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Martha

Edmond, OK, USA

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  • Sarah: Book One of the Canaan Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Marek Halter
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    The story of Sarah, and of history itself, begins in the cradle of civilization: the Sumerian city-state of Ur, a land of desert heat, towering gardens, and immense wealth. The daughter of a powerful lord, Sarah is raised in great luxury, but balks at the arranged marriage her father has planned for her. The groom is handsome and a nobleman, but on their wedding day, Sarah panics and impulsively flees to the vast, empty marshes outside the city walls.

    Sarah says: "An easy listen, not great literature"
    "Awesome"
    Overall

    This is one of the best books I've listened to. I couldn't put it down. Even though the author took some liberties with the story of Abraham and Sarah, it was very well written. The reader was so believable. I can't wait to read the other books by this author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Thirteen Moons

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Charles Frazier
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (677)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (241)

    This magnificent novel by one of America's finest writers is the epic of one man's remarkable journey, set in 19th-century America against the background of a vanishing people and a rich way of life. At the age of 12, under the Wind Moon, Will is given a horse, a key, and a map, and sent alone into the Indian Nation to run a trading post as a bound boy. It is during this time that he grows into a man, learning, as he does, of the raw power it takes to create a life, to find a home.

    P. Bergh says: "A fascinating, great epic tale"
    "A good history lesson"
    Overall

    Having grown up in the mountains of western North Carolina, I was especially enthralled with this novel. Not only was it a great novel, but it was also history of North Carolina. Cold Mountain was a great book. However, I must say this one surpasses it by far. I hope it will become a movie also.

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Beach Music

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Peter MacNicol
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (43)

    From the American South to the ancient ruins of Rome, and from the horrors of the Holocaust to the lingering trauma of Vietnam, Beach Music sings with life's pain and glory. Jack McCall, an American expatriate in Rome with his young daughter, is trying to find some peace after his wife's suicide. But when his sister-in-law begs him to return home, he finds himself drawn into a painful, intimate search for the one haunting secret in his family's past that can heal his anguished heart.

    Chris says: "loud and lame music"
    "Fantastic"
    Overall

    This is one of the best books I have read. It's funny, sad, historical, romantic, and brings back memories of my youth growing up in the south. The dialog was excellent and the narrator is superb. I only wish it was unabridged.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • At First Sight

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Nicholas Sparks
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    Overall
    (468)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (134)

    There are few things Jeremy Marsh was sure he'd never do: He'd never leave New York City; never give his heart away again after barely surviving one failed marriage; and most of all, never become a parent. Now, Jeremy is living in the tiny town of Boone Creek, North Carolina, married to Lexie Darnell, the love of his life, and anticipating the birth of their daughter. But just as his life seems to be settling into a blissful pattern, an unsettling and mysterious message re-opens old wounds.

    Kathleen says: "Finding Yourself"
    "Great book but wrong Carolina accent"
    Overall

    I thoroughly enjoyed "At First Sight"; however, the reader needs to spend more time in the eastern part of North Carolina. Having grown up in Western North Carolina, I'm familiar with most accents. This reader makes the characters of this book sound like they came straight down from the mountains.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Widow of the South: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Hicks
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer, Scott Brick, Stephen Hoye, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (47)

    In 1894 Carrie McGavock is an old woman who has only her former slave to keep her company...and the almost 1,500 soldiers buried in her backyard. Years before, rather than let someone plow over the field where these young men had been buried, Carrie dug them up and reburied them in her own personal cemetery. Now, as she walks the rows of the dead, an old soldier appears. It is the man she met on the day of the battle that changed everything.

    Joyce says: "Best Yet"
    "Better than Cold Mountain"
    Overall

    I'm not even half finished with this historical fiction; but it has to be the best yet. The drama and dialogue couldn't be better. It would make a great movie without the necessity of rewriting the script. I look forward to finding more novels by this author.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Jester

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Andrew Gross
    • Narrated By Neil Dickson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (605)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (109)

    Hugh De Luc, a poor innkeeper, returns home from the First Crusade wearied from battle and disillusioned by carnage. After journeying from the Holy Land back to his own small village, he finds his nightmare is just beginning.

    Sheridan Race says: "Spellbound and engaged"
    "Outstanding"
    Overall

    I haven't even finished the book yet and already decided it's one of the best I've read in a long time. I enjoy ancient literature; and in my opinion, this may well be a modern classic for years to come. I'd like to see James Patterson write more like this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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