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  • The Last Sin Eater

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Francine Rivers
    • Narrated By Kate Forbes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (73)

    Garnering three RITAs and a Christy Award, Francine Rivers is acclaimed for classics like Atonement Child. Set in the 1850s Smoky Mountains, this Gold Medallion-winner tells the gripping tale of a girl who's desperate to remove the guilt of her sister's death and anxious to absolve her departed grandmother of sins. While seeking the elusive Sin Eater, she uncovers a hideous secret and finds the truth.

    Cerasuolo says: "Great book, wonderfully read..."
    "Caught up in the story"
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    Even though I had read this book a few years ago, I had enjoyed it so very much then, I decided it was worth a listen. I'm so glad I did, I was quite caught up all over again in the story. That narrator puts you right there in the mountain community of many years back, vivid descriptions of the mountains, the people in the story came to life for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Her Daughter’s Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Francine Rivers
    • Narrated By Stina Nielsen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (316)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (188)

    In the compelling conclusion to the New York Times best-seller Her Mother’s Hope, Christy Award-winning author Francine Rivers explores the sorrow that can tear families apart and the grace that can heal the deepest wounds. Just as Carolyn had formed a stronger bond with her Oma Marta than with her mother, so Carolyn’s daughter is drawn to her grandma more than to a mom who’s caught up in the 1960s counterculture....

    Alaina says: "Great book"
    "Continuing saga from Her Mother's Hope"
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    I was pleased to pick up with this family where Her Mother's Hope had ended. It is a long story with alot of people to keep track of, so very much happens through the course of their lives. I thoroughly enjoy everything that Francine Rivers writes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Her Mother’s Hope

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Francine Rivers
    • Narrated By Stina Nielsen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (453)
    Performance
    (253)
    Story
    (257)

    Internationally best-selling author Francine Rivers—winner of a Christy Award and the ECPA Gold Medallion—crafts a riveting tale of mother/daughter bonds stretching across decades. Strong-willed Marta leaves Switzerland early in the 20th century and settles in California. Though Marta loves her eldest daughter Hildie, they often clash as they attempt to find their places in the world.

    Meaghan says: "Another Awesome Read From Francine"
    "Francine FAN !!"
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    I was already a longtime fan of Francine Rivers, so I knew I would be completely engrossed in this story, as I did become. I love to get caught up in the character's lives and emotions, feeling what they feel, seeing what they see. Francine has such a gift for that. LOVED the story, was disappointed in the sudden ending. So of course it was not long until I was downloaded the next book Her Daughter's Dream so I was not disappointed. (The problem with listening to a book on tape, you don't see that you are coming down to the last few pages, otherwise I might of been better prepared for the abrupt ending!)

    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
    (6683)
    Performance
    (5807)
    Story
    (5785)

    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.

    Nicole says: "A great book"
    "Captured by this story!"
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    I could not wait each day for my next listen of The Witness. What a complex fascinating story, I had not even been aware of the Russian Mafia! I connected immediately with the main character and ached for her and all that transpired. I cheered for her strong spirit and independence. I was happy with the outcome of the story as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Atossa Leoni
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4860)
    Performance
    (1118)
    Story
    (1120)

    Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

    David says: "Somber but gripping"
    "Bothered by the abuse"
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    I couldn't stop listening to this story but was so caught up in the anguish of the lives these women have to live in that far corner of the world. It was a window into a world I heard somewhat about, but the story brought to life the reality of the cruelty and harshness of life for a woman in that world. Hard to read, but glad I did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jane Eyre [Brilliance Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Charlotte Bronte
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1018)
    Performance
    (726)
    Story
    (733)

    After a sad and neglected childhood as an orphan, Jane Eyre was hired by Edward Rochester as governess for his ward. Jane was pleased with the quiet country life at Thornfield, with the beautiful old manor house and gardens, with the book-filled library, and with her own comfortable room. But there were stories of a strange tenant, a woman who laughed like a maniac, and who stayed in rooms on the third floor.

    bebe says: "a book that can be heard/read again and again"
    "Enjoyed re-reading this classic"
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    I appreciated this book much more this time around than when I read it many years ago as required reading. I became very involved in the main characters life, felt her range of emotions for all that befell her in her life. Excellent story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Pearl S. Buck
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1688)
    Performance
    (862)
    Story
    (874)

    This Pulitzer Prize-winning classic tells the poignant tale of a Chinese farmer and his family in old agrarian China. The humble Wang Lung glories in the soil he works, nurturing the land as it nurtures him and his family. Nearby, the nobles of the House of Hwang consider themselves above the land and its workers; but they will soon meet their own downfall. The working people riot, breaking into the homes of the rich and forcing them to flee. When Wang Lung shows mercy to one noble and is rewarded, he begins to rise in the world, even as the House of Hwang falls.

    Marv says: "a masterpiece!"
    "Fascinating"
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    I read this many many years ago on a school required reading list, but it's significance was lost on me then. Reading it now, I was very caught up in the life of these folks on the other side of the world, and what it must of been like for them in those times. I was captivated by the people's stories and eager each reading day to see what developed next. A very somber story, but an eye-opener into history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flowers in the Attic

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By V.C. Andrews®
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (373)
    Performance
    (337)
    Story
    (335)

    This best-selling thriller has captivated over 4.5 million readers of all ages; V.C. Andrews’ fans know her mixture of vivid characters and ominous moods is highly addictive. Flowers in the Attic is the first book in a gripping series featuring the Dollangagers - a family haunted by a remorseless, demonic history. This tale of obsession, also made into a haunting movie, has made V.C. Andrews’ name synonymous with the best in dark suspense.

    Mindy says: "A classic worth hearing read!"
    "Disturbing story"
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    The story was disturbing in itself to have the children locked in the attic to live their lives. I found myself very uncomfortable by the sister/brother connection and what developed between them. Just wasn't my kind of favored story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Birds of a Lesser Paradise: Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Megan Mayhew Bergman
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    Exploring the way our choices and relationships are shaped by the menace and beauty of the natural world, Megan Mayhew Bergman’s powerful and heartwarming collection captures the surprising moments when the pull of our biology becomes evident, when love or fear collides with good sense, or when our attachment to an animal or wild place can’t be denied.

    Tony says: "A WONDERFUL COLLECTION"
    "A Bit Disappointed"
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    I was aware at the time of purchase that this was a collection of short stories, but found myself feeling as if I was left hanging at the end of each story. Overall I just didn't get the sense of satisfaction from a good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Winter Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2418)
    Performance
    (2014)
    Story
    (2015)

    History has all but forgotten.... In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown. Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next best-selling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write. But then she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction....

    Martha says: "Get Out Your Hankies"
    "Fascinating window into the world of Scotland"
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    I was quite caught up in the parallel stories of the two main women characters in this tale of fiction based on fact. One is a writer staying in a cottage by the sea in Scotland, and the other is a woman of the past living in 1700's Scotland. I was fascinated with the historical details of life in the 1700's. At first I thought I might have trouble staying with the two stories, but once I got into the flow, I followed along quite involved with each woman's story. The concept of 'genetic memory' is very interesting! The narrator did an amazing job with the various voices which greatly added to the overall enjoyment of my 'listen' to this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Spring Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Milly Johnson
    • Narrated By Colleen Prendergast
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (66)

    Lou Winter is a lonely woman who no longer realises she's being taken advantage of - whether by her mother or unfaithful husband Phil. Then one day she spots a magazine article on clearing clutter. What begins as an earnest spring-clean soon spirals out of control. The more Lou lets go of, the more light can get to those painful places at the centre of her heart.

    Jan says: "Really enjoyable."
    "a great 'woman's" story!"
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    This was a very entertaining book, The concept of clearing out the clutter in her house at the same time as she clears out the clutter in her life, is a very enjoyable read.
    The English accent added greatly to the story. I could relate to the main character and found myself caught up in her emotions of her marriage ending and a new life starting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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