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  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • A Novel
  • Written by: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 953
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 873
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 869

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved!!

  • By Diana Geary on 2018-06-10

Strangely Poignant

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-13

A fantastic take on loneliness and the human condition. Going through the motions of everyday life, wake up, live, go to sleep; yet each motion echos the emptiness that is Eleanor's life. I think most can relate to Eleanor in one way or another, she is all of us but at our most vulnerable. She plows through, day after day, doing what she thinks she should, living her singular existence; until a chance encounter sets her on a journey of self discovery with surprisingly heart warming results.
Don't let the slow start of this novel deter you from experiencing this gem. You will be a better person after getting to know Eleanor Oliphant, I promise you.

  • Night of the Living Deed

  • Written by: E.J. Copperman
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Newly divorced Alison Kerby wants a second chance for herself and her nine-year-old daughter. She's returned to her hometown on the Jersey Shore to transform a Victorian fixer-upper into a charming-and profitable guest house. One small problem: the house is haunted, and the two ghosts insist Alison must find out who killed them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Easy Listening and Sorta Believable

  • By Heather Little on 2018-09-13

Easy Listening and Sorta Believable

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-13

I enjoyed this. It rolls along somewhat smoothly, the characters are interesting and fleshed out, but it lacks..... something.
I wasn't expecting blockbuster status when I purchased this, I was looking for what I always look for in a cozy, the fluff factor of easy to 'read' (listen) narrators with a fairly plausible storyline. Despite the ghosts, this one was all that.
I'll agree with another reviewers complaint of it being a bit too neat and tidy finish and the MC is a bit whiny about money then gives away a fortune that she could have benefitted from, but otherwise this was a great read.

  • Dead Bolt

  • Haunted Home Renovation Series, Book 2
  • Written by: Juliet Blackwell
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

Turner Construction's latest restoration project is a historic Queen Anne Victorian in San Francisco. This time, general contractor Mel Turner has to work around the owners, who insist on sticking around-along with some ghosts that insist in their own way that the work stops. The ghosts aren't the only ones standing in the way of the renovations. A crotchety neighbor, Emile Blunt, secretly wants this house and could be behind some of the disturbances. But when Emile is found dead, it's Mel who appears guilty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cozy Cookie-cutter Campiness, What's Not to Love!?

  • By Heather Little on 2018-09-13

Cozy Cookie-cutter Campiness, What's Not to Love!?

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-13

The second instalment in the series does not disappoint. Aside from the supernatural elements this book is completely believable and fun. The characters are well rounded and the relationships between them are believable and real.
A very enjoyable listen.

  • A Quiet Life in the Country

  • A Lady Hardcastle Mystery, Book 1
  • Written by: T E Kinsey
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

Lady Emily Hardcastle is an eccentric widow with a secret past. Florence Armstrong, her maid and confidante, is an expert in martial arts. The year is 1908 and they've just moved from London to the country, hoping for a quiet life. But it is not long before Lady Hardcastle is forced out of her self-imposed retirement. There's a dead body in the woods, and the police are on the wrong scent. Lady Hardcastle makes some enquiries of her own, and it seems she knows a surprising amount about crime investigation...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A lovely listen.

  • By Janie N. on 2019-04-01

Fun Little Mystery, Complete with Accents!

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-13

A fantastic little cozy mystery which takes place in the English countryside. Well rounded characters, fantastic storyline and on point accents make this a wonderful little fluff ride through mystery-town.
I look forward to reading more of these, sort of a Miss Marple mystery.. or think Angela Landsbury.

  • The Pecan Man

  • Written by: Cassie Dandridge Selleck
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

In the summer of 1976, recently widowed and childless, Ora Lee Beckworth hires a homeless old black man to mow her lawn. The neighborhood children call him the Pee-can Man; their mothers call them inside whenever he appears. When the police chief's son is found stabbed to death near his camp, the man Ora knows as Eddie is arrested and charged with murder. Twenty-five years later, Ora sets out to tell the truth about the Pecan Man.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Book

  • By BookWorm on 2019-03-12

Heartwarming, slow-paced but FANTASTIC!

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-13

This book stayed with me long after the last chapter ended. It still haunts me in small ways as if written about people I knew or knew of. It leaves you with an almost palpable feeling, like a taste in your mouth that you just can't identify. But that isn't unpleasant.
The characters were very well developed and believable of the era and for being human. It gave me all the big feels that novels of great calibre tend to do.
Great storyline, fantastically rounded out characters and true to life situations make this a novel hard to put down (or in my case, stop listening to!)
It reminds me in some ways of the storyline in the movie A Time to Kill. Only a small comparison, mostly setting and subject similarity.

  • Clammed Up

  • A Maine Clambake Mystery
  • Written by: Barbara Ross
  • Narrated by: Dara Rosenberg
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Julia Snowden returned to her hometown to rescue her family's struggling clambake business - not to solve crimes. But that was before a catered wedding on picturesque Morrow Island turned into a reception for murder. When the best man's corpse is found hanging from the grand staircase in the Snowden family mansion, Julia must put the chowder pot on the back burner and join the search for the killer. And with suspicion falling on her old crush, Chris Durand, the recipe for saving her business and salvaging her love life might be one and the same…

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Seaside Mystery at its Finest!

  • By Heather Little on 2018-09-13

Seaside Mystery at its Finest!

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-13

I enjoyed this novel tremendously. The characters are well developed and likeable and the narrator is wonderful. I did have to adjust to some aspects of her narration, such as pronouncing every single 'g' sound at the end of words. Even those ending in 'ing'. I found it distracting and not at all the normal way of things. But I was able to get past it to complete the book.
It was a fun little mystery that kept me guessing to the end.

  • Guilty as Cinnamon

  • Spice Shop Mystery, Book 2
  • Written by: Leslie Budewitz
  • Narrated by: Dara Rosenberg
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Springtime in Seattle's Pike Place Market means tasty foods and wide-eyed tourists, and Pepper's Spice Shop is ready for the crowds. With flavorful combinations and a fresh approach, she's sure to win over the public. Even better, she's working with several local restaurants as their chief herb and spice supplier. Business is cooking - until one of Pepper's potential clients, a young chef named Tamara Langston, is found dead, her life extinguished by the dangerously hot ghost chili - a spice Pepper carries in her shop.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So Much FUN!

  • By Heather Little on 2018-09-13

So Much FUN!

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-13

Another 'episode' in the life of Pepper, my new BFF. I love escaping from my own life and living vicariously through Pepper. Her friends and family are such normal, real people they could be your next door neighbour. Well rounded and full of angst and stress and confusion, just like real, every day people are.
I love getting to know these characters with every instalment; plus learning about spices and how to use them is just a wonderful bonus!

  • The House

  • Written by: P.M. Prior
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Klett
  • Length: 3 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Once ensconced in their new home, Prue begins fixing up the place while Ray is away at work. But after a series of disturbing discoveries, she fears she's losing her mind. She hears things and sees people who couldn't possibly be there, and she can't shake the feeling she's being watched.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping and Suspenseful, But Needs More

  • By Heather Little on 2018-09-13

Gripping and Suspenseful, But Needs More

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-13

While I enjoyed the elements in this story and how it was told, I did not like the ending. I guess I'm old fashioned in that I like stories that finish up neat and tidy, it doesn't have to be a happy ending, but it does have to end. This one, did not. I guess the author felt enough clues were given to the reader to figure things out, but I don't read a book as a detective, I read a book as someone who's being told a story. This story needs a beginning, middle and an END.
I found it well written, nonetheless and a great spin on an otherwise overdone story.

  • Assault and Pepper

  • Spice Shop Mystery Series, Book 1
  • Written by: Leslie Budewitz
  • Narrated by: Dara Rosenberg
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

After leaving a dicey marriage and losing a beloved job in a corporate crash, Pepper Reece has found a new zest for life running a busy spice and tea shop in Seattle's Pike Place Market. Her aromatic creations are the talk of the town, and everyone stops by for a cup of her refreshing spice tea, even other shopkeepers and market regulars. But when a panhandler named Doc shows up dead on the store's doorstep, a Seattle Spice Shop cup in his hand, the local gossip gets too hot for Pepper to handle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Learning As I Read

  • By Heather Little on 2018-09-13

Learning As I Read

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-13

I enjoy lighthearted, fluff books immensely. It's just what I need to read after the dark, heaviness of a blockbuster thriller or mystery novel. Ms. Budewitz has the ability to create characters that are real and fun and someone you wouldn't mind meeting and getting to know.
This book was tremendously fun and I cannot wait for the 4th book to come out next year!

  • If Walls Could Talk

  • Haunted Home Renovation, Book 1
  • Written by: Juliet Blackwell
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

Melanie Turner has made quite a name for herself remodeling historic houses in the San Francisco Bay Area. But now her reputation may be on the line. At her newest project, a run-down Pacific Heights mansion, Mel is visited by the ghost of a colleague who recently met a bad end with power tools. Mel hopes that by nailing the killer, she can rid herself of the ghostly presence of the murdered man - and not end up a construction casualty herself....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun Little Romp with the Supernatural

  • By Heather Little on 2018-09-13

Fun Little Romp with the Supernatural

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-13

I loved this book! I wasn't expecting an exemplary or noteworthy novel, if I wanted to read those I'd pick up one of the classics. I enjoyed it for what it was... a fluff piece of fun in between more serious novels.
The characters are well written and fun to meet, they're 'real' in a way some characters aren't in that I can imagine myself in some of the situations they find themselves in.
The narrator is fantastic, I've listened to a couple books by Xe Sands and find her to be very talented. She has the ability to voice multiple characters in such a way that you just know who's speaking without having to be told. Male or female, old or young, she does them all spectacularly!
If you like cozy mysteries that hold their own, full of fun and death, without the brain stingy seriousness of blockbuster novels, this might just be for you.