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Lori Hanson

Eau Claire, WI
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  • Black Diamond

  • Wilds of the Bayou, Book 2
  • By: Susannah Sandlin
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Godley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

For some people, the untamed beauty of the bayou is a place to hide. For Louisiana wildlife agent Jena Sinclair, it's a place of refuge - one where she can almost forget the tragedy that scarred both her skin and her soul. But when the remains of yet another fisherman turn up, Jena realizes that Bayou Pointe-aux-Chenes is not safe for her...or anyone else.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By jsilva on 01-12-17

The sequel is better than the first

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

Reviewed: 03-27-19

I gave the first book 4 stars. Maybe what I liked better about this one, were the main characters and the lack of a serial killer. Still some violence, but most of the story is developing the relationship between the MCs and an investigation into the latest drug smuggling operation in the bayou. Held my attention throughout; really didn't want to stop listening. Okay, so the hunky hermit didn't hurt either!

  • Save a Truck, Ride a Redneck

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 3 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,876
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,762
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,749

Molly Harper brings her signature "clever humor, snark, silliness, and endearing protagonists" ( Booklist) to the charming small town of Lake Sackett, Georgia with the new Southern Eclectic series. Carl and Marianne were high school sweethearts, loving the way only teenagers can - with no thought to logic or pride, just a bone-headed, optimistic frenzy of unicorns and hormones. That was all they needed. Or so Carl thought. Scared of being stuck in Lake Sackett, Georgia, like so many of her friends, Marianne panicked and bolted....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not as impressed with the story

  • By SuchetA on 11-07-17

Love the title; it's why I tried this series

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

Reviewed: 03-21-19

I didn't buy Sweet Tea and Sympathy when it came out because I wasn't sure how I'd like Molly writing in another genre. (I love the combination of MH and Amanda Ronconi in the supernatural realm.) When this came out, I had to buy both.

Even though it's not Molly's usual genre, it still has her trademark snarkiness. We get an interesting look into life in a small southern town. Although I recognized some of the characters from my small-town Wisconsin upbringing so it seems relatively universal to find these people in your own backyard.

Marianne has trouble deciding where she wants to go next in her life. I had similar issues with my career choice so I could relate to Marianne's dilemma. She was written in a way that had me rooting for her and her relationship with Carl.

Worth a repeat listen.

  • Have a Nice Day

  • By: Billy Crystal, Quinton Peeples
  • Narrated by: Justin Bartha, Annette Bening, Dick Cavett, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,473
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,154
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,058

Tony and Emmy Award-winner Billy Crystal leads an all-star cast including Oscar winner Kevin Kline (President David Murray) and four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening (First Lady Katherine Murray) in a performance of this hilarious and poignant story about a man desperately scrambling to put his affairs in order: to save his presidency, his marriage, his relationship with his daughter – and possibly his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SO well done!

  • By Tracey Ellen Frances on 11-05-18

Overall a very good story with a stellar cast

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

Reviewed: 03-17-19

Other reviewers have covered the story-line pretty thoroughly, so I won't repeat it here. I'll just say that it was a refreshing listen to a good, unusual story. I really enjoyed it. No political axes grinding, just a family bordering on crisis and how they work through their issues (with a little celestial assistance).

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  • The Importance of Being Alice

  • By: Katie MacAlister
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld, Brian Hutchison
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 116

Nothing about Alice Wood's life is normal right now. Her fiancé Patrick called off their wedding and relationship only days before their nonrefundable wedding trip. And though a luxurious European river cruise for one is just what she needs, it's not what she gets... Due to a horrible misunderstanding, Alice is now cramped in her "romantic" suite with one of Patrick's friends.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Really wished it had a different reader

  • By jean on 04-30-15

Just okay; a little silly

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

Reviewed: 03-17-19

I was in the mood for a romantic comedy, but this one was a little annoying. I don't generally mind insta-love so that wasn't a huge problem. However, she's determined to be with him when she hears he's been hurt and clears every hurdle thrown in her path to get to him. After all that, the least little sign that there might be a problem between them, she doesn't talk to him but goes off to pout.

I usually deduct stars for misspellings and grammatical errors. Since this is an audio-book and I didn't hear the latter, I still have to deduct for a mistake in a common expression. It's "cut off my nose to spite my face," not "cut off my nose to spite myself."

This had been on my list of books to buy. I'm glad I got to listen to it as part of the romance package. I don't think I'll want a repeat read/listen.

On the bright side, the narrators did a good job.

  • The Immortal Irishman

  • The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero
  • By: Timothy Egan
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,019
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,009

The Irish-American story, with all its twists and triumphs, is told through the improbable life of one man. A dashing young orator during the Great Famine of the 1840s, in which a million of his Irish countrymen died, Thomas Francis Meagher led a failed uprising against British rule, for which he was banished to a Tasmanian prison colony. He escaped and six months later was heralded in the streets of New York - the revolutionary hero, back from the dead, at the dawn of the great Irish immigration to America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What A Life!

  • By Carrie Arnold on 03-29-16

Enjoyed the narrator and the history

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

Reviewed: 03-11-19

That said, I had to listen to a light romance book toward the middle and afterward. I always tell people that I need the balance because history and biographies can be so depressing. I kept wanting the poor man to get a break, even though I knew it was impossible. His life has been lived and cannot be changed.

I know a little about the history of Ireland, but I got much more from this book. The American Civil War is more my area of expertise, but it's still nice to get a refresher and an individual's perspective. Will I listen to it again? Yes. It was well-written and I loved the accent!

  • Soaring

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Hollis McCarthy
  • Length: 24 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,420
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,229
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,234

When her ex took her family from California to live in the small town of Magdalene in Maine, Amelia decided it was time to sort herself out. In order to do that and win her children back, she moves to Cliff Blue, an architectural masterpiece on the rocky coast of Magdalene. Her boxes aren’t even unpacked when she meets Mickey Donovan, a man who lives across the street, a man so beautiful Amelia takes one look at him and knows she wants it all from him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A "HELL YES" FOR WOMEN!

  • By Yvette on 04-06-15

Really slow start

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

Reviewed: 03-11-19

I loved the Rock Chick, Colorado Mountains and Dream Man series. I also enjoyed "The Will." Only liked parts of this one. The beginning was excruciatingly slow with the whole inner monologue lasting way too long. Then there was the language. The dialect seemed wrong for the region and the cursing was fairly gratuitous.

The narrator was okay for the most part, but a little too overly dramatic. Mispronounced words and lost track of her characters' voices on occasion. The latter was understandable to some extent in a book this long.

I can't see myself listening to this one again unless I forget how much I looked forward to the ending. I put off listening to this one for a long time after I bought it. Should have waited longer.

Sorry, KA. I can't get behind this one.

  • Kick Kennedy

  • The Charmed Life and Tragic Death of the Favorite Kennedy Daughter
  • By: Barbara Leaming
  • Narrated by: Eliza Foss
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 99

Kathleen "Kick" Kennedy was the incandescent life force of the fabled Kennedy family, her father's acknowledged "favorite of all the children" and her brother Jack's "psychological twin". She was the Kennedy of Kennedys, sure of her privilege, magnetically charming, and somehow not quite like anyone else on whatever stage she happened to grace.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I had hoped for.

  • By Karen Vincent on 05-02-16

History drawn from first-hand accounts

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

Reviewed: 02-05-19

I hesitated to purchase this book after reading some of the less favorable reviews. I'm glad I decided to make up my own mind.

One reviewer thought the book portrayed her as self-centered and self-absorbed. I thought she sounded like a fairly typical young, single woman. Maybe a little entitled because of the money and prestige she was born into, but I don't feel we should form a definitive opinion of someone long gone from this earth based on a book. Yes, the author interviewed those who knew her and that lends itself to some credibility, but hindsight is 20-20 and memories can be colored.

As for her marriage and affair, the truth is we can never know with any certainty what happens behind closed doors. Because so much is public about a celebrity's life, people tend to think they know the person. Probably not. I've been on a Kennedy reading quest and I've learned enough not to be too envious.

Kick was raised in a family where the parents don't appear to have been in the same house at the same time for any length of time, yet she had values regarding religion and premarital sex that she appeared to stick with until the death of her husband.

As for mispronunciations, I caught a few, but can't speak to all of the mistakes that someone from England would notice. That is disappointing (English locations) as I like to think I can learn pronunciations from listening to books that I can't get from reading print. I'll be careful to get those elsewhere so I don't make the same mistakes myself.

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  • It's All Greek to Me

  • By: Katie MacAlister
  • Narrated by: Felicity Munroe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 161
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 146

Billionaire Greek playboy Iakovos Papaioannou knew his sister hired her favorite band to perform at her birthday party. He's just not sure how their six-foot tall, wild-haired, tempestuous manager has already ended up in his bed-and in his heart. Eglantine "Harry" Knight is so not his type. She's as infuriating as she is intriguing, and she's can't keep her hands off of him. But she just may be the woman who knocks him off the world's most eligible bachelor list for good....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Qirky, funny, light without too much angst

  • By Valerie on 10-16-12

Just what I needed!

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

Reviewed: 02-05-19

Okay, so I would have given this 5 stars for the story, but I didn't feel the insta-love part of the story was as believable as it could be. That said, it was just what the doctor ordered after reading a few history books. (History can be so depressing, but I love it anyway.)

I liked the ages of the H/h as so many books I've read lately are for twenty-something readers. Harry kicks butt and takes names, and Iakovos loves her that way; another plus. Finally, it made me snort with laughter while listening to it at work. When a story brings out spontaneous laughter, it tends to be one that will be a repeat listen for me.

Felicity Munroe was new to me as a narrator and I thought she did a good job. Over the top when the character/narrative called for it and pleasant to listen to through the rest of the story.

  • Love and Other Wild Things

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,872
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,692
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,681

Welcome to Mystic Bayou, a tiny town hidden in the swamp where shape-shifters, vampires, witches, and dragons live alongside humans. The town formed around the mysterious energy rift in the bayou, which helps keep the town’s magic in balance. But lately the rift has been widening and destabilizing - threatening to send the town’s magical population into chaos. Energy witch Danica Teel has been sent by the League to figure out what’s going on, with the help of bear-shifter Mayor Zed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Too damn short

  • By ESP on 09-06-18

Another winner!

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

I love the combination of Molly Harper's wit and Amanda Ronconi's narration. This story had everything you could want. A little mystery, a lot of paranormal activity and plenty of sizzle. If you haven't read the first book, you'll want to start there, though. You get some context here, but there's more background in the first book.

  • The Haunted Heist

  • By: Angie Fox
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 784
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 715
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 714

Just because she can see the dead doesn't mean Verity Long wants to spend her days hunting ghosts. Instead she's over the moon to land a marketing job at the local bank...until she finds her new boss dead in the vault. Even her ghost friend, Frankie, knows that's no way to start a career. Relieved to let the police take charge, Verity steps aside, bound and determined to keep her ghost sightings to herself. But when she learns the main suspect in the murder is a very crooked, very dead mobster, Verity knows it's up to her to solve the case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wild ride

  • By Troublemer(tammy hovey) on 07-09-17

Love a book that keeps me guessing

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

Reviewed: 10-28-18

Not only do we get laughs and action, we get a plot that thickens and twists. I'm not happy if I figure out who did it too early in the story. Not a problem for me here. These books just get better and better!