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  • The Cross-Country Quilters

  • By: Jennifer Chiaverini
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 371
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286

In this entry from the popular series, five women meet at quilt camp and embark upon a project together. Over the next year, each woman must tackle a personal difficulty before adding her segment to their shared quilt. Despite the challenges they face, the women draw strength from their newfound sisterhood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank you Jennifer

  • By Wendy on 05-13-09

Makes me want to go to a retreat and make friends

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

Reviewed: 07-20-14

What made the experience of listening to The Cross-Country Quilters the most enjoyable?

The story lines

If you could take any character from The Cross-Country Quilters out to dinner, who would it be and why?

I could never decide. I would take them all!

Any additional comments?

This story is one of my favorites of the series.

  • Round Robin

  • An Elm Creek Quilts Novel
  • By: Jennifer Chiaverini
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 430
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 342
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 344

Popular author Jennifer Chiaverini fashions a touching story from her beloved Elm Creek Quilts series. Deciding to surprise master quilter Sylvia Compson, the quilters pass a work-in-progress from one to another. As the ladies add their personal touches, the finished piece forms a mirror of their lives.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Climb Under The Quilt

  • By Rebecarol on 06-13-08

Loved getting to know some of the characters

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

Reviewed: 07-20-14

What about Christina Moore’s performance did you like?

The different voices for the different characters.

Who was the most memorable character of Round Robin and why?

They all had interesting back stories.

Any additional comments?

Good story for the Elm Creek retreats. Makes me want to go to one.

  • We Bought a Zoo

  • The Amazing True Story of a Young Family, a Broken Down Zoo, and the 200 Wild Animals That Change Their Lives Forever
  • By: Benjamin Mee
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 485
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 428
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 432

Already a BBC documentary miniseries and excerpted in the Guardian, We Bought a Zoo is a profoundly moving portrait of an unforgettable family living in the most extraordinary circumstances. This touching memoir is set to be a major motion picture starring Scarlett Johansson and Matt Damon, in theaters December 23, 2011.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous narrator.

  • By Christie on 06-29-11

Story was intriguing

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

Reviewed: 07-20-14

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The ending.

Would you be willing to try another book from Benjamin Mee? Why or why not?

It would depend on the story involved.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Gildart Jackson?

Maybe.

Could you see We Bought a Zoo being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Well since it was, yes.

Any additional comments?

Because I had seen the movie first, I had an expectation that was probably unrealistic. While I appreciated the truthfulness that was told, it was not as entertaining as the movie made it seem. The end of the book became hard to deal with for me as the language became objectionable. I would still not mind visiting this little zoo, however, if I was ever in that country.

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  • Circle of Quilters

  • An Elm Creek Quilts Novel
  • By: Jennifer Chiaverini
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212

New York Times best-selling author Jennifer Chiaverini has charmed countless readers with her heartwarming Elm Creek Quilts novels. Like the other delightful entries in the series, Circle of Quilters offers an engaging story, endearing characters, and fascinating bits of quilting lore.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Extremely Entertaining

  • By Cathy on 06-07-06

Makes you stop and think

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

Reviewed: 07-20-14

What did you love best about Circle of Quilters?

I enjoyed getting to know new characters and their back stories. I kept asking myself if I would want to be in this "circle" and how I would react during the interviews.

Which scene was your favorite?

I liked the additional impromptu interview each nominee had with Agnes. Nice touch!

  • The Quilter's Legacy

  • Elm Creek Quilts, Book 5
  • By: Jennifer Chiaverini
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264

Best-selling author Jennifer Chiaverini charms her many fans with her engaging Elm Creek Quilts novels. In The Quilter’s Legacy, Sylvia Bergstrom Compson resolves to find several heirloom quilts that have vanished. Traveling far and wide, she discovers fascinating truths about her mother, who died when Sylvia was only a child.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Favorite in the Series

  • By Debbie on 11-16-14

Good story for the series

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

Reviewed: 07-20-14

If you could sum up The Quilter's Legacy in three words, what would they be?

Family history quilting

Who was the most memorable character of The Quilter's Legacy and why?

Sylvia Bergstrom is the character the story is built around. She gets to experience some sense of family history through her search for cherished quilts and memories.

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  • Sonoma Rose

  • By: Jennifer Chiaverini
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131

New York Times best-selling author Jennifer Chiaverini’s delightful Elm Creek Quilts series features strong women who face life head-on and chronicle their triumphs and tragedies in elaborate quilts. Here, listeners meet Rosa Diaz Barclay, a woman fighting for her family’s survival in Prohibition-era Southern California.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • What happened to the language?

  • By Janine on 09-10-12

Good story for time period

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

Reviewed: 07-20-14

What did you love best about Sonoma Rose?

It opened up the time during prohibition for me. I never thought about how some those lives might be affected by government decisions into morality.

  • Master Quilter

  • Elm Creek Quilts, Book 6
  • By: Jennifer Chiaverini
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180

Master quilter Sylvia Compson, the sage voice guiding the Elm Creek Quilters, is getting married. The occasion should be festive, but things turn sour. The quilters have prospered, but now their unity is threatened. They must either iron out their differences or face a future that may not be spent together.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Love the series, but this has too many repeats

  • By Mary C on 11-16-14

Another good Elm Creek Quilt story

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

Reviewed: 07-20-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this audiobook to someone who enjoys the series or who likes stories with solid characters and life lessons.

Any additional comments?

The only down side is that I wasn't always able to follow the characters from the voices. In earlier books, they were easier to discern with. There are too many characters now that sound the same.