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  • Goodbye Café

  • The Hudson Sisters Series, Book 3
  • By: Mariah Stewart
  • Narrated by: Joy Osmanski
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

California girl Allie Hudson Monroe can’t wait for the day when the renovations on the Sugarhouse Theater are complete so she can finally collect the inheritance from her father and leave Pennsylvania. After all, her life and her 14-year-old daughter are in Los Angeles. But Allie’s divorce left her tottering on the edge of bankruptcy, so to keep up on payments for her house and her daughter’s private-school tuition, Allie packed up and flew out east. But fate has a curveball or two to toss in Allie’s direction - she just doesn’t know it yet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very entertaining

  • By Kathryn @theBookDate on 04-13-19

Very entertaining

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

Reviewed: 04-13-19

This was a really good third book in this series. Joy Osmanski narrated it perfectly, her voices for the characters just so added to the story. I hope we get another in this series or at the very least a novella. Loved how the story worked out. Loved Allie and Nicky and Barney is such a wise old lady.

  • Come from Away

  • A Novel of the Second World War
  • By: Genevieve Graham
  • Narrated by: Michelle Ferguson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

In the fall of 1939, Grace Baker’s three brothers board Canadian ships headed for war. Grace stays behind, tending to the homefront and the general store that helps keep her small Nova Scotian community running. Three years later, the fighting rages on, and rumors swirl about “wolf packs” of German U-Boats lurking in the waters along the shores of East Jeddore. One day, a handsome stranger ventures into the store, claiming to be a trapper, and Grace becomes enamored. But after several weeks, she discovers that her mysterious visitor is not the lonely outsider he appears to be.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Insight into a family and war.

  • By Kathryn @theBookDate on 03-26-19

Insight into a family and war.

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

Reviewed: 03-26-19

Earlier in the year I enjoyed the audiobook Tides of Honour - a story about Danny and Audrey and WW1. When I started listening to this book Come From Away, I was delighted to find out that this one picks up the lives of their children and especially that of their daughter Grace. It's a complete stand alone, however, seeing how life has moved on pleased this reader!

Grace works in a local store in Nova Scotia, while her three brothers are away at war - world war 2. Her parents Danny and Audrey are there with her and also other various family members live by.  One evening at a local dance some strangers come by, and Grace is attracted to one man who dances with her - then they are gone. Now off Nova Scotia there are German u-boats, so could these men have come from there?Some weeks later this stranger wanders into Grace's store - Rudi is his name. Supposedly a trapper but is he? 

And so the story takes off. There is challenge and adventure, distrust and trust, and an evolving relationship with Rudi and the family and of course Grace.I loved the story of the family in Nova Scotia, and what happened to them as the war progressed.  Depicted was the toll that war places on ordinary men, the demands made on them, and that underneath so many of them  are men of honour and care.The story moves along at a good pace, the characters are ones that I could take into my heart and care about. The narrator was very good and brought this book alive.

  • The Rosie Result

  • Don Tillman, Book 3
  • By: Graeme Simsion
  • Narrated by: Dan O'Grady
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

Don Tillman and Rosie Jarman are back in Australia after a decade in New York, and they’re about to face their most important challenge. Their son, Hudson, is struggling at school: he’s socially awkward and not fitting in. Don’s spent a lifetime trying to fit in - so who better to teach Hudson the skills he needs? The Hudson Project will require the help of friends old and new, force Don to decide how much to guide Hudson and how much to let him be himself, and raise some significant questions about his own identity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful

  • By Kathryn @theBookDate on 02-28-19

Delightful

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

Reviewed: 02-28-19

I loved this story that included Hudson - the son of Rosie and Don. There efforts for their son was outstanding and he was just delightful too. Liked the exploration of autism and the role a school plays with diverse students - the good and the bad. The narration was perfect.

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  • The Moon Sister

  • The Seven Sisters, Book 5
  • By: Lucinda Riley
  • Narrated by: Imogen Wilde
  • Length: 19 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294

After the death of her father - Pa Salt, an elusive billionaire who adopted his six daughters from around the globe - Tiggy D’Aplièse, trusting her instincts, moves to the remote wilds of Scotland. There she takes a job doing what she loves: caring for animals on the vast and isolated Kinnaird estate, employed by the enigmatic and troubled Laird, Charlie Kinnaird. Her decision alters her future irrevocably when Chilly, an ancient gypsy who has lived for years on the estate, tells her that she possesses a sixth sense, passed down from her ancestors....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator has a stuffy nose!

  • By Daniele on 02-03-19

Enjoyed

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

Reviewed: 02-24-19

While I felt this was a little long and drawn out I still enjoyed Tiggy's story and where she had come from and where she ended up. The narrator did a very good job of distinguishing the various characters and her men's voices were well done. Set in Scotland and Spain the story was engaging and I liked how it played out.

  • True Places

  • By: Sonja Yoerg
  • Narrated by: Lisa Flanagan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 542
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 468
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 467

Suzanne Blakemore hurtles along the Blue Ridge Parkway, away from her overscheduled and completely normal life, and encounters the girl. As Suzanne rushes her to the hospital, she never imagines how the encounter will change her - a change she both fears and desperately needs. Suzanne has the perfect house, a successful husband, and a thriving family. But beneath the veneer of an ideal life, her daughter is rebelling, her son is withdrawing, her husband is oblivious to it all, and Suzanne is increasingly unsure of her place in the world. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thought provoking!

  • By Helga Immerfall on 01-05-19

Wonderful Story of Family and Life

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

Reviewed: 01-27-19

Wonderful story with excellent narration. I loved the characters, and the fact that all the main characters were given time for viewpoints. The themes of parenthood, marriage, teens, loss, grief and courage stand out. Iris was an amazing person, who could cut to the truth and challenge the values that were so false and prevalent among many. Highly recommend to anyone who loves a good family drama story, full of emotion.

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  • Tides of Honour

  • By: Genevieve Graham
  • Narrated by: Fajer Al-Kaisi
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

In the summer of 1916, Private Daniel Baker marches into battle with the boys of Nova Scotia's 25th Battalion. Out of brutal necessity, Danny has steeled himself against the trials and horrors of war, but he is completely unprepared to meet the love of his life in war-torn France. Audrey Poulin has the soul of an artist. She lives alone with her grandmother in the quiet French countryside, where her only joy is in her brush and palette. When by chance she encounters Danny, the handsome young soldier captures her heart and inspires her painting.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A gripping tale that transported me to 1917

  • By kimbacaffeinate on 01-13-18

Very Engaging

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

I really enjoyed this story of the experience of WW1 - of injury and loss and love. I knew nothing about Nova Scotia and especially the disaster that struck it. Danny and Audrey were characters I grew to enjoy and admire - especially Danny. The narrator was good, generally I don't seek out male narrators but Fajer Al-Kaisi did the job well.

  • Sisters and Brothers

  • By: Fiona Palmer
  • Narrated by: Anna Steen
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Emma, a nurse and busy mother of three, has always dreamed of having a sister. Michelle, at 46, wonders if it's too late to fall in love and find her birth parents. Sarah, career woman and perfectionist homemaker, struggles to keep up with the Joneses. Bill, 72, feels left behind after the death of his adored wife. Adam can't stop thinking about the father he never had. These five very different people are all connected but separated by secrets from the past. Sisters and Brothers will both break and warm your heart in a way that only best-selling Australian storyteller Fiona Palmer can. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pulled at the Heart Strings!

  • By Kathryn @theBookDate on 11-17-18

Pulled at the Heart Strings!

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

Reviewed: 11-17-18

There is so much in this story - but essentially at its heart is family. So many great characters and so many issues. Oh my! Adoption at its heart, a marriage teetering, illness and loss, and so much more. I liked the narration, it enhanced the story and I am so happy I went down this road to read the book - my first by Fiona Palmer and I certainly would be very happy to pick up another book by this author.

  • The One You Really Want

  • By: Jill Mansell
  • Narrated by: Sarah Barron
  • Length: 14 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

When Nancy spies her Christmas present from her husband sitting on the lawn, she realises the jewellery she thought was for her must be on someone else. Her best friend, Carmen, isn't surprised (she never liked Jonathan) and persuades Nancy to leave Edinburgh and come and stay in her luxury London flat - far too vast for Carmen since her husband, millionaire rock star Spike Todd, died. Soon Nancy's met gorgeous Connor O'Shea, who lives next door, and his daughter, Mia, is matchmaking.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Full of Humour and a Great Narrator!!

  • By Kathryn @theBookDate on 11-09-18

Full of Humour and a Great Narrator!!

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

This is one of those books that I am sure is enhanced by being narrated. And I really enjoyed the narrator's interpretation, she and of course Jill Mansell had me chuckling often as I listened. Full of varied characters with various but similar challenges, there was nothing to dislike and all to enjoy. With of course the perfect satisfying ending. Some might say predictable, but then that's what I like in a book! A happy ending.

  • An Island Christmas

  • By: Jenny Colgan
  • Narrated by: Sarah Barron
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Christmas on the remote Scottish island of Mure is bleak, stark - and incredibly beautiful. It's a time for hunkering down, getting cosy in front of whisky barrel wood fires and enjoying a dram with the people you love - unless, of course, you're accidentally pregnant to your ex-boss and don't know how to tell him. In what should be the season of peace and goodwill on earth, will Joel think Flora is a bearer of glad tidings?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it.

  • By Kathryn @theBookDate on 10-29-18

Loved it.

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

Loved it. Perfect narration again and just adored meeting up with the people from the Island of Mure. More please!

  • How to Find Love in a Bookshop

  • By: Veronica Henry
  • Narrated by: Julia Barrie
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Nightingale Books, nestled on the high street in the idyllic Cotswold town of Peasebrook, is a dream come true for booklovers. But owner Emilia Nightingale is struggling to keep the shop open. The temptation to sell up is proving enormous - but what about the promise she made to her father? Not to mention the loyalty she owes to her customers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful

  • By Kathryn @theBookDate on 10-24-18

Delightful

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

Reviewed: 10-24-18

Delightful very English story. Lots of characters but everything really centred around the bookshop as each person interacted and came to fully understand and know themselves and their own minds. Well done as an audiobook.