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Michael

Actually, it is Jennifer, not Michael. I enjoy a variety of books but am drawn to romantic historical fiction with a Christian message.

Easley, SC, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • 161 titles in library
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  • The Wedding Dress

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Rachel Hauck
    • Narrated By Eleni Pappageorge
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    Charlotte owns a Birmingham bridal boutique. But with her own wedding day approaching, why can’t she find the perfect dress - or feel certain she should marry Tim? Then Charlotte purchases a vintage dress in a battered trunk at an estate sale. It looks brand-new, shimmering with pearls and satin, hand stitched and timeless in its design. But where did it come from? Who wore it? Charlotte’s search for the gown’s history begins as a distraction from her sputtering love life. But it takes on a life of its own as she comes to know the women who have worn the dress.

    Pamela Dale Foster says: "God Directs Who Wears the Gown Next"
    "The Wedding Dress"
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    A delightful surprise!!! I picked this book during one of the $4.95 deals and did not know what to expect. I loved it! This is an inspirational romance and mystery. It is actually two stories about two different women (one from 1912 and one from today). The story goes back and forth between the two stories, eventurally connecting these two women. I will definitely look for more books from this author. Jennifer

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    Kelli N. Perkins says: "Still Thinking About This Tale Weeks After"
    "Sacrifice"
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    Defending Jacob is a thought-provoking novel that will have you pondering the ending for days. I kept thinking, what would I do if I were in the same position of the mother or the same position of the father. The author is clever and presents equally compelling arguements for the defense and the prosecution. In the end, you suspect the truth but you don't know for sure. Very entertaining with lots of twists and turns.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Daniel James Brown
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
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    Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

    Janice says: "Do you believe in miracles??"
    "Row, Row , Row Your Boat . . ."
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    This was an amazing, inspirational, true story about the Washington University Crew team from the 1930's. The main character Joe Rance has an especially unbelievable story as his father essentially abandoned him at the age of 15. He had to learn to fend for himself in the midst of the great depression. This story is about the underdog beating the odds and making history. You will learn a great deal about the sport of rowing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
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    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Gone Girl"
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    The is a captivating novel that you will have trouble putting down. It is a compelling mystery and very entertaining, however, I was disappointed with the ending. I would have given it five stars but the ending seemed rather abrupt with several loose ends. Maybe there will be a second book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fingersmith

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Sarah Waters
    • Narrated By Juanita McMahon
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    Orphaned as an infant, Susan Trinder was raised by Mrs. Sucksby, “mother” to a host of pickpockets and con artists. To pay her debt, she joins legendary thief Gentleman in swindling an innocent woman out of her inheritence. But the two women form an unanticipated bond and the events that follow will surprise every listener. Fingersmith was shortlisted for the Orange Prize and the Booker Prize, and was chosen as book of the year 2002 by more organizations than any other novel. Sarah Waters was named Author of the Year at the 2003 British Book Awards.

    shopper from Palm Springs, Ca says: "The BEST BOOK I"ve read this year!"
    "Inner Strength Despite Powerlessness of the Age"
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    Warning, if a lesbian love scene will offend you, then this book is not for you. This is a story of two women from very different backgrounds who have plotted against the other only to realize they have fallen in love. This book was somewhat bizarre and unexpected. Not at all what I thought it would be about. Nevertheless, it was well-written and entertaining. I was struck by the complete powerlessness of women in the past.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wayfaring Stranger

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
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    Overall
    (970)
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    (881)
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    It is 1934 and the Depression is bearing down when 16-year-old Weldon Avery Holland happens upon infamous criminals Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow after one of their notorious armed robberies. A confrontation with the outlaws ends as Weldon puts a bullet through the rear window of Clyde’s stolen automobile. Ten years later, Second Lieutenant Weldon Holland and his sergeant, Hershel Pine, escape certain death in the Battle of the Bulge and encounter a beautiful young woman named Rosita Lowenstein hiding in a deserted extermination camp.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Outstanding Addition to the Holland/Texas Saga"
    "Money Is The Root Of All Evil"
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    This is a novel about two men who met during wartime, beat the odds and survived horrific circumstances. They went on to partner in business and enter their own personal wars as oil tycoons. Throughout the book, the author refers back to an earlier time in Holland's life when he had a brief encounter with Bonnie and Clyde. I never understood why this was significant. This book did not seem to flow. At the end, I felt there were several unanswered questions.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Leaving Time

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Abigail Revasch, Kathe Mazur, and others
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    Overall
    (3274)
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    (2908)
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    Refusing to believe that she would be abandoned as a young child, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice's old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts. Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest.

    Jan says: "Pickiest Reader Would Be Willing to Give 6 Stars"
    "Life Is Not As It Seems"
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    Completely unpredictable. Shocking ending. Very entertaining. Lots of twists and turns and some tears. If you decide to listen to this you will learn a lot about elephants.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pride and Prejudice

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Carolyn Seymour
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    (263)
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    (232)
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    The provincial Bennet family, home to five unmarried daughters, is turned upside down when a wealthy bachelor takes up a house nearby. Mr. Bingley enhances his instant popularity by hosting a ball and taking an interest in the eldest Bennet daughter, Jane. Meanwhile, Mr. Darcy, Bingley’s even wealthier friend, makes himself equally unpopular by his aloof disdain of country manners.

    Jazmin says: "Just like the A&E miniseries"
    "Altar Bound"
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    I got this during a BOGO deal. It is a book I have always wanted to read, and I have never seen the movie. This is a classic romance and comedy about a mother, Mrs. Bennett and her 5 daughters. Mrs. Bennett soul purpose in life is to get these five daughters married to the most eligible bachelors. She is always plotting and planning how to encourage these favorable matches. Quite amusing and enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Eighty-Dollar Champion: Snowman, the Horse That Inspired a Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Letts
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (611)
    Performance
    (545)
    Story
    (541)

    November 1958, New York. Into the rarefied atmosphere of wealth and tradition at the National Horse Show in Madison Square Garden comes the most unlikely of horses—a drab white former plow horse named Snowman—and his rider, Harry de Leyer. They were the longest of all longshots—and their win was the stuff of legend.

    eddie says: "When will this story become a movie"
    "Plow horse turned jumping champion"
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    This is an interesting and educational true story about a rescued horse that defeats all odds and becomes a champion. I think I learned more about horse jumping than I ever wanted to know. Overall great story. At times, it read like a history book. Inspirational and uplifting. The underdog wins.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Change of Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Nicole Poole, Stafford Clark-Price, Jim Frangione, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1241)
    Performance
    (453)
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    (452)

    Known for tackling hot-button issues in her timely fiction, Jodi Picoult has sold millions of books. Change of Heart explores capital punishment and organized religion through the tale of death row inmate Shay Bourne. Bourne's last request is to donate his heart to his victim's ailing sister. The situation gets more complicated when Bourne begins performing miracles in full view of witnesses - including his Catholic spiritual advisor.

    Pat C says: "skip this one"
    "Heart Wrenching"
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    I got this book in a BOGO sale and wow what a book. Controversial is an understatement. Thought-provoking, absolutely! So, you think you know how you feel about capital punishment, maybe not. We'll written, but somewhat of a tear jerker. Be prepared for an emotional roller coaster.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Invention of Wings: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
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    Overall
    (8179)
    Performance
    (7369)
    Story
    (7377)

    From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

    Jan says: "Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!"
    "What is Freedom?"
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    Amazing! Must read/listen! This is an incredible historic fiction story told from two perspectives, a young slave girl and a young aristocrat from a wealthy plantation. These two girls grow up together and realize they have more in common than they know. This story is fiction but based on historical fact. Sarah, the main character, was a real person and her home still stands in Charleston, SC. The injustices during this time are maddening. This book will bring about laughter, tears and frustration. One of the best books I have ever read/listened to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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