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  • The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill

  • Tales From Ivy Hill, Book 1
  • By: Julie Klassen
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Jasicki
  • Length: 17 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 605
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 558
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 556

The lifeblood of the Wiltshire village of Ivy Hill is its coaching inn, The Bell. But when the innkeeper dies suddenly, his genteel wife, Jane Bell, becomes the reluctant owner. Jane has no notion of how to run a business. However, with the town's livelihood at stake and a large loan due, she must find a way to bring new life to the inn. Despite their strained relationship, Jane turns to her resentful mother-in-law, Thora, for help.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Most enjoyable Book!!

  • By KN on 03-18-17

Ok story, ruined by reader

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

Reviewed: 03-25-18

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Re-record with different reader

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Voice and intonation was totally affected. Sounded like she needed a shot of adrenaline before she fell asleep. Could not continue to liste. Had to read the book to finish it.

What would have made this romance irresistible?

Not much

Any additional comments?

Will definitely not purchase another recording made by this reader.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Yorkshire Pudding Club

  • By: Milly Johnson
  • Narrated by: Colleen Prendergast
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 161
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 121

When three South Yorkshire friends picnic on top of an ancient fertility symbol, who could have known that within four months they would all have their own eggs fertilised! For Helen, pregnancy is a true come true. But the more the baby grows inside her, the more she can see her outwardly perfect marriage crumbling. For career-woman Janey, it is a nightmare. How could it have happened? She had her husband George, ecstatic at the prospect of being a dad, were always so careful over contraception.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a nice listen

  • By Anonymous User on 11-25-11

Why the Geordie accent???

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

Reviewed: 03-22-18

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

The Geordie accent!!!! The book is set in West Yorkshire. If I just read the book I wouldn't have to listen to the Inappropriate (if rather nice) Geordie accent.

  • Crooked Little Lies

  • By: Barbara Taylor Sissel
  • Narrated by: Natalie Ross
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 104

On a cool October morning, Lauren Wilder is shaken when she comes close to striking Bo Laughlin with her car as he's walking along the road's edge. A young man well known in their small town of Hardys Walk, Texas, Bo seems fine, even if Lauren's intuition says otherwise. Since the accident two years ago that left her brain in a fragile state, she can't trust her own instincts - and neither can her family. Then Bo vanishes, and as the search for him ensues, the police question whether she's responsible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book!

  • By Deon Russell on 03-26-16

Narrator ruined it for me

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

Reviewed: 02-26-18

Would you be willing to try another one of Natalie Ross’s performances?

NO

Do you think Crooked Little Lies needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No

Any additional comments?

The story was OK although rather slow, Had to finish it by reading the Kindle version. Couldn't take any more of the narrator.

  • The Last Thing She Ever Did

  • By: Gregg Olsen
  • Narrated by: Karen Peakes
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,036
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,039

The community along Oregon's Deschutes River is one of successful careers and perfect families. For years, up-and-comers Liz and Owen have admired their good friends and neighbors, Carole and David. They appear to have it all—security, happiness, and a beautiful young son, Charlie. Then Charlie vanishes without a trace, and all that seemed safe is shattered by a tragedy that is incomprehensible—except to Liz. It took one fleeting moment for her to change the lives of everyone she loves—a heartrending accident that can't be undone.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I just couldn't get into it....

  • By Michelle on 01-09-18

Good story spoiled by irritating voice

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

Reviewed: 01-12-18

What did you love best about The Last Thing She Ever Did?

Intriguing story, if rather far fetched.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

What really happened to Charlie? Was he going to be found alive after all?

Would you be willing to try another one of Karen Peakes’s performances?

No. Found her voice irritating and her "voices" unnatural, particularly the men's.