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Ina

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  • Into the Deep: Into the Deep Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Samantha Young
    • Narrated By Renée Chambliss
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (140)

    Charley Redford was just an ordinary girl until Jake Caplin moved to her small town in Indiana and convinced her she was extraordinary. Almost from day one Jake pulled Charley into the deep and promised he was right there with her. But when a tragic incident darkened Jake's life, he waded out into the shallows and left Charley behind. Almost four years later Charley thinks she's moved on. That is until she takes a study year abroad in Edinburgh and bumps into none other than Jake Caplin...

    Jordy says: "A Second Chance At Love Story..."
    "20 to 21 year olds only! Immature...."
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    What did you like best about Into the Deep? What did you like least?

    Best, nothing. Least, everything. I love Samantha Young and her Dublin Street series, so I thought let's listen to this new series. I felt like I was back in high school, and who wants a trip down memory lane with teens? Please stick with the grown ups, your writing is so much better with mature characters as lovers....


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Story was fine, ending was expected. It took forever to get there.... I listened on three times the speed to not waste the credit....still way to immature.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    All she needed to do was chew gum and I would of been back in high school....fast talking teen....help me. Listening it to three times the speed made it almost funny like listening to a fourteen year old ramble on....


    Could you see Into the Deep being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Heck No! Too much sex for an afterschool movie, and that is the age level!


    Any additional comments?

    The latest book "On Jamica Lane" is a great listen/read...please stick to mature romance stories, you do them so much better Samantha Young.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tangled: The Tangled Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Emma Chase
    • Narrated By Sebastian York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1614)
    Performance
    (1499)
    Story
    (1506)

    Drew Evans is handsome and arrogant, he makes multimillion dollar business deals and seduces New York’s most beautiful women with just a smile. So why has he been shuttered in his apartment for seven days, miserable and depressed? He’ll tell you he has the flu. But we all know that’s not really true. Katherine Brooks is brilliant, beautiful and ambitious. When Kate is hired as the new associate at Drew’s father’s investment banking firm, every aspect of the dashing playboy’s life is thrown into a tailspin.

    CAC says: "Brilliant!!!!"
    "What a Hoot, Hot and Funny!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Tangled to be better than the print version?

    Are you kidding? Listening to a guys view, read by a guy, is fantastic! So funny, this should be mandatory reading for women.... If there is even a speck of truth in this--it is a lesson in life and laughter. Audible, you picked a great book to read, now record the rest of the series, PLEASE!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The entire story is so funny, and the reader is perrrrrrrfect. The thanksgiving dinner with his niece and the language jar had me laughing out loud....I could not stop listening, Emma Chase is an author with a quick mind, loved the running comments, loved, loved, loved them!


    Which character – as performed by Sebastian York – was your favorite?

    Drew was such "a guy"! Totally funny. And Sevastian York's voice is like warm honey being poured all over your body--I could listen to him all day and all night too.... I laughed when he described a man's love affair with his car--seriously! Anything he reads is on my favorite list.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh out loud, more times than I can count. It was so funny....great humor. Guys being guys, for sure!


    Any additional comments?

    Please, audible record the rest of the series, this was too much fun not to be able to listen the the rest of the series. Funny, and fun....loved this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Before Jamaica Lane: On Dublin Street

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Samantha Young
    • Narrated By Lee Angel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (797)
    Performance
    (740)
    Story
    (739)

    The follow-up to the runaway bestsellers On Dublin Street and Down London Road. Despite her outgoing demeanor, Olivia is painfully insecure around the opposite sex - usually, she can't get up the nerve to approach guys she's interested in. But moving to Edinburgh has given her a new start, and, after she develops a crush on a sexy postgrad, she decides it's time to push past her fears and go after what she wants. Nate Sawyer is a gorgeous player who never commits, but to his close friends, he's as loyal as they come.

    Jordy says: "The story of Olivia and Nate. Loved it!!"
    "So good, I listened to it twice!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Before Jamaica Lane the most enjoyable?

    This entire series is just an excellent listen/read. The writing is wonderful and keeps you listening. I could not put it down, listened every free second until the end. Plot and story are realistic, and keeps your attention. Your pulling for the "Happy Ever After" for these two and love the way characters from the first three books are included in the story as their lives progress. I hope this series never ends, I want more....Uncle Mick, and Kole, and yes, more from the original couples.... Can't wait for the next in the series, Hanna...Write faster Samantha....


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Olivia, and Nate both. Olivia for her funny remarks, geese we all want a girl friend like her.... Nate, for his sexy, sweet way with her. He is totally Hot!


    What about Lee Angel’s performance did you like?

    Nice read. Sometimes I had to rewind that scot's accent, and me with scot grandparents, but over all it was a great read/listen. Nicely done. All the readers in this series are just excellent....


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me sigh, more than once. And it made me say out loud, "now that was hot"!


    Any additional comments?

    I love this series, and can not wait until the next book comes out. I never read a book more than once, and usually have two books going at once--as the mood strikes me I read whatever. However, this series has my undivided attention. I can not wait to read the next book in the series, then can not wait to finish each book, then I listen to it again to catch anything I missed the first listen. Love this writer, and all I can say is MORE PLEASE!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • On Dublin Street

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Samantha Young
    • Narrated By Paula Costello
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1680)
    Performance
    (1579)
    Story
    (1574)

    Jocelyn Butler has been hiding from her past for years. But all her secrets are about to be laid bare.... Four years ago, Jocelyn left her tragic past behind in the States and started over in Scotland, burying her grief, ignoring her demons, and forging ahead without attachments. Her solitary life is working well - until she moves into a new apartment on Dublin Street where she meets a man who shakes her carefully guarded world to its core.

    Tina says: "Paula Costello is my new favorite narrator!"
    "Worth Five Credits--for just one credit, wow!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of On Dublin Street to be better than the print version?

    How can you even compare, this reader was just excellent, accents and characters were done perfectly. I never listen to a book more than once, but this one I did and heard even more sutle drama the second listen....great job.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Braden, what a man! We are all in love with Braden, my sister, my daughter, my grandmother and toss me in there too. Even my grandmother said he would give grandpa a run for the money! Someone invent a time machine so I can go back before he falls for Jos.... If they make them like that in Scotland, my daughter is saving for a long vacation...


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Ellie's diagnosis was really an emotional part of the story. When Jos and Ellie cried themselves to sleep like little girls, and this part of the story was very dear. It truly caught the closeness of two dear girl friends who care for each other...


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I could not stop listening to it, talk about missing sleep...and carrying around your iPad and iPhone every minute as you worked and went about your day. Well if guys can listen to sports on their iPhone all day, we girls can listen to a great book!


    Any additional comments?

    Really good story, and perfectly read. The accents were perfect and right on for the characters, I have listened to this book twice, and can not wait for the next in the series ("On London Road" was also an excellent book but with a different reader. Ellies story was a bit weak, felt like it was just to put something out there as we already knew her story from this book "On Dublin Street". Olivia and Nate are next in "On Jamacia Road", and we are waiting for the audio book to come out... Please, hurry as we are really looking forward to the rest of the series.... Petie and ? Cole and ? Uncle Mick and ? Would love to see this a dozen book series, the writer is that great!)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Aviator's Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Melanie Benjamin
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (715)
    Performance
    (624)
    Story
    (634)

    For much of her life, Anne Morrow, the shy daughter of the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, has stood in the shadows of those around her, including her millionaire father and vibrant older sister, who often steals the spotlight. Then Anne, a college senior with hidden literary aspirations, travels to Mexico City to spend Christmas with her family. There she meets Colonel Charles Lindbergh, fresh off his celebrated 1927 solo flight across the Atlantic. Enthralled by Charles’s assurance and fame, Anne is certain the celebrated aviator has scarcely noticed her. But she is wrong.

    Audrey says: "The Megalomaniac's Wife"
    "In Her Defense...In Her Own Words...."
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    Would you listen to The Aviator's Wife again? Why?

    Remarkable story, based on truth and the lives of two people who accomplished much, lived through such awful heartache and trauma, who demonstrated how foolish and false we can be in our younger years, and yet survived to go on and raise a family and live out their lives. This book gave perspective to their lives, and established a possible rational for their behaviors...their choices made, good and bad. It did what all good books do, it made me research further those in the story...determine what became of her family, her children, and his children in Europe. It is well worth the read...or time to listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It helped me to understand these two lives, and how they survived through greatness, and loss, and trauma, and stupidity, and the simple living out of their lives. It confirmed what we already suspected, that greatness can be achieved, and yet often one is not prepared for the fall--out that follows.... That even with unbelieveable loss and horror, the human spirit strives to survive, and find love in this life we are given.


    Which character – as performed by Lorna Raver – was your favorite?

    Anne Morrow Lindbergh was well performed, yet I can not say her character was a favorite. As a senior, and a retired college professor, I understand my mother's generation and their limitations as women; but I still wanted to shake this woman until her brain engaged.... I also understand loving a man whole heartedly, but still know to be true to yourself. She was a Smith graduate, and her mother became an example to women of her time, yet she still bought into Nazi German concepts...and she tried to tell us it was her husband, even her family was shocked....
    Lorna Raver was just excellent in her performance of this book, well read.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A Woman's story...Endured!


    Any additional comments?

    At times I felt this book was a defense of her behavior, yet with the tragic loss of her son who could blame her for not thinking clearly. And, at times this book made me bored with her "door mat" behavior--this from an intelligent woman, an educated woman, a well positioned woman. I have seen the Spirit of St. Louis, and it is amazing what Charles A. Lindbergh accomplished, and how it colored his life from that moment on, and her's too, was what made this a well written book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss Julia to the Rescue: A Miss Julia Novel, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Ann B. Ross
    • Narrated By Cynthia Darlow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (78)

    A new Miss Julia novel from New York Times best-selling author Ann B. Ross is a special treat for her devoted fans as well as those new to the adventures of the titular senior citizen. This time out, the proper Southern lady has a couple doozies on her plate. It seems that her friend Hazel’s PI husband, J.D,. has gotten himself in some trouble in West Virginia - and he’s one tirade away from landing in a jail cell. Meanwhile, a crew of misfits has followed wealthy Agnes Whitman back to Abbotsville, and they have all the makings of a crazy religious cult!

    Denise says: "Another Winner"
    "Miss Julia makes my day!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, and I have... There are a dozen friends who are reading this series since I have recommended or shared one of the Miss Julia books with them...and we all love this series.Why? Because we can all use a little fun and laughter in our lives, and Miss Julia reminds us what trouble one can get into, and out of, with friends and family...she is a joy.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Well, not on the edge of my seat, but it did keep me happily reading, and now and then I would stop to just giggle at this story.... One never knows what Miss Julia is going to get into next.


    Which character – as performed by Cynthia Darlow – was your favorite?

    We all love Miss Julia, and Little Lloyd, but I adore Lillian.... My favorite books are those when Lillian and Julia get into trouble together....


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh, and it sure puts a smile on your face when you read or listen to this series.


    Any additional comments?

    I often read series books, Father Tim, Miss Dorothy, and so many others; but Miss Julia is the one I love the best.... This series always gives you a laugh, and makes you feel like your right at home with the cast of characters. I have read much of this series, but enjoy the audio as the characters come to life... I never grow tired of this series, and have a dozen friends now reading and listening to this wonderful series of books.... Keep on going Miss Julia, we all love you!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Rob Lowe
    • Narrated By Rob Lowe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3755)
    Performance
    (3015)
    Story
    (3007)

    A teen idol at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences. Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

    N. Belle says: "Great Book and Great Story"
    "An honest Biography or career enhancement ?"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, easy listening to a wonderfully spoken book.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Once ego was over looked, the story had a true ring to it. Seedy sides of past failures were not the focus, and family seemed to demonstrate that the author now has his life priorities as they should be.... I enjoyed the West Wing history, wondered why he left as everyone loved his character Sam. Nice easy book for a summer listen....


    Have you listened to any of Rob Lowe’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Just TV and movies....


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Not notible enough for a film, but a nice book to listen to for the summer.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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