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Ronda

I love a good murder mystery or any novel where good overcomes evil. Two of my favorite authors are Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker.

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  • Mortal: The Books of Mortals, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Ted Dekker, Tosca Lee
    • Narrated By Henry Leyva
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (142)

    A terrible secret was closely guarded for centuries: every single soul walking the earth, though in appearance totally normal, is actually dead, long ago genetically stripped of true humanity. Nine years have gone by since an unlikely hero named Rom Sebastian first discovered a secret and consumed an ancient potion of blood to bring himself back to life in Forbidden. Surviving against impossible odds, Rom has gathered a secret faction of followers who have also taken the blood - the first Mortals in a world that is dead.

    C. Brown says: "Another Solid Hit for Dekker & Lee"
    "Surprisingly good sequel to Forbidden."
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    Although this sequel takes place nine years after Forbidden, Dekker & Lee write a smooth transition with well-placed reminders. They introduce several new characters that interact with the old ones and further develop the ideas in the the first book. The story is somewhat of an allegory of the gospel but doesn't parallel it. It reminds me of the Circle Trilogy. If you enjoyed those books, you'll probably enjoy these as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Boleyn Inheritance

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato, Dagmara Dominczyk, Ruthie Henshall
    Overall
    (341)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (62)

    The Boleyn Inheritance is a novel drawn tight as a lute string about a court ruled by the gallows and three women whose positions brought them wealth, admiration, and power - as well as deceit, betrayal, and terror. Once again, Philippa Gregory has brought a vanished world to life: the whisper of a silk skirt on a stone stair, the yellow glow of candlelight illuminating a hastily written note, the murmurs of the crowd gathering on Tower Green below the newly built scaffold.

    Teddy says: "Simply Awed...."
    "Not what I expected."
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    I was not familiar with this author. I was looking for something more factual with a little more history. Besides, I failed to notice it was an abridged version. My bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good: Mitford Years, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Jan Karon
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    Overall
    (401)
    Performance
    (362)
    Story
    (368)

    After five hectic years of retirement from Lord's Chapel, Father Tim Kavanagh returns with his wife, Cynthia, from a so-called pleasure trip to the land of his Irish ancestors. While glad to be at home in Mitford, something is definitely missing: a pulpit. But when he's offered one, he decides he doesn't want it. Maybe he's lost his passion. His adopted son, Dooley, wrestles with his own passion - for the beautiful and gifted Lace Turner, and his vision to become a successful country vet.

    Sara says: "Mitford Changes With The Times"
    "It's like a cup of tea with an old dear friend."
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    What did you love best about Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good?

    I loved that it took place in Mitford where the series began with many of the same lovable characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Father Tim, of course. He is so full of wisdom and patience. His faithfulness is a beacon to all who know him. I love his expressions especially the "prayer that never fails" and "consider it done." Yet, his character is believable, not too good to be true. I guess he's a combination of people I know and love.


    What about John McDonough’s performance did you like?

    He is the perfect narrator for this series. I imagine Father Tim sounds just like him!


    Who was the most memorable character of Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good and why?

    Probably Sammy. Sammy's character is so hard and with much patience and love he softens just a little bit at a time. I hope there's another book so we can see what happens to Sammy.


    Any additional comments?

    Yes! Please write Book 11!!!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anthony Doerr
    • Narrated By Zach Appelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9316)
    Performance
    (8121)
    Story
    (8142)

    Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

    Annie M. says: "Time well spent"
    "Captivating story and characters."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you enjoyed reading "The Book Thief" then read this one. The characters are well developed and the author makes you really care about what happens to them. There's a lot of interesting information about World War II that doesn't include battle scenes. It's more of a look behind those scenes at the lives of ordinary people.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters were interesting and not so predictable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It's hard to choose any scene.


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

    How the use of underground radio broadcasts by the Resistance saved lives during WWII.


    Any additional comments?

    It was hard to follow at first because the author jumped back and forth between years closing the gap until the time periods met. But once you get used to the rhythm, it gets easier.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Walk

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Richard Paul Evans
    • Narrated By Richard Paul Evans
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (353)
    Performance
    (289)
    Story
    (289)

    What would you do if you lost everything - your job, your home, and the love of your life - all at the same time? When it happens to Seattle ad executive Alan Christoffersen, he's tempted by his darkest thoughts. A bottle of pills in his hand and nothing left to live for, he plans to end his misery. Instead, he decides to take a walk. But not any ordinary walk. Taking with him only the barest of essentials, Al leaves behind all that he's known and heads for the farthest point on his map.

    Beth says: "A story of Hope"
    "Disappointing"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    It ended too abruptly. I was expecting more of an adventure story. I was disappointed that the novel didn't continue the walk all the way to the Florida Keys.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Richard Paul Evans again?

    Maybe. His stories are a refreshing change from all the sex, violence and profanity of most popular authors.


    What didn’t you like about Richard Paul Evans’s performance?

    I found it dull, perhaps it was the story.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Walk?

    I would have eliminated the repetition of similar stops and experiences and moved the walker further along in his journey


    Any additional comments?

    It needed more adventure and length. It felt incomplete.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12484)
    Performance
    (11298)
    Story
    (11324)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Disappointing!"
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    What disappointed you about The Goldfinch?

    The author took too long to tell a fairly simple story. She seemed to be trying to build her characters but I found them shallow and unsympathetic. There were whole chapters that seemed to just drag on and on without point. I found myself saying, "Let's get on with it!" several times. I almost put it down a couple of times but then I thought, "It must get better soon." It never did. The only part I connected with was Boris' thoughts on life near the end. But that was it.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Donna Tartt again?

    No, I don't enjoy her writing style at all.


    What three words best describe David Pittu’s voice?

    I thought he did a great job with the voices, especially the accents. He was the main reason I kept listening.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was disappointed and angry that I wasted so much time listening to a book without a real point.


    Any additional comments?

    The idea of the story was a good one. Too bad it wasn't written by a better author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Matter: The Private Life of Sir Isaac Newton

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Philip Kerr
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (66)

    Skillfully weaving history with mystery, Philip Kerr sets this thrilling story in the 1696 Tower of London, where Sir Isaac Newton, warden of the Royal Mint (a post he actually held), and his apprentice Christopher Ellis (also a real person) track down a counterfeiting ring and, as the body count increases, a murderer. "An illuminating, often crackling exploration into the mysteries of science, mathematics, religion, and human nature," raves Booklist in a starred review.

    Jim says: "A cracking Yarn not a biography!"
    "Wasn't what I expected."
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    The description sounded much better than the novel. I had always been taught that Isaac Newton believed the teachings of the Bible and that his discoveries strengthened, not weakened, his faith. I thought this was going to be a fun read about his crime-solving skills, not about his (lack of) faith.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3307)
    Performance
    (2900)
    Story
    (2926)

    When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    cristina says: "I was surprised by how much I liked it"
    "Big Disappointment so far."
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    I've tried to read it twice but it isn't grabbing my interest. It's really a big disappointment. I expected more depth from J.K. Rowling. Perhaps she should go back to writing juvenile fiction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Oath

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Frank Peretti
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (474)
    Performance
    (435)
    Story
    (436)

    National best-selling author Frank Peretti is an undisputed master of supernatural thrillers. The Oath has sold nearly a million copies and won the ECPA Gold Medallion Award for best fiction. When a nature photographer is killed and mutilated while camping, common sense points to a rogue bear on the prowl. But the search for answers uncovers a century of sin-and a beast of ghastly power. Filled with chilling suspense and unforgettable imagery, The Oath is an epic tale of good versus evil.

    Jeff A says: "The worst ending since "Lost"."
    "I've read this book four times and still love it!"
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    This is one of my favorite books by one of my favorite authors. It's an exciting thriller about sin and redemption unlike any other I've read. It's not preachy but the message is clear: We are slaves to sin and Satan, but the good news is that God forgives when we repent. Even though I've read it twice and listened twice, I never get bored with it. Tom Stechschulte does a terrific job with the narration.

    6 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Piercing the Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Frank Peretti
    • Narrated By Kevin Foley
    Overall
    (440)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (292)

    Across a vast panorama of heart-stopping action, Sally Roe flees for her life. Her journey is a penetrating portrayal of our times, and a vivid reminder of the redemptive power of the Cross.

    Noreen says: "Fantastic Read"
    "Sequel that lives up to all expectations!"
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    Another winner by my favorite author. I think this is my third or fourth "reading." I will definitely listen again. Kevin Foley narrated well. Still waiting for the movie/mini series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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