Jane Eyre was my 8th or 9th purchase from Audible and has been one of my favorites so far. I really enjoy historical romances and romances in general. It was refreshing to find a story written in such an eloquent style, using such descriptive phrases. I understand why this is a great book in curriculum studies because there are so many words I have never heard, however that did not distract from the story, the descriptions were still clear enough and painted a great picture of the story. We need more books like this! It was refreshing to read a romance that does not contain any graphic sexual content, nor did it need it, it was great!
There were so many memorable moments, in general I really loved the interaction between Jane & Edward.
Great narration. She was pleasant and easy to listen to with great emotion, inflection and character distinction.
Left a full review on the third book, don't worry no spoilers - but this is an amazing series! don't hesitate. I have loved every minute!
Very picky about narrators after to listening to so many amazing ones here and though his females voices are a little weak, the story has a life of it's own and it was not distracting. He does a nice job otherwise. Don't let the negative review distract you, Worth it!
Reading the third and final book in the Mark of the Lion Series by Francine Rivers... nearly finished and so inspired. This historical fiction is set 40 years after the death of Christ in Rome and Ephesus, complete with gladiators, conflict and romance but brilliantly displays God's passionate and fierce pursuit of the lost. A story about the lives and sacrifices of the new believers who put complete dependance on God. They fearlessly lived what they believed, in a climate that often demanded their very lives for such bold proclamations of faith. Yet, they stood strong believing that if their very life was taken in the process that their God was sovereign, that while God's plan may be bigger than their mortal eyes could see, their eternal salvation was secure. Great read! (or for me - great listen! I love audible books - I love to hear each story come to life as I work throughout the day) The end of this book is so packed with inspiration that I am desperate to read on and at the same time desperately not wanting to reach the end. So much more to say but in my excitement I may spoil it for you - download it!
Don't have a favorite, but Marcus and Atretes kept me cheering - Marcus's desperate pursuit of truth and Atretes obstinate stubbornness created an angst that kept me rooting for them.
He did a nice job, and though is female voices are a little weak, I was not distracted. Having listened to many narrators who effortlessly bring male and female characters to life, making me forget I am listening to one person, I am picky, and was nervous reading a few review of his female voices, However, diving into the book it did not take long for the story to have a life of it's own outside any comparison of narrators I may have been holding on to.
I would recommend this book because it paints a great picture of the dysfunctions in life and the hope that can still be found in ashes.
The book weaves in the stories of 2 women, Sierra and Mary Catherine, and though I loved them both, I think Mary was my favorite because I was amazed at the hardship she endured and the evolving change in her heart through self reflection, she was able to put aside self pity which in my opinion she was clearly entitled to if anyone is, and continue to see her own faults and make the best of the situation. Sierra, also had a similar story of enduring hardship and undergoing changes, both amazing characters.
To begin, both voices annoyed me a bit, due to personal preference of other narration styles I have been listening to, however, after listening awhile, both voices seemed appropriate for the story lines.
There were some annoying glitches in the sound quality, extra background noises and lip smacking type things here and there, I was able to get past them and they were not too bad, but some of the other narrators I listen to do not have these so maybe I noticed them more easily.
I think it was when Sierra's life began to be settled again, and then was faced with confusion and heartache once more and had to make a decision.
The story shows the great humility of Sierra really looking inside to see her own faults throughout the story, and I know that in life when we do this, it is better for us and we may never hear someone who has hurt us fully own their wrongs, but I wanted Alex to fully own his selfishness in the beginning of the book and realize that though he was chasing his dreams, and Sierra recognized she could have been more supportive, reality is he was portrayed as selfish and greedy when the turmoil began, before her lack of support and before his large blunder. He owned his "blunder" but he never owned any of the beginning things that I think set them up for failure. I wish the author had even put one sentence in about how he left Sierra out of all the marriage partnership chasing his dream and acknowledge his selfish greedy ways. This left an internal struggle in me, I kept wanting justice for Sierra in that regard and never got it. Again, I know that is not reality, we don't always get justice and we are still expected by God to see our own faults anyways, but, this is a book and I am coming here to escape some of those realities lol.
I have never read the print version, but the audio was amazing, I prefer to listen while I multi task, but this is a book that I could see myself sitting down and absorbing into completely.
I don't have any comparisons, other than it really reminded me of how God intentionally put stories like the one in Hosea in Scripture to remind us of how he continually draws us.
I had not heard one of her narrations before this, her voice was smooth and appealing, very easy to listen to and had the right emotion to convey each element of the story.
The book made my heart ache, I felt such severe compassion for the main character that when interrupted, I could not wait to get back to my book to see how she was doing and what was happening in her life. It gave me a different outlook on the devastation that goes on in our cities and the hurting and broken that need to feel God's love. I have never been more moved by a book before.
It has been about 2 weeks since I finished the book and I can say that I actually miss the characters, at times it was so real that I forgot they were fictional and I miss them as if I was connected. I gave the story a 4 instead of a 5 because the ending was too abrupt, I wanted and needed more details to help settle my thoughts and heartache for this woman and those who loved her.
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