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  • Gabriel's Angel

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Todd Haberkorn
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,374
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,233
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,232

All Gabriel Bradley wanted was solitude. But when a very pregnant - and very beautiful - woman ended up at his remote cabin during a blizzard, desperate, alone, and on the run, the modern-day Scrooge couldn't turn her away. For Laura brought him the gifts of passion, hope, and life - he needed only the courage to reach for it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pregnant Laura needs a friend~ Gabriel~ 4 STARS~

  • By Molly on 11-26-15

Familiar,yet satisfies the urge for a love story.

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

Reviewed: 08-07-15

Nora Roberts is a prolific romantic author, one of the best in her genre. I listen often and must say the telos are beginning to be predictable. I listen for total escape.

What greater escape is there than a cabin in the mountains of Colorado, a car mishap in the snow drops Laura into Gabes' hide-away. The gruff haunted artist was attracted to the ex-high fashion model.

  • Chasing Fire

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman
  • Length: 15 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,200
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,304
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,309

Little else in life is as dangerous as fire jumping. Flying past towering pillars of smoke, parachuting down to the edge of an all-consuming blaze, shoveling and sawing for hours upon hours, days at a time, all to hold the line and push back against the raw power of Mother Nature. But there’s also little else as thrilling - at least to Rowan Tripp. The Missoula smoke jumpers are one of the most exclusive firefighting squads in the nation, and the job is in Rowan’s blood: her father is a legend in the field. She’s been fighting fires since her eighteenth birthday.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story + Great Narrator

  • By RL Green on 08-19-12

I love this book, but, no why you'd think

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

Reviewed: 05-14-15

Reading this gave me a new interesting insight into someone. The very feisty, independent Rowan is a Missoula .smoke Jumper. It follows Nora Roberts formula of happy independent woman meets the man of our dreams. The use em for sex toughness of Rowan as she performs a job that makes most men cringe is coarse, funny and a leader. Gulliver is a green rookie jumper. I used to skydive and relive the thrill of it with her. My spouse fought forest fires. I now have a great respect for the job he did in the years of our marriage. I translated each leg hardening move these dedicated Federal employees do to a personal growth in love of the man with whom I have shared my last 34 years. My own Gull.

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  • Drums of Autumn

  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 44 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 25,112
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20,977
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 20,910

Twice Claire has used an ancient stone circle to travel back to the 18th century. The first time she found love with a Scottish warrior but had to return to the 1940s to save their unborn child. The second time, 20 years later, she reunited with her lost love but had to leave behind the daughter that he would never see. Now Brianna, from her 1960s vantage point, has found a disturbing obituary and will risk everything in an attempt to change history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Can't Get Enough!

  • By Eugenia on 02-15-10

Seemed to meander hither and yon.

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

Reviewed: 03-19-15

Claire and Jamie are building their farm, although in N. Carolina they have rejected slave ownership as neither wants the burden of conscience. Ian has grown and finds his own way.
Brianna has made her own time jump to meet her father. Her intended follows her. Here the stories interweave and scamper around the colonies looking for resolution. I enjoy these books. I love Davina Porters' interpretation over all. I feel Ms Garabaldon was trying to meet a certain number of pages and the usual continuity of her plots suffered. That said, I am buying the next of the series when I finish this review.

  • Whiskey Beach

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 14 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,268
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,800
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,794

For more than 300 years, Bluff House has sat above Whiskey Beach, guarding its shore - and its secrets. But to Eli Landon, it’s home.… A Boston lawyer, Eli has weathered an intense year of public scrutiny and police investigations after being accused of - but never arrested for - the murder of his soon-to-be-ex wife. He finds sanctuary at Bluff House, even though his beloved grandmother is in Boston recuperating from a nasty fall. Abra Walsh is always there, though.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • One big yawn

  • By Catherine P on 04-18-13

Predictable but reliable Nora Roberts

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

Reviewed: 03-07-15

I have listened to a number of Ms Roberts stories now. She always delivers what I expect, lightweight love stories of strong albeit damaged souls seeking love. Usually the male voices have been less satisfying but I give this narrator higher marks. He did make his female voice a bit giddy and sometimes silly. It was so nice to hear a novel include a cell phone and ipad! Thinking I am starting a new novel only to find out it was only recently made audio has been at times disappointing. For this story, poor little rich boy goes back to family home after his wife is murdered. He meets a yoga instructor, bartender, jewelry maker. Her care taking opens his hurt heart. She has an MBA and her mom won the Nobel Prize but hey, she wants to teach yoga? Really? Like I said predictable. It is a good choice for the lightweight puff piece Ms. Roberts is known for. I have found her stories of the Witness, Chasing Fire more to my liking. The Collector would be also listed but her heroes propensity to tell the women to "shut up" makes me want to slug them not quietly be a good girl for him.
It would be nice to have folks meet and fall in love while actually having to work for a living once in a while.

Like I said, good lightweight, puffy all ends well romance for a sick day in bed.

  • Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power Part 3

  • By: Jon Meacham
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann, Jon Meacham
  • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

In this magnificent biography, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of American Lion and Franklin and Winston brings vividly to life an extraordinary man and his remarkable times. Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power gives us Jefferson the politician and president, a great and complex human being forever engaged in the wars of his era. Philosophers think; politicians maneuver. Jefferson’s genius was that he was both and could do both, often simultaneously. Such is the art of power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perplexing Jefferson

  • By Paula Dow on 01-14-15

Perplexing Jefferson

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

Reviewed: 01-14-15

I have loved Thomas Jefferson for his ideas on freedom. I am dismayed he kept his own children as slaves. Sad the text books gave us a one dimensional person. The book fleshed this President into a very complex politician. He constantly lived beyond his means. Could his desires for comforts and money took over his desire to end slavery? I recommend this book, the performance completely. Be careful or you will learn our heroes have feet of clay.

  • The Invention of Wings

  • A Novel
  • By: Sue Monk Kidd
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
  • Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,539
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,108

From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!

  • By Jan on 01-09-14

Southern Belles inspired a Nation to Take a stand

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

Reviewed: 08-15-14

What did you love best about The Invention of Wings?

The story, woven between the black slave and owner tells both sides of the issue.

What did you like best about this story?

It is partially true. I love the stories of women who were part of early American history

Which scene was your favorite?

Handful the slave takes a bath in her masters imported French tub. An unheard of luxury. Her elegance and belief she deserved such luxury took my breath.

If you could rename The Invention of Wings, what would you call it?

I can't it is a perfect title.

Any additional comments?

I have recommended it to everyone I know who reads. Absolutely stunning in setting and research. I wish women's history could be represented like this more often. Sadly there are too few records keeping our thoughts and accomplishments alive for succeeding generations.