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  • From Scratch

  • A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home
  • By: Tembi Locke
  • Narrated by: Tembi Locke
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 892
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 827
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 826

A poignant and transporting cross-cultural love story set against the lush backdrop of the Sicilian countryside, where one woman discovers the healing powers of food, family, and unexpected grace in her darkest hour. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully written!!

  • By sarah m vazquez on 05-11-19

Lovely

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

Reviewed: 06-01-19

A very touching account of death and grief. It left a feeling of hope, that one can get through it all and still look to the future.

  • Riding the Elephant

  • A Memoir of Altercations, Humiliations, Hallucinations, and Observations
  • By: Craig Ferguson
  • Narrated by: Craig Ferguson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197

From the comedian, actor, and former host of The Late Late Show comes an irreverent, lyrical memoir in essays featuring his signature wit. In the audiobook, there are some stories that are too graphic for television, too politically incorrect for social media, or too meditative for a stand-up comedy performance. Craig discusses his deep love for his native Scotland, examines his profound psychic change brought on by fatherhood, and looks at aging and mortality with a perspective that he was incapable of as a younger man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Time well spent.

  • By Bonnie on 05-08-19

Time well spent.

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

Reviewed: 05-08-19

A delightful look at the world through the eyes of a man who doesn’t suffer fools. His descriptions of his Scottish family is spot on. Coming from a Scottish background myself I recognized them all.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • An Irish Country Cottage

  • An Irish Country Novel, Book 13
  • By: Patrick Taylor
  • Narrated by: John Keating
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134

The New Year brings challenges and changes to the colorful Irish village of Ballybucklebo. The Christmas holidays have barely passed before a fire engulfs the humble thatched cottage housing of Donal Donnally and his family. Although the family escapes the blaze more or less unsinged, Donal, his wife, their three small children, and their beloved dog find themselves with nothing left but the clothes on their back.    

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Love the series but not the best

  • By Linda M. Stern on 10-20-18

Charming, whimsical and lovely

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

Reviewed: 10-18-18

As always Patrick Taylor tells a delightful story. As the “Troubles” approach it is a tense time. However he manages to find the whimsical too with a Unicorn. It is nice to see some story lines come to a satisfying conclusion.

  • The Quiet Side of Passion

  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148

Isabel Dalhousie grapples with complex matters of the heart as she tries to juggle her responsibilities to friends, family, and the philosophical community. With two small boys to raise, a mountain or articles to edit for the Review of Applied Ethics, and the ever-increasing demands of her niece, Cat, who always seems to need a helping hand at the deli, Isabel barely has any time for herself. Her husband, Jamie, suggests acquiring extra help, and she reluctantly agrees. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wish publishers would publish more intellectual women’s mysteries

  • By Alexis☺ on 08-04-18

Lovely listen

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

Reviewed: 08-04-18

The combination of Mr. McCall Smith’s storytelling and Davina Porter’s narration is wonderful. It is always a treat to listen to these stories.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Winter Solstice

  • By: Rosamunde Pilcher
  • Narrated by: Jilly Bond
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242

Elfrida Phipps, once of London's stage, moved to the English village of Dibton in hopes of making a new life for herself. Gradually she settled into the comfortable familiarity of village life - shopkeepers knowing her tastes, neighbors calling her by name - still she finds herself lonely.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The reader left me cold

  • By Peggy Fulghum on 02-17-18

A Delight

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

Reviewed: 06-22-18

It felt as though I had sat down to tea with an old friend. The story speaks for itself and narration was spot on.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Shell Seekers

  • By: Rosamunde Pilcher
  • Narrated by: Hayley Atwell
  • Length: 19 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,490
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,383
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,376

At the end of a long and useful life, Penelope Keeling's prized possession is The Shell Seekers, painted by her father and symbolizing her unconventional life, from bohemian childhood to wartime romance. When her grown children learn their grandfather's work is now worth a fortune, each has an idea as to what Penelope should do. But as she recalls the passions, tragedies, and secrets of her life, she knows there is only one answer...and it lies in her heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Back again

  • By LINN CANNING on 01-22-18

A lovely listen.

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

Reviewed: 06-20-18

I was so pleased to finally see this book in the Audible library. The reader did a wonderful job. Listening was like a visit with a long lost friend. If you enjoy Rosamund Pilcher definitely give these a listen. Her writing has held up well over the years.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Chilbury Ladies' Choir

  • A Novel
  • By: Jennifer Ryan
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Glaister, Laura Kirman, Imogen Wilde, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,248
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,141
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,139

As England enters World War II's dark early days, spirited music professor Primrose Trent, recently arrived to the village of Chilbury, emboldens the women of the town to defy the Vicar's stuffy edict to shutter the church's choir in the absence of men and instead carry on singing. Resurrecting themselves as The Chilbury Ladies' Choir, the women of this small village soon use their joint song to lift up themselves and the community as the war tears through their lives.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A Romance

  • By Sara on 04-17-17

A delightful story!

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

Reviewed: 02-24-17

This is a lovely story about finding positive and brave women who face the challenges of war. The group of narrators give everyone their own voice and it is easy to be swept up in the various twists in the plot.

10 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • Julian Fellowes's Belgravia

  • By: Julian Fellowes
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,836
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,623
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,604

Julian Fellowes's Belgravia is the story of a secret. A secret that unravels behind the porticoed doors of London's grandest postcode. Set in the 1840s, when the upper echelons of society began to rub shoulders with the emerging industrial nouveau riche, Belgravia is peopled by a rich cast of characters. But the story begins on the eve of the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. At the Duchess of Richmond's new legendary ball, one family's life will change forever.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fellowes is a Brand but the Narrator is a Marvel!

  • By M. T. Mirabile on 08-14-16

A must for Downton Abbey fans

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

Reviewed: 08-03-16

This is a tale of the various layers of Victorian society in London. Julian Fellowes effortlessly weaves the layers together to present a wonderful story that carries you along to it's satisfying conclusion. The narration is very well done and adds authenticity to the story.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Finding Fraser

  • By: KC Dyer
  • Narrated by: Romy Nordlinger
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 755
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 697
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 694

I met Jamie Fraser when I was 19 years old. He was tall, redheaded, and, at our first meeting at least, a virgin. I fell in love hard, fast, and completely. He knew how to ride a horse, wield a sword, and stitch a wound. He was, in fact, the perfect man. That he was fictional hardly entered into it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Highly entertaining, great characters

  • By Linda on 08-19-15

Not my cup of tea.

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

Reviewed: 06-28-16

I chose this because it came with a recommendation from Diana Gabaldon. The concept is cute however the narrator's voice I found annoying and the attempts at accents was not good. She did pronounce Slainté correctly though. I also found the disregard for placement of places odd. To refer to Nairn as deeper into the Highlands is odd considering it is only 12 miles, mostly east , of Inverness. I just couldn't let these things go. Give it a miss if you really love Scottish accents.

  • My Italian Bulldozer

  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Timothy Ackroyd
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

When writer Paul Stewart heads to the idyllic Italian town of Montalcino to finish his already late book, it seems like the perfect escape from stressful city life. Upon landing, however, things quickly take a turn for the worse when he discovers his hired car is nowhere to be found. With no record of any reservation and no other cars available, it looks like Paul is stuck at the airport. That is, until an enterprising stranger offers him an unexpected alternative.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sublime

  • By Bonnie on 05-22-16

Sublime

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

Reviewed: 05-22-16

As always Alexander McCall Smith delivers a story filled with tenderness, humor and a touch of whimsy. His stories are good for the soul. The narration was a delight. The setting in Tuscany was spot on with mention of many things that are part of the Tuscan food and wine culture.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful