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  • Lighthouse Bay

  • By: Kimberley Freeman
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 16 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 679
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 637
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 634

This breathtaking novel travels more than a century between two love stories set in the Australian seaside town of Lighthouse Bay. In 1901, a ship sinks off the coast of Lighthouse Bay in Australia. The only survivor is Isabella Winterbourne - escaping her loveless marriage and the devastating loss of her son - who clutches a priceless gift meant for the Australian Parliament. Suddenly, this gift could be her ticket to a new life, free from the bonds of her husband and his overbearing family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story!

  • By Kate B. on 11-30-17

LOVED this book!

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

Reviewed: 01-27-18

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

I haven't read the print version.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Lighthouse Bay?

So many memorable moments! This one is such a beautiful drama! I truly drove many an extra mile to listen in my car. It had me wrapped up in the story right from the get go & gripped my attention throughout! Fabulous!

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

I have listened to one other so far - definitely going to listen to more!! This one was the best so far!!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were many moments that moved me. Very relatable, well developed characters. I could feel their joy, despair, fear, relief - this one definitely takes you on a journey!

Any additional comments?

I can't wait to see what else this author has to offer. I truly enjoyed this one!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Cake

  • A Love Story
  • By: J. Bengtsson
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Joe Arden
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,821
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,419
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,407

Jake McKallister might have been a rock star, but he was no ordinary one. Surviving an unspeakable crime as a young teen had shaped him into a guarded workaholic, and he now lived his life trying to forget. If it hadn't been for music and the redemption he found through it, he might not have survived. Career success came easily for him. Personal connections did not.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Freakin Rockin Book

  • By Alanna on 12-22-16

How many times can one say "He/she was so HOT"??

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

Reviewed: 08-12-17

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

No idea. I found the text to be extremely repetitive. Performances were ok - but how often can you say "he/she is so HOT" and make it sound original?? Yikes.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Definitely not a romance.

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

occasionally funny moments - but VERY few and far between

Any additional comments?

I listened to the whole thing.. because I spent the money on it, and figured I'd see it through - but I just don't recommend this one unless you have nothing else to listen to!

  • Petty: The Biography

  • By: Warren Zanes
  • Narrated by: Warren Zanes
  • Length: 13 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,005
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 927
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 927

No one other than Warren Zanes, rocker and writer and friend, could author a book about Tom Petty that is as honest and evocative of Petty's music and the remarkable rock and roll history he and his band helped to write. Born in Gainesville, Florida, with more than a little hillbilly in his blood, Tom Petty was a Southern shit kicker, a kid without a whole lot of promise. Rock and roll made it otherwise.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best biographies ever

  • By James on 12-29-15

Excellent biography

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

Reviewed: 03-30-17

Loved this audiobook! Really got a feel for the musician & his story- narration was wonderful & really brought the book to life. I was familiar with Petty's music - but now a true fan!

  • Born to Run

  • By: Bruce Springsteen
  • Narrated by: Bruce Springsteen
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,433
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,939
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,908

In 2009, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed at the Super Bowl's halftime show. The experience was so exhilarating that Bruce decided to write about it. That's how this extraordinary autobiography began. Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life, bringing to this audio the same honesty, humor, and originality found in his songs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Boss demonstrates his strong work ethic and dedication to excellence as he tells his story.

  • By Tim on 12-21-16

Fascinating inside look at Bruce Springsteen

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

Reviewed: 12-25-16

If you could sum up Born to Run in three words, what would they be?

Relatable, moving, inspiring.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Born to Run?

I really enjoyed the whole book. It was almost an emotional journey to travel through his life in his voice and words to learn of inspirations, struggles, influences & family history. I particularly enjoyed listening to his relationships with the women in his life, grandmother, mother, sisters, wife.

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

His music. Now that I've listened to the book, his songs have more context. I LOVE the fact that each song has it's own voice and message. He really is a man who speaks for the working class. Including women.

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

It's definitely too long to do in one sitting. I plug it into the audio system in my car, and this one made me want to drive EVERYWHERE taking the scenic route. It sure made Christmas shopping much more bearable!

Any additional comments?

I will definitely listen to this one again. I actually shed a tear when it was over. Almost like realizing I wouldn't be hearing stories from a friend anymore.

  • Honolulu

  • By: Alan Brennert
  • Narrated by: Ali Ahn
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 410
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 316
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318

Set in the 1920s and 1930s, Honolulu explores the stark contrast between the image of the glamorous Hawaiian paradise portrayed to the mainland and the harsh reality of life on the island. With characters as vivid and richly descriptive as the history of Hawaii itself, this novel is sure to enthrall listeners.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Very Distracting Narrator

  • By Dr. J. on 05-22-12

Beautifully written and performed!

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

Reviewed: 11-13-16

Enjoyed this book and performance so very much! Characters so well developed and never repetitive. I would highly recommend this audiobook! 5 stars all the way!

  • Wait

  • A Bleeding Stars Stand-Alone Novel
  • By: A.L. Jackson
  • Narrated by: Zachary Webber, Andi Arndt
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,232
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,158
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,163

Edie Evans is gorgeous. Sexy. Kind. She's also the definition of off-limits. But that didn't stop me from sneaking into her room to comfort her at night. But guys like me? We destroy everything, so it should have been no surprise when I destroyed us, too. The night I sent her running, I thought I'd never see her again. Until I saw her standing like a vision in the crowd.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful story. You need the "backstory" first, everything falls into place.

  • By Sharon on 03-25-17

not a good book

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

Reviewed: 10-28-16

What disappointed you about Wait?

SO repetitive. Same descriptions over and over again.

Has Wait turned you off from other books in this genre?

Yes

What aspect of Zachary Webber and Andi Arndt ’s performance would you have changed?

Their performance was fine. The material didn't give them a lot to work with.

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

Not really.