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  • What the Wind Knows

  • By: Amy Harmon
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld, Will Damron
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 980
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 883
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 879

Anne Gallagher grew up enchanted by her grandfather’s stories of Ireland. Heartbroken at his death, she travels to his childhood home to spread his ashes. There, overcome with memories of the man she adored and consumed by a history she never knew, she is pulled into another time. The Ireland of 1921, teetering on the edge of war, is a dangerous place in which to awaken. But there Anne finds herself, hurt, disoriented, and under the care of Dr. Thomas Smith, guardian to a young boy who is oddly familiar. Mistaken for the boy’s long-missing mother, Anne adopts her identity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best story I've read in years...

  • By Beth N. on 03-04-19

Wow! What a wonderful, phenomenal book.

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

Reviewed: 03-10-19

The ending is a heartbreaker, in a great way.

Don't waste time debating. Get this book. Keep listening and reap the reward of a treasure brought to life by the narration.

Bravo.

  • Down the Hidden Path

  • The Roads to River Rock, Book 2
  • By: Heather Burch
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150

Jeremiah McKinley is the first of his enlisted brothers to return home to River Rock, Missouri - their sleepy but charming hometown in the Ozarks - in the wake of their father's death in combat. While he's grateful to be home with his sister nearby, his grief over losing the man known as Major Mack proves almost overwhelming, especially without his brothers around.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Soldiers Don't Quit

  • By Debbie on 05-30-18

What a witch...

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

Reviewed: 03-04-19

Spoiler alert: seriously

So you start out caring about the situation. Then, the mc turns into some self righteous 'hurt' person who has the 'right' to be mercurial. Smothering mom or *itchy ex. She denies a soldier knowledge of his son, denies his parents their only grandchild prior to death, but clings to how only she can raise the child. She lied to the open adoption parents, there's the 1st clue, then puts on her big girl mom jeans to steal the child away again from the father. Because she'll miss so much if he has custody. Really? At no point before chapter 10 does she do anything but think of herself. She runs cold and hot, constantly trying to wrangle more for herself.

And the shameful thing is, I know women like this. The poor guy puts up with her bs because he has no clue what she's up to. This might be ok for daytime drama, but by chapter 10 you'd think she'd have grown up a bit. Nope. She's still the same smothering self centered nauseous witch.

Somehow, I don't think the author planned her behavior to manifest a gag reflex. If I were that soldier, I'd have kicked her to the curb and sued for parental rights. This wounded mommy routine is getting old. Times are tough for most people. If your own decisions make it tougher, then so be it. Stop whining about it. The author tried to paint a scenario bad enough to justify this behavior, but it doesn't quite work. Sure she had it bad, but child support outside of marriage was a viable option. The guy's family had mega money, he was a great guy except for 1 time and it was her own lies that caught her out. His people could have raised the boy, but nooooo. She had to be selfish. Sorry, the scenario doesn't jibe and I'm tired of listening to her whine and manipulate at the same time. This could have been a great story....

Don't get me started on how only white collar parents take their children to museums. How a battle tough soldier can't negotiate middle school politics, or how a 12 year old boy needs even more smothering.

Enough.

  • The Christmas Forest

  • By: Rebecca Boxall
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham, Henrietta Meire, Nico Evers-Swindell
  • Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

Since the tragic loss of her parents, Enid has lived alone in a coastal cottage in Jersey. But this year someone new has come into her life: Fred, who truly gets her, and who knows how to make her happy. The only problem is that Enid has Asperger’s and doesn’t like to leave her comfort zone - and Fred lives in Australia. Like Enid, Fred has survived heartbreak and is searching for a way to start again. Could a stranger on the other side of the world really bring new meaning to his life, or is he just setting himself up for another fall?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful holiday treat, in February.

  • By Too Happy on 02-18-19

Wonderful holiday treat, in February.

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

Reviewed: 02-18-19

Well done all. The story flowed neatly with no slow or sagging plot. The voices were charming. The presentation of a very real aspect of our daily lives was superb.

I'm so glad to have heard this lovely book.

  • Dry Hard

  • By: Nick Spalding
  • Narrated by: James Langton, Elizabeth Knowelden, Billie Fulford-Brown
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

Kate and Scott’s marriage has always been a lot of fun, with alcohol at the heart of it. After all, what’s more entertaining than a good laugh and a large drink…or six? But recently, those relaxing drinks have become more crutch than comfort - and the couple have almost forgotten how to talk to each other sober. Then their teenage daughter Holly uploads a video of their humiliating drunken escapades, which gets picked up by YouTube superstar PinkyPud - and goes horrifyingly viral.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Flipping Funny

  • By Too Happy on 01-31-19

Flipping Funny

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

Reviewed: 01-31-19

Laughing out loud at inappropriate times inducing book. The situations get more insane but remain credible.

Those poor people. Remarkable character development that stays in character during the worst possible clusters. And clusters abound.

Great book. Spend your credit on this one. I'll have this one on replay soon.

  • Winter Cottage

  • By: Mary Ellen Taylor
  • Narrated by: Kristin Watson Heintz
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 328
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240

Still grieving the loss of her wandering, free-spirited mother, Lucy Kincaid leaves Nashville for the faded town of Cape Hudson, Virginia. She goes to see the house she’s inherited. At the heart of this mystery is the hope that maybe this “Winter Cottage” will answer the endless questions about her mother’s past including the identity of her birth father. Rather than the quaint Virginian bungalow Lucy expected, Winter Cottage is a grand old estate of many shadows - big enough to hold a century of secrets, passions, and betrayals.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Slow book

  • By Glenice MILLER on 01-10-19

I'm sure there's a story here, but the narration..

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

Reviewed: 01-08-19

The narration spoils the listening. Southern voices are not ALL so sickly sweet as this representation.

And emphasizing all parts of the book brings plot points and twists down to the mundane.

I'll have to pick up this one in Kindle and read it. If I struggle through the listening anymore, I won't finish it.

  • The Retreat

  • By: Mark Edwards
  • Narrated by: Simon Mattacks
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,937
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,664
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,662

Two years ago, Julia lost her family in a tragic accident. Her husband drowned trying to save their daughter, Lily, in the river near their rural home. But the little girl’s body was never found - and Julia believes Lily is somehow still alive. Alone and broke, Julia opens her house as a writers’ retreat. One of the first guests is Lucas, a horror novelist, who becomes obsessed with finding out what happened to Lily. But within days of his arrival, the peace of the retreat is shattered by a series of eerie events.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • sum is greater than its parts.

  • By Kindle Customer on 10-06-18

A very good book.

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

Reviewed: 01-07-19

This one had a great ending. Just not great for everyone.

The narration was awesome. There were children's voices, and not a one of them was annoying.

  • This Changes Everything

  • A Curse Keepers Secret, Book 2
  • By: Denise Grover Swank
  • Narrated by: Shannon McManus
  • Length: 1 hr and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

Ellie Dare Lancaster is only eight years old, but the secret she carries stretches back four hundred years, to the doomed pioneer colony of Roanoke Island - and the dark pact made by her ancestor, Ananias Dare. Though her father has told Ellie of her heritage, and she knows she will one day become a Curse Keeper, she never dreamed how soon that day would come…or how dear a sacrifice her grim duty will demand.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I expected.

  • By Too Happy on 01-04-19

Not what I expected.

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

Over done. The narrator did a decent job. Maybe knowing what happens in an earlier book helps.

  • Winter Loon

  • A Novel
  • By: Susan Bernhard
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 256
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 209

Abandoned by his father after his mother drowns in a frozen Minnesota lake, fifteen-year-old Wes Ballot is stranded with coldhearted grandparents and holed up in his mother’s old bedroom, surrounded by her remnants and memories. As the wait for his father stretches unforgivably into months, a local girl, whose own mother died a brutal death, captures his heart and imagination, giving Wes fresh air to breathe in the suffocating small town. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The kind of book I hate to finish

  • By Glist on 01-13-19

Excellent ending

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

Reviewed: 12-30-18

Not a happy book, but a good one. A view of humanity, when love is twisted and mistakes are weapons. Family history is clearest in hindsight.

  • The Phantom Tree

  • By: Nicola Cornick
  • Narrated by: Laura Kirman, Stephanie Racine
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 441
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 405
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 405

Browsing an antiques shop in Wiltshire, Alison Bannister stumbles across a delicate old portrait - identified as the doomed Tudor queen Anne Boleyn. Except Alison knows better. The subject is Mary Seymour, the daughter of Katherine Parr, who was taken to Wolf Hall in 1557 and presumed dead after going missing as a child. And Alison knows this because she, too, lived at Wolf Hall and knew Mary...more than 400 years ago. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent! Best book I have read in a LONG time!

  • By cheryl coen on 09-19-18

Phenomenal book

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

Reviewed: 11-21-18

I listened to this in one day. I'm so glad I risked a credit on a new author.

I'm going to have to listen again tomorrow to make sure I've missed nothing.

Bravo.

And the narration was spot on.

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  • On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service

  • A Royal Spyness Mystery, Book 11
  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,903
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,714
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,689

When Darcy runs off on another secret assignment, I am left to figure out how to travel to Italy sans maid and chaperone to help my dear friend Belinda, as she awaits the birth of her baby alone. An opportunity presents itself in a most unexpected way - my cousin the queen is in need of a spy to attend a house party in the Italian lake country. The Prince of Wales and the dreadful Mrs. Simpson have been invited, and Her Majesty is anxious to thwart a possible secret wedding.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Still good fun!

  • By Dylan on 08-03-17

Another great book

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

I thought the ending was hilarious. Poor Darcy. Granddad was interesting and queeny barely there. Both a plus.

Ronald Reagan said he'd make America great again, and Margaret Thatcher said she'd make Britain great again. And in their time, they did.

Hitler said a great many things, but not exactly the same about Germany.

But that's ok because this is another fun bit of fiction, and no one takes fiction seriously. That would be grasping at straws.