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Lois Arena

Elmsford, NY
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  • Sisters Like Us

  • Mischief Bay
  • By: Susan Mallery
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147

Divorce left Harper Szymanski with a name no one can spell, a house she can't afford, and a teenage daughter who's pulling away. With her fledgling virtual-assistant business, she's scrambling to maintain her overbearing mother's ridiculous Susie Homemaker standards and still pay the bills, thanks to clients like Lucas, the annoying playboy cop who claims he hangs around for Harper's fresh-baked cookies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Life Story

  • By Wyoming Bas Bleu on 05-22-18

Loved it

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-13-18

Absolutely enjoyed this book. Couldn’t put it down. Tanya Eby is one of my favorite narrators.

  • Distant Shores

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Quigley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 269
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 226
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 226

Elizabeth and Jackson Shore married young, raised two daughters, and weathered the storms of youth as they built a future together. But after the children leave home, they quietly drift apart. When Jack accepts a wonderful new job offer, Elizabeth puts her needs aside to follow him across the country. Until the sudden death of her father changes everything.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hit way too close to home

  • By Kiki Gee on 01-28-17

Not great

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-27-16

Some of Kristin Hannah's books are enjoyable and keep you interested but this was not one of them. It was boring from beginning to end.

  • The Winter Lodge

  • The Lakeshore Chronicles, Book 2
  • By: Susan Wiggs
  • Narrated by: Joyce Bean
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110

On the longest night of the year, Jenny Majesky loses everything in a devastating house fire. But among the ashes she finds an unusual treasure hidden amid her grandfather's belongings, one that starts her on a search for the truth, and on a path toward a life that she never imagined. The Winter Lodge, a remote cabin owned by her half sister on the shores of Willow Lake, becomes a safe refuge for Jenny, where she and local police chief Rourke McKnight try to sort out the mysteries revealed by the fire.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • History, Heritage, and Holding Out Hope

  • By Debbie on 04-20-17

Repetitive

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-12-14

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Maybe - if they didn't read the first book

Would you ever listen to anything by Susan Wiggs again?

Yes

Do you think The Winter Lodge needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No. I usually love this series, but this revisited too many scenes from one of the first books of the series.

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  • Hopeless

  • By: Colleen Hoover
  • Narrated by: Angela Goethals
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,189
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,003
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,019

Would you rather know a truth that makes you feel hopeless, or keep believing the lies? Beloved and bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with the spellbinding story of two young people with devastating pasts who embark on a passionate, intriguing journey to discover the lessons of life, love, trust--and above all, the healing power that only truth can bring.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Seems Like An X Rated YA Book- Has Promising Start

  • By Wendi on 01-02-14

Drawn out

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-12-14

Would you ever listen to anything by Colleen Hoover again?

No. This book ended up with a good story, but it was so long and drawn out, I wanted to stop reading it a number of times.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Angela Goethals?

Yes

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Hopeless?

Almost the entire beginning of the book.

  • Fool for Love

  • Gansett Island Series, Book 2
  • By: Marie Force
  • Narrated by: Holly Fielding
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 418
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 379
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 379

Joe Cantrell, owner of the Gansett Island Ferry Company, has been in love with Janey McCarthy for as long as he can remember. At the same time, Janey has been dating or engaged to doctor-in-training David Lawrence. When things go horribly wrong between David and Janey, she calls her "fifth brother" Joe, one of the few people in her close circle who lives on the mainland. Janey decides a few days with Joe is just what she needs before she goes home to the island to face her parents and family with the news of her broken engagement.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love this series.

  • By Marydior on 12-29-13

Too much sex

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-10-13

Would you try another book from Marie Force and/or Holly Fielding?

I don't think I would try another book from these authors. The story was nice, although predictable, but the sex scenes were way too detailed and unnecessary.

Has Fool for Love turned you off from other books in this genre?

I like romance books but without all the detailed sex and a little bit of an unexpected story line.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Fool for Love?

I would cut the detailed sex scenes.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • When in Doubt, Add Butter

  • By: Beth Harbison
  • Narrated by: Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 210
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 188

As far as Gemma is concerned, her days of dating are over. In fact, it’s her job to cater other peoples’ dates, and that’s just fine by her. At 37, she has her own business, working as a private chef, and her life feels full. She’s got six steady clients that keep her hands full. For Gemma, cooking is predictable. Recipes are certain. Use good ingredients, follow the directions, and you are assured success. Life, on the other hand, is full of variables. So when Gemma’s takes an unexpected turn on a road she always thought was straight and narrow, she must face her past.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Predictable but Very Enjoyable

  • By Erin DeAnjou on 08-31-12

BORING

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-08-13

What disappointed you about When in Doubt, Add Butter?

Very boring with no real story.

What could Beth Harbison have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Instead of one person telling a story like it's a diary, I would have liked more characters.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

disappointment