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  • The Winter Sea

  • By: Susanna Kearsley
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 15 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,784
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,046
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,065

History has all but forgotten.... In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown. Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next best-selling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write. But then she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Get Out Your Hankies

  • By Martha on 07-29-11

Captivating!

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

Reviewed: 05-31-18

I loved the back and forth story lines between the would-be authors everyday life and the characters in her novel. Both stories meshed so well and the history and plot was intriguing and captivating.
Would definitely recommend this book, especially if you love historical fiction.

  • Firefly Lane

  • A Novel
  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 17 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,063
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,214
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,206

Firefly Lane is the poignant, powerful story of two women and the friendship that becomes the mainstay of their lives. For 30 years, Tully and Kate buoy each other through life, weathering the storms of friendship: jealousy, anger, hurt, resentment. They think they've survived it all, until a single act of betrayal tears them apart...and puts their courage and friendship to the ultimate test.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Chick lit meets Forrest Gump

  • By Lisa on 12-29-10

Great 70’s Era Storytelling!

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

Reviewed: 02-27-18

As a woman growing up in the same time era as this story, I could so relate. I was pulled along side Kate & Tully’s life adventure, feeling the connection between them. The story made me both laugh aloud and cry.
I’ve never read anything by Kristin Hannah before, but will now look forward to reading more of her stories. The narrator was also exceptional in her reading of it. As those of us know all to well that the narrator can either make or break a good storyline

  • Exit Unicorns

  • By: Cindy Brandner
  • Narrated by: Gary Furlong
  • Length: 22 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

In this sweeping and powerful epic the journey begins in the "terrible beauty" of Northern Ireland during a time when conflict reigns and no one is spared from tragedy and sorrow, the time known as The Troubles. It is the spring of 1968 in Belfast and James Kirkpatrick has just lost his father under suspicious circumstances, Casey Riordan is released from prison after five years and Pamela O'Flaherty has crossed an ocean and a lifetime of memories to find the man she fell in love with as a little girl. All three lives are on a collision course with each other against the backdrop of the burgeoning civil rights movement and a nation on the brink of revolution. They come from disparate backgrounds - Jamie a wealthy aristocrat whose life is like an imperfect but multi-faceted jewel-brilliant, flawed and with a glitter that is designed to distract the observer. Casey, a card-carrying member of the Irish Republican Army, who must face the fact that five years away has left him a stranger, a misfit in his own neighborhood where not everyone is sympathetic to a convicted rebel. Pamela, who has come to Ireland in search of a memory and a man who may not have existed in the first place.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • At long last!

  • By Christine Nemechek on 11-07-17

Brilliant choice of a narrator

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

Reviewed: 01-19-18

What made the experience of listening to Exit Unicorns the most enjoyable?

Gary Furlong, as the narrator made the listening experience incredible. I loved his voice and he was absolutely brilliant in his reading of the book. He literally made the characters jump out at you with the voices he put to them. The narrator can either make or ruin the books you listen to. I've had several good story's ruined, just by the narrator that was chosen for that particular book. Not so in this case!

What did you like best about this story?

I love that this story was based on true historical events in Ireland, in the not so distant past. Though the characters are supposed to be fictional, they could have actually been real. I enjoy the way Cindy Brandner writes her stories, you feel everything from heartache to passion and everything in between. For me, reading / listening to the book, took me directly to Ireland and placed me in the midst of the story.

Which character – as performed by Gary Furlong – was your favorite?

My favorite character performed by Gary, had to be hands down....Casey! Though I love Jamie, Pamela & Pat, just as equally. The voice he gave Casey, was exactly how I would have expected it to be from when I first read the book several years ago.

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

To pick only one or two moments in the book that moved or captivated me is almost impossible. From start to finish, it gripped my heart strings and never let go.

Any additional comments?

Being a huge Outlander fan, I had a hard time finding books that really touched me deep within after reading the series. I accidentally stumbled across The Exit Unicorn Series, and was hooked from the very first book. Cindy is an exceptional and heartfelt writer, she is in the same league as Diana Gabaldon, as far as I'm concerned.
Using Gary Furlong, as the narrator was simply genius! I loved reading the book series, but listening to him read, was such a marvelous experience, it made me love the book that much more. I cannot wait for Mermaid in a Bowl of Tears to come out.

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  • Blood Magick

  • The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,201
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,887
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,876

Branna’s strength and selflessness hold together a close circle of friends and family - along with their horses and hawks and her beloved hound. But there’s a single missing link in the chain of her life: love…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • MUCH better narration than the first two.

  • By Jeffrey D Toony on 02-06-15

Blood Magic

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

Reviewed: 11-25-17

The entire trilogy was well written and up to the Nora Roberts standards. This last of the three books was the best of the audio version by far. The narrator was much better than the previous two and made the story much more tolerable than the first two.
I️ would still recommend reading the books versus listening to the audio versions. It’s too bad that the narrator of this book wasn’t the narrator of all three, as then I would definitely recommend the audio version.

  • 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 3,418
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,108

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 jenny on 03-27-14

Shadow Spell

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

Reviewed: 11-12-17

This second book in the trilogy ‘The Cousins O’Dwyer’ was better only for the fact that it was narrated by someone different. The narrator was average for me, but he didn’t ruin the entire listening experience for me.
I still think the story is great, but I would have enjoyed it much more reading it myself.

  • Dark Witch

  • The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,240
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,762
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,754

With indifferent parents, Iona Sheehan grew up craving devotion and acceptance. From her maternal grandmother, she learned where to find both: a land of lush forests, dazzling lakes, and centuries-old legends. Ireland. County Mayo, to be exact. Where her ancestors’ blood and magic have flowed through generations - and where her destiny awaits.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Turn the volume down!

  • By J. Gilbert on 10-30-13

Dark Witch

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

Reviewed: 11-07-17

The story was good, as I happen to enjoy Nora Roberts. I especially liked her Guardian Trilogy books and this seems to be on a similar course. I think I would have enjoyed it much more if it hadn’t been for the narrator or if I’d have read it myself.
Hands down this was one of the worst narrators I’ve ever listened to. She read with far too much drama which took away from the story line. Also, it was hard at times to differentiate between the characters because she made them sound too similar.
My suggestion would be to read the book yourself so the story isn’t ruined for you.
A note to Audible: Don’t let this person narrate for you in the future.

  • Private

  • By: James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
  • Narrated by: Peter Hermann
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24,629
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,950
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21,924

Former Marine helicopter pilot Jack Morgan runs Private, a renowned investigation company with branches around the globe. It is where you go when you need maximum force and maximum discretion. The secrets of the most influential men and women on the planet come to Jack daily - and his staff of investigators uses the world's most advanced forensic tools to make and break their cases.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Thanks to Audible and Hachette Audio for...

  • By Wayne on 09-01-17

Not enough emotion...

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

Reviewed: 09-29-17

The story line was okay - had I read the book myself, I may have given it another star. The narrator was part of the problem for me, as his voice was nondescript. His characters were hard to tell from one another and there wasn't much emotion either. I normally like this authors books, but I would have preferred reading myself.

  • Bay of Sighs

  • Guardians Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,954
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,646
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,639

Mermaid Annika is from the sea, and it is there she must return after her quest to find the stars. New to this world, her purity and beauty are nothing less than breathtaking, along with her graceful athleticism, as her five new friends discovered when they retrieved the fire star. Now, through space and time, traveler Sawyer King has brought the guardians to the island of Capri, where the water star is hidden. And as he watches Annika in her element, he finds himself drawn to her joyful spirit.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • New narrator,finally

  • By Raemar3356 on 04-01-17

2nd book in Guardian Trilogy Series

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

Reviewed: 08-11-17

This was my favorite of all three books, only because of the characters it mainly focused on in this series. I loved the pure joy & innocence of the mermaid and her traveler was brought to life in full form with his witty personality. They both captured my heart in this story!
The Audio performance was excellent! Well done to both writer and reader.....Bravo!

  • Island of Glass

  • Guardians Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,737
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,476
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,465

As the hunt for the Star of Ice leads the six guardians to Ireland, Doyle, the immortal, must face his tragic past. Three centuries ago, he closed off his heart, yet his warrior spirit is still drawn to the wild. And there's no one more familiar with the wild than Riley - and the wolf within her....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • NR Trilogy - great story

  • By Laura L. on 12-08-16

Nora Roberts Guardian Trilogy Series

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

Reviewed: 08-11-17

I've always been a fan of Nora Roberts, as she writes well and always keeps the reader yearning for more. This is the first books that read from her that had that fantasy/good vs. evil/romance side to it. This was a little more mythical fantasy than I usually read, but found I couldn't stop listening. I believe due to the audio aspect of it, the story was that much more fascinating. This series is definitely my new and all time favorite from her!