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  • Little Beach Street Bakery

  • Little Beach Street Bakery Series #1
  • By: Jenny Colgan
  • Narrated by: Veida Dehmlow
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 490
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 452
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 453

Polly Waterford is recovering from a toxic relationship. Unable to afford their flat, she has to move miles away from everyone, to a sleepy little seaside resort in Cornwall, where she lives alone above an abandoned shop. And so Polly takes out her frustrations on her favorite hobby: making bread. But what was previously a weekend diversion suddenly becomes far more important as she pours her emotions into kneading and pounding the dough, and each loaf becomes better and better.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Could have been great.

  • By Linzel McBride on 12-08-15

A good beginning but....

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

Reviewed: 07-05-18

This story started well and had some surprises along the way, but in the end became predictable. The most disconcerting part was the reader's voice characterizations. All the male characters sounded like 75 year old pirates!

  • Twenties Girl

  • A Novel
  • By: Sophie Kinsella
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 15 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,054
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 796
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 800

When the spirit of Lara's great-aunt Sadie - a feisty, demanding girl with firm ideas about fashion, love, and the right way to dance - mysteriously appears, she has one last request: Lara must find a missing necklace that had been in Sadie's possession for more than 75 years, and Sadie cannot rest without it. Lara, on the other hand, has a number of ongoing distractions.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • My first Kinsella

  • By Marie on 05-03-13

Not my favorite!

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

Reviewed: 05-29-18

This took a very long time to pull together. Even then it wasn't Sophie Kinsella's best work. I found both the female lead characters unsympathetic and frequently annoying. and although this IS fiction, much of it was either preposterous or predictable. Of course, Rosalind Landor did her customary great job with the narration. I've enjoyed other Kinsella novels, but this one missed the mark for me.

  • Faking Friends

  • By: Jane Fallon
  • Narrated by: Sally Scott, Kristin Atherton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 642
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 600
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 600

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Faking Friends by Jane Fallon, read by Sally Scott and Kristin Atherton. Best friend. Soulmate. Confidante. Backstabber. Amy thought she knew who Melissa was - then again, Amy also thought she was on the verge of the wedding of her dreams to her long-distance fiancé. When her career begins to unravel, she pays a surprise trip home to London. Her boyfriend Jack is out, but another woman has been making herself at home....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Schadenfreude to the max

  • By Jenn on 01-15-18

An interesting journey into women and friendship

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

Reviewed: 05-05-18

I was at first intrigued, then horrified, followed by disbelieving. I'm not sure if the conclusion was satisfying, but I'm glad I read this.

  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

  • A Novel
  • By: Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer, Susan Duerden, Rosalyn Landor, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,479
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,213
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,193

London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb.... As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends – and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I felt like a bit of a voyeur

  • By Ella on 03-10-09

Absolutely enchanting!

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

Reviewed: 03-01-18

Loved it! Original story, with wonderful performances by all the artists! Some of the descriptions of the war are heartbreaking, but you will remain charmed.

  • The Grand Sophy

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Sarah Woodward
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,161
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,877
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,874

Resourceful, adventurous and utterly indefatigable, Sophy is hardly the mild-mannered girl that the Rivenhalls expect when they agree to take her in. Kind-hearted Aunt Lizzy is shocked; stern Cousin Charles and his humorless fiancée Eugenia are disapproving.With her inimitable mixture of exuberance and grace Sophy soon sets about endearing herself to her family, but finds herself increasingly drawn to her cousin. Can she really be falling in love with him, and he with her? And what of his betrothal to Eugenia?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Full Sophy

  • By Carol on 10-17-13

Magnificent!

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

Reviewed: 12-01-17

By far the best Helter novel, and I've read a lot of them! The reader is masterful, bringing the story to life! Bravo all the way around!

  • Beartown

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: Marin Ireland
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,649
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,987
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,962

People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded this town. And in that ice rink is the reason people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be better than today. Their junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semifinals, and they actually have a shot at winning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Barrel To The Head, A Slug To The Gut--

  • By Gillian on 04-28-17

Great book!

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

Reviewed: 10-27-17

This book is so different from "Britt Marie" and "My Grandmother Says..." But it is very good and raises some serious questions. I didn't think I would like it, but because it is Backman I got it anyway. I'm not sorry. I loved it...in the end!

  • Return to Night

  • By: Mary Renault
  • Narrated by: Joan Walker
  • Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Losing out on a promotion to her ex lover, Hilary Mansell, a talented doctor, moves to a rural hospital. She is bored and unchallenged, but the routine and long hours dull her disappointment. When Julian Fleming is admitted with a serious head injury, Hilary's skill and quick thinking save his life, and after his recovery he seeks her out. Julian is handsome, intelligent and a decade younger than Hilary, and although at first she resists his advances, she cannot help falling in love with him.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Gave up!

  • By K Ward on 09-17-17

Gave up!

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

Reviewed: 09-17-17

I found this book so unengaging that I finally gave up! Generally I love this narrator too, but 4 hours in, I simply couldn't generate any interest in the characters. I gave up. Perhaps I'll try again another time.

  • Britt-Marie Was Here

  • A Novel
  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: Joan Walker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,507
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,940
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,928

Britt-Marie can't stand mess. She eats dinner at precisely the right time and starts her day at six in the morning because only lunatics wake up later than that. And she is not passive-aggressive. Not in the least. It's just that sometimes people interpret her helpful suggestions as criticisms, which is certainly not her intention. But at 63, Britt-Marie has had enough. She finally walks out on her loveless 40-year marriage and finds a job in the only place she can: Borg, a small, derelict town devastated by the financial crisis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ha! (Listen to the book and you will understand!)

  • By Jodie on 07-22-16

Wonderful!

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

Reviewed: 09-10-17

This is a wonderful story about a woman, a place and a group of people that all the rest of the world has underestimated and tossed aside.

It's funny, sad and triumphant, filled with quirky characters who refuse to be ignored. A beautiful story, magnificently performed.

I'm just sad it ended.

  • Sick Puppy

  • By: Carl Hiaasen
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 578
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 523
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 524

When Palmer Stoat notices the black pickup truck following him on the highway, he fears his precious Range Rover is about to be carjacked. But Twilly Spree, the man tailing Stoat, has vengeance, not sport-utility vehicles, on his mind. Idealistic, independently wealthy, and pathologically short-tempered, Twilly has dedicated himself to saving Florida's wilderness from runaway destruction. He favors unambiguous political statements - such as torching Jet-Skis or blowing up banks - that leave his human targets shaken but re-educated.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The Hiaasen Formula

  • By Me & My Girls on 09-16-15

Depressingly compelling

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

Reviewed: 08-16-17

This book is like watching a train wreck. You want to look away, but you just can't. It's way too much of a reflection of modern day politics and money.

George Newbern does a masterful narration, as usual.

  • A Man Called Ove

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63,111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57,744
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57,641

Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Laughed and I Cried

  • By Bill on 08-22-15

Somewhat hard to take at first, but...

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

Reviewed: 08-10-17

This is a wonderful story! It reveals it's direction gradually, like removing veils as it moves from dark to light. In the end one finds oneself cheering for Ove.