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  • Making Toast: A Family Story

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Roger Rosenblatt
    • Narrated By Roger Rosenblatt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (260)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (167)

    When his daughter, Amy—a gifted doctor, mother, and wife—collapsed and died from an asymptomatic heart condition, Roger Rosenblatt and his wife, Ginny, left their home on the South Shore of Long Island to move in with their son-in-law, Harris, and their three young grandchildren.

    Diana - Audible says: "A little gem of a book"
    "Making Toast - A very scattered memoir"
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    My deepest sympathies to anyone who has lost an adult child.
    This memoir/story was a sad retelling of memories and the grandchildren moving on. The author didn't focus on any subject for more than 60 seconds. His thoughts were scattered and disconnected.
    The family obviously has great wealth, knows many famous people and lead privileged lives. Death and grief visited them none-the-less. His tone gave the impression that they should be exempted from such tragedy.
    The book had a few redeeming points, but the bragging of their accomplishments; possessions; and position overshadowed them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Larkspur Cove

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Lisa Wingate
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker, Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    When Andrea moves to Moses Lake, Texas, with her son, she hopes her job will provide purpose and solace from an ordeal that shattered her life and shook her faith. Mart, the new game warden, hopes to escape the constant reminders of a tragedy he can’t forgive himself for. Soon a girl’s plight offers them both a chance for redemption and draws them closer than they ever anticipated.

    peggy says: "The Best"
    "Great start the series"
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    Lisa Wingate has written a wonderful story/romance filled with believable, imperfect characters complete with insecurities and shaken faith. I appreciated that the leads were genuine - they worked, they conflicted with their teen-age children, they had disagreements with relatives, and they cared about their community. The romance was sweet and just taking root when the book ended.
    I enjoyed the two voices in the audiobook. They did a wonderful job!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rocky Mountain Oasis: The Shepherd's Heart, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Lynnette Bonner
    • Narrated By Anne Johnston Brown
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (78)

    He's different from any man she's ever known. However, she's sworn never to risk her heart again. Brooke Baker, sold as a mail-order bride, looks to her future with dread but firm resolve. If she survived Uncle Jackson, she can survive anyone. When Sky Jordan hears that his nefarious cousin has sent for a mail-order bride, he knows he has to prevent the marriage. No woman deserves to be left to that fate. Still, he's as surprised as anyone to find himself standing next to her before the minister.

    Duane says: "A DIFFERENT KIND OF GROOM"
    "Narrator's perfect diction subtracted"
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    Ms. Bonner has perfect diction. That would normally be a postitive comment. However, in a western historical book, to hear her pronounce every consonant did not fit the book. Even when reading the voices of roughened, uneducated cowboys, they had perfect diction.

    The story didn't speak to me as I was continually cringing at the narration. Perhaps the author is also responsible for using language that wouldn't commonly be in the vocabulary of a frontiersman.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Just Like Heaven

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Julia Quinn
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (491)
    Performance
    (368)
    Story
    (369)

    Honoria Smythe-Smith is: A) a really bad violinist; B) still miffed at being nicknamed "Bug" as a child; C) not in love with her older brother's best friend, D) all of the above.

    Yuriko says: "Delightful!"
    "Not even close to heaven"
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    This book by Julia Quinn was very disappointing. Senseless chatter by young women and their mothers, not once by several times. The beginning was overdone emphasizing that the heroine was a nuisance when she was a child. The characters were flat and didn't have chemistry or tension.

    SPOILER***The bedroom scene was just unbelievable - in her parents' house during a party? The hero was as close to a rutting pig as an author could write it.**

    Very disappointing from a writer who has done much better.
    The narration was well-done considering what she was given to perform.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor: Friday Harbor, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lisa Kleypas
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (261)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (182)

    "Dear Santa, what I really want for Christmas is a mom...." In the close-knit community of Friday Harbor, secrets don’t last long. So when the local radio station reads Dear Santa letters on the airwaves, everyone knows this heartwrenching letter was written by Zarchary Nolan’s adorable young daughter Halle. Zachary has been a widower for two years, and his family and friends have decided it’s time for him to start dating. But will all their matchmaking efforts help to make Halle’s Christmas wish come true?

    K. says: "Synopsis is TOTALLY off, but the story is cute."
    "Unimpressed Big Time"
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    What a disappointing, short, predictable book! I didn't hear one original idea in the short 4 hour read. Knowing that reality has to be sometimes suspended to accomplish the story, I was still disappointed that the characters weren't developed, the story was predictable, the situations flat and the brother was given more importance in the story than the main character.
    I've read/listened others by LK that were much better. This must have been a weekend writing event thinking her fans would buy anything.
    If this had been a Christmas present, I would have returned it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stranger in My Arms

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Lisa Kleypas
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (620)
    Performance
    (546)
    Story
    (547)

    “Lady Hawksworth, your husband is not dead.” With those words, Lara’s life turned upside down. Hunter, Earl of Hawksworth, had been lost at sea. Or so she’d been told. Their unhappy marriage - with its cold caresses and passionless kisses – was over. But now a powerful, virile man stood before her, telling secrets only a husband could know, and vowing she would once again be his wife in every way.

    CAROLYN says: "ONE OF HER BEST YET, I COULDN'T STOP LISTENING"
    "Stiff and Stuffy in Anyone's Arms"
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    Would you try another book from Lisa Kleypas and/or Rosalyn Landor?

    Maybe. The story more than the narrator was weak.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The suspense of not knowing who the man was who claimed to be Lord Hawksworth was the most interesting. The least interesting was that three-fourths of the book was a not-that-great cat and mouse game of him declaring she would go to bed with him and she vowing she would not. After the first hour on the book it was old, contrived, and boring. Lara wasn't a warm character.


    Which character – as performed by Rosalyn Landor – was your favorite?

    My favorite was Lord Hawksworth's mother - she came to life.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Lara was not a likable character - stiff, dull, consumed with herself and marinating in her misery. Lord Hawksworth was a man who lived on the edge and is the kind of action hero every other woman in the world would love to have groveling at their feet. They just didn't seem to go together. And the hours spent back and forth, forth and back about going to bed together was about 3 times too much. And then she was willing to let him hang for being an imposter. Lara was just too everything-I-don't-want-to-be.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Harriet Beamer Takes the Bus

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Joyce Magnin
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Harriet Beamer, an aging, recent widow, insists she’s getting along fine with her dog, Humphrey, in Philadelphia… until she falls for the fourth time, injuring her ankle and causing her son and daughter-in-law to cry foul. Insisting Harriet move in with them in California, they make a bet that her ankle is broken, and she foolishly promises to move if they’re right.

    PJ Reader says: "Harriet's Exciting Adventure in finding herself"
    "Harriet's Exciting Adventure in finding herself"
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    Would you listen to Harriet Beamer Takes the Bus again? Why?

    I enjoyed Harriet Beamer Takes the Bus, but I doubt that I would listen to it again. While a fun sort of read, it wasn't a compelling read. I have recommended the book to friends who I thought might enjoy the spry Harriet.


    What other book might you compare Harriet Beamer Takes the Bus to and why?

    I would compare this book to Saint Training by Elizabeth FIxmer. Mary Clare O'Brian, a young Catholic teen on the cusp of becoming a woman learns that the world is a challenging place and not all that one wants will happen. Bad things will always occur and change is inevitable. Harriet had similar naivity, but I so admire her spunk and stubbornness once she found her feet.


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

    If I had read the book, I think I would have always compared Harriet to some woman I know. With Laurel's voice, she became her own person. Laural also did a marvelous job with Harriet's son and Humphrey the dog descriptive passages were great.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I both laughed and cried - laughed at Harriet's naive view of the world and cried as she wrote in her journal to her late husband. She had lived in a fog of widowhood for years before finding herself and asserting her own personality. How much more productive and content and contributing would she have been had she moved forward 10 years earlier?


    Any additional comments?

    Harriet Beamer Rides the Bus is a good read for anyone who has parents beyond the age of 65. The book really did help me understand that even in age, parents have dreams and a strong will to still be persons of worth, contributing. Sometimes they need to do more than prepare sandwiches for funeral dinners and be in the quilt circle. Sometimes they need to sprout wings and take flight. I smiled at how little Harriet knew about technology, but rejoiced that she took to it quickly. She named her Android phone Amelia - a perfect blend of the technology with the historic woman flight pioneer.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Letters from Home

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jo Barrett
    • Narrated By R. E. Chambliss
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (92)

    After his grandmother’s death, John Caldwell appreciates the sweet letters and cookie care packages her friend “Aunt Bee” sends during his tour of duty in Iraq. When he returns home, he decides to visit the elderly lady and thank her in person. “Aunt Bee” is no spinster in sensible shoes, however. She’s young, smart, kind, luscious Pheobe Hunnicut, and when John meets her face to face, her delicious cookies aren’t the only things he wants to sample.

    Stephanie says: "SWEET CUTE STORY."
    "An excellent reading for a reasonable price"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this audiobook to a friend who was seeking a romance that wasn't going to change their life, but would be a lighter read to fill a few hours. R.E. Chambliss read the story well, changing tone and pitch to keep the characters unique.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Letters from Home?

    I don't want to give away the story, even if it is a bit predictable, but I think the premise of the misunderstanding in the beginning of the book and John's reaction when he realized his incorrect assumption about Phoebe. There's just something special about a military man rendered speechless and totally off-guard by a young lady.


    What about R. E. Chambliss’s performance did you like?

    Ms. Chambliss's dialogue reading was wonderful. I could easily identify the charcter speaking - young, old, men, women - she has a great range of voice. She had a slight Southern accent that helped place the book in the regional setting.


    Who was the most memorable character of Letters from Home and why?

    I enjoyed Agatha, even though she wasn't in the story, she brought the story into being. Sophie was a charming, disarming addition.


    Any additional comments?

    Generally this is a sweet romance with just one intimate scene that is short. I would recommend the book with these notes: It is a bit predictable and the two main characters each had an issue that was repeated a bit too often.
    Ms. Barrett may have set the stage for a second book about John's military buddy who was injured, but I haven't seen it yet.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Powder and Patch

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Flo Gibson
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    Unrefined, country-bred Phillip goes to Paris to become a fashionable, elegant fop in order to please the lovely Cleone. However, he returns to England, hoping to win her as his true self. A delightful tale!

    PJ Reader says: "A charming romance by the Queen of Prose"
    "A charming romance by the Queen of Prose"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Powder and Patch to be better than the print version?

    I enjoyed this audio version of Powder and Patch as the text contained many French expressions. I have no knowledge of the language, but enjoyed hearing them spoken as it added to the enjoyment of the book, adding a bit more charm.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Powder and Patch?

    I loved the interchange between Phillip and Cleone's Aunt Sarah when Aunt Sarah tells Phillip that a woman can have a hundred thoughts at one time and every one of them contradictory.


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

    I have not listened to any of Flo Gibson's performances before. She spoke flawlessly and the French passages were flowing without a bit of hesitation. This is not a book that just anyone could read. There was a slight whistle with the s sound.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    A reader or a listener cannot go wrong when the book is by Georgette Heyer.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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