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  • When You Were Older

  • By: Catherine Ryan Hyde
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 372
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 369

Russell Ammiano works on the 104th floor of the World Trade Center. On the morning of September 11, 2001, the phone rings while Rusty is rushing to work. The news is devastating: his mother has died of a stroke, leaving his brain-damaged older brother, Ben, alone. This news also saves Rusty's life. He's still at home when two planes hit the World Trade Center--and only one of his friends and colleagues survives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just when you think you've heard it all..

  • By Kindle Customer on 03-01-16

Terrible political message

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

Reviewed: 12-19-18

I was extremely disappointed in the author's political message. I read her message to be that American patriotism is bad and that Americans are bigoted cretins. The believes it is bad to say God Bless America because she does not think America should be singled out for God's blessings. She seems to think that after having the World Trade Centers destroyed and thousands of people murdered, it is wrong to retaliate against countries that harbor terrorist. She seems to think that it is pointless. The author also promotes the mistaken ideaoligy that Americans are bigots. The story centers around a very small few idiots in a small midwestern town that singled out an Egyptian family after 9/11. Even though the author insinuates that such acts were the norm, they were NOT.

She may dislike America but I believe our country is the best country in the world. Can you imagine what it would be like for an American family to emigrate to a small Egyptian town, or an Iranian town, or a Pakistanian village? I can almost assure you that they would most likely be singled out for ill treatment. But the author seems to believe that it is okay for these countries to
hate Americans because she believes America is bad. I despise that line of thought.

I will not keep this piece of trash book in my library. Shame on you Ms. Hyde, and GOD BLESS AMERICA.

  • The Unthinkable Triangle

  • A Pride and Prejudice Variation
  • By: Joana Starnes
  • Narrated by: Stevie Zimmerman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

All is fair in love and war - or is it? What if Mr. Darcy's rival for Elizabeth Bennet's hand and heart is not some inconsequential stranger, but his dearest, closest friend? How is he to reconcile the claims of loyalty and kinship with the urge to pursue his heart's desire?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heart-wrenchingly delightful!

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-13-17

Very well written

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

Reviewed: 12-17-18

Ms. Starnes did an excellent job in writing this variation of Pride and Prejudice. The plot is interesting. The characters were true to those created originally by Jane Austen and the dialog between the characters was entertaining and well done. Mrs. Bennett is particularly irritating, which is true to character. The story is bittersweet because only one of the two men can ultimately win Elizabeth's heart. Both Darcy and the Colonel are wonderful men and it is sad to know that one of them will be hurt. The author handles this situation very well and the story wraps up nicely at the end.

The narrator is quite talented. She does not try to create overly distinctive characters, which to me is a good thing for this book. The story sells itself. The narrator only has to read with a pleasant voice, use correct pronunciation, maintain good pacing, and differentiate between male and female voices. She does a excellent job at these tasks.

  • Small Town Rumors

  • By: Carolyn Brown
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,046
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 864
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 864

Everyone is talking about Jennie Sue Baker and the mess she made of her life in New York. The former high school queen bee - and wealthy darling of Bloom, Texas - has returned home after all these years, riding on a common bus and bearing two bounced alimony checks. In a town that thrives on gossip, Jennie’s fall from grace has shamed her mother, set the town buzzing, and caused old, jealous enemies to whisper in delight. They say she’s taken a job as a housekeeper, gotten a garage apartment, and might be crushing on Rick Lawson, a simple farmer with modest dreams.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen

  • By Beaver State on 07-05-18

Fell apart

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

Reviewed: 12-16-18

The first half was good but then it all went downhill. It became sappy, unbelievable and ridiculous. I could no longer relate to the story or the characters. As to the characters, they were too country small townish and overblown in most situations, and not very likable or well rounded. The little ole ladies rule the show plot became boring and the goody goody two shoes handling of a fortune was disgusting and impractical. The Stillwater Sisters was a stupid club. The narrator was okay, but she was also too country for the situation.

  • The Subsequent Proposal: A Tale of Pride, Prejudice & Persuasion

  • By: Joana Starnes
  • Narrated by: Stevie Zimmerman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

Characters from Jane Austen's novels are thrown together by fate, and all manner of unwise decisions are taken at this vulnerable time. But then their past creeps up upon them - and what is there to do but face it, and hope that their convoluted paths will finally lead them to their proper place? Friends, rivals, foes, wrong choices, and a duel - Fitzwilliam Darcy's life is never dull! The Subsequent Proposal - a story that is primarily about him - follows Mr. Darcy in his struggles to decipher the troubling enigma of Elizabeth Bennet's feelings - and to correct the worst misjudgment of his life....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful retelling!

  • By DeDe Teeters on 02-22-18

Good idea for a story

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

Reviewed: 12-16-18

Persuasion and Pride and Prejudice are two of my favorite novels of all times, so the idea of a variation that combines the story line of both was very appealing. However, the author did not use the opportunity to my satisfaction. It should have been so much better. She did not create the chemistry between the couples that I expected. Therefore, even though the book has great promise, it was a disappointment to me.

The narrator is very good.

  • The Duke of Daring

  • The Untouchables, Book 2
  • By: Darcy Burke
  • Narrated by: Marian Hussey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94

Miss Lucinda Parnell is out of money. A dismal failure at the Marriage Mart, she'd just as soon leave Society far behind. Desperate to earn funds to retire with her grandmother to the country, Lucy disguises herself as a man to gamble in London's hells. But the Earl of Dartford, an Untouchable she never imagined speaking to let alone spending time with, is onto her in a trice. When he insists on acting as her protector, Lucy fears her chance to remain an independent woman is destined to go up in flames.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book and awesome narration..

  • By Trish R. on 06-24-17

Too much unnecessary angst

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

Reviewed: 12-15-18

This is not for me. There is too much agony going on for lame reasons. The characters are flat. I do not want to have this in my library so am returning it.

  • Hate Notes

  • By: Vi Keeland, Penelope Ward
  • Narrated by: Sebastian York, Lynn Barrington
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,058
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,830
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,818

It all started with a mysterious blue note sewn into a wedding dress. Something blue. I’d gone to sell my own unworn bridal gown at a vintage clothing store. That’s when I found another bride’s “something old.” Stitched into the lining of a fabulously feathered design was the loveliest message I’d ever read: Thank you for making all of my dreams come true. The name embossed on the blue stationery: Reed Eastwood, obviously the most romantic man who ever lived. I also discovered he’s the most gorgeous. If only my true-love fantasies had stopped there.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THIS IS MY LOVE NOTE..

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 11-09-18

Way over rated

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

Reviewed: 12-14-18

Not for me at all. Silly and sappy. Lots of angst and the sex scene was not at all romantic. This was a waste of my listening time. I am returning the book.

  • Lord John's Dilemma

  • Grenville Chronicles Book 2
  • By: G.G. Vandagriff
  • Narrated by: Joel Froomkin
  • Length: 4 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

When Lord John returns from the Battle of Waterloo nursing a serious wound and a case of melancholia, he is hopeful of beginning a happier phase in his life. Living with a wife and family in his native Lincolnshire would soothe his soul. His sights are set on the lovely Miss Lindsay, his country neighbor's daughter. But to his mystification, he keeps getting distracted by her family's governess - a little dab of a thing who is not at all what she seems. What is her secret?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A novel you can fall in love with . . .

  • By Chuck Slack on 11-20-15

Lord John suffers from depression - please help

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

Lord John comes home to his brother's house from the battle of Waterloo, wounded in the shoulder and suffering from depression. Near his home he meets a red headed petite woman. The carriage taking her to her job a governess has broken down. Lord John renders aid and can't seem to forget the little governess, who is working in the home of the young lady Lord John is expected to marry.

Lord John sees the governess often over the next few weeks and she lifts his depression whenever he sees her. She is a mystery to him because she does not seem to be who she says she is, so John wants to solve the mystery. The governess, called Delia, is completely smitten by John and is miserable working for the horrible Mrs. Lindsay and her two youngest daughters. She is much better than her employer in every way and it is sad to hear the abuse she receives from Mrs. Lindsay.

The book is just the right length for the story. It does not drag but has enough suspense to keep it interesting. The narrator is good except for his female voices, which sound effected.

  • On Equal Ground

  • A Pride and Prejudice Vagary
  • By: Elizabeth Adams
  • Narrated by: Stevie Zimmerman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97

Well-read, observant, and spirited, a young Elizabeth Bennet draws the attention of a wealthy widower. When she finally meets Mr. Darcy, she outranks him. Of course, that doesn't stop him from insulting her. Married and wealthy, is she still beneath his notice? Elizabeth's high society connections create new opportunities for her sisters and, in turn, keep Darcy close to her family. When tragedy strikes, will Darcy rise to the occasion?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stands on its own

  • By Allexia Martin on 07-12-18

Mixed Feelings

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

I never thought I would prefer Elizabeth Bennett to be with anyone but Darcy - however I fell in love with her first husband, Robert, and wish that he had not died. The first part of this book was wonderful. Robert is the perfect man for Elizabeth. In fact he is the perfect man for anyone. He is also a perfect father and friend. Because of Robert, Elizabeth's sisters fared so much better than they did in Pride and Prejudice. So did Mr. and Mrs. Bennett and everyone else surrounding Elizabeth. I was terribly sad when Robert died and the rest of the book was a let down. Darcy just did not measure up. However, at the very end and through the epilog Darcy somewhat redeemed himself and was a good husband and father. I finally accepted him in Robert's place.

This was a well plotted and written variation of P&P. It was also very well narrated. It is well worth a credit.

  • Wish Me Home

  • By: Kay Bratt
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,036
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 904
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 897

A hungry, stray dog is the last thing Cara Butter needs. Stranded in Georgia with only her backpack and a few dwindling dollars, she already has too much baggage. Like her twin sister, Hana, who has broken Cara's heart one too many times. After a lifetime of family troubles, and bouncing from one foster home to another, Cara decides to leave it all behind and strike out alone - on foot.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm so thankful for a good, positive, clean story.

  • By Christi on 06-18-17

I wish I had not bought this, or listened to it

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

Very boring. None of the characters were relatable or likable. no chemistry for the love story. The only characters I liked were Hemi the dog and the other dogs at the Mission. The author threw in every timely topic she she muster up: depression, saving animals, sterility, domestic abuse, homelessness, co-dependency, foster homes, etc. She threw in many implausible situations, bot good and bad. I read the first few chapters, then skipped down by twos and listened to the first of several chapters. Then I finished off with the second to last paragraph and epilogue. That was it. I did not think it every became good, in fact it got worse as I went along.

The story, twin girls went into the foster care system - it was terrible. One became sterile and the other suffered from depression. Sterile twin hits the road and finds Hemi the dog along the way. She walks from Georgia to the Florida Keys, mainly because she likes Ernest Hemingway. She finds compatriots. Falls in love and then the story wraps up very quickly with the twins. The situations were most improbably and too contrived to be interesting. The narrator, however, was good. I am returning this book.

Oops. I just realized I cannot return this book because it sat in my library for over a year before I read it. You cannot return books that you purchased over a year previously. I know there was a reason this sat in my library so long. I probably started it, got bored and left it to come back to later. Problem is, I waited too long to get back to it. Lesson learned.

  • One Day in December

  • A Novel
  • By: Josie Silver
  • Narrated by: Eleanor Tomlinson, Charlie Anson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,117
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,993
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,979

Laurie is sure love at first sight doesn't exist anywhere but the movies. But then, through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man who she knows instantly is the one. Their eyes meet, there's a moment of pure magic...and then her bus drives away. Certain they're fated to find each other again, Laurie spends a year scanning every bus stop and cafe in London for him. But she doesn't find him, not when it matters anyway. Instead they "reunite" at a Christmas party, when her best friend, Sarah, giddily introduces her new boyfriend: the man from the bus.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sigh***I don't even read romance

  • By TranscendedPony on 11-25-18

This is one fantastic love story. Awesome.

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

Laurie sees a guy at the bus stop. Their eyes lock. Lightning bolts strike. The bus pulls off before he can get on. Now Laurie is on the hunt for the bus boy. No luck. A year later she finally meets him, but it is too late. Her best friend in the whole world and also her room mate meets him first and is smitten with him. He is smitten with her too. The story goes on from there. Oh it is marvelous. Absolute wonderful. I could not stop except for a short time to sleep. Laurie and Jack are great characters. So are Sarah, Laurie's room mate, and Oscar, a friend of.....oh well. Read it and you will find out.

Josie Silver is a good writer. She tells a great story and develops full characters what I fell in love with. He dialog is excellent and she has a snap of wicked humor. I hope she writes many more books because i have a feeling they will all be as good as this one. I highly recommend One Day in December,

The female narrator is excellent. I loved her voice. She has a sense of fun and fullness of voice. I was not as impressed with the male voice. He was rather whiny and not as masculine as I would like for him to be with Jack's voice. His Oscar voice is a litter better.