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  • Fire by Night

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lynn Austin
    • Narrated By Christina Moore

    Two-time Christy Award winner Lynn Austin is hailed for her inspiring historical novels. As in Candle in the Darkness Austin transports us back to the turbulence of the Civil War.

    Patricia says: "You could listen to this book over and over!"
    "Another great story"
    If you could sum up Fire by Night in three words, what would they be?

    Engaging, authentic, inspiring

    What other book might you compare Fire by Night to and why?

    Lynn Austen's books relating to the Civil War have a Gone With the Wind flavor with a heroine you can admire. Her rich detail comes from thorough research that gives this inspiring story and its characters their depth.

    What about Christina Moore’s performance did you like?

    Christina Moore always brings the emotion and color that adds so much meaning to the story. Her ability to develop each character with a unique vocal style is the basis of that color.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Once I've been drawn into one of Austen's stories, I just want to stay in it to see how the characters will grow and develop their faith.

    Any additional comments?

    I think Austen always finds a perfect balance between a message of faith and an engaging example of historical fiction.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • All Things New

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Lynn Austin
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Fans of inspirational fiction eagerly devour historical novels from Christy Award winner Lynn Austin. In All Things New, the acclaimed author weaves a tale set in the aftermath of the Civil War. Josephine Weatherly and her mother, Eugenia, return to their Virginia plantation, but their once-grand home has lost its lustre. Jo’s father and brother are dead, and the war has left her remaining brother broken and embittered. Bonding with Lizzie, one of the few remaining servants, Jo struggles to rebuild her life....

    Holly says: "Another gem"
    "Another gem"
    Where does All Things New rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've been a huge Lynn Austin fan. The authenticity, solid research, and strong foundation in faith make her novels standouts among my other listens. I really appreciated her thoughtful portrayal of the post-Civil War experiences and the struggle of the genteel southerners to accept and move-on.

    What did you like best about this story?

    Ms. Austin's characters are always extremely well developed. The characters who carry the message of faith are realistic and have struggled with the same issues as the characters attempting to make it through life without that solid faith. I love her strong female characters. They are always strong and challenged in believable ways.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    I think Josephine's bravery and willingness to find a way to get a message to the government agent was a very compelling scene.

    If you could take any character from All Things New out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would really like to meet Lizzie and Eli to hear firsthand of their struggles and challenges.

    Any additional comments?

    I did my best to read Lynn Austin's books in historical order. They provide an excellent opportunity to experience the events that shaped our lives today.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Back to Work: Why We Need Smart Government for a Strong Economy

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Bill Clinton
    • Narrated By Bill Clinton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    President Bill Clinton gives us his views on the challenges facing the United States today and why government matters—presenting his ideas on restoring economic growth, energy, job creation, financial responsibility, resolving the mortgage crisis, and financial responsibility, and offering a plan to get us "back in the future business".

    Jean says: "A good overview with a touch of hope"
    "Required Reading/Listening"
    What made the experience of listening to Back to Work the most enjoyable?

    In his own voice and words, President Clinton does an excellent job of providing the history and mechanics of our current economic problems and offers some very clear insights into our current political standoff. His tone is conversational and he obviously did some very thorough research. He has no trouble assigning responsibility, whether with the Republicans or Democrats. It is a very thorough, balanced, insightful discussion of our deep, economic mess, and he offers some very practical and clear solutions for getting us back on a healthy economic track.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Back to Work?

    The President's candor and humor helped to make a potentially dry subject very informative and interesting. He's as clear about his own missteps as he is about those occurring today.

    What about Bill Clinton’s performance did you like?

    President Clinton's discussion was like a conversation. He has an excellent grasp of his subject and presents it in a clear, relaxed manner. It never sounds forced or heavily scripted even though he is reading the material.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I found it helpful to listen in smaller segments. There was a tremendous amount of factual information, and I may even listen again and take some notes. This is important information.

    Any additional comments?

    Whether you're a Republican or Democrat, you will gain valuable information for understanding where we are, how we got here, and how we can get ourselves out of the horrible economic and political hole we're in. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to truly understand how we went from a thriving economy with a surplus and functional Congress to the debt-ridden and confrontational state we're in today. This should be required reading for every voter before the next election.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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