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Lynn Diener

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  • Sister

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Rosamund Lupton
    • Narrated By Juanita Mahon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (78)

    Their bond was unbreakable. The truth was unimaginable. When Beatrice receives a call to say that her sister, Tess, is missing, she boards the first flight home. But as she learns about Tess’s disappearance, she is stunned to discover how little she actually knows of her sister's life. Everyone around her accepts they have lost Tess, but Beatrice refuses to give up, embarking on a dangerous journey to discover the shocking truth, whatever the cost...

    Lynn Diener says: "Kept me guessing and kept pulling at my heart."
    "Kept me guessing and kept pulling at my heart."
    Overall

    I love it when there's a plot I think I've got all figured out- one where I am just listening to a nicely told tale of things I know will unfold. But this one I couldn't guess at no matter how hard I tried. I was stumped right up until the final chapter, which bothered the control freak in me. And while it's a great mystery, it's also an emotional tale that kept pulling at different places in my heart (I'm a big sister, and a mother). The characters are rich and complicated, no one is completely perfect or completely awful. I kept myself busy with extra chores so I could finish listening to it; my house longs for me to find books like this.

    This is a debut novel for Ms. Lupton, and I'm looking forward to the sequel, Afterwards.

    It is entirely worth a spent credit.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    Overall
    (27348)
    Performance
    (13957)
    Story
    (14004)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Lives up to the hype"
    Overall

    My finger hovered over the button to add this book to my cart quite a few times, but when I realized the movie was due out soon I thought-- I need to read it before I see it. And since I rarely have time for paper books, I downloaded this. From the very start I wasn't just hooked, I was reeled in. I couldn't get enough, and when I realized I was just a few chapters from the end, I got very sad- this story would be over soon. It was so worth the read and I'm sorry I didn't listen to it right away. This one will stick with me for a long time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • We Are All Welcome Here

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Berg
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Berg
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    It is the summer of 1964. In Mississippi, tensions are mounting over civil-rights demonstrations occurring ever more frequently - and violently - across the state. But in Paige Dunn's small house, there are more immediate concerns. Challenged by the effects of the polio she contracted during her last month of pregnancy, Paige is determined to live as normal a life as possible and to raise her daughter, Diana, with the support of her tough-talking black caregiver, Peacie.

    Rebecca says: "Was it true?"
    "Incredible tale, and it's real"
    Overall

    I love Elizabeth Berg, and I'm reading books set in this era as research for a novel- so when I found this, I was tickled- but had no idea what wait for me. What an incredible tale, and to know that the bones of the story are real, that just makes it all the more fascinating.

    I was hooked from the start and found myself tidying up around the house more just so I could listen longer. It's well worth the listen. And Elizabeth Berg has a great reading voice, too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Preacher's Bride

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jody Hedlund
    • Narrated By Mimi Black
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    No matter the sacrifice, Elizabeth Whitbread would serve a wounded family. No matter the danger, John Costin was determined to speak God’s word. Neither expected to fall in love. As enemies threaten to silence Costin - and those close to him - will following their hearts cost John and Elizabeth everything?

    Lynn Diener says: "This skeptic converted"
    "This skeptic converted"
    Overall

    I will admit, I hate to jump on any kind of book bandwagon, and when all my friends started raving about this book I thought-- yeah, probably not for me. But then I started reading Jody Hedlund's blog and she really knows the craft of writing and I thought...maybe I ought to give her book a read, even though there was a "bonnet" on the cover. I am so glad I read this. What an amazing story. When you start reading, you think, how can a story about a breadmaker's daughter be exciting- but the story takes off quickly and then you're hooked. This was an incredible read and I can't wait for the next book to come out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mine Is the Night: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Liz Curtis Higgs
    • Narrated By Liz Curtis Higgs
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (39)

    Stepping from a battered coach on a rainy April eve, newly widowed Elisabeth Kerr must begin again, without husband or title, property or fortune. She is unafraid of work and gifted with a needle, but how will she stitch together the tattered remnants of her life? And who will mend her heart, torn asunder by betrayal and deception? Elisabeth has not come to Selkirk alone. Her mother-in-law, Marjory Kerr, is a woman undone, having buried her husband, her sons, and any promise of grandchildren....

    Carrie Fancett Pagels says: "Exceptional AND Narrated by the Author!"
    "Sequel doesn't disappoint"
    Overall

    Liz Curtis Higgs does it again. For a year I waited to know what happened after Marjory and Elisabeth boarded the carriage. The story follows Ruth and Naomi's of the Bible, but there's enough surprises to keep you turning the virtual page. And at the end, a thoroughly satisfying conclusion. I am a self-confessed LCH evangelist and push her books on everyone I know. She's just that good. Go ahead, get to downloading it, you'll see.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Here Burns My Candle

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Liz Curtis Higgs
    • Narrated By Liz Curtis Higgs
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (41)

    A mother who cannot face her future.... A daughter who cannot escape her past. Lady Elisabeth Kerr is a keeper of secrets. A Highlander by birth and a Lowlander by marriage, she honors the auld ways, even as doubts and fears stir deep within her.

    Her husband, Lord Donald, has secrets of his own, well hidden from the household, yet whispered among the town gossips.

    Lynn Diener says: "Liz does it again!"
    "Liz does it again!"
    Overall

    Liz Curtis Higgs is a master storyteller and this novel is no exception. With her solid grasp of history and details, she carefully paints the backdrop of this familiar tale set in 1745 Edinburgh, Scotland. This audible reading is only enhanced with Liz's voice. I worried at first that she wouldn't be able to pull off the Scot accent, but her coaching paid off.
    Congratulations to Liz, on another tale well told. My breath is baited for the next installment.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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