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Karen Mesick

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  • Christmas on Mimosa Lane: A Seasons of the Heart Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Anna DeStefano
    • Narrated By Janet Metzger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (60)

    A childhood on the streets taught Mallory Phillips to never trust love again. Years later, she longs for a peaceful existence and a community to call home, only she can’t quite settle into the picturesque, cozy world around her. When Polly Lombard sneaks into Mallory’s house to look at her Christmas tree, Mallory connects with Polly and Polly’s grieving father in wondrous ways, helping them heal. But when Mallory’s past returns to haunt her, will she trust her new family to be there for her?

    Maria says: "A Change of Heart!"
    "Not a great Christmas story"
    Overall
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    Story

    The story was very formulaic and melodramatic. The narrator was more of a reader than a performer who became the character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Arabella

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Phyllida Nash
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (177)

    When Arabella first arrives in London, she has only one mission: to snare a rich husband. With a mind to beat the competition, she pretends to be a rich heiress and soon finds herself the talk of the town, pursued by the most eligible bachelors in the city. But she has her sights on one man only: the much-hunted Mr Beaumaris. Our feisty heroine puts up a fight and deals the worldly-wise Beaumaris a deft hand in the game of love; at first grudgingly charmed, he soon becomes smitten.

    Carol says: "Don't Believe the Synopsis"
    "My least favorite of all the G.H. Regency novels"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I was waiting a long time for something interesting to happen. It seemed to just drown on and on until almost the very end. Georgette Heyer is one of my favorite authors, so I was very disappointed.


    What three words best describe Phyllida Nash’s performance?

    Usually I enjoy Phyllida Nash's performance, but in this book she seemed to add to the tediousness.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Eyre Affair: A Thursday Next Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated By Susan Duerdan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (940)
    Performance
    (603)
    Story
    (606)

    In Jasper Fforde's Great Britain, circa 1985, time travel is routine, cloning is a reality (dodos are the resurrected pet of choice), and literature is taken very, very seriously. England is a virtual police state where an aunt can get lost (literally) in a Wordsworth poem and forging Byronic verse is a punishable offense. All this is business as usual for Thursday Next, renowned Special Operative in literary detection.

    Rosemary says: "A Worthy Read"
    "Couldn't finish it"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I chose this book because my daughter recommended it and most of the reviews were good. But all the back and forth time travel didn't hold my attention and I didn't feel any connection to any of the characters. All that and it was just plain weird.I tried twice to plow through it, but gave up. Not worth my time or credits.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6921)
    Performance
    (6207)
    Story
    (6210)

    Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches' cliff-hanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew's old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens. Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries.

    Hallie says: "Even better than A Discovery of Witches"
    "Not as good as the first book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The ending was rather anti-climactic, but the story held my attention up to that point.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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