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  • The Gift

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (404)
    Performance
    (374)
    Story
    (369)

    The New York Times best-selling author of Ransom weaves the delightful, sensual story of two lovers destined for high adventure and blissful rapture! A child bride, Sara Winchester had grown into a winsome beauty, joyfully anticipating the day when her husband Nathan, Marquess of St. James, would return to claim her heart at last. Nathan had never bared his soul to any woman, but he was soon utterly beguiled and exasperated by Sara’s sweet, defiant ways. With their future at stake, they would discover the true destiny of their passion... for all time!

    CAROLYN says: "A RIOTOUS REGENCY ADVENTURE ON THE HIGH SEAS"
    "Annoying Gift"
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    I was so annoyed with the Sarah character in this book I almost quit listening. Sarah is so stupid it is amazing she lived as long as she had. She keeps referring to the pirates as "her staff" and completely unable to understand anything she didn't want to - and the stupid parasols!!

    Nathan is much more damaged than the previous book eluded too. I could not see them as a couple at all. He didn't want a wife, he wanted a robot with all the right parts.

    This is the first JG book I actually got annoyed with. For $10 not so much, if it were $3 - maybe - but certainly not worth a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Desperate Fortune

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (263)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (227)

    For nearly 300 years, the cryptic journal of Mary Dundas has kept its secrets. Now, amateur codebreaker Sara Thomas travels to Paris to crack the cipher.... Jacobite exile Mary Dundas is filled with longing - for freedom, for adventure, for the family she lost. When fate opens the door, Mary dares to set her foot on a path far more surprising and dangerous than she ever could have dreamed.

    Lauren says: "Another great story by Susanna Kearsley"
    "Well Done"
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    I read the previous reviews and those who didn't care for it really didn't like the narration by Katherine Kellgren. I have to say that at first I was so surprised to hear her performance; it took me back to the Royal Spyness series, I just had to get past my expectations. This is nothing like Her Royal Spyness. I think Katherine did a great job. Yes, she is dramatic, in the right places. Katherine performed the men and women with great skill.

    I think the story was interesting, romance light, and interesting characters and situations both in the present and past. Susanna Keasley does a very good job of going from era to era and back as in Winter Storm. The last chapter explaining how she built her historical characters was also good.

    I recommend. Very credit worthy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Echoes of Scotland Street: An On Dublin Street Novel, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Samantha Young
    • Narrated By Elle Newlands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (283)
    Performance
    (263)
    Story
    (262)

    Shannon MacLeod has always gone for the wrong type of man. After she drifted from one toxic relationship to the next, her last boyfriend gave her a wake-up call in the worst possible way. With her world shattered, she's sworn off men - especially those of the bad-boy variety.

    SIMARA says: "One of my favorites in this series"
    "Another Good Addition"
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    I liked this story a lot. The narrator Elle Newlands was excellent and made the story come alive. I didn't much care for how Cole reacted to the climax but I guess that is what was required. I have already pre-ordered the next book so - what does that tell you? I have liked all in the series except for Chole Lynn's narration of Fall From India Place. (Might read that one. Narration ruined it.) I will listen to this one again. I'm returning Fall From India Place.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leaving Time

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Abigail Revasch, Kathe Mazur, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3909)
    Performance
    (3473)
    Story
    (3467)

    Refusing to believe that she would be abandoned as a young child, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice's old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts. Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest.

    Jan says: "Pickiest Reader Would Be Willing to Give 6 Stars"
    "Love and Elephants"
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    I could not put this down. Ms. Picoult did a lot of research about elephants for this, and the stories and people were well developed. I finished this a while ago and remember it well. The narration was excellent. A surprise ending, very surprising. Definitely credit worthy; I will listen again!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found a Self-Help That Actually Works

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Dan Harris
    • Narrated By Dan Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3292)
    Performance
    (2856)
    Story
    (2845)

    After having a nationally televised panic attack on Good Morning America, Dan Harris knew he had to make some changes. A lifelong nonbeliever, he found himself on a bizarre adventure, involving a disgraced pastor, a mysterious self-help guru, and a gaggle of brain scientists.

    Patrick says: "Mandatory read before trying any self-help books"
    "Finding Mindfulness"
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    I was pleasantly surprised at how MUCH I liked this book. His stories that lead him to an acceptable form of spirituality for him was excellent. (I have to caveat this by admitting I feel very much the same about religion.) The results of being a war correspondent were not so surprising, completely understandable, and educational. I recommend this book and have already listened to it twice.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4471)
    Performance
    (3952)
    Story
    (3971)

    The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

    Daniel says: "History Made Interesting"
    "How do You Spell Meh?"
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    A good half of the book was about the last of the Civil War - which if you know anything about it comes as no education. The rest held little to no surprises about how the perps were captured and dealt with. I actually found Dr. Mudd's eventual release completely missing as to why. He was a humanitarian and much admired as a doctor among his captors!

    This is lacking and I won't read/listen to any other Mr. O' books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sapphire Skies

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Belinda Alexandra
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (101)

    2000: The wreckage of a downed WWII fighter plane is discovered in the forests near Russia's Ukrainian border.The aircraft belonged to Natalya Azarova, ace pilot and pin-up girl for Soviet propaganda, but the question of her fate remains unanswered. Was she a German spy who faked her own death, as the Kremlin claims? Her lover, Valentin Orlov, now a highly-decorated general, refuses to believe it. Lily, a young Australian woman, has moved to Moscow to escape from tragedy.

    Sara says: "A Disturbing Disappointment"
    "Excellent!!"
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    I really loved this book. It is loosely based on the WWII Soviet pilot Lydia Litvyak who never went into battle without her lipstick and powder. She was brave and audacious. It is a story about Stalin's sick reign that has forever left its mark on Russian society; it is a mystery; it is frightening in a way most cannot understand thankfully; and it is a love story. Well worth the credit. I will listen to it again. Belinda Alexandra has become a favorite author, and Caroline Lee has delivered her usual stunning performance.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fall from India Place: On Dublin Street, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Samantha Young
    • Narrated By Chloe Lynn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (402)
    Performance
    (372)
    Story
    (372)

    Leaving Hannah was the biggest mistake of Marco's life - something he has deeply regretted for years. So when fate reunites them, he refuses to let her go without a fight. Determined to make her his, Marco pursues Hannah, reminding her of all the reasons they're meant to be together. But just when Marco thinks they're committed to a future together, Hannah makes a discovery that unearths the secret pain she's been hiding from him - a secret that could tear them apart before they have a real chance to start over again.

    Amazon Customer says: "Mixed Feelings"
    "Worst Narrator Ever!!"
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    The story was a repeat, but if you listen to these books for the hot scenes then Chloe Lynn's interpretation will be good for you. I felt like I was listening to porn even over a cup of tea. Her Scottish accent was fleeting at best, for the most part, just breathy and slow. If you had not listened to the other books, the character development was poor, then again, if you had not listened to the other books - why would you pick this one out of the line-up? Not good at all, going to return.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Still Missing

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Chevy Stevens
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1893)
    Performance
    (1214)
    Story
    (1221)

    On the day she was abducted, Annie O’Sullivan, a 32-year-old Realtor, had three goals: sell a house, forget about a recent argument with her mother, and be on time for dinner with her ever-patient boyfriend. The open house is slow, but when her last visitor pulls up in a van as she’s about to leave, Annie thinks it just might be her lucky day after all.

    Richard Delman says: "A singular voice; a horrendous story."
    "WOW - Completely Absorbing"
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    I could not stop listening to this book.

    First, Angela Dawe is one of my favorite narrators; she has the ability to tell me a great story, even if the story isn't so great. This one is very good!

    Second, this is a very good story told in an interesting way, as I'm sure you have read, from 26 well earned psychiatric visits. The twist at the end was not surprising to me, it had to be one or all of them, but an excellent twist it was.

    The book covers some disturbing aspects of abused and abusers that apparently disturbed some listeners, I found it compelling, heart wrenching, and plausible, which made the story all the more compelling.

    I see you have some more to offer; I'll be checking them out too.

    Very credit worthy, I will listen to it again, perhaps now. Enjoy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Scottish Prisoner

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman, Rick Holmes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1515)
    Performance
    (1351)
    Story
    (1354)

    Winner of the Quill Award and the Corine International Book Prize, Diana Gabaldon is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Outlander series. This fourth novel featuring popular character Lord John Grey is told both from Lord Grey’s perspective and from that of Jamie Fraser, the star of the Outlander series.

    Teahouse Fox says: "Lord John 'Quixote' rides again"
    "The Scottish Prisoner"
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    I was so dismayed to hear the narrator for Jamie to give him a lisped high pitched voice. The background (sort of) of gay men was uncomfortable. The story was somewhat confusing. I really had a hard time getting into it, and honestly never did. The story provided a distraction from my rather raucous thoughts. I didn't like this book and plan to return it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Coroner’s Lunch: The Dr. Siri Investigations, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Colin Cotterill
    • Narrated By Clive Chafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (674)
    Performance
    (559)
    Story
    (560)

    Laos, 1975: The Communist Pathet Lao has taken over this former French colony. Dr. Siri Paiboun, a 72-year-old Paris-trained doctor, is appointed national coroner. Although he has no training for the job, there is no one else: the rest of the educated class have fled.

    Jane says: "a splendid story"
    "Different and Entertaining"
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    Dr. Siri Paiboun is an entertaining character. I hope I can be half as openly and politely cynical as he is at 72. He has a great cast of characters that are parallel to the mysteries if not in front. I have no idea what life was like in Laos in the '70s but I'm taking the accounts as somewhat accurate.

    This is an entertaining tale, with good mysteries. I will be listening to other books from this collection.

    The only thing I can complain about is the names of the characters. There were quite a few with unfamiliar names, but good thing there is rewind.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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