Amarillo, TX, United States | Member Since 2008
I rather enjoyed this book, even when I thought I wasn't going to. It took a bit to get into, but it was very cute and very sweet. I wish there was a way to give this 3 and a half stars, but I'd rather make it 4 than 3. The narration was good, although it took a little bit to get used to. All in all I'd recommend it if you're wanting something easy and quick to listen to that's just all around fun.
There, you were warned. And that being said, this is an incredibly well written Christian book. After the prologue, my eyes were watery and I was just... "woah." More so than her other novel on here, "Perfecting Kate" (also fantastic, I highly recommend), this book has a LOT to do with God and the inner workings of the church, the fear of a split, the enormous pressure put on the family's of pastors and how, even though God forgives, people remember. Not a book to recommend to non-Christians. But Christians should definitely read this book.
Not only does it tackle the difficult business of modernizing a church, not alienating the older generation, but finding a way to bring everyone together, it's strong message on forgiveness is one that we all need a reminder on sometimes. And really, there is so much more. She completely captured church life, and the fear of "growing" a church.
I didn't find the book to be too slow. If it was paced faster, or abridged, you would miss the growth of the characters, why they change and why things happen, and the understanding of the characters' personalities. I like my books and movies to be about the characters, to know them, to feel their pain and their joy, and this book most certainly did that.
I was incredibly surprised by a pleasant find when I purchased "Perfecting Kate" on a whim. I have no idea what took me so long to get Splitting Harriet... Probably the idea of being disappointed after having my hopes up so high, expecting another great book. I needn't have worried. In all honesty, after just 2 books, Tamara Leigh has become my second favorite Christian author after Francine Rivers. Not only are her books fun and comedic, they are intense and deal with real issues. The integration of God into the lives of the characters and not just being an afterthought is what REAL Christian fiction is about. The characters aren't perfect, they struggle, and they overcome. I HIGHLY recommend this book to any Christian.
ps. There are many more books by Tamara Leigh, but they aren't in audio-form yet. I hope that this changes soon. I will definitely be purchasing the paperbacks of those and hope they become available soon.
I enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would. I downloaded this book for a road trip I was taking and wanted something easy-listen. I've had a lot of thinking/action books lately and wanted something more simple. I enjoyed the back and forth between the past and the present. I could see where they were going with it a bit early on, but one part near the end did surprise me. It was a fun listen, worth your credit if you like Christian Romance. I'm very picky about my Christian literature because I like good writing, likable characters, and a plot that makes sense and makes me feel for the people involved. This book did those things and it was an enjoyable listen. The narration was also easy to listen to and pleasant. Best book ever!?!? No. Would I highly recommend it? Eh... I'd recommend it, but not highly. It was nice. Not an amazing work of literature, but I'm willing to check out more by this author based on this book.
I think that the reader/listener would get the same impact of the story in either format.
That it was a simple easy listen. It's what I pretty much expected when I bought it. I just wanted something that I didn't have to put too much into while listening to it, and it did just the job. Cute sweet story with a bit of a mystery and intrigue to it.
I can't really say that one scene was my favorite.
The character seemed to repeat a LOT of the information over and over again. I don't think it was necessary to repeat the plight of the seamen's wives over and over again with each person that the main character talked to. It was at LEAST 5 people she relays the info to and each time it's the exact same description. As a reader, I found it a bit annoying and was like, "ok, let's just get on with the story already!" The same happened with other information and conversations throughout the book, which is why I gave the story 3 stars instead of 4.
The main character was a bit immature and slightly annoying. As smart as she seemed to be, she made some really dumb choices. Also, I expect a lot in my Christian romance stories, and as good as this one, it seemed a bit labored in the religious area. Like the author had the story and was like, "oh, I'm a Christian author... better put in some Christianity." It felt out of place instead of being an integral part of the story. It would have been the perfect opportunity for the main character to share the Lord with the seamen's wives who had been taken advantage of, and to have them all pray together or something, and for it to be spread in that way. But I feel this was a completely missed opportunity on the author's part.
Simple easy listen to a cute story. Some annoyances, but overall cute. I'll most likely get the rest of the series for the heck of it.
I've listened to MANY books, a few of which had horrible narrators. I couldn't get past the first 15 minutes of this book. WHY!? WHY would you pick such a person to narrate the book after how GREAT the last 4 were!? I had been looking forward to this story for a while, as I've become a fan of the author, but I couldn't listen to this book.
So I bought it and read it. And it was great! It continues the story of the Archer brothers, following Crockett on his way to becoming a preacher. I really enjoyed the story and the characters. Crockett maintained his teasing character from Short Straw Bride and his love interest, Joanna, was incredibly sweet. I was intrigued, laughed out loud, and finished the book in 2 days.
I'm so glad I read it instead of having the narrator's voice in my head for hours. I think one of the main problems was that she sounds old. But I could get over that. I think it's that she kept a very pronounced Texas accent during the descriptions and narrative parts, not just in the dialogue, which I think is more normal, isn't it? I'm sure the narrator would be great in something else, but after such great books with excellent narration in the past, I was disappointed to the point of not even being able to listen to the book.
If you can get over the narrator, definitely get this one. If you can't, PLEASE get the regular copy. This author's book deserves so much more.
My favorite book by Karen Witemeyer is "To Win Her Heart" followed by "Short Straw Bride." I highly recommend them.
I have to say, as someone who lives for fiction novels, this book by G.K. Chesterton was water to my philosophical soul. I don't think I've ever enjoyed a non-fiction book so much. Chesterton has such a brilliant mind, I had to sometimes rewind certain parts just to listen again. Honestly, he should be required reading for any philosophy student, or any Christian for that matter. It's such a difficult book to explain, but I loved it. I have purchased but have yet to listen to Orthodoxy and Heretics, though I've been told this one, The Everlasting Man, is his best. I have a book of his complete essays as well, which are absolutely hilarious, as well as poignant. I hope that those will be narrated soon as well.
I highly recommend this book to any Christian, and any open-minded non-christian who likes things plainly spoken in a brilliant use of language. Better than C.S. Lewis in my opinion.
I was recommended this book by a teenage boy, and I was more than skeptical. I wasn't sure about the concept, and frankly, after The Hunger Games, I didn't really want to get involved in another YA series. I'm 29, and I like meat in my stories.
I had some extra credits and was going on a road trip so I downloaded it.
It's compared too much to The Hunger Games (which is why I was so reluctant to read it at first tbh) but it's really nothing like. The only similarities really are the fact that a girl is the main character, it's a dystopian society, and I guess the 5 factions COULD be compared to the 12 districts. But other than that, it's completely different.
I fell right in and found the character of Triss to be quite believable. Four also became a favorite character. Sometimes Triss seemed incredibly naive, especially for someone who was supposed to be Divergent, but it's ok. I didn't mind so much. It was fun, sad, sweet, infuriating, mysterious and full of action. I highly recommend it.
warning: there is some lovey dovey stuff that got a bit tiresome. Other than that, great. :)
Usually when I get a Christian Fiction Romance, I don't expect much. I listen to them when I want a light-hearted easy listen, so I don't mind that usually, the characters are shallowly written, a very liberal view of Christianity is portrayed, or that the story is predictable, simple, and even boring or stupid.
This book GREATLY surprised me. The main character had MULTIPLE layers, and was very relatable and spunky, but far from perfect. She had a past, she was still dealing with things, and feeling her way through her relationship with God. Yes, it had its silliness and of course it's somewhat predictable moments but it was incredibly sweet and poignant as well. I laughed out loud, I teared-up (almost cried, but didn't), and I learned some things.
This book was not only entertaining, but encouraging, and for a last minute "why the heck not" purchase right after my membership had renewed and I had a bunch of credits burning a hole in my pocket, I am very very happy I took the chance on it. It's probably going to be a repeat listen, and I certainly want to look for more from this author.
If you're not a Christian, this book might not be for you, but I really really enjoyed it. Recommended to Christian women, and HIGHLY recommended to single Christian women.(And as a 29 year old single Christian woman I know how annoying these books can be sometimes, and this certainly was not one of those.)
I am so glad that this is finally available on Audible! The book is one of my favorites, great all ages. Full of elves, dwarfs, dragons, wizards, goblins, giant spiders... Absolutely fun and engrossing.
I love the narrator as well. He brings the characters to life and his voice is very pleasant to listen to.
Anyone can, and should, enjoy this book. It was written for everyone! As another reviewer said, this is a book (and series) that defined the genre of fantasy. I can't wait to listen to all of them.
And THANK YOU Audible for, when finally releasing the series, and knowing it would be popular, having each book only 1 credit. Certainly worth more, but it means that people who haven't read these amazing books are more likely to take the leap and find themselves enchanted.
I plan on fully enjoying the next 65 hours and 17 minutes of my listening.
It is quite different than the movie. Some parts are similar, sometimes things that happened at the beginning of the movie happen at the end of the book and vice versa. I liked the characters a lot more, in the book, as there was plenty of time to flesh them out and get into their issues.
This all being said, I might have had a difficult time understanding the magical side of things, the house in 4 places, the change, Calcifer, the scarecrow... without having seen the movie first. Personally, I'm glad I saw it first, then read the book. I was so much more pleased with it then had it been the other way around.
The movie had it's own agenda, which wasn't in this book at all, and that was the war. I mean, war was suggested as a possibility in the future, but that wasn't the point of the book. And honestly, that annoyed me in the movie. The book, instead, focused on characters, vibrant descriptions, mystery and excitement.
Quite good and very enjoyable. :)
I first read Jane Eyre as a 12 year old in 7th grade. I enjoyed the romance between Jane and Rochester, I laughed and the gypsy scene, and I took a very black and white view on the story. I related more to the openly fiery Jane of 10.
At 16, I read it again, but I skipped over parts, reading the romantic scenes and skipping the less showy parts. Sadly, looking back, I probably related more to Blanche. I imagined Jane as pretty and Rochester as handsome, ignoring the author's desire that her heroine be plain.
At 19, Jane Eyre became my favorite book. I read it with the full understanding of an adult female, the heartache, the injustice, the being torn in two and the fullness of a love that had to wait. I read it at work, a big mistake seeing as I cried my eyes out. I've read this book many times since then, and each time I discover something new.
Whenever I come across a copy of this book I don't have, I buy it. I have like, 6 different copies on my bookshelf! lol. So of course, when I had the chance to have a copy of this in audiobook form, I thought, "why not!?" This was the first true audiobook I ever listened to, and it didn't disappoint. Susan Ericksen did an AMAZING job of portraying the characters, speaking flawless French, and made the story come alive in a way I never knew it could. That copy was a free one that I received from a friend in CD form. After I joined audible, I searched through ALL the versions of Jane Eyre available to find THIS one, and I bought it again.
The story is timeless, engrossing, engaging, and challenging. In life situations, Jane's words have come back to me, her strength of character and being true to herself and her convictions adding to my own strength. Full of mystery, romance, desire, subdued passion, sadness, angst, horror and heartache. I highly recommend this book to all lovers of literature, especially this brilliant [Brilliance Edition].
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