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Dawn Rowe

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  • A Texas Sky: The Yellow Rose Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Lori Wick
    • Narrated By Ed Sala
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    In the summer of 1882, Dakota Rawlings, Texas Ranger, is still recuperating from an ambush that nearly killed him. Not yet fit for duty, the bored ranger eagerly accepts the opportunity to escort his boss’ beautiful daughter, Darvi, to the train station in Aurora. The trip won’t be difficult, and he’ll get to share his newly found faith with her. But Darvi is kidnapped from the train and held hostage, and Dakota must singlehandedly solve the mystery of her disappearance and stage a daring rescue.

    Dawn Rowe says: "Actually book 2 in series"
    "Actually book 2 in series"
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    Dak and Darvi are fun. The spiritual growth they experience in dealing with eachother as they learn to live their lives in a more Christ-centered way in insightful and pure Wick. The characters surounding them also make the story's magic more real.

    A fun inspiring read that will make you think about those around you and how you interact with them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Every Little Thing About You: The Yellow Rose Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Lori Wick
    • Narrated By Ed Sala
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (19)

    Shotgun, Texas didn’t come by its name accidentally. In this Wild West town, shootouts are commonplace. Trying to keep peace in this rough place is Liberty Drake, a sharpshooting female deputy who has no trouble holding her own—until she meets Slater Rawlings, a handsome ex-Texas Ranger. As their love grows, Slater wants Liberty as his wife. But he also wants her to give up her gun and badge. Caught between her heart and her job, Liberty asks God for guidance. All the emotions and struggles the young couple face are fully captured by Ed Sala’s dramatic narration.

    Amazon Customer says: "Great book"
    "Actually Book 1 in the series."
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    I really enjoy this series. The narator is a little suprising at first, because male narators seldom get romance gigs. I think Sala did just fine. Liberty is a suprising woman in a suprising role for the time and place of the story. How everyone in her life responds to her acting in that role is pivital to her grouth in the story, and part of Lori Wick's magic.
    Enjoy, and read on in book 2 A Texas Sky.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Prince Charming

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (310)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (281)

    To escape becoming a ward of her unscrupulous uncle, Taylor Stapleton will wed Lucas Ross, a rugged American rancher. Taylor also has a secret...a precious legacy she hasn't revealed to Ross. However, as she begins to fall for her handsome new husband, Taylor dares to surrender her heart to an uncertain future.

    Tanya says: "Loved it!"
    "My #1 Favorite book by Julie Garwood"
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    This is a heartwarming story that starts in a London ballroom and ends in a cabin on a Montana Teritory homestead outside a middle-of-nowhere town. It has historical elements that really make this one unique, with constant quotes from Shakespere(sp), glamorization of Daniel Boon and Davey Crocket, "Mountain Men", and the eronious belief that if something has been published in a book it has to be true.

    Another great element about this book is the low smut level. The main characters of the story are maried before they even meet on the pages, though they do not know eachother at all, and there is no actual sex until almost half way through the very large book. In an industry that seems to think that a good romance has to have sex by page 90, this is beyond refreshing.

    This book has better developed suporting characters than many of Garwood's other books. All of them are well rounded, completely dynamic, and non-2dimentional.

    The narator does a good job of getting the character tones right too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Mark of Athena: The Heroes of Olympus, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Joshua Swanson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1557)
    Performance
    (1402)
    Story
    (1421)

    Annabeth is terrified. Just when she’s about to be reunited with Percy - after six months of being apart, thanks to Hera - it looks like Camp Jupiter is preparing for war. As Annabeth and her friends Jason, Piper, and Leo fly in on the Argo II, she can’t blame the Roman demigods for thinking the ship is a Greek weapon. With its steaming bronze dragon figurehead, Leo’s fantastical creation doesn’t appear friendly. Annabeth hopes that the sight of their praetor Jason on deck will reassure the Romans.

    Jm says: "Felt like an episode of a weekly tv series..."
    "The action does not stop! Riordan did it again."
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    I had this book almost as soon as it was available for download. I have now listened to it twice and it has not been out quite two days yet.

    I love the group dynamics in this one. Usually there is only three people to keep track of. This time we get to experience the tension and drama of combining the two teams from the first two books. Jason and Percy are fun to watch too. Who is leading this group anyway?

    And then the ending!!! And I have to wait another year? That is part of what makes Mr. Riordan such an amazing writer. He leaves my family with a desperate thirst for the next instalment in the adventure.

    I love these characters for my kids because every one of them makes mistakes, has problems, has insecurities, and does the right thing anyway.

    2 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Rolling Stones

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By David Baker, the Full Cast Family
    Overall
    (343)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (114)

    It doesn't seem likely for twins to have the same middle name. Even so, it's clear that Castor and Pollux Stone both have "Trouble" written in that spot on their birth certificates. Of course, anyone who's met their grandmother Hazel would know that they came by it honestly.

    George says: "Good Fun, Good Science"
    "If you have a crazy family you MUST read this."
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    I have been a big fan of Heinlein's Juveniles for many years. I first read "Space Cadet," "Tunnel In The Sky," "Have Space Suite, Will Travel" and "Farmer in the Sky" in the 80's when I was JH and HS age. It was only five or so years ago that I learned that all these books were part of Heinlein's Jumeniles and that there were more of them. Well! I had to read them!

    The Rolling Stones is now by far my favorite of these books, and yes I have read all the others. Who can not relate to twin boys who are far too smart for their own good and ready and able to cause mayhem at any turn? Or the outspoken, colorful and often controversial resident grandma? Or the passive-resistant true guiding force of the family in a mother that mostly just says "yes, dear?" Or the big, anoying sister? Or the pain in the neck, demanding little brother? And lets not forget the Man of the family.

    It does not matter how many times I read this book, I smile and laugh all the way through.

    You even get introduced to a martian creature called a "flat cat" that has an alarming similarity to the Star Trek universe "Tribble." Having been published in 1952, I think I can figure out who had THAT idea first....

    Heinlein pokes fun at seriels, literary conventions and cheats, and invokes the classics enough to make an inquisitive reader want to research literary references. The character names even lead to some of that. So...

    Full Cast Audio does the story up well, and cut them some slack about the music. It is corny and dated, but the story is corny (deliberately) and dated too. I always have to explain to the other readers I introduce to this just what a slide-rule is because one has not been needed in my lifetime. It does not detract from a very fun, witty, independance inspiring story.

    Just think what Hazle's cough drop despencer would cause in our world today!

    You'll just have to read it to know what I'm talking about.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Space Cadet

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Robert A Heinlein
    • Narrated By David Baker
    Overall
    (88)
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    (79)
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    (80)

    Matt Dodson arrives at Space Academy little prepared for the rigorous program he is about to enter. But that’s the point of the academy: to take young men and steep them in a demanding tradition of honor, courage, and sacrifice until they have earned the right to join the Patrol as guardians of the solar peace. Unfortunately, even the academy’s high power training can’t completely prepare Matt and his friends Tex and Oscar for the harrowing test of both survival and diplomatic skills they will face when a mission goes disastrously wrong.

    DocJim says: "Nothing better than Heinlein performed by a cast!"
    "Heinlein's amazing vision! Remember, 1949!"
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    I first read this book when I was in seventh grade. I remeber walking through the halls of my school with the book and being teased for being a "Space Cadet" for reading a book titled "Space Cadet." It did not matter. I still loved the story.

    Now, I know lots more about life the universe and everything, and I still love this book! Heinlein's juveniles are anything but jubenile. Heinlein never talked down to his reader. His science is all wrong in some cases, and of course it is dated, but those are not the key to great science fiction writing. It is the Story.

    This one presents a 'coming of age' story based in a peace-keeping force that has sucessfully prevented war for a century. It is based in an institution with traditions of sacrifice, service and constant self improvement. It ends with the message that doing your best should not be something special. It should be what you do all the time because that is who you are. Not a bad message for any generation.

    Remember that this book was published in 1949, and it becomes even more trail-blazing. These books set the path for modern Science Fiction writers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Son of Neptune: The Heroes of Olympus, Book Two

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Joshua Swanson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1985)
    Performance
    (1779)
    Story
    (1785)

    In The Lost Hero, three demigods named Jason, Piper, and Leo made their first visit to Camp Half-Blood, where they inherited a quest.

    Dana says: "Another great adventure from Rick Riordan!"
    "Percy Jackson's story continues. What a ride!"
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    This second book in the Heros of Olympus series tells the witty, exciting and flamboyant continuing story of Percy Jackson, the primary character in the five book Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. This book brings back some characters from that origional series and introduces new ones from Jason Grace's Roman world breifly introduced in The Lost Hero, book one of this series.

    This is a great read. It is fast paced, exciting and funny enough to entertain my entire family, which is very hard for a book to do. If a three girls, 9, 11 and 13 can all agree that they want to read this book at the same time, it says a great deal to their mom about the skills of the author. Hey, I enjoy these books too.

    They even learn about Greek and Roman mythology this way too. I see Rick Riordan's books as gateway books that spark my kids interest in other, more esoteric topics. The two older girls have checked out books at the library about the above mentioned mythology because of their budding interest.

    Check it out. You will not be disapointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • With the Lightnings: RCN Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By David Drake
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine, David Drake
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (349)
    Performance
    (209)
    Story
    (212)

    Daniel Leary is a lieutenant in the Republic of Cinnabar Navy with no money and no prospects since he quarreled with his ruthless, politically powerful father. Adele Mundy is a scholar with no money and no prospects since her family was massacred for conspiring against the Government of Cinnabar. Kostroma is a wealthy planet which depends on diplomacy to stay independent in a galaxy whose two great powers, Cinnabar and the Alliance, battle for supremacy.

    E. Atkinson says: "Master and Commander in Space"
    "Great Series. Not My Reader."
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    I love this series for the same reasons mentioned by many other reviewers. I have re-read them several times. Unfortunatly, the performance on this series is, in a word, pedantic. I am sure that there are people who love Mr. Bevine's reading, and I begrudge no-one a job. I just have a hard time listening to him. I am dyslexic, and I listen to audiobooks so I can get through them faster than reading them on my own, but this series I prefer to read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost City of Faar: Pendragon, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By D. J. MacHale
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (68)

    Fourteen-year-old Bobby Pendragon is not like other boys his age. His uncle Press is a Traveler, and, as Bobby has learned, that means Uncle Press is responsible, through his journeys, for solving interdimensional conflict wherever he encounters it. His mission is nothing less than to save the universe from ultimate evil. And he's taking Bobby along for the ride.

    Camron says: "Good series"
    "Sniggers, Spinney-Do, Hobey-ho, Lets Go."
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    To quote Bobby Pendragon, "I love that guy." That guy being Spader. I love his energy, I love his zest for life, and I love his flaws, because we all have them.

    This second book in the Pendragon series sets the stage for events and technology found in just about every book that follows. The relationship between Bobby and Spader is key to the series, and the reason it is rocky is just as key. It is an action packed, fun underwater romp until Saint Dane manages to poison the planet's food suply, putting Cloral civilization in the ballance. All that stands between the forces of evil and the teritories salvation is Bobby, Spader, Uncle Press and the fabled city of Farr.

    I think is says a great deal about Bobby that he adopted Spader's patented phrase,

    It is that way it was meant to be.

    "Hobey-ho."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black Water: Pendragon, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By D. J. MacHale
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (41)

    Just when 15-year-old Bobby Pendragon thinks he understands his purpose as a Traveler - to protect the territories of Halla from the evil Saint Dane - he is faced with an impossible choice. The inhabitants of Eelong are in danger of being wiped out by a mysterious plague. Only Bobby knows how to stop it, but it means bringing the antidote from another territory - Cloral.

    Dawn Rowe says: "Pendragon Trial by Fire, Pivot Point for Friends"
    "Pendragon Trial by Fire, Pivot Point for Friends"
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    Bobby's adventures continue with his first visit to a non-human society, where humans are called Gars and are considered a lower life form. While he is dealing with the ultimate culture shock and trying to stay alive, Mark and Courtney find that in order to do what they feel is the right thing they have to break some rules. They find out the hard way that you don't get to choose the consequences when you break rules, and sometimes others pay for your choices.

    This series is amazing, and fun. I especially love this book because I am a parent, and my kids love this series. When they get to this book there are so many life lessons that can be learned from these words. How often do we set out to do something good, for all the best reasons, and along the way make choices the end up haveing unexpected and unintended consequences? I love how real the characters are, and how true to themselves they stay. Mr. MacHale has created each of them with unique motivations and drives, and even thought the series covers a significant age range for all of them, they are believable and embracable.

    Mr. Dufris' performance in these books is magical. He brings the story to life. It is not just someone reading words from a page. It is a tallented voice actor making each individual unique, identifiable, and exciting. Some reviewers have complained about his performance. I thoroughly disagree. His reading is part of what makes it so fun to listen to these stories over and over again.

    Thank you both for hours and hours of uplifting family entertainment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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