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  • Winter Street

  • By: Elin Hilderbrand
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 697
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 620
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 622

As Christmas approaches, Kelley is looking forward to getting the family together for some quality time at the inn. But when he walks in on Mitzi kissing Santa Claus (or the guy who's playing Santa at the inn's annual party), utter chaos descends. With the three older children each reeling in their own dramas and Bart unreachable in Afghanistan, it might be up to Kelley's ex-wife, nightly news anchor Margaret Quinn, to save Christmas at the Winter Street Inn.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Too much He Said She Said

  • By Mark Schneider on 11-22-17

Not a happy holiday book

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

Reviewed: 11-28-16

Do NOT read this if you're looking for a happy holiday read! Geez, now I'm totally depressed. I would've loved it if we could've had an actual closed-loop ending. Instead I feel like we are left hanging. BOO.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Fool Me Once

  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,071
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,207
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,183

Former special ops pilot Maya, home from the war, sees an unthinkable image captured by her nanny cam while she is at work: her two-year-old daughter playing with Maya's husband, Joe - who had been brutally murdered two weeks earlier. The provocative question at the heart of the mystery: Can you believe everything you see with your own eyes, even when you desperately want to?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Darn it

  • By Glenda Jeffers on 03-25-16

Disappointing - felt rushed.

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

Reviewed: 04-18-16

I've read all of Harlan Coben's books, and some have been among my favorites. But this one, unfortunately, did not live up to its predecessors. The characters were undeveloped, the plot seemed left together, and overall the whole thing felt rushed.

Coben has long been one of my favorite authors because of his ability to infuse humor and even the darkest suspense and mystery novels. This book was an exception. I don't think I smiled want. In fact, I frowned many times.

The performance neither added nor detracted from the overall story, so I gave it three stars.

I will be requesting a refund. After listening to the whole thing, I felt like I had wasted my time.

  • If Walls Could Talk

  • Haunted Home Renovation, Book 1
  • By: Juliet Blackwell
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,499
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,361
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,353

Melanie Turner has made quite a name for herself remodeling historic houses in the San Francisco Bay Area. But now her reputation may be on the line. At her newest project, a run-down Pacific Heights mansion, Mel is visited by the ghost of a colleague who recently met a bad end with power tools. Mel hopes that by nailing the killer, she can rid herself of the ghostly presence of the murdered man - and not end up a construction casualty herself....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Nice Change

  • By Carole T. on 06-15-15

Horrible narrator, so-so story

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

Reviewed: 12-23-15

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

This narrator spoke so fast that I had to listen to certain sections repeatedly. Unfortunately, the story wasn't very good the first time around, let alone on the second listen.

What didn’t you like about Xe Sands’s performance?

Everything! Enunciation, speed, voices - awful. :(

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from If Walls Could Talk?

About half of it.

Any additional comments?

Skip this one. :(

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Committed

  • A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage
  • By: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,027
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,331
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,322

At the end of her best-selling memoir Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert fell in love with Felipe, a Brazilian-born man of Australian citizenship who'd been living in Indonesia when they met. Resettling in America, the couple swore eternal fidelity to each other, but also swore to never, ever, under any circumstances get legally married. But providence intervened one day in the form of the United States government....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect timing

  • By Nancy on 01-15-10

Not What I Expected.

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

Reviewed: 11-11-15

Would you try another book from Elizabeth Gilbert and/or Elizabeth Gilbert?

Way too analytical and academic. I expected more of a first-person account of dealing with the journey of marriage, not "the history of marriage." I couldn't make it past the chapter on historical basis of marriage in the early church.

Has Committed turned you off from other books in this genre?

No. I still love EG.

What does Elizabeth Gilbert bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Didn't finish.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The intro was very interesting and compelling, and was more what I expected. I was taken off-guard (not in a good way) when the book delved into the history of marriage. I turned it off.

  • 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess

  • By: Jen Hatmaker
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Gallagher
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 556
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 476
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 472

Do you feel trapped in the machine of excess? Jen Hatmaker was. Her friends were. And some might say that our culture is. Jen once considered herself unmotivated by the lure of prosperity, but upon being called "rich" by an undeniably poor child, evidence to the contrary mounted, and a social experiment turned spiritual journey was born. 7 is the true story of how Jen took seven months, identified seven areas of excess, and made seven simple choices to fight back against the modern-day diseases of greed, materialism, and overindulgence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wish the author had narrated the book herself.

  • By Theresa on 06-15-13

A Wakeup Call for Complacent Christians

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

Reviewed: 11-11-15

Would you consider the audio edition of 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess to be better than the print version?

Nope. The narrator not only had an annoying Chicago accent, she also mispronounced words and her habit of EMPHASIZING every OTHER WORD was REALLY DISTRACTING.

What did you like best about this story?

The humor - the author is very funny and presents what could be complicated theology in simple terms, illustrated by personal anecdotes.

What three words best describe Rebecca Gallagher’s performance?

Overemoted. Distracting.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I am not much of a crier, but I teared up when Jen talked about her adopted kids. And I laughed out loud several times.

Any additional comments?

Great reminder that made me want to take action.

  • The Girl with All the Gifts

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,080
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,413
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,416

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hours in, restarted so husband could listen too!

  • By Pikay on 12-13-14

Creepily compelling.

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

Reviewed: 09-10-15

What did you love best about The Girl with All the Gifts?

This dystopian world was unexpected and unique.

What other book might you compare The Girl with All the Gifts to and why?

It reminded me of "Never Let Me Go" with twists and turns and brought up lots of questions about heroism, who's saving who, and whose lives are worth the most.

What about Finty Williams’s performance did you like?

It supported the book and didn't distract from the storyline.

Any additional comments?

This book stuck with me long after I read it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Darned if You Do

  • A Needlecraft Mystery
  • By: Monica Ferris
  • Narrated by: Susan Boyce
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105

After a tree falls on Tom Riordan's house, landing him in the hospital, the police discover a mountain of junk piled high in his home. Locals in Excelsior, Minnesota - including Betsy and her Crewel World Monday Bunch - offer to help with the cleanup while Tom recuperates. But when Tom is found murdered in his hospital bed, the sole heir to his property - his cousin, Valentina - becomes the number-one suspect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Susan Warren on 04-19-15

Disappointing.

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

Reviewed: 09-10-15

Would you try another book from Monica Ferris and/or Susan Boyce?

Yes. I've listened to every one of these mysteries.

What was most disappointing about Monica Ferris’s story?

It didn't hold up to the rest of the series. The favorite characters -- Jill, Goddy, Shelly, the crazy artist -- were missing. And Betsy seemed like she needed a Prozac.

What three words best describe Susan Boyce’s performance?

Consistent, easy to follow.

Could you see Darned if You Do being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No comment.

Any additional comments?

Hopefully the future books will go back to the Betsy we know and love.

  • The Diva Runs Out of Thyme

  • A Domestic Diva Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Krista Davis
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 487
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 438
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 439

Few can compete with the Natasha Smith when it comes to entertaining, but her childhood rival, Sophie Winston, certainly tries. While Natasha is known for her intricate centerpieces and painstakingly prepared gourmet meals, Sophie likes to keep things simple...real simple.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The type of cozy I don't enjoy

  • By Meep on 09-11-15

A mish-mash of a holiday meal

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

Reviewed: 09-10-15

Would you try another book from Krista Davis and/or Hillary Huber?

Yes, I would try another book by this author and narrator.

Would you recommend The Diva Runs Out of Thyme to your friends? Why or why not?

I found the book a mish-mash and a total confusionfest. Maybe it would be easier to follow in a written book, but I couldn't track who was who.

What three words best describe Hillary Huber’s performance?

Nasal but great voices.

Was The Diva Runs Out of Thyme worth the listening time?

No. I wish I had chosen something else.

Any additional comments?

Too many characters! I felt like it was one of those madcap mysteries with people running in and out of rooms and opening and closing doors and it was just a big mess.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lessons from Madame Chic

  • 20 Stylish Secrets I Learned While Living in Paris
  • By: Jennifer L. Scott
  • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
  • Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 487
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 428
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 426

Each chapter of Lessons from Madame Chic reveals a valuable secret Jennifer learned in Paris - tips you can incorporate into your own life, no matter where you live or the size of your budget. Embracing the classically French aesthetic of quality over quantity, aspiring Parisiennes will learn to master the art of eating (deprive yourself not), dressing (the 10-item wardrobe), grooming (le no-makeup look), and living à la française.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great advice for a lovely way of life

  • By Elizabeth Black on 09-02-15

Almost fell asleep

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

Reviewed: 05-23-15

For a book about living life with passion, I don't think the producers could've picked a more monotonous narrator.

Loved the content.

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Crash & Burn

  • By: Lisa Gardner
  • Narrated by: Christina Traister, Mikael Naramore
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,506
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,205
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,213

Nicole Frank shouldn't have been able to survive the car accident, much less crawl up the steep ravine. Not in the dark, not in the rain, not with her injuries. But one thought allows her to defy the odds and flag down help: Vero.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible!

  • By Kerry on 02-06-15

Returned it for refund.

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

Reviewed: 03-02-15

Didn't like a single character. Writing was repetitive and boring (if I hear "Vero wants to fly" one more time I'm gonna scream!). Voices/narration was annoying. Story started out great but went downhill fast. I usually love this author but this was eye roll-inducing.

10 of 13 people found this review helpful