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  • At Seventeen

  • By: Gerri Hill
  • Narrated by: Carly Robins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

Madison Lansford and Shannon Fletcher met when they were 10 years old. Madison - daughter of wealthy parents and Shannon, daughter of their live-in maid and cook - became fast friends, yet both knew their place in life. There was never a doubt that they would become lovers... there was also never a doubt that Madison would marry and maintain her social standing in the community. Little by little, they grew apart, their love affair ending with Madison's marriage and pregnancy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • unbalanced, but developers emotional engagement

  • By Alice on 10-07-15

Rich girl...Poor girl!

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

Reviewed: 31-03-15

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I have read all of Gerri Hill's books, now I am listening on Audio. 'At Seventeen' has a great story-line, and quite heart-rending. A story of rich girl Madison Lansford, and poor girl Shannon Fletcher, with some exceptional secondary, but not unimportant, characters in the form of Shannon’s mother, who is the housekeeper, and Madison’s young, and very wise, intellectual son Ashton. Madison is controlled by her mother who dominates her life, planning her marriage from a young age, and overwhelming her very essence. Madison's husband takes over the role after marriage. Madison and Shannon have loved each other since childhood but it has taken years for Madison to come to terms with who she is, and who she wants that it is heart-breaking the time that is wasted between her and Shannon. I really enjoyed this Audiobook and all of Gerri’s work. Gerri knows how to draw her readers into the story....Carly Robins was outstanding as narrator.

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  • The Muse

  • By: Suzie Carr
  • Narrated by: Suzie Carr
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

Jane Knoll doesn't realize it yet, but life is about to take a daring turn. For the past decade, Jane's been able to recapture her sense of peace after years of being bullied. By day she edits marketing jargon, and by night she watches television reruns with her gay neighbor, Larry. She's comfortable. Then, after she meets her new coworker, Eva, television reruns are no longer an option.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heartwarming story read by the author herself.

  • By Isabelle Dabbs on 22-06-15

A bit different...but insightful!

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

Reviewed: 29-03-15

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes, I found this very emotional and it did make me cry.

Any additional comments?

I have just finished listening to The Muse, my heart bleeds and I am drained. I found this book so emotive, that I had to listen in stages. Suzie makes you empathize with the characters. I was so drawn into it emotionally, proving Suzie’s ability to make it real. She has a great insight of bullying and social anxiety. For me the book, although harrowing, was beautifully written and if not autobiographic, was well researched. I felt such compassion for for her character, Jane Knoll, but I also screamed at her to own her power. It's not what happens in life, but how you deal with what happens to you. This book should be listened to in schools…well, maybe not the sexy bits, so that young people can understand the damage they are doing to another’s life. Finally, for a first time narration Suzie Carr was spot on!

  • Jericho

  • By: Ann McMan
  • Narrated by: Christine Williams
  • Length: 21 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71

Librarian Syd Murphy flees the carnage of a failed marriage by accepting an 18-month position in Jericho - a small town in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia. Her plans to hide out and heal her wounds fall by the wayside as she gets drawn into the daily lives of the quirky locals. She becomes fast friends with Maddie Stevenson, the enigmatic physician who has returned to the backcountry community to take over her late father's medical practice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • pent up frustration, anxiety much!!!

  • By seer on 16-02-15

Wonderful banter!

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

Reviewed: 19-02-15

Where does Jericho rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I have listened to too many audio books to rank that. I have 87 in my audio library and was disappointed with only a couple!

What does Christine Williams bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

In my opinion, the narrator of any book is as important as the story. If you don't have a good narrator it will not bring the characters to life.

Any additional comments?

Jericho was the first book by Ann McMan that I had purchased. I bought it on the recommendation of Audible and listened to the short sample. I was not disappointed! I really enjoyed listening to this book. I liked the characters Maddie and Syd, and I loved the banter they shared. The author has a wonderful sense of humour! When I had finished this audio book I went on to Amazon to see if she had any other work. I was thrilled to see there was a sequel, ‘Aftermath’ which I immediately purchased. Again, I was not disappointed! I look forward to the 3rd book in the ‘Jericho’ series, ‘Patriarch’ I believe is out later this year!

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