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KellyJo Houtz Griffin

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  • Before We Were Yours

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Wingate
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin, Catherine Taber
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,348
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,378
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,224

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family's Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge - until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children's Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents - but they quickly realize the dark truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I was rivetted, finished in three days.

  • By Lin Cloward on 06-26-17

Riveting!!!!!

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

Reviewed: 09-21-17

Had troubles turning this one off to get some sleep. Loved the story, the narration, everything! Audible 20 Review Sweepstakes Entry

  • A Deadly Business

  • Mia Quinn, Book 2
  • By: Lis Wiehl, April Henry
  • Narrated by: Ashley Laurence
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73

Now Detective Charlie Carlson is suggesting the very thing Mia doesn’t want to believe - that her accountant husband's deadly car accident was no accident at all. When Mia and Charlie encounter resistance to reopening the case, they take the investigation into their own hands. And find much more than they bargained for. Was Mia's husband more than an accountant - and less than an honest man?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent crime mystery!

  • By Wayne on 02-11-16

Disappointed by sloppy detail.

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

Reviewed: 10-14-14

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When a story is set in a real setting -- in this case Seattle/King County-- it is usually best to continue to use real places or, at the very least choose the names of fictional places with care. Otherwise, readers familiar with the geography have trouble staying in the story. I enjoyed book 1 of this story. But in book 2 the authors chose to set the site of Mia's husband's death in the county south of King County. They chose to give that county a fictional name (probably because the painted the sheriff's department in an unfavorable light). However, they chose to give the county the name of an actual city south of Seattle. This makes it look like a mistake and throws the reader out of the story every time they run across that name. To make the situation worse, the name of the county is different at the end of the book. All through the book it was Puyallup County, but in the final pages it is suddenly Coho County. Sadly, had they used Coho throughout the book it would have been more readily accepted by readers who know the area because they would see it was meant to be fictitious.

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