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Elissa

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  • Burial Rites

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Hannah Kent
    • Narrated By Morven Christie
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (102)

    In northern Iceland, 1829, Agnes Magnúsdóttir is condemned to death for her part in the brutal murder of two men. Agnes is sent to wait out the months leading up to her execution on the farm of district officer Jón Jónsson, his wife, and their two daughters. Horrified to have a convicted murderess in their midst, the family avoid contact with Agnes. As the year progresses and the hardships of rural life force everyone to work side by side, the family’s attitude to Agnes starts to change - until one winter night.

    Sharon says: "Icelandic Drama"
    "Engrossing"
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    The book has virtually "teleported" me to the 19th century Iceland. It provides a snapshot of social structures and life in the harsh environment of this land.
    The mystery of Agnes, her inner beauty, the need to belong, her integrity and strength of character create a glow that warms you from within long after the book is finished.
    The story unravels slowly, and when it ends you feel somehow disappointed...
    Let it sink in. It makes me glad and appreciative of the times I was born in!
    The narrator Morven Christie is the best I have experienced in audiobooks. Her timing, pace, perception of mood are immaculate. Her pronunciation is so precise it actually enhances the experience of listening immensely
    This debut book is a winner!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Looking for Me

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Beth Hoffman
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    Overall
    (762)
    Performance
    (680)
    Story
    (679)

    Beth Hoffman’s bestselling debut, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, won admirers and acclaim with its heartwarming story and cast of unforgettable characters. Now her unique flair for evocative settings and richly drawn Southern personalities shines in her compelling new novel, Looking for Me.

    Debra says: "Another fascinating story from Beth Hoffman!"
    "Poetry in the novel"
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    I enjoyed the book immensely. It was beautifully paced and well structured story.
    I loved the main character and hoped to aspire to her beautiful nature and soul, that would see beauty and value even in the seemingly least deserving of it.

    The book had a few emotional moments, tugging at your heart, but at the same time uplifting, leaving you to ponder on our lives and relationships.

    Narration was outstanding!!! I think it actually made the book that much more enjoyable!
    Hope to see more novels from this author on Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13964)
    Performance
    (12751)
    Story
    (12820)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "Stick by, it is worth it!"
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    Thoroughly enjoyed the story despite the fact that it's aimed more at the teenage audience. It's "terminally" engaging, witty and confronting. The C subject maybe a tabu to some, but it is well worth the emotional roller coaster. We all want to be loved and have loved no matter what.
    Highly recommend it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All Things New

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Lynn Austin
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (104)

    Fans of inspirational fiction eagerly devour historical novels from Christy Award winner Lynn Austin. In All Things New, the acclaimed author weaves a tale set in the aftermath of the Civil War. Josephine Weatherly and her mother, Eugenia, return to their Virginia plantation, but their once-grand home has lost its lustre. Jo’s father and brother are dead, and the war has left her remaining brother broken and embittered. Bonding with Lizzie, one of the few remaining servants, Jo struggles to rebuild her life....

    Holly says: "Another gem"
    "Tedious...."
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    Tiresome and monotonous throughout the story. History of the Civil War that had been depicted by many predecessors. The author has some merit in capturing the post war society aftermath, however the story is dull and lacks depth.
    I managed to listen to the end, but often found myself wanting to fast forward...

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Holy Cow!: An Indian Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sarah Macdonald
    • Narrated By Kate Hosking
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (642)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (194)

    After backpacking her way around India, Sarah Macdonald decides she hates the country with a passion. When a beggar at the airport reads her palm and insists she will one day return, and for love, she screams "Never!" and gives the country, and him, the finger.

    Meredith says: "Inspiring and witty"
    "Smorgasbord of religious convictions..."
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    The book is down to earth, funny, witty and full of cultural sensitivities. It gives insight into how the people of India survive the harsh realities of their existence by creating their own emotional and spiritual enclaves.
    Very sobering account of the life in India as a correspondent's wife and her own search for the Devine.
    It can also be the tongue in cheek: "Idiot's Guide to Religions in India"
    The narrator is absolutely Superb!
    Wonderful account of her own journey in India.
    An enjoyable read!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12532)
    Performance
    (11382)
    Story
    (11409)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Engaging mystery."
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    Great read even though I am not into a Sci Fi. Fantastic narration that really enhances the book!
    The concept of the story is very original, it would be good to see it as a movie.
    Enjoyed it very much!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Perfume Collector

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Kathleen Tessaro
    • Narrated By Laurel Lefkow
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    One letter will turn newly-married Grace Munroe's life upside down: 'Our firm is handling the estate of the deceased Mrs Eva D'Orsey and it is our duty to inform you that you are named as the chief beneficiary in her will. We request your presence at our offices at your earliest convenience, so that we may go through the details of your inheritance.' There is only one problem. Grace has never heard of Eva D'Orsey. So begins a journey which leads Grace through the streets of Paris and into the seductive world of perfumers and their muses.

    Elissa says: "Very much enjoyed..."
    "Very much enjoyed..."
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    Well written novel. Engaging and sensual...
    I would have loved to keep on listening to it for a few more hours!
    Loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tuscan Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Belinda Alexandra
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (350)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (270)

    A mysterious stranger known as 'The Wolf' leaves an infant with the sisters of Santo Spirito. A tiny silver key hidden in her wrappings is the only clue to the child's identity and so begins a story as intriguing and beautiful as the city of Florence itself. Belinda Alexandra's new novel, Tuscan Rose, is set in Italy during the time of Mussolini. This richly woven tale of passion, love, longing, witchcraft and magic promises to be everything her readers love and more.

    Ashley says: "Such a beautiful listen...."
    "Very drawn out..."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The story has a promising beginning, however disappoints in many ways. Many predictable turns in it. Unrealistic in the naivety of the main character who at the same time has abundant knowledge of the world having grown up in a sheltered community of the Monastery with nuns as the only contact.
    It attempts at conveying historical events of the Italian involvement in the second world war, but somehow does not ring true.
    It is unnecessarily long and boring at times.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Belinda Alexandra again?

    I had read 2 other books of this author White gardenia and Wild Lavender. This book has disappointed me in comparison. Lacks the atmosphere of the others.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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