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  • The Ladies of Ivy Cottage

  • By: Julie Klassen
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Jasicki
  • Length: 16 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 590
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 549
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 544

Living with the two Miss Groves in Ivy Cottage, impoverished gentlewoman Rachel Ashford is determined to earn her own livelihood...somehow. When the village women encourage her to open a subscription library with the many books she has inherited or acquired through donations, Rachel discovers two mysteries hidden among them. A man who once broke her heart helps her search for clues, but will both find more than they bargained for?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Story with Lovable Characters

  • By Maryalice Davis on 02-03-18

Pleasurable Read

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

Reviewed: 05-07-18

Take a chance on this series. If you like getting lost in a book, as goldie would say, this one is juuuust right. Wish there was a third in the line up.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Masterpiece

  • By: Francine Rivers
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,998
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,706
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,712

A successful LA artist, Roman Velasco appears to have everything he could possibly want - money, women, fame. Only Grace Moore, his reluctant, newly hired personal assistant, knows how little he truly has. The demons of Roman's past seem to echo through the halls of his empty mansion and out across his breathtaking Topanga Canyon view. But Grace doesn't know how her boss secretly wrestles with those demons: by tagging buildings as the Bird, a notorious but unidentified graffiti artist - an alter ego that could destroy his career and land him in prison.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Did not realize this was religious....

  • By Amanda on 05-08-18

Winner!

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

Reviewed: 05-07-18

Another winner by Ms Rivers. Sad to say my listening choices of late have been disappointing. Not so with this winner. Interesting characters, good story line, good ending. Okay, a bit predictable but nice ending (which is what a good book should have) just the same. My thanks to the author and narrator for a pleasant read!

  • The Great Alone

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,656
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,057
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,977

Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: He will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Long, Hard Slog Through Endless Despair and Heartache

  • By Morro Schreiber on 04-11-18

Not for me.

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

Reviewed: 05-06-18

After four chapters it was returned. Was hoping for another “Nightingale”, what I got was a tour guide of backwoods Alaska.
The story seemed to take a backseat to all the description. Kate Forbes is one of my favorite narrators, but even she couldn’t get this one to come to life.

  • Traces of Guilt

  • By: Dee Henderson
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 830
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 753
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 746

Evie Blackwell loves her life as an Illinois state police detective...mostly. She's very skilled at investigations and has steadily moved up through the ranks. She would like to find Mr. Right, but she has a hard time imagining how marriage could work, considering the demands of her job.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Narration! Enjoyed ~ Thoroughly.

  • By GigiD. on 05-11-16

Waste of time and credit

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

Reviewed: 12-07-17

I found it boring, wordie and unbelievably sappy. Hit fast forward so many times and never missed anything of real substance. I think the author wrote it just so the narrator could hear herself speak. All five male characters were dripping with kindness, sympathy, empathy, total understanding for anyone who crossed their path, yeah ok. The woman were no better. They form deep feelings and fondness for total strangers. Brings fiction to a whole new level.

  • Room for Hope

  • By: Kim Vogel Sawyer
  • Narrated by: Kate Forbes
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 385
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 352
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 349

Neva Shilling has a heavy load of responsibility while her husband travels to neighboring communities and sells items from his wagon. In his absence, she faithfully runs the Shilling Mercantile, working to keep their business strong as the Depression takes its toll, and caring for their twins. When a wagon pulls up after supper, Neva and her children rush out - and into the presence of the deputy driving a wagon carrying three young children.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Christian fiction

  • By Cherry Whittington on 05-20-16

Should have saved the credit

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

Reviewed: 10-31-17

The narration by Kate Forbes was excellent. Sorry I can’t say the same for this cookie cutter novel. I’ve learned my lesson, be very leery of authors who churn out one book after another. Kudos on the writing style however, it was smooth and easy, just no real substance. Sadly for me I came away with nothing.
-SPOILER ALERT- It seemed rather odd the redemption of the so called hero Arthur was never made believable. I viewed him as a creep from his initial description and that’s the way he remained till the end. So when the heroine fall for this guy you’re like “say what”. Anyway I found none of the characters, (I guess except for Arthur) as most seem to call it, engaging, they were all rather dull & boring.

  • A Lasting Impression

  • A Belmont Mansion Novel
  • By: Tamera Alexander
  • Narrated by: Linda Stephens
  • Length: 18 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297

Best-selling author Tamera Alexander has won numerous awards, including the Christy Award and RITA Award for Best Inspirational Romance. Set in Nashville’s historic Belmont Mansion, A Lasting Impression is an affecting tale of romance between an aspiring artist and a man determined to rise from near ruin.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Character got off too easy!

  • By Michela on 02-03-18

Tiresome, Slow, Boring

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

Reviewed: 07-27-17

Any additional comments?

I usually enjoy a book by the author but the narrator killed it for me. At chapter 26, and only because of the fast forward button, I just can't listen any longer. The reader brings nothing to the table, nineteen year old girl made out to be, in my mind, tired, unintresting and middle aged, as were all the characters. Could not form an attachment to any of them. Sorry this was such a disappointment. i would have tried the sequel but it being read by the same person will keep that from happening.

  • The Mistletoe Promise

  • By: Richard Paul Evans
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 4 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 514
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 455
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 456

A new holiday story from the best-selling master of the Christmas novel. It isn’t Christmas without a Richard Paul Evans novel. Ever since he wrote the book that inspired the genre, The Christmas Box, his best-selling holiday stories have become a beloved literary tradition.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • heart warming

  • By Sue on 01-15-15

Liked the story line

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

Reviewed: 01-09-17

Any additional comments?

Overall it was a good read/listen. The main male character was a bit too good to be true, guess that's why we read fiction. And unless I missed something, I could have used a better description of the female character, her looks never really developed so I never had a clear vision of her throughout the story. Nice Christmas storyline and in-spite of the above, it was a good choice and definitely worth a listen.

  • The Magician's Elephant

  • By: Kate DiCamillo
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,465
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,323
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,326

When a fortuneteller’s tent appears in the market square of the city of Baltese, orphan Peter Augustus Duchene knows the questions that he needs to ask: Does his sister still live? And if so, how can he find her? The fortuneteller’s mysterious answer (An elephant! An elephant will lead him there!) sets off a chain of events so remarkable, so impossible, that Peter can hardly dare to believe it. But it is - all of it - true.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Yes, the Impossible!

  • By Gillian on 11-17-16

Short light hearted story.

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

Reviewed: 11-30-16

Any additional comments?

Light hearted story, wondferful preformance! Kids would love it! Hands down Ms Stevenson made each character come to life. Each with their own unique voice and engaging characteristics, narration was top notch.

  • Grace be a Lady

  • Love & War in Johnson County, Book 1
  • By: Heather Blanton
  • Narrated by: Talmadge Ragan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 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

Banished to the dusty cow town of Misery, Wyoming, for an alleged affair, Grace Hendrick is facing the hardest decisions of her life. If she tries to return to Chicago, her husband promises to whisk their four-year-old son off to a boarding school and Grace will never see him again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • sweet store.

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-13-18

Another good story but sorry narration.

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

Reviewed: 11-30-16

Any additional comments?

Ms Blanton is a wonderful storyteller. Always keeping my attention with both engaging characters and wonderful storylines. Her Definace series is top notch! However, the performance for this title was awful. Just a few examples, almost every word ending with "ed" became an extra syllable. ????. The word "evening" turned into three, this was pronounced "eve-a-ing. The main male character was nothing of a rugged cowboy! Instead sounded feminine and whimpy. And to top it off the reading was so slooooow. Would have rated five stars if the reader wasn't so very bad. Time for a preformance makeover.

  • Sycamore Row

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Michael Beck
  • Length: 20 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,332
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,521
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,486

Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Grisham at his best (again)

  • By Brock on 10-23-13

Performance 5+, Story So Very Grisham

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

Reviewed: 11-22-16

Any additional comments?

Mr Beck's performance was by far the absolute best I've ever heard. Every character just jumped to life! I would have rated 10 stars if given the option. The story was true Grisham but found myself wanting a bit more of an ending. Or, he may be leaving a wee bit wiggle room for a series, ya never know. In any case this was a very good listen. And a welcomed change after numerous "thumbs down" stinkers I've listened to lately. Thank you Mr Grisham, thank you Mr Beck.