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  • November 9

  • A Novel
  • By: Colleen Hoover
  • Narrated by: Zachary Webber, Angela Goethals
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,119
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,954
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,956

Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon's last day in LA together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I hate you soo good, Colleen!

  • By Meraline on 11-11-15

Poor Narration Really Hurt This Book

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

Reviewed: 07-13-18

Good premise, interesting twist (excellent actually), but I have to say that Angela Goethals narration was horrible. I kept listening to it and replacing her overly angsty performance. It really is a good story if you can get past the female narration. Zachary Webber was very good and I kept waiting/praying for his part.

Girl/actress injured in a fire has to find a new path. Young man with many untold stories (parents died - but how, when, why). An annual meeting on November 9th to catch up with each other - only that - no emails, phone numbers or social media. So they meet each year and tell each other their progress or what they wanted - one 24 hour period a year. They each had their reasons.

These are very young people, 18 - 23 years old so it is interesting how the fascination with each other is maintained. It is a good story, but like I said, I had to mentally replace Fallon's narrator with better reading. I don't know if I recommend listening to this, but I'm sure reading it would be a great experience.

  • Flowers from the Storm

  • By: Laura Kinsale
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Boulton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,343
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,189
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,192

He's a duke. He's a mathematical genius. He can't talk and he's locked in a lunatic asylum. Only a modest Quaker girl can reach him, but when she helps him to escape, she's swept into his glittering aristocratic world, her life torn apart by his desperate attempt to save himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ~COMPELLING!!~ Love This Author! Love This Book!

  • By 🇺🇸🌸DARA on 10-01-13

Struggling Here - Spoiler Alert

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

Reviewed: 07-09-18

This was so highly rated that I struggled through - twice - to figure out why.

So one has to assume the Duke, Christian, had a stroke - I'm only saying this because no other option was offered and it happened so early in the story I honestly struggled with what was wrong with him. I get that mental/physical health was limited in "those days." The treatment was horrific!!

Maddy was a Quaker/wanton woman, no surprise there since nature cannot be overcome by nurture, I don't care who you are.

I actually listened to this twice to give it a chance, many many months apart BTW, and still was frustrated with Maddy's angst - ALL OF IT - even when she knew her feelings! Christian I got, and if she were so understanding/pious/etc. then either walk or stay. She had choices, and she didn't like the choice she made? Her angst was so difficult for the Duke I wanted to shake her!!

It was a frustrating read and it is to late to return - so in my library it stays.

  • A Little Life

  • A Novel
  • By: Hanya Yanagihara
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 32 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,960
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,327
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,337

When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I had to call in SAD to work

  • By Angela on 10-17-15

Four Friends - Hard Listen

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

Reviewed: 06-04-18

This was a long HARD book to listen too. It is also a REALLY REALLY good. It is well written and thought out. If you need to: feel good about your life, need a good cry, want something large - this is it. This is a big story, very credit worthy.

The synopsis is good enough - I don't need to delve further into the plot.

Get it.

  • The Duchess Deal

  • Girl Meets Duke
  • By: Tessa Dare
  • Narrated by: Mary Jane Wells
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,183
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,084
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,083

Since his return from war, the Duke of Ashbury's to-do list has been short and anything but sweet: brooding, glowering, menacing London ne'er-do-wells by night. Now there's a new item on the list. He needs an heir - which means he needs a wife. When Emma Gladstone, a vicar's daughter turned seamstress, appears in his library wearing a wedding gown, he decides on the spot that she'll do.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 100% perfect

  • By Eugenie on 09-29-17

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 06-03-18

This book is so good. If you like regency romance you must listen to this one. It is very funny, along with heart wrenching, uplifting, and on and on. The Duke was seriously injured in a battle - Waterloo? - the woman he was engaged to could not stand his appearance but the Duke needed an heir. In comes Emma. You know how it is going to go, but it is so worth the journey!

Very worth the credit! It won the Romance Audio-book of the year!

  • A Trail Through Time

  • The Chronicles of St. Mary's, Book 4
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,306
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,091
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,084

"St Mary's is back and is facing a battle to survive in this, the fourth installment of the Chronicles. Max and Leon are re-united and looking forward to a peaceful lifetime together. But, sadly, they don't even make it to lunchtime. The action races from 17th century London to Ancient Egypt and from Pompeii to 14th century Southwark as they're pursued up and down the timeline.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Anther Adventure with the Timetraveling Historians

  • By Linda on 01-26-15

WOW!! What a Ride!

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

Reviewed: 04-15-18

This installment is quite a departure on the established theme. It is difficult to explain except to insert the Time Police, a time line rule broken, a parallel universe...all with the ability to draw me in and make it real.

This installment is quite suspenseful, energizing, and exciting. I dare you to give this a listen! After 4 books I'm still hooked.

Credit worthy unless you can get it on sale!

  • A Second Chance

  • The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 3
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,563
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,325
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,323

St Mary’s is back and nothing is going right for Max. Once again, it’s just one damned thing after another. The action jumps from an encounter with a mirror-stealing Isaac Newton to the bloody battlefield at Agincourt. Discover how a simple fact-finding assignment to witness the ancient and murderous cheese-rolling ceremony in Gloucester can result in CBC - concussion by cheese.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This series is just gettihg better and better.

  • By MJ on 09-06-14

Observing History in Contemporary Time

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

Reviewed: 04-15-18

Not time travel. The author posses an amazing imagination. Just when you think they couldn't get better, it gets better.

This one meets Sir Isaac Newton, a new character - an elderly Physicist - completely delightful, an interesting take on Jack the Ripper, tragic deaths, (more than one), and on.

These stories are hard to categorize, but I suppose fantasy/science fiction is the closest. They are humorous, there is romance, suspense, they have it all. So far so good.

Ms. Taylor may run out of ideas, I hope not.

  • A Symphony of Echoes

  • The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 2
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,274
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,973
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,965

Book Two in the madcap time-travel series based at the St Mary's Institute of Historical Research that seems to be everyone's cup of tea. In the second book in the Chronicles of St Mary's series, Max and the team visit Victorian London in search of Jack the Ripper, witness the murder of Archbishop Thomas A Becket in Canterbury Cathedral, and discover that dodos make a grockling noise when eating cucumber sandwiches.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Witty and fun

  • By C. lewis on 04-11-14

Enjoying This Series

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

Reviewed: 04-14-18

I just read that Jody Taylor self published her first book and had 60K downloads from Amazon, I get it. This book is also excellent.

There is history, si-fi, fantasy, suspense, mystery, romance, the whole lot. Oh I forgot humor. These people are completely hilarious!

The premis is that they travel around in pods of observe historical events in contemporary time (they don't call it time travel) and always get into difficulties. Character development is excellent.

I recommend it, and think these books deserve more listens.

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  • The Very First Damned Thing

  • An Author-Read Audio Exclusive
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Jodi Taylor
  • Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,343
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,094

Jodi Taylor reads the long-awaited prequel in her Chronicles of St Mary’s series, as Dr Bairstow struggles to set up St Mary’s as we know it in a world still scarred by the ravages of civil war. Ever wondered how it all began? It’s two years since the final victory at the Battersea Barricades. The fighting might be finished, but for Dr Bairstow, just now setting up St Mary's, the struggle is only beginning. How will he assemble his team? From where will his funding come?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the story. The narration was ehh...

  • By Krista on 12-09-15

After Hearing Just One Damn Thing After Another

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

After hearing Just One Damn Thing After Another this pre-quill was released. I like a lot and recommend it since it enhances the JODTAA story. It is free, what the heck?

  • Just One Damned Thing After Another

  • The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 1
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,635
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,631

Behind the seemingly innocuous façade of St Mary's, a different kind of historical research is taking place. They don't do 'time-travel' - they 'investigate major historical events in contemporary time'. Maintaining the appearance of harmless eccentrics is not always within their power - especially given their propensity for causing loud explosions when things get too quiet. Meet the disaster-magnets of St Mary's Institute of Historical Research as they ricochet around History.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Action Adventure Time Travel Novel w/ Good Reader

  • By Sires on 04-13-14

First in a Series

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

I listened to this in 2014 - for some reason - I have no idea why I picked this one, but it has been over 4 years ago. I never forgot it. This is memerable. The less than positive reviews are somewhat understandable since this has to be the most different plot line I have ever heard. It is hard to describe.

I highly recommend it! I did give it 4 stars but do not let that discourage you. This book is so full of information it will take more than one listen (to me a bonus) to get it all - and a complete set up for the - so far - 5 star review I plan to give to what I have heard so far. The characters are well developed all be it in fits and starts.

The genre is hard to describe, time travel, science fiction, romance (light), humor, drama, suspense, (there is more but I think you get it). It is truly a mixed bag. Completely enjoyable, and they have also made a version of this book as an Audible Drama with a ensemble cast! I may have to listen to that one after I finish the series.

Credit worthy - there is a pre-quill that I recommend listening to AFTER this one and it is free! I have purchased the next few and am listening to them now. Truly a creative endeavor!! Some of the short stories are free, and I recommend downloading them too, but you need context.

Very inventive, complicated, creative...excellent (so I'm referring to the subsequent stories too). I am now on book 4 and not growing tired at all. That is usually not the case.

  • King of Wall Street

  • By: Louise Bay
  • Narrated by: Sebastian York, Andi Arndt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,570
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,374
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,369

I keep my two worlds separate. At work, I'm King of Wall Street. The heaviest hitters in Manhattan come to me to make money. They do whatever I say because I'm always right. I'm shrewd. Exacting. Some say ruthless. At home, I'm a single dad trying to keep his 14-year-old daughter a kid for as long as possible. If my daughter does what I say, somewhere there's a snowball surviving in hell. And nothing I say is ever right.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • More interested in the side story than the main!

  • By MRR on 03-16-17

Prescription Romance

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

Reviewed: 03-18-18

Knowing Andi Arendt and Sebastian York were narrators, this had to be verbal porn; and it was. I listen to these books to get a release from much heavier listens, but honestly, does every author just use a template? I thought it was difficult to ge published, but instead romance books just needs well written scenes.

It wasn't awful, it wasn't great - just the same. Going back. I have others better to fill this light void.