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  • 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 956
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 898
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 895

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
  • Molly Harper + Amanda Ronconi = perfection

  • By Aimee on 08-24-18

Harper / Ronconi as British Aristocrats? Yes! Still Fabulous!

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

Reviewed: 09-23-18

I love Molly Harper and Amanda Ronconi as a team. When I realized this book would have British accents I was worried. But it was Awesome! I hope this is a new series. I could hear Ms. Harper’s snark but the narration was so good I could only occasionally recognize Ronconi’s voice. Kudos ladies. Job well done.

  • Allie and Bea

  • By: Catherine Ryan Hyde
  • Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo, Janet Metzger
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,641
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,285
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,274

Bea has barely been scraping by since her husband died. After falling for a telephone scam, she loses everything and is forced to abandon her trailer. With only two-thirds of a tank in her old van, she heads toward the Pacific Ocean with her cat - on a mission to reclaim what's rightfully hers, even if it means making others pay for what she lost.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I did not see this coming

  • By Lolasark on 07-19-17

Loved This!

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

Reviewed: 06-02-17

Crotchety old ladies and teenaged girls are two of my unfavorite characters but this book was awesome! I really didn't like Bea at first but she turned out to be a hero. Highly recommend.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • What We Find

  • By: Robyn Carr
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,827
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,576
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,569

Between the urban bustle of Denver and the high-stress environment of a career in neurosurgery, Maggie Sullivan has hit a wall. When an emergency high-risk procedure results in the death of a teenager, Maggie finds herself in the middle of a lawsuit - and experiencing levels of anxiety she's never faced before. She knows she needs to slow down before she burns out completely, and the best place she can think to do that is Sullivan's Crossing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well you left me hanging!!

  • By Sandra Hafer on 04-08-16

Love Robyn Carr. Not Therese Plummer's best work

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

Reviewed: 01-07-17

Great story. Nice and long. Sadly it's about a neurosurgeon and Therese Plummer pronounces that word near-o surgeon. Drove me nuts.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • If You Find Me

  • By: Emily Murdoch
  • Narrated by: Tai Sammons
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,532
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,521

Fourteen-year-old Carey and six-year-old Jenessa have lived in the woods with their mother for as long as they can remember. Now abandoned, they must fend for themselves - until they’re found by Carey’s father and thrust into a bright and perplexing new world of comfort. Carey desperately wants to believe in this new reality but is held back by loyalty to her mentally ill mother, who gave Carey her violin and taught her to play the music that helps her survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best books I have ever listened to!

  • By Diane on 05-11-13

So worth a credit!

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

Reviewed: 04-20-13

I was riveted by this book. I usually want my credits to be used for longer titles but this book is outstanding. Narrator was perfect. I listened to it in about 24 hours but every time I re-started the app, the cover graphic was so poignant. It's really just a great listen, excellent book and worthy performance.

28 of 29 people found this review helpful

  • Sing You Home

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer, Brian Hutchison, Mia Barron
  • Length: 17 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,923
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,274
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,281

Music has set the tone for most of Zoe Baxter’s life. And it’s music that brings her back to love. When fertility issues lead to a divorce, Zoe throws herself into her career as a music therapist. As an unexpected friendship with a woman slowly blossoms into love, she makes plans for a new life, but to her shock and inevitable rage, some people - even those she loves and trusts most - don’t want that to happen.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Realistic music quality please...or don't do it.

  • By Springfield Sis on 03-18-11

Great Listen - Jodi does it again

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-11

Really great listen. Offers a lot of insight into two very divergent views. I was put off by the songs introducing the sections of the book at first but I came to really appreciate them. Loved it and may have to listen again. Today.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Special Topics in Calamity Physics

  • By: Marisha Pessl
  • Narrated by: Emily Janice Card
  • Length: 21 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 861
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 467
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 469

This is a darkly hilarious coming-of-age novel and a richly plotted suspense tale told through the distinctive voice of its heroine, Blue van Meer. After a childhood spent moving from one academic outpost to another with her father, Blue is clever and possessed of a vast lexicon of knowledge. But when a drowning and the shocking death of a teacher lead to a confluence of mysteries, Blue is left to make sense of it all with only her gimlet-eyed instincts and cultural references to guide - or misguide - her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Over 21 Hours of Bliss...

  • By Jeanie on 01-12-07

Surprisingly Entertaining

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-14-07

I think I bought this book when it was on sale because it was long... It turned out to be really quite riveting. I loved it and I look forward to more from this author. (I think this book would have driven me completely nuts in print since it is heavily footnoted; the narrator managed to make that amusing instead of annoying.)

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Dream a Little Dream

  • By: Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • Narrated by: Anna Fields
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,289
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 782
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 780

Rachel Stone is a widow and single mother, broke and alone. Worse, her late husband, a televangelist, stole five million dollars, none of which came to her. Nor did she know about the theft, but it still makes her an outcast, and she is desperate. Then she meets Gabriel Bonner, who gives her a job. Romantic sparks fly, but love is never easy. Gabriel has a tragic loss of his own, and his family, fearing Rachel's motives, campaigns loudly against her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Read Nobody’s Baby first

  • By Gina on 05-25-07

Can't Beat this Duo

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-14-07

If you want wonderful, predictable, sexy, romance with a lot of family values and really likeable characters then this series regarding the Bonner family is for you. I keep checking the calendar, waiting for a credit to become available, and then buying another book anyway. I am addicted to the combo of Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Anna Fields.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Natural Born Charmer

  • By: Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • Narrated by: Anna Fields
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,043
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,178
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,178

Dean Robillard is the Chicago Stars' hotshot quarterback. Not only does he have lightening reflexes on the field, he is also utterly gorgeous. First seen in the critically acclaimed Match Me If You Can, Dean is trying to recover (both mentally and physically) from a shoulder injury by taking a road trip. Along the way he meets Blue, a beautiful woman down on her luck, and as they spend more time together their attraction grows.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another CHARMER from SEP!

  • By MSEreads on 09-27-08

Another Great Romance

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-10-07

It might be just another romance - but it's a really great one! Absolutely delightful for the past two dayx and although it is 2:30 on Monday morning and I need to be in a meeting at 8:30 Monday - I'll probably finish the next 43 minutes no matter how bad tomorrow might feel (AND I've got a 12 hour day ahead of me tomorrow). This is my second audible from this author and I really love them. She was recommended from one of my very favorite authors (Diana Gabaldon) and I'm definetly a fan!