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  • 365 Thank Yous: The Year a Simple Act of Daily Gratitude Changed My Life

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By John Kralik
    • Narrated By John Kralik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (31)

    One recent December, at age 53, John Kralik found his life at a terrible, frightening low: his law firm was failing; he was struggling through a second divorce; he was living in a tiny apartment where he froze in the winter and baked in the summer. Then, during a walk in the hills on New Year’s Day, John was struck by the belief that his life might become at least tolerable if, instead of focusing on what he didn’t have, he could find some way to be grateful for what he had.

    Denise says: "Loved this book!"
    "Excellent Read indeed."
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    What did you love best about 365 Thank Yous?

    The fact that there are so many events to be grateful for.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 365 Thank Yous?

    The fact that the writer recognized gratitude and was able to express those feelings.


    Did John Kralik do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Not really, was hard to follow his voice.


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

    All of the reading.


    Any additional comments?

    Thanks for bringing to my mind the so many different ways, events and people that I am grateful for.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On Mystic Lake

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kristin Hannah
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (112)

    On the day her daughter leaves for college, Anne Colwater's husband of 20 years announces he wants a divorce. Her roles of wife and mother suddenly gone, Annie retreats to her childhood home of Mystic, Washington, to heal. There she finds her old friend Nick, suddenly widowed and unable to cope with his emotionally scarred young daughter, Izzie.

    John says: "Another Excellent Novel/Listen From Kristin Hannah"
    "Heartwarming , a must listen!"
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    Another Kristin Hannah successful novel about life, love, betrayal, family and fun. So heartwarming and at the same time gut wrenching. Brilliant narration by Susan Erickson once again, brings the magic of Hannah's words to your heart and soul. This screams for a sequel, please.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Home Front

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Kristin Hannah
    • Narrated By Maggi-Meg Reed
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (3)

    From a distance, Michael and Joleen Zarkades seem to have it all: a solid marriage, two exciting careers, and children they adore. But after 12 years together, the couple has lost their way; they are unhappy and edging toward divorce. Then the Iraq war starts. An unexpected deployment will tear their already fragile family apart, sending one of them deep into harm’s way and leaving the other at home, waiting for news. When the worst happens, each must face their darkest fear and fight for the future of their family.

    Donna Cooley says: "Kristin Hannah has done it once again."
    "Kristin Hannah has done it once again."
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    Marvelous and heart warming of a family struggling to deal with military issues, that take them all where they never thought they would be, courage, love, disparate for answers. Lots of tissues needed for this one and once again a hit for Kristin Hannah.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nosy Neighbor

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Fern Michaels
    • Narrated By Andrea Gallo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    Lucy Baker walks away from her high-flying legal career when she successfully defends yet another heinous criminal. Almost a year after her life-changing decision, Lucy has never been happier. Leaving New York City for the suburbs, tending her garden and her dog, Lucy is making future plans with her fiancé, Jonathan St. Clair - and getting acquainted with her neighbors, including the handsome, exasperating one next door, Wylie Wilson....

    CAROLYN says: "Should have been called the LOUSY NEIGHBOUR !"
    "Boring"
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    Story line bland and boring. The worst narration I've ever heard, had to struggle to get through this book. When listening to a book the narrator can make or break it. This was broken from the start!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fly Away

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Kristin Hannah
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (259)
    Performance
    (232)
    Story
    (233)

    Fly Away is the story of three women who have lost their way and need each other - plus a miracle - to transform their lives. An emotionally-complex, heart-wrenching novel about love, family, motherhood, loss, and redemption, Fly Away reminds us that where there is life, there is hope and where there is love, there is forgiveness. Told with her trademark visceral storytelling and illuminating prose, Kristin Hannah reveals why she is one of the most beloved writers of our day.

    chrispy says: "first one, so much better!"
    "Heart wrenching but captivating at the same time."
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    My first book by Kristin Hannah and not my last. Did not know it was a sequel. Story was very compelling, looking deeply into ones self, good times, bad times, struggles families face. The narration by Susan Ericksen was brilliant, hanging on every word, waiting for the next. The emotions came through loud and very clear. Great pairing of author and narrator. More please..........

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inner Harbor: The Chesapeake Bay Saga, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Guy Lemonier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (587)
    Performance
    (387)
    Story
    (388)

    Phillip's brothers, Cameron and Ethan, are now happily married. The family boat-building business is starting to thrive. And the Quinns are closer than ever to keeping Seth permanently protected from his errant mother who would sell her own son rather than loving him the way the Quinns do.

    Deborah says: "Inner Harbor"
    "Great NR book as usual"
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    Great book but narrator terrible, could not distinguish between the characters, should consider using Joyce Bean, Rene Raudman or Dick Hill.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 24 Hours

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (263)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (155)

    24 Hours begins with the perfect family...on the perfect day...about to become trapped in the perfect crime.

    Will Jennings is a successful young doctor in Jackson, Mississippi, with his whole life ahead of him. He has a thriving practice, a beautiful wife, and a young daughter he loves beyond measure.

    Suzn F says: "Exciting Book, so well read"
    "Rivoting and spine tingling."
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    Masterful story teller Mr Iles has woven the events of one family's terror filled life, dramatic, suspenseful, heartwarming, chilling and brave as they manage to survive. Brilliant narrator Dick Hill brings these charactors to life in such a captivating and intriguing manner that one can hardly stop listening. One of the very best novels it has been my privilege to listen to. These two Iles and Hill, what a winning compination. Bring on more.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Perfect Hope: Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1736)
    Performance
    (1533)
    Story
    (1544)

    Ryder is the hardest Montgomery brother to figure out - with a tough-as-nails outside and possibly nothing too soft underneath. He’s surly and unsociable, but when he straps on a tool belt, no woman can resist his sexy swagger. Except, apparently, Hope Beaumont, the innkeeper of his own Inn BoonsBoro.... As the former manager of a D.C. hotel, Hope is used to excitement and glamour, but that doesn’t mean she can’t appreciate the joys of small-town living. She’s where she wants to be - except for in her love life....

    Maria says: "Perfect Ending!"
    "Exciting series by Nora Roberts"
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    Thoroughly enjoyed the BoonsBoro Trilogy, the characters interesting, challenging and heart warming. One of the better Trilogys.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Slow Heat in Heaven

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (562)
    Performance
    (335)
    Story
    (339)

    The adopted daughter of the most powerful man in town, Schyler Crandall left Heaven, Louisiana, a brokenhearted girl. Now a crisis has brought her home to a family in conflict, a logging empire on the brink of disaster, and seething secrets that make Heaven hotter than hell.

    bluebelle says: "Spectacular, Kept me guessing the whole time!"
    "Gripping and enthralling."
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    From the first chapter to the last great story, kept you guessing or wishing for the next bit of drama. One of my favorite Sandra Brown's novel. Living and struggling with Skyler and Cash as they move through their lives, the drama, the excitement, love and pain. Dick Hill the narrator, what a jewel. How he brings the people to life, one feels as if they are right there with them. Keep them coming, Sandra Brown and Dick Hill. Thanks for such enjoyment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Scott Smith
    • Narrated By Patrick Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (561)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (96)

    The Ruins follows two American couples enjoying a pleasant, lazy beach holiday together in Mexico. On an impulse, they go off with newfound friends in search of one of their group, the young German who, in pursuit of a girl, has headed for the remote Mayan ruins, site of a fabled archeological dig.

    Art says: "The Plant"
    "More than scary!"
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    What a scary tale, that keeps unraveling, seemingly never ending. Very disappointed with the narration, dull, hard to listen to, could have been so much more if narrated by Scott Brick or Ron McClarty.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stay Close

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1953)
    Performance
    (1615)
    Story
    (1622)

    Three people living lives they never wanted, hiding secrets that even those closest to them would never suspect, will find that the past never truly fades away. Even as the terrible consequences of long-ago events crash together in the present and threaten to ruin lives, they will come to the startling realization that they may not want to forget the past at all.

    Robin says: "Why did I think I liked Harlan Coben novels?"
    "Gripping."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Stay Close to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely


    Any additional comments?

    Anything done by narrator Scott Brick always bring the novel much more alive and real. He is absolutely brilliant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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