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Carol Lemelin

St. Clair Shores, MI USA
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  • I Owe You One

  • A Novel
  • By: Sophie Kinsella
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,450
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,335
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,327

Fixie Farr has always lived by her father’s motto: “Family first”. And since her dad passed away, leaving his charming housewares store in the hands of his wife and children, Fixie spends all her time picking up the slack from her siblings instead of striking out on her own. When a handsome stranger in a coffee shop asks her to watch his laptop for a moment, she not only agrees - she ends up saving it from certain disaster. To thank Fixie for her quick thinking, the computer’s owner, an investment manager, scribbles an IOU on a coffee sleeve and attaches his business card.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Ugh

  • By Anonymous User on 02-08-19

Mixed Feelings

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

Reviewed: 04-17-19

I came away from this book with mixed feelings. I measure every book by this author against Twenties Girl which I think was her best. At least I've listened to it multiple times and shared it with all my closest female relatives. This book was a little formulaic, but hey, so is Jane Austen and I never tire of her either. Fixie was frustrating to me because she seemed to be blind to the most obvious. Still and all, it was a good story and I liked it.

  • The Marsh King's Daughter

  • By: Karen Dionne
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 453
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 421
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 417

At last, Helena Pelletier has the life she deserves. A loving husband, two beautiful daughters, a business that fills her days. Then she catches an emergency news announcement and realizes she was a fool to think she could ever leave her worst days behind her. Helena has a secret: she is the product of an abduction. Her mother was kidnapped as a teenager by her father and kept in a remote cabin in the marshlands of Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I wanted to like this...

  • By Cayce on 06-16-17

A GOOD STORY AND LEARNING EXPERIENCE

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

Reviewed: 02-05-19

As a Michigander and child of people from the Upper Peninsula, I really enjoyed the flora and fauna detail. The story was good and I especially liked the parallel with the actual Marsh King's Daughter by Hans Christian Andersen. The complicated emotions of the main character were completely understandable. There wasn't any detail about how she matured and was able to live a normal life. I thought there were some insurmountable issues that were passed over. But all in all the book builds in suspense and action and I liked it.

  • Surprise Me

  • A Novel
  • By: Sophie Kinsella
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,602
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,477
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,482

After being together for 10 years, Sylvie and Dan have all the trimmings of a happy life and marriage; they have a comfortable home, fulfilling jobs, and beautiful twin girls and communicate so seamlessly, they finish each other's sentences. However, a trip to the doctor projects they will live another 68 years together, and panic sets in. They never expected "until death do us part" to mean seven decades. In the name of marriage survival, they quickly concoct a plan to keep their relationship fresh and exciting.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A different kind of Sophie Kinsella

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-27-18

Truly Engaging

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

Reviewed: 01-21-19

From the start, i was ‘in’ the story. Agonized over Sylvie’s over the top reaction and Dan’s non-committal replies and trying to guess what it was all about and being totally
wrong! It was wonderful!

  • Complicated

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Lance Greenfield, Erin Mallon
  • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,597
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,124

When small-town Nebraska sheriff Hixon Drake meets Greta Dare, the connection couldn't be stronger, but the timing couldn't be worse. Dealing with the fallout of a divorce he never wanted and setting up a new home for his kids, Hix becomes that guy, that one he never wanted to be, and puts a stop to things before they can even start. Protecting his kids and himself is his only priority. Greta, on the other hand, has found the place for her and the brother she adores that's perfect for them - a sleepy little town in Nebraska.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Complicated was a pleasure to my senses!

  • By Kara Hildebrand on 05-02-17

Snuggle Bug was too much for me.

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

Reviewed: 12-22-18

I really wanted to find out who committed the murder, and I really liked the Sheriff's relationship with his children, but the graphic sex was over the top. But when she called him snuggle bug after their third sexual romp --well that was just too jarringly cute for me.

  • The Clockmaker's Daughter

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,044
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,655
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,636

In the summer of 1862, a group of young artists led by the passionate and talented Edward Radcliffe descends upon Birchwood Manor in rural Oxfordshire. Their plan: to spend a secluded summer month in a haze of inspiration and creativity. But by the time their stay is over, one woman has been shot dead while another has disappeared; a priceless heirloom is missing; and Edward Radcliffe’s life is in ruins. Over 150 years later, Elodie Winslow, a young archivist in London, uncovers a leather satchel containing two seemingly unrelated items. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Clockmaker's Daughter

  • By Kimberly on 10-21-18

Love Ms. Morton but could not give it 5 stars.

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

I love Ms. Morton's work but this book is very choppy. By that I mean, in some chapters the reader is left hanging and the storyline does not pick up later. The result is often saying, But what about....? With all due respect to Ms. Froggatt who did a good job, her voice does not change, with the result the reader is halfway through the first paragraphs of a section when they realized the speaker is different. That makes driving and listening quite difficult. Sometimes the characters in one section are not revisited until quite a bit later so you have to pause it to remind yourself who these people are. I'm pretty sure I'm going to get the hard copy of the book and revisit the Clock Maker's Daughter.

  • Where the Crawdads Sing

  • By: Delia Owens
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 55,318
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50,391
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50,175

For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life - until the unthinkable happens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Seattle blues on 08-17-18

A Perfectly Lovely Book

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

Reviewed: 10-07-18

I really liked this book. The reader brought a voice of tenderness that epitomized Kia. The characters were so well drawn that you could visualize all of them and the deep knowledge of marsh life was fascinating. I can't say more without spoiling.

  • Behind Her Eyes

  • A Novel
  • By: Sarah Pinborough
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck, Josie Dunn, Bea Holland, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,042
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,968
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,971

Louise is a single mom, a secretary, stuck in a modern-day rut. On a rare night out, she meets a man in a bar, and sparks fly. Though he leaves after they kiss, she's thrilled she finally connected with someone. When Louise arrives at work on Monday, she meets her new boss, David. The man from the bar. The very married man from the bar...who says the kiss was a terrible mistake but who still can't keep his eyes off Louise.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • What the heck...

  • By Allyssa R. on 06-16-17

Another Dumb Plot

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

Reviewed: 09-24-18

I always feel cheated when I read a book that pulls you in, then takes forever to get to the point and finally disappoints with an ending I didn't see coming and was not thrilled to read.

  • Something in the Water

  • A Novel
  • By: Catherine Steadman
  • Narrated by: Catherine Steadman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,272
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,941
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28,852

Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with big plans. Passionately in love, they embark on a dream honeymoon to the tropical island of Bora Bora, where they enjoy the sun, the sand, and each other. Then, while scuba diving in the crystal blue sea, they find something in the water....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Give this a HARD PASS

  • By 3dewdrops on 06-27-18

Comes the Dawn

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

What appears to be a love story begins slowly to draw the heroine and the reader into reality, I thought, though, she must be the dumbest criminal ever to think she could get away with the things she was doing. Still, I liked it even though I thought it needed some serious editing.

  • The Space Between Us

  • By: Thrity Umrigar
  • Narrated by: Purva Bedi
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 278
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 248

Best-selling author Thrity Umrigar won the Nieman Fellowship and earned a finalist spot for the PEN/Beyond Margins award with The Space Between Us. Set in modern-day India, this evocative novel follows upper-middle-class Parsi housewife Sera Dubash and 65-year-old illiterate household worker Bhima as they make their way through life. Though separated by their stations in life, the two women share bonds of womanhood that prove far stronger than the divisions of class or culture.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Story that stays with you

  • By gardener97 on 04-25-15

The Last One of These

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

Reviewed: 07-18-18

I won't ever read another book about India and its women. The lives they lead in a country that likes to pretend it is in this century - Bollywood at all - is not. The writing was excellent, the imagery was lovely and the character development was fine, but the conditions under which these women live is very hard to take. The caste system is obviously still alive and well and the ranking of people put the women at the bottom of every list. It's more than I can bear tor read.

  • The Trespasser

  • A Novel
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Hilda Fay
  • Length: 20 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,836
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,186

Being on the murder squad is nothing like Detective Antoinette Conway dreamed it would be. Her partner, Stephen Moran, is the only person who seems glad she's there. The rest of her working life is a stream of thankless cases, vicious pranks, and harassment. Antoinette is savagely tough, but she's getting close to the breaking point. Their new case looks like yet another by-the-numbers lovers' quarrel gone bad. Aislinn Murray is blond, pretty, groomed to a shine, and dead in her catalogue-perfect living room, next to a table set for a romantic dinner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A literary mystery

  • By oc_artist on 10-08-16

Good mystery. Kept me guessing.

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

Reviewed: 07-10-18

The story was good and the police work seemed real. I was not fond of Antoinette and the way she talked about suspects etc. there is nothing about her that would move me to read more with her as protagonist.