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  • Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

    FanB14 says: "Dissent Rules"
    "The first one is quite good"

    I will try not to give anything away and simply say that I'm not as enthralled with this one. I cannot believe in the story, in the decisions of the characters, in the logical progression - I expected more sooner, or if not more, than an explanation of why the characters would choose the way that they did, especially the main character and the rest of the tributes.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Garden Spells

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Sarah Addison Allen
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Waverleys have always been a curious family, endowed with peculiar gifts that make them outsiders even in their hometown of Bascom, North Carolina. Even their garden has a reputation, famous for its feisty apple tree that bears prophetic fruit, and its edible flowers, imbued with special powers.

    Generations of Waverleys tended this garden. Their history was in the soil. But so were their futures.

    Together again in the house they grew up in, the Waverley sisters realize they must deal with their common legacy - if they are ever to feel at home in Bascom - or with each other.

    Joihelene says: "I so want to give it 5 stars...!!!!"
    "Nice story, cute quirky characters"

    I enjoyed the story. I felt the ending could have wrapped up a little better - perhaps been a little longer. The characters are interesting and entertaining. There are some funny bits. I felt the 5 y.o. in the story was wise well beyond her years - she was interesting but seemed like she should have been much older. I like the garden, the couple of town characters and the woman who brings gifts.
    I am not a fan of the narrator. She ended sentences with a rising inflection/tone. Her handling of the words make it seem like more of a romance novel than what it is. Her narration felt patronizing, somehow.
    This is the first time I've listened to this author and I will likely listen to (or read, depending on the narrator) more by her.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Summer on Blossom Street

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Debbie Macomber
    • Narrated By Delilah
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Knitting and life. They're both about beginnings - and endings. That's why it makes sense for Lydia Goetz, owner of A Good Yarn on Seattle's Blossom Street, to offer a class called Knit to Quit. It's for people who want to quit something - or someone! - and start a new phase of their lives.

    Marjory says: "The book was what I expected"
    "Cute story - terrible narration"

    The story is nice, but the narrator is a big distraction. She does not read with appropriate inflection and she uses the same voice throughout - for every character. I recommend a different version of this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tara Road

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Maeve Binchy
    • Narrated By Katherine Borowitz

    When two unhappy women switch homes for the summer, there are extraordinary consequences, and each learns that the other has a deep secret that can never be revealed. At the end of the summer, when the women at last meet face-to-face, they find that they have become, firmly and forever, good friends.

    Monica says: "Great Story - Terrible Recording"
    "Fantastic Characters, Excellent Story"

    I was very unsure about this book in the beginning. But after the first few chapters, it was difficult to stop listening. The characters are excellent, the story intriguing. I look forward to reading more by the author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Courting Trouble

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Deeanne Gist
    • Narrated By Danielle Ferland

    CBA best-selling author Deeanne Gist, Christy Award winner for The Measure of a Lady, skillfully blends humor and romance in authentic historical settings. Courting Trouble, set in 1894, features a feisty, fun-loving heroine who tires of waiting for a match made in heaven and decides to settle for one made in Texas. So, on her 30th birthday, Essie launches her own secret mission to find a husband.

    Jodi says: "Refreshingly proper!"
    "Dull and Poor Narration"

    The story was very dull and the narrator was completely distracting. I managed to listen to the end - and it becomes a completely different story. I do not recommend.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Justice Hall

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A trail of ominous clues comprise a mystery that leads from an English hamlet to the city of Paris to the wild prairie of the New World. The trap is set, the game is afoot; but can Holmes and Russell catch an elusive killer, or has the murderer caught them?

    Mary Twain says: "Best Holmes since Arthur Conan Doyle"
    "Really well done!"

    I first read this book without having read the first 5, so I thought it was well done, but perhaps not great. However, after reading this as part of the series - I find this book to be fantastic! And the characters are amazing! Read the whole series, if you can - so it will make more sense. Audible is missing 2 of the series, currently, and they are well worth a trip to the bookstore! Great book!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Wives and Daughters

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Prunella Scales
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Molly Gibson lost her mother when she was a child. Any stepmother would have been a shock, but the new Mrs Gibson is a self-absorbed, silly little widow, and Molly's unhappiness is compounded by the realisation that her father has come to regret his second marriage.

    Jo says: "Superb! Story and Narration A++"

    Really excellent! I love the characters in the world Ms. Gaskell has created. They are engrossing, some are devilishly clever, some are very flawed, some extremely kind. And, even though she was unable to finish it, we all know how it ends. Lovely

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 44 Scotland Street

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Robert Ian Mackenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The brilliant Alexander McCall Smith became an international sensation with his New York Times best-selling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency novels. His award-winning wit, made famous through that series, is fully on display in 44 Scotland Street.

    J. Rogers says: "Smith's answer to Maupin"
    "I would skip it"

    I was interested in purchasing this book for the mystery and Edinburgh scenery. However, I was disappointed on both accounts. The book starts off well enough, but then goes nowhere fast - ending horribly. I would skip it.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful

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