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  • Changeling

  • A Novel of Sorcery and Society
  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 932
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 874
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 871

If 14-year-old Cassandra Reed makes it through her first day at Miss Castwell’s Institute for the Magical Instruction of Young Ladies without anyone discovering her secret, maybe, just maybe, she’ll let herself believe that she really does belong at Miss Castwell’s. Except Cassandra Reed’s real name is Sarah Smith and up until now, she lived her whole life in the Warren, serving a magical family, the Winters, as all non-magical “Snipes” are bound by magical Guardian law to do. That is, until one day, Sarah accidentally levitates Mrs. Winter’s favorite vase in the parlor.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful!

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-23-18

Not up to her usual caliber

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

Reviewed: 08-27-18

I usually love Molly Harper, but this story just feels flat. There is none of the witty repartee and snarky asides that make Harper's books so entertaining. I quit listening before I was halfway done because, frankly, I got bored.

  • Orphan Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Christina Baker Kline
  • Narrated by: Jessica Almasy, Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,194
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,216

Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to "aging out" out of the foster care system. A community-service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse.... As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Moving story of sharing and transformation.

  • By Kathi on 04-03-13

Just WOW

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

Reviewed: 06-11-18

I loved this book for so many reasons. The history, the relationship between the teenager and the nonagenarian, the juxtaposed lives, the beauty of the language. Just wow.

  • The Cat Who Blew the Whistle

  • By: Lilian Jackson Braun
  • Narrated by: Mason Adams
  • Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

When an affluent railcar owner disappears with millions of dollars belonging to Moose County investors, international police launch an intense search for the fugitive. But journalist-detective Jim Qwilleran and his feline crimebusters find a trail much closer to home, only to be deterred by a train wreck and shocking murder. Only Qwill and the cats can unravel the truth in this riveting mystery. Lilian Jackson Braun's seventeenth Cat Who... adventure is a sure winner that will enthrall her devoted fans and attract many new ones.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A little disappointed...

  • By Emma on 11-23-12

Bring back George Guidall!

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

Reviewed: 04-10-18

Any additional comments?

Why in the world would you change narrators after so many successful books with George Guidall? I just couldn't enjoy this book without the quintessential voice of James Qwilleran.

  • How to Date Your Dragon

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi, Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,607
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,303
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,299

Concerned that technology is about to chase mythological creatures out into the open (how long can Sasquatch stay hidden from Google maps?), the League for Interspecies Cooperation is sending Jillian to Louisiana on a fact-finding mission. While the League hopes to hold on to secrecy for a little bit longer, they're preparing for the worst in terms of human reactions. They need a plan, so they look to Mystic Bayou, a tiny town hidden in the swamp where humans and supernatural residents have been living in harmony for generations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As someone from Louisiana...

  • By Kristi on 02-13-18

Reached my silliness quotient

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

Reviewed: 03-01-18

Would you try another book from Molly Harper and/or Amanda Ronconi and Jonathan Davis ?

Love Molly Harper, love Amanda Ronconi, but not a fan of Jonathon Davis for this book

Any additional comments?

I know it sounds ridiculous to say it, but I reached my tolerance for silliness in this book. I could swallow vampires, witches, shape shifters... but dragons? Come on. The characters were funny, but the plot just wasn't up to the level I expect from Molly Harper.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Flight Patterns

  • By: Karen White
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett, Amanda Leigh Cobb, Melissa Hurst
  • Length: 15 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,933
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,804
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,792

Georgia Chambers has spent her life sifting through other people's pasts while trying to forget her own. But then her work as an expert on fine china - especially Limoges - requires her to return to the one place she swore she'd never revisit. It's been 13 years since Georgia left her family home on the coast of Florida, and nothing much has changed except that there are fewer oysters and more tourists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Haunting story about family secrets

  • By HollyColorado on 06-11-16

When did self pitty become a genre?

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

Reviewed: 06-21-16

What disappointed you about Flight Patterns?

I could not enjoy or even tolerate these characters, who combine endless self pity and no self awareness. I simply couldn't bear it after the third hour and had to stop listening.

  • Ladies' Night

  • By: Mary Kay Andrews
  • Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
  • Length: 17 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 994
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,003

Grace Stanton’s life as a rising media star and beloved lifestyle blogger takes a surprising turn when she catches her husband cheating and torpedoes his pricey sports car straight into the family swimming pool. Grace suddenly finds herself locked out of her palatial home, checking account, and even the blog she has worked so hard to develop in her signature style. Moving in with her widowed mother, who owns and lives above a rundown beach bar called The Sandbox, is less than ideal. So is attending court-mandated weekly "divorce recovery" therapy sessions with three other women and one man for whom betrayal seems to be the only commonality. When their “divorce coach” starts to act suspiciously, they decide to start having their own Wednesday "Ladies' Night" sessions at The Sandbox, and the unanticipated bonds that develop lead the members of the group to try and find closure in ways they never imagined. Can Grace figure out a new way home and discover how strong she needs to be to get there?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Man I thought my divorce was the worst!

  • By JenniferandSteveLandeau on 06-09-13

Raises Victimhood to an art form

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

Reviewed: 06-12-13

I couldn't finish this book. the protagonist is such a victim, I just wanted to shake her and yell 'snap out of it.' I usually enjoy this author, but this story line was just too much to swallow.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Princess Elizabeth's Spy

  • A Maggie Hope Mystery, Book 2
  • By: Susan Elia MacNeal
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 915
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 829
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 820

Susan Elia MacNeal introduced the remarkable Maggie Hope in her acclaimed debut, Mr. Churchill's Secretary. Now Maggie returns to protect Britain's beloved royals against an international plot - one that could change the course of history. As World War II sweeps the continent and England steels itself against German attack, Maggie Hope, former secretary to Prime Minister Winston Churchill, completes her training to become a spy for MI-5.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible Narration

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-22-12

Narrator drove me crazy!

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

Reviewed: 02-20-13

I couldn't get past the first 15 minutes of this book, due to the narrator's infuriating habit of completing every sentence with the uplift of a question. Every sentence? Every conversation? Every description of scenery or statement of fact? You see how annoying that can be when you are reading; try listening to it for more than a minute or two.

Sadly, I loved the first book by this author. I will probably purchase this second book in print so I can read it in peace. I tried to return this book (Audible says you can do this if you're really unhappy) but was not allowed to because I purchase credits.

Don't waste your credit on this narrator. Buy the written book instead.

  • Burnt Mountain

  • By: Anne Rivers Siddons
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 41

Growing up, the only place tomboy Thayer Wentworth felt at home was at her summer camp - Camp Sherwood Forest in the North Carolina Mountains. It was there that she came alive and where she met Nick Abrams, her first love...and first heartbreak.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not so great

  • By Anonymous User on 08-05-11

Not up to Siddons' usual caliber

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-25-11

The heroine was whiney and annoying, the plot was implausible (more so than usual) and this novel simply fell short of Anne Rivers Siddons usual professionalism. Very disappointed.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Unbroken

  • A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
  • By: Laura Hillenbrand
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,955
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 31,808
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 31,884

Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Indescribable

  • By Janice on 12-01-10

The best book I've read in a decade

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-01-11

I have listened to hundreds of Audible books--and read many hundreds more-- but this is my all time favorite. I found myself crying for joy at the end of this truly amazing story, and have subsequently given it to my three sisters with similar response. Laura Hillenbrand tells this story with compassion and insight, offering an objective view of the factors that create and sustain a hero. What an inspiration, what a life, and what a joy to be a part of it through this Audible book!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Knit One, Kill Two

  • A Knitting Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Maggie Sefton
  • Narrated by: Jane Jacobs
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 245
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 204

Kelly Flynn never picked up a pair of knitting needles she liked—until she strolled into House of Lambspun. Now, in the first in a brand-new series, she learns how to knit one, purl two, and untangle the mystery behind her aunt's murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Knit One Kill Two: A Knitting Mystery, Book 1

  • By Kathleen on 08-28-11

Give us more Sefton

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-01-11

I have read all of Maggie Sefton's 'cozy mysteries', which serve up a view of the Colorado countryside, small town life, the knitting culture and telecommuter craze. Please give us more!

10 of 11 people found this review helpful