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  • The Last Sin Eater

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Francine Rivers
    • Narrated By Kate Forbes
    Overall
    (213)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (127)

    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.

    Mary says: "M K Hudson"
    "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
  • The Hiding Place

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Corrie ten Boom
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (469)
    Performance
    (293)
    Story
    (300)

    Corrie ten Boom was a Dutch watchmaker who became a heroine of the Resistance, a survivor of Hitler's concentration camps, and one of the most remarkable evangelists of the 20h century. In World War II she and her family risked their lives to help Jews and underground workers escape from the Nazi's, and for their work they were tested in the infamous Nazi death camps. Only Corrie among her whole family survived to tell the story of how faith ultimately triumphs over evil.

    AAW says: "Amazing Courage"
    "So POWERFUL"
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    I was so very moved by this story, amazed at the courage amidst the horrors of war. I can't believe the strength of the women in this book, particularly Corrie of course, as well as the unwavering faith of her sister. Just an incredible read/listen. A reality check at looking at life today and what it was like 'back then'. A history lesson with an emotional impact that changes me, impacts my view on life and the world, and of myself. Inspiring beyond measure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leaving Time

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Abigail Revasch, Kathe Mazur, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3805)
    Performance
    (3381)
    Story
    (3373)

    Refusing to believe that she would be abandoned as a young child, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice's old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts. Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest.

    Jan says: "Pickiest Reader Would Be Willing to Give 6 Stars"
    "The Emotional connection of ELEPHANTS!"
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    I was not expecting the powerful force underlying this entire novel of the emotional aspect of elephants. Much of the elephant facts I have read before and known. But I EXPERIENCED this book as if I was present in the compound. The elephant story is as powerful as the people's story. This was a fantastic read that I could not wait to get to each day and I now rave about to my friends. Many unexpected twists, and ultimate surprises. A really different sort of read, or 'listen'. It was extraordinary.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Appointments with Heaven: The True Story of a Country Doctor's Healing Encounters with the Hereafter

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Reggie Anderson
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (90)

    When a patient first asked Dr. Reggie Anderson to sit at her bedside as she passed from this life, something miraculous happened. As he held her hand, the veil between this world and the next parted…and he received an astonishing glimpse of what awaits us in heaven. Little did he know this was just a foretaste of what was to come - a lifetime of God-given "appointments with heaven." Join Reggie as he shares remarkable stories from his life and practice, including the personal tragedy that nearly drove him away from faith forever.

    John says: "Eric G. Dove is amazing to listen to."
    "Gives me HOPE"
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    I was very pleased with this story being an actual story initially of this doctor's life, how his beliefs came to be, fell under fire, and rose again to become the core of who he is. His writings of his bedside experiences greatly moved me. Gives me hope when I feel the despair of living in this troubled world. I believe in this story. I will buy the book in print so I can go back and highlight specific paragraphs that were particularly significant to me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Turn of Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Alice LaPlante
    • Narrated By Jean Reed Bahle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (291)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (226)

    Told through the voice of a woman with a powerful intellect that is maddeningly slipping away, Turn of Mind is not only a suspenseful psychological thriller that pulses with intensity but also a brilliant portrayal of the fragility of consciousness and memory, and of a mind finally turning on itself.

    smith says: "Not bad"
    "Painful Insight into the Alzheimer patient's mind"
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    Let me begin first to say my mother is declining rapidly with alzheimers, which is why I chose this book. It was a heart breaking emotional difficult story for me to read, but I felt it provided me with a unique insight into my own mother's mind in her struggle. It was helpful and hurtful at the same time. I thought the narration was excellent and the story itself was a powerful testimony of a very strong woman going down to this disease. I wanted her to win, I felt I stood beside her and felt her pain and her sense of loss. The story held me to the end. It remains with me now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amy Falls Down: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jincy Willett
    • Narrated By Amy McFadden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (345)
    Performance
    (299)
    Story
    (302)

    Amy Gallup is an aging novelist and writing instructor living in Escondido, California, with her dog, Alphonse. Since recent unsettling events, she has made some progress. While she still has writer's block, she doesn't suffer from it. She's still a hermit, but she has allowed some of her class members into her life. She is no longer numb, angry, and sardonic: she is merely numb and bemused, which is as close to happy as she plans to get. Amy is calm. So, when on New Year's morning she shuffles out to her backyard garden to plant a Norfolk pine, she is wholly unprepared for what happens next. Amy falls down.

    Jessica and Will says: "Not contemporary fluff"
    "Struggled to finish"
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    I was prepared to love this book, but it never really grabbed me. I did like Amy as a character, as a person, but the story itself rambled a lot about the book writing world. I just wasn't that excited to do my listen-session for the day. There were moments, I cheered for her success. But overall, I just finished it simply because I hate to quit on a book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29035)
    Performance
    (25631)
    Story
    (25704)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Complicated Murder Madness"
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    I absolutely hated Amy, what she planned, what she did, how she manipulated. I was not overly fond of Nick and disliked all the foul language in the narration, it was a bit too much. But it was a very emotionally charged story. I was taken by surprise at the ending as I didn't realize I was near the end of the narration, so I was left disappointed, wanted more to happen, felt like I was left hanging after all that drama. Just left there, that's that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23252)
    Performance
    (19335)
    Story
    (19320)

    Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    L. O. Pardue says: ""Rear Window" Meets "Gone Girl""
    "Caught up and couldn't let go"
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    I was very caught up in this story. Loved the whole concept of life-glimpses from a train window, and then all that developed as a result. I did NOT see it coming as it turned out. The characters in this story were very real to me, but I was especially fond of Rachel and pulling for her. I thought the narration was excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Priority List: A Teacher's Final Quest to Discover Life's Greatest Lessons

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By David Menasche
    • Narrated By David Menasche
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (56)

    David Menasche lived for his work as a high school English teacher. His passion inspired his students, and between lessons on Shakespeare and sentence structure, he forged a unique bond with his kids, buoying them through personal struggles while sharing valuable life lessons.

    Trish says: "Truly Inspiring!!"
    "Left me feeling sad"
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    I'm not sure why I did not especially love this book, but I did really like it. The enthusiasm of this teacher for involving and motivating his students was so admirable, the schools need more like him. What an interesting man, such a strong spirit to carry him through his battle. I felt sad his marriage suffered because of his dedication and then the cancer dominated everything after it arrived in the story. I felt very sad for D.Menasche as he met up with former students. It was very moving that many remembered him so well and wanted to help. I did end up inspired by him, but just a sadness remained.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Memory of Running

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ron McLarty
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2931)
    Performance
    (1116)
    Story
    (1108)

    In late 2003, in his column in Entertainment Weekly, Stephen King called The Memory of Running "the best novel you won't read this year." This glowing endorsement of the audiobook resulted in Ron McLarty receiving a $2 million two-book deal from Viking Penguin. Also, Warner Brothers has shelled out big bucks for the movie rights to The Memory of Running, for which McLarty will write the script.

    Neal says: "Funny and Fascinating, A Wonderful Book"
    "Fond of Smithy!"
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    This was a very enjoyable read/listen. In fact, the narration by the author added to the overall ++ enjoyment of the story for me. I became quite fond of the character Smithy. I wish I could sit down on a bench and have a chat with him. In his journey across the country he met some interesting folks. I found myself laughing out loud or feeling sadly sympathetic and protective of Smithy. If a movie is made, I do hope it stays true to the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12354)
    Performance
    (11191)
    Story
    (11216)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Struggled to stay with it"
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    I heard so much rave reviews about this book, and yet when I began I found myself struggling to decide to stay with it or not. After the initial excitement in the start, the story follows along at great length with various stages of life the main character finds himself in. I sometimes found myself wanting the story to hurry along, bored with the current section I might be in. It was quite involved in the world of stolen art, of which I had no idea went on. It definitely picked up towards the end and I HAD to stay with it now to find out what would happen. I'm glad I finished it, ended up enjoying it, but might be hesitant to refer it to my friends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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