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  • Starting Now: A Blossom Street Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Debbie Macomber
    • Narrated By Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (68)

    For years Libby Morgan dreamed only of making partner in her competitive, high-pressure law firm. She sacrificed everything for her career - her friends, her marriage, her chance at creating a family. When her boss calls Libby into his office, she assumes it will finally be good news, but nothing can prepare her for the shocking reality: She’s been let go and must rebuild her entire life…starting now. With no job prospects in sight, Libby reaches out to old friends and spends her afternoons at A Good Yarn, the local knitting store.

    Blanche says: "Love!Love!!Love!!!"
    "Story Great / Narration Horrible"
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    First, I want to say that I am a HUGE DM fan. She is my favorite author, not just ONE of my favorites!!! She develops believable characters. Over the past two or three years I primarily "read" my books via audible books.
    Unfortunately, Random House Audio has done DM an extreme disservice by choosing the narrator, Abby Craden, for "Starting Now". Up to this point, all of the books to which I've listened, the narrator has complemented DM's work. This time, however, I feel like the narrator is dragging, making Libby sound like a whining doofus. The other characters are irritating and grating, too.
    I may need to give up on the audio book and actually sit down and use my eyes!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Weekends Required: A Danvers Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Sydney Landon
    • Narrated By Allyson Ryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (282)
    Performance
    (259)
    Story
    (262)

    Claire Walters has worked for Jason Danvers as his assistant for three years, but he’s never appreciated her as a woman - until the day she jumps out of a cake at his friend’s bachelor party.... To support her ailing mother, Claire is forced to work a second job at a party-planning company. But when her handsome boss ends up with a front-row seat to the action, she’s mortified - and he’s intrigued. With Danvers International in the middle of an important merger, Jason asks Claire to accompany him on weekend business trips - and suddenly all her fantasies are coming true.

    Maria says: "Not Bad, Not Great!"
    "Bad Narration!"
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    I'll never again listen to a book narrated by Allyson Ryan.
    The story was *just* okay. I might feel differently about it if someone else narrated. It was hard to separate.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Best Laid Plans

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Gia St. Claire
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    She was the sexiest thing in a hard hat that architect Cody Johnson had ever seen, but structural engineer Abra Wilson also had a will as strong as a steel girder - and just about as flexible. But Cody had plans for Abra that not even this spirited beauty could resist....

    Celia says: "BEST LAID PLANS"
    "Narrator needs replaced!"
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    The narrator could not even consistantly pronounce the main character's name - sometime it was Aaa-bra (with a short A sound), other times it was Ah-bra (with an Ahh sound). I could hardly wait to get to my computer to read the publisher's summary to see how her name is spelled!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angelina's Bachelors: A Novel, with Food

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Brian O'Reilly
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Far too young to be a widow, Angelina D’Angelo suddenly finds herself facing a life without her beloved husband, Frank. Late one night shortly after the funeral, she makes her way down to the kitchen and pours all of her grief and anger into the only outlet she has left - her passion for cooking.

    Blee Medel says: "A Mouthwatering Comfort Listen"
    "Great!"
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    I love books that trigger both out-loud laughter and tears. This did both. It is a great story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Vision in White: The Bride Quartet, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1081)
    Performance
    (544)
    Story
    (542)

    The women at Vows - a wedding planning company in Connecticut - make it their business to create memorable events for couples sealing their bonds. And though the bonds among Parker, Emma, Mac, and Laurel may not be official, they are very real - and equally worthy of celebration.

    Mary says: "Bad Narration"
    "Wonderful Story / poor performance"
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    I love this entire series. Great character development and storyline.
    However, Emily Durante's voice is quite irritating to me, perhaps amaturish. The intonation is like a first-year kindergarten teacher reading to her students. When I listen to Ms. Durante read, I feel like she is reading "down" to me.
    I will avoid future books that are narrated by Emily Durante.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stories of the Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Debbie Macomber, Brenda Novak, Meryl Sawyer
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer, Gayle Hendrix, Bailey Carr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Even as you read these words, there are women just like you stepping up and making a difference in their communities, making our world a better place to live. Three such exceptional women have been selected as recipients of Harlequin's More Than Words award. To celebrate their accomplishments, three bestselling authors have written short stories inspired by these real-life heroines.

    Lois says: "Good listen!"
    "Debbie, read by Therese, Great! Others, terrible!"
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    Debbie Macomber's story, read by Therese Plummer was good. It wasn't their BEST work, but it was fine for a novella.
    Brenda Novak's story, read by Gayle Hendrix was TERRIBLE!!! The narrator had a shrill tone with most of the characters... I came to hate the best friend and the mother. Additionally, the plot was extremely implausible.
    Meryl Sawyer's story, read by Bailey Carr was almost painful. The narrator had a very immature voice. Even though the story was set in Texas, the accents vacillated between a severe texas drawl and a "Boston nasal short-A system"; but it ALWAYS had a whine to it!
    Two-thirds of the book was PAINFUL to listen.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Winifred Watson
    • Narrated By Frances McDormand
    Overall
    (1093)
    Performance
    (547)
    Story
    (545)

    Miss Pettigrew is a down-on-her-luck, middle-aged governess sent by her employment agency to work for a nightclub singer rather than a household of unruly children. Over a period of 24 hours, as she becomes caught up in the life of Delysia LaFloss, her own life is changed - forever. This charming, funny, light-hearted 1938 novel was a bestseller on its first appearance. Read by Academy Award winning actress Frances McDormand, who stars in the 2008 film as Miss Pettigrew.

    Holly C. Salley says: "Adorable"
    "Hilarious!"
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    This book was quite funny. It must have been extremely risque in the 1930's, when it was written!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Caught in the Act (Men to Rescue)

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Lori Foster
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (354)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (122)

    When a robbery goes bad, undercover cop Mick Dawson can't believe Delilah Piper (aka mystery writer Lela DeBraye) was just in the wrong place at the wrong time...and neither do the perps. The only way to protect her while he investigates what really happened is to stick with her 24/7 -- and try not to fall for the object of his investigation.

    Tiffany says: "Caught me!"
    "Smut"
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    Typical smut with a fairly shallow story line. Entirely mindless. It didn't stretch my intellect at all!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mountain Between Us: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Charles Martin
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (76)

    When their last outgoing flight is cancelled, Ben finds a charter plane that can take him around the storm and drop him in Denver to catch a connection. And when the pilot says the single-engine prop plane can fit one more, if barely, Ben offers the seat to Ashley, knowing that she needs to get home just as urgently. And then the unthinkable happens. The pilot has a heart attack, and the plane crashes into one of the largest stretches of harsh and remote land in the United States.

    Suzanne says: "10 stars for The Mountain Between Us"
    "A MUST READ!"
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    I highly recommend it. This is the first of George Newbern's novels I've encountered. I definitely plan to listen to more of his books. It was written in the male first person and was a different perspective than I am accustomed to reading - but I liked it. It was very well written. The only thing I might have wished differently is for more time to be spent between the characters at the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Little Blog on the Prairie

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Cathleen Davitt Bell
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (61)

    Gen's family is more comfortable spending time apart than together. Then Gen's mom signs them up for Camp Frontiera vacation that promises the "thrill" of living like 1890s pioneers. Forced to give up all of her modern possessions, Gen nevertheless manages to email her friends back home about life at "Little Hell on the Prairie", as she's renamed the camp. But it turns out frontier life isn't without its good points, like the cute boy who lives in the next clearing.

    Champlain Mom says: "Absorbing and fun story for range of ages"
    "Fun story"
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    This story was hilarious, with lots of laughing out loud! It has a good family message.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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