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  • I Liked My Life

  • A Novel
  • By: Abby Fabiaschi
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett, Dan Bittner, Therese Plummer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,530
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,314
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,309

Maddy is a devoted stay-at-home wife and mother, host of excellent parties, giver of thoughtful gifts, and bestower of a searingly perceptive piece of advice or two. She is the cornerstone of her family, a true matriarch...until she commits suicide, leaving her husband, Brady, and teenage daughter, Eve, heartbroken and reeling, wondering what happened. How could the exuberant, exacting woman they loved disappear so abruptly, seemingly without reason, from their lives?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good all around.

  • By Adam C. on 03-16-17

Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 04-17-17

Story told through the eyes of the different characters. I liked the humor and the different plot. Not your ordinary chick-lit. Will use for book club--should lead to some good discussions.

  • We Are Called to Rise

  • By: Laura McBride
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Kirby Heyborne, Madeleine Maby, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 475
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 429
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 433

In the predawn hours, a woman's marriage crumbles with a single confession. Across town, an immigrant family struggles to fit in and get by in the land of opportunity. Three thousand miles away, a soldier wakes up in Walter Reed hospital with the vague feeling that he’s done something awful. In a single moment, these disparate lives intersect. Faced with seemingly insurmountable loss, each person must decide whether to give in to despair, or to find the courage and resilience to rise.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Despair, Disaster & Disappointment Explored

  • By Sara on 06-29-15

Diverse characters, great listen

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

Reviewed: 10-17-16

Really enjoyed and already recommended to friends. Liked the diversity of the characters as well as their development. You get engrossed and look forward to having time to listen to some more of their impending drama. Good for either male or female listeners. First time listen by this author and would look into more of her books.

  • Butternut Summer

  • Butternut Lake, Book 2
  • By: Mary McNear
  • Narrated by: Carrington MacDuffie
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 9

Preparing for her final year of college, Daisy is crazy busy now that she's back at Butternut Lake. She's helping her mother, Caroline, run their coffee shop and trying to build a relationship with the absentee father who's suddenly reappeared. She never expected to fall in love with Will, the bad boy from high school who works at the local garage. With every passing day she and Will grow closer to each other . . . and closer to the day they will have to say goodbye.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Small town romance

  • By Andrea on 11-19-14

Small town romance

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

Reviewed: 11-19-14

Similar to a Robyn Carr novel. Predictable but a cute story for easy listening. Start with the first book in the series, Up at Butternut Lake.

  • An Available Man

  • A Novel
  • By: Hilma Wolitzer
  • Narrated by: Fred Sullivan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 87

When Edward Schuyler - a modest and bookish 62-year-old science teacher - is widowed, he finds himself ambushed by female attention. There are plenty of unattached women around, but a healthy, handsome, available man is a rare and desirable creature. Edward receives phone calls from widows seeking love, or at least lunch, while well-meaning friends try to set him up at dinner parties. The problem is that Edward doesn’t feel available. He’s still mourning his beloved wife, Bee, and prefers solitude and the familiar routine of work, gardening, and bird-watching.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely book, easy read, wonderful characters

  • By Molly-o on 02-17-12

Enjoyed!

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

Reviewed: 11-18-14

Was unfamiliar with this author, but I do like her writing style. It was a cute book about a widowed man getting back out there in the dating world. Feel that this would appeal to middle age or older readers as he is early 60's. It was easy listening and light hearted.

  • Hounded

  • By: David Rosenfelt
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,058
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 944
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 941

Andy Carpenter isn't sure what to think when he gets a mysterious phone call from a good friend, policeman Pete Stanton, asking him to drop everything, drive to an unfamiliar address, and bring his girlfriend, Laurie Collins. He certainly isn't expecting to show up at a crime scene. But that's exactly where he arrives - at the house where Pete has just discovered the body of ex-convict Danny Balfour. Upstairs are Danny's now orphaned four-year-old son and basset hound. And that, Andy discovers, is why he and Laurie were called to the scene - Pete wants them to take care of the boy and the dog so they won't get thrown into the "system". This is already asking a lot, but soon Pete needs another big favor from Andy. Pete himself has come under suspicion for Danny's murder, and he needs defense attorney Andy to represent him - and to find out what really happened in Danny's house that day!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best Andy Carpenter yet!

  • By Joe on 08-10-14

Enjoyed this much awaited book in series

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

Reviewed: 09-19-14

Love, love, love the Andy Carpenter Series. His humor just cracks me up and I can't get enough of it. I go through withdrawal waiting for the next book to be published. Recently lost my darling dog/member of the family so I didn't know if I could handle the dog references, but found it to be healing not disturbing. I love that he is such a dog lover and if you haven't read his book, Dogtripping, you should. It's a true account not one of his mystery or Andy Carpenter books. I have listened to every single book by David Rosenfelt and I need to add that I also love the narration by Grover Gardner. Keep em coming.

  • Takedown Twenty

  • A Stephanie Plum Novel
  • By: Janet Evanovich
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,972
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,644
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,660

Stephanie Plum is back in all-new adventure from #1 bestselling author Janet Evanovich.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Still funny

  • By janet on 03-30-14

Needed my fix

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

Reviewed: 08-26-14

Boycotted her last few novels as I was disappointed in the same old, same old. Still no resolve with her love interests or job, etc. However, I found I could not live without Lula and Grandma. Their dialogue is so hilarious that I decided to overlook the lame existence of the rest of it. Now I am addicted again and await No. 23.

  • Landline

  • By: Rainbow Rowell
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,395
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,256
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,261

Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply - but that almost seems beside the point now. Maybe that was always beside the point. Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her - Neal is always a little upset with Georgie - but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up the kids and go without her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Relationships are hard

  • By Valeria on 01-26-15

Eleanor and Park was better

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

Reviewed: 08-26-14

A little too long. Cute idea but isn't enough to keep a novel going. Have read other Rainbow Rowell and liked the stories and characters better in those novels.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • A Single Thread

  • The Cobbled Court Series, Book 1
  • By: Marie Bostwick
  • Narrated by: Pam Ward, Lorna Raver
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,389
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,215
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,210

Marie Bostwick weaves the unforgettable story of four very different women whose paths cross, changing their lives forever. It’s a long way from Fort Worth, Texas, to New Bern, Connecticut, yet it only takes a day in the charming Yankee town to make Evelyn Dixon realize she’s found her new home. The abrupt end of her marriage was Evelyn’s wake-up call to get busy chasing her dream of opening a quilt shop. Finding a storefront is easy enough; starting a new life isn’t....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm Signing Up for the Series!

  • By Becky Price on 10-16-14

Rooting for the characters in this book

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

Reviewed: 04-16-14

Good character development. Story is read by the two main characters, switching over every other chapter. You will find yourself rooting for these women and girls. Quilting is one of the main themes in this story, so if you are a quilter you may identify with this story even more.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society

  • A Novel
  • By: Darien Gee
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

At Madeline's Tea Salon, the cozy hub of the Avalon community, local residents scrapbook their memories and make new ones. But across town, other Avalonians are struggling to free themselves of the past: Isabel Kidd is fixing up her ramshackle house while sorting through the complications of her late husband's affair. Ava Catalina is mourning the love of her life and helping her young son grow up without his father. And Frances Latham eagerly anticipates the arrival of a little girl from China - unprepared for the emotional roller coaster of foreign adoption.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sentimental like "The Notebook"

  • By Bonnie on 10-18-14

You will want to scrapbook if you don't already

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

Reviewed: 04-16-14

Cute story about women in a scrapbooking club. There are some good relationships as we are introduced to the different characters and see how their lives become enmeshed. I think I am sufficiently motivated now to get my five scrapbooks started and completed. My gathering and sorting is done, but time to compile and give as gifts to my loved ones.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Black Rose

  • In the Garden, Book 2
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Susie Breck
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,777
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,462
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,456

At 45, Rosalind Harper is a woman whose experiences have made her strong enough to bend without breaking - and weather any storm. A widow with three grown sons, she survived a disastrous second marriage, and built her In the Garden nursery from the ground up. But now her future is under attack.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ghost on the rampage amidst the fragrant flora

  • By mendolynne on 04-26-13

Gardening gals must read

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

Reviewed: 04-16-14

Enjoy this series, on the third book right now. The favorite part of the book for me is the gardening thread running through it. Like the strong character of the female boss and matriarch. Not real deep reading, but wanted to keep listening until the conclusion.