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Debbie

Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.

Toney, Alabama | Member Since 2013

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  • Trustee from the Toolroom

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (988)
    Performance
    (882)
    Story
    (886)

    Keith Stewart, a retiring and ingenious engineer, could not have been happier in his little house in the shabby London suburb of Ealing. There he invented the mini-motor, the six-volt generator, and the tiny Congreve clock. Then a chain of events sweeps him into deep waters and leads him to his happiest discovery yet.

    Paula says: "Just Simply a Great Story!"
    "Joy, Humility, and Just Pure Goodness"
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    I just become more and more impressed with the writing of Nevil Shute. I'm not an engineer or a skilled craftsman. But I VALUE that which a person puts their mind and heart into and strives to do their best at. And I fully understand and appreciate a person who does not build their self worth on material things. As for readers/listeners who were bored because they were not engineers, I find that a bit odd, because this wonderful book, though it includes some technical data, is so very much MORE than a procedural manual. It is the story of a simple man, who is full of skill and talent, yet chooses family, joy, and the simple goodness of continued work with his hands in lieu of selling himself to the highest bidder. I couldn't foresee the outcome of his journey, but oh, how I enjoyed traveling along, as Keith Stewart, humbly accepted new responsibilities and sailed half way around the world to fulfill them. The flow of the book, the narration, and the culmination were absolutely perfect. So satisfying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mark Taylor: Genesis: Mark Taylor Series, Prequel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By M. P. McDonald
    • Narrated By Daniel Penz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Find out how Mark Taylor was gifted with powers to change destiny. What drove him to risk his life for others, and why did everything go so wrong on that fateful September day?

    Debbie says: "Cheesy and Poorly Written"
    "Cheesy and Poorly Written"
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    I stuck with this one until the end, but it only got worse . . . the narration was nails-on-the-blackboard irritating . . . needless to say, I won't be listening to any more in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Book of Souls

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Glenn Cooper
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (621)
    Performance
    (307)
    Story
    (306)

    Former FBI Special Agent Will Piper solved and survived the "Doomsday Killer" case, and his reward was a forced early retirement. But the shattering truths he learned about the government's most covert operations won't let him rest and now he's on the trail of a mysterious volume that's been lost for six centuries.

    Brian says: "Must Read!"
    "Good Listen, More Fantasy than Mystery/Thriller"
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    I bought Book of Souls because it was listed as a modern detective, mysteries/thriller book. However, for the most part that is NOT what it is. It is a good listen, and has the components of espionage and murder, but the underlying theme is religion and the end times. While interesting, the fantastical and strange tale that the author weaves is neither believable nor biblical. Mixing in Catholicism and Protestantism into his writing, enough of which is true, some readers may be foolish enough to buy into some of his far fetched tale as biblical prophecy . . . which could not be farther from the truth. The author has a good imagination, and I enjoyed listening to the book . . . the ending was worth the wait.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Water Is Wide

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (166)

    The island is nearly deserted, haunting, beautiful. Across a slip of ocean lies South Carolina. But for the handful of families on Yamacraw island, America is a world away. For years the people here lived proudly from the sea, but now its waters are not safe. Waste from industry threatens their very existence – unless, somehow, they can learn a new life. But they will learn nothing without someone to teach them, and their school has no teacher.

    P. Giorgio says: "Anything Pat Conroy writes is wonderful to me."
    "Full of P*** and Vinegar"
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    The historical account of Pat Conroy's teaching experience on the island of South Carolina's coast caused a rush of emotions for me. Having grown up in the same volatile era myself, I was both angry and sympathetic to his situation. Pat himself notes that had he been a little older and more mature, he may have handled the situation differently, thus prolonging his teaching years on the island. I very much enjoyed the tales of his interaction with the students, parents and inhabitants of Yamacraw Island, which were both funny and endearing. I found much of what he had to say about the Vietnam war, hunting, religion and HIMSELF to be very short sighted and one sided. He did many good things with his students, one of the most important being teaching them that they could go anywhere and be ANYTHING that they choose. But long term, a teacher cannot be friends with his students, bringing them home to spend the night at his house, cussing and taking the Lord's name in vain. While it may improve the child's self esteem, it does not prepare a student for life in the workplace or the professional world at large. The biggest thing that Mr. Conroy did is FIGHT for and LOVE the kids and families of the island, give them a voice, which was desperately needed. For that, I have great respect for Pat Conroy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tin God: Delta Crossroads, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Stacy Green
    • Narrated By Johanna Fairview
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (25)

    The truth can be as deadly as any weapon. Jaymee Ballard trusted only one person in Roselea, Mississippi with the secret of her lost daughter. When that person is brutally murdered, it leaves her with heartbreak and a slew of unanswered questions. The eerie similarity to a murder of one of Jaymee's close friends years ago causes her to realize her past has come back to haunt her and may cost her own life. Years of deception and abuse leave Jaymee with few options and fewer allies.

    heather says: "Exciting Murder Mystery! Too good to put down!"
    "Hypocrites and Dirty Tricks"
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    Wow! Never expected this one to be so good! I love southern fiction, and this one is set in Mississippi, smack in the middle of the Bible belt . . . and sadly but truthfully, a place that is full of believers . . . and hypocrites galore. And just like in Tin God, they are not always easily identified by outward appearances. Jaymee Ballard gave up her baby girl to adoption several years ago, coerced by someone she trusted, when she was just seventeen. But she has never given up on finding her. Jaymee only told one person in Roselea, Mississippi about her daughter . . . now that person has been murdered. Four years earlier, Jaymee's best friend, Lana, who was trying to help Jaymee find her daughter, was also murdered. Are the two murders connected? As the search for the killer progresses, the little town of Roselea comes unraveled . . . and evil is found in unexpected places.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Baker's Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Erin Healy
    • Narrated By Nan Gurley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (32)

    Running late to the bakery one foggy morning, Audrey strikes a vehicle. Emerging from her car into the fog, she discovers she hit a motor scooter. But there’s no rider in sight. Just blood. The absence of the driver is a mystery, especially to Sergeant Jack Mansfield, the detective and church member responsible for firing Audrey's pastor husband from his pulpit. The scooter belongs to Jack’s wife, Julie, a teacher at the local high school, who has vanished… like morning fog.

    Ritagrace says: "A Book Worth Reading"
    "Divides the Wheat from the Chaff"
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    The Baker's Wife is one of the best books I've listened to in a long time. I love Christian fiction, and this one is exceptional on many levels. It's a crime drama (one of my favorite), and it also tells the story of two very different families, who profess to be Christians. Jack, police officer and deacon in the church, wears his "Christianity" like a cloak of righteousness, quipping out Bible verses like weapons against everyone he meets. He led the deacons and church to dismiss their pastor, Geoff for allegedly coercing Jack and Julie's daughter, Miralee into having an abortion. Now the pastor and his wife have opened a bakery together, and continue to serve the Lord. Geoff's wife, Audrey (The Baker's Wife) hits a motor scooter in dense fog one morning . . . but the rider is nowhere to be found. The story that unfolds is harrowing . . . and amazing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mystery of Shemitah: The 3,000-Year-Old Mystery That Holds the Secret of America's Future, the World's Future, and Your Future

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jonathan Cahn
    • Narrated By Michael A. Brown
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (105)

    The book you can't afford NOT to listen to. It is already affecting your life... And it WILL affect your future! Is it possible that there exists a three-thousand-year-old mystery that... Has been determining the course of your life without your knowing it? Foretells current events before they happen? Revealed the dates and the hours of the greatest crashes in Wall Street history before they happened? And much more....

    N. Zett says: "Good information, but lots of problems"
    "Biblical Prophecy . . . Direct and Timely"
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    From the author of The Harbinger, Jonathan Cahn, explains in detail the meaning of the Jewish Shemitah, evidence of what has happened historically during Shemitah years and what may be expected if God's people do not repent and turn their hearts back to God. To my knowledge, such an in depth study and explanation of God's plan, His mercy and His judgement has not been written in such a simple and understandable way before. Yes, there are many repetitions in this book. But history seems to keep repeating itself. Because we humans are HARD HEADED, stiff necked people. And God wishes that NONE perish. I would highly recommend The Mystery of the Shemitah, AND The Harbinger.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ludwig Conspiracy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Oliver Pötzsch
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (110)

    While putting away books from an estate sale purchase, rare book-dealer Steven Lukas finds a box he's never seen before wedged between books on a high shelf. In it he discovers what looks to be a small diary written entirely in code, a lock of hair, and old photographs of the Fairytale King. It isn't long however, before his excitement turns to fear as he realizes that mysterious others want the diary too - and will apparently kill to get it. Suspecting that his find may contain the secret truth behind Ludwig's death, Steven consults with art historian Sara Lengfeld. Soon they find themselves on the run together, investigating each of Ludwig's three castles for clues....

    Die Falknerin says: "A little predictable"
    "For Dreamers and Fairy Tale Lovers Everywhere"
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    If you love old books, old fairy tales, and old Germany, this one's for you . . . Having lived in Germany twice and visited all three of King Ludwig's castles, I was captivated by this historical (fictional) tale moving between current day and the last days of the king's reign. If you don't have a vivid imagination or value things of old, it may not be for you . . . but I found myself lost in it . . . once again walking in Linderhof, Neuschuanstein, and Herrenchemchiemsee castles. The modern day murder and the box containing the diary that leads Steve and Sara back to the castles in search of answers is a mystery that keeps you listening . . . and wondering . . . a great journey!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sweet Masterpiece: Samantha Sweet Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Connie Shelton
    • Narrated By Andrea Bates
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (60)

    Samantha Sweet breaks into houses for a living - all perfectly legal as a caretaker for the USDA. But her real dream is to open her own pastry shop, 'Sweet's Sweets.' Life is a little crazy for Sam right now. At one of her break-in properties, a dying woman insists that she take a small wooden box. Sam doesn't realize that the old woman was known locally as a 'bruja,' a witch, until she begins to feel some strange effects from the box.

    Captain Skurvy says: "A Pinch of Romance,Mystery & Paranormal"
    "Sweet, Artsy and Fun"
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    I didn't expect to enjoy this one quite so much! But I connected with Samantha right away . . . down to earth, no frills, no pretense . . . and gutsy! And not as skinny as a toothpick to boot! Cleaning repossessed houses and baking, she runs onto a dead artist in one of the homes she has come to reclaim . . . and the authorities want to tie it up with a bow as "natural causes" . . . but Sam is pretty sure that something diabolical happened here . . . This is a clean, entertaining listen . . .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Girl with a Pearl Earring

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Tracy Chevalier
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (47)

    History and fiction merge seamlessly in Tracy Chevalier's luminous novel about artistic vision and sensual awakening. Through the eyes of 16-year-old Griet, the world of 1660s Holland comes dazzlingly alive in this richly imagined portrait of the young woman who inspired one of Vermeer's most celebrated paintings.

    Amazon Customer says: "Enthralling Historical Fiction"
    "1664 Holland through an Artist Eyes"
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    Johannes Vermeer's painting of Girl with a Pearl Earring has always been a favorite of mine . . . and this historical fiction audio book lends depth and meaning to the era. You can almost see the streets of Delft, hear the sounds and feel the cobblestones under your feet. Entering the quiet, private world of an artist, Griet was envied and hated by the other servants . . . and even by Vermeer's wife and family. But (even though fiction) we are given a glimpse of what goes on in the mind of a painter . . . a slow, purposeful, deliberate painter, who cares for little else than his art . . . in many ways a weak man, a shallow man, a single-minded man, absent to his family . . . yet a genius . . . Tracy Chevalier has done a marvelous job of capturing both Griet and Vermeer. A short, though captivating listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Final Cut: A Brit in the FBI, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Catherine Coulter, J. T. Ellison
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman, MacLeod Andrews
    Overall
    (605)
    Performance
    (528)
    Story
    (526)

    Scotland Yard’s new chief inspector Nicholas Drummond is on the first flight to New York when he learns his colleague, Elaine York, the "minder" of the Crown Jewels for the "Jewel of the Lion" exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, was found murdered. Then the centerpiece of the exhibit, the infamous Koh-i-Noor Diamond, is stolen from the Queen Mother’s crown. Drummond, American-born but raised in the UK, is a dark, dangerous, fast-rising star in the Yard who never backs down. And this case is no exception.

    Ronda says: "A very good beginning for a new series!"
    "Art and Jewel Heists . . . Clever Fox"
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    I thoroughly enjoyed The Final Cut . . . it's different, weaving a tale of intrigue and mystery going back centuries. The diamond (Koh-i-Noor), part of the Jewels of the Lion exhibition belonging to Queen Mother in England is about to go on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. And despite every security precaution, it is stolen. The Koh-i-Noor hasn't always belonged to the Brits though . . . and legend has it that the diamond has healing powers . . . After listening to The Final Cut, I researched the history of the Koh-i-Noor, which is fascinating. This was a most satisfying and fun listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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