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  • Doesn't She Look Natural

  • By: Angela Elwell Hunt
  • Narrated by: Carol Monda
  • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

Now divorced and unemployed, a senator's no-nonsense chief of staff learns she has inherited a funeral home in Florida. Soon she'll learn some profound lessons - from people dying to give her their business.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable, clean series.

  • By betty on 03-30-12

Much Better Than Expected...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-16-09

I love this novel. This is different than the normal reading fare but I do have to say I've enjoyed it. The narration is well-done in this unabridged edition.

Jennifer's ex-husband cheats on her and then files for divorce. Since they both work in politics and he is the favored one, she is having a difficult time landing a job. She along with her 13-year old son and 5-year old son are living with her mother when they get a call from an out-of-town lawyer telling her (Jen) that she had inherited a funeral home.

They travel to Florida to see the home and to get it ready for sale. They are forced to stay there overnight since there are no available hotels or motels in the area. The place has a resident embalmer -- an old man who has living quarters in the old Victorian. When she tells him of her plans to fix up the home and sell it, he requests that he be allowed, in the meantime, to resume the business. To make the many costly but necessary repairs to Fairlawn, Jennifer comes up with the idea to turn the home into a temporary bed and breakfast, much to Gerald's dismay.

I like this part: When the realtor comes with a doctor and his wife for a house showing, Clay stays behind. Okay, so you'll have to read it, to find out what happens.

In "Doesn't She Looks Natural," we learn some about the funeral business, how the bodies are prepared for viewing. In this setting, many of the clients are long-time friends and neighbors of Fairlawn's residents. As Gerald says "Funerals aren't for the dead; They're for the living."

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  • She Always Wore Red

  • By: Angela Elwell Hunt
  • Narrated by: Carol Monda
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

Angela Hunt's compelling sequel to her Christy Award nominee Doesn't She Look Natural? delivers a revealing look at friendship and family, life and death. Now living in the Victorian funeral home she inherited, Jennifer struggles to rebuild her post-divorce life in Florida. But when this busy mother, mortuary student,and embalmer's apprentice learns her new friend's true identity, her faith is severely tested.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Must listen to this series.

  • By betty on 03-30-12

With the same great narration as the first.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-16-09

I love this series!

Unsettling news abounds.

In this, the sequel to "Doesn't She Look Natural," we learn some about anatomy and the embalming process. Don't you just love science? Jen is becoming more and more at ease in the process of preparing the remains of the deceased for viewing. She attends school now in order to become an embalmer. At present, she is under the tutelage of Gerald as his assistant. She discovers some more unwelcoming news and wonders how she's going to break this to her sons and mom. Especially her mom.

Clay may be headed for trouble with youngsters he's been hanging around with. He goes along with them in their search for catacombs. He begins to wonder whether they like him for him or for what he can provide for them. Well, if he doesn't wonder it, I sure do.

A man is looking for his own twenty something-year old daughter and somehow thinks she's going to go willingly back home with him. By the time he becomes aware of her location, he discovers she is now married and with child although her husband is currently deployed in the Mideast.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • She's in a Better Place

  • By: Angela Elwell Hunt
  • Narrated by: Carol Monda
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

The novels of New York Times best-selling author Angela Hunt have garnered the Holt Medallion, Christy Award, and countless other honors for their cutting-edge Christian themes. In this compelling sequel to She Always Wore Red, a busy single mom runs a Florida funeral home. But her mortuary work becomes even more poignant when her assistant discloses his terminal illness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • interesting

  • By Public persona on 06-04-11

Book 3 in the Series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-16-09

Once again, bad news comes to Fairlawn. This one brings sadness to even me, the reader/listener.

Gerald's daughter and granddaughter come to Fairlawn. His daughter is hoping for some easy money. A funeral business conglomerate seeks to be number one and one of its sales people is looking to purchase Fairlawn. The salesman sees Gerald's daughter outside the business and automatically thinks she is the owner and tries to bargain with her.

Jen takes her exam.

Oh brother! They hear a noise coming from the prep room and spend so much time discussing what to do and answering "Is there a burglar in the house?" that if there is a burglar in the house, they would have enough time to get what they want and leave. Probably have a snack too.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • In This Mountain

  • By: Jan Karon
  • Narrated by: John McDonough
  • Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 730
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 535
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 541

In the little town that's home-away-from-home to millions of readers, life hums along as usual. Dooley looks toward his career as a vet; Joe Ivey and Fancy Skinner fight a haircut price war that takes no prisoners; and Percy steps out on a limb with a risky new menu item at the Main Street Grill.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another beauty from Jan Karon

  • By Sara on 09-18-13

The Narrator

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-22-09

John McDonough is wonderful in his narration of this series! Thank you, John. I'm rating the narration here a 5.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Christmas Story

  • The Book That Inspired the Hilarious Classic Film
  • By: Jean Shepherd
  • Narrated by: Dick Cavett
  • Length: 3 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 581
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 416
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 425

The holiday film A Christmas Story, first released in 1983, has become a bona fide Christmas perennial, gaining in stature and fame with each succeeding year. Its affectionate, wacky, and wryly realistic portrayal of an American family's typical Christmas joys and travails in small-town Depression-era Indiana has entered our imagination and our hearts with a force equal to It's a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Poor Jean Shepherd

  • By Jimmy on 05-28-11

Dumb, Dumb, Dumb

Overall
out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-27-08

and the title says it all...

0 of 23 people found this review helpful

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  • Duel in the Snow, or Red Ryder Nails the Cleveland Street Kid
  • By: Jean Shepherd
  • Narrated by: Dick Cavett
  • Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 832
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 197
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 198

This is a free download, for members only, of "Duel in the Snow, or Red Ryder Nails the Cleveland Street Kid", the first story in the anthology on which the film A Christmas Story was based. Young Ralphie Parker launches an unstoppable campaign to get Santa, or anyone else, to give him a Red Ryder carbine action 200-shot range-model air rifle. Who cares that the whole adult world is telling him, "You'll shoot your eye out, kid"?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really funny Christmas story

  • By Sara on 01-29-14

This Section - not bad

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-27-08

This portion of the audiobook isn't bad.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Your Heart Belongs to Me

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,083
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 276
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 278

At 34, Internet entrepreneur Ryan Perry seemed to have the world in his pocket - until the first troubling symptoms appeared out of nowhere. Within days, he's diagnosed with incurable cardiomyopathy and finds himself on the waiting list for a heart transplant; it's his only hope, and it's dwindling fast. Ryan is about to lose it all...his health, his girlfriend Samantha, and his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dangerous Waters

  • By Serra55 on 11-28-08

Fizzled

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-02-08

A rich dot commer becomes ill and after visiting his doctor who tells him the possible causes of his enlarged heart could be poisoning among other things, Ryan quickly becomes suspicious of people, preferring to eat out of vacuum-sealed containers as a little-to-late precaution. His suspicions include watching other drivers on the road - don't know what he expects in this latter suspicion.

This story has been more than enough in substance to hold my interest and that of my husband on a long road trip. Still have over 3 hours left out of about 8.5 hours of narration.

This story's theme had a lot of potential but things just didn't fit. I didn't find the ending to be neatly-wrapped. Even the psychological threats the protagonist received weren't frightening - just weird and we're expected to believe that the way they happened were plausible.

What could have worked - just fizzled.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful