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Shauna

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  • A Hundred Summers

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Beatriz Williams
    • Narrated By Kathleen McInerney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (197)

    Memorial Day, 1938: New York socialite Lily Dane has just returned with her family to the idyllic oceanfront community of Seaview, Rhode Island, expecting another placid summer season among the familiar traditions and friendships that sustained her after heartbreak. That is, until Greenwalds decide to take up residence in Seaview. Nick and Budgie Greenwald are an unwelcome specter from Lily's past: her former best friend and her former fiancee, now recently married - an event that set off a wildfire of gossip.

    L.W. says: "What a Memorable Summer Read"
    "A Delicious Listen!"
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    This book was really hard to stop listening to...I recommend having a couple of hours uninterrupted to listen to the final third of the book. The story had everything I love in a light read, romance, mystery, and likeable characters and I loved learning more about pre-war America...not a time period I have read much about. I highly recommend this one...it had me thinking about it while I was away from my ipod!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Signature of All Things: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1415)
    Performance
    (1286)
    Story
    (1297)

    In The Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction, inserting her inimitable voice into an enthralling story of love, adventure and discovery. Spanning much of the 18th and 19th centuries, the novel follows the fortunes of the extraordinary Whittaker family as led by the enterprising Henry Whittaker - a poor-born Englishman who makes a great fortune in the South American quinine trade, eventually becoming the richest man in Philadelphia.

    Molly-o says: "Don't miss this one"
    "Good, but not the best of Elizabeth Gilbert"
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    I have to give Elizabeth Gilbert credit for taking on such a huge project. The research of the history in this story was obviously thorough and the time period she chose was an interesting one. I really wanted to love this book, but I ended up only liking it and I think the problem was the characters. I can't lay my finger on what exactly was missing from the characters in this book, but I did find myself thinking several times through the book that this was her first major work of fiction...there were just moments when that was clear. I look forward to reading more from Elizabeth as she develops her skill in fiction. I wouldn't say this is a waste of a credit, it just wasn't the best historical fiction I've listened to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Secrets of a Summer Night: The Wallflowers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Lisa Kleypas
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1593)
    Performance
    (950)
    Story
    (961)

    Annabelle Peyton, determined to save her family from disaster, decides to use her beauty and wit to tempt a suitable nobleman into making an offer of marriage. But Annabelle’s most intriguing — and persistent — admirer, wealthy, powerful Simon Hunt, has made it clear that while he will introduce her to irresistible pleasure he will not offer marriage. Annabelle is determined to resist his unthinkable proposition…but it is impossible in the face of such skillful seduction.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Love the Wallflowers"
    "Tedious"
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    I usually love historical fiction with strong female leads, but this book was a tedious listen.I didn't even finish the last two chapters because I just couldn't take it any more. It was basically a poor romance with some historical references sprinkled throughout. None of the history was interesting and the characters kept making weak decisions. I was surprised at all of the good reviews this book got. I am returning this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Distant Hours

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1571)
    Performance
    (1066)
    Story
    (1073)

    Edie Burchill and her mother have never been close, but when a long lost letter arrives one Sunday afternoon with the return address of Milderhurst Castle, Kent, printed on its envelope, Edie begins to suspect that her mother’s emotional distance masks an old secret.

    Simone says: "Right Mood At The Right Time"
    "A really wonderful read!"
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    I really enjoyed this book. It does have lots of detail, but I enjoy books that go into great detail. I loved how long and involved it was and, unlike other Kate Morton books, I was unable to guess the end, which kept me listening! I have listened to them all now and this is definitely one of my favorites! If you have enjoyed any of Kate Morton's other books, you will like this one as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The House of Velvet and Glass

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Katherine Howe
    • Narrated By Heather Corrigan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (82)

    Still reeling from the deaths of her mother and sister on the Titanic, Sibyl Allston is living a life of quiet desperation with her taciturn father and scandal-plagued brother in a town house in Boston's Back Bay. Trapped in a world over which she has no control, Sibyl flees for solace to the parlor of a table-turning medium. But when her brother is suddenly kicked out of Harvard under mysterious circumstances and falls under the sway of a strange young woman, Sibyl turns for help to psychology professor Benton Derby.

    connie says: "the parts don`t add up to a good whole"
    "Snore!"
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    I really loved Katherine Howe's last book, but this one was a real yawner! The character development was poor and the "mystery" was not intriguing...just boring. I really wanted to like this but I was starting to dread my listening time so I gave up about 3/4 of the way in and I almost never do that. I cannot recommend this book to anyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Winter Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2866)
    Performance
    (2410)
    Story
    (2418)

    History has all but forgotten.... In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown. Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next best-selling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write. But then she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction....

    Martha says: "Get Out Your Hankies"
    "A soothing read"
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    I loved this book...It was interesting and soothing to listen to. I liked how the author described the writing of the book and what went into the creation of the story. I found the narration to be slightly distracting as the English accent seemed a bit contrived, but I was impressed with the narrator's ability to do different voices for the different characters. I am off to "read" Susanna's next book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13685)
    Performance
    (6074)
    Story
    (6154)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "A great summer listen"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book, it was easy to follow and the narration was superb. The only thing I disliked about it is that the book seemed to be written toward being made into a movie (it was a little predictable). Other than that, I loved how it gave such a realistic glimpse of circus life during the depression...it was almost enough to make me want to run away with the circus!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8674)
    Performance
    (5332)
    Story
    (5320)

    Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

    Keith says: "Ken Follett and John Lee / Audible's Dream Team"
    "An excellent and entertaining WW1 Primer"
    Overall

    When I first started listening to this book I the voice of the narrator bothered me because it was kind of flat. But as the book progressed, it was so interesting and I was learning so much, I didn't notice the voice any longer. I am ashamed to admit that my knowledge of WW1 and the events that caused it was very limited, but Follett weaves the facts into the story so well, I ended up learning a lot. I even found myself looking up facts to see if they were fiction or not! My family is of German descent and I remember my Great grandmother being hesitant to speak German and now I know why. I look forward to the second installment and to learning more!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Velva Jean Learns to Drive

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jennifer Niven
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (315)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (212)

    Set in Appalachia in the years before World War II, Velva Jean Learns to Drive is a poignant story of a spirited young girl growing up in the gold-mining and moonshining South. Before she dies, Velva Jean's mother urges her to "live out there in the great wide world." Velva Jean dreams of becoming a big-time singer in Nashville until she falls in love with Harley Bright, a handsome juvenile delinquent turned revival preacher.

    Susan says: "If Jenna Lamia reads it, I'll listen to it!"
    "Lovely book"
    Overall

    This book is a wonderful read. It is a simple story of a girl and her dreams. Highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10560)
    Performance
    (5446)
    Story
    (5490)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Russell says: "Glad I Listened to 11-22-63 First"
    "Hard to Listen to"
    Overall

    I too was thrilled to get such a long read for only one credit. I have always been a Stephen King fan, but I have never listened to one of his books. I found it very difficult to listen to the descriptions of the horrible behavior of the characters of this book. I would cringe as I was listening and found it affected me in a negative way. I could not finish and have moved it to a dark corner of my hard drive. It has been a while since I read any of his work, so maybe I am getting soft in my old age. This is classic Stephen King, but if you are sensitive, I would steer clear.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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