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  • A Stardance Summer

  • Eternity Springs, Book 13
  • By: Emily March
  • Narrated by: Amy Landon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85

Brick Callahan enjoys every minute of chaos at his campground, Stardance Ranch, especially after the Tornado Alleycats arrive for an extended summer stay. The members of the all-female glamorous camping club are primarily seniors - active and adventurous, friendly and fun. But when he discovers Liliana Howe frolicking with the glamping grannies in a late-night skinny-dipping session, he fears he's in for a summer of trouble. Because his best friend's kid sister has grown up to be drop-dead gorgeous.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable Read!

  • By Julie Thorne on 08-25-17

Lovely read

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

Reviewed: 01-24-19

As all of this series this is a sweet tender story. Well performed and a breath of fresh air.

  • Lethal White

  • A Cormoran Strike Novel
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 22 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,633
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,213
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,182

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed, and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic. Trying to get to the bottom of Billy's story, Strike and Robin Ellacott - once his assistant, now a partner in the agency - set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best 22 hours of the last week

  • By Jennifer on 09-27-18

Fabulous

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

Great story. Again. These stories just get better and better! Great performance. Ready for the next one please!

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Map of the Heart

  • A Novel
  • By: Susan Wiggs
  • Narrated by: Christina Traister
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208

Widowed by an unspeakable tragedy, Camille Palmer has made her peace with the past and settled into the quiet safety of life with her teenage daughter, Julie, in a sleepy coastal town. Then the arrival of a mysterious package breaks open the door to her family's secret past. In uncovering a hidden history, Camille has no idea that she's embarking on an adventure that will utterly transform her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not vintage Wiggs, but better than some of her more recent books

  • By Elizabeth B. Brandt on 09-17-17

Too soon over

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

Reviewed: 08-17-18

So long to wait between novels. So quickly devoured. I love this authors stories and this does not disappoint. Next?

  • Best Beach Ever

  • Ten Beach Road, Book 6
  • By: Wendy Wax
  • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109

Forced to rent out or lose their beloved Bella Flora after the loss of their renovation-turned-reality-TV show Do Over, Maddie, Nikki, Avery, Kyra, and Bitsy move into cottages at the Sunshine Hotel and Beach Club believing the worst is over. Only to discover just how uncertain their futures really are. Luckily, when the going gets tough, the ladies of Ten Beach Road know that their friendship - tried and tested - can chase away the darkest clouds and let the sun shine in....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-20-18

More Please

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

I never want this series to end. I love these characters. I want to see the twins and Dustin become adults. Please keep going.

  • By Invitation Only

  • A Novel
  • By: Dorothea Benton Frank
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett, Courtney Patterson, Sarah Naughton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,369
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,261
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,258

 The Lowcountry of South Carolina is where By Invitation Only begins, at a barbecue engagement party thrown by Diane English Stiftel, her brother Floyd, and her parents to celebrate her son’s engagement. On this gorgeous, magical night, the bride’s father, Alejandro Cambria, a wealthy power broker whose unbelievably successful career in private equity made him one of Chicago’s celebrated elite, discovers the limits and possibilities of cell phone range. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Feel-good story

  • By Jane on 06-16-18

Another favorite!

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

Reviewed: 07-03-18

My only objection is we can’t get more, quicker from this author. Always a great story. Insightful and sensitive. Loved it. Susan Bennett is always a superior story performer. Combo can’t be beat.

  • Sisters Like Us

  • Mischief Bay
  • By: Susan Mallery
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204

Divorce left Harper Szymanski with a name no one can spell, a house she can't afford, and a teenage daughter who's pulling away. With her fledgling virtual-assistant business, she's scrambling to maintain her overbearing mother's ridiculous Susie Homemaker standards and still pay the bills, thanks to clients like Lucas, the annoying playboy cop who claims he hangs around for Harper's fresh-baked cookies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • lovely family

  • By Jessica101984 on 06-01-18

Always Great

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

Reviewed: 05-04-18

As consistent as the sunrise. Always a great story and Tanya Eby is a wonderful performer.

  • The Beach at Painter's Cove

  • A Novel
  • By: Shelley Noble
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 513
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 473
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 471

The Whitaker family's Connecticut mansion, Muses by the Sea, has always been a haven for artists, a hotbed of creativity, extravagances, and the occasional scandal. Art patrons for generations, the Whitakers supported strangers but drained the life out of each other. Now, after being estranged for years, four generations of Whitaker women find themselves once again at the Muses. Leo, the Whitaker matriarch, lives in the rambling mansion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great read that takes you along for the ride!

  • By Yelena Tishchenko on 04-13-18

Great

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

Always a good story from this author and no exception here and I love this narrator! I have tried books just because she performs such a good story,

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Slightly South of Simple

  • Peachtree Bluff, Book 1
  • By: Kristy Woodson Harvey
  • Narrated by: Shannon McManus, Janet Metzger
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 484
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 435
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 435

Caroline Murphy swore she'd never set foot back in the small Southern town of Peachtree Bluff; she was a New York girl born and bred and the worst day of her life was when, in the wake of her father's death, her mother selfishly forced her to move - during her senior year of high school, no less - back to that hick-infested rat trap where she'd spent her childhood summers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ENJOYABLE

  • By Cheri Lynch on 08-14-17

Wonderful First

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

Reviewed: 03-19-18

A true new voice. I can’t wait to read more by this author. Pick it up and enjoy for yourself you won’t be sorry.

  • The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic

  • By: Emily Croy Barker
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Length: 26 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,943
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,955

Emily Croy Barker’s riveting debut novel is a must-read for fans of Lev Grossman and Deborah Harkness. The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic follows grad student Nora Fischer as she stumbles through a portal into a magical world. Having been transformed from drab to beautiful, Nora finds herself surrounded by glamorous friends. Life seems perfect. But then things take a terrible turn, and Nora must learn magic from a reclusive ally if she is to have any hope of survival...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • In most ways, this is just the kind of book I seek

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-23-13

Reader Beware: No, Nothing Ever Happens

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

Reviewed: 05-23-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I never write reviews since I believe them to be subjective. However, reader be warned. This story is not good. If there was a character I cared about. A story line. The author deciding if it was romance, fantasy or science fiction. Anything to have brought it together in a cohesive plot. However, I kept going on thinking that surely at some point something would happen. I was wrong. No love story, no magic story. Sure there was magic in the story. Certainly no Hogwarts. It took place on "another planet' which is science fiction in my book, not fantasy. However this "other planet" had humans and all the flora and fauna of earth? It was terribly confusing and you didn't care anyway. Certainly not someplace you would ever dream of going.

What could Emily Croy Barker have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Nora is as boring as peeling paint and the magician is as exciting as clog dancing. I could never care one way or another about the emotionless Magician or the plain boring Nora who never cared enough about her own situation of being on another planet, or kidnapped or even married to a dragon to try and get home or even fight. Really fight. More that "Oh this is awful" Nora just accepts that she is now a servant and her best hope is to learn a little magic.
WOW! Really? That was all you had? The only remotely humorous character is an ICE Demon who feeds on poetry. That was it. There wasn't even a great bad guy to sink your teeth into and we NEVER hear about what happen to Ilyssa and her son in the end.

The worst part was after dragging myself through the entire almost 50 chapters all I got at the end is that Nora is home but now she knows her path and it is back to her Magician, somehow and someway. The Magician she has never expressed love for nor he for her. It is all in Nora's mind that she should leave the 21st century to go back to the medieval days of the foreign planet. So disappointed. At least that story might have been interesting.

How could the performance have been better?

Well a good, decent story to read would have made her job much easier.

What character would you cut from The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic?

I'd scrape it all except the ICE Demon and go from there.

Any additional comments?

It should be criminal to compare this book in any way to Harry Potter or Wrinkle in Time or Narnia or Middle Earth. That is like saying peanuts are lima beans because they are both legumes. Nonsense. This is a hodge podge of " I don't know where I am going with this story" on the authors part. Don't bother.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful