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Linda Larock

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Yakima, WA USA | Member Since 2004

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  • God's Handmaiden

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Gilbert Morris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    Gervase Howard is in her mid-teens when her working-class mother dies and she must go to live with relatives in service to a wealthy, noble family, outside of London. While learning various jobs, she is drawn to the eldest son, Davis. Her fascination with him grows deeper, but more hopeless, since the two are separated not just by class, but also by Davis's love for Roberta. When Davis announces his engagement, he asks Gervase to join them as Roberta's maid. But instead Gervase becomes a companion to Florence Nightingale and accompanies her when the Crimean War breaks out....

    Linda Larock says: "Always enjoy Gilbert Morris-Great historical fict."
    "Always enjoy Gilbert Morris-Great historical fict."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, It begins as a good story of a young girl in a very difficult situation. She gets a real chance for a better life, when she goes with her cat & her meager possesions to live at the estate where her aunt & uncle work. You see her grow & blossom.

    Due to an impossible love, she feels she must move away, and finds a position with the family of a very famous historical person. This changes the course of her life, & leads her to the fields of the Crimean War, back to London, and eventually back to the estate of her teen years.

    It shows a young woman who will not give in to her desires, but lives as God's Word teaches. It's so different from what we see modeled by almost everyone these days, from those who help lead our country, the hollywood crowd, the sports figures, to the next door neighbors. We may not always get what we want, but God honors our obedience, and knows what is best for us.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of God's Handmaiden?

    There were several times where you see God working out the details in His own time and way, which were a delightful surprise.


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

    The narrator did a good job. The narrator gave me the time to enjoy a really good book that I wouldn't have had time to sit down and read, and to enjoy it as a couple. My husband enjoyed it, too.


    If you could take any character from God's Handmaiden out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The historical figure. I don't want to give away the surprise.


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoy good, clean, historical fiction you will really like this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Untamed Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Lauraine Snelling
    • Narrated By Rachel Botchan
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Eighteen-year-old Ingeborg Strand is certain she is destined to be an old maid. She's had several suitors but none she deemed worthy of spending her life with. That is, until she meets a university student from Oslo, and feelings stronger than friendship begin to develop between them. But tragedy strikes, and the future begins to look bleaker than ever. Grief settles heavily over Ingeborg, and her mother suggests that she leave Norway and start afresh in America, as so many others have done before her.

    Bookish says: "Untamed Heart"
    "Now we know what made Ingeborg who she is, an why."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of An Untamed Heart to be better than the print version?

    Rachel Botchan is a good narrator, but I really missed hearing the story with the accent. If that was a deal breaker for you, you might want to read it in print.


    What other book might you compare An Untamed Heart to and why?

    My husband & I love the characters Lauraine Snelling creates. The families love and care for and about each other. They work hard and trust God for the rest. The characters are real people. They don't "sound" like made-up people. You might run into them tomorrow at work or on your errands. They might be your friends or neighbors. If not, you want them to be so.

    He even enjoys the romance, because it's not fake or mushy. It's part of the life of the characters. We were so disappointed the next book isn't on audio yet. I hope it won't be long. We NEED to know what happens! Are you listening Audible?


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

    No. She's good.


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

    We chuckled in numerous places. I didn't cry with Ingeborg, but felt so badly for her. Our reaction was that we didn't want to stop listening and go to sleep so we could go to work the next morning!


    Any additional comments?

    This is nothing against Rachel Botchan's ability as a narrator, but being so used to listening to the stories with Ingeborg, and then not having that wonderful accent, it's just not the same, and I hope the next one includes the Norwegian accent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Copper Star: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Suzanne Woods Fisher
    • Narrated By Susan Hegarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Smuggled out of Nazi Germany after working in the resistance, Louisa finds herself waiting out the war in a dusty Arizona copper mining town. Sponsored by the Reverend Robert Gordon, Louisa quickly discovers he is hiding a tragic secret. Louisa irritates, intrigues, and charms Robert, soon becoming an indispensable part of his household. Trouble begins to brew when Friedrich Mueller, a prominent resident of Copper Springs and avid Nazi sympathizer, ferrets out Louisa's background. Soon Louisa is once again running for her life. Can she outfox a fox like Mueller?

    Debbie says: "Excellent!"
    "A German Resistance worker escapes to Arizona WWII"
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    What made the experience of listening to Copper Star the most enjoyable?

    It was interesting to have the main character be someone who had worked with Dietrich Bonhoeffer in the German Resistance. All of the characters were very interesting people. A heartbroken pastor and deaf little boy make it very hard for Louisa to return to Berlin.

    I learned a lot. I really enjoyed the book and can't wait for Audible to get Book 2, Copper Fire ready for us to listen to.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Copper Star?

    There was a lot of mystery & suspense, with a surprise at the end.


    What about Susan Hegarty’s performance did you like?

    I thought the narrator did a good job of the accents.


    Any additional comments?

    Read this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Prayer Box: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Lisa Wingate
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    When Iola Anne Poole, an old-timer on Hatteras Island, passes away in her bed at ninety-one, the struggling young mother in her rental cottage, Tandi Jo Reese, finds herself charged with the task of cleaning out the rambling Victorian house. Running from a messy, dangerous past, Tandi never expects to find more than a temporary hiding place within Iola's walls, but everything changes with the discovery of eighty-one carefully decorated prayer boxes, one for each year, dating from Iola's youth to her last days.

    Sara says: "A story that draws you in"
    "Narrator made it almost impossible to understand"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The book itself was very enjoyable. Just don't listen to it. Buy the book. Doesn't anyone preview a narrator to see if they can be understood? I almost stopped listening within the first few minutes. I couldn't understand what was being said. It was even worse when the narrator used a southern accent for a couple of the characters. I turned up the volume and hit rewind a number of times to hear what had been said. I really wanted to hear the story, so I endured it to the end.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The setting was interesting, taking place on an island in the Outer Banks of Florida. The plot and characters were engaging. You learned about a character through the letters she wrote to God. The book had a number of really good messages. I enjoyed the book, in spite of the narration.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Xe Sands’s performances?

    NO


    Could you see The Prayer Box being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It would be an interesting movie.


    Any additional comments?

    The book showed the comparison of a controlling person in relationships, and normal relationships. It showed the kinds of hurts women have in their lives that make them the target of controlling abusers. Abusers know the type of women that will allow the control in the relationship, instead of walking away immediately. Great job, Lisa.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lost Melody: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Lori Copeland, Virginia Smith
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (52)

    The beautiful piano sitting in the corner of Jill King’s apartment begs to be played. For over a year, it has sat untouched, ever since a terrible accident shattered Jill’s ambition of becoming a concert pianist. The ragged scar on her left hand is a cruel and constant reminder of the death of her dream. But another dream is about to come to life - an unexpected, horrifying dream that will present Jill with a responsibility she never wanted. And choices she never wanted to make.

    Jo Arnold says: "Interesting, heart felt and enjoyed."
    "Didn't meet expectations"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. It seemed disjointed and unbelievable. I kept waiting to find out if this experience was supposed to be real or some dream she had while being unconscious. Was it serious or supposed to be humorous? I almost broke my own rule to finish every book I start (because I can usually learn something). I hate to give a less-than-good review, but I personally didn't enjoy the book at all. This was surprising, because I'm pretty sure I have read this author's books before.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I really don't know.


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

    I don't know if it was her voice, or just because she was reading a book I wasn't enjoying, but personally, I didn't care for her narration.


    Could you see Lost Melody being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Definitely not.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • With Every Letter: Wings of the Nightingale, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Sarah Sundin
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (29)

    Lt. Mellie Blake is looking forward to beginning her training as a flight nurse. She is not looking forward to writing a letter to a man she’s never met - even if it is anonymous and part of a morale-building program. Lt. Tom MacGilliver, an officer stationed in North Africa, welcomes the idea of an anonymous correspondence - he’s been trying to escape his infamous name for years. As their letters crisscross the Atlantic, Tom and Mellie develop a unique friendship despite not knowing the other’s true identity. When both are transferred to Algeria, the two are poised to meet face-to-face for the first time.

    Elise says: "Great Story and Narrator"
    "WW1 Hist. Fiction/Flight Nurses"
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    Would you listen to With Every Letter again? Why?

    No, but I would definitely listen the first time.
    The story line & time & location were very interesting, if you enjoy historical fiction and nursing. It seemed that the author dragged out some of the situations for too long. There are times you find yourself wanting to strangle the main character because of this.

    It's a good story, though. I learned how ordinary citizens were used during the war, and how air fields were built as the Army advanced. It was interesting to see how nurses were viewed during that time, and how hard it was to convince some doctors and military men of how helpful they could be.

    It was a good picture of how we can incorrectly perceive situations as a child or adult, and let that color our reactions the rest of our lives. It's a good picture of how difficult it is to obediently forgive others, but how that pays off in our life and the lives of all those around us.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The dog was fun.


    What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

    She has a nice voice.


    If you could rename With Every Letter, what would you call it?

    Don't Ever Give Up


    Any additional comments?

    I'm sort of surprised an editor didn't encourage the author to condense some of the drawn-out struggles of the character, but maybe it was just me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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