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Karen F

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  • Alas, Babylon

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Pat Frank
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3853)
    Performance
    (2833)
    Story
    (2836)

    This true modern masterpiece is built around the two fateful words that make up the title and herald the end - “Alas, Babylon.” When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness....

    Evelyn says: "Excellent listen"
    "Captivating Story"
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    I took a chance on this book as it's not the type of story I usually enjoy, but I am so glad that I listened. It captured my interest from the very first chapter and held my attention to the very last word. The narration was very well done and brought the characters to life. The story itself really made me realize that although it is fiction, it could become a reality at any given time. We take a lot for granted in our lives of ease and tranquility and rarely give a passing thought to how nuclear attack could destroy our world. When money and material possesions no longer matter - our relationships with the people close to us become very precious. I would recommend that every person read or listen to this story and ponder it. Then pray that this work of fiction never turns into reality!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Orphan Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christina Baker Kline
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2995)
    Performance
    (2660)
    Story
    (2659)

    Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to "aging out" out of the foster care system. A community-service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse.... As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

    Susan says: "Fascinating Journey for Two"
    "Good story, marginal narrator"
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    This was an interesting book and a good story, but I had a hard time listening to this narrator. Also, I didn't care for some of the foul language which was occasionally inserted, could have left that out and not damaged the story line. I almost gave up on this book too early when the young modern day teens were described in a "making out" scene. That too,could have been left out. However, I am glad that I tolerated that and finished the book because it was an interesting story. Again, the narrator was difficult to listen to and it took me about 3/4 of the book to get used to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Invention of Wings: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4582)
    Performance
    (4171)
    Story
    (4163)

    From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

    Jan says: "Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!"
    "Great Book"
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    I loved Sue Monk Kidd's' book "Secret Life of Bees" , which I thought would be a hard act to follow, but I was not disappointed. This book was every bit as good. I was not aware until the end of the book that it was historical fiction and was pleasantly surprised to hear the author at the end of the book explaining why she had written the book and which parts where fact and which parts she embellished with her own imagination. The narration was superb and made the book come to life. Amazing talent from all angles!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Story, NIV: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Zondervan Bibles (editor)
    • Narrated By Michael Blain-Rozgay, Allison Moffett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (228)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (200)

    God has gone to great lengths to rescue lost and hurting people. That is what The Story is all about - the story of the Bible, God's great love affair with humanity. Condensed into 31 accessible chapters, The Story sweeps you into the unfolding progression of Bible characters and events from Genesis to Revelation. Using the clear, accurate, and easy-to-understand text of the NIV, it allows the stories, poems, and teachings of the Bible to read like a novel.

    Ryan says: "An easy to understand Bible translation."
    "Awesome performance"
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    I enjoyed every part of "The Story". The narration was excellent and I loved the background music. It really gave a feeling of being there. I did miss some familiar parts of the Bible that were not included, but overall it was very, very well done. Take the time to listen, you will be glad that you did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10323)
    Performance
    (5596)
    Story
    (5627)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "Sorry I listened to the reviews"
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    I rely heavily on the reviews when I decide to purchase a book and I have to say that I was really duped into this one, much to my regret. If you like graphic details of dismembered bodies and blood then I guess you would enjoy this book. But I find no pleasure in such stories. The story started out very slow and I was beginning to think I had the wrong book because the first third or so seemed to have nothing to do with the story described in the synopsis. If you are into biology and zoology, I guess maybe you would find it interesting, but I found all of the details to be boring and "too much information". And then when the plot did finally start to form, the details were so graphic and gruesome that I had a very difficult time listening. I really don't know why I let myself suffer through all 11 hours and 41 minutes. I guess I kept thinking it would get better, but just when I thought the end was in sight there was a new round of gruesome bloody and upsetting details. Sorry, but this book was not my style and I don't recommend it to anyone with a weak stomach or who is prone to having nightmares from hearing graphic detailed descriptions of the deaths of animals and humans.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Todd Burpo, Lynn Vincent
    • Narrated By Dean Gallagher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2518)
    Performance
    (1853)
    Story
    (1889)

    When Colton Burpo made it through an emergency appendectomy, his family was overjoyed at his miraculous survival. What they weren’t expecting, though, was the story that emerged in the months that followed—a story as beautiful as it was extraordinary, detailing their little boy’s trip to heaven and back.

    Jill says: "Heaven is For Real"
    "Humble yourself and listen"
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    "Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 18:4
    Anyone who claims to be a Christian will believe what this young child has seen. Those who are not will find all kinds of reasons to bash the book. I have to admit that I let these people influence me with their reviews and passed the book by when I first heard of it. Thankfully, I have a good friend that encouraged me to read it and I am so glad that she did. It gives one a great deal to ponder on. Thanks so much to the Burpo family for sharing this beautiful story with so many of us!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Shack

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Wm. Paul Young
    • Narrated By Roger Mueller
    Overall
    (3977)
    Performance
    (1617)
    Story
    (1663)

    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"
    "Very well done"
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    This was a very deep theological story, giving the listening much to consider. The beginning was difficult and I kind of wanted to stop listening. However, I'm glad that I continued because I would have missed a wonderful story. The narrator was awesome and really brought the story to life. At the end, I immediately returned to the part where Mac first encountered the Trinity and re-listened to the book again. And I don't think it will be the last time I return to it - there's a lot of good stuff there to ponder on.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Mitch Albom
    • Narrated By Dan Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (538)
    Performance
    (478)
    Story
    (484)

    From the author who's inspired millions worldwide with books like Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven comes his most imaginative novel yet, The Time Keeper--a compelling fable about the first man on earth to count the hours.

    Karen F says: "Intriguing and thought provoking story"
    "Intriguing and thought provoking story"
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    It never ceases to amaze me how an author can weave a story and make it all come together in the end. This book started out as three separate stories and seemed to be rather short and choppy. I wondered how in the world it would connect, but to my surprise it was a very interesting plot with a touch of science fiction (which I do not enjoy). However I had no trouble with it in this book and was eagerly awaiting the end to see how the characters would be changed. It really causes one to think about the very short "time zone" in our whisper of a lifetime and realize that we should not take one moment for granted.

    6 of 6 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
    (731)
    Performance
    (629)
    Story
    (631)

    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"
    "A different kind of love story"
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    Very glad that I chose to listen to this book. Narrator is awesome and turns the characters into real life people. The story itself is all about people, the good, the bad, the ugly and those who are beautiful in their hearts by the love they show to their "brothers". I can't say that I agree with the choice made by George in the end, but I can understand that it was love that moved him to make that choice. I would highly recommend this book, it will make you realize that the people in our lives are more important than the things in our lives.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ties That Bind

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Marie Bostwick
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin, Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (169)

    In her compelling, beautifully crafted novel, New York Times best-selling author Marie Bostwick celebrates friendships old and new - and the unlikely threads that sometimes lead us exactly where we need to go. Christmas is fast approaching, and New Bern, Connecticut, is about to receive the gift of a new pastor, hired sight unseen to fill in while Reverend Tucker is on sabbatical. Meanwhile, Margot Matthews’ friend, Abigail, is trying to matchmake, even though Margot has all but given up on romance.

    Andrew says: "Wonderful book!!"
    "Great story for kindred spirits in quilting"
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    When I started to listen to this book it was a sad time for me personally and the story started out sad so I have to admit that I was a bit disappointed at first. But I have enjoyed all of the other books in this series by Marie Bostwick so I didn't give up. It turned out to be a much different story than I had anticipated and am not disappointed at the end. I am a quilter and I love stories that I can relate to like the ones by this author. Makes me feel like I could be one of the characters in the story!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fallen Angels

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Patricia Hickman
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    During the Great Depression, Jeb Nubey is running from the law when he meets three abandoned children. With nowhere else to go the group passes a stormy night in a comforting church. When they are discovered, a case of mistaken identity ensues. It seems the congregation has been waiting for their new pastor, a widower with three kids. Looks like more trouble for Jeb. Yet the chance for a steady job and three squares a day is too good to turn down.

    Christina says: "Touching"
    "Story chosen because of narrator"
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    I chose this book because I have enjoyed the narrator so much in the series of "At Home in Mitford" books. The narrator was enjoyable as I had expected but I found the story to be a bit far-fetched and seemed like it was strung along too far. It was interesting enough, but I was ready for the ending. I probably wouldn't recommend it as highly as many others I have listened to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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