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  • The Hiding Place

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Corrie ten Boom
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (427)
    Performance
    (258)
    Story
    (265)

    Corrie ten Boom was a Dutch watchmaker who became a heroine of the Resistance, a survivor of Hitler's concentration camps, and one of the most remarkable evangelists of the 20h century. In World War II she and her family risked their lives to help Jews and underground workers escape from the Nazi's, and for their work they were tested in the infamous Nazi death camps. Only Corrie among her whole family survived to tell the story of how faith ultimately triumphs over evil.

    AAW says: "Amazing Courage"
    "Riveting"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hiding Place to be better than the print version?

    Yes, because the narrator makes me feel like I am actually hearing Corrie Ten Boom. I read the print version several years ago and the audio version has been even better!


    Which character – as performed by Bernadette Dunne – was your favorite?

    Corrie of course, because it is a first person narrative, but she is quite adept at bringing out the characters or each of the other people in the book--even the men.


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

    This is an extremely sad and serious book overall, but it is not depressing. Throughout the book, the grace and sovereignty of God is evident.


    Any additional comments?

    God promises in Isaiah 41:10, "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand" and The Hiding Place is evidence of His faithfulness to this promise.

    1 of 1 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
    (1590)
    Performance
    (1430)
    Story
    (1421)

    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"
    "Comfortably suspenseful"
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    I like the characters better with every book. The narrator does a wonderful job giving each character a distinct voice that is just right.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tears of the Giraffe: More from the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    Overall
    (1060)
    Performance
    (492)
    Story
    (489)

    Now engaged to Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, Mma Ramotswe must contend with the hostility of her fianci's unscrupulous maid, who quickly begins plotting the disintegration of the arrangement. Then an American woman asks for help to learn the truth behind her son's disappearance in Africa, and Mma Ramotswe has all the troubles she can handle.

    Barbara says: "A tender tale, sweetly told"
    "Thought-provoking, interesting, & comforting"
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    I read this book several years ago when it was first released and the series has become one of my favorites. Hearing it read aloud makes it even better. Narrator makes Smiths's well-developed characters come alive. I am sure I will listen to this more than once.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Nation Rising

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Kenneth C. Davis
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    In the dramatic period from 1800 through 1850, the United States emerged from its inauspicious beginning as a tiny newborn nation, to a near-empire that spanned the continent. It was a time in which the “dream of our founders” spread in ways that few men of that Revolutionary Generation could possibly have imagined. And it was an era that led to the great, tragic conflagration that followed—the American Civil War.

    Blake says: "Lesser known subtexts to the standard stories"
    "poor excuse for history"
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    This is a political essay, not history. Davis has an agenda and molds historical references to fit it.
    There is really nothing wrong with the narrator--the fault is in what he reads.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Royal Blood: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2042)
    Performance
    (1780)
    Story
    (1760)

    Penniless and 34th in line to the throne, Lady Georgiana Rannoch finds herself in a truly draining state of affairs. To escape her hateful brother, Georgie accepts an invitation from the Queen to represent the royals at a wedding in Transylvania. But at the macabre- looking castle, Georgie finds the bride with blood running down her chin, and a wedding guest is poisoned.

    BJG says: "A little predictable"
    "Suspenseful, but still cozy!"
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    Would you listen to Royal Blood again? Why?

    Yes, because the characters are interesting and the plot keeps my attention. I look forward immensely to the next opportunity I have to listen.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Royal Blood?

    When the Princess explains to her fiancé why she had agreed to marry him.


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

    She really makes the characters come alive with her reading. It is hard to imagine how she can make them all sound so distinct--and the voices she uses are all exactly right for the pictures I have in my mind.


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

    It made chuckle and smile rather than laugh uproariously, but that is just what I was looking for.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Nun in the Closet

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Dorothy Gilman
    • Narrated By Roslyn Alexander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (87)

    From the author of the classic mysteries starring the irrepressible CIA spy, Mrs. Pollifax, comes a delightfully different mystery with a most unholy twist. Filled with all the hilarious surprises and good old-fashioned suspense that her fans have come to love, A Nun in the Closet is the story of two high-spirited nuns who accidentally stumble into a dangerous plot involving ghosts, gangsters, and Protestants.

    Pam says: "Groovy 70's Nun Farce"
    "Not nearly as good as Mrs. Pollifax series"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really--I only finished it because I am compulsive about finishing things and wanted to just get it over with.


    What was most disappointing about Dorothy Gilman’s story?

    The characters were stereotypes and the plot was contrived and outdated. It resembled a mediocre 1970's TV drama. I really like Dorothy Gilman's Mrs. Pollifax series because the characters are multi-dimensional and dynamic. This book, however, was a disappointment.


    Which character – as performed by Roslyn Alexander – was your favorite?

    No specific one--Rosyln Alexander does a good enough job as narrator--easy enough to tell the characters apart, but they just were not very interesting.


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

    Definitely not.


    Any additional comments?

    It was not offensive or unpleasant to listen to, just not very engaging.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life and Death in the Third Reich

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Fritzsche
    • Narrated By David Zinn
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (30)

    Fritzsche deciphers the puzzle of Nazism's ideological grip. Its basic appeal lay in the Volksgemeinschaft - people's community - that appealed to Germans to be part of a great project to redress the wrongs of the Versailles treaty, make the country strong and vital, and rid the body politic of unhealthy elements. Diaries and letters reveal Germans' fears, desires, and reservations, while showing how Nazi concepts saturated everyday life.

    Starlet says: "Interesting from Beginning to End"
    "A Wake-up Call"
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    What did you love best about Life and Death in the Third Reich?

    The thorough research


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The diary and letter excerpts


    Any additional comments?

    Anyone who thinks this cannot happen again, should read this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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