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  • All Things Hidden

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Tracie Peterson, Kimberley Woodhouse
    • Narrated By Barbara Caruso
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Gwyn Hillerman acts as a nurse at her father's medical practice in 1935 rural Alaska. Her family life has been rough ever since her mother, hating Alaska, took Gwyn's younger sister back to Chicago to live. Dr. Jeremiah Vaughan finds his life suddenly turned upside down when his medical license is stripped away after he loses an affluent patient. In a snowball effect, he then loses his engagement to Gwyn's sister, Sophia. When the government decides to send a group of families to Alaska in hopes of making a better life, Dr. Hillerman sends a letter urging Jeremiah to join his practice.

    Lori says: "Great story set in Alaska territory!"
    "Great story set in Alaska territory!"
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    Would you listen to All Things Hidden again? Why?

    Absolutely! There were a lot of different story elements going on but not so many to cause confusion. The author does a great job of tying the the different parts together.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of All Things Hidden?

    There was an emotionally raw scene towards the end that brought me to tears. I was surprised by this unexpected twist and felt like I was experiencing the tragedy along with the characters.


    Which character – as performed by Barbara Caruso – was your favorite?

    Hard to say. This narrator did an exceptional job with each of the characters. She was sometimes a little "sing-songy" but overall, I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book because of her performance.


    Any additional comments?

    This story might be classified as historical fiction because of the place and time period, however, there is no real history threaded through the story. This in no way diminishes the quality of the story but readers shouldn't expect to be "transported in time".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Not to Say When You're Running Away

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Rachel John
    • Narrated By Lara Wells
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
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    (2)
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    (2)

    Sara is a second year student at a tiny junior college in Thatcher Arizona. The summer was a disaster, and all she wants is to be back with her close-knit roommates and blend into the background. She doesn't want to get married. She doesn't even want to date again for awhile. Little does she know that the small glitch in her plan will come in the form of Matt Constanello, the persistent guy living across the street who just might make her change her mind.

    Lori says: "Sweet version of college life"
    "Sweet version of college life"
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was Matt because he was just a genuine good guy. Those kind of guys are hard to find these days.


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

    This was a fun and entertaining book. I was filled with hope for the younger generation knowing that some young adults still have values and morals.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Chance: A Thunder Point Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (359)
    Performance
    (324)
    Story
    (325)

    With its breathtaking vistas and down-to-earth people, Thunder Point is the perfect place for FBI agent Laine Carrington to recuperate from a gunshot wound and contemplate her future. The locals embraced Laine as one of their own after she risked her life to save a young girl from a dangerous cult. Knowing her wounds go beyond the physical, Laine hopes she'll fit in for a while and find her true self in a town that feels safe. She may even learn to open her heart to others, something an undercover agent has little time to indulge.

    Kristin says: "Just boring."
    "Love this author and series!"
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    Would you listen to The Chance again? Why?

    Absolutely! Robyn Carr is great at developing characters and adding depth to every story. I would read any of her books a second and third time!


    What other book might you compare The Chance to and why?

    Any of the titles from the Virgin River series. Although her stories always end up in a nice, neat little package at the end (and isn't that what romance is all about anyway), it is usually a long, and realistic road to reach that point. I think this is part of the reason readers can easily identify with her characters.


    What about Therese Plummer’s performance did you like?

    As an avid audiobook listener, I've come to realize that not just anybody can bring a book to life. Therese Plummer has the perfect tone of voice that makes it easy to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're not familiar with Robyn Carr's writing, try another one. She's an author that I will automatically read without knowing anything about the book. Her stories have a lot of substance without all the trash.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pursuit of Lucy Banning: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Olivia Newport
    • Narrated By Eleni Pappageorge
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Lucy Banning may live on the exclusive Prairie Avenue among Chicago's rich and famous, but her heart lies elsewhere. Expected to marry an up-and-coming banker from a respected family, Lucy fears she will be forced to abandon her charity work and squeeze herself into the mold of the well-dressed wife who spends most of her time and money redecorating. When she meets Will, an unconventional young architect who is working on plans for the1893 World's Fair, Lucy imagines a life lived on her own terms.

    Lori says: "Enjoyable historical fiction read!"
    "Enjoyable historical fiction read!"
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    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was when Lucy is able to see her former fiance as a person in need and look beyond her own injustices in order to help him. It was kind of an unexpected twist to the story considering the time period.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not really. It was more of a comfy, cozy read rather than a page turner. Nothing at all wrong with that. Who has time these days to sit down and read (or listen to) a book in one sitting?


    Any additional comments?

    Author did a great job of tying in several different story elements such as the beginning of the feminist movement and mental illness.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • QB 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Mike Lupica
    • Narrated By Nicolas Tecosky
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (10)

    Jake Cullen is a freshman quarterback playing high school football in the high-pressure land of Friday Night Lights (Texas). He is also the brother of Wyatt Cullen, who quarterbacked his team to the Texas State Championship last season - not to mention the son of former NFL quarterback and local legend, Troy Cullen. To be a Cullen in Texas is to be royalty…and a quarterback. All of which leaves 14-year-old Jake in a Texas-sized shadow, a tall order for any boy, especially one who's merely a freshman.

    Lori says: "Guys will enjoy this book!"
    "Guys will enjoy this book!"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not, but only because I'm not a huge sports fan. I have read several of Mike Lupica's other books and am always impressed by the balance between sports and the story. This book however was all sports and not enough story.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I could easily have done without all the play-by-plays of every game. I felt like I was listening to high school's Friday Night Fever rather than an audiobook.


    Was QB 1 worth the listening time?

    Sadly, no.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Mile in My Flip-Flops

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Melody Carlson
    • Narrated By Danielle Ferland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    In RITA Award-winning author Melody Carlson's light-hearted tale, 30-something Gretchen Hanover learns that renewing a heart takes as much grace as renovating a home. Jilted just before her wedding, she turns to home improvement TV - and ice cream - to soothe her broken heart. And when Gretchen's grand plan to flip a house soon flops, a certain carpenter - at first - only makes matters worse.

    Ellen says: "I do not recommend this one"
    "Great feel good story!"
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    Where does A Mile in My Flip-Flops rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top ten!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved the lead character, Gretchen, because she was so witty and easy to identify with.


    Any additional comments?

    I laughed out loud all the way through this book. You don't normally find a lot of humor in Christian/Inspirational fiction so it was a really nice surprise to be chuckling from start to finish. As soon as I finished this book, I hurried to see what other audiobooks were available from this author. I can't wait to read more!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Meant to Be: An Anchor Island Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Terri Osburn
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (88)

    Beth Chandler has spent her whole life pleasing others. She went to law school to make her grandparents happy. She agreed to marry her workaholic boyfriend, Lucas, to make him happy. And, despite her fear of boats, she took a ferry to see Lucas’s parents just to make them happy. While suffering through a panic attack on the ferry, Beth meets a tall, sexy stranger who talks her down from her fear - and makes her heart flutter in the process. Soon, she has a new reason to panic: her gorgeous, blue-eyed rescuer is Lucas’s brother, Joe.

    Rusty says: "A Donut of a Romance"
    "SKIP THIS ONE IF PROFANITY IS AN ISSUE FOR YOU"
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    What did you like best about Meant to Be? What did you like least?

    This was really a fantastic story with a lot of depth. The characters were well developed, however, the language was excessive and unnecessary.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The range of characters. A lot of different personalities to identify with.


    Which character – as performed by Amy Rubinate – was your favorite?

    Joe and Sid. Joe was so quiet that he came off as kind of mysterious. Sid has the mouth of a truck driver but you can tell there's a good person underneath all the tough talk that's dying to get out. Can't wait to follow her story in the next book.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Absolutely!


    Any additional comments?

    I almost didn't order the second book because of the excessive language. It reminded me of being on the playground and trying to impress your friends with who had the foulest mouth.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Serenity to Accept

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Maddrey
    • Narrated By Teresa Gail
    Overall
    (1)
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    (1)
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    (1)

    Karin Reid has never had much use for God. There's been too much pain in her life for her to accept that God is anything other than, at best, disinterested or, at worst, sadistic. Until she meets Jason Garcia. After his own mistakes of the past, Jason is committed to dating only Christians. He decides to bend his rule for Karin, as long as she comes to church with him. As their friendship grows, both will have to decide if they'll accept the path God has for them, even if it means losing each other.

    Lori says: "Narration Detracts from Story"
    "Narration Detracts from Story"
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    Would you listen to Serenity to Accept again? Why?

    This story was great, however I would recommend reading it rather than listening to it. The narrator was so syrupy sweet that it jeopardized the credibility of the story.


    What didn’t you like about Teresa Gail’s performance?

    Narrator would be perfect for a children's book but should not be narrating adult fiction.


    Any additional comments?

    Great spiritual message.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shepherd's Voice: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Robin Lee Hatcher
    • Narrated By Pam Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    For 10 years, Gabe Talmadge languished in prison, convicted of a horrible crime. Now, he is free once again but unable to find work in the midst of the Great Depression. In desperation, Gabe returns to Ransom, Idaho, hoping that his uncaring father will give him food and shelter, if not love. But the prodigal son is not welcomed home. Hungry and hopeless, Gabe is rescued by the owner of a sheep ranch south of Ransom. Incredibly, Akira Macauley gives him a place to live and work to do.

    Yvonne says: "nice story"
    "Another Winner!"
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    Would you listen to The Shepherd's Voice again? Why?

    Yes. Several different story lines but not so many that you're working to keep up with them all. So many great messages although it does feel a little bit "preachy" at times.


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

    Too many to count. If I had to pick just one however I would say the time when Gabe temporarily leaves home to go and commune with the Lord one on one. It not only took strength, faith and courage to leave home but those things were also required of his wife to be at peace in his absence.


    Any additional comments?

    Coming to America series is another treat from this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden in the Heart: An LDS Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Roseanne Evans Wilkins
    • Narrated By Steve Olsen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (4)

    Cathee is an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She has suffered from severe post-traumatic stress disorder for several years. During a vacation with her four year old daughter to Topeka, Kansas, she meets Garrett, a widowed therapist. He hopes Cathee will let him help her work through her issues, but her past has come back to haunt her.

    Lori says: "Terrible Narration detracts from story"
    "Terrible Narration detracts from story"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Narrator should be female. It was like listening to a documentary!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Unusual and substantial subject matter. PTSD is not something that is usually part of romance novels.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Steve Olsen?

    Any female. Steve Olsen had a nice speaking voice but definitely not suited for romantic fiction, more for National Geographic.


    Do you think Hidden in the Heart needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not really. The story itself was good though and I would definitely consider another book by this author worth my time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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