Every expectant parent will tell you that they don't want a perfect baby, just a healthy one. Charlotte and Sean O'Keefe would have asked for a healthy baby, too, if they'd been given the choice. Instead their lives are made up of sleepless nights, mounting bills, the pitying stares of "luckier" parents, and, maybe worst of all, the what-ifs.
There were many things in this story I enjoyed. There were also some very frustrating storylines. I found the inclusion of all the recipes a bit too long and thus annoying. The narration was spot on. My frustration continues when I ponder whether to recommend Handle With Care or not. I just don’t know. Sorry to frustrate you.
The life of Princess May of Teck is one of the great Cinderella stories in history. From a family of impoverished nobility, she was chosen by Queen Victoria as the bride for her eldest grandson, the scandalous Duke of Clarence, heir to the throne, who died mysteriously before their marriage. Despite this setback, she became queen, mother of two kings, grandmother of the current queen, and a lasting symbol of the majesty of the British throne.
The Matriarch was a pleasant surprise. I didn’t expect the book to be as entertaining as it was educational. I found Matriarch easy to listen to while I gleaned more knowledge of the royal family’s history.
1956. It's Ellen Crosby's first day at work as a student nurse at Ambergate County Lunatic Asylum. When she meets a young girl committed by her father, and a pioneering physician keen to try out the various 'cures' available for mental illness, little does Ellen know that a choice she will make is to change all their lives forever....
The best thing about The Key is the narration by Joanne Froggatt. Ms. Froggatt’s performance turned an okay book into a very good one. The author does a good job describing the horrible conditions of the insane asylums of the past. It was the all too neat and tidy ending of the book that I didn’t care for. Still, all in all, I would recommend The Key.
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Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office.
Wow! Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is quite a story - and a different one at that. I didn’t think I would care for the book, or the narrator, as the story began. I certainly didn’t think I’d be giving a five star review. I’m glad I continued to listen. The more I listened, the more I found myself caught up in Eleanor and her struggles to fit into life. Cathleen McCarron even won me over as the perfect narrator for Eleanor’s story.
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Only 22, Emma learned to bake at the side of a master, Ezra Kuchen, the village baker since before she was born. Apprenticed to Ezra at 13, Emma watched with shame and anger as her kind mentor was forced to wear the six-pointed yellow star on his clothing. She was likewise powerless to help when they pulled Ezra from his shop at gunpoint, the first of many villagers stolen away and never seen again.
Although The Baker’s Secret is a story about World War ll and the Nazis, it is told from a different angle. Stephen Kiernan’s story is about the survival of a small village, and the young baker’s role in aiding the villagers. The book begins a bit slow but soon picks up momentum. I found myself extending my listening time anxious to know what happened next. I was surprised how emotional I felt as the story drew to a close. Great narration had a part in that. Cassandra Campbell, as always, does an excellent job narrating The Baker’s Secret.
Best-selling author Diane Chamberlain delivers a breakout book about a small southern town 50 years ago, and the darkest - and most hopeful - places in the human heart. After losing her parents, 15-year-old Ivy Hart is left to care for her grandmother, older sister, and nephew as tenants on a small tobacco farm. As she struggles with her grandmother’s aging, her sister’s mental illness, and her own epilepsy, she realizes they might need more than she can give. When Jane Forrester takes a position as Grace County’s newest social worker, she doesn’t realize just how much her help is needed.
I was pulled into this story from the beginning. Diane Chamberlain was true to the era, early 60s, in even the smallest of details. I found the theme of forced sterilization interesting. I remember my mother talking to a neighbor about a retarded girl that “should be sterilized”. Yikes! Too close to home.
Allison Elliot was fantastic as the narrator. The story is a good one but when it’s combined with such great narration Necessary Lies becomes one of Audible’s best!!
How far would you go to protect your family? Single dad Ben is doing his best to raise his children, with the help of his devoted mother, Judi. And then Ben meets Amber. Everyone thinks this is a perfect match for Ben, but Judi isn't so sure.... There's just something about Amber that doesn't add up. Ben can't see why his mother dislikes his new girlfriend. And Amber doesn't want Judi anywhere near her new family. Amber just wants Ben and the children.
K. L. Slater must have tried to write this novel in 6 hours or less. In my opinion Liar is a poorly constructed book. The plot of the story becomes increasingly difficult to believe. How could the intelligent son fall for Amber? What do Henry’s indiscretions have to do with anything? And where does Fiona figure in? It’s as if the author couldn’t decide which direction the story should take.
As always Lucy Price-Lewis did a fine narrating job. Unfortunately even she couldn’t make Judy less irritating. I continued to listen to the book because several reviewers said the ending was unexpected. However I found the ending of Liar to be an out of the blue theme, written just to finish the book.
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Agatha is pregnant and works part time stocking shelves at a grocery store in a ritzy London suburb, counting down the days until her baby is due. As the hours of her shifts creep by in increasing discomfort, the one thing she looks forward to at work is catching a glimpse of Meghan, the effortlessly chic customer whose elegant lifestyle dazzles her. Meghan has it all: two perfect children, a handsome husband, a happy marriage, and a stylish group of friends, and she writes perfectly droll confessional posts on her popular parenting blog.
The Secret She Keeps held my interest from beginning to end. Michael Roboham has written a very good story, with unexpected twists and turns. That story is brought to life through the excellent narration of Lucy Price-Lewis.
Brooke Nolan is a battered child who makes an anonymous phone call about the escalating brutality in her home. When social services jeopardize her safety, condemning her to keep her father's secret, it's a glass of spilled milk at the dinner table that forces her to speak about the cruelty she's been hiding. In her pursuit of safety and justice, Brooke battles a broken system that pushes to keep her father in the home.
I’m glad I took a chance on Spilled Milk. Ms Randis life story help me to understand abuse and it’s horrors better. I need to drop theories I thought were true. I hope I will listen and observe better in the future because of this book.
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When Autumn Carpenter stumbles upon the social media account of the family who adopted her infant daughter years ago, she finds herself instantly drawn into their picture-perfect existence. From behind a computer screen, Autumn watches Grace's every memory, from birthdays to holidays to bedtime snuggles. But what starts as an innocent fascination soon spirals into an addictive obsession that comes to a screeching halt the day the McMullen family closes their Instaface account.
As stated by other reviewers, the ending of The Memory Watcher, was unexpected. The book is an easy listen and the two narrators do a great job. Bottom line is that The Memory Watcher is entertaining and worth spending a credit.