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  • Her Daughter’s Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Francine Rivers
    • Narrated By Stina Nielsen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (333)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (201)

    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
  • 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
    (33)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (33)

    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.

    Sarah - Audible says: "Amazing Journey"
    "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.

    0 of 0 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
    (2822)
    Performance
    (1021)
    Story
    (1012)

    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 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6859)
    Performance
    (6280)
    Story
    (6286)

    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
  • Orphan Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christina Baker Kline
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2939)
    Performance
    (2611)
    Story
    (2611)

    Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to "aging out" out of the foster care system. A community-service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse.... As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

    Susan says: "Fascinating Journey for Two"
    "Fiction based on history captivates me"
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    I sometimes struggle with books that switch back in time. This begins with the immigration of the irish to NY, and the story of the Orphan Train is fascinating , I had no idea that had happened. The story flips to the present to follow on with characters that will eventually be connected. The narration was wonderful and helped me easily keep on track with who, what,when,where. I became very involved with the characters. The narration added greatly to the entire impact of the story. The only reason I did not give 5 stars - I was slightly disappointed in the end, I wasn't ready at that moment that it would end like that, and wanted more closure, But still, an excellent audible listen.

    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
    (474)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (273)

    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
    (7075)
    Performance
    (6161)
    Story
    (6144)

    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"
    "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
    (4992)
    Performance
    (1231)
    Story
    (1233)

    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
    (1111)
    Performance
    (811)
    Story
    (821)

    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
    (1816)
    Performance
    (978)
    Story
    (991)

    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

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