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  • Ivanhoe

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Sir Walter Scott
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    During the reign of Richard I, Wilfred of Ivanhoe earns his father's disapproval by falling in love with Rowena, his father's ward. His father had planned to wed her himself, and reestablish the Saxon line.

    Tobin says: "A great classic romance/adventure"
    "Could have used a better narrator."
    Overall

    A good book that was badly read. Falsetto, breathy voices for the women. Harsh, brusque voices for the men. No feeling at all in the narration. Even when the words say the women are "in terror", their voices sound like they are carrying on an ordinary conversation. Just badly done.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • These Old Shades

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Cornelius Garrett
    Overall
    (333)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (203)

    Society believes the worst of Justin Alastair, the notorious Duke of Avon who is clearly proud of his Sobriquet, Satanas. It is he who buys Leon body and soul from a scoundrel in a Paris backstreet.

    Sharon says: "The epitome of romance"
    "Thoroughly enjoyable."
    Overall
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    Great writing and lots of laughs. Character development was believable and by the end I loved them all. One reviewer said the duke sounded like he was 60 instead of in his 40s. I concur and am grateful of the warning. However, Leonie, Rupert, Fanny ... in other words, everyone else was spot on, so Cornelius Garrett did an awesome job giving everyone their distinctive voice. If you are still on the fence about purchasing this book, give it a try. If you don't like it, you can return it. That sort of guarantee has me giving books I would not ordinarily look at twice a chance. Thank you, Audible. Please complete the library with the rest of Georgette Heyer's books.

    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
    (877)
    Performance
    (543)
    Story
    (545)

    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"
    "One of Francine Rivers best!"
    Overall
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    A wonderful book that highlights the loving nature of God and His willingness to forgive us over and over again. The narrator did a good job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gods at War: Defeating the Idols that Battle for Your Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kyle Idleman
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (73)

    In Gods at War, Kyle Idleman, best-selling author of Not a Fan, helps every believer recognize that there are false gods at war within each of us, and they battle for the place of glory and control in our lives. What keeps us from truly following Jesus is that our hearts are pursuing something or someone else. While these pursuits may not be the “graven images” of old, they are in fact modern day idols. Behind the sin you’re struggling with, the discouragement you’re dealing with, the lack of purpose you’re living with is a false god that is winning the war for your heart.

    Fred Stellabotte says: "One of the Best Books I have ever read .."
    "Full of epiphanies!"
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    This is a very impactful book for me. I knew about the sin of idolatry, but I thought it was the one sin I no longer committed. This book opened my eyes to what true idolatry looks like in my time, in my life. I have had so many epiphanies that I have bought the Bible Study DVDs for presentation to church groups. This is a must read for all those wanting to be better Christians.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To Whisper Her Name

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Tamera Alexander
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (94)

    Olivia Aberdeen, destitute widow of a murdered carpetbagger, gratefully accepts an invitation from 'Aunt' Elizabeth Harding, mistress of Belle Meade Plantation and the dearest friend of Olivia’s late mother. Expecting to be the Harding's housekeeper, Olivia is disillusioned once again when she learns the real reason why Elizabeth's husband, Confederate General William Giles Harding, agreed to her coming.

    Lia says: "Found the Romance Lacking"
    "Inspirational Romance?? Uh, no. Not at all."
    Overall
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    I know this was published by Zondervan, so I was disappointed in the lack of God in this book. The main characters were full of pride, not humility; they relied on themselves, not God; and they hardly prayed at all. In other words, they acted like most Christians do now, which is not inspirational in the least. There is too much world in this book. All the preaching was limited to the Freedmen Schools after the Civil War. I won't be listening to further books from this author.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Courting Trouble

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Deeanne Gist
    • Narrated By Danielle Ferland
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    CBA best-selling author Deeanne Gist, Christy Award winner for The Measure of a Lady, skillfully blends humor and romance in authentic historical settings. Courting Trouble, set in 1894, features a feisty, fun-loving heroine who tires of waiting for a match made in heaven and decides to settle for one made in Texas. So, on her 30th birthday, Essie launches her own secret mission to find a husband.

    Jodi says: "Refreshingly proper!"
    "Unusual."
    Overall
    Performance
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    Not typical, as another reviewer noted. What happens to Essie, her choices, and her motivations are the same for women today. But Essie soars above it all, especially in the end. Gist has written an engaging heroine. Excellent narration, too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Helen Simonson
    • Narrated By Peter Altschuler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2379)
    Performance
    (1099)
    Story
    (1090)

    You are about to travel to Edgecombe St. Mary, a small village in the English countryside filled with rolling hills, thatched cottages, and a cast of characters both hilariously original and as familiar as the members of your own family. Among them is Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired), the unlikely hero of Helen Simonson's wondrous debut. Wry, courtly, opinionated, and completely endearing, Major Pettigrew is one of the most indelible characters in contemporary fiction.

    txkimmers says: "A great surprise"
    "Delightful! More please."
    Overall
    Performance
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    Witty, intelligent, funny, poignant, unusual, and satisfying. Helen Simonson's debut novel leaves me wanting more and Peter Altschuler's narration is spot on. Excellent all around.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Judy Moody Gets Famous (Book 2)

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 13 mins)
    • By Megan McDonald
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (4)

    Good moods, bad moods, can't-stand-Jessica-Finch moods. Judy Moody has a mood for every occasion, and this time she's in a jealous mood. Jealous of Jessica Finch, that is, who gets her picture on the front page of the newspaper. When Judy sets off in pursuit of her own fame and happiness, watch out! She's so determined, she just might find it, or she might merely become more infamous than ever!

    MarissaB says: "Good story for children."
    "Good story for children."
    Overall
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    I am really liking this series. Judy is fun, funny, sweet, smart, and seemingly self-absorbed. Then she does something unexpected but totally true to her character and you realize that she is also compassionate. I can't wait to read the next book. Rosenblat is amazing, as usual.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Judy Moody (Book 1)

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 31 mins)
    • By Megan McDonald
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    "Are you in a bad mood or something?" asked Rocky. "Or something," said Judy Moody. Bad moods, good moods, even back-to-school moods - Judy Moody has them all! When her teacher assigns the class the task of creating "Me" collages, it puts Judy in a cut-and-paste mood! Meet Judy Moody, her little "bother" Stink, her best friend Rocky, and her "pest" friend Frank Pearl. They're guaranteed to put you in a very Judy Moody mood... or something.

    Catherine says: "Fabulous Book!"
    "Oh my gosh! What a treasure!"
    Overall
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    I was looking for lighthearted fun and I found it in spades in this book. Kids will be kids, and we all once were so self-centered and thoughtless. Yet there is the hope of growth and maturity evident in Judy. Good writing and just STUPENDOUS narration! Barbara Rosenblat tops the list of good narrators. Want more adult fare? Try the Amelia Peabody series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Devotion of Suspect X

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Keigo Higashino, Alexander O. Smith
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (533)
    Performance
    (255)
    Story
    (257)

    Yasuko Hanaoka is a divorced, single mother who thought she had finally escaped her abusive ex-husband Togashi. When he shows up one day to extort money from her, threatening both her and her teenaged daughter Misato, the situation quickly escalates into violence and Togashi ends up dead on her apartment floor.

    Howard says: "Devoted tale of kindness and unknown friendship."
    "Sad ending."
    Overall
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    I can understand why this won an award in Japan. The story is very much of that culture. I enjoyed it tremendously, even though the ending was not a happy one. Very character driven, this story is engrossing.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Archangel: Samaria, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Sharon Shinn
    • Narrated By Tamara Marston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (248)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (143)

    A tale of the distant future by the author of The Shape-Changer's Wife brings listeners to a world in which the fate of all life rests on the voice of an angel.

    Paul says: "A great story, narrrated well"
    "Disappointed."
    Overall

    I read several reviews on this book before purchasing it, so my expectations for the world building were very high. Shinn did build a creditable world by twisting biblical facts and references around. Okay, I get that and it was clever, but the Bible is full of hope and what Shinn created negated that. I would have preferred to spend my money listening to an author who created a unique world out of their own imagination. I didn't enjoy Pride and Prejudice and Zombies either.

    It would have also helped if I had liked the main characters, but the heroine's contrariness for the sake of being contrary got old really fast. I didn't like that the hero and heroine's problems all stemmed from their refusal to confide in each other. After the first BIG misunderstanding, you'd think they'd learn to talk to each other so that the BIGGER and BIGGEST misunderstandings didn't happen. But, no, it was too much to ask of these characters, even though she was already 25 and he was older. If they were in their teens, maybe, but . . .

    I'm always looking for a good fantasy. This just didn't do it for me.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful

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