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  • The Chaperone

  • By: Laura Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth McGovern
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,289
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,890
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,884

> The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfection.

  • By Amanda on 06-07-12

Loved the story and the narrator!

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

Reviewed: 04-17-19

I absolutely love Elizabeth McGovern...her voice is like velvet, and after listening to this book it made me want to have a Kansas accent! I was surprised that the book was more about Cora rather than Louise, but after thinking about it, duh, the title of the book is "The Chaperone". Either way I was thoroughly entertained by both characters. I saw that many reviewers thought the book lost its appeal after Cora returned to Kansas, but I didn't feel that way at all. I wanted to know how everything in her life would change after what she learned in New York. I didn't want the book to end, and it was so good, I listened to it twice, and that is not something I often do. Get this book, you won't be disappointed!!

  • The Last Romantics

  • A Novel
  • By: Tara Conklin
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 426
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 381
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 381

In the spring of 1981, the young Skinner siblings - fierce Renee, dreamy Caroline, golden boy Joe, and watchful Fiona - lose their father to a heart attack and their mother to a paralyzing depression, events that thrust them into a period they will later call “the Pause”. Caught between the predictable life they once led and an uncertain future that stretches before them, the siblings navigate the dangers and resentments of the Pause to emerge fiercely loyal and deeply connected. Two decades later, the Skinners find themselves again confronted with a family crisis....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Maybe the best book I ever read

  • By Plundered treasure on 02-16-19

Great story...even better narrator

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

Reviewed: 04-08-19

I always will look at at a book that Cassandra Campbell has narrated, she is one of my favorites, and I think does such a great job with any story. The same was true here. The story caught my attention from the beginning, the story of the 4 siblings and their unusual upbringing, and how it affected them throughout their lives. I really enjoyed the story, with one caveat I felt as though it really floundered a little bit after "the accident" (don't want to give away spoilers). It was almost metaphorical..the siblings floundered after the accident, and so did the book. However, it did recover nicely, and I thought wrapped things up overall by the end. The setting of the older Fiona giving a lecture in the future I thought was a bit irrelevant. It brought nothing to the story, but always giving the expectation that some big "reveal" was going to happen, but never did. I think telling the story as a memoir point of view would have been fine. Overall, the story was very good, and the narrator was superb, definitely give this one a try!

  • The Huntress

  • A Novel
  • By: Kate Quinn
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 18 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,029
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,901
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,890

Bold and fearless, Nina Markova always dreamed of flying. When the Nazis attack the Soviet Union, she risks everything to join the legendary Night Witches, an all-female night bomber regiment wreaking havoc on the invading Germans. When she is stranded behind enemy lines, Nina becomes the prey of a lethal Nazi murderess known as the Huntress, and only Nina's bravery and cunning will keep her alive. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • EVEN BETTER THAN ALICE NETWORK

  • By Nina on 03-02-19

Excellent historical fiction

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

Reviewed: 03-13-19

I was looking forward to this book, as I loved the Alice Network, and I thought the narrator did a tremendous job, and I was happy to see they kept the same narrator. The narrator does very well with the different accents, and I kept thinking I was glad I was listening and not reading the book - I never would have been able to keep the Russian names and references straight in my head. This book did not disappoint. I like the point of view told by the three different characters, and I thought it was truly on the edge of your seat material, trying to figure out how they all wove together in the end. I loved the story line, and its brutal honesty of the time period. Can't say enough good things about this audiobook, but the greatest recommendation I can give, is that if you loved the Alice Network, you will love this as well. Looking forward to more novels from Kate Quinn!

  • Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Jasmine Blackborow
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,335
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,182
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,171

Georgie, or Lady Georgiana Rannoch, is busy planning her upcoming nuptials to Darcy O'Mara. Unfortunately, what has started as a simple wedding has become quite a royal headache and grand affair, thanks to a guest list that includes the queen and the appointment of princesses as Georgie's bridesmaids. “If only Darcy and I had eloped!” she thinks, as she attempts to organize her wedding and find a place for her and her husband-to-be to live. Just as she despairs of ever finding a home, her godfather offers his fully staffed country estate. But something sinister is afoot....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Overall I loved it!

  • By Dylan on 08-13-18

The best one yet! Give the narrator a chance!

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

Reviewed: 08-15-18

I enjoy this series so much, and I eagerly anticipate each release. It is just a fun series, entertaining, and good for a light read. In this story, I was so happy to see Georgie finally get her own home...and then of course it was riddled with difficulties! Great story, and I hated it to end. I was very sad to hear of Katherine Kellgren's death, she was very talented, and did such a great job with narrating all of the characters. I was very worried that no matter who they chose to narrate, they wouldn't be able to capture the distinct voices of the queen, Belinda, Georgie's mother, the grandfather...and most of all Queenie! I think she did a great job - she had big shoes to fill, and I think she did great. I say to the nay sayers, put your expectations aside, and give her a chance!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The High Tide Club

  • A Novel
  • By: Mary Kay Andrews
  • Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
  • Length: 16 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,885
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,707
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,702

When 99-year-old heiress Josephine Bettendorf Warrick summons Brooke Trappnell to Talisa Island, her 20,000-acre remote barrier island home, Brooke is puzzled. Everybody in the South has heard about the eccentric millionaire mistress of Talisa, but Brooke has never met her. Over the course of a few meetings, Josephine spins a tale of old friendships, dark secrets, betrayal, and a long-unsolved murder. She wants Brooke to help her make amends with the heirs of the women who were her closest friends....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Overall a good story but...

  • By RocketDog on 05-25-18

Good story line, enjoyable narrator

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

Reviewed: 05-23-18

The book had a good story line, that held my attention and kept me guessing. There were some parts that had a dark tone to it, but for the most part it was a fun read trying to figure out how it would end. The characters were all enjoyable, and the narrator does a great job switching voices, even the male voices. I have seen one comment that the book was too liberal...and I am not sure where that comes from, other than the fact that the women in this book were all strong characters. I didn't want it to end and I didn't want it to end, definitely a good beach read!

  • Murder on the Half Shelf

  • Booktown Mystery Series, Book 6
  • By: Lorna Barrett
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 189
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186

The town of Stoneham is a haven for bookstores, but it is sadly lacking in bed-and-breakfasts. Fortunately Pippa and Jon Comfort's Sheer Comfort Inn is about to open, and the couple has offered some locals a free night as a trial run. But it won't be so easy to sleep after Tricia makes two startling discoveries: Pippa's murdered body in the backyard, and the fact that Pippa's husband, Jon, is actually Harry Tyler, a man Tricia loved - and believed dead - for nearly 20 years. Though Harry is the prime suspect, Tricia doesn't believe him capable of murder, even though he's led a life of lies.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't like the new narrator

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-18-15

Bring back the original narrator

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

Reviewed: 05-08-18

The new narrator, Karen White, seemed to change the personalities of some of the characters by her narration. In particular Christopher, who sounds like a pompous jerk, whereas Cassandra Campbell's narration of the character portrayed a different (better!) personality all together. The narration of Mr. Everst was also awful, turned him into a stodgy unlikable character. Her narration of Antonio sounds like her voice for Angelica..with a really fake Italian accent. Overall, Karen White does a really poor job with male voices, just awful. I also do not like her narration of Tricia or Angelica, but it is the male voices where it is most irritating.
Love the books, brink back the original narrator.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Just Clause

  • Booktown Mystery Series, Book 11
  • By: Lorna Barrett
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138

Tricia Miles, mystery bookstore owner and amateur sleuth, is in for a surprise when her ne'er-do-well father, John, comes to town - and promptly becomes a prime suspect in the murder of a woman with her own scandalous past. Even Tricia's faith in the old man is shaken when the Stoneham police break the news that her father is a known con man who has done jail time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The family dynamic!

  • By Christina on 06-23-17

The story doesn't disappoint, the narrator does

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

Reviewed: 05-08-18

I have listened to all of the books in the Booktown Mystery Series, and Cassandra Campbell, who narrated the first 5 books does a far better job than the current narrator Karen White. The men in the book took on a completely different persona when Karen White started the narrating. Mr. Everest used to be a likable character, but KW's narration makes him seem stodgy. Also, the character Christopher completely underwent a character transformation, I believe because how she narrated the character was whiney, annoying, and conceited. KW's narration of Tricia is ok (although I also prefer CC's narration of Tricia) but KW does not do men's voices well at all. They all sound the same...and not at all masculine. Really takes away from enjoying the book. Another small point...I by no means am a teatotaler, but I thought in this particular book (and the 3 or 4 previous books) every single activity they do, involves an alcoholic drink. If people drank as much as they do in this book in real life, they would be full fledged alcoholics. I don't mind a few drinks a few times a week, but these girls belt down pitcher after pitcher of Martini's...just seems a bit unnecessary. Bothered me enough that I only rated the story 4 stars.

  • Crazy Rich Asians

  • By: Kevin Kwan
  • Narrated by: Lynn Chen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,039
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,485
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,430

Crazy Rich Asians is the outrageously funny debut novel about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his ABC (American-born Chinese) girlfriend to the wedding of the season.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 1st Chapter, can't stand narration AND I'm asian!

  • By Acct68member on 12-06-17

Laughing so hard I was crying

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

Reviewed: 12-06-17

What did you love best about Crazy Rich Asians?

Admittedly, I do not know much at all about Asian culture, this tongue in cheek portrayal of a rich Asian family had me belly laughing the whole time

What was one of the most memorable moments of Crazy Rich Asians?

When Rachel gets her first taste of how rich Nick is, but still doesn't realize he is rich. She worries about him using all of his frequent flyer points to buy First Class airline tickets...the whole scene was funny..with Nick trying to explain why they were riding in such high style!

Which character – as performed by Lynn Chen – was your favorite?

I loved her portrayal of Nick's mother - it was perfect - a great imitation of a meddling soon to be mother in law.

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

I laughed - a lot! It is what I liked best about the book.

Any additional comments?

You won't be disappointed - a fun book, that made me laugh constantly.

  • China Rich Girlfriend

  • A Novel
  • By: Kevin Kwan
  • Narrated by: Lydia Look
  • Length: 15 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,332
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,683
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,663

Kevin Kwan, best-selling author of Crazy Rich Asians, is back with a wickedly funny new novel of social climbing, secret emails, art-world scandal, lovesick billionaires, and the outrageous story of what happens when Rachel Chu, engaged to marry Asia's most eligible bachelor, discovers her birth father.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun Story. Discontinuity of narrators.

  • By Rachel on 08-17-15

The narrator for Crazy Rich Asians was better

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

Reviewed: 12-06-17

If you could sum up China Rich Girlfriend in three words, what would they be?

The continuation of the story line was as good as the first book, funny and entertaining. However, the narrator for Crazy Rich Asians, Lynn Chen, was much better. The frequently used expressions "Aiyah" "lah" and "Alamak" were perfectly accentuated by Chen, and added to the humor of the book. When you hear Lydia Look use the same words, it sounds like she is reading a typo - or an extra word that was accidentally not edited out of the text. She also does not portray the character of Rachel very well..she makes her sound like a giggly teenager, rather than the respectable economics professor that she is..the voice she uses for Rachel is over bubbly and high pitched. The narration did not ruin the book, but most certainly took away from the five stars that I gave Crazy Rich Asians.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Lydia Look?

The original narrator of Crazy Rich Asians, Lynn Chen

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

It made me laugh...but not as much as Crazy Rich Asians

Any additional comments?

Bring back Lynn Chen!!!

18 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • Everything We Left Behind

  • A Novel
  • By: Kerry Lonsdale
  • Narrated by: Timothy Andrés Pabon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,043
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 889
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 886

Two months before his wedding, financial executive James Donato chased his trade-laundering brother Phil to Mexico, only to be lost at sea and presumed dead. Six and a half years later, he emerges from a dissociative fugue state to find he's been living in Oaxaca as artist Carlos Dominguez, widower and father of two sons, with his sister-in-law Natalya Hayes, a retired professional surfer, helping to keep his life afloat. But his fiancée, Aimee Tierney, the love of his life, has moved on.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I'm as Disoriented as Carlos. Not what I wanted

  • By Lindsay S. Nixon on 07-08-17

A disappointment, too much jumping around

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

Reviewed: 07-10-17

Any additional comments?

I read the first book, and was excited to read the second book from the point of view of James. The second book has been a disappointment for a couple of reasons. First of all, the back and forth in time is way too much, and is very disjointed. Five years ago, 6 months ago, last week, 6 years ago, present day...etc. It jumps around way too much. I think you can tell the story of past and present without jumping around so frequently, it made the story very hard to follow. I am an avid reader and Audible listener, and I found I had to reread/ re listen to passages frequently to understand what was going on. Secondly, what was the purpose of Rachel? In addition to the time jumping, first he is with Natalya, then Rachel, then back with Natalya, but in love with Aimee, too many girls in the picture. The story could have been told with just Natalya, adding Rachel just added another layer of unnecessary confusion. Lastly, I think the description of the loves scenes were disgusting. It took an interesting story, and added this level of adult romance novel, that balanced on the line of soft porn. Completely unnecessary. I am not a prude,and do not mind a description of an intimate scene in a book, but I found myself skipping ahead whenever such a scene started in this book. I think it took away from the plot. I liked the book for the most part, was glad to hear the "what happened next" but overall it was a major disappointment from the first book.