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betty

West Sunbury, Pa.

west sunbury, PA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 35 reviews
  • 131 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 62 purchased in 2014
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  • The Captive Heart: Daughters of Caleb Bender, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Dale Cramer
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Dale Cramer’s enthralling Paradise Valley introduced Caleb Bender, an Amish man who, in the 1920s, led his family from Ohio to Mexico to form a new settlement. Its compelling sequel, The Captive Heart, finds Caleb and his family struggling to adapt to their new lives in a country torn apart by revolution. But their true test is yet to come. When a bandit kidnaps his daughter and wounds his son, Caleb knows he must act before his children are put in further danger. Yet what can an Amish man do when violence is strictly forbidden?

    betty says: "Second wonderful book!!!"
    "Second wonderful book!!!"
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    As I wrote in the review for Paradise Valley, this second book is just as good. Make sure you listen to them in the proper order. If you like Amish stories, this is one of the better books to listen to.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Deeper Than the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Tami Hoag
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1375)
    Performance
    (772)
    Story
    (765)

    Three children, running in the woods behind their school, stumble upon a partially buried female body, eyes and mouth glued shut. Close behind the children is their teacher, Anne Navarre, shocked by this discovery and heartbroken as she witnesses the end of their innocence. What she doesn't yet realize is that this will mark the end of innocence for an entire community, as the ties that bind families and friends are tested by secrets uncovered in the wake of a serial killer's escalating activity.

    John says: "A pleasant surprise"
    "Good Book - BUT!!!"
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    I would have loved this series of books if not for the foul language. All the books were a surprise to the very end. Cut out the f word, and you would cut at least 15 minutes off the time for the 3 books.

    I will not listen to any more books by Tami Hoag because I am sure if these 3 talked like this, the others will follow a similar pattern.

    I am sorry for the down review, but this is the way I feel.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Midwife of Hope River: A Novel of an American Midwife

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Patricia Harman
    • Narrated By Anne Wittman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (55)

    Midwife Patience Murphy has a gift: a talent for escorting mothers through the challenges of bringing children into the world. Working in the hardscrabble conditions of Appalachia during the Depression, Patience takes the jobs that no one else wants, helping those most in need - and least likely to pay. She knows a successful midwifery practice must be built on a foundation of openness and trust - but the secrets Patience is keeping are far too intimate and fragile for her to ever let anyone in.

    Linda says: "An amazing listen!"
    "Standout Book!!!"
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    This is a book that I truly enjoyed listening to. I loved the story. Many times I was transported back as if I were in the room waiting for the birth.

    I recommend this book as a "must listen".

    Patricia Harman wrote a great story, and Anne Wittman made the book come alive with the way she read the book.

    I am watching for more books by both of these women.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Abandoned Prayers: Murder, the Amish, and Little Boy Blue

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Gregg Olsen
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (35)

    On Christmas Eve in 1985, a hunter found a young boy's body along an icy corn field in Nebraska. The residents of Chester, Nebraska, buried him as "Little Boy Blue", unclaimed and unidentified-- until a phone call from Ohio two years later led authorities to Eli Stutzman, the boy's father.Eli Stutzman, the son of an Amish bishop, was by all appearances a dedicated farmer and family man in the country's strictest religious sect.

    Eagle's says: "YUK, Don't waste your time or your money!!"
    "Fact is fact."
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    I feel this was a true crime story. It is said to be true, and if you want to know the facts, then you must hear the acts. It told of the homosexual acts, but they were an important part of the facts. When you listen to a steamy romance book, you hear a lot more than this. I feel this was a great listen, and I would recommend it, if you like true crime.

    If truth be told, none of this is anything that the average adult has not heard rumors about.

    I was intrigued with the story, the way the facts were collected, and finally in finding Levi.

    My rate for this book is 5 stars.

    Betty
    West Sunbury, PA.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • House on Olive Street

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (227)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (165)

    In this touching work, four women—all writers—come together after a painful loss. Recently deceased Gabby Marshall leaves behind a letter asking her friends to complete her unfinished manuscript. Taking vacations from their own lives, the ladies settle at Gabby’s home and get to work.

    Andrea says: "Good story/liked the characters"
    "Wonderful Story"
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    I love books by Robyn Carr. This is a stand alone story, and I laughed and I cried. The only problem with the book is the amount of off color words, and the swearing. I had to keep turning it down when my grandkids came into the room. Since I told you about the language, I recommend this book highly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • While We’re Far Apart

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Lynn Austin
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (82)

    Five-time Christy Award winner Lynn Austin is acclaimed as “one of the genre’s best historical fiction novelists” (Library Journal). Set in Brooklyn, New York, during World War II, While We’re Far Apart is a brilliant blend of captivating characters, heart-tugging emotions, and vivid spiritual truths. While a motherless girl longs for her daddy and a young lady hopes for a second chance at love, this poignant tale explores the uncertainty that stalks the homefront as the “War to End All Wars” rages in Europe.

    Sara says: "Love, forgiveness and growth"
    "Doesn't seem like a Lynn Austin book."
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    I have listened to many Lynn Austin books, and I can't believe she wrote this book. To me it is boring from the very beginning. The story is shallow, and the characters are made to be very whiney people. This is not an Austin book that I would recommend. Sorry for the bad review, but this is the way I feel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Desperate Housedogs

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Sparkle Abbey
    • Narrated By Frances Fuller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    When Caro Lamont, former psychologist turned pet therapist, makes a house call to help Kevin Blackstone with his two misbehaving German shepherds, she expects frantic dogs; she expects a frantic dog owner; she even expects frantic neighbors. What she doesn't expect is that two hours later the police will find Kevin dead, his dogs impounded; and that as the last person to see Kevin alive (well, except for the killer) she is suddenly a person of interest, at least according to Homicide Detective Judd Malone.

    Maria says: "Pretty Good"
    "Dumb!!!!"
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    Even though this was a lower priced book, it sounded like it would be funny. The wanna be southern voice is terrible. The story is so dumb, it is a turnoff from the very beginning. I would not recommend this book.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • On What Grounds

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Cleo Coyle
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gibel
    Overall
    (357)
    Performance
    (305)
    Story
    (307)

    Clare Cosi used to manage the historic Village Blend coffeehouse…until she opted for quieter pastures and a more suburban life. But after ten years and a little friendly cajoling from the owner (a fresh pot of Jamaican Blue Mountain was all it took), she's back to the grind. With a sprawling rent-free apartment directly above the Village Blend, her cat Java by her side, and plenty of coffeehouse redecorating ideas, Clare is thrilled to return to work. Until she discovers the assistant manager unconscious in the back of the store, coffee grounds strewn everywhere.

    Pam says: "Stands out"
    "Fun Listening"
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    This book was a fun and interesting listen, it also added some good tidbits about the history of coffee. All in all it was an easy listen fireside book. I will continue with the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Woman's Place

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Lynn Austin
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (57)

    While their men fight, America's women produce what's necessary for victory. In a Michigan shipyard, four female co-workers forge a strong bond of friendship that, combined with faith, helps them to overcome oppression, despair, and tragedy - and find love in unlikely places.

    Sara says: "Complex insights on personal perspective."
    "A must listen to book."
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    Lynn Austin is a writer that comes along once in a lifetime. Each of her books are the best.
    All I can say is, listen to this book, and the others she has written, and you will want Lynn to write another hundred books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Candle in the Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Lynn Austin
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (279)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (149)

    Winner of the 2001 Christy Award, Lynn Austin captures the turmoil of the Civil War in this stirring novel. From vast plantations to the cramped closets of the Underground Railroad, it follows one young woman's inspiring journey of risk and sacrifice.

    Terry says: "A different look at the Civil War"
    "A Must Listen to series."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, this is a series that everyone will enjoy.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Each and every person plays a role in the book.


    Have you listened to any of Christina Moore’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    She is great no matter which book she is reading.


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

    The entire book keeps you interested.


    Any additional comments?

    This series is called Refiners Fire. Listen to the books in order.
    1 - Candle in the Darkness
    2 - Fire by Night
    3 - A Light to my Path

    This is a series that you will feel badly when they are over.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Turtle Shells: Heading Through Cancer

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Bunny Leach
    • Narrated By Bunny Leach
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    At one time, Bunny's life seemed perfect. After her husband retired from the professional tennis circuit, where they traveled with their two children around the world, they packed up and moved to paradise, Florida. But when their 16-year-old daughter was diagnosed with cancer, paradise quickly turned into a nightmare. As the family drifted apart, Bunny put her faith in God and fought for her daughter's life. Turtle Shells: Heading Through Cancer, a mother's gripping memoir, is sure to tug at heart strings as she recounts her daughter's battle against brain cancer and her fight to be happy again

    betty says: "Very misleading"
    "Very misleading"
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    What disappointed you about Turtle Shells?

    It sounds like it is read by a 15 year old, and she is just reading without any emotion.


    What was most disappointing about Bunny Leach’s story?

    It seemed so childish.


    What didn’t you like about Bunny Leach’s performance?

    The reading sounds like it is being read in a monotone voice.


    Any additional comments?

    This could have been a great book, but is comes accross like an eight grader writing a story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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