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Debbie Best

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  • Malevolent

  • Shaye Archer Series, Book 1
  • By: Jana DeLeon
  • Narrated by: Julie McKay
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,025
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 905
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 898

Everyone wondered about Shaye Archer's past. Including Shaye. Shaye Archer's life effectively began the night police found her in an alley, beaten and abused and with no memory of the previous 15 years, not even her name. Nine years later, she's a licensed private investigator with a single goal - to get answers for her clients when there aren't supposed to be any. And maybe, someday, answers for herself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Plot twists and suspense!

  • By Wayne on 12-01-17

Narrator pronunciations drove me crazy!

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

Reviewed: 04-20-19

I would never have noticed the overuse of the word nodded had it not been that the narrator pronounced it as nauded. A minor thing that was annoying.

  • Dear Carolina

  • By: Kristy Woodson Harvey
  • Narrated by: Carla Mercer-Meyer, Meredith Mitchell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79

Frances "Khaki" Mason has it all: a thriving interior design career, a loving husband and son, homes in North Carolina and Manhattan - everything except the second child she has always wanted. Jodi, her husband's 19-year-old cousin, is fresh out of rehab, pregnant, and alone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love Southern Fiction

  • By Debbie Best on 02-15-19

Love Southern Fiction

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

Reviewed: 02-15-19

I enjoyed this book and understand everything she is talking about. I live only about 30 minutes from Kinston so, all the restaurants, etc are familiar. I did however, get really tired of all the comparisons. Traveling with a tiny baby is like clearing brush for a deer stand, his hair was whiter than the baby lambs’s on the farm, it was a perfect moment like finishing a lego pirate ship, ... even at such a young age you and Alex had taken to one another like crabs to sand. A few of such makes a book fun but, there were just too many.

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  • Where the Crawdads Sing

  • By: Delia Owens
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 55,982
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50,999
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50,785

For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life - until the unthinkable happens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Seattle blues on 08-17-18

Wonderful and touching

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

Reviewed: 12-21-18

Great writing and character building. I could hardly put it down until I was finished. Cassandra Campbell did an excellent job, as always, in narrating.

  • Outer Banks

  • By: Anne Rivers Siddons
  • Narrated by: C. J. Critt
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

Elegant Kate, walking a tightrope over an abyss of lies...sensitive, sensible, self-contained Cecie...Ginger, the heiress, sexy, vibrant, richer than sin...and poor, hopeless, brilliant Fig. They came together as sorority sisters on a Southern campus in the '60s. Four young women bound by rare, blinding early friendship, they spent two idyllic spring breaks at Nags Head, North Carolina, the isolated strip of barrier islands where grand old weather-beaten houses perch defiantly on the edge of a storm-tossed sea.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Rather Depressing Tho Good Storyline

  • By Gracie on 02-16-18

Ending

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

Reviewed: 03-17-17

There is a major problem with the ending. I Replayed repeatedly to make certain I had not missed something.

  • The Price of Justice

  • By: Marti Green
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 908
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 829
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 831

Seven years ago, Winston Melton was on top of the world: a privileged kid fresh off his first semester at Princeton. Life was perfect - until he was accused of the rape and murder of an ex-girlfriend. Years after his conviction, another death-row inmate has come forward with an 11th-hour confession, casting Win's conviction in a new light. But with the ink drying on his death sentence, time is running short.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Vanilla

  • By Richard Hallum on 02-10-16

Predictable

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

Reviewed: 09-13-16

Pretty early on I figured this one out, but it was still interesting. Good narration.

  • Agnes Hopper Shakes Up Sweetbriar

  • A Senior Cozy Mystery Novel
  • By: Carol Heilman
  • Narrated by: Beverly Ann Astley
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14

Summer's steamy haze coats North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains, but feisty Agnes Marie Hopper discovers the heat isn't the only thing causing her blood to boil. After a kitchen fire destroys her home, Agnes moves in with her daughter, Betty Jo. Three months later they come to an understanding: neither can tolerate living with the other. So on a sultry August morning, Betty Jo drives Agnes and her few belongings to Sweetbriar Manor, a local retirement home and former house of ill repute.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Cute story, bad narration

  • By MareFlare on 07-20-16

Worst Narrator Ever

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

Reviewed: 09-08-16

I love quirky little books about southern women, but this was drudgery. The story isn't bad - the narrator is horrible. I just don't understand how this matchup was ever made. It took me about three times as long as it should have to get through this book.

  • For You

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Liz Thompson
  • Length: 18 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,300
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,112

Lieutenant Alexander Colton and February Owens were high-school sweethearts. Everyone in their small town knew from the moment they met they were meant for each other. But something happened, and Feb broke Colt's heart; then she turned wild, and tragedy struck. Colt meted out revenge against the man who brought Feb low, but even though Colt risked it all for her, Feb turned her back on him and left town.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The narrator is NOT bad!!

  • By KIMBERLY S. on 10-17-15

Seriously?

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

Reviewed: 03-13-16

The author's 1950s treatment of female characters doesn't set well with me. The narrator did an excellent job.

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  • Worth the Wait

  • By: Jamie Beck
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,833
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,585
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,566

Thirteen years ago, Vivi LeBrun was sketching a rooster and eating Oreos when she first met - and fell for - her friend's brother, David St. James. Since then, her love for David has only intensified thanks to years of friendship with his family, who rescued her from a lonely, tumultuous childhood. As she travels to Block Island to vacation with the St. James siblings, Vivi daydreams about reuniting with David, hoping he'll finally see her as his soul mate.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • DNF @ 45%..

  • By Trish R. on 03-26-17

Sappy and poorly performed

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

Reviewed: 11-09-15

I did manage to get all the way through this because I was sure it would eventually have some redeeming value. If it was there, I missed it. The main character's perky disposition came across more as being a smart ass than as being chipper. 1st reading by this narrator and I hope to not have a repeat performance.

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  • Murder Al Dente

  • Southern Pasta Shop Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Jennifer L. Hart
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Cerreta
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 959
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 881
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 882

Andy Buckland has always dreamed of being a chef. But after a live studio audience is stricken with food poisoning during her debut cooking show, she finds herself blacklisted in the culinary community. The only job open to her is working in her family's southern pasta shop, and, to make matters worse, her first assignment is serving baked ziti to her former lover and his spoiled bride-to-be at their engagement party!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb writing and a fantastic narrator

  • By Judy C on 06-07-15

Cute

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

Reviewed: 11-07-15

Entertaining. A good and easy listen for a time when something light fills the bill.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful