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  • All We Ever Wanted

  • A Novel
  • By: Emily Giffin
  • Narrated by: Dorothy Dillingham Blue, Milton Bagby, Catherine Taber
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,741
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,386
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,368

Nina Browning is living the good life after marrying into Nashville's elite. More recently, her husband made a fortune selling his tech business, and their adored son has been accepted to Princeton. Yet sometimes the middle-class small-town girl in Nina wonders if she's strayed from the person she once was. Tom Volpe is a single dad working multiple jobs while struggling to raise his headstrong daughter, Lyla. His road has been lonely, long, and hard, but he finally starts to relax after Lyla earns a scholarship to Windsor Academy, Nashville's most prestigious private school.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story - Wrong male narrator

  • By Dani E. Barnard on 07-07-18

Odd choice for narrator

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

Reviewed: 08-09-18

I really enjoyed this story and finished it quickly. However, the narrator for Tom was bizarre. He supposed to “look too young to have a teenager” but sounds like a 70-something grandpa. Each time the chapter changed to him I had to wrap my head around it with mental pictures of a much younger man. Odd choice. Other narrators were spot on and it was a great story.

  • Along the Infinite Sea

  • By: Beatriz Williams
  • Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
  • Length: 15 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 771
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 710
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 709

Each of the three Schuyler sisters has her own world-class problems, but in the autumn of 1966, Pepper Schuyler's problems are in a class of their own. When Pepper fixes up a beautiful and rare vintage Mercedes and sells it at auction, she thinks she's finally found a way to take care of herself and the baby she carries, the result of an affair with a married, legendary politician.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Rollicking yarn that holds you in its grip

  • By Jane on 11-20-15

Overall I enjoyed it but...

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

Could have done without the gratuitous sex and cursing. I’m no prude, it just seemed forced. As if the author was saying, “hmmm, I should add more cursing and more descriptive sex scenes. People really like that.” Umm, no. If it added to the story in someway, maybe. It just felt forced. Overall, I enjoyed the series - I listened to all three, after all. Love the narrator as always.

  • In the Company of Others

  • By: Jan Karon
  • Narrated by: Erik Singer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 673
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 485
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 480

Father Tim and Cynthia arrive in the west of Ireland, intent on researching his Kavanagh ancestry from the comfort of a charming fishing lodge. The charm, however, is broken entirely when Cynthia startles a burglar and sprains her already injured ankle. Then a cherished and valuable painting is stolen from the lodge owners, and Cynthia's pain pales in comparison to the wound at the center of this bitterly estranged Irish family.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed

  • By Nilda on 11-20-10

Didn't love it like the rest of Mitford/Father Tim

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

Reviewed: 01-10-18

First, after listening to all the other books, this narrator didn't fit Father Tim and Cynthia's personalities. At least, not the way I was used to them.
Second, I could not for the life of me get interested in the side story of the journal. Typically I love historical fiction but about halfway through I gave up and fast forwarded past any part containing the journal. I just didn't follow it - or want to follow it. I liked the rest of the story and had I read, rather than listened, I may have enjoyed it more.

  • The Lilac Bouquet

  • By: Carolyn Brown
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,600
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,302
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,286

Come hell or high water, Emmy Jo Massey will have a wedding. After three generations of Massey women with children out of wedlock, she wants the whole town of Hickory, Texas, to witness the legitimacy of her union with Logan Grady. But dream weddings aren't cheap. So she accepts a highly lucrative stint as a home health assistant to retired realtor, and town recluse, Seth Thomas - a decision her great-grandmother Tandy is dead-set against.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved this book!

  • By Mercy Boujarwah on 09-28-17

Okay for $5.

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

Reviewed: 04-25-17

Good idea for a story. Corny dialogue. Can't imagine anyone talking to each other that way. Not sure if the narrator made everyone sound ridiculous or if it was just the material she was given. All the men sounded the same.

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  • The Last Camellia

  • A Novel
  • By: Sarah Jio
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 95

On the eve of the Second World War, the last surviving specimen of a camellia plant known as the Middlebury Pink lies secreted away on an English country estate. Flora, an amateur American botanist, is contracted by an international ring of flower thieves to infiltrate the household and acquire the coveted bloom. Her search is at once brightened by new love and threatened by her discovery of a series of ghastly crimes. More than half a century later, garden designer Addison takes up residence at the manor, now owned by the family of her husband, Rex. The couple’s shared passion for mysteries is fueled by the enchanting camellia orchard and an old gardener’s notebook. Yet its pages hint at dark acts ingeniously concealed. If the danger that Flora once faced remains very much alive, will Addison share her fate?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Addictive

  • By Kim Barker on 06-11-13

Had to get past the narrator

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

Reviewed: 02-01-17

Justine Eyre has a lovely voice but during certain parts (especially the beginning) she did this annoying breathy-purr thing - almost like she was nearly falling asleep. I don't know if she stopped doing it further into the book or if I got so into the story that I was able to ignore it. The villain's accent/voice was awful. The book was typical Sarah Jio so I enjoyed it.

  • The Girl Before

  • By: Rena Olsen
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,675
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,666

Clara Lawson is torn from her life in an instant. Without warning, her home is invaded by armed men, and she finds herself separated from her beloved husband and daughters. The last thing her husband yells to her is to say nothing. In chapters that alternate between past and present, the novel slowly unpeels the layers of Clara's fractured life. We see her growing up, raised with her sisters by the stern Mama and Papa G, becoming a poised and educated young woman, falling desperately in love with the forbidden son of her adoptive parents.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Decent

  • By Meg on 10-27-16

Couldn't stop listening, even when I wanted to.

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

Reviewed: 01-14-17

Difficult subject. Really awful and disturbing. Great story that was told well and the narrator was great as well.

  • Goodnight June

  • A Novel
  • By: Sarah Jio
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 61

Goodnight Moon is an adored childhood classic, but its real origins are lost to history. In Goodnight June, Sarah Jio offers a suspenseful and heartfelt take on how the "great green room" might have come to be. June Andersen is professionally successful, but her personal life is marred by unhappiness. Unexpectedly, she is called to settle her great-aunt Ruby's estate and determine the fate of Bluebird Books, the children's bookstore Ruby founded in the 1940s.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sweet Story!!

  • By Trish on 07-13-14

Enjoyable story but...

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

Reviewed: 04-07-16

I always enjoy Sarah Jio's stories. However, I am baffled as to why this narrator was chosen. While she has a lovely, elegant voice, it did not fit the age of the main character and often other characters. I had a hard time picturing a woman in her thirties to the point that I nearly stopped listening. Had I not been familiar with Sarah Jio I would have quit for sure.

  • Home Front

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Maggi-Meg Reed
  • Length: 15 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 879
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 773
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 764

From a distance, Michael and Joleen Zarkades seem to have it all: a solid marriage, two exciting careers, and children they adore. But after twelve years together, the couple has lost their way; they are unhappy and edging toward divorce. Then the Iraq war starts. An unexpected deployment will tear their already fragile family apart, sending one of them deep into harm’s way and leaving the other at home, waiting for news. When the worst happens, each must face their darkest fear and fight for the future of their family.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By Patricia on 02-17-12

There's a first for everything

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

Reviewed: 05-19-15

I have never read/heard a Kristin Hannah book I didn't LOVE. It pains me to say this, but I really didn't like this one. I suspect it was the narrator, or at least I want to blame her since I love Kristin Hannah's books.

I just didn't like the characters. Jolene was fine but I frequently wanted to slap her oldest daughter. Frequently. I think the narrator may have contributed to that. I couldn't take the whining and crying (from either daughter). I have two kids of my own and don't need more whining and crying! ;) Perhaps if I had read it instead of listening I would have felt differently.

I can't really put my finger on it but I found the whole book rather irritating. If it hadn't been a Kristin Hannah book I think I wouldn't have finished it as I often found myself irritable after listening (or not wanting to continue listening). I listened to the author's Q&A after and I feel really bad that I didn't like it. Sounds like it was very meaningful to her. I'm sorry! ;)

I will say that I did appreciate being enlightened to the lives of those who serve our country. I am so grateful to them. Like the author, we are not a military family nor do I really know anyone in the military. So I am glad to know more about it and PTSD.

  • The Nightingale

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Polly Stone
  • Length: 17 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 50,026
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 45,343
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 45,267

Audie Award, Fiction, 2016. From the number-one New York Times bestselling author comes Kristin Hannah’s next novel. It is an epic love story and family drama set at the dawn of World War II. She is the author of twenty-one novels. Her previous novels include Home Front, Night Road, Firefly Lane, Fly Away, and Winter Garden.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heroic & Harrowing Work Of Fiction

  • By Sara on 08-21-15

Best one yet!

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

Reviewed: 03-04-15

I love Kristin Hannah and have read/listened to nearly all of her books. This one nearly did me in it was so good! Just wonderful!

  • Winter Garden

  • A Novel
  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 14 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,907
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,102

Meredith and Nina Whitson are as different as sisters can be. One stayed at home to raise her children and manage the family apple orchard: the other followed a dream and traveled the world to become a famous photojournalist. But when their beloved father fails ill, Meredith and Nina find themselves together again, standing alongside their cold, disapproving mother, Anya, who even now, offers no comfort to her daughters

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I thought I made a mistake

  • By A. Musser on 11-29-17

I have yet to hear a bad story from Kristin Hannah

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

Reviewed: 10-29-14

It took me a few chapters to warm up to this one but Kristin Hannah never lets me down! And Susan Ericksen was fabulous!