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  • Just This Once

  • Escape to New Zealand, Book 1
  • Auteur(s): Rosalind James
  • Narrateur(s): Claire Bocking
  • Durée: 8 h et 38 min
  • Version intégrale
  • Au global
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Histoire
    4 out of 5 stars 3

Everyone needs to be rescued sometimes. Everyone but Hannah Montgomery, that is. She just needs a vacation. Three weeks in New Zealand to sort out her life, figure out what she wants, seems just right. Oh, and to relax. She should definitely put that on the agenda. She certainly isn't looking for a fling with a professional rugby player, no matter how attractive he is. Hannah doesn't do casual. But maybe just this once.…

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent book for Summer

  • Écrit par Melissa le 2019-03-27

An excellent book for Summer

Au global
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Histoire
3 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-03-27

I am not a regular chick lit reader - however, I quite enjoyed this novel. I loved that it incorporated a sampling of New Zealand's rich and beautiful culture into the plot; from the Island nation's obsession with rugby all the way to the Maori culture, and its legends. In addition, it was nice to simply read a book where I didn't have to think too hard, yet ended up learning a little.

On one hand, I will admit that this plot followed somewhat of a predictable pattern. However, there is something charming in this story; the idea of falling in love and escaping to New Zealand is an idea that would appeal to many readers.

In terms of the setting, New Zealand was the major factor that directed me to this book. I believe the beautiful setting added something special to this story. In addition, I loved that this novel drew in some of New Zealand's extraordinary culture - Including their love of rugby [especially the unwavering loyalty to the All Blacks] and the Maori traditions. As someone who has never been to New Zealand, I felt I got a little bit of an insight into Kiwi culture and language.

The major flaw I found in this book, was that Hannah's character got to be a bit grating - her emotional flaws were acceptable for awhile. However, there came a point when the "I can't rely on anyone" routine got old. Also, I felt that this novel could have had fewer sex scenes; but, that is just a minor preference.

As for the audiobooks edition, Claire Bocking did a fantastic job creating an almost authentic Kiwi accent; I was truly impressed as this is no easy task.

Ultimately, "Just this Once" was a fun and airy summer read. I will be sure to check out the other books in the "Escape to New Zealand Series" by Rosalind James in the near future.

  • An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

  • Auteur(s): Chris Hadfield
  • Narrateur(s): Chris Hadfield
  • Durée: 8 h et 45 min
  • Version intégrale
  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars 235

As Commander of the International Space Station, Chris Hadfield captivated the world with stunning photos and commentary from space. Now, reading from his first book, Chris takes listeners deep into his years of training and space exploration to show how to make the impossible possible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lessons from Space 100% applicable on Earth

  • Écrit par Adriana le 2018-09-19

An incredible book from a Canadian legend

Au global
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Histoire
5 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-03-27

Ugh, I am truly struggling to write a review for this because I simply loved it too much. I have written and rewritten my thoughts at least half a dozen times. So, please bear with me while I try to articulate my exact feelings.

First off, as I've already stated, I love this book! I'm always amazed at how the wisdom Chris has learned is applicable to my life. In fact, An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth has become one of my ‘go-to’ reads when my anxiety has got me in a funk; it always seems to pick me up and help me focus my perspective once again.

What I really loved about this memoir (other than the parts about life in space) was that Hadfield focused a lot on the steps he took in order to be able to go to space; continuing on a theme of ‘always being prepared just in case.’

Furthermore, what added to the audio experience was that it was narrated entirely by Hadfield, himself, which was incredible. I find his voice calming to listen to, and it was marvellous to be able to hear his story in his own voice.

Overall, I truly hope that I was able to do An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth justice; I fear that it may not be my best review. However, I am and will always continue to be inspired by Chris Hadfield, and I highly recommend this book to other space junkies like myself.

  • Cocaine Blues

  • Auteur(s): Kerry Greenwood
  • Narrateur(s): Stephanie Daniel
  • Durée: 5 h et 48 min
  • Version intégrale
  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Histoire
    4 out of 5 stars 12

It's the end of the roaring twenties, and the exuberant and Honourable Phryne Fisher is dancing and gaming with gay abandon. But she becomes bored with London and the endless round of parties. In search of excitement, she sets her sights on a spot of detective work in Melbourne, Australia. And so mystery and the beautiful Russian dancer, Sasha de Lisse, appear in her life. From then on it's all cocaine and communism until her adventure reaches its steamy end in the Turkish baths of Little Lonsdale Street.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, terrible narrator

  • Écrit par Melissa le 2019-02-07

Great story, terrible narrator

Au global
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Histoire
3 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-02-07

Okay, so I first read ‘Cocaine Blues’ a couple of years ago, so I decided to pick up the audiobook and relive the first installment of the Phryne Fisher series.

In terms of the actual book, the mystery was solid as were the characters; it is difficult not to love the charming cheekiness of Miss Phryne Fisher.

However, despite my enjoyment of the story, I have to admit I almost ditched the audiobook due to a terrible narrator; all I could hear throughout the novel were mouth noises and swallowing every few minutes - it was incredibly offputting. Additionally, I noticed there were multiple moments where the narration just stopped dead which ruined the flow of the story.

Overall, It was a shame that the narration ruined what could have been excellent listen as I did genuinely enjoy the novel. I doubt that I will be purchasing any more of the audiobooks in this series; I will just read the rest on Kindle.

  • The Clockmaker's Daughter

  • Auteur(s): Kate Morton
  • Narrateur(s): Joanne Froggatt
  • Durée: 17 h et 3 min
  • Version intégrale
  • Au global
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Histoire
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176

In the summer of 1862, a group of young artists led by the passionate and talented Edward Radcliffe descends upon Birchwood Manor in rural Oxfordshire. Their plan: to spend a secluded summer month in a haze of inspiration and creativity. But by the time their stay is over, one woman has been shot dead while another has disappeared; a priceless heirloom is missing; and Edward Radcliffe’s life is in ruins. Over 150 years later, Elodie Winslow, a young archivist in London, uncovers a leather satchel containing two seemingly unrelated items.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Such a disappointment

  • Écrit par Kelly le 2018-12-31

Excellent!!

Au global
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Histoire
4 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-02-04

I love Kate Morton; her writing is absolute magic. I love how she takes seemingly unrelated stories and weaves them into an intricately woven plot, and, while I admit the Clockmaker’s Daughter wasn’t my favourite novel, this tale was no exception.

First off, I need to state that this particular book was a slow burn. It was a good 30 - 40% into the story before I truly started to get into the groove of the narrative. However, as with other Kate Morton novels, it was an absolute joy to see how the pieces of the mystery fell into place like a jigsaw puzzle; it is why I love this author so much. I can’t imagine how long it takes her to write one of these novels as she has clearly done a ton of research.

As for the characters (and there are a ton in this book), Kate Morton has once again done a superb job appealing each of them to the reader, whether it be in a positive or negative way. One can't help but feel something for each and every one of the characters in the book. My only complaint in this regard is that there were almost too many characters in The Clockmaker's Daughter - it was quite a task to keep track of each on and their connections to the main story.

Finally, in terms of the narration, Joanne Froggatt did an excellent job bringing the story and its large cast of characters to life. She was excellent to listen to, which was important as the story was over 17 hours long.

Overall, while this wasn't my favourite Kate Morton novel (The Secret Keeper will always have my heart), The Clockmaker's Daughter was an excellent read/listen and another fine example of why I love Kate Morton's stories so much. I would absolutely recommend this novel to my fellow readers and audio addicts.

  • Becoming

  • Auteur(s): Michelle Obama
  • Narrateur(s): Michelle Obama
  • Durée: 19 h et 3 min
  • Version intégrale
  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars 4 163
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3 709
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars 3 689

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • About BECOMING

  • Écrit par Annie le 2019-04-11

Definitely worth an Audible credit

Au global
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Histoire
5 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-01-25

Well, heck!! How am I supposed to go out writing a review for a masterpiece like ‘Becoming.’ I truly feel that I cannot do the book justice.

To put it simply, I loved this book!!

As a storyteller, Michelle was perfect; her warmth, intelligence, and straightforward manner of speaking all carried through as she described her childhood experiences all the way to her two terms as Flotus. I couldn’t help but feel an immense sense of admiration as she detailed some of her struggles.

Furthermore, as a listener, it was fascinating hearing the stories that helped Michelle become who she is today. I will admit that being the nosy person that I am, I particularly enjoyed her behind-the-scenes account of living in the White House. However, it was all amazing.

Overall, I find it difficult to write a more detailed review simply because I loved everything about this book. I laughed in parts, got teary-eyed in others, but mostly, I got a feeling of hopeful energy from this book. I doubt that there is one person that wouldn't benefit from reading 'Becoming' regardless of political affiliations as, despite being involved, this biography isn't explicitly about politics.

I give this book full marks and would not hesitate to recommend this book, especially for those of us who could use a little hope in these grim times.

  • Summer at Rose Island: A Perfect Feel-Good Summer Romance

  • White Cliff Bay, Book 3
  • Auteur(s): Holly Martin
  • Narrateur(s): Emma Newman
  • Durée: 11 h et 12 min
  • Version intégrale
  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Histoire
    4 out of 5 stars 2

Darcy Davenport is ready for a fresh start. Determined to leave a string of disastrous jobs and relationships behind her, she can't wait to explore White Cliff Bay and meet the locals. When Darcy swims in the crystal clear waters of the bay, she discovers the charming Rose Island Lighthouse. But it's not just the beautiful building that she finds so intriguing....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful

  • Écrit par Melissa le 2019-01-25

Delightful

Au global
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Histoire
4 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-01-25

Set in the sleepy, seaside town of White Cliff Bay, Summer at Rose Island introduces readers to Darcy Davenport; who has moved from London to escape her suffocating parents. No sooner has she arrived, she has a seemingly abrupt meeting with the mysterious American, Riley Eddison, who lives in the local lighthouse; which, is revealed to be marked for demolition.With her position in community development, can Darcy assist in uniting the citizens of Rose Island to help save the lighthouse? Or will she go back to London, once again a failure in her parents' eyes?

Despite being the third book in the White Cliff Bay series, Summer at Rose Island is my first introduction to Holly Martin’s writing, and I was pleasantly satisfied with the experience. I mean, this book was corny, but a good corny. I loved getting cosy in bed and visiting Darcy and Riley through the audio narration.

While the story has a relatively predictable plot, there was something incredibly sweet about each one of Holly Martin's characters; I fell in love with Rose Island immediately. However, there were a few points where I became frustrated with one, or both, of the main characters as I felt that they were digging their heels into a feud a little too much.

Overall, though, I truly enjoyed listening to this book; I felt that the author did an outstanding job of drawing the reader into Rose Island through her words. Now, it is time to go onto Amazon and download the rest of the series; I need more fluffy reading as the weather gets progressively colder.

  • Hope Never Dies

  • Auteur(s): Andrew Shaffer
  • Narrateur(s): Joe Barrett
  • Durée: 6 h et 17 min
  • Version intégrale
  • Au global
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Histoire
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6

Joe Biden is fresh out of the Obama White House and feeling adrift when his favorite railroad conductor dies in a suspicious accident. To unravel the mystery, "Amtrak Joe" re-teams with the only man he's ever fully trusted - Obama. Together they'll plumb the darkest corners of Delaware, traveling from cheap motels to biker bars and beyond, as they uncover the sinister forces advancing America's opioid epidemic. Hope Never Dies is essentially the first published work of Obama/Biden fan fiction - and a cathartic listen for anyone distressed by the current state of affairs.  

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Completely absurd, but wildly amusing

  • Écrit par Melissa le 2019-01-22

Completely absurd, but wildly amusing

Au global
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Histoire
3 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-01-22

Let me preface this review by stating that this particular book is not great literature; it is corny as hell and reads like terrible fanfiction. However, I believe that that is part of what makes 'Hope Never Dies' a genius. I mean, what could be more entertaining than reading about Joe Biden and Barack Obama solving crimes in a sweet car?

Considering who the characters in this novel are, I don’t believe that I need to go into characters too much. However, in terms of the mystery, I wasn't expecting too much; however, I was delighted to discover that the plot contained a fully developed mystery with engaging characters and plot twists instead of fully depending on the Biden/Obama novelty.

As for the narration of 'Hope Never Dies,' I didn't care too much for Joe Barrett's performance. I mean, I have heard worse, but to me, it sounded like he had smoked an entire carton of cigarettes before recording. Also, there was barely any voice diversity between characters.

Overall, 'Hope Never Dies' is completely batshit with some of the most unreal Obama/Biden scenarios that one could imagine. I would highly recommend this novel to anyone that has had enough of the current administration and would like to escape for some lighthearted entertainment.

  • Bundle of Trouble

  • A Maternal Instincts Mystery, Book 1
  • Auteur(s): Diana Orgain
  • Narrateur(s): Diana Orgain
  • Durée: 7 h et 10 min
  • Version intégrale
  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Histoire
    3 out of 5 stars 1

Kate Connelly may have found the perfect work-from-home Mommy job: private investigator. After all, the hours are flexible, she can bring the baby along on stake-outs, and if you’re going to be up all night anyway, you might as well solve some crimes. But when a body is pulled from San Francisco Bay that may be her brother-in-law, Kate must crack the case faster than you can say “diaper rash” in order to keep her family together.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Monotone narration

  • Écrit par Melissa le 2019-01-11

Monotone narration

Au global
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Histoire
3 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-01-11

Hmm ... I have mixed feelings about this book, and I am not going to lie, I almost gave up at a few points as it took me some time to get into this story.

My biggest complaint with this audiobook was the narration. While it was manageable, I felt that Diana Orgain's voice was quite monotone and there was little to no differentiation between characters; I had to rewind several times as I lost focus due to boredom.

As for the main character, I found Kate to be slightly irritating; her constant whining about going back to the office got to be grating. However, as the story progressed, I got to like her more. My favourite character, though, was the PI Galigani; I hope that he and Kate pair off into Private Investigation together in future books.

Finally, in terms of the plot, I felt that the actual mystery was reasonably good once I got into it. To be honest, I had no idea who the killer was and his/her reasons until the big reveal.

Overall, despite its shortcomings, Bundle of Trouble was a decent enough book; it kept me interested enough to discover the ending. I will likely give book two a read.

  • Fangs in Fondant

  • Priscilla Pratt Mystery, Book 1
  • Auteur(s): Melissa Monroe
  • Narrateur(s): Cindy Kay
  • Durée: 6 h et 8 min
  • Version intégrale
  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Histoire
    3 out of 5 stars 1

Priscilla Pratt is 377 years old, give or take a decade. She’s the best baker in Bellmare, Massachusetts, and just wants to continue to lead a quiet life in the quaint and haunted tourist destination. Not even an elaborate, last-minute wedding cake commission - a multi-tiered fondant replica of Dracula’s castle - could be a stake in her side. But when the bride turns up dead hours before the wedding, Priscilla and her pastries are the first to be suspected. Priscilla will have to get to the bottom of this murder, or her business and reputation will be six feet under.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A promising new series

  • Écrit par Melissa le 2018-12-30

A promising new series

Au global
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Histoire
3 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2018-12-30

Seeing as this was my first time reading a paranormal-themed cozy mystery, I was slightly unsure of what to expect in terms of my enjoyment levels. As luck would have it, I need not have worried as I was thoroughly satisfied by my experience.

First off, let me state that for the first couple of chapters, I wasn’t totally captivated by the plot; there was something about the storyline that didn’t entirely capture my interest. However, after I pushed through the first little bit (and adjusted to the main character being a vampire), I found that I soon became caught up in what was happening and was unable to put the book down.

As for the characters, it took time to adjust to the vampire aspect of the story. However, I quite enjoyed having a 300+-year-old Vampire who had spanned centuries adjusting to modern life as the main protagonist. I felt that it added an interesting dynamic to the story; one that I hadn’t encountered before in a cozy mystery.

With that in mind, my one complaint in the character department is that I did find Priscilla's friend Olivia to be slightly irrational at certain moments, but it was not enough of a bother to dissuade me from continuing onward.

Finally, in regards to the audiobook, I felt the narration was decent; there was some differentiation between characters. However, I felt that there wasn't enough of a range to make it a higher rated performance. However, for a new narrator, I believe that Cindy Kay shows potential.

Overall, Fangs in Fondant is a promising first installment in the Priscilla Pratt Series. I thoroughly enjoyed the slight diversion from my usual cozy mystery and wouldn't hesitate to recommend this book to others. I will absolutely check out more of Priscilla's Vampire adventures in the future.

  • Christmas on the Island

  • A Novel
  • Auteur(s): Jenny Colgan
  • Narrateur(s): Sarah Barron
  • Durée: 7 h et 35 min
  • Version intégrale
  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Histoire
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

It's a time for getting cozy in front of whisky barrel wood fires and enjoying a dram and a treacle pudding with the people you love - unless, of course, you've accidentally gotten pregnant by your ex-boss and don't know how to tell him. In the season for peace and good cheer, will Flora find the nerve to reveal the truth to her nearest and dearest? Will her erstwhile co-parent, Joel, think she’s the bearer of glad tidings - or is this Christmas going to be as bleak as the Highlands in midwinter?  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful Story

  • Écrit par Amazon Customer le 2019-02-04

Disappointing

Au global
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Histoire
1 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2018-12-25

Let me preface this review by stating that when I first picked up ‘Christmas on the Island, I hadn’t realized that it was the third installment in a series. However, having enjoyed Colgan’s ‘Little Bookshop on the Corner earlier this year, I figured that I would give this book a shot … I was sorely disappointed.

First off, the characters were annoying as hell; all of them seemed to be childishly wrapped up in their own self-absorbed worlds. I found this especially annoying in Flora and Joel’s case; almost throwing the book in frustration on multiple occasions. The only characters that I seemed to enjoy, albeit remotely, were Colton’s wildly unmannered brother, Tripp, and Doctor Saif’s two children.

As for the plot, by the time I FINALLY reached the end, I didn’t feel like much had actually happened in the book or with the characters; it sure as heck hadn’t felt as Christmassy as I hoped.

Finally, in terms of narration, I felt that Sarah Barron did an excellent job. Regardless of how I felt about the actual book, I found Barron's Scottish lilt pleasing to listen to.

Overall, this is one of the few books this year that I would not recommend. I found that amidst the selfish characters and the lack of plot, I absolutely could not connect with 'Christmas on the Island.'