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Susan

San Antonio, TX, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Wonderland Creek

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Lynn Austin
    • Narrated By Kate Forbes
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (150)

    Six-time Christy Award winner Lynn Austin has won a loyal following for her inspiring historical fiction. In Wonderland Creek, young Chicago-area librarian Alice Grace Ripley is left heartbroken when her fiancé breaks up with her just as the Great Depression forces her out of a job. To escape the local gossip, Alice volunteers to deliver donated books to a library in rural Kentucky. There she discovers that God still has a plan for her after all.

    Sara says: "Depression Era Kentucky as a Librarian"
    "Captivating, touching, spiritually moving!!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Wonderland Creek the most enjoyable?

    A person's journey and a person's spiritual walk can be guided by the most unlikely of circumstances and people!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wonderland Creek?

    Finding out who actually shot Wonderland Creek's librarian!


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

    Yes!! Making the characters so colorful and real!!


    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7167)
    Performance
    (6239)
    Story
    (6220)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    Amazon Customer says: "A great book"
    "Captivating story & colorful characters!"
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    Where does The Witness rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the top!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The female main character, don't remember her name! She was smart, strong and savvy!


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

    Finally finding someone to help them execute a plan to "free" the main character from her having to hide from her past!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Family's Century of Art and Loss

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Edmund de Waal
    • Narrated By Michael Maloney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (338)
    Performance
    (277)
    Story
    (275)

    The Ephrussis were a grand banking family, as rich and respected as the Rothschilds, who “burned like a comet” in 19th-century Paris and Vienna society. Yet by the end of World War II, almost the only thing remaining of their vast empire was a collection of 264 wood and ivory carvings, none of them larger than a matchbox. The renowned ceramicist Edmund de Waal became the fifth generation to inherit this small and exquisite collection of netsuke. Entranced by their beauty and mystery, he determined to trace the story of his family through the story of the collection.

    Amazon Customer says: "A vagabond through history, clutching a tiny carvi"
    "Historical family journey!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes...I've told all my friends about it! Especially those that enjoy history, art and a fascinating tale!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hare with Amber Eyes?

    The sad and poignant loss of the family's treasure (status and monetary) during WW II.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Imagining the children playing with the Netsuke while their mother dressed in her dressing room!


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

    Imaging the author walking the streets of Vienna, envisioning the former glory of his family's incredible residence.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Montana Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Erika Leigh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (642)
    Performance
    (471)
    Story
    (479)

    When Jack Mercy died, he left behind a lot of enemies...and a ranch worth nearly $20 million. Now his three daughters - each born of a different marriage, and each unknown to the others - are gathered to hear the reading of the will. The women are shocked to learn that before any of them can inherit, they must live together on the ranch for one year.

    L.W. says: "Gripping"
    "Great mystery/love story!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Sure...it was a good read!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The daughter who was raised on the ranch...can't remember her name! Tough broad, but wanted and needed to fall in love!!


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

    Almost!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Morning Glory

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By LaVyrle Spencer
    • Narrated By Deborah Raffin
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Best-selling author of Vows and The Gamble and winner of the Golden Medallion for Best Historical Romance awarded by the Romance Writers of America, LaVyrle Spencer now tells the story of a man and a woman drawn together by fortune, kept together by destiny and finally the unlikely winners at a rich, surprising passion.

    Bev says: "morning glory"
    "Tenders love story!!"
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    Where does Morning Glory rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Good...somewhere in the middle of the pack!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Love me some happy ending!!!


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

    No, but I loved her acting back in the day!!


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

    Sweet!!!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Proper Pursuit

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Lynn Austin
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (57)

    Fresh from finishing school, Violet receives a double shock. Her dad announces his upcoming wedding and then confesses an old lie - her mom didn't really leave for a sanitarium 11 years ago. But why then did she leave? Under cover of visiting the World's Fair, Violet travels to the stately Chicago home of her saintly grandmother and three eccentric great aunts.

    ruth says: "NOT AUSTIN NOT UP TO PAR"
    "Follow your dreams and trust the Lord!!"
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    If you could sum up A Proper Pursuit in three words, what would they be?

    God is good!


    What other book might you compare A Proper Pursuit to and why?

    Wonderland Creek! If you follow your heart and listen for God's guidance...blessings abound!


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

    Great personality to her reading!


    Who was the most memorable character of A Proper Pursuit and why?

    There were so many...loved all of them!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Until We Reach Home

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Lynn Austin
    • Narrated By Ruth Ann Phimister
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (61)

    In this sweeping saga, three Swedish sisters endure an 1890s Atlantic crossing, an Ellis Island detention, and various other trials as they struggle to find love, faith, and home. First came their mother's death. Then their father's suicide. For orphans Elin, Kirsten, and Sofia, life stretches on like an endless winter. When circumstances become unbearable, they write their Chicago relatives, desperate for a safe haven.

    MummyCooke says: "Another Great One"
    "Captivating!"
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    What did you love best about Until We Reach Home?

    Characters were relatable! As usual Lynn Austin draws you in and teaches you something in the process!!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    A happy ending...always gets me...but you must keep the faith!


    What does Ruth Ann Phimister bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A wise voice...does that make sense?!


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

    Never never never give up...God's got a plan for your life!!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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