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  • Amy Snow

  • A Novel
  • By: Tracy Rees
  • Narrated by: Melody Grove
  • Length: 15 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,367
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,107

It is 1831 when eight-year-old Aurelia Vennaway finds a naked baby girl abandoned in the snow on the grounds of her aristocratic family's magnificent mansion. Her parents are horrified that she has brought a bastard foundling into the house, but Aurelia convinces them to keep the baby, whom she names Amy Snow. Amy is brought up as a second-class citizen, but she and Aurelia are as close as sisters. When Aurelia dies at the age of 23, she leaves Amy 10 pounds. But Aurelia also left her much more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't miss out on this one.

  • By laurie eller on 01-24-17

Don't miss out on this one.

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

Reviewed: 01-24-17

Years ago I would take time to write a review for almost every. single. audible. book I would listen to, because that's just what you did. Take the time. These days however, I just don't have the time. Heck. I'm lucky to find time to get a shower before I head off to work.

That said, I must warn you about Amy Snow. I say WARN simply because this one caught me off guard. It warmed my heart in a way I haven't felt in a truly long time. It quietly swept in and kept hold of my attention to the point where I was sitting in my garage after a long days work, still listening to it even though I knew someone in the house had dinner on the table. It was that captivating. So much so, that I plan to listen to it straight away (as soon as I finish Florence Grace...that I'm listening to currently).

Do not miss out on this one. It's well worth your time. You will not be disappointed. :)

102 of 103 people found this review helpful

  • Waiting for You

  • By: Marie Higgins
  • Narrated by: Paula Slade
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

When a beautiful woman claiming to be a ghost from 1912 appears in Nick Marshal's new office and begs for help in solving her murder, he's intrigued enough to consider her plea. A scandal that rocked Hollywood almost destroyed his law practice, so taking on a client who insists she's dead seems a good way to refresh his career. The more history he uncovers, the deeper he falls for the ghost.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely Story!

  • By nica on 11-24-15

Meh. I didn't care for it.

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

Reviewed: 12-17-16

Here's a few points on my thoughts for this book.

1. The narration. She did a "fine" job but considering the characters were in their twenties you'd never know from her voice. Clearly, the narrator is much older and I kept having to remind myself that Abby was 20-something rather than in her sixties--which is what it sounded like. Sigh. Otherwise, she was fine, but better suited for an older characters.

2. Character development was severely lacking. I couldn't understand why these two could fall in love after one afternoon together.

3. (Spoiler) how in the world did the time traveling thing work exactly? I never could quite wrap my mind around it and I reconciled that it must be Disney magic.

Overall the book was mediocre, but it might be what others enjoy. It just wasn't for me. I thought it was just meh.

  • The Thirteenth Tale

  • A Novel
  • By: Diane Setterfield
  • Narrated by: Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,733
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,335
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,351

All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Once you finish it, you'll listen again!

  • By Cathleen on 10-05-06

did not enjoy.

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

Reviewed: 09-28-15

I know everyone is seemingly in love with this book, but I just couldn't love it. in fact, I didn't enjoy it AT ALL. I thought it was gloomy and depressing. it's been more than a month since I've listened to this book, and i'd hoped my feelings would change and soften towards it, but nope -- not the case. I still find myself cringing whenever I see its cover in my iPhone. I just did not find it exciting or interesting. and it didn't really have some big light bulb moment, either.

it was dull. I would not recommend this book.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Wild Rose

  • By: Jennifer Donnelly
  • Narrated by: Jill Tanner
  • Length: 24 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 582
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 532
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 529

It is London, 1914. World War I looms on the horizon, women are fighting for the right to vote, and explorers are pushing the limits of endurance in the most forbidding corners of the earth. Into this volatile time, Jennifer Donnelly places her vivid and memorable characters, including Willa Alden, a passionate mountain climber who lost her leg while summiting Kilimanjaro with Seamus Finnegan - and will never forgive him for saving her life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So sad that this third in the series is the last.

  • By I like to shop on 08-22-16

i will listen again...

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

Reviewed: 09-28-15

it was sad to let these characters go, and for that reason, I will definitely listen to this series again in a year or two. the narration of Jennifer's fabulously written book, was spot on, and made the entire book so incredible, that you could barely stop listening to talk to people. my family would text me to get my attention. lol it was just so fantastic!

this entire series was captivating. well worth a credit, or even two.

  • Forever with Me

  • By: Kristen Proby
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer, Jennifer Mack
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,669
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,521
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,514

Dominic Salvatore seemingly has everything a man could want. He's found a new relationship with his father and the entire Montgomery family. His vineyard, Cuppa di Vita, is a success. There's only one thing that eludes him: a certain driven, intelligent, and sexy as hell blonde named Alecia. Alecia works tirelessly building her event planning business. It's the most important part of her life. Despite the beautiful, lavish weddings she organizes, Alecia is convinced that the idea of true love is a myth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • OH WHAT I WOULDNT GIVE FOR DOMINIC TO BE REAL!!

  • By BluBumbleB on 03-06-15

great finish to a lovely series!

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

Reviewed: 09-28-15

this was a great finish to a lovely series. if you're a Proby fan then you'll enjoy this entire seattle series. they're easy to listen to but the nice thing is that each books keeps the previous books' characters in them so you get to "visit" with everyone in each novel. I finished this entire series in about two weeks and was sad to see it end.

while they were excellent listens, I don't know if I would have used a full credit on each installment. I was lucky enough to snag these in one of audible's great sales.

  • Seize the Fire

  • By: Laura Kinsale
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Boulton
  • Length: 16 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 407
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 385
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 384

Captain Sir Sheridan Drake is no knight in shining armor, even if he happens to be famous for his heroism. An exiled princess with revolutionary ideas is just a convenient opportunity to get himself out of debt. Princess Olympia isn't precisely fairy-tale royalty herself; she's plump and a little shy, and desperate to do something of importance in the world. But though their meeting begins with her hopeless hero worship, a harrowing journey to the bleak edge of the world will transform them both.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I wish I had a book like this to read every week!

  • By Leslie Keshishian on 11-08-15

simply amazing.

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

Reviewed: 09-28-15

i couldn't turn this book off, and wanted to listen to it straight through. I finished it in a few days amid laundry, work and car rides. it was just so wonderful, I couldn't get enough.

another reviewer said that Laura's books are an "automatic download" for her, and i'm really at that place, too. there's no need to read the summary or even skim the reviews, because her writing is just top notch. the characters are so intricate and detailed, that you just feel like they're family.

this is my new kinsale favorite. you will not be disappointed. well worth a credit.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • What Alice Forgot

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Tamara Lovatt-Smith
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,934
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,517
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,471

What would happen if you were visited by your younger self, and got a chance for a do-over?Alice Love is twenty-nine years old, madly in love with her husband, and pregnant with their first child. So imagine her surprise when, after a fall, she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! she HATES the gym!) and discovers that she's actually thirty-nine, has three children, and is in the midst of an acrimonious divorce.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • OK

  • By mlfarr on 03-11-15

a wake up call for marriages everywhere.

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

Reviewed: 07-04-15

i have been married for over 21 years and it's a good marriage. a really good marriage. i know, i'm lucky. not everyone is quite as lucky, i realize. if that is you, or you know someone who's in a relationship that's either on the rocks, or stuck in a spot that's unhealthy, or better yet, a relationship where the love has just dwindled. no affairs. nothing like that. the love is just gone. poof.

then read this book.

it's not a self-help book. i actually hate self-help stuff. lol but this book could easily be touted as such, and rightly so. when alice faints during spin class, falling and hitting her head on her bike, and wakes up in the hospital having forgotten the last ten years of her life... well, she quickly realizes she needs to put it back together again. it's in that putting it back together where we learn what she's really made of and how hard she works to set things to rights. i loved being along for the ride (pun intended) and i've recommended this book to so many i've lost count. it's a heart-warming tale of a girl who wants to win back her man the only way she knows how... losing her memory and starting all over again. best book i read last year. by far. -laurie eller, the kentucky bluegrass

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Moonlight on Nightingale Way

  • An On Dublin Street Novel
  • By: Samantha Young
  • Narrated by: Elle Newlands
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 463
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 446
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 446

Logan spent two years paying for the mistakes he made. Now he's ready to start over. He has a great apartment, a good job, and plenty of women to distract him from his past. And one woman who is driving him to distraction...

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as the others but...

  • By Trinigal78 on 06-03-15

sigh. only more of the same.

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

Reviewed: 07-04-15

i think there's a time in which a series needs to be closed and put up for good. this is that series. i know these characters might have become family by this point, since we have gotten to know SO many of them now. the thing is, the stories are all blending together into one big On Dublin Street book.

i can't even tell you who is who and what story belongs to what couple, it's that muddled in my brain. i was SO looking forward to this book, too, but after about two hours in i was finding myself thinking about my grocery list as it was playing, which RARELY happens when i have a good book in my ears. i was bored. completely bored, even by the sex scenes. ugh. i'm so sad to write this review, but i would really skip this one, and maybe listen to Dublin again, because that was the best. no question. -laurie eller, the kentucky bluegrass

  • Far from the Madding Crowd

  • By: Thomas Hardy
  • Narrated by: Nathaniel Parker
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 529
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 453
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 451

Hardy's first major literary success, here brought to life by narrator Nathaniel Parker, is the story of the independent and spirited Bathsheba Everdene, who inherits her uncle's farm, the largest estate in the area. She surprises the villagers of Weatherbury by deciding to run it herself. Attracted to this bold young woman are three suitors all vying for her affections. They include the lonely gentleman-farmer Boldwood, the young and handsome but inconsiderate Sergeant Troy and the faithful shepherd Gabriel Oak.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Does Thomas Hardy justice

  • By vhuggins on 06-11-13

EXCELLENT, and the movie was too!

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

Reviewed: 07-04-15

when i saw the movie trailer for this book, i decided to listen to it since books are always so much better than movies, and there's always missing details that make movie-watching even harder. (hello, harry potter series) this seemed to be the best narration by looking at the reviews, and i must say, it was top notch!

the story is sweet and simple, yet complex given the time in which it took place. bathsheba everdene has no money and then a rich uncle dies, leaving her his farm in which she ends up running--on her own. there's several men who're interested in her as their wife, but she will have none of that, because she considers herself to be too strong-willed and too difficult to tame. excellent stuff!

this is one i'll be listening to again, it's just so well-written. i felt like i was right there, a fly on the wall. worth a credit, no doubt. -laurie eller, the kentucky bluegrass

PS: the movie did this novel justice, keeping pretty close to the story line, which was surprising. the characters in the book were given faces by the movie, which seldom happens so beautifully. watch it. good stuff.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Rosie Project

  • A Novel
  • By: Graeme Simsion
  • Narrated by: Dan O'Grady
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,269
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,245
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,234

Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a "wonderful" husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical - most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver. Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent - and on a quest of her own....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not a typical romance - so much more

  • By Gretchen on 10-03-13

so much fun!

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

Reviewed: 07-04-15

this book had me giggling in so many places! it was fantastic. gives you a great look inside what it would be like to have a social deficiency.

i haven't listened to the second book because the reviews aren't fantastic and quite honestly, the first book was such a great hit, that i don't want to ruin it by muddling it up with a second book that will undoubtedly not be as good. so i won't. lol

excellent book! two thumbs up! -laurie eller, the kentucky bluegrass