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  • Until There Was You

  • By: Kristan Higgins
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 620
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 585
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 583

Posey Osterhagen can't complain. She owns a successful architectural salvaging company, she's surrounded by her lovable, if off-center, family, and she has a boyfriend-sort of. Still, something's missing. Something tall, brooding and criminally good-looking - something like Liam Murphy. When Posey was 16, the bad boy of Bellsford, New Hampshire, broke her heart. But now he's back, sending Posey's traitorous schoolgirl heart into overdrive once again.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 1st for this author and narrator

  • By J and M on 02-25-17

Love this pair!

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

Reviewed: 12-29-18

When I say I love this pair I don’t just mean the ones in the story. Kristan Higgins’ stories of New Englanders, animal lovers, and true love never fail to bring me joy. Xe Sands rendition of Kristan’s characters is flawless...they are a winning team of author and narrator.

  • Green Darkness

  • By: Anya Seton
  • Narrated by: Heather Wilds
  • Length: 23 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 146
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 135
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 138

The marriage of the Englishman Richard Marsdon and his young American wife, Celia, slowly turns tragic as Richard withdraws into himself and Celia suffers a debilitating emotional breakdown. A wise mystic realizes that Celia can escape her past only by reliving it. She journeys back four hundred years to her former life as the servant girl Celia de Bohun during the reign of Edward VI - and to her doomed love affair with the chaplain Stephen Marsdon.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A different narrator would have made all the difference.

  • By J on 06-04-15

Slow pace but good premise

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

This story seemed to drag on and I nearly stopped listening. I’m glad I found out how it ended but sincerely continually wished they would get on with it! The narrator didn’t help as she had an extremely monotonous cadence and tone. The premise of the story was quite good which makes all the other disappointments give it a slightly higher score.

  • Down by the River

  • Grace Valley Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Robyn Carr
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 849
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 787
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 785

June Hudson is the town's doctor, a caring, capable woman who now has a bit of explaining to do. People are beginning to notice the bloom in her cheeks - and the swell of her belly. Happily, DEA agent Jim Post is back in June's arms for good, newly retired from undercover work and ready for new beginnings here in Grace Valley. Expecting the unexpected is a way of life in Grace Valley, and the community is overflowing with gossip right now. Who is the secret paramour June's aunt Myrna is hiding? Does the town's poker-playing pastor have too many aces up his sleeve?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hoping for a 4th book!

  • By Ladybugdrives on 03-13-16

I want to live in Grace!

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

Reviewed: 09-06-18

I read the series and thoroughly enjoyed it! I feel like I knew the people there and joined them in sorrow and joy. If it were possible, I’d move there to be part of their community.

  • Inferno

  • The Talon Saga, Book 5
  • By: Julie Kagawa
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Davies, Tristan Morris, MacLeod Andrews, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 372
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 339

From the New York Times, USA Today, and international best-selling author of the Iron Fey and the Blood of Eden series comes the fiery, hugely anticipated finale of the Talon Saga. What if dragons walked among us in human form? Enter a modern fantasy of heroes, sacrifice, forbidden love, and enemies turned allies who have no choice but to fight side by side. Don't miss the epic conclusion as Ember, Riley, and Garrett face off against Dante and the Talon dragon clones.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love it!!

  • By Michael on 10-15-18

Great story but less than stellar female narration.

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

Reviewed: 05-09-18

While I absolutely love Julie Kagawa’s books - this saga included; I am completely disappointed in the performance of Caitlin Davis. Her narration is bland and lifeless. Many times it seemed like she was awkward and unsure if her voice should have high pitch, low pitch, or what. Great performances by the guys though!

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Wanderlust

  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage, Grace Grant
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,801
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,647
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,646

They say Paris is always a good idea.... You know what I say? Paris would be a much better idea if I spoke the dang language. I can't even board the metro to visit the Louvre without ending up at the Moulin Rouge, and let's not even mention how I'll ever make it through a day at my new office. Fortunately my company hooks me up with my own personal translator. Ooh la la. Or should I say bloody hell? Because he's charming, witty, and British, and he brings the city to life for me.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My new favorite narrator

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-09-18

Such a Delight!

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

Reviewed: 02-24-18

This was my first listen by this author and these narrators and I’m so glad I found them! Not only is this a great story with little unexpected surprises but the performance was wonderful as well! I’m definitely going to find more by all three and recommend you do the same.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • The House On Tradd Street

  • By: Karen White
  • Narrated by: Aimée Bruneau
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,659
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,650

Practical Melanie Middleton hates to admit she can see ghosts. But she's going to have to accept it. An Old man she recently met has died, leaving her his historic Tradd Street home, complete with housekeeper, dog - and a family of ghosts anxious to tell her their secrets.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pleasantly surprised

  • By Joanna on 08-17-09

Thoroughly Enjoyable Experience

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

Reviewed: 12-24-17

Although I normally enjoy my romance stories to be a bit steamier this one had many other qualities to bypass the lack of lustiness. The story had an excellent narrator who had perfect grasp of the nuances of the accents which is often lacking in stories of the south. I found myself loving the old house by the descriptions given by the writer and her characters were completely believable. While some aspects were a bit predictable I totally loved the story and recommend it for some feel good listening!

  • The Lilac Bouquet

  • By: Carolyn Brown
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,495
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,213
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,199

Come hell or high water, Emmy Jo Massey will have a wedding. After three generations of Massey women with children out of wedlock, she wants the whole town of Hickory, Texas, to witness the legitimacy of her union with Logan Grady. But dream weddings aren't cheap. So she accepts a highly lucrative stint as a home health assistant to retired realtor, and town recluse, Seth Thomas - a decision her great-grandmother Tandy is dead-set against.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved this book!

  • By Mercy Boujarwah on 09-28-17

Beautiful Story

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

Reviewed: 10-26-17

This was a wonderful story of love lost and found as well as the beauty of family and love.

  • Spinning the Moon

  • By: Karen White
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett, Pilar Witherspoon
  • Length: 26 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,081
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,006
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 999

In the Shadow of the Moon: When Laura Truitt first sees the dilapidated plantation house, she's overcome by a sense of familiarity. Inside, the owner claims to have been waiting for years and offers an old photograph of a woman with Laura's face. Soon afterward, when a lunar eclipse inexplicably thrusts Laura back in time to Civil War Georgia, she finds herself fighting not just for her heart but for her very survival.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • First book great , 2nd contrived and drawn

  • By Kat5 on 10-14-16

Didn't want it to end.

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

Reviewed: 05-01-17

I was pleasantly surprised by both the stories and the narration.

I must admit that as I listened to the intro I didn't expect much. Here is another author who is a devotee of Diana Gabaldon (as am I) which led me to expect "rip offs" of Outlander series stories. This was nothing like that. The characters are richly created and developed. For the circumstances of the characters to bring tears to my eyes is an author's gift I dearly love. I highly recommend this book!

  • Named of the Dragon

  • By: Susanna Kearsley
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 538
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 494
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 490

The charm of spending the Christmas holidays in South Wales, with its crumbling castles and ancient myths, seems the perfect distraction from the nightmares that have plagued literary agent Lyn Ravenshaw since the loss of her baby five years ago. Instead she meets an emotionally fragile young widow who's convinced that Lyn's recurring dreams have drawn her to Castle Farm for an important purpose - and she's running out of time.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not Kearsley's best

  • By Fuzzy on 06-27-16

Not worth trudging through it.

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

Reviewed: 01-04-17

The narrator is very difficult to listen to. Not only is her voice tedious but her character voices are also not good. The story description was so promising but the story was very dull. I don't recommend this.

  • Flowers from the Storm

  • By: Laura Kinsale
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Boulton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,495
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,332
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,336

He's a duke. He's a mathematical genius. He can't talk and he's locked in a lunatic asylum. Only a modest Quaker girl can reach him, but when she helps him to escape, she's swept into his glittering aristocratic world, her life torn apart by his desperate attempt to save himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ~COMPELLING!!~ Love This Author! Love This Book!

  • By 🇺🇸🌸DARA on 10-01-13

Happy Story

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

Reviewed: 09-28-16

If you like lighthearted love stories with many characters this is for you. Excellent narration. I love it when people aren't perfect!