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Susan

QUEMADO, NM, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Tramp for the Lord

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Corrie ten Boom
    • Narrated By Nadia May
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    Hiding Jewish refugees during WWII landed Corrie ten Boom in a German concentration camp. Released after 10 months, she tramped the world with a burning desire to tell others that Jesus is a reality, that He lives, that He is victor. Join Corrie on a world-wide trip that could only have been planned by God.

    Sandra says: "Tramp for the Lord Makes you think How God Works"
    "Awesome, amazing book!!!!"
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    Does the current world look dark and hopless to you?
    Read this book!
    At a time when the whole world felt devastated, this amazing woman traveled it, encouraging all to believe in the awesome God she serves.
    If you want to laugh, cry, learn and marvel at wonders, read this book!
    One of the best books I have ever, ever, listened to and I have loved many books!!!
    Don't miss it!

    1 of 2 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
    (67)
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    (44)
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    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
  • Not a Match: My True Tales of Online Dating Disasters

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Brian Donovan
    • Narrated By Ax Norman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Forty million people in the US have tried Internet dating, which means 40 million people have probably gone on some pretty crappy dates. Not a Match: My True Tales of Online Dating Disasters is about one guy who experienced more than his fair share. Brian Donovan, a writer and comedian whose work has appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, NPR, and Chapelle's Show, has been on over 100 Internet dates in a genuine search for love and happiness.

    Erin - Audible says: "Dating in New York is a Horrible Crapshoot."
    "No Match here,either"
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    I got this book for free and I'm glad it was free. I thought it might be a funny and lighthearted look at modern dating woes. Lots of ammo on that front, I'm sure.
    There were some really funny parts, but this is not a book for anyone but adults definitely from an R to X rating. Also, profanity.
    However, having said I don't particularly like the book the author was great!
    I loved his style, it drew me in and I could read other subjects written by him. Please, branch out from here, I think you've gotten all the mileage you can out of e-dating.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Elegance of the Hedgehog

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Muriel Barbery
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat, Cassandra Morris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (853)
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    (867)

    An enchanting New York Times and international best seller and award-winner about life, art, literature, philosophy, culture, class, privilege, and power, seen through the eyes of a 54-year-old French concierge and a precocious but troubled 12-year-old girl.

    Pyles says: "It surprised me"
    "Not that elegant--except for Rosenblat"
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    I bought this book after reading the reviews touting it as touching and funny. There were some truly touching and really funny moments and I enjoyed those very much. The problem was, I needed a degree in French and philosophy to understand the rest of the book. More intellectual babbling than I would have ever imagined I would tolerate. But I did tolerate it because despite all the blah-blah, I came to care for the characters.

    I finished the book but it left me wishing I had never picked it up, because it made me very sad.

    Rosenblat's narration was absolutely fabulous, and the only reason I will remember this book fondly.



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Dared to Call Him Father: The Miraculous Story of a Muslim Woman’s Encounter with God

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Bilquis Sheikh, Richard H. Schneider
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    How do I give myself to God completely? What happens when I do? I Dared to Call Him Father is the fascinating true story of Bilquis Sheikh, a prominent Muslim woman in Pakistan who faced these questions at the crossroads of her life and found the astonishing answers. Her unusual journey to a personal relationship with God turned her world upside down - and put her life in danger - as a series of strange dreams launched her on a quest that would forever consume her heart, mind, and soul.

    Pamela says: "The story of an intimate walk with the Lord"
    "Awesome! Highly Recommend!!!"
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    I stumbled across this book by accident and put it on my wish list because I like Lorna Raver's narration so much.

    Once I began to listen to it, I just could not stop. The story is told in clear and simple terms and yet is so very moving and touching.

    Bilquis Sheikh manages to reveal many of the mysteries of the Muslim mindset which before escaped me ( a westerner) completely.

    She has an unusual story and I loved every minute of it. (And I don't want to spoil it for others.)

    I've listened to it at least three times now and will continue to recommend it to friends and family and any others who will listen to me.

    Even if you just read this for curiosity's sake, get it and read it. Maybe, like Bilquis, you will find your life equally changed and enriched by the source of her joy.

    Raver is the perfect narrator for this story and as usual she does a superb job!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Timothy Egan
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor, Ken Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1192)
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    (629)
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    (636)

    The dust storms that terrorized America's High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since, and the stories of the people that held on have never been fully told. Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist and author Timothy Egan follows a half-dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region.

    Laurie says: "more than grapes of wrath"
    "Harsh, anti-agricultural view"
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    Perhaps a native Okie is not the best judge of a book like this, but here goes.

    Egan takes us all the way back to 1870's and is first critical of the Indian policies in place then. He follows several families in a range of places and shows the pain and pathos of the time.

    But, he just falls of the edge of the world while ending the book, slipping into more critical views of current agricultural practices. If you didn't know better, you'd think things were just the same in "No Man's Land" today as they were in the 1930's. I don't appreciate his views.

    My grandma, a young woman and mother of three small children, was widowed in 1922 while living near Beaver, OK. She raised her kids alone, never married again and spent the rest of her life in No Man's Land. She earned not just a living but also a college diploma at age 72. I attended her graduation ceremony, how many grand kids can say this about their grandma? At the time of her death, besides a home and car, she owned forty acres of lovely wheat land. My dad had many sad stories to tell--having his only Christmas toy broken by an uncle, missing a father's guidance, having a prize winning 4H heifer taken by the county because it had Bangs. But despite mornings awakening with the only clean spot on his pillow where his head had lain, he served well in WWII, came home and married, finished medical school and spent his life as a family doctor, helping many folks and raising his three kids with a gentle and loving hand. Like his parents before him, his deep faith in God sustained him in many hard times.

    I'd have appreciated more stories of continuing legacy like this, than what I got in the book, although parts were very interesting.

    Added to my dislike of the authors point of view was the fact that the narrator could not pronounce almost any name of a town correctly, except for Dalhart. Boise City, which he read thousands of times grated on my ears each time BOIS (like BOISterous) City, not bois-SAY City like the narrator insisted on pronouncing it.. And really one can easily find the correct pronunciation of many Indian and Spanish words almost anywhere now a days.

    I listened to the whole thing, but I was left feeling empty. I cannot accept his current assessment of the land or policy, because Ive lived there and know better.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Great Expectations

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (781)
    Performance
    (453)
    Story
    (461)

    When the young orphan called Pip encounters the escaped convict Magwitch, the child's life is altered forever - in ways he cannot even imagine. In the course of his story, Pip encounters such memorable characters as the eccentric Miss Havisham and her beautiful ward Estella - and a mysterious benefactor. This recording includes both of the endings Dickens wrote for this classic novel.

    Jerry says: "Why a classic is a classic"
    "Really enjoyed this book!"
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    I was forced to read this book as a seventh grader. I HATED it!! I cannot emphasize this enough.

    Fro some totally crazy reason, I ordered it expecting not to like it again. But, I wanted to expand my horizons and besides, I love Frank Muller's narration!

    So I must admit,though being forced to read it, I could not remember anything at all except Miss Haversham and that obnoxious wedding table of her. So, clearly,, seventh grade was a long , LONG time ago!

    I absolutely LOVED this book! No kidding! I have not previously been a Dickens fan, but now I'd have to say I am, of at least some of his works.

    This is a great story, a bit of a cautionary tale and even a romance and story of enduring love between friends and family.

    I was totally amazed at how much I loved this book.

    And of course, the great Frank makes it even better! He does his usual job of excellent narration.

    So, the moral of the story is... even if you hated it in junior high, try it again in twenty or MORE years!:)

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

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Flo Gibson
    Overall
    (970)
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    (814)
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    (825)

    Many consider this rich social commentary to be Jane Austen's finest novel. It is certainly among her more famous ones. Austen sets her entertaining study of manners and misconceptions against the backdrop of a class-conscious society in 18th-century England.

    Rachel Kapila says: "Flo Gibson Reads You Stories"
    "Surprised, but I really enjoyed this!"
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    I'm not a big reader of 19th century writers, or those before then. But I chose this as a free gift on Valentines' Day.
    Of course, I knew it was a classic, but I came into it totally naive, having never known the story.
    I was surprised how much I enjoyed the writing and the story, and hearing the background info on Jane Austen added to my enjoyment and appreciation of this book.

    The language caused me a bit of trouble on occasion, but I could go back and catch it again.
    In fact, I enjoyed the book so much that as soon as I had finished it, I listened to it all the way through again!

    I liked Flo's reading and interpretation of the book. She did a great job on distinguishing between voices. I noticed either there was an occasional glitch in the speed or for some reason she sped up on occasion, not sure which.
    But not enough to keep one from enjoying .

    Highly recommend!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Through Gates of Splendor

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Elisabeth Elliot
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
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    (22)
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    (22)

    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
  • NIV Audio Bible, Pure Voice

    • UNABRIDGED (78 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Zondervan Bibles
    • Narrated By George W. Sarris
    Overall
    (36)
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    (27)
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    (26)

    The complete, unabridged New International Version of the Bible has been digitally produced to bring the Bible's stories to life. This audio is narrated by George Sarris, a well-known spokesperson for several Fortune 500 companies. This vivid recording of the NIV in a single, pure voice will help you hear the Bible again... for the first time.

    Xiaolili says: "No way to find a specific book!!!"
    "Excellent!!! Don't miss!"
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    The NIV version of the Bible is clear, and easy to understand in modern English.
    It is a great choice for listening and I was surprised to notice that with someone else reading, I remembered better and saw connections and had comprehensions of underlying themes which I had missed in reading it.

    I like to listen to a few chapters a day.

    Don't miss this! It will give you plenty to listen to and think about for years to come.

    I have really enjoyed the narration of George W. Sarris. He has a great, easy to listen to voice and he uses it well.

    He uses his inflection well, although he clearly has not tired to do a tremendously dramtic rendering. I like this approach.

    Given that, he had me giggling when speaking for Balaam's donkey and several characters who were clearly drunken.

    I will listen to this many times in days to come.

    You will not regret this version, this voice or this purchase.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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