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  • Ain't He Precious?

  • By: Sawyer Bennett (writing as Juliette Poe)
  • Narrated by: Samantha Summers, Alexander Cendese, Lance Greenfield
  • Length: 4 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 77

Eleven years ago, Trixie graduated Harvard Law, turned down a job offer from one of the most prestigious law firms in Boston, and headed home to Whynot, NC, to open her own firm. Not only did she leave behind the big city, but she also left her boyfriend of three years. And just so we’re clear...that would be me.   

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not at all for me..

  • By Leslie on 07-14-19

Not at all for me..

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

Reviewed: 07-14-19

I've clearly missed something as I don't understand all the raves and positive reviews. Trixie may be a brilliant caring attorney, but she is a horribly immature manipulative self centered ego maniac. She is a skilled liar as well. When she wonders "why they didn't work out" I thought really? She never once mentioned in college she was going home all while they were making plans to stay in Boston and then just cries and expexts him to change plans in a millisecond and 11 years later has the audacity to ask him for help. She then forces him to stay or should I say holds him hostage with her overly exaggerated southern family. I don't think there is a stereotype that was left out there. Seriously, maybe the narration exaggerated the rwang and drawl, but it was so over the top it was painful to hear. I liked Rye and Trixies mom, but the rest of the family... run. Run fast and run far.

  • Evvie Drake Starts Over

  • A Novel
  • By: Linda Holmes
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Linda Holmes
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 479
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 440
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 439

In a sleepy seaside town in Maine, recently widowed Eveleth “Evvie” Drake rarely leaves her large, painfully empty house nearly a year after her husband’s death in a car crash. Everyone in town, even her best friend, Andy, thinks grief keeps her locked inside, and Evvie doesn’t correct them. Meanwhile, in New York City, Dean Tenney, former Major League pitcher and Andy’s childhood best friend, is wrestling with what miserable athletes living out their worst nightmares call the “yips”: he can’t throw straight anymore, and even worse, he can’t figure out why. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Home Run

  • By DallasD on 06-30-19

So credit worthy!

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

Reviewed: 07-13-19

A wonderfully fun, sweet, poignant listen for any and everyone who has ever felt a little bit stuck or broken. So hopeful. Terrific characters, great writing and of course a fun sweet little puppy at the end.

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  • How to Walk Away

  • A Novel
  • By: Katherine Center
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,236
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,140
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,138

Margaret Jacobsen is just about to step into the bright future she’s worked for so hard and so long: a new dream job, a fiancé she adores, and the promise of a picture-perfect life just around the corner. Then, suddenly, on what should have been one of the happiest days of her life, everything she worked for is taken away in a brief, tumultuous moment. In the hospital and forced to face the possibility that nothing will ever be the same again, Maggie must confront the unthinkable. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Uplifting Story

  • By Tropicalart77 on 05-17-18

A must listen

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

Reviewed: 06-13-19

Katherine Center has become a favorite author.  Her writing style is engaging and she represents women as strong, competent, smart, determined and occasionally flawed. In other words as real human beings.. Margaret was hopeful about her future and it all changed in a moment. Traveling the journey to figuring out her new life is not easy. Add her manipulative bully of a mother and pathetic narcissistic fiancé and it's a wonder she figured out exactly who she is supposed to be. Great listen.

  • The Secret Ingredient

  • By: Nancy Naigle
  • Narrated by: Karissa Vacker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Years ago, Kelly McIntyre and Andrew York were engaged and dreaming of opening a restaurant together. Then he chose an opportunity to study in Paris over the small-town life they’d planned, and their romance came to a bittersweet end. But Kelly’s doing fine. She’s not only the owner of a potbellied pig named Gray, but also of her own bakery. Business is good - so good that she’s invited to compete in a Valentine’s Day bake-off. As she prepares for the contest, she tries not to get distracted by Andrew’s visit to town.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • In love with every part of this book!

  • By Katie pinnt on 02-21-19

Disappointed by an author I usually love

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

Reviewed: 06-05-19

I really like this author and as soon as I saw that this book was coming soon it immediately went on my wish list. I read the blurb and thought it was sweet, but something kept me from buying. I am not sure what, but I eventually caved and bought the audio book. The narration was good, but as a born and bred New Yorker can honestly say that the “accents” were just ridiculous, over the top and a little bit offensive, though I loved the diner owner and her husband! Absolutely adorable, but I have lived in NYC my entire life and never heard anyone who sounds like they did. Okay, back to the heart of the book. Kelly and Andrew meet in high school, fall in love, make promises together for the rest of their lives and in one phone call Andrew thoughtlessly and callously ditches it all. Basically his way of breaking her heart could have only been worse had he done it by text or post-it. Yes, they were young and he had a wonderful opportunity and I am glad for him he took it, but the way he ended his relationship with Kelly was detestable, immature and the most chicken hearted thing he could have done. Yes, Kelly was a small town young woman who was probably afraid to leave her very safe, loved and comfortable world, but he knew that. She was tremendously supportive of the wonderful chance he received to study abroad, but his promise to return made her loneliness worth it so they could live out the dreams they had planned together. When he called and told her he was staying and was shocked she would not join him all I could think was he was a bigger liar and idiot than I previously thought and she deserved so much better. Flash forward and Kelly is successful beyond all comprehension. She built a fabulous business, that she adores and has such deep passion for as well as helped to bring new energy to her town as well as greatly needed jobs. She is a wonderful and caring boss, friend and daughter. I know this is a book and of course there needs to be a happily ever after, that I wanted for Kelly, but not with Andrew. I understand her forgiving him. Forgiveness is for the wronged and not the one who did the hurting. If they happen to benefit from it great, but it really is for the person who was the injured party. Carrying around the hurt and anger for it rots you from the inside. Andrew did not deserve the forgiveness of being let off the hook. I cannot imagine a single actual human being willing to let him back into their life in any way other than as someone they used to know. What rational person could ever trust him again? Nope, scorched earth. I did not like him and did not believe he deserved her kindness. He is a liar, untrustworthy and certainly not a good person. A good chef, yes. A decent and trustworthy person not even a little bit. I know it is a romance book, but for once I would like to read abut a woman standing up for herself and not just stand there and take it on the chin. This book just annoyed me on many levels and unless you can suspend all reality and accept a woman being treated badly and forgiving like nothing happened “lets put all in the past” then read away. If you cant then do not waste your credit like I did. I should have gone with my gut and not read. I am surprised at all of the 5 start reviews. Really?? I gave 2 stars as I really do like the author so give a little extra credit.

  • Baking & Babies

  • By: Tara Sivec
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 266
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 252

"I'm pregnant." Molly Gilmore had a good life before she uttered those two stupid words. While preparing to graduate from culinary school and building up the courage to make a move on her hot, sugar-cookie-smelling pastry instructor Marco, she can't wait to finally have the GREAT life she's always dreamed about, instead of just the good one she's been living. Always known as the quiet ninja, she fully intends to stay hidden in the shadows with her nut-job family, so they have no chance to embarrass her around the man she's crushed on for two years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommended series

  • By Maria on 08-07-18

Waste of time

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

Reviewed: 06-04-19

Do not bother. The world's dumbest and most annoying family. And just because you can think of a never ending way to curse makes it funny, purposeful or even a little bit amusing. Uuuggghhh.

  • Summer by the Sea

  • By: Jenny Hale
  • Narrated by: Teri Schnaubelt
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 148

For Faith, the one summer she can't forget is when she fell in love as a teenager - only for her sister, Casey, to steal her man. Now, at the request of her beloved 90-year-old grandmother, Faith has agreed to a family holiday - at their childhood beach house, where it all began. Faith hasn't seen her sister in years but is finally ready to forgive and forget, enjoy the sunshine and relive happy memories. What she's not ready for is meeting Jake Buchanan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable Story With Realistic Characters

  • By Joyce K. Retherford on 07-20-16

Fun sweet listen

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

Reviewed: 06-01-19

Sisters...aaarrggg and yet yet family. If for no other reason read listen to this book to get to know Nan. Best grandmother ever. Easy light listen with great narration.

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  • The Bride Test

  • By: Helen Hoang
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,868
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,752
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,750

Khai Diep has no feelings. Well, he feels irritation when people move his things or contentment when ledgers balance down to the penny‚ but not important emotions, like love. His family knows better - that his autism means he just processes emotions differently. When he steadfastly avoids relationships, his mother takes matters into her own hands and returns to Vietnam to find him the perfect bride. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful book!!!

  • By Kelly B. on 05-08-19

Horrible

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

Reviewed: 05-20-19

I rarely use the word hate, but I honestly abhorred this book. The manipulation of someone on the spectrum is wrong on each and every level one can think of. Esme was focused only on taking care of her daughter and truly only a heinous despicable person would do what she and his mother did. I am honestly disgusted and disappointed in this book. Walking around half naked, throwing herself at a man who is truly unsuspecting and unknowing and her own mother telling her to throw herself at him was enough to make me want to punch someone. How anyone could find this sweet and cute is beyond my comprehension. Each and every woman was telling her to whore herself out to "get"him. There are not enough words to Express my disgust. When she learns he has autism she doesn't even try to learn about it or him and only is using him as a means to an end for her daughter. I understand and truly appreciate the love a parent has for her child, but there is no excuse for her behavior or that of her mother or his mother. I just don't get how no one else found the same issues.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Simple Life

  • By: Tara Sivec
  • Narrated by: Nikki Jacobs, Alexander Cendese
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261

Brooklyn Manning thought her life was perfect in every way, until it crumbled down around her and turned into a dumpster fire. With her pride wounded and her tail tucked between her legs, she leaves New York and goes back to her tiny hometown of White Timber, Montana. No more 24-hour taco trucks, no more shopping at the best designer stores within walking distance, no more giving taxi drivers the finger when they angrily honk at her. She didn’t think it could get any worse. But then Clint Hastings walked into the room and insulted her.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • spit your drink funny

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-21-19

Funny, sweet riotous listen

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

Reviewed: 05-12-19

Irreverent, fresh and just a funny funny listen. There is a very thin line between love and hate. These two prove it on a daily basis with a great deal of humor in between. Just adorable. Silly, but adorable

  • Driftwood Point

  • Chesapeake Diaries, Book 10
  • By: Mariah Stewart
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

Up-and-coming artist Lisbeth Parker finally has a chance to show the folks back home what it means to leave Cannonball Island and make something of yourself. As a native whose stubborn father forbade her from befriending townies, Lis always felt like an outsider in St. Dennis. So while her work is on display in the local art gallery, she records her ailing centenarian great-grandmother's stories of the island's rich history and spearheads a fight for its survival.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such a magical series

  • By Haveenoughstuff on 02-15-17

Don't bother

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

Reviewed: 05-11-19

I have enjoyed this series until this one. Lis is unlikable, judgmental, pompous and obnoxious. Alec, a sweet smart bright man who for some reason likes her. I kept listening thinking it would get better. Sadly, it didn't for me. If not a part of the romance package I would have returned. Not sure what others saw in this. Ugh.

  • Heart-Shaped Hack

  • Kate and Ian, Book 1
  • By: Tracey Garvis Graves
  • Narrated by: Kristin Condon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 215
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 204
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202

When Kate Watts opens a food pantry in Minneapolis, she never dreamed it would be this difficult. Facing the prospect of turning hungry people away, she is grateful for the anonymous donations that begin appearing. Determined to identify and thank her secret benefactor, she launches a plan and catches Ian in the act.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best ever.

  • By jodiod on 04-19-16

A great surprise

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

Reviewed: 04-20-19

I bought this title because I love this author and the description was enticing. After listening for a while I thought it was ridiculous. Who starts dating and letting someone into their life and world without knowing someones last name, not being able to contact him and lets you know immediately he is involved in some "dark stuff"? I am so glad I kept listening for they are an adorable, fun couple and I am so happy they figured it all out together. I really enjoyed the listen as the narration was enjoyable, but the actual production was not great. Volume changed, you could easily tell when they changed something and at times it was disturbing. That aside, still a fun listen and very credit worthy.