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Laura Jenkins

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  • Charms and Chocolate Chips: Magical Bakery Mystery, Series # 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Bailey Cates
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (171)

    Between brewing magically spiced treats at Honeybee Bakery and volunteering with a local conservation group, Katie Lightfoot barely has time to see her firefighter boyfriend, Declan McCarthy, much less delve further into her destiny as a witch. But avoiding her fate won't be as easy as whipping up a new recipe-especially when Katie finds herself once again mixed up in murder.

    Cozy Reader says: "Thoroughly Enjoyable Mystery & Great on Audio"
    "unsure at first, but now I'm hooked"
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    Any additional comments?

    I bought the first book and thought it was ok, but the narrator was difficult to listen to. Then along came Amy R, one of my favorite readers, and transformed it for me. I knew the first book was good, but I doubted that I'd go any further with the series if they didn't use another narrator. Now I'm anxiously awaiting the next one to come out in the series. Please keep these characters coming Ms. Cates!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Unwrapping Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Lori Copeland
    • Narrated By Emily Sophia Knapp
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    Through all the mix-ups and misunderstandings, amid the chaos and confusion, the true spirit of Christmas begins to emerge in unexpected ways for one woman as God shows her the true meaning of giving. Unwrapping Christmas is a Christmas story as heartwarming as the season itself.

    Laura Jenkins says: "stereotyping at it's finest"
    "stereotyping at it's finest"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Dump the narrator!! Yah, you betcha!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I am actually from Minnesota, and have never, in my entire life, heard the moronic accent that the narrator used. It was like watching Fargo.


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

    I could, most definitely.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Nine Lives of Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Sheila Roberts
    • Narrated By Kathleen McInerney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    When a guy is in trouble, he starts making deals with his Creator…and Ambrose the cat is no exception. In danger of losing his ninth and final life, Ambrose makes a desperate plea. He’ll do anything—anything!—if he can just survive and enjoy a nice long, final life. His prayer is answered when a stranger comes along and saves him, and now it looks like he has to hold up his end of the bargain.

    Ronna says: "Great book for cat lovers!!"
    "what I got from this book"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    people that are overly obsessed with their figure and weight


    What was most disappointing about Sheila Roberts’s story?

    It felt like the main man would only like here because she was now slim.


    Which character – as performed by Kathleen McInerney – was your favorite?

    the cat


    Any additional comments?

    There was way too much emphasis on this womans weight. How very sad. It could have been written in without making it the only reason she could now finally get a man

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Bad Apple: An Orchard Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Sheila Connolly
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    Meg Corey has come to the quaint New England town of Granford, Massachusetts, to sell her mother's old colonial home and apple orchard. Instead, she becomes embroiled in development plans that include her land - and her former flame from Boston. When he's found dead in the new septic tank on her property, the police immediately suspect Meg, whose only ally in town is the plumber Seth Chapin. Together, they'll have to peel back the layers of secrecy that surround the deal in order to find the real murderer.

    chefjuli says: "Good series very interesting"
    "loved the book"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    UN ACCENT the characters. Horrid!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The storyline is great


    What didn’t you like about Robin Miles’s performance?

    It reminded me of the ridiculous accents they stuck on the actors in the movie Fargo. Absolutely horrible.


    Was One Bad Apple worth the listening time?

    I would read it again before listening again.


    Any additional comments?

    I really love this author, I hope that the rest of the books don't sound as over done as this one did.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Relationship Rescue: A Seven-Step Strategy for Reconnecting with Your Partner

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Phil McGraw
    • Narrated By Phil McGraw
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (35)

    With Life Strategies, Phil McGraw helped hundreds of thousands of people take responsibility for their own actions and break free from self-destructive habits and situations. Now he turns his honest, unflinching eye toward relationships: diagnosing them, repairing them, and maintaining them. This practical audiobook is for people who realize their relationship is in trouble, but who don't want to give up on it.

    Charlotte says: "Get the paperback"
    "a great theory"
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    What did you like best about Relationship Rescue? What did you like least?

    the ideas and honesty are fantastic


    Any additional comments?

    My fiance is away with work from monday morning until friday afternoon. Ours is a situation that does not lend itself to the usual ideas of rebuilding trust, friendship, and hearts

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Amish Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Beth Wiseman, Vannetta Chapman, Kathleen Fuller, and others
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gallagher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    Rooted in Love by Beth Wiseman: Rosemary Lantz is doing her best to run her family’s household. She excels at all her tasks except one: gardening. Saul Petersheim has pursued her for years, but Rosemary keeps turning him down. What Saul doesn’t know is that she has a good reason, but it's something no one can know - especially him.Flowers for Rachael by Kathleen Fuller: Rachael Bontrager’s flower garden is beautiful, but she’s lonely. Gideon Beiler fell in love with her almost at first sight.

    Laura Jenkins says: "it just didn't stand a chance..."
    "it just didn't stand a chance..."
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    What would have made An Amish Garden better?

    should have had a different Narrator, and the story lines were pretty weak. I've never heard the Amish dialect slaughtered so horribly. I had to grit my teeth to get through it.


    Has An Amish Garden turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I love Amish stories, although usually less about fluff and romance and more about their lives. I've read and listened to many of them, but this one was beyond terrible.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Rebecca Gallagher’s performances?

    Her voice is not bad, although, men's voices were pretty bad. But, well, it was kind of like listening to a kindergarten teacher read her class to sleep for naptime.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    a lot of eye rolling.


    Any additional comments?

    Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeease never let her narrate another Amish book. Ever.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Celtic Witch: A Modern Witch Series, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Debora Geary
    • Narrated By Martha Harmon Pardee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (163)

    Cassidy Farrell is a world-class Celtic fiddler. And if she has her way, that's exactly who she'll stay. Except that's not what the rocks have in mind. Or a certain fetching spell. Or the truth working its way free in her own heart. A Celtic Witch is book six of the top-rated A Modern Witch series. Light contemporary fantasy with a good dose of humor, a little romance, and characters you won't want to leave.

    Laura Jenkins says: "Witch Central"
    "Witch Central"
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    Any additional comments?

    Debora Geary is so gifted. I hope that we are able to know many generations of the Witch Central series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Body of Evidence: A Scarpetta Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (513)
    Performance
    (425)
    Story
    (415)

    Late one night Beryl Madison turns off her burglar alarm, puts down her gun and opens her door to the man who has stalked and terrorized her for months. Hours later, her brutally mutilated body lies in the city morgue. As Scarpetta begins searching for the microscopic clues to the killer’s identity, one question keeps nagging her: why did Beryl let him in?

    Ryan says: "Annoying narrator"
    "I really wanted to like this book"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Is the writer that hung up on smoking, or does she believe that that much reference to cigarettes is really needed? I felt like I was in a smog filled room the entire time I was listening to it. It seemed like you couldn't get from one page to the next without a lighter, cigarette, match, or long, drawn out drag showing up. I don't care if they want to make the characters have vices, addictions, whatever, but it was nearly every character, and she beat the subject to death, like it was a personal soapbox.


    If you’ve listened to books by Patricia Cornwell before, how does this one compare?

    liked the first of the series, but after this one, I don't think I'll be going back for more


    Would you listen to another book narrated by C. J. Critt?

    She was ok, but the personalities could have shown through with better narration


    Did Body of Evidence inspire you to do anything?

    It inspired me to not take up smoking again. Sheesh!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Delirium

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lauren Oliver
    • Narrated By Sarah Drew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2007)
    Performance
    (1705)
    Story
    (1709)

    "Ninety-five days, and then I'll be safe. I wonder whether the procedure will hurt. I want to get it over with. It's hard to be patient. It's hard not to be afraid while I'm still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn't touched me yet. Still, I worry. They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don't."

    Joyce E McBride says: "Wonderful"
    "I wasn't sure about this book Delirium **spoiler**"
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    Would you listen to Delirium again? Why?

    The writing is excellent, but Sarah Drew, wow, she is an amazing talent


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was written so that the pictures unfolded in my mind like a detailed movie, but with me forming them in my head.


    What about Sarah Drew’s performance did you like?

    She has the ability to make you feel the character's mind race, to feel the energy as a character bounces on her feet, the lethargic, the negativity. She is a rare gift to the audio world


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

    I did, both actually. This has to be one of the most well written YA books I've come across so far. I could visualize this society as it had become, so strange, and my heart hurt for Lana as she realized the reality of it. Almost as if being drawn into the lies and then triumphant when she starts breaking through them.


    Any additional comments?

    I look forward to this series and most likely listening to it again, which is not common for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Open Spook: A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By E. J. Copperman
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (110)

    In an all-new novella in E.J. Copperman’s “funny, charming, and thoroughly enjoyable” (Spinetingler Magazine) series, the storm of the century bears down on the haunted guesthouse, and stirs up a gale of memories for a troubled ghost. Haunted guesthouse owner Alison Kerby may have only recently discovered her ability to communicate with ghosts, but for her mother Loretta, it’s been a lifelong gift.

    Rene Bellis says: "Quick-witted and entertaining"
    "Haunted Guesthouse series is a happy surprise"
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    What does Amanda Ronconi bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her work is fantastic. The variety she manages is remarkable and she deadpans perfectly


    Any additional comments?

    I have only one small hope for future stories. Allison could be just a little more kind to the ghosts. Given the fact that they are stuck there, she would do well to be more diplomatic. Her relationship with Maxi is evolving into something fun. LOVE THAT!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stop Blame, Self-Criticism, and Doubt, Guided Meditation and Affirmations (The Sleep Learning System)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Joel Thielke
    • Narrated By Joel Thielke
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Sleep through the night, get over insomnia and other sleeping disorders, and wake up feeling rested and ready for your day with the Sleep Learning System's Deep Sleep and Relaxation Guided Meditation and Affirmations, from certified hypnotherapist, Joel Thielke. It's as easy as turning on the track and falling asleep! The Sleep Learning System is specially designed to work with your subconscious mind during your sleep cycle.

    Laura Jenkins says: "SLEEP.... really?"
    "SLEEP.... really?"
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    Would you be willing to try another one of Joel Thielke’s performances?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    it's a very small, but very important issue that I had with this audio... It's nice and soothing and I slipped off to sleep, only to be blasted awake by the THIS IS AUDIBLE man at the very end. SOOO poorly thought out.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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