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  • Mrs. Saint and the Defectives

  • A Novel
  • By: Julie Lawson Timmer
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Wiley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 994
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 903
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 902

Markie, a fortysomething divorcée who has suffered a humiliating and very public fall from marital, financial, and professional grace, moves, along with her teenage son, Jesse, to a new town, hoping to lick her wounds in private. But Markie and Jesse are unable to escape the attention of their new neighbor Mrs. Saint, an irascible, elderly New European woman who takes it upon herself, along with her ragtag group of "defectives," to identify and fix the flaws in those around her, whether they want her to or not.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Hours of a narcissist complaining

  • By Nomad 2009 on 09-22-17

Not your typical heroine

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

Mrs. Saint is not your typical #Curmudgen or nosy neighbor. What makes that premise work is that this story has enough reality written into it that one can suspend disbelief about how pushy Mrs. Saint really is long enough to fall in love with her #quirky ways, in spite of her flaws. #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • A Novel
  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,866
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28,579
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,477

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Close To Perfection--A Definite Thumbs Up!

  • By Kathy on 08-07-17

The power of friendship

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

Every now and then after I've completed reading a book, I wish that I could be friends with a character from the story. I wish Eleanor Oliphant could be in my circle of #bookfriends. She's witty--on the snaky side. She has her faults--but she's got a self-improvement plan. She's like most of us--just trying to cope with loneliness. This was not an easy book to read because some of the content of her story is tragic, but oh what a #transformation unconditional love can make in a life. Read this book and introduce yourself to a new book friend. #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • In the Company of Others

  • By: Jan Karon
  • Narrated by: Erik Singer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 658
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 469
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 464

Father Tim and Cynthia arrive in the west of Ireland, intent on researching his Kavanagh ancestry from the comfort of a charming fishing lodge. The charm, however, is broken entirely when Cynthia startles a burglar and sprains her already injured ankle. Then a cherished and valuable painting is stolen from the lodge owners, and Cynthia's pain pales in comparison to the wound at the center of this bitterly estranged Irish family.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed

  • By Nilda on 11-20-10

A Departure from Mitford

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

This book, and Home to Holly Springs, were originally intended as a part of a different series based on beloved characters (Fr. Tim and Cynthia) from Mitford. Mitford stories are always upbeat and make you feel safe. Fr. Tim stories take you through an emotional wringer. Spurgeon once said that "Many people owe the grandeur of their lives to their tremendous difficulties." This is true for Fr. Tim. Karon pulls him out of his happy place yet again and this time Cynthia is along for the trip. It is a #GutWrenching read, but for me it was well worth it. The #spiritualgoldnuggets in this book really helped me. I found it particularly helpful that I was listening to the book because I would have struggled with the Irish dialect and words that this book contains. The Fr. Tim books have different narrators than the rest of the series. Some are bothered by that. It took getting accustomed to, but it didn't detract from the story for me, in the least. I'm glad Jan Karon delved into these darker themes with Fr. Tim and Cynthia. It makes the Light that much more beautiful. #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good

  • Mitford Years, Book 10
  • By: Jan Karon
  • Narrated by: John McDonough
  • Length: 17 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 993
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 996

After five hectic years of retirement from Lord's Chapel, Father Tim Kavanagh returns with his wife, Cynthia, from a so-called pleasure trip to the land of his Irish ancestors. While glad to be at home in Mitford, something is definitely missing: a pulpit. But when he's offered one, he decides he doesn't want it. Maybe he's lost his passion. His adopted son, Dooley, wrestles with his own passion - for the beautiful and gifted Lace Turner, and his vision to become a successful country vet.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mitford Changes With The Times

  • By Sara on 09-26-14

Mitford is my happy place

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

I love the title of this book. It's what we all want, isn't it--to be Somewhere Safe With Somebody Good? More new characters to enjoy, and a question to be pondered: Does Mitford really take care of its own? Oh, if #HappyEndings isn't the hashtag for this book, then I'll eat Miss Rose's banana pudding. #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Light from Heaven

  • By: Jan Karon
  • Narrated by: John McDonough
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 811
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 605
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 605

All good things, even laughter and orange marmalade cake, must come to an end. And in Light from Heaven, the long-anticipated final volume in the phenomenally successful Mitford Years series, Karon deftly ties up all the loose ends of Father Timothy Kavanagh's deeply affecting life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • North Carolina Mountain Life Captured

  • By Sara on 10-08-13

Mountain Top Experience

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

Fr. Tim get a new assignment and we get some delightful new characters to enjoy. This may have been intended as the last of the series when it was written, but the story is far from over. Cozy up with some hot tea and enjoy this #FeelGood story with a #hopeful theme and a #HappyEnding. #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • The Stranger from the Sea

  • A Novel of Cornwall 1810-1811: Poldark, Book 8
  • By: Winston Graham
  • Narrated by: Oliver J. Hembrough
  • Length: 14 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 478
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 442
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 438

The Stranger from the Sea is the eighth novel in Winston Graham's sweeping series of Cornwall, Poldark. Cornwall, 1810. The Poldark family awaits the return of Ross from his mission to Wellington's army in Portugal. But their ordered existence ends with Jeremy Poldark's dramatic rescue of the stranger from the sea. Stephen Carrington's arrival in the Poldark household changes all their lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Where are all the Poldark books

  • By Sharon on 12-11-16

Great Historical Saga

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

This title picks up the story 10 years after The Angry Tide. The first section spends some time getting the reader up to speed and jumps back and forth quite a bit. But after a while the story takes off like gangbusters. George Warleggan is such a naughty villan, and still seeking to devour someone's happiness. The children of Ross and George are the main features of this #HistoricalSaga. #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Come Rain or Come Shine

  • A Mitford Novel, Book 11
  • By: Jan Karon
  • Narrated by: John McDonough
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,035
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 947
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 934

Over the course of 10 Mitford novels, fans have kept a special place in their hearts for Dooley Kavanagh, first featured in At Home in Mitford as a barefoot, freckle-faced boy in filthy overalls. Now, Father Tim Kavanagh's adopted son has graduated from vet school and opened his own animal clinic. Since money will be tight for a while, maybe he and Lace Harper, his once and future soul mate, should keep their wedding simple.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfection!

  • By Sara on 09-28-15

Mitford Wedding Bells

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

Readers of the Mitford series have been anticipating this wedding for a long time. Dooley and Lace #tietheknot and more! #HappyEndings all around. #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Shepherds Abiding

  • By: Jan Karon
  • Narrated by: John McDonough
  • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 653
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 509
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 510

Since he was a boy growing up in Mississippi, Father Tim has lived what he calls "the life of the mind". Except for cooking and gardening and washing his dog, he never learned to savor the work of his hands. And then he finds a derelict nativity scene: twenty figures, including a flock of sheep, that have suffered the indignities of time and neglect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shepherds Abiding

  • By Bob on 05-25-06

Christmas in Mitford

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

Mitford is my favorite #feelgood escape in reading. What a joy to see how Fr. Tim & Cynthia celebrate Christmas. #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Victoria

  • A Novel
  • By: Daisy Goodwin
  • Narrated by: Anna Wilson-Jones
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,060
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,892
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,877

Early one morning, less than a month after her 18th birthday, Alexandrina Victoria is roused from bed with the news that her uncle William IV has died, and she is now queen of England. The men who run the country have doubts about whether this sheltered young woman, who stands less than five feet tall, can rule the greatest nation in the world. Surely she must rely on her mother and her venal advisor, Sir John Conroy, or her uncle, the Duke of Cumberland, who are all too eager to relieve her of the burdens of power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Read!!

  • By Tommy on 02-06-18

Fit for a queen

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

Reviewed: 03-07-18

Would you consider the audio edition of Victoria to be better than the print version?

Haven't read the print version, but this audio version gives more depth to the characters than season 1 of the PBS series.

What about Anna Wilson-Jones’s performance did you like?

Very smooth. Each character had their own voice.

Any additional comments?

This is a fictionalized account of the beginning of Queen Victoria's reign. It is a bit romanticized, but very enjoyable to listen to--in fact, I hardly stopped listening until the book was finished. I hope Daisy Goodwin writes more of Queen Victoria's story.

  • A Woman's Place

  • By: Lynn Austin
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 482
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 417
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 415

While their men fight, America's women produce what's necessary for victory. In a Michigan shipyard, four female co-workers forge a strong bond of friendship that, combined with faith, helps them to overcome oppression, despair, and tragedy - and find love in unlikely places.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Complex insights on personal perspective.

  • By Sara on 09-17-13

Women in war time.

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

Reviewed: 03-07-18

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I enjoyed the book, but the storyline jumped around between four characters. Sometimes I had difficulty remembering who was speaking.

If you’ve listened to books by Lynn Austin before, how does this one compare?

This is my first LA book, but it won't be my last!