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  • The Chocolate Garden

  • Dare River, Volume 2
  • By: Ava Miles
  • Narrated by: Em Eldridge
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 316
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313

Visionary gardener Tammy Hollins is making a new life for herself and her children after a tragic marriage. Plants she understands, but men...well, they're of the weed variety. She's started her own landscaping business, catering to her country music rock star brother's friends. Her first client is sexy, soulful, alpha hero material - and the one man who tantalizes her and scares her to death.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Writing - Weak Women

  • By Rusty on 10-24-15

okay story, narration not so great

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

Reviewed: 07-08-16

What did you like best about The Chocolate Garden? What did you like least?

I liked some of the characters and the story was good enough that I wanted to finish the book, but some parts were just irritating. A few of the Southern phrases spoken by the female characters in this one and the first Dare River book were out of place. I can't imagine a blue-blood charm-schooled debutante ever using a phrase like "tuckered out"

What didn’t you like about Em Eldridge’s performance?

The narrators attempt at a Southern accent was not very good

Was The Chocolate Garden worth the listening time?

Ended up just reading it on the Kindle because I didn't like the narration

  • Babycakes

  • By: Donna Kauffman
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101

Kit Bellamy was raised on pie. Mamie Sue's Peanut Pies, to be exact, the family company her scheming brother-in-law sold out from under her. Now Kit needs a new recipe for her life - and sleepy Sugarberry Island is the first ingredient. Running mail-order cupcake business Babycakes is a chance to get her baking on again - until she meets tall, dark, and adorable lawyer Morgan Westlake. New to the island to raise his goddaughter, he's as mouthwatering as any of Kit's creations.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful narration and a mostly good story

  • By PW on 04-09-16

Wonderful narration and a mostly good story

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

Reviewed: 04-09-16

Any additional comments?

Enjoyed the characters and most of the story, and especially enjoyed Amanda Ronconi's narration. But I have to say by the last third of the book I got really tired of the main characters over-analyzing everything. All the cupcake club books that I've read so far (1-3) have a similar theme - girl who's been wronged attracts good-looking rich guy, but then rejects him at first while she over-thinks everything about their possible future together. Other than that, the characters and dialog are well done and I did enjoy learning about sea turtles. I liked the book enough that I plan to read the next book in the series too.

  • A Fool's Gold Christmas

  • Fool's Gold, Book 10
  • By: Susan Mallery
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 405
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 368
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 366

The unrelenting cheer in Fool’s Gold, California, is bringing out the humbug in dancer Evie Stryker. She learned early on that Christmas miracles don’t happen, at least not for her. And this year seems like no exception. An injury has forced her to return to the family fold, no matter that they’re estranged. She won’t add to the awkward scenario by being seduced by the bad-boy charms of her brother’s best friend, the last man she should ever want to date. Even when she’s recruited to stage the Fool’s Gold winter festival, she vows to do as promised, then move forward with her life anywhere but here.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love all of Fools Gold

  • By Brittany on 01-05-15

Good characters but the narration was annoying

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

Reviewed: 12-18-12

LIked the characters, and the story was okay. Unfortunately the narrator worked too hard to pronounce every word so clearly that it made for a stiff and unnatural reading.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Help

  • By: Kathryn Stockett
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 37,068
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,008
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23,024

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great surprise!

  • By Jan on 12-02-09

Wonderful book and outstanding narration

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

Reviewed: 12-22-11

So enjoyed listening to this with the different readers -- it really enhanced the story. I don't know if all the main readers have Southern roots but they all had very realistic Southern accents. The only exception was for the scene read by Cassandra Campbell. While she is a wonderful narrator for other books, her attempt at a Southern accent was painful to listen to.

  • A Wallflower Christmas

  • By: Lisa Kleypas
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 665
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 592
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 592

It’s Christmastime in London and Rafe Bowman has arrived from America for his arranged meeting with Natalie Blandford, the very proper and beautiful daughter of Lady and Lord Blandford. His chiseled good looks and imposing physique are sure to impress the lady-in-waiting, and if it weren’t for his shocking American ways and wild reputation, her hand would already be guaranteed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable addition to the series

  • By 🇺🇸🌸DARA on 05-26-13

Might have liked to read it better than listen

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

Reviewed: 12-22-11

The story was okay, but the reader got more grating as the story went on. Her reading of the male voices sounded almost cartoonish at times.

  • An Offer You Can't Refuse

  • By: Jill Mansell
  • Narrated by: Julie Maisey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 89

Lola has no intention of accepting when her boyfriend Dougie's snobbish mother offers her £10,000 to break up with him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen!

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-07-11

My favorite by this author

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-14-09

I've read or listened to quite a few books by Jill Mansell and this is my favorite. Likeable characters and an enjoyable story. The narrator did a good job too.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Great Expectations

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 17 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 636
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 465
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 458

As Pip unravels the truth behind his own "great expectations" in his quest to become a gentleman, the mysteries of the past and the convolutions of fate through a series of thrilling adventures serve to steer him toward maturity and his most important discovery of all - the truth about himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Dickens guy has promise

  • By Ed on 06-30-11

Wonderful narration

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-14-09

Enjoyed this audiobook immensely. The narration really adds to the story and the richness of the characters in this classic.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Another Man's Life

  • By: Greg Williams
  • Narrated by: Glen McCready
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

Tom is married with kids. After losing two jobs in as many years, he is now a full-time house husband. Sean, his twin brother, runs his own business, has reservations at the right restaurants and sleeps with a succession of beautiful women.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable book and great narrator

  • By PW on 07-20-09

Enjoyable book and great narrator

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-20-09

Really enjoyed this book. The characters were well done and the narrator did an outstanding job.