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  • All the Single Ladies

  • A Novel
  • By: Dorothea Benton Frank
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 582
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 511
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 512

Few writers capture the complexities, pain, and joy of relationships - between friends, family members, husbands and wives, or lovers - as beloved New York Times best-selling author Dorothea Benton Frank. In this charming, evocative, soul-touching novel, she once again takes us deep into the heart of the magical Lowcountry, where three amazing middle-aged women are bonded by another amazing woman's death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightfully Decadent

  • By Melanie on 11-27-15

Perfect for Lady Baby Boomers

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

Reviewed: 05-24-18

The characters were well developed, excitement in places and thoroughly delightfully predictable. Narrator was very good and enjoyable. A great low country romantic story. A pleasure to hear!

  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130,583
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115,253
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115,119

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The Girl on The Train

  • By BookReader on 12-30-15

Depressing & SLOW

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

Reviewed: 02-09-16

Would you try another book from Paula Hawkins and/or the narrators?

No

Has The Girl on the Train turned you off from other books in this genre?

This might be a book for a recovering alcoholic as it depicts the lead character's battle with alcohol, but it certainly wasn't a cheerful uplifting story line. I couldn't finish listening to it.

Any additional comments?

VERY SLOW PACED

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • And One Last Thing...

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,253
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,367
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,363

Lacey Terwilliger's shock and humiliation over her husband's philandering prompt her to add some bonus material to Mike's company newsletter: stunning Technicolor descriptions of the special brand of "administrative support" his receptionist gives him. The detailed mass e-mail to Mike's family, friends, and clients blows up in her face, and before one can say "instant urban legend", Lacey has become the pariah of her small Kentucky town and a media punch line....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • For me this was such a HOOT!!!

  • By d.e.matthews on 02-12-11

Great He Done Me Wrong & I WON story

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

Reviewed: 03-18-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. Good for anyone going thru a divorce due to a cheating husband!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Lead Character is sassy, funny and the author makes it easy to relate to her. She is sassy, snarky at times, and very "human" going through the emotional adjustment of learning she was married to a lying cheating jerk. Not only does she survive but she thrives by escaping to a lake cabin and finds herself again with the help of her attorney, an unusual friend, her gay brother and of course the sexy reclusive neighbor.

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

Not yet, but I plan to listen to all of them

Who was the most memorable character of And One Last Thing... and why?

All of the characters are developed well and most of them are likeable.

Any additional comments?

Its a good read for any woman who has endured the embarrassment of a divorce caused by a lying cheating husband.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Other People

  • By: Sol Stein
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

This is the story of three very different men in love with the same woman. It is also the story of that woman, Francine Widmer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A very entertaining and interesting book

  • By Mayca on 11-05-05

Intense and enjoyable

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-20-11

I bought this book after listening to Sol Stein's book on writing. It is evident after listening to Other People that he employs the techniques he teaches. The narrator is difficult to understand at first and seems to clip words to make the story seem fast pace...The story is good enough to stand on its own and draws the reader despite the narrator's interpretation. It is quick paced, unpredictable enough to be interesting and quite enjoyable even though it was very graphic at times.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Safe Haven

  • By: Nicholas Sparks
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,913
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,950
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,969

When Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children; and another with her plainspoken single neighbor, Jo. Despite her reservations, Katie begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community..

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Safe Haven

  • By Tina on 11-09-10

Wonderful story..Happy, Sad, Touching,Satisfying

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-20-11

This is the first Spark's book I have read. It lived up to his excellent reputation. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good love story.

  • The Help

  • By: Kathryn Stockett
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 36,914
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22,872
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 22,892

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great surprise!

  • By Jan on 12-02-09

It deserves the wonderful comments it has received

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-20-11

This story is one that I'll listen to again. The author does a beautiful job of allowing us into the minds, and spirits of the characters. The characters become friends and you won't want the story to end. The narrators do a magnificent job of portraying these characters. This book draws you into a group of people's lives encompassing and sharing their flaws and their strengths beautifully. Highly recommend....it isn't action drama...just a reminder of the way things used to be and an introduction to new friends.

  • Call Me Irresistible

  • By: Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • Narrated by: Shannon Cochran
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,263
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 690
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 685

Call Me Irresistible is the book Susan Elizabeth Phillips's readers have long awaited. Ted, better known as "little Teddy," the nine-year-old heartbreak kid from Phillips's first best seller, Fancy Pants, and as "young Teddy," the hunky new college graduate in Lady Be Good, is all grown up now—along with Lucy from First Lady and Meg from What I Did for Love. They're ready to take center stage in a saucy, funny, and highly addictive tale fans will love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SEP is Back In The Game!! Loved It!

  • By Kiffyb23 on 01-19-11

Wonderful..SEP does it again!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-20-11

Highly Recommend this funny touching account of Meg, a sassy, gutsy, success challenged young woman, who finds herself and finds Ted, a financially successful, emotionally challenged, Texas hunk. The dialog, the plot and the narrator does a wonderful job....if you listen to this you will have experienced life in Texas with all its loveable bigger than life characters. The narrator is exceptionally good as is the story! I love the fact that SEP uses familiar characters from her other stories. Now I'll have to listen to Glitter Baby and Fancy Pants again. This book is right up there with Natural Born Charmer. I'm already listening to this one a second time and I just finished it! SEP... Thank you for a wonderful vacation, please keep writing! I'm already looking forward to your next book. This one was OUTSTANDING!!!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Just Imagine

  • By: Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • Narrated by: Cristine McMurdo-Wallis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 653
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 354
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 354

The War Between the States may be over for the rest of the country, but not for Kit Weston. Disguised as a boy, she's come to New York City to kill Baron Cain, the man who stands between her and Risen Glory, the South Carolina home she loves. But unknown to Kit, the Yankee war hero is more than her bitterest enemy; he's also her guardian. And he'll be a lot harder to kill than she's figured on.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Susan Elizabeth's great formula

  • By Laura C. Pailler on 02-07-10

Liked it ALOT

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-10

Just Imagine surprised me by being very entertaining. It is different than most of SEPs work, but the character development was very good and the narrator did a beautiful job. I wasn't going to download it because it was set post civil war, but I'm a fan of SEP's writing. Not sorry I purchased it. There were some surprises in it and I liked the secondary romance in this between Sephonia and Magnuss. If you are a SEP fan you won't want to miss this one!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Never Say Never

  • By: Lisa Wingate, Johanna Parker
  • Narrated by: Peggity Price
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

Kai Miller has never put down roots and doesn’t intend to change. Yet when a hurricane evacuation brings her to Daily, Texas, she begins to reexamine her tumbleweed ways. After meeting Kemp Eldridge, she can almost see herself settling down—until her dreams are dashed when she hears he’s promised to another. But locals have learned to never say never—especially when Aunt Donnetta is cooking up a scheme.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Slow start, but worth finishing.

  • By KARLA F on 07-25-10

Slow start, but worth finishing.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-25-10

There was so much "southern"dialect listening to this book I just about quit in the first 15 minutes. The first half of the book is SLOW, but by the second half (if you can tolerate the narrators depiction of a southern hair dresser) you come to like the characters. The authors tell a story about sourthern life and the people living there. It is full of "southern" sayings and cliches' but if you can overlook them you'll like the characters and will probably feel like you have known someone like them.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • What I Did for Love

  • By: Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • Narrated by: Julia Gibson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 843
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 401
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 410

Georgie York, once the costar of America's favorite television sitcom, has been publicly abandoned by her famous husband, her film career has tanked, her father is driving her crazy, and her public image as a spunky heroine is taking a serious beating. What should a down-on-her-luck actress do?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good not Great!

  • By Michelene on 01-29-09

Read Susan Elizabeth Philips' other books 1st

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-25-10

I love SEP's books while this book was better than Glitter Baby, it wasn't one of my favorites. It is worth listening to because the character development was so good as was the narrator, but story line was kind of hokey at times. Listening to Glitter Baby first would probably make this book more enjoyable. I would recommend it if you are an SEP fan; it just isn't one of her saucy jaunts.