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Jeanette Finan

Little Rock, Arkansas
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  • September

  • By: Rosamunde Pilcher
  • Narrated by: Jilly Bond
  • Length: 20 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 224
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227

A place you will never forget. Rosamunde Pilcher's Scotland...where the fields flourish with greenery, the bills bloom with purple, and the lochs glitter with the bright blue of the sky. A time you will never forget. September...when the heather is in full flower, the first chill of autumn cools the air, and the countryside stirs with the hunt, balls, dinner parties, and dance. Rosamunde Pilcher's September...a story of homecomings and heartbreaks, friendships, betrayals, forgiveness, and love.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An old and much loved favorite

  • By Jeanette Finan on 12-31-17

An old and much loved favorite

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

Reviewed: 12-31-17

Lately audible has started offering up some of my favorite books. I was delighted when I found September by Rosamunde Pilcher. But the narration! Oh My!!! When the narrator speaks in her normal voice it’s fine. She has a very nice voice. But when she tries to do voices or accents it literally makes my teeth hurt. I’m not going to return this book because I love the story too much but I thought about it.

24 of 24 people found this review helpful

  • Prairie Fires

  • The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • By: Caroline Fraser
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore
  • Length: 21 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 548
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 504
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 505

Millions of fans of Little House on the Prairie believe they know Laura Ingalls - the pioneer girl who survived blizzards and near-starvation on the Great Plains, and the woman who wrote the famous autobiographical books. But the true story of her life has never been fully told. Now, drawing on unpublished manuscripts, letters, diaries, and land and financial records, Caroline Fraser masterfully fills in the gaps in Wilder's biography.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spoiler Alert: Do Not Read If You Don’t Want Your Childhood Memories Destroyed

  • By Leslie on 03-05-18

Not Quite as Good as I Expected

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

Reviewed: 12-28-17

It took me a while but last night I finally finished Prairie Fires. I Liked it but not quite as much as I expected I would. I am am not sure I wanted to know quite so much about who Laura Ingalls really was. I think I would have preferred to have kept the romanticized picture of Laura Ingalls Wilder that has lived in my imagination all these years rather than the real woman. Her books helped me develop a life long love for historical fiction

I thought that the author did a very good job of giving the reader an accurate picture of the places and time in which the books are set. I really loved that about the book. However it’s my opinion the author used up way too many words on her daughter Rose Wilder Lane who was a real piece of work. Another reviewer said all there was to say about her.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Don't Forget to Smile

  • By: Kathleen Gilles Seidel
  • Narrated by: Natasha Soudek
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

In Oregon's timber country, inside a smoky bar, stands proprietor Tory Duncan. Once a hair's breadth from the Miss America crown, she's still just as beautiful and still searching for happiness. Joe Brigham, a forthright and handsome man from a logging family, divorced, and father of one, regards her with a love deep and pure. But trading in her search for an uncertain future, no matter the joy Joe promises to provide, seems more than Tory can afford.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Old Favorite

  • By Jeanette Finan on 11-03-17

An Old Favorite

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

Reviewed: 11-03-17

Kathleen Geillis Seidel has been a favorite author since I first started reading romance novels years ago. I love her writing style, wry humor and strong character development. They are the ultimate comfort reads based on realistic working class characters without much angst, nothing very bad happens and you always get a HEA.

This book has long been a favorite that I have reread many times. But until recently it has not been available on audible. I was delighted to find it. Perhaps unfairly I have downgraded the performance part of my review because the readers voice is so far from the voices of the characters that had become established in my head.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Circle of Ceridwen

  • The Circle of Ceridwen Saga, Book 1
  • By: Octavia Randolph
  • Narrated by: Nano Nagle
  • Length: 21 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 650
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 597
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 591

It is the year 871, when England was Angle-Land. Of seven Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, five have fallen to the invading Vikings. No trait is more valued than loyalty, and no possession more precious than one's steel. Across this war-torn landscape travels 15-year-old Ceridwen, now thrust into the lives of the conquerors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I feel like I've waited FOREVER for this day!

  • By bluestategirl on 01-05-17

A better narrator and a good editor needed.

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

Reviewed: 08-18-17

One of my pet peeves is a book that is not true to it's time and place. A good editor would have done something about all those baths that wouldn't have been taken during the Dark Ages. Also in village at that time and place people lived in cotts not crofts.

The narrator had trouble with male voices but the story was pretty good.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Pucked Off

  • By: Helena Hunting
  • Narrated by: Jacob Morgan, Rose Dioro
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,425
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,340
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,343

I'm NHL defenseman Lance Romero, AKA Lance "Romance". I'm notorious for parties and excess. I have the most penalty minutes in the league. I get into the most fights. I take the most hits. I'm a player on and off the ice. I'm the one women with no inhibitions want. Not because I like the notoriety, but because I don't know how to be any other way. I have secrets. Ones I shared with the wrong person, and she used them against me. Sometimes she still does.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So Pucking Sexy!

  • By Ndulgent Bloggrs on 03-19-17

A Good Read

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

Reviewed: 04-12-17

I have heard several recommendations for this series so based on the many five star reviews plus that Jacob Morgan is one of my favorite narrators I bought it. And I am not sorry that I did.

But as far as the narration goes this was, in my opinion, not Jacob Morgan's best. I mean that accent!! It was all over the place ranging from almost Irish to not quite Scottish. If I was not already familiar with his work this might well have put him on my "never buy books he narrates list." As it is I already know how good he can be so I will chalk this up as a miss. We all have them.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Road to Little Dribbling

  • Adventures of an American in Britain
  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: Nathan Osgood
  • Length: 14 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,239
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,126
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,117

In 1995, Bill Bryson got into his car and took a weeks-long farewell motoring trip about England before moving his family back to the United States. The book about that trip, Notes from a Small Island, is uproarious and endlessly endearing, one of the most acute and affectionate portrayals of England in all its glorious eccentricity ever written. Two decades later, he set out again to rediscover that country, and the result is The Road to Little Dribbling.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • No Bryson?? Alas, another disappointed fan

  • By Richard on 01-25-16

Great Book, Disappointing Narration

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

Reviewed: 03-18-16

I love travel books and Bill Bryson is my gold standard. I buy his books as soon as I'm aware a new one has been released. For a very long time I have been purchasing them in audio format because listening to Bill Bryson read his book adds an element that professional narrators, no matter how good, just can't achieve. For that reason I have only rated this book four stars. I was very disappointed that the author was not reading this himself. I should have just purchased this in Kindle format. It would have been cheaper and then I could have imagined the author's voice reading it in my head.

But the book itself was, as usual, very good. I really love his use of language and it's is a great sequel to Notes from a Small Island. I so wish I was still able to travel because he mentions so many places I would love to visit in person.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • On the Island

  • By: Tracey Garvis Graves
  • Narrated by: Heidi Baker
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 931
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 851
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 853

When 30-year-old English teacher Anna Emerson is offered a job tutoring T.J. Callahan at his family's summer rental in the Maldives, she accepts. T.J. Callahan has no desire to leave town, not that anyone asked him. Anna and T.J. are en route to join T.J.'s family in the Maldives when the pilot of their seaplane suffers a heart attack and crash-lands in the Indian Ocean. Their life jackets keep them afloat until they make it to the shore of an uninhabited island. Now Anna and T.J. just want to survive and they must work together to obtain water, food, fire, and shelter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this book!

  • By Kim on 04-24-12

Keeping it Real

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

Reviewed: 12-14-15

At the very beginning I was a little squicked by the ages of the characters because you absolutely knew where the relationship was headed but then I suddenly remembered some very good friends who have the same age difference where she is 13 years older than he is and they have a wonderful marriage and grandchildren even so who cares how old other people are. In the grand scheme of things it doesn't matter a fig.

I was a little surprised at how long it took for the characters to develop the relationship but I guess the author did that to keep the relationship above board. Personally I think that in the real world it would have happened a lot sooner for comfort as well as passion.

But I really liked the story. Their struggle for survival, how much they both had to pull together and draw on inner strength neither knew they were capable of made an exciting story for me. And then the difficulties they had adjusting to going back to civilization after so long rang really true for me.

So yeah, I recommend this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • November 9

  • A Novel
  • By: Colleen Hoover
  • Narrated by: Zachary Webber, Angela Goethals
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,258
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,082
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,084

Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon's last day in LA together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I hate you soo good, Colleen!

  • By Meraline on 11-11-15

A Very Good Story

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

Reviewed: 12-13-15

But then all of Colleen Hoover's stories are good. They are just so full of angst I end up depressed even while I'm enjoying it. I know that doesn't make much sense but that's exactly what happens to me in most of her books. This book desperately needed some lighter moments to allow the reader to catch their breath and recover a little from time to time.

The story was pretty much saved from only being two stars by Zachary Webber's narration. He really is good. Angela Goethal's narration just plays on all that angst and makes the whole thing worse. Don't get me wrong, a little angst is a good thing, more than a little can even be exciting as it keeps you on the edge of your chair, but too much leaves me feeling like I've been drowned in a wave of heartbreak.

But for readers with a higher tolerance for gloom and doom it's a very good story.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Residence

  • Inside the Private World of the White House
  • By: Kate Andersen Brower
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,741
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,582
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,576

America's first families are unknowable in many ways. No one has insight into their true character like the people who serve their meals and make their beds every day. Full of stories and details by turns dramatic, humorous, and heartwarming, The Residence reveals daily life in the White House as it is really lived through the voices of the maids, butlers, cooks, florists, doormen, engineers, and others who tend to the needs of the president and first family.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The White House Explored & Exposed

  • By Sara on 04-15-15

Not worth the money or your time

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

Reviewed: 04-29-15

I am extremely disappointed in this book. It was too disjointed and poorly written. I intend to ask for a refund. I don't do that very often but really - it's that bad.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Finding Cinderella

  • By: Colleen Hoover
  • Narrated by: Jason Carpenter
  • Length: 4 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 549
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 505
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 506

One year and one bad relationship later, his disbelief in love-at-first-sight is stripped away the day he meets Six: a girl with a strange name and an even stranger personality. Unfortunately for Daniel, finding true love doesn’t guarantee a happily ever after - it only further threatens it. Will an unbearable secret from the past jeopardize Daniel and Six’s only chance at saving each other?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good pre sequel of Hopeless

  • By @lindaerd on 09-19-17

Hoover's Best Book

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

Reviewed: 09-30-14

Without a doubt this is the very best book Colleen Hoover has written. It's sweet, funny and delightfully unique. The story of Daniel and Six is a bit of a cautionary story but they manage to work through their problems without the excessive angst that sometimes overpowers some of Hoovers other books. It's a short book but a real delight.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful