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  • A Sparkle of Silver

  • Georgia Coast Romance Series, Book 1
  • By: Liz Johnson
  • Narrated by: Amy Melissa Bentley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Ninety years ago, Millie Sullivan's great-grandmother was a guest at oil tycoon Howard Dawkins' palatial estate on the shore of St. Simons Island, Georgia. Now, Millie plays a 1920s-era guest during tours of the same manor. But when her grandmother suggests there is a lost diary containing the location of a hidden treasure on the estate, along with the true identity of Millie's great-grandfather, Millie sets out to find the truth of her heritage - and the fortune that might be hers. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Sparkling Ending

  • By A+D on 10-16-18

A Sparkling Ending

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

I have to be honest, it took me a while to get into this story. But once I did, I was fully invested and finished without stopping.
Millie and Ben are on such an adventure, trying to solve the mystery of Great Grandma Ruth's journal and find the hidden treasure. Each has their own reason why they need money though they are very reluctant to talk about it.
I loved how Millie talked to herself, to the point of the voice in her head taking over and arguing with her. (I can relate)
I liked how Grandma Joy gave such great advice on her more lucid days. Dementia is different for everyone, I think the author portrays this very well.
The romance between Millie and Ben came as a surprise to them. It was very sweet.
No spoilers, but I must say that I loved the conclusion.
The narrator did a great job of bringing the story to life.

  • At Home in Wishing Bridge

  • Wishing Bridge Series, Book 2
  • By: Ruth Logan Herne
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

After surviving the streets of South Philly, Thea Anastas never thought she’d wind up working in rural New York. But a call from a friend in need convinced the nurse practitioner to make the trip. Now her temporary position is making a difference in Wishing Bridge - though Thea can’t afford to make a difference, to fill a gaping hole in the sweet, small town. After all, the current medical practice is being dissolved in three months, and bigger opportunities are luring her away.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book 2...oh yes

  • By Denise on 10-15-18

Faith, Hope, and Love!

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

Reviewed: 10-13-18

Faith, Hope, and Love are on full display in 'At Home in Wishing Bridge' beautifully written by Ruth Logan Herne.
The people of Wishing Bridge are real, struggling with family issues, grief, difficult choices, and things beyond their control. But most handle it with grace and a helpful attitude. Powerful prayer warrior Maggie is a great example of how to get through the tough times.
The bond of friendship between Thea, Kelsey, and Jazz is stronger than ever. The attraction between Thea and Dr. Ethan was surprising. I loved it!
I also loved the inclusion of children in this book.
Here portrays them with a full range of emotion and feeling.
I admit to a few tears and cheers as I listened to this story. I hope there will be another.

  • Love on the Line

  • By: Deeanne Gist
  • Narrated by: Barbara McCulloh
  • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100

A Christy Award winner and RITA finalist, best-selling author Deeanne Gist crafts inspirational fiction of the highest order. Set in Texas at the turn of the century, this historical gem finds Georgie Gail as a tough-as-nails switchboard operator trying to make a living in a man’s world. So when the handsome Luke Palmer is hired as her colleague, she’s anything but pleased. What Georgie doesn’t know is that Luke is an undercover Texas Ranger chasing a gang of train robbers - and they’re headed her way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • When Not All Is What It Seems

  • By Carrie Fancett Pagels on 09-03-13

Historical Romantic Western

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

Reviewed: 09-22-18

I read this book a few years ago and enjoyed listening to it again. I can't say what my favorite parts are because they are all spoilers.
I loved the undercover Texas Ranger and how he fell for the "Hello girl" Georgie. She is a great bird lover and a distraction for Luke. I really liked her personality.

The narrator was okay. There were times that I had to pay extra attention to hear if it was a male or female character, or a child. I did get used to it though.

  • Aboard Providence

  • By: Keely Brooke Keith
  • Narrated by: Amy Marie Smith
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

In November 1860, Marian Foster joins a group of Virginia families who are sailing away from America to form a new settlement off the coast of Brazil. As an amateur botanist, Marian eagerly anticipates exploring a new land. She boards Providence confident in the group's plan, but during the voyage, her heart is drawn to Jonah Ashton, the secretive and sullen ship's physician.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sometimes we have to change our view of success

  • By Anne Rightler on 09-20-18

Exciting Adventure!

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

Reviewed: 09-17-18

This was an exciting, adventure filled book! Lost at sea for months in what should have been a two week voyage to South America. Finally reaching land, not knowing where. Eight founding families begin a new life on "The Land"
There are some secrets and surprises too. No spoilers from me.
I think the narrator did a fine job. There were 2 places where she repeated a word or phrase as if she was starting over. I did find it a bit distracting when the background changed, as if using a different recording booth. But it was not enough to change how I feel about the story which is very good.
*I won this Audible book in a newsletter giveaway. No review was asked of me. The opinions expressed are entirely my own.

  • An Hour Unspent

  • By: Roseanna M. White
  • Narrated by: Liz Pearce
  • Length: 14 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 37

Once London's top thief, Barclay Pearce has turned his back on his life of crime and now uses his skills for a nation at war. But not until he rescues a clockmaker's daughter from a mugging does he begin to wonder what his future might hold. Evelina Manning has constantly fought for independence, but she certainly never meant for it to inspire her fiance to end the engagement and enlist in the army. When the intriguing man who saved her returns to the Manning residence to study clockwork repair with her father, she can't help being interested.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Diane Ellingsen on 10-05-18

Hours Listening, Well Spent

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

Reviewed: 09-08-18

Absolutely LOVED it! Roseanna White has created an adventure filled masterpiece! Mystery, intrigue, war and a wonderful family. One of my favorite paragraphs; "But family isn't blood-you know that. It should be, but it isn't, not always. Family is choice. Love."
These words touch my heart in ways I cannot express. There is a message of faith, new faith for Barclay, learning to trust in something other than the street smarts he learned as a means to survive. I loved seeing this and the example he sets for the family.
Barclay meets, Evelina Manning saving her from a mugging. No spoilers from me. You must listen to or read their story yourself. I've done both.(Read the paperback and listened to the Audible version.)
The narrator is, once again, fantastic! I'm so glad the same person was used for the series.
I highly recommend this book!

  • Dear Mr. Knightley

  • By: Katherine Reay
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211

Samantha Moore is, to say the least, bookish. An English major of the highest order, her diet has always been Austen, Dickens, and Shakespeare. The problem is, both her prose and conversation tend to be more Elizabeth Bennet than Samantha Moore. But life for the 23-year-old orphan is about to get stranger than fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this book! So real.

  • By Shay on 01-18-16

Easy Listen!

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

Reviewed: 09-02-18

This was an easy book for me to listen too. Yes, Sam had more childhood issues to overcome than most but she did!
I liked how she was able to become friends with a young hurting boy, bonding with him over running. One of the things that took a star away from the review was that I guessed the ending long before it happened. I loved the story itself and the literary mentions. I've been known to escape into books. I don't quote them quite as well as Sam does but it was still a delightful book. One I will read again someday.
The narration was very good. I own the Kindle version but kept the time to read it kept disappearing. I was glad to see it in the Romance package on Audible.

  • Arms of Promise

  • By: Crystal Walton
  • Narrated by: Mindy Wade
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Contemporary dancer Anna Madison is determined to honor her mom's memory. With the life she's built in downtown Chicago hinging on an upcoming audition, now's the worst time for her childhood best friend - and the only man she's ever loved - to reenter her world. Her dad's current DA case instigates enough danger without adding on the risk of losing her heart. Again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific Narrator

  • By Jamie Doshier on 09-26-17

Clean, Suspense, & Romance

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

Reviewed: 08-14-18

I enjoyed this suspense-filled romance. Anna and Evan, lifelong friends reunited unexpectedly...or not.
Anna wants to be independent and do things her own way. Her father, a powerful DA wants her protected. A high profile case is getting ready to go to court. Anna is not concerned about the danger. Evan (the Army Ranger) just happens to be there to protect her multiple times.
They both want to be more than friends but there are secrets and hurts from the past that are keeping them apart.
I liked Evan as the hero, he's a big tough guy with a tender heart. I liked that Anna wanted to honor her mother's memory but felt she was a bit too ditzy when it came to her own safety.

  • Full Steam Ahead

  • By: Karen Witemeyer
  • Narrated by: Carine Montbertrand
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177

When Nicole Renard returns home to Galveston from an eastern finishing school, she's stunned to find her father in ill health. Though she loves him, he's only ever focused on what she's not. Not male. Not married. Not able to run their family business, Renard Shipping. Vowing to secure a suitable marriage partner, Nicole sets out with the Renard family's greatest treasure: a dagger personally gifted to Nicole's father by the pirate Jean Lafitte.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Expected More

  • By Candace on 08-07-14

Explosive Entertainment

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

Darius and Nicole are a well matched pair as both are incredibly smart.
Intrigue and danger (not only from exploding boilers) abound in this great romance. This is also a story of great family love. "When a man loses his family, he loses everything."

  • Emma

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Nadia May
  • Length: 15 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 537
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 336

First published in 1816 and generally considered Jane Austen's finest work, Emma is a humorous portrayal of a heroine whose injudicious interferences in the life of a young parlour-boarder in a neighboring village often lead to substantial mortification. Austen brings to life a myriad of engaging characters as she presents a mixture of social classes as she did in Pride and Prejudice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful!

  • By Kathleen on 07-16-07

A Favorite Classic!

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I've read Emma countless times and have listened to this particular narration a couple of times. I have about an hour and a half left for my third listen.
One of the reasons I love Emma is Mr. Knightley. He is the one person that can put Emma in her place. She has a good heart but is a bit self-centered and sometimes unaware of others feelings. Mr. Knightley calls her out on it. I normally don't give spoilers in my reviews but I will say, I love when Emma becomes aware of her feelings.

The Narrator does a capable job with all the accents and different characters, I think she does Miss Bates very well.

  • The Silver Suitcase

  • By: Terrie Todd
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 503
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 438
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 435

It's 1939, and Canada is on the cusp of entering World War II. Seventeen-year-old farm girl Cornelia is heartbroken when she learns that her beloved soldier, Henry, has been killed in a train wreck. Alone and carrying a heavy secret, she makes the desperate choice that will haunt her for years to come. Never telling a soul, Cornelia pours out the painful events of the war in her diary.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • spiritual journey

  • By Tanya M. Spiegel on 05-26-16

Family Secrets

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I really liked the story. I like how it went back and forth in time periods. Interesting, real, imperfect, memorable people fill this book.
Cornelia's whole life from girl to grandmother. Benita as a troubled wife and mother. I didn't like that Benita did not share the diaries, or anything about the diaries, with anyone until it was too late, I thought that was a bit selfish of her. But she was redeemed. I liked the twist with Cornelia and her aunt. I won't give it away but it was a nice surprise.
The end felt a bit rushed though, the only reason for 4 stars instead of 5.

I thought the narration by Kate Rudd was very good. She captured the essence of each character in each time period.