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  • Flowers from the Storm

  • By: Laura Kinsale
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Boulton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,521
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,358
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,362

He's a duke. He's a mathematical genius. He can't talk and he's locked in a lunatic asylum. Only a modest Quaker girl can reach him, but when she helps him to escape, she's swept into his glittering aristocratic world, her life torn apart by his desperate attempt to save himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ~COMPELLING!!~ Love This Author! Love This Book!

  • By 🌸DARA on 10-01-13

If you like historical romance, you must read this one.

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

Reviewed: 09-26-17

I can't imagine anyone who likes historical romance novels not enjoying this one.
The stories in the HR novels follow 4 - 5 different plot lines; however, this story is unlike any other I have ever read.

I fell in love with the Duke immediately. I liked Maddie, but she was infuriating. One moment she was very sensible, the next she would let her particular religion guide her in areas where she had no experience; therefore, her actions and thoughts were totally insensible.

It was a very enjoyable book I listened to in two days. I hated to have it end and I know I will listen to it again.

I don't often write a review, but this book was so good I wanted to tell someone!

  • The Last Letter from Your Lover

  • A Novel
  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Susan Lyons
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,452
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,221
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,223

A sophisticated, pause-resistant double love story spanning 40 years - an unforgettable Brief Encounter for our times. It is 1960. When Jennifer Stirling wakes up in the hospital, she can remember nothing - not the tragic car accident, not her husband, not even who she is. She feels like a stranger in her own life until she stumbles upon an impassioned letter, signed simply "B", asking her to leave her husband. Years later, a journalist named Ellie discovers the same enigmatic letter in a forgotten file in her newspaper's archives....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Excellent Audio!

  • By careful shopper on 02-12-14

A beautiful love story.

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

Reviewed: 04-08-16

After listening to "One Plus One" by JoJo Moyes, I definitely wanted to listen to more of her work. This is the next book I chose.
I started this book over 3 or 4 times before I became interested. I felt there had to be a good story here, so I persevered. Thank goodness I did, for if I had not, I would have missed a most beautiful love story.
She tells us what we need in order to understand the characters. She kept me on the edge of my seat and made me a nervous wreck so that I HAD to know what happened next.
I didn't like the narrator at first, but soon realized she was very, very good.
Once I "gotten" into the book, I stopped only for necessities. I fell asleep listening and the moment I awoke I began again. I loved it!
I highly recommend this book.

  • One Plus One

  • A Novel
  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Bower, Ben Elliot, Nicola Stanton, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,687
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,935
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,922

Suppose your life sucks. A lot. Your husband has done a vanishing act, your teenage stepson is being bullied, and your math-whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can't afford to pay for. That's Jess' life in a nutshell - until an unexpected knight-in-shining-armor offers to rescue them. Only Jess' knight turns out to be Geeky Ed, the obnoxious tech millionaire whose vacation home she happens to clean. But Ed has big problems of his own, and driving the dysfunctional family to the Math Olympiad feels like his first unselfish act in ages...maybe ever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sometimes I need a book that is just fun to read.

  • By Kathy on 07-05-14

Great author and narrator.

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

Reviewed: 04-06-16

This was a wonderful book and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it being read.
The story is unique. The characters are well rounded and I really liked the 5 protagonists (4 people and Norman, the dog). I was engaged in their lives and wanted each of them to succeed in conquering their individual problems as well as the problems they had in common.
This is a story that includes the importance of having morals and a conscience. However, it never "preaches" just reminds us that doing right is the best way to live.
I highly recommend this book. Enjoy!!!

  • Malice at the Palace

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,322
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,080
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,052

While my beau, Darcy, is off on a mysterious mission, I am once again caught between my high birth and empty purse. I am therefore relieved to receive a new assignment from the queen - especially one that includes lodging. The king's youngest son, George, is to wed Princess Marina of Greece, and I shall be her companion at the supposedly haunted Kensington Palace. My duties are simple: help Marina acclimate to English life, show her the best of London, and, above all, dispel any rumors about George's libertine history.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Longtime Fan No More

  • By S. Hunt on 08-21-15

Light Entertainment

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

Reviewed: 09-24-15

This series of books is about Lady Georgina, her man Darcy, and the odd murders that turn up wherever Georgie happens to be. The stories and the murders are original and very enjoyable. The books are a lot of fun even though they are set in the depression era.

The narrator does an excellent job with most characters but some are very irritating. Sometimes the narrator screeches. However, I am going back for more!0

This book is a fun listen and I enjoyed it very much. I also enjoyed all of the previous books. I am now going to Audible to get the next book in the series.

  • Blue Labyrinth

  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: Rene Auberjonois
  • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,534
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,117
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,099

A long-buried family secret resurfaces when one of Aloysius Pendergast's most implacable enemies shows up on his doorstep as a murdered corpse. The mystery has all the hallmarks of the perfect murder, save for an enigmatic clue: a piece of turquoise lodged in the stomach of the deceased. The gem leads Pendergast to an abandoned mine on the shore of California's desolate Salton Sea, which in turn propels him on a journey of discovery deep into his family's sinister past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Did not want it end!

  • By Marvin R. Taylor on 05-08-15

Is this the last of the Pendergast novels? Will he survive death?

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

Reviewed: 09-09-15

Preston and Child have, once again, written an exciting adventure for our beloved Pendergast.
In this book we learn more about the Pendergast family's unusual lives. I will not go into detail, but I enjoyed learning more about his ancestors.
This book has several very touching and surprising moments involving his children and his ward.
I have enjoyed all of the Pendergast books very much - this is my third listen to this one!
I am anxiously awaiting the new book in November.
In my opinion, this is a credit very well spent. Enjoy!

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  • Mariana

  • By: Susanna Kearsley
  • Narrated by: Carolyn Bonnyman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,352
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,241
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,234

Juliet Beckett believes in destiny. When she moves into Greywethers, a beautiful 16th-century farmhouse, she suspects that more than coincidence has brought her there. The locals are warm and welcoming; especially the eligible squire of Crofton Hall, yet beneath the ordinaries, Julia senses a haunting sadness about her new home. Then she learns of Mariana, a beautiful young woman who lived there 300 years ago. It seems history has been waiting for Julia...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was hooked when I heard the Narrator's voice!

  • By Ray on 02-23-12

Almost very good.

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

Reviewed: 04-30-15

In "Mariana" I found a plot I had never before encountered and I enjoyed it. i have read several time traveling books: but, this book employed a means of time travel that I had not previously read or considered.

If you enjoy unlikely love stories, you will probably enjoy this book.

My only criticism is the ending. That is why I have given the book only 4 stars. The author meticulously writes almost every scene but neglects to give the ending the same care. The reader is left with many unanswered questions. I can't tell you what the questions are without "spoiling" the ending for you. For me, the author spoiled the ending!
The true lovers find each other and with no explanations, the book ends!

If you enjoy the subject of time travel, a good love story and historical fiction you will love the "Outlander" series by Diana Gabaldon. For me and thousands of others "Outlander" is an amazing, astounding, wonderful journey that I would recommend to everyone. I would give that series 10 stars!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • 14

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,510
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,537
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37,539

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not for me...

  • By Kristin on 08-30-12

Scary and Exciting!

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

Reviewed: 09-27-13

I don't often write reviews, but felt compelled to review "14". I don't often read (or listen) to science fiction, and will never buy a vampire book, though they seem to be the rage right now. However, the summary of this book and the good reviews I read captured my attention, so I bought the book and am very glad I did!

The book is about an apartment building where strange things occur and some of the tenants want to know how and why these things happen.

As new tenants of the building were introduced, I wondered if I would join the group who wanted to find out why the strange occurrences happened or be in the group that closed their eyes to the weird happenings. I still have mixed feelings about which group I would be in and that is one of the reasons I liked this book.

I read or listen to an average of 12 - 14 books each month, so sometimes I have to re-read the publisher's summary or a review to jumpstart my memory, but not with this book.
I listened to this book over a year ago and need no assistance in remembering it in detail.

Even if science fiction is usually not your favorite genre, try this book. I believe it will appeal to a wide range of readers. I really enjoyed the story and the great narration. The surprise near the end was indeed a surprise for me. I didn't see it coming at all! The book captures the imagination in the first few pages and the exciting ride begins - don't miss it!

0 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Winter Sea

  • By: Susanna Kearsley
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 15 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,828
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,089
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,107

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

My first Kearsley book, not my last!

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

Reviewed: 07-10-12

Ms. Kearsley writes a very interesting, intriguing story in the "The Winter Sea".

The heroine, Carrie, is writing a novel about a young woman named Sophia who lived during the 1708 Jacobite uprising in Scotland. Carrie has written other novels, but this one seems to be writing itself! Carrie seems to actually be living the story as she writes it!

There are two love stories in "Winter Sea"; Sophia's in 1708 and Carrie's in present day. Sophia and her lover run into problems centered on the events happening around them. The love scenes are not graphic, which I appreciate.

The premise of this story is different from any I have previously read and I found it very interesting and enjoyable.

Rosalyn Landor is, as always, amazing! How one person can perform so many voices, I don't know, but am glad she can. I know I will always hear perfect narration when I see her name.

Ms. Kearsley is a very good writer and I plan to listen to her book, "The Rose Garden", next.

I highly recommend "The Winter Sea". It is historical fiction at its best!

  • Again the Magic

  • By: Lisa Kleypas
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,089
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 990
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 987

Lady Aline Marsden was brought up for one reason: to make an advantageous marriage to a member of her own class. Instead, she willingly gave her innocence to John McKenna, a servant on her father’s estate. Their passionate transgression was unforgivable - John was sent away, and Aline was left to live in the countryside - an exile from London society - and he took her love. Now McKenna has made his fortune, and he has returned - more boldly handsome and more mesmerizing than before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book great Narrator

  • By sharktail on 01-06-12

Warning: Maybe I tell too much!

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

Reviewed: 07-10-12

Lisa Kleypas can write very good love stories. This is a good story with one exception.

Alaina is the beautiful, eldest daughter of an Earl. Makenna is a stable boy. Makenna came to the family as an orphan and at a very early age. He and Alaina grow up together and fall in love when they become teenagers. When the Earl finds out he sends Makenna away. Alaina must tell him he is to leave and make him believe she wants him to go. A few days after he leaves, Alaina is the victim of an accidental fire and her legs are burnt and left badly scarred. She is emotionally scarred as well.

Makenna runs away from where the Earl has sent him and makes his way to America. Years later he returns to Alaina's home as a wealthy man, along with his partner, the very wealthy and exceptionally handsome, Gideon Shaw. Makenna plans to take revenge on Alaina for sending him away. Of course, they are both still in love with one another.

Alaina will not accept Makenna's love because of her scarred legs. About 2 or 3 chapters before the ending, she has the perfect chance to change her mind, but doesn't. Then a chapter later she suddenly changes her mind without reason. This, to me, is the weak part of the story. Alaina is a beautiful woman who cannot accept what happened to her. Her vanity makes her a little unlikeable to me.

The best part of the book for me is the secondary love story. Olivia, Alaina's younger sister is in seclusion because of a scandal. She is not as beautiful as Alaina; however, I like her much better. She becomes involved in an affair with the handsome Gideon Shaw. Because of a serious problem Gideon has she refuses to marry him, and rightfully so, in my opinion.

Lisa's sex scenes are more graphic than I am comfortable with, but I cam FF through them.

Rosalyn Landor does a beautiful job. Her voice for Gideon Shaw is fantastic! She is simply amazing with the different voices in this book.

If you like Lisa Kleypas' books you will probably like this one too. Most of the other reviews are good. In many ways Alaina is a likeable character, I just did not like her fixation on her legs. I didn't notice any other reviewers remarking about this, so maybe it is just me!

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  • How to Woo a Reluctant Lady

  • By: Sabrina Jeffries
  • Narrated by: Sarah Coomes
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 372
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 234
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 232

Lady Minerva Sharpe has the perfect plan to thwart her grandmother’s demands: become engaged to a rogue! Surely Gran would rather release her inheritance than see her wed a scoundrel. And who better to play the part of Minerva’s would-be husband than wild barrister Giles Masters, the very inspiration for the handsome spy in the popular Gothic novels she writes? The memory of his passionate kiss on her nineteenth birthday has lingered in Minerva’s imagination, though she has no intention of really falling for such a rakehell, much less marrying him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Story was great, narrator was awful.

  • By Beverly on 01-21-11

I, too, am in love with Giles!

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

Reviewed: 04-23-12

This is the third book in a series of five. If you have not read the first two, I suggest you do so first because it will give you more insight into each character and more information regarding the mystery that underlies each story.

Five siblings, who have been traumatized by the tragic marriage and deaths of their parents, are being forced to marry or be disinherited by their controlling grandmother. Because of their trauma, each has reasons why he or she is fearful of marrying. However, each one doesn't want to be the reason his or her siblings lose their inheritance, so, each one dutifully and very reluctantly, look for mates.

In this book we have Minerva and Giles. Minerva is an author in a time when female authors were rare and in a society where working was for those in the lower classes. Thus, she is considered a "hellion". Giles is also a hellion, so everyone believes. He is well known as a rogue, a gambler and heavy drinker, but is he really? Minerva has been in love with him since she was 9 years old; if only he would love her too, she would gladly wed. So the story goes. . .

Also, regarding their parents' tragic deaths; did their mother kill their father and then herself, as they had been told and had believed for 19 years, or did someone murder both parents? If their parents were murdered, who did it and why?

I reserve 5 stars for books with beautifully crafted writing, originality, and characters who will live on in my memory. This is not one of those books, but it is very enjoyable and I can wholeheartedly recommend it to you. Enjoy!


















1 of 1 people found this review helpful