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  • Wonderland Creek

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Lynn Austin
    • Narrated By Kate Forbes
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (174)

    Six-time Christy Award winner Lynn Austin has won a loyal following for her inspiring historical fiction. In Wonderland Creek, young Chicago-area librarian Alice Grace Ripley is left heartbroken when her fiancé breaks up with her just as the Great Depression forces her out of a job. To escape the local gossip, Alice volunteers to deliver donated books to a library in rural Kentucky. There she discovers that God still has a plan for her after all.

    Sara says: "Depression Era Kentucky as a Librarian"
    "A Matter of Taste"
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    Performance
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    Lynn Austin has always been a 5-star read/listen for me. If this had been my first experience with her work, and had it not been for an Amazon reviewer who encouraged readers to stick with this slow-starter, I would have given up listening.

    As the story begins, the primary character , as one other reviewer put it, comes across "cliched." While some readers found the story amusing, I found it irritating. It wasn't until several hours in that I became at all engaged.

    I remain a loyal reader/listener of Lynn Austin, but this one was just OK for me. I suspect it was intended to be humorous in some respects, but the humor was not to my taste.

    If this is your first Lynn Austin, try some of her other titles. She truly is a master of her craft, whether or not this one hit the spot for you.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Handle with Care

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Celeste Ciulla
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (798)
    Performance
    (267)
    Story
    (265)

    From mega-selling author Jodi Picoult comes an engrossing tale of medical morality and parental responsibility. Charlotte O'Keefe's daughter is born with osteogenesis imperfecta and will endure endless broken bones. Facing unthinkable medical costs, Charlotte considers a troubling solution. If she goes to court and says she would have terminated the pregnancy had she known of her daughter's condition, she might get enough money for a lifetime of medical expenses.

    Amy Augustine says: "Worth it"
    "A Tapestry Masterfully Woven"
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    An insightful look, character by character, challenge by challenge, at love, family, commitment, faith, doubt and even treachery--all this on a backdrop of children with special needs.

    Well done, in every respect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jezebel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jacquelin Thomas
    • Narrated By Myra Lucretia Taylor
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Essence best-selling author of Redemption, Jacquelin Thomas tells the Biblical story of Jezebel as a riveting modern drama. All her life, small-town Georgia girl Jessie Belle Holt has known how to use men. Her ticket out of Mayville isTraynor Deveraux, a trusting pastor with a brilliant career ahead. Seduced by the trappings of position and power, Jessie Bell uses her wiles to nudge her unwitting husband into national prominence. But how far will she go to sustain and expand her power?

    Nina says: "Worth the buy"
    "Stereotypical and banal"
    Overall

    There's no accounting for taste, they say. This book was not a good listen for me. I regretted using one of my precious credits. The main character was without depth or nuance throughout most of the story. When the main character is the antagonist, it helps if the reader can find some redeming quality to establish affinity. This did not happen for me.

    One reviewer noted that the story was unpredictable. I found the opposite to be true. In addition, suspension of unbelief didn't happen for me until perhaps the very end. This story was not one of my favorites and I would not recommend it.

    The audio preview sucked me into what turned out to be a let down.. But as they say, "there is no accounting for taste." After all, I don't like popcorn either and that makes me weird among womankind, LOL!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Summer of Light

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By W. Dale Cramer
    • Narrated By Ed Sala
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    After a series of bizarre events, ironworker Mick Brannigan finds himself knee-deep in laundry - and considering a retreat to his hopelessly littered kitchen. He soon learns important lessons from unlikely sources. W. Dale Cramer, multiple Christy Award-winning author of Bad Ground and Levi's Will, delivers a Romantic Times Top Pick tale of a reluctant Mr. Mom who discovers what matters most.

    California Rose says: "Wonderul!"
    "A marvelous story well-told."
    Overall

    Superbly done! Summer of Light evoked the right combination of laughter and the light of revelation. It has become one of my favorites.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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