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W.

Modesto, CA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 37 reviews
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  • 1105 Yakima Street

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Debbie Macomber
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (202)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (178)

    Dear Reader,You’ve probably heard that my wife has left me. Rachel’s pregnant, and she says she can’t handle the stress in our household anymore. My 13-year-old daughter, Jolene, is jealous of her. Maybe it’s my fault. As a widower I spoiled her - Jolene was reading over my shoulder just now and says that’s not true. She claims Rachel ruined everything. But that’s not true. The real question is: How can I get my wife back? I don’t even know where she is. She’s not with Teri Polgar or any of her other friends from the salon.

    Debby says: "Plenty of Saccharine and neurotic characters"
    "1105 Yakima Street"
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    I must compliment the writing skills of this author, and the deliverance of the novel given by the narrator. However, throughout the book there is a casual attitude of promiscuity which I do not endorse or enjoy in recreation or entertainment. There are no overt sexual scenes, at least to the point where I stop reading the novel, it's just the matter-of-fact attitudes that I saw displayed in the personal relationships. But then, I am a prude. Others may really enjoy this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5542)
    Performance
    (3509)
    Story
    (3541)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Sara says: "A terrifying story"
    "One Second After"
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    This book is absolutely chilling!! Simply because the possibilities are too close to the truth.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Prayer Box: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Lisa Wingate
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (52)

    When Iola Anne Poole, an old-timer on Hatteras Island, passes away in her bed at ninety-one, the struggling young mother in her rental cottage, Tandi Jo Reese, finds herself charged with the task of cleaning out the rambling Victorian house. Running from a messy, dangerous past, Tandi never expects to find more than a temporary hiding place within Iola's walls, but everything changes with the discovery of eighty-one carefully decorated prayer boxes, one for each year, dating from Iola's youth to her last days.

    Sara says: "A story that draws you in"
    "The Prayer Box"
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    Excellent! This book was a surprise to me. I discovered it on the public library website and found that Audible had the audiobook. There were volatile situations which were handled with the utmost tact, giving all the descriptive evidence of the situation without gravitating toward lasciviousness or profanity. The ending was superb (in my opinion). This book is well worth the credit.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dressed to Kill: A Biblical Approach to Spiritual Warfare and Armor

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Rick Renner
    • Narrated By Stephen Sobosky, Andrell Corbin
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    In Dressed To Kill, Rick explains with exacting detail the purpose and function of each piece of Roman armor. In the process, he describes the significance of our spiritual armor not only to withstand the onslaughts of the enemy and but also to overturn the tendencies of the carnal mind. Furthermore, Rick delivers a clear, scriptural presentation on the biblical definition of spiritual warfare - what it is and what it is not.

    W. says: "Dressed to Kill"
    "Dressed to Kill"
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    This is a great in-depth study. I intend to listen to it again and again. It's like reading the Bible and having the Holy Spirit reveal a truth to you at a specific time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Donna VanLiere
    • Narrated By Donna VanLiere
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (105)

    Tennessee, 1950: a time and place that straddles the past and present. Ivorie Walker is considered an old maid by the town (though she’s only in her early 30s), and she takes that label with good humor and a grain of salt. Ever since her parents passed away, she has hidden her loneliness behind a fierce independence and a claim of not needing anyone. But when she realizes that someone has been stealing vegetables from her garden - a feral, dirty-faced boy who disappears into the hills - something about him haunts Ivorie.

    Linda says: "Do not give up on this book!"
    "The Good Dream"
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    I read a review about this book before I purchased it that said "Don't give up on this book". That's exactly how I feel. I am usually turned off immediately by profanity. There was one character in the beginning of the novel who was fluent in it. There was also the telling of the inhumane treatment that this character dealt out to a small boy. (Here I have to give the author a 5 star because she was not graphic or indecent in any way.) Nevertheless the subject itself made me want to retreat. But I continued to read and a beautiful story unfolded. As author and narrator Ms. VanLiere did an excellent job.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Man Called Blessed: The Caleb Books, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Ted Dekker, Bill Bright
    • Narrated By Benjamin L. Darcie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (93)

    One man holds the key to locating the Ark of the Covenant - but he’s hidden deep in the desert and no one has seen him since he was a boy. In this explosive sequel to Blessed Child, Jewish soldier-turned-archaeologist Rebecca Soloman leads a team deep into the Ethiopian desert to find the one man who may know the final resting place of the Ark of the Covenant. Such a discovery would bring hope back to her people. Her search brings excitement and danger - including unexpected love and a discovery far more powerful than even the holy artifact.

    W. says: "A Man Called Blessed"
    "A Man Called Blessed"
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    This book was beyond the normal realm of life, amazing, and true to the character of God. It is Christian fiction (that is a novel with fictional characters), at it's best. I don't think we as Christians have touched the possibilities that God offers in this life probably because we are too afraid of going off the deep end into some kind of circus performing stance. As for me I have to remember that God is in control, He is no respector of persons, and He is unlimited and all powerful. I enjoyed every page of this book!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1676)
    Performance
    (1531)
    Story
    (1541)

    >When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of "rogue" wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn't take them. In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.

    Tango says: "Beautiful story, beautifully written"
    "The Elephant Whisperer"
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    This is an excellent book full of real life in the African terrain. Drama so intense sometimes that it could have been a fiction page turner. There were certain parts of the African life that I found unpalatable culturally and also from a Christian perspective but references to these were minute. Anyone can tell that this man loved animals and what he learned from them is masterfully portrayed in this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jennifer Worth
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1696)
    Performance
    (1513)
    Story
    (1527)

    At the age of 22, Jennifer Worth left her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in postwar London’s East End slums. The colorful characters she met while delivering babies all over London - from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lived to the woman with 24 children who couldn't speak English to the prostitutes and dockers of the city’s seedier side - illuminate a fascinating time in history.

    Kathy says: "This is one I didn't want to put down!"
    "Call the Midwife"
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    For the most part this book is a very well written, family friendly narrative which reveals the lifestyle that existed in the 1950s in England and occasionally parts of Ireland, as seen through the eyes of a young Midwife. For the common folk conditions were hard, often deplorable. Sanitary facilities for the poor folk were almost nonexistent. About midway through the book a young girl was drawn into prostitution. The man who seduced her gave her the promise of a full stomach and compassionate companionship. Her initial contact with him encompassed her watching a full, to the point, striptease performance which left my spirit polluted. I kept listening because I expected the girl to leave the scene but she did not. Her story, which was otherwise not related in any way that was indecent or perverse, ended tragically. This young Midwife encountered all kinds of situations and had a very interesting and fulfilling career. I would have given the book 5 stars but the striptease scene really left me with dampened spirit. Also throughout the book the word a__ is used instead of buttocks. I contributed this to being part of the cultural language and not an obscenity.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Water Walker

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Ted Dekker
    • Narrated By Randi Larson
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (68)

    Thirteen-year-old orphan Alice Ringwald has no memory beyond six months ago. The only life she knows is the new one she's creating one day at a time with the loving couple that recently adopted her and gave her new hope. That hope, however, is shattered one night when she is abducted by a strange man. In a frantic FBI man hunt, the kidnapper vanished with Alice. So begins Water Walker, a modern-day parable that examines the staggering power of forgiveness, and reminds us that it's possible to live free of the hurt that keeps our souls in chains.

    Nancy Reeves says: "This stiory was a bit too cruel and abusive"
    "Water Walker"
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    This author is an excellent writer. His stories are often off the beaten path with conclusions which are not obvious from the beginning and therefore they keep my interest until the last page. I have a deference however with characters who use supernatural means to make contact with their counter parts. In my environment there is a battle raging in the spiritual realm in which people are heavily into Wicca and such. I think many people, including Christians, who are seeking "guidance" are not spiritually equipped to discern good and evil in such an environment. As for me I live and survive by God's grace alone. The story itself is an excellent portrayal of forgiveness and of how someone can twist God's word to their advantage.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Auschwitz Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (744)
    Performance
    (673)
    Story
    (676)

    A terrible darkness has fallen upon Jacob Weisz’s beloved Germany. The Nazi regime, under the leadership of Adolf Hitler, has surged to power and now hold Germany by the throat. All non-Aryans - especially Jews like Jacob and his family - are treated like dogs. When tragedy strikes during one terrible night of violence, Jacob flees and joins rebel forces working to undermine the regime. But after a raid goes horribly wrong, Jacob finds himself in a living nightmare - trapped in a crowded, stinking car on the train to the Auschwitz death camp.

    DebaDeb says: "Amazing, horrifying, and heartwarming!"
    "The Auschwitz Escape"
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    This is an incredible novel! It is based on true historical facts of actual escapes from Auschwitz. I am at a loss for words to describe the depths of systematic genocide that were being performed in that era, but, as the author said in an interview about the book, the same types of crimes are possible today if we don't take a stand against evil when God calls us to move. For me when and how is up to the guidance of His Holy Spirit.

    15 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Philomena: A Mother, Her Son, and a Fifty-Year Search

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Martin Sixsmith
    • Narrated By John Curless
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (558)
    Performance
    (508)
    Story
    (506)

    Now a major motion picture directed by Stephen Frears (The Queen, High Fidelity) and starring Judi Dench (Skyfall, Notes on a Scandal) and Steve Coogan (The Trip, Hamlet 2): the heartbreaking true story of an Irishwoman and the secret she kept for 50 years. When she became pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena Lee was sent to a convent to be looked after as a "fallen woman". Then the nuns took her baby from her and sold him, like thousands of others, to America for adoption. Fifty years later, Philomena decided to find him.

    Linda says: "Misled by description"
    "Philomena"
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    This story began very well. Midway it got muddled down in the homosexual character development of one of the main characters. I found this offensive and did not finish the volume. There was an occasional use of profanity which did not overwhelm the narrative in itself. And there were a couple of scenes which a man kissed another man, nevertheless, at least to the point that I stopped listening, there were no graphically descriptive scenes of sexual activity but I felt there was too much time spent on this character development and I therefore did not finish the volume.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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