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Jacqueline

themannabaker

Uvalde, TX, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Vow: The True Events that Inspired the Movie

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Kim Carpenter, Krickitt Carpenter, Dana Wilkerson
    • Narrated By John McLain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (63)

    Life as Kim and Krickitt Carpenter knew it was shattered beyond recognition two months after their marriage when a devastating car wreck left Krickitt with a massive head injury and in a coma for weeks. When she finally awoke, she had no idea who Kim was and no recollection of their relationship.

    michelle,michelle,michelle,michelle says: "pretty good"
    "Required reading for engaged couples!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Vow the most enjoyable?

    I had heard about the movie, but wanted to read the original story before seeing the movie. I am disappointed that the "Hollywood" version of the movie doesn't tell the TRUTH about how important Kim and Krickitt's faith and belief in God helped them to get thru this incredible, yet miraculous 7 year period following Krickitt's severe head injury. This story is ALL about FAITH, BELIEF, promise, comittment, etc...how can Hollywood leave that out?


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way the extended families helped out and supported this newly married couple.


    What does John McLain bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    John McLain is an excellent reader. He doesn't put too much drama into his voice in the annoying way that some readers do. The volume stays constant, so this is a wonderful for listening to in a car while driving.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Until DEATH do we part!


    Any additional comments?

    When people VOW at a marriage ceremony to LOVE, in sickness and in health, until death do we part - they really don't know what they are comitting to and what those VOWS might really mean. This couple stayed together, thru sickness and health after just a few weeks of marriage. The MOVIE doesn't lend justice to the part this couple's faith and trust in GOD played in their struggle. Hopefully, the Movie will lead people to reading the true story or listening to it on this audio book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • As Sure as the Dawn: The Mark of the Lion, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Francine Rivers
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (528)
    Performance
    (346)
    Story
    (356)

    Atretes, a German barbarian who has won his freedom in the Roman arena, finds his life changed forever by an encounter with a young Christian woman. Atretes vows to move heaven and earth to find his son--the baby he thought was dead, and take him back to Germany. Only one thing stands in his way: Rizpah, the Christian widow who has cared for the child since his birth.

    David says: "Why only the third book available?"
    "My favorite of the trilogy"
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    This is the third book that I've listened to and I enjoyed this one the most. The story continues with a very postive Christian message with a historical narrative that is biblically based and accurate. I enjoyed the performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Echo in the Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Francine Rivers
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (766)
    Performance
    (482)
    Story
    (492)

    As a Roman trader grieves over a lost slave woman, he begins to learn about the faith that gave her enough strength to face death.

    Susan says: "Very well done!"
    "Great continuation of the story"
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    What made the experience of listening to An Echo in the Darkness the most enjoyable?

    Very professional reader


    What did you like best about this story?

    the continued Christian message that faith in Jesus can overcome all obstacles.


    Which character – as performed by Richard Ferrone – was your favorite?

    The Character of Hadassa is my favorite


    Any additional comments?

    Wish the author woud quit using the word "SARDONIC" ...way overused.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Courageous: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Randy Alcorn, Alex Kendrick, Stephen Kendrick
    • Narrated By Roger Mueller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (208)

    Four men, one calling: to serve and protect. As law enforcement officers, Adam Mitchell, Nathan Hayes, and their partners willingly stand up to the worst the world can offer. Yet at the end of the day, they face a challenge that none of them are truly prepared to tackle: fatherhood. While they consistently give their best on the job, good enough seems to be all they can muster as dads. But they’re quickly discovering that their standard is missing the mark. They know that God desires to turn the hearts of fathers to their children, but their children are beginning to drift....

    Jennifer says: "Excellent!!"
    "A bit "shallow" and predictable"
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    What disappointed you about Courageous?

    the "Christian LIGHT" philosophy....very predictable and not much spiritual depth.


    Would you ever listen to anything by the authors again?

    probably not.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Good narrator, just didn't have much of a story to work with.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The message of Father's taking responsibility, MEN BEING MEN and guiding their families to spiritual truth is good, but it's all about what GOD can do for ME, no deep Christian teaching. Very "protestant" - in theology.


    Any additional comments?

    Nice hopeful story - shallow theology, without substance. This is a "JESUS LOVES ME" kind of book for beginners. Prayer gets the characters thru some tough times. Church is all about fellowship and friends, but not about giving back to GOD. The men are there to guide and help the younger men and that's a good message. The action of publicly taking responsibility in an oath type of ceremony is fine and full of emotion if your faith is based on emotions and social peer group.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • West with the Night

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Beryl Markham
    • Narrated By Julie Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (573)
    Performance
    (372)
    Story
    (371)

    West with the Night is the story of a remarkable woman molded and shaped by many things: the African jungle, a certain dog, horses, airplanes, friendships with white men and black. There is no life, no story quite like it.

    Michael Moore says: "Top Notch Writing; Riveting Stories"
    "I love this narrator!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of West with the Night to be better than the print version?

    I love listening to this kind of story. The author is excellent at discribing the landscape, charactors and animals of Africa.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This is a story about Beryl Markham, the author.


    What does Julie Harris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Excellent Narrator - one of my favorite voices on Audible.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No - best if absorbed in small chunks.


    Any additional comments?

    Very enjoyable story. If you are a PETA person, you won't appreciate the fact that the author was a pilot for Elephant hunters when it was legal in Africa. The story jumps around a bit, so you don't get a feel for the author's age and I lost track of dates, so a bit hard to follow.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Voice in the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Francine Rivers
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1109)
    Performance
    (675)
    Story
    (684)

    This heart-stirring tale of a young slave girl, torn between her love for a handsome aristocrat and her faith in God, transcends genres with its awe-inspiring power and emotional intensity.

    Allicia says: "Christian Fiction That Doesn't Back Down"
    "Uses the word "Sardonically" way too much"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I didn't know what to expect when listening to this


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    The author uses the word

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nothing Was the Same: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Kay Redfield Jamison
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    Perhaps no one but Kay Redfield Jamison---who combines the acute perceptions of a psychologist with writerly elegance and passion---could bring such a delicate touch to the subject of losing a spouse to cancer. In spare and at times strikingly lyrical prose, Jamison looks back at her relationship with her husband, Richard Wyatt, a renowned scientist who battled severe dyslexia to become one of the foremost experts on schizophrenia.

    glamazon says: "Liked the story better than the narrator"
    "An insight into a personal experience"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Nothing Was the Same to be better than the print version?

    I enjoy listening to books on my iphone more than reading because of the convenience. I usually listen while traveling in my car.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Personal experience of the Bi-polar author and her struggles with depression during her husband's illness and death.


    What does Renée Raudman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She is an excellent reader - not too emotional or dramatic, pleasant to listen to.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I can rarely listen to a book in one sitting - I usually


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a sequel to Dr. Jamison's book -

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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