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Julia

EASLEY, SC, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Christy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs)
    • By Catherine Marshall
    • Narrated By Kellie Martin
    Overall
    (263)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (200)

    In the year 1912, 19-year-old Christy Huddleston leaves home to teach school in the Smoky Mountains – and comes to know and love the resilient people of the region, with their fierce pride, their dark superstitions, their terrible poverty, and their yearning for beauty and truth. But her faith will be severely challenged by trial and tragedy, by the needs and unique strengths of two remarkable young men, and by a heart torn between true love and unwavering devotion.

    A User says: "Christy"
    "Christy"
    Overall

    This was a compelling and inspirational book. The author was convincing in making one believe that there are individuals that are courageous and determined enough to follow through with their convictions.








    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Treasure of Stonewycke

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Michael Phillips, Judith Pella
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Reunited after their harrowing time spent apart during World War II, Allison and Logan have successfully patched their marriage and discovered a new level of commitment to one another. But when Lady Joanna dies in 1971, changes begin to reshape the lives of the Stonewycke descendants.

    Julia says: "Just Okay..."
    "Just Okay..."
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    Performance
    Story

    This was the first Stonewycke novel I had listened to and was just merely satisfied. It was not what I consider a facinating, spellbinding book. It was okay. Perhaps if I had listened to the previous stories of Stonewycke and knew the background of the characters, I would have found it more interesting. My recommendation is to listen to them first.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Still of Night: A Rush of Wings, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Kristen Heitzmann
    • Narrated By Ed Sala
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (34)

    Morgan Spencer has the golden touch when it comes to business. He can spot a failing corporation and turn it around in no time. But he cannot seem to get his own life under control. Years ago, he and high-school sweetheart Jill Runyan gave up their child at birth. Now Jill has unexpectedly reappeared - with shocking news that forces Morgan to confront a reality he never saw coming.

    Kimberly says: "The Narrator ruined it!"
    "Inspirational!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The most enjoyable part of this book was not so much the romance but the child's inspiration who was dying of lukemia. She inspires a Christian to face death fearlessly. The story was emotional but uplifting, as well. As a romance novel, it was lacking in the strength of characters and storyline.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18689)
    Performance
    (8553)
    Story
    (8583)

    Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered.

    David says: "irritatingly engrossing"
    "Excellent sequel to The Girl With the Dragon T!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    I thoroughly enjoyed this book as I did the first one. Elizabeth's mind and body strength keep you rooting for her success. The book's ending lends itself to a perfect sequel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wonderland Creek

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Lynn Austin
    • Narrated By Kate Forbes
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (184)

    Six-time Christy Award winner Lynn Austin has won a loyal following for her inspiring historical fiction. In Wonderland Creek, young Chicago-area librarian Alice Grace Ripley is left heartbroken when her fiancé breaks up with her just as the Great Depression forces her out of a job. To escape the local gossip, Alice volunteers to deliver donated books to a library in rural Kentucky. There she discovers that God still has a plan for her after all.

    Sara says: "Depression Era Kentucky as a Librarian"
    "Heartwarming Story!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Wonderland Creek was a heartwarming story well written and narrated. The characters were believable and the story was interesting. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to listen to a "feel good" story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18221)
    Performance
    (8388)
    Story
    (8424)

    Lisbeth Salander—the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels—lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority.

    B.J. says: "Perfect."
    "Good as the previous two!"
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    Elizabeth is my kind of hero! She does not take goff from anyone and always retaliates. It's good fiction because it is not reality. I thoroughly enjoyed all three books by Larsson and wish the series would continue. You need to listen to them in sequence to really get the storyline. The characters are interesting and strong, the stories are spellbinding, and the narration is superb. Highly recommend!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Persimmon Tree

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1674)
    Performance
    (1230)
    Story
    (1220)

    The Persimmon Tree opens in Indonesia in 1942 on the cusp of Japanese invasion and the evacuation of Batavia (Jakarta) by the Dutch. Seventeen-year-old Nicholas Duncan is on holiday there, in pursuit of an exotic butterfly known as the Magpie Crow. It's an uncertain, dangerous time to be in Indonesia, and Nick's options of getting out are fast dwindling. Amidst the fear and chaos he falls in love with Anna, the beautiful daughter of a Dutch acquaintance, and she nicknames him 'Mr Butterfly'.

    Corinne says: "An excellent sequel"
    "Fascinating Listen!"
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    Performance
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    If you could sum up The Persimmon Tree in three words, what would they be?

    Spellbinding, Emotional, Interesting


    What other book might you compare The Persimmon Tree to and why?

    My all-time favorite has been Christie. This book ranks up there alongside that book.
    It is a spellbinding human interest book will filled with intrigue, as well. I did not want the book to end. I am disappointed in the reviews of the sequel, which I immediately sought. I will give it more thought before choosing to listen to that book.


    What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

    Bower has to be the most talented narrator I have heard. His different dialects offer increased interest in the story. It was difficult to put this book down.


    Any additional comments?

    I am not fond of war stories. I do not like to be reminded of the atrocities of war that continue today. I was reluctant to listen to this book because of that fact. The slaughter of the Australian troops at the beginning of the book almost made me put it down. But I had invested a credit with the book and decided to give it a chance. The story and narration far exceeded my expectations. This was my first Courtenay book and I have just purchased The Power of One even though I do not like boxing nor do I care for stories of South Africa. I guess you can tell I do not like violence nor oppression. But I am confident that Courtenay can tell a story that will hold my attention even in that environment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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