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  • A Slice of Life

  • By: Margaret Lake
  • Narrated by: Gail Shalan
  • Length: 2 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Grace Coulter has been hiding in the kitchen of her family restaurant since she was eight years old. That's when the name-calling began. Stretch, skinny-minny, boy in girl's clothes, all because of the slender height that had her towering over even the tallest boys in the class. Now, nearly thirty years later, Grace is head chef of the failing restaurant and still hiding in the kitchen. Like many businesses during the current recession, Coulter's may have to start laying off employees or even close.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely

  • By avidREADER on 02-03-15

Heartwarming and easy listen

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

I downloaded this short story after reading about the author and the story on BearMountainBooks. It's a charming and heartwarming short listen that is easy to follow.

The heroine has led a life that centers around the family business. She does not draw attention to herself. Financial circumstances push her out of her shell and the world opens up to her in positive ways. She's a late bloomer and that is the essence of her charm.

The narrator has a young voice, which I felt added credence to the story as the heroine was shy and unassuming. I enjoyed the narrator's quiet, soft-spoken tone.

I recommend A Slice of Life as a quick, happy listen that will make you smile.

  • The Girl in Seat 24B

  • By: Jennifer Peel
  • Narrated by: Meghan Kelly
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

One red eye flight and 10 years of marriage later, Carly Bishop had what she considered a practically perfect life. Her journalist husband and her two adorable children were everything to her. But soon she would find out that her dream life didn't fall in line with her husband's expectations. Left alone to sort out the pieces of her crumbling life, Carly finds strength in her children and her growing relationship with her in-laws.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Girl in Seat 24B

  • By MeDi on 10-14-16

Good solid book about married life

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

Reviewed: 08-25-18

I don't give a synopsis of a book - you can read that in the blurb. I enjoyed this book because it was a realistic story of modern married life. Touching in ways and a bit frustrating in others. I wanted to shake the husband in the beginning and felt the same way about the wife before it was over. Overall a solid listen without graphic content. Because of the age of the husband and wife, this novel is most suitable for listeners over the age of 30.

  • Undaunted Hope

  • Beacons of Hope, Book 3
  • By: Jody Hedlund
  • Narrated by: Becky Doughty
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

Tessa Taylor arrives in 1870s Upper Peninsula, Michigan, planning to serve as a new teacher to the town. Much to her dismay, however, she immediately learns that there was a mistake, that the town had requested a male teacher. Percival Updegraff, superintendent and chief mine clerk, says she can stay through winter since they won't be able to locate a new teacher before then, and Tessa can't help but say she is in his debt. Little does she know that Percival will indeed keep track of all that she owes him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lacking romance

  • By Sarah S. on 09-18-18

Another very good book in the series

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

This is the fourth book in the series that I have listened to and am quite pleased with the narrator and the stories. Set along the shores of the Great Lakes during the late 1800s/early 1900s, this series is rich in history, hardship and faith.

In this particular story, a young woman seeks a fresh start in a new town, but she has no desire to be in involved with either of the two brothers who care for the lighthouse. The story had a bit too much angst and misunderstanding, but in the end love, justice and faith win out. Enjoyable series by Ms. Hedlund.

  • Running Mate

  • By: Katie Ashley
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Wyles, Jeffrey Bratz
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 375
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 354
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 350

The name's Barrett Callahan. Yeah, that Barrett Callahan - the one the press dubbed "bare", after those naked sexting pictures surfaced. At 25, I was armed with an MBA from Harvard, an executive position at my father's Fortune 500 company, a penthouse, and a different piece of delectable eye candy in my bed every weekend. I had a life most men dreamed of. But then my father decided to run for president, and my playboy lifestyle became a liability to his campaign that was built on family values.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So SO good!!!

  • By B. D. on 09-07-17

Listened to three minutes

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

Reviewed: 07-05-18

And was so deeply offended by the crass, crude cursing I quickly returned the book. No need to listen to this when many worthwhile books are available.

  • Courting Trouble

  • By: Deeanne Gist
  • Narrated by: Danielle Ferland
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 60

CBA best-selling author Deeanne Gist, Christy Award winner for The Measure of a Lady, skillfully blends humor and romance in authentic historical settings. Courting Trouble, set in 1894, features a feisty, fun-loving heroine who tires of waiting for a match made in heaven and decides to settle for one made in Texas. So, on her 30th birthday, Essie launches her own secret mission to find a husband.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Refreshingly proper!

  • By Jodi on 02-10-09

Courting Trouble is Courting Disaster!

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

Reviewed: 01-28-18

I cannot recommend this book. The story line is garbled, introduces characters that do not add to the story line and is a disappointing inspirational book. The book is not edifying. Spoiler: The main character chases a widower and, after failing to catch him, she is intimate with a drifter. Then a third man is introduced into the already messy novel.

There are many books much better than this one.

  • Remembering Dresden

  • Jack Turner Suspense Series, Book 2
  • By: Dan Walsh
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

Young history professor Jack Turner takes a retreat at a lakeside cabin just outside of Culpepper, Georgia, to work on his doctoral dissertation. The cabin is owned by an ambitious state senator, an inheritance from his father. Inside, everything is exactly the way it was when the old man died 10 years ago. While taking a break from his research, Jack snoops through the father's books and finds an old photo album filled with black-and-white pictures of orphaned children.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Excellent Dan Walsh Story!

  • By Peter M on 03-22-18

Suspenseful novel of revenge and suspense

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

Don Walsh has written another very good novel with an element of history and without profanity and sex.
The characters are believable and the story line reminds us how hate can fester for years and that revenge runs deep in the hearts of men. We are also reminded us of the misguided actions of men in power. There's a sweet romance, too.
The narration was well-done.
The book moves quickly and ends satisfactorily. Recommend.
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  • Courting Morrow Little

  • A Novel
  • By: Laura Frantz
  • Narrated by: Laura Jennings
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

Morrow Little is haunted by the memory of the day her family was torn apart by raiding Shawnee warriors. Now that she is nearly a grown woman and her father is ailing, she must make difficult choices about the future. Several men - ranging from the undesired to the unthinkable - vie for her attentions, but she finds herself inexplicably drawn to a forbidden love that both terrifies and intrigues her. Can she betray the memory of her lost loved ones - and garner suspicion from her friends - by pursuing a life with him?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like a Warm Embrace ;-)

  • By 🇺🇸🌸DARA on 07-08-16

The narrator speaks in shorts bursts!

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

Reviewed: 10-07-17

Oh, my - this narrator! Who produced this audiobook? The narrator spoke in short bursts, breaking sentences and thoughts. It was as if every phrase before a breath/break had to be metered. Very irritating and broke the story into sound bites.
"With this in mind BREAK she remade one of Ma's old dresses BREAK adding lace to the sleeves and bodice BREAK."
"In the midst of the melee was Major McKee BREAK in full dress uniform."
The story might have been wonderful but I couldn't follow it.
Please, before this narrator ruins another audiobook, teach her to read a complete sentence. This is Christian fiction, not another style of steamy romance that may lend itself to some breathless, morning-after affectation.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Look of Love

  • San Francisco Sullivans, Book 1
  • By: Bella Andre
  • Narrated by: Eva Kaminsky
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,633
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,472
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,477

With The Look of Love, best-selling author Bella Andre introduces you to a fun and emotional contemporary romance series about the Sullivan family. Because when a Sullivan bad boy falls... he falls hard. And it's forever. Chloe Peterson is having a bad night. A really bad night. The large bruise on her cheek can attest to that. And when her car skids off the side of a wet country road straight into a ditch, she's convinced even the gorgeous guy who rescues her must be too good to be true. Or is he?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Short & Sweet!

  • By Cyndi on 01-08-13

Romance? No romance, all sex

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

Reviewed: 04-07-17

This is my first (and probably last) Bella Andre novel. The characters were shallow, the plot thin and had more sex than dialogue. Just not a book for those who want a meaningful read.

  • Lonestar Homecoming

  • By: Colleen Coble
  • Narrated by: Aimee Lilly
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107

With nothing but five dollars, a train ticket, and the wedding dress she's wearing, Gracie Lister escapes with her daughter to the West Texas country where her family fell apart years ago. There, Lieutenant Michael Wayne-devoted single father, dedicated soldier-gives Gracie the hiding place she needs, and a job caring for his two children. Michael and Gracie aren't looking for love, but it finds them right away.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lonestar Homecoming

  • By Judy on 05-07-10

Why must the heroine be an idiot?

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

Reviewed: 01-02-17

Others may have enjoyed this book and it isn't horrible, but why must the heroine be an idiot?
Examples:
Heroine runs from former boyfriend known to have connections to the cartel; yet she answers his phone calls.
Woman warns heroine that her life is in danger - heroine decides not to tell anyone what she is doing to avoid the bad guys. She will solve this problem on her own.

The book was okay, but nothing special. Great Christian fiction includes a great plot and superior writing.

  • Charity Girl

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Daniel Philpott
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 335

When Fate and a chivalrous impulse combine to saddle Viscount Desford with a friendless, homeless waif in the engaging shape of Cherry Steane, who else should he turn to in such a scrape but his childhood playmate, Henrietta Silverdale? And although they refused to oblige their parents by marrying, they have always been the best of friends. But as Desford pursues Cherry's grandfather and father around the seedier fringes of society, Hetta is forced to wonder if he might not, at last, have fallen in love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny and Charming Heyer Classic

  • By EmilyK on 03-26-15

Typical Georgette Heyer Romance

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

Reviewed: 08-13-16

The story line of this novel was well done and entertaining as one would expect from Georgette Heyer.

The male narrator did not have good female voices. They sounded like a breathy wolf trying to convince Red Riding Hood that he was her grandmother. The voice was distracting and lessened the story.