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  • After the Rain

  • By: Karen White
  • Narrated by: Meredith Orlow
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 434
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 397
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 399

A multiple RITA nominee, Karen White crafts engrossing stories that have found a special place in the hearts of fans nationwide. After The Rain stars freelance photographer Suzanne Paris. On her own since the age of 14, Suzanne has no intention of settling down in tiny Walton, Georgia. But to her surprise, Walton residents have a way of making even reluctant guests feel right at home. And the new connections she builds come in handy when a dark figure from her past returns, determined to ruin her life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite Karen White, (so far)

  • By Marian on 01-31-13

Don't waste your time.

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

Reviewed: 09-22-16

Would you try another book from Karen White and/or Meredith Orlow?

I have listened to many, many Karen White books and they were all great. I was expecting the same from this one. However, this story was so unbelievable I couldn't even finish the book.
I'm sure the narrator might be good for some books, but not ones with a southern accent or older characters.

What was most disappointing about Karen White’s story?

The whole plot was unbelievable. Additionally, here characters are always so interesting and well developed. In this book they were all so boring and predictable. I kept cheering for the main character to leave and end the pain of the book.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

She didn't differentiate between voices. Her accent was unbelievable. She had everyone sounding like a teenager instead of a father with 6 kids.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No

Any additional comments?

If you enjoy Karen White books like I do, please don't waste your time. You will be very disappointed.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Unhallowed Ground

  • By: Heather Graham
  • Narrated by: Emily Durante
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 234
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 195
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 191

When Sarah McKinley is finally able to buy and restore the historic Florida mansion that she has always loved, she dismisses the horror stories of past residents vanishing and a long-dead housekeeper who practiced black magic. Then, in the midst of renovations, she makes a grim discovery. Hidden within the walls of Sarah's dream house are the remains of dozens of bodies - some dating back over a century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good story!

  • By SO on 12-31-18

Terrible

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

Reviewed: 01-15-15

Would you try another book from Heather Graham and/or Emily Durante?

Maybe

What could Heather Graham have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Write dialog for an adult book and not for preteen literature. The characters were supposed to be college educated professionals, not 12 year old's on an adventure.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator was awful. She made all the female characters sound like airheads that were about 12 years old. All the guys sounded like stupid jocks who were still in junior high school. She should have been narrating a cartoon adventure.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment. I actually couldn't finish the book because of the narration.

  • Swan Point

  • Sweet Magnolias, Book 11
  • By: Sherryl Woods
  • Narrated by: Janet Metzger
  • Length: 5 hrs and 34 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

Determined to build a new life for her family after her divorce, Adelia Hernandez has bought a home in the historic Swan Point neighborhood of Serenity. Promoted to manager of Main Street's most fashionable boutique, she feels revitalized and ready for a fresh start as a single mom. But barely into this new independent phase, she crosses paths with the sexiest man to hit Serenity in years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nice refreshing clen story

  • By KC on 06-13-19

Totally unbelievable

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

Reviewed: 08-15-14

What disappointed you about Swan Point?

The story line that a man who never had any attachments would almost immediately fall in love and want to marry a divorced woman with 4 kids. Come on, even if she was drop dead gorgeous, having four children would be enough to make the man at least want to take his time before marrying her. This story was absolutely ridiculous.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I've started "Beach Road" by Wendy Wax.

Did Janet Metzger do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Yes, she used different voices.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Swan Point?

First of all the marriage proposal. Perhaps that could have been changed to a let's be a couple and see where this goes. Also, the Steel Magnolias have gone from being a group of good friends that support each other to a group of nosy, sex-starved, meddling women. They concentrated on making sure Adelia had sex with Gabe. They were intrusive and rude. Additionally, at one point, Raylene talks to Adelia about becoming a member of the Steel Magnolia group. It sounded more like she was being asked to join an exclusive group that ran the town.

Any additional comments?

I have listened to all 11 books in the Steel Magnolias series. I'm sure there will be a number 12 as the author set it up toward the end of this book. I believe it will involve Carolena leaving her abusive husband, which is a rerun of Raylene's story. I am very undecided about whether or not I will listen to any additional books that may be written in this series because this story was totally idiotic.

  • The Witness (Brilliance Audio Edition)

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,751
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,232
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,186

Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Nora - Outstanding!!!!

  • By M. Davis on 04-20-12

Best Nora Roberts book I've ever listened to

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

Reviewed: 06-20-14

If you could sum up The Witness in three words, what would they be?

Exciting, suspenseful, interesting

What other book might you compare The Witness to and why?

The Collector, by Nora Roberts. Same type of suspense and excitement. Both are very different than so many of her other books. Their was romance but in both books it was not the heart of the story. It was in addition to it.

Have you listened to any of Julia Whelan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, she is very good. Very easy to listen to and differentiate between characters. She helps you "see" the characters.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

One night can change your life forever.

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  • The Pride of Jared MacKade

  • The MacKade Brothers, Book 2
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,041
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,035

Jared MacKade believes in taking a stand, and he never turns his back on a fight. So when his work as an attorney brings him up against Savannah Morningstar, her rude behavior and strong defenses aren't nearly enough to scare him off - quite the opposite. Thoughts of the outrageously direct and sinfully sexy woman keep Jared coming back for more. And the more he gets to know her, the more determined he is to stand by her always.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Much better than expected

  • By Cam on 06-15-15

Lead female has no redeeming values

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

Reviewed: 06-20-14

What disappointed you about The Pride of Jared MacKade?

The female lead Savannah was the most unsympathetic character I ever experienced in a Nora Roberts book. She is rude, sarcastic, and really has no likeable characteristics. I kept waiting for this to change, but it never did. I can begin to figure out why a man, that was described like Jared, would ever be attracted to her, other than her looks and prowess in bed.

Would you ever listen to anything by Nora Roberts again?

Absolutely. I love most of her books. This series, especially this book, was very disappointing.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Luke Daniels?

Yes, I listened to many of his books and they are usually good. The disappointment in this book was Savannah's southern accent. It was awful.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment at the overall quality and total disbelief in why did Jared fall for Savannah.

  • The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion

  • A Novel
  • By: Fannie Flagg
  • Narrated by: Fannie Flagg
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,482
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,266
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,251

Mrs. Sookie Poole of Point Clear, Alabama, has just married off the last of her daughters and is looking forward to relaxing and perhaps traveling with her husband, Earle. The only thing left to contend with is her mother, the formidable Lenore Simmons Krackenberry. Lenore may be a lot of fun for other people, but is, for the most part, an overbearing presence for her daughter. Then one day, quite by accident, Sookie discovers a secret about her mother's past that knocks her for a loop and suddenly calls into question everything she ever thought she knew about herself, her family, and her future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a fun story!

  • By Lea Zimmerman on 12-06-13

Great story. Couldn't stop listening to it.

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

Reviewed: 04-28-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

The story was great. Fannie Flagg's characters are always so interesting.

What did you like best about this story?

The characters and all the twists and turns that happen during the story.

Have you listened to any of Fannie Flagg’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, I have listened to all of her performances. This one is great. Just like all the others. The way she tells the story you can picture these characters and their reactions.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Women are unstoppable.

Any additional comments?

I love, love, love Fannie Flagg's books. What a gifted writer. She develops the characters in depth, but doesn't mire or bore the listener in useless details.

  • Shadow Spell

  • Book Two of The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Alan Smyth
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,598
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,276
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,269

With the legends and lore of Ireland running through his blood, falconer Connor O’Dwyer is proud to call County Mayo home. It’s where his sister, Branna, lives and works, where his cousin, Iona, has found true love, and where his childhood friends form a circle that can’t be broken. A circle that is about to be stretched out of shape - by a long-awaited kiss. Meara Quinn is Branna’s best friend, a sister in all but blood. Her and Connor’s paths cross almost daily, as Connor takes tourists on hawk walks and Meara guides them on horseback across the lush countryside.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Book is a good read but the narrator is HORRIBLE

  • By Kindle Customer on 03-27-14

Hard to distinguish between characters

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

Reviewed: 04-28-14

Is there anything you would change about this book?

This narrator made it difficult to distinguish between characters

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Exactly what I expected.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Alan Smyth?

Many others. Narrators of her previous books have been very good.

Was Shadow Spell worth the listening time?

Yes, since it was the second one of the series.

  • The Summer Garden

  • Chesapeake Shores, Book 9
  • By: Sherryl Woods
  • Narrated by: Christina Traister
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222

Falling for “Maddening Moira” O’Malley was the unexpected highlight of Luke O’Brien’s Dublin holiday. So when she pays a surprise visit to Chesapeake Shores, Luke is thrilled…at first. A fling with this wild Irish rose is one thing, but forever? Maybe someday, but not when he’s totally focused on establishing a business that will prove his mettle to his overachieving family. Given Luke’s reaction, Moira has some soul - searching of her own to do. Scarred by her father’s abandonment, she wonders if Luke, with his playboy past, is truly the family man she longs for. Adding to her dilemma, she’s offered an amazing new job....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Unrealistic and rushed ending

  • By Carla on 02-29-12

Unrealistic and rushed ending

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

Reviewed: 02-29-12

What made the experience of listening to The Summer Garden the most enjoyable?

To hear the continuing saga of a family you've come to know through all the other books in the series.

Would you recommend The Summer Garden to your friends? Why or why not?

If they had listened to the other books in the series I would recommend this one.

Have you listened to any of Christina Traister’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

She is an extremely talented narrator. I've enjoyed listening to her in all the Chesapeake Shores books.

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

No

Any additional comments?

I've really enjoyed this series of books. And this one was no exception. I did have some trouble with the ending. As someone who has a relative going to the process of marrying someone who is not a citizen, I know that Luke and Moira could not have married as quickly as they did. It takes months to get the okay for this since 9/11. That's every country not just middle eastern ones. The book would have been much more satisfying with Nell and Dylan marrying and Luke and Moira being engaged and going through the necessary process for the wedding to take place. The days are over where you can simply marry a United States citizen and stay in the country. In fact, the marriage can't even take place until you have obtained all the approvals from the U.S. government.

Sherryl Woods has written 8 or 9 books in this series, with this book being the last. After listening to all those books and following this family, the ending seemed very, very rushed. I think she might have taken the time the ending deserved. The majority of the book was fine, but then it seemed like she decided she only had 30 minutes left she better hurry up. One of the great things about these books has been the time she takes to develop her characters so that the listener feels like they know them. This book ended with hurry up and marry everyone off. It was disappointing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hannah's List

  • A Blossom Street Book, #7
  • By: Debbie Macomber
  • Narrated by: Fred Stella
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152

On the anniversary of his beloved wife’s death, Dr. Michael Everett receives a letter Hannah had written him. In it she reminds him of her love and makes one final request. An impossible request. I want you to marry again. She tells him he shouldn’t spend the years he has left grieving her. And to that end she’s chosen three women she asks him to consider. During the months that follow, he spends time with Winter, Leanne, and Macy, learning more about each of them…and about himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Book!!!

  • By Pamela on 06-21-10

totally unbelievable story

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

Reviewed: 02-09-12

What disappointed you about Hannah's List?

First, the story was unbelievable. A man supposedly deeply in love with his dead wife, meets a woman, falls in love and is ready to marry her within a few weeks. Makes you question how much he really loved the first wife. He was so quickly ready to love and marry this woman who came across as a total airhead, that it actually made me dislike him. I don't think he really knew who or what he wanted, he just needed a wife. I kept listening hoping it would get better but it didn't.

Because other Debbie Macomber books have been so good, I kept listening. Unfortunately, this book got worse the further into I got. Just the way the doctor turned from grieving, to happy, to I want to get married so quickly it actually caused me to dislike the character.

Would you ever listen to anything by Debbie Macomber again?

Yes, other books by her have been very good.

What aspect of Fred Stella’s performance would you have changed?

He was alright except his voice sounded like Rod Sterling. I kept waiting for him to tell me he had just entered the

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Hannah's List?

I would have made Macy a little less eccentric, the scene where she and the dr. made a salmon casserole together and then she realized it may have been cat food was cute, but then for them to go ahead and eat it, that was just stupid. She was too far out, and an organized doctor wouldn't adapt to that so quickly.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • 6 Rainier Drive

  • Cedar Cove #6
  • By: Debbie Macomber
  • Narrated by: Andrea Gallo
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 191
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109

In 6 Rainier Drive listeners are whisked away to Cedar Cove, Washington, where Justine and Seth Gunderson are feeling the shock of the arson that destroyed their restaurant. They're eager to move on, but divided over which direction to take.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Excellent Romance/Family Drama

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-22-08

Worst narrator

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-03-11

I've been listening to this series from the beginning. It's a good thing I was interested in the story because if I hadn't been I would have turned the book off after the 1st hour. This narrator is the slowest person I have ever listened to. In parts of the book where there are conversations, there are such long pauses that I have to see if my MP3 player has shut off. She is terrible. The whole book would be 2 hours shorter if she talked at a normal pace. I have checked the narrator for the rest of the books in this series. Luckily, she is not used again.