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  • Dragonflight

  • Dragonriders of Pern
  • By: Anne McCaffrey
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,771
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,218
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,245

On the beautiful planet Pern, colonized for centuries, Land Holders and Craftsmen have traditionally tithed food and supplies to the dragonweyrs to which they are bound. In times past, the mighty telepathic dragons and their riders were the only protection from the dreaded, life-threatening Thread. Now those times may be returning....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Pern series is very engaging

  • By Sarah on 10-06-09

Women Dragon riders

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

Reviewed: 10-31-18

Scifi fantasy about a woman named Lessa and how she became a dragon rider. Her relationship with her dragon Ramoth and how she circumvents the misogyny in Pern. I liked the book but why did they get a guy to narrate this? It feels a bit odd when starting out because it is from a female point of view. He was a good narrator though but it sounds funny with Lessa having this deep male voice.

  • A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses

  • Half-Moon Hollow, Book 7
  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,312
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,978
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,960

Nola Leary would have been content to stay in Kilcairy, Ireland, healing villagers at her family’s clinic with a mix of magic and modern medicine. But a series of ill-timed omens and a deathbed promise to her grandmother have sent her on a quest to Half-Moon Hollow, Kentucky, to secure her family’s magical potency for the next generation. Her supernatural task? To unearth four artifacts hidden by her grandfather before a rival magical family beats her to it. Complication One: The artifacts are lost somewhere in vampire Jane Jameson’s occult bookshop. Complication Two: Her new neighbor, Jed Trudeau, keeps turning up half-naked at the strangest times....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best spin offs I have read!

  • By Diana Turmenne on 05-28-13

Snarky magical treasure hunt

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

Ok this one was funny. Most of Molly Harper's main characters have an element of snarkiness, think for themselves, and are not afraid to be attracted to hunky men. Jane and the crew are back. I like searching for treasure and mystery so this one was great. I liked the ending too.

The audiobook: Poor Amanda Ronconi. Molly Harper, you are evil because you made Amanda Ronconi do a Scottish/bostonian accent for someone who also speaks gaelic. Not as fun to listen to but well done by poor Ms. Ronconi. No more Boston accents. Why not a beautiful Scottish accent?
The guy: Meh hunky but kind of meh. I liked the guy in the Haunted Island better.

  • Walk on Earth a Stranger

  • By: Rae Carson
  • Narrated by: Erin Mallon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283

Lee Westfall has a strong, loving family. She has a home she loves and a loyal steed. She has a best friend - who might want to be something more. She also has a secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than expected

  • By elenne on 10-11-15

She can sense gold and the wrong someone knows

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18


Lee Westfall can sense gold. The California Gold Rush begins and she cannot tell anyone about her gift. But, someone knows. Lee escapes with death dogging her footsteps in many forms.
This book never got boring. Lee's intelligence, compassion and courage kept me listening to the audiobook narrated by Erin Mallon who gives Lee a strong clear voice. My dog got a much much longer walk because of your book Rae Carson.

  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

  • A Novel
  • By: Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • Narrated by: Alma Cuervo, Julia Whelan, Robin Miles
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,077
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,847
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,838

Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now? Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Five Out of Seven Ain't Bad

  • By Dubi on 12-31-17

The Tale of Evelyn Hugo's secrets

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

Reviewed: 09-27-18

The book narrated by three wonderful ladies, delves into Evelyn Hugo's past. And what a past it is. Who did she love out of seven husbands? Why seven?

  • Better Homes and Hauntings

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,653
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,363
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,367

When Nina Linden is hired to landscape a private island off the New England coast, she sees it as her chance to rebuild her failing business after being cheated by her unscrupulous ex. She never expects that her new client, software mogul Deacon Whitney, would see more in her than just a talented gardener. Deacon has paid top dollar to the crews he’s hired to renovate the desolate Whitney estate - he had to, because the bumps, thumps, and unexplained sightings of ghostly figures in 19th-century dress are driving workers away faster than he can say “Boo.”

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Harper offered up a simple, entertaining tale that

  • By kimbacaffeinate on 07-16-14

Not a big fan of the cover of this one.

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

Reviewed: 09-25-18

This is not a book about a crazy female gardener bludgeoning people with her trowel as the cover may suggest. The personalities of the characters especially the male love interest made me love it. The ghost story is almost superfluous for me be cause I liked the characters so much.

  • Changeling

  • A Novel of Sorcery and Society
  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,494
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,409
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,406

If 14-year-old Cassandra Reed makes it through her first day at Miss Castwell’s Institute for the Magical Instruction of Young Ladies without anyone discovering her secret, maybe, just maybe, she’ll let herself believe that she really does belong at Miss Castwell’s. Except Cassandra Reed’s real name is Sarah Smith and up until now, she lived her whole life in the Warren, serving a magical family, the Winters, as all non-magical “Snipes” are bound by magical Guardian law to do. That is, until one day, Sarah accidentally levitates Mrs. Winter’s favorite vase in the parlor.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful!

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-23-18

So, you're a witch?

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

Reviewed: 09-25-18

The main character is a likeable weakling who suddenly does some strong magic. She is sent to a boarding school and must make her way there. I liked it. It's missing some Harper snarkiness but that may be because the main character is just coming into her own. I'm glad I listened to this. The narrator held my interest.

  • Final Girls

  • A Novel
  • By: Riley Sager
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett, Hillary Huber
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,484
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,230
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,223

Ten years ago college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie-scale massacre. In an instant she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to - a group of similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shocking twists and turns

  • By S. Winchester on 07-18-17

Thriller in a Bottle

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

Reviewed: 09-25-18

This is my own opinion. Others may have enjoyed this book.

The beginning opens up with Quincy coping with her final girl status. Wow. A Final Girl. Neat premise. She became less likeable as the story dragged in the middle. It plodded. Wondering how stupid she could be as she changed into a trope of the idiotic girl who always does the wrong thing, I trudged onward through the story. I will say the narrator was excellent. The end is ok-ish. Guessed the killer. Now at the end, I'm more depressed and sleepy than thrilled.

Take Buffy and Faith remove the action, intelligence and wit.

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  • And One Last Thing...

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,581
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,677
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,671

Lacey Terwilliger's shock and humiliation over her husband's philandering prompt her to add some bonus material to Mike's company newsletter: stunning Technicolor descriptions of the special brand of "administrative support" his receptionist gives him. The detailed mass e-mail to Mike's family, friends, and clients blows up in her face, and before one can say "instant urban legend", Lacey has become the pariah of her small Kentucky town and a media punch line....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • For me this was such a HOOT!!!

  • By d.e.matthews on 02-12-11

Lacey takes life and kicks it in the gonads

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

Reviewed: 06-24-18

When a drunken florist drops off the wrong flowers for her husband's mistress, Lacey Terwilliger doesn't just sit there. She decides to send a few emails. Of Molly Harper's books, this is my favorite. Each character had an interesting well fleshed out personality. I liked the main character flaws and all. Maybe especially for her flaws. And I laughed a lot.

Update September 2018. Read this again for the eighth time for my birthday and still laughed like crazy. Thank you Molly Harper

  • Whiskey Beach

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 14 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,239
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,663
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,655

For more than 300 years, Bluff House has sat above Whiskey Beach, guarding its shore - and its secrets. But to Eli Landon, it’s home.… A Boston lawyer, Eli has weathered an intense year of public scrutiny and police investigations after being accused of - but never arrested for - the murder of his soon-to-be-ex wife. He finds sanctuary at Bluff House, even though his beloved grandmother is in Boston recuperating from a nasty fall. Abra Walsh is always there, though.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Eva on 03-10-17

My second listen

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

Reviewed: 06-24-18

Luke Daniels is an excellent narrator. The characters are people you enjoy knowing. There's mystery, pirate's treasure and an evil murderer ready to strike again.

  • Every Soul a Star

  • By: Wendy Mass
  • Narrated by: Jessica Almasy, Ali Ahn, Mark Turetsky
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127

Unlike the thousands converging at Moon Shadow to witness a total solar eclipse, Ally calls the isolated campground home. Bree shields herself in a cloak of good looks and popularity, but there is something within her no one suspects. And Jack, overweight and socially inept, finds himself on the verge of a startling possibility.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read with my 6th grader

  • By Jennifer on 12-13-15

Yes I have listened to this book 3 times

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

Reviewed: 06-24-18

I am an adult and I will probably listen to this book again. There is something of pure fun and enthusiasm in this book that adult books just don't get with all their stupid angst. It's about the universe and young adults finding themselves and friendship.