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  • Women in Sunlight

  • By: Frances Mayes
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
  • Length: 16 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 111

Kit Raine, an American writer living in Tuscany, is working on a biography of her close friend, a complex woman who continues to cast a shadow on Kit’s own life. Her work is waylaid by the arrival of three women - Julia, Camille, and Susan - all of whom have launched a recent and spontaneous friendship that will uproot them completely and redirect their lives. Susan, the most adventurous of the three, has enticed them to subvert expectations of staid retirement by taking a lease on a big, beautiful house in Tuscany.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enchanting

  • By Jan Harris on 04-14-18

But only because I will be in Italy next week...

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

I enjoyed this book, the story of the women, the description of the food, and the places they traveled to... but if I wasn't heading to Italy next week for the first time, I'm not sure I would have. At first I couldn't decide if it was the writing or the narrator that I was put off by, but it only happened when the narrator was speaking for Kit. She spoke as if she was awkwardly reading the world's longest poem. I didn't enjoy that style of it at all. And when art is discussed (SO many types of art) it was often like listening in on a conversation that wasn't meant for me. Overall, I enjoyed this book, but possibly just because it takes place where I want to be

  • Beautiful Ruins

  • By: Jess Walter
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,811
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,538
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,532

The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • My mind wandered

  • By Ella on 11-25-12

PERFECTO !!

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

Reviewed: 08-24-18

I just listened to this book for the 2nd time, but this time was even better than the 1st because I am two weeks away from my first trip to Italy (including Cinque Terre)!
I loved everything about this book, the different story lines, in the characters, and of course the places and settings. It was also beautifully narrated. I'm so glad it was in my library to listen to again... and maybe again! Grazie ♡

  • Siracusa

  • By: Delia Ephron
  • Narrated by: Talia Balsam, Katie Finneran, Darren Goldstein, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 420
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 382
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 380

New Yorkers Michael, a famous writer, and Lizzie, a journalist, travel to Italy with their friends from Maine - Finn; his wife, Taylor; and their daughter, Snow. "From the beginning," says Taylor, "it was a conspiracy for Lizzie and Finn to be together." In Rashomon style, with alternating points of view, the characters expose and stumble upon lies and infidelities past and present.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ENORME!!!!

  • By tooonce72 on 07-15-16

WHOA... Now this is some weird $h*t !!

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

Reviewed: 08-15-18

The only reason I'm giving this creepy, and hard to follow story a 3 , is because it held my interest all the way through! What an unlikable cast of characters... I read where another reviewer said she was glad she didn't know these people, and I whole heartedly agree ! Also, I can't decide if the narrator who reads the part of Taylor is awful, or if it was just the character. I can't really recommend this weird book, but I have to admit that it was never boring

  • The House at the Edge of Night

  • A Novel
  • By: Catherine Banner
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 14 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173

Castellamare is an island far enough away from the mainland to be forgotten but not far enough to escape from the world's troubles. At the center of the island's life is a café draped with bougainvillea called the House at the Edge of Night, where the community gathers to gossip and talk. Amedeo Esposito, a foundling from Florence, finds his destiny on the island with his beautiful wife, Pina, whose fierce intelligence, grace, and unwavering love guide her every move.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A moving hideaway

  • By Daryl on 08-18-16

Beautiful story... Perfect narration

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

I am about a month away from my 1st trip to Italy and wanted a story that took place there... I couldn't have made a better pick.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • I Know You

  • By: Annabel Kantaria
  • Narrated by: Jessica Ball
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 99

You trust me. You shouldn’t. That picture you just posted on Instagram? I’ve seen it. The location you tagged? I’ve been there. You haven’t been careful enough, have you? Because I know all about you. But when I meet you, I won’t tell you that. I’ll pretend. Just like you do. You’ll like me, though. You’ll trust me enough to let me into your life. And then I’ll destroy it....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Point of view accent confusing

  • By Plainly Spoken on 07-21-18

This is a tough one to review...

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

Reviewed: 07-31-18

On one hand the story is very current and interesting,. On the other hand , it's a bit annoying , like listening to a several different (not extremely likable) people argue too often. On one hand I liked the narrator for some parts, but on the other hand , it really should have had 2 narrators. Having a British narrator for the role of an American, who would never refer to toilet paper as a "loo roll" or say "What are you playing at?" sort of ruined that perspective at times. All in all I guess I'm glad I listened though.... I think

  • Death of Mrs. Westaway

  • By: Ruth Ware
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,414
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,221
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,204

On a day that begins like any other, Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes very quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong person - but also that the cold-reading skills she's honed as a tarot card reader might help her claim the money. Soon, Hal finds herself at the funeral of the deceased...where it dawns on her that there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and the inheritance at the center of it. Full of spellbinding menace and told in Ruth Ware's signature suspenseful style, an addictive thriller.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Death of Mrs. Westaway

  • By Debbie De on 06-03-18

Great Book... EXCELLENT narrator

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

Reviewed: 07-24-18

I am definitely a fan of Ruth Ware, and this twisty book with it's well developed characters is no exception. As a matter of fact, I'd say this one is my favorite of her books. But Imogen Church is a narrator in a league of her own! She makes listening to this story instead of reading it such a wonderful choice, with each character being so distinct and full of personality . I highly recommend this book all the way around

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Tell Me a Secret

  • By: Samantha Hayes
  • Narrated by: Karen Cass
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 203
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 187

Everything in Lorna’s life runs like clockwork, from her six a.m. run to the strict 60 minute counselling sessions she gives. It’s the only way she can deal with the terrible secret she carries. When a new client arrives for his first appointment, Lorna feels her perfect life unravel in a matter of seconds. It’s Andrew, the man she’s spent the last year desperately trying to forget. It seems he can’t forget her either....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow..

  • By Cap on 06-17-18

Thos was a weird one...

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

Reviewed: 07-16-18

Not sure what I was expecting, but this wasn't it.
I'm not sorry I listened to it, but as a fan of psychological thrillers, I'm not sure I can recommend it either. I feel like any true review would be a spoiler so I will leave it at this

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • If You Only Knew

  • By: Kristan Higgins
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands, Amy Rubinate
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,442
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,341
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,331

Wedding-dress designer Jenny Tate understands the happily ever after business, yet somehow she's still involved in her ex-husband's life. In fact Owen's new wife may - inexplicably - be Jenny's new best friend. Sensing this, well, relationship isn't helping her move on, Jenny trades the Manhattan skyline for her hometown up the Hudson, where she'll be able to bask in her sister Rachel's picture-perfect family life...and hopefully make one of her own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story and amazing performance!

  • By Rannie on 07-27-16

Excellent for this genre

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

Reviewed: 06-29-18

I am not usually a chick lit or romance reader/listener, but this was a very sweet story. The narrator for Rachel was a little difficult to listen to at first , but she grew on me, and I enjoyed the entire book for what it was.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Ex-Wife

  • A Nail Biting Gripping Psychological Thriller
  • By: Jess Ryder
  • Narrated by: Annette Chown
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,049
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,044

Newly married Natasha has the perfect house, a loving husband, and a beautiful little girl called Emily. She’d have it all if it wasn’t for Jen, her husband’s ex-wife who just won’t leave them alone. Then Natasha returns home one day to find her husband and Emily gone without trace. Desperate to get her daughter back, Natasha will do anything even if it means accepting an offer of help from Jen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • spectacular!

  • By Wilma on 06-14-18

This one falls flat...

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

Reviewed: 06-22-18

For me this one was more of a 2.5 than a 3.
The story itself, the ending, and the narration all fell flat for me. It was not at any point a gripping psychological thriller.

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • Something in the Water

  • By: Catherine Steadman
  • Narrated by: Catherine Steadman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,806
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,079

Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with big plans. Passionately in love, they embark on a dream honeymoon to the tropical island of Bora Bora, where they enjoy the sun, the sand, and each other. Then, while scuba diving in the crystal blue sea, they find something in the water....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Give this a HARD PASS

  • By 3dewdrops on 06-27-18

Awesome debut !!

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

Reviewed: 06-13-18

I can't wait for her next book. I enjoyed everything about this one... and I highly recommend the listen!

1 of 3 people found this review helpful