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  • Save a Truck, Ride a Redneck

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 3 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,166
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,029
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,015

Molly Harper brings her signature "clever humor, snark, silliness, and endearing protagonists" ( Booklist) to the charming small town of Lake Sackett, Georgia with the new Southern Eclectic series. Carl and Marianne were high school sweethearts, loving the way only teenagers can - with no thought to logic or pride, just a bone-headed, optimistic frenzy of unicorns and hormones. That was all they needed. Or so Carl thought. Scared of being stuck in Lake Sackett, Georgia, like so many of her friends, Marianne panicked and bolted....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • 2.5 Stars - It's ok

  • By CrazyBookNerd on 12-28-18

First loves are so sweet.

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

Reviewed: 02-15-18

This is a sweet story of coming home, making peace with her past choices, finding self and finding her place within Maryanne's own family that she feels fits her. Who hasn't had a 'what if' moment or two when thinking back about first loves. And for those of us who moved away to make a life away from family - who hasn't wondered what it would be like to go home again.

I loved this book.

  • Sweet Tea and Sympathy

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,656
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,622

Margot Cary has spent her life immersed in everything Lake Sackett is not. As an elite event planner, Margot's rubbed elbows with the cream of Chicago society and made elegance and glamour her business. She's riding high until one event goes tragically, spectacularly wrong. Now she's blackballed by the gala set and in dire need of a fresh start - and apparently the McCreadys are in need of an event planner with a tarnished reputation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect Amount of Sweet in the Tea

  • By Juliana on 12-09-17

I usually want Molly's books to go on forever....

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

Reviewed: 11-25-17

This had a similar writing style as the Half Moon Hollow series (which I adore) minus the humor and loveable main characters. Honestly, I found myself not liking the MC for well over half the book. Margot came off as cold, snobbish and arrogant well into the story. Even when she softened a bit, she lacked qualities that made me want to know her better or cheer her on in anyway.

Molly's books usually leave me laughing and happy as I click replay for a second, third and even fourth time. But for me, this book lacked humor and the usual compelling characters I would love to meet or hang out with in real life if they existed. As one of Molly Harper's longer books, I kept checking to see if it would be over soon even napping for half an hour while it played. I didn't hate the book. But I don't think I will be replaying it either.

122 of 130 people found this review helpful

  • The Witch's Halloween Hero

  • A Nocturne Falls Short
  • By: Kristen Painter
  • Narrated by: B. J. Harrison
  • Length: 1 hr and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,010
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 945
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 943

Welcome to Nocturne Falls, the town that celebrates Halloween 365 days a year. The tourists think it's all a show: the vampires, the werewolves, the witches, the occasional gargoyle flying through the sky. But the supernaturals populating the town know better. When a spell goes wrong on the night of Samhain for witch Corette Williams, her only hope is the man she loves, Bartholomew Stanhill. But time is running out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Talk about tugging at the heart strings

  • By Claire on 02-26-17

Such fun in a compact story.

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

Reviewed: 07-16-17

Would you listen to The Witch's Halloween Hero again? Why?

Yes, I would listen again and I have. I love these books - they are lighthearted, feel good books.

Any additional comments?

I was really happy to see a formerly, supporting character, Stanhil, get to have a happy ending. I also like that these are not young, idealistic kids in this edition.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Big Vamp on Campus

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 3 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,042
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,919
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,907

Ophelia Lambert, 400-year-old vampire princess and college freshman, suddenly finds herself domesticated by humans and forced to suffer the indignities of dorm rooms, communal bathrooms, and a roommate with sticky fingers. As one of the hundreds of undead venturing into postsecondary education, Ophelia has a lot more to learn that just "undead studies" - she has to learn to get along with her fellow vampire classmates and, worst of all, her human ones.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Molly Harper's endearing wording saves the day.

  • By Joycinta on 06-07-16

These 2 always make me laugh...

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

Reviewed: 07-16-17

What did you like best about this story?

It showed that Ophelia is beginning to have more depth. Now when she is in a story, we will not be able to assume she will only do something reprehensible. Although she is definitely still capable.

Any additional comments?

The only downfall to this book was that it was too short. I wished it could have been at least another 150 pages. I love the combination of Molly and Amanda. I also love how they can make a gloomy day feel a little brighter.

  • Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques

  • By: James Hynes, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: James Hynes
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,847
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,557
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,482

From evoking a scene to charting a plot to revising your drafts, Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques offers a master class in storytelling. Taught by award-winning novelist James Hynes, a former visiting professor at the famed Iowa Writers' Workshop, these 24 insightful lectures show you the ins and outs of the fiction writer's craft.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Theory AND Practice

  • By Madeleine on 11-19-15

Don't listen while you're driving...

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

Reviewed: 02-24-17

If you could sum up Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques in three words, what would they be?

Useful, real, ideas

Have you listened to any of Professor James Hynes’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This was my first.. I will be listening to it again.

Any additional comments?

This had so many wonderful points, I found myself taking notes so I could follow up on them. This is why I recommend not driving while listening to this book. But do have a notepad to take down reminders and key things to look up when you are not listening.

This will be one of those you will want to listen to more than once.

  • And One Last Thing...

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,824
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,898
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,889

Lacey Terwilliger's shock and humiliation over her husband's philandering prompt her to add some bonus material to Mike's company newsletter: stunning Technicolor descriptions of the special brand of "administrative support" his receptionist gives him. The detailed mass e-mail to Mike's family, friends, and clients blows up in her face, and before one can say "instant urban legend", Lacey has become the pariah of her small Kentucky town and a media punch line....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • For me this was such a HOOT!!!

  • By d.e.matthews on 02-12-11

From victim to victorious

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

Reviewed: 12-28-14

Would you listen to And One Last Thing... again? Why?

I did listen to this twice. Anyone who has ever been cheated on will imagine the letter they would write if they could take the place of Lacey and the ripples of repercussions that would follow.

What was one of the most memorable moments of And One Last Thing...?

The letter was wonderful. I loved it. The emotional roller coaster of divorce from denial to acceptance changes real people and this character alike.

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

Amanda Ronconi's performance added so much to this book. Her character changes make the funny parts funnier and the more serious parts, heart wrenching.

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

I was thoroughly engrossed in the whole book from when she made her discovery of her husbands infidelity, the descriptions of humiliation, the want and need to escape, the fear of a new relationship, questioning her own personal value and starting over. She evolved from a totally dependent and insecure person to a truly mature, independent and whole person.

Any additional comments?

I wanted this book to end differently. I wont give the ending away. While I wanted it to end differently, I don't think my ending would have fit the character Molly and Amanda created as well as the ending at which they arrived.

  • The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,814
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,127
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,129

Generations of werewolves have been secretly residing in a secluded valley a stones throw from Grundy, Alaska. So when a snooping Outsider comes to Grundy to investigate rumors of lycanthropic shenanigans in the area, the valleys pack alpha, Maggie Graham, resolves to chase him away, even if doing so takes a quick bite on the butt. What a pity that researcher Nick Thatcher turns out to be so drool-worthy, and that his kisses make Maggie want to sit up and beg.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • MOLLY HARPER IS A HOOT!!!!!!

  • By d.e.matthews on 03-30-11

Strong woman and leader with a soft side.

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

Reviewed: 12-28-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend all the Molly Harper audiobooks.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf?

I think my favorite moment was when Maggie finally gave in to what she wanted and let her soft side out to play. Being vulnerable made her a stronger character in many ways.

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

I empathized with the main character as she struggled with the choices of doing what she thought was the right thing, while trying to put on a strong front and simultaneously wrestling with her heart.

  • How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,781
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,637
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,639

Even in Grundy, Alaska, its unusual to find a naked guy with a bear trap clamped to his ankle on your porch. But when said guy turns into a wolf, recent southern transplant Mo Wenstein has no difficulty identifying the problem.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good start to a new series.

  • By Ezinwanyi on 11-12-13

Harper and Ronconi, the dynamic and delightful duo

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

Reviewed: 12-28-14

What did you love best about How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf?

I thoroughly enjoy how many laughs I am able to have as I picture the scenes in my head. With a combination of witty writing and above average delivery, I loved the whole book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf?

Having lived in small towns, I enjoyed how the writing presented the issues of a new person fitting into it. My nerves were on edge when Mo was trapped in the alley and I laughed when Mo's real name was revealed. Too many good moments to mention individually.

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

I wish I could listen to every Molly Harper book all at one time.

Any additional comments?

The references to pop culture mixed with a strong female character who may not have all the answers but unwaveringly, values herself, makes this a really fun, enjoyable, book.

  • Driving Mr. Dead

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,753
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,263
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,260

Miranda Puckett has failed at every job she’s ever had. Her mother just wants her to come home, join the family law firm, and settle down with Jason, the perfect lawyer boyfriend. But when Jason turns out to be a lying cheater, Miranda seizes on a job that gets her out of town: long-distance vampire transportation. Her first assignment is to drive vampire Collin Sutherland from Washington to sleepy Half Moon Hollow without incident—no small feat for a woman whom trouble seems to follow like a faithful hound dog!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Harper & Ronconi = Perfection

  • By Lisa on 12-23-12

Great series filled with laughs.

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

Reviewed: 11-12-14

What made the experience of listening to Driving Mr. Dead the most enjoyable?

The characters are loveable and engaging. The writing had me laughing out loud so many times I lost count. This book and all the books in the series have you eager for the next paragraph but dreading the books eventually having to end.

Amanda Ronconi's performance really is an asset as well. She enhances the story and helps pull the reader in even more deeply.

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

I loved this book and am listening to it for a second time this week.

  • Better Homes and Hauntings

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,947
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,647
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,650

When Nina Linden is hired to landscape a private island off the New England coast, she sees it as her chance to rebuild her failing business after being cheated by her unscrupulous ex. She never expects that her new client, software mogul Deacon Whitney, would see more in her than just a talented gardener. Deacon has paid top dollar to the crews he’s hired to renovate the desolate Whitney estate - he had to, because the bumps, thumps, and unexplained sightings of ghostly figures in 19th-century dress are driving workers away faster than he can say “Boo.”

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Harper offered up a simple, entertaining tale that

  • By kimbacaffeinate on 07-16-14

funny, entertaining and great characters

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

Reviewed: 11-01-14

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

Not yet, but I hope to. She was an asset to the story.

Any additional comments?

Very likeable main characters, writing that made me laugh out loud and an interesting story.