Beverly Lewis' books start out slower than Cindy Woodsmall's but once they get going she spins a good sory. The Secret could be written in any setting but this author writes with Amish ones. You learn about Amish life and realize they have hopes, dreams, and lives just like everybody else. This book answers what the secret is but it leaves enough mystery hanging that you know you are going too read book two to experience what happens. Sometimes I'm not sure why I enjoy these books but I do.
I started somewhere in the middle with the Dave Robicheaux series and have listened to them all going forward from there. I got this one on a 2 for 1 audible sale and didn't notice that Mark Hammer not Will Patton was the narrator. To me, Will Patton is Dave Robicheaux and Hackberry Holland, he is James Lee Burke's characters. I didn't think I'd listened to any by Hammer but when I looked through my audible history I had. I would never turn down a good Burke book, especially since I'd already bought it. But like most novels, after initially thinking about Patton not being the narrator I got into the story and quit thinking about who the narrator was, the story just flowed. I still prefer Patton but Hammer is OK.
In the end it was still all about the characters that Burke created, his insight into human nature, his flowery writing style, and the stories themselves. This one was no different. There are some south Louisiana nasties he's in contact with, he's just beginning to work with Clete Purcell, and there are some women. Dave has lived and lives quite the life. I will eventually get to all of the books in the series. It will be a sad day when Burke writes no more.
First time author, this book was very well written. A French girl goes completely blind when she is 6 years in 1934 Paris. A young German boy is swept up into World War II before his time. The story weaves its way up to and through the war eventually bringing the two together. Not really a thriller but with some suspense it is mostly about the two characters coming of age in a terrible time.
First time author, bleak, intense story of people caught up in drugs for a long time, mostly meth, and a story that takes them from Santa Fe, New Mexico, to Denver, to Utah, then to Phoenix, then finally back to Santa Fe. There is no silver lining to this story.If you've been involved in this lifestyle, known somebody else who has or been affected by it all all then you'll understand this novel. You might not appreciate it but you'll understand it.
At least I think It's just a trilogy, there would be room for more stories in this series if the author so chose. This book focuses on a third member of the Donovan family and a different gem, this one being pearls. I learned more about the gem trade in these three books than I ever would have otherwise and I didn't even know I wanted to. These books are romance thrillers and they could stand alone just on the thriller part. But, what I've learned about books in the romance genre is that there is usually some pretty hot sex and I guess I'm not complaining as this book didn't disappoint in that regard. This trilogy was my first experience with author Elizabeth Lowell, I'll have to check Audible to see if there are any other good ones.
First time author, Canadian, and I find Audible Studios has narrated all of this author's books in just the last couple years. A Canadian gal finds herself in Northern Ireland in November 1941. She is caught between Nazi POW's, the British army, and the Irish Republican Army where they are all playing her off the others, a true no win situation. It was an enjoyable listen. Was it the greatest WWII novel I listened to? No. Was it entertaining? Yes, for sure. I'll have to check out the rest of Jane's books and see what's out there.
Cindy Woodsmall is my favorite author of books with an Amish setting. She can really pull on the heart strings and this book is no different. I truly believe she could move away from Amish settings and be just as, if not more, successful than she is now. Her insight into human nature and ability to communicate it is tremendous. I really enjoy the way she can tell stories about good people that happen to be Amish and the good and bad in their lives. I like learning about the Amish way of life. I also enjoy how she brings a Christian way of life into her stories. Enjoy
First time author. I'm not a survivalist and I hope I never regret it. This book paints a scenario where the government becomes so powerful that it starts believing that it has the right to make decisions for the greater good as it sees fit. The protagonist in the story is a person that believes he sees what is happening and starts to take steps for what he believes is coming, something not good for many Americans. Although I do agree there are many things in our lives that could be better, I'm not of the belief that we need to arm and prepare ourselves in all aspects of our life to get ready. But it was very interesting to listen to the perspective the author puts forward as a reasonable scenario where we might all wish we were better prepared for bad things that might be coming down the pike. I truly hope not. With all the crazy things going on in the world right now, you do have to pause and contemplate.
First time author for me. My wife and I listened to this together and both thought it was great. It was well crafted in how the author went back and forth from Garmisch, Germany during the war to present day El Paso, TX and sometimes in between, telling the story of the different characters at the different times. There were parallels during the different times but an overriding there was forgiveness and forgiving oneself. It was a very touching story and I recommend it highly. I read one review as I started the book where the reviewer commented that World War II themes were getting worn out and I disagree with that statement. There were so many different aspects to that war, the different stories that can come out of that dreadful event will likely never stop. Enjoy
In this book, your worst nightmare meets Murphy's Law. This was an interesting, entertaining story but for much of it, I didn't know if I really wanted to keep listening, so many bad things were happening to father and son. I suppose we all, in our wildest dreams, hope that something like this will never happen to us. But, you think, if it did, how would I handle it? It was easy to think they were terribly wrong in how they handled the situation but, in reality, what would you do? I think you don't really know unless you are put in a really bad situation. Towards the end of the book, the pall lifted and it was more like a normal story. The author did come up with a creative, imaginative story.
First time author, that fits into the historical thriller genre. Tasha Alexander is one of several American authors I've come across in the last year that write mysteries set around the turn of the 19th century in London and Paris. I'm not sure what causes them to choose this time frame and geography, maybe an excuse to spend time there researching their stories. This book was set in both London and Paris and had some interesting twists. While not deeply suspenseful it was an interesting listen that was easy to stick with.
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