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Shannon

Mooresville, IN, United States

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  • 11 reviews
  • 34 ratings
  • 76 titles in library
  • 3 purchased in 2014
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  • When Crickets Cry

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Charles Martin
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (135)

    A man with a painful past. A child with a doubtful future. And a shared journey toward healing for both their hearts... It begins on the shaded town square in a sleepy Southern town. A spirited seven-year-old has a brisk business at her lemonade stand. But the little girl’s pretty yellow dress can’t quite hide the ugly scar on her chest. The stranger understands more about it than he wants to admit. And the beat-up bread truck careening around the corner with its radio blaring is about to change the trajectory of both their lives.

    Amazon Customer says: "My all time favorite read!!!"
    "My last Charles Martin Book"
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    I first read Chasing Fireflies and enjoyed it, especially the ending. I then read Mountain Between us and it was so slow that I skipped past half the book. I thought I'd give him another chance with this one but sad to say I was disappointed again. It's just very slow and predictable. Just finished listening to The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom and enjoyed it very much.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Hiding Place

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Corrie ten Boom
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (389)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (231)

    Corrie ten Boom was a Dutch watchmaker who became a heroine of the Resistance, a survivor of Hitler's concentration camps, and one of the most remarkable evangelists of the 20h century. In World War II she and her family risked their lives to help Jews and underground workers escape from the Nazi's, and for their work they were tested in the infamous Nazi death camps. Only Corrie among her whole family survived to tell the story of how faith ultimately triumphs over evil.

    AAW says: "Amazing Courage"
    "Wasn't prepared to be this inspired"
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    What a great book! Not only is her story inspirational but her writing is excellent. I very much enjoyed this narrator and felt as if it were Corrie reading it herself. This is a must read!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels - A Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Ree Drummond
    • Narrated By Ree Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (103)

    "I'll never forget that night. It was like a romance novel, an old Broadway musical, and a John Wayne western rolled into one. Out for a quick drink with friends, I wasn't looking to meet anyone, let alone a tall, rugged cowboy who lived on a cattle ranch miles away from my cultured, corporate hometown. But before I knew it, I'd been struck with a lightning bolt... and I was completely powerless to stop it."

    Elizabeth Lyle says: "Real Life Romance and Humor"
    "Cute"
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    It was a cheerful, love filled, light read after reading The Shack. I love her blog, show and now her book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shack

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Wm. Paul Young
    • Narrated By Roger Mueller
    Overall
    (4015)
    Performance
    (1650)
    Story
    (1698)

    Mackenzie Allen Philips' youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare.

    Renato says: "much more than I expected"
    "I really wanted to like it..."
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    When I first started I was thinking, OK this is going to be a well written book and although it was well written, it was just too jam packed with theology that overrode the storyline. Every time the main character asks a questions, be prepared for a several page answer from "God" that will load you down with more info that you can at times make sense of. There were parts that were enlightening but all in all just too far out for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34659)
    Performance
    (25761)
    Story
    (26123)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "It was just OK"
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    I'm not sure what all the hype is about. This wasn't a terrible book but after reading The Help and A Thousand Splendid Suns, this just wasn't up to par. Not a bad read but you can tell it is geared toward a younger audience. I passed it on to my 12 year old and she is enjoying it. The narrater sounds like the one reading my 1st grader's Magic Tree House books. Again, she wasn't terrible but sounded juvenile to me. Maybe a different narrater would have helped this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Of Mice and Men

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Gary Sinise
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (781)
    Performance
    (677)
    Story
    (678)

    While the powerlessness of the laboring class is a recurring theme in Steinbeck’s work of the late 1930s, he narrowed his focus when composing Of Mice and Men (1937), creating an intimate portrait of two men facing a world marked by petty tyranny, misunderstanding, jealousy, and callousness. But though the scope is narrow, the theme is universal: a friendship and shared dream that make an individual’s existence meaningful.

    Jenny says: "The reader alone is worth it"
    "If you like profane language"
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    I was hoping to broaden my horizons by reading some of the old classics. This one was a mistake! Terrible plot, terrible ending, and profane language throughout the entire book. Stick with To Kill a Mockingbird. This was the biggest waste of 3 hours ever!

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Atossa Leoni
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5092)
    Performance
    (1325)
    Story
    (1326)

    Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

    David says: "Somber but gripping"
    "He did it again."
    Overall
    Performance
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    Once again Khaled Hosseini impresses me with his impeccable ability to take you there with his writing. As with The Kite Runner, it is a very sad story but if you're willing to step out and experience what was likely the reality of many women of this time, then this is the book to read. Atossa Leoni does an excellent job narrating. I would recommend this book and hope to see this authors name again soon!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mountain Between Us: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Charles Martin
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (100)

    When their last outgoing flight is cancelled, Ben finds a charter plane that can take him around the storm and drop him in Denver to catch a connection. And when the pilot says the single-engine prop plane can fit one more, if barely, Ben offers the seat to Ashley, knowing that she needs to get home just as urgently. And then the unthinkable happens. The pilot has a heart attack, and the plane crashes into one of the largest stretches of harsh and remote land in the United States.

    Suzanne says: "10 stars for The Mountain Between Us"
    "One Word...SLOWWWWW"
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    Charles Martin is a good writer but I could have condensed this book by about half. In fact I skipped over probably 2/3 of this book. I enjoyed his other book Chasing Fireflies much more than this. It's hard to stay interested when you basically only have 2 characters in the same setting the entire time. I wanted to like it more but I just couldn't get into it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Chasing Fireflies

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Charles Martin
    • Narrated By Andrew Peterson
    Overall
    (444)
    Performance
    (290)
    Story
    (293)

    When paramedics find a malnourished 6-year-old boy near a burning car that holds a dead woman, they wonder who he is - and why he won't talk. Seth, a small-town journalist who was raised by foster parents, is assigned to cover the story and investigate the boy's identity. But will his search unearth long-buried emotions - and answers to his own history?

    Deborah A Reardon says: "Meaningful"
    "The ending was the best part"
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    I really enjoyed this story and the narrator did a good job. You can tell that it is written by a man though because of the little bit of rambling about sports a couple of times. The great surprise ending made up for any long windedness though. The characters are lovable and I enjoy Charles Martin's prose. The only think that would have made this book better for me was if there had been a little romance or love connection, but that's just because I'm a sap. I would recommend it, in fact I just downloaded another of Martin's books The Mountain Between Us with hopes that it is just as good.

    8 of 10 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
    (2422)
    Performance
    (1141)
    Story
    (1134)

    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"
    "It might have been better..."
    Overall

    It might have enjoyed this book more had I read it as opposed to listening to it.I really did not enjoy the "brittish" narrator at all. The story line is a slow starter and truthfully, I finally just ended up putting it down. Too bad!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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