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  • Somewhere I'll Find You

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Lisa Kleypas
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    Overall
    (537)
    Performance
    (350)
    Story
    (344)

    The toast of the town...All London is at Julia Wentworth’s feet — and anything she desires is hers for the asking. But the glamorous leading lady guards a shocking secret: a mystery husband whom she does not know, dares not mention...and cannot love. For years Damon Savage has been searching for thestranger his parents wed him to without his consent, hoping to legally free himself from matrimony’s invisible chains.

    Ilene says: "Fantastic!!!"
    "Steamy Historical Romance"
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    What did you love best about Somewhere I'll Find You?

    I loved that the main character was a strong female protagonist. Julia Wentworth is a glamorous actress who escapes from her predestined future as a married woman to a man she barely knew.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Damon Savage is a great character who is charming, devout and determined.
    He is charmed by the young actress while in pursuit of his "wife" to whom he was married as a youth.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the two characters come to realize the relationship between them is far more than either of them first imaged.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6731)
    Performance
    (4707)
    Story
    (4692)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "Captivating Historical Novel"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Kitchen House the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed listening to this book. The characters were "alive" and believable through the words of the narrators. It allowed me to get swept up into the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I found the historical issues that prevailed in the 1700's were captivating holding my attention to the conclusion. Lavinia is an young Irish girl who was brought to The Kitchen House where she was raised and trained as a servant after her parents had died.
    She learns about loyalty, honesty and integrity as she is reared by the plantation slaves.


    What about Orlagh Cassidy and Bahni Turpin ’s performance did you like?

    I liked the difference in accents of the two narrators in presenting this book. Given the stark difference between Lavinia and the the plantation owners and the servants. It provided a historical feel to what the situations might have been during that time period.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    The story is filled with action and secrets that would urge someone to want to finish the book in one sitting. Although I did not finish it in one sitting, I did feel compelled to listen when I could to satisfy my curiosity regarding the future of the characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • True Love and Other Disasters

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Rachel Gibson
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (525)
    Performance
    (357)
    Story
    (359)

    Best-selling author Rachel Gibson is acclaimed for her quick-witted and endearing romances. True Love and Other Disasters begins as the Seattle Chinooks hockey team owner dies, bequeathing the team to his young widow, Faith. Faith is determined to be taken seriously as the owner, and she’s not going to let anyone—especially dreamy star player Ty Savage—get in her way.

    S says: "More Rachel Gibson, please!"
    "Adventures of mixing love and business"
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    If you could sum up True Love and Other Disasters in three words, what would they be?

    Initially, I was not aware that this book was apart of a series by the author.
    This is a stand alone book which makes it enjoyable as I didn't feel like I was missing information to fully grasp the story.

    So in three word,

    Sexy
    Funny
    Courageous


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character was my favorite for her dogged determination to be successful despite the lack of support and encouragement from those around her. She persevered to prove her worthy of running her dead husband's beloved hockey team.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene is at the end when the team wins the Stanley Cup and her love interest is free to disclose their relationship.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Hockey, love and other disasters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9442)
    Performance
    (8652)
    Story
    (8704)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "Story of love, survival and loss."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Fault in Our Stars the most enjoyable?

    I felt like I got to know the characters on an intimate level through hearing the spoken words. I felt it allowed me to imagine the appearance of the characters. Because of the emotional nature of the story, I found that listening provided a greater sense of the constantly changing emotions of these young adults.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Fault in Our Stars?

    I enjoyed the moment when the main character receives the information about which she has long wondered. It consoles her at a time of loss realizing the depth of affection that slipped away from her.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the scene when the two young adults traveled to see an author to discuss their favorite. It was a bittersweet journey for them.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Live your best life without regret


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Finding Emma

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Steena Holmes
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (72)

    The last time Megan saw her youngest daughter, Emma, was on the little girl’s third birthday. Now, two years later, she sees her daughter’s face in every blonde girl she passes - at the grocery store, in car windows, at the doctor’s office. She is determined to find her daughter, but her commitment borders on obsession as she finds herself following these little girls who resemble her missing daughter. Her inability to move on after Emma’s kidnapping has distanced Megan from her friends and family.

    Amazon Customer says: "Overwrought Drama"
    "A Parent's Worst Nightmare"
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    What made the experience of listening to Finding Emma the most enjoyable?

    Listening allowed me to get a real "feel" for the characters. Situations are dramatic and emotionally charged which are experienced through the audio version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Finding Emma?

    Without giving up the story, what remains memorable is how quickly those we love can be taken from us. The effects of one person missing from a family can have tremendous impact that is experienced differently by all other members of the family.


    What does Natalie Ross bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The emotional aspects experienced by the characters.


    Who was the most memorable character of Finding Emma and why?

    The grandfather who seems to provide a thread weaving the characters ultimately together.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dinner: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Herman Koch, Sam Garrett (translator)
    • Narrated By Clive Mantle
    Overall
    (879)
    Performance
    (770)
    Story
    (777)

    It's a summer's evening in Amsterdam, and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant for dinner. Between mouthfuls of food and over the polite scrapings of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of polite discourse - the banality of work, the triviality of the holidays. But behind the empty words, terrible things need to be said, and with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened. Each couple has a 15-year-old son. The two boys are united by their accountability for a single horrific act; an act that has triggered a police investigation and shattered the comfortable, insulated worlds of their families.

    Jane says: "Dining at its most distubing"
    "Wow! A suspenseful, mind twister"
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    Where does The Dinner rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I enjoyed this audio book a lot compared to my other reads. It is narrated brilliantly allowing the reader to feel intimately apart of the conversations going on the main characters head. He is an unreliable narrator, at best, of this deep and often laughable tale.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that there were no redeemable characters in the whole novel, just a few by-standers who get sucked into the family tornado that passes through the restaurant that night.
    Unbelievably, the story takes place in a single location but the narrator takes you in his mind to the events leading up to The Dinner.


    What about Clive Mantle’s performance did you like?

    He was able to portray the book narrator in a way that I felt I was actually in the main character's mixed up flawed brain. Mr. Mantle is successful with "being" the flawed unreliable narrator of the book.

    I highly recommend this book in audio format for that reason alone. From reading reviews I felt the story was "experienced" in a unique fashion that might have been lost in another format.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I believe the events leading up to the end were essential. Without ruining the experience, keeping an open mind while reading is important as the tale takes twists and turns that I never expected.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is definitely not for those easily offended by foul language and grotesque psychological tales in which you have more questions after reading it than before.
    A great Book Club read! So much you will want to discuss!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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