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  • Beach Blues

  • By: Joanne DeMaio
  • Narrated by: Nick Cracknell
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8

Celia Gray finds herself house-sitting a silver-shingled cottage at Stony Point. She arrives with her guitar, a few staging jobs...and a bit of summertime sadness. That is, until an unforgettable group of beach friends draws her in like a breath of salt air. Sal DeLuca heard the words in a dream: Take me to the sea. So after a decade of demanding work, he takes his first vacation in years. When Stony Point's two wash-ashores, Sal and Celia, meet, some say it's a match made in beach-heaven.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very Blue!

  • By Kathryn @theBookDate on 07-07-18

Very Blue!

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

Reviewed: 07-07-18

Nick Cracknell has grown on me as a narrator, he certainly does do this book justice. However I found the story just a little dragged out and very blue, you could call it bittersweet, but more bitter than sweet. I am not sure I want any more of these angsty lives. Maybe in another year I might be able - or not - to face into them. I like them but... not sure the good friendships can overcome the angsty drama.

  • Promise Me, Dad

  • A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose
  • By: Joe Biden
  • Narrated by: Joe Biden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,758
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,415
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,396

In November 2014, 13 members of the Biden family gathered on Nantucket for Thanksgiving, a tradition they had been celebrating for the past 40 years; it was the one constant in what had become a hectic, scrutinized, and overscheduled life. The Thanksgiving holiday was a much-needed respite, a time to connect, a time to reflect on what the year had brought, and what the future might hold. But this year felt different from all those that had come before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Sad Memoir

  • By Jean on 12-02-17

Inspiring Memoir

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

Reviewed: 06-19-18

I liked this listen in to Joe Biden and his experience of being Vice President and dealing with the illness and death of his beloved son. I really love being inspired by people with strong values, and living out those values and deep love of family. So while not being from the USA I still found this a very valuable read.

  • Meet Me at the Cupcake Café

  • By: Jenny Colgan
  • Narrated by: Penelope Rawlins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

Ever dreamed of starting over? Issy Randall can bake. No, more than that - Issy can create stunning, mouth-wateringly divine cakes. After a childhood spent in her beloved Grampa Joe’s bakery she has undoubtedly inherited his talent. So when she’s made redundant from her safe but dull City job, Issy decides to seize the moment and open up her own café. It should be a piece of cake, right?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable except when reader got under my skin

  • By Federica on 02-27-13

A Delightful Listen

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

Reviewed: 06-02-18

I thoroughly enjoyed another Jenny Colgan story. When you want something light and enjoyable but with a small dash of poignancy then I find Jenny Colgan is the way to go. Loved the whole variety of characters. The narrator did an excellent job with all the different voices, great pacing and totally added a whole star to the overall rating I am giving this book.

  • The Secret to Southern Charm

  • By: Kristy Woodson Harvey
  • Narrated by: Janet Metzger, Candace Thaxton
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231

After finding out her military husband is missing in action, middle sister Sloane's world crumbles as her worst nightmare comes true. She can barely climb out of bed, much less summon the strength to be the parent her children deserve. Her mother, Ansley, provides a much-needed respite as she puts her personal life on hold to help Sloane and her grandchildren wade through their new grief-stricken lives. But between caring for her own aging mother, her daughters, and her grandchildren, Ansley's private worry is that secrets from her past will come to light.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sloane's narrator turned me off big time

  • By allen wampler on 10-03-18

Well worth the listen

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

Reviewed: 05-03-18

#2 in the series lived up to the first one and I loved the story of Sloane and Adam and the rest of the family. A very satisfying read and so well narrated.

  • The Endless Beach

  • By: Jenny Colgan
  • Narrated by: Sarah Barron
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

On the quayside next to the Endless Beach sits the Summer Seaside Kitchen. It's a haven for tourists and locals alike, who all come to eat the freshest local produce on the island and catch up with the gossip. Flora, who runs the café, feels safe and content - unless she thinks too hard about her relationship with Joel, her gorgeous but emotionally (and physically) distant boyfriend. While Flora is in turmoil about her relationship, her best friend, Lorna, is pining after the local doctor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it.

  • By Kathryn @theBookDate on 04-10-18

Loved it.

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

Reviewed: 04-10-18

This story held my interest all the way through. I love Mure and all the characters on the island. But please let there be a #3 in this series. I want more of them, to see the characters story line continue even more. Really liked the narrator, thought she did a wonderful job with all the different characters and their accents.

  • The Denim Blue Sea

  • By: Joanne DeMaio
  • Narrated by: Nick Cracknell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

During two August weeks, denim designer Maris Carrington and coastal architect Jason Barlow prepare for their much-anticipated wedding. The wedding is a reason for old friends to gather again; to meet in their shabby beach hangout and get the jukebox cranking; to walk that weathered boardwalk beneath a starry sky; to breathe the sweet salt air. "Cures what ails you," one of the friends, Neil, always said, long before his life was sadly claimed. When Maris discovers Neil's long-lost journal, its passages reveal a heartbreaking secret.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible narration

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-13-18

A Friendship Saga

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

Reviewed: 03-15-18

This carries on the story of a group of friends. One relationship is in crisis - will it all be resolved. Can Maris and Jason reach their wedding day and have it be a very happy one. And a newcomer to the beach, someone special to Eva and Maris. A gentle story that wends its way through the joys and pitfalls of special relationships.
I wasn't particularly in love with the narration, but I didn't hugely dislike it either. I'll probably listen to the next one via audio so I guess that says the narration was okay.

  • The Pearl Sister

  • The Seven Sisters, Book 4
  • By: Lucinda Riley
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Racine, Rehanna MacDonald
  • Length: 19 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 449
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 422
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 425

Following the death of her father, CeCe D'Aplièse finds herself at breaking point. In desperation, she decides to flee England and discover her past; the only clues she has are a photograph and the name of a woman pioneer who lived in Australia over 100 years ago. When CeCe finally reaches the Red Centre of Australia, she begins the search for her past. With help from those she meets on her journey, CeCe begins to believe that this wild, vast continent could offer her a sense of belonging.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Slow start but got better

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-07-17

Best Narration in the Series

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

Reviewed: 02-10-18

The narration in this book stood out for me, it certainly is the best of the series. I almost didn't listen to it because haven't liked the narration of some of the previous ones. But... so happy I listened to this one. Loved the Australian aspect of this book, most probably the favourite in the series for me.

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 406
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 379
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383

Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive - but not how to live. Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’ll miss Eleanor

  • By MISS LAURA K HARRINGTON on 03-27-18

Eleanor my favourite character of 2017

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

Reviewed: 10-24-17

Eleanor just might be my favourite character of 2017. What a story with a little twist and the end. If possible and you are into audiobooks this is the way to go. The narrator is a perfect Eleanor. Kathleen McCarron does a fine piece of work with this book. Gail Honeyman has written a unique book that captures the heart and draws the reader in. Excellent.

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  • Sister's Choice

  • By: Emilie Richards
  • Narrated by: Isabel Keating
  • Length: 16 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

With nine years and a turbulent childhood between them, Kendra and Jamie have never been storybook sisters. Now Jamie is offering a gift Kendra has long since given up hoping for, the fondest wish of her heart - a baby. Already raising two young girls on her own, Jamie wants to become a gestational surrogate for Kendra and her husband, Isaac. In addition to this amazing gift of life, Jamie has designed a new house for Kendra and Isaac and is overseeing its construction on Isaac's ancestral property.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A+

  • By MS on 04-02-13

Absolutely Fabulous

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

Reviewed: 08-18-17

I loved this story of Kendra and Jamie and how Jamie chose to help Kendra. I loved Jamie's two delightful daughters. I loved Grace and her story during the war. I loved the quilting aspect. I loved everything, there was nothing to dislike. Isabel Keating was outstanding with her narration and brought the characters to life.

  • The Bookshop at Water's End

  • By: Patti Callahan Henry
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Lauren Fortgang, Shannon McManus, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118

Bonny Blankenship's most treasured memories are of idyllic summers spent in Watersend, South Carolina, with her best friend, Lainey McKay. Now in her early 50s, Bonny is desperate to clear her head after a tragic mistake threatens her career as an emergency room doctor, and her marriage crumbles around her. With her troubled teenage daughter, Piper, in tow, she goes back to the beloved river house, where she is soon joined by Lainey and her two young children.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very satisfying

  • By Kathryn @theBookDate on 07-26-17

Very satisfying

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

Reviewed: 07-26-17

Why Read it? Do you need to ask? It has bookshop in the title what other reason do I need! I have listened to at least one other by this author and liked it as well.

Plot. Two summer friends end up back at the beach house they knew as children. Lainey lost her mother there when she was 13 yrs and has never got over it - lost as in went missing. Bonnie is a doctor who had something go wrong in the emergency room and she is awaiting the outcome. And she has just left her husband. As well there is her daughter Piper who has a few issues. Mimi runs the bookshop and she knows what her buyers need to read, not what they might want.

What Appealed to me? I loved this story of three women, lost somewhat, at turning points in their lives. It was thought provoking as well. It was about loss and love, making mistakes, finding out who you really are. I listened to the audio version of this book and the three narrators were excellent. I think this will be one of my favourite books of 2017.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful