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Monterey, CA
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  • Before We Were Yours

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Wingate
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin, Catherine Taber
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,872
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,432
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,299

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family's Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge - until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children's Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents - but they quickly realize the dark truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I was rivetted, finished in three days.

  • By Lin Cloward on 06-26-17

Heartbreaking but beautiful!

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

Reviewed: 11-30-17

This book broke my heart into a million pieces. It is a stunningly well written fictional account of child trafficking and the illegal adoptions that occurred at the hands of the Tennessee Children's Home Society. This orphanage ripped children from their parents and placed them in less than desirable homes. The author takes us back in time when a group of siblings was torn apart and adopted out to different homes (or worse). They suffered abuse and psychological trauma. In present times, Avery determines that her grandmother was somehow involved but suffers from dementia and cannot, or will not, answer Avery's questions. Avery's father is a well-known politician and she fears that the scandal will devastate her family. As well as being a heartfelt read, the narration of this book on Audible is first rate!

  • The Coincidence of Coconut Cake

  • By: Amy E. Reichert
  • Narrated by: C.S.E Cooney
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 441
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 403
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 403

In downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Lou works tirelessly to build her beloved yet struggling French restaurant, Luella's, into a success. She cheerfully balances her demanding business and even more demanding fiancé...until the morning she discovers him in the buff - with an intern.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Delightful Read

  • By Vanda F. Wadsworth on 04-18-16

A Decadent and Tantalizing Treat!

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

Reviewed: 11-05-17

The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert is a true gem! I had this sitting in my Audible account for months before I actually found the time to listen, and “wow!” what I was missing! This is a story of romance and decadent writing about food! I salivated at times! Lu is a chef who is going through the wringer with a wayward fiance and a failing restaurant, due largely to a scathing review she receives from a food critic. As her relationship ends, she meets a seemingly perfect man who wants to learn more about her city and she takes him on an adventure of fine dining. Her one rule is that they don’t get too personal and definitely do not discuss work. In fact, neither knows what the other does. This leads to a recipe for disaster. The narrator, C.S.E. Cooney, is on point and is perfect for this read!

  • The River Witch

  • By: Kimberly Brock
  • Narrated by: Alison Edwards
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

A ballet star loses everything when a car accident ends her career and also results in her miscarriage. Devastated, she retreats to the Georgia coast, where her seclusion does not last long, thanks to the gentle influence of the marsh/river folk--their traditions, music and beliefs. Befriended by a lonely little girl, the former ballerina slowly finds a new life for herself and new values. Mainly female voices, ranging from a light, sophisticated southern accent to a more earthy coastal drawl.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Sweet Southern Gothic Treat!

  • By Christie on 11-05-17

A Sweet Southern Gothic Treat!

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

Reviewed: 11-05-17

What can I say? I LOVED this book! Kimberly Brock has such a way with words and this story was phenomenal. The narration by Alison Edwards was spot on!

  • Seven Days of Us

  • A Novel
  • By: Francesca Hornak
  • Narrated by: Jilly Bond
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 95

It's Christmas, and, for the first time in years, the entire Birch family will be under one roof. Even Emma and Andrew's elder daughter - who is usually off saving the world - will be joining them at Weyfield Hall, their aging country estate. But Olivia, a doctor, is coming home only because she has to. Having just returned from treating an epidemic abroad, she's been told she must stay in quarantine for a week...and so, too, should her family.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Even Fiction Requires Research

  • By Sara on 12-10-17

A Titillating Comedy of Errors!

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

Reviewed: 11-05-17

Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak is a titillating read about the comedy of errors that befalls a family while they are quarantined in the family home for seven days during the holidays. Daughter, Olivia, has been treating a deadly virus in another country, leading to the quarantine. She finds out that she is at high risk for contracting the virus due to certain relations she engaged in abroad. Her sister, Phoebe, finds out her fiance may not be the man she thinks he is. Their parents are harboring secrets, as well, that threaten to surface during the family’s week together. I found myself holding my breath at each crazy turn the story took, wondering how this dysfunctional family would react. I was never disappointed!

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Without Merit

  • A Novel
  • By: Colleen Hoover
  • Narrated by: Candace Thaxton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 750
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 683
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 688

In Colleen Hoover's gripping novel, reminiscent of the best-selling works of Liane Moriarty and Jojo Moyes, a young woman decides to reveal the dark secrets of her seemingly happy family before she leaves them behind, but when her escape plan fails, she must deal with the staggering consequences of telling the truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Book Will Not Disappoint!

  • By Christie on 10-28-17

This Book Will Not Disappoint!

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

Reviewed: 10-28-17

This was my first Colleen Hoover read and I was blown away! I listened to it and literally did not want to stop to do life because I wanted to know what was going to happen to these magical characters I fell in love with! And the narrator was PERFECT! Merit has an unusual family life. She lives in an old church with her father and step-mother, as well as her mother who lives in the basement and will not come out. Other characters include Merit's twin sister, her older brother, a younger brother, an uncle by marriage who comes along unexpectedly, and Merit's love interest, whom she believes to be her twin's boyfriend. Merit finds herself in the throes of depression and the story comes to a head when she writes a heartfelt letter after which she attempts to remove herself from her reality. Each character is so deliciously developed that you will feel that they are your personal friends. The reader will quickly become invested in the story which has a superb ending. I cannot wait to read more by Colleen Hoover, and luckily I discovered there is quite a collection to choose from!

9 of 9 people found this review helpful