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  • City of Girls

  • A Novel
  • By: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Narrated by: Blair Brown
  • Length: 15 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,278
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,187
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,183

Beloved author Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction with a unique love story set in the New York City theater world during the 1940s. Told from the perspective of an older woman as she looks back on her youth with both pleasure and regret (but mostly pleasure), City of Girls explores themes of female sexuality and promiscuity, as well as the idiosyncrasies of true love. In 1940, nineteen-year-old Vivian Morris has just been kicked out of Vassar College, owing to her lackluster freshman-year performance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reader is amazing!

  • By Gilma M. Salazar on 06-07-19

A strong story

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

Reviewed: 06-08-19

I don't give my devotion easily; in fact, I'm probably quite a picky reader. So it thrills me to no end to once again bestow the highest mark to Liz Gilbert for one of her books: City of Girls. I loved it! It made me cringe, and it made me cry, it made me laugh, and it made me want to move to New York City in the 1940s :) I'm so glad I got to go on this journey Liz, just like I loved the journey of The Signature of All Things.
And as Liz would say:
Onwards <3

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Grand Sophy

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Sarah Woodward
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,344
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,045
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,042

Resourceful, adventurous and utterly indefatigable, Sophy is hardly the mild-mannered girl that the Rivenhalls expect when they agree to take her in. Kind-hearted Aunt Lizzy is shocked; stern Cousin Charles and his humorless fiancée Eugenia are disapproving.With her inimitable mixture of exuberance and grace Sophy soon sets about endearing herself to her family, but finds herself increasingly drawn to her cousin. Can she really be falling in love with him, and he with her? And what of his betrothal to Eugenia?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Full Sophy

  • By Carol on 10-17-13

Hilarious!

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

Reviewed: 04-05-18

I do so adore Georgette Heyer! Her ability to turn a funny phrase and drive a story holds me quite in her charms. The narrator did a job beyond excellent, I own I have not enjoyed a book so much in...well these past two weeks! Needless to say Ms Heyer had a deft hand in that publication as well. Enjoy!

  • The Unwanted Heiress

  • By: Amy Corwin
  • Narrated by: Ruth Urquhart
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 337
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 291
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 292

As a young duke, all Nathaniel wants is to be left alone. So when he meets Charlotte, an outspoken American heiress, he is suspicious of her indifference. Too many women have sought - and failed - to catch him. However, Charlotte is unimpressed by his title. She has no interest in English dukes. All she wants is to leave dreary England and travel to the sunny sands of Egypt to see the grand pyramids. Unfortunately, a debutante seeking to entrap Nathaniel gets murdered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cute, but....

  • By 🌿🌸Susynne🌸🌿 on 07-01-17

Grating on the ears

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

I realize that the romance category is not known for it’s clever plots, but this book is definitely in the lower end of the scales. It has potential, the story could be good, but as it is it seems badly executed. I cringe at the holes in logic and contradictory building of characters. A wife who shares her husbands fondness for gambling, is not likely to keep him in check.
Add to that a monotone narrator who ends every sentence on a low note and you have a rather insulting piece of work. I can only attribute my finishing this book to my OCD. I give it two stars because it could have been rather entertaining.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Bookshop on Rosemary Lane

  • By: Ellen Berry
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Glaister
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 83

Take a trip to the Yorkshire village of Burley Bridge, where a very special little cookbook shop is about to open its doors.... In the beginning...Kitty Cartwright has always solved her problems in the kitchen. Her cookbooks are her life, and there isn't an issue that 'Cooking with Aspic' can't fix. Her only wish is that she had a book entitled Rustling Up Dinner When Your Husband Has Left You. Forty years later.... On Rosemary Lane, Della Cartwright plans to open a very special little bookshop.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Bookshop on Rosemary Lane

  • By Nanette P. Riegert on 05-24-17

Easily enjoyable, for a while

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

Reviewed: 03-24-18

If you could sum up The Bookshop on Rosemary Lane in three words, what would they be?

Confident woman waking, then inflating.

Any additional comments?

This started out like my kind of book. A nice pick-me-up to lift my spirits and inspire me to lift my feet. Unfortunately the book lost me somewhere along the way as I felt the logic fail. It might be just me, and towards the end it completely lost me.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery

  • A Novel
  • By: Jenny Colgan
  • Narrated by: Anne-Marie Piazza
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 242
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 242

Though Polly is busy keeping up with the demands of the season, she still makes time for her beekeeper boyfriend, Huckle. She's especially happy to be celebrating the holiday this year with him and can't wait to cuddle up in front of the fireplace with a cup of eggnog on Christmas Eve. But holiday bliss soon gives way to panic when a storm cuts the village off from the mainland. Now it will take all of the villagers to work together in order to ensure everyone has a happy holiday.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Gammy on 11-17-17

Charming and inaccurate

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

Reviewed: 03-18-18

Tho I am charmed by this warm story, I find it annoying with so many glitches in logic. She had a car with her, there was no need to arrange one... Also the narrator, who impressed me (a norwegian) with her many accents, sadly overdid the American ones... So a mixed experience and that is sad when the story could have been better.

  • The Talisman Ring

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 758
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 659
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 666

The legend of the Headless Horseman and a proposed marriage de convenance both have their impact on the mystery of a golden talisman ring and Lord Lavenham's young heir, Ludovic. Neither Sir Tristram Shield nor Eustacie, his young French cousin, share the slightest inclination to marry one another, yet it is Lord Lavenham's dying wish. For there is no one else to provide for the old man's granddaughter while Ludovic remains a fugitive from justice...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As good as a play

  • By A on 06-19-11

Just so

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

Reviewed: 02-12-18

For me, this was the perfect book at precisely the right moment. My kind of humor, as I laughed out loud several times.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fortune's Daughter

  • By: Alice Hoffman
  • Narrated by: Carrington McDuffie
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 47

This fierce and beautiful story charts the histories of two women: Rae, young, unmarried, and far from home, awaits the birth of her first child. Lila, a fortune-teller with no interest in the future, lost her own daughter more than a quarter of a century earlier in New York. When these two women meet in Southern California, it's earthquake weather - the time when unexpected things happen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I Think I Like You, Alice Hoffman

  • By Kindle Customer on 07-05-14

Too sinister for my taste

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

Reviewed: 10-22-17

The timbre of this book is in the depths of psychological illness and makes me very uncomfortable. I didnt understand the dreams and symbols and tho I recognise my own timidity, this is not a book that soothes me.

  • The Nothing Girl

  • The Frogmorton Farm Series, Book 1
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,600
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,428
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,424

Getting a life isn't always easy. And hanging on to it is even harder.... Jodi Taylor brings all her comic writing skills to this heartwarming tale of self-discovery. Known as The Nothing Girl because of her severe stutter and chronically low self-confidence, Jenny Dove is only just prevented from ending it all by the sudden appearance of Thomas, a mystical golden horse only she can see. Under his guidance Jenny unexpectedly acquires a husband - the charming and chaotic Russell Checkland.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not To Be Missed!

  • By Kindle Customer mmr on 03-28-15

A lovely story

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

Reviewed: 07-13-17

This was a lovely listen, on many levels. Good story, tho emotional at times, good narrator with voices and dialects, and a sweet tone to it that both crushed and restored my faith in humanity ❤️

  • A Rather Lovely Inheritance

  • By: CA Belmond
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,402
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,276
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,267

This is your life Penny Nichols...Penny Nichols is a historical researcher working on a big-budget film in the south of France when she gets an urgent call. Her Aunt Penelope has just died, and Penny's presence is required in London for the reading of the will. With only a slim recollection of her eccentric aunt, Penny is astonished to learn that not only is she the bona fide heiress - but she's also been invited to put her research skills to work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful Story with Excellent Narratation

  • By AnJoMom16 on 01-13-15

A bit of a let down...

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

Reviewed: 06-11-17

With such a lovely story that had me flying all over ancient Europe on this historical quest/adventure, it feels like Christmas dinner without the roast when two of the most important moments are just thrown haphazardly together almost without context. The narrator did a good job, but I find the intensity a bit much at times. So all together a rather lovely book, with loads of potential, not quite hitting the mark

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Enchanted April

  • By: Elizabeth von Arnim
  • Narrated by: Eleanor Bron
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205

It began in a women's club in London on a February afternoon. A discreet advertisement in The Times, addressed to "Those who Appreciate Wistaria and Sunshine..." lures four very different women away from the dismal British weather to San Salvatore, a castle high above a bay on the sunny Italian Riviera. There, the Mediterranean spirit stirs the souls of Mrs Arbuthnot, Mrs Wilkins, Lady Caroline Dester, and Mrs Fisher, and remarkable changes occur.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect antidote to the doldrums

  • By Rosemary H. Knower on 02-03-15

Enchanted listener

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

Reviewed: 02-10-17

Twice now I've enjoyed this lovely projection of a lovely story. Loath to elevate something to where it must disappoint I wish only to dub myself "The enchanted listener".