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Ruth

I love clean books of all sorts. Love mysteries, fantasies epic to kids stories, fairy tales, romances, humor, and historical fiction

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  • Sterling Point Books: Ben Franklin: Inventing America

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Thomas Fleming
    • Narrated By A. C. Fellner
    Overall
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    Perhaps more than even Washington, Jefferson, or Adams, Ben Franklin is the Founding Father who best exemplifies the authentic American spirit and values. Eminent historian Thomas Fleming paints a lively portrait of this self-made man blessed with a wealth of talents: a best-selling author, the most important newspaper publisher in America, and a world-renowned scientist and inventor before he took on the task of becoming the true "Father" of American independence.

    Ruth says: "Amazing and Inspiring"
    "Amazing and Inspiring"
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    I had previously read Ben Franklin's Autobiography which was very good, but I really had wanted to hear his part in the founding of the nation. I highly recommend the autobiography as well, because it gives his personal style, flair and philosophy which helped him become who he was. It is very good, but I really wanted more and this book gave it to me. I so enjoyed listening to how much of a part he played not only in the shaping of the antecedents to the Revolution, but the part he played during the war. The Declaration of Independence, and the Constitutional Convention are either glossed over or left out of his autobiography. I had no idea he created batteries, discovered the gulf stream currents in the Atlantic, or that he conducted his own end of the war in Euroope as an envoy to France. I'm amazed at how much a visionary he was and how much he shaped our current society, by creating public libraries, and hospitals as well as the US Postal service and currency. His ability to motivate the public and move them in his direction without taking credit is a model to any modern day politician. This doesn't say anything about his scientific discoveries. The man is an amazing study and well worth any time and credits. I really loved this book. I don't think I can recommend it highly enough.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Longing for Home

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Sarah M. Eden
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (54)

    Twenty-six-year-old Katie Macauley has placed all her hope in Hope Springs, a small town in the 1870 Wyoming Territory. But if she wants to return home to Ireland to make amends with her estranged family, she’ll need to convince the influential Joseph Archer to hold true to his word and keep her on his payroll as his housekeeper - despite her Irish roots. When Joseph agrees to keep Katie on ash is housekeeper, the feud erupts anew, and Katie becomes the reluctant figurehead for the Irish townsfolk.

    Stacey says: "Absolutey Wonderful"
    "A wonderful Historical Romance with a cliff-hanger"
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    This is a new series for Sarah Eden and a great love story about a town with wonderful characters. I cared about the characters so much in this story. You ache over the losses of the 3 main characters, Tavish, Katie and Joseph. They have all been through personal tragedies and have come out scarred. They each have secrets and a desire for a mended life. Their little town on the frontier has its difficulties. It is a very well-written love triangle. I will say that you have to have the 2nd book to know who she ends up with but the second book is written and available. Ms. Eden's books are so good, all of them, that I buy them the first week they are out and pay full-price. Not only that, but I purchase them in audio, for kindle and in paperback. Most of them are friends I will read again and again. She writes clean romances which is an absolute rarity. This is clean and with only a mention or two of prayer or Church.

    Combine the fiery Irish tempers with the calming influence of an arbitor, as well as love for land and country and severe prejudice and you have a story of the old west and passionate story of a frontier town. Add to that a sweet Irish lass terrified of children, with an influential east coast businessman turned farmer with 2 children needing care, and a handsome Irishman farmer trying to win the only girl that's caught his eye since his love died years ago and you have a poignant, sweet and joyous story of the old west. These characters are so well-drawn that you love and care for them immediately.

    If you haven't read any of Sarah Eden's books before, start here. In her series she will take peripheral characters from the one book and make them major characters in her next book with glances at the original characters from the previous books. You might want to look for The Kiss of a Stranger or Seeking Persephone. Both are award winning books and excellent. My sister is reading some of these books for the first time and loves them. My father picked up Seeking Persephone, it was something my sister brought to read, and read it through. He really enjoyed it. Sarah Eden is an excellent author all the way around. You won't be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sorceress: Spirals of Destiny, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Jim Bernheimer
    • Narrated By Veronica Giguere
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (37)

    A mysterious force has separated Kayleigh Reese and her battle unicorn Majherri, who now find themselves on opposite sides of a war, each fighting to survive without the other. For Majherri, the unicorn is now controlled by his deranged first rider, and must find a way to free her mind in the hopes of bringing the woman back to the light. Majherri is forced to pick and choose his battles, both physical and mental, if he is to succeed.

    Amazon Customer says: "Change in Narrator"
    "Just finished and WOW!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Sorceress to be better than the print version?

    Maybe. Don't know. Have only read it in audible


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Favorite new character is Ashlyn Thomas. Favorite older characters are either Kayleigh or Majherri. Love them. Ashlynn is so bizarre she brings some lighter moments to what was a book with some really dark patches. Nasty villains can be so annoying!!


    Have you listened to any of Veronica Giguere’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    1st time with this reader and I liked her a lot better than the one for the first book. The other was such a dead pan read, that it drove me nuts. It was jolting to go from the 1st narrator to the 2nd, but I was happier with the overall outcome.


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

    I surely wanted to. I couldn't but it wasn't for lack of trying.


    Any additional comments?

    I really loved the 2nd book. I'd waited so long for it that I was worried I'd be disappointed. Some series fall apart or have no character development. Things ought to grow and change. This one excelled in that. It was great. Even the very last sentence fulfilled things I wanted to have happen. Much more bearable ending than the last one. Introduction of a love interest and startling changes for many different characters. I love the unicorns. I love Kayleigh's abilities with them and I love discovering her abilities right along with her. Awesome story line with so much room for more story. The only bad thing about finishing is having to wait for the next book. Please Mr. Bernheimer, don't make us wait so long for the next one. This is a great series. Don't stop and if possible continue to keep it pretty clean. LOVE that. It is adult themed, but not objectionable. Awesome!! I only gave it 4 stars because I HATE torture. Although those scenes are short and not too graphic. I guess villains have to be villains.

    2 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Golden One: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 14

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (263)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
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    New York Times best-selling Grand Master Elizabeth Peters is at her stylish and suspenseful best in a richly woven tale of greed, treachery, and murder set against the tumultuous backdrop of wartime intrigue.

    Suzanne says: "The Golden One"
    "Another trademark Elizabeth Peters slam-dunk."
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    I love this whole series. Every book is a masterpiece. Please read them in order.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The House of Hades: The Heroes of Olympus, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Nick Chamian
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1803)
    Performance
    (1616)
    Story
    (1638)

    At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy's instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea's forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors from both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape?

    amyrex2 says: "I really HATE it when narrators are switched"
    "Great Solid follow-up to Mark of Athena"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I have recommended this series many times. It is fun for many ages of people who enjoy fantasy adventures. My whole family is reading it. It has a much better satisfying ending than the last one, but there will be one more book. My main reasons for recommendation would be humor, adventure, imagination, character development. Riordan is a really great author. I am so glad he started writing these books. this book does give you something you may need to talk to younger children about.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really like the character development in Frank and Hazel. They grow a lot. Piper and Jason both discover things about themselves or their powers. Reyna and many other characters, especially villains come back to make a reappearance. Leo even gets to have a bit of a romance. Loved it. Percy and Annabeth have a tough time just hanging onto life to do too much more than they did in the last book.


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

    He does a great job with this series. I especially like his cheeky voice for Leo and his solemn funeral voice for Nico. He does the women's voices well too. Coach Hedge is a crackup!


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

    I especially was moved by Percy and Annabeth's escape through the doors of Death. Also Frank and Hazel in the House of Hades. Great ending.


    Any additional comments?

    I maybe didn't like it as well as some of Riordan's Heroes of Olympus books, because it was so dark, but it was still good. I'm really looking forward to the last book in the series. Three of my family members have read it now and my two youngest (9 and 12 years old) are still in process. I've got one that refuses to read it because the last book was too much of a cliff-hanger. He wants to wait to read it when the next book comes out to complete the series. Great book for the families. Does have one issue that you may need to discuss with your children, but nothing that shouldn't be discussed anyway. Still clean overall.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Heirs and Graces: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    As 35th in line for the throne, Lady Georgiana Rannoch may not be the most sophisticated young woman, but she knows her table manners. It's forks on the left, knives on the right - not in His Majesty's back….

    Nancy says: "Enjoyable light murder mystery"
    "Fun Great series"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Heirs and Graces to be better than the print version?

    Don't know. I've only listened to the audio. Kathrine Kellgren does such an excellent job at narrator that I don't know that I'd want to read them. Her voices for Queenie and Belinda are great... but then so are all the other voices. She does them all well. One of my favorite narrators


    What other book might you compare Heirs and Graces to and why?

    I love Elizabeth Peters Amelia Peabody books (First one is Crocodile on the Sandbank) They are very character driven, include a mystery, are pretty clean (referred to buy they manage to close the bedroom door), and have relatively little swearing in them (mostly what I call farmer swear words) Nothing too much or overly offensive. There are a lot of books and all the characters become good friends over the series. They are very fun.


    Have you listened to any of Katherine Kellgren’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    All the books read by her that I've heard are excellent presentations. She narrates the Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan and does a great job there as well.


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

    I always laugh out loud with these books. They are fun Maybe this one not quite as good as some in the series, but I still enjoyed it a lot. Will definitely listen to them again.


    Any additional comments?

    You won't go wrong with this series if you like humorous cozy mysteries.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Duty to the Dead: A Bess Crawford Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Charles Todd
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (329)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
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    The daughter of a distinguished soldier, Bess Crawford follows in his patriotic footsteps, volunteering to serve her country as a nurse during the Great War. In 1916 she promises Lieutenant Arthur Graham that she will carry his dying request to a brother. When Bess arrives at the Graham house in Kent, Jonathan Graham listens to his brother's last wishes with surprising indifference.

    Anne says: "Terrific period mystery"
    "Great Clean Mystery"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I get very tired of smut and bad language in books. It is so pervasive. It takes a really good author to create a mystery that relies fully on its story and characters and doesn't resort to this other stuff. This mystery is well-written. The descriptions are done well. The mystery is unfolded bit by bit and leaves you with a "Don't go there with that person!" experience at the end. My daughter suggested this series to me and has read all the books. She thinks they are great and I have to agree with her. Such a pleasure to find one without too much bad language and inappropriate scenes that is still suspenseful. It does unfold very gradually and might be boring to those who want constant high speed chases and bombs blowing up. I thought it was very well done though.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bess Crawford is determined and brave. She is smart, patient, and kind as well as full of understanding. I really liked the references to shell shock and the sacrifices made by the soldiers.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Wow the beginning was great. The moments where they were escaping from the ..... well I'd better not say. I was there watching it though... This in particular gave it a real historical flavor.


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

    An Old-Fashioned Hitchcock type Suspense Mystery set in WWI Britain


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't know who did it until the end. I had suspicions but couldn't get it narrowed down even though the field of possible suspects was small. I just new at the end that it wasn't what it appeared to be at first. I really enjoyed it. Good for people of any age. I would think that most people who enjoy a good who-dun-it book will enjoy this.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Touch of Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Gregory Mahan
    • Narrated By David Stifel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
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    (12)
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    At the age of 14, Randall Miller is surprised to learn that he has the talent - for magic! Tricked into apprenticeship by a powerful Mage, Randall is forced to leave everything he knows behind. When his mentor is killed by Aiden, head of the secret police, he flees for his life, stumbling from one misadventure into another. Teaming up with a trio of greedy traders and a capricious imp along the way, Randall must learn to master his budding power, or die at the hands of the Rooks!

    BOOKTALK WITH EILEEN says: "A Thoroughly Enjoyable YA Fantasy Listen"
    "Just so so"
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    What would have made A Touch of Magic better?

    More virtue in the main character. More questioning of his motives or more justification for the demonic character. Good supporting characters. More interesting mentors.


    What was most disappointing about Gregory L. Mahan’s story?

    I'm not sure who this book was written for. I wouldn't let my 9 and 12 year old boys read it. It would be okay for 14 and up readers though. They talk about what happens to boys when they see a pretty girl and other more mature themes. There are references to the "town slut" and sexual harassment moments that I didn't appreciate. There is a friendship with a demonic character and quite a bit of graphic violence--Bursting creatures and people and the main character kills most of them himself. The characters are not too endearing, except for the main character and the demonic character and maybe the main character's mother.


    What about David Stifel’s performance did you like?

    It was fine and didn't detract from the story.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Touch of Magic?

    I wouldn't have had the bursting people. I would have the demon transport him to another place or find out that the demon wasn't a demon at all. Most people don't befriend demons.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are looking for fantasy for the younger set it would be better to steer them to Rick Riordan for any Percy Jackson books or his Kane Chronicles; J.K. Rowling for Harry Potter, Brandon Mull for the Fablehaven series or Michael Scott for the Alchemist: The Tales of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel. These are action packed fantasy adventures. For 14 crowd girls or boys Colleen Houck's Tiger's Curse books would be great, but it is a romantic fantasy.... entirely clean though. This one plods. It does have a decent magical system and I thought it was interesting, but it wasn't well-done. Hundreds of other books would be better choices.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Wise Man's Fear: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13717)
    Performance
    (11687)
    Story
    (11773)

    "My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep...."

    Joe says: "Excellent, Imaginative, Beautiful, Page Turning!!!"
    "After 3rd listen I'm still amazed -- With Caution"
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    Where does The Wise Man's Fear rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Toward the upper part of my list. Jane Austen, Sarah Eden, Georgette Heyer, and Julianne Donaldson are at the top, but in adult fantasy he is up there right near the top.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the way Patrick Rothfuss writes. I like Tolkien as much anyone, but he info dumps on you. You hear about a 5000 year old sword and then endure 5 paragraphs or 5 pages of info on its background and what it is called in 3 to 5 languages. Rothfuss sprinkles tidbits, tricks, and weaves the story in an amazing way. I know at least 2 people who don't like this story as much as I do, but I think it is amazing. I call him an Anti-Robert Jordan. With RJ you have thousands of characters. This story is completely around 1 main character. There are great supporting characters as well. They come and go and come again creating an interesting tapestry. Where RJ was all about the interpretation of myths and legends and prophecies, Rothfuss takes the angle of gleaning the truth from the myths and legends, and what happens when they get out of hand. Fascinating.


    What about Nick Podehl’s performance did you like?

    He is Kvothe. He does women's voices well. He is very nearly perfect for this. I almost expect him to be a red-haired lute player...


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

    Wanted yes, Of course, I didn't. Too long.


    Any additional comments?

    There is only one caution. Kvothe meets a faerie who helps him become a man. You don't want to miss the entire portion of the story in this other world, but for those like me who would prefer their fantasy totally clean, you may want to skip a a few minutes of the story. He doesn't over do it and it doesn't get explicit again, and it isn't overly described but it definitely is adult and not for young children or tweens. I normally give books with this kind of thing an F or only 1 star. I did take off one star because of it. I don't even recommend these books to anyone. There are a few swear words sprinkled throughout the book. I still have mixed feelings about recommending this book; but after 3 listens of both books, I have realized more important points of the story. You can't find this kind of writing every day. My dad likes Rothfuss better than Jordan. I don't pretend to rank him. I just know that I really like his writing style. I love the characters and yearn for them to be in a happier place. I can hardly wait for the next book although it will have to be a bit like Star Wars episode 3. We aren't going to like where it ends up. Hopefully these 3 books will be the beginning of how Kvothe fixes himself and the world he lives in. I personally think this is epic fantasy at its best.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Edenbrooke

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Julianne Donaldson
    • Narrated By Emily Elizabeth Hamilton
    Overall
    (259)
    Performance
    (230)
    Story
    (231)

    Marianne Daventry will do anything to escape the boredom of Bath and the amorous attentions of an unwanted suitor. So when an invitation arrives from her twin sister, Cecily, to join her at a sprawling country estate, she jumps at the chance. From a terrifying run-in with a highwayman to a seemingly harmless flirtation, Marianne finds herself embroiled in an unexpected adventure filled with enough romance and intrigue to keep her mind racing.

    kathy says: "One of my new favorite books!"
    "Charming and Witty Romance!"
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    First off I just must say that I LOVE this book. I've actually bought 2 copies of the paperback and petitioned Audible to get the book on Audible. I sent one to my mother and will loan the second one out to a neighbor today. You will never find a sweeter more charming romance. I do wish they had chosen a British narrator. The performance was okay. I realize that this is Ms. Donaldson's first book. As regency romances go the language is a little more modern and the British reserve perhaps a tad lacking, but that hardly matters because the story is great. As a romance this excels! Miss Marianne Daventry is impetuous, passionate and loves horses and country life. She is also always getting herself into an embarrassing situation. Sir Philip Wyndham is dashing, handsome and smitten with Marianne. She is young and terribly naive and a little clueless. I also must say that this is a sweet regency sort of romance and is completely clean. My sister said to me "What more could I want in a book? It has a library, horses and a handsome gentleman!" It does have more though. It has a highwayman, a lost locket, some misunderstandings, a little jealousy and a delicious lesson in romance. If you love sweet, witty romances you will LOVE this as much as I do. After I read it the first time, I picked it up to look at a couple of the really hilarious scenes and ended up rereading it entirely. Don't miss out on this wonderful story!

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Fire Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By Kate Black-Regan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (313)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (213)

    Accepting employment as a governess after hard times hit her family, medieval scholar Rosalind Hawkins is surprised when she learns that her mysterious employer has no children and only wants her to read to him through a speaking tube.

    Chelyn says: "Great story, poorly presented"
    "What was that?"
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    This book was ........ I don't know how I should describe it. I would NOT recommend it to much of anyone. Whereas it was NOT explicitly sexual it has a LOT of unsavory situations, It talks about them as something the bad characters are involved with and is not overly graphic, but is still not nice. The sexual slave trade is what is the major topic of conversation. They specifically talk about the use of VERY young girls so basically it is child molestation. I liked the magical systems and most of the discussions and parts that included magical learning. I do NOT like the ending. There are parts of it I liked; Some parts of this story are purely blasphemous and/or evil. The ending is disturbing to me and certainly NOT what I would have written or accepted as a resolution. I bought this on a sale and I may return it. It wasn't entirely repulsive, but it is NOT something I even liked. If it was a real book, it would be going to goodwill or just chucked in the garbage. I feel like I've just eaten a bad apple. Yuck.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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