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  • Summerland: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Elin Hilderbrand
    • Narrated By Erin Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
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    (90)
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    A warm June evening, a local tradition: The students of Nantucket High have gathered for a bonfire on the beach. But what begins as a graduation night celebration ends in tragedy after a horrible car crash leaves the driver of the car, Penny Alistair, dead and her twin brother in a coma. The other passengers - Penny's boyfriend Jake and her friend Demeter - are physically unhurt, but the emotional damage is overwhelming, and questions linger about what happened before Penny took the wheel.

    Amazon Customer says: "Great Listen"
    "Enjoyable good storyline!"
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    What did you love best about Summerland?

    I love books about relationships and how they work out; this has many relationships and problems; seeing how they developed from beginning to end held me captive. The emotion of the characters; the love, trials and forgiveness which is true in our daily lives.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked everything about the story. Zoe was a very strong but loving personality. I enjoyed all characters though.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene when Ava told her husband Jordan to take Jake home and why she told him.


    Who was the most memorable character of Summerland and why?

    The car accident with Penny and Hobbie, jake and Demeter which built the entire story from their graduation night.


    Any additional comments?

    At the beginning I felt the book was draggy compared to other books but I suggest stick with it because all the interactions of the characters and their bonds with love and forgiveness is worth it all!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Just One Thing

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs)
    • By Holly Jacobs
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Artist Lexie McCain spends her days literally weaving the story of her life into a gorgeous tapestry. But on Monday nights, she walks to the Corner Bar, drinks a Killian’s, and answers the same question every week from Sam the bartender: “One thing?” She starts with her name, then her cottage, slowly moving on to the devastating tragedies that tore her life apart.

    Leah says: "Loved this book!!!"
    "Loved this book!!!"
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    If you could sum up Just One Thing in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, kept my interest, didn't want to put it down.


    What other book might you compare Just One Thing to and why?

    None, it's a book of it's own!


    What about Laural Merlington’s performance did you like?

    I enjoyed all parts of this audio!!!


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

    When the girls came home for Christmas and finally worked out life to be a family!!


    Any additional comments?

    If you like relationship books this is excellent!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • To Heaven and Back: A Doctor’s Extraordinary Account of Her Death, Heaven, Angels, and Life Again

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Mary C. Neal
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    In 1999 in the Los Rios region of southern Chile, orthopedic surgeon, devoted wife, and loving mother Dr. Mary Neal drowned in a kayak accident. While cascading down a waterfall, her kayak became pinned at the bottom and she was immediately and completely submerged. Despite the rescue efforts of her companions, Mary was underwater for too long, and as a result, died. To Heaven and Back is Mary’s remarkable story of her life’s spiritual journey and what happened as she moved from life to death to eternal life, and back again.

    Joyce says: "To Heaven and back"
    "Interesting audio!"
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    What made the experience of listening to To Heaven and Back the most enjoyable?

    I've had a near death experience and to hear someone else's take on a near death experience was interesting to me.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Her candid story.


    What about Rebecca Lowman’s performance did you like?

    She was very good.


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

    The moment her son said he knew he would die.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a totally different experience than mine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sister Season

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Jennifer Scott
    • Narrated By Tracy Brunjes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (5)
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    It's December 21, and the Yancey sisters have been called home. When the girls were young, holidays at their family farm meant a tinsel-garnished tree, the scent of simmering food, and laughter ringing through the house. But as the years unfolded, family bonds fractured, and the three sisters scattered and settled into separate lives. Until now.

    Dana R Broussard says: "I like it. =-)"
    "Very good read!!!"
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    Where does The Sister Season rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is up there with my favorites though I tried to read it before; I think it was a timing audio!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Each character had their own essence and all were favorites!


    Which character – as performed by Tracy Brunjes – was your favorite?

    I didn't have a favorite I loved them all.


    If you could rename The Sister Season, what would you call it?

    I would leave it as is! Excellent title!!


    Any additional comments?

    If you have trouble getting into this book try later; it's well worth the listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sweetness of Forgetting

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Kristin Harmel
    • Narrated By Kim McKean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    At 36, Hope McKenna-Smith is no stranger to bad news. She lost her mother to cancer, her husband left her for a 22-year-old, and her bank account is nearly depleted. Now, Hope’s beloved French-born grandmother Mamie, who wowed the Cape with her fabulous pastries for more than 50 years, is drifting away into a haze of Alzheimer’s. But in a rare moment of clarity, Mamie realizes that unless she tells Hope about the past, the secrets she has held on to for so many years will soon be lost forever. Arming her with a scrawled list of names, she sends Hope to France.

    Lori says: "the WORST narration I have ever heard!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
    "Sweet love story; I was captivated!!!"
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    What did you love best about The Sweetness of Forgetting?

    The storyline was excellent ranging from emotion of tears to joy! Could easily have a sequel!


    What other book might you compare The Sweetness of Forgetting to and why?

    This is a book in itself!


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

    Not that I remember but the narration was very good!


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

    Same as title of book.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't want this book to end. The characters were enticing! It is a beautiful yet somewhat sad book. I recommend if you like relationship books and family!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Return to the Beach House: Beach House, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Georgia Bockoven
    • Narrated By Joell A. Jacob
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    Alison arrives at the beach house in June to spend a month with her restless grandson before he leaves for his freshman year in college. Over a decade before, Alison lost her beloved husband, and has faced life alone ever since. Now she discovers a new life, and possible new love. August brings together four college friends facing a milestone. Across summer's final days, they share laughter, tears, and love-revealing long-held secrets and creating new and even more powerful bonds.

    Leah says: "I knew the 3rd book would be great!!!"
    "I knew the 3rd book would be great!!!"
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    What did you love best about Return to the Beach House?

    It brought back original characters, Maggie and Joe and the story flowed with another great beach story! It's like being with all these characters!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters; feeling a part of all of them and the wonderful beach where it began with Maggie and Joe. The characters were alive and vibrant in their parts and in solving problems.


    What about Joell A. Jacob’s performance did you like?

    The speaking parts were good but the laugh all seemed very much the same.


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

    I liked Alison and her grandson Christopher along with Grace; I enjoyed their storyline and the excitement of Grace and her enthusiasm for everything in life. I also liked Lindsey and Matthew though their storyline was heavier and more serious the beach helped put things in prospective.


    Any additional comments?

    I am excited the Georgia Bockoven's books are in audio. I have loved this series and await many more!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Newcomer: Thunder Point, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Single dad and Thunder Point's deputy sheriff "Mac" McCain has worked hard to keep his town safe and his daughter happy. Now he's found his own happiness with Gina James. The longtime friends have always shared the challenges and rewards of raising their adolescent daughters. With an unexpected romance growing between them, they're feeling like teenagers themselves - suddenly they can't get enough of each other. And just when things are really taking off, their lives are suddenly thrown into chaos. When Mac's long-lost ex-wife shows up in town, drama takes on a whole new meaning.

    Liza-Maree says: "Fan of Robyn Carr"
    "Loving this series!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it's a wonderful story of people who become very much a part of me while i listen. Again in a small town where everyone seems to know each other's business but the characters involved. Captivating!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mac and Grace-both very good characters with history of families but haven't thought about dating. They are super great parents with charming personalities.


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

    Therese Plummer is close to number one in all narrations I've heard. She's gifted! Always superb.


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

    It held my interest and I listened as much as I could each day without missing anything.


    Any additional comments?

    Read this series in order. If you like small towns, people of long ago this series is for you. I found it delightful. I have now finished all that has been written including book 6.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Homecoming: Thunder Point, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (229)
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    At the age of 19, Seth Sileski had everything. A superb athlete and scholar, handsome and popular, he was the pride of Thunder Point. Destined for greatness, he lost it all in a terrible accident that put an end to his professional football career when it had barely begun. The people in his hometown have never forgotten what might have been. Seth has come to terms with the turns his life has taken.

    Vickie R. Dever says: "Excellent story!!"
    "A very good series! Read in order!"
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    If you could sum up The Homecoming in three words, what would they be?

    Small town, life's issues, interesting


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Iris and Seth go hand in hand as favorites because they have a life history growing up. Their honesty and desire to be of help where others might turn their backs. This small town community is very intriguing! A very good series.


    What about Therese Plummer’s performance did you like?

    Therese Plummer does an excellent narration of all characters and all books I have listened to; she definitely has a gift portraying all characters with individuality.


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

    There were both laughing moments but I felt this book dealt with some serious life issues making it more serious. It's handled very well.


    Any additional comments?

    My husband and I both enjoyed this entire series so it's not just a woman's read. Very well done. Love the town of yesterday and the people who all have their own humor.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Promise: Thunder Point, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (329)
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    (298)
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    Scott Grant has a bustling family practice in the small Oregon community of Thunder Point. The town and its people have embraced the widowed doctor and father of two, his children are thriving, and Scott knows it's time to move on from his loss. But as the town's only doctor, the dating pool is limited. That is, until a stunning physician's assistant applies for a job at his clinic.

    Wanda says: "As Promised...Robyn does it again."
    "Another good book in The Thunder Point Series"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, if the friend likes relationships, adventure and small towns I would recommend the entire series not just one book. Each book of the series flows into the other and I would read them in order. I have enjoyed the characters in the series!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Promise?

    When Peyton went to help Ted's daughter who is 15 pregnant and how much Ted never bothered to get to know his children though he could as a doctor read his patients. The end was also good but I will let the reader or listener find that for themselves.


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

    Yes I have. Therese Plummer is excellent in all narrations!


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

    This was probably the most subdued book. I laughed several times. That does not make it a bad read/listen it was an excellent book.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this series to everyone. It's fun and interesting!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Slender Thread

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Tracie Peterson
    • Narrated By Ruth Ann Phimister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Abandoned by their mother while they were still small children, the Mitchell sisters have always felt the pain of rejection. Their search for love and a sense of worth drives them apart by the time they are adults. But when their mother, now a famous actress, suffers an untimely death, the five reunite for the funeral. There, they begin to salvage frayed relationships, held together only by a slender thread.

    Julie says: "Not Interesting or Engaging.."
    "Inspiring and superb read! Life changing!"
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    Where does A Slender Thread rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's rated tops on my list! While it took me a couple of chapters to learn all the characters it was well worth the read!!! If there were ten******** I would give this book ten stars! I definitely will read/listen again.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mattie is my favorite character being a grandmother and taking in her daughter's five small children raising them in a very good home with great values yet what happens to these five girls and how do they turn out!?! A must read!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The piece quilt and it's meaning and what will happen to this special Mitchell quilt! There were many other scenes as well. There isn't a dull moment with this book!


    If you could take any character from A Slender Thread out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    All of them! Everyone had their own problems and value; taking them one at a time would be fruitful!


    Any additional comments?

    This is a must read book! There is sadness, joy, complications in relationships but what Mattie achieves through her beliefs along with Harry makes for a stronger belief. I found the entire story with hope and inspiration leaving me changed. Absolutely amazing story!!!!The scenery on the farm is appealing to ones heart. The title "A Slender Thread" is so much more than a title!! I enjoyed this magnificent audio!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Chance: A Thunder Point Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (516)
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    (460)
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    With its breathtaking vistas and down-to-earth people, Thunder Point is the perfect place for FBI agent Laine Carrington to recuperate from a gunshot wound and contemplate her future. The locals embraced Laine as one of their own after she risked her life to save a young girl from a dangerous cult. Knowing her wounds go beyond the physical, Laine hopes she'll fit in for a while and find her true self in a town that feels safe. She may even learn to open her heart to others, something an undercover agent has little time to indulge.

    Wanda says: "WELCOME BACK TO THUNDER POINT"
    "Love this series!!"
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    What did you love best about The Chance?

    Everything! The relationships intertwine bringing laughter and tears! Lainey and Eric are total opposites yet they love each other even when Laine must go and take care of her father whom she fought for attention many years now dementia is taking over for Dr. Paxton. Al comes to town working for Eric until he needs to move on until he meets a boy taking care of his Mother who has M.S. and their is a woman he has fallen for but he leaves. I loved the whole story; it's simply beautiful how everyone helps each other!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Chance?

    When Lainey comes home to find Eric moved out of their home and what followed. Also what happens to Al why and when he returns.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Several are my favorite. I think when Liane's Father comes to her house to make apologies for their past relationship. The whole book to me was a learning experience of looking at others problems and not judging but helping and loving..


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

    Oh yes!!


    Any additional comments?

    I think this is a wonderful series! I love the town and the people. Robyn Carr draws you into all the personalities and the setting. Therese Plummer is excellent as always!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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