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  • The Summer Wives

  • A Novel
  • By: Beatriz Williams
  • Narrated by: Kristin Kalbli
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 463
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 434
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 431

In the summer of 1951, Miranda Schuyler arrives on elite, secretive Winthrop Island as a schoolgirl from the margins of high society. When her beautiful mother marries Hugh Fisher, Miranda’s catapulted into a heady new world of pedigrees and cocktails. Isobel Fisher, Miranda’s new stepsister is eager to draw Miranda into the arcane customs of Winthrop society. But there are really two clans: the summer families with their steadfast ways and quiet obsessions, and the working class of Portuguese fishermen and domestic workers. Then Miranda is caught in a catastrophe and banished....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Oh hum!

  • By Ruth M. Penson on 07-26-18

A little better than most beach reads

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

Reviewed: 08-16-18

I found the story interesting although I got a little confused with the going back and forth with the time span. I enjoyed the 1950’s setting because it reminded me of my grandparents.

The story had a decent plot that I enjoyed more than your average women’s issues/beach read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Burying Water

  • By: K. A. Tucker
  • Narrated by: Josh Goodman, Elizabeth Louise
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,556
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,260
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,253

Left for dead in the fields of rural Oregon, a young woman defies all odds and survives - but she awakens with no idea who she is, or what happened to her. Refusing to answer to "Jane Doe" for another day, the woman renames herself "Water" for the tiny, hidden marking on her body - the only clue to her past. Taken in by old Ginny Fitzgerald, a crotchety but kind lady living on a nearby horse farm, Water slowly begins building a new life. But as she attempts to piece together the fleeting slivers of her memory, more questions emerge....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding! Perfect love / mystery book!

  • By Rebecca on 11-07-14

I couldn't believe how bad this was.

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

Reviewed: 08-29-16

What disappointed you about Burying Water?

I saw all of the great reviews! What happened?? It's a silly book with a cliche plot written for late teens, early twenty-somethings. The language and wording are awful.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Nothing by this author. Couldn't finish it.

What three words best describe Josh Goodman and Elizabeth Louise ’s performance?

Fine.

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

I don't know. I thought the whole thing was outrageously silly.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • This Was Not the Plan

  • A Novel
  • By: Cristina Alger
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 71

Charlie Goldwyn's life hasn't exactly gone according to plan. A widower at 34, he is left trying to raise a quirky five-year-old, Caleb, whose obsession with natural disasters and penchant for girls' clothing have made him a loner at his preschool. The only thing Charlie does have going for him is his job at a prestigious law firm where - after 10 long years of 12-hour days and working through weekends and a huge win on a settlement - he is finally a rising star on his way to becoming a partner.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Modern Fairy Tale

  • By RueRue on 03-04-16

Hallmark movie soon to follow

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

Reviewed: 04-01-16

Very light, light book. Selfish, self-centered protagonist very neatly becomes caring, giving dad by the end.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Good Goodbye

  • By: Carla Buckley
  • Narrated by: Ali Ahn, Suzy Jackson, Eva Kaminsky
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,938
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,768
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,765

Two cousins, Rory and Arden, lie unconscious in a hospital burn unit. The fire, which broke out in their shared college dorm room, killed another student, and the police want answers. Tension between Rory and Arden's parents was already at an all-time high before the fire, owing to a recent financial crisis and the decline of the family business. As the parents huddle anxiously in the waiting room, carefully avoiding the subject of their own unraveling relationships, disturbing truths come to light.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So sad!

  • By CR on 07-04-16

Good book!

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

Reviewed: 02-24-16

I liked the way the author slowly and subtly revealed clues about what was going on or what could be happening next. Kept me guessing.

12 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • The Dry Grass of August

  • By: Anna Jean Mayhew
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 100

On a scorching day in August 1954, 13-year-old Jubie Watts leaves Charlotte, North Carolina, with her family for a Florida vacation. Crammed into the Packard along with Jubie are her three siblings, her mother, and the family’s black maid, Mary Luther. For as long as Jubie can remember, Mary has been there - cooking, cleaning, compensating for her father’s rages and her mother’s benign neglect, and loving Jubie unconditionally.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Solid story and performance

  • By P. Burdge on 09-22-12

Great book!

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

Reviewed: 08-10-15

I thought this book was excellent. The story was compelling and the narration was perfect. Another great story about the horrors of the civil rights situation in the south in the 1950's. Also fun to drive around Charlotte, NC as I listened.

  • Second Star to the Right

  • By: Mary Alice Monroe
  • Narrated by: Mary Alice Monroe
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 70

Practical, smart, and desperate to escape a shadowy past, Faye takes a job at a top advertising firm in London where she hopes she and her children can find a fresh start. When she finds the beautiful two-story flat for rent in a stately old Victorian complete with a neglected but tumbling English garden, she can scarcely believe her good fortune. But it isn't long before Faye realizes not everything in the old home may be as peaceful as it seems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • what a beautiful love story! it's a must read.

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-03-15

Kindergarten for Adults

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

Reviewed: 07-19-15

What would have made Second Star to the Right better?

I have to admit - I think I only made it through the first two chapters. First of all - I am just not able to suspend enough belief to consider that Peter Pan may be real. When the story started with the grown man chasing "tinker bell" I knew I was in trouble, let alone listening to him explain to a grown woman that Peter Pan may be real. Second - the characters are very cliche and predictable. Third - Mary Alice Monroe should NEVER narrate. I felt like I was listening to a fairy tale read by an older pre-school teacher.

I wanted to try to be open to the experience but just wasn't!

Would you ever listen to anything by Mary Alice Monroe again?

Yes, as long as she doesn't narrate.

Would you be willing to try another one of Mary Alice Monroe’s performances?

No.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Second Star to the Right?

From what I read , most of it.

Any additional comments?

Thank goodness for returns!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Letter

  • By: Kathryn Hughes
  • Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,839
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,840

The Number One Kindle best seller guaranteed to break your heart. Every so often a love story comes along to remind us that sometimes, in our darkest hour, hope shines a candle to light our way. Discover the Number One best seller that has captured thousands of hearts worldwide.... Tina Craig longs to escape her violent husband. She works all the hours God sends to save up enough money to leave him, also volunteering in a charity shop to avoid her unhappy home.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • If mouth sounds bug you, skip this one...

  • By Cassandra on 02-02-16

Destined to be a Hallmark movie!

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

Reviewed: 07-16-15

What made the experience of listening to The Letter the most enjoyable?

The two story lines were very entertaining. I enjoyed both of them.

What other book might you compare The Letter to and why?

Not sure.

What about Rachel Atkins’s performance did you like?

I love, love, love the English and Irish accents. Also, good inflection, good acting - not just being read to.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Kind Worth Killing

  • By: Peter Swanson
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller, Karen White, Kathleen Early, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,099
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,019
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,007

On a night flight from London to Boston, Ted Severson meets the stunning and mysterious Lily Kintner. Sharing one too many martinis, the strangers begin to play a game of truth, revealing very intimate details about themselves. Ted talks about his marriage that's going stale and his wife, Miranda, who he's sure is cheating on him. Ted and his wife were a mismatch from the start - he the rich businessman, she the artistic free spirit - a contrast that once inflamed their passion but has now become a cliché.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Kind Worth Killing - A Book Worth Getting

  • By AudioAddict on 08-23-15

Great, entertaining mystery!

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

Reviewed: 07-16-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. The book was very entertaining. Closest to actually being like "Gone Girl" as all the ones that say they are.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The plot was just very interesting. The mind of a true sociopath.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

The narrator was fine.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Where They Found Her

  • A Novel
  • By: Kimberly McCreight
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert, Lauren Fortgang, Rachel F. Hirsch, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,598
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,275
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,272

At the end of a long winter in well-to-do Ridgedale, New Jersey, the body of an infant is discovered in the woods near the town's prestigious university campus. No one knows who the baby is or how her body ended up out there. But there is no shortage of opinions.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dark, twist filled novel

  • By Chad G. on 04-18-15

So-so

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

Reviewed: 06-04-15

Would you try another book from Kimberly McCreight and/or the narrators?

I liked Reconstructing Amelia so I might try another one by her. If I'd read this one first, probably not. The narrators were fine except for Molly's but it was hard for me to decide which was more annoying - Molly's character or the narrator. Not sure where one ends and one begins.

What was most disappointing about Kimberly McCreight’s story?

I found the extraneous story lines just silly. Molly overreacts about everyone if they look at her funny and the whole story about Rose just seemed as if it was another story line just dropped in the middle. Connections were fuzzy and didn't hold my attention.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

Anybody else for Molly although I don't know if it would have made a difference.

Was Where They Found Her worth the listening time?

It kept me entertained as I rode in the car. It was just a silly book full of extraneous story lines that weren't well-developed or even thought -provoking.

19 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • Cold Cold Heart

  • By: Tami Hoag
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,772
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,366
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,351

Dana Nolan was a promising young TV reporter until she was kidnapped by a notorious serial killer. A year has passed since she defeated her attacker, but Dana is still physically, emotionally, and psychologically scarred by her ordeal, with aftereffects including PTSD and memory loss. In an attempt to put herself back together after surviving the unthinkable, Dana returns to her hometown. But it doesn't provide the comfort she expects.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First Tami Hoag book I've had

  • By April on 01-27-15

Waiting for the premiere of the Lifetime movie!

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

Reviewed: 04-03-15

What would have made Cold Cold Heart better?

A plot that wasn't so predictable, less re- hashing of every detail of the case, characters that didnt fit so nice and neatly into their little holes.

What was most disappointing about Tami Hoag’s story?

It was Sooo predictable and the characters were so trite and cliche.

What three words best describe Julia Whelan’s performance?

Breathy, breathy, breathy! All of the men sounded alike.

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

Any scene where Dana is re-hashing the details of the case in her head. Even if this was written to emphasize Dana's head injury it was very painful to go through over and over.

Any additional comments?

I've liked Tami Hoag before but this was a huge disappointment.