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Cynthia L. Powers

St. Clair Shores, MI USA
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  • Happy Accident

  • Silver Cove, Book 3
  • By: Jill Sanders
  • Narrated by: Roy Samuelson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

New York Times best-selling author Jill Sanders charms listeners with this hit series set in a quaint town on the coast of Maine that has characters galore!

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed the story, horrible editing

  • By Cynthia L. Powers on 12-03-17

Enjoyed the story, horrible editing

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

Reviewed: 12-03-17

What would have made Happy Accident better?

The production/editing had so many instances of repeating text instead of replacing. True of all of the first 3 books.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The child, though I wish the voice would have been more like a 3-yr-old.

What three words best describe Roy Samuelson’s performance?

Fine

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Yes, I want to keep pursuing the series because I like Jill Sanders.

  • Snowfall at Willow Lake

  • The Lakeshore Chronicles
  • By: Susan Wiggs
  • Narrated by: Joyce Bean
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86

International lawyer Sophie Bellamy has dedicated her life to helping people in war-torn countries. But when she survives a hostage situation, she remembers what matters most: the children she loves back home. Haunted by regrets, she returns to the idyllic Catskills village of Avalon on the shores of Willow Lake, determined to repair the bonds with her family.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Less than expected.

  • By Cynthia L. Powers on 04-30-17

Less than expected.

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

Reviewed: 04-30-17

I did not like this story as much as those previous books in the series. Not a lot of chemistry between the two main characters. Here's hoping that the next in the series is better.

  • A Perfect Fit

  • A DiCarlo Brides Novel, Book 1
  • By: Heather Tullis
  • Narrated by: Valerie Gilbert
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 71

Cami DiCarlo doesn't agree with her father that her life has been stuck in a rut, so she is not happy when he forces her hand into heading up guest services at his newest five-star hotel. The fact that he unveils the existence of four half-sisters at the same time, and insists that they live together while they launch the new resort, only makes things worse.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What makes a family.

  • By Isha Coleman on 08-08-17

Enjoyed the story, despised the narrator.

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

Reviewed: 08-14-15

Would you try another book from Heather Tullis and/or Valerie Gilbert?

I will not purchase any other books with Valerie Gilbert as narrator. She attempts to put drama by sighing the story and putting emphasis in all the wrong places. I did enjoy the story and would like to explore subsequent books, but they will not be audible versions if Valerie Gilbert is the narrator.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

She attempts to put drama by sighing the story and putting emphasis in all the wrong places.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The story is engaging and I look forward to seeing this family build itself.

  • When We Met

  • A Fool's Gold Romance, Book 13
  • By: Susan Mallery
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 339
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304

Angel Whittaker earned his scars the hard way, but the scars that can't be seen are the ones that haunt him the most. Since he moved to Fool's Gold, California, he's cobbled together a life for himself as a bodyguard trainer. If he's not exactly happy, at least his heart is safe.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another happy ending.

  • By Raemar3356 on 05-14-14

The lisp is very distracting.

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

Reviewed: 05-16-14

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I found the narrator's lisp very distracting, especially when she attempted the lower male voices.

Any additional comments?

I guess I will have to stick to the readable version of this story.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Barefoot Season

  • A Blackberry Island Novel, Book 1
  • By: Susan Mallery
  • Narrated by: Sarah Grace
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 405
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 345
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 349

Michelle Sanderson may appear to be a strong, independent woman, but on the inside, she’s still the wounded girl who fled home years ago. A young army vet, Michelle returns to the quaint Blackberry Island Inn to claim her inheritance and recover from the perils of war. Instead, she finds the owner’s suite occupied by the last person she wants to see. Carly Williams and Michelle were once inseparable, until a shocking betrayal destroyed their friendship. And now Carly is implicated in the financial disaster lurking behind the inn’s cheerful veneer.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story. Wooden performance.

  • By Cynthia L. Powers on 03-07-14

Good story. Wooden performance.

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

Reviewed: 03-07-14

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Usually, I am quickly involved in the tale Susan Mallery spins. However, with this particular audiobook it took me a while, The narrator was juvenile in her performance of this book and that detracted from my enjoyment. One of the few times I wish I had read the book instead of listened to it. Too bad. I hope the narrator for the next book in the series is better.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful