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Laura Foley Gray

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  • On Folly Beach

  • By: Karen White
  • Narrated by: Lyssa Browne
  • Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 587
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 469
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 469

Folly Beach, South Carolina, has survived despite hurricanes and war. But it's the personal battles of Folly Beach's residents that have left the most scars, and they are why a young widow has been beckoned there to heal her own. To most people, Folly Beach is simply the last barrier island before reaching the great Atlantic. To some, it's a sanctuary for lost souls, which is why Emmy Hamilton's mother encourages her to buy a local bookstore, Folly's Finds, hoping it will distract Emmy from the loss of her husband.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You won't want to get out of your car

  • By L. Persyn on 08-08-10

Depressing

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

Reviewed: 08-09-16

What did you love best about On Folly Beach?

it was well written

Who was your favorite character and why?

I can tell you who my LEAST favorite characters were. Kat & Lulu. They were both selfish & manipulative. Destroying people's lives and Maggie was a doormat.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Kat opened the window. I was actually glad to see her go.

If you could take any character from On Folly Beach out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Jim. from the way they spoke about him he seemed really great.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Walk Through Fire

  • Chaos, Book 4
  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Kate Russell
  • Length: 17 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,307
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,202
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,205

Millie Cross knows what it's like to burn for someone. She was young and wild, and he was fierce and even wilder - a Chaos biker who made her heart pound. They fell in love at first sight, and life was good - until she learned she couldn't be the woman he needed and made it so he had no choice but to walk away. Twenty years later, Millie's chance run-in with her old flame sparks a desire she just can't ignore. And this time she won't let him ride off....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • can't get enough

  • By Ire on 10-29-15

Love the Chaos Series !!!

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

Reviewed: 03-19-16

If you could sum up Walk Through Fire in three words, what would they be?

For Your Happiness

What was one of the most memorable moments of Walk Through Fire?

When she told him why she left !

Which character – as performed by Kate Russell – was your favorite?

I've loved Elvira in all the books.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Romance, Suspense & Motor Cycles

Any additional comments?

I did not think I would enjoy a series about a motorcycle club but I did & I absolutely LOVED IT ! I hope there is more to come.
The narrator got better with each book. At first I didn't enjoy her male voices.

  • Play It Safe

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Savannah Richards
  • Length: 14 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,622
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,491
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,490

No connections. Play it safe. These were the rules Ivey lived her life by. Until she hit Mustang, Colorado, a perfectly imperfect town where the citizens were welcoming, and one of them included the tall, beautiful, macho-man rancher cowboy Grayson Cody. On the run for a decade, Ivey knew she was supposed to play it safe. But she was tired of being on the run. She wanted normal. She wanted real. She wanted a home. And she wanted Grayson Cody. And Grayson Cody wanted Ivey.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A NICE LOVE STORY THAT ENDURED SO MUCH TURMOIL

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 02-28-16

Loved it !

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

Reviewed: 02-29-16

Would you listen to Play It Safe again? Why?

Yes. I loved the characters & I loved the story. But will someone please tell me if Terese Plummer & Savannah Richards are one & the same person ! Either they are identical twins. (I am & my own mother can't tell our voices apart) or it just has to be the same person ! Anyway she is a fantastic narrator & I love listening to her !

What was one of the most memorable moments of Play It Safe?

Don't want to give away the ending.

Which scene was your favorite?

I enjoyed the entire book

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes !

  • Fire & Water

  • A Suspense-Filled Story of Art, Love, Passion, and Madness
  • By: Betsy Graziani Fasbinder
  • Narrated by: Monica McKey
  • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Katherine Murphy, a pediatric surgeon in San Francisco's premier medical center, UCSF, was raised in the ironic protection of her father's Irish pub by a patchwork family formed of misfits and orphans. She is book-brilliant, but unwise in the ways of love and life. When genuine love and deep passion present themselves in the form of Jake Bloom, a renowned "artist of the immediate", she is in far too deep before she discovers the treacherous dark side of his creative genius.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very artful novel

  • By Malena on 09-27-14

Excellent but Heartbreaking

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

Reviewed: 02-24-16

What made the experience of listening to Fire & Water the most enjoyable?

I wouldn't really call my experience "enjoyable" . Though I thought the book was excellent I found myself crying more than once while listening to this sad tale of a family struggling with mental illness.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Nate. My heart broke for him. I get a lump in my throat just thinking about his torment. He was such a kind hearted soul.

Which character – as performed by Monica McKey – was your favorite?

Every character performed by Monica was my favorite ! She did a fantastic job.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It was and I did !

Any additional comments?

This book was great even though it made me cry.

  • The Grand Opening

  • Dare Valley, Book 3
  • By: Ava Miles
  • Narrated by: Em Eldridge
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219

When Peggy McBride moves to Dare Valley, Colorado, the last thing she wants is to meet a man. If she's learned one thing from her divorce, it's that love is a messy business, and as a single mom and the new deputy sheriff, she has her hands full. But when hotel magnate and poker player Mac Maven moves to town, she becomes enthralled by the very last man she would ever consider dating...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good story

  • By Michelle on 07-05-15

Good Read.

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

Reviewed: 01-23-16

If you could sum up The Grand Opening in three words, what would they be?

Hard headed women !

What other book might you compare The Grand Opening to and why?

Hmmm... nothing comes to mind but it certainly got my dander up ! I wanted to strangle the female lead (Peggy) and Abby came in at a close second !

Have you listened to any of Em Eldridge’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes and she's excellent !

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were times I was actually yelling out loud to the characters Peggy & Abby. Peggy was the worst ! Hard nosed obnoxious & bitchy. What did that gorgeous man see in her? I wanted him to dump her & walk away !

  • The Time Between

  • By: Karen White
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda, Barbara Rosenblat, Angela Goethals
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,204
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,103

Eleanor Murray will always remember her childhood on Edisto Island, where her late father, a local shrimper, shared her passion for music. Now her memories of him are all that tempers the guilt she feels over the accident that put her sister in a wheelchair and the feelings she harbors for her sister's husband. To help support her sister, Eleanor works at a Charleston investment firm during the day, but she escapes into her music, playing piano at a neighborhood bar. Until the night her enigmatic boss walks in and offers her a part-time job caring for his elderly aunt, Helena, back on Edisto.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Take me there

  • By Heather Bergdahl on 02-06-16

Excellent Book !

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

Reviewed: 01-14-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes I would. It's a wonderful moving story with deep rich characters. It's also a story that needs to continue to be told. One that we must never allow ourselves to forget.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved Helena. Her strength, her wit & gruff exterior

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have never listened to these narrators before. They were EXCELLENT ! I especially loved the voice of the Helena character. It was rich & deep & exactly how I imagined her to sound as was narrated by Barbara Rosenblat.

If you could rename The Time Between, what would you call it?

I honestly can't think of one. At first I thought the title was a bit odd but now that I've finished the book I think it's perfect.

Any additional comments?

I think this book is definitely worth the credit.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Saturn Run

  • By: John Sandford Ctein
  • Narrated by: Eric Conger
  • Length: 16 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,817
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,622
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,615

The year is 2066. A Caltech intern inadvertently notices an anomaly from a space telescope - something is approaching Saturn and decelerating. Space objects don't decelerate. Spaceships do. A flurry of top-level government meetings produces the inescapable conclusion: Whatever built that ship is at least one hundred years ahead in hard and soft technology, and whoever can get their hands on it exclusively and bring it back will have an advantage so large, no other nation can compete.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Best Sci-Fi Book in a While!

  • By Ted on 05-29-17

Enjoyed it

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

Reviewed: 12-27-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If they liked science fiction I would.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the way it built up momentum. Although I found it a little predictable

What didn’t you like about Eric Conger’s performance?

I could not distinguish between his male & female voices. I found that to be very difficult in the beginning.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No I didn't find it to be that intense. I did chuckle a couple of times though.

Any additional comments?

If you listen to the author's comments at the end of the book you will realize the amount of research that went into it. That helped me to appreciate the book even more.

  • Knight

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Savannah Richards
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,435
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,257
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,260

Knight Sebring knows who he is, what he wants, and what he likes. And he gets it. But he never expected something as sweet as Anya Gage to wander into his bedroom during a party he did not expect to be having to borrow his phone. Knight tries to leave Anya to the life she deserves, with white picket fences and a man who watches football on Sundays - good, normal, and clean.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • OH KNIGHT KNIGHT KNIGHT YR SUCH A YUMMY BAD BOY

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 04-16-15

Don't bother !

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

Reviewed: 12-20-15

What disappointed you about Knight?

I DESPISE this character! He's vulgar, disgusting, Neanderthal & a horrible bully. I wanted to take a baseball bat to him!!! In fact I'm having a really hard time trying to finish this book because of him.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I've read a lot of this author's books and always loved them. This one not at all. I despise the thought of being "punished" or spanked or being tied up..... Is this supposed to be a Shades of Gray type book {which I would never read after hearing about the S&M supposedly in it} ? I was going to listen to the complete series. Now I'm not so sure. If he's what the author considers a Hero I don't think I will. I'll finish the book first & then decide but I'm more than halfway through it so.......

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator was great. In fact I was thinking Audible put the wrong name down as the narrator because she sounds EXACTLY like Threse Plummer who I LOVE listening to.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Knight?

If I was the editor I would have scrapped the whole book. Or at least what I've read so far.

Any additional comments?

There were so many negative comments about this book I was surprised it had 4 stars. I wish I would have read the comments but because I've loved everything I've read from this author when I saw that it had 4 plus stars I just went ahead and purchased it.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Cloud Atlas

  • A Novel
  • By: David Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Cassandra Campbell, Kim Mai Guest, and others
  • Length: 19 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,428
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,401
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,421

A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan's California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified "dinery server" on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation: the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other's echoes down the corridor of history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I laughed often with the kindly Mr. Cavendish

  • By Aaron on 08-23-12

Yikes ! No Thank You

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

Reviewed: 11-05-12

Would you try another book from David Mitchell and/or the narrators?

By the author probably not, by the narrators definitely yes

Would you ever listen to anything by David Mitchell again?

I'm really not sure. It's possible I would try another one of his books.

Which scene was your favorite?

I don't really have one

What character would you cut from Cloud Atlas?

the book was like a jigsaw puzzle. You really could not cut anyone.

Any additional comments?

I struggled to get through this book. It reminded me of an abstract painting...you can't figure out what the heck you're looking at or what the heck it's supposed to mean! I could have skipped through the entire book and just listened to the last paragraph or two .

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Spider Mountain

  • By: P. T. Deutermann
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 446
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302

Summoned by a friend, ex-cop Cam Richter agrees to do a favor: investigate the assault of a young woman in a remote area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Cam knows the misty hills and shadowed hollers of the park, and his outdoor skills might break a case that local cops can't - or maybe don't want to - solve.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love Them All

  • By Char on 06-02-09

Very Good!

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

Reviewed: 07-04-12

Would you consider the audio edition of Spider Mountain to be better than the print version?

Yes because of Dick Hill who does such a GREAT job of bringing the story to life.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Spider Mountain?

Well I liked the ending & being a dog lover I especially liked Frick & Frack but not so much the necessary fates of the "man-eaters"

What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I can't say enough good things about Dick Hill !!! He does such a GREAT job of every book he narrates

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Back hills violent justice vs. real law

Any additional comments?

there is a fair amount of violence in this book that some may find disturbing