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  • Chasing Petalouthes

  • The Gift Saga, Book 3
  • By: Effie Kammenou
  • Narrated by: Emily Lawrence
  • Length: 13 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Evvie has lived through more tragedy than a young girl should ever endure, having lost both her father and a most beloved grandmother at a young age. Her rebellious ways are her only defense to mask the ever-present pain in her heart. Closing herself off emotionally, Evvie vows to never let anyone into her heart. But will her determination to keep everyone out see her lose the only person who could heal her broken soul? 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A great ending to the Gift saga

  • By Book Lover in Florida on 12-03-18

A great ending to the Gift saga

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

Reviewed: 12-03-18

This book allowed for an ending to the series saga. The narration was smooth and clear. I recommend reading the books in order so you may get the true feeling behind the stories. An easy listen for your next cross-country drive.

  • Clutch

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Becker
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Barbetta
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

Clutch: A Novel is the laugh-out-loud chick lit romance chronicling the dating misadventures of Caroline Johnson, a single purse designer who compares her unsuccessful romantic relationships to styles of handbags - the “Hobo” starving artist, the “Diaper Bag” single dad, the “Briefcase” intense businessman, etc. With her best friend, bar owner Mike, by her side, the overly-accommodating Caroline drinks a lot of chardonnay, puts her heart on the line, endures her share of unworthy suitors, and finds the courage to discover someone onto whom she wants to hold: the “Clutch”.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cute, Sassy, Fun!

  • By Krystyn - AudiobookObsession on 09-12-18

Who knew there were so many types of purses?

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

Reviewed: 07-06-18

What a fun read and interesting way of relating dating to an object. Caroline had an eclectic dating pool, which made for an enjoyable read. The narrator had good inflection of voice changes and made the story flow smoothly.

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  • Christmas in Fair Bend

  • A Moonlit Hearts Romance
  • By: Angie Ellington
  • Narrated by: Amanda Stribling
  • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 18

Lacey Myers is on the fast track to success. Living in Boston, working for a major retailer, and up for a promotion. Fate intervenes and sends her back to her hometown of Fair Bend, North Carolina. She hasn't spent more than a few days back home in 10 years. Will sparks fly when she runs into Mason Peters, the man she left behind? When faced with the choice to stay or go, which path will she choose this time?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Christmas in Fair Bend

  • By Christy D on 02-21-18

Quick feel-good story

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

Reviewed: 03-07-18

A short feel-good story! The audiobook narrator was able to provide depth to the characters and feeling to the story. The story has a smooth flow and provided a delightful escape from reality. A pleasurable listen while relaxing on the porch.

  • Sweet Tea Tuesdays

  • By: Ashley Farley
  • Narrated by: Linda Henning
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 216
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 193

When new next-door neighbors Georgia, Midge, and Lula first assembled on Georgia's porch in Charleston for sweet tea, they couldn't have known their gathering was the beginning of a treasured tradition. For 26 years they have met on Tuesdays at four o'clock, watching the seasons change and their children grow up, supporting each other in good times and in bad. With their ambitions as different as their personalities, these best friends anticipate many more years of tea time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pulled on the Heart Strings...

  • By Shawnah Anderson on 10-19-17

Sweet southern women's fiction

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

Reviewed: 01-30-18

Sweet southern women's fiction that features the bond between a group of women that has carried through the years. That bond was only recognized when the weekly social time stopped and the women realized just how much that sweet tea social time meant to them. A great read for a cabin getaway!

  • Evanthia's Gift

  • The Gift Saga, Book 1
  • By: Effie Kammenou
  • Narrated by: Emily Lawrence
  • Length: 17 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

In the year 1956, Anastacia Fotopoulos finds herself pregnant and betrayed, fleeing from a bad marriage. With the love and support of her dear friends Stavros and Soula Papadakis, Ana is able to face the challenges of single motherhood. Left with emotional wounds, she resists her growing affection for Alexandros Giannakos, an old acquaintance. But his persistence and unconditional love for Ana and her child is eventually rewarded and his love is returned. In a misguided, but well-intentioned effort to protect the ones they love, both Ana and Alex keep secrets - ones that could threaten the delicate balance of their family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Evanthia’s Gift

  • By Catrina P on 10-28-18

Multi-generational family saga for a long weekend

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

Reviewed: 12-29-17

This book offers a true family saga that covers multiple generations. The narrator was able to add to the story and provide different personalities for all the characters. Her voice was smooth and warm, which fit the story perfectly. I enjoyed the intermingling of Greek culture with the story, as well as the inclusion of recipes. Even though this book was historical in context, I was able to relate to the feelings of the characters and enjoy the story. A pleasurable read for a long holiday weekend.

  • Paper Love

  • A Chicago Christmas, Book 2
  • By: Aubrey Wynne
  • Narrated by: Sara K. Sheckells
  • Length: 3 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

Growing up in a Papua New Guinea mission, Joss Palmateer is a gentle soul with a unique view of life. Still adjusting to a new home in the US and the sudden loss of her mother, love is the last thing on her mind. Sexy physical therapist Ben Montgomery meets his sister's friend and the sparks fly. He takes it as a challenge when she ignores his advances, but it's her extraordinary inner beauty that captures his heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great plot wonderful humor and characters I LOVED

  • By Cyn on 11-25-17

Great read that you can relate to!

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

Reviewed: 12-20-17

What makes a story a great read is one that you can feel the realness in and this story provides that. I listened to this story in one sitting because I didn't want to stop listening. The narrator brought the story to life and added to the sweet romance the story offered. The characters were easily distinguished and the recording was clear.

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  • To Have and to Hold

  • Wedding Belles, Book 1
  • By: Lauren Layne
  • Narrated by: Vanessa Daniels
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

Discovering her fiancé is an international con man just moments before they exchange vows devastates celebrity wedding planner Brooke Baldwin's business - and breaks her heart. Now a pariah in Los Angeles, she seeks a fresh start in New York City and thinks she's found it with her first bridal client, a sweet - if slightly spoiled - hotel heiress. Then she meets the uptight businessman who's holding the purse strings.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • annoying narrator

  • By JL on 05-04-18

A fun read with some NSFW moments

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

Reviewed: 11-22-17

My first Lauren Layne book and I wasn't disappointed. I will admit that I judge books by their covers, so when I saw this cover (and the rest of the covers for the series), I knew I needed to read this story! You often wonder about wedding planners falling in love while planning a wedding and this book gives you that and more. A fun read with some NSFW moments (don't listen without headphones LOL)!

  • Someone to Love

  • A Heavenly Christmas, Book 2
  • By: Patrice Wilton
  • Narrated by: Rita Page
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

Allison Cornwall was forced to leave her hometown in Connecticut and live life on the run from an ex-boyfriend turned stalker. She changed her name and hunkered down in Heaven, PA. The small, idyllic town was a safe haven where no one could find her. And yet, after a year and a half of peace, he did. Police Chief Ian Brown is determined to keep crime out of Heaven. When Ally fears for her life, he's there to protect. Recently divorced, he's not looking for love, but this innocent young woman touches his heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Suspense, romance and sensuality

  • By Rabid Reader on 10-16-17

An exciting and riveting story

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

Reviewed: 11-06-17

In my opinion, the narration of this book was better than the first book. The story had me intrigued, especially with the suspense of the stalker and the growing love story between Allison and Ian. The narrator provided adequate character distinction and the narration flowed smoothly. The sound quality was smooth and the silences between the chapters seemed shorter in this book. Even though the suspense was building in the story, the narrator maintained the same speed. A great listen for a long drive because you won't want to stop listening!

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  • A Heavenly Christmas

  • A Heavenly Christmas Series, Book One
  • By: Patrice Wilton
  • Narrated by: Rita Page
  • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

Jennie Braxton and her two small children are traveling to Philadelphia for Christmas with her family. Car trouble lands them in a magical town called Heaven, PA. Everything about this sweet place seems too good to be true, especially Nick Ryan, a local chef with a heart as big as her own. His sensual smile tempts her from mourning the loss of her husband, to look into the future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • HEAVENLY AND HOT

  • By Mary Lou PagePrincess Hoffman on 11-09-17

Sweet romantic read for the holidays

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

Reviewed: 11-02-17

This book was only narrated by Rita Page, who I have not head this narrator before. I enjoyed the story and the infliction that the narrator provided, except for the voice of Nick - the tone used just didn't seem to flow as the rest of the voices in the audiobook. The narrator did provide adequate character distinction even though there was a minimal tonal range. The sound quality was good and no sound effects were used. I enjoyed the convenience of being able to listen to the book but think I would have enjoyed the book more by reading so I can provide my own voices for the characters. A sweet romantic read for the holidays.

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  • The Daddy Pact

  • The Coach's Boys Series, Book 1
  • By: Kristy K. James
  • Narrated by: Daniela Acitelli
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 57

She never imagined she'd be widowed before the honeymoon was over. After being raised in the foster care system, meeting and marrying the love of her life was a dream come true for Jess Bentley. For the first time in her memory, she would have a family of her own. But the dream turns into a nightmare when a drug-crazed thief shoots and kills her husband, leaving Jess alone again, trapped in the depths of despair, and struggling to find a reason to go on.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Daddy Pact

  • By MeDi on 12-03-17

Begins with a bang, ends with a cheer!

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

Reviewed: 09-22-17

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

Yes, I would recommend. The story allows for an escape and makes the reader/listener think about what they would do if in a similar situation.

What did you like best about this story?

The ability to escape my reality and consider that someone may be going through something worse than me.

Which character – as performed by Daniela Acitelli – was your favorite?

I liked Dan the most.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Some parts made me smile and some parts made me shake my head.

Any additional comments?

I could only imagine to find out that you were pregnant after your husband was murdered then you marry the murderer's brother - talk about an awkward holiday gathering! An escaping listen to while on the treadmill!