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Bob

Marysville, WA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 252 titles in library
  • 7 purchased in 2014
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  • An Echo in the Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Francine Rivers
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (746)
    Performance
    (463)
    Story
    (473)

    As a Roman trader grieves over a lost slave woman, he begins to learn about the faith that gave her enough strength to face death.

    Susan says: "Very well done!"
    "Among the best books ever, Christian or otherwise."
    Overall

    This is the 2nd in a series of 3 books and the 1st is just as good. While this book is full of Christian values and morals, it is far from being free of violence. The author uses the main character (the slave girl, Hadassah) to teach some of the best and most in-depth lessons I have ever seen on how and why to be humble, meek, forgiving, and loving -- in short, how and why to be a true Christian. Christianity aside, these books will compare favorably with any in terms of action, adventure, suspense, and characters you really know and care about. The narration is excellent. 5 stars.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Redeeming Love

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Francine Rivers
    • Narrated By Kate Forbes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (931)
    Performance
    (592)
    Story
    (594)

    Francine Rivers is one of America's favorite romance writers and a bestselling inspirational author. Her many heartfelt novels have won awards and the adoration of fans accross the country. In Redeeming Love, she retells the Biblical story of Hosea, setting it in the 1850s, amidst California's gold country.

    Jo says: "Not Just For Girls"
    "Possibly the best fiction book I have ever read"
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    Any additional comments?

    What an amazing story! How could anyone with a background like Angel's ever hope to find love, trust, forgiveness, and respect for herself let alone from another? We know that all of those things are available from Christ for anyone who is willing, but many have sunk so low that they are not willing to believe that such things are possible for them. This story speaks to the hearts of those people and to all of us and leaves a message of hope and of limitless possibilities for all.

    This is a must read as are most of Francine's other books!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Centurion’s Wife: Acts of Faith, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Janette Oke, Davis Bunn
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (108)

    Three-time Christy Award winner Davis Bunn collaborates with Janette Oke to evoke the tumult of first-century Judea in the wake of Christ’s crucifixion. Although she prefers service in Pontius Pilate’s palace to a loveless marriage, Leah is betrothed to a Roman centurion. Before he can have Leah, however, he must go on a secret mission. But when a rabbi’s missing body sends Leah and Alban after the same answers, what they discover could change all they hold dear.

    Michael says: "Gets you into the events in a fresh way"
    "More people should listen to this Excellent book."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Centurion’s Wife the most enjoyable?

    The story first and foremost. The authors wrote a great series. The narrator was great. Audible needs to record the other two books.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Both Leah and the Centurion. We can only assume from what little is said about this centurion in Matthew 8:5-10 and Luke 7:6-10 that he was a good man of great faith who had more to do with Christ than we are told in those short verses. I think he is a wonderful character on which to base a story about early Christianity and that this is a wonderful story.


    What about Susan Lyons’s performance did you like?

    Everything. I don't nitpick the narrator when I listen to a story. I'm sure there are other listeners who could critique the narrator better than I, but to me, she did a great job.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Many. I was especially moved when I first realized that the centurion in this story was the very one mentioned in Matthew and Luke.


    Any additional comments?

    People, you need to hear this book. With only 69 ratings, even though they are very good ratings, it is no wonder that Audible has not recorded the other two books in this series. Repent so I can listen to those other two books!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Willow

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Julia Hoban
    • Narrated By Kim J. Ulrich
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (17)

    Seven months ago, on a rainy March night, 16-year- old Willow's parents died in a horrible car accident. Willow was driving. Now her older brother barely speaks to her, her new classmates know her as the killer orphan girl, and Willow is blocking the pain by secretly cutting herself. But when one boy - one sensitive, soulful boy - discovers Willow's secret, it sparks an intense relationship that turns the "safe" world Willow has created for herself upside down.

    Doha says: "Great story .. Bad narration"
    "I enjoyed it -- However..."
    Overall

    First, let me say that this author sees nothing wrong with teen sex as long as the participants "love" each other and are careful. I for one, find that a very disturbing attitude for one who is writing books that may popular in that age group. She also swears -- not a lot, but a little of that type of language is too much for many of us.

    I will admit that I enjoyed the book but I probably would have avoided it had I known about the sex and language even though the sex was far from explicit and was portrayed somewhat conservatively, and the foul language was not used a lot.

    Guy entered Willow's life at a time when she needed someone desperately. He was sensitive, caring, and self-sacrificing and Willow recognized and appreciated his good qualities.

    But as far as portraying the miracles of redemption through love, this book is not in the same league as "Redeeming Love" by Francine Rivers. That book may well be the best book I have ever read (listened to actually), period -- and some of Francine's other books are almost as good.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful

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