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kristen

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  • The Case for Faith: A Journalist Investigates the Toughest Objections to Christianity

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Lee Strobel
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (96)

    This unabridged audio download edition of the eagerly anticipated sequel to Lee Strobel’s best-selling he Case for Christ finds the author investigating the nettlesome issues and doubts of the heart that threaten faith. In The Case for Faith, winner of the Gold Medallion Book Award, eight major topics are addressed including doubt, the problem of pain, and the existence of evil.

    Denise says: "The best of Lee Strobel"
    "very thorough work."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Case for Faith the most enjoyable?

    Very interesting exploration for answers. Questions posed and explored from seemingly all angles. Nicely done.


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    Very well read. I felt as if I were in the room listening in on the conversations.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Misfits

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By James Howe
    • Narrated By Spencer Murphy, the Full Cast Family
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (15)

    A little too smart, a little too fat, Bobby Goodspeed has always been a go-along-to-get-along kind of guy. But when his friend Addie decides to tackle the student council elections, Bobby finds himself changing in ways he never could have imagined in this tender, touching, utterly hilarious novel of life as a middle school misfit.

    kristen says: "Testy topic- Great Read"
    "Testy topic- Great Read"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Misfits the most enjoyable?

    The voices were really good.


    What other book might you compare The Misfits to and why?

    Not sure.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When one of the boys opens up about being Gay.


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

    When the main Character realizes the good that has come from speaking up, and out.


    Any additional comments?

    Recommended for middle school or older.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Five People You Meet in Heaven

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Mitch Albom
    • Narrated By Mitch Albom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1193)
    Performance
    (250)
    Story
    (254)

    Eddie is a grizzled war veteran who feels trapped in a meaningless life of fixing rides at a seaside amusement park. His days are a dull routine of work, loneliness, and regret.

    Mark says: "Truly Inspiring and Meaningful"
    "Creative, and curiously thoughtful!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Five People You Meet in Heaven the most enjoyable?

    The twists and turns in the story.


    Any additional comments?

    The voice was a great match. He did a wonderful job with narrations and characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14389)
    Performance
    (11801)
    Story
    (12429)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Kd says: "Really 2.5"
    "Absolutely fantastic story!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Fifty Shades of Grey the most enjoyable?

    I loved Becca Battoe as the reader. Her voice was perfect for my imagination to grasp ahold of the characters.


    What does Becca Battoe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her voice and character voice changes were very well done. in each scene I was clear about the voices. She was consistent with the voices, so I was always aware of which character was talking. Her voice was perfect for Anna!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, I laughed. I laughed at the crazy sexual relationship the main characters had, and I was so mad at Christian at one point in the story also.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades Darker: Book Two of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8310)
    Performance
    (7206)
    Story
    (7213)

    Daunted by the singular tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house. But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist.

    Tracy L says: "I CAN'T LISTEN ANY LONGER! I'M BUYING THE BOOK."
    "Great ending to a lovely story!"
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    Would you listen to Fifty Shades Darker again? Why?

    Yes. because you really see Anastasia come to life in this book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fifty Shades Darker?

    Anastasia shooting Jack!


    What about Becca Battoe’s performance did you like?

    EVERYTHING!!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades Freed: Book Three of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7407)
    Performance
    (6475)
    Story
    (6479)

    When unworldly student Anastasia Steele first encountered the driven and dazzling young entrepreneur Christian Grey it sparked a sensual affair that changed both of their lives irrevocably. Shocked, intrigued, and, ultimately, repelled by Christian’s singular erotic tastes, Ana demands a deeper commitment. Determined to keep her, Christian agrees. Now, Ana and Christian have it all - love, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of possibilities for their future. But Ana knows that loving her Fifty Shades will not be easy.

    SIMARA says: "We ate the dessert first..."
    "Wonderfully Woven"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. To friends who can handle the sexual content in this book.


    What other book might you compare Fifty Shades Freed to and why?

    Not sure.


    Which character – as performed by Becca Battoe – was your favorite?

    Anastasia.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    When the love a woman is the only hope to free the chains of fear.


    Any additional comments?

    Becca Battoe does a phenomenal job bringing life to the characters in this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heart of a Samurai

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Margi Preus
    • Narrated By James Yaegashi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Praised as “a timeless tale” by Booklist in a starred review, this Newbery Honor book by Margi Preus explores the cultural divide between the East and West circa 1841. When Manjiro, a Japanese teenager, is thrown from his fishing boat during a storm, he’s rescued by an American whaling ship. Befriending the ship’s captain, Manjiro decides to travel with the crew to Massachusetts. But years later, when Manjiro attempts to return to his homeland, he’s imprisoned as an outsider

    Marc says: "a beautiful story of the first Japanese boy in Ame"
    "Perfect book for 5-9th graders"
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    Where does Heart of a Samurai rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Excellent.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Manjiro is my favorite character. Manjiro holds on to his culture, draws from his past experiences, knowledge of what he knows is right and wrong, while looking for guidance from his elders. Manjiro is a positive role model demonstrating patience, adaptability, intelligence, and maturity. He is a curious boy, who appreciates education and is not afraid to work hard.


    Which character – as performed by James Yaegashi – was your favorite?

    Mr. Yaegashi performed wonderfully in all characters. I particularly liked how he performed the Japanese language parts.


    Any additional comments?

    Perfect book for school and classroom readings because it touches on poverty, Japanese history, american history, the gold rush, American and Japanese prejudice, and ties it all together with samurai lessons that make the foundation of Manjiro's character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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