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  • A Curve in the Road

  • By: Julianne MacLean
  • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,600
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,376
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,373

Abbie MacIntyre is living the dream in the picturesque Nova Scotia town she calls home. She is a successful surgeon, is married to a handsome cardiologist, and has a model teenage son who is only months away from going off to college. But then one fateful night, everything changes. When a drunk driver hits her car, Abbie is rushed to the hospital. She survives, but the accident forces secrets out into the open and plagues Abbie with nightmares so vivid that she starts to question her grip on reality. Her perfect life begins to crack, and those cracks threaten to shatter her world.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Very meh

  • By Auda on 11-05-18

Repetitive, predictable, boring

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

Reviewed: 02-23-19

There wasn't actually any plot to speak of which is why this is so predictable. Perfect family (perfect wife the surgeon, perfect husband the cardiologist, perfect teenage son the hockey champ and student government president) are living a perfect life and then a bad thing happens (and how it happens is perfectly unbelievable) and perfect wife watches her life unravel while never messing her hair. Even their dog - and then his vet - are perfect.

No one in this book actually ever loses his or her composure, they just sort of emote gently. And through every step of this plotless novel, you'll be able to see almost every "twist" coming and the one you don't predict will resolve itself perfectly and seemingly without a hitch and without anyone getting more agitated than they would over a rained-out picnic.

Meanwhile, the narrator will maintain perfect pitch as she does a perfectly average job of reading this perfectly pointless novel.

I do NOT recommend.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Highland Conquest

  • By: Alyson McLayne
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158

Laird Lachlan MacKay never planned on leading his clan, but when his older brother was murdered, he was left with no choice. His vow to avenge his brother has led him to the MacPherson clan - and their bewitching healer, Amber. Amber MacPherson is desperate. Dressed as a boy to escape her clan's treacherous leader, she runs right into Lachlan - who orders her detained. At first she causes him nothing but frustration, especially when she blackmails him into helping her clan. But when she's threatened by the same man who murdered his brother, Lachlan will do whatever it takes to keep her safe - and by his side.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOVED THIS STORY...

  • By MM on 02-11-18

Disappointing 2nd in the series

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

Reviewed: 02-18-19

I found the plot thin and confusing. The characters were shallow and predictable. The peripheral parts of the plot were confusing and often difficult to follow. Landor did her usual masterful job of narrating, but otherwise this was just so disappointing considering how much I enjoyed "Highland Promise."

  • Team of Vipers

  • My 500 Extraordinary Days in the Trump White House
  • By: Cliff Sims
  • Narrated by: Daniel Thomas May, Cliff Sims - introduction
  • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 523
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 481
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 484

After standing at Donald Trump’s side on Election Night, Cliff Sims joined him in the West Wing as special assistant to the president and director of White House message strategy. He soon found himself pulled into the president’s inner circle as a confidante, an errand boy, an advisor, a punching bag, and a friend. This is the story of what it was really like in the West Wing as a member of the president’s team. It's a story of power and palace intrigue, backstabbing and bold victories, as well as painful moral compromises, occasionally with yourself.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Underwhelming and OMG - the performance?

  • By Mark Lipscombe on 01-29-19

Bleeping "dirty" words? Grr. But worth a listen

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

Reviewed: 02-04-19

I am furious with whomever chose to bleep the adult words in this book. The poor narration is already difficult to deal with but it's manageable. The bleeping of grown-up vulgarities that are clearly spelled out in the book is insulting to the adults who paid money for this audiobook. And worst of all, it's just jarring when one is listening to any book that is interrupted by a harsh beeping noise.

Having said that, I'm glad I listened to this. The author provided further insight into the goings on inside the current WH - or at least, inside the WH he worked in. Unfortunately, with all the turnover, that WH isn't the same place any more. Nevertheless, Sims helped me understand a little better how things work in the West Wing and how Trump's mind seems to work. I'm not thrilled about any of it, but it helped to hear this voice from the well, so to speak.

Sims, a self-described devout Christian, pays lip service to his own failings and the lengths to which the President's devoted followers can go to justify their support to someone who is clearly amoral, and that bothered me. But then I recognized that it is a perfect metaphor for the hypocrisy of the whole "Christian right" movement vis-a-vis President Trump. Clearly, as long as he can provide them with power -- or the illusion of power -- they will tolerate any level of immoral behavior. And, of course, the hypocrisy will forever be invisible to them. I think Sims wrote a somewhat valuable book.

  • Ain't She a Peach

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,017
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,890
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,874

An Atlanta ex-cop comes to Lake Sackett, Georgia, seeking peace and quiet - but he hasn’t bargained on falling for Frankie, the cutest coroner he’s ever met. Frankie McCready talks to dead people. Not like a ghost whisperer or anything - but it seems rude to embalm them and not say hello. Fortunately, at the McCready Family Funeral Home & Bait Shop, Frankie’s eccentricities fit right in. Lake Sackett’s embalmer and county coroner, Frankie’s goth styling and passion for nerd culture mean she’s not your typical Southern girl, but the McCreadys are hardly your typical Southern family. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • finishes "Peachy Flippin' Keen"

  • By LOYL-00 on 06-21-18

Molly Harper nails it again

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

Reviewed: 02-01-19

With the combination of Molly Harper's storytelling skills and Amanda Ronconi's narrating talents, you can depend on an entertaining, thoughtful, sweetly adult story of the American Southern small town. Frankie grows up and falls in love in the embalming room. Just how that happens will have you chuckling and tut-tutting and appreciating the vagaries of human behavior. This is not great literature, but it's a well-written, good old-fashioned modern yarn.

  • The Governess Game

  • Girl Meets Duke Series, Book 2
  • By: Tessa Dare
  • Narrated by: Mary Jane Wells
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 497
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 459
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 459

After her livelihood slips through her fingers, Alexandra Mountbatten takes on an impossible post: transforming a pair of wild orphans into proper young ladies. However, the girls don’t need discipline. They need a loving home. Try telling that to their guardian, Chase Reynaud: duke’s heir in the streets and devil in the sheets. The ladies of London have tried - and failed - to make him settle down. Somehow, Alexandra must reach his heart....without risking her own. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pure, Sheer, Absolute Delight

  • By Anne on 08-29-18

Pure, Sheer, Absolute Delight

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

Reviewed: 08-29-18

This is the loveliest romp I've read in some time. Everything about this wonderful novel is exciting and funny and sweet and intelligent and a ripping good story.

Tessa Dare has exceeded all expectations with the delightful, intelligent characters of Chase, Alexandra, Rosamond and Daisy (as well as Chase's brother and Alex's friends and the exceedingly unhealthy Millicent.) The plot draws brilliantly on each of their special personalities to weave an only slightly fanciful plot that nevertheless captivated and enthralled me form the moment I started reading. I won't give any spoilers, but there is also just enough suspense than I never once felt like I was sure what would happen next (except, of course, the HEA... but that's just a given.)

And it was all done with a most generous sprinkling of laugh-out-loud funny moments (as well as a fair amount of gasp-worthy surprises)

Mary Jane Wells renders every single character with exactly the right note of respect for their individual personalities and exactly the right tone to give them each distinct voices. She did a simply brilliant job. I have rarely heard a more perfect narration.

Buy this. Listen to it. Let yourself laugh and gasp and sigh at all the right moments. Then do what I'll do in a couple of weeks... listen to it again.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Honor's Splendour

  • By: Julie Garwood
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,668
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,301
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,297

In the feuding English court, gentle Lady Madelyne suffered the cruel whims of her ruthless brother, Baron Louddon. Then, in vengeance for a bitter crime, Baron Duncan of Wexton—the Wolf—unleashed his warriors against Louddon's domain. Exquisite Madelyne was the prize he catured...but when he gazed upon the proud beauty, he pledged to protect her with his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • narrator is distracting, story is wonderful

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-18-12

A Pretty Good Romance Spoiled by a Bad Narrator

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

Reviewed: 08-17-18

This is an early Garwood (30 years, I think) and it isn't as good as her later work, but it's not a bad novel. It badly needed an editor as there was much too much repetitive navel-gazing, mostly by Madelaine.

But that wasn't what ruined it for me. It was the narration. Anne Flosnik does a reasonably good job with the female characters. Most of the time, I could tell one from another. The problem was the men. She is really bad at men. Duncan's growly voice was seriously distracting, and it came and went at unpredictable times, but was almost entirely without personality. And all the other men were minor variations on that same growly voice. Actually, considering how many important male characters there are, as opposed to the relatively few (two actually) female characters, it's interesting to wonder why a female reader was selected.

It's not one I'd recommend.

  • Silent Melody

  • By: Mary Balogh
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 435
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 409
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 406

Lady Emily Marlowe is beautiful, independent, and unspoiled. Deaf since childhood, she appreciates her family's efforts to nurture her spirit, but the man they've chosen for her betrothal can never fulfill her. The only one Emily has ever desired is bold and reckless Lord Ashley Kendrick. Her childhood amour inspired her fantasies and vowed never to forget her - even as he left her for a new life in India and a new love.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Don't buy until audible has entire book recorded

  • By Mark on 08-27-15

Not one of her best

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

Reviewed: 07-28-18

Pros:
>I liked Emily's character a lot in the first part of the novel. She was interesting and the introduction of her disability made for an intriguing romance "twist." Balogh did a good job portraying the way the world "looked" to her.
>The premise of this novel is good. It's a classic romance (and I loved meeting Luke and Anna again.)
Characters were mostly well-drawn, with some depth and interesting back stories.

Cons:
>Emily and Ashley were afforded a great deal of introspective navel-gazing that made the first 1/2 of the novel a bit of a slog. I found my self thinking, "Ok, I get it. Get on with it!"
>Both of the main characters - but especially Emily - made some decisions that felt artificially contrived to build tension, but mostly they were just distracting. Instead of being able to get into the story and stay immersed, I kept being "interrupted" by thoughts of "What? Wait! Why in the world did she do that? That's not in character!"
>Landor did a pretty good job at first in depicting her voice once she started to speak, but then suddenly she is nearly fluent, including proper intonation. Again -- artificial.
>As sensitive as Ashley was to Emily, that he did not detect even the slightest hint of her distress when around Cunningham (no spoilers will be offered) was another thing that seemed artificial.

Mostly, there was just too much endless internal dialogue, much of it repetitive.

Would I listen to it again? No. Do I recommend it? Not really.

  • A Duke in Shining Armor

  • Difficult Dukes
  • By: Loretta Chase
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 518
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 470
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 470

Hugh Philemon Ancaster, seventh Duke of Ripley, will never win prizes for virtue. But even he draws the line at running off with his best friend's bride. All he's trying to do is recapture the slightly inebriated Lady Olympia Hightower and return her to her intended bridegroom. For reasons that elude her, bookish, bespectacled Olympia is supposed to marry a gorgeous rake of a duke. The ton is flabbergasted. Her family's ecstatic. And Olympia? She's climbing out of a window, bent on a getaway.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderfully humorous and entertaining!

  • By Millicent j Hill on 12-13-17

Loved absolutely everything about this novel...

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

Reviewed: 06-20-18

... especially the parts where I laughed out loud.

This is a wonderfully witty, charming, sweet love story that is not only quite adult but also genuinely, surprisingly funny. If you can listen to Kate Reading render Olivia and Ripley's adventures as she runs from her wedding without laughing out loud, your made of sterner stuff than I. The characters have depth and are believably drawn and the narration is just absolutely brilliant.

It's 11 hours of sheer, exciting, what-will-happen-next fun.

Highly recommend.

  • The President Is Missing

  • By: Bill Clinton, James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Dennis Quaid, January LaVoy, Peter Ganim, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,642
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12,508
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,465

The White House is the home of the president of the United States, the most guarded, monitored, closely watched person in the world. So how could a US president vanish without a trace? And why would he choose to do so? An unprecedented collaboration between President Bill Clinton and the world's best-selling novelist, James Patterson, The President Is Missing is a breathtaking story from the pinnacle of power.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Wanted it to be so much better

  • By K. Moeller on 06-18-18

One or the other -- but not both...

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

Reviewed: 06-08-18

I usually enjoy James Patterson's work but this one is just not working for me.
While I think the plot is formulaic and the characters are predictable, I could hang in there if only I didn't have to listen to Dennis Quaid. He's awful as a narrator. He seems to be substituting scenery-chewing for narration. He's terrible at women AND accents and I really can't listen to it any more. So, I can forgive either tepid writing or really bad narration, but not both.

Audible gets this one back.

  • For the Roses

  • Claybornes' Brides, Book 1
  • By: Julie Garwood
  • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
  • Length: 22 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 643
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 573
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 575

The Clayborne brothers were a rough gang of street urchins - until they found an abandoned baby girl in a New York City alley, named her Mary Rose, and headed to Blue Belle, Montana, to raise her to be a lady. They became a family - held together by loyalty and love, if not blood - when suddenly a stranger threatened to tear them apart.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful Story

  • By 🌸DARA on 12-14-13

I love Julie Garwood but...

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

Reviewed: 05-29-18

... this one goes back to Audible. I can't even finish it.

Pros:
-The premise is wonderful. Orphaned New York street urchins rescue a baby girl from a trash heap and raise her in Montana.
-Nice variety of characters sprinkled generously throughout the story.

That's pretty much it.

Cons:
- Main characters that I've encountered so far (Mary Rose, the four brothers, Harrison, Eleanor) are reduced to archetypes who are much too perfect in their assigned roles. It's not "real." Adam is always wise and knows everything. Rose is kind and generous to the point of occasionally risking her life or the family's stability in order to not have to say , "No." "Eleanor is perfectly horrible. Harrison is so perfect in every skill he has picked up since leaving Scotland that one wonders that he can't fly. Yes, it's like that.
- Too many I-can't-buy-that plot devises inserted. For example, the four street urchins and Mary Rose speak fluent French. There is no explanation (at least as far as I got before I gave up) for when or how they managed this while making their way from NYC to Montana, keeping themselves and a baby alive and building a wildly successful ranch. It just is. Side note: I loved the letters the brothers wrote "home" telling about their journey through the years. Unfortunately, that clever device was grossly underused while dialogue was beaten to death.
- Much, much, much too much dialogue. It was an extreme-eye-roll provocation at times. Long discussions about stuff that mostly didn't contribute anything to the story.
- Much too long without sufficient plot movement to make the wait and the **pain worthwhile. I've given up 13 hours in and I just can't do it any more. I no longer care.
- Finally, **the narrator is amazingly bad. He has a reasonably good range of voices but he can't act! Sometimes it was so bad, I would lose track of the story because I was groaning in anguish. Worst of all was his Scottish accent. One of the two principle characters - Mary Rose and Harrison - is a Scot. Did nobody think it might be a good idea to determine that Naramore could actually DO that accent? It's hard to describe how badly he mangles this but try to imagine that he sometimes sounds Italian, sometimes sort of American southern [???!] and sometimes - most times - like an American trying to do a Scottish brogue but failing. And I haven't gotten yet to the part where British aristocrats are introduced. The mind boggles.

If the narrator wasn't so awful, I'd probably try to wade through the last ten chapters (nine hours!) but I just can't.

I recommend many of Garwood's books, but not this one.