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Wendy

Wendy Anchorage, AK, United States Member Since 2007
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  • "Very Good"

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    I really enjoyed this listen. I especially like the English accent for the books that are set in the days of the Old English gentry. This was a good story. Lots of plot, not just romance.

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    The Silent Governess

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Julie Klassen
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Jasicki
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    With the stunning prose and engaging characters of The Silent Governess, Christy Award finalist Julie Klassen whisks listeners away to Regency England for a compelling tale of romance and intrigue. Thinking she’s guilty of a crime, Olivia Keene flees her home and stumbles upon a grand estate—and a damaging secret. To ensure her silence, Lord Bradley insists she serve in his opulent manor.

    Simmons says: "Left wanting more like this"
  • "Enjoyable"

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    I enjoyed this book. The narrator did well also. I like narrators that read in such a way you scarcely think of them.

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    Freefall

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kristen Heitzmann
    • Narrated By Cristine McMurdo-Wallis
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    When an injured stranger staggers down a Hawaiian mountainside and into her backyard, Monica believes God has directed this mysterious young lady to her. But Monica's brother, an insurance-fraud investigator, isn't so sure. He finds it hard to believe this green-eyed outsider doesn't know who she is, what has happened, or where she is.

    Norm says: "I liked it"
  • "Sweet. Laughs and cries"

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    At first I thought this book was going to only be about a teacher in a handicapped classroom. Though I enjoy books about this I was glad I kept listening. It turns into a very sweet story. I will recommend it to my friends who know and love Down's Syndrome children and adults.

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    Just Beyond the Clouds

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Karen Kingsbury
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
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    When rodeo champion Cody Gunner returns to Colorado Springs, he has no intention of keeping his deathbed promise to his beloved wife - to love again. But when his concern for his brother Carl takes him to the Independent Learning Center, he sees how much Carl and his fellow Down syndrome students are progressing.

    Ella says: "great"
  1. The Silent Governess
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A Peek at Anne's Bookshelf

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  • The Color of Heaven

    "From tedious to simply stupid ... on a whisper"

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    I don't know where to start to explain why this is so bad. Maybe a list...

    1. OMG, the narration! Ms. O'Donnell made me shout at my IPod. Seriously! She breaks into whispering at key scenes. It's maddening. I listen when I'm doing other things - driving, cooking, gardening, etc. - and her voice would get softer and softer and softer until the words would begin to run together like a low frequency vibration, rather than actual speech. So I'd stop what I was doing, wipe my hands if working, turn up the volume and go back to work. Then someone "else" would speak in a normal tone and I'm frantically reaching for the volume to back it down to avoid permanent hearing loss. It was maddening. (I've since apologized to my IPod.)

    I suppose that might have been OK if she'd at least had a nice variety of voices. She didn't. Sara sounded like Cora who sounded like Jen who sounded like Sara. Michael sounded like Matt who sounded like Peter who sounded like ... well you get the idea. She could begin with slight differences, but the voices all quickly returned to her "baseline" man and her "baseline" woman.

    2. The story started strong and the scenes during Megan's illness (when I could hear the whispering!) were very moving. Sara's year following Megan's death seemed correctly imagined. But when the whole frozen lake thing began, I felt thoroughly manipulated. This plot device was simply cheap. Instead of working through the challenges and mysteries her main character faced in the real world, the author did the "Poof! Magic will fix it!" miracle solution.

    3. Even if you accept the "miracle" part, her story line was full of the unbelievable and I started to get a hint of what was coming when Sara's perfect, amazing, 10-year fairy-tale, he's-my-best-friend, flawless marriage to perfect Michael went completely to hell and it was ALL HIS FAULT!

    4. The Cora/Peter/Matt subplot was much too long and much too contrived to be believable ... in a novel that had enough "unbelievable" to qualify as science fiction.

    There's more, but this awful novel doesn't deserve any more of my time - and NONE of yours.

Lia

Lia Sutton, Australia 02-14-13 Member Since 2009

“I love all genres of books, however when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!

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  • "Found the Romance Lacking"

    7 of 8 helpful votes

    This is the first novel I've read by Tamera Alexander, and I'm starting to think that she won't make my top list of Historical Romance authors. There are MANY things going for this novel: the depth and beauty of the setting, the side characters are well fleshed out and endearing, and the parallel Alexander makes between Ridley's work with a mare and his pursuit of Olivia is brilliant.
    And yet---I found myself eagerly reading for the romantic scenes I was hoping for: a deep and revealing conversation about Olivia's past marriage (didn't happen), a rescue during a dangerous situation (no rescue, and actually, any "dangerous" situation in the book is quickly dealt with little consequence)....just MORE. I wanted MORE out of their conversations. It felt like the romance piece was being ushered along to speed up Olivia's obligatory mourning period for her first husband. Therefore, weeks go by without her seeing Ridley, and when they finally interact, it isn't very exciting!
    All in all, days later I am still thinking about the Belle Meade plantation and the characters. I just wish the romance had been more satisfying.
    Those who don't like any sex scenes in a romantic book then this one is for you

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    To Whisper Her Name

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Tamera Alexander
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
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    Olivia Aberdeen, destitute widow of a murdered carpetbagger, gratefully accepts an invitation from 'Aunt' Elizabeth Harding, mistress of Belle Meade Plantation and the dearest friend of Olivia’s late mother. Expecting to be the Harding's housekeeper, Olivia is disillusioned once again when she learns the real reason why Elizabeth's husband, Confederate General William Giles Harding, agreed to her coming.

    Lia says: "Found the Romance Lacking"

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    • By Rosalind Lauer
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    Although Sadie King is blessed with the voice of an angel, she never thought that following the song in her heart would take her far beyond the strict boundaries of her Amish faith and away from the only home she’s ever known. But during her rumspringa, one road leads to another and suddenly she’s secretly performing with a band. Now she faces an impossible choice between the music in her heart and the traditions branded upon her soul.

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    susan says: "never had a book got such a emotion from me"
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    • Narrated By Stina Nielsen
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    • By Francine Rivers
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
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    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
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    Simmons says: "Left wanting more like this"
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    • By Amy Harmon
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
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    • By Vanessa Carvo
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    • By Juliann Farnsworth
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    • By Cindy Woodsmall
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    As love restores Rhoda, a sudden tragedy is the test of faith she never saw coming. More settled in her heart than ever before, Rhoda Byler feels a newfound confidence living in the Old Order Amish settlement she helped establish in Orchard Bend, Maine. Though it has been almost a year since one brother left, Rhoda is happy to be working alongside the other brother as they tend and nurture the settlement' s orchard.

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    • By Lynnette Bonner
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  • Woman of Courage

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    • By Wanda E. Brunstetter
    • Narrated By Jaimee Draper
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  • The Kissing Bridge

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    • By Tricia Goyer
    • Narrated By Kathryn O'Rooney
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    Caught between a stifling Amish community and an unnerving outside world, a devout young woman on the run is about to become the newest arrival to West Kootenai, Montana. On the day of her sister's death, Rebecca Troyer took her first step away from the Amish. Rebecca had always strayed a little outside the fold - a job at an Englisch bakery, long weekends with non-Amish friends - but nothing could have prepared her family for what she is about to do: Rebecca is abandoning the community to attend nursing school.

  • When Sparrows Fall

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    • By Tim Hancock
    • Narrated By Tommy Howell
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    Brad Harris left Oklahoma City for Denver to start a new life. Mostly he needed to get away from his failed relationship with Karen McCormick. Their break up left his relationship with her father, his boss Martin McCormick, in bad shape. The partnership offer gave him an easy way out. When both of her parents are brutally murdered in their quiet Edmond home three years later. Karen, alone and afraid, practically begs him to come back. Once back in the city, Brad quickly discovers that things are not as they had seemed.

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