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Jennifer

Napa Valley Trading

St. Helena, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 195 titles in library
  • 7 purchased in 2015
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  • The Last Sin Eater

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Francine Rivers
    • Narrated By Kate Forbes
    Overall
    (214)
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    (132)
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    (128)

    Garnering three RITAs and a Christy Award, Francine Rivers is acclaimed for classics like Atonement Child. Set in the 1850s Smoky Mountains, this Gold Medallion-winner tells the gripping tale of a girl who's desperate to remove the guilt of her sister's death and anxious to absolve her departed grandmother of sins. While seeking the elusive Sin Eater, she uncovers a hideous secret and finds the truth.

    Mary says: "M K Hudson"
    "Wow"
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    What did you love best about The Last Sin Eater?

    The story is so amazing, weaving folklore, truth, error, superstition and tradition -- a grand collision in one beautiful story. I loved the story, and Kate Forbes' old world accent made for a perfect telling.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Last Sin Eater?

    There were many memorable moments -- small surprises throughout the story.


    What does Kate Forbes bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her voice, inflections, accents.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • As Sure as the Dawn: The Mark of the Lion, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Francine Rivers
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (629)
    Performance
    (433)
    Story
    (444)

    Atretes, a German barbarian who has won his freedom in the Roman arena, finds his life changed forever by an encounter with a young Christian woman. Atretes vows to move heaven and earth to find his son--the baby he thought was dead, and take him back to Germany. Only one thing stands in his way: Rizpah, the Christian widow who has cared for the child since his birth.

    David says: "Why only the third book available?"
    "Most excellent part of the Mark of the Lion trilog"
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    I have read this book from a hardcopy, and have listened to the story three or four times at least. The narrator does an incredibly great job with this story, his inflections are excellent, his ability to convey a female character as well as a Male is wonderful. Francine Rivers is able to examine characters and develop them in amazing ways. This is set 40 to 50 years after Christ's death, when the apostle John was still living. It follows Atretes, a character from the first book. I highly recommend it, however it would be best to read the very first book in the trilogy. The second and third books can be read out of order.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dancing Master

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Julie Klassen
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Sastre
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (52)

    Finding himself the man of the family, London dancing master Alec Valcourt moves his mother and sister to remote Devonshire, hoping to start over. But he is stunned to learn the village matriarch has prohibited all dancing, for reasons buried deep in her past. Alec finds an unlikely ally in the matriarch's daughter. Though he's initially wary of Julia Midwinter's reckless flirtation, he comes to realize her bold exterior disguises a vulnerable soul - and hidden sorrows of her own.

    Jennifer says: "Too Slow"
    "Too Slow"
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    Honestly, I love Julie Klassen's books, however, this book got off to such a slow beginning that I have never finished it. Sorry. I shouldn't write a review on something I haven't completed, but I didn't think the beginnings of this plot held up to what I expect from the author. I would recommend every Klassen book I've read or listened to before this one -- but would suggest a different title if you want a more gripping storyline.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret of Pembrooke Park

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Julie Klassen
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Jasicki
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (79)

    Abigail Foster fears she will end up a spinster, especially as she has little dowry to improve her charms and the one man she thought might marry her - a longtime friend - has fallen for her younger, prettier sister. When financial problems force her family to sell their London home, a strange solicitor arrives with an astounding offer: the use of a distant manor house abandoned for 18 years. The Fosters journey to imposing Pembrooke Park and are startled to find it entombed as it was abruptly left.

    Jennifer says: "Well Written, Well Read"
    "Well Written, Well Read"
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    This story follows the eldest daughter through the financial ruin of her family (sort of) to a mysterious benefactor who invites them to occupy an old mansion bearing a strange history. Although I suspected some of the plot, it twisted and turned enough to satisfy my love of a good mystery and emerged with surprising revelations. The narration of Elizabeth Jasicki is very good, and I found myself volunteering to run errands so I could listen to the story in the car. Well done, Julie Klassen, as usual. Her writing is not cookie-cutter plots.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Healing ADD Revised Edition: The Breakthrough Program That Allows You to See and Heal the 7 Types of ADD

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Daniel G. Amen
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (57)
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    (58)

    Attention deficit disorder (ADD) is a national health crisis that continues to grow - yet it remains one of the most misunderstood and incorrectly treated illnesses today. Neuropsychiatrist Daniel G. Amen, MD was one of the first to identify that there are multiple types beyond just purely hyperactive or inattentive ADD, each requiring a different treatment. Now, in this all-new, revised edition, Dr. Amen again employs the latest medical advances in the field, including the largest brain imaging study ever completed on patients with ADD.

    Jennifer says: "Amazing Book"
    "Amazing Book"
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    Daniel Amen's book on Healing ADD is excellent. I do not take just one person's expertise on such an important subject, but I feel that Dr. Amen's research must place him in a high place regarding this subject. The book is easy to listen to -- he is the narrator as well. I have a hard copy of it, important as he goes through the various lists at the end of a couple of chapters regarding treatments, etc. Highly, highly recommend this for people who do not like to read (!) but who need the information. On some devices you can speed up the narration. Grateful to have this on audio.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Between Sundays

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Karen Kingsbury
    • Narrated By Kathy Garver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Football season becomes a time of realization that life's most important victories are won off the field. A star running back with much to learn, a younger player with much to give, and a woman with a heart for underprivileged kids - all three are thrown together into a time of self-discovery and a new awareness of the things that matter most.

    Heather says: "Kingsbury Fan"
    "Great Narration"
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    My husband was frequently around when I was listening to this audio book for the second time. Because it is sports-related (NOT a true story about the 9er's, btw), his interest was drawn. He liked the story, and does not read much fiction - preferring history/biographical books and spiritual studies in his busy world instead.

    Between Sundays has some solid direction for fathers and is narrated with simplistic language - for instance, Kingsbury captures a child's thoughts as a child would think them. The narrator is easy to listen to with properly placed inflections and some voice changes for various characters. Karen Kingsbury attacks real contemporary social problems in this book, as she does in her other books. I typically prefer period history pieces, however, I have enjoyed every one of her books I've read (over a dozen of them so far) or listened to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Echo in the Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Francine Rivers
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (911)
    Performance
    (608)
    Story
    (622)

    As a Roman trader grieves over a lost slave woman, he begins to learn about the faith that gave her enough strength to face death.

    Susan says: "Very well done!"
    "Riveting"
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    Francine Rivers! She was a romance novelist who became a Christian. Voilá. Be prepared for some steamy allusions mixed in with quests and conviction. The historical value of this book is big as it is set mainly in Ephesus, part of the Roman Empire, following the destruction of Jerusalem (though one of the main characters journeys to Palestine on a quest). Ms Rivers is a riveting writer who is able to pull you into the emotion of her stories, giving you the full-blown senses: fright, sadness, hopelessness, disappointment, joy, love, excitement, anger, and the rest. Her writing is unpredictable -- I have read over twelve of her books, and there is no "pattern" to them, which keeps the story grabbing at you. This is a long book -- so the audio is wonderful if you need to be working on mindless chores or driving a distance in the car! Warning: It is difficult to put down.

    An Echo in the Darkness is part of the Mark of the Lion trilogy and should be read after the first book, A Voice in the Wind (the second and third books allude to the first book but not to each other). The characters are intertwined in their journeys, but I was amazingly interested in each of them -- not always the case in subplots.

    I've listened to so many audio books through the years that I am probably overly picky about the narrators. Richard Ferrone is an exceptional reader (GREAT reader), doing well with dialogs as well as the narration. He is very easy to listen to and I am able to forget that he is "even there" as he moves through the story.

    I highly, highly recommend this entire series, even for non-Christians who might not care about the hunt for God, but will love the action of the rest of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Prophet: A Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Francine Rivers
    • Narrated By Chris Fabry
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    The Israelites rebelled against God and were devoured by war. But first they were warned by a prophet who refused to turn away... Amos.

    Tina says: "The Prophet Does Not Disappoint"
    "The Prophet"
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    Would you listen to The Prophet again? Why?

    I would listen to this book again, most definitely. In fact, I will likely purchase the book in hard copy. There are many ways that Francine Rivers has woven Scripture into the story and


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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