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Paula

Minneola, FL, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Higher Hope: Tides of Truth, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Robert Whitlow
    • Narrated By Suzy Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (51)

    Robert Whitlow’s gripping legal thrillers have won him a Christy Award and favorable comparisons to John Grisham. Higher Hope, the second novel in his Tides of Truth series, follows Savannah law clerk Tami Taylor as she assists on a case against a preacher who has been defaming a businessman with so-called prophecies from God. Though her firm wants to prove these prophecies are nothing more than slander, Tami can’t help but wonder if the preacher is, in fact, telling the truth.

    Joseph says: "Great Story ... stretch your faith"
    "Very slow"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Robert Whitlow and/or Suzy Jackson?

    The narrator wasn't bad, but the, story read like a school-aged child wrote it.


    What was most disappointing about Robert Whitlow’s story?

    I was anticipating a court drama that circled around religious issues. The story started off ok, but then dragged through boring descriptions of this conservative family.


    How could the performance have been better?

    After a while her voice became annoying. Maybe it has to do with the flat read.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Orphan Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christina Baker Kline
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4791)
    Performance
    (4276)
    Story
    (4284)

    Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to "aging out" out of the foster care system. A community-service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse.... As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

    Kathi says: "Moving story of sharing and transformation."
    "Amazing! Thank you for a beautiful Listen."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Orphan Train the most enjoyable?

    The narrators were believable. The author brought to life characters I will always remember.


    What other book might you compare Orphan Train to and why?

    It read like a classic. Anne of Green Gables was referenced in this story several times. The characters are as likeable and as rich as Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blithe.


    What does Jessica Almasy and Suzanne Toren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The accents were believable. The story was not just read, they performed it.


    Who was the most memorable character of Orphan Train and why?

    I found myself cheering for and crying for Niahm. I wanted her to succeed. I wanted her life to mean something more than one misfortune after another. I was so pleased. Molly was not as likeable or relatable to me, but I found myself cheering for her too.


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to this story on my long commute to and from work. It made the drive enjoyable and I actually found myself looking forward to getting on the road. The history of the real orphan trains made me reflect on a time when people were so desperate for the American dream; A time when people were devasted from the Great Depression.

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