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Ed

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  • The Gods of Gotham

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Lyndsay Faye
    • Narrated By Steven Boyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (543)
    Performance
    (469)
    Story
    (472)

    It is 1845. New York City forms its first police force. The great potato famine hits Ireland. These two seemingly disparate events will change New York City. Forever.... Timothy Wilde tends bar near the Exchange, fantasizing about the day he has enough money to win the girl of his dreams. But when his dreams literally incinerate in a fire devastating downtown Manhattan, he finds himself disfigured, unemployed, and homeless. His older brother obtains Timothy a job in the newly minted NYPD, but he is highly skeptical of this new "police force".

    Joanne says: "A wonderful book"
    "Captivating performance and twisting story"
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    If you could sum up The Gods of Gotham in three words, what would they be?

    Empathetic
    Suspenseful
    Historical


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Gods of Gotham?

    When "good" triumphs and Bird Daily is given the chance to start a new life.


    Which character – as performed by Steven Boyer – was your favorite?

    Obviously, it is the main character, Timothy Wilde.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Gods of Gotham and why?

    Tim really grows up during the story. His true character develops and matures. He figures out things about his family and himself that shapes the present and his future.


    Any additional comments?

    The story includes racism and prejudice from the era that seems very foreign in our time, and yet with many similarities. I enjoyed the presentation by Boyer and Faye's story line both very much. It's a great "who dunnit" with some history thrown in to enrich the story and enlighten the reader.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lysa TerKeurst
    • Narrated By Lysa TerKeurst
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (137)

    God gave us emotions to experience life, not destroy it! Lysa TerKeurst admits that she, like most women, has had experiences where others bump into her happy and she comes emotionally unglued. We stuff, we explode, or we react somewhere in between. What do we do with these raw emotions? Is it really possible to make emotions work for us instead of against us? Yes, and in her usual inspiring and practical way, Lysa will show you how.

    JUDY says: "Great book! Enjoying it very much."
    "Great Life Application Points"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Lysa provides some really good advice on how to deal more effectively in relationships. Some relational and spiritual books can go really deep and generate long lists of do’s and don’t’s. This book is NOT like that and keeps the suggestions short, simple and practical. Lysa uses lots of real-life examples of what to do, and not do, to help the reader relate to each topic. This is a "chick" book but I found it very informative as well. My wife and I listened to it together on a recent trip and were barely able to refrain from poking each other with our elbows when the material really hit home with us. Overall, a well written and read book. Highly recommended!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    n/a


    Which character – as performed by Lysa TerKeurst – was your favorite?

    n/a


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    Keep the "rules" or "lists" simple. The book's continual mantra is to be realistic. Perfection is NOT realistic, but progress is.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Home Again

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Kristin Hannah
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (122)

    At the center of Home Again is Madelaine - a brilliant cardiologist, a loving mother, a tender friend, and a woman full of self-doubt. It is also the story of her confused and angry daughter, Lina, and of the two very different men Madelaine loves: Francis, a priest searching for his faith, and Angel, a talented but cynical man with a broken heart. When tragedy suddenly brings them all together, they must learn to forgive the betrayals of the past and find the courage to love again.

    Laura says: "A 50 Tissue Read"
    "Painfully slow and repetitious writing"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not likely. The story begins with some intrigue and pulls the reader in wanting to know what happens. But then the painfully slow introspection of every thought and action is stated twelve different ways. It gets tiring. By the end of the story I was sick of hearing the same lines repeated by the characters, or their thoughts.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Kristin Hannah again?

    I liked Home Front, but Home Again has made me nervous concerning any future Kristin Hannah books.


    What about Tanya Eby’s performance did you like?

    The reader did a good job of helping the listener "see" the various characters. She did well with the different ages and genders.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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