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Judith Richards

Brush Prairie, WA | Member Since 2006

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  • Touching the Sky: Land of the Lone Star, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Tracie Peterson
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    Though their first encounter is hardly auspicious, Laura Marquardt soon discovers herself drawn to the dashing Captain Brandon Reid. As an officer over the colored troops, he eagerly supports her desire to educate blacks and seek harmony in a town where the defeat of the South is a bitter reality. When Laura’s sister marries her Confederate beau, Laura finds herself in a difficult situation after overhearing a discussion with frightening consequences. In her heart she feels she should confide in Brandon, but Laura fears to do so may endanger her sister’s life.

    Judith Richards says: "Another great story from Tracie Peterson"
    "Another great story from Tracie Peterson"
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    Would you listen to Touching the Sky again? Why?

    Yes, but probably not right away. I'd like to forget parts of it and come back to betouched by it again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I'm a history buff - Civil War and frontier - Indian Wars. This novel touched on the Civil War in the South - Texas - an area I'm not familiar with. I enjoyed the history lesson along with the telling of the story.


    What about Renee Raudman’s performance did you like?

    Her reading was as if she sat down and told me a story. Relaxed, yet engaged with the characters. Each character had his/her own voice and I loved the Southern women. Great read.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extreme reaction, just a greater commitment to God and a life of faith.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend this book. Has thrills and a heartwarming, satisfying ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Under The Northern Lights: Alaskan Quest Book #2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Tracie Peterson
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    When Pinkerton agent Helaina Beecham's obsession with capturing a dangerous fugitive dulls her judgment, she is kidnapped and carried off into the wilderness just as an early winter is approaching. Now her only hope is that Jacob Barringer - the man who has captured her heart - will find her before it is too late.

    Judith Richards says: "Experience life in early Alaska"
    "Experience life in early Alaska"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Under The Northern Lights to be better than the print version?

    Yes. The reader does an excellent job of bringing this story to life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jake Baringer. His personality has extreme ups and downs. At times he's compassionate and loving and other times judgmental and disparaging.


    What about Christina Moore’s performance did you like?

    She changes the tone in her voice to reflect the different characters. Each character has their own way of speaking which she does well in her reading.


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

    There were several places in the book, most dealing with the growth of the characters and their realization that God has worked in their lives.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book. I listened every chance I got.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sweet Grass

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Dee Marvine
    • Narrated By Laurie Klein
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    When spunky Swedish spinster Lili Tornquist, age 29, learns that her widowed father will soon remarry a woman she detests, she leaves her Minnesota home to become the mail-order bride of a distant cousin, Gunnar Jorgeson, a Montana sheep rancher. But her new husband falls far short of his promise, and putting aside all she has previously believed about steadfastness and endurance, Lili abandons her marriage to make her own way in the notorious wide-open mining town of Butte.

    Judith Richards says: "Excellent reading of an enthralling story"
    "Excellent reading of an enthralling story"
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    What did you love best about Sweet Grass?

    The reader did an excellent job with Swedish accents and in differentiating between the male characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lily, the heroine, managed to survive some tough circumstances, yet in taking care of herself, also managed to care for others. A remarkable woman.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The final scene.


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

    Not necessarily moving, but good - the scene where Harmond's indiscretion is revealed to his wife.


    Any additional comments?

    Really enjoyed this book and hated to see it end. Great writing and great performance. Don't miss this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Love Woven True

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Tracie Peterson, Judith Miller
    • Narrated By Linda Stephens
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    Young and recently widowed, Jasmine Houston confronts the vital issues of freedom and slavery, love and hate, life and death, when she decides to harbor former slaves at her horse farm. Best-selling inspirational authors Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller pen a gripping historical romance set in 1849.

    Wendy says: "This is book 2"
    "Very enjoyable!"
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    What did you love best about A Love Woven True?

    The writing is so descriptive that I found myself in another world and the characters are
    so believable that I quickly related to them and their situations. Since I'm a history buff, I particularly enjoyed the political turmoil that was going on pre-civil war and how families of the North and South dealt with slaves and the Underground Railroad.

    It was interesting to see how a Northern woman's love for her freed slaves and their child completely upset her Southern family.

    Lots of historical information about this time period. Well written and interesting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters - each so different in speech and mannerisms.


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

    Her readings enhanced the emotional feelings of the characters. Enjoyed the Southern conversations.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was saddened by the way slaves were treated, even the freed slaves, knowing how long it would be before they would have any rights.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent book. Not preachy at all, but shows characters living in hard times depending on God for guidance and aid.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On the Edge of Survival: A Shipwreck, a Raging Storm, and the Harrowing Alaskan Rescue That Became a Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Spike Walker
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (75)

    A Malaysian cargo ship on its way from Seattle, Washington, to China ran aground off the coast of western Alaska's Aleutian Islands on December 8, 2004, during a brutal storm, leading to one of the most incredible Coast Guard rescue missions of all time. Two Coast Guard Jayhawk helicopters lifted off immediately from Air Station Kodiak during the driving storm, in an effort to rescue the ship's 18 crew members before it broke apart and sank in the freezing waters.

    Christine says: "Real Tough Guy Stuff"
    "Engaging story of Coast Guard rescue"
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    Would you listen to On the Edge of Survival again? Why?

    The story is told from different viewpoints of the men who participated in the rescue attempt. I think I would enjoy hearing it again, knowing it was a real-life experience.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I was amazed at how dedicated these men were and in spite of tremendous odds and difficulties were able to rescue so many. It seemed like a miracle that they were able to perform as well as they did.


    What about Robertson Dean’s performance did you like?

    He read carefully and deliberately so that the many different members could each tell
    their own stories. I was able to follow the story despite its many jumps to different
    locations.


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

    When the Aaron Bean, the rescue swimmer was finally rescued.


    Any additional comments?

    I was touched by the commitment of these men to save lives and see how their
    success and failure touched their lives after the rescue.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Lady of High Regard: Ladies of Liberty, Book 1

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tracie Peterson
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Born into affluence, Mia Stanley is a winsome socialite with a knack for matchmaking. She's also a writer for Godey's Lady's Book magazine, much to the dismay of her family and their society friends. A proper young lady of her social standing isn't meant to labor in such a way, but Mia has always had a way with words. When her writing draws her into the world of downtrodden seamen's wives on Philadelphia's docks, Mia uncovers an alarming scheme that puts her in harm's way.

    Judith Richards says: "Great short audible book"
    "Great short audible book"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Lady of High Regard to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version of the book, though I have read other books by Tracie Peterson. It was delightful to have this one as an audio version. Brought the story alive.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mia was my favorite character. She wants to help others and it's full steam ahead without much consideration of danger or other consequences. I wish we all had her drive toimprove our world.


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

    The narrator did a good job with male and female voices. I could just picture them in my mind as they went through their dialogue.


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

    Love is often found where we least expect it.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved having a shorter audio book. The whole story fit into the 6 hours very nicely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Runaway Quilt

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jennifer Chiaverini
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (134)

    In this intriguing novel, master quilter Sylvia Compson comes across an heirloom quilt that muddles her heritage. She's always believed her ancestors were active in the Underground Railroad - but perhaps she's been mistaken.

    Glenna says: "HIstorically Enjoyable"
    "Excellent story and reader"
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    What did you love best about Runaway Quilt?

    This book was about quilters that discover a mystery and then search for documents and quilts that will explain what happened in the pre-Civil War era. Much of the story is told by Gerta in her journal and what is found there affects the lives of the present day quilters. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and there was plenty of excitement throughout. I highly recommend this title.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Runaway Quilt?

    One of the most memorable was when Sylvia found the journal and the quilts.


    What about Christina Moore???s performance did you like?

    Christina did a wonderful job differentiating between characters and Sylvia sounded just like she should - an older skeptical woman.


    If you could rename Runaway Quilt, what would you call it?

    I don't think I would change the name. As a history buff, this title caught my attention right away.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved this and didn't want it to end. Great story and one that keeps the reader enthralled.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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