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  • Breakfast at the Beach House Hotel

  • By: Judith Keim
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 107

When Ann Rutherford's husband dumps her for the bimbo in his office, unfairly leaving her without a home or a job, she reluctantly joins forces with Rhonda DelMonte to convert Rhonda's Florida seaside estate into the small upscale hotel it once was. Ann, quiet and reserved, is no match for brash, bossy Rhonda, who left the family's New Jersey butcher business after she won the Florida lottery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Breakfast at the Beach House Hotel

  • By Jill XMPVWLL on 10-17-16

Amateur

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

Reviewed: 12-09-16

Storyline : yawn ... characters .... yawn..... ending ........yawn Don't waste your money. I didn't like it. 😞 good luck

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • One Plus One

  • A Novel
  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Bower, Ben Elliot, Nicola Stanton, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,568
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,824
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,812

Suppose your life sucks. A lot. Your husband has done a vanishing act, your teenage stepson is being bullied, and your math-whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can't afford to pay for. That's Jess' life in a nutshell - until an unexpected knight-in-shining-armor offers to rescue them. Only Jess' knight turns out to be Geeky Ed, the obnoxious tech millionaire whose vacation home she happens to clean. But Ed has big problems of his own, and driving the dysfunctional family to the Math Olympiad feels like his first unselfish act in ages...maybe ever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sometimes I need a book that is just fun to read.

  • By Kathy on 07-05-14

Loved loved loved it

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

Reviewed: 08-10-15

Has everything : large goofy dog , cute geeky kid, down on luck family , unexpected hero. Sappy and sweet : cheering them on the whole way through the book

  • The Collector

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,869
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,949
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,949

From #1 New York Times-best-selling author Nora Roberts comes a novel of a woman who needs nothing, a man who sees everything, and the web of deceit, greed, and danger that brings them together - and that could tear them apart… As a professional house-sitter and freelance writer, nothing ties Lila Emerson down - not her work, not a home, and definitely not a relationship. She spends her life moving from one job to the next, sometimes crashing at a friend's Manhattan apartment.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I didn't want to like it--but couldn't stop!

  • By Janels on 05-02-14

apathetic

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

Reviewed: 10-12-14

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

nothing, sorry :(

What was most disappointing about Nora Roberts’s story?

story line unbelievable, no investment in characters, no suspense

Would you be willing to try another one of Julia Whelan’s performances?

narrator was okay but couldn't fix the book

  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette

  • A Novel
  • By: Maria Semple
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Wilhoite
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,204
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,265
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,258

Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle - and people in general - has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Misleading cover contains excellent novel

  • By jennifer on 01-28-16

Great from Start to Finish

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

Reviewed: 12-22-12

What made the experience of listening to Where'd You Go, Bernadette the most enjoyable?

everything everything - the narrator - was funny - kept me listening - hated for it to end

What other book might you compare Where'd You Go, Bernadette to and why?

no other

Which character – as performed by Kathleen Wilhoite – was your favorite?

B

If you could take any character from Where'd You Go, Bernadette out to dinner, who would it be and why?

bernadette

  • A Fistful of Collars

  • A Chet and Bernie Mystery, Book 5
  • By: Spencer Quinn
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 808
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 713
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 712

Hoping to bring some Tinseltown money to the Valley, the mayor lures a movie studio to town to shoot their next production, a big-budget Western in the classic tradition. The star is none other than ruggedly handsome—and notoriously badly behaved—Thad Perry. When the mayor decides that someone needs to keep an eye on Thad so that he doesn’t get into too much trouble, Bernie and Chet are handpicked for the job. The money is good but something smells fishy....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love Chet!

  • By Kindle Customer on 04-19-13

Chet and Bernie Rock

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

Reviewed: 10-13-12

If you could sum up A Fistful of Collars in three words, what would they be?

Terrific Terrific Terrific

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

no - it isn't that kind of mystery - it is a fun quirky mystery

Which character – as performed by Jim Frangione – was your favorite?

Chet of course

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes

Any additional comments?

The review questions don't reflect what Chet and Bernie friends would want to say. The story from Chet's point of view is just too fun.

  • Sharp Objects

  • A Novel
  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,501
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,976
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,951

Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker's troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital, Camille's first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pitch Perfect Performance

  • By theenglishmajor on 02-14-14

good tale - somewhat predictable

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

Reviewed: 08-01-12

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

was good story line

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

was not pleased with ending

Would you listen to another book narrated by Ann Marie Lee?

yes

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

no

Any additional comments?

again - good story over all even if was predictable and I didn't care for the ending

  • On, Off

  • By: Colleen McCullough
  • Narrated by: Lewis Grenville
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 29

In 1965, the dogged Lieutenant Carmine Delmonico is assigned to solve what appears to be a single murder. Part of a young woman's body has turned up at one of the world's leading neurological research centers, but it's not long before Delmonico realizes he's hunting a serial killer. All the center's members are hiding secrets Delmonico must unearth: What does Professor Robert Smith do in his basement? Why doesn't Dr. Walter Polonski's wife know about his cabin in the woods?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • On, Off

  • By M. Dybedal-Bristow on 02-19-09

can't go wrong with Colleen McCullough

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

Reviewed: 07-28-12

Where does On, Off rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

good spin

Who was your favorite character and why?

Desdemona - interesting woman

Have you listened to any of Lewis Grenville’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

haven't before - he is good

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

suspense right up through the end

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Heartbroken

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Unger
  • Narrated by: Amanda Carlin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 45

Long after anyone expected Kate to do anything with her life, she did. Using the journals left behind by her aunt and grandmother, she wrote a novel based on a very real, generation-old love story that ended in tragedy. On the other side of town, Emily is about to set fire to her life. She's in a dead-end job and is involved with the wrong man; she can feel herself being drawn into darkness, with horrific consequences. With nowhere to go, she finds herself on the run. Without knowing each other, Kate and Emily head to the same point on the map.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Can't even get into it

  • By PharmToxGirl on 02-27-15

depressing

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

Reviewed: 07-28-12

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

Written well - story okay - but was really depressing - no happy endings here

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

depressing

What three words best describe Amanda Carlin’s voice?

fine

Do you think Heartbroken needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

nope nope nope - hard to go from that depressing

  • Mind Scrambler

  • A John Ceepak Mystery
  • By: Chris Grabenstein
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 832
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 824

John Ceepak and Danny Boyle are making the rounds in Atlantic City when Danny runs into his former crush, Katie. She's working for a magician named Rock, and her life seems to be in better order than Boyle could have hoped for. But Ceepak and Boyle soon find themselves on another case when Katie is found strangled to death. It is up to Ceepak and Boyle to find out who killed her. Their lives and the lives of others depend on it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun ride on the Mind Scrambler

  • By DMcClureDVM on 07-12-09

Great Read

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

Reviewed: 07-09-12

Where does Mind Scrambler rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Its up there with the best

What did you like best about this story?

I love the Ceepak mysteries :). He is a fun character to follow

Have you listened to any of Jeff Woodman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have listened to all of his Ceepak mysteries. He is a terrific narrator

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It kept me listening

Any additional comments?

All the Ceepak series is wonderful.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Tilt-a-Whirl

  • John Ceepak, Book 1
  • By: Chris Grabenstein
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,649
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,867
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,852

There isn't much fun in the sun when a billionaire real estate tycoon is found murdered on the Tilt-a-Whirl at a seedy seaside amusement park in the otherwise quiet summer tourist town of Sea Haven. John Ceepak, a former MP just back from Iraq, has just joined the Sea Haven police department. The job offer came from an old Army buddy who hoped to give Ceepak at least a summer's worth of rest and relaxation to help him forget the horrors of war. Instead, Ceepak will head up the murder investigation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • the reader makes this book

  • By L. Haight on 08-30-07

good mystery/detective

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

Reviewed: 06-20-12

Would you listen to Tilt-a-Whirl again? Why?

yes - it moves and has twists - I liked the characters

What was one of the most memorable moments of Tilt-a-Whirl?

It was all good -

What about Jeff Woodman’s performance did you like?

he was able to really get into the characters

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

liked Ceepak