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Susan

QUEMADO, NM, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Through Gates of Splendor

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Elisabeth Elliot
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (35)

    In January 1956, a tragic story flooded headlines around the world. Five men, spurred by a passion to share the good news of Jesus Christ, ventured deep into the jungles of Ecuador. Their goal: to make contact with an isolated tribe whose previous response to the outside world had been to attack all strangers.Through Gates of Splendor, the story of Nate Saint, Roger Youderian, Ed McCully, Pete Fleming, and Jim Elliot, was first recorded in 1956 by Jim's widow, Elisabeth.

    Kent says: "Compelling and Authentic"
    "A must read--true devotion"
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    Elisabeth tells this story so well. I happen to find Marguerite's voice less than pleasing, but she reads well and after a bit I no longer noticed the voice as the story caught me.

    This was an awesome story which brought tears to my eyes at many points. I especially enjoyed Elisabeth's thoughts in the first and second epilogues.
    What commitment and trust all these folks have! They have had tremendous impact on an entire generation of this world.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Oliver Twist: Dickens on Dickens

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Gerald Dickens
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (41)

    Gerald Dickens, great, great grandson of Charles Dickens, reads this traditional tale.Oliver Twist is the second novel by English author Charles Dickens. The time honoured story is about the orphan Oliver Twist, who escapes from a workhouse and travels to London where he meets the renowned Artful Dodger, leader of a gang of juvenile pickpockets. Oliver is led to the lair of their elderly criminal trainer Fagin, naively unaware of their unlawful activities.

    Amazon Customer says: "Brilliant narration"
    "My least favorite Dickens, but still a classic"
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    I've got to say that even though this is my least favorite Dickens so far, this is still a book well worth listening to!

    Dickens wrote this book to call attention to the plight of orphans during his time. I'd like to point out that worldwide there are about 147 million orphans at this time and we can all use this book to inspire thought on how to help orphans throughout the world.

    I think the visceral reaction to the things which orphans routinely suffered was the main reason I didn't like this book so much. It hit me very hard. However, I must also say, that it does have a Dickens happy ending and some poetic as well as real, justice.

    Gerald Dickens does a really fabulous job of narrating this story and I enjoyed listening to him very much.

    Clearly, I was ruined for this book after having watched "Oliver!" the musical as a child...and all I can say about the movie is, how can anyone read this book and then say, "Let's make a musical out of it!"

    Still a great book, but I won't be renting the movie anytime soon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Code Talker: The First and Only Memoir by One of the Original Navajo Code Talkers of WW II

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Chester Nez, Judith Schiess Avila
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (595)
    Performance
    (513)
    Story
    (523)

    Chester Nez, the only surviving member of the original twenty-nine Navajo code talkers, shares the fascinating inside story of his life and service during World War II.

    Roxane says: "Interesting Listen for WWII Buffs"
    "Sad and moving, very well written"
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    I enjoy reading about WWII, and especially biographical works about this era. Since I live just about a hundred miles from where Mr. Nez grew up, I knew we'd have some things in common, even though I'm not of the Dine.

    I really enjoyed hearing about his youth; as a stock-raising person, I was absolutely horrified by the livestock reduction he relates, and I sorrowed for him at boarding school. Many children must still leave home and go to boarding school currently as well.

    His story struck me as honest and straightforward, though his lifelong clinging to his native religion and referring to Christianity as "white man's religion" saddened me deeply.

    I was so involved emotionally in he and his characters, I was looking up he and some of his fellows on the internet before I had even finished listening to the book. That's when I realized he had just passed away.

    I came away from this book with a great respect for Chester Nez and the other code talkers and understood much more about them as a result of reading this book. The book has also made me very curious about many other aspects which Nez didn't cover in his book, so maybe I will find some more books about this basic subject.

    I thought this book was very well written and sounded as if it were Chester's own words. It gripped my attention all the way through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Borrowers

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Mary Norton
    • Narrated By Rowena Cooper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (116)

    Pod, Homily, and Arrietty are a family of tiny people who live beneath the floor, behind the grandfather clock in the old rectory. They own nothing - everything they have is borrowed from the "human beans", who don't even know they exist.

    Carol says: "Exciting, Whimsical, and Well-Read"
    "Family friendly and very fun!"
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    I read this book as a kid (and loved it!) and tried this out just for fun.

    This timeless classic glows with the excellent narration of Rowena Cooper. I loved her voice and performance.

    What a great family safe story with fun and excitement.

    I loved it all over again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • George Muller: The Guardian of Bristol's Orphans

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Janet Benge, Geoff Benge
    • Narrated By Tim Gregory
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    With scarcely enough food or money for his own family, George Müller (1805-1898) opened his heart and home. Sustained by God's provision, the Müller house "Breakfast Club" of thirty orphans grew to five large houses that ultimately over ten thousand children would call home. George Müller trusted God with a depth rarely seen. His faith and generosity set a standard for Christians of all generations.

    Peter says: "Inspiring and well done."
    "Excelletn read for all ages, highly recommend!"
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    While this book simplifies the story of George Muller's life, it still packs a punch!

    Muller's life is so very compelling! It can teach us many lessons on faith and really trusting God and praying in belief about everything which concerns us. This book contains true stories which are well told and really stay with me. These stories have caused me to begin praying and believing God for many more circumstances in my life.

    This book is an invaluable book and led me to read Muller's own words in the longer book, "Answers to Prayers from George Muller's Narratives" (by George Muller) in print.

    I only wish there were more Audible versions of bonks by and about, George Muller.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pied Piper

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (97)

    John Howard is determined to brighten up his old age by taking a fishing trip to France, but during his stay the Nazis invade. Howard must try to escape back to England with the two small children of some friends who are forced to stay behind in order to help the Allied war effort. As the conflict grows closer, the roads become impassable and Howard also comes across five more children who need his help. He ends up leading this motley group of youngsters through the French countryside, constantly beset by danger yet heroically protecting his charges.

    Adrienne Brown says: "My favourite Nevil Shute book"
    "Great story, gently told"
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    I enjoyed this book very much, though I didn't find it quite as emotionally compelling as "A Town Like Alice".

    This was a very good story, and the thing I like about Shute is his ability to handle very difficult issues and topics with grace and emotion without sinking into darkness.

    I came to really care about the main character as well as the other characters he is trying to help.

    I enjoy Shute's books very much and so far, have felt very safe reading them and recommending them to others. He writes like the gentleman he seems to be.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • METAtropolis

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jay Lake, Tobias Buckell, Elizabeth Bear, and others
    • Narrated By Michael Hogan, Scott Brick, Kandyse McClure, and others
    Overall
    (2094)
    Performance
    (1843)
    Story
    (1884)

    Armed camps of eco-survivalists battle purveyors of technology in this exclusive, original production featuring five sci-fi masters and five all-star narrators.

    Anthony says: "Painful"
    "Thi is an OK book, not great"
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    This is probably a good choice for the Daily Deal since you get several stories. I did enjoy some stories far more than others.
    But typically, I am not an avid enjoy-er of end of the world scenarios.
    Some bad language and some unhappy subject material--how could apocalyptic stories be other wise?
    Not for the too young.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fat Is the New 30: The Sweet Potato Queens' Guide to Coping with (the Crappy Parts of) Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jill Conner Browne
    • Narrated By Jill Conner Browne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (219)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (191)

    The Sweet Potato Queens are back and bawdier than ever in Southern belle extraordinaire Jill Conner Browne’s ninth edition of the hysterical series. Having experienced pretty much ALL of the crappy parts of life, Browne feels it is her duty to render whatever assistance she can to her fellow sufferers - and she does so in her own inimitable fashion.

    Her father taught her there are very few situations in life that we really and truly cannot change, and it is up to us to figure out how to either make fun OUT of them - or make fun OF them.

    Kathy says: "A cure for what ails ya"
    "Not a book my Mom would like"
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    While Jill made me both laugh and cry in this book and I felt a real kinship with her, I can't recommend this book.

    She sends some mixed messages and with that and her profanity, I just can't send you off to buy it expecting a clean book. Too much profanity for my taste.

    It was a struggle, but I have decided not to buy the other books, despite the fact I really like Jill, and I feel she is a very talented person and writer. I love the pictures she paints with her words (without the profanity).

    She has a huge vocabulary and really Jill, you don't need that F word to express yourself.



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pickwick Papers

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By David Timson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (57)

    The Pickwick Papers, Dickens's first novel, is a delightful romp through the pre-Reform Bill England of 1827. Samuel Pickwick and the rest of the Pickwickians are some of the most memorable of all Dickens's creations, and it is a joy to hear of their adventures in search of "interesting scenes and characters", and the repeated efforts of the quick-witted Sam Weller to rescue them all from disaster.

    Darwin8u says: "Watch Dickens Emerge from a Literary Chrysalis"
    "Take the plunge!"
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    I almost quit listening to this book at the beginning, but I persevered and I'm glad I did. Lots of laughs, a real romp as one reviewer described it. It wouldn't be Dickens without some pathos and many of the really serious or sad scenes are more asides loosely written into the story.
    How he ever managed to hammer this tale together as a beginning author shows why he became a classic author.
    I very much enjoyed this book and I will listen to it again!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Town Like Alice

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Robin Bailey
    Overall
    (1682)
    Performance
    (1118)
    Story
    (1128)

    Wanting to repay a wartime debt to the Malays, Jean Paget returns. There she hears a story which leads her to Australia.

    Amazon Customer says: "Better still in Audio form"
    "Wonderful!!! Classic!"
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    I purchased this book as a Daily deal and I have now discovered a new novelist I love. Had never heard of Shute before, but this book was so very enjoyable. The characters and story gripped me and it flowed along so very well. Very poignant. I agree with a previous reviewer who describes this as a gentle book. Shute handles even difficult issues with a gentle finesse that I appreciate.
    Robin Bailey was absolutely superb as the narrator!!! Marvelous voice and performance.
    I highly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Silas Marner

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By George Eliot
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (57)

    Silas Marner is a gentle linen weaver who is framed for a heinous theft by his best friend. Exiled from the sphere of human trust and love, he becomes a recluse, caring only for the gold he receives for his work. But when an abandoned child mysteriously appears at his cottage one New Year's Eve, Silas discovers an unselfish love that will ultimately lead to his redemption.

    Amazon Customer says: "Reread after many years"
    "A good read with great life lessons"
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    I have never listened to or read George Elliot before.
    But I loved this book.
    It made me go online andl look up several historical things I was curious about, but mostly, I loved the characters and the story.
    It showed so clearly how those tragedies in our lives can also be the events which are the most beneficial to us down the road in life.
    The best lesson, expressed so beautifully, is that God is more tender and kind than we, and if He allows tragedy, He will eventually bring wonderful good out of it.
    Absolutely a lovely principle to reflect on at any time.
    (It did start a bit slow, but hang in there!)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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