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  • The Shunning: The Heritage of Lancaster County, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Beverly Lewis
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (79)
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    (79)

    On the eve of Katie's wedding to widower Bishop John, startling news staggers out of her anguished parents, and nothing prepares Katie for the devastation their confession brings. Feeling betrayed, Katie watches as the only life she has ever known begins to unravel, leaving in its wake a furrow of pain and a future of hope.

    Caryl says: "Easy read pulls you in enough"
    "Authentic and moving"
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    I love listening to books by Beverly Lewis. Her rendition of the plain life, complete with authentic details, is very enjoyable. I grew up in Amish and Mennonite country, and I love the little tidbits of theology intermingled so expertly within the storyline. Very few "English" folks realize the complexity of the plain life, but the rigid expectations to conform precisely to the old ways are explained in an authentic yet easily understood manner.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mammoth Hunters: Earth's Children, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (859)
    Performance
    (554)
    Story
    (572)

    Ayla, the independent heroine of the Earth's Children series, sets out from the valley on Whinney, the horse she tamed. With her is Jondalar, the tall, handsome, yellow-haired man she nursed back to health and came to love. Together they meet Mamutoi - the Mammoth Hunters - people like Ayla.

    Mary says: "Great insights but fades into prurient"
    "Stands alone, but an excellent continuation"
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    The author does an excellent job of filling in key areas of background from the 2 prior books in this series, and it does stand alone by itself. However, it is far more enjoyable when read in order. I have found the "magic medicines" to be extremely interesting, as well as plausible "real life for the era" stories. It is obvious that considerable research went into the hunting, gathering, methods of construction of both lodging and tools used, as well as the landscape and fauna of para-glacial lands. Not only are the books great entertainment, they are educational.

    I do get tired of the sex scenes, but that's just my personal preference. They are tastefully done. The interplay between the main characters is fascinating. Personally, I have the entire 6 book series stored on my iPod and I listen to them at least once a year, sometimes more often. This particular book seems to have a slower speaking speed than I'm accustomed to, but still an excellent listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inheritance: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4626)
    Performance
    (4051)
    Story
    (4108)

    Not so very long ago, Eragon - Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider - was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, only a blue stone in the forest. Now the fate of an entire civilization rests on their shoulders. months of training and battle have brought victories and hope, but they have also brought heartbreaking loss. And still, the real battle lies ahead: they must confront Galbatorix. When they do, they will have to be strong enough to defeat him. And if they cannot, no one can.

    Robert says: "All the reviews had me worried for nothing!"
    "The conclusion at long last!"
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    Prior to listening to Inheritance, I re-listened to the first 3 books. Not only did I find the continuation to be seamless, the book does have the ability to stand alone if the first books weren't read. I was a bit disappointed with the ending. But it was very enjoyable to watch the maturing of the characters I had come to love as well as to really enlarge upon Rowan (sp?) and the people of Carver Hall.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Source of Miracles: 7 Steps to Transforming Your Life through the Lord's Prayer

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Kathleen McGowan
    • Narrated By Kathleen McGowan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (20)

    The real secret to creating and sustaining an abundant, joyous, and fulfilled life has been hiding in plain sight -- in the power of the prayer that unites two billion Christians worldwide, the prayer that each one of them knows by heart.

    Richard D. Shewman says: "Engaging reflection on the Lord's Prayer"
    "Spiritual Growth booster!"
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    While working the exercises would be easier from a hard copy of the book, I found it very beneficial to listen (several times) while driving or working around the house, even as I drift off to sleep. Narration by the author was authentic and enjoyable; the content was very thought provoking. I have enjoyed all her books, but this one is stellar for spiritual growth.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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