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Heather

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  • A Garden to Keep

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jamie Langston Turner
    • Narrated By Barbara McCulloh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Author of Some Wildflower in My Heart, Jamie Langston Turner won the Christy Award with A Garden to Keep. Elizabeth Landis is learning that God works in mysterious ways, and life has become more fulfilling for her as she takes Him into her heart. When she discovers her husband has been unfaithful, the Lord's strength becomes more valuable than ever.

    Becky Smith says: "A Great Book Made Better By the Narrator"
    "Enlightening"
    Overall

    As some previous posters have mentioned, this book does tend to ramble. However it's part of the character of the book and I loved it. I like how she jumps back and forth and you really get inside of her as she goes through a valley time. You don't know where it's going to end up and it was amazing how it all tied together in the end. Also you learn a lot about poetry and how a new Christian processes different pieces of information. I loved it in the audio format and the narrator did a fabulous job, but I don't think I could read it in a book format because it jumps around so much. It's a slow methodical book, so if you want something that is fast paced, this is not the book for you, but I think it's one of the best that I have ever read and I see why this author has won awards.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Undetected

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Dee Henderson
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (63)

    Commander Mark Bishop is deliberately low-key: "I'm in the Navy." But commanding the ballistic missile submarine USS Nevada, keeping her crew trained and alert during 90-day submerged patrols, and being prepared to launch weapons on valid presidential orders, carries a burden of command like few other jobs in the military. Mark wants someone to come home to after sea patrols. The woman he has in mind is young, with a lovely smile, and very smart. She's a civilian, yet she understands the U.S. Navy culture.

    MH says: "Disappointing"
    "Not Dee's usual style -Spoiler Alert"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I normally love Dee Henderson, but as much as I hate to admit it, boring. I liked the characters, but it seemed unrealistic. To have two guys who are okay that you are dating both of them, and even okay that both propose, and one stopping you from turning down the other, seriously?? It just felt like they were all too "perfect" Christian. Everything goes good for them, and they have more than enough money, and time and perfect answers for everything. I've been a Christian for my whole life and it's just not that realistic. Christians are sinners that God has redeemed. To have this many people with perfect stories and reactions just didn't sit right with me. It felt like reading a story instead of stepping into someone's story and living it with them for a little bit.


    What could Dee Henderson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    More twists and turns, and tension which is her normal style. This series just feels too perfect. The other sequel to this story is about someone who was complaining about having too much money, and this one is complaining about being too smart.


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

    I love Adam's style and bringing the book to life. He stays true to the story with his inflections.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I mean no, I didn't love it, but it's not horrid either. There's a lot of great information, and you learn about submarines and our Navy, and everything they do for us to protect us. It's written well. It's just that when you are used to a writer's style, and this is so opposite that it's hard to fully enjoy.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Rose of Lancaster: The Wild Rose Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Ruth Carmichael Ellinger
    • Narrated By Gale Hyatt
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    This compelling story is set in the historical town of Lancaster, Ohio, and is based on the true-life story of Elizabeth Davidson. The novel is set in 1876, several generations after the Davidsons are established in America. Elizabeth is the protagonist, the adored youngest daughter, spoiled and indulged, but she finds life overwhelming when her young husband, Samuel, dies - leaving her penniless with a young son to raise.

    Amazon Customer says: "Poorly written. Poorly read."
    "Overly Dramatic"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The narrator is okay, but not very good. For lines that are already ridiculously over dramatic. I like the overall story, but the beginning is hard to get through and way the characters speak to each other aren't believable.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Tone down some of the drama and some of the inflections.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    In the end the twists and turns were good, and make it worth going through it, but I'm listening to it for the second time right now and I keep gritting my teeth.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Could I Have This Dance?: Claire McCall Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Harry Kraus, M.D.
    • Narrated By Katy Cole
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (13)

    You can't dance this dance unless it's in your blood.Claire McCall is praying it's not in hers. Claire McCall is used to fighting back against the odds. Hard work, aptitude, and sheer determination have helped her rise from adverse circumstances to an internship in one of the nation's most competitive surgical residencies. But talent and tenacity mean nothing in the face of the discovery that is about to rock her world.It's called the "Stoney Creek Curse" by folks in the small mountain town where Claire grew up.

    H. says: "Claire is annoying."
    "Good Story, but not so good narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator definitely. She was reading the story instead bringing the story to life. This is how it sounds to read the book to kindergarteners. There was very little voice change from character to character and sometimes it was hard to follow who was speaking. They also sound really flat. The book has a lot of medical terminology, but I actually enjoy it.The story line is a little predictable as well, but I don't know how much of that is to the way the story is being presented.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the inside look into the medical world and how things run or are supposed to run.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Katy Cole?

    Katherine Kellgren or Kate Forbes


    Do you think Could I Have This Dance? needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It already does.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Edge of Recall

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Kristen Heitzmann
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    In Christy Award winner Kristen Heitzmann's spellbinding thriller, a troubled labyrinth expert longs for serenity and security. When her college crush calls, he asks her to restore a Colonial-era labyrinth as part of an elaborate renovation project. Yet while she tries to maintain a professional relationship with this man who broke her heart, a foul presence lurks in the dark woods - and soon creeps even closer.

    Deborah says: "Review"
    "Riveting"
    Overall

    I thought this book was great. I don't understand why others didn't think so. The narration was top-notch and it kept me on the edge of my seat. I finished it within a couple of days! She has truly become one of my favorite authors.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Red Tent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Anita Diamant
    • Narrated By Carol Bilger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1571)
    Performance
    (486)
    Story
    (496)

    Passionate, earthy, deeply affecting, The Red Tent combines rich storytelling with a valuable contribution to modern fiction: a vibrant new perspective of female life in the age that shaped present day civilization and values.

    If you like The Red Tent, try The Harlot by the Side of the Road, a recounting of some of the most startling and explicit writings from The Old Testament.

    R. S. Herron says: "The key word is 'fiction'"
    "Read with Caution"
    Overall

    I bought this book because I believed that it was a historical fiction book. In a way it is, and in a way it does incorporate some Biblical characters etc. It does talk about the place that women have in that time period and the struggles and the traditions that they would create. However, there is some very strong sexual language and content which I would not normally associate with a Christian book. The message is extreemly feminist and mythelogical more than Biblical values and principles. It places more emphasis on dead relatives having power to change our lives than on the power that God has. Recently in a Sunday School class this was brought up as a Christian Historical Fiction example, however, the presenter herself had not read it. I warned the class that think carefully prior to reading it.

    10 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Lipstick and Powder

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Sally Worboyes
    • Narrated By Annie Aldington
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Anna has everything to make her happy: a husband, a lovely little house in Bethnal Green, and twin baby boys. But recently her husband Frank has been acting differently. He's started coming home late, drinking more heavily, and Anna is convinced she's caught a whiff of perfume on his shirts. When confronted, Frank brushes Anna's cautious questions aside, but deep down Anna knows that something is wrong in their marriage.

    Heather says: "Boring"
    "Boring"
    Overall

    I had a hard time listening to this one. Unnecessary swearing and a very thick british accent. I don't know if I will finish listening to this one because I'm already 2 hours into the 8 hour recording and there is no point to the story yet other than a woman who suspects her husband is having an affair and everyone gossiping about her.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ever After

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Karen Kingsbury
    • Narrated By Kathy Garver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    While attending college, Emily Anderson meets the man who changes her life: Army reservist Justin Baker. Emily's reunited birth parents, Lauren Gibbs and Shane Galanter struggle to move past their opposing beliefs. After Lauren ends their relationship, they both believe that this time it has ended forever. Then tragedy sends shockwaves through all their lives. Can Lauren and Shane set aside their opposing views so that God's love, might win, no matter how great the odds?

    Carol says: "Ever After"
    "Great Story, fast reading"
    Overall

    I liked the story and I liked how the reader incorporated different effects. For examnple, if the person was on the phone, it sounded like it. The only thing was that she read so fast with very few stops for effect. It jump from one thought to another and was hard to have my mind keep up.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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