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green ice cream garden

miramar, FL United States | Member Since 2014

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  • 94 reviews
  • 95 ratings
  • 169 titles in library
  • 20 purchased in 2015
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  • Orphan Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christina Baker Kline
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6275)
    Performance
    (5514)
    Story
    (5533)

    Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to "aging out" out of the foster care system. A community-service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse.... As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

    Kathi says: "Moving story of sharing and transformation."
    "Surprise 5"
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    Rarely do I rate books with 5 stars. I reserve the 5 for classics or books that WOW me and can't stop talking about them for weeks. Orphan Train isn't either but this book is beautifully well balanced and enjoyable. The heart wrenching parts are countered with sweet moments, there's suspense and predictability, past/present, and all nicely weaved together. The narrator also did a very good job overall.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Anthony Horowitz
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1335)
    Performance
    (1181)
    Story
    (1187)

    Sherlock Holmes is the greatest detective in literary history. For the first time since the death of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a new Holmes story has been sanctioned by his estate, whetting the appetites of fans everywhere. Information about the book will be revealed as deliberately as Holmes himself would unravel a knotty case, but bestselling novelist and Holmes expert Anthony Horowitz is sure to bring a compelling, atmospheric story to life.

    Debra says: "PLEASE tell me there are MORE !"
    "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery"
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    I've read all of the complete works of Sherlock Holmes and this has to be the story that comes closest in style and formula. In that respect it's quite amazing. However, there's nothing like the real thing and therefore I enjoy when Sherlock Holmes is given new spins. It's a good book, one I would recommend to hard core fans but it falls flat. A part could be due to the narration. The narration could have made the characters more distinctive. Instead it sounded like only one (ok, may 2 with that bad America accent) was part of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wife in Name Only

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Hayson Manning
    • Narrated By Carly Robins
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Trapped in a loveless marriage, Zoe Hughes escaped to make a new life for herself on the tiny island of Tonga. Now she runs a successful boutique honeymoon resort. Selling true love is easy. No one needs to know she's married in name only. At least until America's premier honeymoon magazine wants to publish a feature on her perfect marriage. Now she must convince her estranged husband to rip himself away from plotting corporate takeovers in LA to save her island paradise.

    Kindle Customer says: "Beautiful"
    "Total waste"
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    The idea seemed like a good one - different - but the bad writing, the whiplash changes of scenario, the stupid "bad guy," the annoying pet names for everything, and so much more destroy this book. It only gets one star because mercifully it ends after only 6 hours of torture.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kiss an Angel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (713)
    Performance
    (335)
    Story
    (332)

    Arranged marriages seldom happen in modern America, so Daisy Devreaux hates her father's ultimatum: marry the humorless man he has picked for her, or go to jail. It's not much of a deal for Alex Markov, the prospective groom, either. He's got no time to indulge an uptown girl. So Alex puts Daisy to work in his traveling circus, expecting the harsh realities will break her. Instead, he finds she's got heart enough for both of them.

    Loy says: "classic Susan Phillips"
    "Surprised to like this circus."
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    This was a chance credit. I read the summary and was unimpressed, but then the reviews made me curious. Yes, the plot is totally unfathomable for today, but there's something in the personalities and range of characters that get you hooked. The circus theme and the whole Russian czar drama just fades to the background and you get a cute romance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nature Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Lee Adams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (648)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (156)

    Honey Santana, impassioned, willful, possibly bipolar, self-proclaimed "queen of lost causes", has a scheme to help rid the world of irresponsibility, indifference, and dinnertime sales calls. She's taking rude, gullible Relentless, Inc., telemarketer Boyd Shreave and his less-than-enthusiastic mistress, Eugenie, into the wilderness of Florida's Ten Thousand Islands for a gentle lesson in civility. What she doesn't know is that she's being followed by her Honey-obsessed former employer.

    Pamela Faber says: "Well worth the wait!"
    "Fave so far"
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    I've read many of Hiaasen's works and this, so far, is my favorite. I just identified too much (scary) with Honey. I understood how close we all are to that nervous breakdown. So, if you want to listen to a tale of crazy-inspired revenge, life altering decisions, and some warm and humorous romance spend the credit on this one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Alphabet House

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    Overall
    (265)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (240)

    British pilots James Teasdale and Bryan Young have been chosen to conduct a special photo-reconnaissance mission near Dresden, Germany. Intelligence believes the Nazis are building new factories that could turn the tide of the war. When their plane is shot down, James and Bryan know they will be executed if captured. With an enemy patrol in pursuit, they manage to jump aboard a train reserved for senior SS soldiers wounded on the eastern front.

    John S says: "Leaped before I looked. Happy I did."
    "A rainbow of emotions"
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    This book captures a rainbow of human emotions - fear, worry, love, revenge, evil, regret - I could go on and still the story does not wear you down. The number of relationships, the psychology behind each of those relationships, the mounting drama, and most important the meaning of friendship, is each delicately explored at such a tempo that it is impossible to put this read down. If you ever wondered, as the author does, how our psychology can be pushed and mended you must read this book.

    Congratulations to Graeme Malcom for another wonderful narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neanderthal Seeks Human: A Smart Romance, Knitting in the City, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Penny Reid
    • Narrated By Jennifer Grace
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (191)

    After losing her boyfriend, apartment, and job in the same day, Janie Morris can't help wondering what new torment fate has in store. To her utter mortification, Quinn Sullivan- aka Sir McHotpants- witnesses it all then keeps turning up like a pair of shoes you lust after but can't afford. The last thing she expects is for Quinn - the focus of her slightly, albeit harmless, stalkerish tendencies - to make her an offer she can't refuse.

    Sharon says: "Could Not Stop Listening....."
    "A romance with an IQ - cute!"
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    This is a cute and clever romance. The narrator was great too. The two drawbacks are: 1) the excessive use of the word "however" and 2) lack of XXX content. If you're looking for a contemporary romance with no smut but good dialogue pick this one up.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Come Away with Me

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Kristen Proby
    • Narrated By Jennifer Mack
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1315)
    Performance
    (1220)
    Story
    (1223)

    Being confronted on the beach by a sexy stranger wasn't part of Natalie Conner's plans for a peaceful morning taking photos. And why on earth would he think she's taking pictures of him, anyway? Who is he? One thing’s for sure, he’s hot, and incredibly romantic, feeding Natalie’s wounded soul.

    cmsande says: "3 out of 5 cheesetastic stars, baby"
    "Worst read in a very long time"
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    I can't believe I finished this book. I get that the plot is secondary but give us something of a story line. This reads like a sappy, boring diary. Even the sex parts get boring.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Crash & Burn

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Christina Traister, Mikael Naramore
    Overall
    (580)
    Performance
    (496)
    Story
    (496)

    Nicole Frank shouldn't have been able to survive the car accident, much less crawl up the steep ravine. Not in the dark, not in the rain, not with her injuries. But one thought allows her to defy the odds and flag down help: Vero.

    Kerry says: "Terrible!"
    "Just ok"
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    Would I recommend this book but there are several things I disliked. First, the unreliable narrative trick is getting old. Second, it feels as though this is part of a series because of references to the detective's past but it's not. Lastly, it became too repetitive and thus making some scenes drag.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Extreme Love

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Abby Niles
    • Narrated By Nicol Zanzarella
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    Dante "Inferno" Jones is used to winning in the ring. But when the MMA fighter meets pretty Caitlyn Moore, he seems to be striking out left and right. The more Cait denies his advances, the more intrigued he becomes by the sharp-tongued beauty. She's a challenge he can't resist.

    Amazon Customer says: "not 18hrs 50 mins."
    "Extreme luke warm"
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    Two things killed this story - 1) The narrator, not the worst ever, but just not a good performance. She sounded like she had a sinus cold. 2) Too many unbelievable circumstances. There are just some things that leave me thinking - where are the cops? do people really say stuff like that? I spend a good amount of time in a gym and can say - no, it is not realistic at all. Book 2 is much better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fighting Love

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Abby Niles
    • Narrated By Harper Jeanne Wilson
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    Former middleweight champion and confirmed bachelor Tommy "Lightning" Sparks has lost it all: his belt, his career, and now his home. After the devastating fire, he moves in with his drama-free best friend, Julie. One encounter changes everything, and Julie is no longer the girl he's spent his life protecting but a desirable woman he wants to take to his bed. Knowing his reputation, he's determined to protect Julie more than ever--from himself.

    CAROLYN says: "A VERY ENJOYABLE LISTEN & EVEN BETTER THAN BOOK 1"
    "Friendly KO"
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    I'm surprised I enjoyed this book. It's not a sport I have any interest in and the end was dragged out but it was a cute, funny and sexy read, especially if you enjoy friends hooking up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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