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Debbie

Toney, Alabama | Member Since 2013

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  • Promises to Keep

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Ann Tatlock
    • Narrated By Barbara Caruso
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (52)
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    (44)
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    (43)

    Christy Award winner Ann Tatlock is a top name in inspirational fiction. In Promises to Keep, 11-year-old Rosalind finds 70-year-old Tillie on her front porch - again. Wanting to die in the place where she lived for half a century, Tillie continues leaving her senior living complex and finding her way “home.” Annoyed at first, Rosalind’s mother finally lets Tilly live with them. And when danger nears, Tillie selflessly determines to protect the family she has adopted as her own.

    Debbie says: "Love and Real Family"
    "Love and Real Family"
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    Roz, who's eleven years old wants her daddy . . . what girl doesn't? And she, her brothers and her mother have left him and moved to a new town . . . where her mom now has a job . . . Her daddy cried like a baby when they left . . . he said he'd change . . . Now, of all the things, Tillie, the old woman who used to own the house that they've bought, comes sitting on the front porch, saying it's HER house. Tillie wants to die in their house. She and her husband built that house. Well, her mom needs a babysitter . . . so I guess Tillie's moving in! It's just all too much for Roz . . . who dreams of her mom and daddy reconciling . . . and living happily ever after. And Roz' new friend, Mara has some daddy dreams of her own . . . so they make a pact, they will keep each other's daddy dreams a secret. It's just that some things about daddy just don't exactly add up . . .

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • An Echo of Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (267)
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    (243)
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    When a Hungarian immigrant is dismembered near London's River Thames, Commander Monk is called to the eerie scene, where 16 candles surround the corpse. As identical murders pop up around the city, Monk confronts the unsettling options: could it be the work of a secret society? A serial madman? Or is a xenophobic Brit targeting foreigners? A local doctor who speaks Hungarian from his days on the battlefield may be able to help, but his own struggles with post-traumatic stress have left his memory in shambles.

    Jean says: "Absorbing"
    "England, Hungary, and Crimean War in 1800s"
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    A wonderful historical murder mystery set in London in latter 1800's following the Crimean War; Police Commander Monk is investigating the brutal and ritualistic murder of a Hungarian immigrant, when more identical murders happen. The story is rich with the details of life in London during the time period, children living on the street, one of which Commander Monk and his wife, Hester, took in to raise and is now training to be a doctor. As Monk investigates the murders, he must rely on others who speak Hungarian, one of whom is an English physician (Fitz) who served alongside Hester (a nurse) in the Crimean War. Fitz, suffering from terrible blackouts and nightmares from the war and Scruff (Monk and Hester's "adopted" street urchin) become fast friends. Scuff is helping in the clinic for the poor and studying under Crow, another street child, who grew up and finally got his credentials. Fear and anger escalate among the Hungarian community as Monk continues to investigate, bringing him no closer to an answer, when one night a bloodied and disoriented Fitz being persued by an angry mob is finally arrested. Fitz cannot account for his whereabouts. But is he really a murderer? Listen and see . . .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Days Without End: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Sebastian Barry
    • Narrated By Aidan Kelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (965)
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    (966)

    Thomas McNulty, having fled the Great Famine in Ireland and now barely 17 years old, signs up for the US Army in the 1850s and with his brother in arms, John Cole, goes to fight in the Indian Wars - against the Sioux and the Yurok - and, ultimately, in the Civil War. Orphans of terrible hardships themselves, they find these days to be vivid and alive, despite the horrors they see and are complicit in. Moving from the plains of Wyoming to Tennessee, Sebastian Barry's latest work is a masterpiece of atmosphere and language.

    Donna Deal says: "Stunning, disturbing, amazing"
    "Rambling, Graphic, Unholy Story of War"
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    The writing is lyrical, the performance is superb; but throughout the book, the Lord's name is taken in vain, for no apparent reason. And it soon becomes apparent that the underlying story is about two young men who fall in love and become soldiers together. Something that many readers would have like to have known . . .

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • When the Grits Hit the Fan: Country Store Mystery Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Maddie Day
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
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    (32)
    Story
    (31)

    Before she started hosting dinners for Indiana University's Sociology Department, Robbie never imagined scholarly meetings could be so hostile. It's all due to Professor Charles Stilton, who seems to thrive on heated exchanges with his peers and underlings, and tensions flare one night after he disrespects Robbie's friend, graduate student Lou. So when Robbie and Lou go snowshoeing the next morning and find the contentious academic frozen under ice, police suspect that Lou might have killed him after their public tiff.

    Beatrice says: "Formulaic"
    "Series on a Steady Decline "
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    While I love, love, love, artsy, beautiful Brown County, Indiana, I DO NOT like when authors use their stories to air their politics. It detracts from the book and this is the second I've listened to (Book three of the series), and the casual sex and anti- gun views of the author turn me off. The actual mysteries are getting way more far fetched as well, and the culmination of this story, really takes the cake, or pancake, as it were . . . it's sad, too, as I had others from the series in my wish list . . . but no more . .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Inn at Ocean's Edge

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Colleen Coble
    • Narrated By Devon O'Day
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (306)
    Performance
    (279)
    Story
    (276)

    A vacation to Sunset Cove was her way of celebrating and thanking her parents. After all, Claire Dellamore's childhood was like a fairy tale. But with the help of Luke Elwell, Claire discovers that fairy tale was really an elaborate lie....

    Stacey says: "Fantastic!"
    "Mystery, Murder, Family and Deceit"
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    Great story of a beautiful young woman whose fairy tale existance is anything but what it appears to be. . . flashbacks and nightmares haunt Clare Dellamore, particularly after she decides to meet her parents at Ocean's Edge to help with a merger in the family business. Her father seems anxious and not happy that she's come . . . and things go downhill from there . . . when Clare is the last person to see to see a local woman who has been murdered, suspicions grow . . .Luke Elwell, a local young man home on leave from the Coast Guard, helps to investigate the murder and also tries to find a connection to the disappearance of his mother some 25 years earlier . . . This is a well-written story of a family haunted by one man's selfish decisions and greed over several decades and the willingness of several others who willing follow along. Combined with deadly lust and secrets buried for decades, this tale is full of twists and turns of every sort. The end is worth the wait . . . GREAT BOOK!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Joel C. Rosenberg - Twelfth Imam Series: The Twelfth Imam, The Tehran Initiative, Damascus Countdown

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    Overall
    (123)
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    (113)
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    (110)

    Tensions are rising in the Middle East. Iran's president vows to annihilate the United States and Israel. Israel's prime minister says someone must hit Iran's nuclear sites "before it's too late." The American president warns against a preemptive strike on Iran's nuclear facilities and says negotiations are the key to finding peace.

    Connie says: "Lengthy, yet it held my attention"
    "3 Book Series is Outstanding and Frightening"
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    The purchase of three book series is no longer available on Audible, and its a shame. But still SO worth it to buy each one individually. Joel C. Rosenberg is an excellent end-times fictional writer, and each book is a stand-alone great listen. Although it takes some time to listen to all three, I can truthfully say that my husband and I loved them . . . prophetic, biblically correct and like a voice in the wilderness, warning those who will listen to heed . . . what I found most astounding is that, true to our Lord's character and promises, He shows up when you might least expect it, when things look the darkest, and when we, as humans, believe that all hope is lost . . . we will certainly listen/read more of Joel Rosenberg's books . . .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Library: Where Life Checks Out

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Carmen DeSousa
    • Narrated By Michelle Babb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (77)
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    (73)
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    In 1934, the body of a beautiful, but poor young woman was found alongside a riverbank near The Depot. Beaten to a pulp, only recognizable by a tattoo on her ankle, and yet, days after the discovery, the story all but disappears. Eighty years later, locals claim The Depot is haunted. But in all the years homicide detective Mark Waters has visited the abandoned1800s train station turned restaurant, he's never seen proof. Until now.

    Nocturnus says: "The Haunted Detective"
    "The Depot AND The Library: TWOFER"
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    Interesting tale of murder in 1934 in the old train depot, followed by multiple murders many years later in the library . . . Detective Mark Waters investigates and at first doesn't believe the tale that beautiful young woman tells about the dead man . . . but some ghostly happenings change that . . . if you are in the mood for something a little different, bordering on the supernatural, this is it . . .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pit Stop: This Stop Could Be Life or Death

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 21 mins)
    • By Carmen DeSousa
    • Narrated By Michelle Babb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
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    (17)
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    (17)

    Detective Gino Canale doesn't believe in a hereafter, let alone ghosts looking for closure. But when his reoccurring dream implies that his grandparents' deaths might actually have been homicides, not to mention that he's hearing bells that don't exist and smelling a pipe when no one is smoking, he realizes he's either connecting to the other side - or going crazy.

    Nocturnus says: "Haunted By The Past"
    "Short and Interesting Mystery"
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    Twenty year old murder haunts the son of a cop, who is ALSO a cop . . . short, interesting listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bringing Maggie Home

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Kim Vogel Sawyer
    • Narrated By Barbara McCulloh
    Overall
    (126)
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    (113)
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    (112)

    When Meghan DeFord is forced to take a six-week leave-of-absence after a traffic accident, she chooses to spend the time with her grandmother. Meghan has wonderful memories of childhood summers with her Grandma Hazel and anticipates a time of relaxation and filling a scrapbook with pictures of their time together. Meghan's mother arrives unexpectedly and brings her long resentment towards Hazel for her overprotectiveness and near paranoia. During their time together, Hazel confesses her long-held secret....

    Megan Gorg says: "I couldn’t stop listening"
    "Generational Pain and the Faith of a Child"
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    Three generations of women, Hazel, Diane and Meghan come together as sparks fly . . . anger, pain, and resentment going back decades meet in one home. Meghan DeFord is a cold case detective in Arkansas who recently suffered a car wreck, leaving her with a broken ankle. Opting to spend her recovery time with her grandmother, Hazel, in Nevada, she flies out, only to learn, upon arrival, that her mother, Diane, is also there with all of her dogs, which her grandmother hates. Stuck in the house with two bickering women, and on crutches, Meghan begins a scrapbook of her grandmother's lifetime, celebrating her upcoming 80th birthday . . . searching for photos, and lovingly hoping for a memorable gift. Most of the book is about the very complicated relationship between the three women . . . Hazel, having suffered a tragic loss at the young age of ten, and never being able to speak of it again in the following 70 years . . . Diane, her daughter, angry and always feeling over protected and smothered by Hazel, never knowing why, and losing her father at a young age . . . and then Meghan, Diane's daughter, with a wonderful, close relationship to her grandmother, Hazel, but forever feeling completely detached and neglected by her own mother . . . the three women, delving into photographs discover a past that had long been buried . . . and the faith of a young girl, who held tight to Jesus, despite horrific loss, despite parents who were too devastated to relate to her, and despite all that life brought . . . faith the size of a mustard seed . . . blossomed . . . this is an amazing, healing, and emotional journey . . . one you DO NOT want to miss . . .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Who Moved My Goat Cheese?: Farm-to-Fork Mystery Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Lynn Cahoon
    • Narrated By Randye Kaye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
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    (28)
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    (28)

    Angie Turner hopes her new farm-to-table restaurant can be a fresh start in her old hometown in rural Idaho. But when a goat dairy farmer is murdered, Angie must turn the tables on a bleating black sheep.... With three weeks until opening night for their restaurant, the County Seat, Angie and her best friend and business partner Felicia are scrambling to line up local vendors - from the farmer's market to the goat dairy farm of Old Man Moss. Fortunately, the cantankerous Moss takes a shine to Angie, as does his kid goat Precious.

    Curious says: "Goats and murder -- interesting combo"
    "A Goat, A Dog, and a Recipe for Murder"
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    Returning to the quaint little town in rural Idaho, where she grew up, Angie Turner begins the process of researching and developing recipes so she and her best friend, Felicia could soon open their restaurant, The County Seat. Her grandmother (Nona) had passed away, leaving her home to Angie, and memories of her childhood filled her senses as Angie worked in her Nona's herb garden. But Angie and Felicia find it hard to gain acceptance with the locals at the Farmers' Market, where they hope to buy fresh products for their Farm-to Fork restaurant. A visit to the local goat cheese farmer, Mr. Moss and a close friend of Angie's Nona's, has Angie wondering. But the date they picked for their next meeting never happens. The sheriff visits Angie with the awful news that someone has murdered Old Man Moss. The mystery is just WHO would want him dead? He was old, grumpy, but seemingly harmless . . . he held a grudge with the Farmers' Market leaders who limited his sales at the market . . . and most of the town found him an odd sort . . . but Angie's Nona was a good friend . . . this is an enjoyable tale of a small village with quirky folks . . . a couple of bad eggs . . . and a young woman, come home to settle back into a lifestyle she missed . . . and a smart cookie, too . . . one with a nose for sniffing out a murderer . . .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hinds' Feet on High Places

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Hannah Hurnard
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (471)
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    (347)
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    (360)

    Hinds' Feet on High Places is Hannah Hurnard's best-known and best-loved book, a beautiful allegory dramatizing the yearning of God's children to be led to new heights of love, joy, and victory. Follow Much-Afraid on her spiritual journey through difficult places with her two companions, Sorrow and Suffering.

    Alan Rither says: "A timeless and beautiful allegory"
    "Small we are, and Great He is"
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    Written in 1955, the year that I was born, and only seven years following the re-establishment of the nation of Israel, where the author, Hannah Hunard was called to be a missionary, Hinds' Feet on High Places is an amazing (fictional) tale of our pitiful human state, and our need for growth and change. As Much-Afraid continually meets up with the Shepherd, as she journeys towards the high places, I, too, stumble along with her . . . even though I began my walk so many years ago at age nine . . . it seems I need to walk the path again and again, when the woes of this world begin to crowd back in, and I once more link arms with old companions, Sorrow and Suffering, forgetting that the Shepherd has already turned my weeping into joy . . . yes, Hinds' Feet on High Places is a book for more than one listening . . . I appreciated the information about the author and how she came to know the Lord, as well; daughter of devout Quaker parents, who hated going to church and found it dull and boring, yet she loved her father so much, she agreed to go to a long revival with him, and it was there that she met the Lord at age nineteen . . . this is a healing book for those who are hurting, a loving book for those who feel unloved, and a book to help us find courage to face our fears and our pasts . . . and to lead us upward to our redeemer . . .

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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