Toney, Alabama | Member Since 2013
I got The Story so I could listen to the Bible on the way to and from work. I was able to finish the whole Bible before too long. I liked the flow and continuity. Having said that, it does not take the place of being in God's word daily. For that, I prefer the One Year Bible and reading it on my Kindle.
Hard to believe this is from the same author as Orphan Train . . . Although I listened to the entire audio book, I kept waiting for the "Aha" moment, which never came . . . the narration was excellent, which helped . . . the entire story unfolds like sessions in a marriage therapists office with each of the four individuals working through . . . or not . . . their childhoods, their marriages and their own feelings . . . what I really HATE is that no one ever takes any responsibility for their own choices and what those choices do to children. It is, it seems, all about "being okay with yourself". Having said that, this author IS a good writer, the issues that both these couples encounter are everything that happens to modern marriages. All the feelings, behaviors, sadness, betrayal are spot on. However, the lack of any resolution, any COMMITMENT to go beyond all the psycho babble is just a waste of a book.
Excellent historical fiction based on the life of a young Chinese woman sold into slavery by her own father. This story of Lalu Nathoy, later renamed Polly, who was sold to bandits, then sold to a madam, and sent to America is a true story. Poor decisions made by her father and broken promises never forgotten by Lalu, nevertheless did not break her spirit. And she continued to fight for her own freedom in a new and confusing land. She found love and security with Charlie Bemis at a time in American history that the Chinese people were not valued (late 1800s, early 1900s) or given the right to own property. And her gentle, healing care became known throughout the entire region as she was sought out by neighbors and townspeople when they were ill. I would love to visit central Idaho and the Salmon River where she and Charlie made their home. It's a National Historic Landmark now where Polly Bemis is honored as a pioneer among American women.
Going back three centuries to 1715, Eva Ward finds herself in on the Cornish Coast of England and a world of smugglers and treason. As Eva moves back and forth between current times and 1715, we learn amazing tidbits that tie together the two eras and the families that resides at Trelowarth mansion, then and now. As Eva studies the history of the 1700s, she learns that one of the two handsome brothers die fighting in the rebellion . . . can she change history? The Rose Garden is a romantic story, though not over the top . . . and exceptionally clean . . . and the interwoven tales of the families in current day and of three centuries ago are equally magical and intriguing. Great listen!
The overall premise of Speaks the Nightbird and the underlying story is a good one, but it was ruined for me by 1) the obsessive need for adding unnecessary deviant sexual content AND 2) it was way too long. It could have been told in less time and been a better story. I am a big fan of historical fiction. This one ran off the tracks with distracting side stories. The mystery of what was happening in the town and tale of the witch being held in the jail for execution could have been and should have been told much more tastefully. The narration was first rate.
Overprotective Parent. Guilty. Sure as heck glad that I didn't read or listen to this book when we were raising our kids . . . BUT this is an excellent thriller, with twists and turns that were unexpected . . . truth is, I couldn't STOP listening. Narration was top notch. And it turns out things are never what they seem . . .Harlan Coben does it again . . . don't miss this one!
I've long had admiration for the Amish, who after I had grown up, settled in our area in Kentucky, gaining the respect of their neighbors. We often stop and buy baskets and other handmade goods from them when we travel back home, and marvel at their craftsmanship. We have always thought of them as brothers and sisters in Christ. This book touched my heart in ways unimaginable. I have often wondered how these humble, hard working people can exist untouched, and unblemished alongside their "English" neighbors, in a world that is so corrupt and full of temptation. As we have driven past their simple houses, with no electric lines going to or from their homes, and no cars parked in their drive ways, I've contemplated it. For you can see their black buggies at Wal-mart sometimes, they must venture out into the "English" world . . . to be in it but not "of" it. Just as all Christians must . . . but the rest of us, at least we THINK we have put on a little armor . . . This book, An Unforgivable Secret, gives us all a deeper look into Amish life . . . and for me, a greater hope that His mercy penetrates deep into all who would call themselves His servants.
Alafair Tucker can sniff our a murder . . . both literally and figuratively . . . I could listen all day long to the country sayings (as I'm a country gal myself) . . . and when Alice, one of Alafair's older daughter's falls for the young widowed barber, whose wife had just been murdered and thrown into the river . . . well, my mother's instincts were on high alert, just like Alafair's. This is a great story on many levels, a murder mystery, an historical tale of rural Oklahoma in the early 1900s, and a funny, touching story of small town and family. I find myself identifying with Afafair's emotions as a mother more and more as this series continues. Can't wait for the next book.
Although this is fiction, much of it is historically correct, and I found myself mesmerized by the manners and ways of the English Tudors. Politics have been corrupt from the beginning of time . . . and yet, a thread of the good and honorable also persisted. The conflict between Protestants and Catholics during this period in history is particularly interesting to me, and that this would be such a point of contention regarding who sat on the throne of England is surprising. The narration is just right, carrying the listener away to a distant time and land of knights, kings, and queens . . . and dungeons with evil doers lurking around every corner. . . an almost fairy tale existence . . . I am looking forward to listening to the second in the series.
My husband and I listened to this book together and a road trip. He, a retired soldier, me, a retired CFO. We are parents of five, grandparents of seven. Middle class, penny pinchers, not extravagant. Family oriented, Christians. Our oldest son is a soldier. He's been stationed in South Korea twice. He's been to Iraq and Afghanistan. Our youngest son was also a soldier, deployed to Iraq. We adopted our youngest daughter from a Romanian orphanage. My point? Our family, compared to many, has experienced varied lifestyles, seen suffering in other countries and cultures, been exposed to wars, loved, accepted and even adopted one who was "thrown away". BUT . . . the story in Escape from Camp 14 is different than any our family has heard, seen or experienced. In Iraq and Afghanistan, countries ravaged by terrorism and war, mothers still cling to hope and grasp their children in their arms. Families still cling together until the moment of death. In Romania, even during and before the revolution, although many mothers abandoned their children to orphanages, it was almost always due to not having the resources to care for them at home. The family structure was still strong, Christianity although underground, flourished. Listening to Escape from Camp 14 was absolutely chilling. If anyone has a doubt about what pure evil is, they need to listen. It is little wonder that Shin lied repeatedly to Blaine Harden when telling his story. My heart rose and fell as I listened, I hoped, then immediately felt sad as I continued to listen as Shin again failed in his new surroundings. A child who had never had any expectations shown to him, no nurturing, no warmth . . . but instead is taught from birth to manipulate. It is frightening. You have to listen to the ENTIRE story. The end is absolutely WORTH THE WAIT. Thank you, Blaine Harden for one of the most harrowing, most redeeming, stories I have ever heard.
I could listen to the stories of these Appalachian folk all day long . . . it's just like going home to the hollers of Kentucky where I grew up on the Nolin River, making molasses with my daddy and grandpa and watching the old mule go round in circles as the cane was pulled in the grinder to mash out the juice to make the sorghum. The story of the little boy feeding in the sugar cane nearly ripped my heart out . . . yet these are the things that happen on family farms . . . joy and tragedy . . . Bessie and Fletch after their marriage is a deeply moving, often funny story, and just as good as the first in the series . . . Bessie remembers all that her Cherokee great grandmother taught her and continues using her healing powers, gathering herbs and caring for all her neighbors who are ill or injured . . . and mourning with them when her cures are just not enough . . . She also has her gift of "knowing" and "seeing" things sometimes . . . and sweet, unassuming Fletch has learned to accept it, when Bessie insists they must go to one in need . . . I wish that the third in the series was on audio, but so far, it isn't. Listening to these books is a real treat!
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