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Mary Beth Maschner

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  • Falling Home

  • By: Karen White
  • Narrated by: Lyssa Browne
  • Length: 15 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 476
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 418
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 418

Cassie Madison has it all: A high-powered advertising career; a stylish Manhattan apartment; and a sophisticated, rich, and gorgeous fiancé. It's a far cry from her childhood in Walton, Georgia, home of the annual Kudzu Festival and hot, sticky summers. And then there are all the bad memories, the heartache. When Cassie's estranged sister calls to say that her father is dying, Cassie knows it's time to set aside her feelings and go home and face the sister she hasn't seen in 15 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • good story

  • By Nina Kemph on 02-18-15

Too depressing for HEA

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

We read fiction to be entertained and distracted from hardships in our lives. Loved-ones dying right & left and crying through half the book is not my idea of entertainment.

  • Wrong Turn, Right Direction

  • The Bourbon Street Boys, Book 4
  • By: Elle Casey
  • Narrated by: Tracie Christian
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 241
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 211
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 210

Tamika Cleary takes a wrong turn up a one-way street - and straight into Thibault Delacroix's leg as he steps into the road. But Mika's in a hurry, and she certainly doesn't have time for a guy who can't even look both ways before crossing, even if he does have a cute face, a body to die for, and the darkest, thickest eyelashes she's ever seen. Unfortunately for Mika, fate has other ideas. When she's threatened by her employer, a Russian mafia boss known as "The Thief", she's forced to accept Thibault's help.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • OMG

  • By Josee on 05-24-17

Far fetched and hokie

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

Reviewed: 05-29-18

A guy gets hit by a car being driven by a woman who is in labor and doesn't even know she's pregnant, he ends up delivering her baby and it's instant attraction. Withina few days they are madly in love and want to spend the rest of their lives together even though she's being chased by the Russian mob. Seriously? Top it off with a narrator who talks like she's from the getto and all the characters sound so much alike you can't tell who is talking half the time. I skipped the rest once they got to the sex. No thanks

  • The Will

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Hollis McCarthy
  • Length: 24 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,266
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,980
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,984

Early in her life, Josephine Malone learned the hard way that there was only one person she could love and trust: her grandmother, Lydia Malone. Out of necessity, unconsciously and very successfully, Josephine donned a disguise to keep all others at bay. She led a globetrotting lifestyle on the fringes of the fashion and music elite, but she kept herself distant. While Josephine was trotting the globe, retired boxer Jake Spear was living in the same small town as Lydia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • KRISTEN ASHLEY AT HER BEST!

  • By Yvette on 03-30-15

Way too many F bombs

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

Reviewed: 05-25-18

I'll never understand the need to use Fu** as a stories most prominent adjective. It ruins the whole book. The story itself was pretty good but not worth listening to this word every other sentence. It's cheap.

  • The Ending I Want

  • By: Samantha Towle
  • Narrated by: Nick Court, Emily Bauer
  • Length: 13 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 50

Taylor Shaw had the perfect life - until she was 16. That was when everything changed. From that moment on, life went from bad to worse...to the worst. After recovering from a brain tumor, months later, she suffers the tragic loss of her whole family. Since that fateful day, she's been coasting through life. Now the brain tumor has returned, and Taylor decides she's had enough. She's going to take her fate into her own hands. No more hospitals. No more surgeries. No more anything.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
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  • By Smitten with Reading on 07-06-17

90% porn, 10% cheap drama

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

Reviewed: 11-14-17

So bad, I couldn't get past chapter 9. There's nothing entertaining about constant rutting and petty bickering. No imagination what so ever, we've all heard it a thousand times.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 573
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 531
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 529

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

Too depressing

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

Reviewed: 09-18-17

After several attempts, I just couldn't get into the story. I like stories to entertain, uplift and transport me to another time. The main character was whimpy, boring and ignorant, the mother in law was a total shrew and add that to their circumstances, it's just too depressing to waste my time.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Icecutter's Daughter

  • Land of Shining Water, Book 1
  • By: Tracie Peterson
  • Narrated by: Stina Nielsen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 353
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 316
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310

Merrill Krause longs for a family of her own, but she's bound by a promise to her dying mother to care for her father and older brothers until they no longer need her. She enjoys being part of the family business, harvesting ice during the brutal Minnesota winters. Merrill actively takes part, possessing a keen ability to work with the horses - despite the advice of her good friend, who disapproves of her unladylike behavior. When Rurik Jorgenson arrives in their small town to join his uncle doing carpentry, he soon crosses paths with Merrill.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hated for this to end

  • By Carrie Fancett Pagels on 09-09-13

Soap opera boring

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

Reviewed: 07-19-17

The reader was just that, a reader. She didn't even seem to try to sound masculine with the male characters which makes it hard to distinguish between the male & female characters.
Instead of filling the pages with boring sex, misunderstandings leading to poor decisions and cheap drama, Christian romances often fill the pages with judgemental Christians being busy bodies, wrecking other people's lives with cheap drama. Either way it's tedious and boring. Don't we read to escape these unpleasantries in our lives? The story was just "meh"

  • The Tea Planter's Daughter

  • The India Tea Series, Book 1
  • By: Janet MacLeod Trotter
  • Narrated by: Sarah Coomes
  • Length: 15 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182

Lush, green, fragrant: the Indian hills of Assam are full of promise. But eighteen-year-old Clarissa Belhaven is full of worry. The family tea plantation is suffering, and so is her father, still grieving over the untimely death of his wife, while Clarissa's fragile sister, Olive, needs love and resourceful care. Beautiful and headstrong, Clarissa soon attracts the attention of young, brash Wesley Robson, a rival tea planter.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Book 1 indeed!

  • By David Bogosian on 09-30-16

One long depressing downer

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

Reviewed: 05-10-17

One tragedy after another and people being cruel to the marginalized at every opportunity. Why do people think this is entertaining? Why listen for hours to something that makes you depressed? Not my cup of tea, pun intended.

  • Property of a Noblewoman

  • By: Danielle Steel
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,430
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,297
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,293

Faded photographs of a glamorous couple in postwar Europe. Old letters hinting of tragic loss. And a breathtaking array of magnificent jewelry, spectacular stones in exquisite settings. These are the contents of a safe-deposit box long abandoned in a New York City bank. If no heir can be identified, the jewelry will be auctioned. But who was the woman who left such a fortune and no will?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A typical Danielle Steel book

  • By w.g. on 05-10-16

Very repetitive

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

Reviewed: 10-13-16

The reader only wants to hear each segment of a story one time, yet this author makes you hear everything told over & over to each character in the story. First he tells his mother, then he tells this person, then that person, then his mother retells it to someone else, and then that person relays it to yet another person. Not to mention all the irrelevant details. Geez it gets tedious. This book was twice as long as it needed to be.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Sacrifice

  • By: Adriana Locke
  • Narrated by: Wen Ross, Kai Kennicott
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178

My life changed forever the night my husband died.... I was left with a shattered heart, a heap of bills, and our daughter, Everleigh. I don't want to rely on anyone, least of all Crew Gentry. He's my first love and the man who almost destroyed me, the man who has let me down every time I've needed him. But when tragedy strikes a second time, Crew just might be my only hope.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nice

  • By miriam vara on 11-10-15

Way too much whining and crying

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

Reviewed: 08-21-16

I know there is a crisis, but do we have to cry every 15 minutes?! F-bombs in nearly every sentence. Geez, with the whining and bad language, it gets old, ruins the story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Turn Me Loose

  • By: Rosalind James
  • Narrated by: Claire Bocking
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 351
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313

Rochelle Marks is working hard to build a name for herself that has nothing to do with her pinup-girl curves. She's made mistakes in the past, and now she's trying to stop her little sister, Stacy, from making worse ones. Rochelle's done with being nothing more than someone's good time. Even if that someone is the one-night stand who turned her life upside down before vanishing - and who's just arrived in Paradise, Idaho, looking to pick up where they left off.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Excited by Her Bruises

  • By Rusty on 01-29-17

Horrible narrator! Good story.

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

Reviewed: 07-04-16

This narrator. Paused. At every. Comma. And every period. On every. Freaking. Sentence!!! Who talks like that? No one! So why would you read a book like that? Maybe she was paid by the hour and was trying to get as much money out of the deal. As much as I love Rosalind James and the dozen books I've read by her, I will never buy another book read by Claire Bocking again. I was so distracted by her reading, I had a hard time following the story. Totally ruined it for me. Do yourself a favor and buy the Kindle version and save yourself being tortured by Ms Bocking.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful