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rocham

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  • The Hiding Place

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Corrie ten Boom, John Sherrill, Elizabeth Sherrill
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (400)
    Performance
    (363)
    Story
    (368)

    At one time, Corrie ten Boom would have laughed at the idea that she had a story to tell. For the first 50 years of her life, nothing out of the ordinary ever happened to her. She was a spinster watchmaker living contentedly with her sister and their elderly father in the tiny house over their shop in Haarlem. Their uneventful days, as regulated as their own watches, revolved around their abiding love for one another. But with the Nazi invasion and occupation of Holland, everything changed....

    Sara says: "Inspiring"
    "Charmed by words and voice"
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    What did you love best about The Hiding Place?

    Looking back on her life growing up with her parents and the Tantas. The love and warmth and candor of that time was very heartwarming and relatable....I listened to the early time several times for its nostalgia.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Corrie was my favorite because she was so human and someone I could relate to......not so faith driven that she was saintly.


    What does Wanda McCaddon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her voice just lulls me...the way she spoke the name corrie was magical to my ears...I know these characters because their personalities where painted with soft strokes of vocal sounds and tones, pitches and speech patterns.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the family had the argument because nollie's daughter couldn't lie to the Gestapo....when Corrie was chiming in with her reasoning, it sounded very life-like....


    Any additional comments?

    I believe this was a story of great substance and the value was realized based on the talent of the story teller....she truly made the book come to life,

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7111)
    Performance
    (5053)
    Story
    (5042)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "Soft account of hard times"
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    Would you listen to The Kitchen House again? Why?

    Yes....it was an inclusive story through the eyes of luvenia....the writer did capture the helpless position of the black male in those dark days....


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mama Mae.....she was strong and nurturing...she was the solid rock foundation.


    What about Orlagh Cassidy and Bahni Turpin ’s performance did you like?

    I did enjoy them...I found the "he said, she said" references a bit distracting at first but then came to ignore them....this was not a negative on their performance as it is a critique of the writing....


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I felt sad and the extreme helplessness of all the characters....none of the people on the plantation had any power over their circumstance....the white plantation owner was too prone to leave most decisions in the hand of the mean and wicked men they placed in charge of the fields......and i was very rudely awakened to the vulnerability of the women when I realized venia could be placed in a mental hospital ...purely on her husbands request ....


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flight of Eagles

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jack Higgins
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (28)

    In the early days of World War II, nations were forced to choose sides in the epic battle that would change history forever. But for two brothers, fate had already made the choice. Separated as boys, Max and Harry Kelso have grown up to become ace fighter pilots--Max with the German Luftwaffe and Harry in Britain's RAF. Now, the machinery of war has set in motion an intrigue so devious, so filled with peril, that it will require them to question everything they know, everything they hold most dear....

    Victoria J. Mejia-Gewe says: "Possibly my all-time favorite Higgins book!"
    "lots of interesting layers crafted in this story"
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    What did you love best about Flight of Eagles?

    the story's ability to pull you through events with suspense and intrigue


    What did you like best about this story?

    the underlying story of a family caught up in WWII


    Which character – as performed by Michael Page – was your favorite?

    the Baroness


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    when the Baroness decided to relieve her sons of the weight they were under to protect her.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7620)
    Performance
    (6638)
    Story
    (6630)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    Amazon Customer says: "A great book"
    "Kept me listening..."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Witness the most enjoyable?

    new to audible and lucky to have chosen a good story and a good narrator... I was truly entertained and couldn't put my earphones down...the story was very well written and the narration allowed me to decipher between the characters......Great job!


    What did you like best about this story?

    the story was written so that you were constantly being fed information that was necessary to the plot...


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Blake came to Abigail's home to bribe her into not being a witness against his son.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Witness...


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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