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susan

fayetteville, TN, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Here Burns My Candle

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Liz Curtis Higgs
    • Narrated By Liz Curtis Higgs
    Overall
    (54)
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    (39)
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    (41)

    A mother who cannot face her future.... A daughter who cannot escape her past. Lady Elisabeth Kerr is a keeper of secrets. A Highlander by birth and a Lowlander by marriage, she honors the auld ways, even as doubts and fears stir deep within her.

    Her husband, Lord Donald, has secrets of his own, well hidden from the household, yet whispered among the town gossips.

    Lynn Diener says: "Liz does it again!"
    "Not to be missed!"
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    If you love Christian fiction, if you love historical fiction, if you love Christian historical fiction, if you love an audio book read by the author - this is for you!! The incomparable Liz Curtis Higgs has done it again with this 2-part series. It is even better than her others. I had read the hard copy books and that in no way spoiled the audio books. I was able to pick up on things in the audio book that I had missed when reading the hard copy. The book is extremely good, and having the author read it lets you know exactly the nuance for every word. Give yourself a treat and purchase both of the books in this series!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jane and the Stillroom Maid: Being the Fifth Jane Austen Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Stephanie Barron
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (52)
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    (21)
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    (21)

    Jane Austen is enjoying August, 1806, among Derbyshire's craggy peaks, sparkling streams, and cavernous gorges. That is, until she discovers the corpse of a young gentleman whose blond curls and delicate features suggest the face of an angel.

    susan says: "Will the real Jane Austen please stand up?"
    "Will the real Jane Austen please stand up?"
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    Stephanie Barron has created a delightful series of mysteries with a most excellent (and plausible) explanation of how she acquired the long-lost manuscripts of Jane Austen. Her skills with style and language are marvelous. Kate Reading provides great pleasure for the listener. I heartily recommend this!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Death of a Scriptwriter: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (166)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (56)

    Independant-spirited Constable Hamish Macbeth - Lochdubh's one-man police force - has his hands full after a glitzy TV company arrives in search of higher ratings. Ever since a British television crew began filming a mystery series nearby Castle Drim, Hamish has watched tension building. But trouble really escalates after one of the scriptwriters is found dead, and Hamish discovers a full cast of suspects lurking behind the scenes.

    glamazon says: "Too Chatty"
    "good ol' Hamish"
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    Good ol' Hamish Macbeth is back...yet somehow this didn't quite meet my expectations, even though I love Hamish and I have loved Davinia Porter reading other things...the variances with vocal pitch made this quite difficult to listen to and the dialectical differences probably contributed to this problem, even thought Ms. Porter is quite skilled. I kept having to adjust the volume to catch everything and yet not be blasted at other times. Perhaps the recording mechanisms themselves are to blame for the problems listening to this book.
    Still...a good Hamish story and still a good reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Her Daughter’s Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Francine Rivers
    • Narrated By Stina Nielsen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (357)
    Performance
    (217)
    Story
    (221)

    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"
    "The Dreams Continue"
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    The ending of Her Mother's Hope left me with an urgent need to keep going with these characters. The segue was flawless. A few times I was uncomfortable remembering how I must have disappointed my own mother or failed my own daughter, but that simply tells you how powerful the writing is and how true to life. Try not to worry too much, because . . . well, I don't want to give anything away. Just believe me when I say you will not be disappointed. I can't say enough good things about the narrator, Stina Nielsen. She is consummately talented.
    I just cannot recommend this audio book and its predecessor highly enough!

    2 of 2 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
    (500)
    Performance
    (294)
    Story
    (298)

    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"
    "Wonderful story wonderfully performed!"
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    Francine Rivers has outdone herself with this story. It is rivetting from the very beginning and the reader's command of pronunciations is tremendous. The listener feels and sees exactly what Marta feels and sees....my first thought was that Her Mother's Hope had to with Marta's mother's hope for her....later I realized it was not only the hope of Marta's mother for her but also Marta's hope for her own daughter whom she sees as another frail soul like her sister Elise....yet Marta's daughter is tremendously strong.....and when the voice of the story changes, it is okay.
    One of the very good things about this story is the fact that reading the Bible and trying to follow its teachings are very important items. This is not one of those "Christian" fiction stories which apparently acquire their name/description by the fact that "the Lord" is mentioned periodically within but without any attempt for anyone to live up to God's standards and/or to be like Jesus Christ.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Musgraves

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By D.E. Stevenson
    • Narrated By Anne Dover
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    The tangled destinies of an unusual family are played out against the backdrop of the English countryside where two pretty sisters and a beautiful widow take centre stage in a drama of dangerous flirtation and backstairs gossip. Esther Musgrave, an attractive widow, has her hands full trying to keep her energetic family together – and on speaking terms! Her three daughters, prickly Delia, sensible Meg and carefree Rose, mean everything to her, especially since the death of her husband, Charles.

    Jerri says: "Sibling rivaly"
    "Excellent new D. E. Stevenson experience!"
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    I have long loved the writings of Dorothy Emily Peploe Stevenson, but this was a new one to me. I'll admit I wasn't expecting much from the description, but it went in directions I wasn't expecting and wasn't as predictable as I thought it would be. It was thoroughly delightful, and I recommend it for anyone who wants a very pleasant listening experience. Anne Dover did an excellent job at narration, also.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Celia's House

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By D. E. Stevenson
    • Narrated By Lesley Mackie
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (21)

    In name and by birth, Celia was a Dunne. She had inherited the beautiful old family home by the Rydd Water – but was she bound to live her life by the principles of her predecessors? Was there some hidden restraint that compelled her to heed the past? Celia’s house is a moving and poignant story of the struggle between old and young: the older generation anxious to preserve the values they have helped create while their children are determined at all costs to make lives of their own.

    Jerri says: "Boarder area of Scotland"
    "Another delightful story"
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    D. E. Stevenson wrote a number of absolutely delightful books, mostly set in the lowlands of Scotland. You come to know the characters well and are very interested in what happens to them. Several books have characters in common and there are even some with sequels, but each is good on its own and can stand alone without the reader having any knowledge of any of the others. This book is one who shares some characters with other stories, but knowing those other stories is in no way essential.
    Lesley Mackie does a wonderful job reading these books and plays a big role in making the whole experience enjoyable.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Christy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs)
    • By Catherine Marshall
    • Narrated By Kellie Martin
    Overall
    (263)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (200)

    In the year 1912, 19-year-old Christy Huddleston leaves home to teach school in the Smoky Mountains – and comes to know and love the resilient people of the region, with their fierce pride, their dark superstitions, their terrible poverty, and their yearning for beauty and truth. But her faith will be severely challenged by trial and tragedy, by the needs and unique strengths of two remarkable young men, and by a heart torn between true love and unwavering devotion.

    A User says: "Christy"
    "A favorite book for many years!"
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    I have loved this book for years and have read it several times. Listeners are treated to an interview with the author's son which includes interesting facts about the real-life folks upon whose story the book is based before the book's narration even begins.
    I grew up in East Tennessee myself and regret that the narrator's dialect coach was unfamiliar with the the pronunciation and inflections of the natives' speech. However, no one except an East Tennessee person would notice those things, and this book is definitely recommended to give you hours of listening pleasure.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Starburst

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Robin Pilcher
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (11)

    Every summer, the Edinburgh International Festival attracts celebrated artists, musicians, comedians, and actors to the beloved Scottish city. This year, the annual Edinburgh festival draws six unique and vibrant individuals, who all come together to follow their dreams and seek success, love, fame, and happiness. Each of them is trying to discover what destiny holds in store, and during this one magnificent summer, paths cross and lives are forever changed.

    john s larigan says: "Another Winner"
    "Quite enjoyable!"
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    This is an enjoyable listening experience even if you are not at all familiar with Edinburgh and even more enjoyable if you are - because you've been on Prince's Street and to the Castle and Waverly Station and up and down the steep streets and can more easily envision what is happening. John Lee does a very good job with the various accents. There are different strands of the story with different sets of characters very well done - and they ARE tied back together, with the Festival as the unifying element. The listening hours go too quickly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amberwell

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By D. E. Stevenson
    • Narrated By Lesley Mackie
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    Five young Ayrtons all grew up at Amberwell, playing in the gardens and preparing themselves to venture out into the world. To each of these children, Amberwell meant something different, but common to all of them was the idea that Amberwell was more than just where they lived - it was part of them.

    Kathleen says: "Positively perfect!"
    "Amberwell Revisited"
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    I read this book years ago and didn't remember much about it. It gets off to a rather slow start, but you find yourself caught up in the Ayrton family's doings...you want to hug the children and slap some other folks, but you are definitely engaged.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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