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Deborah Marsden

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  • Miss Tonks Turns to Crime

  • The Poor Relation, Book 2
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 4 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 959
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 859
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 857

The poor relations, those genteel paupers of society who live on little more than their dignity, have banded together and started The Poor Relation hotel, hoping to be bought out by their embarrassed relations - but as the hotel prospered, they began to enjoy the fruits of their labor. Now once more they are in need of funds. To stoop to crime in their days of poverty was one thing, but to turn to it again when they have enjoyed a certain amount of success is quite another. But they all agree: the hotel must go on.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More Regency Fun! Miss Tonks Saves the Day!

  • By Clare on 05-13-12

Delightful

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

Reviewed: 07-23-18

I’ve just finished book 2 of the poor relations. I have found the stories delightful and fun. My children can be around when I listen to them they make me laugh and they keep me entertained. I definitely recommend this series.

  • A Laird for All Time: A Laird for All Time, Book 1

  • By: Angeline Fortin
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 841
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 770
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 766

After 10 long years of education and residency, Dr. Emmy MacKenzie decides it's time for a much-deserved vacation. But when she's traveling the British Isles, a twist of fate at the gates of the ancient castle of Duart hurls Emmy more than a hundred years into the past and into the arms of a magnificent Highlander who thinks she is his long-lost wife, Heather MacLean.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A story to listen to again and again

  • By SIMARA on 11-14-15

Fun ride!

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

Reviewed: 01-08-18

When I first started listening I wasn’t sure if I would like the book. It turned out to be one of the most enjoyable books I have heard in months.

  • Too Good to Be True

  • By: Kristan Higgins
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 532
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 495
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 494

When Grace Emerson's ex-fiancé starts dating her younger sister, extreme measures are called for. To keep everyone from obsessing about her love life, Grace announces that she's seeing someone. Someone wonderful. Someone handsome. Someone completely made up. Who is this Mr. Right? Someone - exactly unlike her renegade neighbor, Callahan O'Shea. Well, someone with his looks, maybe. His hot body. His knife-sharp sense of humor. His smarts and big heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great accident!

  • By ToddJohnsLawOffices on 01-23-16

not Kristan Huggin's best work

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

Reviewed: 12-17-17

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

After listening for an hour the story still had not taken off. The main character was just annoying in her lengthy imagination. Not realistic.

What was most disappointing about Kristan Higgins’s story?

The unrealistic side stories

What about Xe Sands’s performance did you like?

Fun and lively.

Was Too Good to Be True worth the listening time?

no

  • The Lotterys Plus One

  • By: Emma Donoghue
  • Narrated by: Thérèse Plummer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

Sumac Lottery is nine years old and the self-proclaimed "good girl" of her (VERY) large, (EXTREMELY) unruly family. And what a family the Lotterys are: four parents, children both adopted and biological, and a menagerie of pets, all living and learning together in a sprawling house called Camelottery. Then one day, the news breaks that one of their grandfathers is suffering from dementia and will be coming to live with them. And not just any grandfather; the long dormant "Grumps", who fell out with his son and hasn't been part of any of their lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun and insightful story

  • By Deborah Marsden on 12-13-17

Fun and insightful story

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

Reviewed: 12-13-17

The story is told from an inquisitive nine year old point of view. It was so nice to listen to a quality story and not have any swear words or inappropriate topics.

  • Secretly Hers

  • Sterling Canyon, Book 2
  • By: Jamie Beck
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 588
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 499
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 496

On her thirty-first birthday, hopeless romantic Kelsey Callihan has all but given up on happily ever afters, which is why she agrees to a risqué proposition from Sterling Canyon's notorious playboy, backcountry skier Trip Lexington. After all, every girl needs a little fun, and with Trip, there are no mixed signals or risks of a broken heart. And if his tips can help her land a husband in the process, all the better.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love it!

  • By jltcook on 10-20-18

Fun to listen to.

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

Reviewed: 04-02-17

One of the things I have enjoyed are the strong woman in Jamie Becks novels.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Next Best Thing

  • By: Kristan Higgins
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 367
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 349
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 348

Lucy Lang isn't looking for fireworks. She's looking for a nice, decent man. Someone who'll mow the lawn, flip chicken on the barbecue, teach their future children to play soccer. But most important: someone who won't inspire the slightest stirring in her heart - or anywhere else. A young widow, Lucy can't risk that kind of loss again. But sharing her life with a cat named Fat Mikey and the Black Widows at the family bakery isn't enough either.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The angst lasted forever!

  • By bebe on 05-09-17

I bit too winey.

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

Reviewed: 08-08-16

I am a big Kristan Higgins fan, however this book was not as enjoyable as most of her writing The main character in the book is such an emotional wreck through out the whole book it was rough to finish

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Water for Elephants

  • By: Sara Gruen
  • Narrated by: David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,049
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,918
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,000

Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Ho Hum

  • By John Riggs on 05-27-12

Not a family book

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

Reviewed: 02-19-16

The story made me laugh and cry My biggest complaint would be the amount of swearing. I would have enjoyed it much more if those were removed. The story line kept me entertained.

0 of 5 people found this review helpful