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  • The Social Tutor

  • Branches of Love, Book 1
  • By: Sally Britton
  • Narrated by: Rachael Beresford
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

After years of escaping etiquette lessons in favor of the stables, Christine Devon's grand debut in London is only weeks away, though her deportment lacks the sophisticated polish she needs to achieve her goals of a lofty marriage. Desperate to take her place in society, she needs someone to instruct her in proper behavior. Thomas Gilbert, newly returned from Italy, is ready to begin his dream of founding a horse farm. But during his time away, the estate's finances have dwindled to almost nothing. A chance meeting between them may solve both their problems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • <3 it!

  • By A Voracious Reader on 12-21-18

First half of story defies belief.

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

Reviewed: 03-16-19

If you can endure (or skip) the inane first half, the ending is well done. Clean read.

  • Hidden

  • A Bone Secrets Novel
  • By: Kendra Elliot
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,508
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,173
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,165

Eleven years ago, the Co-Ed Slayer murdered nine female college students on the Oregon State University campus. Lacey Campbell barely survived his attack, but he killed her best friend, Suzanne, whose body was never found. Now a forensic odontologist analyzing teeth and bones for the state medical examiner, Lacey is devastated when she identifies Suzanne’s remains at a crime scene. She finds comfort in the arms of ex-cop Jack Harper, and sparks fly between them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 3.5 stars OK For Under $10

  • By Lia on 03-13-17

Foul and violent

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

Reviewed: 01-22-19

Held my interest, but it became apparent that gratuitous F-words were deemed necessary to show that the book is cutting edge. The over-the-top violence and cruelty imply that we, readers, are so jaded that solid writing, plot, mystery, and characterization aren't enough for us! Never again Kendra Elliott for me.

  • The Foundling Lady

  • The Foundling Series, Volume 2
  • By: Audrey Harrison
  • Narrated by: Melanie Fraser
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Fact and fiction come together to create a compelling historical romance. Miss Emily Wallis is a bluestocking whose parents have caused enough scandal for her to retreat from society. Mrs. Agnes Jones is living a lie which she is desperately trying to keep hidden. Viscount Robert Wilding is suffering from his injuries gained at Salamanca and the loss of his brothers. They are three damaged individuals who are on life-changing journeys in ways they could never have foreseen.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Foundling Lady

  • By Christy D on 10-18-18

Unfortunate narration spoils a fairytale story.

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

A sweet, clean fairytale story, where the bad people are very bad, and the good people, survive, grow, prosper, and find true love. The narrator cannot voice female characters, except as high pitched, breathy, and asinine simpletons. Sad!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Foundling Duke

  • The Foundling Series, Book 1
  • By: Audrey Harrison
  • Narrated by: Melanie Fraser
  • Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

Family secrets can’t always be kept hidden. James Massey, Marquess of Avery, is hated by his mother and can’t understand why. Leonard Massey, Duke of Yarnton, has a secret that will protect his son but destroy his wife. Catherine Massey, Duchess of Yarnton, hates her husband and son and is determined they will be rejected by society. One family on an inevitable path of self-destruction. No one will come away unscathed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Historical Romance!

  • By Jocelyne on 10-19-18

Lovely story, unfortunate narration.

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

Light, clean reading. Enjoyable story that is heartrending, but ends with happily ever after. Addresses social issues with compassion. Characterizations are not deep, with very good people contrasting with evil people and weak people. The audiobook needed a different director, as the narrator does not voice the females well. Cadence, inflection, and young teen vocal pitch are annoying and significantly inappropriate for the adult female characters. I will not bother with this narrator again, without first listening all the way through the audio sample. It's possible the problem was bad direction, as the male voicing was not as annoying.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Love to Treasure

  • Sunriver Dreams, Book 1
  • By: Kimberly Rose Johnson
  • Narrated by: Sorrel Brigman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

School teacher Nicole Davis is on summer break, but this vacation is unlike any other. Her beloved grandmother's final wish has landed Nicole smack in the middle of her favorite destination, Sunriver, Oregon, following Grams's clues on a mysterious scavenger hunt. Unexpectedly, Nicole finds more than just a fellow sleuth in a handsome police officer, Mark Stone. But Mark must return to his job in Portland at summer's end, and Nicole must guard her heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What I needed

  • By Kindle Customer on 04-09-19

Sweet Story, Pleasant read. Unfortunate narrator.

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

Reviewed: 12-21-18

Pleasant, sweet story. I read the book, as I found the narration unlistenable. Narrator over acts. My advice is enjoy reading the book. Remember the narrator as a lesson in whom to avoid.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • She Can Run

  • By: Melinda Leigh
  • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,583
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,362
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,364

Ten months ago, Elizabeth Baker uncovered a dangerous secret about her politician husband - a secret that nearly got her killed. Now she and her children are running for their lives. When Beth is hired as the caretaker of a remote Pennsylvania estate, she dares to hope she has found a corner of the world where Congressman Richard Baker can’t find them. But when her new boss dies suddenly and his nephew inherits the estate, Beth is faced with outwitting a former homicide detective who is very smart, very suspicious - and very attractive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Started Off Slow

  • By Katrina on 02-13-15

Contains Explicit Sex and Graphic Gore

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

Reviewed: 11-18-18

This is not a clean book. If you like explicit sex and graphic violence, this is the book for you. You can appreciate the gore of one serial torturer/murderer, one sexual bully, and one homosexual bully who tortures women. All the bases covered.

  • To Release an Earl

  • By: Ilene Withers
  • Narrated by: Valerie Gilbert
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

After experiencing a life changing injury while out riding her beloved horse Pirate, Willa Dutton becomes convinced she should release her fiancé, the Earl of Roydon, from their engagement. She feels another woman would be better able to provide him with heirs and participate in the activities he loves. With this decision made, Willa sets out to find him a better wife by matchmaking.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sweet story but wooden dialogue.

  • By Marta on 09-27-18

Sweet story but wooden dialogue.

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

Reviewed: 09-27-18

Writing suitable for teens. Unrealistic, stilted dialogue. Sweet but definitely not believable. Good people have no faults, bad people are evil or criminally insane.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Forgotten Place

  • A Bess Crawford Mystery
  • By: Charles Todd
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150

The fighting has ended, the Armistice signed, but the war has left wounds that are still agonizingly raw. Battlefield Nurse Bess Crawford has been assigned to a clinic for amputees, and the Welsh patients worry her. She does her best to help them, but it’s clear that they have nothing to go home to, in a valley where only the fit can work in the coal pits. When they are released, she fears that peace will do what war couldn’t - take their lives.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Writing and narration good. Story not so much

  • By barbara on 12-11-18

Dreary place, trapped, closed-minded people

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

Reviewed: 09-26-18

Love all the other Charles Todd mysteries, but not this one. Just too sad and hopeless. People are locked in to greed, suspicion, and self-interest. Violence and murder are acceptable to them, to protect the deceits of the past.

Beautifully written if you can handle the intense gloom.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • An Unexpected Love

  • By: Tracie Peterson
  • Narrated by: Linda Stephens
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

In Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller's compelling tale of duplicity, romance, and redemption, Sophie Broadmoor risks losing wealth and reputation when she's swept off her feet by a dashing stranger. On an 1897 Atlantic crossing, Sophie meets a widower whose promises make her heart sing. But when she finds herself in a compromising situation, she's glad a true gentleman comes to her rescue.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Tedious morality tale.

  • By Marta on 08-19-18

Tedious morality tale.

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

Reviewed: 08-19-18

If you enjoy walking moment by moment through the characters' loss, pain, immaturity, and selfish decisions, followed by the entirely predictable and painful consequences, then this book is for you. Not escapist reading. The love of Christ shines through at the end, with healing and restoration. However, the characters are neither winsome nor likable during this refining process. I found the book excruciating, and skipped through much of it.

  • Romancing Daphne

  • By: Sarah M. Eden
  • Narrated by: Luone Ingram
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86

As her first London Season looms before her, the thought of the impending social whirl fills Daphne Lancaster's timid heart with dread. She hasn't her sisters' beauty nor their talent for conversing easily. Even her family's enviable connections may not be enough to prevent disaster. But Daphne's misery turns to surprised delight when the first event of her Season brings an unexpected visitor to her door - James Tilburn, whose tender kindness stole her heart in her youth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clean yet romantic and captivating

  • By Candy on 08-15-17

Good story, mismatched narrator

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

Reviewed: 08-19-18

No criticism of these well-developed and interesting characters, nor of the writing and plot. There were the usual grammatical errors. However, was unable to listen to the audio book. The narrator was not able to disappear into the story. She was "off" enough to call attention to the mismatch. Could not listen. I read the ebook instead.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful