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Matthew

Virginia, IL, USA | Member Since 2002

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  • 7 reviews
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  • 2 purchased in 2014
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  • A Garden to Keep

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jamie Langston Turner
    • Narrated By Barbara McCulloh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Author of Some Wildflower in My Heart, Jamie Langston Turner won the Christy Award with A Garden to Keep. Elizabeth Landis is learning that God works in mysterious ways, and life has become more fulfilling for her as she takes Him into her heart. When she discovers her husband has been unfaithful, the Lord's strength becomes more valuable than ever.

    Becky Smith says: "A Great Book Made Better By the Narrator"
    "rambling"
    Overall

    This book was a rambling account of an interesting life. The author evidently knew that it rambled too much, because several times in the book she admits it. Her tangents weren't interesting and distracted from the plot. A skip.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On Agate Hill: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lee Smith
    • Narrated By Kate Forbes, Danielle Ferland, Katie Firth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (32)

    Orphaned when her father dies in the Civil War, Molly Petree is taken in by Uncle Junius on his Agate Hill plantation. But the terminally ill Junius is manipulated into marriage by his housekeeper, Selena, who inherits Agate Hill upon his death. Neglected and abused under Selena's watch, Molly escapes to a better life with help from her father's closest battlefield companion. But as she grows into a refined, educated woman, Molly remains haunted by tragedy.

    Mary says: "engrossing"
    "skip"
    Overall

    Didn't care for this book. Didn't like the characters and didn't care what happened to them at all. Give this one a skip.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Sweet Revenge

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Diane Mott Davidson
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (252)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (93)

    Goldy Schulz is thrilled to be catering a holiday breakfast feast for the staff of the Aspen Meadow Library. But little does she know that on the menu, alongside the Great Expectations Grapefruit, Chuzzlewit Cheese Pie, and Bleak House Bars, is a large helping of murder.

    T. W. Norman says: "Sweet is a Treat"
    "okay"
    Overall

    I really like this author's book, and this series is a lot of fun. Not crazy about the narrator though. Her kid voice is grating and made some of the characters' voices were annoying. Read these books, you will like them better that way!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Nella Last's War: The Second World War Diaries of 'Housewife 49'

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Nella Last
    • Narrated By Carole Boyd
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (30)

    In September 1939 housewife and mother Nella Last began a regular diary that lasted for 30 years. The account that she left of life during the Second World War is moving, fascinating, and unique. While Nella's younger son joined the army, she and the rest of the family tried to adapt to the transformed rhythms of life in Barrow-in-Furness, which suffered terribly from enemy bombing raids. Writing each day for the "Mass-Observation" project, Nella's diary entries tell a powerful story about the war years.

    Patricia says: "The world needs more Nella Lasts!"
    "great"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this book. It was a slow start, but by the end I wished that I could have met the author. She was a neat lady and really did detail the average person's days during World War II. Really worth the listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Kathleen Flinn
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    In 2003, Kathleen Flinn, a 36-year-old American living and working in London, returned from vacation to find that her corporate job had been eliminated. Ignoring her mother's advice that she get another job immediately or "never get hired anywhere ever again", Flinn instead cleared out her savings and moved to Paris to pursue a dream: a diploma from the famed Le Cordon Bleu cooking school.

    Fleming says: "Autobiography of the Woman Next Door"
    "liked it"
    Overall

    This was a fun listen. I did fast forward through the recipes, but really enjoyed the view of cooking school through a student. Not sure I want to each much french food, but enjoyed the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Chloe

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Lyn Cote
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Chloe Lorraine Kimball is born at the estate of Ivy Manor in the wee hours of the twentieth century. Becoming a young woman, and having a home filled with everything a young girl could desire, she still lacks the one thing she wants above all else: unconditional love from her parents. With the help of friends, Chloe strikes out on her own, determined to stand apart from her family. She embraces marriage and a career, but not even motherhood brings her what she longs for.

    Patricia says: "Chloe"
    "yuck"
    Overall

    I did not enjoy this book. It was sappy. The story line was interesting, but all of the characters were more interesting then Chloe. I began to wish she would go away so we could learn about the others. Waste of time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Death in Holy Orders

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By P.D. James
    • Narrated By Charles Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (526)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (121)

    Atop a sweep of low cliffs stands the small theological college of St. Anselm's. Not far away, smothered beneath a fall of sand, lies the body of one of the school's young ordinands. When Commander Adam Dalgliesh is called to investigate the death, the college is torn apart by another death, a sacrilegious and horrifying murder.

    Jannice says: "Death in Holy Orders - good PBS"
    "Wonderful"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this book. The author painted a vivid picture for my mind's eye and I was enthralled by the mystery. This is an author and character that I want more of.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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