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  • Next Year in Havana

  • By: Chanel Cleeton
  • Narrated by: Kyla Garcia, Frankie Maria Corzo
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,222
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,852
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,836

Havana, 1958. The daughter of a sugar baron, 19-year-old Elisa Perez is part of Cuba's high society, where she is largely sheltered from the country's growing political unrest - until she embarks on a clandestine affair with a passionate revolutionary...Miami, 2017. Freelance writer Marisol Ferrera grew up hearing romantic stories of Cuba from her late grandmother Elisa, who was forced to flee during the revolution. Arriving in Havana, Marisol comes face-to-face with the contrast of Cuba's tropical, timeless beauty and its perilous political climate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing story line but the performance...

  • By Grace F on 07-10-18

So SLOW

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

I shamefully admit that I was drawn to this book because it was selected by Reese. Ugh, I was swayed by a celeb. The history of Cuba was intriguing, but the story was painfully slow. It took me about 4 weeks to get through the book. Also the reader read in such a monotone voice that I would find myself just tuning her out. I’m just happy I finished it and can move on to something more exciting.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The One Real Thing

  • The Hart's Boardwalk Series
  • By: Samantha Young
  • Narrated by: Tad Branson, Angelica Lee
  • Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 263

While Dr. Jessica Huntington engages with the inmates at the women's correctional facility where she works, she's always careful to avoid emotional attachments in her personal life. Loss and betrayal taught her that lesson long ago. But when she comes across a set of old love letters in the prison's library and visits the picturesque town of Hartwell to deliver them to their intended recipient, she finds herself unable to resist the town's charm - and her attraction to the sexy owner of a local bar proves equally hard to deny.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nice to hear from Samantha Young again

  • By Misty on 09-07-16

Lame

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

Reviewed: 11-07-16

Just couldn't get into this one... I should have known when it was on sale.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Secret Lives

  • By: Diane Chamberlain
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 473
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 434
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 438

Actress Eden Riley's decision to make a film about her mother plunges her into a shattering confrontation with her own past, irrevocably altering her life and the lives of those she loves. Her mother, Katherine Swift, was a renowned children's author who died when Eden was very young. Now Eden, recovering from a divorce and disillusioned with her glamorous life, returns to the childhood home of the mother she barely knew. She moves in with her uncle, archaeologist Kyle Swift and his wife, Louise. Eden gets more than she bargained for when Kyle gives her the journal her mother had kept from the age of 13 until her death.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dark Family Drama

  • By Yolanda S. Bean on 10-25-14

Just Didn't Enjoy...

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

Reviewed: 04-24-16

Diane Chamberlain is one of my favorite authors, but this book- not so much. The subject matter was difficult to take in. At times the narrator read so fast and monotonous, I would find myself zoning out.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Where All Light Tends to Go

  • By: David Joy
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,168
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,064
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,061

The area surrounding Cashiers, North Carolina, is home to people of all kinds, but the world that Jacob McNeely lives in is crueler than most. His father runs a methodically organized meth ring, with local authorities on the dime to turn a blind eye to his dealings. Having dropped out of high school and cut himself off from his peers, Jacob has been working for this father for years, all on the promise that his payday will come eventually.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfection

  • By David Shear on 03-09-15

So Dark!

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

Reviewed: 09-11-15

I read for entertainment and enjoyment and this book was neither entertaining or enjoyable. I'm sorry I finished it and sorry I wasted a credit.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Always Watching

  • By: Chevy Stevens
  • Narrated by: Joyce Bean
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 717
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 648
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 648

In the lockdown ward of a psychiatric hospital, Dr. Nadine Lavoie is in her element. She has the tools to help people, and she has the desire: Healing broken families is what she lives for. But Nadine doesn’t want to look too closely at her own past because there are whole chunks of her life that are black holes. It takes all her willpower to tamp down her recurrent claustrophobia, and her daughter, Lisa, is a runaway who has been on the streets for seven years. When a distraught woman, Heather Simeon, is brought into the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit after a suicide attempt, Nadine gently coaxes her story out of her - and learns of some troubling parallels to her own life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Page Turner, or a Great Listen!

  • By andrea on 07-02-13

First Read By This Author

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

Reviewed: 06-27-13

I loved this book and it's the first of Chevy Stevens' that I've read. It was captivating and held my interest all the way through.

  • The Next Always

  • Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,179
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,511
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,513

The historic hotel in Boonsboro has endured war and peace, the changing of hands, and even rumored hauntings. Now it’s getting a major face-lift from the Montgomery brothers and their eccentric mother. As the architect in the family, Beckett’s social life consists mostly of talking shop over pizza and beer. But there’s another project he’s got his eye on: the girl he’s been waiting to kiss since he was sixteen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You need to Set your MP3 Playback to FASTER!

  • By Lynne Phelps on 05-04-12

Loved It!

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

Reviewed: 04-16-12

What did you like about this audiobook?

I'm already a Nora Roberts' fan, but I really loved this book - romance mixed with some suspense and a little paranormal activity.

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

Absolutely nothing! I don't think the narrator has done very many romance novels, but I thought his voice was really sultry.

  • Defending Jacob

  • A Novel
  • By: William Landay
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,302
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,226
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,221

Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific!

  • By cristina on 03-12-12

Depressing!

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

Reviewed: 04-13-12

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No. I read for entertainment and this book was just flat out sad.

Would you be willing to try another book from William Landay? Why or why not?

Maybe.

What three words best describe Grover Gardner’s performance?

Just okay.

Do you think Defending Jacob needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Definitely not!

Any additional comments?

I haven't read William Landay before. This was a lot like Jodi Piccoult- very real, but very depressing.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Conflict of Interest

  • A Novel
  • By: Adam Mitzner
  • Narrated by: David LeDoux
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,349
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,745
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,748

Alex Miller is a criminal defense lawyer leading the life he always imagined. At thirty-five, he is the youngest partner at New York City's most prestigious law firm, with a beautiful wife and a perfect daughter. When Alex's father suddenly passes away, Alex is introduced to Michael Ohlig, a rich and powerful man who holds an almost mythical place in his family lore. But Alex is surprised when Ohlig admits that he's in serious legal trouble, accused of crimes involving hundreds of millions of dollars.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A man with no character seeks revenge...

  • By Charles Atkinson on 05-02-12

Love this New Author

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

Reviewed: 04-05-12

What did you love best about A Conflict of Interest?

It combined all my favorite genres - crime, suspense, a little romance...

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

It was hard to stop listening to this one. Lots of twists and turns.

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

I don't believe I've listened to any of this narrator's performances. On a scale of 1 to 5, I would rate him a 3.5.

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

Definitely

Any additional comments?

Looking forward to more books by Adam Mitzner.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Little Princes

  • One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal
  • By: Conor Grennan
  • Narrated by: Conor Grennan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,930
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,665
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,672

In search of adventure, 29-year-old Conor Grennan traded his day job for a year-long trip around the globe, a journey that began with a three-month stint volunteering at the Little Princes Children's Home, an orphanage in war-torn Nepal. Conor was initially reluctant to volunteer, unsure whether he had the proper skill, or enough passion, to get involved in a developing country in the middle of a civil war. But he was soon overcome by the herd of rambunctious, resilient children.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hope there is a sequel!

  • By R. Cotton on 02-19-11

Really Good

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-11-11

I don't even have the words to describe this. It was just really good and so refreshing to read about good in this crazy world.

12 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Saving Ceecee Honeycutt

  • By: Beth Hoffman
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,708
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,726

Laugh-out-loud funny and deeply touching, Beth Hoffman's sparkling debut is, as Kristin Hannah says, "packed full of Southern charm, strong women, wacky humor, and good old-fashioned heart." It is a novel that explores the indomitable strengths of female friendship and gives us the story of a young girl who loses one mother and finds many others.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Comfort Food For The Soul

  • By Karen on 02-17-10

Awesome Book!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-09-10

I loved, loved this book. It now ranks up there right along with The Help and The Secret Life of Bees as one of my favorites. Jenna Lamia narrated all these so she too is one of my favorites.