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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
    (56)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (51)

    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!"
    "a new favorite of mine..."
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    Would you listen to Christmas on Mimosa Lane again? Why?

    Absolutely, most definitely, I will listen to this story again. I enjoyed every second of it. I *LOVED* the story and the narration was *perfect* in my opinion...


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Christmas on Mimosa Lane?

    The entire book was one memorable moment after another for me.


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

    Yes. This is a real "triumph over tragedy" story and is very tender and touching. I was both happy and sad to the point of tears at times... I felt strongly for the characters, especially Mallory, Pete and Polly...


    Any additional comments?

    I had a few questions when the story ended, so I hope this was the beginning of a series. The last half hour was probably the saddest part of the book for me; Mallory was always so perfectly *there* for everyone else, it was sad, but believable, how hard she was on herself when her moment of crisis came. The story did end on a promising note, but I would have preferred a "stronger, no doubt about it", ending...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Street Cat Named Bob: And How He Saved My Life

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By James Bowen
    • Narrated By Kristopher Milnes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (41)

    When street musician James Bowen found an injured cat curled up in the hallway of his apartment building, he had no idea how much his life was about to change. James was living hand to mouth on the streets of London, barely making enough money to feed himself - the last thing he needed was a pet. Yet, James couldn't resist helping the strikingly intelligent, but very sick animal, whom he named Bob. He slowly nursed Bob back to health and then sent the cat on his way, never imagining that he would see him again. But Bob had other ideas.

    Gillian says: "Three Cheers for Bob and James!"
    "I enjoyed this very much..."
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    Would you listen to A Street Cat Named Bob again? Why?

    I *hope* to listen to it again sometime. Bob is an awesome cat and I really liked James, too. It was a very engaging audiobook, for me.


    What does Kristopher Milnes bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narration was great; very believable, as if the author himself was the one telling the story...


    Any additional comments?

    It has been several weeks since I listened to this book, and I still find myself thinking about it. As a cat lover, I was interested in Bob from first mention of him, and it didn't take long to see that Bob is one very special cat. I also liked James quite a lot. The bond between James and Bob is wonderful and amazing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scent of the Missing: Love and Partnership with a Search-and-Rescue Dog

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Susannah Charleson
    • Narrated By Susannah Charleson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (127)

    After the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, Susannah Charleson was so impressed by the newspaper photo of an exhausted handler and his search-and-rescue dog that she decided to train a dog of her own. A dog lover and pilot with search experience herself, Charleson got Puzzle, a strong, bright Golden Retriever, who from the start, exhibited a unique aptitude for search-and-rescue work. But the puppy’s willfulness challenged even Susannah, who had raised dogs for years.

    rda fan says: "Fascinating"
    "I really enjoyed this..."
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    If you could sum up Scent of the Missing in three words, what would they be?

    appealing, informative, interesting


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Scent of the Missing?

    My favorite parts were probably hearing about all of Susannah's dogs and cats at home.

    Hearing about the playhouse was a standout moment for me, and I wished I could see pictures...


    What about Susannah Charleson’s performance did you like?

    I love when authors read their own stories... It makes it more personal and Susannah did a fine job on this audiobook. I really liked her.


    Any additional comments?

    There were a lot of different elements to this story; I was pretty much fascinated from the get-go. I can't think of a moment that I wasn't involved and enjoying the listen. Really appreciate the volunteers who give so much of their time and energy for others.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • To Win Her Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Karen Witemeyer
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (279)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (240)

    RITA Award nominee Karen Witemeyer is acclaimed for her winning blend of history, humor, and romance. In this heartstirring tale, repentant exconvict Levi Grant comes to Spencer, Texas, in 1887 - hoping to put his past behind him and start out fresh as the town’s new blacksmith. To promote civility, Eden Spencer runs her own lending library, where she discovers Levi’s love of literature. But just as romance begins to bloom, Eden learns of Levi’s prodigal past.

    Amazon Customer says: "Impossible to part from! Heartwarming! :)"
    "I really enjoyed the story"
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    If you could sum up To Win Her Heart in three words, what would they be?

    sweet, strong, tender


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Levi was my favorite character, but I liked Eden an awful lot, too... and I liked the two of them together...


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

    I *really* didn't like the fight scene towards the end of the book... I mean, I *really* didn't like it. It felt like a "no win" situation, and I feel a lot of tension, even now, just thinking about it. (I do believe in self defense, and it made me crazy that he wouldn't fight, but at the same time, it probably would've gotten him killed if he had raised his fists... Still, how can I respect a man who wouldn't fight for his life? Would he fight for me?)... Since I enjoyed the rest of the story so much, I choose to pretend this fight scene either didn't happen, or didn't go down the way it was written...


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Chinese Chef

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Nicole Mones
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers, James Chen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (497)
    Performance
    (345)
    Story
    (348)

    When recently widowed Maggie McElroy is called to China to settle a claim against her late husbands estate, she is blindsided by the discovery that he may have led a double life. Since work is all that will keep her sane, her magazine editor assigns her to profile Sam, a half-Chinese American who is the last in a line of gifted chefs tracing back to the imperial palace. As she watches Sam gear up for Chinas Olympic culinary competition by planning the banquet of a lifetime, she begins to see past the cuisines artistry to glimpse its coherent expression of Chinese civilization.

    Dr. says: "Totally Satisfying - highly recommended"
    "I enjoyed this very much..."
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    What did you love best about The Last Chinese Chef?

    I enjoyed the developing friendship between Sam and Maggie. Sam was my favorite character.


    What about Elisabeth Rodgers and James Chen ’s performance did you like?

    I felt Elisabeth Rodgers was by turns, superb/outstanding/exceptionally good, but also fell into a cadence at times that irritated me... Still, I had to give the narration 5 stars because I enjoyed her reading more than most audiobooks I've listened to. James Chen was incredible...


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

    I was pretty touched throughout the story actually... I particularly enjoyed the last half hour of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm glad I picked this one up... I want to listen to it again...

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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