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  • The Gypsy Moth Summer

  • A Novel
  • By: Julia Fierro
  • Narrated by: Christa Lewis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 12

It is the summer of 1992 and a gypsy moth invasion blankets Avalon Island. It is also the summer Leslie Day Marshall - only daughter of Avalon's most prominent family - returns with her husband, a botanist, and their children to live in "The Castle", the island's grandest estate. Leslie's husband Jules is African-American, and their children biracial, and islanders from both sides of the tracks form fast and dangerous opinions about the new arrivals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Complete audiobook now available!!

  • By Belle on 10-30-17

Complete audiobook now available!!

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

Reviewed: 10-30-17

"Complete audiobook now available!!"
The audiobook was originally only 50% uploaded - hopefully earlier listeners will delete their original downloads and re-download the entire content.

The book is now available in its entirety

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Pineapple Lies

  • Pineapple Port Mysteries 1
  • By: Amy Vansant
  • Narrated by: Rosemary Benson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 116

Growing up in one of Florida's age-55-plus communities, Charlotte never expected life to be wild. Golf cart racing with her surrogate mothers Mariska and Darla was about as nutty as life got... until she found the hot pawnbroker's mom buried in her backyard.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Laugh your way to the murder solution!

  • By Jan on 08-09-15

Hilarious! Brilliant story, brilliant narration!

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

Reviewed: 09-26-15

Would you listen to Pineapple Lies again? Why?

I do listen to it again - especially the scene in the clubhouse. Unbelievably funny. The narrator - Rosemary Benson - has pitch perfect comic timing.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved them all - they were so beautifully well written and superbly acted - distinct characterizations. Wacky, funny, foibles - loved them all.

Which character – as performed by Rosemary Benson – was your favorite?

Couldn't choose one - maybe Penny.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Totally.

Any additional comments?

Rosemary Benson is uniquely talented as an audiobook narrator - she has an impeccable ear for characterization and her accents are flawless. Amy Vansant is a talented author - her dialogue rivals Aaron Sorkin - this is an eminently entertaining audiobook.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • After the Fire

  • Hidden Cove Series, Volume 1
  • By: Kathryn Shay
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 394
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 347
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 339

Three firefighters from the Malvaso family are trapped in a burning building and almost lose their lives. After they are rescued, they decide to change the way they've been living. Mitch, the eldest, wants to make some decisions about his dysfunctional marriage and spend more time with his kids. Jenn decides to have a baby - with her best friend, Grady. And Zach, the bad boy of the group, vows to make up for his past sins and become a better man.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Could not stop listening!

  • By Belle on 05-04-14

Could not stop listening!

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

Reviewed: 05-04-14

Any additional comments?

I could not stop listening to this audiobook - I had to find out what happened to each and every one of the characters. It was touching and funny and - in the context of the genre - a really enjoyable light listen with some surprisingly touching moments, brought to life by Jeffrey Kafer's narration. He's got a great voice and it suited the story perfectly. I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for my review and am delighted I had the chance to listen in!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful