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  • Campaign Widows

  • By: Aimee Agresti
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 20

When Cady Davenport's husband-to-be hits the road for the upcoming presidential election, Cady realizes she’s on her own - and that her dream life might not be all she’d imagined. Until she finds herself thrust straight into the heart of the most influential inner circle in Washington, DC: the campaign widows. As friends, they’re an unlikely group - a fabulous Georgetown doyenne; a speechwriter turned mommy blogger; an artsy website editor; and a First Lady hopeful who’s not convinced she wants the job. But they share one undeniable bond: their spouses are all out on the trail during a hotly contested election season.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't hold my attention

  • By Kindle Customer on 11-19-18

Didn't hold my attention

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

I bought this because it sounded like it could be an interesting story of the significant others attached to a national political campaign. Good premise but didn't hold up. I also picked it up because Therese Plummer's narrations are always great. Unfortunately even she at 1.25 speed couldn't hold my attention. Will return it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Five Years Gone

  • By: Marie Force
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Joe Arden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123

I knew on the day of the attack that our lives were changed forever. What I didn’t know then was that I’d never see John again after he deployed. One day he was living with me, sleeping next to me, making plans with me. The next day he was gone. That was five years ago. The world has moved on from that awful day, but I’m stuck in my own personal hell, waiting for a man who may be dead for all I know. At my sister’s wedding, I meet Eric, the brother of the groom, and my heart comes alive once again. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Five Years Gone

  • By Listening is Reading on 10-17-18

Marie's Best Work--Highly Recommended

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

I have read a number of Marie's books. This book is currently not part of a series, but there are enough characters in the book that a series could be created. When I heard about this book last spring, I was intrigued and could hardly wait for the book to be published,. The topic of what those left behind when a loved one disappears is not often a part of a book. Although we were not party to the five years Ava waited, enough is brought to life as Ava starts her life over.

Very well written, this is in my opinion Marie 's best work.

The performance was outstanding, my only criticism is that I would have preferred that Camille and John would have had their own voices. Andi Arndt and Joe Arden are among the best of the Audible performers.

  • A Gentleman in Moscow

  • A Novel
  • By: Amor Towles
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,488
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,922
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,850

A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in an elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, heartfelt, inspiring

  • By Jon K. Rust on 07-24-17

Hard to get into

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

Reviewed: 09-13-18

I had a hard time getting into this book. I got it for a book club discussion. Several others who were reading the book versus listening said the same thing. Material that others in the group found on line made for a lively discussion and I came away with a better impression of the book.

The performance was outstanding and I don't think I could have gotten through the book without the excellent performance!

  • Chaser

  • Dive Bar Series, Book 3
  • By: Kylie Scott
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 518
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 489
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 491

Given his well-earned bad boy reputation, Eric is having a tough time scoring. When single Jean moves to town, she seems heaven-sent by the sex gods. Only problem is, she not only wants nothing to do with him, but it turns out that she’s pregnant. Starting over in a small town, Jean is determined to turn her wild lifestyle around and be the kind of mother she always wished she’d had. When she goes into labor during a snow storm and her car slides on some ice, it’s Eric who comes to the rescue.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not my favorite

  • By LINDA on 04-21-18

Expected more

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

I was a bit leery about purchasing this book because in the other two books, Eric hadn't been exactly a nice character I found the story and performance just OK.
I realized that I missed the dialogue of funny banter between the two main characters that was part of the Stage Dive and other two Dive Bar books. This book seemed more serious and I had a hard time with the drastic change Eric made.

  • The Great Alone

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,011
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,071

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

Awsome!

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

Kristin and Julia--how can it be bad? Kristin created a believable story that Julia brought to life. Thank you both!

This book brought back memories of my early days in Alaska. I moved to Anchorage in 1974-- when the fictional family did. Stories such as the one portrayed in the book are not uncommon. People make "Alaska families" when they do not have biological families nearby. This was especially true when air travel was not as common as today. In the days before cell phones and satellite phones, the bush pipeline on the radio was listened to every evening--even by folks in the big city of Anchorage. People did camp all summer on the spit in Homer. Lots went to Alaska for adventure not prepared in any way for the elements they would face--they still do. Alaska has always attracted those wanting to live off the grid and probably always will. This is an excellent portrayal of a way of life.

  • Forever My Girl

  • The Beaumont Series, Book 1
  • By: Heidi McLaughlin
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Rose, Nelson Hobbs
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 864
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 782
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 776

I was never supposed to be a rock star. I had my life all planned out for me. Play football in college. Go to the NFL. Marry my high school sweetheart and live happily ever after. I broke both our hearts that day when I told her I was leaving. I was young. I made the right decision for me, but the wrong decision for us. I've poured my soul into my music, but I've never forgotten her. Her smell, her smile. And now I'm going back. After 10 years. I hope I can explain that after all this time. I still want her to be my forever girl.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The Wrong Guy Got The Girl

  • By Jules on 01-30-18

Read the book

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

Reviewed: 06-23-18

About half way through the book I realized that I had read the Kindle version. The book was released in 2014, but the Audible version not until 2017. Not sure I would listen to a performance by either performer, Nelson Hobbs in particular was very stiff and deliberate, often seemed to lack emotion.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Send Down the Rain

  • By: Charles Martin
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 567
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 536
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 537

Allie is still recovering from the loss of her family's beloved waterfront restaurant on Florida's Gulf Coast when she loses her second husband to a terrifying highway accident. Devastated and losing hope, she shudders to contemplate the future - until a cherished person from her past returns. Joseph has been adrift for many years, wounded in both body and spirit and unable to come to terms with the trauma of his Vietnam War experiences. Just as he resolves to abandon his search for peace and live alone at a remote cabin in the Carolina mountains, he discovers a mother and her two small children lost in the forest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Charles Martin breathes life into every story

  • By Barbara Fischer on 05-17-18

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 06-08-18

I agree with the other reviewers. Charles Martin creates characters and situations that pull the reader in. This book's main character is a Vietnam vet. Since my high school and college years were during that AWFUL time in our country's history, I was even more drawn in.

Adam Verner performed this brilliantly--I will look to see what other books he has read. It is always a pleasure to find either a new author or performer; this was the first of Mr. Verner's performance I have listened to.

All fans of Charles Martin's work should add this book to their reading list!

  • The Royal We

  • By: Heather Cocks, Jessica Morgan
  • Narrated by: Christine Lakin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,414
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,296
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,295

American Rebecca Porter was never one for fairy tales. Her twin sister, Lacey, has always been the romantic who fantasized about glamour and royalty, fame and fortune. Yet it's Bex who seeks adventure at Oxford and finds herself living down the hall from Prince Nicholas, Great Britain's future king. And when Bex can't resist falling for Nick, the person behind the prince, it propels her into a world she did not expect to inhabit, under a spotlight she is not prepared to face.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very charming, but...

  • By M.A. on 11-03-15

Disapointing

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

Reviewed: 06-05-18

I listened to about an hour and couldn't figure out how there could be 17 hours of story. Will return.

  • My Oxford Year

  • A Novel
  • By: Julia Whelan
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,708
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,606
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,596

American Ella Durran has had the same plan for her life since she was 13: study at Oxford. At 24, she’s finally made it to England on a Rhodes Scholarship when she’s offered an unbelievable position in a rising political star’s presidential campaign. With the promise that she’ll work remotely and return to DC at the end of her Oxford year, she’s free to enjoy her Once in a Lifetime Experience. That is until a smart-mouthed local who is too quick with his tongue and his car ruins her shirt and her first day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful

  • By Karen on 05-03-18

Excellent Read

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

Reviewed: 05-17-18

I always enjoy listening to Ms Whelan's performances. This was a great performance as usual. The story was well written and not totally predictable. The characters are people one would want to know. They were well formed personalities and the story flowed well. I hope this is not the last book from her.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Steadfast

  • The True North Series, Book 2
  • By: Sarina Bowen
  • Narrated by: Seraphine Valentine, Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 796
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 758
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 756

Jude lost everything one spring day when he crashed his car into an apple tree on the side of the road. A man is dead, and there is no way he can ever right that wrong. He would forever steer clear of Colebury, Vermont, if he could. But an ex-con in recovery for his drug addiction can't find a job just anywhere. >Sophie Haines is stunned by his reappearance. After a three-year absence, the man who killed her brother and broke her heart is suddenly everywhere she turns. It's hard not to stare at how much he has changed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved it!!!

  • By Melanie P. on 11-05-16

Tough Path

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

Reviewed: 05-06-18

This was very well written. Jude is a recovering addict, served a prison sentence, and ended up back home. Facing the town where "everyone knows your name and sins" is a tough path. Ms Bowen did a good job of showing the difficult life for a character with these issues. She makes the reader want the Jude character to succeed, and to get the girl.