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  • Too Beautiful to Dance

  • By: Diana Appleyard
  • Narrated by: Juanita McMahon
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 8

Sara never doubted her husband, the successful, handsome Matt. Then his best friend blurts out the horrible truth - that he has a bright young girlfriend to match his glittering career. Unable to bear the pain and humiliation, Sara decides to get away - to Cornwall, where in a dilapidated cottage by the sea she hopes to find...healing? Or a new life?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Sure "5"

  • By Penny on 09-02-08

Gosh. what a beautiful story

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

absolutely loved it. One of the few audible books I haven't fallen asleep on. Narration was best I have ever heard.

  • Heaven, Texas

  • By: Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • Narrated by: Anna Fields
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,470
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 939
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 940

It seems like an easy assignment for an assertive but sweet woman like Gracie Snow: track down her friend, Bobby Denton, a famous ex-jock, and bring him to Heaven (Texas, that is) to shoot a movie. How could he refuse a glamorous offer like that? Easy....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you haven't met Bobby Tom . . .

  • By Diana on 04-30-08

Fun listening

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-10-09

No other word for it - fun! Great narration, the best of Anna Fields. She must have had such a good time doing all those SEP novels. The two main characters, Gracie and Bobby Joe, were right up there with the best of her couples.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dream a Little Dream

  • By: Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • Narrated by: Anna Fields
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,294
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 789
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 787

Rachel Stone is a widow and single mother, broke and alone. Worse, her late husband, a televangelist, stole five million dollars, none of which came to her. Nor did she know about the theft, but it still makes her an outcast, and she is desperate. Then she meets Gabriel Bonner, who gives her a job. Romantic sparks fly, but love is never easy. Gabriel has a tragic loss of his own, and his family, fearing Rachel's motives, campaigns loudly against her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Read Nobody’s Baby first

  • By Gina on 05-25-07

This is soooo not like SEP

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-30-09

I've only listened to 4 of her books and when I started this one I fully expected to have laugh out loud chuckles, but all I got was one bad thing after another happening to Rachel. I have about less than 2 hours left of the book to go and I'm guessing it will all turn out for the best, but I'm tired of it. Just when you think things can't get worse one more bad thing happens. Oh, I'll suffer thru the rest just to see how she can turn Gabe Bonner into a worthy Bonner brother. The way he treats her son ... nah, I don't even think at the end of the book I'm going to like Gabe Bonner. This is the most depressing book. SEP, how could you?

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • It Had to Be You

  • By: Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • Narrated by: Anna Fields
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,799
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,155
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,157

It's Dan Calebow's worst nightmare: Phoebe Somerville, a trendy New York knockout, inherits the Chicago Stars, the football team he coaches. And she wants to help him run it. Phoebe's sure he needs her. He's a sexist good-ol'-boy jock with a one-track mind. Surely she can straighten him out.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Susan Elizabeth Philips

  • By bluebelle on 05-05-12

Wonderful, delightful, chuckle out loud

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-27-09

Loved this book from the very beginning. Shortly after "meeting" Dan Calebow, I never could seem to get the picture of Matthew Mcconnaughey out of my mind, so there he stayed, as Dan, for the entire time I listened to Anna Fields' excellent narration. It was a fun romp (and there were several descriptive "romps") and, as usual, great character development.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • All We Know of Heaven

  • By: Anna Tuttle Villegas
  • Narrated by: J. Charles, Sandra Burr
  • Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

Dolores Meredith tries to match the homes she sells with the perfect buyer. So when Austin Barclay moves to town and wants to buy her very favorite property - the beautiful but neglected Leland House - she suspects that he might be someone special. As Austin lovingly restores the home to its former glory, their mutual interest in the work-in-progress, and in each other, eventually grows into a wonderful, if unexpected, love affair. But happily-ever-after happens in fairy tales.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Boring

  • By Jan Childress on 04-19-09

Boring

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-19-09

Half way thru this happy, nobody has any problems, life is too good to be true fairy tale, I actually had to go to Amazon.com and read the synopsis of the book to see what finally happened to NOT make their relationship "happily every after". Once I determined what happens (and who knows how many more hours of drivel listening that would have taken), I decided it wasn't worth it to suffer thru any longer. I love listening to the narrator, Sandra Burr, but not this time; and to be fair, I don't know if it is the book she's reading, or the voices she did -- I don't know, but I got tired of her. The guy who read the male chapters -- eh -- not impressed. I'm glad I got it on sale but it was still a waste of money

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • First Lady

  • By: Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • Narrated by: Anna Fields
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 862
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 514
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 517

The beautiful young widow of the president of the United States thought she was free of the White House, but circumstances have forced her back into the role of First Lady. She's made up her mind to escape, if only for a few days, so she can live the life of an ordinary person. An entire nation is searching for her, but the First Lady is in the last place anyone would think to look: in the company of a seductive stranger whose charm and good looks are awakening the forgotten woman within.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cute!

  • By Judy on 10-13-09

My first SEP novel

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-17-09

This was my first SEP novel and won't be my last. I have since listened to a couple others and have a couple others waiting in my library and with that I have to say that so far, this is not my favorite - though I did like it A LOT. While there are things in her other books that you kind of doubt the believability, I felt that unbelievability more so in this one. I think the story line was too much.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Nobody's Baby But Mine

  • By: Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • Narrated by: Anna Fields
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,817
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,087

Jane Darlington is a genius at physics, but there's one problem she can't solve. She yearns for a child, but wants to spare it the pain of growing up as...well, a nerd. And surely any child of Jane's would be a little too brainy for the playground set. So she sets out to find a special man to father her child, someone without too much gray-matter between his ears: in short, a big, strong dope. Cal Bonner, legendary pro quarterback, seems to fit the bill. But there's something Dr. Jane hasn't counted on.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • OK - I'm officially an SEP addict

  • By Jan Childress on 04-17-09

OK - I'm officially an SEP addict

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-17-09

This was a fun book, read by a great narrator. In the beginning when I first heard her do Cal's voice, I thought I couldn't listen to that for the entire book, but it grew on me and after awhile he was "Cal". Anna Fields knows when to pause and how and when to apply the right amount of emphasis and emotion. As for the author, I hope SEP enjoys writing them as much as her readers enjoy reading/listening. I also hear she blends her books by taking a side character and making them the focus of another book and then taking a side character in that book etc. I'm hoping to see how old lovers are doing.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Austenland

  • A Novel
  • By: Shannon Hale
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,317
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 868
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 876

Jane Hayes is a seemingly normal young New Yorker, but she has a secret. Her obsession with Mr. Darcy, as played by Colin Firth in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, is ruining her love life: no real man can compare. But when a wealthy relative bequeaths her a trip to an English resort catering to Austen-crazed women, Jane's fantasies of meeting the perfect Regency-era gentleman suddenly become realer than she ever could have imagined.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Book my tickets....Im going to Austenland

  • By 🇺🇸🌸DARA on 04-15-13

Boring

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-31-09

Boring, kinda stupid and an irritating narrator. I tried - got thru maybe half and said to myself - why are you forcing yourself to listen to this drivel? I sure hope at 32, I wasn't as big a nitwit as the main character is in this book. Need to get over your obsession of Pride and Prejudice or Mr. Darcy? Give this book a listen, you'll put Jane Austen away in a box up in the attic.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Amazing Interlude

  • By: Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Narrated by: Shelly Frasier
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 130
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 45

Driven by a sense of duty and fear of monotony, Sara Lee leaves her comfortable life and fiance in Philadelphia to serve the Red Cross in Belgium during WWI. The spirited heroine finds a niche for herself helping the wounded soldiers. She meets a mysterious gentleman and falls into a haunting romance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Lovely

  • By Marie C on 07-11-09

Enjoyable

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-03-09

Good storyline, believable characters who are interesting to watch as they "grow". The narrator was quite good - changed voices and accents well. Not a 5 star mainly because it wasn't an OMG type of book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Stardust

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,407
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,401

Tristran Thorn has lost his heart to the hauntingly beautiful Victoria Forester. One crisp October night, as they watch, a star falls from the sky, and Victoria promises to marry Tristran if he'll retrieve the star and bring it back for her. It is this promise that sends Tristran on the most unforgettable adventure of his life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This is an ADULT fairytale

  • By Rebecca on 01-25-08

Wonderful

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-24-09

Lovely story (okay, sometimes a bit ...bloody), excellent narration, and a very informative interview with the author at the end - don't miss that. I. Loved. It.