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Mary

Largo, FL, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Infamous

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Suzanne Brockmann
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe, Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (542)
    Performance
    (262)
    Story
    (267)

    When history professor Alison Carter became a consultant to the film version of the Wild West legend she’d dedicated her career to researching, she couldn’t possibly have known that she would not only get a front-row seat to a full-blown Hollywood circus but would innocently witness something that would put her life in peril. Nor did she expect that a tall stranger in a cowboy hat would turn the movie — and her world — completely upside down.

    LeftyMom says: "Loved it!"
    "Not for Me!"
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    I decided to try this book because of the 4-star reviews. Well, I learned that Susan Brockmann fiction is definitely NOT for me. I've listened to a ton of audio books and this is by far my least favorite listen of all. Instead of an interesting story, you'll have to listen to one graphic sex scene after another. Lots of gratuitous language. The male narrator's voice was gratingly gravelly and cartoon-ish. Conservatives beware of the strong liberal undercurrents. Take out the sex and foul language and there's not much left. Certainly not what I consider quality entertainment. Like I said, not for me.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Beloved Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Alana Terry
    • Narrated By Kathy Garver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (205)

    In a small North Korean village, a young girl struggles to survive. Catastrophic floods have ravaged her countryside. But it is her father's faith, not the famine of North Hamyong Province, that most threatens Chung-Cha's well-being. Is Chung-Cha's father right to be such a vocal believer? Or is he a fool to bring danger on the head of his only daughter? Chung-Cha is only a girl of twelve and is too young to answer such questions. Yet she is not too young to face a life of imprisonment and forced labor.

    Annie Douglass Lima says: "Deeply Moving"
    "Won My Respect"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Beloved Daughter the most enjoyable?

    I admit to a prevailing disappointment with Christian fiction novels. I haven't found a large number of Christian writers who captivate my interest ... so it was a refreshing surprise to discover Alana Terry and The Beloved Daughter.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Beloved Daughter?

    The section called "My Deliverer."


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Kathy Garver?

    Yes. Although I liked the narrator for the most part, I felt some of her male accents/voices were overdone, exaggerated, and somewhat annoying. Some were so gruff and gravely they were hard to understand.


    Any additional comments?

    The subject of the book captivated me instantly--the very real to life, excruciatingly brutal suffering and persecution of fellow believers in North Korean prison camps. I have often prayed for these believers in real life, but I've never personally known with clarity what their lives are like. Now I have a heartrending, vivid image of the terror, deprivation, and humiliation these brothers and sisters daily endure because of their faith in Jesus Christ. This reality is something Christians in America need to encounter up close. Terry's characters are authentic, struggling, scarred, sometimes weak, sometimes bold, everyday, heroes of faith. They are not pie-in-the-sky, artificial, cliche-speaking, super Christians. I could relate to these characters.

    I will add, however, there were times when the characterization seemed a bit inconsistent and unbelievable. My thought is that Terry was attempting to show our tendency as believers to falter (to be inconsistent) in our human attempts at godliness. This is the only negative point about the book that I bring to this review, and the issue seemed minor. With her debut novel, Terry has won my respect. I look forward to see what she publishes next.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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