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  • Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Jasmine Blackborow
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,647
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,540
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,534

In the days leading up to her wedding to Darcy O'Mara, Lady Georgiana Rannoch takes on the responsibilities of a grand estate, but proving she can run a household just may be the death of her in the new Royal Spyness Mystery from the New York Times best-selling author of On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Overall I loved it!

  • By Dylan on 08-13-18

Finally married!

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

Reviewed: 08-14-18

Love the series and am so thrilled that Georgie and Darcy are now married.

As for the narrator, it took a bit of adjusting at first. However, she did not detract from my enjoyment of the story at all.

  • Peachy Flippin' Keen

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 2 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 998
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 945
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 938

The McCready Family Funeral Home and Bait Shop has crickets running rampant in the store and hot sauce in the Snack Shack's ketchup bottles. But as the county coroner, Frankie has enough on her plate without worrying about the increasingly mean pranks being played at her family's business. And the arrival of Sheriff Eric Linden, both devastatingly attractive and painfully taciturn, is enough to push her over the edge.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Unfinished

  • By ashley on 04-23-18

It's an incomplete story

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

Reviewed: 06-01-18

It's more like when they give the first few chapters of a story for free. There is no resolution to the romance thread of the story nor the prank spree. It's a fine start but I'm irritated to have paid for it.

  • Finding Harmony

  • Cypress Corners, Book 1
  • By: JoMarie DeGioia
  • Narrated by: Wendy Rich Stetson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

Rick Chapman is climbing to the top rung of his father's corporate ladder. Fulfilling Chapman Financial's contract at Cypress Corners, Florida will finally prove his value to the company. And to his father. But one endangered weed, and the pretty plant girl trying to save it, could really screw up his plans. Harmony Brooks loves her job as a plant conservationist at Cypress Corners, and the money she earns allows her to make up for a former boyfriend's betrayal.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Finding Harmony

  • By jey cee on 03-14-15

Mediocre

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

Reviewed: 04-29-18

Some of the conflict reminded me of cheesy daytime soap operas. There's not much complexity or nuance anywhere in the story. My favorite character was Harmony's mother but we only got to see her a couple of times. Not a horrible story but I won't be continuing with the series or the author.

  • On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service

  • A Royal Spyness Mystery, Book 11
  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,622
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,455
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,437

When Darcy runs off on another secret assignment, I am left to figure out how to travel to Italy sans maid and chaperone to help my dear friend Belinda, as she awaits the birth of her baby alone. An opportunity presents itself in a most unexpected way - my cousin the queen is in need of a spy to attend a house party in the Italian lake country. The Prince of Wales and the dreadful Mrs. Simpson have been invited, and Her Majesty is anxious to thwart a possible secret wedding.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Still good fun!

  • By Dylan on 08-03-17

Great continuation of the series

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

Reviewed: 09-02-17

I love this light-hearted mystery series and was delighted when the latest book came out. I was not disappointed. Actually, I was... when it ended all too soon and now I have to wait too long for the next one.

It does seem a bit too coincidental that Georgie and Darcy always end up in the same place without any planning or communication but that is part of the delight of these stories. This mystery - a murder in a locked room - was entertaining but it is the characters that keep me coming back to this series.

After listening to "On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service" I went back to the beginning and listened to the entire series over again. Enjoy!

  • Between the World and Me

  • By: Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Narrated by: Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Length: 3 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16,868
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,182
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15,105

"This is your country, this is your world, this is your body, and you must find some way to live within the all of it." In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation's history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of "race", a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Heartfelt Self-aware Literary Masterpiece

  • By T DeMon Spencer on 07-30-15

Wow! Intensely rich and deep. MUST read for all!

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

Reviewed: 06-26-17

It is impossible to summarize except to say it is a profound and personal reflection upon growing up "black" in America today. Yet that is a clumsy oversimplification. Just listen. Then buy the book and read it again, as I intend to do, because it is too full and rich and moving to fully grasp in one reading.

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  • Only You

  • By: Denise Grover Swank
  • Narrated by: Loretta Rawlins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

Romance isn't an option for Holly Greenwood. With her wedding planner career on the line, she needs to stay focused, and that means pleasing her demanding boss, not getting distracted by her mind-alteringly hot neighbor.... Ex-marine Kevin Vandemeer craves normalcy. Instead he has a broken-down old house in need of a match and some gasoline, a meddling family, and the uncanny ability to attract the world's craziest women. At least that last one he can fix.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, great voices by the narrator. But...

  • By Karen A. Oakes on 08-12-16

Narration distracting

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

Reviewed: 03-21-17

The narrator's pacing and random pauses/hesitations were very distracting. I listened to Swank's Wedding Pact series that this one is spun from and enjoyed it much more - in large part due to the narrator.

I did manage to listen to this whole story but don't think I can stomach the rest of the series if they use the same narrator. Too bad because I've really enjoyed Swank's books.

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  • The Nightingale

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Polly Stone
  • Length: 17 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 45,275
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 41,018
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 40,952

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

Wow! An enthralling tale of two heroines in Occupied France.

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

Reviewed: 05-31-16

It's a story about family (the good and the bad) and war (the good and the bad). Two sisters - one impulsive and one conformist and cautious. In their own ways, they both do their parts for the war and humanity. Of course, since it feels so true, I had to learn more about the story behind the story - there is so much that goes untold in our "history" books.

  • Key of Valor

  • Key Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,860
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,533
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,534

Zoe has the courage to raise her young son alone, and to face all the adversity life has thrown at them. But will she have the courage to face a foe determined to do anything to stop the third key from being found - even destroying everything and everyone she loves?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Key of Valor

  • By BookReader on 03-12-18

Wonderful character/heroine/friend/mom

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

Reviewed: 05-18-16

I've just finished listening to this trilogy for maybe the 5th time. Each time I relisten it is because Zoe is such a compelling person. She's a friend who is strong and compassionate. She is the mother we all want to be. Then her son Simon steals your heart as well

Of course, the whole trilogy is a delightful story with fun, interesting friends, adventure, romance, Celtic gods, and a quest. I'm a Nora Roberts fan and this is one of her best, if not the best.

  • The Will

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Hollis McCarthy
  • Length: 24 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,258
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,973
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,977

Early in her life, Josephine Malone learned the hard way that there was only one person she could love and trust: her grandmother, Lydia Malone. Out of necessity, unconsciously and very successfully, Josephine donned a disguise to keep all others at bay. She led a globetrotting lifestyle on the fringes of the fashion and music elite, but she kept herself distant. While Josephine was trotting the globe, retired boxer Jake Spear was living in the same small town as Lydia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • KRISTEN ASHLEY AT HER BEST!

  • By Yvette on 03-30-15

Couldn't finish.

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

Reviewed: 02-07-16

Less than an hour into it, I gave up. The narrator was working too hard on sounding sultry - at a very slow, "calm" pace - regardless of the events in the story. I had to ignore her in order to understand the story. Too much work.

  • Soaring

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Hollis McCarthy
  • Length: 24 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,230
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,053
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,059

When her ex took her family from California to live in the small town of Magdalene in Maine, Amelia decided it was time to sort herself out. In order to do that and win her children back, she moves to Cliff Blue, an architectural masterpiece on the rocky coast of Magdalene. Her boxes aren’t even unpacked when she meets Mickey Donovan, a man who lives across the street, a man so beautiful Amelia takes one look at him and knows she wants it all from him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A "HELL YES" FOR WOMEN!

  • By Yvette on 04-06-15

Glorifies unhealthy relationship

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

Reviewed: 12-31-15

Would you try another book from Kristen Ashley and/or Hollis McCarthy?

No - abuse/rape as a basis for a romance didn't appeal to me back in the 80s nor does it appeal to me now.

What aspect of Hollis McCarthy’s performance would you have changed?

Micky expresses his passion for Amelia only when angry - and he seems to be angry with her quite a bit. Doubly annoying because he claims she should be treated with respect while his treatment of her is continually disrespectful. I stopped listening when he began physically forcing himself on her. No means no. She acquiesced only because she knew she couldn't stop him. Rape is never a sound basis for a relationship and is not in the least bit romantic nor is the verbal abuse he piled on her more than once.

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

I would have definitely cut the rape scene along with several of the angry, arrogant interactions. From early on, the relationship was obviously headed for one that was at least verbally abusive then became sexually abusive. Not how this story was billed.

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