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AJ

I love really really good suspense...historical fiction... "slice of life"...coming of age books...ok, anything! :)

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  • Unwritten: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Charles Martin
    • Narrated By Kevin Stillwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (79)

    Father Steady Capri knows quite a bit about helping others. But he is afraid Katie Quinn's problems may be beyond his abilities. But there is one person who still may be able to save her from herself. He will show her an alternate escape, a way to write a new life. Ultimately, he will need to leave his secluded home and sacrifice the serenity he's found to help her. From the Florida coast, they will travel to the French countryside where they will discover the unwritten story of both their pasts and their future.

    Amazon Customer says: "Florida location hooked me.."
    "Charles Martin does it again! :)"
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    If you could sum up Unwritten in three words, what would they be?

    You are me...meaning the two main characters mirrored one another in several ways beautifully. What an amazing mysterious, original story! Loved it!


    What about Kevin Stillwell’s performance did you like?

    His pace and tone was perfect for the style of book that it was. The book was forever unfolding, like a beautiful flower.


    Any additional comments?

    Read it...then go back and read it again...:)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Yellow Crocus

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Laila Ibrahim
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (724)
    Performance
    (661)
    Story
    (664)

    Moments after Lisbeth is born, she’s taken from her mother and handed over to an enslaved wet nurse, Mattie, a young mother separated from her own infant son in order to care for her tiny charge. Thus begins an intense relationship that will shape both of their lives for decades to come. Though Lisbeth leads a life of privilege, she finds nothing but loneliness in the company of her overwhelmed mother and her distant, slave-owning father.

    Elizabeth says: "Completely Enjoyable"
    "Don't Miss this Heartwarming Book!"
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    What did you love best about Yellow Crocus?

    The two main characters. I fell in love with both of them.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Elizabeth. She fought the stereotypes and beliefs of her time and culture and rose above them, yet remained a proper lady and was loyal to the people that mattered most to her.


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

    The writing was amazing, but Bahni made the book COME ALIVE; what an excellent narrator! I'm going to seek out other books that she has narrated.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Betty Smith
    • Narrated By Kate Burton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1361)
    Performance
    (769)
    Story
    (771)

    A moving coming-of-age story set in the 1900s, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn follows the lives of 11-year-old Francie Nolan, her younger brother Neely, and their parents, Irish immigrants who have settled in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Johnny Nolan is as loving and fanciful as they come, but he is also often drunk and out of work, unable to find his place in the land of opportunity.

    Nancy says: "Leaves you wondering what happened next -"
    "Beautiful coming of age story!"
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    This is a timeless classic that every young person, or old person should read. The story begins in the middle of Brooklyn in the early 20th century, and delights you painting a
    picture of every character in every event. The narrator did a beautiful job with every character, male, female, or child. I highly recommend this book, I could not have enjoyed it more! :-)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Snow Child

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Eowyn Ivey
    • Narrated By Debra Monk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1862)
    Performance
    (1625)
    Story
    (1614)

    Debut novelist Eowyn ivey’s experience living in the Alaskan wilderness brings a palpable authenticity to The Snow Child. Alaska in the 1920s is a difficult place for Jack and Mabel. Drifting apart, the childless couple discover Faina, a young girl living alone in the wilderness. Soon, Jack and Mabel come to love Faina as their own. But when they learn a surprising truth about the girl, their lives change in profound ways.

    Bonny says: "Magical, realistic and well worth listening to"
    "Kept Me Guessing!"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Snow Child?

    When she killed the Swan by wrestling it to the ground while Garrett secretly watched. It was gruesome and fascinating yet that is what she had to do to survive.


    What about Debra Monk’s performance did you like?

    Subtle changes from man-to-woman-to-child...very well done!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    not extreme, but typical reaction to Mabel's longing to have a child and then discovering the girl, then losing the girl.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was not what i expected. Too fantastical to be true, but very very entertaining and kept me guessing until the end. A bittersweet ending; i really loved the book and intend to read it over and over again for years to come.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dollbaby: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Laura Lane McNeal
    • Narrated By January Lavoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (382)
    Performance
    (345)
    Story
    (344)

    When Ibby Bell's father dies unexpectedly in the summer of 1964, her mother unceremoniously deposits Ibby with her eccentric grandmother Fannie and throws in her father's urn for good measure. Fannie's New Orleans house is like no place Ibby has ever been - and Fannie, who has a tendency to end up in the local asylum - is like no one she has ever met. Fortunately, Fannie's black cook, Queenie, and her smart-mouthed daughter, Dollbaby, take it upon themselves to initiate Ibby into the ways of the South both its grand traditions and its darkest secrets.

    Sudi says: "Tale of Old-New Orleans Well Paced"
    "I Want to Meet All of Them!"
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    Would you listen to Dollbaby again? Why?

    Again...and again...and again! In fact, one i reached the end i wanted to start over. The characters were each so unique and the narration was perfect.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story itself. It kept giving little surprises. Like each room of the house, each chapter brought a new secret and discovery of it's own.


    What about January Lavoy’s performance did you like?

    Subtle differences in her pitch and accent made it easy to recognize which character was speaking. I enjoyed her narration very much.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I don't want to give anything away, but Queenie's reaction to her loss was incredibly moving.


    Any additional comments?

    This kind of story makes me want to write a book. It makes me want to travel back to my hometown, wander around... in... and through the little house i grew up in, and write MY story. Maybe i will.....:) Thank you Laura McNeal for a story i will never forget.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bridge to Haven

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Francine Rivers
    • Narrated By Kate Forbes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (459)
    Performance
    (410)
    Story
    (404)

    To those who matter in 1950s Hollywood, Lena Scott is the hottest rising star to hit the silver screen since Marilyn Monroe. Few know her real name is Abra. Even fewer know the price she' s paid to finally feel like she' s somebody. To Pastor Ezekiel Freeman, Abra will always be the little girl who stole his heart the night he found her, a wailing newborn abandoned under a bridge on the outskirts of Haven.

    Candace says: "Francine Rivers is the best for a reason."
    "Not Francine at her best...but very very good read"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It has mystery, romance, and i think most people will be able to relate to one or more of the characters.


    What other book might you compare Bridge to Haven to and why?

    I don't know if this is a very good comparison, but "Healing Stones: Sullivan Crisp Series" by Steve Arterburn and Nancy Rue is a very well written book with a heroine who is broken and flawed and overcomes her fears and finds God with the help of many unlikely people (just like Aubra in the town of Haven) who are just as flawed as well. Redemption and grace is what these books have in common.


    Which character – as performed by Kate Forbes – was your favorite?

    Joshua...he was like a Jesus. Also, Mitzi was a SPITFIRE!! :)


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

    Everyone needs a BRIDGE...to Haven.


    Any additional comments?

    Not of the same caliber as Redeeming Love, or the Mark of the Lion series, but still very good.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Paradise Valley

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By W. Dale Cramer
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (25)

    Even at 16, Jake’s handsome features hold the calm certainty and patient confidence of a man, and Rachel Bender knows—Jake Weaver is the one. Rachel will grow into a strong young woman with powerful gifts—but in a faraway country, without her Jake. In 1921, Ohio’s new law forces Caleb Bender’s family to seek sanctuary in the wilds of Mexico where the government will not interfere with their Amish way of life, or take their children from them.

    betty says: "Wonderful Book!!!!"
    "Not your typical Amish novel!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Paradise Valley the most enjoyable?

    the narrator was perfect!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Paradise Valley?

    The move into Mexico; very brave family that took drastic measures to protect their values.


    Have you listened to any of Robin Miles’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Healing Stones: Sullivan Crisp Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Stephen Arterburn, Nancy Rue
    • Narrated By Pam Turlow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (84)

    Christian college professor Demitria Costanas had vowed to end her affair with a colleague. But she gives into temptation one last time...and a lurking photographer captures her weakness for all to see. Quite literally, she's the woman caught in adultery. And almost everyone - herself included - has a stone to throw.

    William says: "first fifteen minutes but good really"
    "Everyone Knows Someone That This Has Happened To!"
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    Would you listen to Healing Stones again? Why?

    Actually, I am on my second listen right now! I appreciate the honesty in this book! They handle such issues as self-righteousness, adultery, judgment, etc with such integrity! It's not "preachy" at all...the author simply serves you up a slice-of-life and sees how well you digest it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Healing Stones?

    There are so many places where I GASPED because it was something I wasn't expecting or didn't see coming. I don't want to spoil any part of the novel, but I believe that when the Ethen, the preacher/dean is giving an Easter message near the end at the University Chapel, it was straightforward and sincere, I was moved.


    Have you listened to any of Pam Turlow’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not; but she did just great. My only criticism was that during her read, someone kept opening and closing a door; it was very distracting.


    Any additional comments?

    This novel has it all....Sex (very delicately treated, this is NOT any kind of smut!), intrigue, fire, suicide, bad attitudes, good friends, and a sovereign God in control of every aspect of their lives! :) It's a great book that you will be reflecting on, long after the last page has been read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sinners' Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By William Sirls
    • Narrated By John McLain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    In the small Lake Erie township of Benning, someone is at work cultivating a supernatural garden... Andy Kemp's young life has been as ravaged as his scarred face. Disfigured by an abusive father, the teenager hides behind his books and an impenetrable wall of cynicism and anger. As Andy's mother struggles to reconnect with him, his Uncle Rip returns transformed from a stint in prison and wants to be a mentor to the reclusive boy, doing everything he can to help end Andy's pain.

    AJ says: "The Narrator almost ruined it for me..:("
    "The Narrator almost ruined it for me..:("
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    If you could sum up The Sinners' Garden in three words, what would they be?

    Love, Grace, Mercy


    What did you like best about this story?

    I fell in love with William Sirls first book and HAD to get this one! His stories are FRESH; nothing "I've heard a story like this before" about it. His stories have a metaphysical feel to it, but it all works out in the end and it's not too weird at all. It's like nothing you've ever read before.


    Would you be willing to try another one of John McLain’s performances?

    NOT ON YOUR LIFE! His female voices were horrible; they all sounded like they were strung out on drugs which made you have to really "work" at figuring out their true character because they all sounded tired and haggard. The only voice that was ok, was Rips. Andy's voice was ok, but all of his characters besides Rip sounded WAY too old and worn out. John McLain needs to read ONLY male characters or not at all.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope they re-record this book with another narrator because it was really interesting and i would listen to it again, IF ONLY there was another narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (3780)
    Performance
    (3268)
    Story
    (3287)

    England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

    Maria says: "Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!"
    "I Will Never Forget This Story!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It grabs you from the first chapter and does not let go till the end...and even then...i'd love a SEQUEL! WOW!


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was so well researched (listen to the author's notes at the end of the novel) that you felt as if this could have been your own grandmother's story. The way Ms. Morton flipped back and forth between the past, present and each of the main characters' back story was so smooth; easy to follow and gripping.


    What about Caroline Lee’s performance did you like?

    Her tone inflections were so subtle; but just enough that i knew if it was man, woman or child...brilliant narrating!


    If you could take any character from The Secret Keeper out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Vivien. She was a survivor and showed the strength of the human spirit; i'd love to hear even more details of her story. Second, would be sweet Jimmy. I love the way he loved his father and the "women" in his life.


    Any additional comments?

    DO NOT MISS THIS BOOK! YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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