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  • Matchmaking for Beginners

  • A Novel
  • By: Maddie Dawson
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden, Joyce Bean
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,665
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,501
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,495

Marnie MacGraw wants an ordinary life - a husband, kids, and a minivan in the suburbs. Now that she’s marrying the man of her dreams, she’s sure this is the life she’ll get. Then Marnie meets Blix Holliday, her fiancé’s irascible matchmaking great-aunt who’s dying, and everything changes - just as Blix told her it would. When her marriage ends after two miserable weeks, Marnie is understandably shocked. She’s even more astonished to find that she’s inherited Blix’s Brooklyn brownstone along with all of Blix’s unfinished “projects”: the heartbroken, oddball friends and neighbors running from happiness.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I Wanted to Like It More

  • By Marshallchick on 06-24-18

Eccentricity Celebrated!

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

Reviewed: 01-19-19

I found this tale humorous and enchanting. Navigating the romantic playing field is difficult enough. Throw in a cast of eccentric family members and I found myself examining just what makes up a true support system. The mishaps along the way only humanized the heroine. The magical elements made me question what really controls our lives. Delightful tale!

  • I Found You

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Helen Duff
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,092
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,640
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,618

In a windswept British seaside town, single mum Alice Lake finds a man sitting on the beach outside her house. He has no name and no idea how he got there. Against her better judgment, she invites him inside. Meanwhile, in a suburb of London, 21-year-old Lily Monrose has been married for only three weeks. When her husband fails to come home from work one night, she is left alone in a place where she knows no one and with the police telling her that her husband never existed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Characters, good and bad, are well portrayed

  • By Jennifer on 08-14-18

Best listen yet!

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

Reviewed: 07-18-18

With careers in mental health and the literary world, it is hard for a novel to keep me on the edge of my seat. Newell’s characterization, authenticity and well developed storyline with both breadth and depth did just that and more. Her female protagonist could easily be a friend I met for brunch. I found myself invested in her finding a happy ending. I went back and forth trying to determine exactly who the man on the beach was. Her protagonist was an exceptionally well developed psychopath as compared with others I have encountered both on the page and face to face. I can’t say enough about this work! Jewell has certainly earned her place among my favorite authors!

  • Savannah Breeze

  • By: Mary Kay Andrews
  • Narrated by: Isabel Keating
  • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 380
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 285
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 287

Southern belle BeBe Loudermilk has lost all her worldly possessions, thanks to a brief but disastrous relationship with the gorgeous Reddy, an "investment counselor" who turns out to be a con man. All that's left is a ramshackle 1950s motel on Tybee Island, an eccentric beach town that calls itself a drinking village with a fishing problem.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth it.....

  • By Donna on 10-25-06

Other narrator

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

Cute story but original narrator was better. The Southern lilt doesn’t lull the reader the way it should in this tale.

  • Savannah Blues

  • By: Mary Kay Andrews
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 845
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 773
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 769

Eloise Foley, known to her friends as Weezie, has been through the divorce from hell. Her ex-husband Tal (aka Talmadge Evans III) was awarded their house in Savannah's historic district, the house that Weezie had spent years painstakingly restoring to its original splendor. Weezie was awarded the two-bedroom carriage house on the same property. Each was sure the other would sell.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great long read to thoroughly enjoy

  • By Jae on 05-20-15

Laugh riot

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

Reviewed: 06-09-18

I couldn’t turn this off! It was hilarious and I found the area facts to be spot on. The characters draw you into their lives as if you are an old welcome friend!

  • Midnight in Death

  • In Death, Book 7.5
  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 3 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,989
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,630
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,624

Eve's name has made a Christmas list, but it's not for being naughty or nice. It's for putting a serial killer behind bars. Now the escaped madman has her in his sights. With her husband, Roarke, at her side, Eve must stop the man from exacting his bloody vengeance - or die trying.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice Follow Up

  • By Holly Helscher on 11-01-08

Fabulous!

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

Reviewed: 05-08-18

I have been a fan of this series in print for years, but Erickson creates the necessary depth that brings the characters to life. I especially like her portrayal of Rourke’s brogue.
This is a great series for anyone needing a futuristic, but not too far off, escape.

  • The Woman in the Window

  • A Novel
  • By: A. J. Finn
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21,626
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19,883
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19,827

Anna Fox lives alone - a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times...and spying on her neighbors. Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, mother, their teenaged son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn't, her world begins to crumble. And its shocking secrets are laid bare.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • An excruciating listen.

  • By Debra on 01-12-18

Great twisting quest to determine reality & delusion

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

Reviewed: 03-29-18

As a literary reviewer and expert in the field of psychology, I was blown away to learn this is the author’s first novel. I picked this work as my wind down as I fall to sleep listen. I can typically drift off to psych thrillers without difficulty. That was not the case here. At some point I began seeing Anna as a colleague in trouble and began assessing the world through her eyes. The author made this so complete that as the climax began I caught myself gripping my pillow case and forgetting to breathe. It’s difficult to write this review without spoilers. This one deserves a movie deal!

  • The Lie

  • By: Ashley Fontainne
  • Narrated by: Andrea Emmes
  • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 41

Karmen Moncrille's name has been known throughout the world since the age of 16 when her first book shot to the top of the best-seller's list. Now everything she writes is an instant hit, and her legions of devoted fans eagerly await her next release. The mysterious Karmen always blamed debilitating panic attacks as the reason she avoided publicity and has become a recluse. Which is exactly what she wants the world to think.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I eagerly jump to hear Ashley Fontainne’s books

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 05-24-16

A work that encourages you to examine your beliefs

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

Reviewed: 03-18-18

Review of The Lie by Ashley Fontainne

Imagine going through adolescence under the media spotlight. Then add in a sky rocketing career as a teenage author suffering from anxiety attacks and visits from the greats. This is the heroine of Fontaine’s tale The Lie. The protagonist travels through life through the directions of those long since passed who have left great legacies on the literary world. In addition, the heroine examines her purpose for being and the great questions of what it means to be part of this world. The author presents questions of philosophy and religion. Fontainne asks readers to evaluate their own points of view through this tale of fantasy and speculation.

This is not a tale for the faint of heart. At times the tale requires listeners to reflect on past experiences depicted in the novel and stay deeply engaged with the work. Listeners may need to replay previous chapters to keep up with the storyline. Some may see this is a fault, but it is in fact a unique method of connecting with the audience and offering a means for reflection. It would be helpful for listeners to dedicate an afternoon to enjoy this piece in it’s entirety, rather than trying to consume the tail one morsel at a time.

As a reviewer familiar with Fontainne‘s work, I would not recommend this novel as an introduction to this established author’s collection. This tale is perfect for devoted fans to explore another facet of Fontainne’s stylings. This thought-provoking work would be perfect for book clubs and discussion groups.

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FREE: Ponzi Supernova
    
    
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    Length: 2 hrs and 38 mins
    3,334 ratings
    Overall 4.1
  • FREE: Ponzi Supernova

  • By: Steve Fishman
  • Length: 2 hrs and 38 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,334
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,975
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,972

Free for a limited time. Ponzi Supernova is an original audio series that profiles Bernie Madoff, the Wall Street financier sent to prison for orchestrating the largest Ponzi scheme in history. The series, hosted by journalist Steve Fishman, includes hours of unheard conversations with Madoff behind bars, as well as interviews with law enforcement and the victims.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wow the story is a deep one

  • By Josh on 04-19-17

Missing something

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

Reviewed: 03-10-18

This appeared to be a watered down version of the actual events. Those of us interested in this case are far more intelligent than the author gives us credit for. I left this book feeling as if I had been a victim of marketing which promised so much more than the book delivered.

  • According to a Source

  • A Novel
  • By: Abby Stern
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 151

Ella Warren loves her job working for celebrity news magazine The Life as an undercover reporter. Her evenings are spent using her alias to discreetly attend red carpet events, nightclubs, and Hollywood hotspots like the fabulous Chateau Marmont, where her eyes are always peeled for the next big celebrity story. When Ella's new Devil Wears Prada-type boss starts a not-so-friendly competition among the reporters to find an exclusive story or be fired, the stakes are higher than ever.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hollywood Glitz and Gossip

  • By RueRue on 07-03-17

Confusing

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

Reviewed: 01-14-18

By not giving the celebs names the author makes the story difficult to follow. It was a cute story. Ella’s cognitive dissonance was well presented. A good lazy day read, if you can follow.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • My Lady Jane

  • By: Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,104
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,038
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,030

At 16, Lady Jane Grey is about to be married off to a stranger and caught up in a conspiracy to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But those trifling problems aren't for Jane to worry about. Jane gets to be queen of England. Like that could go wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hysterical Alternate History

  • By JGillSt on 06-17-16

Quirky

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

Reviewed: 12-08-17

This tale is a light, humor filled romp and trampling of UK history. The narrator made the book! She was hilarious and kept me enthralled. Without her I might have returned this purchase.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful