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  • 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 1,922
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,708
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,695

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 1,030
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 899
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 892

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 1,556
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,462
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,452

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.

  • Kill Shot

  • An American Assassin Thriller
  • By: Vince Flynn
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,012
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,725
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,674

For months, Mitch Rapp has been steadily working his way through a list of men, bullet by bullet. With each kill, the tangled network of monsters responsible for the slaughter of 270 civilians becomes increasingly clear. He is given his next target: a plump Libyan diplomat who is prone to drink and is currently in Paris without a single bodyguard. Rapp finds him completely unprotected and asleep in his bed. With confidence in his well-honed skills and conviction of the man’s guilt, he easily sends a bullet into the man’s skull. But in the split second it takes the bullet to leave the silenced pistol, everything changes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Early days of Mitch Rapp better than a new series

  • By OldRetiredGuy on 02-10-12

Fantastic series with great hero - Mitch Rapp

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

This is the second Mitch Rapp book I have read. Both were narrated by George Guidall. Both are 5 star plus books in all areas. In this book Mitch Rapp has been set up and he doesn't know who to trust - his employers are all suspect. Most of this story takes place in Paris, France and Washington DC. Mitch is working his way down a hit list of horrible people. Some people have knowledge of the hit list and can figure out where Mitch will be for the next kill. Mitch is his usual amazing self - a talented killer, but a lovable one. He is able to get away even when in very tight places. The bad guys are really bad and I waited patiently for retribution to be served. That is one thing I believe I can count on in the Mitch Rapp series so far - the bad guys do not get away!!!

Guidall is an amazing narrator. He brings all the characters to life. Flynn has written really vivid characters and has placed them in a great story. I could not stop listening. Flynn and Guidall grab the listener and just won't let go until it is over. I highly recommend.

  • The Houseguest

  • A Pride and Prejudice Vagary
  • By: Elizabeth Adams
  • Narrated by: Brigid Lohrey
  • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83

When Georgiana Darcy comes to Netherfield to visit her brother, she becomes friends with a neighbor, Elizabeth Bennet. After Miss Darcy has returned to London, she invites her new friend to stay with her at the Darcy home in town, unbeknownst to Mr. Darcy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Maidens and Matrons

  • By Blake H. Gilbert on 12-21-16

It should have ended much sooner than it did

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

Reviewed: 12-08-18

This could have been good, but it went on and on. Also it was confusing. I really wanted it to be over. This book is going to be returned.

  • American Assassin

  • By: Vince Flynn
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,557
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,293
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,263

Before he was considered a CIA superagent, before he was thought of as a terrorist's worst nightmare, and before he was both loathed and admired by the politicians on Capitol Hill, Mitch Rapp was a gifted college athlete without a care in the world...and then tragedy struck.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Twenty Questions

  • By Toulon Belle on 11-22-15

Mitch Rapp is my hero

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

I bought this book a couple of years ago but after listening to the prologue, I quit because it appeared there was going to be a lot of torture involved. I absolutely HATE torture scenes. They upset me tremendously. Last week my teenage grandson was telling me how much he enjoyed the book American Assassin. He gave me a brief sketch of the plot and I decided to give it a try again. Boy am I glad I did. The book is fantastic and the torture was not as severe as I had feared. Don't misunderstand; there is torture but I was a able to manage it with a little fast forwarding in a couple of places.

Even though this is not the first book in the series, It is the introduction to Mitch Rapp and gives his background story. Mitch Rapp is a 23 year old college athlete who lost the love of his life in the downing of the aircraft over Lockerbie. He is determined to kill everyone he can find that had anything to do with the plot to bring down the airplane. He ends up as a recruit with the CIA as an assassin. Mitch is amazingly adept at all things special ops and in killing. I learned about his training and his first mission in Lebanon. The story is action packed and sucked me in from the first. I listened intently and almost non stop until the spectacular end. This is a fantastic book from the standpoint of character development, story telling, dialog and excellent writing.

To put the cherry on top, George Guidall is the narrator. Guidall is one of the best narrators in the business. He is extraordinarily good. I love his voice, his various accents, the pacing of his performance and his ability to understand the story as he reads it to me. His reading of American Assassin makes this already fantastic book even better. Great choice!!!

  • 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 3,400
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,134

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
  • I have a new favorite author!

  • By Michelle prime on 05-22-18

Who was found and why?

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

Excellent story. I was entranced from the very first and stayed that way until the end. The characters are well developed even though some are not very likable. The main female lead, Alice, is not always likable for me but she is interesting and very kind. She has never been married but is raising her three children, all from different men in a small cottage on the coast. She has three dogs that she took in because they were abandoned. She is also trying to take care of her parents, both with dementia, from afar by the use of a remote camera. In other words, she is a very caring person even if she is not very good at life. She has been a very poor mother at times and is certainly not a homemaker, but she is an artist and a sensitive person. She finds a man sitting on the beach in front on her cottage. He has sat in the cold, wind and rain all night and day. Because of the type person Alice is, she goes out to rescue him. He has lost his memory and does not know who he is or how he got there. Alice takes him home and she and her children begin calling him Frank. Frank is a wonderful characters and I was really drawn to him as he struggled to remember who he is and where he came from. The pieces came back to him slowly in small flashes. He and Alice grow close.

Lilly is another lead female. she is very newly married to a man who I think is named Conrad, I can't really remember his name. There are madly in love and for the first couple of weeks he rushes home from work every night to be with her. All of a sudden he fails to come home. Lilly reports him as missing. When she turns Conrad's passport over to the police for them to help find him, the police discover that the passport is a fake from the deep web and Conrad does not exist - he is a fake and his passport is from he criminal world.

Another story line weaves in and out in this book. It is from twenty years earlier and features a young boy named Graham, his sister Kirsey and their parents. There are on holiday in 1993 at the same beach resort where Frank is found when the story begins.. They are a wonderful family. Kirsey attracts the attention of a rich older boy, named Mark, who lives in a beautiful mansion with his doting aunt Kitty on the resort during the summer. Mark is an evil person and things go horribly wrong that summer. We know the events of 1993 tie in with the newly found Frank and the missing Conrad, but it takes a while to find out who is who. Great stuff!!!

The narrator, Helen Duff is excellent and her male and female voices are equally good. Her pacing is also good and she enhances the telling of the story rather than drawing attention to herself. Her narration never gets in the way. Very good stuff!!!! I highly recommend I Found You.

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  • Mrs. Zant and the Ghost

  • By: Wilkie Collins
  • Narrated by: Gillian Anderson
  • Length: 1 hr and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,187
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,044
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,031

Mrs Zant has recently lost her beloved husband, and while walking in the Kensington Gardens, the spot where she and her deceased husband declared their love for each other, she feels his presence trying to warn her of some coming danger. Mr Rayburn witnesses it all, and he'll have to fight his own incredulity regarding the supernatural and his gut feeling that the disturbed young woman is telling the truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Something Like the Old Form

  • By John on 09-27-16

Just barely okay

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

Reviewed: 12-05-18

I am not too impressed with this short story. The characters are flat, the story line is weak and the spooky feeling is not there. The only thing good is the narration, but it is not enough to make it higher than 2 stars for the story. I do not recommend this.