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Susan Winter

Western New York
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  • Dr. Phil McGraw: Life Code

  • By: Dr. Phil McGraw
  • Narrated by: Dr. Phil McGraw
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 952
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 827
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 820

The rules for living in the real world have changed, because the world we live in has changed. Much of the conventional wisdom the last generation has passed on just doesn't apply like it once did. If you want to win, and win big, and, more importantly, keep what you work so hard for, you need a crystal-clear view of how the real world works - not how you wish it worked, but how it actually works.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book!

  • By Karen on 03-13-13

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 02-11-19

I am a huge Dr Phil fan.... but this book was not as helpful as promised. It was generalized and repetitive. Maybe I just expected too much. I’m not a fan of self help books... maybe others got more out of it than I. Love his show. Admire his desire to help people. This book just didn’t do that.

  • On a Wild Night

  • By: Stephanie Laurens
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 15 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 713
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 513
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 524

It's 1825 in London, and the two curvaceous and blonde 23-year-old Cynster twins, Amanda and Ameliaare, are desperate to get married. All they need are two fine, strapping gentlemen - preferably with large purses.

So what do these two lusty young ladies do?They make a visit to the local gaming halls, of course!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent

  • By Maisie Rubinstein on 07-26-08

Waste of time

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

80% of the book was the main character seducing her hero. Nothing else happened. It was unrealistic for the historical period, and painfully repetitive. Finally, there is a plot, but it’s too little too late.

  • His

  • By: Brenda Rothert
  • Narrated by: Lee Samuels, Kirsten Leigh
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 467
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 435
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 435

I'd say I'm down on my luck, but that's an understatement. I'm flat on my ass. Homeless, hungry, and in hiding with my little sister at the age of 21, I've never been so desperate. I've hit rock bottom when I get an offer I can't refuse. Sell my body to save my sister? There's nothing I won't do to keep her safe. I make the rules, and I'm not afraid to defend myself if this rich guy crosses the line. But once I see beneath his cold, calculating façade, the lines aren't so clear anymore.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • EMOTIONAL, ENDEARING & REFRESHINGLY DIFFERENT

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 08-09-17

Love Cinderella stories!

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

Reviewed: 01-12-18

Handsome prince saves Cinderella from poverty and evil step father. This was so sweet. The heroine wasn’t whiny or weak, but needed help. The hero was determined to rescue her, while he struggled with his own sadness. I just loved this story. Narrators were excellent. It is a bit of a fairytale... but I love a good Cinderella type love story. I’m going to listen to this one many times.

  • Mail Order Doctor

  • The Brides of Tombstone, Book 2
  • By: Cynthia Woolf
  • Narrated by: Lia Frederick
  • Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

Julia O'Brien is a practical woman. A nurse and midwife, she was perhaps the most surprised when she fell in love with Dr. Matthew Reynolds and agreed to be his mail order bride. She sets off for Tombstone carrying his letters and a heart full of hope.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What Would You Do If Someone Signed Your Name?

  • By Cinderella 7 on 07-12-18

Boring... wimpy hero

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

Reviewed: 12-22-17

Awful. No romance. Like a legal prenup story set in the 1800s. So bad, I can’t believe anyone would publish it.

  • Eleanor & Park

  • By: Rainbow Rowell
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman, Sunil Malhotra
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,702
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,160
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,181

Set over the course of one school year, in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits - smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love - and just how hard it pulled you under.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • E + P 4-ever!

  • By FanB14 on 04-27-14

Irresistible

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

Reviewed: 10-12-17

Charming Cinderella story, for which I can never get enough. High school drama, but not over the top. A simple story with heart breaking moments. Perfect ending

  • Come Sundown

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers
  • Length: 17 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,704
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,645
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,601

The Bodine ranch and resort in western Montana is a family business, an idyllic spot for vacationers. A little over thirty thousand acres and home to four generations, it's kept running by Bodine Longbow with the help of a large staff, including new hire Callen Skinner. There was another member of the family once: Bodine's aunt, Alice, who ran off before Bodine was born. She never returned, and the Longbows don't talk about her much. The younger ones, who never met her, quietly presume she's dead.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heart-rending story... good overcomes misogyny

  • By Sher on 06-15-17

A hit from a hit-or-miss author

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

Reviewed: 07-15-17

I am so skeptical that there is only one person writing all of the books under the names "Nora Roberts" and "J.D.Robb". The sheer QUANTITY of books, as well as the wildly varying quality of writing in each book make it almost impossible to believe she doesn't have ghost authors to sell books under her successful and popular names.

In "Come Sundown", there is a heart pounding mystery and multiple story lines... it's very long, and I lost a night's sleep because I had to find out what happened. Best book I've heard in a long time.

Oh how I wish I could get another Nora Roberts book and get similar quality. But, it's only about a 20% chance. Most of her books are romantic fluff, even when they are advertised as suspense. And I, personally, can't get through her J.D.Robbs titles- the whole futuristic setting is a distracting crutch which I hate, almost as much as all the vampire, dystopian, magic novels.

I was delighted to find none of these applied to "Come Sundown ". It contained wonderful characters, gut wrenching suspense and a satisfying ending. Highly recommended. Now, if only I could find more titles that were equally enjoyable.

  • Right

  • By: Jana Aston
  • Narrated by: Erin Mallon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,011
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 950
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 950

My childhood was perfect. I've led a charmed life, and I'm not going to blow it now by picking the wrong guy. I've got my sights set on my brother's best friend. He's known my family for years. He's reliable and kind and handsome. Sure, he's been avoiding me since I was six. I'm a bit aggressive for him, maybe. But he's the one...right?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Strong and sexy standalone sequel

  • By Krista Marie on 01-15-17

All erotica, no romance

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

Reviewed: 12-24-16

Any additional comments?

I was shocked at how much I hated this book. I used to enjoy some erotic scenes in a story, but more and more - ever since that stupid 50 shades craze - I find only erotica, no story at all. This was awful. I cringed every time they started ANOTHER bout of sex. I was so sickened by the lack of a relationship between the two characters. I felt like I was reading the script for a porn novel. PLEASE, editors, authors.... STOP with the overwhelming underwhelming sex. Give me some romance.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Saving Grace

  • By: Julie Garwood
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,505
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,274
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,275

When Lady Johanna learned that she was a widow, she vowed she would never marry again. Only sixteen, already she possessed a strength of will that impressed all who looked past her golden-haired beauty. Yet when King John demanded that she remarry - and selected a bridegroom for her - it seemed she must acquiesce, until her beloved foster brother suggested she wed his friend, the handsome Scottish warrior Gabriel MacBain.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully Written Highland Tale

  • By 🌸DARA on 06-30-13

Predictable and slow

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

Reviewed: 12-21-16

Love Julie Garwood, but I guess I've gotten too old and cynical to enjoy the innocent doe eyed heroine. The hero who feeds his clan by stealing from other clans was a big turn off. Maybe it's factually true that it was SOP back then, but I couldn't like that hero, couldn't get past it. He was a thief. Nothing lovable about that.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Son

  • By: Jack Olsen
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 21 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,917
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,748
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,744

Recounts the tragic events that followed the arrest of Fred Coe, a conservative, clean-cut young man, for a series of rapes committed in the city of Spokane and led to revenge and murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Psychopathy Born or Made?

  • By Michael on 04-29-15

The gold standard for true crime

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

Reviewed: 12-02-16

I love the true crime genre. This was so far and above better than any other I have listened to.... it left me saying "YES!" This is what I'd hoped to find in most of the listens that felt shallow, that seemed to leave me without a deep understanding of the characters. I am going to listen again starting now. I'm afraid I'll be comparing all future tc books to this - and I know it will be a rare find that will be as good. In depth, excruciatingly detailed, brilliant following of the progression of events... do NOT pass this one by. I don't really recall the reader, which is high praise. It means he delivered the book without distraction.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Carry Her Heart

  • By: Holly Jacobs
  • Narrated by: Christina Traister
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 351
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 326
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 328

In her journal, writer Piper George notes the change of seasons. Each entry marks the passage of time since she became a teen mother and put her baby up for adoption. Her words flow together, painting a picture of loss, hope, and enduring love for the daughter she's never forgotten. But one autumn, a new presence appears in its pages and in her life: her neighbor, Edward "Ned" Chesterfield.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely the best story!

  • By tennismama on 08-01-15

Sweet, feel good story

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

Reviewed: 11-26-16

Predictable but lovely, I enjoyed this book very much. Reader was fairly good, men's voices were kind of distracting. I enjoy feel good stories, they're worth listening to more than once.