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  • The Ladies' Room

  • By: Carolyn Brown
  • Narrated by: Donna Postel
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,464
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,933
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,940

Secrets told in the church ladies' room are supposed to stay in the ladies' room. But that doesn't mean that what Trudy overhears there during her great-aunt Gertrude's funeral won't change the rest of her life. Trudy has a daughter in the middle of a major rebellion; a two-timing husband who has been cheating for their entire married life; and a mother with Alzheimer's residing in the local nursing home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Soul Food!

  • By Tunes on 02-25-17

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 02-16-19

Heart warming story about betrayal and new beginnings. I just recently discovered Carolyn Brown and love her sass. In this book the Ex Husband seems to be a selfish narcissist sure has its roots in the real world. Too bad inherited fortune from aunts and handsome caring neighbors are not ...

  • Lily and the Octopus

  • By: Steven Rowley
  • Narrated by: Michael Urie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,694
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,563
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,562

When you listen to Lily and the Octopus, you will be taken on an unforgettable ride. The magic of this novel is in the listening, and we don't want to spoil it by giving away too many details. We can tell you that this is a story about that special someone: the one you trust, the one you can't live without. For Ted Flask, that someone special is his aging companion, Lily, who happens to be a dog.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • OMG WHY!!???!??? last hour redeemed the first 7

  • By Cynda on 03-21-18

charming and sad.

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

Reviewed: 11-04-18

charming gay interest book. I enjoyed the colorful description of online dating. a bit too much of a tearjerker for my taste st the end. otherwise great. recommend!

  • The Fixer Upper

  • By: Mary Kay Andrews
  • Narrated by: Isabel Keating
  • Length: 14 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,076
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 834
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 829

After a political scandal, fledgling lobbyist Dempsey Jo Killebrew is left almost broke, unemployed, and homeless. She reluctantly accepts to refurbish Birdsong, the old family place in Guthrie, Georgia. But, oh, is Dempsey in for a surprise. "Bird Droppings" would more aptly describe the moldering Pepto Bismol - pink dump. There's also a murderously grumpy old lady who has claimed squatter's rights and isn't moving out. Ever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable Listening

  • By Karen M. McGrady on 09-01-09

I enjoyed this book ...

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

Reviewed: 09-17-18


Mary Kay keeps things light - This is a book about making bad choices, being naive, getting limited help from a blended family, overcoming difficulties and finding just what our Hero needs away from the beaten path.

This book is also about kindness to strangers who end up becoming family, compassion and caring ...

All good stuff.

It's sometimes a bit over the top and especially at the end not very realistic, but a great story nicely wrapped.

I will be reading more books by this author !!!

  • Shopaholic to the Rescue

  • A Novel
  • By: Sophie Kinsella
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 574
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 523
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 520

Becky is on a major rescue mission! Her father has vanished from Los Angeles on a mysterious quest with her best friend's husband. Becky's mum is hysterical; her best friend, Suze, is desperate. Worse, Becky must tolerate an enemy along for the ride, who she's convinced is up to no good. Determined to get to the bottom of why her dad has disappeared, help Suze, contain Alicia, and reunite her fractured family, Becky knows she must marshal all her trademark ingenuity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best shopaholic story yet

  • By Kiayaj on 11-09-15

One of my favorite series and authors

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

Reviewed: 09-13-18


Sophie Kinsella is light and fun and the Shopaholic series is a hoot.

Sophie's characters are real people maybe slightly over the top. They have real life struggles infused with a good dose of humor.

I especially enjoyed this installment as I listened to it on Audible and happen to travel thru Nevada and Arizona so my travels corresponded with the travel in the book which I thought was kind of funny.

Fun fun fun !!!

  • Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions

  • By: Mario Giordano, John Brownjohn
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 287
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 272
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 270

Auntie Poldi, sassy, brassy, and 60, moves to Sicily for a quiet alcohol-fuelled retirement. A murder spoils her plans. This is the first novel in a charming new mystery series set in Sicily and laced with Italian sensuality and humor. It features an amateur sleuth, the sassy and foul-mouthed Auntie Poldi. Recently widowed Poldi moves to Sicily in order to quietly drink herself to death with a sea view, but fate intervenes. When she finds the corpse of a young man on the beach, his face blown off with a sawn-off shotgun, she becomes a potential suspect in his murder case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Auntie Poldi Rocks!

  • By Lynn on 04-01-18

I actually enjoyed Auntie Poldi.

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

Reviewed: 09-13-18

I actually enjoyed Auntie Poldi. It was a bit over the top but in a good way.

I especially like books that involve travel and foreign countries and tells you about local foods and customs. Auntie Poldi is a real person with real problems, feelings and needs. I appreciate it. She does not live in some fantasy world. She struggles with her past and works hard to make a new life for herself all while still caring for people around her.

I will be reading more Auntie Poldi!!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Year One

  • (Chronicles of The One, Book 1)
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,893
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,441
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,396

It began on New Year's Eve. The sickness came on suddenly, and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed - and more than half of the world's population was decimated. Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and technology receded, magic rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practicing in the loft apartment she shares with her lover, Max.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sub-par fantasy novel written by a great romance author

  • By Nate P. on 02-28-18

Loved it !!!

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

Loved this book - right mix of realism and fantasy.

Nora paints her characters lifelike and likable with a little magic mixed in. Very engaging book. Can't wait for the sequel.

I don't know how Nora Roberts writes this many books and maintains such a high quality. Her last few releases where absolutely wonderful.

  • No Nest for the Wicket

  • By: Donna Andrews
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95

The hilly terrain next to the old Sprocket house that Meg Langslow and her fiancé, Michael, are refurbishing is the perfect location for an extreme croquet field - even the legs of cows and sheep are convenient extra wickets. Croquet has become all the rage in Caerphilly...until it appears someone in town has taken the rage a bit too literally. While stumbling down a steep bank after her ball, Meg encounters the body of a fresh female corpse with a mallet-sized dent in her head.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Family fun!

  • By Sandra on 01-08-17

Cozy Mystery Series written for animal Lovers

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

Reviewed: 02-06-18

Love the quirky characters, and authors brand of humor mixed with her love of her unique and sometimes challenging family and the charming little town of Caerphilly.

In this installment Meg is trying to get into the good graces of the town snobs and is hosting a croquet tournament. The game comes to a sudden halt when a past romantic interest of Meg's boyfriend (fiance?) Michael gets herself murdered nearby.

Will Meg be able to clear the mystery while fighting a shopping mall to be built on a neighboring property? Meg is also investigating a long ago civil war battle that could be the solution to at least some of her problems.

Looking forward to more ---- this series you can read and reread so often - entertainment for years to come. Thank you Donna Andrews !!!

  • Framed in Lace

  • By: Monica Ferris
  • Narrated by: Susan Boyce
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154

When the historic Hopkins ferry was raised from the bottom of the lake, who would have thought they were literally raising the dead! But there it was—a skeleton—right before their eyes. Unfortunately, the evidence is slim and soggy: the boat sank in 1949, the victim on board was a woman, and near the body is a piece of unidentifiable lacelike fabric. Sounds like a job for Betsy Devonshire. Betsy knows there's more to this story than what’s on the surface.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book!

  • By betty on 03-06-12

Down to earth cozy mystery series

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

Reviewed: 02-03-18

Great down to earth cozy mystery series featuring Betsy a middle aged woman, part time sleuth, trying to make a go of her sisters business she inherited and still trying to learn the ropes. Good thing she has a lot of support from her employees and friends. Betsy is trying to help the police to solve a ' cold case ' murder where the killer intentionally left a calling card.

  • Mission to Murder

  • A Tourist Trap Mystery, Book 2
  • By: Lynn Cahoon
  • Narrated by: Susan Boyce
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 485
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 433
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 434

Jill Gardner, proprietor of Coffee, Books, and More, has discovered that the old stone wall on her property might be a centuries-old mission worthy of being declared a landmark. But Craig Morgan, the obnoxious owner of South Cove's most popular tourist spot, The Castle, makes it his business to contest her claim. When Morgan is found murdered at The Castle shortly after a heated argument with Jill, even her detective boyfriend has to ask her for an alibi. Jill decides that she must find the real murderer to clear her name.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Light and Fun

  • By Dave on 05-17-15

Great Second Installment of this cozy mystery

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

Reviewed: 01-27-18

I enjoyed the second installment as well. Jill gets herself in trouble again when her temper gets the better of her and she gets into a public confrontation with the manager of another South Cove tourist attraction. Can her hunky police boyfriend bail her out of this one? - Love the quirky and sometimes slightly exaggerated characters of this series and the cozy small town feel. I will keep reading more ...

  • Guidebook to Murder

  • Tourist Trap, Book 1
  • By: Lynn Cahoon
  • Narrated by: Susan Boyce
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,300
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,179
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,178

In the gentle coastal town of South Cove, California, all Jill Gardner wants is to keep her store - Coffee, Books, and More - open and running. So why is she caught up in the business of murder? When Jill's elderly friend Miss Emily calls in a fit of pique, she already knows that the city council is trying to force Emily to sell her dilapidated old house. But Emily's gumption goes for naught when she dies unexpectedly and leaves the house to Jill, along with all of her problems...and her enemies.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Guidebook to Boredom

  • By Caroline Breheny on 08-09-15

I really enjoyed this cozy mystery

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

Reviewed: 01-26-18

I discovered this new series just recently and find it quite enjoyable:

Jill opted out of the Rat Race of being a family court lawyer after her divorce and moved to a small scenic California town where she now runs a coffee shop. She falls into an unexpected inheritance and finds all kinds of unexpected windfalls (wish that would happen in real life, huh!). The only catch is that there is a villain out, who will not stop from anything to get their hands on Jills new House.

The Authors down to earth writing and a good sense of humor makes this a pleasant afternoon read.