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  • Home Front

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Maggi-Meg Reed
  • Length: 15 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 749
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 655
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 647

From a distance, Michael and Joleen Zarkades seem to have it all: a solid marriage, two exciting careers, and children they adore. But after twelve years together, the couple has lost their way; they are unhappy and edging toward divorce. Then the Iraq war starts. An unexpected deployment will tear their already fragile family apart, sending one of them deep into harm’s way and leaving the other at home, waiting for news. When the worst happens, each must face their darkest fear and fight for the future of their family.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By Patricia on 02-17-12

✫✫ 4 Stars ✫✫

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

Reviewed: 09-14-18

This book was very emotional with a bittersweet happy ending which is exactly what I expect from Kristin Hannah. This is not my normal type of book but since I've loved all the books I've listened to by this author i knew I had to give it a try. Its not an easy book to listen to and had my emotions going up and down so many times but could I really expect anything else when listening to a book about a female soldier who leaves her 2 daughter and a rocky marriage behind to fight for her country. My only complaint about the story was the 12 year old daughter. I understand she is hormonal and upset but seriously most of the time she was just a BRAT! The way she spoke to her parents and treated her little sister most of the time really made me dislike her and I found it hard to feel for her. Besides her, I loved the growth of the other characters in this story so much. The husband who had to change his world around to become a "single" parent while his wife was away really was my favorite character in this book. He started off a bit of a jerk but he found his way and in the end he was everything he needed to be for his entire family.

The narration was not for me. She over acted in my opinion. Every thing was so dramatic and her kids voices where way over the top and almost ear piercing!

  • Night Road

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
  • Length: 14 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,408
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,045
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,049

For 18 years, Jude Farraday has put her children’s needs above her own, and it shows - her twins, Mia and Zach, are bright and happy teenagers. When Lexi Baill moves into their small, close-knit community, no one is more welcoming than Jude. Lexi, a former foster child with a dark past, quickly becomes Mia’s best friend. Then Zach falls in love with Lexi and the three become inseparable. Jude does everything to keep her kids on track for college and out of harm’s way. It has always been easy - until senior year of high school. Suddenly she is at a loss.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Took awhile to get into but worth it

  • By selena on 05-10-11

✫✫ 4.5 Stars ✫✫

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

Reviewed: 09-14-18

Another great book by Kristin Hannah. This book was heartbreaking and sad with a very heavy subject. Until about the last few chapters, I was angry with the out come, angry at most of the characters and angry at the reality of a "simple" mistake. Young Adults make mistakes and sadly sometimes the mistake affect a lot of things and it was hard for me to watch one teen pay for the many mistakes made one night by everyone involved. The blame and hate in this book was the hardest part for me but thankfully it has a (bittersweet) happy ending even if the outcome was a little far fetched in my opinion. This author can write a story about anything I think and I would be enthralled. And yes I cried during this book which is a big thing since I rarely shed actual tears for books.

The narration was good, she did a good job of separating the character voices.

  • Once Upon a Real Good Time

  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Sebastian York, Andi Arndt
  • Length: 5 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111

That smoking hot one-night stand with a former rock star? Turns out, he's my son's new teacher. Oops. But I didn't know that the night I met Campbell. All I knew was he played my body the same way he played a guitar - like he owned it. My libido is still high-fiving me after being self-served for too many years, and we're both ready for another night or two of fun, especially since we don't just have chemistry in bed - we connect over everything. That is, until I learn he's the man who'll be coming to my house twice a week to teach my son the best music lessons money can buy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sebastian, Sebastian, Sebastian. Enough said!

  • By Theresa Martin on 09-10-18

✫✫ 4 Stars ✫✫

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

I know I can always count on Lauren Blakely to give me a feel good story with lots of dirty talk and hotness all wrap up in a beautiful drama free package!

This is a single parent romance which is my favorite, especially when the kid(s) are teenagers. I love to see great parents who put their kids first fall in love and get the beautiful life they deserve. Campbell is a single dad of a teenage girl and the relationship between father & daughter is so perfect it made my heart soar. Mackenzie is a single mom with a teenage son who ALWAYS puts him first and really deserves to find happiness in love. The kids are great in this book, no teenage angst. The attraction between these two was off the charts steamy. The little tiny bit of drama this book had was not even drama, just a little hiccup that they try to be the best parents and deal with but as the saying goes... Love Conquers All! They were just meant to be!

I loved that these characters both were quippy and the banter they share is perfect. It's sweet, cute and fun which was perfect for these two serious parents. I enjoyed the random trivia throughout this book too, I kept thinking about how much fun Lauren must have had finding all the random facts she used. Even the kids were fun, I especially liked Campbell's daughter with her cooking and her teasing playfulness she has with her dad. It was sweet and made me smile the whole time.

I can't wait for the next "stand alone" in this series. I always look forward to LB's Rom Com's especially when i'm in a funk and no book is working for me, she can always pull me out with her sweet, funny and hot books.

The narration was great as always with Sebastian York and Andi Arndt. I have to say I never thought I'd hear Sebyo say unicorn so many times in a book ;)

  • The Great Alone

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,624
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,031
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,951

Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: He will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Long, Hard Slog Through Endless Despair and Heartache

  • By Morro Schreiber on 04-11-18

✫✫✫✫✫ 5 Stars ✫✫✫✫✫

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

I don't even know where to begin to explain how much I loved this book or how it left me emotionally. This book is hard because it deals with PTSD and domestic violence but it is so much more. It is about a mother/daughter relationship, it is about unconditional love and it is about learning to adapt and for me especially this book is about true love even if this isn't a romance.

Set in Alaska in the 1970's, we get a true feeling of what it was like to live "off the grid" and of the land but still have community and family. It also gives us a feel for what it must have been like for Vietnam survivors with PTSD in a world where PTSD didn't exist yet. This is a story about a family with a dad with PTSD, a mom who loves her husband and remembers what he was like before the war and a young daughter caught up in a life that was anything she could have expected. Leni (the daughter) is the protagonist of this story, she goes from 13 to about 25 over the course of this book and we get to she her blossom and harden from life in Alaska. She finds true love and she has a dream and then its all ripped away. Seeing how she grows and makes the best with the life she has and the beautiful undying strength of the relationship she has with her mother melted my heart. Without giving actual spoilers, I'll just say this book made me mad, broke my heart, had me cheering like a cheerleader, made me proud and melted my heart. Every emotion I could have in a book.... they were all there in this one book. I highly recommend it!

The narration was superb! Julia Whelan completely brought this book to life, she gave each character their own voice and let me get lost in the story. PERFECT casting choice in my opinion!

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  • Lover Come Back

  • An Unbelievable but True Love Story
  • By: Scott Hildreth
  • Narrated by: Carly Robins, Aaron Shedlock
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

 Lover Come Back is a true - but often unbelievable - tale of loss, sacrifice, second chances, and ultimately, love. It takes the listener from the courtroom to the lush beaches of Naples, Florida, where Scott and his family currently reside. The journey is gut-wrenching, comedic, hard to believe, and heartwarming. In the end, it is a love story that will leave you believing in second chances and first loves.   

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • ✫✫ 4 Stars ✫✫

  • By Cyndi on 09-11-18

✫✫ 4 Stars ✫✫

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

It's hard to review a memoir, since this is real life.
Scott & Jess's love story is beautiful. Their story is of love, loss and making your way. I loved seeing how far Scott came from the beginning to the end of this book and seeing their family come together and their life's fall right into place. I will say I was a bit surprised that this book wasn't a little more colorful since Scott is such a colorful guy and I was surprised at a few things that felt brushed over that I thought we be a bigger part of the book. In the end, I feel like this book really showed me a side of Scott that his Facebook presence really never shows.

The narration was SPOT ON PERFECT!!! Aaron Shedlock was an amazing choice for Scott's story. He really did help bring Scott into a different light for me. Great casting choice.

  • Winter Street

  • By: Elin Hilderbrand
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 556
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 493
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 495

As Christmas approaches, Kelley is looking forward to getting the family together for some quality time at the inn. But when he walks in on Mitzi kissing Santa Claus (or the guy who's playing Santa at the inn's annual party), utter chaos descends. With the three older children each reeling in their own dramas and Bart unreachable in Afghanistan, it might be up to Kelley's ex-wife, nightly news anchor Margaret Quinn, to save Christmas at the Winter Street Inn.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Too much He Said She Said

  • By Mark Schneider on 11-22-17

✫✫ 3 Stars ✫✫

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

Reviewed: 09-09-18

I enjoyed the story line in this book and most of the characters. I really liked getting the POV of all of the characters but I'll be honest I didn't like the writing style. Too much he said, she said and I feel like I spent more time aggravated by the writing style then actually enjoying the story which is sad because I really did like the idea of this book. I guess I just don't enjoy books written in third person, it feels to much like a outline rather than a story.

Erin Bennett did a great job narrating these characters.

  • Brant's Return

  • By: Mia Sheridan
  • Narrated by: Jacob Morgan, Virginia Rose
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 566
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 532
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 530

Brant Talbot runs a glitzy network of high-end bars in New York City, enjoying all the benefits of the lavish lifestyle he's worked so hard to achieve. When he learns that his estranged father is dying, he must return to his family’s Kentucky horse farm - and to a past he thought he left behind. While facing long-buried truths, he collides with his father’s secretary, Isabelle Farris. Despite his undeniable attraction to the beautiful, independent young woman, he sees secrets in her eyes and believes she has designs on Graystone Hill.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another hit by Mia Sheridan!

  • By Ashley D on 08-16-18

🌟 5 Stars 🌟

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

Reviewed: 09-09-18

Mia Sheridan does it again! She can write a story about anything and I'd probably love it.
In this book Isabella is a little broken but finding her way through tragedy and loss. Brant is a successful business man who doesn't realize how much he needs his family. These two come together and the chemistry is off the charts. I love how their relationship progresses and how the family dynamic comes together. The ending was PERFECT!!!

The narration was great, both narrators are fabulous so it's no surprise that they are great together.

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  • Badd Ass

  • Badd Brothers, Book 2
  • By: Jasinda Wilder
  • Narrated by: Summer Roberts, Tyler Donne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 333
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 332

I was a 68 Whiskey - a combat medic. So when I hear someone shout "MEDIC!", training just kicks in. It's automatic, immediate. I don't think I even saw the guy whose leg I tended to, not really. All I saw was him. Zane Badd. His tuxedo fit him like he'd been sewn into it, and his eyes reflected the fury and the hardness of a combat veteran, but when he looked at me, he just...softened. By the time I had his brother patched, Zane and I were both covered in blood, and I knew I had to have him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great brother in the Badd brothers!

  • By Debbie on 09-22-17

✫✫ 4 Stars ✫✫

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

I loved Zane & Mara's story. This but was fun, sweet and hot all in one. Nothing too deep but exactly what I wanted it to be. I also love the brothers in this series and their relationship with each other. Besides the serious hot sex in this book, my favorite thing was getting to hear Xavier interact with the brothers and Mara! He is such a unique characters that is completely intrigues me and I can't wait for his book! The endings for these books are great because while we get a completed story for the main characters, the ending always starts up the next book!

The narration is great although I will admit when an author uses the same narrators for just about every book they write, they do all tend to seem the same. I think each brother should have his own voice.

  • The Law of Moses

  • By: Amy Harmon
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert, J. D. Jackson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 744
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 695
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 695

Someone found him in a laundry basket at the Quick Wash, wrapped in a towel, a few hours old and close to death. They called him "Baby Moses" when they shared his story on the ten o'clock news.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hauntingly beautiful!

  • By K. parkinson on 10-18-15

🌟🌟 5 Stars 🌟🌟

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

That was absolutely not what I was expecting...In a very good way! Wow, what a ride! I really enjoyed this book once it got going. It started a little slow and the prologue bummed me out cause I hate knowing the end in the beginning but once I reached the end I understood, without giving anything away I want to say prologue/ending....very sneaky indeed! The characters are a little strange in the beginning, especially Moses. He is awkward and anti-social and she is a little bit of a pest but you'll grow to love them both! This story was heartbreaking in many ways! The narrators for the Audiobook were fantastic! Highly recommended especially if your looking for something VERY different!

  • The Wedding from Hell

  • By: J.R. Ward
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber, Jason Carpenter
  • Length: 3 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

Don’t miss number one New York Times best-selling author J.R. Ward’s three-part series: The Wedding from Hell. This exclusive prequel to her upcoming standalone suspense Consumed (available in October 2018) takes us back to where it all started between arson investigator Anne Ashburn and "bad boy" firefighter Danny Maguire. The Wedding from Hell is a sexy standalone novella that sets up Consumed’s storyline, leaving fans hungry for more and dying to snatch it up.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • ✫✫ 3.5 Stars ✫✫

  • By Cyndi on 09-03-18

✫✫ 3.5 Stars ✫✫

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

I guess I should have read the summary before starting this because if I had known what it was I would have waited for the 1st book in the series. With that said, I love the idea of this series and I know it's going to be great! This "prequel" is very different and kind of a build up for whats to come but I have to say.... HUGE CLIFFHANGER... like it just cuts off mid-sentence. I'll be impatiently waiting for Consumed and hoping its a full size book.

The narration really wasn't for me, they weren't bad narrators, they just didn't fit in my opinion and they didn't pull me into the story & characters the way most narrators do. I've listened to these two many times an it's not them, just casting I think.

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