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  • The Christmas Quilt

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jennifer Chiaverini
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (59)

    It has been more than 50 years since master quilter Silvia Compson decked the halls of Elm Creek Manor, and with all her family gone, she intends to observe a quiet Christmas. But her young quilting partner, Sarah McClure, has other ideas.

    New York Times best-selling author Jennifer Chiaverini delivers a spirited holiday yarn.

    Paula says: "Good Story"
    "Beautiful story-lots of threads."
    Overall

    I live to sew and sew to live. I love being able to listen to these wonderful stories of women lives, friendships and challenges while I'm sewing. You really don't need to know how to sew or quilt to appreciate thesae stories. I have also listened while driving and not wanted to get out of the car after an entire day of driving.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 18 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Ann Patchett
    Overall
    (3036)
    Performance
    (2519)
    Story
    (2532)

    We are excited to present our members with a gift that is truly unique: an original essay, available exclusively here at Audible, written and voiced by best-selling author – and fellow listener – Ann Patchett. This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage is a very real love story, and one that is much more about the journey than the destination.

    Lee says: "Was this our holiday present?"
    "I guess some people don't know any."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not sure how to answer that. It was ok but not great. I am probably an unfair judge since I have an amazing marriage so happy would ultimately feel like a short sale for me.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • For One More Day

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Mitch Albom
    • Narrated By Mitch Albom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (64)

    As a child, Charley "Chick" Benetto was told by his father, "You can be a mama's boy or a daddy's boy, but you can't be both." So he chooses his father, only to see the man disappear when Charley is on the verge of adolescence. Decades later, Charley is a broken man. His life has been crumbled by alcohol and regret. He loses his job. He leaves his family. He hits bottom after discovering his only daughter has shut him out of her wedding. And he decides to take his own life.

    Lina says: "A beautiful second chance."
    "Another story of beauty and grace by Mitch Albom."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up For One More Day in three words, what would they be?

    loves redeeming power


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was so everyman and so very sweet. It was painful yet healing.


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

    Yes.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Goodbye Quilt

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Susan Wiggs
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    Linda Davis’s local fabric shop is a place where women gather to share their creations: quilts commemorating important events in their lives. Wedding quilts, baby quilts, memorial quilts - each is bound tight with dreams, hopes, and yearnings.Now, as her only child readies for college, Linda is torn between excitement for Molly and heartache for herself. Who will she be when she is no longer needed in her role as mom? Mother and daughter decide to share one last adventure together.

    Wendy says: "Couldn't bear it past the second chapter"
    "Couldn't bear it past the second chapter"
    Overall

    Full disclosure-I was looking for something kind of sad, not too deep. Yikes! This was sad in the writing. Sorry Susan but write what you know and I don't think you do. The daughter is on her way to college and is looking at class choices? Really? A quilt shop still cutting fabric with scissors? Hand quilting an entire bed quilt in the car? Not having a child find out she had a still born sibling before she was 18?
    Clearly I could really NOT relate to this book. I found it to be too gooey sweet. If had been written from the teenager's point of view it's lack of depth might have made more sense. It felt very Leave it Beaver era television writing.

    1 of 1 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
    (3336)
    Performance
    (2649)
    Story
    (2636)

    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"
    "Hope for a follow up down the road"
    Overall

    Nice listen. I greatly appreciate an auto-biography by someone in recovery that not only isn't a drunk-a-logue it's not the focus. Rob's recovery comes shining through as insight, gratitude, humility and a clear sense that he realizes how much grace he has been given and what a gift it is.

    So Rob if you read this-thanks for sharing and keep coming back. I'm looking forward to your next book and btw your role on Californication ROCKS. Good for you for pushing that far out.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • I Still Dream About You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Fannie Flagg
    • Narrated By Fannie Flagg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (410)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (154)

    Meet Maggie Fortenberry, a still beautiful former Miss Alabama. To others, Maggie’s life seems practically perfect - she’s lovely, charming, and a successful real estate agent at Red Mountain Realty. Still, Maggie can’t help but wonder how she wound up in her present condition....

    J. S. says: "Another Winner . ."
    "Nice light listen"
    Overall

    After listening to several very heavy books I needed a break and went to Fannie Flagg to find it. Yay. I loved that she read it-always a plus when the author reads. Nice story about GRITS (girls raised in the south) and their friendships. I enjoyed the listen and adore Fannie. Thanks.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • There's Nothing in This Book That I Meant to Say

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Poundstone
    • Narrated By Paula Poundstone
    Overall
    (305)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (104)

    What do the lives of Lincoln, Helen Keller, Joan of Arc, and other historical figures have in common with Paula Poundstone? In the hands of this wryly observant and self-deprecating comedian, the answer is outrageously funny and unexpectedly touching. Poundstone compares her crazy life to theirs, as she holds forth on her children, her career, and the time in her life when it appeared she would lose them both.

    Evelyn says: "More!"
    "Never thought I would want my credit back"
    Overall

    I listen to Paula on "Wait Wait Don;t Tell Me" and usually love her humor there so I thought I would like her book. Ugh.
    Oddly as an agnostic member of Alcoholics Anonymous I could understand her issue with AA-I have the same issues on a fairly regular basis. Those issues haven't kept me from working away from my anger and self centeredness and finding a much deeper level of happiness in my life. Paula seems so angry and bent that I was finding much of what she says difficult, even painful to listen to. It's always sad to feel like someone is caged from their own happiness with the key in their hand.
    On another note the weird history of Joan of Arc and Abe Lincoln made me feel like one of my kids was interrupting with homework facts. What the heck is that all about?
    I think I made it to the third chapter and I'm done. This will be the first time I have not finished a book from Audible and seriously do wish I could get my credit back.
    Footnote I think Paula should refrain from getting on the Charlie Sheen joke bandwagon. I think they have much in common.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Craig Ferguson
    • Narrated By Craig Ferguson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1647)
    Performance
    (1033)
    Story
    (1032)

    In American on Purpose, Craig Ferguson delivers a moving and achingly funny memoir of living the American dream as he journeys from the mean streets of Glasgow, Scotland, to the comedic promised land of Hollywood. Along the way he stumbles through several attempts to make his mark - as a punk rock musician, a construction worker, a bouncer, and, tragically, a modern dancer.

    Diane says: "Unabashedly Honest"
    "Meh."
    Overall

    I like Craig Ferguson a lot and I did love that he read the book. I just didn't think his life, life lessons etc were very remarkable. Sorry Craig.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Aloha Quilt: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Jennifer Chiaverini
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (50)

    Best-selling author Jennifer Chiaverini has captivated fans around the world with her beloved Elm Creek Quilts novels, which have even spawned a line of fabrics inspired by the series. In this moving tale, Bonnie’s quilting shop goes out of business just as her divorce approaches. But Bonnie gets a chance to escape when her old friend Claire invites her to Hawaii to help launch a new quilter’s retreat at a charming bed and breakfast.

    Wendy says: "Nice history of Hawaiin quilts too"
    "Nice history of Hawaiin quilts too"
    Overall

    I'll keep saying it. I love these stories. They are not heavy reading (listening?) by any means and that's why I love them. This one made me want to make a quilt in the Hawaiin way. Will I? Doesn't matter. Nice listen.
    Kudos to the reader too. I know which character she is now from book to book. Very cool.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Time is All We Have: Four Weeks at the Betty Ford Center

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Barnaby Conrad
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    The Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, California, is thought of as a mysterious, almost mythical place for the cure of the rich and famous, among them Elizabeth Taylor, Liza Minelli, Tony Curtis, and Robert Mitchum.

    Wendy says: "Recovery is good"
    "Recovery is good"
    Overall

    humility is too. I don't know him as a celebrity which seems to be required to appreciate this book. Meh.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Living in the Solution: Understanding and Using the Wisdom of the Rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By John W., James A.
    • Narrated By Shadoe Stevens
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Michael says: "Right Between Your Eyes"
    "Just go to a meeting-"
    Overall

    don't die and you'll be an old-timer and know all these same stories. Would recommend specific stories over what read more like meeting notes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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