why?

    Yes, the story really keeps your interest. I was pleased that the usual rules of behavior were bent for the main characters.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The story built well until it droppped you off the cliff at the end


    Any additional comments?

    I find it very frustrating when an author pulls a Soprano-like ending. I don't want to use my imagination as to what happened. If I wanted to write my own end, I would be an author. I'm not; finish your book!

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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