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Nancy

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  • When Crickets Cry

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Charles Martin
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (108)

    A man with a painful past. A child with a doubtful future. And a shared journey toward healing for both their hearts... It begins on the shaded town square in a sleepy Southern town. A spirited seven-year-old has a brisk business at her lemonade stand. But the little girl’s pretty yellow dress can’t quite hide the ugly scar on her chest. The stranger understands more about it than he wants to admit. And the beat-up bread truck careening around the corner with its radio blaring is about to change the trajectory of both their lives.

    Amazon Customer says: "My all time favorite read!!!"
    "Absolutely Wonderful!"
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    Where does When Crickets Cry rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book ranks pretty close to the top. I loved the story!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the twists & turns. Just when I thought I knew what was going to happen, most of the time I was wrong!


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

    I loved his voice. He brought a calmness that made me want to just sit back & keep listening.


    Who was the most memorable character of When Crickets Cry and why?

    Hard to say. I think each of the main characters were equally strong. I think I liked Charlie. He was a true friend.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen all the way to the end. Don't stop because you "just knows what happens". Great book!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Day of War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Cliff Graham
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (57)

    In ancient Israel, at the crossroads of the great trading routes, a man named Benaiah is searching for a fresh start in life. He has joined a band of soldiers led by a warlord named David, seeking to bury the past that refuses to leave him. Their ragged army is disgruntled and full of reckless men. Some are loyal to David, but others are only with him for the promise of captured wealth. While the ruthles mad King Saul marches hopelessly against the powerful Philistines, the Hebrew tribes have never been more despondent....

    Brian says: "Amazing!"
    "LOVED IT!"
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    Would you listen to Day of War again? Why?

    Absolutely! There is so much there. So many truths to pick up you just can't get it all on one listen.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Day of War?

    For me it was how the author addresses the "anointing" or the "covering" of God. Although I am familiar with it, he put it in a far different form that really opened my eyes.


    Which character – as performed by Stefan Rudnicki – was your favorite?

    Benaiah. He is a personal favorite of mine from the Bible and one of the reasons I got the book.


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

    Not really. It was just solid all the way. But if the book is no good or just "ok", I don't listen to it again. I just finished book 2 & can't wait to start again.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't think I could watch the movie but I think the author did a good job of communicating the violence of war without going over the top. Let's face it, swords, arrows, spears, javelins are rather messy. I enjoyed it though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Land of Painted Caves: Earth's Children, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1212)
    Performance
    (721)
    Story
    (733)

    Ayla, one of the most remarkable and beloved heroines in contemporary fiction, continues to explore the world and the people around her with curiosity, insight, and, above all, courage. As the story opens, Ayla, Jondalar, and their infant daughter, Jonayla, are living with the Zelandonii in the Ninth Cave - a shelter of stone. Ayla has been chosen as an acolyte and has embarked on the arduous task of training to become a spiritual leader.

    phillip says: "Be careful what you wish for!"
    "Left room for more"
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    What did you love best about The Land of Painted Caves?

    Book 6 so it really tied a lot of things together. Also, I was REALLY glad the graphic sex scenes was GREATLY reduced!


    What other book might you compare The Land of Painted Caves to and why?

    none


    Any additional comments?

    I'm disappointed in the graphice sex scenes. It just was NOT necessary!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • When Joy Came to Stay

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Karen Kingsbury
    • Narrated By Barbara Caruso
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (55)

    When Joy Came to Stay illustrates the miraculous power of faith to overcome even the most debilitating suffering. Maggie Stovall has a successful career and a happy marriage, but she also bears the crippling weight of a secret from her past. As she slips farther and farther into depression, her only hope lies in God's loving forgiveness.

    Maxie says: "Heart stopping!"
    "Slow start, nice finish"
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    Where does When Joy Came to Stay rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    When Joy Came to Stay is probably in my bottom half. It was a very slow start & several times I almost gave up. Story was somewhat predictable after the slow start. Because of this, it slips down to lower ranks.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I didn't really have a favorite.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I personally didn't like the narration & probably won't get anymore of her books. There were many times the narration came across as angry when the story didn't seem to support that. The narration lowered my enjoyment of the book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, not at all. The beginning was very disjointed and rambling. Seemed to repeat over & over without really getting anywhere for a long time, almost like the author was having trouble getting ahold of the story and the flow.


    Any additional comments?

    The book wasn't "bad" just not up to the standards I have come to enjoy & expect. I would recommend it but with a caution to hang in there because it does improve. For me, there were a few one liners that meant something to me & that kept me hanging on. Not horrible but not even close to my favorite either.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10972)
    Performance
    (6987)
    Story
    (7019)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Anastasia Burke says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Absolutely Wonderful Book!!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! This book made me laugh and cry. I never thought I would enjoy a book about a war but I was wrong. I really liked this book because it kept me engaged the whole time. I found myself wanting to listen all the time. I have heard "stories" about POWs and their time in POW camps. This account was horrific but opened my eyes to another culture. Worth the listen!


    What other book might you compare Unbroken to and why?

    I have no comparison.


    Have you listened to any of Edward Herrmann’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not that I'm aware of.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes. Something near & dear to my heart happened near the end of the book. I especially enjoyed hearing his struggle and victory.


    Any additional comments?

    This book made me laugh and cry. At times I listened in horror & disbelief. To think that someone, anyone could survive such an ordeal amazes me. One more example of God's awesome power!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Life of Bees

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1253)
    Performance
    (799)
    Story
    (788)

    Sue Monk Kidd's ravishing debut novel has stolen the hearts of reviewers and readers alike with its strong, assured voice. Set in South Carolina in 1964, The Secret Life of Bees tells the story of Lily Owens, whose life has been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed.

    Laura says: "It's hard to stop listening..."
    "MUCH Better than the movie!"
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    Would you listen to The Secret Life of Bees again? Why?

    Yes, already have! I really enjoyed the plot.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I can't pick just one thing!


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

    Her accent really made it for me. Her accent put me right there with every word.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were several points when I was really moved. I think each one was probably based in an act of real courage to go against the norm for that location and time.


    Any additional comments?

    I am so glad I saw the movie AFTER listening to the book. The book is just so much better at character development than the movie. Listening to the book made want to just settle back on a porch swing and watch it play out. Really enjoyed this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kingdom Come: : The Final Victory

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Tim F. LaHaye, Jerry B. Jenkins
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (94)

    With Lucifer securely locked away for a thousand years, the Lord Jesus Christ now reigns over a renewed earth. But despite the idyllic surroundings and Christ-friendly environment, a growing number of hedonistic youth join a band of rebels who reject Christ and long for Satan's return.

    Nancy says: "Enjoyed it!"
    "Enjoyed it!"
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    What did you love best about Kingdom Come?

    The author's interpretation of the scriptures.


    What other book might you compare Kingdom Come to and why?

    In a category all by itself! I have read or listened to the entire series & loved every one!


    Have you listened to any of Richard Ferrone’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I like his voice & style.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Too many hours to listen in one sitting but was definately near the top.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Voice in the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Francine Rivers
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1037)
    Performance
    (605)
    Story
    (615)

    This heart-stirring tale of a young slave girl, torn between her love for a handsome aristocrat and her faith in God, transcends genres with its awe-inspiring power and emotional intensity.

    Allicia says: "Christian Fiction That Doesn't Back Down"
    "Life Changing!"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Voice in the Wind the most enjoyable?

    For me it was the multiple character developments and the many twists & turns.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The attention to detail and the gentle yet powereful challenge to my faith!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Hard to pick just one.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES!


    Any additional comments?

    Book one. Couldn't wait for book two & then I heard about book 3. This author is fantastic! Her attention to detail and ability to take the scripture and present it such a way that draws you back to God is refreshing. I also liked that her work is clean, no cussing, etc.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Redeeming Love

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Francine Rivers
    • Narrated By Kate Forbes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (885)
    Performance
    (550)
    Story
    (552)

    Francine Rivers is one of America's favorite romance writers and a bestselling inspirational author. Her many heartfelt novels have won awards and the adoration of fans accross the country. In Redeeming Love, she retells the Biblical story of Hosea, setting it in the 1850s, amidst California's gold country.

    Jo says: "Not Just For Girls"
    "Absolutely Awesome!"
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    Would you listen to Redeeming Love again? Why?

    YES! I have already listened twice and could listen again. This book so touched my heart on so many levels.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Redeeming Love?

    For me there were many but the concept was the same for each. That concept was asking, listening, obeying. Asking God for His guidance, listening to His response and then obeying against all odds.


    Which character – as performed by Kate Forbes – was your favorite?

    The 2 main characters were my favorite equally. Hosea for how he represented / reflected God's love and Angel for how she represented / reflected our response to God's love.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Too many to recount here!


    Any additional comments?

    Absolutely loved this book! It may be my favorite from this author!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pompeii

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Robert Harris
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (166)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (111)

    Harris recreates in spellbinding detail one of the most famous natural disasters of all time. And by focusing on the characters of an engineer and a scientist, he offers an entirely original perspective on the Roman world.

    Alison says: "You Can Taste the Ash..."
    "Good story except...."
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    Would you try another book from Robert Harris and/or Steven Pacey?

    Not familar with his work other than this book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Robert Harris again?

    Probably not. Don't like the language used.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Entertainment factor MAYBE, on a good day!


    Any additional comments?

    I really didn't like the cussing & the constant crude sexual reference. Story could have been told without all that.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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