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  • Sweet Tea and Sympathy

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,613
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,285
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,254

Margot Cary has spent her life immersed in everything Lake Sackett is not. As an elite event planner, Margot's rubbed elbows with the cream of Chicago society and made elegance and glamour her business. She's riding high until one event goes tragically, spectacularly wrong. Now she's blackballed by the gala set and in dire need of a fresh start - and apparently the McCreadys are in need of an event planner with a tarnished reputation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thank you Ms. Harper

  • By green ice cream garden on 11-30-17

Poo Poo on the Bad Reviews

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

Reviewed: 07-07-18

I am glad I did not believe the bad reviews! This is typical, cute Molly Harper style. If you are looking for a fun diversion, wit, classic Southern charm, and possum eggs....look no further! I enjoyed the book and I am glad I trusted my instincts. For those who wrote negative reviews - Bless Your Heart!

  • Love & Gelato

  • By: Jenna Evans Welch
  • Narrated by: Rebekkah Ross
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 488
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 450
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 448

Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn't in the mood for Italy's famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. She's only there because it was her mother's dying wish that she get to know her father. But what kind of father isn't around for 16 years? All Lina wants to do is get back home. But then Lina is given a journal that her mom had kept when she lived in Italy. Suddenly Lina's uncovering a magical world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries. A world that inspires Lina to follow in her mother's footsteps.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing but predictable

  • By G. Bozeman on 08-07-17

Predictable

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

Reviewed: 06-20-18

Although there were some twists and turns, it is predictable. Do read this before you visit Florence Italy though - it will give you so much to look forward to!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A Man Called Ove

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61,587
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56,358
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56,256

Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Laughed and I Cried

  • By Bill on 08-22-15

Get a hanky for the happy tears!!!

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

Reviewed: 07-16-17

I am so glad that I read the reviews on this book. Not only does the book make me really grateful for everything I have, but it is such a great story. It's innovative, new, and really pulls your heartstrings in a happy way. Even at the moments that are painful, the author moves right along in a wonderful way so that you are not overwhelmed, but instead happily surprised.

This book will not disappoint and I highly recommend it.

  • The Name of the Wind

  • Kingkiller Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 27 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62,275
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56,639
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56,729

This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By Joanna on 05-10-11

Totally emerged

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

Reviewed: 04-29-17

Would you listen to The Name of the Wind again? Why?

Yes, I would probably listen again because the story was so vivid and had great details, twists, and turns. Surprises and laughs around every corner. Even the brutal sadness that happened in the book was filled with a hope that made my heart sing.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Name of the Wind?

When the name of the wind was said.

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

The voices, the pace of the wording, and a rich voice that helps to make the story real and the characters more sincere.

Any additional comments?

Listen to this book. I have not written a review in approximately a year because nothing really moved me. This book moved me. I was emerged within the first chapter and pulled along. I hated to turn it off and leaving the book to live my life was bitter sweet. I am about to start book two and pray for book three to be released soon.

  • The Raven Boys

  • By: Maggie Stiefvater
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,054
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,742
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,745

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive. Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them - not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her. His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble. But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can't entirely explain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stiefvater does it again!

  • By C. ALLINGER on 09-20-12

Never thought it would be this good!

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

Reviewed: 03-13-17

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

I have not written a review lately because everything was pretty much mediocre that I listened to - but this book is a stand out. Buy it now today. I loved it.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Raven Boys?

You do not know where you are going with the book and there are surprises around the corner, which I personally love. I hate cliche and I did not get that here. The character development was smart, with me hoping I could join the group of main characters even in the bad moments.

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

That voice! The characters were all distinct and yet his voice just blends the story onto the canvas in such a smooth way. Total relaxation while listening, yet hit all the right notes during the high action spots also. Sometimes when there are more than 3-5 characters in a book I get confused, but the reader made voices appropriate for each and I joined the family as if I was there.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not really, but that was more because I would get all the suspense I could handle and need to take breaks. I listened to it quickly though. I did not realize it was a part of a series as the book stands alone very well.

Any additional comments?

The author has great writing skills. The words paint vivid pictures and I love the style of writing, character development, and even the characters.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lady Midnight

  • The Dark Artifices, Book 1
  • By: Cassandra Clare
  • Narrated by: Morena Baccarin
  • Length: 19 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,329
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,895
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,901

Together with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn't lead her in treacherous directions....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • New Players and New Plots

  • By RayRay1974 on 03-14-16

Keep this narrator PLEASE

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

Reviewed: 03-22-16

Sometimes they will change the narrator between books of the series, and for the love of God please keep this one for the next books. She is awesome. The book is phenomenal.

  • Gretel and the Case of the Missing Frog Prints

  • A Brothers Grimm Mystery
  • By: P. J. Brackston
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 775
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 705
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 709

Bavaria, 1776. When Albrecht Dürer the Much Much Younger's frog prints go missing, he knows exactly where to turn for help. Gretel (yes, that Gretel), now 35 and still living with her gluttonous brother Hans, is the country's most famous private investigator, and she leaps at the opportunity to travel to cosmopolitan Nuremberg to take on the case. But amid the hubbub of the city's annual sausage festival, Gretel struggles to find any clues that point toward the elusive thief.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining Mystery

  • By Marianne on 01-18-15

Wonderful Fairytale Mystery Surprise

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

Reviewed: 02-25-16

If you could sum up Gretel and the Case of the Missing Frog Prints in three words, what would they be?

Fairytale Mystery Heroine

Which character – as performed by Kate Reading – was your favorite?

Gretel was portrayed perfectly. There was not a line in which I did not actually see the character in my head saying the line from the book. A great book allows the story to unfold as pictures in your head and this book (and the narrator) did just that. And what a glorious picture it was.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I sometimes go to other Listener's Pages and look at their reviews. If someone has loved a book that I loved, then maybe a book they like will be one I like also. That is how I came across this book and what a great strategy that was. This book made me laugh out loud and smile every single time I listened to it. I was so surprised that I liked it as the book is not in my normal repertoire - I mean what adult listens to fairy tales.

Any additional comments?

If you like mysteries, a strong heroine, new twists on old classics, and just plain old fun - then you will love this book as much as I did. I cannot wait to read/listen to the next book in the series.

  • Impulse

  • By: Ellen Hopkins
  • Narrated by: Laura Flanagan, Jeremy Guskin, Steve Coombs
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155

The handsome son of wealthy parents, Connor has everything anyone could want...except his family's love and affection. Jailed for years after killing his mother's child-molesting boyfriend, Tony is confused about his sexuality. Manic-depressive Vanessa cuts herself. All three stories intertwine in a brutally honest story about pain and resilience.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everything to want in a book❤️

  • By Jazmine on 07-04-15

The mind of a troubled teen?

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

Reviewed: 01-14-16

If you know any teenagers, whether they are your own or just some that are in your life, this is a wonderful book to read. Listening to this gave me insight into how the developing brain of some teenagers works on their own personal trauma and worldviews.

You may feel that the book is slow at first, but keep at it and you will be rewarded in the end with dancers and what you believe will be the outcome on their lives. This is a great wonderful book.

Warning, it can be a little sad at times. Knowing what our side he does at times to children is heartbreaking, but the recovery of the human spirit is a wonderful thing. This book highlights that the best it can.

  • Die for Me

  • By: Amy Plum
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 477
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 413
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 410

My life had always been blissfully, wonderfully normal. But it only took one moment to change everything. Suddenly, my sister, Georgia, and I were orphans. We put our lives into storage and moved to Paris to live with my grandparents. And I knew my shattered heart, my shattered life, would never feel normal again. Then I met Vincent. Mysterious, sexy, and unnervingly charming, Vincent Delacroix appeared out of nowhere and swept me off my feet. Just like that, I was in danger of losing my heart all over again. But I was ready to let it happen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a pleasant ride!

  • By Felicity Fairchild on 12-20-11

Interesting Premise & Great Narration

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

Reviewed: 02-07-15

If you could sum up Die for Me in three words, what would they be?

Interesting, Smooth, Escape

Which scene was your favorite?

I enjoyed the scene where she looked at the fountain and made comparisons (I like a lot of other scenes, but they would give great parts of the book away). The book is well written, interesting, and great character development. It was a nice escape for me and I am getting ready to read book #2

Any additional comments?

I wish all my selections turned out this well. The narrator was excellent. I felt like I was there. I like it when things turn out differently than I think they will with great themes.

  • Dollbaby

  • A Novel
  • By: Laura Lane McNeal
  • Narrated by: January Lavoy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 998
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 905
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 905

When Ibby Bell's father dies unexpectedly in the summer of 1964, her mother unceremoniously deposits Ibby with her eccentric grandmother Fannie and throws in her father's urn for good measure. Fannie's New Orleans house is like no place Ibby has ever been - and Fannie, who has a tendency to end up in the local asylum - is like no one she has ever met. Fortunately, Fannie's black cook, Queenie, and her smart-mouthed daughter, Dollbaby, take it upon themselves to initiate Ibby into the ways of the South both its grand traditions and its darkest secrets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ibby Bell & The Big House

  • By Debbie De on 08-15-14

Coming of Age in the Deep South

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

Reviewed: 12-15-14

Where does Dollbaby rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Dollbaby is within the top 20% of books I've listened to. First, the narrator does a great job with accents, voices, and keeping characters straight. I can say now that I remember the characters and not the narrator, which is a generous compliment. Also Dollbaby is about chosen family and our changing/growing American family dynamics.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved Dollbaby herself. I could never guess how she would act and I loved how her character continued to grow during the book.

Which scene was your favorite?

I loved the gambling scenes. Amazing description of this talented southern woman, the household servants in the area, and the running taking bets being such a large part of daily life.

Any additional comments?

This book will make you happy, sad, feel love for the characters, and most of all - it will make you think. I love a book that challenges me. This book challenged me on how I think about mental health, family dynamics, and even race. Listen up!